C-Store Beverage Sales Dip During Labor Day Holiday

Wells Fargo survey shows factors weighing in on beverage results. Beverage sales at convenience stores were down 1.5% during Labor Day, according to Wells Fargo Securities’ recent survey of beverage retailers representing approximately 15,000 U.S. convenience stores for the recent Labor Day holiday, which concluded the peak summer selling season. Wells Fargo outlines the following

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Tapping Craft Beer Sales

Increasingly, customers expect their favorite c-stores to stock up on their favorite local and regional craft beers. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor This past July, the Brewers Association announced it is issuing a certified independent craft brewer label seal, available to qualified producers. The upside-down beer bottle image symbolizes the upending effect the craft

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Birra Moretti Teams with Bocce in Fall Program

‘Get the Ball Rolling’ retail and on-premise program pairs two Italian Classics, beer and bocce. Birra Moretti, Italy’s classic beer made in the traditional way since 1859, is teaming up with Bocce, the country’s beloved pastime, to encourage LDA+ consumers to come together and enjoy these two great Italian classics with friends, family and fellow

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Total All Channel Beverage and Snack Sales Dip

Nielsen data shows CSDs continue to fall while Monster energy drinks outperform. All channel dollar sales for the total snack and non-alcoholic beverage categories during the four-week period ending Aug. 12, 2017 were down -1.1%, according to Nielsen data, as reported by Wells Fargo Securities. Carbonated soft drinks (CSD), excluding-energy drinks, dollar sales were down

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Pure Bottled Water

Over the past two decades, bottled water has become the fastest-growing beverage market in the world; valued at $157 billion in 2013, it is expected to reach a massive $280 billion by 2020. Cool Mountain Beverages of Des Plaines Ill., makers of Cool Mountain Craft Sodas and the iconic and popular Chicago Draft Style Hand

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Dos Equis Sponsors College Football Playoffs

Helps retailers finish the season strong. This September, Dos Equis is returning as the official beer sponsor of the College Football Playoff for the second year, and celebrating the fans who choose to put “Game Day Over Everything.” These passionate fans, attracted by impactful off- and on-premise POS, will be given a chance to win

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7-Eleven Celebrates BYOC Day

Extends annual c-store beverage festivities to two days instead of one. Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC) Day is back at participating 7-Eleven stores Aug. 18 and 19, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day, allowing Slurpee fans to fill a cup—or any container of their choice that can serve as a cup—with a Slurpee

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Tecate Launches “Claim Your Corner” Retail Promotion

Tecate’s primary target, Hispanic shoppers, make 6% more trips to the store versus the average beer shopper. Tecate has introduced “Claim Your Corner,” a retail promotion running July 1- Aug. 31, leading up to the championship boxing bout between the No. 1 fighter in the world, “Golden Boy” Canelo Alvarez, and his opponent, the quickly

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Packaged Beverage Sales Flow

As traditional carbonated soft drink sales continue to lag, the convenience store channel is proving a hot bed for new beverage options sought by younger consumers, including healthier craft sodas and cold brew coffee. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Industry experts say Millennials are leading the escape from mass produced, over-processed and over-packaged foods with

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Hand-Crafted Beverages

Sunny Sky Products LLC has introduced a new look and flavor lineup for its dispensed fountain drink line, Pure Craft Beverages. The new Pure line includes hand-crafted sodas, teas, lemonades and sparkling waters that will give consumers the ultimate beverage experience. With a wide range of flavors offered, Pure Craft Beverages boasts superior flavor and

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Improved Taste

Since its 2005 introduction, Coca-Cola Zero has refreshed hundreds of millions of fans across America with its real Coca-Cola taste and zero calories. Now, through in-house innovation and extensive market testing, Coca-Cola Zero is getting a new name, new look and even more delicious taste. The no-calorie fan favorite will deliver an even better-tasting recipe

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Chicago Soda Tax Starts Wednesday

Judge dismisses lawsuit, allowing tax to begin. Cook County, Ill.—which includes Chicago and surrounding areas—is set to implement a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages beginning Aug. 2. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, on Friday, July 28, Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the county tax as unconstitutional

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Wine On The Go

Backpack Wine offers a unique combo of great-tasting, quality wine in a rebellious and fresh manner and brings the convenience and accessibility of a can, along with the great taste and higher quality that people who enjoy wine appreciate. Backpack Wine’s Snappy White is a Washington State Riesling based blend with a touch of sweetness

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Artisanal Cider Blend

  Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders is introducing its newest flavor and ushering in the autumn apple season with Strongbow Artisanal Blend. The new flavor is crafted with heirloom cider apple varieties, cold-pressed and blended together for a naturally refreshing, semi-sweet taste. Strongbow Artisanal Blend, along with all Strongbow products, contains no artificial flavors or colors

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Energy Drinks & Shots Exhibit Staying Power

New energy product launches are helping energy drinks and shots gain some of their lost momentum. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Fueled by flavor extensions, cross-bundling, limited-time offers and Americans’ nonstop lifestyle, energy drinks are finding new consumers who are reviving lagging sales. At the same time, energy shots continue to provide a convenient alternative.

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Set for the Beverage Season?

C-stores hope consumers choose to beat summer’s heat with cold and frozen beverage offerings. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Twenty-two years ago, 7-Eleven rolled out “Operation Chill.” The community outreach program partners the national c-store chain with law enforcement agencies to solicit goodwill via Slurpee citations. Over the past two decades, more than 19

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7-Eleven To Add Ready-To-Drink Meals

Eighteen 7-Eleven stores introduce Soylent product. Some 18 participating 7-Eleven stores in the Greater Los Angeles area are set to test Rosa Foods’ Soylent ready-to-drink meals, beginning Monday, July 10, 2017. The 7-Eleven locations currently plan to sell three Soylent flavors: Cacao, Cafe Coffiest and the new Cafe Chai. “It is exciting that the demand

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Rutter’s Introduces Beer Sales at 10th Location

Wrightsville location latest Rutter’s to launch new beer cave selection. Rutter’s continues to expand its reach with stores that sell beer. The latest location to offer beer sales is located in Wrightsville right off of Route 30 and it started selling beer on June 29, after a remodel to accommodate the Beer Cave. This is

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Naturally-Flavored Refreshment

Delivering a refreshing, naturally-flavored taste with only 50-60 calories per eight-ounce serving, Barrilitos aguas frescas are lightly-sweetened, flavor-enhanced water beverages available in seven flavors, including fruit fusions and authentic Mexican flavors like Horchata and Tamarind. All are flavored with real fruit juices, purees and/or spices—perfect for the consumers who want less sugar without sacrificing taste. […]

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Cold Brew Coffee and Milk

Shamrock Farms has introduced Cold Brew Coffee and Milk, now on store shelves across the U.S. The product combines 100% Colombian coffee with pure, fresh Shamrock Farms milk with no added hormones. Shamrock Farms crafts its Cold Brew Coffee and Milk using Colombian coffee beans that are roasted to perfection, then ground and steeped in […]

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Root Beer Float Milkshake

F’real foods has introduced a new limited time offering, Root Beer Float Milkshake. Customers can now captivate their childhood memories with a taste sensation worthy of a trip down memory lane. High on “Sip Nostalgia,” the creamy vanilla ice cream with the nostalgic flavors of a root beer float will whisk customers back to childhood […]

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Coconut Water

Cascadia Managing Brands is launching Genuine Coconut Water, a raw coconut water that is 100% certified organic, and thanks to its easy-opening system can be consumed everywhere straight from its natural container, the coconut. Drinking coconut water directly from the coconut itself, as nature intended, with no processing, is what makes the product ‘Genuine.’ Genuine […]

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High ABV Malt Beverages

Seagram’s Escapes is turning up the color in the flavored malt beverage (FMB) category with a new line of high alcohol by volume (ABV) premium malt beverages: Seagram’s Escapes Spiked. As the No. 2 progressive adult beverage (PAB) growth brand, Seagram’s Escapes is doubling down in a higher growth segment of the FMB category and […]

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Packaged Facts: “This is a Golden Age of Beverage Innovation in America”

After years of stagnation, beverages are being transformed by massive innovations. Research firm Packaged Facts has released its latest report: “Ready-to-Drink Beverage Trend Forecast 2017: Culinary Trend Tracking Series,” where it concludes we are living in “a Golden Age of Beverage Innovation.” From extended-release energy drinks that last longer and meal replacement drinks customized to

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What Puts the “Craft” in Craft Beer?

Craft beer consumers aged 21-34-years-old make up the group that is most aware of craft beer terms. Craft beer is booming, but what is influencing craft beer customers path to purchase and what buzzwords can retailers use to better reach these consumers? Wonder no more. Danny Brager, senior vice president of Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice

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