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Crafting a Winning Beer Strategy

While the economic downturn has affected consumer spending across many sectors, craft and craft-style beers are defying recessionary trends with an impressive upward trajectory.By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Keeping tabs on ever-changing consumer preferences is part of the day-to-day routine for convenience store retailers. And when it comes to beer, preferences change from store to

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The Energy Category Maintains Vitality

Two-ounce shot and can sales have been on an upward growth trajectory since 2010 and with the economy improving the category is expected to continue on this positive growth path.     By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Despite speculation that the energy category would bottom out, the drinks, shots and mixes that perk up fatigued consumers

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Carbonated Soft Drinks Buoyed Slightly By Thanksgiving Holiday

Challenges remain for CSDs as customers shift to other beverage options. It’s been a rough road for carbonated soft drinks amidst competition from other beverage categories. The decline in total carbonated soft drinks’ (CSDs)—excluding Energy—dollar sales growth slowed considerably to -0.4% in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four-weeks ended Dec. 21, 2013  (vs.

EFSA Verdict Could Impact Diet Soda

Negative sentiment causing a Diet downturn in CSDs, could be reversed with the help of social media in light of a decision by EFSA. This month, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) declared Aspartame to be safe. On Dec. 10, 2013, EFSA issued a report declaring that the consumption of Aspartame. “While the FDA long-ago

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Newcastle Introduces Limited-Edition Cabbie Black Ale

Company also launches Taxi Magic partnership to promote responsible alcohol consumption. Just in time for the holidays, Newcastle is introducing a new limited-edition brew that will have fans calling for a Cabbie in more ways than one. Beginning this month, beer drinkers can hail a Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale in bars and liquor stores nationwide.

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Budweiser Rings In The Holidays With Musical Buds

Budweiser recently released a YouTube video in celebration of the holiday season: Musical Buds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm4bDNQOdhw&feature=youtu.be . Budweiser’s take on Jingle Bells was made with actual sounds from Budweiser bottles—and for the next version, Budweiser is asking fans to submit their own musical notes through Vine and Twitter, tagging their videos with #MusicalBuds.  Those who submit

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Beverage Industry Innovation Boosts Hope

Wells Fargo Securities reports from the Beverage Digest Conference in NYC. Wells Fargo Securities reported on this week’s Beverage Digest’s Conference in New York City, which included presentations by executives at Coca-Cola Co., Pepsi, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. as well as Nestle NA Waters, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), PureCycle, and

XYIENCE Partners With Capital Distributing

Expands distribution area for Xenergy in Oklahoma. XYIENCE Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, announced a new partnership with Capital Distributing LLC that will offer access to more than 1,800 retail doors within the eight counties in the Oklahoma City metro that the distributor serves. The agreement includes all eight of XYIENCE Xenergy’s

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Becoming A Wine Destination

C-stores have a huge opportunity to delve into the wine category, which continues to grow in popularity. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Year after year, the wine category continues to show strong growth as a result of innovative new products, premium price segments and flavor innovation. These new flavor trends and surging interest are positioning

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Energizing Product Sales

An increasingly competitive market for “energy-boosting” products continues to propel energy shot sales. As such, overall growth of energy drinks and shots has been influenced positively by new product launches and expanded retail distribution. By John Lofstock, Editor. Convenience stores are increasingly becoming known as the place to purchase energy shots. The industry now accounts

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Courting Coffee Customers

Updated equipment, a sizeable counter area and multiple brew flavors can help position your chain as a coffee destination. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The competition for coffee customers continues to brew among the various channels, with convenience stores feeling increased pressure from Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and numerous QSRs—even Walgreens’ new superstore prototype in Chicago

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Ready-To-Drink Horchata

Rosa’s Horchata LLC has launched the first shelf-stable, premium-quality, branded Horchata throughout Chicagoland and Northern Illinois. This delicious milk and rice-based beverage, which is flavored with cinnamon and vanilla, is a staple of the Hispanic/Mexican-American household, and can now be enjoyed with the convenience of a single-serve, ready-to-drink, shelf-stable offering. Horchata is an authentic and

Living Essentials Launches 5-hour Energy Helps Amazing People Program

Program recognizes people who strive to make others’ lives better. Living Essentials LLC, the distributor of 5-hour ENERGY shots, announced the national launch of the “5-hour ENERGY Helps Amazing People program,” which recognizes outstanding people who, despite their own challenges, give their time and energy to make the lives of others better. Those who are

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Beverage Survey Reveals Trends

Food accompaniment grows as beverage occasion. Kantar Worldpanel, which maintains one of the largest continuous consumer survey panels in the world, recently analyzed the top trends driving the U.S. Beverage market. Its report Kantar Worldpanel 2013 Beverage Trends found customer needs are evolving, and they are drinking beverages to fulfill needs beyond the primary ones

Coca-Cola Acquires ZICO Beverages

Pioneering coconut water brand joins Coca-Cola family. The Coca-Cola Co. has acquired the outstanding ownership stake in ZICO Beverages LLC, makers of ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water.   The acquisition will unlock more capability for ZICO, including marketing, selling, manufacturing, innovation and distribution opportunities. Additionally, The Coca-Cola Co. will gain a leading position in one

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HEINEKEN USA Introduces Bring Your Sunday Best Portfolio

“Big game party hosts everywhere are looking for solutions that take their guests experience to a new level,” notes director of trade development for HEINEKEN. This year, HEINEKEN USA, a leading importer of upscale beer brands, is bringing its game face with the Bring Your Sunday Best portfolio retail program featuring Heineken, Dos Equis, Newcastle

Corner Store Salutes Military With Free Beverage on Veterans Day

“Our Team Members have strong relationships with our customers and are excited to honor those who have served our country and community,” says CEO of CST Brands. In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Corner Stores across the U.S. are saluting military members and veterans by giving away any size Cibolo Mountain coffee or

XYIENCE To Sponsor Wheelchair Tennis Event

Event set for Nov. 23-24, 2013 at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas. XYIENCE Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, has announced its sponsorship of the 4th edition of the Las Vegas Wheelchair Open.  The newly named Las Vegas Xenergy Open will bring together some 40 tennis players, ranging in age from

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Navigating a Crowded Cold Vault

Energy drinks are boosting packaged beverage sales, while healthier drink options continue to show promise. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Packaged beverages are a key driver for convenience stores and an area where they excel in relation to other channels. In fact, according to NACS State of the Industry (SOI) data, packaged beverages almost caught

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Tapping into Craft Beer

With customer demand growing for upscale brews, a growler program is one way to expand your craft beer segment. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. As the craft beer trend grows, convenience stores are capitalizing on consumer demand for emerging local and seasonal brews by growing their craft beer sections and, in some cases, adding a

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Sparkling Water Beverage

Coca Cola Co introduces DASANI Sparkling Water Beverage—with water, a hint of flavor and bubbles. DASANI Sparkling is unsweetened, has zero calories, is lightly carbonated and infused with natural flavors. The new product offers crisp, clean refreshment at any time of the day. DASANI Sparkling comes in four great-tasting flavors: Lime, Lemon, Berry and Apple

Starbucks Debuts Tea Bar

Starbucks has announced plans to debut its first “tea bar” in New York City, NY Daily News Online reported. Following the Starbucks acquisition last year of Teavana—a chain of about 300 stores—Starbucks is making good on its plans to use the acquisition to make tea a bigger part of American culture with the introduction of

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Ender’s Game Promotion

The ICEE Co. has announced the launch of its Ender’s Game Promotion, which includes a retail and online program with Ender’s Game Battle School Blastberry and Orbital Orange ICEE flavors, with a promotion featured on Ender’s Game themed ICEE cups and prominent signage in movie theaters, quick service restaurants and convenience stores nationwide. A sweepstakes

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XYIENCE Launches “How Do You Say XYIENCE?” Video Contest

One lucky winner will take home the grand prize, which includes a one-year supply of Xenergy, a XYIENCE backpack, T-shirt and other swag. Facebook fans encouraged to submit an original video for a chance to win a one-year supply of Xenergy along with a XYIENCE backpack filled with goodies and gear. XYIENCE Xenergy, the official

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Dos Equis Celebrates Masquerade Program

On Oct. 16 in Los Angeles, The Most Interesting Man in the World and over 2,000 of his biggest fans donned costumes and masks to celebrate this year’s Masquerade program Dos Equis style.  The event, hosted by Los-Angeles-based Love Hope Strength Foundation and sponsored by Dos Equis, presented revelers with an evening of mystery, intrigue,

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