BP’s ampm Adds Healthier Fountain Beverage

Parched consumers now have another low-calorie drink option at ampm stores: Emergen-C Splash, a fountain beverage that provides vitamins and other nutrients. BP’s ampm is the exclusive convenience store distributor for the orange-tangerine flavor of Emergen-C Splash from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, so c-store customers can only find the beverage at ampm during that

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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

Master-Bilt Adds New Sales Groups

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of commercial refrigeration systems for over 70 years, has appointed two new sales representative groups. Cimenet USA LLC will cover Mexico and Wyllie Marketing will focus on the New England area consisting of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, effective immediately. Based in Weymouth, Mass., Wyllie Marketing has represented a

Dispensed Beverage Sales Show Promise

Cold and frozen beverages continue to be a mainstay of the convenience store offering—something consumers expect, enjoy, and increasingly want to tailor to their own individual tastes. Others have noticed. McDonald’s, for example, is making smoothies and other cold beverages part of its strategy for expanding its beverage offerings. Beginning in March, the burger giant

KISS Cups Debut at 7-Eleven

KISS, the legendary American rock band is currently wowing standing-room-only crowds across North America with The Hottest Show on Earth tour. Now 7-Eleven customers can pick from four collectible Super Big Gulps courtesy of Dr Pepper, each bearing the likeness of one of the KISS band members – Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and

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

Mexican Coca-Cola A Big Hit

Mexican Coke, now becoming more widely available in the U.S., is developing a cult following among consumers, The Grand Rapids Press reported. “(Mexican Coke) seemed so much better,” one consumer told the newspaper, adding, “It’s just not as fizzy or harsh tasting.”  She’s not alone in her opinion. A Facebook page dedicated to the drink

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

Sports-Minded Beverage

Cytomax is the world’s most scientifically advanced complex carbohydrate, electrolyte performance sport drink. For the last decade, it has been available only in a powder formula via specialized retail locations and sports stores. The same benefits are now available in a convenient RTD formula to fuel the weekend warrior, recreational ball player and every athlete in

Go Full Tilt

  Anheuser-Busch is kicking off the nationwide launch of Tilt, a new, innovative malt beverage featuring an assorted blend of caffeine, guarana and ginseng. This 5 p.m. after-work drink, which offers a bold berry-flavor, is part of the emerging, flavored caffeinated malt beverage category and an ideal choice for those seeking something new to help

Space Savvy

Hoshizaki America Inc. introduces Tempguard Self-Contained Worktop Freezers. Tempguard Worktop Freezers have a high-efficiency cartridge-style refrigeration system designed with a large capacity condenser and evaporator resulting in lower overall power consumption. The cabinet door perimeter heater provides condensation controlin high-humidity environments and is equipped with a back-up heater in addition to the primary heater. The

Blonde Beer

  Starting this summer, U.S. consumers can enjoy some of the French sophistication of premium beer Fischer, with the introduction of Fischer Blonde. Fischer Blonde’s subtle and fruity accents and rich aromatic palette is encased in a bright gold color. An embossed bottle with swing-top closing emphasizes the brand’s traditional character and makes for a

Decadent Delights

  Turtle Mountain announced three new delicious flavors for celebrating summer fun: Coconut Craze, Pomegranate Chip and So Very Strawberry. The three flavors are the newest addition to Turtle Mountain’s signature Purely Decadent Dairy Free Pints line. Each scrumptious flavor only contains 65% ofthe calories of comparable, super-premium dairy-based ice cream. They are also cholesterol

Yogurt and Then Some

YoCrunch yogurt introduces two new flavors to its core line offering healthy and decadent yogurt experiences. Smooth and creamy low-fat YoCrunchVanilla yogurt is paired with crunchy Butterfinger and Strawberry-Bananais joined by 100% natural low-fat granola. All of YoCrunch’s low-fat yogurt products contain live and active cultures perfect for digestion and replete with a mix of

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

Energizing a Crowded Cold Vault

Energy by the Numbers Although 2009 was the second year in a row of unusual weakness in liquid refreshment beverages’ performance, the worst may be over, said Michael Bellas, chairman and CEO of Beverage Marketing Corp. “Beverages are likely to be one of the first categories to benefit with a job-led economic recovery because they

Heineken Launches Summer Marketing Initiative

Heineken, the top-selling European import beer in the U.S., unveiled the details of its ‘Plug into Summer’ on-premise initiative that invites consumers to enjoy Heineken and Heineken Light through interactive music experiences that connect them to all that Heineken’s fully integrated off-the-chart “Plug into Summer” program has to offer. Heineken’s “Plug into Summer” program combines

Consumer Confidence Returning?

Impulse purchases of sodas, Hershey bars and snacks are on the upswing at U.S. convenience stores, a sign the economy and consumer confidence might slowly be turning around, Bloomberg.com reported. The decline in soda sales at convenience stores slowed last quarter for the first time in at least a year, according to PepsiCo and Coca-Cola,

Energy Sales Hold Strong

Familiarity with shifting consumer attitudes amidst a turbulent economy–and the willingness to make changes in the cooler if need be–could help retailers cash in big with isotonics and energy drinks this year. “If you’re intent on raising your share in that marketplace then I think you have to get in touch with who that user

Targeting Customers Through Store Design

When Towns Mart enlisted the services of Design Fabrications (DFab) to create an inviting shopping environment for a new store it was constructing in Washington Township, Mich. in 2007, the chain was looking to broaden its customer base through an upgraded design. “We were targeting female and upscale customers by trying to achieve an open

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

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,

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