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CSNews Reports 2017 Beverages Forecast – Good News for Vending

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By , February 22, 2017 8:51 am


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Vending industry embraces new forecast – Beverages Sales are Expected to Rise 2017


NATIONAL REPORT — While convenience stores are evolving in terms of the products and services they offer consumers, they remain a primary destination for those who want to make a quick beverage purchase.

Seven in 10 retailers (70.6 percent) expect their packaged beverage sales to increase in 2017, and only 2.9 percent expect sales to decrease. The projected net change is 3.3 percent, according to the findings of the 15th annual Convenience Store News Forecast Study.

The CSNews Forecast Study provides dollar and unit volume projections in key c-store product categories based on data from various sources, including Nielsen for category sales history; TDLinx for store counts; and government sources for motor fuel volume and pricing data. The data is then run through a sophisticated projection model and presented in summary form. Maureen Maguire, founder and CEO of New York-based ThinkResearch, oversees the Forecast Study process.

C-store operators are right to be optimistic. According to the CSNews Forecast Study numbers, dollar sales of packaged beverages — which includes carbonated soft drinks, bottled water, sports and energy drinks — will increase 5.2 percent across the total industry. On a per-store basis, dollar sales are expected to increase 4.5 percent, and unit volume is expected to increase 4.1 percent. All of these figures are above the estimated results for 2016.

In The Vending World – Coffee or Tea, Please!

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By , February 14, 2017 3:42 pm


Vending OCS, Office Coffee Service, may need to add a T, for TEA.

Just like everything else in the vending world the customer wants a wider selection and a variety of choices.  Vending MarketWatch featured a article focusing on the 4 reasons to focus on more than coffee in their vending selection.

Coffee has and will always be at the heart of office coffee service. However, the demands of companies and the employees they are trying to please with OCS is changing. This means OCS service providers must change as well, adjusting to needs beyond traditional automatic brewers.

Here are four reasons to expand beyond coffee in your OCS line up.

Because Tea Is Growing In Popularity

In December 2016, Packaged Facts reported that tea sales were up almost 6 percent, just over $7 billion. It’s a very popular drink with Millennials, who are branching outside of traditional coffee options, and also has positive health associations. There are various studies that show a correlation between regular consumption of tea and fighting illness from cancer to Type 2 diabetes.

Because Coffee Is Available Anywhere

If you focus solely on coffee, then you compete solely on coffee, specifically coffee prices. With coffee available anywhere, OCS operators must have a good answer to “why am I getting my coffee from you.”

By branching out, your unique selling proposition can be about more, such as an extensive service. Ensure customers know that your driver just cleaned their brewer, changed the water cooler filter, wiped down the microwaves, etc. Sell your services, not your catalogue.

Because HR Needs To Keep Employees

Employers are looking for more ways to retain employees and build a positive company culture. Coffee is good, but snacks and beverages (and a workplace café) are better. Offering the human resource department a product delivery service is a must, whether that is pantry service, a micro kitchen or concierge service. Expand the selection of products you offer to include those that will reward and entice employees, such as locally made salads or healthy, fresh snacks. Allow locations, or even their employees to place orders via your website, micro market kiosk or proprietary mobile app. Adding free food and drinks leads to happy employees and is less expensive than other benefits.

Because Consumers Want Designer Beverages

Black and hot aren’t good enough anymore. At work, people want the same variety and personalization of their drink of choice that exists at cafes. The National Coffee Association found that 98 percent of employees with an espresso machine at work rated their OCS very or somewhat satisfying. The most satisfying at-work coffee equipment included all three on-demand systems: single-cup, instant coffee and tea.


Vending Trends Grow in Drinkable Yogurt Sales

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By , February 11, 2017 8:40 am


We are always looking for the next best product to add to our vending business, drinkable yogurt growth is the vending choice.  Sales have grown 62% since 2011.

Digestive Health is key to this rise in sales of vending drinkable yogurt.

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CHICAGO — Drinkable yogurt has cultured quite a following in the past five years, according to the latest research from Mintel. Sales of yogurt drinks have grown 62% between 2011 and 2016, reaching $893 million. But the growth doesn’t stop there, Mintel said. Drinkable yogurt sales are projected to grow 11% in 2016.

“Yogurt drinks are becoming increasingly popular among U.S. consumers, and as adoption of the yogurt drinks segment grows, so, too does innovation,” said Beth Bloom, senior analyst of U.S. food and drink for Mintel. “It’s one of the few food and drink spaces where launch activity sees brand new products outpacing simple variations on form.”

Digestive health is a key attribute of Früzinga probiotic drinkable yogurts from Dairy Innovations L.L.C. Each 7-oz single-serve bottle contains 90 calories, 7 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.

“Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help regulate your digestive system and may support your immune system,” said Mark Norton, vice-president of brand strategy. “They encourage the growth of the friendly, natural, healthy bacteria that live in your gut so that they may help restore the balance of good and bad bacteria. To further fuel their growth, Früzinga is enhanced with prebiotic fiber.

 fruzingadairy_embedded“Whereas probiotics are living organisms, prebiotics are not. Prebiotics complement your gastrointestinal health by helping to bolster your intestinal micro flora.”


Americans Choose Water as Their Top Beverages

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By , February 1, 2017 10:11 am



Majority of Americans Choose Water as Their Top Beverage

Nestlé Waters and Kantar TNS published a survey on attitudes toward water across seven countries. The survey polled consumers to explore behaviors and attitudes toward beverage choices around the world. The results found commonalities in occasions to drink water, yet significant variety in how people in different countries keep hydrated throughout the day.

“Water plays a vital role in helping the body perform many essential functions, and making smart hydration choices is a key first step to maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” said Sarah Ladden, a registered dietitian and Director, Nutrition, Health & Wellness at Nestlé Waters North America. “While Americans have many options when it comes to beverage choices, with no calories or added sugar, water should be your first choice for daily hydration.”

Americans Choose Water Most, but Drink Less than Other Countries

A vast majority of American respondents (91 percent) drink water every day – including bottled, tap or filtered water. This compares to the number of U.S. respondents who drink soda (39 percent), fruit juice (29 percent), ready-to-drink tea (19 percent) and sports and energy drinks (11 percent) each day.

While 94 percent of American respondents believe that drinking water helps maintain a healthy life style.

The vending industry and vending operators can step up their sales with promoting more water consumption. Continue reading


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