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Foodservice venues serve a side of refreshment

Channel offers low-calorie, indulgent beverages
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The foodservice industry tends to be a leading indicator of how well the economy is going to perform, says Joe Pawlak, vice president of Chicago-based Technomic Inc.


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The next generation of vending machines

Technology, cashless payment options appeal to millennials
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Imagine having the ability to pick up a beverage and examine it without ever touching it. Thanks to next-generation vending machines, this idea of virtual selection is becoming a reality.


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Discount retailers increase their market share

Store openings, growing acceptance contribute to channel success.
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Similar to how fast food restaurants added dollar or value menus in order to entice consumers, the value proposition for discount retailers has helped dollar retail chains gain market share against traditional retail formats.


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Taking a tactical approach to category management

Retailers engage consumers with merchandising strategies
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Similar to how college basketball coaches instituted end-of-game timeouts in order to strategize a “sure-fire” inbounds play during March Madness, retailers and brand owners are calling their own plays when it comes to merchandising. Retailers and brand owners have taken a methodical approach to different merchandising tactics for brands and categories in order to engage consumers and stimulate purchase behavior, experts note.


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Drug stores offer convenience, expertise for consumers

Loyalty and rewards programs keep consumers coming back.
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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For cold and flu season, allergy season and everything in between, drug stores provide consumers with the advice and relief they need for their ailments.


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Alcohol raises the bar in on-premise channels

By Stephanie Cernivec
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 Whether it’s the ambiance, celebrity sightings, exclusivity, cocktails or a combination of all of the above that attract consumers to nightclubs, it’s clear that the “cool factor” is a must-have for success.  


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Supermarkets compete for consumer share

Pre-mixed cocktails post strong growth in supermarkets
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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 By offering a wide variety of items such as food, beverages, health products and more, supermarkets have managed to remain relatively stable in terms of store performance during the last year, experts suggest.  


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Mass merchandisers downsize for urban markets

By Jennifer Haderspeck
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 According to IBISWorld’s July 2012 report, “Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters in the US,” supercenters are one of the fastest-growing industries in the retail sector and have shown consistent growth during the last five years.  


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New standards impact school nutrition

Beverage companies look to meet new guidelines
By Jessica Jacobsen
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For the first time in more than 15 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new standards for school meals, including beverages. 


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High hopes for on-premise

Value offerings, creative drinks bring consumers out
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Although it’s true that “there’s no place like home,” the on-premise segment strives to offer consumers something they cannot get at home, whether it’s the environment, the service or the drinks.
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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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