Taking a Hard Look at Cider

Hard cider sales have been increasing, with new styles and flavors that have stimulated consumer interest, the Indianapolis Star reports. “It’s the most exciting beverage category in the market,” said Jeffrey House, founder of the California Cider Co., which produces ACE Premium Hard Ciders. While hard cider’s sales figures fall far short of those for…

Dasani to Debut Dasani Drops

Starting this fall, Dasani, Coca-Cola’s water brand, has rolled out Dasani Drops, a zero-calorie liquid beverage enhancer that allows people to add a burst of flavor to their water. Its four flavors include Strawberry Kiwi, Pink Lemonade, Pineapple Coconut and Mixed Berry. By flipping the cap and squeezing the bottle, water drinkers can customize their…

POS Hacking Exposes Security Holes

Details revealed in court following the apprehension of two hackers who hit point-of-sale devices at 100 shops and retailers expose POS security vulnerabilities, Bank Info Security reports. The attacks pose an increasing concern to all of those involved in the payments industry. The attacks compromised Internet-connected POS devices and systems operated by Subway and other…

PCI Releases Guidelines for Mobile Payment Acceptance

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council has released best practices guidance for mobile payment acceptance security, Mobile Payments Today reports. The guidelines are intended to offer guidance to mobile app developers and handset device manufacturers on security controls. The best practices are outlined in the Council’s PCI Mobile Payment Acceptance Security Guidelines and separate…

Fewer Michigan Apples

Michigan is the third largest apple producer in the U.S., but this year growers are picking only 10 to 15 percent of their normal crop. Michigan State University estimates the wholesale value of the missing apples to be $110 million, a hit that is rippling through the regional apple economy. “This spring, 2012, is probably going…

Beer Ups and Downs

Beer remained the largest segment of the U.S. adult beverage industry, accounting for more than four-fifths of total alcohol volume, but was challenged by both economic and consumer trends that resulted in a 1.3% decline in 2011, according to food and beverage consultancy Technomic’s 2012 BeerTAB (Trends in Adult Beverage) report. Total beer volume was…