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Keurig looking to brew solid growth with latest hire

BY Michael Johnsen

Keurig Green Mountain in January named Andrew Archambault, most recently chief customer and commercial officer at Nature’s Bounty, to the role of senior vice president of U.S. commercial leadership. With the move, Archambault joins the market leader in specialty coffee and single-serve brewing systems.

Archambault has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry. He was the vice president and managing director for Bacardi USA, leading nearly 40% of Bacardi's U.S. spirits revenue.  And Archambault is a Coca-Cola alumnus, where he held various sales and commercial leadership positions, including vice president roles with The Coca-Cola Company and market unit vice president for Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Keurig brewers and single serve hot beverages are in more than 20 million homes and offices throughout North America, the company said. To date, more than 50 leading global coffee, tea and cocoa brands have partnered with Keurig, joining beloved owned brands like Green Mountain Coffee and the Original Donut Shop coffee.

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Samuel Adams introduces ale and lager blend, Sam ’76

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Samuel Adams has added a new drink to its line of products, Sam ’76, which marries together the flavors of a lager and ale.

After more than a year of testing and 60 brews, the Boston-based brand said it began formulating the product with two active fermentations — a base lager and base ale. The base beers were then brewed and combined during a final maturation step when both yeasts depend on one another, the company said.

“We’ve brewed a revolutionary beer that brings together the best attributes of lager and ale with a taste and aroma that will completely surprise any craft beer drinker,” Samuel Adams founder and brewer Jim Koch, said. “We wanted to offer drinkers a craft beer they can enjoy during any drinking occasion, from a tailgate to an afternoon with friends, and that’s exactly what Sam ’76 delivers. It took many iterations to get right, but with one sip you’ll understand why this beer is so unique.”

Sam ’76 is a 4.7% ABV and combines American Cascade, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops with notes of citrus. It is currently available for purchase nationwide in six-pack cans for the suggested retail price of $8.99 to $9.99. A pack of 12 retails for $15.99 to $17.99, and 16-oz. single-serve cans can be purchased for $1.99 to $2.49.

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Alden’s Organic Ice Cream channels cake, cookies in new offering

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Alden’s Organic, a company specializing in the creation of organic ice cream, has announced that it will be relaunching three classic flavors with clean organic versions.

The Eugene, Ore.-based company will be using milk and cream from cows not treated with the artificial growth hormone rBST or antibiotics. Artificial ingredients also will be left out. The flavors being relaunched are:

  • Alden’s Organic Birthday Cake: Cake-flavored ice cream with ribbons of purple icing;
  • Alden’s Organic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Vanilla ice cream with bites of organic chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate chips; and
  • Alden’s Organic Peanut Butter Fudge: Peanut butter ice cream with swirls of organic fudge and peanut butter.

“At Alden’s, we make ice cream using ingredients you can feel great about eating,” Michelle Hunt, vice president of marketing at Alden’s Organic, said. “All of the delicious mix-ins we use — icing, fudge and cookie dough — are as simple, clean and delicious as our organic milk and cream.”

Each of the new flavors will be available in 1.5-qt. cartons with prices ranging from $6.99 to $7.99, in natural food stores and grocers nationwide beginning February. 

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