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  • The star takes center stage in upcoming football campaign as Pepsi® continues to unlock enjoyment for fans
  • Jack joins Pepsi’s star-studded group of global brand ambassadors, including Vini Jr., Son Heung-min and Leah Williamson

LONDON, April 26, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Pepsi has today unveiled the signing of its latest global brand ambassador, Jack Grealish, on a multi-year deal.

Jack will take centre stage in Pepsi’s soon-to-be-announced global football campaign. The campaign will build on Pepsi’s signature approach to football by creating unexpected and unrivalled football experiences for worldwide fans seeking to enjoy more of the beautiful game.

Jack Grealish joins Pepsi’s incredible roster of globally recognised talent, which already includes winger Vinicius Jr., Son Heung-min, and Leah Williamson.

All four players are set to appear in Pepsi’s forthcoming global advertising campaign, battling it out for street football supremacy. Jack and Pepsi have many plans in store that will bring the joy of football to fans throughout the year focused on the pleasure he takes from playing the beautiful game.

Jack Grealish, said: “I’m buzzing to partner with Pepsi as a global brand ambassador. Pepsi has a great heritage working with the biggest names in world football, and I’m excited to join their mission to unlock enjoyment for football fans around the world and encourage everyone to play the beautiful game!”

Eric Melis, VP of Global Brand Marketing, Carbonated Soft Drinks at PepsiCo, said: “Jack is renowned worldwide for his incredible football skills and the enjoyment he takes from the game. We celebrate those who personify our attitude on and off the pitch and can’t wait for him to support us in bringing more enjoyment to football fans around the world as part of the Pepsi family.”

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 (NASDAQ: PEP) 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 planet and people. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com, and follow on X (Twitter)InstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn @PepsiCo.


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Soft Drinks Recall: Undeclared Ingredients Pose Health Hazards

Recalled soft drinks by Charles Boggini Company contain undeclared ingredients, posing health hazards. Stay informed for a safer choice!



In a recent development, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall on three soft drink products produced by Charles Boggini Company. The recall was initiated by the company due to undeclared ingredients in their Pink Lemonade, Cola Flavoring Base, and Yellow Lemonade and Yellow Lemonade X. These undisclosed components have now been classified by their risk level, helping consumers make informed decisions regarding their health and wellbeing.

Understanding the Risk Levels:
The FDA classifies health hazards into three levels: Class I, Class II, and Class III. Class I indicates the most severe risk, where the product has the potential to cause “serious adverse health consequences or death.” Class II signifies that exposure or use of the product might result in temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences. Class III denotes a situation where the product is unlikely to cause adverse health consequences.

Recall Details:
The recalled soft drinks include 28 gallons of Pink Lemonade, 2,723 gallons of the Cola Flavoring Base, and 112 gallons of Yellow Lemonade and Yellow Lemonade X. The Pink Lemonade and Cola Flavoring Base were classified as Class II health hazards, while the Yellow Lemonade and Yellow Lemonade X products received a Class III categorization. It’s important to note that these recalls were voluntary and initiated by Charles Boggini Company in March this year.

Undisclosed Ingredients:
The Pink Lemonade was found to contain undeclared FD&C Red No. 40, the Cola Flavoring Base contained undisclosed sulfites, and the Yellow Lemonade and Yellow Lemonade X contained undeclared FD&C Yellow No. 5.

FD&C Red No. 40:
FD&C Red No. 40, also known as E129, is a red dye used in a wide range of products worldwide. While various organizations agree that dietary exposure to this dye is generally not a health concern, some studies have suggested potential links to allergies, migraines, and mental disorders, particularly ADHD in children. Consequently, the FDA mandates that any product containing this dye must declare it as an ingredient. Failure to comply can lead to product recalls.

Sulfites, commonly used as preservatives in food products, were found in the Cola Flavoring Base. Although the FDA requires sulfites to be declared in food products with a level over 10 ppm (parts per million), some individuals may have sensitivities to sulfites. These sensitivities can manifest as skin reactions, digestive issues, or respiratory problems.

FD&C Yellow No. 5:
The Yellow Lemonade and Yellow Lemonade X were found to contain FD&C Yellow No. 5, also called tartrazine or E102. This synthetic food dye is commonly used in soda, colored candy, and pastries. For individuals with asthma or an aspirin intolerance, allergic and intolerance reactions may occur.

Customer safety and well-being are of utmost importance, and the voluntary recall by Charles Boggini Company, along with FDA classifications of the health hazards posed by undeclared ingredients, demonstrates their commitment to consumer protection. By being aware of the potential risks associated with undisclosed ingredients, individuals can make informed choices and support a culture of transparency in the food and beverage industry.

Check out the article in Newsweek.




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First Watch Shakes Up Summer Brunch with Seasonal Menu

Spiked Watermelon Wake-Up joins signature cocktail offerings now through August 11



BRADENTON, Fla., June 4, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — First Watch is welcoming summer with a new seasonal menu spotlighting sweet corn, strawberries, blueberries and watermelon. The chef-driven menu is available at restaurants nationwide* now through August 11.

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Spiked Watermelon Wake-Up joins signature cocktail offerings now through August 11

“Summer is the season of bright, bold flavors, which is exactly what we’re going for with our newest recipes full of fresh twists on classic staples,” said Shane Schaibly, Senior Vice President of Culinary Strategy at First Watch. “From baking sweet blueberries into our cornbread, sprinkling shishito peppers into a breakfast hash and transforming our fan-favorite Watermelon Wake-Up juice into a refreshing cocktail, these seasonal touches will redefine your summertime brunch outing.”

First Watch’s full seasonal menu includes:

  • Shishito Brisket Hash – Blistered shishito peppers and smoked, hand-pulled brisket in a potato hash, topped with two cage-free eggs any style, house-roasted summer sweet corn, Cheddar and Monterey Jack, house-pickled red onions, scallions, roasted garlic aioli and Maldon sea salt.
  • Carnitas Breakfast Quesadilla – Savory, hand-pulled carnitas inside a griddled whole wheat tortilla with cage-free scrambled eggs, Cheddar and Monterey Jack, house-roasted summer sweet corn and scallions. Topped with housemade corn salsa, fresh smashed avocado, house-pickled red onions, scallions and jalapeño crema. Served with a side of seasoned black beans.
  • Strawberry Tres Leches French Toast – Thick-cut, custard-dipped challah bread griddled and topped with fresh strawberries, sweetened condensed milk, warm dulce de leche, whipped cream and spiced gingerbread cookie crumbles. Lightly dusted with powdered cinnamon sugar.
  • Blueberry Lemon Cornbread – Freshly baked cornbread with sweet summer blueberries. Topped with house-whipped lemon butter and lightly dusted with powdered cinnamon sugar.
  • Watermelon Wake-Up – Watermelon, pineapple, lime and mint.

First Watch is also offering a spiked version of its fan-favorite seasonal juice, Watermelon Wake-Up. This addition marks the first time First Watch has released a limited-time beverage to its array of brunch cocktails.

First Watch’s seasonal menus embody the restaurant’s “Follow the Sun” approach to sourcing fresh ingredients of the season. These menus change five times a year and have received national awards for their innovative, trend-forward approach.

First Watch is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for pickup, delivery and dine-in service. For more information about First Watch and its seasonal menu offerings, visit firstwatch.com.

* Not available in the Tampa Bay area.

About First Watch
First Watch is an award-winning Daytime Dining concept serving made-to-order breakfast, brunch and lunch using fresh ingredients across its network of neighborhood restaurants. A recipient of hundreds of local “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch’s chef-driven menu includes elevated executions of classic favorites along with specialties such as the Quinoa Power Bowl®, Farm Stand Breakfast Tacos, Avocado Toast, Chickichanga, Morning Meditation, Spiked Lavender Lemonade and its signature Million Dollar Bacon. In 2023, First Watch was recognized as the top restaurant brand in Yelp’s inaugural list of the top 50 most-loved brands in the U.S. In 2023 and 2022, First Watch was named a Top 100 Most Loved Workplace® in Newsweek by the Best Practice Institute. In 2022, First Watch was awarded a sought-after MenuMasters honor by Nation’s Restaurant News for its seasonal Braised Short Rib Omelet and recognized with ADP’s coveted Culture at Work Award. First Watch operates more than 530 restaurants in 29 states. For more information, visit www.firstwatch.com.

SOURCE First Watch Restaurants, Inc.


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Daughter of Late Jimmy Buffett To Join Christening Ceremony in June



TAMPA, Fla., May 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Margaritaville at Sea has named Savannah Buffett, daughter of the late singer, songwriter, best-selling author, and sailor Jimmy Buffett, as Godmother of its newest ship, Margaritaville at Sea Islander. Debuting in June, the inaugural sailing will take place June 14 on a 4-night itinerary from Port Tampa Bay, featuring a stop in Cozumel, Mexico and two fun-filled sea days.

The daughter of the late Jimmy Buffett will be joining the christening ceremony in June.
Savannah Buffett (Photo Credit: Christopher Wray-McCann)

“I’m beyond excited to be named Godmother of Margaritaville at Sea Islander and look forward to rendering the right concoction of love and luck so she may plow the seas amidst smooth, untroubled waters in search of that one particular harbor,” exclaimed Savannah Buffett.  “As a descendent of captains and boat builders, I accept this honor in tribute to the legacy of my seafaring ancestors. Cheers to many a lovely cruise!”

Savannah spent much of her childhood traveling on seaplanes, sailboats, and tour buses with her father. Raised amidst the rhythm of the waves and the allure of sandy shores, Savannah’s childhood was immersed in maritime culture.

From acting and literature to music history and photography, she delved into a myriad of disciplines, drawing inspiration from her father’s diverse range of talents. Throughout her career, she’s worn numerous hats, serving as a creative and musical consultant, hosting her own radio show on SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville, and co-authoring two children’s books with her father, “Jolly Mon” and “Trouble Dolls.” Amidst her array of achievements and passion for discovery, Savannah holds her lifelong bond with her father as her most beloved treasure.

“Jimmy would be thrilled that Savannah is the Godmother of the Islander,” noted John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville Holdings and Buffett’s partner of 28 years. “With his eldest daughter holding this honor, the christening of the Islander will be a very, very special day for all of us.”

With four to seven-night cruises to Key West, Cozumel, and Progreso, Margaritaville at Sea Islander will span 12 passenger decks accommodating 2,650 passengers. The more than 250,000 guests who have sailed aboard the Palm Beach-based Margaritaville at Sea Paradise will find several familiar favorites, including Paradise Pickleball at Sea, Frank and Lola’s Pizzeria, and Cheeseburger in Paradise as well as unforgettable new spaces and experiences to explore like the world’s only three-story LandShark Bar, Mexican Cutie Cantina, a Margaritaville-inspired cornhole and mini-golf course, and new family-friendly spaces like the Caribbean Amphibian Play Pad and Slide.

“We are honored to have Savannah as the Godmother of the Islander as she embodies the lifestyle Jimmy was passionate about: life on the water, great food, entertainment, and everything our guests have come to enjoy while vacationing with Margaritaville at Sea,” shared Christopher Ivy, CEO of Margaritaville at Sea.

Currently finalizing an extensive transformation, Margaritaville at Sea has redesigned all 1,105 staterooms with all new furnishings and custom styling reminiscent of the sand, sea, and sky. With more than 700 Breezy Balcony staterooms, Grand Terrace Suites, luxurious Corner Suites, and ultra-exclusive Signature Grand Suites, couples, families, and friends alike can chase the sunset from their spacious balconies with endless gulf breezes.

Guests can visit MargaritavilleatSea.com for more information and reservations. Stay up to date with ship offers, special events, and more by following Margaritaville at Sea on Facebook and Instagram.

About Margaritaville at Sea 
Margaritaville at Sea brings Margaritaville’s iconic hospitality to the open ocean for a one-of-a-kind offshore vacation experience. The cruise line’s maiden vessel, the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise, offers easy-breezy getaways from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island, while the new flagship vessel, the Margaritaville at Sea Islander, will set sail June 2024 out of Port Tampa Bay on four- and five-night adventures to Key West and Mexico and six- and seven-night voyages in 2025 to island hot spots of Belize, Jamaica and Grand Cayman. Guests aboard Margaritaville at Sea can relax and unwind in comfort, featuring a range of fully redesigned suites, and balcony, ocean view and interior staterooms dressed in nautical details and colors inspired by the sea, sand, and sky. The ships also feature numerous inclusive and specialty dining restaurants centered around chef-crafted, island-inspired cuisine, uniquely themed bars and lounges that provide non-stop live entertainment paired with premium cocktails, kids’ clubs and arcades, the action-packed Margaritaville Casino, the St. Somewhere Spa & Salon, multiple pools, hot tubs, and plenty of quiet spaces to soak up the Caribbean sun. Sail away to an island state of mind at MargaritavilleAtSea.com.

SOURCE Margaritaville at Sea


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