Juice Drinks

Bartek displays brand relaunch at IFT

By Beth Newhart

On its 50th anniversary in business, Bartek Ingredients debuted a brand relaunch at the 2019 Institute of Food Technologists show (IFT) in New Orleans. The Canada-based company manufactures malic and fumaric acid for use in beverages and confectionery.

“The technology allows the craft side of coffee to replicate what’s so exciting about experiencing unique coffee.”

Shelf-stable RAIN tech could change the canned coffee space

By Beth Newhart

A concern in the RTD beverage industry is maintaining freshness and quality with a long shelf life. Special, crafted drinks like cold brew coffee struggle with this the most, but brewing technology from BKON is now extending product drinkability.

“People want to avoid calories and sugar, but they also don’t necessarily want the current options that are out there in artificial.” Pic: Cargill

EverSweet fights stevia aftertaste with fermentation

By Beth Newhart

Cargill thinks the future ‘looks bright’ for stevia in beverages thanks to fermentation that extracts the smaller, sweeter compounds in the leaf. It’s been one year since Cargill launched its zero-calorie EverSweet ingredient with the technology.

Coca-Cola's bubbler dispensers put an emphasis on 'craft, elevated' beverages with low sugar options. Pic: BeverageDaily

Coca-Cola cuts back on sugar with bubbler beverages

By Beth Newhart

Shifting consumer taste is causing major beverage companies to adapt, make ‘healthy’ drinks taste better and be more accessible. Coca-Cola is using its Freestyle machines and new bubbler dispensers to highlight its ‘craft, elevated’ drinks in the market.

By January 2019 more than 100 million Waterloo cans were sold in the US, since launching in August 2017.

Waterloo launches new flavors, leverages ‘classic’ packaging

By Beth Newhart

Waterloo Sparkling Water debuted an expanded portfolio at Natural Products Expo West last month, launching Strawberry and Grape flavors. It’s the latest in the increasingly crowded sparkling water category, where brands are seeking to separate themselves...

Machines have become easier to operate, and data collection is more accessible to display and monitor. Pic: BeverageDaily

Health & wellness drive processing trends, automation innovation

By Beth Newhart

At the ProFood Tech show in Chicago this month, more than 400 exhibitors showcased processing solutions for the food and beverage world, with particular focus on drinks, dairy and bakery. Greater focus on health and wellness and the rise in automation...

The SIG Tech Centre in China. Photo: SIG.

SIG opens China Tech Centre

By Jenny Eagle

SIG has opened a Tech Centre, close to its packaging plant in Suzhou, China, to support customers who want to develop and implement new product concepts and market-ready packaging.

Clover is a branded consumer goods and products group operating in South Africa and other African countries with a range of value-added dairy and non-dairy products.

Milco consortium offers $359m to acquire South Africa’s Clover

By Jim Cornall

South African food and beverage company Clover Industries Limited said it has entered into an implementation agreement with Milco SA Proprietary Limited, in terms of which Milco will make an offer to acquire all of the issued shares in Clover on a fully...

 An uptick in ‘health and wellness’ launches usually coincides with the new year and resolution season. Pic: ©GettyImages/Rimma_Bondarenko

Wellness world: Six new functional drinks for 2019

By Beth Newhart

Capitalizing on the popularity of the ‘new year, new me’ mentality that comes around each January, these six beverage launches feature functional ingredients, adhere to specific diets and set out to be a fresh, healthy addition to 2019.

Young people are proving that they want to buy local and small, which is turning out to be one of the greatest opportunities in the specialty market.

Shopping small: 79% of Gen Z buys specialty foods

By Beth Newhart

Both younger generations - millennials and gen Z - are more interested in supporting local, small businesses than their gex X and baby boomer predecessors. The independent, specialty food and beverage market in the US is now worth $140bn and growing three...

Today’s consumers are expecting function, taste, affordability and convenience all rolled into one beverage. Pic: ©GettyImages/baibaz

Superfoods take center stage in specialty beverages

By Beth Newhart

Functional beverage launches were common in 2018, and their popularity is only expected to grow in 2019. At the Winter Fancy Food Show (WWFS) in San Francisco, small-scale brands showcased new drinks packed with functional ingredients like rose extract,...

Manufacturers are responding to demand for options at each distinct beverage opportunity throughout the day.  Pic: ©GettyImages/DuxX

Pack Expo: trend spotting

PMMI sees bright future for beverage packaging in North America

By Beth Newhart

Smaller can sizes, less packaging material and eco-friendly manufacturing practices are all trends to watch in the beverage industry. BeverageDaily was at Pack Expo last week to find out what’s hot and what’s not in the industry this year.

ValvPak features a rip-top opening that releases and recloses with one hand.

Cup vs. pouch debate ignited at Pack Expo

By Beth Newhart

Packaging viscous products in sealable pouches rather than plastic cups is a trend that’s gained a lot of steam in the last few years. At Pack Expo International in Chicago, the pros and cons of the pouch method were debated and innovations were on display....