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Plant Focus: Clockwork orange

By James Dudlicek
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Dairies have been making juices and drinks for years, sharing line time with fluid milk and other more lucrative products. And Super Store Industries’ Sunnyside Farms Dairy in Turlock, Calif., is above all else a food plant, and what food plant these days isn’t coming up with new ways to maximize its manufacturing resources?
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Packaging: Second thoughts

By Sarah Theodore
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Secondary packaging is pulling double duty these days, providing safe, sturdy transportation for beverage multipacks while also meeting the ever-increasing call for sustainability.


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Packaging: How to achieve elegant looks for less

By Pan Demetrakakes
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Everyone likes to look rich, but no one likes to waste money. Giving your packaging an “upscale” look doesn’t have to break your budget. Here are a dozen hints to look like you’ve spent a lot on packaging without actually doing so.


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Channel Strategies: Restaurant wars

By Sarah Theodore
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Restaurant and foodservice operators are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place in 2008, with higher prices on everything from ingredients to energy, and a sluggish economy that is causing customers to make fewer visits and spend less per visit.


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Packaging: The greenest of the green… the draft beer keg

By Peter Muzzonigro
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There is no question the draft beer keg is the most environmentally responsible beverage package in the brewing industry today. Think about it, the draft beer keg is returnable, refillable and recyclable. The keg fits the green profile.


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Tea takes target

By Elizabeth Fuhrman
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The tradition of drinking tea began thousands of years ago. While other ingredients of ancient times have waned or fallen to the brink of extinction, today, the United States alone sees more than $1 billion in sales from the ready-to-drink tea category. The Pepsi-Lipton Partnership (PLP), a joint venture between Pepsi-Cola North America and Unilever, aims to take that ancient ingredient and create new and relevant RTD teas for consumers.


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Category Focus: Time for tea

By Stefanie Scott
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Hot or iced, tea is appeasing peoples’ palates at an expanding rate. Health-conscious consumers are turning to better-for-you drinks, especially tea, and with plenty of flavors to choose from, tea companies are tailoring their drinks accordingly.


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Up Close with... MD Drinks Inc.

By Elizabeth Fuhrman
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“Help fight hangovers and rid your lungs and sinuses of certain airborne pollutants using the ‘smog-scrubbing’ antioxidant NAC and natural anti-inflammatory prickly pear extract,” reads MD Drinks Inc.’s Function: Urban Detox. NAC, or N-acetyle-cysteine, might be a complicated ingredient to formulate into a drink and for consumers to understand its benefits, but Urban Detox delivers it with unique flavor combinations while educating consumers about it on its label.


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Beverage R&D: Sweetened to be different

By Elizabeth Fuhrman
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A sweetener’s role always has been important in achieving a beverage’s desired taste profile, but now sweeteners’ responsibilities have expanded from just flavor enhancers to calorie control to being a part of a system to deliver functionality. Sweeteners also are a key contributor to beverages in the health and wellness category, including all-natural and organic formulations, and in addition providing a way for beverage companies to differentiate their brands.


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Category Focus: Sporting healthier options

By Stefanie Scott
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Within the past year, sports drinks have taken a health-conscious turn in order to survive in the ever-changing, competitive beverage industry. These electrolyte-filled drinks are no longer a simple rehydration source for athletes; they are now health-enhancement drinks of choice. As consumers want more good-for-you sports drinks, beverage companies have reacted accordingly.


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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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