In the wake of COVID-19 and stay at home orders, manufacturers have ramped up eCommerce to keep up with heightened demand for alcohol. Alcohol eCommerce retail sales have jumped exponentially, up 234 percent for the weeks ending March 7-April 18, Nielsen’s Danelle Kosmal says. The data also showed alcohol sales increased almost five-fold in just the latest two weeks.
In the wake of COVID-19, beverage companies have stepped up efforts to connect with their customers by hosting podcasts and virtual tastings. For instance, Mountain Mel’s, purveyors of loose-leaf herbal teas, is offering online classes and podcasts designed to educate and entertain.
The vending machine industry continues to evolve. The use of no-touch cashless systems has provided greater convenience, speed and security for customers and operators, particularly important in the wake of COVID-19. Soft drinks generate the most sales, followed by non-carbonated products like bottled waters, teas and energy drinks.
According to the New York-based Tea Association of the USA Inc., Americans consumed more than 84 billion servings of tea in 2019. The tea category offers a “rainbow of options,” including bagged, bottled, loose-leaf, hot, iced and cold brew.
Whether its dairy milks, ready-to-drink (RTD) hot and iced coffees, meal replacement drinks or protein powders, vanilla is one of the most universally accepted flavor profiles around the world. In fact, vanilla is so well-known that its very name means “common.”
During this unprecedented time in history, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on the supply chain, causing bars, restaurants and retailers to close, tradeshows to be shuttered, and living rooms to turn into workplaces and schools.
How a beverage is packaged and deciding the type of packaging material — glass, aluminum or plastic — is a critical part of the equation for beverage-makers. Among the factors that should be considered is sustainability, smaller packaging sizes, and lightweighting.
Increased SKU counts, tight warehouse and in-store spaces, and delivery personnel who manage heavy cases and kegs are driving innovation of new mobile carts and hand trucks that are designed to improve ergonomics and enable warehouse workers to safely and efficiently stack, retrieve and deliver products.
Beverage Industry’s August issue, discover how craft spirits are embracing “local” and innovation in our cover story. Up next, get insights into how the pandemic has ended up benefiting the club store channel, and impacted beverage research and development by spurning importance of immune-boosting ingredients. Among the latest in new products and packaging, get an exclusive look into citrus ingredients, energy drinks, and how technology and sustainability trends are driving beverage manufacturing and innovation.