8 Winning Convenience-Store Coffee Products

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In the past five years, coffee buying has increased by almost $1 billion, according to Nielsen research, with much of that increase occurring between 2014 and 2015. Fall and winter months no doubt help stabilize that growth.

Compared to the slight decline in dry coffee sales (-0.8% in dollar sales) over the past year, liquid coffee sales continue to rise. Nielsen didn’t see double-digit growth between 2016 and 2017 like it saw the previous three years, “but few brands would balk at dollar-sales growth of almost 9%,” according to the Nielsen summary.  

With the fall season upon us, Nielsen analysts said they’d be remiss if it didn’t "delve into the world of pumpkin-flavored coffee in addition to the general roast arena. And with many things pumpkin, Americans are steadily increasing their consumption of dry and liquid coffee options inspired by the orange gourd.”

Sales of pumpkin-flavored liquid coffees are strong, growing from just less than $400,000 in mid-2013 to more than $13 million in the year ending July 29, 2017, Nielsen research revealed. “Dry coffee inspired by (pumpkin flavoring), however, still dwarfed the liquid varieties, generating $36.6 million in sales for the most recent year.”

Click through to view eight recently launched varieties that can help propel any operator’s dispensed or dry coffee departments.
 

Blue Bottle Coffee

Blue Bottle Coffee

Nestle’s recent majority stake in Oakland, Calif.-based Blue Bottle Coffee allows the global diversified supplier to expand beyond coffee for at-home consumption and into premium coffee shops. Nestle plans to help Blue Bottle grow to more locations aimed at appealing to the coffee-shop-loving millennial demographic, according to news reports. 

Stok Cold Brew

Cold-brew coffee has evolved into one of the most popular specialty coffee beverages, as a growing number of consumers have increased cold-brew coffee purchases in the past two years. New Stok Cold-Brew Bulk Dispensers offer operators the premium, smooth flavor of cold-brew coffee in a convenient format. It’s available in Smooth Vanilla and Unsweetened Black varieties. 

 

Red Diamond

Red Diamond Pumpkin Harvest Coffee

Red Diamond rolled out limited-time Pumpkin Harvest Coffee for foodservice. The fall blend is 100% Arabica coffee with notes of pumpkin-pie flavor. The coffee comes in 2.5-ounce fractional packs. Point-of-sale materials are also available. Sales of pumpkin-themed products are growing at a slower pace than in previous years, with the exception of pumpkin-flavored liquid coffee (sales up 596% in 2017), according to Nielsen. In some instances, pumpkin has met its match with maple flavoring across several food and beverage categories. It’s undocumented how many coffee varieties are infused with maple.  

Community Coffee Co.

Community Coffee Co.

Cold Brew Coffee is Community Coffee Co.’s latest brew-at-home offering. The blend, made of 100% select Arabica beans, is specially formulated for the cold-brew process. Each carton comes with two cold-brew pouches and a pair of filter bags. Two filter bags can make a pitcher of coffee.

Bomb Coffee

Bomb Coffee

Bomb Coffee’s four creators set out on a joint mission to develop the world’s strongest coffee. Using only naturally grown robusta beans, Bomb Coffee delivers twice as much caffeine, on average, than a typical cup of coffee without compromising on flavor, the company says. It is available in a bagged, ground and whole-bean formulation, as well as cups for use in Keurig machines.

Keurig

Keurig

Keurig is offering its seasonal flavors in fractional packs. The coffee is premeasured, helping operators serve Keurig’s coffee with consistent quality. Fall flavor selections include Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice. 

JJ Royal Coffee

JJ Royal Coffee

JJ Royal Coffee introduced a series of ready-to-brew lattes in single-serve pouches. The lattes are made with 100% natural, grade 1 Arabica coffee that is roasted and microground. The series features Cafe Latte, Mocha Latte and Caramel Latte varieties. The pouches are available for an SRP of 99 cents each.  

Coffee-Mate

Coffee-Mate

Coffee-Mate added Salted Caramel Chocolate and Irish Creme flavors to its line of 1.5-liter liquid creamer pump bottles