6 New Coffee-Bar Developments

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Cold-brew coffees have been basking in the limelight as new, compelling products proliferate each year. The ready-to-drink coffee market in the United States has increased double digits over each of the past five years, much of it recently on the back of cold-brew and iced coffees, according to data firm Beverage Marketing Corp., New York.

The traditional coffee market is looking to keep pace by embarking upon a higher level of innovation across the packaged segment, ranging from whole bean, K-Cup and ground bulk selections.

But traditional java has more than bottled or canned cold brew with which to contend. A growing number of consumers are flocking to on-premise, quick-service retail operations to get their fix of new and exotic blends.
A recent webinar sponsored by London-based Euromonitor International—Coffee in 2018: The New Age of Coffee Everywhere—reinforced this trend, foretelling how global coffee retail shop sales continue to be on an aggressive trajectory to outpace packaged coffee’s growth through 2022.

This cafe channel serves as “the hub of innovation and is becoming a larger part of how consumers discover and purchase coffee,” according to Euromonitor.

“There is a [growing wave] where the boundaries between foodservice and retail, hot and col, become increasingly blurred, with good coffee in demand through every channel,” said Michael Schaefer, global lead of food and beverage for Euromonitor. “This year alone, we’ve seen several deals between packaged coffee brands and coffee shops, from Nestle partnering with Starbucks to Coca-Cola acquiring Costa Coffee.”

“Successful coffee players will combine discovery, experience, long-term purchasing and rapid product innovation, all across a wide range of distribution points,” Schaefer said.

Click through for a glimpse of packaged and bean coffee options for c-store operator consideration.

1. Starbucks

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Last May, Starbucks Corp. formed a global coffee alliance with Nestle S.A. to accelerate and grow the global reach of Starbucks brands for consumer packaged goods (CPG) and foodservice fulfillment. The alliance is intended to transform and expand both the at-home and away-from-home coffee and related categories around the world. Nestle obtained the rights to market, sell and distribute Starbucks, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Starbucks Reserve, Teavana, Starbucks VIA and Torrefazione Italia packaged coffee for all global at-home and away-from-home channels. “With Starbucks, Nescafe and Nespresso. we bring together three iconic brands in the world of coffee,” said Mark Schneider, CEO of Nestle. “Both companies have true passion for outstanding coffee and are proud to be recognized as global leaders for their responsible and sustainable coffee sourcing.”

Photograph courtesy of Starbucks

2. Coca-Cola Co.

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Last August, the Coca-Cola Co. acquired international coffee brand Costa from parent company Whitbread PLC. The $5.1 billion deal, expected to close in the first half of 2019, will significantly boost Coca-Cola’s presence in the fast-growing coffee business, according to President and CEO James Quincey. Costa operates nearly 4,000 coffeehouses in the United Kingdom, China and other markets across the globe. It’s the favorite coffee shop brand in the U.K. thanks to the company’s focus on quality coffee, highly trained baristas and customer loyalty. Its portfolio also includes a coffee vending business, at-home coffee solutions and roastery.

Photograph courtesy of Coca-Cola Co.

3. Red Diamond

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Coffee supplier Red Diamond introduced two holiday limited-time offers late last year. Gingerbread Caramel is a nod to freshly baked gingerbread cookies combined with a lightly sweet caramel flavor. Peppermint Mocha is a rich and smooth coffee with warm chocolate notes and a peppermint finish, the company said

Building off that release, Red Diamond released Estate Coffee blends (medium to dark roast), coffees sourced from around the world. All Red Diamond coffees are selected from 100% Arabica beans and are available in a variety of pack weights for dispensed programs to meet operators’ specific needs. Blends include Gourmet Reserve, Colombian, French Roast, European Roast, Italian Roast, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Highlander Grog, Jamaican Me Crazy and Southern Pecan.


4. Revv

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Revv K-Cup coffee pods from Keurig Dr Pepper is a series of rich and balanced, dark-roasted varieties loaded with the strongest coffee, according to the manufacturer. It comes in No Surrender, a bold and smooth dark roast; Afterburner, a rich and smoky dark roast; and Turbocharger, an extra bold, robust dark roast.

Photograph courtesy of Keurig Dr Pepper

5. JJ Royal

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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, roasted and microground. The series features Cafe Latte, Mocha Latte and Caramel Latte varieties. The pouches have an SRP of 99 cents each.

Photograph courtesy of JJ Royal Coffee

6. Fire Department Coffee

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For classic-coffee lovers, Fire Department Coffee’s Donut Shop medium-roast coffee is ideal for drinking and dunking. The ground or whole bean coffee comes in 14-ounce bags.

Photograph courtesy of Fire Department Coffee