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Study Claims Diet Soda Rots Teeth Like Cocaine

The heavy consumption of diet soda can be as damaging to the teeth as the chronic abuse of methamphetamines or crack cocaine, a case study recently published in the journal General Dentistry claims. The American Beverage Association believes that likening carbonated beverages to illegal drugs is an unfair comparison. (Business Insider)

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With $15.7B in Sales, Is It Tea's Time?

Domestic tea sales at restaurants, grocery stores and shops reached $15.7 billion last year, up nearly 32% from 2007, according to consumer goods research firm Packaged Facts. In the next two years, the market is expected to expand to $18 billion. (Los Angeles Times)

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IBWA Promotes Hurricane Preparedness Week

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is encouraging consumers to take action during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which runs from May 26 through June 1, 2013. This highlighted week, which coincides with the start of hurricane season, is the ideal time for people to take a moment to re-assess their risks and update hurricane kits and emergency plans. The recent devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma only reinforce the importance of always being prepared for unexpected and dangerous weather. When tap water is disrupted by anything from a power outage to a pipe breach during a hurricane, bottled water provides a necessary and reliable source of safe drinking water. In addition, the organization says, the sealed container provides consumers with a promise of quality.

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Ole Smoky Appoints Industry Vet CEO

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine announced today that beverage industry veteran John Cochran has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of the growing spirits brand. Known for leading remarkable growth of the Pabst Blue Ribbon brands, Cochran joins Ole Smoky after most recently serving as CEO of AquaHydrate.

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Diageo: Vodka Sales Dip in India

According to observers, Smirnoff, present in the premium vodka segment in India, still controls around 80 per cent of the market. But it has been hit by slow growth in the segment as a whole. (Business Standard)

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India Single Malt Tries to Crack U.K. Whisky Market

Go into any quality whisky bar and you’ll will find a good range of Japanese whisky but you’ll have to look a bit harder at the shelves to find a bottle of Indian whisky and harder still to find an Indian single malt. Step forward a Paul John. A Goa produced single malt that is making tentative steps to break into the UK whisky market. (The Scotsman)

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