Articles by Stephanie Cernivec

BluePrint lays the groundwork for raw juices

Just before the end of 2012, The Hain Celestial Group, Melville, N.Y., acquired BluePrint, a raw juice brand based in New York.


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Filling machines give beverage categories their fill

Filling systems address packaging, category formats

Years ago, the word “flexibility” carried a different meaning in the filling systems space — it might have referred to different packaging formats and beverage categories. Today, proliferation of SKUs and the increasing number of particle-filled beverages have stretched the word’s definition in the beverage industry.


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What’s Your Function?

After the show’s close, New Hope Natural Media, the host of the show and a division of Penton, reported a record number of new natural and organic product launches, as well as record exhibitor and attendee numbers.


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New flavors, packages boost spirits category

Vodka and whiskey dominate category growth

Although the vodka sub-category remains the No. 1 segment in terms of volume sales, whiskey has become so popular that it is beginning to take over as the No. 1 spirit on a dollar sales basis, according to Bump Williams Consulting’s monthly wine and spirits report, which cites Chicago-based SymphonyIRI data.


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Refreshing the carbonated soft drink category

Hard environment presents opportunities for CSDs

Within the last five years, global launches of carbonated drinks have grown significantly, according to a December 2012 report by the Netherlands-based Innova Market Insights titled “Carving New Niches for Carbonates.”


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‘Going green’ for St. Patrick’s Day

As the city of Chicago prepares, yet again, to dye the Chicago River green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, many beer consumers are prepped with a small bottle of green food dye for their beers.


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Ingredient Spotlight: Coffee goes ‘green’

Interest in green coffee extracts increases.

According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), in 2012 the United States sustained its place as the largest coffee market in the world, consuming approximately 450 million cups of coffee each day, says Nina Hughes-Likins, senior marketing manager with Synergy Flavors, Wauconda, Ill.


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Stevia sweetens the deal

Overcoming off-notes and mastering low-calorie drinks.

Although Valentine’s Day has passed, stevia is still “whispering sweet nothings” into consumers’ ears. As a natural, zero-calorie sweetener that’s sweeter than sugar, stevia is capitalizing on consumer demand for natural and healthy beverages.


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HEINEKEN USA accelerates growth through product, packaging and marketing innovations

Heineken USA rolls out new products, packaging, marketing.

Among the pumping bass, neon lighting and professional dancers at this year’s nightclub-themed National Distributors Conference for HEINEKEN USA, White Plains, N.Y., a subsidiary of Amsterdam-based Heineken International B.V., the company announced that, for the first time in five years, Heineken Lager is back in the black.


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The whole kitten and caboodle

 Last fall, a team of researchers at Hiroshima University in Japan conducted a study which found that those who looked at pictures of baby animals, such as puppies and kittens, did more productive work afterward, as reported in an article in the Washington Post.  


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Top Beverage Flavors of 2014

Traditional flavors make up a large portion of beverage-makers’ selections, but tropical and exotic ones aren’t trailing too far behind. That’s according to research by BNP Media’s Market Research Division for Beverage Industry’s 2014 Product Development Outlook survey. Also see what's anticipated for top-selling flavors of 2015.

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A Healthy Future: Analyzing the latest health and wellness trends in the beverage market

The beverage marketplace continues to evolve to meet new trends and regulations. Our expert speakers will share with you their insight on what health and wellness topics will be paramount for the future success in the beverage industry.

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Gert van Manen, president of iTi Tropicals Inc., shares his insights on the U.S. coconut water market. Citing research from Krueger Food Laboratories, he also supplies information highlighting the difference between products that declare their added sugars and those that do not.

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2015 January

The January 2015 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on our bottler of the year, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Luverne, as well as articles about juice drinks, the 2015 New Product Development Outlook, and more. Check it out today!

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