Narragansett Beer Reintroduces ‘Jaws’ Can Design


Narragansett Beer is reintroducing a 1970s can design featured in the movie “Jaws.”

The company says the retro design depicting a ship and a red diagonal stripe is being re-released temporarily in honor of the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week,” which began Sunday.

In the 1975 film, Capt. Sam Quint, the shark hunter played by the late Robert Shaw, crushes a can of `Gansett with one hand to intimidate the oceanographer played by Richard Dreyfuss.

The Narragansett Brewing Co. was founded in Cranston, Rhode Island, in 1888 and produced its first beer two years later. The company’s beers are now produced in Providence; Rochester, New York; and Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. (AP)

Snapple Co-Founder Leonard Marsh Dies at 80


Leonard Marsh — the co-founder of the Snapple beverage brand — has died at age 80.

Snapple was founded in New York as Unadulterated Food Products in 1972, selling natural fruit juices to health food stores. Marsh started the business with his brother-in-law Hyman Golden and his childhood friend Arnold Greenberg. The now well-known brand name didn’t appear until 1980.

Marsh was a window washer when he launched the business and ultimately served as Snapple’s CEO for many years.

Snapple’s popularity soared in the 1980s as consumers clamored for healthier beverage options. The Quaker Oats Co. bought Snapple in 1994 for $1.7 billion and Marsh stayed on for some time after the acquisition.

The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. of Plano, Texas, now owns Snapple and confirmed Marsh’s death. (The Associated Press)

Website Wednesday: Tasting Table


This week’s selection is Tasting Table.

Don’t be fooled by the white background; the site is tastefully (!) separated by colored tabs detailing topics such as cocktail anatomy (!), news, entertaining tips, event information and travel – which allows users to choose their own versions of the site. I subscribe to Los Angeles and San Francisco, but other selections include Chicago, Miami, New York and Washington, D.C.

The best part about this service is getting the daily emails which introduce me to new products and services, and culinary delights I never thought of before.

The particular day I looked at the site, there was a message from the national editor stating she was leaving her position, and was looking for input from readers on who should replace her – well, duh, me!

The site really gives off a fun vibe, not stuffy at all. It’s something I really enjoy getting in daily Outlook inbox.