Podcast: Cannabis Beverages, Trends and Legalization

In this episode, Editors Melissa Dowling and Kyle Swartz discuss cannabis beverages, trends, and legalization with cannabis investor Carlton Fowler. Fowler is co-founder and managing partner at Goat Rodeo Capital, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage investments in beverage alcohol, non-alcoholic drinks and cannabis-centric brands. Fowler and the editors dive into the rise of CBD/THC beverages, cannabis consumer trends, new production and packaging technologies and the future of federal legalization. Like that podcast episode? Check out our…

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Monin Launches Strawberry Rose

Monin has unveiled its first new flavor of 2021: Monin Strawberry Rose. This syrup combines rose florals with ruby red strawberry flavors, the company says, delivering notes of candied strawberry and soft rose. Monin Strawberry Rose is designed to benefit a variety of recipes, including lattes, teas, cocktails, lemonades, sparkling waters, dressings, desserts and more. “As the pandemic continues to impact the nation, consumers are still gravitating toward familiar and comforting flavors; however, they are…

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Podcast: Vodka Trends in 2020

In our latest podcast about the on- and off-premise alcohol industries, we discuss the top vodka trends of 2020. How has the pandemic affected vodka sales? Why have American consumers so eagerly embraced U.S. craft producers? And what can foreign brands do to catch up? Editors Melissa Dowling and Kyle Swartz delve into all these topics, and more, in this 17-minute episode. Check out the vodka trends episode here. Our next episode will cover whiskey trends.…

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Smirnoff Announces Smirnoff Ice Zero Sugar

The makers of Smirnoff have launched the new Smirnoff Ice Zero Sugar. This ready-to-drink malt beverage has no sugar, with flavors that balance citrus and sweet, the company says. Continuing the “better-for-you” drinking trend, Smirnoff Ice Zero Sugar contains less than 100 calories. It is 4.5% ABV. Smirnoff Ice Zero Sugar is now available nationwide. The suggested retail price is $8.99 per 6-pack of 11.2-oz. bottles — the same price as Smirnoff Ice Original. Go to…

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Jim Beam Relaunches Old Tub Bourbon Whiskey

Jim Beam has announced the re-release of Old Tub, an unfiltered, 100-proof bonded bourbon inspired by the oldest brand from the Beam family. This limited-edition throwback will be widely available in late June. Old Tub is distilled without chill filtration, resulting in a bonded bourbon with a full-bodied authentic flavor, the company says. This whiskey has aroma and tasting notes that include oak, complimented along with grain and a warm caramel. The limited-edition offering is…

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