Strong Growth Ahead for Tea

New innovation in the tea category engages customers. Tea sales in the U.S. have shown strong growth in 2016, continuing the upswing in ready-to-drink and refrigerated categories. In the brand new report” Tea and Ready-to-Drink Tea: U.S. Retail Market, 6th Edition,” market research firm Packaged Facts estimated tea sales slightly exceeded $7 billion in 2015,

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AFPD Supports Michigan Bill Allowing Retailers to Ship Wine

Opens unique sales opportunities. The Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers (AFPD) applauded the House passing Senate Bill 1088 on Dec. 14. SB 1088, introduced by Sen. Peter MacGregor (R) allows retailers to ship wine directly to customers via common carrier like UPS and FedEx, provides for exciting new delivery abilities for beer, wine and spirits,

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Michigan House Passes Senate Bill Allowing Growler Sales

Michigan merchants who carry an SDD license can sell beer in growlers under SB 973. The Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers (AFPD) applauded the Michigan House passing Senate Bill 973 late yesterday on Dec. 14. SB 973, introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on May 18, 2016, allows merchants licensed to sell package liquor for

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The Coca-Cola Co. Reveals Succession Plans

James Quincey succeeding Muhtar Kent as CEO, effective May 1, 2017. The Coca-Cola Co. this week announced succession plans set to occur in 2017. The company’s Board of Directors has approved unanimously the recommendation of chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent for an evolution of the company’s senior leadership structure. Under the new structure, company veteran

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Beverage News: Beer Up, Energy Flat

Total snack and beverage dollar sales up 3%. Wells Fargo Securities has released all channel sales results for beverages and snacks ending Dec. 3, 2016. Carbonated soft drink (CSD) declined while beer sales grew and energy sales were “muted.” All channel dollar sales (including grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores) for the total snack and

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f’real Foods Partners with Make-A-Wish

Introduces Frosted Cupcake Milkshake LTO and donates more than $100,000 for wishes. Emeryville, Calif.-based f’real foods supports Make-A-Wish through over $100,000 in annual contributions and a social media consumer wish program that drives further donations. f’real sells self-serve milkshakes, smoothies and frozen coffee product in over 16,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada, including convenience

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Premium Energy Beverage

UPTIME Energy is one of the fastest growing energy beverages in the country. The beverage’s users, surveyed from its social networks, are attracted to the product because of its streamlined, premium packaging, but it’s the refreshing taste that has them returning to purchase more. UPTIME separates itself from the sea of competitors in the vault […]

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Office Fridge

Anheuser-Busch is continuing to lead the way for innovation in the beer industry by introducing the latest in ultimate smart technology: The Office Bud-E Fridge. Designed to support office managers, this commercial-size smart fridge is the perfect tool for making sure ice cold beer is always available for team meetings, happy hours and Fridays at 5 […]

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Redesigned Teas

At the NACS Show 2016, The Coca-Cola Co. featured Peace Tea as a member of the company’s family of brands, for the first time. Peace Tea is now available in newly redesigned 23-ounce cans in seven flavors, including Razzleberry, Caddy Shack, Sweet Lemon Tea, Green Tea, Georgia Peach, Sno-Berry and Texas Style Sweet Tea. For […]

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Dispensed Craft Beverages

Sunny Sky Products is introducing a revitalized look behind Pure, its dispensed craft beverage line. With a modern and fresh feel, Pure’s new rebrand will be sure to grab the attention of your customers at the fountain. Pure consists of Sunny Sky’s deliciously-crafted sodas made with cane sugar as well as craft teas, lemonades and […]

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Rutter’s Debuts Beer Caves at Three Stores

C-store customers can now shop for a range of beer options, seven days a week at select Rutter’s locations. Having recently gained the ability to sell beer, Rutter’s rolls out its new beer cave offering at three locations. The first three Rutter’s stores to feature beer are located in Mercersburg, Newberrytown, and Hamburg, Pa. Rutter’s

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Frostop Launches Black Cherry

The root beer and cream-flavored soft drink company now carries seven varieties in 24-ounce bottles to satisfy a wide-range of beverage consumers. Frostop, the award-winning beverage company quenching America’s thirst since 1926, is proud to expand its beverage portfolio with the launch of Black Cherry in the company’s nostalgic 24-ounce, plastic bottle. The flavor of

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Alternative Energy Drinks

Energy drink producers are banking on convenience store customers’ growing interest in better-for-you beverage products to energize sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Against a towering LED backdrop at The NACS Show this past October in Atlanta, singer CeeLo Green had showed up to greet onlookers at the +RED Elixir exhibit. In an opposite corner,

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7-Eleven Rolls Out Local Slurpee Flavors

Regional favorites available in select markets across the nation. 7-Eleven’s Slurpee is appealing to customers on a local level. Seven regional soda fan favorites are now being made into frozen Slurpee flavors. Customers in select markets across the U.S. can now slurp on familiar, popular soft drink flavors right from their hometown. The new regional

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Beer Changes With the Times

While demand for beer is on the rise, changing demographics and state laws are helping shape the adult beverage segment even more. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor In terms of volume sales, the largest beer category continues to be mid-priced standard lager, which accounted for a 43% share of total U.S. beer volume sales last

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Energy Shots Revitalized

Velocity Group has launched three new products to disrupt the stagnant energy shot category. These diverse alternatives not only provide more options in an industry dominated by a single brand, but also focus the messaging for each product by targeting specific markets and key demographics. Shotz Natural is a unique and innovative alternative to typical […]

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Frostop Launches Black Cherry

Frostop, the award-winning beverage company quenching America’s thirst since 1926, is expanding its beverage portfolio with the launch of Black Cherry in the company’s nostalgic 24-ounce, plastic bottle. The flavor of Frostop’s Black Cherry will make consumers feel like a kid in a candy store again. It features a subtly sweet black cherry flavor and […]

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Beverage Lines Blur

Innovation abounds in packaged beverages as crossover between segments can cause confusion in the cold vault. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Consumers continue to demand healthier beverages as they move away from sugary drinks, but innovation continues across the beverage spectrum including among more indulgent flavors and appeals. As innovation grows, the lines

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What Are Consumers’ Beverage Preferences?

NPD Group finds that despite decline, soft drinks remain the top beverage consumed at foodservice outlets. U.S. consumers have been drinking fewer purchased beverages for the last decade, but they turn to the beverage standards of coffee, soft drinks, milk, iced tea or bottled water when they do, according to The NPD Group, a global

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Natural Lemonade

In 2015, The Coca-Cola Co. acquired Hubert’s Lemonade, and Coca-Cola featured the brand at NACS Show 2016 as part of The Coca-Cola Co. portfolio for the first time. Hubert’s is the leading lemonade brand in the natural channel and is rapidly expanding into the convenience channel between now and summer 2017. The lemonade is available […]

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Keep Frozen Beverage Sales Flowing Year-Round

Since their creation in the late 1950’s, frozen dispensed drinks have become almost synonymous with convenience stores everywhere. According to NACS, the frozen beverage segment generated 50% profit and frequently leads to additional in-store purchases. Additionally, of all the hot and cold dispensed beverage sales, 13.2% came from a frozen beverage dispenser in 2015. Because

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Heineken Rolls Out “What’s Your Play?” Program

This year’s program designed to bring higher basket rings for retailers. Heineken USA, an importer of premium beer brands, is set to reach customers through multiple platforms with its What’s Your Play? portfolio retail program running from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. The shopper and retailer-focused program during the football playoff weeks and the ultimate

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Caffeinated Recovery Shot

Life Support has introduced a new brand extension with the rollout of Red Label Recovery Shot. The Red Label brand features zero grams of sugar, a new berry flavor and the same ingredients found in its award-winning classic formula, including its flagship ingredient Hovenia Dulcis or Japanese Raisin Tree Fruit Extract, which is clinically proven […]

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Dos Equis Debuts First New Most Interesting Man Commercial

Campaign evolution brings faster pace, more energy to reach the modern consumer. After premiering a trailer of The Most Interesting Man in the World last month, Dos Equis released a full-length commercial, “Airboat“, revealing more of the character’s mystique and depth. In this latest installment, viewers ride full throttle alongside The Most Interesting Man and

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RTD Tea and Coffee Sales Climb

Changing habits related to taste and flavors along with a demand for more healthful beverages are among factors fueling the growth in the RTD tea and coffee segment. A report by Grand View Research Inc., has found that the ready-to-drink (RTD) tea and coffee market is set to be worth $116.13 Billion by 2024. The

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