7-Eleven® Adds Single-Origin Coffee from Mexico

Sustainable Coffee from Chiapas Region Carries the Rainforest Alliance 'Certified™ Seal

IRVING, Texas - April 4, 2017 // PRNewswire // - 7-Eleven, Inc. has introduced its second single-origin coffee, this time from the Chiapas growing region of Mexico. Rainforest Alliance Certified™, the new premium, sustainable coffee is available exclusively at participating 7-Eleven® stores. The world's largest convenience retailer introduced its first single-origin coffee, sourced from Nicaragua, last fall.

This single-origin coffee from Chiapas is made exclusively from beans harvested in the mountainous highlands of southern Mexico, an area known for its dense rain forests and ancient Mayan ruins. Notes of cocoa balance the full-bodied, dark roast, which has a smooth, clean finish.

7-Eleven coffee drinkers' taste preferences continue to shift toward darker, richer flavors. With 100 percent Colombian coffee experiencing the fastest growth in its hot beverage lineup, the retailer introduced the darker roast, single-origin coffee from Nicaragua last fall. The new Mexican single-origin coffee is bolder still, with roast levels falling between the Colombian and Brazilian Bold flavors giving our customers more of a selection in the flavor profiles that they like.

"Colombia, Brazil, Nicaragua and now Mexico... these dark roast coffees sourced in Latin America are some of the most popular with 7-Eleven coffee-lovers," said Nancy Smith, 7-Eleven senior vice president of fresh food and proprietary beverage merchandising. "When we began our sustainable coffee program, we naturally looked for robust flavor profiles that they would love to drink even more, knowing that doing so had minimal impact on the environment. Working with the Rainforest Alliance gives us assurances that we, as a company, are helping to foster sustainable farming practices that protect natural resources."

For 30 years, the Rainforest Alliance has sought to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Carrying the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal with the little green frog means the 100 percent Arabica beans for 7-Eleven stores' new coffee are sourced from coffee growers whose farms are required to meet strict standards designed to protect the environment, conserve wildlife and promote the well-being of local communities.

"The Rainforest Alliance is proud to be working with 7-Eleven, a company that understands the value of sustainably sourced coffee and shares our belief that everyday actions add up to meaningful impact," said Alex Morgan, Rainforest Alliance global director of Markets Transformation.

All 7-Eleven coffee varieties, flavors and blends are exclusive, with roasting levels and specifications developed exclusively for the retailer. The global convenience store chain is the fourth largest coffee retailer in the U.S.

In 2016, 7-Eleven began working with Conservation International (CI) to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals to reduce its environmental footprint. 7-Eleven's CSR mission has three focus areas – planet, products and people. The retailer also joined CI's Business and Sustainability Council, a forum for corporate leaders taking positive environmental actions in their businesses, to explore mutually beneficial ways to further reduce its environmental impact.

As part of its CSR objectives, 7-Eleven will continue to seek out responsibly sourced coffees and other products and packaging with less environmental impact.

Like all its proprietary beverages sold in a cup, the new single-origin coffee qualifies for 7Rewards®, 7-Eleven's customer loyalty program. Through its mobile app, 7Rewards customers earn a free any-size drink after the purchase of six beverages such as coffee, Chillers® Iced Coffee, or Big Gulp® and Slurpee® drinks. The 7-Eleven app is available for download in Google Play and the App store.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.

7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven® operates, franchises or licenses more than 62,000 stores in 17 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7-Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7-Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7-Eleven for payment services, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7-Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization, and growing network of people who are inspired and committed to working together to achieve our mission of conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, the Rainforest Alliance aims to rebalance the planet through creative, pragmatic collaboration, building strong forests and healthy communities around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.rainforest-alliance.org.

SOURCE 7-Eleven, Inc.

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