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

Sugar Free Energy

On the heels of the successful launch of its Full Throttle energy drink in late 2004, Coca-Cola North America is expanding its growth in the energy drink category with Sugar Free Full Throttle. Sugar Free Full Throttle will hit shelves nationwide in mid-August, in 16-ounce singles and four-can multi-packs. In addition, the “Deal Me In

Xl Energy

  XL Energy Drink Corp. is introducing its international sellers XL Regular and Sugar Free energy drinks in the U.S. XL Energy Drinks have an excellent, lightly carbonated flavor and are carefully formulated for times when extended energy is needed for the best performance. The beverage will satisfy busy professionals, active students, athletes and anyone

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

Water with Punch

Coca-Cola launches Dasani Plus vitamin enhanced flavored water beverages. The line, with zero calories per serving, comes in three varieties,Refresh + Revive: Kiwi Strawberry Flavor has 10%of the RDI per serving of vitamins B3, B6 and B12; Cleanse + Restore: Pomegranate Blackberry Flavorcontains 10% of the RDI per serving of vitamins E,B3, B6 and B12,

Sports-Minded Beverage

Cytomax is the world’s most scientifically advanced complex carbohydrate, electrolyte performance sport drink. For the last decade, it has been available only in a powder formula via specialized retail locations and sports stores. The same benefits are now available in a convenient RTD formula to fuel the weekend warrior, recreational ball player and every athlete in

The Calorie Burner

  Enviga, the sparkling green tea proven to burn calories, will make its national debut from Beverage Partners Worldwide, Nestle S.A. and The Coca-Cola Co. Enviga is designed to work with bodies to increase calorie burning, providing an optimum blend of green tea extracts (EGCG) and caffeine. Scientific studies have shown that EGCG and caffeine

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

Espresso Yourself

  Franke Coffee Systems has improved the milk through put of its Sinfonia 1-Step model and increased the milk storage capacity with an under-counter refrigerator version. As a result, the Sinfonia 1-Step is one of the fastest and most customizable super automatic espresso machines. The improved system produces 20-ounce drinks 20 to 30 seconds faster

Turn Up the Torque

Point Blank Beverages introduces Torque, alcohol-fueled with caffeine, ginseng, taurine and guarana. Torque has a lemon-lime citrus flavor to it and comes in cases of 24 16-ounce cans. Torque, which has been on the market for more than a year now, is available from 45 wholesalers and is sold across the U.S. in 16 states.

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