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Businesses Celebrate National Coffee Day

Freebies and deals abound. National Coffee Day is this Saturday, Sept. 29, and many businesses are kicking off the celebration early to maximize a chance to sample their brew to customers. While not all coffee chains have climbed on the National Coffee Day bandwagon—Starbucks, for example, has yet to announce its participation this year—many c-stores,

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Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day

One-cent Bean Street Coffee greets customers. The Pantry Inc. is celebrating National Coffee Day on Saturday, Sept. 29 by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just one penny to every guest at its more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Guests can shine up that penny in their pocket and stop by any Kangaroo

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Smucker’s Foodservice Updates Its Coffee Program

Smucker Foodservice promotes the sale of coffee in retail outlets since more than half of U.S. consumers drink coffee on a daily basis. The company is offering c-stores with more coffee solutions since Smucker’s added the Douwe Egberts Cafitesse Liquid Coffee System to its portfolio. Douwe Egberts has been in the coffee business for more than

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New Roast Coffee Blend

Georgia Coffee, a roast and ground version of the Coca-Cola Co.’s billion-dollar coffee brand, is now available to U.S. retailers. The new product is offered in multiple blends to meet consumers’ needs: dark roast, light roast, decaf and sustainable organic. Each is made of 100% Arabica beans, has a distinct flavor profile and comes in

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Vending Organic Coffee

Recent studies from the Harvard School of Public Health find that 54% of American adults consume coffee on a daily basis, and three cups per person is the average. Fresh Healthy Vending Cafe wants to satisfy America’s coffee cravings by releasing a new machine that allows consumers to get fresh-brewed coffee with the push of

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Coffee Driving Foodservice Sales

Convenience stores are expanding their brew programs and condiment offerings, allowing guests to customize each cup. Most c-stores have embraced the consumer’s desire for customization by offering broad coffee and condiment selections and stations for customers to prep their cups the way they like. C-stores are improving coffee quality in line with greater demand for

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McDonald’s To Test Replacing Foam Cups

Paper cups to take the place of foam cups in 2,000 restaurants in a test that is mostly to affect West Coast locations. In response to a 2011 shareholder resolution filed by shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow, McDonald’s Corp. recently confirmed that it is taking a major step toward possible phase-out of polystyrene foam

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NACS CAFÉ is Calling

With foodservice taking on an expanded role in convenience stores, retailers can utilize NACS CAFÉ to learn about best practices, new ideas and emerging solutions. By John Lofstock, Editor. Foodservice now accounts for nearly one in every six dollars spent inside convenience stores. Getting foodservice right is no longer just a challenge, it is absolutely

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Jr. Joins Java Family

Midwest coffee roaster Paramount Coffee Co. has introduced a new eight-ounce addition to the “perfect cup of Joe” family of coffee blends: Jr. Coffee. The family of Joe Coffee Products includes Joe, Joy and Jr. Joe comes in four true-brew blends: “Wake Up Joe” medium roast, “Unleaded” medium roast decaf, “Tall, Dark and Handsome” dark

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Convenience Store Chains Celebrate CofFREE Day

Some c-stores are offering free hot dispensed beverages and other coffee deals on National Coffee Day. Thorntons, Kangaroo Express and 7-Eleven are among the c-store chains participating in National Coffee Day, today, Sept. 29.   To celebrate CofFREE Day, Thorntons is offering  a free coffee, cappuccino, or hot chocolate to every customer who visits a

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Sheetz Opens Mansfield Store

Customers are known to line up as early at 4:30a.m. in anticipation of a new Sheetz store opening for a chance to win Sheetz Z-cards. Sheetz is opening a new store in Mansfield, Pa., today, Thursday, Sept. 29.,  at 85 West Wellsboro Street. Doors officially open to customers this morning at 11 a.m. Excitement for

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7-Eleven Celebrates National Coffee Day

Free Coffee will greet customers from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. this Thursday at their local 7-Eleven store. Something’s brewing at 7-Eleven Inc. as its U.S. and Canada stores get ready to celebrate National Coffee Day on Thursday, Sept. 29, with its own caffeinated celebration – CofFREE Day.  From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on

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Wilson Farms Donates To Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Fundraiser and promotion draw customers to Wilson Farms’ dispensed beverage section. Wilson Farms is donating $8,296 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, following last week’s Coffee Day fundraiser. On Sept. 13, Wilson Farms celebrated Coffee Day, during which customers helped Wilson Farms fight blood cancers by simply purchasing a hot dispensed beverage including coffee, hot

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McLane-NATSO Quarterly Index Up 24%

Hot dispensed beverages up 54% for the three-month period, ended June 30, 2011. Total merchandise purchases by truckstops nationwide served by McLane Corp. increased 24% during the 2011 second quarter, compared with a year earlier, led largely by hot and cold beverage sales along with commissary, foodservice, dairy and deli sales, according to the McLane-NATSO

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.

Wawa Revamps Coffee Stations

Wawa stores throughout southern New Jersey are going through an “Extreme Coffee Makeover,” trading out glass coffee pots for new insulated dispensers with the intent of making producing a fresher brew that saves energy and reduces waste, Press of Atlantic City Media Group reported. The change comes after a chain-wide price increase that boosted the

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

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

Boyds Interprets a Latin American Favorite

Boyds Interprets a Latin American Favorite Boyds Coffee Company introduces Dulce de Leche Frozen Cappuccino, the newest addition to the 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. Dulce de Leche is available at wholesale and retail prices

Hot Beverages Go Urban

  International Paper delivers a cool new look for hot beverages with the exclusive Metro cup design. With its stainless steel appeal and patented KX2 technology, the Metro cup will delight on-the-go customers and add flair to beverage centers. Form meets function in the new Metro cup to please both operators and customers alike. The

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

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

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

‘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

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