Dos Equis Launches 18 Pack In Texas

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import brand among top imports and primary driver of import category growth in the Texas food channel, is raising the stakes even higher with the introduction of the Dos Equis Lager 18 Pack. The new pack capitalizes on two key trends in the Lone Star State: the continued explosion in

Jamba Introduces Frozen Fruit Sorbet 



Jamba Juice Company and Oregon Ice Cream are debuting a new line of Frozen Fruit Sorbet and Frozen Fruit Sorbet & Yogurt Bars, hitting select retail freezers across the U.S. this week. 

 The frozen novelty bars are available in five delicious flavors, are all natural, made with real fruit, provide a good source of

Buzzing Over Beer Sales

State of beer: Despite a strong outlook for 2010, U.S. beer shipments dropped by 2.2% in 2009. Thousands of        Barrels Shipped $2,008 2,009 Change Anheuser-Busch $107,025 104,800 ($2,225.00) MillerCoors $64,500 63,300 ($1,200.00) Crown Imports $11,583 11,000 ($583.00) Heineken USA $8,960 8,575 ($385.00) Pabst $5,900 5,700 ($125.00) Selling beer, wine and other adult

Maverik Country Stores to Sell Kronik Energy drinks

Just in time for the summer selling season, Kronik Energy drinks are being added to the vaults of more than 140 company-operated Maverik convenience stores across seven western states. Kronik Energy is being introduced as a new product to the Maverik stores based on customer demand for a fresh, chug-able and thirst-quenching, alternative to the

Colorado C-stores Take Step Toward Full-Strength Beer

Colorado’s convenience-store owners won a victory this week when the state’s House Business Affairs and Labor Committee approved a measure Wednesday that would allow c-stores of under 5,000 feet to sell products with a higher alcoholic content than the reduced-strength beer that they now are limited to selling, Denver Business Journal. The proposal won by a

Kansas C-Stores Offer Compromise on Beer

A struggle over liquor laws in Kansas continues, the Kansas City Star reported. C-stores and grocery stores have for years sought the right to sell full-strength beer in Kansas, but liquor stores have successfully blocked the legislation. This year the grocers and convenience store owners came up with a compromise for state lawmakers-allow c-stores to

Calming the Beverage Storm

As marketing category manager for Mansfield, Ohio-based EZ Energy USA Inc., Deb Davis oversees the beverage category and makes the critical call as to which products head to the cooler, and which don’t make the cut. Having just finished meeting with soda vendors to finalize the 2010 soda contracts, Davis is now busy overseeing beer

Chris Leader Joins Hoshizaki America

Hoshizaki America Inc. has welcomed a new Chief Operating Officer, Christopher R. Leader. In this position, Leader will have total company-wide responsibility for Hoshizaki America Inc. Leader is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and the University of Michigan with an MBA from the Ross

Heineken and Femsa Reach $7.6 Billion Deal

Heineken is set to acquire the beer operations of Mexico’s Fomento Económico Mexicano (Femsa) for about $7.6 billion, a move that will help the Dutch brewer expand its operations in the Western Hemisphere, CNN Money reported. The all-stock deal will give Heineken, which brews Amstel and other beers, control of Femsa’s key export brands, including

Celebrate the Reason for the Season

It makes not one iota of difference whether you believe in Santa or celebrate Christmas to make a difference in someone’s life at this special time of the year. We all recognize that 2009—like no other year in the past 50—has created a genuine and critical need that provides both an opportunity for all of

New Beverage Offers Relaxation, Stress Relief

The maker MALAVA RELAX, the anti-energy drink, now offers in NOVOCAINE, which provides five times the relaxation, five times the stress relief and five times the clarity of mind as the original. When you drink NOVOCAINE, with five times the kavalactones, it puts you in a happy, tranquil state. NOVOCAINE and RELAX are the only

Put Some Bark in Cooler Sales

Retailers looking to build cold vault sales can do so with a purpose. Margo’s Bark Root Beer grew out of Oscar Youd’s elementary school science fair project. Named after the family dog, Margo–a rescued black lab-pit bull mix, the micro-brewed soda stands up to the rigorous tasting standards of a 7-year-old root beer aficionado. Margo

Get a Grip

The Can Grip is a newly developed novelty drinking accessory that easily clips onto 12-ounce cans giving them a stein style handle. The Can Grip ensures the can stays cold and the hand stays warm and also eliminates the need for a coaster.  It can be used on sodas or beers making it a versatile

Light Beers Poised for A Big Year

Think the U.S. leads the world in beer consumption? Think again. Though America has a larger population than beer-drinking countries like Germany or Britain, the winner in this year’s beer sales sweepstakes is a brew many Americans have probably never heard of: A Chinese beer named Snow. “SAB-Miller was going to roll Snow beer into

Juices And Teas

TOP PERFORMERS Lipton (PepsiCo) Tropicana (PepsiCo) Minute Maid (Coca-Cola Co.) HONORABLE MENTIONS AriZona Beverage Co. SoBe (PepsiCo) While innovation is a valued component to every category, the juices and teas segment of packaged beverages seems to be particularly prone to new twists and creative concepts. Largely in response to consumers looking for more functionality and

Bottled Water

TOP PERFORMERS Aquafina (PepsiCo) Dasani (Coca-Cola Co.) Nestle Waters (All Brands) HONORABLE MENTIONS Fiji Evian (GBE) Bottled water continues to grow at an unprecedented pace and the category’s popularity is attracting the attention of more than just retailers. The focus on bottled water by revenue-hungry legislatures and environmental special-interest groups will remain an ongoing story

Demographics Driving Cold, Frozen Sales

From movie promotions at 7-Eleven to new flavors, the cold and frozen category is generating some excitement despite the presence of chilly temperatures in many parts of the country. Actually, where you live may well play a large part in what customers want to see in your cold dispensers.  Mike Thornbrugh, manager of public affairs

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