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United Brands sues Anheuser-Busch over competing flavored malt beverage

BY Allison Cerra

SAN DIEGO — The maker of Joose flavored malt beverages has filed a lawsuit against one of the nation’s most popular brewing companies, citing infringement and unfair competition.

United Brands, which has marketed its Joose line since 2006, is seeking to protect the brand integrity of Dragon Joose, one of its popular flavors. The company said Anheuser-Busch’s competing product, Tilt, boasts a product design "[that] intentionally infringes on [our] Dragon Joose marks and is thereby benefiting from the brand equity of United Brands and its products."

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, and includes such claims as trademark infringement, copyright infringement, unfair competition and related claims, United Brands said.

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Hero Nutritionals launches Healthy Indulgence line

BY Allison Cerra

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Hero Nutritionals has developed a multivitmain dark chocolate product, which will add to the company’s functional chocolate line.

 

The company on Nov. 5 announced that the Healthy Indulgence product line will launch with four varieties to help achieve daily wellness, bone health, weight loss and stress relief.

 

 

All Healthy Indulgence chocolate vitamins come with 28 individually wrapped pieces, each only 39 calories, and carry a suggested retail price of $28.99.

 

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Report: FDA to crack down on alcohol-energy combo drinks

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration could move on manufacturers of energy drinks that combine alcohol and caffeine as soon as Nov. 17, The New York Times reported Monday, citing unnamed state law enforcement officials across several states.

 

The New York Times report suggested the FDA may issue warning letters as a first step toward removing the products from the market.

 

 

At issue are safety concerns surrounding the combination beverages — which typically contain as much as 12% alcohol and as much caffeine as one cup of coffee. Several studies have suggested people become more intoxicated and engage in riskier behavior consuming the caffeinated alcohol drinks as compared to people drinking alcohol alone, the Times reported.

 

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