Circle K® Southeast Launches GazzuT: First Proprietary Line Of Energy Drinks


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Circle K® Southeast Division, a division of Couche-Tard®, the second largest independent convenience store operator in North America, announces the launch of the company’s first wholly-owned, proprietary energy beverage, GazZu™. 

@@img1 According to Circle K officials, GazZu was developed to respond  to the worldwide energy drink boom and lack of drinks that appeal to both men and women. “To successfully enter the fast growing energy drink segment, we realized that GazZu had to have a unique approach, different from the typical macho look, feel and taste. We wanted broad appeal,” said Russ Kidd, Senior Category Manager – Packaged Beverages for Circle K Southeast.

Developed in conjunction with BooKoo Energy, a leading independent energy drink producer known for innovation and great taste, GazZu offers another differentiating factor in the expected energy drink kick but with an added feature—tasty flavors in regular energy (citrus), cherry and orange-mango.

Through taste and brand profile testing with more than 400 Southeast residents from teenagers to senior citizens, the three chosen GazZu flavors passed with flying colors; cherry and orange-mango likened, respectively, “to long-time favorites cherry popsicles and orange creamsicles.”

“We’re extremely excited to be partnering with a leading convenience store chain like Circle K,” said Dan Lee, president of BooKoo Energy. “The fact that they were so involved in the concept, research, development, marketing and throughout the creation of GazZu reinforces the strength of the partnership between Circle K and BooKoo, and will help to make GazZu a success.”

Packaging also played an important role in product development. The GazZu logo and design combines a high-tech look with a retro feel to appeal to hip energy drink consumers, both male and female. The GazZu tagline, “Give me a G,” provides a call to action and a flavor-customizable slogan. 

For the initial launch, 16 oz. cans of GazZu will be sold exclusively at Circle K stores in the Southeast, Southwest and Midwest United States.  To kick-off the product launch, all Circle K Southeast locations will feature a Buy 1 Get 1 Free promotion on GazZu, kicking off Sept. 5 to continue through the remainder of 2007. Sampling in markets across the country also will be initiated this fall to create buzz around the product.
GazZu will be priced competitively with other front line energy drinks nationwide.  Additional flavors are already under consideration, including a low-carb version.
About Circle K® Southeast

Circle K® Southeast operates more than 366 convenience stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Northern Mississippi. For more than 50 years, Circle K has been one of North America’s most popular and successful operators of convenience stores. Circle K’s mission is to be the best and most convenient place to shop, and work—offering busy consumers a wide variety of quality products and services in a fast, friendly, and clean environment.

Circle K is owned and operated by Alimentation Couche-Tard®, the second largest independent convenience store operator (not integrated with a petroleum company) in North America, and the industry leader in Canada. The company operates more than 4,900 stores, over 3,000 of which sell motor fuel, including Mac’s, Couche-Tard and Circle K locations in three geographic markets (East, Centre and West) across Canada, and five major markets covering 23 American states (Midwest, Southeast, Florida and Gulf Region, Arizona Region and West Coast) in the United States.

About Boo Koo:

Boo Koo develops, produces, markets and distributes alternative beverage category energy drinks under the Boo Koo® brand name. Boo Koo currently sells and distributes its products in 43 states throughout the United States and parts of Canada through its network of regional bottlers and other direct store delivery distributors, including independent Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Cadbury Schweppes, beer and other wholesale distributors. Boo Koo also intends to expand its distribution network through alternative distribution arrangements, including direct delivery. Boo Koo’s products are sold primarily to mainstream convenience and grocery store chains, drug stores, gas stations and other mainstream and discount consumer stores.