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U.S. Consumers Crave Upscale Coffee

The number of American adults who enjoy a daily cup of coffee remained steady in 2013, the annual National Coffee Association of USA’s National Coffee Drinking Trends study showed. However, the popularity of espresso-based coffee drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, jumped with 18% of the 3,000 adults surveyed saying they drink these daily. This

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Beverages Booming

“Innovative operators are creating value by crafting new and unique beverages,” says Technomic spokesperson. Technomic’s Beverage Consumer Trend Report found seven out of 10 consumers (71%) now purchase beverages away from home twice a week or more often, up from 66% in 2010. As the economy stabilizes from the recession, restaurants and retail foodservice locations

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With Foodservice Equipment, Cheap Can Be Costly

There are few bargains when it comes to purchasing the right cooking equipment. Functionality and practicality must coincide with an affordable price tag. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Just like the latest luxury car, a shiny, new piece of foodservice equipment can be hard to resist. But Brian Tucker, foodservice director for Lake, Fla.-based S

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An Inside Look At Wawa’s Superior Distribution Center

To help keep its stores stocked with fresh products, the Pennsylvania chain’s high-volume distribution center sports an inventory accuracy rate exceeding 99.9%. By Patrick Roberts, Contributing Editor The name Wawa is well known throughout the mid-Atlantic states. Its convenience stores are seemingly on every major thoroughfare and, with 400 million customers annually, it presents a serious

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Dispensed Beverage Sales Heating Up

Fueled by new flavors and supported by high-quality equipment, the cold and frozen category shows unlimited potential. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The cold facts go like this: with margins from tobacco and fuel still lagging headed into the summer of 2012, the booming frozen beverage segment has been a pleasant top-performing surprise for convenience

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Anheuser-Busch InBev Buys Grupo Modelo

Anheuser-Busch InBev is acquiring the rest of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona beer, in a deal valued at $20.1 billion, BusinessWeek reported. A-B InBev, which already owns a 50% stake in Modelo, plans to purchase the remaining stock for $9.15 per share. Under the terms of the deal, Grupo Modelo—which brews and

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7-Eleven Celebrates 85 Years In Business

7-Eleven hands out free Slurpee drinks for its 85th birthday, along with a big summer sweepstakes of offers for customers. 7-Eleven prepares for its birthday on July 11, where participating stores in the U.S. and Canada will give away free 7.11-ounce Slurpee drinks between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Slurpee drinks are a summer tradition

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Lone Star Installs Gas Island Vending

Vendgogh’s vending system allows customers to purchase cold drinks at the pump. Douglass Distributing Retail Co. is partnering with Vendgogh LLC to pilot gas island vending at their Lone Star Food Store No. 50 in Sherman, Texas—the first installation of its kind in the state of Texas.  Vendgogh’s patented, UL-approved vending systems integrates seamlessly with

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Mapco Express, Sunny Sky Products Partner

The Original Slushie Co. to be Mapco’s frozen un-carbonated beverage provider, starting in summer 2012. This summer, Mapco Express Inc. is set to carry The Original Slushie Co. frozen un-carbonated beverage (FUB) product through Sunny Sky Products, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty-dispensed beverages.   In a collaborative venture with Mapco, the new partnership entails

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Smucker’s Foodservice Updates Its Coffee Program

Smucker Foodservice promotes the sale of coffee in retail outlets since more than half of U.S. consumers drink coffee on a daily basis. The company is offering c-stores with more coffee solutions since Smucker’s added the Douwe Egberts Cafitesse Liquid Coffee System to its portfolio. Douwe Egberts has been in the coffee business for more than

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NYC Mayor Expects To Restrict Soda Sales

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes to ban the sale of large sugary drinks. New York City residents might be in for a shock if Mayor Michael Bloomberg follows through on his proposed ban of sugary drinks with more than 16-ounces in eateries. The ban will affect restaurants, delis, food trucks, sports stadiums and movie

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New Roast Coffee Blend

Georgia Coffee, a roast and ground version of the Coca-Cola Co.’s billion-dollar coffee brand, is now available to U.S. retailers. The new product is offered in multiple blends to meet consumers’ needs: dark roast, light roast, decaf and sustainable organic. Each is made of 100% Arabica beans, has a distinct flavor profile and comes in

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Orion Food Systems Taps Suerth as New CEO

The board of directors of Orion Food Systems, the foodservice provider of leading brands such as Hot Stuff and Lettieri’s, has announced the appointment of Henry J. (Hank) Suerth as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Suerth brings more than 40 years of experience in a variety of industries, including over 20 years at the President/CEO and

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Alcoholic Light Tea and Lemonade

Just in time for summer, Michelob ULTRA has introduced ULTRA 19th Hole Light Tea & Lemonade, an iced tea and lemonade-flavored alcohol beverage inspired by the golf course classic. Available nationwide for a limited time, ULTRA 19th Hole is a lighter alternative to traditional flavored malt beverages that is perfectly suited for an afternoon pool

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Tedeschi Debuts Sparkling Waters

The new proprietary line provides customers with a beverage that is flavorful as well as healthful. Tedeschi Food Shops has released a new line of proprietary Tedeschi Select Sparkling Waters. The 20-ounce line of calorie-free, caffeine-free and sodium-free waters are available in four unique flavors: Raspberry Blackberry, Kiwi Strawberry, Key Lime and Wild Cherry.  Tedeschi

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Roo Cup Returns

Kangaroo Express celebrates the return of its popular refill cup, which can be refilled with any fountain or frozen beverage for only 25 cents through Labor Day. The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., has announced details for its second annual Roo Cup deal, a refillable cup for fountain

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Stripes Convenience Stores Adds Xenergy Drinks

Four flavors of the sugar-free, zero calorie energy drinks to hit store shelves in south Texas. Stripes Convenience Stores and XYIENCE Xenergy have partnered, giving the energy drink a greater presence in south Texas and adding to Stripes’ energy assortment. Stripes plans to carry up to four flavors of the sugar-free, zero calorie energy drinks,

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New Lemonade Combinations

Once trumpeted as the drink of summer, lemonade is flexing its versatility and causing stores to clear shelf space and take notice year round. Single-serving lemonade sales are up more than 11% in the past year. MADE Drinks Co.’s original MADE Lemonade has been on the market for almost a year. Now the company is

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Convenience Store Sales Topped $680 Billion in 2011

Convenience store sales, both at the pump and inside the store, set new records in 2011, according to data released today by NACS. In-store convenience store sales grew 2.4%, reaching a record $195.0 billion. Combined with $486.9 billion in motor fuels sales, total convenience store sales in 2011 were $681.9 billion, or one out of

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Mandarin Orange Fresh Brewed Iced Tea

Boyd Coffee has introduced a new flavor of Island Mist Fresh Brewed Iced Tea: Mandarin Orange Iced Tea, a refreshing new flavor with a taste of tangerine. The tea is available in cases of 24 three-ounce packets. Iced tea is one of the most profitable items in foodservice beverages. It is the number-one consumed beverage

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Fresh Brewed Tea

SunBrew Iced Tea is a brand new line of drinks for 2012 featuring an old-fashioned, fresh-brewed tea in a recipe reminiscent of the summertime favorite, brewed in the sun on a kitchen window. SunBrew is “Home Brewed Taste, Ready-to-Drink Convenience.” SunBrew Iced Tea is available this spring nationwide in three varieties: Unsweetened, Lightly Sweetened (with

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Healthy Trends Extending to the Cold Vault

New products and core beverages will always drive cold vault sales. So when is the right time—and how often does that right time come—for category managers to reset them? “We do cold vault resets twice a year, which means we’re making fairly minor adjustments all the time,” said Richard Ginther, category manager for Kum &

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Product Innovation & Marketing Fuel Dispensed Beverages

The cold frozen dispensed category is undergoing some major changes these days with many c-stores adding milkshakes and even energy slushees to their offerings. The additions continue to make the cold and frozen dispensed category one of the hottest in the convenience store industry. Digging down into the category even more, the fourth annual CSD/Balvor

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Slurpee Drinks Arrive At Six Flags

This summer Six Flags guests can bring their 32-ounce Slurpee Six Flags Souvenir cup to a local 7-Eleven to refill their drink for only 99 cents. 7-Eleven and Six Flags Entertainment Corp. have announced a new partnership, where 7-Eleven’s Slurpee drink will be the Official Frozen Carbonated Beverage of Six Flags. Slurpee fans can now

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Customers Crave Premium and Value-Priced Teas

As customers seek more healthful beverages options, look for robust tea sales in 2012 and beyond. Packaged Facts projected that the retail tea market is set to grow from approximately 6.6% in 2012 to 8.7% in 2014, reaching $8.3 billion in that year. Tea was up 5.1% in 2011, according to Chicago-based research firm Mintel

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