Welcome to our first issue of 2019, in which we present the Bottler of the Year: the Coca-Cola Network and how it reshaped its bottling network by returning ownership to local partners. Also featured in this issue is an analysis of the latest trends in the juice market, as well as a feature on the growth of supermarkets. Per usual, we gathered the latest products, packaging designs and trends affecting the beverage world.
Check back throughout the month for additional content.
To keep operations streamlined and humming along, the Coca-Cola system in North America embarked on a milestone commitment nearly a decade ago to reshape its North American bottling operations by returning ownership to local partners.
With an increased emphasis on health and wellness, the vibe in the beverage industry also speaks to the importance of “changing it up” by manufacturing products with functional ingredients, including the immune-boosting power of antioxidants.
The new year is a time when many look to start anew. But Blossom Water LLC couldn’t wait that long, and that eagerness has paid dividends for the Westwood, Mass.-based company when it announced in mid-2018 that it was rolling out a reformulated version of its fruit- and flower-infused spring water.
Although a staple within the North American beverage market, the juice and juice drinks category has been challenged as other beverage categories have emerged as go-to options for consumers in terms of hydration and refreshment.
Social media is supercharging conversation and the spread of consumer trends. Shifts in consumer attitude, which typically have evolved over years now can grow and spread within a matter of months. But how as a marketer or innovator can you stave off the competition and stay ahead?
To create repeat customers, brands must consistently deliver on their product promises. As beverage SKU proliferation continues, manufacturers and their caps and closures suppliers must stay up-to-date with the latest market and consumer trends in order to do so.
Del Papa Distributing, Victoria, Texas, can teach other wholesalers a thing or two about weathering the storm — literally and figuratively — including the challenges wrought by both Mother Nature and the nature of the rapidly evolving beer distribution landscape.
Throughout the beverage supply chain, manufacturers and distributors have found that the SKU explosion has created impacts resulting in constantly changing operating conditions, making maintenance a necessity for a flexible manufacturing infrastructure.
Today, those working in the beverage market might be asking; why is the demand for direct printing to cans so high? They also might ask, why is it so high right now? The following are key drivers of this packaging trend.
Beverage companies are investing more into packaging. Jose Cuervo and Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice release limited-edition bottles that support events and tenured retail partners. Additionally, a craft beer brand and cold-brew coffee brand update their labels to appeal to consumers.
Amidst the happy hours, an activity my friends and I enjoy doing is trying out different local breweries. As we attempt to expand our beer palates, the experience and feel of the establishment also is an important factor.
The mid-range case packing system for rigid containers is designed with key performance features in mind, including pick-and-place gantry and an innovative infeed system to reach loading speeds of as many as 200 containers a minute.
WaveGrip offers the WaveGrip G1 to help breweries streamline their manufacturing processes while providing a sustainable, environmentally friendly solution for the multi-packing of beer cans, the company says.
Beverage Industry’s July issue features the 2019 State of the Beverage Industry series where you can read all about the performance of your favorite beverage category. This month’s cover story highlights GT’s Living Foods and how the No. 1 kombucha brand in the U.S. – GT’s Kombucha came to be. Also featured is the latest products, packaging and technological advances in the beverage industry.