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GoodBelly introduces fruity probiotic drinks

BY Jenna Duncan

BOULDER, Colo. NextFoods, the new company founded by natural foods guru Steve Demos, has announced the launch of its GoodBelly and GoodBelly Multi health fruit drinks.

Launched by organic and natural foods pioneer, Steve Demos, GoodBelly fruit drinks contain probiotics—live bacteria that help control the balance of certain organisms called microflora that reside in the intestinal tract. These live organisms have been shown to help digestion and provide comfort to people in processing foods.

The namesake GoodBelly Probiotic fruit drinks will be available at Whole Foods Markets across the country this month in a 32-ounce quart container. They come in three flavors; black currant, cranberry watermelon and mango and retail for about $3.99.

GoodBelly Multi Probiotic fruit drinks also come in three flavors—blueberry acai, peach mango and strawberry rosehips. GoodBelly Multi will be sold in 2.7-ounce single serving bottles for around $4.49 per 4-pack.

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Anheuser-Busch agrees to $52 billion acquisition by InBev

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK InBev’s quest to buy Anheuser-Busch came to an end Monday as the St. Louis-based brewer of Budweiser agreed to an acquisition by the Leuven, Belgium-based brewer for $52 billion, according to a joint statement.

The deal was controversial, with city officials from St. Louis and Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt speaking out against it. At the same time, President and chief executive officer August Busch IV refused to sell, prompting InBev to attempt a hostile takeover.

Anheuser-Busch, which InBev bought for $70 per share, had been the second largest brewer in the world and an American icon that various members of the Anheuser and Busch families had controlled since 1860. InBev, with roots dating back to 1366, was, and still is, the largest, the result of a 2004 merger between Belgium’s Interbrew and Brazil’s AmBev.

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InBev ups the stakes in Anheuser-Busch offer

BY Jenna Duncan

BRUSSELS Reports today stated that InBev, maker of Stella Artois and Beck’s beers, among others, has raised its offer to buy out St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch stocks from $65 per share to $70.

After Anheuser-Busch, maker of Budweiser and Bud Light, denied the original bid of around $46 billion, InBev countered with a new offer of about $50 billion dollars.

Despite A-B’s initial resistance and claims that InBev may not have the best interests for A-B’s shareholders in mind, sources today said that A-B’s board is predicted to accept the new offer sometime this weekend. Although, some plans regarding A-B’s commitments to both its employees and wholesalers would still have to be ironed out, should a “friendly takeover” occur.

Meanwhile, A-B stocks gained a 7.69 percent increase to $65.92 dollars, which topped the original stockholder buyout offer from InBev of $65 per share.

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