The York Revolution have reached an agreement with York County-based Rutter’s for the convenience store/dairy to sell all iced tea, chocolate milk and other non-carbonated drinks at the team’s games.
The three-year deal, which was finalized Thursday, will begin for the upcoming 2017 season for the Revolution, a minor-league team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Along with various bottled teas, lemonade, juices and milk will be sold by Rutter’s at the Revolution’s PeoplesBank Park.
“Being able to establish a business relationship with a long-standing, family-owned York County business is very important to us,” said Eric Menzer, Revolution team president.
Rutter’s, based in Manchester Township, consists of a convenience-store chain with 66 locations and a beverage business that sells dairy drinks, water, iced tea, lemonade, juice and other beverages.
“We’re excited to have this opportunity to put another York County business stamp on the Revs,” said Todd Rutter, president of Rutter’s Dairy.
Along with providing the concession beverages, Rutter’s will take over the team’s in-game “K-Man” promotion.
Under the promotion, if a York pitcher strikes out a designated visiting player, fans can bring their game ticket to York County Rutter’s convenience stores and, if they have a Rutter’s rewards card, cash it in for free mozzarella cheese sticks.
Menzer compares the business partnership with Rutter’s to the announcement a year ago that York County-based PeoplesBank was taking over the naming rights to the downtown York ballpark from Santander Bank.
Pepsi sells all carbonated beverages and bottled water at PeoplesBank Park.
Rutter’s is taking over for Lancaster County-based ice-cream, iced-tea and milk firm Turkey Hill in selling the iced teas and other drinks at the York games, Menzer said.
“This is a great culmination of our efforts to bring an awesome local product to our fans while driving traffic to the Rutter’s locations here in York,” said Nate Tile, vice president of business development for the Revolution.
The Rutter’s agreement covers the team’s 70 home games and also people hosting non-game-day events at the ballpark during and out of the season, team officials also said.
Rutter’s beverages will be served at the ballpark’s concession stands, in its luxury skyboxes and rental suites, in the new Bullpen Balcony and Home Run Patio groups and hospitality areas, and at Closer’s Bar, the full-service bar debuting at PeoplesBank Park this season, they added.