Follow me on: Starbucks Gingerbread Latte – not gluten-free? Starbucks advertises that it’s “creating wonder and sharing joy” this holiday season, but unfortunately for those of us with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity , we can’t share in that joy: the coffee chain’s holiday beverages very likely aren’t safe for us. The Chestnut Praline Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Caramel Brulee Latte, Eggnog Latte, Peppermint Mocha and Skinny Peppermint Mocha don’t contain any actual gluten ingredients, according to Starbucks spokesperson Holly Hart Shafer, who supervised a review of ingredients at my request to look for potential sources of gluten. But “although no gluten ingredients were identified in these beverages, a majority of the syrups, sauces and some toppings were manufactured on shared equipment that also processes wheat and other gluten-containing ingredients,” Shafter says. “We cannot and do not claim that any of our beverages are gluten-free due to the fact that we use shared equipment and handle gluten and allergens throughout the store.” Now, this doesn’t stop me from ordering a plain cappuccino or latte at Starbucks (read more about what’s safe and what’s not safe here: Starbucks Gluten-Free List ). for the details), and may be able to consume the holiday drinks without getting glutened. Starbucks holiday menu – no gluten-free options But Starbucks’ answer does place these yummy-sounding holiday coffee drinks in the same ” no gluten ingredients ” category as the chain’s Pumpkin Spice Latte … and the comments about that holiday drink indicate it’s not particularly safe. So would I recommend trying Starbucks’ holiday drink menu? Unfortunately, no. I’m told by Shafer that “we hopefully will have some great updates to share with you soon!” regarding gluten-free treats at Starbucks, so stay tuned — perhaps we’ll get to share in the joy and wonder sometime in 2014. Keep up with the latest in the celiac disease/gluten sensitivity world — sign up for my newsletter , connect with me on Facebook and Google+ , or follow me on Twitter – @AboutGlutenFree .
Drinks Americas (DKAM) Hits a Grand Slam with Mexican Craft Beer
Within my many years in the alcohol brand building business I have never seen such huge and fast response from the industry and consumers,” said Joe Belli, National Brand Manager for Day of the Dead Craft Beer. Mr. Belli previously owned and operated IAO Management, LLC consulting and building national and local alcohol beverage brands. Joe then spent years as CEO for Prestige Imports, LLC., where he built a national network of distributors and sales staff for several alcohol brands. Drinks Americas was proactive to assess the beer and spirits market and react positively to the market demand for craft beer with Day of the Dead, an authentic Mexican brew. Craft beer is projected to represent nearly 15% of the Beer Industry by 2020 and Craft’s growth is driven by current beer drinkers drinking more Craft as well as consumers of other beverage alcohol trading into craft. (Source: Beer Marketer’s Insights, Brewers Association, Nielsen Company) About Drinks Americas Holdings ( DKAM ) Drinks Americas is the exclusive United States broker for leading premium authentic Mexican beers currently present in over 32 states and is on target to be the leading broker for this growing category in each of the markets in which it operates. All the beers are brewed in Mexico’s third largest brewery, Cerveceria Mexicana, which is proudly Mexican owned and uses state of the art processes, fermentation and aging systems. Drinks Americas leading premium authentic Mexican beer brands includes specialty craft beer Day of the Dead, Mexicali, Rio Bravo, Crazy Pig and Chili Devil. Drinks Americas (DKAM) brands continues to forge strong connections with consumers through some of the largest retailers and restaurants in the country. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this release, including the description of the company and its product offerings, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the historical volatility and low trading volume of our stock, the risk and uncertainties inherent in the early stages of growth companies, the company’s need to raise substantial additional capital to proceed with its business, risks associated with competitors, and other risks detailed from time to time in the company’s most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. The company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Investor Contact: Tim Owens 714-310-8102 Consumer Discretionary Heres a question for pundits and politicians outraged over people whose individual insurance plans are being canceled because they dont meet the new health laws standards.
But some conservative Christians really are advocating for it. Ben Smith, cofounder of Reclamation Brewing Company in Butler, Pennsylvania, said that for too long, American evangelicals have talked more about the “evils” of alcohol than its potential benefits. “The craft beer industry has really boomed in the past 10 years and has shown people that beer isn’t all about getting wasted,” he said. “It’s about admiring the beauty in it and seeing it as a gift.” For Smith and the other founders of Reclamation (including his father, a Reformed Baptist pastor), craft beer is an art to be enjoyed, like all of God’s gifts. Peter Green, whose PhD research at Wheaton focuses on the theological significance of wine and vineyard themes in Scripture, says the Bible presents alcoholic drinks as an indicator and facilitator of human and divine relationships. “The Old Testament is unambiguous that wine and other alcoholic beverages are a blessing, and their absence is considered a curse,” said Green. He acknowledges the Bible forbids drunkenness and that some people should avoid alcohol due to addiction or family history. But he believes that most Christians should imbibe, not abstain. Christians have always been concerned about drunkenness, but it wasn’t until the Protestant social reform movement of the 1800s that temperance was equated with complete abstinence. It’s an “American oddity,” said Jennifer Woodruff Tait, managing editor of Christian History magazine. “It’s not that groups of people throughout history didn’t practice complete abstinence. The Nazarites in the Bible didn’t drink alcohol. But in the 19th century, a whole segment of the church said it’s not just an ascetic practice that some people might choose; they said this is for everybodyall Christians must stop drinking or they’re not Christians.” That climate has changed, said Larry Eskridge, associate director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. While not a teetotaler himself, Eskridge said he’s fond of the view that has dominated the evangelical landscape.
Why So Many Christians Are Relaxing Over Drinks
Before the DP World Tour Championship, Stenson upped the ante by giving Poulter 10-1 odds. Poulter then said the loser would have to play waiter to the winner for a night out. “I like to make these silly things, and he said he’d like to take the bet on,” said Poulter. “I also said that if I do manage to pass you, we will have a nice night out, and he will have to pour my drinks for the evening. I think $1,000 isn’t an issue to him but pouring my drinks all night might be a big problem.” Stenson, who’s been nursing an injured right wrist, agreed to the wager. “If he catches me, I can only pour them with my left, so he’s going to have to hold the glass himself, Stenson said. Of course Stenson won by seven strokes on Sunday — on a day when Poulter literally waved a white towel on the 18th green as Stenson finished — so the $100 and night of Poulter in a waiter’s suit is all his. Poulter said Stenson earned it. “I would expect him to be rather relieved to be honest with you, because I’ve thrown a lot at him in the last four weeks, I’ve given him so much stick and so have you guys, which is brilliant. So I’m sure he’s a relieved man. He’s had an incredible back end of the year, and you know, best player on the planet right now.” Stenson fired back that he hasn’t forgotten about the bet.