Beverage World presents the latest news from across the worldwide beverage market.

Scotch Makers Warned of Independence Risks

Scotch whisky makers could lose out if Scotland votes yes in Thursday's referendum, according to the Dutch bank Rabobank. Whisky is Scotland's second-largest export behind oil and gas and is worth £4.3bn a year to the local economy, but sales could be hit if the country loses access to the EU's free trade area and to markets in the rest of the world where Brussels has forged trade deals. (The Guardian)


Martha Stewart Launches Iced Coffee Line

The coffee industry recently got an added “perk” with the introduction of ULIVjava Martha Stewart iced coffees. A new ready-to-drink (RTD) gourmet iced coffee, ULIVjava says it offers coffee products that feature the bold taste of coffee optimized with the benefits of green tea, astragalus and yerba mate.


Wal-Mart, NY Reach Deal Over Coke Ads

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. charged New York customers higher prices for Coca-Cola products than stated in national circulars, running afoul of false advertising laws, according to the state attorney general. (Bloomberg)


Analyst Compares Big Soda to Tobacco

Soda makers, which have seen sales in the US fall for nine straight years, appear more like this generation’s cigarette sector, one Wall Street report contends. Both sectors are under attack for health reasons and both have seen a years-long decline in sales, the report from Cowen and Co. explains. (NY Post)


Companies Join Climate Push to Cut Coolant Use

More than a dozen major U.S. companies — including Coca-Cola and Pepsi — joined a new Obama administration push Tuesday to reduce use of a popular coolant that contributes to global warming by emitting a potent greenhouse gas. (USA Today)


Whole Foods to Start Brewing Beer in Houston

With one of its upcoming stores, Whole Foods is branching into new territory for a grocery chain: a Houston location will brew its own beer when it opens in early November. The Austin-based company doesn't have any plans to bring a brewpub into one of its stores here, but the Whole Foods Market Brewing Company, licensed as a brewpub in the soon-to-open Galleria area store, is going to have the capacity to produce between 400 and 500 barrels annually, a press release said. (Austin360.com)