Top-Selling Mars Drinks of 2015

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:

  • Alterra Colombian (ALTCO)
  • Alterra French Roast (ALTFR)
  • Alterra Hazelnut (ALTH)
  • Alterra French Vanilla (ALTFV)
  • Alterra House Blend (ALTHB)
  • Bright Tea English Breakfast (BTEB)
  • Dove Hot Chocolate (FLCH)
  • Alterra Morning Roast (ALTMR)
  • Bright Tea Select Green (BTGT)
  • Bright Tea Green Tea With Jasmine (BTGTJ)

Alterra Donut Shop Dark Now Available!

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.

Alterra Pumpkin Spice Is Back In Stock!

It is Pumpkin Spice season for our Flavia customers as well! Back by popular brand for its fourth year, Alterra Pumpkin Spice (ALTPS) is now available for order!

As in previous years, Alterra Pumpkin Spice is being sold in 16-count self-merchandising kits that sit atop your merchandiser or countertop, so you don't need to worry about re-arranging your merchandiser or cutting another coffee from your menu. Pumpkin Spice is sold 5 boxes per case, for the same case price as the rest of the Alterra coffee lineup.

 

Alterra Pumpkin Spice: Sold In 16-Count Self-Merchandising Kits

 

Don't forget to try a simple and delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte, utilizing a Fabulous Froth Original packet and your brewer's two-pack drink brewing option!

Explore Flavia single-cup brewers for yourself, or contact us today to learn more from one of our office refreshement experts!

Introducing Flavia Iced Coffees And Teas

Just in time for Summer, Mars Drinks has unveiled a new addition to its growing seasonal category: Iced Drinks!

 

Get All Three "Over Ice" Drinks In One Kit!

 

These drinks are conveniently packed in a self-merchandising variety kit that sits atop your existing merchandiser -- no need to eliminate an offering to add this to your lineup of coffees and teas. Each kit contains:

  • 12 Iced Vanilla Coffee freshpacks
  • 6 Iced Sweet Peach Tea freshpacks
  • 6 Iced Sweet Tea freshpacks

Three 24-count kits make up each 72-count case. Cases are priced consistently with Alterra coffee cases, for ease of ordering. Use CDC product code FLICE to order.

 
 

It is recommended that you brew these drinks using your Flavia brewer's "regular" setting, and then pour the contents over a 16-ounce cup of ice.

Price Reduction: Alterra Steel Horse Coffee

Exciting news for customers with Flavia Brewers -- we are announcing a major price reduction on Alterra Steel Horse coffee, aligning the case price with the rest of the Alterra lineup!

 

Steel Horse Packed 16 Per Box, 5 Boxes Per Case

 

Steel Horse debuted in 2013 with much fanfare -- but also some sticker shock. Unique to the market, this "coffee with flavanols" boasts health benefits:

Steel Horse Coffee is the first and only hot drink powered simply by two ingredients - pure, robust coffee and 150mg of circulation-supporting cocoa flavanols. This office-focused innovation powers demanding workdays, providing a stronger, better-built cup of coffee.

Order using product code ALTSH and try incorporating this coffee into your lineup of offerings, for the same case price as your other Alterra coffees. Note that Steel Horse is still packed 16 packets per box, and 80 packets per case (rather than 100 per case).

 

Offer Steel Horse Alongside The Rest of the Mars Drinks Lineup

 

Explore our website to learn more about single-cup Flavia brewers and Alterra coffee. Contact us for more information or to arrange a free trial!

What Were 2013's Top Selling Mars Drinks?

We sold over 41 million coffee, tea, and indulgence drink packets for the Flavia single-cup brew system in 2013! Coffees made up 69.1% of our Mars Drinks sales, teas made up 22.9% of sales, and indulgence drinks made up 8% of sales.

Alterra Colombia remains by far the most popular option, accounting for 13.6% of Mars Drinks sales.

 
 

2013 Top Ten Selling Alterra Coffees and Bright Teas For Flavia Brewers:

  • Alterra Coffee Colombia
  • Alterra Coffee French Roast
  • Alterra Coffee Hazelnut
  • Alterra Coffee House Blend
  • Alterra Coffee Espresso Roast
  • Alterra Coffee French Vanilla
  • Alterra Coffee Morning Roast
  • Bright Tea English Breakfast
  • Flavia Dove Hot Chocolate
  • Bright Tea Select Green

For more information, visit our Alterra Coffee page or our Bright Tea page. Ask us about a Flavia brewer free trial!

Enjoy Pumpkin Spice Season While It Lasts

Both Alterra Pumpkin Spice and Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice are currently in stock, but be warned -- the season only lasts for another month or so! Pumpkin Spice is by far our most popular seasonal coffee each and every year -- 2013 is no exception! These coffees are flying out of our warehouse, and will only be available as supplies last.

Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice is available in K-Cups (GMKPUMP) and 2.2 oz fractional packs (X395).

 

Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice Seasonal Coffee

 

Alterra Pumpkin spice (for Flavia single-cup brewers) is available in 16-count display kits or 80-count cases (ALTPS).

 

Alterra Pumpkin Spice Self-Merchandising Kits

 

Follow these links to learn more about Green Mountain seasonal coffees or the Flavia single-cup brew system. CDC distributes to offices throughout the New York metropolitan area -- contact us today to learn more!

Fabulous Froth Replaces Flavia Cappuccino Swirl

Starting with today's orders, Alterra Fabulous Froth Original will replace Flavia Cappuccino Swirl on all orders. Flavia Cappuccino Swirl has been discontinued by Mars Drinks.

 
 

Fabulous Froth Original works in the same manner as Cappuccino Swirl, as the first step in a "two-pack drink" option with your Flavia C400, Flavia C200, or Flavia C150 single-cup brewer. Select the Cappuccino or Latte option on your machine, brew your Fabulous Froth pack first, then insert your coffee or tea filterpack of choice when prompted. After just about a minute of total brew time, you will be enjoying a fresh indulgent drink, made right in your office, and requiring no expertise or clean-up.

 

Fabulous Froth Filterpack

 

Fabulous Froth Original is packed 18 per rail, or 72 rails per case. Rail and case prices are the same as Cappuccino Swirl.

Note: Fabulous Froth Original is not meant to be brewed as a stand-alone beverage.

Flavia Milky Way Swirl will also be transitioning to a new product (Fabulous Froth Mocha) in about a week. Stay tuned for more information.

Flavia brewers are the preferred office coffee solution. Contact us to learn more about bringing this system to your office!

New: Alterra Donut Shop Blend For Flavia

Attention, Flavia users! We are excited to introduce a brand new Alterra coffee that we expect to become an instant favorite: Donut Shop Blend!

Grab a cup of this delightful coffee and enjoy the balanced notes of caramel, berry, and honey. A classic, reinterpreted!

Order Donut Shop Blend using product code ALTDON. It is available by rail of 20 packets or case of 100 packets. Donut Shop Blend fits into Alterra's "Medium and Balanced" category.

 

Alterra Donut Shop Blend Coffee

 

Interested in getting a Flavia brewer for your office? Contact us today for a free trial!

Alterra Artisan Roast Is Back!

Alterra Artisan Roast is back! Our CEO's favorite coffee out of Mars Drinks' robust lineup of offerings!

 
 

After an absence of well over a year, Artisan Roast has made its long-awaited return and is currently in stock and ready to ship! Artisan Roast, with a new and improved recipe, now fits into Alterra's "Medium and Bright" category.

Our passionate roasters crafted this special blend, medium roasted to enhance the fruity character of the beans with distinctive bright notes.

Order Artisan Roast using code ALTAR. It comes packed 20 packets per rail or 100 packets per case, and is priced the same as the rest of the Alterra Coffee lineup.

Click to learn more about the Flavia brew system, or contact us today!

Video Demo: Flavia C150 How To Brew

The Flavia C150 is the newest single-cup coffee brewer from Mars Drinks. It brews the full range of Alterra Coffees, Bright Teas, and two-pack indulgence drinks, quickly and easily. Check out the below videos, courtesy of Mars Drinks, to see for yourself! 

UPDATE: In April, 2014, Mars drinks released an updated "How To Brew" video:

 
 

Visit our machine spec page to learn more about the Flavia C150 brewer and see additional photos.

Contact us today! Coffee Distributing Corp. is the largest Flavia distributor in the New York tri-state area. Ask us about a free trial for your office!

What Were 2012's Top Selling Mars Drinks?

In 2012, the Flavia single-cup brew system remained our most popular office coffee solution. Coffees made up 69.5% of our Mars Drinks sales, teas made of 22.7% of sales, and indulgence drinks made up 7.8% of sales. Alterra Colombia remained far-and-away our top seller.

 
 

2012 Top Ten Selling Alterra Coffees and Bright Teas For Flavia Brewers:

  • Alterra Coffee Colombia
  • Alterra Coffee House Blend
  • Alterra Coffee French Roast
  • Alterra Coffee Hazelnut
  • Alterra Coffee French Vanilla
  • Alterra Coffee Espresso Roast
  • Alterra Coffee Morning Roast
  • Bright Tea English Breakfast
  • Alterra Coffee House Blend Decaf
  • Flavia Dove Hot Chocolate

Related: Flash back to 2011's top Mars Drinks.

For complete lists of available products, visit our Alterra Coffee page or our Bright Tea page. Ask us about a Flavia brewer free trial!

New Seasonal Coffee: Alterra Gingerbread

The newest seasonal coffee for your Flavia single-cup coffee brewer is Alterra Gingerbread. Order now while limited supplies last, using code ALTGB.

Just like Alterra's first seasonal coffee, Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread is sold in self-merchandising kits, so that you do not need to make a permanent change to your merchandiser for a temporary product. The 16-count box of loose packets sits easily atop the merchandiser or on a table-top next to your brewer. 5 boxes make up a case.

 

Alterra Seasonal Gingerbread Coffee

 

First-come, first-served! Order now or wait until next Fall!

Also note that seasonal Alterra Pumpkin Spice is still available as well, using code ALTPS. Click to see the entire lineup of Alterra coffees.

Flavia filterpacks are made exclusively for a Flavia single-cup brewer. Don't yet have Flavia in your office? Ask us for a free trial!

Alterra Kenya Discontinued

Mars Drinks has discontinued production of Alterra Kenya coffee, and last night we sold out of our remaining supply. Of the entire line of Alterra Coffees and Bright Teas for the Flavia single-cup office coffee brewer, Kenya was our slowest seller.

From the same "Medium and Bright" category, Alterra Ethiopia is the suggested replacement for Kenya.

 

Alterra Medium and Bright Coffee Category

 

Don't yet have Flavia in your office? CDC is the largest distributor in the New York Metro area -- ask about a free trial!

Seasonal Alterra Pumpkin Spice Is Back!

The first seasonal coffee for the Flavia single-coffee system was such a hit last year that Mars Drinks has brought it back for a second second straight Fall season. Welcome back Alterra Pumpkin Spice! Since this limited-production seasonal coffee is so popular with our customers, CDC has reserved as much allocation as we could get our hands on. Our first shipment arrived yesterday and Alterra Pumpkin Spice (code: ALTPS) is officially for sale once again.

 

Alterra Pumpkin Spice On Flavia Merchandiser

 

Just as last year, Pumpkin Spice is being sold in self-merchandising kits, rather than on rails like other Alterra Coffees and Bright Teas. The advantage of this arrangement is that you don’t have to make room in your merchandiser for a temporary item. The self-merchandising Pumpkin Spice box, full of loose packets, sits easily atop the merchandiser or on a table-top next to your brewer.

If your brewer has two-pack functionality, Mars Drinks highly recommends using the cappuccino button to brew a Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino (a Pumpkin Spice filterpack plus a Cappuccino Swirl filterpack).

 

Alterra Pumpkin Spice Announcement Flyer

 

First-come, first-served! Once our allocation is all used up, you will have to wait until next year to get more!

Kits contain 16 packets each, with 80 drinks to a case. Remember, Flavia filterpacks can only be used with a Flavia single-cup brewer. Don't yet have Flavia in your office? Ask us for a free trial!

Alterra Kona Blend Temporarily Unavailable

Kona coffee, grown exclusively in Hawaii, has always been known as one of the world's more expensive coffees (that's why you will often see Kona advertised as a "blend" with Colombian and/or Brazilian beans, rather than 100% pure Kona). Since 2010, the price of Kona has risen even further due to a supply shock -- a beetle infestation that has wreaked havoc on Hawaiian farmers' coffee crops. As a result, Green Mountain discontinued its Kona K-Cup well over a year ago, early in 2011.

Now, production of Alterra Kona Blend is being halted as well. There is no word on if or when Kona coffee will once again be available for the Flavia single-cup brew system.

 

Alterra Kona Blend Coffee

 

As a substitute, Mars Drinks recommends Colombia or Foundry Blend, two other options from the "Medium and Balanced" coffee category. Visit our Alterra coffee page to view the full lineup of available coffees. Please contact us if you need help changing over your merchandiser once you use up your remaining supply of Kona Blend and you are ready to switch the drawer to a new coffee.

Don't yet have Flavia in your office? CDC is the largest distributor in the New York Metro area -- ask us about a free trial!

Video Demo: Flavia C200 How To Brew

The Flavia C200 single-cup coffee machine can be used to brew Mars Drinks' entire line of coffees, teas, and more exotic "2-pack" indulgence drinks. Check out the short video clips below, courtesy of Mars Drinks, to learn how easy it is to brew the full range of options. 

UPDATE: In April 2014, Mars Drinks released the below updated "How To Brew" video:

Your Flavia merchandiser can support every Alterra Coffee and Bright Tea option, as well as all of the two-pack drink combinations you see above (plus many more -- experimentation is encouraged!). Contact us today to add more drinks to your merchandiser -- ask us about "split drawers" to maximize variety without taking up all of your counter space!

Visit our machine spec page to learn more about the Flavia C200 brewer and see additional specs and photos.

Interested in what you see? Coffee Distributing Corp. is the largest Flavia distributor in the New York tri-state area -- contact us to learn more or inquire about a free trial!

Video Demo: Flavia C400 How To Brew

The Flavia C400 single-cup coffee machine can be used to brew a tremendous variety of fresh, interesting beverages in under a minute. Check out the short video clips below, courtesy of Mars Drinks, to see quick demos of both simple and more exotic brew options. Two-pack drink capability gives Flavia a huge leg-up on competing office coffee systems -- learn how easy it is to take advantage of this feature! 

UPDATE: In April 2014, Mars Drinks released this updated "How To Brew" video:

Best of all, there is virtually no limit to the variety that you can offer. One Flavia merchandiser can support every Alterra Coffee and Bright Tea option, as well as all of the two-pack drink combinations you see above (plus many more -- creativity is encouraged!). Contact us today to add more drinks to your merchandiser (ask us about "split drawers" for maximum variety) or for help activating two-pack drinks if the feature may have been previously disabled on your brewer!

Visit our machine spec page to learn more about the Flavia C400 brewer and see additional photos.

Interested in what you see? Coffee Distributing Corp. is the largest Flavia distributor in the New York tri-state area -- contact us to learn more or inquire about a free trial!

New Flavia C150 Office Coffee Brewer

We are very excited to unveil the newest addition to Flavia's single-cup brewer lineup -- the C150. The C150 is a small-office brewer. For larger offices with heavier usage, the C400 brewer is still the best single-cup option.

The C150 is a pour-over brewer with a small footprint (it measures 14.4" high x 9.1" wide x 13.5" deep). The water tank actually detaches, to make refilling neat and easy. The brew head is vertically-adjustable to accommodate different sizes of cups or mugs. It can brew the entire range of Mars Drinks, including Alterra Coffee, Bright Tea, and two-pack drinks such as cappuccino.

 
 

Flavia C150 Office Brewer

 

How is the C150 different from the Flavia C200 brewer?

The C150 is smaller, lighter, and slightly less expensive than the C200, Flavia's mid-size office coffee brewer. Both models can brew the entire range of Mars Drinks, and neither features auto-eject of spent packets (unique to the C400 model). One key advantage of the C200 is that it can be plumbed-in to a water line or be used as a pour-over machine. The C150 strictly operates as a pour-over brewer.

How is the C150 different from the Flavia SB100 brewer?

Flavia's previous small office brewer was the SB100. The C150 takes its place with several upgrades. The biggest change is that the C150 can brew two-pack drinks. The C150's removable water tank and adjustable brew head are two smaller improvements that users of the SB100 will appreciate greatly.

Interested in bringing single cup coffee to your workplace? Contact us to inquire about a free trial!

Flavia In Fortune Magazine's Best Places To Work

Congratulations to our friends at Mars Drinks on their prominent placement in Fortune Magazine's February issue -- the much-anticipated "Best Places To Work" edition. Mars Drinks -- parent of Flavia single-cup brewers, Alterra Coffee, and Bright Tea -- has an ad touting the integral role its products play in making for a great workplace. We agree, and so do many of the top companies featured in Fortune's rankings.

 

Mars Fortune Magazine Ad

 

Unlike many other coffee companies, Mars Drinks focuses exclusively on the office environment. Flavia brewers are not sold retail or marketed for use in the home.

This unique approach yields multiple benefits to the end user. All of the manufacturer's efforts are spent designing rugged equipment that can withstand vigorous commercial use. Equally important, purchasing managers who choose Flavia as their office refreshments solution can offer a top-quality perk that employees will love, without worrying that visitors to their breakroom will be tempted to bring some of the great offerings home for personal use, which can escalate the cost of competing systems.

 

Flavia Ad In Fortune Magazine

 

CDC is proud to be one of the largest Mars Drinks distributors in the country -- by far the largest in the New York - New Jersey - Connecticut region. We weren't surprised to learn that so many of the "top places to work" have Flavia brewers -- we've been delivering Mars Drinks to many of the most prominent law firms, financial companies, and other organizations both large and small, throughout the New York City area for well over a decade.

If you don't yet have a Flavia brewer in your office, ask us about a Free Trial!