At times, people will use the idiom “to the core” to describe a person’s dedication to an ideal or the extreme nature of a situation. At CORE Nutrition, the classic idiom was reinvented and has become part of the company’s mantra.
Consumers’ desire for healthy hydration recently helped bottled water ascend to the No. 1 beverage sold in the United States on a volume basis; however, healthy hydration also has given rise to plant-based waters, which offer nutritional benefits beyond hydration.
In the Berenstain Bears’ book “Learn About Strangers,” Mama Bear uses “strange-” and traditional-looking apples to explain to Sister Bear to use caution around strangers because, like apples, you can’t tell the good from the bad by their outside appearance.
Whether quick-service, fast-casual or a full-service restaurant, consumers are experimenting with new flavors and seeking more premium offerings like specialty coffee, cold-brew coffee and iced tea while dining out.
Women, seniors growing demographics for sports, protein products
July 12, 2017
With health-and-wellness trends driving product innovation, sports and protein drinks are benefiting from a changing consumer base beyond hard-core athletes to a widening demographic including women and seniors.
Although carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) still is among the top performing beverage categories, more than a decade of volume declines has challenged the established category as it competes with better-for-you beverages and premium products.
Within the wine and spirits markets, dark spirits, sparkling wines and red blends are leading growth, according to analysts. The whiskey segment saw volume increase 6.8 percent to 21.8 million cases and revenues grow 7.7 percent to $3.1 billion in 2016, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Distilled Spirits Council.
Although market reports suggest that the U.S. beer market has stabilized following years of modest declines, the segments that have helped the category suggest that consumer preferences have shifted when purchasing brewed beverages.
When it comes to coffee, consumers are looking for premium products in both hot and cold varieties to get their coffee fix. “Consumers are increasingly demanding specialized, high-quality coffee products, particularly in single-use servings.
Although the dairy and dairy alternatives market is expected to see decelerated growth, innovation with a variety of plant-based alternatives is expected to continue to drive the category going forward, experts say. New York-based Beverage Marketing Corporation notes that the dairy milk market has experienced continuous declines throughout the past several years in its December 2016 report titled “U.S. Milk and Dairy Beverages through 2020.”
The juice and juice drinks category has been challenged to maintain its share of the beverage market as consumers look for products that contain less sugar. On the upswing, juice concentrates experienced dollar sales increases of 4.5 percent for the 52 weeks ending May 14 in U.S. multi-outlets and convenience stores, and shelf-stable bottled juices were up 1.1 percent for the same timeframe, according to Chicago-based Information Resources Inc. (IRI). However, IRI data indicates that dollar sales for aseptic juices were down 0.7 percent, canned juices were down 1.6 percent and refrigerated juice/juice drinks were down 1.5 percent.
After years of speculation, bottled water officially is the No. 1 beverage based on volume in the United States. Earlier this year, New York-based Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) announced that bottled water overtook carbonated soft drinks for the top spot on a volume basis.
The saying goes that perception doesn’t always meet reality. As brand owners look to meet the evolving needs of American consumers, understanding the habits, perceptions and intentions can be crucial when striving to build brand loyalty.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated announced a $10 million investment in its Baltimore manufacturing plant, located at 701 North Kresson St. Mayor Catherine Pugh joined company officials on a tour of the production center to learn more about the investment and manufacturing processes at the facility.
The Lavazza Group, Turin, Italy, announced the purchase of an equity stake in Kicking Horse Coffee Ltd. from the private-equity fund Swander Pace Capital, which originally acquired the investment in 2012 in partnership with Jefferson Capital and United Natural Foods.
Having been to Alaska on three occasions, I couldn’t help noticing that the beautiful glaciers have receded more with each time I visited, which is impacting wildlife, oceans and the overall environment.
EcoFocus Worldwide survey data shows several benefits
July 14, 2017
In the craft beer segment, glass bottle packaging remains a strong packaging format. With information from an EcoFocus Worldwide survey, the Arlington, Va.-based Glass Packaging Institute created an infographic highlighting the benefits that glass packaging can offer to craft brewers.
As automation within beverage operations becomes ever more prevalent, inspection equipment suppliers have recognized the need to streamline the equipment involved in the essential process while ensuring packaging maintains its aesthetic appeal and quality standards.
Coca-Cola, Dollar General team up for military campaign
July 14, 2017
Liquid Management Partners, the manufacturer of Liquid Ice Energy Drink, announced the launch of its first seasonal packaging: Liquid Ice America. With its red, white and blue patriotic packaging, Liquid Ice America will be available throughout the summer in 12-ounce cans at participating retailers in more than 40 states through select Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola distributors.
When the Netherlands-based Innova Market Insights announced its Top Ten Trends list for 2017, clean label was highlighted as the No. 1 trend of the year. “Interest in naturalness and clean label continues to feature strongly,” Lu Ann Williams, director of innovation at Innova Market Insights, said in a statement.
William Graham, vice president of sales for North America at Prova, announced the immediate and ongoing availability of vanilla alternatives that are designed to deliver precise vanilla taste profiles, mimicking those of vanilla extracts.
The better-for-you health movement has helped take emerging food and beverage categories from niche to mainstream. As these niche categories become more commonplace, they not only are helping themselves but also are giving a platform to other products, categories and flavors.
As a small company growing at 20 percent a year in a narrowly specialized segment of the beverage distribution business, Nampa, Idaho-based Idaho Springs Water succeeds by controlling costs in every corner of its fleet operations, including vehicle acquisition and maintenance, routing optimization, and fuel costs.
Today’s industrial environment is filled with ways to increase profit, meet challenges of competition, improve market share, reduce operating costs, and manage state-of-the-art production and distribution facilities throughout the supply chain.
Capitol Wright Distributing utilizes approach following merger
July 14, 2017
Entrusting a project to an architect-led, proven process limits the time and effort required of the client. It allows owners to focus on their core activities and to be assured that the project is being handled in the most professional way possible while reducing risk and exposure.
InTrek Keg Carousel increases keg capacity by 20 percent
July 14, 2017
InTrek Logistics LLC announced that it has increased the keg capacity of its patented InTrek Keg Carousel by 20 percent, going from 10 sixth barrels in each carrier to 12 barrels in each carrier with a maximum height of 25 feet.
It’s hard to believe that only a year ago (April 6, 2016, to be exact) Facebook Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg announced via a Facebook post that Facebook Live was available to all Facebook users.