New FDA Regulations May Injure Craft Brew Industry

New FDA mandate may cost craft brewers upwards of $100,000. A new mandate from the FDA may have some devastating effects on the craft beer industry. According to a report from KRQE News 13, by next December the FDA will require restaurant chains to provide full nutritional information on all products served, including beverages. According


How To Perk Up Coffee Sales

Some 26% of all coffee drinkers consume four or more cups of coffee per day. It is time to win their business. According to the latest Packaged Facts report, Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee in the U.S.: Retail and Foodservice, 8th Edition, new innovations are providing the coffee industry with growth opportunities, new usage occasions and

How South American Foods Are Inspiring Beverages

Ancient South American foods are growing in popularity for utilization in beverages. The beverage industry is being innovated by transforming once routine thirst-appeasing liquids into exciting, energizing, sometimes better-for-you products. Consumers are looking for beverages that satisfy a number of needs in their daily lives beyond satiating thirst, and these include energy, weight loss, illness

Consumers Turn to Bottled Water As Soft Drink Substitute

Conditions are favorable for accelerated growth in the bottled water industry. Bottled Water in the U.S., a report from Packaged Facts, has revealed that, over the past decade, American consumers have increasingly turned to bottled water as a substitute for carbonated soft drinks. During this period the number of adults who drank five or more glasses

Green Beverage Line

Mamma Chia, creator of the first-to-market chia beverage and celebrated chia innovator, has added the Magic of Chia to the world of green beverages with the introduction of Mamma Chia Organic Chia & Greens. This fresh, new line combines the nutritional powerhouse of chia with vibrant greens, offering category-leading nutrition with great-tasting flavors to provide […]

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Watermelon Mimosa & Moscow Mule

Diageo has brought back Smirnoff Ice Watermelon Mimosa based on popular demand. This ready-to-drink cocktail is refreshingly sweet, and made with juicy watermelon flavors as well as hints of delicious Prosecco. Meanwhile, Smirnoff Ice Moscow Mule is the newest addition to the delicious line-up of Smirnoff Ice flavors. It’s inspired by the popular cocktail and […]

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Powerbar Shake

Powerbar has evolved! Driven by the combination of sports science and consumer insight, Powerbar delivers the power of protein to the c-store channel. New for 2016, PowerBar, the original energy bar, is launching its first ready-to-drink high protein shake for the convenience channel. Available in chocolate and vanilla, this new shake is designed in a […]

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Citrus Ale

Samuel Adams has introduced new Rebel Grapefruit IPA as the newest addition to the Rebel family. Rebel Grapefruit is brewed with real grapefruit for a big punch of citrus that amplifies the tropical fruit and citrus notes of one of the Sam Adams brewers’ favorite West Coast hops, Mosaic. Rebel Grapefruit’s flavor and aroma come […]

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Major Brewers Move into Craft Beer Industry

Major brewers are evolving strategies to get into the craft beer industry. As the craft beer industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, larger brewing companies are paying big to stake a claim in the industry. According to a report from CNN Money, Constellation Brands, the company behind Corona Extra and Modelo Especial has announced a

English-Style IPA

Guinness has introduced the new Nitro IPA. Nitro IPA is made using Guinness-style nitrogenation and India Pale Ale characteristics, giving Guinness Nitro IPA a hop-forward IPA profile with the qualities of a classic Guinness pint, like a creamy mouthfeel and thick head. This English-style IPA has a strong flavor coming from five different hop varieties […]

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How To Win With Coffee

The best means for c-stores to edge out the competition lies in promoting quality and providing better value.  By Howard Riell, Associated Editor When considering a quality coffee product, differentiating the offer from those of competing convenience stores and quick-service restaurants (QSR) is vastly important, experts say. However, too much thinking and tinkering can result

Carbonated Soft Drink Dollar Sales Dip

Energy drink category dollar sales remain solid. Wells Fargo Securities found Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) continues to lead in the carbonated soft drink category, while Monster sales remain under pressure on soft volume growth, citing Nielsen data for the four-week period ending Oct. 31, 2015, across all channels (grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores).

Why Craft Beer Is On the Rise

Craft beer seeks to appeal to a wider audience than regular beer. Craft beer is expected to see some substantial growth throughout the remainder of 2015. In fact, the latest research from Mintel has revealed that craft beer is predicted to see 22% dollar sales growth this year, moving the category to $24 billion. Craft beer made

Rainforest Alliance Certified

Eight O’Clock, America’s original gourmet coffee brand made with 100% Arabica beans, has relaunched its award-winning 100% Colombian Peaks coffee now 50% Rainforest Alliance Certified, and, as always, featuring 100% Colombian beans. Eight O’Clock has teamed up with the Rainforest Alliance to help to ensure its coffee beans are grown and harvested using environmentally and […]

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Knouse Foods is launching a new line of Musselman’s Smoothie-Mix for operators seeking an easy way to offer more on-trend, better-for-you beverages. Strawberry Banana, Blueberry and Tropical flavors are available now in packs of four, four-ounce cups, all shelf-stable with no preservatives. Musselman’s Smoothie-Mix blends best with apple juice or yogurt, and it’s a heavy […]

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Starbucks Holiday Beverages Return

Starbucks has brought back its holiday beverages along with festive red cups. Starbucks has kicked off the holiday season with its seasonal espresso beverages in their festive red holiday cups. These holiday beverages have been officially reintroduced to stores in the U.S. and Canada. Holiday favorites such as Chestnut Praline Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte and Peppermint Mocha will

How to Make Room For Beverages

With CSDs seeking to reclaim ground in the packaged beverage category, teas, energy and craft products are eying new opportunity in the convenience channel. By D. Gail Fleenor, Contributing Editor Current lower pump prices are bringing more shoppers inside the store and the pack- aged beverage category is benefiting. However, that ice-cold beverage may be

How to Tap Craft Beer Trends

Convenience store retailers use growler stations to appeal to craft beer enthusiasts. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Craft beer continues to grow in the convenience store industry. In fact, according to the Brewers Association, the c-store channel has seen the most craft beer growth of any channel in 2015. “Grocery represents craft’s strongest channel, and

AB InBev and SABMiller Merger Deal Deadline Extended

Two giants in the beer industry struggle to finalize terms of merger agreement. A new deal is in the works that will potentially combine two of the world’s largest brewers, but the deadline has arrived and no terms have been finalized. According to a report from Fortune, the aforementioned deal would combine AB InBev, containing Budweiser,

How McDonald’s Is Perking Up Beverage Sales

In another attempt to drive sales, McDonald’s is now selling Monster energy drinks at select locations. Following the launch of all-day breakfast, McDonald’s is now testing another strategy to drive business in its restaurants. Some 20 U.S. McDonald’s stores in various states are now offering these highly caffeinated beverages for individual sale, as well as

Tecate Light Redefines Light Beer

Tecate is launching a 360-degree holiday program to help customers conquer the holiday season. Tecate Light will soon launch a new, comprehensive, 360-degree program, spanning from Thanksgiving to Dia de Reyes, that will offer LDA+ consumers everything they need to kick-start their holiday celebrations. The fully-integrated retail promotion, including digital partnerships with Pandora and Ibotta,

Beverage Sales Decline

Foodservice retailers must be aware of changing consumer tastes if they hope to drive beverage sales. As consumers tastes evolve and they become more cost conscious, beverage orders are on the decline. The NPD Group has revealed that, although consumers order a beverage 70% of the time when visiting restaurants and other foodservice outlets, beverage

Heineken Ignites Holiday Spirit

Heineken looks to drive sales during the holiday season through strategic partnerships and marketing strategies. Heineken has launched its Light Up Your Holidays program. This fully-integrated, seasonal program invites shoppers to choose the iconic green and red Heineken pack for holiday celebrations. The promotion includes strategic digital partnerships, a sweepstakes and a three-way partnership between Heineken,

C-Stores See Strong Beverage Sales In Third Quarter

Wells Fargo’s Beverage Buzz c-store retailer survey finds hard sodas expected to drive the craft segment and low gas prices aiding consumer spending in store. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently completed its Beverage Buzz survey, polling beverage retailers representing more than 15,000 c-store locations across the U.S. The survey showed non-alcoholic beverage sales at convenience

Digital Cooler Door

Anthony is pleased to introduce the new iDOOR. This new door uses a transparent LCD embedded within refrigeration cooler or freezer doors that plays full motion video at the point of purchase. This patented technology allows transparent video and animation in full HD to be played on the door while giving customers the ability to […]

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