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The June 2014 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on Vita Coco's coconut water, as well as articles about the top 100 beverage companies, KonaRed, and more. Check it out today!

Vita Coco works to make coconut water the next orange juice

Coconut water brand uses flavors to appeal to consumers
By Stephanie Cernivec
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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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Consumers find favor with tea's healthy attributes

RTD tea segment expands to include liquid concentrates
By Jessica Jacobsen
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The old saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but consumers also are turning to beverages such as tea to support their health.


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New vending technology makes channel a destination

Micro markets emerge as vending channel offshoot
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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Last spring in Lahore, Pakistan, and New Delhi, India, Coca-Cola vending machines connected consumers in the two communities separated by 325 miles and decades of political tension.


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KonaRed capitalizes on benefits of coffee fruit

Beverage company credits success to partnerships with FutureCeuticals, Splash Beverage Group
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Flashing back to arts and crafts projects from childhood, a common instruction from parents and teachers was to “use what you have.” Shaun Roberts took that concept a step further when he developed KonaRed juices.


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The Top 100 beverage companies of 2013

The Coca-Cola Co. edges out competition as No. 1 beverage company
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The consumer packaged goods market continued to see success from beverage brand owners last year.


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Beverage industry experiments with new product states

Vaporized soda, powdered alcohol could change the face of the beverage market
By Stephanie Cernivec
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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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Wirtz Beverage Group bolsters craft beer portfolio

Company plans to expand craft beer lineup for Wirtz Beverage Wisconsin this year
By Jessica Jacobsen
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As craft brewers continue to churn out new and exciting products, they also are tasked with developing relationships with wholesalers who can support the growth of their brands. Recognizing the popularity of craft beer, many distributors are bolstering their portfolios as they foster partnerships with these entrepreneurs.


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Dogfish Head grows portfolio through collaborations

Brewery crafts beers with other brewers and musicians
By Jessica Jacobsen
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In sports, coaches and managers aren’t afraid of some healthy competition. The same can be said for the craft beer market. However, these brewers take healthy competition a step further to camaraderie.


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Sierra Nevada plans East Coast facility

Brewery to open in four phases through 2015
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has come a long way from the early days when Ken Grossman, founder of the Chico, Calif.-based craft brewery, first began experimenting with homebrewing. After 34 years in business and countless expansions, the company is on the heels of completing its latest adventure: an East Coast facility.


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Beverage brands release TV-show-inspired drinks

J.R. Ewing Bourbon tips its hat to Dallas TV show
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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Even though summer is my favorite season, the downside to this time of year is that my favorite TV shows are on summer break.


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Beetroot juice found to support exercise performance improvement

Beets offer good source of nitrate
By Diana, Food Division
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Recently, more and more evidence has highlighted the effect of certain vegetables, including red beet, on nutrition and athletic performance through the beneficial effects of nitrate supplementation.


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Equipment keeps beverage-makers in control

OptiDry drying solution allows operator to aim air flow for ideal drying, Ross adds HMIs for controlled mixing
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Nordson Corp. announced the global release of its new ProBlue Liberty, an integrated tankless melter and multi-hose fill system that allows packagers to reduce waste, char, downtime and energy consumption on their production lines, the company says.


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LEED Certification aims for energy efficiency, cost savings

Hilmar Cheese Co. achieves LEED Platinum certification
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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The beverage industry alone consumed 76 trillion British thermal units (BTUs) of energy in 2010, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


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Telematics software offers real-time solutions for beverage distributors

Tracking solutions coded for tablet, mobile connectivity
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Because of GPS devices, drivers nowadays are used to being instructed to “turn right in 500 yards” or — for those a little more navigationally challenged — “make a legal U-turn when possible.” Beverage distributors are equipped with these advantages as well, but the latest telematics solutions offer some added perks to help drive efficiency, safety and more.


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5 key steps to risk management

Protect your fleet through driver training, scheduled vehicle maintenance
By Tom Kelley
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According to Merriam-Webster, risk is the possibility that something bad or unpleasant, such as an injury or a loss, will happen. The entity also defines management as the act or skill of controlling and making decisions about a business, department, sports team, etc.


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Hydrocolloids help beverages meet mouthfeel expectations

Gums add texture after sweetener, fat reduction
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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When playing Jenga, players have to carefully remove small wooden blocks to simplify a tower’s structure without pulling out the wrong block, which can cause the tower to topple. In some ways, formulating beverages is like playing a game of Jenga: Formulators add and remove certain elements to simplify beverage processing or meet consumer interests; however, if they pull out the wrong ingredient, the beverage’s structure can fall apart.


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R&D News: June 2014

New sweetener partnerships, approvals shake up formulator options
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USA unveiled a new website, asepticusa.com, and mobile application, titled Aseptic Solutions Beverage Creator.


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Sweetener usage changes with consumer preferences

Consumers look for natural sweeteners that don't compromise on taste
By Stephanie Cernivec
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In recent years, consumer concerns about sugar intake have created a macrotrend of healthier beverages. As a result, the beverage industry has seen natural sweeteners like stevia evolve and become more widely used.


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Beverage packages look to the past

New Belgium Brewing, Rittenhouse reimagine old-school packaging for new look
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New Belgium Brewing, Rittenhouse reimagine old-school packaging for new look


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Thermochromic, photochromic inks aid in shelf differentiation

Beverage brands should aim for 'theater in the hand' packaging experience
By Jessica Jacobsen
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For many people, getting “inked” is a way to express their individuality. Although not quite the same as tattoos, inks and coatings in the beverage industry can be an important element to help brand owners set their products apart on the store shelf.


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Celebrity power helps beverage brands connect with consumers

Absolut vodka partners with Lady Gaga, Mountain Dew takes fans behind the scenes of new X-Men movie
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Honest Tea, an independent operating unit of The Coca-Cola Co., reported that it recycled 108,704 containers at its Great Recycle events, which took place throughout the country during Earth Month in April.


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Organic, GMO-free claims gaining steam

Non-GMO food, beverage market expected to reach $800 billion by 2017
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Consumers’ desires for choices have no doubt had impacts on the beverage marketplace. SKU proliferation has altered the look of the everyday shopping trip.


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