Articles by Jessica Jacobsen

A blurry future on the horizon

Industry shows trend toward blurring category lines
September 16, 2013

Although blurry vision is usually a sign that it’s time to make that eye doctor appointment you have been putting off, not all references to blurriness have such a nerve-racking outcome.


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Coding equipment hitting on all fronts

SKU proliferation influencing technology
September 16, 2013

In the 1983 holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” Ralphie eagerly checks the mail for his decoder pin from the “Little Orphan Annie” radio show only to be disappointed when he finally solves the code and discovers it is nothing more than an advertisement. Although Ralphie’s first coding experience might not have met his expectations, within the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market, coding technology is living up to its reputation.


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Wholesaler of the Year: Louis Glunz Beer Inc.

Craft and import beers shine in distributor’s portfolio
September 10, 2013

With a company history dating back to 1888, Louis Glunz Beer Inc. has been in business long enough to see the beer industry transform around it.


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New products blur the category lines

IRI’s New Product Pacesetters hit on key consumer trends
September 10, 2013

Taking into account outside elements like economic challenges, environmental hurdles and trepidatious consumers, consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers have a number of things to consider when it comes to developing new products.


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Citrus varietals add new dynamic to beverages

Formulators receive increasing requests for varietal-specific flavors
August 16, 2013

When it comes to fashion, the saying “What’s old is new again” can be used quite frequently. And when it comes to beverage formulation, that same adage still applies.


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No shortage of inspiration

Beverage-makers take inspiration from trade shows and even news headlines.
August 16, 2013

Whether you’re looking for the perfect words for a novel, searching for the right balance of color in a painting or debating on the notes for a musical composition, finding something inspiring to act as your muse can be a difficult task. The same can be said for the beverage market as manufacturers are looking for that perfect formulation.


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The Double Cola Co. expands beyond the CSD market

Company builds on its rich history
August 12, 2013

With a company history that spans more than 90 years, The Double Cola Co. has a lot from which to pull influence. But the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based company isn’t resting on its laurels. Instead, it continues to give its established brands a contemporary touch and is now making its first push beyond the carbonated soft drink (CSD) market, which has been its sole focus until recently.


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USDA releases rules for competitive beverages in schools

Exploring official school beverages standards
August 12, 2013

Following up on last year’s new standards for school meals, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled its new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards that will affect food and beverages sold in vending machines and a la carte.


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Honey’s versatility boosts usage rates

Sweetness, natural image help honey find favor with consumers
July 15, 2013

In Walt Disney’s 1966 animated classic “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree,” Pooh finds some creative ways to get his hands on his favorite treat: honey. Lucky for beverage manufacturers, dressing up like a little black rain cloud is not a strategy they need to employ when sourcing a sweetener for their products.


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An example for us all

ABA uses collaboration to meet goals
July 15, 2013

Some of the best parts of being a member of the media are the experiences you have and knowledge you take with you. During my local media time, I had the chance to experience new, exciting things and gain a deeper understanding of the community I grew up in.


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