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Customers Craving Craft Beer

“Americans are not only responding to greater access to these products, but also to the stories and people behind them,” says The Brewers Association director. The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent American brewers, has released 2012 data on U.S. craft brewing growth. In a year when the total U.S. beer

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Sports Drink With A Kick

Roar is a peak-performance sports drink, crafted for fast assimilation and long-lasting energy. It helps to replenish the body and mind, while sharpening focus and quickening muscular response. With a formula rooted in B-vitamins and minerals proved to boost metabolism and increase awareness, ROAR goes a step further and incorporates coconut water for both the electrolytes

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Healthy Beverage Expo Lists Top Beverage Trends

Functional beverages, better sweeteners, healthy alcohol and drinks for those under 18 are trends to watch in 2013-2014. The experts behind Healthy Beverage Expo, a brand new trade show that’s dedicated to supporting and fueling the healthy drink segment of the beverage market, are naming some of the top “well drink” trends for 2013-2014. The

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New Study Details Case Against Regulating Soda

Center for Consumer Freedom calls on lawmakers to rethink policy. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) has released a new report, “The Case Against Regulating or Taxing Soda,” that outlines how these polices unfairly target those least able to afford price increases, are based on shaky medical evidence, and will not keep the promises

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NCASEF Responds To Canceled Soda Ban

“Individuals—not governments—should be free to make their own informed decisions about their dietary intake of foods and beverages,” says NCASEF chairman. Bruce Maples, chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees released the following statement on the soda ban that was ruled invalid late Monday. “Last September, in response to New York City

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NYC Soda Ban Struck Down

New York state Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling declared Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban invalid late Monday. The soda ban would have prohibited restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums or arenas from selling sugary drinks in cups or containers larger than 16 ounces. The ban was set to begin Tuesday.

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McKinney Petroleum Equipment Selling Vendgogh’s “Gas Island Vending”

“The Vendgogh offering allows convenience stores to take these low margin ‘gas and go’ customers and turn then into high margin customers,” says McKinney Petroleum Equipment president. Vendgogh, the provider of “Gas Island Vending Solutions” announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with McKinney Petroleum Equipment. McKinney Petroleum Equipment is a multi-state solution

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Starbucks Defies NYC Sugary Drink Ban

Michael Bloomberg’s large sugary drink ban begins on March 12, but Bloomberg is getting some push back from Starbucks, which has announced it plans to make no immediate changes to its business based on the ban. The new mandate limits sugary drinks sold at restaurants, movie theaters, street carts, and more to 16 ounces. But

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New Energy Drinks

XYIENCE’s new non-carbonated Xenergy + beverages roll out to select retailers starting March 1, 2013. Xenergy + Hydration, Xenergy + Tea and Xenergy + Lemonade are zero-calorie, sugar-free and vitamin fortified drinks that are made with all natural flavors and colors.  Xenergy + Hydration contains no caffeine; Tea and Lemonade offer 10 mg of caffeine

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Bag-in-Box

As consumers continue to cut back on sugar, CRYSTAL LIGHT High Ratio Liquid Concentrate Bag-in-Box format can help operators grow their overall total machine-dispensed cold beverage dollar sales. Cognito Financial Services Communications In-store testing in 52 foodservice operations showed that when CRYSTAL LIGHT was added to the drink options, the result was a 9% increase

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Profitable Counter Space

Open up more profitable counter space with the Curtis Primo Cappuccino Specialty Drink Dispenser. With its new, space saving open “UP” access door there’s no need to leave a gap between equipment, freeing up valuable and profitable counter space.Beautifully styled, digitally advanced and financially rewarding, the Curtis’ G3 Concept Series Primo Cappuccino (PCGT) Machine is

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Red Bull Launches Flavors

The Red Bull Editions, available nationwide, provide the energy and effect of Red Bull with the taste of cranberry, lime and blueberry. In the most anticipated category launch since the modern energy drink was introduced to the U.S. in 1997, Red Bull Energy Drink today is rolling out three new flavors available nationwide.  In new

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Heineken Launches New “Star Bottle” In the U.S.

New bottle, same high quality taste legendary around the world. Heineken has announced the U.S. debut of its premium Star Bottle packaging for Heineken and Heineken Light. The new Star Bottle design, Heineken’s first package change in nearly two decades, represents a more modern take on the brand’s iconic green bottle that will further reinforce

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Cleveland Weighs Energy Drink Ban For Minors

Energy drinks containing certain levels of caffeine would be banned completely. Citing the “dangerous” health effects energy drinks have on children and young adults, an ordinance proposed by the Cleveland City Council this week aims to ban minors from buying energy drinks within the city, WKYC Online reported. The emergency ordinance would make it illegal

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Insight Beverages Welcomes New Director of National Sales

Accomplished industry leader, Sharon Porter to direct new business initiatives. Insight Beverages has announced that Sharon Porter will join the company as director, national sales effective Feb. 25, 2013.  Porter is an accomplished executive with exemplary sales, marketing and business development experience.  She has a track record of increasing sales and profitability, with specific expertise

Anchoring the food program at Bolla Market's in New York City is its new coffee initiative, a complete line of organic, Fair Trade brews marketed under the Bolla brand. Harry Singh, company president and CEO, rolled the program out to stores in December.

Brewing an Upscale Coffee Strategy

Consumers are trading up to higher margin, premium coffees and teas. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. While coffee remains the workhorse of the morning daypart, a growing number of consumers are looking for their cups to come with a pedigree. The New York-based National Coffee Association (NCA) reported that almost half (46%) of all cups

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Energy Boost

XL Energy Drink, the vibrant and tasty, lightly-carbonated drink, hit the U.S. market in New York in 2006. Today, XL is represented in more than 50 countries all over the world, including the U.S., major European countries as well as in Africa and Latina America, selling over 130 million cans per year. In January XL

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Pennsylvania Governor Fights For Liquor Law Change

Pennsylvania and Utah are the only states that continue to run a monopoly on alcohol sales since Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Lt. Governor Jim Cawley announced last week that the time has come to get government out of the business of selling alcohol and put it in private hands, providing consumers with greater convenience

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Dos Equis Celebrates Cinco De Mayo

At retail, Dos Equis is providing tools and compelling offers that will keep shoppers coming back for more. This spring, Dos Equis is extending the season of Cinco de Mayo with a five-week program that includes exclusive content and inspiration taken from chapters of the Most Interesting Man in the World’s unpublished memoirs. This collection

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Budweiser’s Baby Clydesdale Gets Name

Following 60,000+ suggestions 21-day-old female foal named ‘Hope.’ She’s 21 days old, already weighs 200 pounds and starred in an award-winning Super Bowl XLVII commercial for Budweiser seen by more than 108 million people during the broadcast and millions more online. And now she has a name: “Hope,” a nod to the optimism and happy

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Coca-Cola Big Game Drives Over 11 Million Fan Engagements

The chase may have concluded Sunday night, but “Mirage” characters will live on. While the team from Baltimore took home the championship Sunday night, a cast of Showgirls raced to a victory of their own. They bested their desert rivals, the Cowboys and the Badlanders, in a quest to be first to reach an ice-cold

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Coors Teams With Recyclebank

Two pioneers in recycling unite to reward consumers for their environmental efforts. Coors Brewing Co., inventor of the first 100% recyclable aluminum can, has kicked off its latest sustainability initiative by announcing a partnership with Recyclebank, the company that rewards people for taking every day green actions with discounts and deals. The program, Coors Recycles,

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Frozen Dispensed Beverages Lead Growth

Insight Beverages launches on-trend mix of traditional and unique frozen beverages. Frozen dispensed beverages were a $408 million category in 2011 and have continued to grow faster than Convenience Store Foodservice overall, according to Technomic. Frozen coffee growth is expected to remain in the double digits at 22%. To capitalize on a growing product category,

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Budweiser’s First-Ever Tweet

Announces birth of baby clydesdale featured in Super Bowl XLVII commercial. Budweiser has launched its first-ever Twitter account: www.twitter.com/budweiser. The account went live on Jan. 27. The iconic brand marked the occasion with another “first” involving the Budweiser Clydesdales—tweeting the first  photo of a member of the elite ”Budweiser Clydesdales Class of 2013,” a beautiful

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Taylor Swift Partners With Diet Coke

Collaboration gives fans exclusive opportunities and extraordinary access. Thanks to record-breaking album sales, Taylor Swift is often associated with the colors gold and platinum, but now she’s officially adding some silver to her collection. Diet Coke has announced a long-term partnership with the superstar, making her a centerpiece of the brand’s iconic Stay Extraordinary platform,

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