Archives for April 2008

Wrigley’s Makeover

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. is giving its Extra and Wrigley’s brands (Juicy Fruit, Doublemint, Big Red, Winterfresh and Wrigley’s Spearmint) a new look with the introduction of Slim Pack, a 15-stick envelope package that is more portable for today’s consumers. The company is also launching a new Extra line, called Extra Fruit Sensations, along

Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Add a new flavor twist to your menu with a comfort side dish sure to satisfy. Made with real white cheddar cheese, Lamb’s Supreme White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes are the latest addition to its "made from scratch" Supreme Russet Mashed Potatoes line. White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes have zero grams trans fat per serving and all

Meister Bake Pretzels

Gold Medal Products presents the new Meister Bake Pretzel and the 5330 Pretzel Warmer. The characteristic that sets this soft, hand twisted pretzel apart from other pretzels is its unique storage capabilities. This pretzel is NFR, which means no freezer required. The consistency now stays the same because it is never frozen. You will never

Candy, Gum, Mints

TOP PERFORMERS The Hershey Co. Wm. Wrigley Co. Mars Snackfood U.S. HONORABLE MENTIONS Cadbury Adams/Jaret International Nestlé USA Convenience stores continue to be a dominant retail outlet for confections, and the outlook for 2008 is just as strong. That was the message delivered by the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) U.S. Confectionery Market report released in

RFID: Not Ready For Prime Time

A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is like a barcode on steroids. A barcode printed on a cracker box may indicate that the box contains crackers and possibly identify the manufacturer, while an RFID tag carries a serial number that distinguishes that particular box of crackers from all others in the world. Although some companies

Prepared Foods/Fresh Bakery

TOP PERFORMERS Sara Lee Foodservice Bon Appétite Ruiz Foods Inc. HONORABLE MENTIONS Tyson Foods Prairie City Bakery Don Miguel Mexican Foods Inc. A solid bakery program is crucial for building breakfast daypart sales. In an effort to secure those morning dollars, convenience retailers have added bakery programs, which they hope will in turn boost their

Empowering Customers

Self-Service Gift Cards Paul Burel, director of marketing strategy for U-Scan, Fujitsu’s self-checkout line, said gift cards are a good option for c-store operators “because it’s convenient. It’s the kind of point-of-presence transaction to generate that last-minute gift that someone needs to get.” Going with a self-service gift card program is “really not an add-on,”

Branded Fast Food

TOP PERFORMERS Subway Subs & Salads Hunt Bros. Pizza Dunkin’ Donuts HONORABLE MENTIONS McDonald’s Corp. Hot Stuff Foods Blimpie Foodservice remains among the strongest in-store categories for convenience store owners, and fast-food brands are helping drive the business. According to the 45 key decision makers to participate in the CSD Brand Preference Study, Subway, Hunt

Packaged Snacks

TOP PERFORMERS FritoLay (PepsiCo) Kellogg/Keebler Kraft Foods Inc. HONORABLE MENTIONS Jack Links Beef Jerky Nabisco/Planters Lance Inc. Frito-Lay, Kellogg’s/Keebler and Kraft head the list of top performers in the packaged snack category, according to 84 category buyers representing 12,600 convenience stores. Honorable mentions in the category were Jack Links Beef Jerky, Nabisco/Planters and Lance. The

Fully Prepared Hot/Cold Sandwiches

TOP PERFORMERS Deli Express Pierre Foods Landshire HONORABLE MENTIONS Lettieri’s Made Rite/Goliath While branded and proprietary foodservice programs get a lot of attention at retail, hot and cold prepackaged sandwiches have quietly and profitably filled a valuable niche for retailers. Grab-and-go sandwiches offer consumers a quick, easy meal solution that is affordable and available in

Nutty About Seeds

C-store customers are discovering what Native Americans learned thousands of years ago: A handful of nuts or sunflower seeds can satisfy hunger and boost energy reserves without risking adding excess body fat—and researchers have found that people who include nuts and seeds in their diets lower their risks for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Though

Ice Cream/ Frozen Novelty

TOP PERFORMERS Wells-Blue Bunny Ben & Jerry’s Unilever (Good Humor, Breyers, Klondike and Popsicle) HONORABLE MENTIONS Nestlé USA Masterfoods Regarded as the ultimate snack indulgence, ice cream and frozen novelties are an important, albeit often overlooked, retail segment. The category’s understated consistency in delivering a mix of premium, super premium and regular brands with just

Health and Beauty Care/ General Merchandise

TOP PERFORMERS BIC Corp. Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. Novelty Inc. HONORABLE MENTIONS Convenience Valet Procter & Gamble The 63 key decision makers in the HBC and general merchandise segment identified BIC Corp., Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. and Novelty Inc. as the category’s top performers. Honorable Mentions include Convenience Valet and Procter & Gamble.

Embracing the Kiosk Revolution

Foodservice Kiosk Usage Grows In addition to the large chains like Sheetz and Wawa that have been using self-service kiosks for many years, smaller chains are also enjoying the benefits of self-serve technology. • High’s of Baltimore Inc. reached a deal with Radiant Systems last July to deploy multiple Radiant customer self-service kiosks in more

ATM/POS Systems

TOP PERFORMERS Triton Systems PaySpot Inc. MoneyGram HONORABLE MENTIONS Western Union Chase/Paymentech ATM and point-of-sale (POS) systems have helped convenience retailers gain a competitive edge by providing news service and enhanced convenience. Thirty-five key decision makers representing 5,250 stores selected Triton, PaySpot Inc. and MoneyGram as the top performers in the ATM/POS category. Honorable mentions


TOP PERFORMERS Gilbarco Veeder-Root Verifone Inc. Professional Datasolutions Inc. (PDI) HONORABLE MENTIONS Dresser Wayne FACTOR Inc. The convenience store industry continues to drive innovation and developing new retail technology systems has been no exception. The 53 chains representing 7,950 stores that participated in CSD’s Brand Preference Study identified Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Verifone Inc. and Professional Datasolutions

Dispensed Beverages (Hot)

TOP PERFORMERS Sara Lee Foodservice S&D Coffee Kraft Foods Inc. HONORABLE MENTIONS Farmer Bros. Boyd Coffee Co. In a recent issue of Time, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he returned to his post as head of the Seattle-based coffee chain in part because he was concerned about "the growing competition from convenience stores." It took

Dispensed Beverages (Cold)

TOP PERFORMERS PepsiCo Coca-Cola Co. ICEE (J&J Snack Foods) HONORABLE MENTIONS Slush Puppie (J&J Snack Foods) Dr Pepper (Cadbury Schweppes) Dispensed cold and frozen carbonated beverages (FCB) accounted for $294 million at the 69 chains responding to CSD’s Brand Preference Study. Respondents operate a total of 10,350 stores and average category sales of $28,406 per

Cigars & Smokeless Tobacco

TOP PERFORMERS USST Inc. Swisher International Inc. Conwood Sales Co. HONORABLE MENTIONS Swedish Match John Middleton Inc. Altadis USA Offering smokers new alternatives has been a stepping stone for huge growth in the OTP segment. The category as a whole has been showing big numbers, but MST, in particular, has been leading a bold charge

KSS PriceNet Mobile

KSS proudly introduces PriceNet Mobile, the latest pricing innovation for on the go managers. It’s fast and easy to use. Simply enter competitor prices into your Web-enabled mobile device and receive new prices in seconds. Also review and authorize prices and price exceptions, monitor margins, volume and other key performance indicators while on the go.

Stepping into Spring and Springing into Summer

I recently read a great quote attributed to a one time door-to-door sales person and lately more recognizable as founder of the billion-dollar company that bears her name, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Mary Kay Ash said, "Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as

Blending Addition

Cecilware Corp. has launched a new series of food blenders. Available in 1, 2, 4 and 6.5 gallon versions, this series comes in either countertop or high-capacity floor model styles. The two floor model versions lock vertically in place while blending, but will also tilt forward for easy drip-free pouring. With blending speeds of up

Cranberry Energy

With hectic, busy lifestyles, many Americans have become masters at multi-tasking, but often need extra energy to keep them on the go. With the launch of its new Cranergy Energy Juice Drink, Ocean Spray is devoted to reenergizing busy Americans with a source of energy they can feel good about. Cranergy is naturally energizing and

Portable Printing

K-Sun’s new industrial yellow and black 3-in-1 label, bar code and heat shrink tube printer is called the K-Sun LABELShop BEE3. This portable thermal transfer printer can professionally label, heat-shrink tube and bar code thousands of items in the convenience store, cooler or anywhere a durable, adhesive-backed label is needed. The printer is backed with

Bountiful Salad Dressings

Dreaming up the perfect salad starts with the right dressing. New Wish-Bone Bountifuls salad dressings were created to inspire and delight endless salad creations. These rich tasting, healthful vinaigrette dressings are offered in four flavors, Hearty Italian, Tuscan Romano Basil, Simply Santa Fe and Berry Delight, each brimming with the goodness of the garden and