September 2014

DALLAS -- A morning staple is turning 50 and one retail giant is celebrating the milestone. 7-Eleven Inc. became the first national retailer to offer fresh-brewed coffee in to-go cups 50 years ago. To mark the occasion, the Dallas-based convenience store chain is offering a small-size coffee for 50 cents at participating stores from Sept. 3 through Sept. 14. The retailer is also kicking off an "Every 7th Cup Free" coffee rewards program through its 7-Eleven mobile app. Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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September
2014

Losing Grounds...

Jamie Hartford - NACS Magazine

These days you can get a decent cup of coffee just about anywhere. Since the rise of Starbucks created a nation of coffee snobs, many convenience stores and quick-service restaurants — once known for watery, flavorless brews — have kicked up their coffee game with higher quality beans, more sophisticated brewing techniques, improved branding, updated equipment and better atmosphere. Indeed, competition for consumers’ hot dispensed beverage dollars is at an all-time high. How can the industry make up for that lost ground? Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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July
2014

Macs Canada and Circle-K US have launched a line of 26-ounce refillable 'EasyGo Drinkware' Mason Jar 'Froster' mugs with spiral fun straw! They are available at participating Macs and Circle-K convenience stores while supplies last. See product {HERE}.

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October
2014

Coffee can be strong both in taste and in its power to drive traffic and profits at convenience stores, as retailers attending a recent CSP roundtable meeting found out. About 100 attendees at CSP’s three-day Hot Dispensed Beverage Meeting reviewed statistics covering the importance of coffee to the hot-dispensed category, as well as the important role coffee drinker's play with market basket size. Statistics from the Chicago-based Technomic Inc. also indicate that c-store retailers make less on what they sell, but realize greater margins than with other foodservice categories. Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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April
2014

April 2014


Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2014

PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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January
2014

Forty-seven percent of millennia's drink more regular hot brewed coffee today than they did when they first started drinking coffee (versus 37% who say they are drinking more coffee drinks today), suggesting that young coffee drinkers have tended to "mature" over time, gravitating from sweeter drinks to brewed coffee as they age, according to coffee roaster S&D Coffee & Tea's new white paper, "Appealing to Young Coffee Drinkers Along Their Maturity Path." and 87% of the sample started drinking coffee (of any kind) by age 21. Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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April
2014

Convenience store operators who are cashing in on frozen dispensed sales are combining new and exciting flavors with popular promotions, good equipment maintenance and a strong foodservice offering. Frozen beverages are widely regarded as a high-growth category, and convenience store operators looking for more of a good thing are complementing their traditional sets with frozen dairy beverage programs. Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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November
2013

For most coffee drinkers, the first beverage consumed in the morning is a cup of coffee. In fact 68% of them drink one cup within the first hour of waking up. This should tell you that coffee is still a growing consumed beverage in the U.S., and with 54% of the U.S. population over the age of 18 consuming coffee everyday, sales can only continue to climb. Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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January
2014

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