Articles by Jessica Jacobsen

New products blur the category lines

IRI’s New Product Pacesetters hit on key consumer trends
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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
By Jessica Jacobsen
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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American Beverage Association takes proactive approach

ABA’s collaborative efforts address obesity crisis
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In the eight years that Susan Neely has worked for the American Beverage Association (ABA), the president and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based association has seen manufacturers truly embrace the concept of innovation.


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FMBs and RTD cocktails offer convenience for at-home enjoyment

Flavors, portability benefit FMBs, RTD cocktails
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With many consumers lacking the tools or know-how to reproduce some of their favorite on-premise cocktails, beverage manufacturers have found a way to deliver that same enjoyment to consumers in their own homes.


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Plastic packages influenced by lightweighting, bio-based materials

Consumers desire for convenience and health and wellness objectives driving innovations
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Although the plastic bottle market in the United States serves a number of different industries and manufacturers, the beverage business continues to play a large role.


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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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Maintaining beverage dispensing equipment

Iuliana Nita, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics global marketing manager of food and beverage, offers her insights about ensuring sanitary performance of beverage dispensing equipment in foodservice applications. She also will offer some tips about choosing the right kind of tubing to handle acidic beverages.

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