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Beverages increasingly drive restaurant visits, Technomic finds

Nearly half of consumers seek greater beverage variety in full-service restaurants
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Approximately one-fifth (21 percent) of consumers today say that beverages play a very important role in deciding which restaurants to visit for meals, according to Technomic Inc., Chicago.


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Convenience stores overcome weather and channel competition

Beverages sales outpace overall convenience store growth
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Despite the number of hurdles that it has faced within the past year, the convenience store channel still is holding steady, experts note.


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Kraft Foodservice to offer free Mio merchandising racks

Racks designed to entice bottled water sales at foodservice locations
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Kraft Foodservice, a division of Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft Foods Group Inc., is offering free merchandising racks for its Mio liquid water enhancers. Designed to boost bottled water sales at foodservice locations, the company is offering two options: a hitchhiker rack or a cooler door rack.


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Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards take effect

Some high schools fear new standards could cause revenue losses
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiated its new Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, which affect the sale of foods and beverages that are not part of federally supported meals programs.


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Cinemark to offer Honest Kids juice drinks

Partnership will feature organic offerings at Cinemark theaters nationwide
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Cinemark Holdings Inc., Plano, Texas, announced that its chain of theaters now offer Honest Kids organic juice drinks. Starting immediately, the beverages are available in all of the company’s 334 cinemas nationwide. Honest Kids organic beverages are available for sale individually as well as in Cinemark’s Movie Snack Packs.


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Foodservice operators promote premium beverage options for increased margins

Fountain dispenser innovations bring excitement to channel
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Whether overcoming residuals from the economic recession or more immediate factors, the foodservice channel has faced its share of challenges in recent years.


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Argo Tea releases new unsweetened iced tea line

New products celebrate summer, National Iced Tea Month and iced tea’s 110th birthday
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Chicago-based Argo Tea is celebrating the start of summer, National Iced Tea Month and the 110th birthday of iced tea in America with a new unsweetened iced tea line that includes Hibiscus Apple herbal tea, Green Tea Strawberry, and Ginger Peach black tea.


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New vending technology makes channel a destination

Micro markets emerge as vending channel offshoot
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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Last spring in Lahore, Pakistan, and New Delhi, India, Coca-Cola vending machines connected consumers in the two communities separated by 325 miles and decades of political tension.


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Study reveals changes in grocery store shoppers

Consumers more frequently shopping at multiple stores
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Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Arlington, Va., released its annual “U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends” study in collaboration with the Hartman Group, Bellevue, Wash.


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Report offers tips for future success for grocery retailers

PwC survey calls out new consumer needs when grocery shopping
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PwC, New York, released a new experience radar report titled “Front of the Line: How grocers can get ahead for the future.”


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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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Maintaining beverage dispensing equipment

Iuliana Nita, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics global marketing manager of food and beverage, offers her insights about ensuring sanitary performance of beverage dispensing equipment in foodservice applications. She also will offer some tips about choosing the right kind of tubing to handle acidic beverages.

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