Future of the Chill-Can beginning to take shape

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Chill-Cans and the coffee drink inside are being tested at 7-Eleven stores around Los Angeles. They’re being made there, too, but the plan is to soon make them in Youngstown.

Two years ago, the view down N. Lane Avenue was of houses. Today, the stretch of road on Youngstown’s lower east side has two of the nine buildings that will someday be part of the Chill-Can making operation.

Joseph Company CEO Mitchell Joseph said the original plan was to be making Chill-Cans in Youngstown this year. Now it’s next summer.

“When you tear down blocks at a time and you think you’re just going to put up buildings, all you’re doing is kidding yourself,” he said.

There have been unexpected problems with the underground wiring and pipes. The winter’s cold temperatures delayed the pouring of concrete floors.

“We’re in food and beverage, so we can’t have a lot of chemicals in that concrete where it flakes in time. They have to be smooth and perfect,” Joseph said.

The Fizzics brand of chilled sparkling coffee is now being tested in 15 Los Angeles-area 7-Elevens. If successful, it could lead to a more extensive deal with 7-Eleven.

“They want certain rights, exclusivity rights, certain first right of refusals on certain things,” Joseph said.

7-Eleven has 69,000 stores worldwide and if the deal’s right, it could mean Chill-Cans by the billions.

“Volumes, guaranteed quotas, both of those equate to production,” Joseph said.

He’s also talked with companies like Heineken and Coca-Cola. Working with those companies depends on the final deal with 7-Eleven and the terms of exclusivity.

There are 50 calories per 8.4-ounce can, along with 79 milligrams of caffeine, 25 milligrams of sodium and 10 grams of sugar. Most of the ingredients are carbonated water and coffee.

The company is testing the cost — anywhere from $2.99 to $5.99 a can.

Chill-Cans are recyclable, too.

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