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7-Eleven® Marches Boldly into Coffee Wars With New BRAZILIAN Brew Convenience Chain Pours It On With Newest Brew

BRAZILIAN Bold Offers Consumers Richer, Coffeehouse-Type Flavor

DALLAS – Coffee-drinkers who prefer stronger, darker brews touted as coffeehouse blends have a new option on the 7-Eleven® hot beverage bar – BRAZILIAN Bold. The new premium blend features select Arabica beans grown in the mountains of Central and South America. Priced at the same retail per cup as all other 7-Eleven hot beverages, the new, robust coffee complements the convenience retailer’s selection of mild to strong blends and offers a value-priced alternative to coffeehouses and donut shops brews.

“In blind taste tests, we found that coffee-drinking consumers really like our Exclusive Blend coffee,” said Paul Pierce, 7-Eleven’s senior director for merchandising. “We also learned that many young coffee-drinkers prefer a strong, rich flavor, so we developed a coffee to fit that flavor profile. Our new BRAZILIAN Bold scored just as high as strong flavors from national competitors in the taste tests we later conducted.” 

As consumers stretch their dollars by switching from name-brand products to private label, mid-level casual restaurants to fast-feeders and giving up their $4-a-day coffeehouse habit, 7-Eleven has positioned itself to be an economical choice. Besides adding BRAZILIAN Bold as a fresh-ground alternative to higher-priced coffees, the company also is rolling out dozens of private-label items under the brand name of 7-SELECT™.

With its Exclusive Blend targeting consumers who prefer a milder coffee and the new BRAZILIAN Bold for those seeking a richer flavor, 7-Eleven rounds out its coffee trifecta with 100-percent Colombian coffee for those who like something in between. Decaffeinated and flavored coffees -- like Hazelnut and French Vanilla -- hot chocolate and cappuccino drinks also continue in popularity. 

“Our customers can create their own personalized hot drinks with no waiting in line to order or for someone else to prepare it, whether they prefer BRAZILIAN Bold straight-up, Colombian with hazelnut syrup and cream, or Exclusive Blend coffee mixed with hot cocoa and topped with cinnamon and mini-marshmallows,” Pierce said. “Best of all, 7-Eleven offers a greater value, at around a dollar a cup – no matter what goes into it – versus typical coffeehouse prices of $3 to $4.”

7-Eleven hot beverage bars feature: five or more varieties of coffee, four flavored syrups (vanilla, caramel, hazelnut and Irish crème), four toppings (cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate and mini-marshmallows), or hot chocolate, flavored cappuccino drinks, Half and Half and flavored creamers (French vanilla, hazelnut and Irish Crème), sugar and artificial sweeteners, and several varieties of teabags to be brewed fresh with hot water. 

Suggested retail price ranges from 99 cents to $1.79, based upon cup size (12 to 24 ounces) and geographic market.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses approximately 7,800 7-Eleven® stores in North America.  Globally, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 35,600 stores in 17 countries.  During 2007, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales of more than $46.6 billion.  Named the #1 Franchise Opportunity for 2008 by Entrepreneur magazine, 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S., and is expanding through organic growth, acquisitions, and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

 
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