Articles by Jessica Jacobsen

Zico is hydrating a growing culture

Zico Beverages targets niche in the sports drink market
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Fresh out of college in 1991, Mark Rampolla ventured to Latin America as a Peace Corps. volunteer in Costa Rica. He also spent time in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Brazil. During his travels, Rampolla was enlightened by many things within the Latin American culture, including a popular regional drink: coconut water.
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What’s next?

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Whether it’s for suppliers or finished beverages, trade shows can provide an eye-opening experience about what trends are on the horizon. At this year’s National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show, the Cool New Products section was a great introduction to what innovations companies were showcasing. And on the show floor there was no shortage of emerging brands and categories.
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Xyience appeals to an active lifestyle

Xyience Xenergy drinks target healthy energy
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As the energy drink market expanded years ago, sports nutrition and supplement company Xyience, Las Vegas, saw the emerging category as the next step for its products. That evolution led to the development of Xyience Xenergy drinks. “Xenergy is ‘zen energy;’ that’s what it means,” says Michael Levy, chief financial officer and chief operations officer with Xyience. “It has a concept of healthy energy for people with an active lifestyle.”


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A colorful palette of options

Color trends address natural demands, stability concerns
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For beverages, colors can play a crucial role when it comes to shelf appeal. They can help grab a consumer’s attention as well as correspond to the flavor and branding of a beverage. In addition, as beverage-makers seek more natural ingredients to be able to provide clean label statements, the search for colors that can deliver on all of those requests has helped spark innovation among ingredient suppliers.
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Functionality niche expanding

Performance beverage ingredients meet broader consumer needs
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Beverages have become more than just a source of refreshment. Consumers also are turning to beverages for functional benefits. Sports drinks as well as energy drinks and shots have become a source to provide a variety of functionalities.“There are quite a number of functional benefits that consumers are looking for with energy drinks and shots besides [an energy] boost,” says Garima Goel Lal, senior analyst at Mintel International, Chicago.


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Historic partnerships

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Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, my dad taught me to love all things Chicago. So naturally, I became a Blackhawks, Bears, Bulls and Cubs fan. (Although I’m not a White Sox fan, I wish them luck as well.) I have specific memories and particular items that I associate with each team. When it comes to the Cubs, I think of the ivy at Wrigley Field, of course, but I also think of Old Style beer.
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Bai Brands’ fruitful growth

Bai beverages take coffee fruit to new heights
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With about 20 years of experience in the industry, Ben Weiss has learned a lot about the coffee business, and particularly about the outer fruit of the coffee bean. Weiss’ knowledge of the coffee fruit as well as his appreciation for the Asia-Pacific region led to the launch of Bai Brands, Princeton, N.J., which offers a collection of beverages that are infused with coffee fruit.
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Bottled water sales get refreshed

Sparkling, enhanced waters deepen category’s reach
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Bottled water sales have shown signs of growth as the category recovers from the effects of the recession. Overall, the bottled water category increased 2 percent for $7.8 billion in sales for the 52 weeks ending Aug. 7 in supermarkets, drug stores, gas and convenience stores and mass merchandise outlets, excluding Wal-Mart, according to SymphonyIRI Group, Chicago.
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Coding technology addresses flexibility

Container shapes, speed affect machinery designs
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With beverage containers available in a number of shapes and sizes, beverage companies are seeking flexibility when printing lot and date codes as well as logos with coding installations for a range of package sizes and materials.
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Sizeable changes

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It has been a long time since I have stepped foot in a school lunchroom. Although it has been awhile since I packed my Barbie lunch box with a juice box featuring whichever popular cartoon characters graced juice boxes at the time, I still remember some of the staple items that me and my classmates enjoyed.
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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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