Written on February 24, 2021.

“I want to create a beverage. What should my budget be?” We get this question all the time and it can be difficult to answer—and for good reason. Getting your dream beverage on store shelves can be expensive and complicated. There are many variables involved in the process that can dramatically shift the needle on costs. Knowing exactly what you’re getting into before you get started can set you up for success and help you estimate a realistic budget and timeline.

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Written on February 17, 2021.

Contrary to popular belief, 58% of modern bartenders are women—or at least they were before COVID-19. Job losses have been substantial in the face of the current health crisis, and while the hospitality sector overall has suffered greatly, no group has experienced greater adversity under these circumstances than women.

Of course, this isn’t the first-time women in bartending have had to deal with gendered hardships. From being persecuted as witches by their competitors to being legally barred from any profession that would have them working nights, women bartenders have had their un-fair share of treatment for daring to enter a male-dominated industry.
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Written on February 10, 2021.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t started thinking about what to get for your sweetie yet, then you’re running behind! Luckily, the best kind of gift is one that comes from the heart, and what’s better than whipping up a tasty beverage made with love? Ahead of your special day, we’re bringing you 7 romantic drink flavors with recipes that are sure to make your Valentine smile.

Here’s the lineup:
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Written on February 3, 2021.

Whether you want to create a flavored spirit or an RTD cocktail, you’ll need to carefully consider where to source the star ingredient of your drink—your alcohol base, of course! Use this guide to determine what step of the process you’re ready for, with tips and insights for your success in sourcing bulk spirits.
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Written on January 27, 2021.

We get the question all the time—what does it take to launch a new beverage? Although it may seem like a straightforward inquiry, the answer almost never is—and for good reason. There are just too many variables involved that can dramatically shift the needle on the outcome, especially when you’re just in the early stages. That being said, there are a few essential items on the checklist that may help as you consider what it would actually take to make your dream drink a reality.
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Written on January 20, 2021.

The Irish coffee is a delightful cocktail made with a combination of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and brown sugar, then topped with a thick layer of fresh cream. Once enjoyed strictly around the holiday season, Irish cream flavored beverages— everything from RTD cold brew to flavored liqueurs and creamers— are popping up as consumers continue to seek out comfort through indulgent, familiar flavor experiences.
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Written on January 13, 2021.

Bottled water is perhaps one of the most resilient beverages on the market— and it’s also a category that has seen substantial innovation in recent years. One segment in particular is experiencing surprising growth as a fan favorite. Say hello to enhanced waters.

Okay, perhaps you’ve been introduced before— but even if you’re not new to the category, you might be surprised to learn more about what makes enhanced waters so special.
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Written on January 6, 2021.

One of history’s most popular beverages is also one of the healthiest drinks that consumers enjoy today— yep, we’re talking tea! Thanks to its functionality and diversity of flavors, there’s a style to satisfy any palate. That’s also why tea has remained the world’s second most widely consumed beverage, eclipsed only by water. If you’ve never given much thought to the history or production methods behind the brew in your cup, don’t stress (though if you do, there’s a tea for that!) Instead, ease your mind with this brief background on two of the most consumed tea types— green and black tea. Grab your favorite mug and settle in.
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Written on December 8, 2020.

Our beverage experts formulate dozens of new and innovative drinks for clients every day, making them a valuable resource on the latest flavor trends. After a particularly turbulent year, our team got together to share their insights on the top flavors we expect to take over the beverage industry in the New Year.

Driven by the long-term effects of an on-going pandemic, this year’s forecast is shaping up to be focused on creating experiences in a socially distant landscape. Here are the 2021 flavor trends to watch out for:
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Written on December 2, 2020.

Did you know there’s only one American holiday written into our Constitution?

Ironically, the origins of this boozy celebration also start with the early Temperance Movement, an awareness campaign that emerged in the 1800s to limit alcohol consumption in the US.
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