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Tea Brewing Benchmarks

Curtis tea brewers offer c-stores with its latest innovation: a three-gallon tea brewer with a rotating cone. The TCTS10600 Tea Brewing System lets operators brew two teas in a single brewer that measures only 12.5 inches wide. In addition, it offers intuitive scroll-through programming and a large bright display to show its functions at a

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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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Dispensing Variety and Value

When it comes to dispensed beverages, customers are still looking for new and unique products that provide them with instant gratification. By John Lofstock, Editor. Dispensed cold and frozen beverages are proving to be not just popular year-round products—sales are strong and getting stronger as summer approaches—but excellent tools for driving traffic through promotions and

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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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Understanding What Your Customers are Buying

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, examine the market basket of 18-34-year-old convenience store shoppers. By Trish Temmerman, Contributing Editor. Numerous reports are being written about connecting to and interacting with the Millennial (18-34 year-old) generation. These Millennials, numbering 71 million-plus according to the 2010 U.S. Census, are a key shopper

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C-Store Foodservice Grows To $11.5 Billion

The number of stores with dedicated foodservice personnel has nearly doubled since 2007. In a sign that convenience store operators are successfully ramping up their foodservice efforts, industry consultants Technomic found that average unit volumes for c-stores offering prepared food and dispensed beverages (“true foodservice”) jumped to more than $136k in 2011, up from $123k

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NACS CAFÉ Helps Identify Foodservice Solutions

Certified foodservice managers have shown that they are competent and disciplined, and they tend to display outstanding human resources management skills. By Dr. Nancy Caldarola, Education Director, NACS CAFÉ Foodservice has taken a prominent place in convenience stores. This segment has grown from a humble cup of coffee to a wide array of fresh sandwiches,

Hoshizaki Foodservice Equipment

What sets Hoshizaki Foodservice Equipment apart? Innovation, Quality and Service. Two key energy efficient products featured at NACS include ice makers for your dispensed beverage equipment needs delivering crystal clear cubes and under the counter energy efficient freezers. Cold air is delivered evenly providing no hot spots. Easy cleaning for the retailer!

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Fresh Lemonade

Sunny Sky Products, a manufacturer of specialty dispensed beverages, recently launched a premium Lemonade Program. Sunny Sky’s Homestyle Lemonade boasts a unique, refreshing flavor made from real lemons and sweetened with Imperial Pure Cane Sugar. The product is packaged in 6.5 gallon bottles with a 5:1 mix ratio, and is also available in bag-in-a-box for

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WWE Collectible Cups, Straws Roll Out at 7-Eleven

“Couple this popular promotion with the intense heat gripping much of the nation, and we expect legendary Slurpee and Super Big Gulp drinks to be superstars themselves this month,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson.   7-Eleven Inc. and WWE have announced that after two successful partnerships, the companies will get back in the ring for the month

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Thorntons Announces Nugget Ice Promotion

Customers who visit the participating Thorntons site get a free nugget ice sample from the Nug Truck and a free fountain drink upon entering the store. Thorntons has partnered with Scotsman Ice Systems to bring the Nug Truck to two Thorntons stores this week. The Nug Truck is a mobile truck that serves nugget ice,

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7-Eleven Rolls Out The Hangover Part II Promotion

Collectable cups, a mobile scavenger hunt and a $3 coffee and breakfast sandwich combo are just some of the things 7-Eleven has planned to celebrate the movie launch. 7-Eleven is helping customers celebrate The Hangover Part II movie launch with “morning-after” specials, exclusive Super Big Gulp collectable cups, and a trip to Las Vegas for

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Sales Increases in Store for Juices and Teas

Watch out, soft drinks. Teas and juices are looking to capture health-conscious consumers in 2011 with flavor innovation and antioxidant power. The refrigerated juices and drinks category in the c-store sector saw total dollar sales of $423,746,400, according to SymphonyIRI data for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 26, 2010, up 5.73% compared to the previous

Marketing the Beverage Bar

While frozen dispensed beverages are not a huge portion of the typical store’s overall sales, the product is proving to be quite profitable, thanks to a gross margin north of 50%. Although the slush-style drink was a c-store original, other retailers recognized its potential, and today, frozen beverages with a variety of names and logos

Frozen Sales Heating Up

Since its invention about half a century ago, the frozen dispensed beverage has become a convenience store tradition, with three out of every four U.S. convenience outlets housing a frozen beverage bar. While frozen dispensed beverages are not a huge portion of the typical store’s overall sales, the product is profitable, thanks to a gross

New Products, 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. “We’ve had great success with using energy drinks like Monster, Rock

Java Jolts Beverage Sales

According to a recent study from the National Coffee Association, more coffee-drinkers than ever before say their favorite brew improves mental focus and provides health benefits. Not surprisingly, consumption of coffee now surpasses that of soft drinks—and while the gap is still narrow, daily consumption of coffee is pointing directionally higher. Young adults are the

Meeting the Growing Foodservice Demand

This is what happens: Dad breaks to one side of the store to choose a sandwich from the Hot Spot, which he complements with a cup of hot coffee and a bag of chips.   Mom heads for the cappuccino dispenser, then works her way to a fresh salad kept cool in a temperature-controlled center-island

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