Category: Production

The Shape of You: Practical choices for presenting your premium spirit in style.

When it comes to presenting your product to the public, the bottle and packaging you choose needs to express exactly what’s inside. We all know brands and bottles that have become iconic over time: Maker’s Mark, Johnny Walker, Patrón, even the Jack Daniel’s silhouette. But how did those products take shape (literally) in the first place? Spirited spoke with some packaging experts to help you formulate a plan for getting your brand’s message across with finesse.   Start with a story Incorporating your brand story into the look and feel of your final product is what will truly set...

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The SPARFLEX Group Announces the Acquisition of MAVERICK Enterprises

January 9, 2018—Epernay, France—The SPARFLEX Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of MAVERICK Enterprises.  Based in Ukiah, CA, MAVERICK is recognized as the leader in the production of PVC capsules, and polylam foils and capsules for still and sparkling wines in the U.S. wine packaging industry.   Michel Soutiran, President of SPARFLEX said, “We welcome MAVERICK Enterprises to the SPARFLEX family of leading brands. We’re determined to strengthen business development in the U.S. and with this acquisition we are well positioned to offer customers better access to local production operations and service.”   The complementary addition of MAVERICK...

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Flavorman Reveals Top Beverage Flavor Trends for 2018

For Immediate Release:   Media Contact: Claudia Coffey (502) 587-7220 – Office claudia@tandemagency.com   STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY: http://bit.ly/2Aj2Xmp (No photo credit)   Flavorman, the Leader in Flavor Development,  Reveals Top Beverage Flavor Trends For 2018: Maple, Honey, Grapefruit and Herbal Blends Top the Beverage Flavor List   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (January 9, 2018) — The flavor forecast for 2018 is shaping up to be full of ooey, gooey goodness.  Maple, the sweet sign of spring and uniquely North American ingredient is the top trending flavor for the upcoming year. It is famous for its complex sweetness and unmatched flavor. More recently, it is front and center for its role as an alternative sweetener and extensive list health and nutritional benefits. The nation’s top beverage development company, Flavorman, and their team of flavor experts predict the top trends we expect to take over the beverage industry in 2018. Many flavors trend to reflect the current state of the times and this year, there is a definitive trend toward earthy and familiar. Maple: Like Bourbon, but Sweeter: Maple flavors can be both deliciously complex and subtle. Like bourbon, many factors influence how maple tastes. One could taste notes of roasted coffee while another detects hints of hazelnut and cinnamon. Also like bourbon, maple must age to reach perfection. Trees need to be 30-40 years old before they can be tapped. Another benefit of Maple...

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Taint Misbehavin’: Improving TCA testing methods to ensure cork quality

Cork has been the most preferred closure for wine bottles since its initial use in the mid-16th century (especially since, before cork, the alternatives were oil-soaked cloth or some sort of resin-coated lid). Wineries used it pretty much without question for 300 years. And why not? It came from a renewable resource, it was pliable, and it could be used to re-seal bottles. While it took a while for some technology (such as the corkscrew) to catch up, cork closures also proved to be a big hit with consumers. There’s no sound quite like that of a cork coming...

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The Real Thing: Beverage producers are turning to high-tech solutions to protect their products from counterfeiters.

That bottle of iconic wine or single-malt Scotch you just picked up likely is authentic, but as with any product of value, knockoffs are a tempting way for fraudsters to make a living—or a killing. With high-end beverages, counterfeits can be tricky to detect, because even product testing isn’t always conclusive.   Discovering fraud History is rife with tales of con artists who invent fake labels, doctor ordinary wines or spirits, make outrageous claims, and scam those who collect such prizes. In one celebrated instance, a case of Le Montrachet—a famed and very expensive French Chardonnay-based white Burgundy—was sold...

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