There are six main categories for non-alcoholic beverages: carbonated soft-drinks, water (which includes flavored, sparkling and still water), dairy, juices, coffees and teas, and enhanced still drinks such as energy or sports drinks.
New beverages are constantly hitting the market! Drank any Kombucha lately? Nutraceuticals and functional beverages are popular with today’s health-conscious consumers. Still, water is the most-consumed beverage in the world.
Over the last five years, bottled water consumption has increased by more than 5% - capturing the undisputed first place position in the stomachs of US consumers. Value Added Waters market share increased at the fastest rate (10.1%) in 2016. The development of high quality and distinct products that have small-scale appeal, yet big trend potential is central to the beverage boom.
Packaging innovation has grown in importance as a means to distinguish both categories and brands in the crowded marketplace. Beverage packaging ranges between aseptic packaging, pouches, paper packaging, glass, plastic, and cans. In 2010, cans were the most predominant packaging material. By 2015, plastics overtook cans as the most common packaging substrate for beverages. No matter what substrate you are currently packaging (or are looking to package) your tasty beverage in, The Packaging School has got you covered with informational resources.
Fundamentals of Beverage Technology
As the premier technical beverage industry society, ISBT is in the unique position to offer you the very best in professional development and training solutions. The ISBT Beverage Institute™ is designed to provide an important resource for the global community of beverage professionals. The sessions, given by experienced beverage professionals, provide overviews as well as in-depth discussions on key topics in the art and science of beverage production.
In this course, we’ll cover the metal packaging industry and outline raw materials and processing. We will detail the different types of metal that are applicable to packaging and go through the process of making cans and closure systems. From an applied perspective, we will cover how consumers perceive metal packaging, where it makes sense in your decision-making strategy, along with real-world case studies of companies moving into or away from metal.
Glass is a material that is widely used in the alcohol, soda, and food industries due to its perceived quality image, barrier properties, and tactile feel. Glass is the only material that is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity - something no other food and beverage packaging option can claim. This eLearning course teaches you how to source different types of glass packaging. It also covers the manufacturing, sustainability and design of glass containers.
Polymers in Packaging
Polymers play a big role in packaging. To be a proficient and well-rounded packaging professional, you need to be comfortable with polymers. In this course, you are going to learn about the different types of polymers, their roles, functions, pros and cons of each, and real-world applications. From this, you are going to take away which polymers are suitable for the applications you are working on.