With gas prices continuing to plummet to multi-year lows, we are sharing the savings with our clients. Our per-invoice fuel surcharge is now just $0.25, the lowest it has been since our fuel surcharge policy was implemented.
It wasn’t too long ago that reducing the fuel surcharge below $2.00 per invoice seemed like a big deal!
The most recent PADD Data for New England prices our average fuel cost (a weighted mix of gasoline and diesel) at $2.11 per gallon.
Congratulations to Arcadio – CDC’s December 2015 Employee of the Month!
Arcadio, a Route Driver, is in his 10th year with CDC. Some clients on his route have recently reached out to us to express their gratitude for Arcadio’s professionalism and above-and-beyond service. Arcadio is a team player and a pleasure to work with.
With over 37 million filterpacks sold, Mars Drinks represents a major category for CDC. Here’s a look on how those sales break down by category and by SKU.
Alterra coffee made up 67.4% of sales, with Bright Tea contributing 23.3%, Indulgence drinks 7.4%, Peet’s coffee 1.1%, and the new Barista Espresso filterpacks contributing 0.8%.
The far-and-away top-selling SKU was once again Alterra Colombian. Rounding out the top ten for 2015:
Let’s look back at 2015 and analyze our top selling K-Cups.
Once again, 87.9% of our K-Cup sales were coffee, while Tea accounted for only 10.8%, and Indulgence drinks 1.3%.
Green Mountain continues to dominate as the top brand, with 65.3% of sales, though other brands are gaining market share. Starbucks ranked 2nd with 8.3% of sales, followed by Celestial Seasonings, Coffee People, Twinings, and many other smaller brands.
Green Mountain Dark Magic continues to rank as our most popular K-Cup, accounting for 9% of K-Cup sales! The rest of the top ten list for 2015 is below:
- Green Mountain Dark Magic (GMKDM)
- Green Mountain Fair Trade Colombian (GMKS)
- Green Mountain Breakfast Blend (GMKBB)
- Green Mountain French Roast (GMKF)
- Green Mountain Hazelnut (GMKH)
- Green Mountain French Vanilla (GMKFV)
- Coffee People Donut Shop Original (KDONUT)
- Green Mountain Nantucket Blend (GMKNAN)
- Starbucks Café Verona (KSBCV)
- Starbucks Pike Place (KPP)
Introducing Seeds of Change Tomato Soup! It’s delicious, and only 50 calories!
This product is exclusively for offices with Flavia single-cup brewers. That’s right: in addition to coffees, teas, cocoa, and cappuccino, you can now brew a hot cup of soup with your Flavia machine! And unlike some of its competitors, your Flavia drinks brew without coming into contact with the machine at all, eliminating any concerns about clean-up or cross-contamination between brews.
Order using code FLTS. Seeds of Change Tomato Soup is packed in self-merchandising kits designed to sit atop your counter or merchandiser. 14 packets per box; 5 boxes per case (for a total case count of 70 drinks).
Congratulations to Francisco, CDC’s November 2015 Employee of the Month!
Francisco, a Driver’s Helper, is in his 3rd year with CDC.
Attention Flavia users – some changes are coming to the “Fabulous Froth” line of two-pack drinks.
Fabulous Froth Mocha is being discontinued by the manufacturer.
However, Fabulous Froth Original is back and better than ever – with a new name: Real Milk Froth. Reformulated for better taste, use Real Milk Froth Powder in combination with any drink in the Alterra Coffee or Bright Tea lineup to create a delicious cappuccino or latte. And at only 50 calories, it’s a guilt-free office indulgence!
To brew a two-pack drinks with your Flavia machine, first use the Real Milk Froth packet, and then insert your favorite coffee or tea filterpack when prompted. Experimentation and creativity are encouraged!
Congratulations to Eddy – CDC’s October 2015 Employee of the Month!
Eddy, who just completed his first year with CDC, recently transitioned from Driver Helper to Pantry Attendant. In his new role, Eddy spends all of his time at one of our largest and most demanding clients providing pantry service. He is already earning rave reviews for his work ethic, organization, attention to detail, and client interaction – our client told us simply: “get me more Eddy’s!”
The Holiday season is perhaps the most popular, as far as Green Mountain’s seasonal coffees are concerned. Three different holiday coffees are available, all for a limited time!
Good news for K-Cup lovers! We are reducing our sell price on Swiss Miss K-Cups (code KSMC).
We are now pricing Swiss Miss K-Cups the same as the Café Escapes line of cocoas. With Green Mountain’s Café Escapes production currently disrupted, try Swiss Miss as a replacement. Packed 24 per box, 96 per case.
Congratulations to Juan – CDC’s Employee of the Month for September 2015!
Juan, a route driver, is in his 6th year with CDC. He has an enthusiastic and charismatic personality, which our customers love (we know because they keep telling us!). Equally so, CDC management appreciates Juan’s reliability and willingness to help out wherever he is needed.
Alterra Donut Shop Blend has become one of Mars Drinks’ more popular offerings since its 2013 debut. But many clients, especially in our New York market, have a taste for something darker.
Introducing Alterra Donut Shop Dark! The latest “dark and intense” coffee exclusively for the Flavia single-cup brewer.
Order now using code ALTDSD. Donut Shop Dark is priced the same as the rest of the Alterra coffee lineup, and packed 20 per rail, 100 per case. Merchandiser window labels are available upon request.
Technically, New York City instituted a ban on the sale of foam cups, plates, bowls, and containers in July – although we have been in the midst of a six-month grace period with no enforcement. Now, a judge has thrown out the ban entirely.
CDC offers a variety of cups, plates, and bowls – in all sorts of sizes and materials. Whether you are interested in paper, plastic, foam, post-consumer fiber, biodegradable, or something else – consult with our office refreshment experts on the solution that best meets your needs and budget.
Congratulations to Juan – CDC’s Employee of the Month for August 2015.
Juan is about to complete two years of service time with CDC. He is our New Jersey utilityman, handling accounts that require an extra level of pantry service beyond just simple deliveries, and also filling in with whatever special delivery work arises on a given day. His smile is infectious and he is a pleasure to have on our operations team!
The premium Starbucks K-Cup lineup has proved to be very popular since its debut, and now the array of offerings has grown by 50%! Breakfast Blend (medium roast) and French Roast (dark roast) are now available!
Continuing a yearlong trend, we have once again reduced our per-invoice fuel surcharge. Our fuel costs continue to drop, and it is our policy to pass those savings along to our clients.
The latest PADD Data for New England reports an average gasoline price of $2.291/gallon, and an average diesel price of $2.548/gallon -- for an average of $2.42/gallon.
You may have heard… New York is welcoming a very special guest this week. While we are all excited, we also ask that you plan ahead. If you are located in Manhattan, expect a ton of security and congestion towards the end of this week.
We ask that you place your pantry supply orders today or tomorrow – deliveries in many parts of Manhattan this Thursday and Friday may range from difficult to impossible.
Of all the seasonal K-Cups, Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice is far and away the most popular each and every year. We just received our allotment for this Fall, so order your share now before this limited-time treat is sold out for 2015! Order using code: GMKPUMP.
Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice will also be available in 2.2-ounce fractional packs (code: X395), although we have not yet received delivery to our warehouse. We expect to have ground Pumpkin Spice available for sale to our non-Keurig customers within 1-2 weeks.
Green Mountain has announced a SKU change to its K-Cup lineup. The popular Cinnabon brand is coming soon to a Keurig machine near you!
Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll K-Cups (code: GMKCINB) are now available for purchase. This new flavor is priced the same as the standard Green Mountain K-Cup coffees, and packed 24 per box, 96 per case.
Cinnabon K-Cups will replace Donut House Collection Cinnamon Roll K-Cups. We have a limited supply of Donut House Cinnamon Roll K-Cups left in stock – once our currently supply sells out, it will be discontinued.
However, the rest of the Donut House Collection line of K-Cups – Donut House Coffee, Donut House Decaf, and Donut House Chocolate Glazed Donut – will still be available. This SKU change only affects the Cinnamon Roll K-Cups.