Articles by Stefanie Scott

Operations: The Plan: Sort and Organize

Imagine walking into a warehouse and the first thing you notice is pallets are turned upside down and beverage bottles and cans are strewn over the floor. You are operating in a disorganized mess. Fortunately, because of the array of warehouse technologies, this nightmarish image is highly unlikely.
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Packaging: 'Tis the season

Beverage companies offer promotional packages to solve some of the gift-giving woes and worries.
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Packaging: Marking the path to production

Although the economy is a bit sluggish right now, companies continue to invest in high-quality coding technologies that produce less waste for the beverage industry.
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Category Focus: Private label beverages stay competitive

Walk through any supermarket around the country, and two main types of beverages will stand out: private label and national brands. In a shakey economy, private label beverages are finding ways to stay in and stay strong.
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Logistics: Lift and place

Forklifts are essential pieces of equipment because of the sheer mechanics in transporting beverage pallets throughout warehouses and other locations. Many companies supply full lines of forklifts for the industry, but electric-run and zero gas-emission lift trucks are among the most common. Truck producers continue to focus on maneuverability and load capacity as well.
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Logistics: Stacking up to demands

In the past, manual labor was used for the heavy lifting of pallets. But beverage companies now are using automatic palletizers and depalletizers to run fast and efficient operations in their plants. With quicker filling speeds and lighter bottles, depalletizing and palletizing machines offer the technology beverage companies need to meet production demands.
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Packaging: Don't forget to inspect

Nobody wants to open a can or bottle and notice something unexpected inside or that the carbonation has gone flat or that a millimeter-sized hole in the can or bottle was not checked and his or her new pants are now drenched in liquid.
With the speeds of bottling plants increasing at a steady rate, inspection equipment checking on the range of products needs to be top notch. Some of the inspection equipment is manual, and some are semi-automated or fully automatic. All of the machines inspect packaging to ensure the highest quality possible.

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Category Focus: Time for tea

Hot or iced, tea is appeasing peoples’ palates at an expanding rate. Health-conscious consumers are turning to better-for-you drinks, especially tea, and with plenty of flavors to choose from, tea companies are tailoring their drinks accordingly.

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Category Focus: Sporting healthier options

Within the past year, sports drinks have taken a health-conscious turn in order to survive in the ever-changing, competitive beverage industry. These electrolyte-filled drinks are no longer a simple rehydration source for athletes; they are now health-enhancement drinks of choice. As consumers want more good-for-you sports drinks, beverage companies have reacted accordingly.

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Packaging: Designing a green world

The trends in packaging design are moving toward a more sustainable future. The green movement has caught on, and many designers are creating packages that are recyclable and more eco-friendly. Packages using smaller amounts of material are showing up in the marketplace, and recyclability is part of the overall design process. Five designers recently discussed packaging material trends with Beverage Industry and why eco-friendly packages are here to stay.

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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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