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The Rise of Craft Beer at Retail

Craft beer sales have doubled in the past six years and are set to triple by 2017, according to a Mintel report.  By John Lofstock, Editor. While the economic downturn has affected consumer spending across many sectors, craft and craft-style beers are defying recessionary trends with an impressive upward trajectory. Indeed, latest research by Mintel

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Driving Frozen Beverage Sales

Convenience store operators who are cashing in on frozen dispensed sales are combining new and exciting flavors with popular promotions, good equipment maintenance and a strong foodservice offering. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Frozen beverages are widely regarded as a high-growth category, and convenience store operators looking for more of a good thing are complementing

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Five Calorie Per Ounce ICEE

The ICEE Co. has introduced a new five-calories per ounce ICEE. This exciting new flavor is 33% less calories than the original ICEE, which qualifies as “light.  A 12-fluid ounce serving of ICEE five-calories per ounce is 60 calories compared to 95 calories for 12 ounces of original ICEE. The five calories per ounce makes

C-Store Beverage Sales Grow Over Labor Day

Strong results bring optimism for Q3 earnings. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently conducted a survey of beverage retailers representing more than 10,000 c-store retail locations across the country to measure beverage trends over the recent Labor Day holiday. Survey results indicated that c-store beverage sales growth was up a strong +4% for Labor Day 2013,

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Sunny Sky Products Acquires Turbo Energy Drink

Expands bar and nightclub division. Sunny Sky Products LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty dispensed beverages, has completed the acquisition of Turbo Energy Drink LLC in an all cash transaction. The acquisition will expand distribution of Sunny Sky Products’ beverage offering further into the on-premise (Bar & Nightclub) channel. Turbo Energy Drink is the

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Strongbow Cider Strikes Gold

Strongbow Cider, the No. 1 global cider brand, has the 2013 holiday season of entertaining and celebration clearly in its sights. Retail program elements, along with a digital overlay, will foster consumer interest, drive shopper traffic and increase sales rate from September through December. At retail, a cohesive program combining a range of elements will

Energy And Beer Categories Show Solid Sales

The energy category posts 7.4% growth in dollar sales. A Wells Fargo Securities report noted that carbonated soft drink (CSD) sales excluding energy drinks, at c-store have softened, while the energy and beer categories posted positive results. Total CSD (excluding energy) dollar sales in the U.S. C-store channel increased 1.3% (versus +2.0% last month) during

BAWLS Expands Distribution

BAWLS Guarana is expanding distribution of its products in the U.S. and abroad. Distribution of the BAWLS Guarana line of products in Canada has been recently expanded due to a rekindling relationship between the brand and a former distribution partner, Beverage World of Ontario.  The company was founded in 1999 by Stefan Kergl to be

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Casey’s To Card For Energy Shot Purchases

The Midwestern c-store chain looks to prevent teens from consuming the shots irresponsibly. Casey’s General Stores  is now requesting ID with the purchase of energy shots and pills.   Brian Johnson, Vice President of Finance for Casey’s General Store, told CBS News St. Louis that the chain will not sell energy shots and pills to

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Energy Products Stimulating Store Sales

Though they come in small bottles, liquid energy shots continue to deliver a big sales punch on convenience store counters. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Despite widely publicized health concerns about some of the ingredients in energy drinks, Bob Falkenberg founder of Alpharetta, Ga.-based BeveragePulse.com research firm, said he expects sales to continue to increase

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Strong Growth for Frozen Dispensed Beverages

Consumer demand is surging as operators continue appealing to new audiences with new flavors and product innovations. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Everyone agrees that frozen beverage sales are strong and the outlook for the category remains extremely positive for the next few years. For 2012, the NACS State of the Industry report found that

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Bold Organic Look

The MADE line of organic teas and lemonades is sporting a new bold organic look. In a distinct departure from the previous brand dress, the new MADE logo is a clean, classic design featuring a soft cursive font. The MADE line also expanded to include two new flavors: MADE Honey Green Tea with Ginseng and

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Camouflage Design

Living Essentials, the distributor of 5-hour Energy products, is adding a new flavor to its successful line of Extra Strength energy shots. New Sour Apple Extra Strength 5-hour Energy will make its debut in September 2013. The new offering will bear a camouflage wrapper, and target hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts. The company is

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Brand Redesign

Boyd Coffee Co. has launched its comprehensive strategic rebrand featuring new brand identity, retail coffee packaging and foodservice merchandising for convenience stores. The grocery and foodservice launch is just the first development in a company-wide rebranding campaign undertaken by the 113-year old coffee company.  The brand imagery connects Boyd’s rich history of innovation and passion

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Beverage Carbonation Solution

Xylem Inc., a provider of global water technology, has launched the Flojet brand V-Jet series rotary vane pump heads for beverage carbonation. The V-Jet series low flow, high pressure positive displacement rotary vane pump heads were developed for applications including beverage carbonation, water dispensing, water boosting, espresso or coffee machine operations and coolant recirculation systems.

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7-Eleven Debuts Soda Shaq

Named for Shaquille O’Neal, the new cream soda line is set to be a big hit with customers. One of pro-basketball’s biggest stars (literally and otherwise) Shaquille O’Neal is getting his own soda namesake: Soda Shaq. 7-Eleven Inc. has announced the national rollout of AriZona Beverages’ new, all-natural line of cream sodas, now chilling at

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Rutter’s Dairy Introduces New Low-Calorie Tea

Just in time to round out National Iced Tea month, Rutter’s Dairy introduces its latest iced tea flavor: Cherry Pomegranate. Rutter’s cherry pomegranate iced tea is not only the perfect summer thirst-quencher, but also a figure-friendly choice, having just 40 calories per serving. The new flavor comes in the half gallon size and is now

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7-Eleven Debuts Lemon Daze

“Lemonade drinks are one of the fastest-growing beverage segments,” says merchandising vice president for 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven is adding Snapple Lemon Daze lemonades, available only at participating 7-Eleven stores this summer for a limited time. 7-Eleven’s latest cold beverage offer comes in three all-natural flavors:  Lemonade, Pink Lemonade and an all-new Mango Lemonade in bottles with

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Cake Batter Milkshake

f’real foods, maker of classic milkshakes, real-fruit smoothies and gourmet frozen coffees, is celebrating its 10 year birthday by bringing back its popular Cake Batter Milkshake.  This best-selling Limited Edition flavor brings back childhood memories of cake batter straight from the bowl, in a rich, creamy milkshake.  It is now available through Labor Day in

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Rutter’s Celebrates National Dairy Month

Fresh off its eleventh consecutive year as the winner of  Best Milk in the York Daily Record/Sunday News’  annual Best of York reader’s poll, this June, Rutter’s Dairy celebrates National Dairy Month. Central Pennsylvania’s love affair with Rutter’s milk has been a long one—92 years to be exact—beginning in 1921 when George and Bud Rutter

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Soda Ban Fight Continues in Appeals Court

Judges hear arguments on whether a size limit on some sugary drinks should be allowed in NYC. After a judged rejected the legitimacy of a soda ban— that looked to outlaw most sweet beverages over 16-ounces at city-licensed eateries—in March, the city has appealed. On Tuesday four justices from a state appeals court looked to

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Sodapalooza And New Value Menu Greet RaceTrac Customers

RaceTrac customers can enjoy an affordable way too off this summer with Sodapalooza beverage promotion. RaceTrac is celebrating Sodapalooza 2013, which officially kicked off in all Georgia, Florida and Texas stores and is sure to add a little ‘pop’ to everyone’s day by offering fountain (32 ounce) and frozen (16 ounce) beverages for only 69

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7-Eleven Celebrates National Iced Tea Day

All week long, 7-Eleven customers can enjoy Snapple Iced Tea discounts. Today, June 10, is National Iced Tea Day, but the party for cold tea-lovers lasts through Saturday, June 15. For the next six days, guests can celebrate with free Snapple Iced Tea offers at participating 7-Eleven stores while supplies last. Each day, a mobile

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Cappuccino Fall Flavors

Folgers is giving cappuccino drinkers reasons to fall for the season by offering two new flavors: Caramel Macchiato and Pumpkin Spice from Folgers—the 2013 Coffee Brand of the year, according to 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend. Over 40% of consumers say their beverage preferences change with the seasons, according to the Technomic 2012 Beverage Consumer Trend

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Budweiser Using Augmented Reality App

By ‘Blipping the Bowtie,’ smartphone users could help direct which U.S. states get scholarships through ‘Folds of Honor’. For more than 150 years, Anheuser-Busch, its employees and family of wholesalers have supported America’s armed forces through numerous programs and philanthropic efforts.  These include lending resources, raising funds for veterans and assisting dependents of military families.

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