May’s top stories: Vintage Seltzer launched two new flavoured drinks, Anheuser-Busch's $2bn investment

Anheuser-Busch announced plans to invest $2bn in its breweries by 2020, and Swire Coca-Cola opened a new distribution centre in Johnstown, Colorado, US. Drinks-insight-network.com wraps up the key headlines from May 2017.


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Vintage Seltzer launched two new flavoured drinks in US

US-based Vintage Seltzer introduced new flavoured drinks Strawberry Watermelon and Raspberry Lemonade in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.

The two new drinks will be offered for a limited time period.

Vintage's brand manager Jen Driscoll said: "Our fans wanted to see something new and innovative from us, but with more intense flavour. Vintage created the new flavours as the perfect, refreshing compliment to the warm summer months."


Anheuser-Busch to invest $2bn in US breweries

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US-based brewery Anheuser-Busch announced plans to invest $2bn in its breweries by 2020, with the first instalment of $500m this year.

The company anticipated that this new capital expenditure programme will strengthen its US operations and support local and state economies, in addition to creating nearly 17,000 jobs in the country.

The investment is also expected to drive the company’s growth strategy and help establish new collaborations with other beverage companies such as Teavana.


Swire Coca-Cola opened new distribution facility in Colorado, US

US-based Swire Coca-Cola opened a new distribution centre at 4,600 High Plains Boulevard in Johnstown, Colorado.

In June last year, the company broke ground on the 126,000ft² facility, which covers an 11.2-acre area at I-25 and Highway 34. The facility is expected to serve nearly 2,900 customers across Northern Colorado, including Denver’s North Metro suburbs, Loveland, Fort Collins, Greeley, and Estes Park.

Swire Coca-Cola also hired local workers to support the Johnstown operations.


PepsiCo achieved greenhouse gas emission reduction target

Global food and beverage company PepsiCo achieved its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target to help fight against climate change.

The company’s target to reduce GHG emissions across its value chain by at least 20% by 2030 was verified and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative.

Science Based Targets Initiative is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).


Dunkin' Donuts introduced new Frozen Dunkin' Coffee

Dunkin' Donuts added a new Frozen Dunkin' Coffee to its existing lineup, which will be retailed across all its participating restaurants in the US.

The company claimed that the new drink has been made using an extract from 100% Arabica coffee and is blended with ice and dairy for a sweet and creamy beverage.

Dunkin' Donuts' brand marketing, global consumer insights, and product innovation senior vice-president Chris Fuqua said: "This is the frozen beverage for people who love coffee. With Frozen Dunkin' Coffee, we've captured the same taste and quality that millions of Dunkin' Donuts guests enjoy each day, now blended frozen."


Murray Goulburn decided to close three manufacturing facilities in Australia

Australian dairy firm Murray Goulburn (MG) announced plans to close manufacturing facilities in Edith Creek, Rochester, and Kiewa.

The company’s latest decision followed an asset and footprint review and aimed to improve its cost base and increase earnings.

MG’s Edith Creek facility was planned to be closed by Q2, 2017, while the Rochester facility was expected to close by Q3, 2018. The Kiewa facility will be closed by Q1, 2019.


On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina brings Watermelon Margaritas back to its menu

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On The Border (OTB) Mexican Grill & Cantina has reintroduced Watermelon Margaritas in the US.

The drink is made by pureeing ripe watermelon to release its crisp sweetness before adding it to a classic margarita recipe.

OTB Mexican Grill & Cantina's chief marketing officer Ashley Zickefoose said: "This is one of our favourite times of year to simply kick back, relax, and treat yourself to a great-tasting drink with friends.


TFE partnered with Neyers Vineyards in US

US-based Trinchero Family Estates (TFE) joined Neyers Vineyards to strengthen its wine portfolio.

The new partnership will also complement a strategy of investment in California vineyards and production facilities.

Neyers Vineyards' co-founder Bruce Neyers said: "To partner with a family-owned company that has the infrastructure, capabilities and reputation of Trinchero is a great opportunity for us."


Hayman’s Gin announced it will move distilling operations to London

UK-based distiller Hayman’s Gin announced it is planning to move operations from Essex to London in a bid to produce its gin range at the new distillery in Balham.

The new distillery is located at Balham High Road in South West London. Production is set to begin later this year.

The facility will feature a consumer events space and a new training area.


Starbucks launched Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino in US and Canada

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Global coffee company Starbucks introduced new beverage Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino for its customers in the US and Canada.

The company also re-introduced its blended beverage S’mores Frappuccino across its stores in North America.

Jennica Robinson from Starbucks beverage development team said: “We started by thinking of the heydays of summer. We were inspired by thoughts of dark starry nights, looking up at the sky with a cool summer breeze.”