How to Win With Wine

Convenience stores are paying heed to customers’ thirst for better wine selections. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Wine usually isn’t top of mind for consumers when they stop at a convenience store—which is why operators need to draw their attention to the category, which can provide some good incremental sales. This past August, Technomic reported

How To Boost Beverage Sales

As more consumers shun carbonated soda, teas and juices are at the ready to quench c-stores’ thirst for category profits. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Of the top 10 merchandise categories in 2014 that demonstrated monthly strength in sales and margin percentage per the average store, tobacco was tops, followed by packaged beverages. According to

How to Free Up Frozen Beverages

Because of the robust profit margin and strong demand for frozen dispensed beverages, more channel retailers are rolling out their own signature programs. However, convenience stores still remain above the crowd when it comes to one of the coolest beverage segments out there. By Michele Wojciechowski, Contributing Editor Without a doubt, convenience stores face competition

XYIENCE Energy Beverages Announces New Ownership

Big Red Inc. plans to reach a new, larger demographic than before by targeting college football fans. XYIENCE, a zero calorie energy beverage, has re-launched under new ownership. The new owner is Austin, Texas-based Big Red Inc. Along with new ownership, the re-launch features a new look for the energy beverage brand and the roll out of a marketing campaign

Single-Serve Hot Cocoa

Boyd Coffee Co. has released new single-serve hot cocoa. The new cocoa is crafted with high-quality cocoa for a rich, creamy, smooth chocolate flavor. This September the new cocoa will be available in a 10-count box, and they will work in brewers that accept K-cup portion packs. The cocoa is also packed in a re-sealable […]

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Extra Energy

Living Essentials LLC has released its new peach mango flavored Extra Strength 5-hour ENERGY shot. The new flavor joins strawberry watermelon, sour apple, grape and berry to become the fifth extra strength variety of the popular energy shot, which also has six regular strength flavors as well as decaf.  5-hour ENERGY is a liquid energy […]

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Sheetz Debuts New Coffee And Eco-friendly Cups

Sheetz finds a way to decrease the number of cups in landfills by over two million per year. Family-owned convenience retailer, Sheetz, launched its new Sheetz Bros. Coffee on Aug. 26. The new line was released in over 500 stores companywide. The coffee line consists of four freshly ground signature blends with a light to dark progression. The coffee is

Coca-Cola On Track To Be “Water Neutral” By 2020

Coca-Cola has replenished an estimated 153.6 billion liters of water back to communities in the last 11 years. The Coca-Cola Co. and its global bottling partners, the Coca-Cola system, are expected to meet their 2020 water replenishment goal by the end of 2015. What’s more Coca-Cola’s efforts put it on track to be the first

Caramel Chai

Oregon Chai has released two new concentrates: Spiced and Salted Caramel. Built on Oregon Chai’s popular, versatile black tea blend, the Spiced concentrate packs a stronger chai flavor with an extra kick of cinnamon, while the Salted Caramel variety features rich caramel with a hint of sea salt. Made with natural ingredients and GMO-free, operators […]

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Dos Equis Variety Pack

HEINEKEN USA Inc. has introduced its new, limited edition Dos Equis Exploration variety pack. The new Exploration pack, available in a 24-bottle pack, offers six bottles each of favorites Dos Equis Lager and Ambar along with Dos Equis Roja and Invierno, two unique Dos Equis Mexican beer styles that together, will satisfy consumers’ thirst for […]

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Beer Alternative

KINKY Beverage Co. has introduced all-new EXTRA KINKY. This new product offers a seductive alternative to beer, as an addition to the KINKY Cocktails line. The sleek 16-ounce cans are available in the three colorful flavors consumers love with an added kick, 8% alcohol by volume (ABV). EXTRA KINKY Pink is an extra naughty fusion […]

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Jacob’s Creek Partners With US Open Tennis Championships

As the Official Wine and Promotion Partner, Jacob’s Creek will serve up wine to tennis fans at select on-site tournament locations. Jacob’s Creek is now the Official Wine and Promotional Partner of the US Open Tennis Championships. The multi-year partnership starts at this year’s championship, which will take place Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. “Jacob’s

Talking Rain Partners With Seattle Seahawks

Elaborate sky diving stunt announces collaboration. Talking Rain Beverage Co., the makers of SPARKLING ICE sparkling flavored water, has partnered with hometown team the Seattle Seahawks. Talking Rain and SPARKLING ICE will align with the Seattle Seahawks as the exclusive sparkling water sponsors of the NFL team. The multi-year partnership will feature co-branded Seahawks Talking

A Punch of Protein

Convenience Valet and BPI Sports have extended their BPI supplement line up. This new line of sports nutrition supplements is for fitness enthusiasts and those looking for products that promote healthy living. Consumers who are seeking supplements such as whey protein, L-carnitine and melatonin in a portable format need look no further. The BPI Sports […]

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Aspartame-Free Diet Pepsi

Pepsi has released new aspartame-free Diet Pepsi. This new soda, created to meet consumer demand, still has the refreshingly crisp, great taste fans have come to expect from Pepsi. Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi will now be sweetened with a blend of sucralose instead of aspartame and will be available […]

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Water Drops

SweetLeaf’s has introduced new SewwtLeaf Water Drops. These new additions to SweetLeaf’s product line of stevia sweeteners are available in four delicious flavors. The sweeteners are a sugar-free, gluten-free way to give plain or sparkling water a flavor boost that could be more appealing to the whole family, not just the kids. Flavors like Peach […]

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Zombie Soda

Caprice Brands has released Deadworld Zombie Sodas. This premium, all-natural flavored, glass-bottled soda line is distributed through Redstone Foods based in Dallas. Deadworld Zombie Sodas are available in 12 unique flavors and feature labels drawn by 41 comic book artists who have provided their own creative spin with depictions of zombies and characters based on […]

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Pepsi Releases Aspartame-Free Diet Pepsi

Consumer’s cries for better-for-you options are answered.  In response to consumer demand, Pepsi has released new aspartame-free Diet Pepsi. As consumer demand evolves, it is crucial that companies roll with the times and evolve along with consumers. Consumers have become much more health-conscious in recent years, and Pepsi Co. has heard the cries for change

What Do Americans Want From Soft Drinks?

Many Americans are seeking natural alternatives to regular soda, but not everyone is happy with the currently available alternatives. As Americans continue to grow more health-conscious, carbonated soft drinks are facing mounting negative health perceptions from Americans. However, craft and natural soda alternatives are increasing in popularity among the most active soft drink consumers. While natural and craft

Sheetz Hosts National Root Beer Float Day Celebrations

Sheetz promotes new Barq’s Root Beer Float during National Root Beer Float Day Celebrations. In honor of National Root Beer Float Day, Sheetz offered its new Barq’s Root Beer Float for only $1.99 to Sheetz loyalty card holders. All Sheetz locations participated in the celebration on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Each year, the nation comes together to celebrate

U.S. Beer Industry Supports 1.75 Million Jobs

America’s favorite adult beverage serves up more than just a refreshing drink. A new study was released, during a Congressional briefing, by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) on July 28. The study was named the Beer Serves America report, and it details the industry’s complete impact on the American economy. Based on government

Ready-to-Drink Iced Coffee

Krispy Kreme has introduced three of its ready-to-drink iced coffee flavors to the refrigerated section and beverage aisles of participating grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores nationwide. This new offering is an effort to make Krispy Kreme products more widely available to consumers to meet an increasing demand. The three available flavors are mocha, vanilla […]

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Organic Craft Beers

Dr. Jekyll’s Craft Brewery has introduced a line of organic craft beers with super food ingredients. Now beer lovers can fortify their diets with acai berry, turmeric, flax seed oil, cinnamon oil, hawthorn berry, grapefruit fiber and other nutrients with three new brews: Bio Beer, Beer Attack and Beer Belly. Dr. Jekyll’s teamed with bitechnology […]

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Eco-Friendly Ovens

Alto-Shaam has introduced several ENERGY STAR rated CT PROformance and CT Classic Combitherm ovens. The ovens, rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are engineered to provide unmatched performance, precision and quality, and are the all-in-one solution for efficient and consistent volume food production. The CT PROformance and CT Classic with EcoSmart technology boost energy […]

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Craft Beer Production Soars

Growth in the craft beer industry is happening in all regions and from a mix of sources—from retail settings to unique brewery business models. Craft beer’s popularity continues to grow, and production volume is keeping pace. American craft beer production volume increased 16% in the first half of 2015, according to new mid-year data released

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