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All this goes well for the functional beverages industry. Functional health beverages are going more mainstream because consumers have become much more holistic-minded so companies are now meeting them in the middle. There is a consciousness out there now that very small amounts of something can have a very significant effect. The functional beverages industry has attracted the attention of traditional beverage manufacturers focused on expanding their product ranges in the face of falling sales of old stand-bys such as carbonates. Pepsi s purchase of Gatorade and South Beach Beverages Sobe Cadbury Schweppes purchase of the Snapple and Mistic brands are a few examples. Products affiliated with major sporting brands such as Reebok and Umbro sports and performance drinks also are infiltrating the market.
Remote control panels will also be set up outside the fill area for safety purposes as well. THICK BEVERAGES AND PARTICULATES Some creamy drinks or drinks with higher viscosities (without carbonation) may require a different type of filling machine moving away from overflow and gravity fillers. The same is true of beverages with pulp or other particulates like those found in some juices. Both pump fillers and piston filling machines are manufactured to handle higher visocisty products and the principles allow for particulates to pass through in a consistent manner. Different pump types and piston sizes will be used depending on the particulate size and product fill size. Other than the filling machine other equipment will stay pretty standard but will also show more variation than the bottled water line simply due to a wider range of product and package characteristics. Of course there are many other beverage types on the market with new products emerging nearly every day. Other features of beverage packaging lines may include sanitary equipment to keep the product safe as well as hot fills when pasteurization is necessary. While almost all beverage lines will include some type of bottle rinser or other container cleaning machine other lines will incorporate unique machinery such as the capsule spinner for distilled spirits.
With interest in these kinds of products higher than ever the future looks bright for this category. The 1990s fueled a health and lifestyle revolution that resulted in consumer demand for foods and beverages that provide both nourishment and good taste at the right price. The beverage industry with functional drinks has successfully met those desires by selling a broad range of products--juices energy drinks smoothies soy-based beverages enhanced isotonics enhanced water teas that fulfills a nutritional need. Claims for many of these drinks have not been proven and the amount of added ingredients is neither standardized nor identified on the label. And their safety -- optimal doses interactions and long-term consequences -- isn t known.