Articles by Jessica Jacobsen

Honest Tea scales new opportunities

Honest Tea realizes growth since joining the Coca-Cola family

 The innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that helped Honest Tea, Bethesda, Md., establish its roots in 1998 can still be found within the company 14 years later.  


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Drink mixes capitalize on trends

Manufacturers explore energy varieties, flavors

Whether it’s low-calorie varieties, energy-boosting ingredients or popular flavor trends, the drink mix category has seen a wave of innovations that help it remain competitive in the beverage marketplace. 


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Weight loss claims take on new shape

Ingredients bring functionality to more categories

Whether it’s reported in the news media, discussed by the office water cooler or written about in blogs, consumers are at no loss for information about the obesity crisis that is affecting the United States. 


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Coffee sets the ‘pace’

 Americans love their cups of coffee.  


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Seasonal spirit

 After a fun Memorial Day weekend filled with good company, food and beverages, it feels like summer has officially begun.  


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Supermarkets looking for competitive balance

Beverages could be key to channel’s future, experts say

 With non-traditional grocery channels ramping up their food and beverage selections, traditional formats such as supermarkets are turning their attention to price gaps and promotions to help level the playing field, analysts report.  


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Sweeteners help companies cut back

Natural, artificial and blended solutions reduce calories, costs

Whether it’s to enhance flavor profiles, reduce calories or to mask the off-notes of added vitamins and minerals, beverage manufacturers continue to turn to sweeteners to help produce products that appeal to consumers’ taste preferences. 


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Zevia extends its appeal

Stevia-sweetened CSD expands its consumer base

Growing up, Paddy Spence, chief executive officer of Zevia, loved carbonated soft drinks (CSDs). 


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Operations: Conveyors keep moving forward

 Similar to the products that are shuttled across its rollers and belts, conveyor systems are working to stay on top of the trends in material handling in order to better serve its clientele.  


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Sports and protein drinks blur the lines

Niche markets expand the appeal of performance drinks
Similar to how superheroes like Spiderman and Batman have been known to blur the boundaries between advocates for justice and vigilantes, sports and protein drinks are transitioning from being separate categories to the emergence of one overall sports performance market, experts say. 


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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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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 September 2014 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on our Wholesaler of the Year, The Odom Corp., as well as articles about single-cup and iced coffees, cconvenience store growth, vegetable flavors, and more. Check it out today!

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