The Pantry Relaunches Coffee Program

The Pantry Inc. has unveiled a coffee re-launch program in the Chattanooga, Tenn., and Dalton, Ga., markets to serve its guests new coffee in a fast, friendly and clean store environment. New and improved high-quality Bean Street Coffee is now being served at The Pantry’s local Kangaroo Express convenience stores. There are 81 Kangaroo Express

Bottled Water Bouncing Back

Bottled water’s bubble may have burst the past couple of years, but retailers with private label water have done just swimmingly, and retailers are optimistic that the next 12 months will be equally strong. The packaged beverages subcategory enjoyed decades of growth, as consumers increasingly chose refreshment that fit their healthier lifestyles. From 1984 to

Happy Birthday Coke Zero

The Coca-Cola Co.’s most successful new sparkling beverage in a generation, Coke Zero, turns five this year. During its time on the market, Coke Zero has posted double-digit sales gains for five straight years and is showing no signs of slowing. Among more than 350 sparkling beverage brands launched since 2001, Coke Zero is one

New Energy Flavor

After success with its Lemon Blast, Cherry Rush and Citrus Slam Xenergy Xtreme flavors, Xyience introduced Orange Fuel to its Xenergy Xtreme lineup this year. Like other Xenergy Xtreme and Premium flavors, Orange Fuel is available in 16-ounce cans and is sugar- and calorie-free, with only two grams of carbohydrates per serving. Earlier this year,

Kum & Go Debuts Go Kup

Kum & Go’s “Name Our Cup” Contest winner has been announced. Brad Gerndt of Nevada, Iowa won for his entry name Go Kup. “We are excited to have a name for our 32-ounce fountain cups—Go Kup,” said Kevin Krause, senior vice president of Kum & Go, which operates more than 435 convenience stores in 11

Heineken Launches ‘The Holidays Start Here’ Retail Program

Heineken, the No. 1 selling European import beer in the U.S., unveiled the details of its ‘The Holidays Start Here’ retail program. ‘The Holidays Start Here’ invites consumers, through a custom Heineken Party Planner iPhone and Android app, to eliminate the guesswork from planning or attending the ultimate holiday party. The program will run in

Nestlé Waters’ CEO Inducted into Beverage World Hall of Fame

Kim Jeffery, president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America, was welcomed into the Beverage World Hall of Fame on Sept. 22, 2010, at the Interbev 2010 Conference in Orlando, Fla. For more than 25 years, the Hall of Fame has honored executives in the beverage industry who have demonstrated devotion, creativity and passion for

Growing Milk and Dairy Sales

Milk’s Bumpy Ride   In Mintel International’s new “Milk in the U.S.” report, senior analyst David Browne predicted a “bumpy ride” for the $11-billion milk market. Few categories, he noted, are as volatile as milk, which is reflected in the wild dollar sales swing during 2004-09.   “Volatility may return to the market in late

Michelob Brewing Co.

Michelob “Gold Medal” Sampler Pack This fall, Michelob Brewing Co. will debut a new “gold medal” sampler pack comprised exclusively of Michelob beers that have received top honors at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) or the North American Beer Awards (NABA).  Available nationwide through February, the sampler pack includes Michelob Original Lager (2001, 2003

Novamex

The #1 Mexican Soft Drinks Sold in The U.S Come by booth #6761 and discover the exotic Mexican soft drink flavors of Jarritos, Sidral Mundet and Sangria Senorial.  They are a proven hit with teen and young adult C-store customers across the country.  Ask about our custom cross category promotions and merchandising support. Booth #6761

WilcoHess Expands Gas Island Vending Initiative

WilcoHess and Vendgogh are expanding their gas island vending initiative after less than 120 days, in order to test additional stores.   The two companies have collaborated to install a patented, integrated cold drink vending solution on the gas island that expands the offerings available to gas customers. The solution enables WilcoHess customers to buy

Thorntons Announces Football Cup Challenge

Thorntons has announced its new College Football Cup Challenge, taking place in Louisville, Ky., southern Indiana, and Lexington, Ky., store locations. The promotion began on Saturday, Sept. 4, coinciding with the college football game between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. Thorntons’ stores now feature new 32-ounce fountain cups that say “Bleed

Maintaining Strong Energy Sales

It had to happen sometime. Energy drinks, arguably the most popular convenience store product in the early-to-middle years of the decade, have begun to slow their sharp rise. Call it a correction, perhaps. A report released last month on the category by research firm Mintel showed that while growth in the category from 2005-2010 was

Fall Brew

Samuel Adams OctoberFest is brewed to celebrate the arrival of autumn. The first thing customers will notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams OctoberFest has a rich, deep golden amber hue, which itself is reflective of the season. This hearty lager is rich with a blend of four

Mello Yello Goes Retro

Since the summers of disco, tie dye and 1970s cool, Mello Yello has offered a citrus flavor to chill any hot summer day. Starting this summer, Mello Yello is going back to its roots with a remixed version of its original package design. While Mello Yello has been widely available in the Midwest and Southeast

Tedeschi Celebrates Renovations

Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi Food Shops continues its aggressive efforts to update its New England locations. Just recently it renovated two more stores-bringing the total of remodeled stores to eight in 2010. The two stores, located at 1 Bridle Road in Billerica and 210 Boston Street in Chelmsford, Mass., are now offering fresh food items like

Coffee Coup

As temperatures surge, Boyds Coffee iced coffees offer customers cool, thirst-quenching alternatives. The full line of iced coffee recipes includes: Thai Iced Coffee, a rich and creamy caramel blend; Mexican Iced Coffee, a delicious combination of caramel and cinnamon; French Vanilla Iced Coffee, the perfect hint of Bourbon Vanilla and cream; Almond Roca Iced Coffee,

Portable Packs

IZZE Beverage Co. has launched its newest package—-a 12-pack of 8.4-ounce cans. Available in a bright, easy-to-carry and simple-to-store package, thisnew 12-pack displays perfectly on shelves or end-caps. The new can 12-pack is available in Sparkling Blackberry, Sparkling Clementine and Sparkling Pomegranate. For more information from IZZE Beverage Co., www.izze.com  

‘Espresso’ yourself

‘Espresso’ yourself It just might be espresso. It’s estimated that over the next five years, authentic espresso could become the next high demand beverage in the channel. The problem with introducing this energy booster in the past was keeping labor under control while still producing a quality beverage. Boyd Coffee’s new 1-2-3 Espresso> machine, which

Sip Right

At a time when busy, health conscious moms want to encourage their kids to eat more nutritious foods, Jel Sert has found a way to make drinking milk more fun without adding a lot of excess sugar. The company introduces Sipahh milk flavoring straws as a fun and healthy treat that everyone can enjoy. The

Tea Time

Brazil Gourmet expanded its product line with four new nectar-flavored teas that combine the flavor of paradise with the healthy lift of iced tea. Available in 16-ounce textured glass bottles with colorful new labels that feature photos of the exotic fruits contained inside, the teas come in four tropical flavors—mango, guava, passion fruit and mango-passion

PRILABS

PriLabs introduces two new energy drinks, Encore and Re5, onto the ever-growing market. For the young generation where music is the lifeline to everyday life, Encore is a refreshing multidimensional brand with an audio/visual identity based on music. The brand connects music and rhythm to an energy drink and its effects on the consumer, and

Follett keeps Rainy Lake on ice

Follett keeps Rainy Lake on ice One might think the last thing an operator in northern Minnesota would worry about is not having enough ice, but it’s a big concern for Steve Lindberg, co-owner of Rainy Lake One Stop (International Falls, MN). Seven years ago, he and his wife Nora purchased the existing store, which

Truthful Taste

Honest Tea is expanding its line with the addition of Pomegranate White Tea with Acai. Three antioxidant rich ingredients pomegranates,white tea and the acai berry are combined with less than three teaspoons of organic cane sugar to create a delicately flavored tea perfect for the tea-lover as wellthe health-conscious consumer. Aserving of Pomegranate White Tea

Sugar Free Energy

On the heels of the successful launch of its Full Throttle energy drink in late 2004, Coca-Cola North America is expanding its growth in the energy drink category with Sugar Free Full Throttle. Sugar Free Full Throttle will hit shelves nationwide in mid-August, in 16-ounce singles and four-can multi-packs. In addition, the “Deal Me In

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