Articles by Jessica Jacobsen

Big future in store for Big Red

Beverage-maker ramps up expansion of flavored CSDs
February 13, 2012
With a company history as vibrant as its flagship brand, Big Red Inc., Austin, Texas, is ramping up its efforts in 2012 to expand its Big Red brand throughout the United States as well as to honor the loyalty of those who have enjoyed the flavored carbonated soft drink (CSD) throughout the brand’s 75-year history.
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Children's drinks address growing concerns

Children’s drinks leverage natural, reduced sugar claims
February 13, 2012
When it comes to children’s nutrition, parents are faced with the challenge of finding products that meet their nutritional preferences, but also appeal to their children. But the challenge extends beyond parents and begins with the manufacturers. Beverage-makers are tasked with developing products to help bridge the gap between nutritional demands and pleasing taste profiles.
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Warehouses cope with growing pains

SKU proliferation, increased efficiencies impact storage
February 13, 2012
With the onset of so many emerging categories in the industry — kombucha, coconut water, relaxation drinks — coupled with line extensions, the number of SKUs warehouses need to accommodate continues to grow.
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Last Drop: Positive outlook

January 16, 2012
Staying on top of what is new in the beverage industry can sometimes make you forget about its history. When watching the Ken Burns three-part PBS special “Prohibition,” I was surprised to learn that some of the founding fathers of the United States enjoyed fermented cider.
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Superfruits expand beyond exotic varieties

Nutrient levels highlight more fruits under superfruit umbrella
January 12, 2012
Better-for-you beverages continue to appeal to consumers, and beverage companies continue to find ways to address that trend. According to Chicago-based Mintel Group Ltd.’s “Juice and Juice Drinks” report, 5 percent of launches from January to June 2011 contained antioxidants, which represents a 1 percent increase from the previous period. The report adds that many launches sourced their antioxidant content from superfruits such as acai berries, blueberries, cranberries and pomegranates.
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Crafting a different kind of cider

Crispin Hard Cider Co. targets expansion with premium offerings
January 12, 2012
Joe Heron, president and chief executive officer of Crispin Hard Cider Co., says the Minneapolis-based company is not your traditional cider company. Whether it’s the company’s use of unpasteurized fresh-pressed juice or its historic and pop culture references in the names of its products, Crispin is seeking a point of differentiation in the hard cider market.
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Flexible future forecasted for lab testing

Equipment caters to growing, changing beverage market
December 13, 2011
With more beverages introduced to the market every day, lab testing equipment suppliers are tasked with developing equipment to accommodate the growing marketplace.
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Competitive spirit spurs new formats

Larger retailers get creative to compete for market share
December 13, 2011
As non-traditional grocery retailers see more competition from dollar store formats and wholesale club stores, mass merchandisers and supercenters are enlisting new ways to grow their consumer bases.
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Automation making strides in warehouses

Automated storage and retrieval systems address key trends
December 13, 2011
Updating or investing in automation for a warehouse can be a large capital expenditure, but it is an investment that many companies are willing to make.
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Local pride

December 13, 2011
As more beverage companies pop up on the radar, it can be fun and interesting to see where they are located. Having emerging and established companies in your backyard can allow for a sense of pride and connection with those brands.
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