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Soda Industry Sues to Stop Big Drinks Ban

The American soft-drink industry, joined by several New York restaurant and business groups, filed a lawsuit on Friday that aims to overturn restrictions, proposed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and approved by the Board of Health, on sales of large sugary drinks at many dining locations in the city. (NY Times)

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Great American Beer Festival Winners Announced

The 2012 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 254 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world.

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Brown Distributing Named Craft Beer Distributor of the Year

Brown Distributing Company, based in West Palm Beach, Florida, has been selected as the 2012 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA). The award recognizes the beer distributor who does the most to market, promote and sell craft beer.

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First Beer in Royal Pint for U.S. Market

Oskar Blues continues its canned beer innovation with the launch of a first for a beer in the North American market: a 19.2 ounce (Royal Pint / 568-mL), single-serve can of its Dale's Pale Ale. The new package is immediately available in Colorado and will be part of Oskar Blues Brewery’s Ohio and Kentucky launch October 22nd before going into their entire distribution network in January of 2013.

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Georgia Looks Toward End of Russia's Wine Embargo

Six years ago, Russia hit Georgia with a wine embargo. Suddenly, a market that had taken 80 percent of Georgia’s wine exports was closed. Now, in the days after Georgians elected a Moscow-trained prime minister, there is serious talk of lifting the embargo. (Voice of America)

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