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Designing solutions for warehouse woes

New technologies address common, upcoming issues
By Jennifer Zegler
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From ingredients to finished products to warehouse equipment, new ideas and solutions serve as fuel to keep beverage-makers and distributors going. As industry events such as Pack Expo demonstrate, equipment manufacturers maintain a pulse on the industry to offer new innovations to address current issues and anticipate future trends.
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Getting plastic bottles into shape

Blow molding machinery offers cost, energy savings
By Stephanie Cernivec
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In the competitive beverage industry, innovation is key. In the last few years, companies have developed new categories, such as coconut waters, aloe-infused drinks and relaxation beverages. Because formulations like these are so creative, oftentimes their packaging must be, too.
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Pack Expo helps expand horizons

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Processing technologies and The Processing Zone will make first appearances at the Las Vegas show floor for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s (PMMI) 2011 Pack Expo, the show’s 55th anniversary, taking place Sept. 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


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Fitting in with the demands of the line

High speeds, lighter packages challenge palletizing equipment
By Jennifer Zegler
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Cause and effect situations are prevalent on product lines in beverage manufacturing plants. Just as a jam upstream can cause proliferation of product downstream, palletizing equipment has been affected by industry trends toward higher line speeds and lighter packages, which has influenced new advancements.


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Nor-Cal plans for the future

Anaheim plant reflects co-packer’s investments
By Jennifer Zegler
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To continually improve its capabilities as a contract packager, Nor-Cal Beverage Co. Inc., Sacramento, Calif., has made investments exceeding $100 million in its two facilities in California. The improvements have placed the third-generation family-owned company on track to produce 45 million cases of product in 2011 for companies such as The Coca-Cola Co., Hansen’s Natural and Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons.


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Flexibility on tap at MillerCoors’ Milwaukee brewery

A range of products and packages present challenges for flagship brewery
By Pan Demetrakakes
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The MillerCoors brewery in Wisconsin is located on a 90-acre campus in the heart of Milwaukee, in what used to be the corporate headquarters for Miller Brewing — MillerCoors now has its headquarters in Chicago.


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Sunny Delight's goal-oriented production process

Sunny Delight Beverages Co. aligns its production processes with sustainable goals.
By Jennifer Zegler
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In 2007, Sunny Delight Beverages Co. (SDBC), Cincinnati, began to synergize its existing lean manufacturing initiatives to align with the emerging sustainability movement.
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Operations: ProMat Offers Warehouse Solutions

Trade show highlights include sustainability, efficiency and compact design
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The Material Handling Industry of America showcased material handling and logistics solutions at ProMat 2011 from March 21 to 24 at McCormick Place, Chicago
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Improving manufacturing with processing automation

By Jamie Popp
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Doing more with less is one of the goals when automating beverage manufacturing. Although many steps are involved, beverage mixing and blending equipment and technology help facilitate changeovers and can get more products to market faster with more efficient processes no matter how complicated the formula.
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Weinstein Beverage leverages efficient design

By Jennifer Zegler
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Bottler of the Year’s, Weinstein Beverage Co., facility embodies company’s new direction.
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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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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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