From a wild art project and “experiment” to start a Jewish celebration microbrew, Shmaltz Brewing Co. has advanced from delivering 100 cases of HE’BREW Beer out of a Volvo to building a brewery in Upstate New York and back to a contract brewing model.
Spirits-makers will collaborate to develop custom bourbon, whiskey
September 11, 2018
The Bardstown Bourbon Co. (BBCo), Bardstown, Ky., announced that Grain & Barrel Spirits, the maker of pre-prohibition brand Chicken Cock Whiskey, has joined BBCo’s Collaborative Distilling Program. Grain & Barrel will work with BBCo to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the Chicken Cock brand, which dates back to 1856. BBCo and Grain & Barrel concluded their first distillation of 616 barrels at the end of August.
Southern Distilling services craft distillers through 25,000-square-foot facility
August 10, 2018
Founded in 2013 by local entrepreneurs Pete and Vienna Barger, Southern Distilling Co., Statesville, N.C., offers a broad range of contract distilling services for domestic and foreign brand owners, distilleries and retailers including custom distilling, warehousing, and bottling/packaging services.
Cott Corp., Tampa, Fla., announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its traditional beverage manufacturing business — Cott Beverages — to Refresco, the Netherlands, for $1.25 billion. The transaction includes Cott's North America, United Kingdom and Mexico businesses and excludes the RCI International division and its associated concentrate facility as well as the Aimia Foods division.
As beverage-makers develop new offerings to meet a growing number of consumer need states and drinking occasions, contract packaging and manufacturing is becoming a go-to solution for many brand owners.
When it comes to their health, U.S. consumers have their share of concerns. According to Bellevue, Wash.-based The Hartman Group’s “Health and Wellness 2015” report, on average consumers are actively treating 3.4 health conditions and proactively preventing 6.2 health conditions.
With Rockville, Md.-based Packaged Facts estimating the dairy and dairy alternative beverage category will grow from a $23.8 billion industry in 2014 to a $31.5 billion industry by 2019 in its April report titled “Dairy and Dairy Alternative Beverage Trends in the U.S.,” more beverage-makers will be in search of contract manufacturers to support their beverage-making needs.
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.