Articles by Jessica Jacobsen

More beverage-makers integrating robots in operations

Cost reductions, long-term ROI support increase in sales

Hollywood has shown both the endearing side of robots, such as in Walt Disney’s “Wall-E,” and the more feared versions from the “Terminator” franchise.


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Performance ingredients fuel functional beverage formulations

Health and wellness trends influence new product development

As beverage-makers continue to develop new products to meet consumers’ needs, health and wellness has become a built-in expectation.


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Americans more comfortable with online shopping

Ecommerce still lagging for consumable products

The convenience and ease of online shopping is one that I’m sure many U.S. consumers have been happy to take advantage of.


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Natural foods retailers face competition from other channels

Beverages experience mixed bag of results in specialty channel

American consumers’ desires for organic products continue to gain steam. According to data from the Washington, D.C.-based Organic Trade Association (OTA), sales of organic products reached $35.1 billion in 2013, an increase of 11.5 percent compared with the previous year.


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Beverage Industry readers name their favorite product of August

VitaminFizz receives 60 percent of online vote

With all the buzz surrounding health and wellness, vitamin fortification remains a popular topic in the consumer market. The readers of Beverage Industry also seem interested in the topic, as 60 percent of voters named VitaminFizz the best new product that was posted on www.bevindustry.com during the month of August, making it the winner of the publication’s August Readers’ Choice New Product of the Month poll.


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Mobile apps offer beverage-makers expanded connection with consumers

Partnerships with third-party apps offer brand owners more marketing opportunities

At any time of day, a quick scan of a train or bus would likely reveal at least one or two people on their mobile devices — particularly smartphones. Around the world, more consumers are turning to smartphones for their mobile needs.


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Cherry juice sees bump in sales in last year

Tart juice producers promote health benefits of the sour-sweet varietals

A longtime favorite topping for ice cream desserts, cherry also has found its niche within the beverage industry.


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Health and wellness perceptions and actions differ for consumers

Beverage manufacturers continue to offer fortified products to make application easier

As you take the time to read my column this month, I ask that you take a minute to think about what you have consumed within the last 24 hours.


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Wholesaler of the Year: The Odom Corp.

Beverage wholesaler credits community connection with success

With a distribution territory that spans parts of Washington state, Idaho, Oregon and all of Alaska, one might wonder how The Odom Corp., Bellevue, Wash., has excelled throughout the years while dealing with factors like challenging weather climates and a broad territorial footprint.


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Convenience stores overcome weather and channel competition

Beverages sales outpace overall convenience store growth

Despite the number of hurdles that it has faced within the past year, the convenience store channel still is holding steady, experts note.


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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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