Despite an atmosphere in which many carbonated soft drinks have struggled to maintain sales, Cheerwine, a brand of Salisbury, N.C.-based Carolina Beverage Corp., has experienced continual growth, both in sales and distribution.
In celebration of their good fortune, the milkman Tevye and the butcher Lazar Wolf famously sing “To life, to life, l’chaim” while drinking shots of schnapps to their “good health and happiness” in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) have long been the top seller in the U.S. beverage market based on volume. Last month, however, New York-based Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) announced that U.S. volume sales of bottled water eclipsed CSDs in 2016, making it the No. 1 consumed packaged beverage. This shift followed more than a decade’s worth of single-digit volume declines for soft drinks.
Like many parents, Bob Leary, Peter Dacey and Casey Hoban wanted to provide their children with healthy foods and beverages. With that goal in mind, the three fathers came together with a vision to create a beverage that offered a functional benefit without the excess calories that many child athletes were consuming, explains Leary, co-founder and chief marketing officer at Trimino Brands Co. LLC, Branford, Conn.
Regardless of whether consumers are drinking beer, wine or spirits when dining out, suggested food pairings and recommendations from influencers, like bartenders and wait staff, can motivate consumers to try something new or trade up to a more premium product.
After three days and more than 46,000 steps logged on my pedometer, it’s safe to say that I saw my fair share of natural and organic products at Natural Products Expo West (page 14), which took place last month.
The 19th annual Food Safety Summit will offer new education sessions and features when it returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., May 8-11. An event for growers, processors, retailers, distributors, foodservice operators, regulators and academia, the Food Safety Summit is a solutions-based conference and expo designed to meet the educational and informational needs of the entire food industry, it says.
Exhibit hall will address homebrewing, microbrewing
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In September, drinktec 2017 expects to boast the biggest participation figures in its more than 60-year history, it says. Around 1,600 exhibitors are expected to take part in the “World´s Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry,” taking place from Sept. 11 to 15 in Munich.
Xi’an, China-based SkyPeople Fruit Juice Inc. announced that the Board of Directors approved Future World Trading (Hong Kong) Ltd.’s, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyPeople, acquisition of Shaanxi Quangoutong E-commerce Inc., an eCommerce company and wholly owned subsidiary of SkyPeople International Holdings Group Ltd., which is the major shareholder of SkyPeople Fruit Juice Inc. The relevant agreement was signed March 16.
Ingredient suppliers highlight natural and organic offering at Engredea
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The 37th annual Natural Products Expo West & Engredea hosted more than 80,000 attendees. The show, produced by New Hope Network, took place March 9-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., and brought together 3,100 exhibiting companies, including more than 500 first-time exhibitors.
I’m a big fan of movies and eagerly anticipate two events: the Academy Awards and Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) annual 31 Days of Oscar, which took place on Feb. 26, and Feb. 1 through March 3, respectively. This year, several beverage brands took center stage at Hollywood’s biggest night.
For those looking for a quick boost of energy and want to avoid calories, pureLYFT, in the form of an all-natural, easy-to-use stir stick, delivers a single serving of 125 mg of clean caffeine when added to a beverage, the company says.
Completing its Nitro packaging lineup, Left Hand Brewing Co. is introducing Milk Stout Nitro in cans this year. The release will make the company’s most popular beer more accessible than ever, it says.
Although suppliers are innovating emerging packaging materials, like pouches and cartons, glass, aluminum and plastic, namely PET, continue to remain dominant in the beverage industry. In addition to the product protection that these packages provide, they’re also offering beverage-makers several other benefits.
As physicist Albert Einstein once said: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” As today’s American consumers look to keep moving, they are turning to various forms of energy-inducing foods and beverages. However, in the spirit of Einstein’s quote, consumers also are in search of more balanced energy resources.
Beneo Inc., Morris Plains, N.J., announced a new study that shows that the company’s prebiotic chicory root fiber Orafti Inulin, induces selective changes in the gut’s microbiota composition that can be directly linked to improved regularity and well-being for the first time.
It’s often said that change is the only absolute certainty in business. The difference between thriving, surviving or not, comes down to how one responds when those changes arrive, often at the least opportune moment.
When hurricane season arrives, meteorologists and those living along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts rely on sophisticated data tracking and expert monitoring to stay informed and keep safe. To keep pace with an explosive number of SKUs, the beverage industry avoids the “eye of the storm” by equipping field staff with handheld technology and streamlined direct store delivery (DSD) solutions to capture data, track vehicle locations and improve productivity.
Although ginger is a perennial that produces narrow green leaves and yellow flowers, the plant has gained more recognition for its root. The ingredient found favor as a spice, however, its association with medicinal characteristics has helped proliferate its usage, according to experts.
Observations, special studies and compliance evaluations have led to the conclusion that the filling machine is the kingpin of practically every
beverage production/packaging line in any segment of the industry. Visits to wineries, distilleries, breweries, soft drink facilities, as well as juice, water and specialty beverage facilities, have provided substantial evidence that many portions of the supply chain are affected by the filler at the production source.
In today’s competitive food and beverage market, many companies are looking to reduce costs. One way to do this is to reduce the cost of packaging used in their production facilities. Even small savings on container costs can result in large overall savings because of the quantity of units processed. To accomplish this per-unit savings, containers are made more light weight by removing material.
Calpipe Industries Inc., a provider of conduit products for corrosive environments, offers a wide range of conduit with best-in-class corrosion resistance properties along with a high-quality, smooth bright finish that limits the harborage of harmful bacteria and pathogens, the company says.
As millennials have gained immense buying power in the U.S. market, targeting this demographic has proven to require a different technique than was utilized for previous generations. As a millennial myself, the vast amount of research on the best ways to reach my consumer group constantly grabs my attention.