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PepsiCo Americas Beverages pushes forward with innovations

New beverages, fountain systems designed with customers, consumers in mind
July 11, 2014

Among the iconic, long-standing TV programs that Americans tune in to, one factor can be vital to their longevity: evolution. In “The Simpsons,” Lisa goes from always wanting a pony as a pet to being a vegetarian and a mini-activist, whereas Walter White went from being a desperate chemistry teacher to a drug lord in “Breaking Bad.”


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2014 State of the Industry: Carbonated soft drinks

CSD brands seek alternative sweeteners
July 11, 2014

The current economic climate coupled with governmental and consumer concerns about health and wellness created a tough environment for the carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) market this year, according to analysts.


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Foodservice operators promote premium beverage options for increased margins

Fountain dispenser innovations bring excitement to channel
July 11, 2014

Whether overcoming residuals from the economic recession or more immediate factors, the foodservice channel has faced its share of challenges in recent years.


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Rooibee Red Tea debuts kids line

Brand also announces upcoming essence waters line
July 11, 2014

Most small-business owners see the world through rose-colored glasses when launching their companies, optimistic that their new ventures will succeed and thrive. In the case of Rooibee Red Tea, Louisville, Ky., this optimism has produced strong results.


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Drink mixes capitalize on flavor trends

Incorporation of different beverage categories gives drink mixes multiple growth opportunities
July 11, 2014

Although the term mixologist is commonly referenced in association with alcohol products, innovations within the drink mix category are allowing consumers to become mixologists in the non-alcohol arena.


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2014 State of the Industry: Beer

Consumers seek flavor in beer segments
July 11, 2014

When it comes to the beer segment, more consumers are seeking upscale offerings. Andrea Riberi, senior vice president of alcohol beverages with Nielsen, New York, told Beverage Industry in its March issue that super-premium domestic beers, which include brands like MillerCoors’ Blue Moon and Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light Lime and Michelob Ultra, gained 2 percent in case volume last year.


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2014 State of the Industry: Coffee and RTD coffee

Gourmet coffee consumption leads category growth
July 11, 2014

The gourmet coffee market has perked up this year, according to the National Coffee Association of USA Inc. (NCA). Approximately 34 percent of American adults drink gourmet coffee beverages daily, up 3 percentage points from 2013, according to the New York-based association’s “National Coffee Drinking Trends” market research study, which was released in March. Conversely, non-gourmet coffee drinking dropped 4 percentage points to 35 percent, it reports.


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2014 State of the Industry: Dairy and alternatives

Almond milk trailblazes the non-dairy segment
July 11, 2014

Although cow’s milk has long been associated with good health, it has experienced gradual sales declines in the past two years as prices fluctuated and consumers avoided fat, calories and added sugars, according to Chicago-based Mintel’s April 2014 report “Milk, Creamers and Non-Dairy Milk – US.”


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2014 State of the Industry: Tea and RTD tea

Health properties, premium formats boost tea sales
July 11, 2014

Consumer interest in healthy beverages has led to an evolving marketplace within the industry, experts note. For instance, the tea category has experienced sales increases due to consumer emphasis placed on healthy living habits, according to a January report from Santa Monica, Calif.-based IBISWorld titled “Tea Production in the US.”


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2014 State of the Industry: Bottled water

Sparkling water aids bottled water recovery
July 11, 2014

Consumers’ push for healthy beverage choices is matching up to sales numbers seen throughout the bottled water category, according to a report from Chicago-based Mintel.


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Iuliana Nita, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics global marketing manager of food and beverage, offers her insights about ensuring sanitary performance of beverage dispensing equipment in foodservice applications. She also will offer some tips about choosing the right kind of tubing to handle acidic beverages.

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The July 2014 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on the 2014 State of the Industry, as well as articles about PepsiCo Americas Beverages, Rooibee Red Tea kids line, and more. Check it out today!

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