Chestnut Market to Pilot Energy Spray Retail Rollout

VAE will be available to customers in Westchester County, N.Y.

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. — Chestnut Market is giving guests an energy boost with the addition of VAE's caffeinated energy spray to its mix.

The convenience store chain — which operates stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — will test the product with customers in Westchester County, N.Y. The pilot marks VAE's retail launch in stores.

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"People rely on us when they are on the go, and we sell a lot of caffeinated products," said Faheem Jamal, director of c-store operations at Chestnut Market. "We're always trying to stay ahead of the competition by being the first to market with new products for our customers. We believe we're a perfect fit for VAE."

The VAE spray, enriched with caffeine and amino acids, delivers 20 milligrams of caffeine per spray. For reference, three sprays provide the same amount of caffeine as a 5-ounce cup of coffee. The product launched online in 2021. One VAE has 36 sprays, which is the equivalent of 12 coffees.

VAE's online launch included two flavors, mint and mango. For the retail pilot with Chestnut Market, which is expected to begin in the fall, VAE will add a new flavor to the lineup, mocha.

The energy spray's target customers are young urban professionals, fitness enthusiasts and college students, or anyone who needs energy on the go, according to VAE.

"We're looking to see how our messaging and packaging performs in stores," said Mohand Khouider, co-founder of VAE. "Part of it is doing some sampling in store to get people's first reactions and part of it is to launch in the lovely Westchester County, a more relaxed environment than downtown Manhattan. The idea is to have a small test launch before doing a larger, New York City launch where we’re looking to start in select stores."

The retail test was facilitated by the Westchester Innovation Network (WIN), an initiative of the Business Council of Westchester (BCW), whose goal is driving economic development, innovation and growth in Westchester County. The Chestnut Market-VAE Energy collaboration is one of more than a dozen innovator matches facilitated by WIN in 2023.

"We are focused on attracting innovators to collaborate with our members — local companies of all sizes. Our goal is to persuade innovators to grow and stay here in Westchester," said Dr. Marsha Gordon, BCW president and CEO.

The very first Chestnut Market was launched by parent company CPD Group in 2020. There are currently more than 70 Chestnut Market stores.

Chestnut Market is headquartered in New Paltz.