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Family Express Unveils Espresso Offering

All Family Express stores to feature JAVA WAVE European Café by the end of August. Family Express has announced a revolutionary hot and iced espresso drink offering. The JAVA WAVE European Café is a premium, self-service espresso platform that offers superior quality hot and iced drinks. Each and every drink is ground on the spot

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Carbonated Soft Drink Sales Up

Wells Fargo notes Coca-Cola Co. dollar sales help buoy the CSD category. Nielsen reported that carbonated soft drink (CSD) sales were up for the first time in over a year. Total CSD (excluding energy) dollar sales were up +0.7% (-0.7% for 12-weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four-weeks ended Aug. 2, 2014,

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Craft Beer Sales Surge 110%

Mintel report finds the craft beer trend continues to grow. New research from Mintel suggests that while craft beer drinkers may indeed love the big, bold flavors of their favorite artisanal brew, they also place a premium on what the beer says about them. Amongst the 25-34 age group, representing the segment’s heaviest users, 70%

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Heineken Debuts “Best Tasting Light Beer” Campaign

Campaign features Neil Patrick Harris. Heineken Light, the “Best Tasting Low Calorie Lager” winner at the 2013 World Beer Championships, is launching its “Best Tasting Light” campaign featuring three-time Emmy award winner and Tony award winner and host, Neil Patrick Harris. Heineken will partner with Harris to introduce consumers to the reformulated Heineken Light and

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Beverage Outlook

Energy category seeing soft growth but Wells Fargo predicts numbers will rebound. Carbonated soft drink sales (excluding energy) were soft in the U.S. c-store channel— up only +0.2% (+0.4% for prior 12-weeks) during the four-week period ended July 5, 2014, driven by average equal price growth of +3.8%, offset by equal unit volume declines of

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Energy Drinks All The Buzz

Once a fringe player, the energy drink segment today is a billion-dollar business and according to analysts, there’s still room for growth. By David Bennett, Senior Editor As consumer tastes have shifted, carbonated soft drinks (CSD) top perch within the pantheon of packaged beverages has eroded considerably over the last few years. During that period,

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Dispensed Beverage Evolution

The last 25 years have seen dispensed beverages grow in importance in the convenience store industry. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Dispensed beverages—both cold and frozen—have come a long way since 1990, today constituting one of the primary draws to the c-store and representing a veritable goldmine of profitability. The last two and a half

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New Line of Cold Beverages

Boyd’s Coffee is introducing a new line of cold beverages, which includes Boyd’s Iced Tea, Boyd’s Ice Cap and Boyd’s Iced Coffee. This new line enhances and continues Boyd’s authentic, high-quality-for-the-everyman experience with compelling merchandising and easy-to-operate, energy-efficient equipment options. Boyd’s emphasizes the fresh-brew experience with its rebranded line of Iced Tea with eight flavors

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Connecting With Coffee Customers Gets Personal

While some c-stores are adding barista-staffed bars to compete in the coffee arena, most are finding simpler ways to make brew buying a more personalized experience for their customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. With about 11,000 chain and 14,000 independent cafes in the U.S., according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), consumers

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Beverage Station

The new Beverage Station from Server Products combines the EZ-Cream dispenser with an array of sweetener dispensers to quickly dispense dairy and sweeteners for drive-through window service and self-service coffee stations. The EZ-Cream energy-efficient, thermoelectric chiller keeps dairy below 41ºF. Sweetener dispensers use color-coded portion triggers preset to portion-pack equivalents. This energy-efficient, low-voltage cooling method

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Naturally-Wholesome Iced Coffee

RealBeanz believes that an iced coffee beverage should do more than just satisfy your taste buds—it ought to help you get through the day and enhance your lifestyle without subjecting your body to harmful chemicals or unhealthy ingredients. That’s why it has taken a different approach in creating its iced coffees. RealBeanz offers a richly-indulgent

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Kid-Friendly Beverages

Wow taste buds with bold Kidz Kreamz frappes from Big Train. With only three grams of fat per eight-ounce serving, these dessert-like drinks offer a delicious low-fat option that parents approve and kids love. Simply mix with water or milk and blend to serve fun, eye-catching cold or hot beverages. Choose from three on-trend varieties:

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7-Eleven To Offer Limited-Edition Red Bull Flavor

Launch includes photo contest for a chance to win an experience with a Red Bull athlete. 7-Eleven Inc. is offering an exclusive, limited-edition Red Bull flavor this summer. The Red Bull Summer Edition will be available July and August at 7-Eleven stores across the U.S. and Canada, providing the effect of Red Bull Energy Drink

Indiana C-Stores Denied Cold Beer Sales

Federal ruling stands, preventing c-stores from selling cold beer. After a year-long debate in federal court, an Indiana ruling stands that cold beer can only be sold in  liquor stores in the state, KHON2 News reported. The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association had sued the state of Indiana claiming the law violates their

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LTO Pink Lemonade Flavor

Living Essentials LLC plans to continue to support Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) for a second year through sales of a limited edition, specially-marked pink lemonade flavor of 5-hour ENERGY that will be on shelves starting in September. In 2014, Living Essentials will donate five cents from the sale of every bottle of specially-marked pink

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Deep South Expansion

For the first time, soft drink brand Cheerwine is coming to Alabama, western Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. The move marks an important step toward its goal of being available in all 50 states by its 100th anniversary in 2017 by aligning distribution with Buffalo Rock Co., the largest independent, single-shareholder-owned Pepsi bottler in the

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XYIENCE Announces Distribution Partnership With Polar Beverage

The official energy drink of the UFC increases its presence in the New England market.  XYIENCE Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, has announced that a new distribution partnership with Worcester, Mass.-based Polar Beverages will expand the brand’s presence in New England. Polar will offer all eight flavors of Xenergy energy drinks, the

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Tea Time at 7-Eleven

Retailer introduces fresh-brewed iced tea in 3,000 stores. 7-Eleven Inc. is brewing something fresh this summer to quench the thirst of Big Gulp fans. The convenience retailer is introducing fresh-brewed iced tea, available in either sweetened or unsweetened flavors, at more than 3,000 participating 7-Eleven stores. Stores where the fresh-brewed iced tea is available are

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California Approves Bill Requiring Warning Labels For Sugary Beverages

Bill heads to the state Assembly. The California Senate has passed a bill that would require sugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, Reuters reported. The bill passed on Thursday, May 29, by a 21-13 vote, and next heads to the state Assembly. If passed, Governor Jerry Brown would

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Fill Your Summer

Corona Extra is introducing its first ever bilingual and multicultural summer campaign called “Fill Your Summer.” Throughout the summer (from May 6 – Sept. 8, 2014) season, Corona, the beer synonymous with summer, will help consumers fill their summer to truly make it memorable. The platform is built around a single idea relevant to BOTH

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Beverage Sales Up Over Memorial Day

Wells Fargo finds weather, promotions driving cold vault sales. Wells Fargo Securities’ recent Beverage Buzz survey found that c-store beverage sales were up 4% during the 2014 Memorial Day holiday, compared to 2% in 2013. The survey of beverage retailers represented tens of thousands of c-store locations across the country. Wells Fargo attributed the growth

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App Lets Freestyle Users Dispense Personal Beverage Mix

Pilot runs through June before nationwide launch later this year. Building on its legacy as a game-changing innovation, Coca-Cola Freestyle is about to make the consumer experience even more personal. Beginning this month, an enhanced “Create Your Own Mix” feature on the popular Coca-Cola Freestyle app will allow users to choose from 100+ drink options

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New Jolly Rancher Flavors

Sunny Sky Products LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty dispensed beverages, announced it was awarded the license agreement to produce, package, sell and distribute Jolly Rancher-branded products. The products include concentrated flavor mixes and ready-to-use flavor mixes for frozen carbonated and non-carbonated frozen beverages in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Sunny Sky Products will

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7-Eleven Capitalizes On Mustache Trend

Rolls out mustache straws, mason jar mugs for Slurpee. It was only a matter of time. They’re seemingly everywhere – on party supplies, clothing, jewelry, candy, decals, at ‘stache bashes, in party photo booths, even on cars and baby pacifiers. Now, mustaches are on Slurpee drink straws too, the perfect accompaniment to this summer’s new,

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Organic, All-Natural Coconut Water

Harvest Bay from Blue Marble Brands has introduced six varieties of coconut water packaged as individual 250-ml. (8.4 fluid ounce) aseptic units.  Displayed in a reach-in cooler or arranged artfully over crushed ice at point of sale, Harvest Bay is a perfect partner to help boost grab ‘n’ go retail sales in foodservice operations. Harvest

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