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Milk Starts its Rebound at Retail

Look for a rise in consumer demand for milk, and an increased interest in flavored products in 2012. “We see flavors, particularly chocolate milk, as a key opportunity at convenience stores in 2012,” said Vivien Godfrey, CEO, MilkPEP. “Convenience stores are really over indexed in terms of flavored milk, so of all milk sold in

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Coffee Consumption Surging

One in four coffee drinkers are now choosing gourmet products daily as younger consumers embrace upscale brews. By John Lofstock, Editor.  Coffee consumption tracks strong and steady, according to the National Coffee Association’s (NCA) National Coffee Drinking Trends, with sales data suggesting a solid footing for future growth. Rebounding youth consumption, strong gourmet allegiance and

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Building Bottled Water Sales

New products and core beverages will always drive cold vault sales. Retailers have to know how to market them effectively to maximize profitability. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Bottled water sales continue to rise steadily, which is good news for overall packaged beverage sales in convenience stores. NACS reported recently that in the wake of

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Boosting Energy Sales

Although some c-store operators admit to being worried about regulators turning their focus toward energy products, many believe the category has at least another year of strong growth ahead. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Sales of energy shots are soaring despite the lingering recession. New products, flavors and marketing messages are making it one of

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Building Better Beer Sales

While many trends impact the beer category, the one that will most directly influence how marketers do business is the continued demand for more choices by the consumer.  By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. It’s been two years since Walgreens jumped back into the beer and wine business, and at least three convenience store operators in

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Capitalizing on Coffee Trends

Hot beverages anchor the industry’s foodservice offering, but the category is also a top in-store destination and among the most profitable.   By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Numbers don’t lie–and when it comes to consumers and coffee, they show a category poised for even greater growth in the months ahead.Coffee consumption among consumers aged 18-29

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Customers Take Coffee Personally

Convenience stores are expanding their brew programs and condiment offerings, allowing guests to customize each cup. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Jerry Weiner watched in awe as a customer crafted coffee to her specification at a Rutter’s Farm Store. She combined three coffee varieties in her cup and added at least five different creamer flavors

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Energy Sales Soaring

While there may have been some concerns about the growth of shots and full-size cans, analysts report the category has never been stronger. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Brent Howard isn’t just a retailer of energy drinks and shots. He’s a user. Division manager for Sun Pacific Energy in Kennewick, Wash., Howard has seen the

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Crunk Juce is Back

Gila Brew Co. LLC announces the re-launch of CJ Crunk Juce, a premium line of malt beverages. “CJ” has a distinctly engaging taste and is currently available in many states with rapidly expanding distribution. Great taste and tasteful adult packaging differentiate CJ from its competition. The beverage is being marketed under the new slogan “TASTE,

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Anheuser-Busch Welcomes Manny Zayas

Anheuser-Busch has appointed Manny Zayas to vice president, convenience stores, National Retail Sales.   Zayas is a seasoned executive who brings a wealth of experience from multiple industries—with nearly 20 years in Consumer Product Group (CPG) industries, and 13 of those years dedicated to direct-store-delivery (DSD) beverages.  He has held sales, category management and sales

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Thorntons Offers Free Tea

Today only, customers can enjoy a free Thorntons Legendary Ice Tea when they stop into a participating store. Today, Friday, May 13, customers can go to any participating Thorntons store and receive a free Thorntons Legendary Fresh Brewed Tea. Thorntons Legendary Iced Tea, (both unsweet and sweet) are brewed fresh, and made with 100% filtered

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7-Eleven Encourages Slurpee MixMakers

Summer concerts and contest celebrate the art of mixing personalized Slurpee flavor combinations. 7-Eleven, the creator of America’s iconic frozen beverage, is celebrating the practice of flavor-mixing and urging its frozen-drink fans to become bonafide Slurpee MixMakers. Using the wide array of colors and flavors available at 7-Eleven stores nationwide, fans can mix and match

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Avoiding Cold Vault Cannibalization

With new healthier beverage options becoming available retailers face the task of resetting coolers to maximize sales. By: By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Who would have thought that packaged beverages could cause so many people so much angst? Heightened environmental and health concerns and the spotlight on childhood obesity have been used to cast a

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Mac’s, XYIENCE Partner for Sweepstakes

“We have been very pleased with the performance of the Xenergy brand in our stores and as a result, have recently expanded our listing base to include Xenergy Xtreme flavors,” says Mac’s spokesperson. XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, and Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, have

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McDonald’s Coffee Customers Most Loyal

In a study comparing McDonald’s, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts customers, McDonald’s coffee customers are the least likely to stray. McDonald’s coffee customers are the most loyal compared to those who frequent Starbucks Corp. and Dunkin’ Donuts, a study by market research firm CustomersDNA LLC found. The currently unpublished study involved 15,000 fast-food customers who answered

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Colorado Says No To Full Strength Beer At C-stores

Full-strength beer proposal reaches Legislature floor for the first time, but is voted down. Colorado lawmakers have rejected a proposal that would have given convenience stores, gas stations and grocery chains the right to sell full-strength beer. The decisions ended a debate that occurs just about every year at the state Capitol, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

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Circle K Gulf Coast Adds Modjo Lifestyle Beverages

“Functional and truly unique products like Modjo forLIFE and Modjo Hydrade are the type of products that intrigue and address the health concerns of our customers,” says category manager, Circle K Gulf Coast Business Unit. Circle K Gulf Coast Business Unit plans to carry Modjo forLIFE anti-aging and rejuvenation beverage and new Modjo Hydrade the

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Scotsman Unites Ice Chewers With Nugget Ice

“This year, Scotsman celebrates the 30th anniversary of the invention of nugget ice, and the Luv the Nug campaign is the perfect way to commemorate this iconic ice form,” says Scotsman spokesperson. Ice-chewing fanatics love nugget ice, The Original Chewable Ice invented by Scotsman Ice Systems, and the company is celebrating with a new “Luv

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Coca-Cola Introduces Fully Recyclable Racks

“Sustainability is core to our business, so we want to demonstrate this commitment to our customers, and consumers at every level,” says Coca-Cola spokesperson. As the Coca-Cola Co. continues to advance its efforts in sustainability, it is developing a family of 100% recyclable merchandise display racks for use in grocery and convenience stores in the

Only 27% of 18 to 24 year olds drink coffee on a regular basis.

Coffee Sales Hotter Than Ever

Hot dispensed beverages, most notably coffee, remain a lynchpin of the convenience store foodservice business and a key to its continued growth. Growing sales will be a crucial task in the months and years ahead. Chicago-based research firm Mintel International reported that c-stores and other retail coffee marketers must begin to actively recruit younger drinkers

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Craft Sales Drive Beer

Following a solid 2009, the Brewers Association, the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, reported strong 2010 numbers for small and independent craft brewers. Dollar sales were up 12% in the first half of 2010, compared to 9% growth during the same period in 2009. Volume of craft brewed beer sold grew

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Sales Increases in Store for Juices and Teas

Watch out, soft drinks. Teas and juices are looking to capture health-conscious consumers in 2011 with flavor innovation and antioxidant power. The refrigerated juices and drinks category in the c-store sector saw total dollar sales of $423,746,400, according to SymphonyIRI data for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 26, 2010, up 5.73% compared to the previous

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Positive Outlook for Carbonated Beverages

Carbonated soft drink sales dipped in 2010, but are expected to show positive growth in 2011. “Because the economy is better and products like Coke Zero have done well with customers, we are predicting 2.3% growth in 2011 for carbonated beverages,” said Garima Goel Lal, senior consumer analyst for Mintel International. Overall sales of carbonated

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Dispensed Beverages Thrive on Innovation and Marketing

Dispensed cold and frozen beverages enjoyed another solid year of growth in 2010, and 2011 is shaping up to be another strong year, according to the NPD Group in Port Washington, N.Y. “Our latest research is telling us 3% of consumers going into a convenience store are purchasing a frozen beverage or slushy drink,” said

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UNC Wins $20K Donation from Kangaroo Express

UNC beats NC State and Duke to benefit student-led UNC Build a Block program in Battle for Bean Street contest. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., officially announced the University of North Carolina as its Battle for Bean Street Champion, scoring the $20,000 grand prize donation

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