Articles by Stefanie Scott

Warehouse: Up and down and all around

Beverage companies are constantly creating new products with different shapes and sizes. In addition, they have attempted to consolidate warehouse locations, packing more SKUs into fewer locations.
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Category Focus: Spending declines drag down bottled water

Although it has been a beverage leader for years, bottled water is now facing a number of challenges to keep sales growing. Many companies have opted to branch out with enhanced or functional waters, while others have moved to larger sizes and multi-packs for the more economical take-home market.
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Packaging: Decipher the code

Without laser or ink jet codes on beverage packages, the manufacturing and warehouse process would be in disarray.
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Operations: Handle with care

Beverage companies continue to expand their multi-pack offerings, and whether the beverages are held together in a six-pack, 18-pack, 24-pack or 36-pack, warehouse conveyors must be flexible enough to handle all package sizes.
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Distribution: No driver needed

Automatic guided vehicles, commonly referred to as AGVs, are used in beverage warehouses to transport pallets of product from end-of-line machinery to storage and shipping areas.
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Channel Strategies: Variety wins

Fine dining, full-service, fast-casual and quick-service restaurants sometimes have different clientele, but at the end of the day, finding ways to entice consumers back to foodservice locations is the goal.
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Plant Focus: Plant transitions to a DPS hub

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has 24 production plants in the United States and Mexico, and more than 200 distribution centers. Unique to the Texas-based soft drink company, however, is its hybrid system of distribution.
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Packaging: Check the can, test the bottle

Cans and bottles travel through the beverage manufacturing process at such high speeds that the possibility of a dent or leak in the package is bound to happen. Inspection equipment is used to ensure the integrity of the package.
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Distribution: Trucking along the right path

With gas prices creeping up again, the cost of truck routing is a priority to many beverage distributors.
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Operations: Get a move on

Bottle and can conveyors have been adapting as quickly as the sizes and shapes of the containers they are designed to convey have been changing.
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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.


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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