Channel Strategies

Feature articles that look at current trends across various retail segments and how these trends apply to the beverage industry.

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IRI posts new strategies for national, private-label brand growth

National brands showing momentum in drug stores; private label standing out in mass/supercenter channel

During the recession, private-label products enjoyed increasing popularity as consumers looked for new ways to save on everyday purchases during the economic downturn. In fact, U.S. consumers spent $120 billion on private-label products during the past year, marking a year-over-year increase of 2.1 percent, according to Chicago-based Information Resources Inc. (IRI). However, this growth now seems to be leveling off, and this small uptick was largely driven by price increases, it reports.


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Teavana launches Winterberry Green Tea Blend

New beverage release in conjunction with green tea tasting experience

In celebration of National Hot Tea Month, Starbucks Coffee Co. brand Teavana released its newest handcrafted variety: Winterberry Green Tea Blend. Available in all Teavana stores, Winterberry is a blend of green tea infused with hints of strawberry and citrus, the Seattle-based company says.


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99 percent of American households shop the grocery channel

Coffee, spirits dominate channel's beverage sales

When consumers shopped the aisles of different retail channels during the past couple of months as they prepared for the holidays, product assortments and even store environments probably started to seem the same after a while.


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Holiday shopping study reveals how reviews can help retailers

Forbes Consulting finds source of study matters for consumers

Forbes Consulting Group, Lexington, Mass., announced that holiday shoppers who read online reviews, and generally feel they were useful, are more likely to feel fulfilled about their overall purchase.


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How to maximize your holiday merchandising

Wirtz Beverage Group executive details tips for a successful holiday merchandise display

It’s that time of year where homes and businesses get in the holiday spirit with decorations, festive music and tasty treats. The consumer packaged goods (CPG) market is no stranger to this holiday inspiration including limited-edition products and packaging. However, adding these seasonal items to a retailer’s merchandising plans adds a special consideration during this time of year.


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Mass merchandisers downsize to meet busy shopper needs

Single-serve beverages appeal to on-the-go shoppers

In today’s fast-paced world with little down time, consumers are looking for quick, in-and-out shopping trips that fit into their busy lifestyles, says Susan Viamari, editor of thought leadership at Information Resources Inc. (IRI), Chicago.


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Sonic debuts line of hand-crafted sodas

Foodservice chain to offer made-to-order soft drinks layered with real fruit and fruit flavors

Sonic Drive-In, Oklahoma City, Okla., introduced new Sonic Splash Hand-Crafted Sodas that offer customers a lighter artisanal beverage option, the company says. Sonic Splash sodas are made to order to guests’ taste specifications, starting with sparkling filtered water and infused with a selection of real fruit or fruit flavors.


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Study examines changing shopping patterns

Shoppers visiting fewer stores, seeking value

With more than 2,500 different paths to purchase, it’s no surprise that consumers are changing how they shop, where they shop and when they shop.


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Natural foods retailers face competition from other channels

Beverages experience mixed bag of results in specialty channel

American consumers’ desires for organic products continue to gain steam. According to data from the Washington, D.C.-based Organic Trade Association (OTA), sales of organic products reached $35.1 billion in 2013, an increase of 11.5 percent compared with the previous year.


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Beverages increasingly drive restaurant visits, Technomic finds

Nearly half of consumers seek greater beverage variety in full-service restaurants

Approximately one-fifth (21 percent) of consumers today say that beverages play a very important role in deciding which restaurants to visit for meals, according to Technomic Inc., Chicago.


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The Path to New Product Success: Navigating the latest trends for new beverage development

9/17/14
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On Demand By attending this webinar, you will learn about the top trends and how they fit into the CPG market, which channels are influencing new products and technology, how Packaging fits into your product development, and ways you can use innovation to increase sales.

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The American Wholesale Marketers Association Show Marketplace & Solutions Expo: The Conference for Convenience Distributors

2/24/15
Las Vegas, NV
United States

The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) Marketplace & Solutions Expo: The Conference for Convenience Distributors is geared toward wholesale distributors of snacks, candy, tobacco and tobacco products, foodservice, general merchandise and other convenience store products.

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Restaurants Canada Show

3/1/15
Toronto
Canada

The Restaurants Canada Show, formerly the CRFA Show, brings together thousands of foodservice industry professionals to see, sample and buy new products and services in food, beverage, equipment and technology.

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School Nutrition Association's 2014 Legislative Action Conference

3/1/15
Washington, DC
United States

The voices of school nutrition will ring out loud and clear during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC).

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International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

3/5/15
New York, NY
United States

At the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York — also known as the NY Restaurant Show — attendees will have the opportunity to network with independent restaurant owners, quick-service restaurant and quick-serve establishment operators, caterers, bakers, chefs, and others from across all segments and concepts, plus bars, nightclubs, hospitals, hotels and commercial foodservice operations

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Nightclub & Bar Show

3/30/15
Las Vegas, NV
United States

The Nightclub & Bar Show offers attendees access to a well-curated list of exhibitors with multiple opportunities to discover new products and increase profits; extensive networking opportunities; and the latest news and trends in nightlife through keynote speeches, educational workshops, and on-site tours at successful Las Vegas venues.

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NAMA OneShow

4/22/15
Las Vegas, NV
United States
The NAMA OneShow will take place April 22-24, 2015, in Las Vegas. Read More

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School Nutrition Association’s National Leadership Conference

4/23/15
San Diego, CA
United States

The National Leadership Conference plays a critical role in training state leaders, building strong networks and assisting leaders with membership growth.

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SIAL China 2015

5/6/15
Shanghai
China

Each year, SIAL China positions itself as the event not to be missed for professionals in the food, beverage, wine and spirits industries in China.

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National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show

5/16/15
Chicago, IL
United States

This year’s NRA Show plans to welcome more than 44,000 attendees hungry for new products and approaches, educational opportunities, and chances to meet celebrity chefs and other industry players.

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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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A Healthy Future: Analyzing the latest health and wellness trends in the beverage market

The beverage marketplace continues to evolve to meet new trends and regulations. Our expert speakers will share with you their insight on what health and wellness topics will be paramount for the future success in the beverage industry.

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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 January 2015 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on our bottler of the year, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Luverne, as well as articles about juice drinks, the 2015 New Product Development Outlook, and more. Check it out today!

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