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Cold brew coffee and tea; dominant drinks of 2017

The influx of cold brew choices has many manufacturers fighting for refrigerated shelf space. Retailers may still be somewhat wary of devoting too much space to the ready-to-drink coffee and tea drinks, which take away from timelessly popular juice and fruit drinks.

However, if sales continue to rise—and the latest numbers show the segment is expected to grow 62% in the next eight years —these products will squeeze others out of that space, just as those fruit drinks did to …



Goats Discovered Coffee

A popular story about how coffee was discovered is that a goatherd in Ethiopia noticed his goats eating beans from a particular tree, after which they got more energetic than usual. He tried them as well, and found that they made HIM more energetic too…



Definition and Benefits of Packaging Reduction Strategies

Courtesy of the EPA-

Packaging and containers account for a significant portion (23 percent) of the municipal solid waste stream in the United States, equal to about 39 million tons per year.6 As with wasted food, there are many benefits to reducing the amount of wasted packaging, including:
• Cost savings from:
• Purchasing less packaging materials, and
• Avoided disposal of packaging materials.
• Environmental benefits by avoiding:
• Transportation energy and emissions from packaging production and waste transport,…



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