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FEMSA Selected for Dow Sustainability Index

Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. the largest public bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world, announced today that it has been selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (“DJSI”). Effective Sept.23, 2013, Coca-Cola FEMSA will be a part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index, composed of a group of 81 emerging markets companies.

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SABMiller Chief Expects More Market Consolidation

The consolidation of the global beer industry, which took SA Breweries from a dominant South African player to a dominant global player in just 10 years, had not come to an end, Alan Clark, SABMiller’s recently appointed chief executive, said this week. In the latest “quarterly investor seminar series”, he sounded an upbeat note to analysts in London about growth prospects for the group, the second-largest beer company by volume. (IOL Business Report)

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Australian Scientists: No Depression from Alcohol

Until now it was believed that alcohol caused people to become depressed, particularly if consumed at excessive levels, according to Professor Osvaldo Almeida, from The University of Western Australia. "Even one of the diagnoses we have for depressive disorders --Substance Induced Mood Disorder -- is a diagnosis where alcohol plays a role," Almeida said. (Jagran Post)

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Campari Opens New $43M Packaging Facility

Campari America, the San Francisco-based U.S. unit of Italy's Gruppo Campari, has made another expansion move, opening a $43 million packaging plant in Kentucky. The new facility, in Lawrenceburg, Ky., is located at the American unit's Wild Turkey Bourbon distillery but will also handle others spirits, including Skyy vodka. (San Francisco Business Times)

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NOHO Signs National Distribution Deal with SW&S

NOHO has made an exclusive national distribution deal with the nation's leading wine and spirits distributor, Southern Wine and Spirits. The newest offering from NOHO, NOHO Gold, a premium lifestyle beverage mixer, will begin distribution in Phoenix, Miami, Southern California, Colorado and Las Vegas immediately. "This is a historical deal for our company," says Jay Grdina, CEO of NOHO, Inc. "Partnering up with a powerhouse such as Southern Wine and Spirits will propel our brand to the next level. We will now have the ability to launch our NOHO Gold product throughout the 35 states in the SWS distribution network, which is unprecedented for growth, and a beverage company's dream."

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AquaBall Gets Into Harris Teeter

True Drinks, Inc., a healthy beverage provider with major entertainment and media company licensing agreements for use of their characters on its proprietary, patented bottles, announced that the company has gained distribution for AquaBall Naturally Flavored Water at all Harris Teeter locations. Harris Teeter supermarkets operate in over 200 supermarkets in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia and had sales of over $4.5 billion in 2012. (Yahoo! Finance)

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