As consumers reacted in March to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Beverage Digest provided live updates on the impact to the US non-alcoholic beverage industry. Here is that coverage in its entirety.
Plant-based Drinks to Spur Cold Supply Chain Investment
January 21, 2020
Today’s beverage consumer is a study in “conflicting needs,” according to a new report by KPMG. “Consumers are increasingly focused on finding shortcuts to address their desired needs,” the report’s authors wrote. “When this comes to beverage choices...
Legal Terrain Remains Rocky as C-Store Industry Previews Green Rush
October 15, 2019
Convenience store retailers are among those looking to better understand the hectic and uncertain US market for CBD-infused beverages. A raft of CBD products from ready-to-drink coffees to relaxation shots have flooded the market since Congress legalized industrial hemp production late last year, even though the FDA hasn’t legalized CBD for use in foods and beverages. To help store owners make better sense of the market, the convenience store trade group NACS hosted CBD workshops and a “CBD Pavilion” at the organization’s annual trade show, held this year in Atlanta. The CBD display area was a first for NACS. Underscoring the challenges of the emerging category, the CBD Pavilion ...
A photo gallery with this story catalogs the 25 beverage products on display at NACS’ CBD Pavilion.
This year's NACS trade show in Atlanta, with exhibits that covered the space of almost two football fields, offered a first look at innovation being sold into retailers for 2020. The products pictured are some of the newest innovations from Coke, PepsiCo, Keurig Dr Pepper and Nestle. These products mostly launch late this year and early next year.
PepsiCo announced accelerated plastic waste reduction efforts last month, including a new 2025 target to cut the company’s use of virgin plastic for packaging by 35%. Such targets are becoming more critical for beverage makers as consumer backlash against single-use plastic grows. In addition
The fallout from a video showing alleged animal abuse at a dairy farm tied to milk producer Fairlife has led to slower sales growth for the company’s chief product. According to retail data confirmed from several sources..