Beverage Industry’s September issue features our 2021 Wholesaler of the Year recognition of Republic National Distributing Company. This issue also features an update on the U.S. coffee market as well as insights on the performance of the convenience store channel. Also in this issue are articles on sweeteners solutions, botanical and adaptogens as well as the annual New Product Development Supplement.
As a premier wine and spirits wholesaler, Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has built an organization that supports not only the needs of its suppliers and customers, but also the communities it serves.
In the beverage market, the diverse need states of consumers is encouraging original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) within the labeling division to ensure that their machines are able to be just as flexible and versatile.
For more than 20 years, high-pressure processing (HPP) has helped beverage-makers bring fresh, healthy and functional beverages to store shelves. Now, pioneering engineering efforts are working to bring this processing technique to even more applications.
Across the globe, consumers are more engaged with consuming probiotics, according to a survey from Kerry ProActive Health’s division. Beverage-makers are taking an active role in helping fulfill this growing need state.
As consumers focus on their health, many are looking to reduce sugar intake. However, because they still desire the sweet profile, beverage-makers are turning to more natural, less processed sweeteners.
Co-founded by beverage entrepreneurs Ben Goodwin and David Lester, OLIPOP is a functional low-calorie, low-sugar beverage that combines the benefits of prebiotics, plant fiber and botanicals in a “New Kind of Soda” that promotes digestive health.
Sustainable packaging has become important to more consumers; however, a better understanding of recycling and materials will help connect shoppers with beverage brands adopting this packaging attribute.
The numbers don’t lie — botanical ingredients are gaining favor in the food and beverage market. Interest in botanicals is on the rise for various reasons, which has only been boosted by the COVID-19 pandemic, experts note.
When delivering to accounts in the city, beverage delivery trucks must navigate heavier traffic, narrow streets and pedestrians. To save on carbon emissions, battery-electric trucks serve as a solution in urban areas.
In addition to purchasing gas, consumers head to their local convenience store to satisfy immediate consumption needs in an easy-to-navigate space. Sales of both alcohol and non-alcohol beverages are up, with hard seltzers and carbonated soft drinks top performers.
How and where consumers are purchasing their alcohol continues to shift, with eCommerce continuing to drive sales. Although hard seltzers have been king of the beverage industry the past three years, ready-to-drink canned cocktails now are outpacing the category.