Articles by Stephanie Cernivec

Vita Coco works to make coconut water the next orange juice

Coconut water brand uses flavors to appeal to consumers

Ten years ago, U.S. consumers might have thought you were a bit “nutty” if you told them that coconut water would be a multimillion-dollar beverage category one day. In fact, Vita Coco Co-founders Michael Kirban and Ira Liran didn’t even believe it at that time.


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Carts and hand trucks help with ergonomic delivery

Delivery equipment flexes to accommodate varying packages

When it comes to beverage delivery, safety is a top concern. However, drivers also are interested in delivering more product in less time, says Kari Michalski, channel manager for Magline Inc., Standish, Mich.


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Using packaging shape to create beverages that stand out

Focus on imagery can help attract ethnic consumers

Using body language, people can express themselves in a variety of ways without saying a word. Likewise, packaging offers its own form of “body language” to attract shoppers upon first glance. New York-based 4sight Inc. refers to this as “form language.”


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Beer liquid concentrates could take home carbonation to a new level

At-home carbonation machines enable consumers to experiment with craft beverages

In February, The Coca-Cola Co. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., now known as Keurig Green Mountain, announced plans to develop a new at-home beverage system called the Keurig Cold that would enable consumers to make their own Coca-Cola branded drinks at home.


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U.S. beverage trends expand into Europe

Asian markets interested in functional, health-forward beverages

Liquid concentrates took the U.S. market by storm in 2011 with the launch of Kraft Foods’ Mio liquid water enhancers.


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Specialty malts add variety to craft beer

Micro-malting industry incorporates local ingredients, sustainability

In the craft beer segment, hops tend to steal the spotlight when it comes to formulation. They’re prominent within India Pale Ales (IPAs), which is the segment’s top-selling style, according to Information Resources Inc., Chicago. Plus, they’re even measured in most beers by International Bitterness Units (IBUs), which assess the bitterness of a beer as provided by the hops that are infused during brewing.


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Sensient Flavors showcases new headquarters

Hoffman Estates, Ill., facility features sensory lab, pilot plant

After moving its headquarters from Indianapolis to Hoffman Estates, Ill., last year, Sensient Flavors, a part of Sensient Technologies Corp., showcased its new facility to the trade media on Feb. 18.


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Filling equipment focuses on total cost of ownership

Flexibility, sustainability features help support beverage-makers' bottom lines

In boxing, a TKO indicates a technical knockout that officially ends the fight. For beverage manufacturers competing “in the ring,” it’s the TCO that drives much of the battle in regard to filling equipment.


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Liquid concentrates spread from America to Europe, Asia

Beverage Industry to explore global beverage trends in May 2014 issue

Hard ciders were popular in the United Kingdom for years before reaching the mainstream U.S. market. Likewise, stevia was used as a sweetener in Japan for decades before getting approval as a safe food additive in the United States in the form of Rebaudioside A, according to Cargill. Many trends are born overseas and eventually make their way to the U.S. market. But that doesn’t mean Americans can’t be trendsetters too.


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Lakefront Brewery gives its craft beers a specialty spin

Craft beer portfolio includes organic, gluten-free beers with local ingredients

Although it’s common for siblings to attempt to out-compete each other as children, it’s less likely that it will result in a profitable business venture for them as adults. But for brothers Russ and Jim Klisch, what started out as a case of sibling rivalry over who could homebrew the better beer turned into a successful beer business.


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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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