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December 2010

Bev Droplets: Tata Comes Through With More Capital For Activate

Beverage Business INSIGHTS: First Beverage Group said that India’s Tata Group has acquired a majority of First Beverage’s shares in functional water player Activate. No specific $$ amount was given. Move had been expected after Tata committed to $21 mil in growth capital for LA-based co, run by newly elevated ceo Dan Holland. News came […]

BevNet Live: Slow Build and Capital Efficiency Are Bywords In Today’s Constrained Environment

Beverage Business INSIGHTS: Recently concluded BevNet Live conference, in focusing on entrepreneurial end of bev biz, is naturally ebullient setting. But even the cockeyed optimists these days seem to be reciting go-slow mantra, arguing it’s important to grow region by region, channel by channel, rather than undertaking capital-burning landgrabs in financial environment still marked by […]

Distribution: Kemper Sodas Consolidates Network In LA, Northern Calif

Beverage Business INSIGHTS: Thomas Kemper Sodas continues to refine its distribution map, now consolidating its LA territory with Haralambos Beverage while aligning primarily with Anheuser-Busch houses in Northern Calif. Haralambos gets brand that had been served by now-defunct Prestige and by Energized. In NorCal, brand will exit DBI on Jan 1 in favor of Bud […]

First Beverage Group Sets Up Incubator Fund, Moves Into Consulting

Beverage Business INSIGHTS: First Beverage Capital, whose profile just rose dramatically when core investment Activate drew substantial commitment from Tata Group, is ready to think small, too: it’s hanging out shingle of bev-incubation fund that will make investments from $250K to $1.5 mil in promising bev concepts, providing bridge between angel level and private-equity shops […]