Protein-Infused Water

In just a few short months, the roll-out of sugarfree trimino protein-infused water in the Midwest is beginning to resonate with its target audience: women interested in a healthy, refreshing alternative to sugary soft drinks, one that hydrates and serves as a delicious protein supplement. Nationwide, trimino is available in over 1,500 retail locations in


Cane Sugar Fountain Program

Jones Soda Co., a premium beverage company known for its customer-designed packaging, has launched the expansion of its premium Jones Cane Sugar Soda fountain program. Developed in response to increased consumer demand for a premium alternative to the basic foodservice and QSR fountain offerings, Jones Soda has partnered with a number of customers and independent

Energy Category Growth Remains Strong

Red Bull reclaims leadership position, according to Wells Fargo. The energy category had solid dollar sales growth of 9.3%, driven by continued solid results from Monster and Red Bull, reported Wells Fargo Securities, citing Nielsen data for the four-week period ended Jan. 17, 2015. Monster generated solid 10.4% dollar sales growth (+9.7% for 12 weeks),

Peach Tea + Energy

Monster Energy has introduced the newest addition to its Rehab line, Monster Rehab Peach Tea + Energy. Packed with B vitamins, electrolytes and coconut water, Rehab Peach Tea + Energy packs a triple threat that quenches thirst, fires you up, and is the perfect choice after a hard day’s night. Peach tea has long been

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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