View Full Version : Best Iced Tea and Glass bottled gourmet soda to Distribute in NY?

JP QuikServ Drinks
01-22-2006, 01:23 AM
i'm just curious, im beginning my spring "friggin blitz the retailer from all angles to suck every last damn nickel out of the owner" program, and i have a few drinks that im a bit wishy washy about, so to speak.

does anyone have an innovative idea in regards to a great selling, resonably cheap under the radar product that is either an iced tea or soda?

JP QuikServ Drinks
01-22-2006, 01:24 AM
in hindsight, perhaps the topic title was a bit too long to arouse interest. how bout "best tea and gourmet soda found"?

01-22-2006, 04:10 AM
Keep in mind there are very few industry professionals on this board.

JP QuikServ Drinks
01-22-2006, 10:38 PM
yeah im finding that out the hard way. that sucks.

01-23-2006, 10:18 AM

With so many out there it raelly depends on who gives you the best pricing, freight and support. I would stick to an all natural or gourmet line. It at least gives you an advantage over Coke/Pepsi and the junk brands.

JP QuikServ Drinks
01-24-2006, 01:25 AM
i love the idea, unfortunately with my luck allegedly, if i push the price button customers want quality, and if i push the quality button, well you get the idea....

01-25-2006, 09:28 AM
I don't know if it is available or priced right for you, but Sweetleaf Tea is great.

01-25-2006, 10:21 AM
lipton is best :D

Mr Zabe
01-25-2006, 11:32 AM
New Leaf Teas (http://www.drinknewleaf.com/)

I just tried four of the New Leaf 100% Natural Teas sweetened with cain juice. The taste of each flavor(Green Tea with Plum,White Tea with Honeydew Melon,White Tea with Strawberry and White Tea with Tangerine)had the most perfect blend of smooth sweetness balanced with flavors that bathed my pallet.

This tea beverage is above and beyond any produced by the Big Three. The cain juice used in this beverage is extraordinary. No question,this is a very special tea beverage.

JP QuikServ Drinks
01-26-2006, 01:52 PM
its funny you should mention that, mr zabe, the owner/distributor of that drink and i have been trying to meet up do discuss distribution rights it seems like for the past month now! where have you seen it? have you talked to the retailer in terms of how well it sells? whats the wholesale cost of it?

as for you mr boodoo, tell me about sweetleaf please.

Mr Zabe
01-26-2006, 02:02 PM
Whole Foods in the Chicago suburbs and metro areas. I did not speak with the stores management or stocking clerks. I do not recall the exact price, it could have been in the $1.50 to $1.95 per bottle. I will say that this tea at least IMO was well worth the retail price charged.

The extraordinary high quality and wonderful taste were of the highest standard. This product should sell itself once people give it a try.

01-26-2006, 04:35 PM
Sweetleaf Tea is privately owned and operated by the founders in Austin, TX. The have a great success story. Check out their website and contact Clayton or David. They and their products are as good as they come. I have no dog in the hunt.

[ 01-27-2006, 12:29 PM: Message edited by: boodoo ]

the saint
01-26-2006, 09:18 PM
I tried that brand a year or so ago while passing thru Austin on the way to San Antonio. It is good stuff. I agree with boodoo it is good stuff probably the best I have had.

reset man
01-27-2006, 09:40 PM
I've sold Snapple, Arizona and Mistic. I've sampled Tradewinds, Sweet Leaf and New Leaf. The best I've ever had though is a brand called T42 http://www.mediatropics.com/drinkt42/t42_index.html It's not overwhelmed with sugar, just the right touch. Earl Grey and Green Tea w/honey & lemon are my favotites.

reset man
01-27-2006, 09:43 PM
For a premium soda I've sampled every flavor of Hank's http://www.hanks-rootbeer.com/ and they were all great!!

JP QuikServ Drinks
01-29-2006, 12:52 AM
i dont really like hanks.

reset man
01-29-2006, 10:37 PM
Have you tried Cool Mountain http://www.coolmountain.com/

01-29-2006, 10:58 PM
sprecher sodas.

01-29-2006, 11:29 PM
Nestea Raspberry... OMG! that one has an awesome flavor!

01-31-2006, 11:53 AM
I'd like to talk to you about new product opps in your NY/LI market- especially Orange Moon drink. Give me a call at 203-417-1638, thanks Mike

JP QuikServ Drinks
01-31-2006, 01:19 PM
orange, please email me to discuss.


01-31-2006, 08:49 PM
I love Sweet Leaf and New Leaf Teas. The guys that run those companies are top-notch.

Inko. smile.gif

02-01-2006, 04:00 PM
are there any online shops which deliver overseas?

JP QuikServ Drinks
02-02-2006, 07:37 PM
das_, if by chance you are interested in nassau county NY, i could help you.

kbw guy
02-15-2006, 02:54 PM
Try Kutztown Sodas! check them out.
web page (http://www.kutztownbottlingworks.com)

JP QuikServ Drinks
02-16-2006, 02:08 PM
kutz looks pretty good, would you say price is better then, less then, or equal to it's competitors?

02-16-2006, 07:46 PM
Have you ever tried honest tea … it’s pricy but I think it’s very high quality. But JP you are ever so correct when you say hit em with cheep and they want quality … go with quality they want cheep… you just want to smack them some times…
I think white rock has picked up Olde Brooklyn soda. You would do well in your market with it.

02-16-2006, 09:39 PM
I agree. Honest Tea is FANTASTIC.

02-16-2006, 11:07 PM
Honest tea is fantastic, and my wife loves it too. So if JP is looking for a drink to appeal to woman I think honest tea will do nicely. But the high price will keep it out of many c-stores. Maybe as a small distributor you are better off going with high end products and serving fewer more affluent clientele. How many cases of cheep crap does one need to drop to earn what you might make on a few cases of high priced high quality product?
You may sell less product but may earn more money and break your back less.

Just a thought…. Or I could just be ranting……..

JP QuikServ Drinks
02-21-2006, 09:57 PM
i am into different markets, some ghetto stores, some really nice areas. honest tea has a good name that i am aware of. how expensive is expensive? to me, it doesn't matter what kinda drink it is. if it sells, i will sell it where it sells. i wouldnt bring a red bull ripoff to a higher class area, and i woudlnt bring honest tea to Hempstead (if anyone knows Long Island)!

02-23-2006, 05:36 PM
Inko's is in alot of what you call "ghetto" stores (I hate terms like that) because I personally put it there. And guess what, some stores reorder. Why?

Because man, you have to not listen to the old way of doing business, or listen to the old way of doing business and do the opposite.

Sure, I heard, "That [stuff] won't sell in here." So, I give them a free case and some start selling.

Freakin HFCS is everywhere but is absolutely institutionalized in lower income nabes...kinda like malt liquer.

Hmmm. Makes you think and makes me want to throw up.

03-09-2006, 09:07 AM
Tradewinds Tea!

03-09-2006, 09:33 AM
Originally posted by killjimmy:
Tradewinds Tea! Trade winds is really cheep crap. Needless to say it does very well in the ghetto.

kbw guy
03-16-2006, 03:19 PM
Kutztown sodas are comparably priced to it's competition.

03-17-2006, 03:48 PM
Tradewinds tea is great, it's all over the place here and I don't live in the ghetto, but a suburb of Indianapolis....it seems to do quite well.

JP QuikServ Drinks
03-22-2006, 09:44 PM
send me a sample of tradewinds, or maybe you can email me with information on it?