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

Kaufman to Lead Pepsi's Cola Marketing

Seth Kaufman has been named Pepsi's new VP-brand marketing for colas, reporting directly to Simon Lowden, CMO of Pepsi Beverages North America. Kaufman replaces Angelique Krembs who is taking on a new role as VP-field marketing and innovation for North American Beverages. (Ad Age)


Coca-Cola Amatil Acquires Fijan Brewer

Coca-Cola Amatil has signed an agreement with Fijian brewer Vonu Beer to acquire all intellectual property and worldwide trademarks. The deal will allow Coca Cola to bring the premium, hand-crafted, Vonu Pure Lager to Australia and New Zealand from late 2013. (News 9)


2013 Great American Beer Bar Selected

There’s more to a great beer bar than selection. To recognize the innovative and unique establishments where craft brewed beer is served, CraftBeer.com—the Brewers Association (BA) website for beer lovers—released its annual “Great American Beer Bar” list, as voted on by its readers. The list spotlighted both the top three overall vote-getting craft beer bars in the nation and the top three from each of five U.S. geographical regions.


Beer Industry Celebrates Constitution Day

America’s beer distributors will join citizens throughout the country today in commemorating Constitution Day, which celebrates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.


Old Style Launches Petition to Stay at Wrigley

Old Style's iconic blue, red and white cans may be just a memory next season under a recent deal inked between the Cubs and Anheuser-Busch that would make AB the team's exclusive beer sponsor beginning in 2014. (Redeye)


Old Soda Bottles Give New Life To Texas Highways

Along a grassy hillside on Highway 287 near Midlothian, hidden among the grass and wildflowers, are hundreds of black plastic pins. The pins aren’t visible from the roadside, but once you get close you can see them embedded into the ground. (CBS News)