Kuka Drink's beverages will reach the New York City-area market, thanks to a deal with Exclusive Beverage Distributors. The company's signature drink, kuka, is a coca leaf beverage that the company says detoxifies the body.
Andrea Illy, chairman and CEO of illycaffe, says coffee is "the official beverage of culture." He commissions artists to design special-edition cups such as the one by filmmaker Pedro Almodovar featuring images of actress Penelope Cruz.
A coalition of bottled-water companies has filed suit against an expanded redemption law in New York. The companies are protesting the requirement of adding a universal product-code label to bottles sold in New York.
Beverage companies are not in favor of a plan to levy federal taxes on sweetened drinks. "It's an over-reach when government uses the tax code to tell [people] what to eat and drink," said Kevin Keane, senior vice president of the ABA.
Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Sheboygan, Wis., has been acquired by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. The family-owned distributor will "play a key role in expanding our company-owned direct store delivery operations throughout the upper Midwest," a company official said.