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2013 September

The September 2013 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on the Louis Glunz Beer Inc., our Wholesaler of the Year, as well as articles about the new products and the coffee market. Check it out today!

Wholesaler of the Year: Louis Glunz Beer Inc.

Craft and import beers shine in distributor’s portfolio

With a company history dating back to 1888, Louis Glunz Beer Inc. has been in business long enough to see the beer industry transform around it.


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Coffee market perks up

Premium formats experience growth as disposable income rises

Whether SEEKING a caffeine fix or a social beverage, more Americans are sipping on coffee, according to the National Coffee Association of USA Inc. (NCA), New York.


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Convenience stores enhance the speedy shopping experience

Convenience stores upgrade their offerings to maximize purchase opportunities

Thirty years ago, many consumers had a negative perception OF buying food at a gas station.


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Essentia finds the opportune moment

Essentia fortified water enters primed health and wellness market

Shortly after the launch of Essentia fortified water in 1998, President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Uptain realized that the consumer market was not ready for it.


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New products blur the category lines

IRI’s New Product Pacesetters hit on key consumer trends

Taking into account outside elements like economic challenges, environmental hurdles and trepidatious consumers, consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers have a number of things to consider when it comes to developing new products.


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I’ve got a golden soda

Treasure hunts spark excitement in beverage marketing

In Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Charlie is a poor boy with big dreams. Although his dreams come true in the end, finding the golden ticket inside a Wonka Bar was no easy feat for him. In today’s world of social media, however, contests like the one Charlie won have become a little easier.


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R&D News: September 2013

Robertet Flavors, Piscataway, N.J., appointed Martin Ongteco as vice president of innovation within the research and development group, reporting to John Scire, senior vice president.


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Vita Coco’s new line embraces its inner child

Package design helps brand extension appeal to a new audience

As a father to a 2-year-old daughter and an 11-month-old son, Vita Coco Co-Founder Michael Kirban was concerned about the number of artificial, sugary drinks marketed to children.


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Using social media as a product development tool

Crowdsourcing helps brands develop products to please fans

By the time you’ve finished reading this article, between 5,000 and 6,000 tweets about beverages will have been sent across the Twittersphere, according to Rob Goulding, director of the multi-channel sector for San Francisco-based Twitter Inc. In fact, more than 1.5 million conversations about beverages happen every day on Twitter, he says.


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FSMA and its impact on the beverage industry

Legislative implications have direct and indirect impacts

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws since the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938.


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Craft beer brands highlight food pairings

Brands craft beer-centric recipes and pairings to highlight brews’ features

The U.S. craft beer market has continued its upward trajectory trends. According to the Brewers Association (BA), American craft beer dollar sales rose 15 percent and volume grew 13 percent during the first six months of 2013.


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Tastes of vacation

Joffrey’s lets fans bring their favorite Disney coffees home

Whenever I return from vacation, I always crave the food and beverages I enjoyed during my travels and wish I could bring them home with me. While preparing this month’s Category Focus article on coffee, I found one coffee company that is giving consumers the chance to do just that.


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Tropical fruits add a taste of the exotic

Tropical fruits add variety to beverage applications

Although summer has come to a close, some consumers might want to grab ahold of the last drops of the season by indulging in the exotic, tropical flavors of the warmer climates. While flavors like pineapple, mango, passion fruit, coconut and lemon, among others, offer consumers a tropical escape, they also offer some nutritional benefits for their bodies.


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A blurry future on the horizon

Industry shows trend toward blurring category lines

Although blurry vision is usually a sign that it’s time to make that eye doctor appointment you have been putting off, not all references to blurriness have such a nerve-racking outcome.


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Marketing: Beverage brands interact with consumers to market products

When it comes to market share, beverage categories are always battling for the biggest piece of the pie.


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Supplier’s Marketplace: September 2013

In response to a wave of lightweight closure solutions, Closure Systems International (CSI) released the Flex-Chuck, which offers a new approach to capping chuck design.


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Top fleet manager offers thoughts on alternative fuels

A Q&A with Silver Eagle Distributors’ Ed Pritchard

As the year begins to wind down, it’s time to look at the factors that are likely to have a significant effect on beverage fleet operations in 2014.


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Forklifts help lighten the load

Lift trucks use technology, ergonomics and fuel alternatives to meet industry needs

In the game of Jenga, players have to be nimble in order to keep the wooden tower from collapsing. In a beverage warehouse, forklift operators must possess this same quality for a more serious purpose — transporting product without causing damage. And just like Jenga, in the game of material handling, every move counts.


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How to find the perfect label for your package

Labeling materials help packages meet performance and sustainability goals

Although it’s important to consider the end-consumer when choosing a labeling material, beverage-makers also need to look at the larger labeling picture and their teams’ abilities, advises Lou Iovoli, vice president of strategic partnerships for Hammer Packaging, Rochester, N.Y.


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Coding equipment hitting on all fronts

SKU proliferation influencing technology

In the 1983 holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” Ralphie eagerly checks the mail for his decoder pin from the “Little Orphan Annie” radio show only to be disappointed when he finally solves the code and discovers it is nothing more than an advertisement. Although Ralphie’s first coding experience might not have met his expectations, within the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market, coding technology is living up to its reputation.


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Packaging News: New label designs help beverages stand out on the shelf

Spin the Bottle wines incorporates animation to interact with consumers

Red Bull is giving its fans the gift of flight through its new limited-edition Red Bull Flugtag four-pack.


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Beverage-makers incorporate sweet, spicy and savory flavors

Beverage market turns to foods for flavor inspiration

Although flavor-of-the-month programs often can be found in ice cream shops, alcohol beverages might be taking a cue from the channel.


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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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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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The October 2014 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on our 2014 Executive of the Year, Keurig Green Mountain's CEO Brian Kelley, as well as articles about bottled water consumption, whey nutrition, and more. Check it out today!

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