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The July 2013 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on the American Beverage Association, as well as articles about the State of the Industry 2013 report and weight management ingredients. Check it out today

American Beverage Association takes proactive approach

ABA’s collaborative efforts address obesity crisis

In the eight years that Susan Neely has worked for the American Beverage Association (ABA), the president and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based association has seen manufacturers truly embrace the concept of innovation.


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2013 State of the Industry: Carbonated soft drinks

Flavors, sweeteners add value to soft drinks

Dollar sales for carbonated beverages in U.S. retail stores increased by 1.9 percent in 2012 compared with the prior year; however, volume decreased by 1.6 percent, according to Euromonitor International, Chicago.


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Up Close With: Johnnie Walker

Whisky label takes blended approach to Scotch

In the mid-1800s, Alexander Walker used his experience in blending teas to create some of the first blended Scotch whiskies in the world. As a result, he transformed the grocery business of his father, John Walker, into a global whisky business. First called Old Highland Whisky, he later renamed the brand Johnnie Walker in honor of his father, the company says.


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FMBs and RTD cocktails offer convenience for at-home enjoyment

Flavors, portability benefit FMBs, RTD cocktails

With many consumers lacking the tools or know-how to reproduce some of their favorite on-premise cocktails, beverage manufacturers have found a way to deliver that same enjoyment to consumers in their own homes.


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2013 State of the Industry: Wine & spirits

Wine and spirits stay sweet

Sweet wine varietals and indulgent flavored vodkas remain popular in the wine and spirits categories, according to experts.


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2013 State of the Industry: Beer

Tiers helping beer market

Continuing what was seen during the recession, consumers are either buying more premium-priced beers or buying less beer overall, Jennifer Zegler, beverage analyst at Mintel, Chicago, told Beverage Industry in March.


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2013 State of the Industry: Dairy & alternatives

According to Chicago-based Mintel’s April 2013 report “Dairy and Non-dairy Milk – US,” the “other milk” segment, which includes ready-to-drink milk or milk substitutes, refrigerated kefir/milk substitutes/soy milk, and refrigerated milkshakes/non-dairy drinks, makes up 7.3 percent of the total U.S. dairy and non-dairy milk market. This represents a more than 30 percent increase in market share since 2010, it reports. Mintel also predicts that this category will continue to see growth through 2017 to reach nearly $2.9 billion in sales.


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2013 State of the Industry: Juice & juice drinks

Juices reformulate to meet consumer preferences

As consumers are encouraged by dieticians and nutritionists to reduce sugar consumption, beverage manufacturers also are heeding this call by developing juice drinks that fit the bill.


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2013 State of the Industry: Coffee & RTD coffee

Premium offerings fueling coffee growth

The premium market for coffee continues to gain ground, according to an August 2012 report from Santa Monica, Calif.-based IBISWorld. “Consumers educated themselves more about coffee beans and traded up in quality over the five years to 2012,” the report stated.


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2013 State of the Industry: Tea & RTD tea

Tea poised to be next ‘hot’ beverage

Following Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co.’s acquisition of Atlanta-based Teavana Holdings Inc. at the end of 2012, the tea industry is waiting for the hot tea segment to boom, according to experts.


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2013 State of the Industry: Bottled water

Bottled water sales continue to sparkle

A rebounding economy as well as convenience and a healthy image have helped bottled water sales recover from years of decline in 2008 and 2009, according to Chicago-based Mintel’s U.S. “Bottled Water” report released in March.


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2013 State of the Industry: Energy drinks & shots

Energy drinks and shots pick up the pace

According to a June 2012 report on energy drinks and shots in the United States by market research firm Mintel, Chicago, the market grew 124 percent from 2006 to 2011, which suggests a continuing recovery from the recession, it states.


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2013 State of the Industry: Sports & protein drinks

New players join the sports drinks team

Although sports drinks are commonly marketed for their hydration and workout recovery benefits, some consumers also are looking for low-calorie options, according to Chicago-based Mintel.


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2013 State of the Industry Report

Beverage Industry provides an in-depth look at the performances and trends in non-alcohol and alcohol categories in the last year.


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Weight management ingredients battle obesity epidemic

Helping consumers drink away the pounds

Although some segments of the beverage industry often are associated with the obesity epidemic in America, more than half of consumers believe they are responsible for their own weight, according to research by The Hartman Group, Bellevue, Wash.


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Beverage brands in the social media space

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter offer marketing opportunities

As social media continues its prominence across the globe, companies are investing more effort in connecting with fans through this resource.


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An industry united

Beverage companies unite to support Oklahoma

As we celebrate our liberty and patriotic pride this month, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some recent acts of charity within the beverage community that have truly shown that we are one united industry with common causes.


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Steps to innovation

Beverage brands find ways to stay relevant

When it comes to consumer packaged goods, thinking big with a positive attitude could be the key to innovation.


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An example for us all

ABA uses collaboration to meet goals

Some of the best parts of being a member of the media are the experiences you have and knowledge you take with you. During my local media time, I had the chance to experience new, exciting things and gain a deeper understanding of the community I grew up in.


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Marketing: Beverage companies set records, share heritage, promote sustainability

Ceviche Tapas Bar breaks the record for the world’s largest sangria

According to new research, Champagne does “go straight to your head,” in a manner of speaking.


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FBN offers quality made in the USA

Since 1988, FBN has manufactured replacement filler and capper parts and provided service for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, distillery, automotive, chemical, cosmetic, personal care and the rapidly growing micro-brew industries.


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Supplier’s Marketplace: July 2013

New enclosure coolers, measuring equipment, pallets and more

C.W. Brabender, Spirax Sarco and Paul N. Gardner Co. each released new measuring devices for various beverage warehouse needs.


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Trucks packaged for flexibility

Distributors move toward cargo-style truck bodies

As noted in last month’s article on the shift from straight trucks to tractor-trailer combinations, the bottler/distributor consolidation and SKU proliferation of the last decade have had an unprecedented impact on the beverage industry, and more specifically, on beverage fleet operations.


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The happy, hybrid palletizer medium

Robotic, conventional palletizers offer differing benefits

“The introduction of a robotic palletizer has had a huge impact on our business,” say Product Manager Jason Covington and Business Development Manager Steve Golladay of ITW Warehouse Automation (ITWWA), Arden, N.C.


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Sensient Colors LLC offers powdered and water-soluble color

Sensient Colors LLC, a business unit of Sensient Technologies Corp., introduced DustPro NXT natural color powders, which significantly reduce dust levels while improving color solubility compared with traditional natural color powders, the company says.


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R&D News: July 2013

St. Louis-based Sensient Colors LLC, a business unit of Sensient Technologies Corp., announced that its Sensient Food Colors Europe production facility achieved ISO 14001 certification for environmental management from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).


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Paper-based secondary packaging supports brand growth

Secondary packaging helps enhance shelf presence

When the recession hit, consumers started purchasing fewer items on shopping trips, in effect adding importance to a product’s packaging to get shoppers to pick up the product and examine it, says Charles Pavia, director of marketing for Proactive Packaging & Display, Ontario, Calif.


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Inspection equipment helps uphold quality and brand integrity

Inspection equipment gives lightweight packages special treatment

At retail, beverage packages are tasked with not only displaying an attractive shelf presence but also ensuring the quality of the product and the integrity of the brand.


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Packaging News: Limited-edition designs show American pride

Red Bull USA released cans featuring camouflage graphics for its same-named energy drink varieties for sale in military channels and retailers immediately surrounding U.S. military bases.


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Honey’s versatility boosts usage rates

Sweetness, natural image help honey find favor with consumers

In Walt Disney’s 1966 animated classic “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree,” Pooh finds some creative ways to get his hands on his favorite treat: honey. Lucky for beverage manufacturers, dressing up like a little black rain cloud is not a strategy they need to employ when sourcing a sweetener for their products.


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Foodservice venues serve a side of refreshment

Channel offers low-calorie, indulgent beverages

The foodservice industry tends to be a leading indicator of how well the economy is going to perform, says Joe Pawlak, vice president of Chicago-based Technomic Inc.


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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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