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International Merlot Day: Celebrating the Beloved Red Wine

“Raise a glass on International Merlot Day, a celebration of the beloved red wine enjoyed by wine enthusiasts worldwide. Cheers to Merlot!”



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Every year on November 7th, wine enthusiasts around the world raise a glass to celebrate International Merlot Day. This special day pays tribute to one of the most beloved red wines, while also encouraging newcomers to experience the unique flavors of Merlot.

Derived from the French word “merle,” meaning blackbird, Merlot likely owes its name to the deep color of its grapes. Originating in Bordeaux, France, Merlot holds the distinction of being the most widely planted grape in the region, surpassing even the renowned Cabernet Sauvignon. It also ranks as the fifth most planted grape in Italy and the second most widely cultivated grape in Israel.

Beyond its European roots, Merlot thrives in various regions across the globe. From California and Washington in the United States to Chile, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Greece, and Mexico, each region imparts its own unique character to the wine.

Described by experts as having a dark fruit flavor profile, Merlot exhibits tantalizing notes of black cherry, blackberry, plum, and raspberry. These luscious fruit flavors blend harmoniously with herbal undertones, as well as hints of vanilla and mocha. While not a sweet wine, Merlot can possess a slight bitterness derived from the grape skins during the winemaking process.

International Merlot Day is marked by liquor stores, bars, and restaurants showcasing different varieties of Merlot and offering special discounts on bottles of this cherished wine. Merlot enthusiasts come together to toast their favorite libation, often participating in wine tastings and winemaking demonstrations. For those who have yet to experience the pleasure of Merlot, this day presents the perfect opportunity to indulge in its complex flavors.

To enhance the Merlot experience, consider enjoying a glass while watching a film that features this popular beverage. Movies like “Sideways,” “A Walk in the Clouds,” “Bottle Shock,” “You Will Be My Son,” “A Good Year,” and “Somm” offer a delightful cinematic accompaniment to your wine exploration.

Whether you’re a devoted Merlot aficionado or a curious newcomer, International Merlot Day invites you to savor the essence of this remarkable red wine and join the global celebration of its rich flavors and heritage.


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Limited-Edition Duke Nukem Energy Drink: G FUEL and Gearbox Celebrate Gaming Legend

Hail to the King! G FUEL and Gearbox are serving up a limited-edition Duke Nukem energy drink, Ego Boost. Get yours now at GFUEL.com!



For the release of Ego Boost, G FUEL partnered with Logan Chitwood to star as Duke Nukem, and Jon St. John—the original Duke Nukem voice actor—provides the narration.

Hey there gamers!

If you’re a fan of iconic video game character Duke Nukem, you’re in for a treat! G FUEL and Gearbox Entertainment Company have teamed up to celebrate the gaming legend with a limited-edition energy drink called Ego Boost. Hail to the King, Baby!

Ego Boost is a zero-sugar energy formula that packs a punch. It comes in three delicious fruit flavors – cherry, orange, and pomegranate. Not only will this energy drink give you the boost you need to max out your own ego meter, but it also pays homage to Duke Nukem’s explosive action and adult humor.

G FUEL has gone all out with this collaboration. You can get Ego Boost as a 40-serving standalone powder Tub, or you can go for the ultimate Duke Nukem experience with the limited-edition Collector’s Box. The Collector’s Box includes the Ego Boost Tub, a unique 20 oz Duke-approved atomic bomb-shaped Shaker Cup, and an exclusive set of Duke Nukem x G FUEL stickers. Talk about a collectible!

But that’s not all. G FUEL has also produced a special video series to accompany the launch of Ego Boost. Influencer Logan Chitwood takes on the role of Duke Nukem, while the narration is provided by none other than Jon St. John, the original Duke Nukem voice actor. You can check out the video series on their website – it’s a must-watch for any Duke Nukem fan.

The G FUEL x Duke Nukem Ego Boost Collector’s Box is available for $39.99, and it’s worth every penny. Not only is the energy formula zero sugar, but it’s also loaded with antioxidants from 18 different fruit extracts. Each serving has only 15 calories and contains 140 mg of caffeine, giving you the energy and focus you need for your gaming sessions.

Gearbox Entertainment Company, the mastermind behind Duke Nukem, is thrilled to be partnering with G FUEL on this project. They believe that G FUEL helps bring Duke Nukem to life and strengthens the connection between the character and gamers worldwide.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to “come get some!” Head over to GFUEL.com to get your hands on G FUEL’s Duke Nukem-inspired Ego Boost collection. This is an exclusive release, so don’t miss out!

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G FUEL x Duke Nukem Ego Boost, a new zero-sugar Energy Formula, is now available at GFUEL.com.

G FUEL continues to be a game-changer in the energy drink industry. With a wide range of sugar-free products and a passionate community of fans, G FUEL has established itself as a performance-driven alternative to standard energy drinks. They’ve partnered with popular creators, professional athletes, major game publishers, and entertainment studios, solidifying their position as a leader in gaming culture.

Gearbox Entertainment Company, the creative force behind Duke Nukem and other successful game franchises, is an award-winning creator and distributor of transmedia entertainment. They’ve acquired properties like Duke Nukem and Homeworld and have expanded their reach into movies and series based on their popular games.

So, whether you’re a fan of Duke Nukem or just looking for an energy drink that will give you an extra boost in your gaming sessions, G FUEL’s Ego Boost is the perfect choice. Fuel up like the King and conquer the gaming world!

Join the movement and grab your Ego Boost today at GFUEL.com. And don’t forget to follow G FUEL on social media @GFuelEnergy for all the latest updates.

Stay fueled and stay awesome, gamers!



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Subway® Selects PepsiCo as its Beverage Partner in the U.S.

U.S. Subway restaurants will begin serving PepsiCo beverages in 2025 under a 10-year agreement



MIAMI /PRNewswire/ — Subway®, one of the world’s largest restaurant brands, today announced a 10-year agreement with PepsiCo to supply beverages in U.S. restaurants beginning January 1, 2025. Subway’s longstanding partnership with Frito-Lay® will also be extended through 2030, bringing the brand’s U.S. snack and beverage portfolio together under one supplier and driving more efficiency across the system.

U.S. Subway restaurants will begin serving PepsiCo beverages in 2025
Subway® Selects PepsiCo as its Beverage Partner in the U.S.

Under the new agreement, Subway restaurants will offer a consumer-driven assortment of beverages from the diverse PepsiCo beverages portfolio such as Pepsi®, Pepsi® Zero Sugar, MTN DEW®, Starry®, Tropicana®, Lipton®, Aquafina®, and Gatorade®. Subway franchisees will also have the option to offer a larger selection of Gatorade beverages.

The new agreement underscores Subway’s commitment to delivering better food and a better guest experience, which includes ensuring the brand’s beverage offerings align with guest preferences across demographics. In addition, the change will provide additional value to franchisees, including all new beverage equipment provided to restaurants.

“The partnership with PepsiCo is an exciting milestone in our journey to become America’s favorite place to eat, drink and work,” said Doug Fry, President of Subway, North America. “It is a win-win for everyone, as it brings a delicious suite of beverage and snack choices to our guests, driving additional consideration of these menu items, while also providing cost-effective, streamlined solutions to our franchisees.”

As part of the ongoing brand partnership, consumers can look forward to seeing Subway and PepsiCo brands enjoyed together in exciting marketing and media partnerships.

“The agreement with Subway represents two iconic companies coming together to further their commitment to delivering operational excellence and driving breakthrough innovation for consumers across the U.S.,” said Anne Fink, President, PepsiCo Global Foodservice. “Together, we’re elevating the consumer experience with dynamic beverage and snack offerings — including those that appeal to a broad spectrum of consumers — bringing new flavors to Subway fans in a powerful way.”

The transition to offer PepsiCo products in all U.S. restaurants will begin in 2025 and rollout over the course of several months. PepsiCo is also the current Subway beverage provider in several regions around the world, including Canada, Germany, the Nordics, and the Netherlands, among others.

About Subway® Restaurants
As one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant brands, Subway serves freshly made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads and bowls to millions of guests, across more than 100 countries and territories in nearly 37,000 restaurants every day. Subway restaurants are owned and operated by Subway franchisees—a network that includes thousands of dedicated entrepreneurs and small business owners—who are committed to delivering the best guest experience possible in their local communities.


Subway® is a Registered Trademark of Subway IP LLC. © 2024 Subway IP LLC

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $91 billion in net revenue in 2023, driven by a complementary beverage and convenient foods portfolio that includes Lay’s, Doritos, Cheetos, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, Quaker, and SodaStream. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including many iconic brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Beverages and Convenient Foods by Winning with pep+ (PepsiCo Positive). pep+ is our strategic end-to-end transformation that puts sustainability and human capital at the center of how we will create value and growth by operating within planetary boundaries and inspiring positive change for the planet and people. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com, and follow on X (Twitter)InstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn @PepsiCo.


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Wendy’s Unveils Orange Dreamsicle Frosty: A Nostalgic Treat for Spring

Indulge in Wendy’s spring-inspired Orange Dreamsicle Frosty—a nostalgic blend of sweet orange and creamy vanilla, available nationwide March 19!



Just in time for the blossoming of spring, Wendy’s has announced the launch of its newest seasonal delight—the Orange Dreamsicle Frosty. This dreamy concoction is set to hit menus nationwide on March 19, capturing the essence of a beloved childhood classic infused with Wendy’s signature creamy Frosty goodness.

"Orange Dreamsicle Frosty - A swirl of creamy orange and vanilla Frosty in a vibrant orange hue."
Spring into nostalgia with the NEW Orange Dreamsicle Frosty at Wendy’s, arriving on menus nationwide beginning March 19.

Lindsay Radkoski, Wendy’s U.S. Chief Marketing Officer, expressed excitement about the release, highlighting the company’s commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction. The Orange Dreamsicle Frosty promises a burst of sweet orange flavors harmoniously blended with the velvety smoothness of Wendy’s classic Vanilla Frosty, delivering a nostalgic experience in every bite.

The vibrant orange hue of the treat mirrors the vibrancy of the spring season, inviting customers to indulge in a refreshing and unique flavor profile. Fans can savor this limited-time offering through Wendy’s restaurants nationwide or conveniently order via the Wendy’s mobile app, earning rewards through the Wendy’s Rewards™ program in the process.

This latest addition follows Wendy’s successful seasonal Frosty variations, including Strawberry, Pumpkin Spice, and Peppermint, captivating taste buds with each new release. The Orange Dreamsicle Frosty will stand alongside the iconic Chocolate Frosty, temporarily replacing the Vanilla Frosty, to cater to the evolving palates of customers seeking novel experiences.

Founded by Dave Thomas in 1969, Wendy’s has remained dedicated to its core philosophy of quality and freshness, evident in its made-to-order square hamburgers and renowned Frosty dessert. The company’s commitment to social responsibility is exemplified through initiatives like the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® and the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program, embodying a vision of making a positive impact on communities worldwide.

As Wendy’s continues to evolve as a beloved restaurant brand, the Orange Dreamsicle Frosty stands as a testament to its innovative spirit and dedication to providing customers with delightful culinary experiences. Embrace the nostalgia and savor the taste of spring with Wendy’s Orange Dreamsicle Frosty—a treat that promises to whisk you back to fond memories while creating new ones to cherish.

For more information on Wendy’s and its offerings, visit www.wendys.com and stay connected through social media channels for the latest updates and promotions.

This story captures the essence of Wendy’s new seasonal Frosty flavor, highlighting its unique characteristics and inviting readers to indulge in this nostalgic treat just in time for spring.

Readers are invited to savor the nostalgic delight of Wendy’s new seasonal Frosty flavor, as this story beautifully captures its distinct attributes, perfectly timed for the spring season.


Wendy’s was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas in Columbus, Ohio. Dave built his business on the premise, “Quality is our Recipe®,” which remains the guidepost of the Wendy’s system. Wendy’s is best known for its made-to-order square hamburgers, using fresh, never frozen beef**, freshly-prepared salads, and other signature items like chili, baked potatoes and the Frosty dessert. The Wendy’s Company (Nasdaq: WEN) is committed to doing the right thing and making a positive difference in the lives of others. This is most visible through the Company’s support of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® and its signature Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program, which seeks to find a loving, forever home for every child waiting to be adopted from the North American foster care system. Today, Wendy’s and its franchisees employ hundreds of thousands of people across over 7,000 restaurants worldwide with a vision of becoming the world’s most thriving and beloved restaurant brand. For details on franchising, connect with us at www.wendys.com/franchising. Visit www.wendys.com and www.squaredealblog.com for more information and connect with us on X and Instagram using @wendys, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wendys.

*Orange flavored Frosty with other natural flavors.

**Fresh beef available in the contiguous U.S., Alaska and Canada.

***At participating U.S. Wendy’s.  My Wendy’s account registration and use required to earn points and redeem rewards. Points have no monetary value.  See www.wendys.com/Rewards for details.

SOURCE The Wendy’s Company


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