More and more convenience store operators are following Starbucks’ lead and embracing special brews, such as Rainforest Alliance certified beans and unique country blends.

Defend Your Hot Beverage Business

Tips for protecting sales and profits in today’s climate. Intensifying competition for the morning daypart and escalating commodity costs for coffee drinks have forced convenience retailers to make trade-offs between pricing and profits. This is no small issue as hot dispensed beverages are strategically vital to a retailer’s morning business segment and fresh foods program.

Is Your Chain Ready For National Coffee Break Day?

The National Coffee Association (NCA) has launched an interactive Web site, www.nationalcoffeebreak.org, kicking off its National Coffee Break campaign. Headlining the campaign will be a National Coffee Break day on Jan. 20, 2011, when industry members are encouraged to host consumer promotions and events that inspire consumers to take a break from their day with

Thorntons Debuts “CofFREE Day”

Thorntons Inc. has announced its first-ever “CofFREE Day Celebration” on Friday, Dec. 24, at all 165 Thorntons locations in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. From 3 p.m. to midnight (Central & Eastern Standard Times) on Christmas Eve, customers may enjoy a complimentary coffee, cappuccino, or hot chocolate. Thorntons signature coffee blend is made from

Free Coffee Christmas Eve

Customers up late wrapping presents on Dec. 24 can look to their local Kum & Go for a pick-me-up. On Christmas Eve, the convenience store chain is offering customers that stop by a free cup of 16-ounce Java Ridge Premium Coffee. No purchase or coupon is necessary to enjoy the deal. While they’re picking up

Quick Chek’s ’Joe to the World’ Sets Record

To welcome the holiday season, and as part of the third annual Joe to the World free coffee event, Quick Chek, the family-operated chain of 125 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, supplied customers with more than 100,670 complimentary cups of ‘Joe,’ saving thousands of coffee lovers much-needed dough in

‘Joe to the World’ Returns For Black Friday

When alarm clocks ring Friday, Nov. 27, waking thousands from their after-turkey slumbers to hit those early morning holiday sales at their local malls, Quick Chek, the family-operated chain of more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, will offer these early risers complimentary medium coffees to help jump

McDonald’s Launches McCafe Scavenger Hunt

This Friday, Nov. 19, McDonald’s plans to hide three giant McCafe coffee cups in three locations located throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties during its first-ever national McCafe Scavenger Hunt. Beginning at 7 a.m. PST, McDonald’s will distribute clues on their local Twitter account, @McDonalds_SoCal. The first person to find one

National Coffee Break Planned

The National Coffee Association (NCA) is preparing to celebrate a century of service to the industry in 2011. To kick off its Centennial year, NCA is asking industry members and consumers to set aside Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 as a day for a National Coffee Break. Commemorating coffee’s iconic place in U.S. history and culture,

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

Keys to Growing Foodservice Profitably

Why are some retailers prospering when others are struggling? What are the keys to growing the business—even during tough economic times? How are successful retailers approaching the business differently than others? These are all questions that could be applicable to any part of the retail business. However, the questions are extremely salient to foodservice programs

Wilbur Curtis Company

Introducing IntelliFresh, an exciting advancement for Curtis GEMINI Systems. IntelliFresh maintains coffee’s ideal freshness and serving temperature throughout the dispensing cycle. Its advanced design envelops the satellite with digital pulses of gentle heat… eliminating cold or “cooked” coffee that creates waste and reduces profits. Booth #8033 Wilbur Curtis Companywww.wilburcurtis.com

Coffee’s Popularity Surges

You wouldn’t think something as simple as coffee could prove to be so complex a phenomenon—or one so indispensable to Americans. Turns out America can see its reflection in a cup of coffee—its economic worries, its desires for variety and small-scale luxury, and even its hopes for a brighter future. All of that swirls together

7-Eleven Debuts New ’Coffee Cup With A Cause’

On Friday, July 16,  7-Eleven Inc. is launching its third “Coffee Cup With A Cause” campaign, this time offering a cup designed by WWE Superstar John Cena. Cena fans can make their way into any of the participating 7-Eleven stores across the U.S. to purchase the signature cup being sold July 16-Aug. 30, or while

Premium brewing

Premium brewing The L3D, the third generation of Luxus Thermal Dispensers from Fetco Corp., offers several innovations including a freshness timer, which is a lighted gauge that indicates coffee freshness in 15-minute increments for up to four hours, and an easy-to-read, V-shaped volume indicator. Other improvements include a built-in drip tray that slides out for

Boyd Coffee Company Serves Up Coffee House Steamers

Boyd Coffee Company Serves Up Coffee House Steamers Boyd Coffee Company, the Pacific Northwests oldest family-owned coffee company and purveyors of the Coffee House Roasters brand, offers its latest defense against the winter blues: Coffee House Steamers. These milk-based beverages pack enough cheer and comfort — not to mention delicious flavor — to thaw even your

Boyd Coffee Company Brews Up Hot New Coffees

Boyd Coffee Company Brews Up Hot New Coffees This fall, Boyd Coffee Company, the Pacific Northwests oldest family-owned coffee company, has brewed up some of its most exceptional coffee blends to help convenience store operators boost sales. Included in this delicious new, cutting-edge batch of blends from Boyd Coffee Companys Coffee House Roasters brand are:

Temperature Drops on Popular Mexican Blend

Temperature Drops on Popular Mexican Blend Boyd Coffee Company introduces the Mexican Chocolate Freezer to its Coffee House Freezers line. A leader in frozen beverage innovation, Boyd Coffee Company is also the Northwest’s oldest family-owned coffee company and its largest specialty coffee roaster. Mexican Chocolate Freezers are available at wholesale and retail prices and can be purchased

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,

Espresso Yourself

  Concordia Coffee Systems introduces the Concordia Self-Serve Espresso Bar, the first turnkey kiosk that provides a genuine caf experience right out of the box. The contemporary kiosk with cherry cabinetry features Concordia’s Acorto Model 2500i automatic espresso machine, which produces lattes and cappuccinos at the touch of a button. Users make their beverage selection

Espresso Yourself

  Franke Coffee Systems has improved the milk through put of its Sinfonia 1-Step model and increased the milk storage capacity with an under-counter refrigerator version. As a result, the Sinfonia 1-Step is one of the fastest and most customizable super automatic espresso machines. The improved system produces 20-ounce drinks 20 to 30 seconds faster

Smart Brew

  FETCO introduces the newest addition to its innovative Extractor Coffee Brewer series, the CBS-2042. This sophisticated brewer is designed to brew directly into the one-gallon L3D model LUXUS Thermal Dispenser. It keeps coffee fresh and hot for hours with no heating source. The CBS-2042 is simple to use; the amount of coffee and customized brews

Coffee Shot

Introducing STOK, a new concept in the world of coffee enhancement. Each individual serving delivers a 40 milligram pop of pure, invigorating caffeine, equivalent to adding a shot of espresso. Designed for people who like to work hard and play harder, STOK fills the void by providing aquick and easy way to hyper-caffeinate coffee on-the-fly.

High-Tech Brewing

High-Tech Brewing BUNNs new BrewWISE ThermoFresh coffee brewing system makes brewing coffee easy. The system provides simple control over the brewing process, consistency from location to location and thermal coffee holding with new unheated servers. The G9-2T DBC grinder reduces the potential for human error by communicating how much and which coffee was ground to

The Pour House

The Pour House Brew exceptional coffee anywhere, all the time, with the new Curtis Caf Pour-Over Systems. Available in four models that brew directly into a Curtis airpot, glass decanter or insulated server, the Caf Pour-Over Systems have a large, widemouth inlet with an attached flip-open lid for easy filling, and a precisely engineered spray

Thorntons Celebrates Freedom Day

Thorntons has announced that Sunday, July 11 is its FREEdom Day Celebration, and customers can go to any neighborhood Thorntons, and receive a free fountain or coffee drink. Thorntons’ fountain drinks are made with 100% filtered water to ensure a crisp clean tasting beverage, while its signature coffee is made with handpicked 100% Arabica beans. Customers

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