Articles by Rick Rouan

Energy drinks' leveling field

August 11, 2010
Slowing growth and lower price points have emerged in an energy drinks category once defined by a meteoric rise and premium pricing, but industry analysts and beverage manufacturers say it is unclear whether the recession or category maturation are to blame.
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Relaxation drinks get creative to help consumers unwind

July 9, 2010
Debate about the use of melatonin in relaxation drinks and shots has thrust the emerging category into the national spotlight as beverage manufacturers, consumers and federal regulators disagree over its
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Inspection equipment keeps tabs on beverages

July 9, 2010
Lighter containers spur changes for inspection equipment.

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Up Close With... BSN

July 9, 2010
BSN expands its ready-to-drink footprint.

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Distribution: Route optimization solutions help find a path

June 11, 2010
Faced with plummeting sales and rising costs in a recession last year, distributors looked to reduce their fuel costs, use less equipment and slash labor costs to remain profitable. Although
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Category Focus: Healthy preferences boost tea sales

June 11, 2010
Tea brewed a big year in 2009 through RTD value propositions and its reputation for health benefits.
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Up Close With... Ayala's Herbal Water

June 11, 2010
Dr. Ayala Laufer-Cahana says her company is more than herbal waters, it’s about education.
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Distribution: Hand trucks and carts can spur efficiency

May 7, 2010
Throughout the economic crisis, beverage companies and distributors have looked for areas where they could trim, innovate or be more efficient to save money. Oftentimes those discussions have focused on
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Up Close With... Grown-up Soda

May 7, 2010
Grown-up Soda Co-founder Steve Hersh discusses the less-sweet soda that combines real juice and natural extracts.
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Category Focus: Sports drinks target serious athletes to rehydrate sales

May 7, 2010
In the face of competition, sports drinks refocus their sights on serious athletes, analysts say.
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