illy Ready-to-Drink is made with 100 percent Arabica coffee with no preservatives, added colors or flavors sweetened with non-GMO beet sugar. The cappuccino, caffè latte and mochaccino SKUs use hormone-free milk and have less calories per serving than other popular ready-to-drink coffees on the market (nearly 50 percent in comparison with certain brands).
The company is headquartered in Trieste, Italy. The singular blend consists of nine of the world’s best Arabica beans selected and directly purchased by illy from growers spanning four continents.
“We deliver quality services and products to our network and adding illy Ready-to-Drink to our portfolio is a testament to our commitment and business approach. Our direct store delivery model can provide a wide array of beverages and snacks to consumers without investing in infrastructure such as warehouse space or trucks. We insure that the last five feet of the path-to-purchase, whether shelf or cooler, is executed flawlessly. We have a huge infrastructure that has been built over many years that includes 14 warehouses, 400 delivery trucks and 2,000 merchandisers,” said Tom Dowdy, chief revenue officer of Hudson News Distributors.
“We have a footprint of 15,000 retail stores which includes regional grocery chains, c-stores, national retailers (like CVS Pharmacy, Target and others), airport retailers and over 2,400 independents,” said Dowdy. “Our DSD services to these stores multiple times per week creates huge critical mass efficiencies for brands.”
Hudson News Distributors, Parsippany, New Jersey, was established in 1918 by delivering books and magazines to retailers across the Northeast. As the migration of print publications go digital, the company began offering other categories to its significant distribution network.
illy was founded in 1933 in Trieste by Francesco Illy. Today, it is led by the third generation of the family.