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Forget Me Not Grape will help fund Alzheimer’s education, research
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Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Representatives of The Cottages, from left, Heather Effenberger, Alexandra Peterson, Cara Peterson and Danielle Daebler celebrate the collaboration on Forget Me Not Grape with Twig’s Beverage staff Monday.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis The first bottles of “Forget Me Not Grape” soda come off the bottling line at Twig’s Beverage on Monday morning in Shawano. Part of the proceeds from the new flavor will go into a fund for dementia education and research.

Twig’s Beverage began bottling a memorable new flavor Monday.

Forget Me Not Grape adds not only to the line of locally produced Twig’s favors, but will also add to the coffers available to fund education, awareness and research for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

Part of the proceeds from the new drink will go into the Forget Me Not Fund established by The Cottages Memory Care, with facilities in Shawano and Oconto Falls.

“We’ll use that money to provide education to professional caregivers and awareness to families that are taking care of their loved ones at home, and also for research for the disease,” said Cara Peterson, general manager of The Cottages.

“It will cover the Wolf River valley,” she said.

The Cottages represent the Wolf River Dementia Network, which includes Shawano, Oconto and Menominee counties and the Stockbridge-Munsee reservation.

“Twig’s was wonderful in donating a portion of the proceeds of this soda,” Peterson said. “It’s very exciting for us and for The Cottages to be part of that whole development. We’re very excited to do this.”

Twig’s bottled the first 100 cases of the new soda Monday morning, and will soon be working with distributors to sell Forget Me Not Grape throughout northeast Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

The bottles are all adorned with purple labels calling attention to Alzheimer’s.

“We’ll always have the label and we’ll always donate,” said Dan Hartwig, owner of Twig’s Beverage.

Forget Me Not Grape is the 16th locally produced flavor Twig’s offers, though the company bottles many others for producers across the country.

“We’re getting more and more of that,” Hartwig said.

As far as locally produced beverages, Hartwig said, Twig’s is working on a ginger beer that could be out by the end of the year and some diet sodas.