Articles by Jennifer Haderspeck

Picking technology flexes to accommodate worker needs

Short timeframe needed to train workers on voice-picking, pick-to-light, pick-and-scan systems

One of the most pressing problems affecting supply chains is an ongoing talent shortage, according to MHI, the Charlotte, N.C.-based material handling, logistics and supply chain association.


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Alternative packaging options appeal to on-the-go consumers

Pouches, cartons, aseptic containers and bag-in-box packages also meet needs of health- and eco-conscious consumers

In the beverage market, brand owners are changing the rules when it comes to packaging.


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Social media initiatives bridge digital, real worlds

Anheuser-Busch partners with Facebook to sell beer

Consumers of all ages use Facebook to digitally connect with friends, and now consumers of legal drinking age can use the social media site to serve up some friendly fun in real life.


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New Whey Nutrition helps bring protein drinks mainstream

Company supplements also meet medical, manual labor needs

Although protein drinks previously were associated with bodybuilders and workout occasions, mainstream consumers now are seeking protein-enhanced products.


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SKU proliferation demands flexibility from beverage mixing equipment

Operators can utilize processing automation data to increase efficiency

As brands expand their portfolios to include a variety of beverages, they require automated mixing and blending systems that are flexible enough to handle different types of batches efficiently.


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Labeling equipment caters differently to different-sized beverage companies

Labeling lines can offer flexible or rigid restrictions, depending on the product

Although the term “flexibility” often is used to describe expectations for beverage industry equipment, in terms of labeling equipment, there still is a place for more rigid machines dedicated to specific operations, notes Raul Matos, vice president of sales and marketing at Miami-based Karlville Development LLC.


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Coca-Cola's "Share A Coke" resonates with consumers

45 percent of online posts about campaign positive, Networked Insights reports

As soon as The Coca-Cola Co. announced the launch of its “Share a Coke” campaign in the United States this summer, I immediately began my quest to find a bottle with my name on it.


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Crowdsourcing gives consumers a voice in development of new beverages

MobCraft Beer, Proper Soda put new products to consumer vote

Although the common business adage “The customer is always right” might not apply to all businesses, some beverage brands are collecting consumer insights to help guide their new product development. In fact, one beverage manufacturer exclusively uses consumer feedback to create its products.


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National Forklift Safety Day raises awareness for operator training

Ergonomics could become major factor in forklift purchases

When it comes to beverage operations, worker safety is one of the most important factors for companies to consider.


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What's new at Pack Expo International 2014

Comedian Jay Leno headlines Pack Gives Back

This fall, PMMI, the Reston, Va.-based Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, will host Pack Expo International 2014 from Nov. 2 through 5 at McCormick Place in Chicago.


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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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