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Dr Pepper Snapple Group sign franchise with Jack in the Box

BY Anna Mcgrath

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Jack in the Box announced their recent multi-year franchise to allow both Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper to all Jack in the Box restaurants nationwide.

Commencing July, Diet Dr Pepper will be made available to all of the nearly 2,200 Jack in the Box in the United States with national availability expected by year end.

“Dr Pepper is a strong brand that performs well in our system,” said Terri Graham, SVP, chief marketing officer for Jack in the Box. “Jack in the Box has one of the most varied menus in the QSR segment, and with the addition of Diet Dr Pepper, we’re pleased to be able to offer our guests even more beverage options.”

Dr Pepper was created in Waco, Texas, in 1885 and is the oldest major soft drink brand in America and is one of the most popular soft drink, with both Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper among the top 10 carbonated soft drink brands in the United States.

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Beverage Holdings acquires Bossa Nova

BY Anna Mcgrath

CINCINNATI Beverages Holdings, the parent company of the Sunny Delights Beverage, Very fine and The Elations LLC, announced that it has acquired substantially all the assets of Bossa Nova Beverage Group, a Los Angeles-based company that pioneered the superfruits segment of the beverage category with its original acai juice.

Bossa Nova’s product line includes the original acai juice, as well as a variety of fruit flavors. The company’s focus on sustainability for the endangered Amazon rainforest coincides with Beverage Holdings’ own sustainability efforts aimed to ensure a better life for consumers.

“The acquisition of Bossa Nova further accelerates our commitment to offer consumers more wholesome beverage choices,” said Billy Cyr, Beverages Holdings’ president and CEO. “We believe that combining our capabilities with the talented team who created Bossa Nova from scratch will further ignite the growth of this exciting, great-tasting brand.”

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Wal-Mart Foundation expands hunger relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. The Wal-Mart Foundation is donating $7.8 million to support food banks and provide healthy summer meals to children who receive free or reduced-price lunches during the school year.

Through partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Feeding America and local nonprofits in the 10 states where children are most at risk of hunger, Walmart and The Wal-Mart Foundation will help assure that their neighbors and those in local communities have access to nutritious food.

As more Americans rely on hunger-relief organizations to provide for their families during these tough economic times, Walmart’s philanthropic arm is expanding its hunger relief efforts in three ways:

  • Feeding Hungry Children – A $1.2 million grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of America that will purchase healthy meals for more than 93,000 children who are being serviced by 350 Boys & Girls Clubs Chapters across the United States this summer. An additional $250,000 in grants will be awarded to summer feeding programs in Texas, Mississippi, the District of Columbia, Tennessee, Arizona, South Carolina, Louisiana, Missouri, Maine and North Carolina — the top states for child hunger, according to Feeding America.
  • Food Bank Support – A $3 million commitment is expected to deliver more than 30 new refrigerator trucks to food banks across the United States, enabling donated food to be transported safely to food pantries, soup kitchens and other agencies served by Feeding America.
  • Food Donation – Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations expect to meet their goal of 90 million lbs. of food donated by December. To date, the company’s food donation program has provided more than 59.8 million lbs. of fresh produce, meat and other nutritious foods to U.S. food banks.

“We continue to see the impact that the economy is having on our neighbors. They are stretching their budgets and looking to us for help in our stores and through our giving,” said Margaret McKenna, president of The Wal-Mart Foundation. “Hunger relief is a cause that enables our company’s strengths to work for the greater good. From supporting summer feeding programs to donating food, we’re committed to doing all we can to help end hunger for our nation’s children, parents, homeless and all who have found themselves in need.”

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