Report: Smart Butcher vending machine offers fresh meat
NEW YORK — A Lil Mart convenience store in Odenville, Ala., has installed a refrigerated vending machine that distributes such items as New York strip steaks and pork chops, according to published reports.
The vending machine, called Smart Butcher, offers cuts of meat via cash or debit and credit cards. A 1-lb. tenderloin retails for $4, a 12-oz. rib-eye retails for $5, a New York strip retails for $6, two lbs. of hamburger beef retails for $6.99 and 2 lbs. of sirloin tips retails for $8.95, according to the Los Angeles Times .
The Smart Butcher was developed by Rob Harrison and Chase Evans of Birmingham, Ala.
Anheuser-Busch InBev to launch Bud Light Platinum
BRUSSELS — Anheuser-Busch InBev announced that it is expanding its Bud Light portfolio with what it is calling "a trendy blue-bottle line extension."
The company said that Bud Light Platinum appeals to a key group of beer drinkers and expands consumer occasions and that the introduction is part of the company’s plan to accelerate growth of Bud Light in the United States.
Bud Light Platinum is expected to roll out in Jan. 2012.
Lipton launches sweepstakes as part of ‘Caring for Communities is Our Cup of Tea’ initiative
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Lipton has kicked off an initiative that underscores the brand’s efforts to source all of its tea from sustainably managed farms, with the goal of having all of its tea come from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms by 2015.
As part of Lipton’s "Caring for Communities is Our Cup of Tea" initiative, consumers will have a chance to win a trip to Kenya, including a visit to a Rainforest Alliance Certified tea estate and a $25,000 check to aid in sustainability efforts for their community, among other prizes. To participate in the sweepstakes, consumers can look for Lipton "Pick Your Tea with Care" 100-count cup or 312-count cup black tea promotional packs at retailers nationwide.
The sweepstakes runs through March 31, 2012.
"We are committed to giving our consumers a quality tea experience from the moment the leaves are selected to when consumers are enjoying a freshly brewed cup," Unilever North America VP refreshments Alfie Vivian said. "The ‘Caring for Communities is Our Cup of Tea’ program will highlight the sustainable communities where our tea is grown, and help consumers understand the steps we take to pick our tea with care."