Beverage category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Jones Soda bottles the election

SEATTLE -- Jones Soda Co. recently launched Campaign Cola 2008. It is offering "Yes We Can" Obama, "Pure McCain" and "Capitol Hillary" cola, each with the candidate (or former candidate) on the label. And it is tallying online purchases. The website is . Clicking on each...

Former Cadbury Schweppes Americas CEO replaces Solomon

ADDISON, Texas -- Boo Koo Holdings Inc. said that it has appointed Gil Cassagne, formerly CEO of Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages, to the position of chairman. Cassagne had recently joined the company's board. Cassagne replaces Steven B. Solomon as chairman. Solomon will remain a director. "In...

Belgium-based brewer offers $47 billion for Anheuser-Busch, companies acknowledge

ST. LOUIS -- Beer maker Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. announced late Wednesday that it has received an unsolicited, nonbinding proposal from Brussels, Belgium-based brewer InBev to acquire all of the outstanding shares of A-B for $65 per share in cash in a deal pegged at about $46.9 billion. A-B said...

The cherry-flavored highly carbonated beverage is being stocked in metropolitan Atlanta Wal-Mart, Kroger, Publix, Ingles and Food Lion stores.
IRI data shows trips to convenience stores for alcohol beverages up 60%
Company launches proprietary energy shots
Slurpee, Big Gulp, comic book, more tie into new superhero film
MillerCoors leadership team announced
SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Co. said that the DOJ has completed its Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust review and closed its investigation.
Study shows downward economy has only "mild" impact on alcohol purchases.