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4-H inspires new ice cream from Blue Bell

BY DSN STAFF

BRENHAM, Texas Blue Bell Creameries is introducing Centennial Cupcake Ice Cream in honor of the Texas 4-H organization’s 100th birthday and, to sweeten the deal, is donating a portion of the sales to promote 4-H educational programs.

The cake batter ice Cream features pieces of yellow cake, a chocolate-icing swirl and four-leaf clover sprinkles.

“We just finished celebrating our 100th birthday so we understand just how special this is,” said Paul Kruse, Blue Bell chief executive officer and president. “Centennial Cupcake has all the ingredients for a celebration, cake and ice cream.”

4-H is a national organization that prides itself on teaching young people across America leadership, citizenship and life skills. There are more than 7 million members from eight to 18 years of age involved in 4-H.

Centennial Cupcake Ice Cream will be sold in Texas and across the company’s 17-state distribution area beginning this month.

Blue Bell has created a unique carton for this new flavor that features four children in 4-H T-shirts and the organization’s widely recognized four-leaf emblem. “I think the smiling faces capture the spirit of this organization just perfectly,” Kruse said. 

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Rafael Roman appointed New York metro region sales manager of Purple

BY Jenna Duncan

Rafael Roman appointed New York metro region sales manager of Purple The maker of Purple antioxidant energy drink, Purple Beverage Co., this week announced the staff addition of Rafael Roman as New York Metropolitan Area regional sales manager. Roman comes to Purple after spending several years as territory manager with POM Wonderful.

At POM Wonderful, Roman handled numerous accounts, introduced new brands and packaging to accounts and supervised sales personnel.

Prior to serving at POM, Roman was distribution supervisor and business development manager at Odwalla (owned by The Coca Cola Co.).

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Coca-Cola purchases 40 percent stake in Honest Tea

BY Drew Buono

ATLANTA Coca-Cola and Honest Tea have completed an agreement that gives Coca-Cola about a 40 percent interest in Honest Tea, with the potential to buy the remaining shares of the company. The current deal was valued at $43 million with the right to purchase the rest of the company in three years, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Honest Tea has been around for 10 years and has produced organic beverages, which have brought it into being one of the top-ranked tea brands in the natural foods channel, according to SPINscan.

“Honest Tea is on the forefront of the rapidly growing organic beverage business, and [founder and chief executive officer] Seth Goldman and his management team have successfully anticipated and met consumer needs in this expanding category,” said Deryck van Rensburg, president and general manager of venturing and emerging brands at Coca-Cola North America. “This transaction is a superb example of our mission in venturing and emerging brands to seek out and invest in the best beverage entrepreneurs and the highest growth-potential beverages.”

One of the company’s newest products is Honest Kids, a line of low-calorie organic thirst quenchers sold in 6.75-ounce pouches, which was launched last year.

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