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Up Close With... O.N.E Natural Experience

By Elizabeth Fuhrman
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Coconut water may seem foreign to many U.S. consumers, but O.N.E. Natural Experience, Los Angeles, made O.N.E. Coconut Water, as well as Acai, Coffee Berry and Cashew Juices, beverages that are growing nationwide.
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Category Focus: Treading water to stay on top

By Elizabeth Fuhrman
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A profiteer of double-digit sales growth for the past several years, the convenience/still bottled water category recorded sales growth of 4.6 percent to $4.1 billion in food, drug and mass merchandise outlets (excluding Wal-Mart) for the year ending Aug. 10, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI), Chicago. Bulk/still water and sparkling waters showed less favorable results. Bulk/still water’s sales sank nearly 5 percent to $712.8 million, and sparkling waters dipped more than 2 percent to $330.1 million.
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Packaging: 'Tis the season

By Stefanie Scott
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Beverage companies offer promotional packages to solve some of the gift-giving woes and worries.
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R&D: Put your best flavor forward

By Elizabeth Fuhrman
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Orange, lemon, grape, vanilla, berry, pomegranate, strawberry, citrus and raspberry are the leading flavors for new product introductions so far this year, according to Chicago-based Mintel International’s Global New Product Database. The fruit flavor mainstays at the top are not surprising because of one resounding chord that echoes through beverage flavors this year as with other beverage trends — health.
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Operations: Cutting costs and materials

By Elizabeth Fuhrman
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The U.S. demand for plastic containers will grow 5.4 percent annually through 2012 to nearly $32 billion, creating demand for 15.7 billion pounds of resin, reports Freedonia Group Inc., Cleveland, in its Plastic Containers study.
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R&D: Center focuses on accelerated starch innovation

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National Starch Food Innovation this summer inaugurated its Texture Center of Excellence, a state-of-the-art facility devoted to the understanding and improvement of texture in prepared foods and beverages. Located
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Beer has big changes on tap

By Sarah Theodore
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Summer is the height of beer season, but this year, industry eyes have been focused not on the typical beer venues of baseball games and backyard barbeques, but on boardrooms and a pair of mergers that have the potential to significantly alter the brewing landscape.
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Plant Focus: Complete custom bottling

By Elizabeth Fuhrman
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When Brooklyn Bottling decided to invest in state-of-the-art packaging and filling equipment, it resolved to expand its capacity, leaving room to contract package for other companies.
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Category Focus: Private label beverages stay competitive

By Stefanie Scott
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Walk through any supermarket around the country, and two main types of beverages will stand out: private label and national brands. In a shakey economy, private label beverages are finding ways to stay in and stay strong.
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Up Close With... WheyUp

By Elizabeth Fuhrman
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Take one amateur boxer with a sales and marketing background, add the need for a protein and energy drink, and you get WheyUp, a drink that combines 20 grams of whey protein in a non-carbonated, sugar-free energy drink.
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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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