Recent innovation in dispensed-beverage equipment might be the kick the category needs to get back to growth.
Over the past several months, several leading-edge hot, cold and frozen dispensed units have arrived at market to help convenience retailers think bigger in the way of unit and dollar performance.
Sales of dispensed beverages in convenience stores were flat in 2017, according to the NACS State of the Industry Report. Sales of frozen dispensed dropped 0.6% (percent change from a year ago), and gross-profit dollars fell nearly 2%. Hot and cold dispensed beverages were generally flat, with hot dispensed growing dollar sales 0.7%, and cold dispensed up just 0.3%.
Click through to learn about eight dispensed-beverage-equipment innovations with the potential to deliver category operational efficiencies—from energy savings to waste reduction—in support of hot, cold and frozen beverage programs.