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Urnex Brands launches Keurig cleaning solution

BY Ryan Chavis

ELMSFORD, N.Y. — Urnex Brands announced CleanCup Single Cup Brewer cleaning cups, a solution for Keurig owners looking to give their at-home brewing machines a thorough scrubdown.

The cleaning cups brew just like a regular K-Cup, remove residue from the machine's exit needle and also help to extend the life of the machine, according to the company.

"The key to great-tasting coffee lies with a clean machine," said Joshua Dick, president of Urnex Brands. "With the recent increase in coffee prices around the world, we want to do everything we can to help people make every cup taste its best. Seventy-two percent of coffee is prepared at home with an increasing number of Americans using single cup brewers*. While we make products for all types of machines, we really wanted to provide a cleaning solution for the Keurig K-Cup Brewer — now we have."

CleanCup is available at various retailers, including Amazon.com, Bed Bath and Beyond and Walmart Canada.

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Cafe Bustelo launches line of K-Cups

BY Ryan Chavis

 

ORRVILLE, Ohio — Cafe Bustelo, a brand from J.M. Smucker Co., announced a partnership with Keurig Green Mountain to produce Cafe Bustelo K-Cup packs, which are now available in grocery stores.

"With a rich heritage dating back to the 1930s, Cafe Bustelo has a family tradition of creating irresistible and aromatic espresso ground coffee in the traditional Hispanic style," said Maribeth Burns, VP corporate communications, the J.M. Smucker Co. "The Bustelo family believed the best coffee is achieved through quality beans and roasting perfection. We are thrilled to partner with Keurig to deliver the rich and full-bodied taste of Cafe Bustelo in convenient K-Cup packs."

Consumers can choose from Espresso style and 100% Colombian coffee, providing an authentic experience in a convenient single-serve pod.

"Cafe Bustelo is a classic brand and a favorite among coffee lovers, so we're happy to be able to share it with Keurig fans in a quick, convenient and fresh K-Cup pack," said John Whoriskey, president, U.S. sales and marketing of Keurig. "To be able to deliver an authentic-tasting cafecito-style beverage at the push of a button is an experience we know our consumers have been looking for, and we're confident they'll enjoy brewing a fresh cup of Cafe Bustelo coffee with their Keurig system."

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ShopKo launches fashion blog

BY Antoinette Alexander

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko launched on Thursday its new fashion blog, TREND.spire, which takes current looks for women, all available at Shopko and shopko.com, and illustrates how to pull everything together.

The fashion blog at trendspire.shopko.com is updated weekly and a video, with a sneak peek of just some of the outfits, can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECeELiZU2W4. Even more inspiration and information will be on Shopko's Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram pages.  

In stores, merchandise is grouped to create an easy shopping experience. Overhead signs show complete ensembles, and shoppers can take an in-store handout for reference.

"Women want to feel confident in their fashion choices and get a great value at the same time. We're thrilled to introduce TREND.spire as a way to provide styling inspiration using the on-trend merchandise Shopko carries," said Jill Soltau, president and CMO. "Fashion is an attitude, not an age, and we're proud of the relevant merchandise we offer our customers. Both new and long-time customers will be thrilled with the variety of on-trend looks available at Shopko and will appreciate a little guidance to pull her perfect look together. All at a great value that our customers expect from Shopko."

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