Dr. Pachuta emphasizes that ISBT-recommended onsite monitoring analyzer methods be employed for routine CO2 testing and ISO-17025 accredited gas testing laboratories be used for periodic CO2 feed gas, in-process, and final product CO2 purity testing. He also suggests that beverage manufacturers and fountain operations periodically audit the quality practices of their CO2 suppliers for consistency and require them to periodically verify their CO2 quality by an independent ISO-certified laboratory.
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Beverage Industry Growth and Innovation
The beverage packaging and processing industry is experiencing major growth, according to PMMI’s “2018 Beverage Trends in Packaging and Processing” report. The North American beverage industry is expected to grow 4.5% to $45.5 billion in the next 10 years. Despite 70% of respondents believing aluminum cans and bottles are expected to see the greatest innovation in design, container, and graphics enhancements, plastic still accounts for 45% of packaging material usage. Ready-to-drink, non-alcoholic beverages (in glass containers) are expected to grow at about 40% and wine (in plastic containers) is projected to increase 100% by 2028.—FQ&S