Articles by Elizabeth Fuhrman

Convenience stores strengthen beverage share

Convenience makes the channel a beverage destination
September 17, 2012

 The environment is looking up for convenience stores, and particularly for beverages sold in the channel.  


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Traditional flavors turn up the creativity

Trends include blending, natural and authentic
September 12, 2012

 Health and wellness properties continue to drive flavor choices for many beverage formulators as health-conscious consumers are realizing that in addition to various health benefits, beverages also can be refreshing and flavorful. 


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Formulators offer masking solutions for health and wellness beverages

Masking solutions for health and wellness beverages
September 11, 2012

More beverages are being developed with functional health properties and lower calories. 


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Popularity of citrus soars with consumers

Emerging varietals, new flavor combinations reinvent citrus
August 15, 2012

 Orange, lemon and lime were three of the top flavors used by beverage formulators last year, according to Beverage Industry’s 2012 New Product Development Survey.  


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Designed for detailed detection

Inspection equipment evolves to meet packaging changes
July 18, 2011

Package lightweighting can be a major issue for many beverage manufacturers. In fact, it’s the No. 1 issue that many inspection equipment suppliers see beverage-makers facing. Therefore, they’re offering solutions to detect problems with these products. Although many beverage manufacturers have been lightweighting their containers to be more ecologically friendly and to reduce costs, one of the problems lightweighting can cause is leaks, says Melissa Rossi, marketing manager for Teledyne TapTone, North Falmouth, Mass.


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Recovering more recyclable materials

Industry works to fill the gaps in recycling
July 11, 2011

Beverage companies are taking on new strategies in regard to the goals of their recycling initiatives. One would be hard pressed to find a beverage company not involved in recycling, but the industry continues to expand existing recycling programs. Craft brewer Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, Mo., had to expand its recycling efforts in order to become a zero-landfill facility in January. In 2009, Boulevard’s Founder and President John McDonald, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Krum and Technical Director Mike Utz became co-founders and principals of Ripple Glass, a glass recycling company, to help close the loop in the brewer’s glass bottle consumption.


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Hand Trucks and Carts Ease Delivery, Service

Manufacturers create models that are more easily repairable.
May 16, 2011
With companies watching their expenses, distributors are trying to make their equipment last as long as possible. They are repairing rather than replacing whenever possible, including with their hand trucks and carts.
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Beverage Beat: An Allergen Aware World

Elizabeth Fuhrman explores the world of allergen friendly products.
May 16, 2011
I once dreamed of baking treats for my daughter’s birthdays to take to school to share with her friends like my mother did when I was a child. When my friend told me that her children can only bring store-bought treats to school because of allergens, among other safety concerns, I was disappointed to hear that, but after reporting on the beverage and food industries for nine years, I was not surprised.
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Packaging: Primary goes Beyond Basic

Variety of packaging types gives manufacturers choices.
May 16, 2011
Whatever the package type a beverage company chooses, primary packaging can help a product standout from the competition. In a crowded marketplace, uniqueness is the name of the game.
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Conveyors do more than transport beverages

Conveyor manufacturers release models that keep up with high-speed lines.
May 16, 2011
With the goal to get products out the door as quickly and efficiently as possible, bottlers and distributors would like to keep the line moving effectively so they can focus their attention to the numerous other tasks at hand.
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International Pineapple Day at Bahama Breeze

In celebration of International Pineapple Day on April 2, Bahama Breeze locations across the country invited the media and consumers to celebrate with cocktails that feature the tropical flavor of the pineapple. (Photos by Liz Parker and Jennifer Haderspeck)

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Ditch the weighting agents: A cost effective solution for delivering flavors and actives

Available On Demand Learn how to reduce costs and energy use by enabling high oil load emulsions, eliminating the need for weighting agents like brominated vegetable oil (BVO).

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