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Can McDonald's latest venture satisfy consumers' thirst for specialty beverages?

Dec 20, 2023
The chain's new cafe concept, CosMc's, wants a sip of Starbucks' or Dunkin' Donuts' market share.
McDonald's recently launched CosMc's to compete with drink purveyors like Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts.
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Craft spirits and craft brewers compete for thirsty consumers

May 9, 2019
It's a hard-fought battle for market share.
A customer sips on a glass of craft beer at a California brewery.
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Cocktail developers mix it up at the Kentucky Derby

Apr 23, 2019
The mint julep now has some stiff competition.
 A detail of mint juleps packed in pack ice during the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
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Pepsi takes aim at health-conscious consumers

Feb 18, 2019
In an attempt to steal market share from rival Coca-Cola, Pepsi is making investments in healthier, less sugary beverages.
In an attempt to steal market share from rival Coca-Cola, Pepsi is making investments in healthier, less sugary beverages.
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As cider market grows, a push to appeal to higher-end consumers

Dec 12, 2018
Cider sales in the U.S. have grown over the past decade. But some cider makers say the the market still isn’t valuing their product for what it’s worth.
Orchards in Lebanon, New Hampshire belonging to Steve Wood, of Farnum Hill Ciders, where he grows apples specifically for cider making.  
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Keurig and Dr Pepper aim for smooth, sweet merger

Jan 29, 2018
Keurig Green Mountain, the single-serve coffee pod maker, announced today that it will be merging with Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a deal worth an estimated $20 billion. Merging the hot and cold beverage brands will give a big boost to Keurig’s distribution network here in the U.S.  Click the audio player above to hear […]

Why do we love La Croix so much?

Sep 15, 2017
The flavored soda water has been around for over three decades. What makes it taste so good?
Tangerine-flavored La Croix in a cooler. If this resembles your fridge, then you're not alone. 
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The challenges of getting on grocery store shelves

Jan 3, 2017
Small food and beverage manufacturers often lack the distribution muscle to keep their products well stocked at stores.
Small food and beverage manufacturers lack distribution muscle, compared to some of their big name competitors

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How effective is a tax on soda?

Jun 9, 2016
Philadelphia is set to become the first major city to introduce a soda tax.

Why pecan pie potato chips spur grocery sales

Dec 3, 2013
Notice an abundance of peppermint and eggnog flavored foods at the grocery store this time of year? Here's why.