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2013 RooCup Now Available At Kangaroo Express

Unlimited 25-cent refills, combined with new customization options, promise “ROO-diculous” summer of deals & fun. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced its RooCup, a collectible cup refillable with any fountain and frozen beverage for only 25 cents, is now available in stores. The RooCup has captured the hearts of thirsty guests and will

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Millennials Driving Wine Comeback

“The Millennial generation offers the wine industry the kind of growth potential not seen in 30 years.”  C-store retailers can gain points with Millennials and Boomers alike by appealing to a growing love of wine that includes a trend toward flavorization. A breakout session on the wine category, presented by E&J Gallo Winery, at the

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7-Eleven Gives Away Free MiO

Customers get a chance to try MiO liquid water enhancer for free. 7-Eleven Inc. gave away a free bottles of MiO Energy Black Cherry Liquid Water Enhancer last week, a fitting promotion for the largest retailer of single-serve bottled water. The free 1.08-ounce full-sized bottle of MiO Energy Black Cherry (regularly priced at $3.99) was

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PFMA Praises the Passage of HB 790

Urges Senate to support convenient adult beverage sales. The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA), the state’s advocate for food retailers, praised the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for voting to pass House Bill 790 in support of reforming Pennsylvania’s alcohol sales system. “We are very pleased that House members voted in favor of moving Pennsylvania forward

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New Caffeine Free Coke Zero

This summer, when Coke Zero fans want to pop the top on their favorite beverage, they no longer need to consult the hands of the clock. Featuring real Coke taste and zero calories, the brand is now being made available in an option without caffeine. The launch of Caffeine Free Coke Zero is part of

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Coffee Customers Choose Taste Over Convenience

Harris Poll finds 71% of 18-35-year-olds purchase coffee or tea beverages.   At a time when Starbucks can be found on practically every corner, have Americans chosen convenience as the deciding factor in where they get their caffeine jolt? Not according to a recent Harris Poll that suggests consumers—particularly Millennials —may have become somewhat of

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Budweiser Debuts World’s Most Unique Beer Can

Bowtie-shaped can set to appear on May 6. This spring Budweiser will introduce a striking and original new beer can—a bowtie-shaped aluminum can that mirrors Budweiser’s iconic bowtie logo. Beer lovers can see for themselves the new bowtie-shaped can when it becomes available in a special eight-pack on store shelves nationwide beginning May 6. “This

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Dos Equis ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’ Returns

New TV and online commercials debut. The legendary beard and smoking jacket are back, as Dos Equis announced the launch of its 2013 creative advertising campaign featuring the “Most Interesting Man in the World.” The advertising icon will be featured in new spots set to run nationally via television and online, all of which ending

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Bawls Continues Expansion

“Our success is due to the role our distribution partners play in growing our brand’s presence nationwide,” says CEO. Bawls Acquisition, maker of the BAWLS Guarana super-caffeinated line of sodas, has announced its continued expansion of product distribution nationwide. In late 2012, Tennessee Crown of Chattanooga began distribution of BAWLS Guarana strengthening the presence of

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Seasonal Surge Drives Dispensed Beverages

Cold and frozen dispensed beverages are undergoing some major changes these days that continue to make the category one of the hottest in the convenience store industry. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Spring has sprung and with it comes a renewed focus on cold, frosty and refreshing beverages. For Pat Kelly, purchasing director for Hanover,

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RooCup Returns at Kangaroo Express

Fans can reserve a refillable cup online and start their RooCup summer one week early. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. has announced that fans of its RooCup can now pre-register to reserve, or rather “ROOserve,” their refillable cups for the summer. The RooCup, a collectible cup refillable with any fountain and frozen beverage

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C-store Chain ampm Offers Collectible Cups

“With a limited supply available at each participating ampm location, collectors will be challenged with the mission of acquiring a complete set,” says ampm marketing vice president. Convenience store chain ampm has joined forces with Blizzard Entertainment to offer customers an exclusive set of collectible cups based on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, which

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Miller High Life Returns As Official Beer of Bowling

Multi-tiered sponsorship contract includes specialized point of sale merchandise. Strike Ten Entertainment (STE), the bowling industry’s marketing and sponsorship division, has struck up a partnership with Miller High Life, a cornerstone of the MillerCoors portfolio, to become the “Official Beer of Bowling.” Strike Ten Entertainment and Miller High Life have inked a new two-year agreement

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Sports Drinks Fuel Beverage Sales

Sports drinks manufacturers are keeping pace with consumers who are seeking added benefits in their beverages. Gatorade enhanced its brand lineup—not just with new packaging—but blends that promote specific health benefits. Their efforts are paying off with increased sales. According to SymphonyIRI, sales of single-serve sports drinks in convenience stores jumped a healthy 8.85% to

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Strong Year for Juices and Teas

Customer demand for cold beverages is heating up and few categories grew as much in 2012 as juices and teas. Sales of canned and bottled teas surged 8.52% to $1.22 billion for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 31, 2012, according to SymphonyIRI. AriZona and Lipton were the two most popular brands in convenience stores, accounting

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Opportunities Abound in Beer

While domestic beer brands account for the bulk of c-stores sales in alcoholic beverages, smart and aggressive convenience store operators who haven’t already done so will begin to put more mental energy and elbow grease behind building their craft beer business. Many will face the same stigma they had to overcome with food: too many

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Miller Lite Offers Ultimate “Internship”

Group of legal-drinking-aged friends to win cross country adventure. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are taking on a dream internship this summer. They’re not the only ones. Miller Lite is partnering with 20th Century Fox’s summer comedy movie “The Internship,” which arrives in theaters everywhere June 7 and stars Vaughn and Wilson. Inspired by the

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Energy Drink Sales Still Buzzing Along

During the latest 52 weeks ended Jan. 27, 2013, dollar sales for energy drinks increased 13% and volume sales grew 23.9%, said Jamil Satchu,  a partner with Symphony Consulting, part of the SymphonyIRI Group.  Not surprisingly, he noted, Red Bull and Monster were the biggest drivers of growth in this category. Despite widely publicized health

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Shots Still Deliver Energetic Sales

Between 2008 and 2012, the energy shots category took off like a rocket, experiencing 168% growth over that period, said a recent report from Rockville, Md.-based Packaged Facts research company. But, as with most products, growth has begun to slow down as the category has been maturing.  Proof of that maturation can be seen in

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New SKUs Challenge Packaged Carbonated Beverages

Today’s huge selection of drink choices is taking a toll on the sale of packaged carbonated beverages. In 2007, packaged carbonated drinks made up 25.4% of the U.S. beverage segment, but that figure dropped to 22.1% by 2012, according to Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC). “The category has been soft for a number of years, and

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Cold, Frozen Beverage Sales Heating Up

Frozen and cold dispensed beverages are in demand, with operators appealing to new audiences with product innovation. “The No. 1 reason that consumers go to a convenience store for foodservice is for the dispensed beverages. This is the primary draw,” said Tim Powell, director of c-store programs at Technomic. In 2012, cold dispensed beverages sales

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Demand for Coffee Soars

Sales of coffee dominate sales of hot beverages, making up 83.3% of the total hot beverage market in the U.S. Coffee consumption is expected to increase through 2015 at an average annual rate of 2.7%, while tea consumption is expected to increase through 2015 at an average annual rate of 3.1%, according to the National

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Meeting Your Brewing Needs

The Maxwell House portfolio offers solutions to deliver Maxwell House coffee for more than one brewing system within an operation to satisfy all brewing needs. Roast and Ground options include Fractional Packs, Whole Bean, Shuttle Packs, Filter Packs, In-room Filter Packs and Urn Packs. On-demand formats include Frozen Liquid Coffee Concentrate, Shelf Stable Liquid Coffee

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Light, Refreshing Varieties

Minute Maid has introduced four all-new light juice drinks. Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Light No Pulp Orange Juice Beverage is another choice for people seeking a lighter way to enjoy the great taste of orange juice from a brand they trust. Never from concentrate, Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Light No Pulp Orange Juice Beverage has

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Budweiser Celebrates Opening Week

Budweiser is the Official Beer Sponsor of Major League Baseball and Presenting Sponsor of MLB Opening Week. Budweiser, the Official Beer Sponsor of Major League Baseball, is helping baseball fans celebrate the most anticipated time of the year—MLB Opening Week—with limited-time-only Budweiser cans and bottles.  More than six million cases of Budweiser products will feature

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