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Mexican Regulator Cracks Down on Beer Exclusivity Deals

Mexico's top brewers have reached an agreement with the country's anti-trust authority to limit their sales exclusivity contracts with corner stores, bars and restaurants, allowing more elbow room for craft brewers and other players in a lucrative market split by Anheuser-Busch InBev N.V.'s (BUD) Grupo Modelo unit and Heineken NV's (HEIA.AE) Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma. (WSJ)

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Andina to Buy Brazilian Coke Bottler

Chilean bottler Embotelladora Andina signed an agreement this week to buy Brazilian Coca-Cola bottler Companhia de Bebidas Ipiranga in a transaction valued at 1.218 billion reais, or $539 million, Andina said. (Reuters)

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Aviation American Gin Signs With Blackheath

House Spirits Distillery, the renowned Portland-based craft distillery that is co-owned by NFL legend Joe Montana, announced today a national sales partnership with Blackheath Beverage Group (BBG) to capitalize on the strong momentum of its flagship Aviation American Gin.

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Firefighters Quench Snapple Warehouse Blaze

The beverage "made from the best stuff on earth" got an assist from some of Long Island, New York's bravest. Syosset Firefighters extinguished a propane fire at a warehouse used to distribute Snapple beverages early Thursday. (Syosset Patch)

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Saving a Spot for Pepsi as a Tower Goes Up

Pepsi-Cola hits the spot; eight full stories, that’s a lot. And that’s the size of a notch that has been carved into a 25-story apartment tower under construction in Long Island City, Queens, directly behind a waterfront billboard that PepsiCo has owned and maintained since 1936 and that is one of the most familiar features along the East River. (NY Times)

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Coke and WWF Set New Sustainability Goals

The Coca-Cola Company and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are working to advance the Coca-Cola system's sustainability stewardship with the announcement of new, global environmental goals and an expanded global partnership. These goals, which complement other Coca-Cola well-being and community commitments, focus on sustainable management of water, energy, and packaging use as well as sustainable sourcing of agricultural ingredients through 2020.

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