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Beverages Booming

“Innovative operators are creating value by crafting new and unique beverages,” says Technomic spokesperson. Technomic’s Beverage Consumer Trend Report found seven out of 10 consumers (71%) now purchase beverages away from home twice a week or more often, up from 66% in 2010. As the economy stabilizes from the recession, restaurants and retail foodservice locations

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Coffee Driving Bakery Sales

To capture a greater share of the breakfast business, retailers are developing fresh bakery programs extensive enough to make their products destination-worthy in the morning and throughout the day. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Few, if any, local supermarkets or mom-and-pops in the Iowa, Minnesota or Wisconsin market areas where Kwik Trip has its 358

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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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Healthy Trends Extending to the Cold Vault

New products and core beverages will always drive cold vault sales. So when is the right time—and how often does that right time come—for category managers to reset them? “We do cold vault resets twice a year, which means we’re making fairly minor adjustments all the time,” said Richard Ginther, category manager for Kum &

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Beer Bounces Back

It’s always nice when a general statistical look at an industry can be confirmed locally, and that is the case with convenience store beer sales as 2011 closes. The Beer Institute confirms that the convenience channel is one of the most important for beer. The category accounts for 30% of total U.S. industry volume. A

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Solid Growth Projections for Bottled Water and Sports Drinks

Water continues to briskly flow into and out of convenience stores. The key for retailers is to cut through the clutter and put together the most profitable set possible. Bottled water volume overall grew a little over 4% in 2011, according to preliminary tracking figures from the Beverage Marking Corp. (BMC). The single-serve retail PET

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Anheuser-Busch Announces Personnel Moves

Anheuser-Busch has announced personnel changes in its National Retail Sales organization, led by Chris Williams, vice president NRS. Effective April 2, 2012 Manny Zayas will become the vice president and team lead, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Walmart International. Zayas joined the organization last year as vice president of convenience and successfully merged the c-store and

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Energy Shot Sales Expect to Grow in 2012

Energy shots showed remarkable growth in 2011 and are on the same meteoric rise that energy drinks experienced four years ago, but they appeal to a different demographic. That was the uplifting news in a 2011 report on energy shots from Chicago-based research firm Mintel International. For example, the largest consumer group of 5-hour Energy,

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Customers Energized About Energy Drinks

The energy drink market has been on an upward growth trajectory since 2010 and with the improvement in the economy is expected to continue on this positive growth path, according to Chicago-based research firm Mintel International. Energy drink sales were up about 16% in 2011 in convenience stores, as well as up about 16% across

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Customers Crave Premium and Value-Priced Teas

As customers seek more healthful beverages options, look for robust tea sales in 2012 and beyond. Packaged Facts projected that the retail tea market is set to grow from approximately 6.6% in 2012 to 8.7% in 2014, reaching $8.3 billion in that year. Tea was up 5.1% in 2011, according to Chicago-based research firm Mintel

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Milk Starts its Rebound at Retail

Look for a rise in consumer demand for milk, and an increased interest in flavored products in 2012. “We see flavors, particularly chocolate milk, as a key opportunity at convenience stores in 2012,” said Vivien Godfrey, CEO, MilkPEP. “Convenience stores are really over indexed in terms of flavored milk, so of all milk sold in

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Coffee Consumption Surging

One in four coffee drinkers are now choosing gourmet products daily as younger consumers embrace upscale brews. By John Lofstock, Editor.  Coffee consumption tracks strong and steady, according to the National Coffee Association’s (NCA) National Coffee Drinking Trends, with sales data suggesting a solid footing for future growth. Rebounding youth consumption, strong gourmet allegiance and

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Building Bottled Water Sales

New products and core beverages will always drive cold vault sales. Retailers have to know how to market them effectively to maximize profitability. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Bottled water sales continue to rise steadily, which is good news for overall packaged beverage sales in convenience stores. NACS reported recently that in the wake of

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Boosting Energy Sales

Although some c-store operators admit to being worried about regulators turning their focus toward energy products, many believe the category has at least another year of strong growth ahead. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Sales of energy shots are soaring despite the lingering recession. New products, flavors and marketing messages are making it one of

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Building Better Beer Sales

While many trends impact the beer category, the one that will most directly influence how marketers do business is the continued demand for more choices by the consumer.  By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. It’s been two years since Walgreens jumped back into the beer and wine business, and at least three convenience store operators in

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Capitalizing on Coffee Trends

Hot beverages anchor the industry’s foodservice offering, but the category is also a top in-store destination and among the most profitable.   By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Numbers don’t lie–and when it comes to consumers and coffee, they show a category poised for even greater growth in the months ahead.Coffee consumption among consumers aged 18-29

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Customers Take Coffee Personally

Convenience stores are expanding their brew programs and condiment offerings, allowing guests to customize each cup. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Jerry Weiner watched in awe as a customer crafted coffee to her specification at a Rutter’s Farm Store. She combined three coffee varieties in her cup and added at least five different creamer flavors

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Energy Sales Soaring

While there may have been some concerns about the growth of shots and full-size cans, analysts report the category has never been stronger. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Brent Howard isn’t just a retailer of energy drinks and shots. He’s a user. Division manager for Sun Pacific Energy in Kennewick, Wash., Howard has seen the

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Crunk Juce is Back

Gila Brew Co. LLC announces the re-launch of CJ Crunk Juce, a premium line of malt beverages. “CJ” has a distinctly engaging taste and is currently available in many states with rapidly expanding distribution. Great taste and tasteful adult packaging differentiate CJ from its competition. The beverage is being marketed under the new slogan “TASTE,

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Anheuser-Busch Welcomes Manny Zayas

Anheuser-Busch has appointed Manny Zayas to vice president, convenience stores, National Retail Sales.   Zayas is a seasoned executive who brings a wealth of experience from multiple industries—with nearly 20 years in Consumer Product Group (CPG) industries, and 13 of those years dedicated to direct-store-delivery (DSD) beverages.  He has held sales, category management and sales

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Thorntons Offers Free Tea

Today only, customers can enjoy a free Thorntons Legendary Ice Tea when they stop into a participating store. Today, Friday, May 13, customers can go to any participating Thorntons store and receive a free Thorntons Legendary Fresh Brewed Tea. Thorntons Legendary Iced Tea, (both unsweet and sweet) are brewed fresh, and made with 100% filtered

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7-Eleven Encourages Slurpee MixMakers

Summer concerts and contest celebrate the art of mixing personalized Slurpee flavor combinations. 7-Eleven, the creator of America’s iconic frozen beverage, is celebrating the practice of flavor-mixing and urging its frozen-drink fans to become bonafide Slurpee MixMakers. Using the wide array of colors and flavors available at 7-Eleven stores nationwide, fans can mix and match

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Avoiding Cold Vault Cannibalization

With new healthier beverage options becoming available retailers face the task of resetting coolers to maximize sales. By: By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Who would have thought that packaged beverages could cause so many people so much angst? Heightened environmental and health concerns and the spotlight on childhood obesity have been used to cast a

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Mac’s, XYIENCE Partner for Sweepstakes

“We have been very pleased with the performance of the Xenergy brand in our stores and as a result, have recently expanded our listing base to include Xenergy Xtreme flavors,” says Mac’s spokesperson. XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, and Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, have

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McDonald’s Coffee Customers Most Loyal

In a study comparing McDonald’s, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts customers, McDonald’s coffee customers are the least likely to stray. McDonald’s coffee customers are the most loyal compared to those who frequent Starbucks Corp. and Dunkin’ Donuts, a study by market research firm CustomersDNA LLC found. The currently unpublished study involved 15,000 fast-food customers who answered

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