The Pantry Relaunches Coffee Program

The Pantry Inc. has unveiled a coffee re-launch program in the Chattanooga, Tenn., and Dalton, Ga., markets to serve its guests new coffee in a fast, friendly and clean store environment. New and improved high-quality Bean Street Coffee is now being served at The Pantry’s local Kangaroo Express convenience stores. There are 81 Kangaroo Express


Bottled Water Bouncing Back

Bottled water’s bubble may have burst the past couple of years, but retailers with private label water have done just swimmingly, and retailers are optimistic that the next 12 months will be equally strong. The packaged beverages subcategory enjoyed decades of growth, as consumers increasingly chose refreshment that fit their healthier lifestyles. From 1984 to

Happy Birthday Coke Zero

The Coca-Cola Co.’s most successful new sparkling beverage in a generation, Coke Zero, turns five this year. During its time on the market, Coke Zero has posted double-digit sales gains for five straight years and is showing no signs of slowing. Among more than 350 sparkling beverage brands launched since 2001, Coke Zero is one

New Energy Flavor

After success with its Lemon Blast, Cherry Rush and Citrus Slam Xenergy Xtreme flavors, Xyience introduced Orange Fuel to its Xenergy Xtreme lineup this year. Like other Xenergy Xtreme and Premium flavors, Orange Fuel is available in 16-ounce cans and is sugar- and calorie-free, with only two grams of carbohydrates per serving. Earlier this year,

Kum & Go Debuts Go Kup

Kum & Go’s “Name Our Cup” Contest winner has been announced. Brad Gerndt of Nevada, Iowa won for his entry name Go Kup. “We are excited to have a name for our 32-ounce fountain cups—Go Kup,” said Kevin Krause, senior vice president of Kum & Go, which operates more than 435 convenience stores in 11

Heineken Launches ‘The Holidays Start Here’ Retail Program

Heineken, the No. 1 selling European import beer in the U.S., unveiled the details of its ‘The Holidays Start Here’ retail program. ‘The Holidays Start Here’ invites consumers, through a custom Heineken Party Planner iPhone and Android app, to eliminate the guesswork from planning or attending the ultimate holiday party. The program will run in

Nestlé Waters’ CEO Inducted into Beverage World Hall of Fame

Kim Jeffery, president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America, was welcomed into the Beverage World Hall of Fame on Sept. 22, 2010, at the Interbev 2010 Conference in Orlando, Fla. For more than 25 years, the Hall of Fame has honored executives in the beverage industry who have demonstrated devotion, creativity and passion for

Growing Milk and Dairy Sales

Milk’s Bumpy Ride   In Mintel International’s new “Milk in the U.S.” report, senior analyst David Browne predicted a “bumpy ride” for the $11-billion milk market. Few categories, he noted, are as volatile as milk, which is reflected in the wild dollar sales swing during 2004-09.   “Volatility may return to the market in late

Michelob Brewing Co.

Michelob “Gold Medal” Sampler Pack This fall, Michelob Brewing Co. will debut a new “gold medal” sampler pack comprised exclusively of Michelob beers that have received top honors at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) or the North American Beer Awards (NABA).  Available nationwide through February, the sampler pack includes Michelob Original Lager (2001, 2003


The #1 Mexican Soft Drinks Sold in The U.S Come by booth #6761 and discover the exotic Mexican soft drink flavors of Jarritos, Sidral Mundet and Sangria Senorial.  They are a proven hit with teen and young adult C-store customers across the country.  Ask about our custom cross category promotions and merchandising support. Booth #6761

WilcoHess Expands Gas Island Vending Initiative

WilcoHess and Vendgogh are expanding their gas island vending initiative after less than 120 days, in order to test additional stores.   The two companies have collaborated to install a patented, integrated cold drink vending solution on the gas island that expands the offerings available to gas customers. The solution enables WilcoHess customers to buy

Thorntons Announces Football Cup Challenge

Thorntons has announced its new College Football Cup Challenge, taking place in Louisville, Ky., southern Indiana, and Lexington, Ky., store locations. The promotion began on Saturday, Sept. 4, coinciding with the college football game between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. Thorntons’ stores now feature new 32-ounce fountain cups that say “Bleed

Maintaining Strong Energy Sales

It had to happen sometime. Energy drinks, arguably the most popular convenience store product in the early-to-middle years of the decade, have begun to slow their sharp rise. Call it a correction, perhaps. A report released last month on the category by research firm Mintel showed that while growth in the category from 2005-2010 was

Fall Brew

Samuel Adams OctoberFest is brewed to celebrate the arrival of autumn. The first thing customers will notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams OctoberFest has a rich, deep golden amber hue, which itself is reflective of the season. This hearty lager is rich with a blend of four

Mello Yello Goes Retro

Since the summers of disco, tie dye and 1970s cool, Mello Yello has offered a citrus flavor to chill any hot summer day. Starting this summer, Mello Yello is going back to its roots with a remixed version of its original package design. While Mello Yello has been widely available in the Midwest and Southeast

Tedeschi Celebrates Renovations

Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi Food Shops continues its aggressive efforts to update its New England locations. Just recently it renovated two more stores-bringing the total of remodeled stores to eight in 2010. The two stores, located at 1 Bridle Road in Billerica and 210 Boston Street in Chelmsford, Mass., are now offering fresh food items like

Cool Customer

NESTEA introduces its newest ready-to-drink iced tea product—-NESTEAICE— that delivers an instantly refreshing cooling sensation from the inside out. Available in two flavors—-Lime Iced Tea and Lemon Green Tea—-NESTEAICE will be offered in 20 ounce single bottles. In addition to creating NESTEAICE, the company also has plans for Diet NESTEA, a new calorie-free tea. Formerly

Water That Works

Propel Fitness Water introduces Propel Calcium, which has the same great taste profile as regular Propel Fitness Water. A full 700 milliliter bottle of Propel Calcium provides nearly the same amount of calcium as an 8-ounce glass of milk (300 milligrams),or approximately 30% of the daily recommended amount. Propel Calcium will be available nationwide in

Coffee Shot

Introducing STOK, a new concept in the world of coffee enhancement. Each individual serving delivers a 40 milligram pop of pure, invigorating caffeine, equivalent to adding a shot of espresso. Designed for people who like to work hard and play harder, STOK fills the void by providing aquick and easy way to hyper-caffeinate coffee on-the-fly.

Frosty Beverages

  Taylor is excited to introduce the Model C903, a totally automatic, two-flavor, frozen beverage system. Simply add ready-to-use, concentrated liquid mix or bag-in-box product and this completely self contained unit automatically fills the visual bowls from a lower refrigerated cabinet. The C903 is capable of handling a wide variety of dairy and non-dairy products: frozen

Smart Brew

  FETCO introduces the newest addition to its innovative Extractor Coffee Brewer series, the CBS-2042. This sophisticated brewer is designed to brew directly into the one-gallon L3D model LUXUS Thermal Dispenser. It keeps coffee fresh and hot for hours with no heating source. The CBS-2042 is simple to use; the amount of coffee and customized brews

Enhanced Juices

Minute Maid announced a new line of 100% orange juice products with health benefits from added nutrients and functional ingredients. The Minute Maid Enhanced Juice line includes new Minute Maid Multi-Vitamin and Minute Maid Active as well as new packaging for the popular Minute Maid Heart Wise variety. Responding to the needs of the health-conscious

Coffee Coup

As temperatures surge, Boyds Coffee iced coffees offer customers cool, thirst-quenching alternatives. The full line of iced coffee recipes includes: Thai Iced Coffee, a rich and creamy caramel blend; Mexican Iced Coffee, a delicious combination of caramel and cinnamon; French Vanilla Iced Coffee, the perfect hint of Bourbon Vanilla and cream; Almond Roca Iced Coffee,

Portable Packs

IZZE Beverage Co. has launched its newest package—-a 12-pack of 8.4-ounce cans. Available in a bright, easy-to-carry and simple-to-store package, thisnew 12-pack displays perfectly on shelves or end-caps. The new can 12-pack is available in Sparkling Blackberry, Sparkling Clementine and Sparkling Pomegranate. For more information from IZZE Beverage Co.,  

‘Espresso’ yourself

‘Espresso’ yourself It just might be espresso. It’s estimated that over the next five years, authentic espresso could become the next high demand beverage in the channel. The problem with introducing this energy booster in the past was keeping labor under control while still producing a quality beverage. Boyd Coffee’s new 1-2-3 Espresso> machine, which