Articles by Jessica Jacobsen

Tea's health halo boosts popularity as beverage ingredient

Beverage-makers use tea to add benefits to other beverages
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In the CBS drama “The Mentalist,” consultant Patrick Jane surveys the crime scene looking for clues that others might have overlooked. But the pesky former psychic also seems to be on the hunt for more at every crime scene: a cup of tea.


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Specialty beverages work to fill consumer niches

Cowboy Up Energy, Skinnygirl Sparklerts appeal to specific consumer groups
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It’s no secret that the customization trend is spreading like wildfire throughout the beverage industry. Beverage-makers are developing products to serve not just the broad public anymore but also the more niche demographics.


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White Rock test-launches zero-calorie soft drink

Company plans to expand Fizzy Lizzy into new packaging formats
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In its more than 140-year history in the beverage marketplace, White Rock Beverages has gone through its own evolution.


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Warehouse management systems offer efficient distribution

Automated management allows for better visibility, optimized processing
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American retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. has made millions by allowing children to create their new best friend in-store. However, the fun, frivolity of kids “stuffing” their fuzzy companions sometimes can result in toys that are busting at the seams.


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Protein-fortified beverages carving out niche in beverage market

Vegetable and milk protein bases offer unique selling points
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Whether they’re used by fitness enthusiasts or as on-the-go meal replacements, protein-fortified beverages are carving out their place in the beverage market.


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Top cocktails of the summer

Margaritas top choice in on-premise consumption
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With most of the leaves now on the ground instead of on the trees, it might seem a little out of place to be talking about summer, but Newton, Mass.-based Restaurant Sciences LLC is keeping the summer season on our brains.


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Dairy alternatives' lower calorie content appeals to consumers

Almond milk segment continues growth
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As consumers search for that healthy, quenching beverage, non-dairy drinks seem poised to fulfill that need state, experts note.


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Process Expo continues to grow

Trade show adds educational programs
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Experiencing strong growth since its 2011 show, Process Expo, taking place Nov. 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago, will feature more than 200,000 feet of exhibit space dedicated to showcasing the latest in food processing technology from more than 500 equipment suppliers.


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Convenience, portability affect packaging selection

Cartons, pouches and aseptic containers appeal to different consumer need states
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Understanding consumer wants and needs can be crucial when it comes to product development and sustainability.


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An informative time of year

Beverage brands celebrate causes in October
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There aren’t many months that I enjoy more than October. There’s a chill in the air that allows me to bring out my favorite sweaters and sweatshirts from the closet, but it’s not too cold to prevent me from enjoying all the seasonal activities. But October is more than fun fall festivities.


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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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