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Putting robots to work

Robotic systems provide automated solutions for beverage-makers
By Stephanie Cernivec
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In 1977, George Lucas introduced robots R2-D2 and C-3PO to the world in “Star Wars.” 


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Warehouse: Keeping costs in check in the warehouse

New technologies aim to reduce costs, increase efficiency
By Jessica Jacobsen
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 In any line of business, costs can be a concern.  


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Elevating material handling options

Efficiency, emerging technologies influence lift truck innovation
By Jennifer Zegler
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The buzzwords “sustainability” and “efficiency” have permeated all aspects of business. 


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Plastic bottle manufacturing breaks the plastic mold

Blow molding machinery responds to demand for flexibility
By Stephanie Cernivec
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 When consumers make a purchase at retail, they don’t always consider the lifecycle of the product.  


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Silver Eagle expands, makes sustainable upgrades

By Stephanie Cernivec
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Running more than 200 routes a week to serve more than 46 million cases a year to 11,000 accounts in 16 counties in southern Texas, Silver Eagle Distributors realizes the importance of investing in its operations. 


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Clearing a path for Automated Guided Vehicles

Automated guided vehicles demonstrate value, efficiency and safety
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Last year, sales of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) were the highest since pre-Recession years, according to the Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems (AGVS) Industry Group of the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). 


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Wirtz Beverage Illinois upgrades for efficiency

Wholesaler brings Chicagoland facilities under one roof
By Jessica Jacobsen
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 Efficiency is an important part of any business model.  


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Palletizers adapt to product evolutions

Advancements stay in step with SKU proliferation
By Jennifer Zegler
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 Bulk, portion-control, lightweight, flexible and additional packaging innovations have placed a strain on production equipment such as palletizers.  


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Facilities go beyond green

By Jennifer Zegler
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As Kermit the Frog once sang, “It’s not easy being green.” Although he was not referring to environmental friendliness, being green is not any easier when Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is the goal. 


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Reducing impact through reusable assets

Suppliers seek durable and detectable containers
By Jennifer Zegler
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 Beverage-makers employ a variety of methods to get their products from the manufacturer or distributor into the retailers.  


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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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Maintaining beverage dispensing equipment

Iuliana Nita, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics global marketing manager of food and beverage, offers her insights about ensuring sanitary performance of beverage dispensing equipment in foodservice applications. She also will offer some tips about choosing the right kind of tubing to handle acidic beverages.

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The September 2014 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on our Wholesaler of the Year, The Odom Corp., as well as articles about single-cup and iced coffees, cconvenience store growth, vegetable flavors, and more. Check it out today!

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