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May 25, 2013 |
Leonard Marsh, a window washer from Brooklyn who struck it rich after he and two of his boyhood pals created a soft drink called Snapple, has died. He was 80. Marsh, Snapple's former chief executive, died Tuesday at his home in Manhasset, N.Y., his family announced. The cause was not disclosed. He and his partners - brother-in-law Hyman Golden and longtime friend Arnold Greenberg - grew up in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood without much beyond their ambitions. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Born Jan. 5, 1933, Marsh was the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia.
May 7, 2013 |
San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera has sued Monster Beverage Corp., accusing the company of pitching highly caffeinated drinks to minors as young as 6 years old. The lawsuit, filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court, is the latest twist in a battle between Herrera and the Corona company about the caffeine content of Monster energy drinks and how the beverages are marketed. Herrera's move followed Monster's opening salvo April 29, when the company sued Herrera in federal court in Riverside, alleging that he was singling out the beverage maker and threatening to block sales of its drinks in their current form.
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April 19, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - As Gov. Jerry Brown returned this week from his trade mission to China, his decision to have his travel and that of 10 staffers paid for by special interests was raising eyebrows. The dozens of delegates who joined Brown on the tour for $10,000 each - footing their bills and that of the governor's entourage - included about 15 groups that lobby the state for favorable treatment on their agendas. The California Hospital Assn., Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, the California Beer and Beverage Distributors and other interests sent along representatives - in one case a lobbyist - affording them face time with the governor during layovers, meals and receptions.
April 11, 2013 |
After New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled his plan to ban the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces, comedian Jon Stewart complained that the proposal "combines the draconian government overreach people love with the probable lack of results they expect. " It turns out the "Daily Show" host was on to something. New research shows that prompting beverage makers to sell sodas in smaller packages and bundle them as a single unit actually encourages consumers to buy more soda - and gulp down more calories - than they would have consumed without the ban. Not only would thirsty people drink more, but circumventing the big-drink ban by offering consumers bundles of smaller drinks also would mean more revenue for the beverage purveyors, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE. The sales boost would probably offset the added cost of producing more cups, lids and straws to hold those extra drinks, the researchers found.
April 8, 2013 |
In college, Christopher J. Reed discovered meditation and healing herbs, including ginger, which became his favorite. So when he went into business for himself, Reed chose to launch a brand of ginger-based drinks. He said he spent hours at UCLA's library researching century-old recipes that would extol the root's health benefits, such as muscle recovery and nausea relief. Some 90 recipes and a messy Venice kitchen later, Reed crafted his first non-alcoholic Original Ginger Brew in 1987.
March 13, 2013 |
The James Beard Foundation announced its 2013 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America inductees. Of the six culinary professionals honored, one award was given to a California chef, Michael Mina. The foundation gives the Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America award each year to professionals who have made a notable contribution to the food and beverage industry in the U.S. The honorees include: Eric Asimov, the chief wine critic for the New York Times; Dorothy Kalins, the editor who founded Saveur magazine in 1994; Barbara Lynch, a James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur from Boston; Zarela Martinez, a chef and restaurateur in New York; Michael Mina from Stonehill Tavern in Dana Point, the now-closed XIV in Los Angeles and Michael Mina in San Fransisco; and Bill Yosses, the White House executive pastry chef in Washington D.C. The award recipients will be honored at the annual James Beard Foundation Awards held at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York on May 6. This year's awards theme is "Lights!