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Dry lubricant options help curb water use in beverage operations

Operators seek versatile lubricants to reduce needed inventories

As portions of the United States deal with challenging weather patterns, water conservation continues to become a more prominent issue.


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Efficient beverage warehouse designs key to handling SKU proliferation

New facility designs offer opportunity to accommodate future growth

A trip to the local retail store can be an enlightening experience. Because of the considerable amount of SKU proliferation, a retail shelf might look quite different from one month to the next.


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Warehouse management systems integrate with warehouse control systems

Software integration aids supply-chain speed, accuracy and tracking

In an orchestra, it’s up to the conductor to ensure that all of the instruments receive the direction they need to complete a melody.


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Contract manufacturers enable beverage innovation

Co-packers see rise in healthy drink requests

When Geoff Soares, chief executive officer of Summit Beverage Group, Marion, Va., purchased the company back in spring 2013, he knew little about the beverage business, he says.


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5 tips to maximize success with a co-packing partner

Crown offers advice on choosing a co-packer

From family businesses to the largest multinational brands, many manufacturers rely on co-packers as a way to enhance production efficiencies and reduce costs.


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More beverage-makers integrating robots in operations

Cost reductions, long-term ROI support increase in sales

Hollywood has shown both the endearing side of robots, such as in Walt Disney’s “Wall-E,” and the more feared versions from the “Terminator” franchise.


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Picking technology flexes to accommodate worker needs

Short timeframe needed to train workers on voice-picking, pick-to-light, pick-and-scan systems

One of the most pressing problems affecting supply chains is an ongoing talent shortage, according to MHI, the Charlotte, N.C.-based material handling, logistics and supply chain association.


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SKU proliferation demands flexibility from beverage mixing equipment

Operators can utilize processing automation data to increase efficiency

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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National Forklift Safety Day raises awareness for operator training

Ergonomics could become major factor in forklift purchases

When it comes to beverage operations, worker safety is one of the most important factors for companies to consider.


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AGVs help lower operation costs

New navigation technologies could enable AGVs to plan their own routes

Last year was a record year for automated guided vehicles (AGVs), with AGV system sales reaching $140 million, according to the Material Handling Institute (MHI).


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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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The Path to New Product Success: Navigating the latest trends for new beverage development

By attending this webinar, you will learn about the top trends and how they fit into the CPG market, which channels are influencing new products and technology, how Packaging fits into your product development, and ways you can use innovation to increase sales.

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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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