Returning to her roots in Chicago after writing and marketing in California’s wine country, Sarah Graybill covers everything from beverage brand creative and innovation in packaging, to responsible manufacturing and products simply too good not to buzz about. Sarah has two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Public Relations and English from Drake University, but has been writing since age 8. Sarah’s favorite aspects of her role as associate editor are the dynamic industry wavemakers she gets to know, and the journeys and stories that make their products noteworthy.
India’s tea industry has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, with upwards of 1 million tea estate farmers and owners facing hardships because of the failing crop, low cash flow and zero revenue, Vahdam Tea reports.
As consumers are increasingly aware of the benefits of fiber-rich diets, along with being concerned about the prevalence of nutritional deficiencies, the demand for functional beverages has grown. Dietary fiber has become a large part of this category because of its potential to support digestion, immunity and more. Additionally, prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics are prompting growing functional food and beverage formulations using these as ingredients.
According to London-based Future Market Insights, floral flavors surpassed global market revenues of $850 million in 2019. Whether its floral, fruity, savory, sweet or tarty, beverage-makers are getting adventurous with flavor selections.
Much has changed in the beverage landscape as a result of COVID-19. As craft distilleries grapple with shuttered tasting rooms and falling sales, owners report that reopening and sustaining business in this climate isn’t looking bright.
At a time when it’s needed most, beverage brands are becoming part of a collective effort to spread care and kindness during this global pandemic to healthcare workers, the elderly, and at-risk children and communities.
With brands competing to establish a foothold and capture consumer loyalty, beverage manufacturers utilize packaging as their first means of standing apart from competitors and reaching consumers. As such, brands are approaching packaging design with more mindful regard to function, visual excellence, environmental impact and brand integrity.
In the June 2020 issue of Beverage Industry the publication highlights how the pandemic has fast-tracked the digital alcohol delivery market. Also featured in this issue is the annual Top 100 Beverage Companies Report, a look at the U.S. tea market, the latest flavor trends driving formulations and much more.