Philadelphia Soda Tax Upheld by Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The city’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages does not violate state law, the court ruled. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, on July 18, upheld Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on soda and other sweetened beverages in a blow to soda manufacturers. According to a report by, the 4-2 majority opinion found the city of Philadelphia did not […]

7-Eleven Adds ‘Tongue Straws’ for ‘Stick Out Your Tongue Day’

Customers who post tongue straw photos have a chance to win a year of free Slurpee drinks. 7-Eleven is celebrating National Stick Out Your Tongue Day (July 19) with Slurpee tongue straws. Available in four shapes and colors, the exclusive tongue straws are available at participating 7-Eleven stores for a limited time. Suggested retail price […]

Starbucks Plans to Discontinue Use of Plastic Straws by 2020

New recyclable strawless lid and alternative-material straw options to replace plastic straws. Starbucks Coffee Co. plans to eliminate single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 company-operated and licensed stores by making a strawless lid or alternative-material straw options available, around the world. Starbucks, the largest food and beverage retailer to make such a global […]

Six Flavors C Stores Can Safely Add to Summer Frozen Drinks

When making frozen beverages, c-stores can safely take advantage of trendy summer flavors. By Gina (Nicholson) Kramer and Tara Riley Summer is the time for cool eats and festive treats. And, convenience store customers will crave the latest flavor sensations for frozen smoothies and milkshakes as they strive to combat rising temperatures. The best smoothie […]

Seattle Bans Plastic Straws and Utensils at Restaurants

In a move to protect the environment, restaurants are no longer offering plastic straws and utensils. Beginning this July, restaurants in Seattle are banned from offering plastic utensils, straws or cocktail picks to customers. According to Fox News, Seattle is now the first major U.S. city to ban restaurants from giving plastic straws and utensils […]

Energized for Summer with Energy Drinks

C-stores warm up to the growing demand for popular energy drinks by infusing their store selections with top sellers. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor As soon as the temperatures outside signaled the onset of summer, Terry Messmer, sales manager for Tri Star Energy, increased in-store signage promotions for his top-sellers in the energy drink […]

Improving Your Dispensed Program

Retailers say that sales of cold and frozen dispensed beverages are mirroring the growth in convenience foodservice, which in turn is being shaped by consumer preferences. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Just as consumers are looking for more from the food they eat, they’re also looking for more from the beverages they drink. For convenience […]

Customer Demand Grows for Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is becoming a staple product across channels, from c-stores to coffee shops to fast-food restaurants. Cold brew coffee is hitting the mainstream, following on the heels of ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee and ice coffee growth, according to “Office Coffee Service in the U.S.: Market Trends and Opportunities, 3rd Edition,” a report by market […]