Product Close-Up: Dispensed Beverages

New and unique flavors and formats are boosting purchases of hot and cold foodservice beverages. Forty-one percent of consumers said unique flavors are the reason they’re purchasing more cold foodservice beverages at c-stores than they were two years ago, and 36% said the same for hot foodservice beverages, according to the 2019 Thirsting for Innovation Report, conducted by Technomic, the sister research firm of Convenience Store Products.

“Flavor innovation is so big because it combines taste and customization,” says Erin Moore Ruddy, senior manager of consumer insights for Technomic, Chicago. “These are easy things to implement that please consumers.”

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Here are four recent product advancements in dispensed beverage offers.

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Tierra Colombia Cold-Brew Coffee

Lavazza is launching a new cold-brew offering in the United States made from Tierra Colombia, a unique blend with a sweet and smooth taste and rich body, the company says. It will be offered in traditional and nitro cold-brew formats. The nitrogen-infused blend adds a rich, creamy taste and cascading effect, the company says.

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Vita Jolt Vitamin Enhanced Coffee

Ronnoco last year launched Vita Jolt Vitamin Enhanced Coffee, a functional hot beverage that provides a nutritional boost along with healthy energy from natural sources. It is infused with 15 vitamins and minerals, including A, B complex, C, D3 and E. It also contains green tea extract for an extra boost of caffeine without the crash, the company says.

Photograph courtesy of Ronnoco Coffee LLC

Element 7 Nitrogen Generator

The Element 7 NG500 series generator provides on-demand nitrogen without the operational complexity of gas bottles, Gast Manufacturing says. The turnkey, compact solution can be installed in the front or back of house and provides up to 99.8% pure, food-grade nitrogen. It’s powered by a Gast compressor for 10,000 hours or more of operation.

Photograph courtesy of Gast Manufacturing

Infused Beverages

S&D Coffee's Infused Beverages are inspired by agua fresca. The drinks are noncarbonated and caffeine-free and made with real fruit juice, real cane sugar and natural flavors. Eight varieties are available: Black Cherry Citrus, Blackberry Lemonade, Cucumber Lime, Ginger Pear, Mango Lemonade, Orange Passionfruit (with reduced sugar), Papaya Pineapple and Strawberry Watermelon.

Photograph courtesy of S&D Coffee & Tea