In the July 2021 eMagazine of Beverage Industry spotlights how Oliver Winery & Vineyard is shaking up the wine market with its fruit-forward varietals. Also featured in this issue is the annual State of the Industry report, a look at the evolving plant-based waters market, the influence clean labeling is having on new product development, the impact of sustainability on secondary packaging and much more.
Founded in 1972 in Bloomington, Ind., Oliver Winery & Vineyards now is the 29th largest winery in the United States, crafting more than 40 varietals of wine. Its claim to fame lies in its award-winning sweet red wines and its flavored Moscato wines including Cherry, Blueberry and its new, 6.8% ABV Lemon Moscato, billed as a “lemon shakeup for grown-ups.”
Distractions in the cab are more pervasive than they’ve ever been, thanks largely to the temptation of consumer technology. One way that distributors are looking to curb this temptation is through the use of in-cab cameras.
Data shows that more consumers value clean-label ingredients for beverages. However, sourcing these ingredients as well as producing clear labeling surrounding a vague “clean label” definition are among challenges beverage brands face.
Shifts in commerce, along with shifts in consumers’ focus on factors such as product safety, sustainability and more are influencing the secondary packaging market. In addition, as technology progresses, packaging is seizing opportunities to offer efficiency and other capabilities.
The plant water category as a whole has seen growth over the past five years, despite ebbing and flowing consumer interest. Although coconut water continues to be the most dominant sub-segment, recent entries to the plant water market, such as aloe and cactus waters, could compete with coconut water.
As part of the iconic Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Green River Spirits, for more than 135 years, has been making award-winning whiskies, bourbons and ryes. Additionally, the distiller also is growing its business by helping its clients “bring brands to life.”
The foodservice channel experienced unprecedented sales declines this past year, with beverage sales underperforming in the channel. Yet, experts forecast beverage will be the great differentiator in its rebuild.
With gusto, on-premise establishments are celebrating the return to in-person events with events such as wine tastings and pairings, as evidenced by a recent dinner series launched at the Hyatt Lodge, Oakbrook, Ill.
When looking across various industries, representation among minority-owned brands remains low. Although this underrepresentation also affects the beverage industry, more companies are making an effort to reduce this gap through capital investments.