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SKU proliferation demands flexibility from beverage mixing equipment

Operators can utilize processing automation data to increase efficiency
July 9, 2014

As brands expand their portfolios to include a variety of beverages, they require automated mixing and blending systems that are flexible enough to handle different types of batches efficiently.


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LEED Certification aims for energy efficiency, cost savings

Hilmar Cheese Co. achieves LEED Platinum certification
June 16, 2014

The beverage industry alone consumed 76 trillion British thermal units (BTUs) of energy in 2010, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


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Conveyor automation speeds package handling changeover

Gentle handling protects lightweight packages
May 16, 2014

Celebrity-centric blog spots have led to a proliferation of rumors — whether true or not — surrounding those in the public eye. Although this sort of proliferation usually is met with disdain and resistance, SKU proliferation within the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market is fueling a marketplace full of choices.


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Ninkasi Brewing Co. opens expanded brewery

Eugene, Ore., facility includes sustainable equipment, hop filter
April 4, 2014

After three years of planning, Ninkasi Brewing Co. opened its expanded Eugene, Ore., brewery and brewed its first batch of beer in the facility in late March. The brewery worked with ecoReal Solutions, Portland, Ore., to add numerous sustainability features to the brewery, setting it on the path to reach Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the company says.


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F.X. Matt Brewing Co. adds equipment to maximize craft beer quality

Craft brewer plans to expand pilot brewery to promote craft beer experimentation
March 10, 2014

Upon entering the century-old F.X. Matt Brewing Co. offices in Utica, N.Y., visitors are greeted with Victorian-era furnishings, including an old bank teller counter with a slanted bottom to accommodate women’s hoop skirts. Historic furnishings like this continue throughout the 400,000-square-foot campus. However, despite its historical appearance, the facility offers many modern touches.


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Aftermarket parts offer efficient, quality options

Non-OEM parts supply cost, time savings
February 14, 2014

Although many people think of the automotive industry first when they hear the phrase “aftermarket parts,” almost every industry has some form of aftermarket presence, and the beverage industry is no exception, says Joseph Stroup, director of business development for FBN Inc., Plainwell, Mich.


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Swire Coca-Cola USA expands Utah, Idaho facilities

Bottler of the year automates for the future
January 10, 2014

Accumulating 130 additional SKUs within the last five years to reach nearly 500 total SKUs, Beverage Industry Bottler of the Year Swire Coca-Cola USA was pressed to find a warehousing solution to accommodate this proliferation.


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2013 Lab Testing Showcase

Equipment addresses taste, safety requirements
December 16, 2013

As beverage-makers continue to expand their brands with new variations and launch new products into the marketplace, lab testing equipment retains its ever-important role in the industry.


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Warehouse management systems offer efficient distribution

Automated management allows for better visibility, optimized processing
November 15, 2013

American retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. has made millions by allowing children to create their new best friend in-store. However, the fun, frivolity of kids “stuffing” their fuzzy companions sometimes can result in toys that are busting at the seams.


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Co-packer capabilities support new product development

Pilot program helps new companies test products
November 11, 2013

Before finalizing new beverage product concepts, beverage-makers need to consider the capabilities of the contract manufacturers and packagers (co-packers) with which they work, according to experts.


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