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Freshly-Brewed Coffee

Wilbur Curtis has developed a revolutionary way to keep decanters ready to serve freshly brewed coffee. The FreshTrac digital freshness indicator, available only on Curtis Alpha GT brewers, utilizes a fl ashing, visual indicator that tracks the freshness of coffee right from the point of brewing. It alerts the operator when coffee is no longer

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Stella Artois Unveils New Campaign

Campaign shot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. Stella Artois has announced that photographer Annie Leibovitz has harnessed her legendary creative talents on behalf of the iconic Belgian beer. Leibovitz recently shot a new campaign for Stella Artois that will be formally unveiled at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. “Annie Leibovitz’s work marries artistic genius with

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Anheuser-Busch Announces Brand Lineup For Super Bowl XLVII Ads

Viewers will see a mix of traditional favorites and the debut of new brands. Anheuser-Busch has announced it will debut four-and-a-half minutes of new ad creative during CBS’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3.  Super Bowl icons Bud Light and Budweiser will share the spotlight in this year’s game with Anheuser-Busch’s two

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Bean Street Coffee Debuts Whipped Topping

Mytop Whip Topping Machine expands coffee customization options. The Pantry Inc.’s Kangaroo Express convenience stores are introducing whipped topping to its Bean Street Coffee customization options, at no costs to its guests. Since Kangaroo Express introduced its new and improved Bean Street Coffee, guests have been invited to build their own brew at the Roo

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7-Eleven Launches Dollar Coffee Wednesdays

Retailer launches darkest Brazilian roast coffee with mid-week $1 any-size offer. To encourage coffee-lovers to try its latest, darkest roast coffee, 7-Eleven Inc. is holding Dollar Coffee Wednesdays this month, when every size cup of coffee will cost just $1. The new Brazilian Dark Roast is the leading convenience retailer’s richest, most full-bodied coffee to

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Customers Mixed On Starbucks’ Reusable Cup

Survey shows 57% probably won’t purchase the cup, but seven in 10 think it’s a good idea. More than a quarter of Americans (28%) have already bought or plan on purchasing one of Starbucks’ new $1 reusable coffee tumblers aimed at cutting down on paper cup waste, according to a YouGov Omnibus survey taken Jan.

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The ‘King of Beers’ To Unveil Budweiser Black Crown

First TV spot to be featured during Super Bowl XLVII. It started with a bold experiment. A year ago, Budweiser asked its 12 brewmasters to envision their own unique version of one of the world’s most iconic beers. After 12 recipes, six beers brewed for national sampling, and 25,000 opinions, the experiment has resulted in

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Dos Equis Introduces Game Changer Program

Takes sports viewing to a more interesting level. Dos Equis, one of the fastest growing upscale import brands in the U.S., is taking the sports-viewing experience to a more interesting level at retail and on-premise with the debut of the Dos Equis Game Changer activation. Running January through March, Game Changer inspires adults to take

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Starbucks Introduces Reusable Cup

The coffee giant aims to sell 5% of all beverages in reusable cups by 2015. Starbucks Corp. is encouraging customers to be more environmentally-friendly with the rollout of its $1 reusable plastic cup, which is available at cafes this week.   The Seattle-based coffee chain has long rewarded customers with a 10-cent discount when they

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Cumberland Farms Fundraiser Aids Granby Public Library

A portion of Chill Zone beverage sales are set to support the new library building fund. Cumberland Farms announced that the Granby Public Library will be the beneficiary of a month-long fundraiser to support the construction of the new library and its programs for all populations of Granby, from preschoolers through seniors. For four weeks

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Starbucks Speaks Out On Fiscal Cliff

Come Together campaign targets Washington lawmakers. Starbucks launched a political campaign this week aiming to attract the attention of Washington policymakers who have been unable to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, CNN Money reported. Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz sent a letter to employees at its approximately 120 D.C.-area stores to write

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Cumberland Farms Gives Away More Than One Million Free Cups of Coffee

Annual “Free Coffee Fridays” campaign drives new fans of its Farmhouse Blend. Cumberland Farms has given away more than one million cups of free coffee— 1,099,913 cups to be exact—to customers across 11 states as part of its Free Coffee Fridays promotion. Launched several years ago to kick-off the hot beverage season, the campaign began

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Bursting With Energy

Our nation is in the midst of an energy crisis. And it has nothing to do with the price of oil. Sleep-deprived and overworked, Americans crave anything with the word “energy” on the label. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Energy drinks are of course wildly popular, but energy shots—those two-ounce packages loaded with concentrated doses

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Wawa Introduces Single-Serve Coffee

“At Wawa, coffee is more than a hot beverage,” says Wawa CEO. “It’s a way of life.” Wawa Inc. has launched Wawa Original Blend and 100% Colombian in a single-serve container compatible with the popular Keurig brewing system. These coffee products are now available in all of Wawa’s 604 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware,

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Dunkin' Donuts To Open In 12 New Airport Locations

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Trip Planner allows holiday travelers to map all of the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants along their road trip. With the number of airline tickets sold for Christmas and New Year’s already up more than 50% from last year, Dunkin’ Donuts is prepared for the rush of travelers stopping by to fuel up at its

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Jones & Frank Markets Vendgogh’s Gas Island Vending

Strategic partnership helps bring cold drinks to gas-only customers.   Vendgogh, the provider of Gas Island Vending Solutions has entered into a strategic partnership with Jones & Frank (J&F). J&F is a solution integrator to convenience stores in 16 states along the entire Eastern seaboard, and a Gilbarco distributor, which plans to market, install and

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7-Eleven Offers New Red Bull Flavors

Cranberry, lime and blueberry flavors debuting on 7-Eleven shelves now are scheduled to launch nationally in March 2013. Until the end of the year, 7-Eleven Inc. will be the only retailer to offer its customers the three new Red Bull Editions flavors at its participating stores. In red, silver and blue cans, the Red Bull

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Black Friday + Red Bull = Free 7-Eleven Coffee

7-Eleven helps holiday shoppers stock up on energy for their Black Friday shopping sprees. For shoppers who plan to hit the stores early on Black Friday and shop ‘til they drop, 7-Eleven Inc. is offering a one-two energy punch. 7-Eleven customers, who purchase any size Red Bull Energy Drink, including the three new Editions flavors,

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BAWLS Guarana Reports Steady Growth

Company welcomes Jon Gunnerson as CEO and managing partner. BAWLS Guarana has reported steady growth and strong results at the close of its second full fiscal year in operation. This can be attributed to the BAWLS distribution network being strengthened through the addition of 13 new DSD partners. The mission of BAWLS is to manufacture

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Counterfeit 5-hour Energy Operation Shut Down

Retailers and distributors that might have counterfeit products can check lot numbers to identify counterfeit products. Living Essentials LLC, distributor of 5-hour Energy, recently discovered counterfeit 5-hour Energy products circulating in the marketplace. Living Essentials LLC, acted swiftly to identify and halt the counterfeiting operation and filed suits in U.S. Federal District courts in both

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Home Beverage Carbonation System

Campbell Soup Co. and SodaStream International Ltd. announced an agreement to license Campbell’s V8 Splash and V8 V-Fusion brands for the SodaStream home beverage carbonation system. SodaStream is a manufacturer and distributer of home beverage carbonation systems, which transform tap water into sparkling water and soda. The system includes a soda maker, a CO2 carbonator,

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Proving Profitable with Adult Beverages

Squeezable pouches, which have been the preferred packaging on children’s products for many years, are emerging as a big hit for alcohol marketers. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Retail dollar sales of alcoholic beverages in pouches were only $12 million for the 12-month period ending August 2010, according to Nielsen. For the same period ending

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How to Win the Battle of the Brews

Suddenly everybody’s a coffee expert, even the neighborhood pharmacy. So what are c-stores doing to maintain customer loyalty as the competition over brewed beverages heats up? By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Et tu, Walgreens? With the opening earlier this year of a new Upmarket Café in Walgreens’ new Chicago flagship store, shoppers can have a

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Coca-Cola Introduces Shopper Experience Innovation Center

High-tech facility features realistic scale, customizable retail and foodservice facilities to incubate and test solutions. The brightest new star in the world of shopper marketing is not a renowned expert or an insightful study. It’s The Coca-Cola Co.’s recently launched Shopper Experience Innovation Center (SEIC) which contains two retail environments that can morph like a

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Cumberland Farms’ Free Coffee Fridays Returns

Cumberland Farms is so certain customers will love its coffee it’s giving it away for free on Fridays in November to entice customers to return for more.   Cumberland Farms’ Free Coffee Fridays are back, beginning Friday, Nov. 9. Cumberland Farms says its Farmhouse Blend coffee is “so surprisingly delicious” it dares customers to give

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