One of the most enjoyable parts of my work is that I get to visit with so many beverage marketers. They open up their offices, share their visions, and let me catch a glimpse of the drawing board. We talk to assess the trends, past and present successes and failures, and where to go next. Bringing out new brands and SKUs, and upgrading packaging efforts, make for key aspects for competing, envisioning the next great thing, and staying solvent.Read the full article » Comment Count
It seems that Ringo and the Beatles were well ahead of their time, beverage wise. Using a little poetic license, I assume they meant things should be natural. Yes, I know they didn’t really mean that, but I wanted a lead-in to the theme of natural, and I love the Beatles.Read the full article » Comment Count
There’s no excuse – it’s time for my annual office cleaning column, where I look around my beverage collection and mine it for insight. This year it will be especially poignant (for me, at least) as in July I’m moving to a new office a few blocks from my present digs. I have to clear out as much as I can before the move, and that makes for sober reflection of the huge collection of beverages I’ve amassed over the course of 21 years in the industry.Read the full article » Comment Count
Over the past few years, I’ve become more aware of the “enhancers” that are taking a larger role in our industry. “Enhanced beverages” have been a major part of the industry for many years now. From the original SoBes and Vitaminwaters to present day functional products, these drinks now dominate the retail landscape and are the major drivers of volume in many categories.Read the full article » Comment Count
Fuel cost is a major deterrent to our national recovery. I see and hear how it impacts our beverage universe. Yet, there are no clear answers or policies to address the spike and no coherent way to bring it down.Read the full article » Comment Count
As we come to the close of what has been a tumultuous year, I want to take stock of some of the issues that have dominated the news recently. The events of the past few weeks in my home city of New York are staggering and overwhelming. The efforts to recover and rebuild have been exemplary. It’s a stark contrast to an issue that has dominated our beverage universe – the controversy surrounding an unjust wrongful death lawsuit filed against Monster Energy.Read the full article » Comment Count
In an industry that is often risk averse, BevNET Magazine publisher Barry Nathanson suggests that beverage retailers and distributors take more chances on new brands and innovative products. “Beverages are in a lull, waiting for the next great thing. If it arrives soon, terrific. But until then, take a chance on some exciting new entries,” said Nathanson.Read the full article » Comment Count
I’m from the old school. I’ve written, many a time, my aversion for much of modern technology, although often it’s not in longhand anymore. Friends, both personal and professional, are aghast that I still haven’t embraced a smart phone and the world that it opens up. My colleagues kid me about it, although they seem to accept that they’ll never see me log into our Sales Force system anytime soon. I just turned 64, and, somehow, I’ve been able to get by and stay connected to the industry just fine.Read the full article » Comment Count
This is the time of year that, as the “Boys of Summer” return to Florida for Spring Training, I get to think about my favorite things: the Yankees, and my annual baseball analogy column. I just love the chance to compare the comings and goings of the sport I love to the action in the business I love. This year, I’m going to play the grizzled vet, dispensing lore and wisdom to a group of eager rookies wondering how they’ll break into the lineup.Read the full article » Comment Count
I am big admirer of great packaging. I can think of no other industry that is more successful in its presentation of its products than the beverage industry. In no other business is there such a premium placed on packaging with regard to its ability to position, define and give clarity to what the essence of the brand is. Without packaging, there’s just a puddle. With it, there’s not just a functional container but a key enticement to buy.…Read the full article» Comment Count
It’s a daily ritual, perusing the comments on BevNET. Recently, however, I spotted one item that brought me back to my early days covering the marketplace. I don’t even remember what the post was about, but something struck me: the name Rick Hill. It brought a smile to my face.…Read the full article» Comment Count
In the May issue of Beverage Spectrum Magazine, John Craven, founder and editor of BevNET.com has authored an article on healthy carbonated soft drinks. In addition, there is a section detailing “BevNET.com’s Products to Watch in Summer ’03″.
Beverage Spectrum, which uses the tagline “The Magazine for Beverage Retailing” was created by Barry Nathanson and Greg Prince (both formerly of VNU’s beverage publications). The magazine is published by the CSP Information Group and offers a comprehensive guide for retailing in the beverage industry. Contact Beverage Spectrum at 212-647-0501.
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