Articles by Stephanie Cernivec

F.X. Matt Brewing Co. celebrates 125 years in business

Craft brewer overcomes Prohibition, recessions, and a fire in its more than a century in business
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Back in the late ‘50s and ‘60s, talking beer stein characters Schultz and Dooley promoted the mellow taste and naturalness of Utica Club lager in TV commercials. At the time, the brand was a strong regional competitor produced in Utica, N.Y., by West End Brewing Co., which is known today as F.X. Matt Brewing Co.


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Domestic beer case sales decline

Super-premium beer segment shows potential
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The beer category, which includes domestic beer, imported beer, craft beer, hard cider and flavored malt beverages, has mostly remained flat or suffered minimal declines in off-premise accounts in recent years, according to market research firms.


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Wine blends offer craft beverage appeal

Wine consumers trading up to premium red, white wine brands
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In recent years, the beverage industry has seen craft beers and — even more recently — craft spirits increase in popularity.


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F.X. Matt Brewing Co. adds equipment to maximize craft beer quality

Craft brewer plans to expand pilot brewery to promote craft beer experimentation
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Upon entering the century-old F.X. Matt Brewing Co. offices in Utica, N.Y., visitors are greeted with Victorian-era furnishings, including an old bank teller counter with a slanted bottom to accommodate women’s hoop skirts. Historic furnishings like this continue throughout the 400,000-square-foot campus. However, despite its historical appearance, the facility offers many modern touches.


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Aloe use expands in functional drinks

Ingredient could offer gastrointestinal, immune, beauty health benefits
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Traditionally known for its skin-soothing benefits, aloe vera can be found in a multitude of consumer packaged goods (CPG) products, including tissues, soaps and lotions.


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Coconut water's consumer base expands

Hydration drink appeals to all health-conscious consumers, not just athletes
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Although consumers might have classified coconut water as an “exotic” beverage in the past, it’s quickly becoming more mainstream.


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Natural, organic beverages trend as consumers learn about GMOs

Consumers increasingly choosing products from nature to nurture their families
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With thousands of articles about genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, hitting the wire last year, consumers quickly learned the meaning of the acronym.


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Supplyside West 2013 post-show report

Natural, safe ingredients prominent at tradeshow
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Once again, Virgo’s SupplySide West expo and conference experienced growth, breaking all previous records set.


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Flavor trends for the new year

Experts forecast new twists on sweet, spicy trends
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In terms of spirits, the last two years might go down in beverage history as the years of indulgent and spicy flavors.


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Supermarkets battle big-box retailers for market share

Demand for premium, private label products brings consumers to channel
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During the recession, foodservice and on-premise channels struggled as consumers began eating and drinking at home more often to save money.
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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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