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

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

Novamex

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

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

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

‘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

Follett keeps Rainy Lake on ice

Follett keeps Rainy Lake on ice One might think the last thing an operator in northern Minnesota would worry about is not having enough ice, but it’s a big concern for Steve Lindberg, co-owner of Rainy Lake One Stop (International Falls, MN). Seven years ago, he and his wife Nora purchased the existing store, which

Wawa brews up brand equity with Sara Lee

Wawa brews up brand equity with Sara Lee Wawa Inc. (Wawa, PA) has worked tirelessly to make its proprietary food brands a household name in the Northeast, but it couldn’t have done so without the help of suppliers like Sara Lee Coffee & Tea. The chain gave Sara Lee a trial run with the development

Boyd Coffee Company Serves Up Coffee House Steamers

Boyd Coffee Company Serves Up Coffee House Steamers Boyd Coffee Company, the Pacific Northwests oldest family-owned coffee company and purveyors of the Coffee House Roasters brand, offers its latest defense against the winter blues: Coffee House Steamers. These milk-based beverages pack enough cheer and comfort — not to mention delicious flavor — to thaw even your

Boyd Coffee Company Brews Up Hot New Coffees

Boyd Coffee Company Brews Up Hot New Coffees This fall, Boyd Coffee Company, the Pacific Northwests oldest family-owned coffee company, has brewed up some of its most exceptional coffee blends to help convenience store operators boost sales. Included in this delicious new, cutting-edge batch of blends from Boyd Coffee Companys Coffee House Roasters brand are:

Temperature Drops on Popular Mexican Blend

Temperature Drops on Popular Mexican Blend Boyd Coffee Company introduces the Mexican Chocolate Freezer to its Coffee House Freezers line. A leader in frozen beverage innovation, Boyd Coffee Company is also the Northwest’s oldest family-owned coffee company and its largest specialty coffee roaster. Mexican Chocolate Freezers are available at wholesale and retail prices and can be purchased

Delightful Variety

The Sunny Delight Beverages Co. announces the introduction of a new 16-ounce offering available in orange, orange fused strawberry, orange fused peach, orange fused mango and fruit punch. Packaged in PET bottles, this new SunnyD line-up retains 180-day shelf-life at ambient or chilled temperatures. Expected convenience store retail price of $.99 – $1.19. Increase sales

Big Boy Beverage

Energy drinks are still high in sales at convenience stores, so store operators may wish to include some of Kronik Energy’s new beverages. Kronik Energy drink has added the 24-ounce FAT BOY to its current lineup of product offerings. FAT BOY offers consumers the option to purchase a larger version of the company’s flagship 16-ounce

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

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