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Frozen Beverage Revolution

Known for thrills, chills and even spills, frozen beverages have grown from meager c-store beginnings to celebrity status. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Before frozen dispensed beverages made a mark in venues such as amusement parks, movie theaters and shopping food courts, the unique product was born and raised in the convenience store industry. No

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Mars Announces Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain

Partners with IBM Research on collaborative food safety platform. Scientists from IBM Research and Mars Inc. have established the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, a collaborative food safety platform that will leverage advances in genomics to further our understanding of what makes food safe. Protecting the global food supply is a monumental public

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Beer Industry Summit Key Takeaways

Wells Fargo outlines beer category trends. Wells Fargo recently attended Beer Business Daily’s 12th Annual Beer Industry Summit and came away generally encouraged by industry trends. Key themes throughout the two-day conference were: (1) the surging growth of crafts, fueled by new brands and consumer demand for variety & authenticity; (2) the ever-increasing importance of

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Driving Better Beer Sales

Craft beer sales are soaring but top quartile retailers are using a balanced approach to grow all segments. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience store retailers are preparing for another year of fragmentation and changing dynamics in the beer category in 2015. Beer across all retail channels is projected to end 2014 up 1% in

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Real Milk

fairlife ultra-filtered milk was introduced to the c-store industry in the 2014 NACS Show Cool New Products Preview Room in October. Through its venture with fairlife, The Coca-Cola Co. is accelerating national availability of a new line of real milk that tastes great and provides natural nutrition. fairlife is ultra-filtered to provide 50% more natural

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Up For Whatever

Bud Light has introduced a new bottle designed to find out just how “Up For Whatever” its fans really are. The “The Perfect Beer for Whatever Happens” hit store shelves on Dec. 15. Each new bottle of Bud Light features a unique “Up For Whatever” message on its label that is intended to inspire spontaneous

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Ready-to-Drink Coffee

Coca-Cola Co. has introduced illy issimo Ready-to-Drink Coffee, which was featured in the 2014 NACS Show Cool New Products Preview Room. New illy issimo offers a range of ready-to-drink coffee made with illy’s unique blend of 100% natural Arabica coffee and no added preservatives. Featuring the finest ingredients that create the pure pleasure of coffee

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Plenty of Energy

As sales chug along, energy drinks continue to be an influential driver in the beverage market. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The energy category continues to be a staple of the convenience store mix. And while top-selling brands such as Red Bull and Monster remain on top, consumers are coming to look for new flavors

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Nielsen Data Shows Solid Improvements in Energy Category

Wells Fargo weighs in on beverage category numbers. Energy drinks sales are improving, while liquid tea and sports drinks sales remain strong, a recent report by Wells Fargo Securities reported. Total carbonated soft drinks (CSDs)—excluding energy drinks—dollar sales were up 0.1% (up 0.5% for 12-weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four weeks

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ROO Cup Returns

Kangaroo Express guests save on fountain beverages this holiday season. Kangaroo Express recently invited ROO Cup fanatics to “take back summer” by bringing its 2014 ROO Cup to any Kangaroo Express location to enjoy unlimited 25-cent ROO Cup refills on frozen and fountain beverages between Dec. 15-21. The 2014 ROO Cup has captured the hearts

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Refresh Your Taste Buds

The makers of Simply Orange and Simply Lemonade, experts at delivering great tasting juices and juice drinks made with deliciously simple ingredients, are giving fans an all-new way to enjoy a refreshing taste experience. Simply Juice Drinks, a premium line of all-natural, not-from-concentrate juice drinks, are available in three great-tasting flavors—Fruit Punch, Tropical and Mixed

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Shrink-Wrapped Six-Packs

What’s better than a bottle of Uncle Si’s Iced Tea? A six-pack! Chinook USA and Duck Commander Family Foods are introducing shrink-wrapped six-packs for each of the four flavors of Uncle Si’s Iced Tea: Sweet, Un-Sweet, Peach, and Half & Half (half iced tea/half lemonade). The six-packs are shipping to wholesalers throughout Chinook USA’s 26-state

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Winning With Wine Sales

Murphy USA grows its wine section and store sales through a collaboration with E.&J. Gallo Winery. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Through a collaboration with E. & J. Gallo Winery, Murphy USA is working towards growing its wine category. The c-store chain is set to expand the number of locations offering wine from 112 to

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Scotch Ale

The Newcastle Scotch Ale collaboration is a limited-time offering from Newcastle and Caledonian that represents the best of English and Scottish brewing: a rich, full-flavored and fulfilling Scottish ale with toffee notes at 6.4% ABV and 40 IBUs. Scotch Ale is a bold yet balanced beer that will please lifelong Newcastle fans as well as

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Anheuser-Busch Media Event Shares Best Practices

“Being best in craft beer also means being best in value brands—you can’t succeed by only growing one segment,” says Anheuser-Busch’s vice president of small format sales. Anheuser-Busch hosted a media event for the trade press, Wednesday Nov. 19-20 in St. Louis, to share best practices in driving beer sales, beer and food pairing concepts,

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New Juice Line

AriZona Beverages has launched its newest juice line, Shaq Fu Punch. This is the second product launch to come from AriZona’s all-star partnership with Shaquille O’Neal and it’s already a knockout. Shaq Fu Punch delivers a crisp and fruity taste in three new fruit punch flavors: Grape, Strawberry and Pineapple. Shaq Fu Punch is Vitamin

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Juicy Waters

In 2015, good2grow, a line of healthy children’s beverages, will energize the water category with a new line of organic Juicy Waters. The new collection of flavored waters debuts at the 2014 Natural Products Expo East. Hitting shelves in early 2015, the collection offers the taste children love with the nutritional benefits parents crave in

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Coconut Water For Kids

FAL Food and Beverages, a FAL Group brand, announced that its newly launched Coco Joy Kids brand will feature characters from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ comedy action-adventure film Big Hero 6. Coco Joy Kids is all-natural fruit-flavored, pure coconut water for kids, containing no added sugar, preservatives or concentrates. Coco Joy Kids products featuring Big

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Limited-Edition Holiday Punch

Generations of families have celebrated holiday gatherings and other events with cups filled to the brim with what many call the “official punch” of the South: Cheerwine Punch. For the first time, Cheerwine is offering a pre-mixed blend of its legendary punch in two-liter bottles during the upcoming holiday season. Limited supplies of the first-ever

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Golden Bear Gets Fizzy

AriZona Beverages USA LLC and Jack Nicklaus have added sparkling strawberry lemonade to its popular Golden Bear line. Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Strawberry Fizz is the perfect balance of crisp fruit and lemon zest, containing 10% juice. This sweet and tart lightly-carbonated beverage is sure to be the new drink of choice for any lemonade

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Innovation by the Cup

Retailers are investing more in hot dispensed beverage programs that reflect the consumers’ growing penchant for espresso-based coffee offerings, flavorful teas and more choices. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Wawa Inc. is known for its proprietary coffee, especially to its customers—one of every two are said to purchase a hot beverage every time they enter

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Cheering Craft Beer

As adult beverage preferences evolve, convenience stores are tapping into specialty beer trends. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Studies show craft beer is not only good for overall industry volume, but is re-energizing beer lovers, bringing new people into the beer category. Seasonals, variety packs, ambers, pale ales and wheat beers not only hold the

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Coca-Cola Debuts Life

Life is genuinely sweet with the cold, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Life. The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Co.’s first reduced-calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. Coca-Cola Life joins other trademark brands Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Coca-Cola Life underscores The Coca-Cola Co.’s global commitment to provide

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Limited-Edition Packaging

Budweiser has upped the ante on ‘Friendsgiving’ by introducing a limited-edition, handmade wooden crate with 18 Budweisers and two pilsner glasses inside, all featuring authentic classic labels from 1918, 1933 and 1976. Only 10,000 of the wooden crates—handmade by Vintage Editions in North Carolina—will be available. Budweiser, meanwhile, will do a full conversion of 1.6

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New Flavor Launches

Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co.’s mike’s HARDER is introducing a new seasonal flavor: Apple Firebomb. It combines the refreshment of a crisp apple ale with red hot cinnamon and 8% ABV. On shelves now, this is also the brand’s first flavor to appear in a series of consumer-designed, limited-edition collectible cans. The design contest for Apple

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