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According to David Cohen, President, Manifest Distilling, consumers want more portable, lower-alcohol, lower-calorie drinks.

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Manifest's cocktails in a can are available at retail locations like Total Wine & More.

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Jessica Tittl is the new executive director of the North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce. Tittl launched a nature-inspired company called Biome Future, and is also a doctoral student at UF.

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A team of 84 flight and ground paramedics and dispatchers at UF Health Shands voted unanimously to form a union with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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Management of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, both in St. Johns County, will be moved to a newly created non-profit organization. St. Johns County will still own the facility and concert hall but will not run their day-to-day operations.

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Jacksonville small-craft distillery among first in Florida to enter canned cocktail market

Vanessa Caceres | 12/30/2022


Portable Cocktails

Manifest Distilling of Jacksonville is now selling a line of canned cocktails, making it among the first of Florida’s small craft distilleries to do so.

Manifest President David Cohen says consumers want more portable, lower-alcohol, lower-calorie drinks. The distillery was able to enter the canned cocktail market rapidly because it has partners in the canned beverage industry.

Manifest’s canned cocktails include Classic Daiquiri, Vodka Mule and Vodka Spritz. All have less than 6% alcohol and fewer than 200 calories per can.

Manifest’s canned cocktails are available at the distillery and initially at vendors from the Florida-Georgia state line to Daytona Beach, including Total Wine & More. It’s planning a statewide expansion.


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  • Allegra Jaros will become president of Wolfson Children's Hospital in January, replacing Michael D. Aubin, who is retiring. Jaros has been president of John R. Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y.


  • IBM will work with Edward Waters University in Jacksonville to help establish a cybersecurity leadership center. The move is part of a collaboration with 20 historically Black colleges and universities across the U.S. Florida A&M University in Tallahassee also will have a new cybersecurity leadership center.
  • The University of North Florida’s Department of Chemistry has a new 20,000-sq.- ft. addition with space for six new research labs and three new teaching labs. The additions were part of a collaboration with Jacksonville’s Johnson & Johnson Vision, which also partnered with UNF to invest in a new nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.
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