This week: Draft Makkoli
Kooksoondang Brewing Co., Seoul, South Korea
This week we venture into unusual territory with a rice wine product from South Korea.
Why write about this in a beer column? The beverage we call wine is fermented from fruit. Rice is a grain, just like barley and wheat, so technically it would be more correct to classify fermented rice beverages as beer.
My bottle of Draft Makkoli was part of a Christmas package from my Texan brother. It came in a 750ml plastic bottle with a cloudy, milky-white liquid inside.
After about a month in the refrigerator, the contents had settled, leaving about an inch of the cloudy residue on the bottom; the rest of beverage was fairly clear. However, I followed the instructions on the bottle to shake gently before pouring.
Top Forestry Stocks To Watch Right Now: Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd (STBFY)Suntory Beverage & Food Limited is principally engaged in the manufacture and sale of beverages and food. The Company operates in two geographical segments. The Domestic segment is engaged in the manufacture and sale of various soft drinks within Japan, such as coffee drinks, mineral water, green tea drinks, tea drinks, carbonated drinks, fruit juice drinks, functional beverages, milk beverages, and food for specified health use, as well as syrup for general and business usage. The International segment is engaged in the manufacture and sale of carbonated drinks, fruit juice drinks, health food, seasoning, tea-based beverages and others, with operations in Europe, Oceania, Asia and the Americas. As of May 29, 2013, the Company had 80 subsidiaries and 10 associated companies. On October 15, 2013, the Company acquired Lucozade Ribena Suntory Limited. On December 12, 2013, the Company acquired Suntory Beverage & Food Europe Limited. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Charles Sizemore]
Let�� start with Suntory Beverage & Food Limited (STBFY),which recently completed its acquisition of�Beam Inc., formerly the purest play on bourbon. Beam was the owner of the eponymous Jim Beam brand, as well as the higher-end Maker�� Mark and Knob Creek and the lower-end Old Crow.�Suntory is Japan�� leading spirits company, though most Americans will be unfamiliar with its Japanese whisky brands, such as Yamazaki and Hakushu. (Note for booze snobs: Japanese whisky��ike Scotch and Canadian whisky��s correctly spelled ��hisky.��American bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and Irish whiskey are correctly spelled ��hiskey.��
- [By John Udovich]
Whiskey has become increasingly cool and popular thanks to the whole cocktail movement, something that�� good for big whiskey stocks like Suntory Beverage & Food Limited (OTCMKTS: STBFY), Diageo plc (NYSE: DEO) and Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE: BF.B) who�also produce a wide variety of�liquors and beverages. In fact,�a recent episode of the�Daily Ticker�cited these stats from a USA Today article:
Best Beverage Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Pepsico Inc.(PEP)
PepsiCo, Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of foods, snacks, and carbonated and non-carbonated beverages worldwide. The company operates in four divisions: PepsiCo Americas Foods (PAF); PepsiCo Americas Beverages (PAB); PepsiCo Europe; and PepsiCo Asia, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA). The PAF division offers Lay?s and Ruffles potato chips, Doritos and Tostitos tortilla chips and dips, Cheetos cheese flavored snacks, Fritos corn chips, Quaker Chewy granola bars, and SunChips multigrain snacks in North America; Quaker oatmeal, Aunt Jemima mixes and syrups, Cap?n Crunch cereal, Quaker grits, and Life cereal, as well as Rice-A-Roni, Pasta Roni, and Near East side dishes in North America; and various snack foods under Doritos, Marias Gamesa, Cheetos, Ruffles, Emperador, Saladitas, Sabritas, and Lay?s brands in Latin America. The PAB division provides carbonated soft drinks, beverage concentrates, fountain syrups, and finished goods under Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, 7UP, Tropicana Pure Premium, Electropura, Sierra Mist, Epura, and Mirinda brands; ready-to-drink tea, coffee, and water products through joint ventures with Unilever and Starbucks; and sells concentrate to authorized bottlers, and branded finished goods directly to independent distributors and retailers. This division also manufactures third-party brands, such as Dr Pepper, Crush, Rock Star, and Muscle Milk. The PepsiCo Europe division offers Frito Lay Snacks, Pepsi-Cola beverages, Gatorade sports drinks, Tropicana juices, and Quaker foods in Europe. The AMEA division provides snack food under the Lay?s, Kurkure, Chipsy, Doritos, Smith?s, Cheetos, Red Rock Deli, and Ruffles brands; Quaker-brand cereals and snacks; and beverage concentrates, fountain syrups, and finished goods under the Pepsi, Mirinda, 7UP, and Mountain Dew brands. PepsiCo, Inc. was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Rick Munarriz]
Even though SodaStream specifically called out Coca-Cola and PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP ) in the banned Super Bowl commercial that's been running these days, it's been Coca-Cola that has publicly fought back. Coca-Cola threatened to sue SodaStream for a traveling cage exhibit that showcases the number of bottles and cans thrown out annually by a typical family. SodaStream used the cease-and-desist threat to amplify its message.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Pepsi�(PEP) are gaining today after the company reported better-than-expected earnings as solid snacks trumped sinking soda sales.AFP
The Wall Street Journal has the details:
The maker of Lay’s potato chips and Pepsi colas posted a flat profit for the quarter, though earnings beat Wall Street estimates. Organic revenue, which excludes the effects of foreign exchange, improved 3.3%, driven by growth in Frito-Lay North America, Latin America foods and in key developing and emerging markets such as China and Brazil.
PepsiCo reported a profit of $1.91 billion, or $1.23, a share, up from $1.9 billion, or $1.21 a share, a year earlier. Excluding items such as mark-to-market losses on commodity hedges and restructuring charges, core earnings totaled $1.24 a share from $1.20 a share. Revenue rose 1.5% to $16.91 billion.
Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters most recently forecast earnings of $1.17 a share on revenue of $16.96 billion.
Citigroup’s Wendy Nicholson calls the report mixed:
While many of PEP�� segments showed strength in 3Q (most notably FLNA, LatAm Foods, China, and Brazil), we also saw weaker results in Americas Beverages (which we are used to seeing) and AMEA (which we aren�� used to seeing, but slowed in 3Q owing mainly to political unrest in Egypt and an aggressive pricing environment in India). As for PEP�� flagship Americas Beverages segment, mgmt acknowledged the category ��oesn�� have a lot of growth in it��although they do want to maintain rational pricing while also searching for operational improvements to enhance margins. Also notable, PEP stated that its R&D remains on track to release a new product in 2014 (likely involving natural sweeteners and possibly new flavoring agents).
Shares of PepsiCo have gained 1.6% to $81.89, while Coca-Cola (KO), which released earnings yesterday, has risen 0.6% to $37.88 and Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS) has advanced 2.1% to $4
- [By Heather Ingrassia]
On Friday, August 30, it was announced that Pepsi-Cola (Thai) Trading, the local producer and distributor of PepsiCo's (PEP) global beverage and snack brands in Thailand, has increased production capacity to meet growing demand for its products, with the US-based parent seeing Thailand as a high-potential market with a positive business outlook in the long run. The three additional production lines at PepsiCo's beverage plant located within the Amata City Industrial Estate will increase its maximum beverage production capacity by 81%. In the wake of Friday's announcement, I wanted to take a closer look at a number of fundamental catalysts behind my decision to remain bullish on the parent company's stock.
- [By Rick Munarriz]
Shares of SodaStream (NASDAQ: SODA ) opened higher this morning after an overnight report in Israeli's Calcalist daily business newspaper indicated that PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP ) might be trying to acquire the company behind the fast-growing carbonated beverage maker.
Best Beverage Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CirTran Corp (CIRC)
CirTran Corporation, incorporated on March 23, 1987, manufactures, markets, and distributes internationally an energy drink under a license with Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (Playboy) through its subsidiary, CirTran Beverage Corporation. It operates in Beverage Distribution and Contract Manufacturing segments. In the United States, it provides a mix of high- and medium-volume turnkey manufacturing services and products using various high-tech applications for electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the communications, networking, peripherals, gaming, law enforcement, consumer products, telecommunications, automotive, medical, and semiconductor industries. The Company�� services include pre-manufacturing, manufacturing, and post-manufacturing services.
CirTran Beverage Corporation (CirTran Beverage) manufactures, markets, and distributes Playboy-licensed energy drinks, flavored water beverages, and related merchandise through various distribution channels. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had 65 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Australia, the Pacific, and the Middle East.
CirTran Products Corp. pursues contract-manufacturing relationships in the domestic consumer products markets, including products in areas, such as home/garden, kitchen, health/beauty, toys, licensed merchandise, and apparel for film, television, sports, and other entertainment properties. The Company concentrates its product development efforts into three areas: home and kitchen appliances, beauty products, and licensed merchandise. Through CirTran - Asia, Inc., the Company designs, manufactures, and supplies products in the international electronics, consumer products, and general merchandise industries for various marketers, distributors, and retailers selling overseas. This subsidiary provides manufacturing services to the direct-response and retail consumer markets.
The Company competes with Hansen�! � Energy, Diet Red, Monster Energy, Lost Energy, Joker Mad Energy, Ace Energy, Unbound Energy, Rumba energy juice, Red Bull, Rockstar, Full Throttle, No Fear, Amp, Adrenaline Rush, 180, Extreme Energy Shot, Red Devil, Rip It, NOS, Boo Koo, and Vitaminenergy.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By CRWE]
Last Friday, CIRC remained (0.00%) +0.000 at $.0005 at the close (ref. google finance August 30, 2013 ��Close).
CirTran Corporation has recently filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2013, showing continued growth in sales and a dramatic improvement in profits. CirTran�� sales were again driven by its Playboy Energy Drink line, which has grown to represent nearly 98% of revenues.
For the quarter, CirTran previously reported sales of $1,096,691, a 247% increase over the $315,755 reported for the same period a year ago. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, CirTran reported sales of 1,964,843, a 110% improvement over the $934,455 reported for the first half of 2012.
Best Beverage Stocks To Invest In Right Now: WhiteWave Foods Co (WWAV)
WWF Operating Company, incorporated on March 14, 1988, is a consumer packaged food and beverage company. The Company manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, and dairy products throughout North America and Europe. The Company operates in two segments: North America and Europe. The North America segment offers products in the plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, and dairy product categories throughout North America. Europe segment offers plant-based food and beverage products throughout Europe. The Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dean Foods Company (Dean Foods).
The Company�� brands distributed in North America include Silk plant-based foods and beverages, International Delight and LAND O LAKES coffee creamers and beverages, and Horizon Organic dairy products, while its European brands of plant-based foods and beverages include Alpro and Provamel. The Company sell its products to a variety of customers, including grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, and convenience stores, as well as various away-from-home channels, including restaurants and foodservice outlets, across North America and Europe. The Company sells its products in North America and Europe primarily through its direct sales force and independent brokers. The Company utilizes five manufacturing plants, two distribution centers, and three co-packers across the United States. Additionally, it has four plants across Europe in the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands, each supported by an integrated supply chain.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Pendulum]
Organic / Health Foods companies:Hain Celestial (HAIN)WhiteWave (WWAV)Annie's
Best In Class Food Companies:Coca-Cola (KO)Pepsico (PEP)Mondelez (MDLZ)Kraft Foods (KRFT)General Mills (GIS)Kellogg (K)ConAgra Foods (CAG)Hershey (HSY)J.M. Smucker (SJM)McCormick (MKC)Dean Foods (DF)
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