Articles by Stephanie Cernivec

Beverage industry experiments with new product states

Vaporized soda, powdered alcohol could change the face of the beverage market
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In science class, we learned about the three states of matter: liquid, solid and gas. We know that when water freezes, it becomes ice, and when it’s heated, it becomes vapor. We’re used to seeing water in all three states.


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Vita Coco works to make coconut water the next orange juice

Coconut water brand uses flavors to appeal to consumers
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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