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Up close with… Cintron Beverage Group

Beverage industry veteran Joe Roberts spent a number of years making a name for himself in the beverage business, so when he decided to launch Cintron Beverage Group two years ago, he had a wealth of industry knowledge and knew a few tricks of the trade. It didn’t hurt that he partnered with a successful Philadelphia-area commercial construction executive who also had a few tools at the ready, including an association with Offshore Super Series powerboat racing, which helped Cintron make a big impact in a short period of time.


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Packaging: Designing a green world

The trends in packaging design are moving toward a more sustainable future. The green movement has caught on, and many designers are creating packages that are recyclable and more eco-friendly. Packages using smaller amounts of material are showing up in the marketplace, and recyclability is part of the overall design process. Five designers recently discussed packaging material trends with Beverage Industry and why eco-friendly packages are here to stay.


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Beverage R&D: Organic, natural ingredients grow

Whether for environmental, health, safety or other reasons, increased consumer purchases are driving natural and organic beverage growth. Mintel International, Chicago, forecasts total U.S. sales of organic beverages to increase at an inflation-adjusted annual rate of 7.8 percent through 2012.


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McDonald's beverage destination

While the iconic Golden Arches signal convenience to many consumers, McDonald’s USA proved two years ago that it could be more than quick and value-priced with the introduction of its Premium Roast Coffee and other premium food offerings. Now that the coffee has kicked in, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based restaurant chain is using its beverage portfolio to make it more contemporary and relevant — and plans on giving other beverage-focused retailers a run for their money.


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Channel Strategies: Supermarkets play up their differences

The predicated British invasion of 2007 — or the opening of Tesco stores on the West Coast last fall — proved less traumatic for traditional retailers than feared, with many industry observers saying the financial impact has so far been minimal. But the U.K. retailer’s psychological influence has been felt far beyond its initial markets and caused supermarket retailers to re-evaluate their store formats and product offerings.


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Up Close With... Celsius

Steve Haley, chief executive officer of Delray Beach, Fla.-based Celsius, is no stranger to understanding consumers’ desire for beverages. For 20 years, Haley helped distributors and manufacturers predict where their industries were going. So it’s only natural that Haley would put his own company on the leading edge of a new beverage trend.


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Category Focus: Beer raises a glass to rising sales

The beer industry has reason to say “cheers” this year, as sales are on their way up again after several years of struggle. Beer consumption in the United States grew 1.4 percent in 2007, according to the Beer Institute in Washington, D.C. Domestic volumes improved a total of 1.5 percent for the year, with the domestic craft segment up 12 percent. Import volumes increased 1.4 percent.


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Up Close With... Reed's Inc.

Chris Reed, president and chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based Reed’s Inc., began his career as a chemical engineer designing liquefied natural gas plants — nearly as far from the beverage business as he could get. But a new age lifestyle and an interest in herbal remedies proved a stronger calling, and Reed soon followed.

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Packaging: Freedom of Flexibility

Imagine the perfect beverage production line. Ideally, the process runs smoothly from the very first pick of ingredients to the very last point as the finished product is stacked on a store shelf. In reality, however, a snafu here and a kink there inevitably need to be worked out. As new technologies continue to improve equipment pieces that are imperative to a production line, the 100 percent perfection mark isn’t a pipe dream anymore.

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Operations: Efficiency Through Integration

New recipes, more SKUs and packaging advancements have heightened performance demands in beverage plants. Processing automation systems offer beverage manufacturers a technologically advanced way to keep up with ever-increasing production requirements.
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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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Gert van Manen, president of iTi Tropicals Inc., shares his insights on the U.S. coconut water market. Citing research from Krueger Food Laboratories, he also supplies information highlighting the difference between products that declare their added sugars and those that do not.

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The December 2014 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on craft beer's revenue growth, as well as articles about health and wellness trends, Foco, the best packages of 2014, and more. Check it out today!

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