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The July 2014 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on the 2014 State of the Industry, as well as articles about PepsiCo Americas Beverages, Rooibee Red Tea kids line, and more. Check it out today!

PepsiCo Americas Beverages pushes forward with innovations

New beverages, fountain systems designed with customers, consumers in mind
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Among the iconic, long-standing TV programs that Americans tune in to, one factor can be vital to their longevity: evolution. In “The Simpsons,” Lisa goes from always wanting a pony as a pet to being a vegetarian and a mini-activist, whereas Walter White went from being a desperate chemistry teacher to a drug lord in “Breaking Bad.”


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Drink mixes capitalize on flavor trends

Incorporation of different beverage categories gives drink mixes multiple growth opportunities
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Although the term mixologist is commonly referenced in association with alcohol products, innovations within the drink mix category are allowing consumers to become mixologists in the non-alcohol arena.


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2014 State of the Industry: Beer

Consumers seek flavor in beer segments
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When it comes to the beer segment, more consumers are seeking upscale offerings. Andrea Riberi, senior vice president of alcohol beverages with Nielsen, New York, told Beverage Industry in its March issue that super-premium domestic beers, which include brands like MillerCoors’ Blue Moon and Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light Lime and Michelob Ultra, gained 2 percent in case volume last year.


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2014 State of the Industry: Coffee and RTD coffee

Gourmet coffee consumption leads category growth
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The gourmet coffee market has perked up this year, according to the National Coffee Association of USA Inc. (NCA). Approximately 34 percent of American adults drink gourmet coffee beverages daily, up 3 percentage points from 2013, according to the New York-based association’s “National Coffee Drinking Trends” market research study, which was released in March. Conversely, non-gourmet coffee drinking dropped 4 percentage points to 35 percent, it reports.


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2014 State of the Industry: Tea and RTD tea

Health properties, premium formats boost tea sales
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Consumer interest in healthy beverages has led to an evolving marketplace within the industry, experts note. For instance, the tea category has experienced sales increases due to consumer emphasis placed on healthy living habits, according to a January report from Santa Monica, Calif.-based IBISWorld titled “Tea Production in the US.”


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2014 State of the Industry: Dairy and alternatives

Almond milk trailblazes the non-dairy segment
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Although cow’s milk has long been associated with good health, it has experienced gradual sales declines in the past two years as prices fluctuated and consumers avoided fat, calories and added sugars, according to Chicago-based Mintel’s April 2014 report “Milk, Creamers and Non-Dairy Milk – US.”


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2014 State of the Industry: Bottled water

Sparkling water aids bottled water recovery
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Consumers’ push for healthy beverage choices is matching up to sales numbers seen throughout the bottled water category, according to a report from Chicago-based Mintel.


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2014 State of the Industry: Juice and juice drinks

Juices play up the health benefits
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From 2009 to 2014, juice and smoothie bars saw a 2 percent rise in revenue each year, according to a May 2014 report by IBISWorld, Santa Monica, Calif., titled “Juice & Smoothie Bars in the US.”


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2014 State of the Industry: Energy drinks

Energy drinks add function and flavor
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According to Mintel, 42 percent of people who drink energy shots take them in the afternoon, and 49 percent of people who consume energy drinks also do so in the afternoon, said Jennifer Zegler, global food and drink analyst at the Chicago-based market research firm, in Beverage Industry’s August 2013 issue.


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2014 State of the Industry: Wine and spirits

Whiskey, wine blends grow double digits
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Within the wine and spirits categories, dark spirits and blended wines are leading growth, according to analysts.


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2014 State of the Industry: Sports and protein drinks

Sports drinks work to maintain market share
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After a strong growth period, the sports drink category is facing competition from brands outside the category.


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2014 State of the Industry: Carbonated soft drinks

CSD brands seek alternative sweeteners
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The current economic climate coupled with governmental and consumer concerns about health and wellness created a tough environment for the carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) market this year, according to analysts.


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Rooibee Red Tea debuts kids line

Brand also announces upcoming essence waters line
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Most small-business owners see the world through rose-colored glasses when launching their companies, optimistic that their new ventures will succeed and thrive. In the case of Rooibee Red Tea, Louisville, Ky., this optimism has produced strong results.


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Foodservice operators promote premium beverage options for increased margins

Fountain dispenser innovations bring excitement to channel
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Whether overcoming residuals from the economic recession or more immediate factors, the foodservice channel has faced its share of challenges in recent years.


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2014 State of the Industry Report

An overview of beverage performance by category
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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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R&D News: July 2014

Beverage ingredient companies invest in new products and facilities
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Glanbia Nutritionals, Carlsbad, Calif., signed an agreement with Ajinomoto Co. Inc., Fort Lee, N.J., to exclusively distribute its CapsiAtra ingredient in target markets in the United States.


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Beverage brands show off their fashionable sides

Diet Coke partners with celebrity design for brand-inspired totes
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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When I’m not in the office, you’ll often find me wearing an item of Disney clothing. Even when I’m in the office, I’m always wearing my favorite Mickey Mouse watch.


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New packaging, dispenser options help beverages stand out

Perlick offers stylish beer, wine dispenses to catch consumers' eyes
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Aptar Food + Beverage, a part of the AptarGroup family of companies, released two new dispensing closures designed to meet the needs of the growing liquid concentrates market.


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Palletizer automation helps fuel craft beer growth

Robotic, hybrid and conventional options help handle different packaging types
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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When Kansas City, Mo.-based Boulevard Brewing Co., now a part of Puurs, Belgium-based Duvel Moortgat, realized that the craft brewing business it had been building since 1989 was outgrowing its infrastructure and equipment, the company knew it needed to turn to automation to support its growth.


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Maintenance plans help save time, money, injuries down the line

Effective procedures important for all employees
By Tom Kelley
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Nearly all maintenance advice typically is aimed at one type of part or one specific procedure. Unfortunately, this results in many maintenance operations “not being able to see the forest through the trees.”


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Leveraging supply chain processes

SCOR model helps achieve business goals
By Dan Swartwood
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Imagine if you could make changes to your organization that would equate to 2-6 percent of your company’s revenue in just two to four months. A thorough analysis of your supply chain processes will likely give you that opportunity.


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Honey sparks flavor trend in craft beer, spirits

Natural sweetener also offers fermentation benefits
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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At picnics and other outdoor events during the summer and early fall, consumers have to watch out for bees that might crawl into their unattended beverage cans.


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Cargill's IngreVita delivers omega-3s

Ingredient blends fish and other oils, antioxidants
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To help consumer packaged goods manufacturers boost the nutritional benefits of their products, Cargill developed IngreVita, a new oil blend.


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Sensient Natural Ingredients launches Chili Blends collection

Company plans more on-trend flavor launches throughout the year
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Sensient Natural Ingredients, a business unit of Sensient Technologies Corp., has launched a new Chili Blends collection, which includes seven authentic dry chili blends inspired by the flavors of Latin America, India, Morocco, Thailand and the United States.


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InterBev, FMI Connect highlight retail channel solutions

Co-located tradeshows bring beverage innovations to Chicago
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This year, NürnbergMesse North America’s Interbev tradeshow co-located with Food Marketing Institute’s FMI Connect for a multi-day food, beverage and retail tradeshow June 10-13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.


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Beauty and anti-aging ingredients grow in beverage applications

Multiple age groups demanding beverages to reverse aging process
By Stephanie Cernivec
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In three years, nearly half of the U.S. population will be 50 years of age or older, and they will control 70 percent of disposable income in the country, according to a recent webinar titled “Aging well: How to win with the growing and lucrative segment of health-focused seniors,” hosted by Todd Hale, senior vice president of consumer and shopper insights for Nielsen, New York.


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Beverage brands design special-edition packages for summer

Big Red Soda partners with "Transformers" movie, Riunite wine goes patriotic for charity
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To kick off the summer, Heineken USA released six special-edition bottles inspired by the popular global destinations New York, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rio and Shanghai.


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What consumers want from secondary packaging

Paperboard, shrink films, ring carriers complement primary packaging
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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Batman has Robin, Andy Taylor has Barney Fife, Han Solo has Chewbacca, and Pinocchio has Jiminy Cricket. While sidekicks might be the background character in all of these famous duos, secondary packaging has more of a spotlight position in its role as primary packaging’s sidekick.


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Inspection equipment adapts to market needs

Non-contact inspection remains popular in beverage industry
By Stephanie Cernivec
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The product name has been trademarked; the formulation has been perfected and patented; the packaging is unique and shelfworthy; yet, this product might never make it to retail because the owner forgot about one vital step: inspection.


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Chia seed drinks could become the next coconut water

Beverage-makers promote health benefits of chia seeds
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, chia seeds were most commonly associated with the novelty plant-growing kits Chia Pets. Now, beverage-makers are harvesting the hydrating and nutritional benefits of chia seeds and blending them into juice and juice drinks, soft drinks, and drink concentrates and mixes, according to Natalie Tremellen, market analyst at Innova Market Insights, the Netherlands.


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Beverage brands keep marketing interactive

Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider breaks record for world’s largest ice luge
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Americans are used to greeting pizza deliverymen at their doors, but a new smartphone app is bringing delivery into a new realm.


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Flavored whiskey boosts segment growth

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky jumps 200 percent
By Stephanie Cernivec
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At InterBev last month, I attended an educational session about alcohol trends called “Where did my drink go?” presented by Nik Modi, managing director at RBC Capital Markets, New York.


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Beverage brands work to make summer fun for everyone

Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association help fund summer camp for girls
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After the winter that many of us experienced this year, I personally couldn’t wait for summer to arrive, and it looks like I’m not the only one.


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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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Maintaining beverage dispensing equipment

Iuliana Nita, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics global marketing manager of food and beverage, offers her insights about ensuring sanitary performance of beverage dispensing equipment in foodservice applications. She also will offer some tips about choosing the right kind of tubing to handle acidic beverages.

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