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)

New To Flavia – Tomato Soup!

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).

Introducing Mars Drinks Real Milk Froth

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!

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 Season Is Here!

Alterra’s one and only seasonal coffee – Pumpkin Spice – is always a hit with our Flavia customers. And once supplies are sold out, all we can say is: “wait ‘til next year!” Order now using code: ALTPS.


Alterra Pumpkin Spice is sold in self-merchandising kits, meant to sit atop your counter or Flavia Merchandiser as a temporary offering. Each kit contains 16 filterpacks, for a total case count of 80.

Alterra Italian Roast To Replace Espresso Roast

Mars Drinks has re-named their Alterra Espresso Roast product to Alterra Italian Roast (new code: ALTIR). Over the next few days, we will run out of Espresso Roast product in our warehouse and begin shipping product with the new Italian Roast packaging.


The product is exactly the same “Dark and Intense” coffee; this is just a name change.

Enjoy Peet’s Coffee With Your Flavia Brewer!

Mars Drinks is bringing another big-name coffee brand to its Flavia single-cup brewer lineup. You can now order and brew Peet’s filterpacks!

Three different Peet’s coffees are now available for use with your Flavia machine:

  • Colombia Luminosa, described as “mild, sweetly aromatic, and smooth” (code: FPCL)
  • Café Domingo, described as “smooth, balanced, and medium bodied” (code: FPCD)
  • French Roast, described as “intensely bold and smoky” (code: FPFR)

Peet’s is a premium option for our Flavia clients. Peet’s filterpacks come 20 per rail, 80 per case. 

And of course, we continue to offer Peet’s beans and ground coffee for traditional coffee brew systems!

Top-Selling Mars Drinks of 2014

Yesterday we analyzed our 2014 K-Cup sales. Now it’s time to look at our other major single-cup category: Mars Drinks for Flavia brewers.

Tea makes up a much stronger percentage of Mars Drinks sales, at 23.1%. Coffee still accounted for the bulk of the sales, at 69.1%, with Indulgence drinks contributing 7.8%.


The top selling SKU, as usual, was Alterra Colombian, racking up an impressive 12.7% of sales. The rest of the top ten for 2014 are listed below:

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

Mars Drinks and K-Cups On The Rise

Recently, both Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (producer of K-Cups) and Mars Drinks, Inc. (producer of Alterra Coffees and Bright Teas for the Flavia Beverage System) have announced general price increases.  

Click here to read Keurig's price increase announcement.

Click here to read Mars Drinks' price increase announcement.

In response, we will implement the following pricing action:

  • Keurig Green Mountain K-Cups 22/24 count will all be increased by 38 cents per box and $1.52/case of 4 boxes.
  • Mars Drinks pricing will increase 30 cents per rail ($1.50/case of 5 rails and $1.20/case of 4 rails).

By taking full advantage of the manufacturers' "buy-in" price protection, CDC is able to hold off on this price increase until December 5, 2014.  

Are you looking for a more cost effective coffee system that delivers the convenience of brew by pack technology, great taste and affordable pricing?  Please consider our Estate Select Pod coffee.  Contact us for details about our free trial offer.

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!

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!

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!