Tea Made Easy

  The BUNN Tea Concentrate Dispensers, TCD-1 and TCD-2, offer an alternative to brewing fresh tea by dispensing iced tea from concentrate. Most commercially available tea concentrates will work with the TCD, which will accept either a 1-gallon jug or bag-in-box product. This non-electrical dispenser uses a venturi valveto create a siphon to pull product

Energizing Beverage Sales

Thirteen years after the energy drink market emerged in the U.S. with the introduction of Red Bull, the category remains popular with consumers, who are willing to pay higher prices in a difficult economy for an extra jolt.  But while Mintel reported in July 2009 that the energy drink market had climbed to an estimated

Quiet Commercial Blender

Vitamix has introduced The Quiet One, a powerful, premium blender that offers sound reduction and improved speed of service. According to independent third party testing by OnSpeX, the blender operates at 18 decibels below its closest competitor when blending a milkshake. An innovative door seal design, coupled with patent-pending floating technology significantly reduces vibration transmission

Gas Island Vending

The first gas island vending solution now is available at selected WilcoHess locations in North Carolina. WilcoHess LLC, an operator of travel plazas and convenience stores in the Southeastern U.S., has collaborated with Allied Electronics, a provider of service station automation systems, The Pinnacle Corp., an automation technology and software supplier, and Vendgogh LLC, a

AriZona to the Rescue

AriZona Beverage Co. has launched RESCUE Water, a new line of enhanced waters filled with a proprietary blend of Twinlab vitamins and antioxidants. It comes in four flavors, each of which corresponds to a different function. Berry Blend helps the body to relax; Lemon-Lime assists in supplying energy; Orange Citrus supports liver function so the

Frozen Beverages by Jolly Rancher

YoCream introduces new tropical tremor flavors under its Jolly Rancher Frozen Beverage brand: Pomegranate, Wild Berry, Mango, Fruit Punch and Sour Green Apple. The exciting new beverages are boldly flavored, less sweet, a little tart and intensely colored. Available for frozen, carbonated and noncarbonated applications, the syrups are packaged in shelf stable bags with a

The Science of Slurpee Flavors

Creating the many flavors of 7-Eleven Slurpees is a sophisticated process. That’s why at the Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) Group Research & Development Center’s Plano, Texas, headquarters, a cadre of scientists, engineers, technical specialists, researchers and marketers work with the 7-Eleven Inc. Slurpee product team on the year-round job of keeping new flavors in the

Getting Back to Beer Basics

Beer continues to be an essential category for convenience stores and one that requires more than the usual amount of observation, knowledge, planning, execution and overall savvy. According to The Nielsen Co.:• Nearly 787 million cases of beer were sold in the c-store channel during 52-weeks ending March 6, 2010; down 1.5% from 799 million

Rutter’s Debuts Flavored Milk

Rutter’s Dairy has introduced Rutter’s-branded vanilla and strawberry milk pints to the consumer market. For years, the two flavors were available only as part of Rutter’s school milk program. The new pints – sold in plastic bottles – are the first new flavors of milk introduced by Rutter’s in a few years. Previously, Rutter’s had

Coke Plans New Distribution

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. is testing a new method of delivering beverages to 7-Eleven stores in Southern California, using Costco Wholesale Corp. as an intermediary, Reuters reported. Currently, under Coke’s direct-store delivery model, beverages are sent from the bottling facility to a warehouse and then to a distribution center, which distributes the drinks to individual stores.

Coffee Connoisseur Alert

Following the 2010 introductions of Sumatra Mandheling and Nicaraguan Matagalpa coffees respectively, Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 locations in New Jersey and southern New York, continues its single origin coffee world tour Monday, April 19, with the debut of Costa Rican Tarrazu. A light bodied coffee known for its tangy flavor, enticing aroma

ZUN Energy-Plus Enters Midwest

Packaged in a patent-protected, retro-style rocket bottle, ZUN, a new Energy-Plus beverage, is continuing its national rollout, entering stores in 11 Midwest states. “Stores are reporting that ZUN is selling fast and selling out within just days of placing,” said Brian Stearns, founder and CEO of ZUN. “The ZUN brand is quickly gaining favor with

Sweet Leaf Tea Makes Acquisition

Sweet Leaf Tea Co. has acquired Cincinnati competitor Tradewinds Beverage Co., the Austin Business Journal reported. Austin-based Sweet Leaf Tea Co. expects the purchase to help it expand its market reach, especially in the Midwest where Tradewinds has strong distribution channels. Tradewinds makes teas and juices kettle-brewed in Ohio. The company will continue day-to-day operations

Dos Equis And Tecate Offer ‘Cinco Ways To Celebrate’ Spring

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import beer brand in the U.S., and cerveza Tecate are revealing details of the brands’ most interesting and unconventional ‘Cinco ways to Celebrate’ Cinco de Mayo/Spring retail and on-premise program. The program is designed to inspire adult consumers to take their celebrations to a new level while helping keep grocery,

Dos Equis And Tecate Offer ‘Cinco Ways To Celebrate’ Spring

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import beer brand in the U.S., and cerveza Tecate are revealing details of the brands’ most interesting and unconventional ‘Cinco ways to Celebrate’ Cinco de Mayo/Spring retail and on-premise program. The program is designed to inspire adult consumers to take their celebrations to a new level while helping keep grocery,

Mac’s Convenience Stores To Add Seattle’s Best At 600 More Locations

Mac’s Convenience Stores, a subsidiary of  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., and Seattle’s Best Coffee LLC, part of Starbucks Corporation, have entered an agreement for Mac’s to exclusively brew Seattle’s Best Coffee in Ontario in the convenience store channel. This agreement expands the more than 14-year relationship between the brands and leverages each company’s world-class capabilities with

Juices and Teas Bounce Back

Innovation, health and pricing are some of the factors that will help or hinder c-store operators looking to make money with juices and teas in 2010. While juices and teas have struggled over the past few years, 2009 was sort of a renaissance year for the category as both segments experienced sales gains. Overall, for

Coke To Aquire North American Operations Of Its Biggest Bottler

Coca-Cola Co. today announced it plans to buy the North American operations of its largest bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., in a strategic reversal that would close a competitive gap after PepsiCo. reached a similar deal, Reuters reported. “Coke couldn’t sit back while Pepsi delivered $600 million (or more) in synergies for reinvestment and then transformed

Quick Chek Adds Single Origin Blend To Coffee Offering

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has added Nicaraguan Matagalpa, a mildy-roasted, medium-bodied coffee, which will make its debut in all store locations beginning Monday, Feb. 22. Certified organic by Quality Assurance International, this Fair Trade Certified Nicaraguan blend from the Matagalpa region

Soft Drink Industry Squashes Tax Plan

The soft drink industry has successfully stopped a plan that aimed to tax sugared beverages, the Los Angeles Times reported. Advocates had said the proposed tax would have reduced obesity and helped finance healthcare reform. And public health advocates assumed the tax would accepted by congressional Democrats searching for revenue to fund expanded health insurance

7-Eleven Debuts Cup With A Cause

  7-Eleven, Inc. aims to donate more than $2 million to charities as it launches its charity-focused coffee campaign this month: “7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause.”   Throughout 2010, 7-Eleven will introduce limited-edition 20-ounce coffee cups designed by entertainment and sports celebrities to be sold in 7-Eleven stores nationwide. Proceeds from cups sold will benefit

Coca-Cola Launches Huge Campaign Around Winter Olympics

Coca-Cola is launching  a multi-faceted Olympic Games-themed marketing program in the U.S., anchored by a group of high-profile U.S. Olympians and U.S. Champions, known as the Coca-Cola “Six Pack” of athletes, limited edition Olympic Games-themed packaging, media and digital experiences. Currently hitting supermarkets, convenience stores and mass retailers are limited edition, Coca-Cola Olympic Games-themed collectible

Kum & Go Names New Advertising Agency of Record

Kum & Go has named Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW) as the company’s advertising agency of record. Starting January 2010, CJRW will aid in the strategic development of Kum & Go marketing initiatives and will execute materials ranging from in-store signage to broadcast advertising for Kum & Go and its portfolio of proprietary products. This

Quick Chek Introduces Sumatra Mandheling

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and Southern New York, is announcing the availability of Sumatra Mandheling, a smooth, dark and full-bodied coffee which features a subtly complex mocha flavor. Quick Chek’s new single origin coffee – coffee known for coming from one specific geographical region where

Many Indiana C-stores To Card All Customers For Alcohol

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association announced Tuesday that 13 chains covering 458 Indiana locations will begin requiring their clerks to check the IDs of all customers purchasing alcohol, starting in the next few weeks, the Indiana Star reported. The announcement coincides with the state legislature’s review of several alcohol bills, including one

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