Archives for January 2008

Cigars And Moist Smokeless Drive Revenues Even With Concerns Over Tobacco Taxation

The long-predicted demise of cigarettes has not come to fruition, nor is it likely to. But the effect of tobacco taxation and smoking restrictions has made it much more difficult to rely on cigarette sales as the primary category for driving in-store profitability. But don’t read that to mean tobacco is suffering. Retailers are reporting

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Slam Dunk

The influx of people moving to western North Carolina from the Northeast and Florida—both areas where Dunkin’ Donuts does a booming business—was one reason Citizens Fuel Co. is excited these days to be adding Dunkin’ franchises to at least three of its 10 Citi Stop c-stores. “We felt it was a huge opportunity to fill

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Satisfying Hunger and Thirst

Anyone who’s ever tried to satisfy an urge to snack with a bag of salty chips knows that you have to have a drink to do it right.  That, of course, is the basis of cross-marketing: linking the desire for one product to a perceived need for another—and offering customers cost-saving deals that combine their

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OPW FlexWorks

OPW Fueling Containment Systems, a division of OPW Fueling Components and the leading manufacturer of primary and secondarily contained fuel delivery systems, introduces FlexWorks, a completely integrated underground fuel transfer and containment system. The FlexWorks system is designed to provide the highest level of dispensing performance, installation efficiency and containment protection. Consisting of highly engineered

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Finding the Right Loyalty Fit

Finding the right loyalty program “fit” involves a lot more than simply signing up with the first supplier partner you find. Successful c-store retailers need an up-to-date loyalty solution that fits their budgets, their POS systems and their stores. “We’re just gas people—we don’t understand this stuff,” said Gene Tish, vice president and chief operating

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Managing Real Estate Operations

The foundations for other industries lay in the product. The film industry pumps out movies. Pharmaceuticals companies manufacture drugs. Publishers print magazines. For convenience stores the world over, the foundation is literally the foundation.   “It comes down to location, location, location, just like in real estate,” said Jeff Lenard, vice president of communications for

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Identifying More Effective Profit-Building Strategies

“In a business like cigars, where unit volume is growing 10% plus year-over-year, emerging strategic thinking in convenience retail suggests that retailers can grow even faster by employing a “price-for-volume” strategy for key products.” David Bishop, partner, Willard Bishop This summer, we examined how convenience retailers could manage the cigar category differently to realize above-market

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Red Man Moist Snuff

The number one brand of smokeless chewing tobacco is leveraging more than 100 years of experience producing the highest quality tobacco products to delight consumers with something new–a line of premium moist snuff. Made from premium quality tobacco, Red Man Moist Snuff is available in Long Cut Wintergreen, Fine Cut Natural and Long Cut Straight.

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Maxwell House 100% Arabica Beans

For more than 100 years, Maxwell House coffee has been a part of Americans’ homes and morning routines. Today, Maxwell House, a division of Kraft Foods, is redefining mainstream coffee as the only major mainstream brand to offer a range of coffees roasted with 100% Arabica beans. In addition to offering an enjoyable coffee drinking

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Encore by Structural Concepts

The spherical glass–the latest in glass technology–in the new “S” Series line of refrigerated and non-refrigerated display cases provides a distinctive look and flowing curves to create outstanding presentation of fresh bakery goods. The “S” Series, part of the Encore line of cases from Structural Concepts, can be mixed and matched in modular fashion for

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Fresh Start Energy

Nantze Springs, which has been producing bottled water from its plant in Arlington, Ga., for 18 years, has branched out with the introduction of Fresh Start energy drinks. Company President Malone Garrett said the company began producing Fresh Start, a new vitamin-enhanced beverage, in November. It has no carbonation and is contained in plastic, recyclable

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Ultra Light Lattes

Finally an ultra light latte that is low in calories, low in carbs, and has no added sugar. Recent research has found many added health benefits associated with the consumption of coffee due to it’s high antioxidants level. To capitalize on this research, New York Coffee Co. is offering a new line of pure Colombian

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Gravy to Go

Lettieri’s has unveiled its new Sausage Gravy Stuffed Biscuit, which allows customers to eat their biscuits and sausage gravy on-the-go with no muss, no fuss. “As always, we start with the finest ingredients, which begins with a light and tender buttermilk biscuit with the mouth-watering look and taste as though it were made from scratch,”

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U-Scan Usability

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. launched the U-Scan Genesis Carousel self-checkout system. The Carousel model offers increased capacity for large orders with a rotating bagging platform containing six bag racks and the option to add a secondary bagging platform. The rotating platform provides shoppers with easy accessibility to the bag racks and limits body strain caused

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Leading-Edge Functionality

Cherry Electrical Products announces the introduction of its new LPOS Series full-size keyboard line. This new POS QWERTY keyboard line features an enhanced key layout for POS and commercial applications. LPOS keyboards are available with or without a 3-track Magnetic Card Reader (MSR) and High Resolution Touchpad. LPOS keyboards provide 131-position key layout on models

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Smart Drinks for Smart Kids

In an effort to keep America healthy, FUZE Beverage continues to drive the crusade to help fight childhood obesity by introducing the all new 12-ounce PowerFlex plastic bottle. The new package will be available in school vending machines across the country. All of FUZE’s products meet new guidelines for school beverages. FUZE’s healthy infusion of

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CipherLab 9400

CipherLab, an innovator in Automated Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) for the retail, warehouse and distribution markets, launched the 9400 Series Industrial Mobile Computer, the second CipherLab product to support Microsoft Windows CE 5.0. Designed to provide wireless anywhere mobility through compliance with all popular wireless communications platforms (including Bluetooth, WiFi and Quad-band EDGE RF),

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Building Breakfast Sales

Chains like McDonald’s, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have been busy overhauling their foodservice programs to capitalize on the increased demand for breakfast items, described by foodservice experts as the fastest-growing daypart segment. Convenience chains like 7-Eleven, however, are well ahead of the curve already owning a popular line of breakfast items that continues to expand.

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Latin American Flavored Dairy Beverages

SolMaya Brands, a registered brand of Presto Food & Beverage Inc. successfully launched a new line of Latin Flavored ready-to-drink dairy beverages in four flavors: Mexican Style Horchata, Horchata Sabor de Morro, Morir Sonando/Orange Jubilee and Avena Oatmeal Shake. SolMaya Brands is extraordinarily unique in that it is the only brand, both in the U.S.

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M&M’s in Two New Varities

MARS Snackfood US is extending its popular M&M’s brand with two new limited edition products: M&M’S Mint Crisp and M&M’S Wildly Cherry Chocolate Candies. Mint Crisp will be available in limited edition with the release of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” coming to theaters in the spring. M&M’s Wildly Cherry Chocolate

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Chopstix Vegetable Egg Rolls

Chopstix USA Chinese takeout started as a small community restaurant in Teaneck N.J. in 1996. In just 11 years, Chopstix became much more. By 2000, the company first began shipping frozen meals around the country, franchising and opening new units, launching a catering division and offering direct-store distribution to convenience stores and gas stations. The

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Hangover Buster

Pillar Rock USA Corp. has introduced Hangover Buster, an effervescent tablet specially formulated to prevent hangover symptoms such as nausea, headache, excessive thirst, fatigue, muscle ache and sensitivity to light and noise. Arriving in select convenience stores, drug stores and supermarkets nationwide, a package of Hangover Buster includes three individually foil-wrapped tablets, to be dissolved

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Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr Pepper

Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages (CSAB) is rolling out Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr Pepper, the third flavor extension in the brand’s history. There’s nothing diet about this unique beverage treat, which combines the great taste of Diet Dr Pepper with a sweet cherry dipped in luscious chocolate. “Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr Pepper is the perfect indulgence…zero

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Beringer’s California Collection

In a bold move to take the Chardonnay category by storm, Beringer Vineyards has launched its vintage 2006 California Collection Chardonnay. Priced at $6 suggested retail, it is a fruit-forward, easy-drinking wine that will be a part of the California Collection tier, which includes America’s No. 1 top-selling White Zinfandel, domestic Pinot Grigio, White Merlot

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Ergonomic Retail Check-Out Systems

Ceemco Store Displays, a manufacturer of visual merchandising and point-of-purchase displays, has developed a customizable line of retail checkout systems which provide the best possible utility, ergonomics and convenience for cashiers and customers. Systems have rounded edges, “best-height” platforms for writing checks and bagging stations that can swivel for easiest use. Ceemco’s stress-minimizing designs are

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