Category remains solid performer due to health-and-wellness trends
July 11, 2016
At $11.2 billion and nearly $187 million, respectively, the sports drinks and ready-to-drink (RTD) protein drinks markets are expected to remain solid performers as a result of continued interest in health, convenience and function, according to market research analysts.
Whether it’s wine or spirits, consumers are turning to specialty products for their alcohol beverages. These alcohol markets also are being impacted by key demographics, such as millennials and women, research notes.
According to Los Angeles-based IBISWorld’s May 2015 report titled “Energy Drink Production in the US,” 67 percent of the U.S. population is concerned about having enough energy to get through the day which, in turn, has fueled double-digit growth in the energy drinks segment during the past five years.
The U.S. coffee market remains steady, but a few trends are having an impact on it. A 2015 Gallup study found that Americans are drinking just as much coffee now as they were in 1999, about 2.7 cups a day.
Juice market seeks to combat concerns about sugar content
July 11, 2016
Although concerns about the sugar content within products in the juice and juice drink category have challenged the market, juice smoothies and their association as a healthy beverage option have helped the category mitigate contraction.
Sparkling and enhanced waters drive category growth
July 11, 2016
Today, consumers are choosing bottled water more often for its natural and healthy attributes. The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Alexandria, Va., and Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC), New York, recently released 2015 bottled water statistics showing that Americans’ consumption of bottled water increased by
7.9 percent and bottled water sales were up 8.9 percent from the previous year.
Appearing in the June 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the "Trends in Obesity Among Adults in the United States, 2005 to 2014” study concluded that the prevalence of obesity was 35 percent among men and 40 percent among women in 2013-2014, while an increased prevalence was found among women, but not men, during the 2005-2014 timeframe.
When Culture Club released its 1983 single “Karma Chameleon,” the song instantly became a global sensation. Although not yet on the global scale, Austin, Texas-based Chameleon Cold-Brew with its array of refrigerated ready-to-drink (RTD) cold brew and coffee concentrates has become a “hit” in the beverage market.
The majority of consumers do not plan on changing their dining out behaviors this year; on top of that, the entire restaurant industry is projected to grow, Chicago-based Mintel explains in its January report “Dining Out: A 2016 Look Ahead.”
Since moving back to the county where I grew up, I have been enjoying many of the local events and establishments that I probably took for granted when I was younger. Among the activities I’ve had the pleasure of attending was an art festival in the downtown area of my childhood community. Perusing the exhibits by local artists and enjoying the live music with my daughter and sister allowed for some
As a child, I spent many happy afternoons and evenings watching the Chicago White Sox play at “old” Comiskey Park at 35th and Shields. Typically, our family of six sat in the left-field bleachers, and I vividly remember cheering on Harold Baines, Ron Kittle and the other “good guys in black” while drinking a cold soda and munching on peanuts and hot dogs
Malibu kicks off Because Summer campaign, Big Red launches 100 days of BBQ promotion
July 15, 2016
Big Red kicked off the summer grilling season with its 100 Days of BBQ promotion. Running through Labor Day, Sept. 5, Big Red is rewarding drinkers with barbecue-related prizes, including a grand prize, three-day trip to visit iconic barbecue joints in Austin, Texas, it adds.
There's not much time left before school starts again, which means college students, Gen Zer's, are getting packed to get back to the books. As Gen Z matures and becomes a more important consumer group, Beverage Marketing Corporation and Fluent conducted a survey to find out what these consumers are drinking. Click here to see the full infographic.
Packaging experts note that advancements in optical technology, software algorithms that are effective at high line speeds and the ability to inspect materials across the bottling process are essential for today’s modern bottling facilities.
Across the beverage market, the craft phenomenon seems to have made an impact. As the craft beer segment grows and more brands enter the market, craft brewers are utilizing secondary packaging as a means to stand out on the shelf and tell their stories, experts say.
Originally written and performed as a Christmas song, “Fruitcake” extols the virtues of cinnamon by proclaiming, “Cinnamon, cinnamon, don’t forget the cinnamon. Cloves and spice will make it nice, but don’t forget the cinnamon.” In addition to being a popular baking ingredient, cinnamon also is resonating as a popular flavor within more beverages, experts note.
In many industries, the current broad frame reference seems to deal with an overall view of the supply chain with emphasis on distribution rather than specific areas covering processing, packaged production and related operations.
Equipment suppliers continue to release new innovations in packaging. Douglas Machine Inc. offers a robotic TriVex Sl/Sli top load case packer, while Standard-Knapp Inc. unveiled its new packaging machine for the craft beer industry.
Look inside the lubricant cabinet of a food or beverage plant and it's surprising what you find. Upon close inspection, you’ll see the cabinet isn’t holding only food-grade (NSF H1) lubricants. The cabinet also might contain cleaners, glue removers and penetrating sprays.
The beverage aisle has become one of my favorites when I’m at the grocery store. I’ve become known by the cashiers for purchasing a basket full of various ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages, as I like to find something new to try on each trip and restock on my favorites.