Archives for July 2008

Atlas Oil to Acquire 23 BP Sites in Indiana

Atlas Oil Co., of Taylor, Mich., has reached an agreement with BP Products North America to acquire and supply 23 BP branded stores in northwest Indiana. The sale, which is scheduled to close in the fall, includes a number of retail locations owned by BP, several dealer-supplied sites and an agreement for Atlas to operate

Reshaping the Convenience Landscape

For some marketers and distributors, Exxon Mobil Corp.’s decision to get out of direct-store operations could present the chance of a lifetime; an opportunity to acquire the rights to stores for an entire market, maybe more. For others, the announcement caused immediate fear and panic concerning the long-term viability of their operations and, in some

Prepaid Reaping Financial Rewards

While gift card malls have been getting a lot of attention, prepaid debit, credit, gift and especially gas cards offered by Visa, MasterCard and American Express are quietly booming in popularity. Prepaid’s profit potential is fueled by shifts in the marketplace, wider social acceptance and the nation’s growing population of "unbanked" lower-income consumers. And while

Packaged Beverage Sales Heating Up

New products and flavors, including some with healthier ingredients, are helping soft drinks and teas experience a healthy resurgence in already jammed cold vaults nationwide, even as traditional carbonated soft drinks continue to decline. For operators, keeping tabs on trends and adjusting sets to match ever-changing dynamics remains a full-time job. According to the National

Consumers Rush for Energy

John Scully got started on Red Bull before Red Bull got started on him. Now 41 and working as a mortgage broker in Cleveland, Scully remembers that first sip, taken in a bar in Thailand where he’d backpacked when he was a 20-something college graduate long on adventure and short on money. "You sort of

The Lean Scene

Some are kind of freaked out, and some kind of like the idea. The hardscrabble soda-and-cigarettes crowd, they’re still on the lower hump of the learning curve. "They’re kind of like, ‘Hey dude, where’s my Doritos and cigarettes,’" said Alvaro Garza, co-owner of The Green Spot Market and Fuels on the outskirts of Dallas. But

Shell Games

Maybe there’s still a bit of debate on the medical merits of catharsis, but Bobak Bakhtiari could be the man to put the issue to rest. "Does it further ignite aggression?" asked Bakhtiari, a former counselor at a California psychiatric facility who now runs Tanforan Shell, his family’s convenience store and carwash in San Bruno,

Alaskan Energy Crisis Solved

Faced with almost six weeks of daylight when the summer solstice hit their town on June 20, residents in Barrow, Alaska, were finally provided an answer to their age-old question: How do you make it through a 1,992-hour day? In honor of the summer solstice, the makers of Jolt Energy drink airlifted 370 cases of

Profile of a Coffee Machine

Boyd Coffee Co. introduces a revolutionary brewing machine called The Coffee Profiler. As evidence of the ground-breaking nature of this piece of equipment, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) automatically grants Golden Cup Award certification—the coffee industry’s standard for recognizing excellence in properly brewed coffee—to any purveyor that has The Coffee Profiler. The Coffee

Hot Pocket Sandwich Program

Nestle Professional is aiming to bring excitement to convenience store foodservice. Its Hot Pockets brand sandwiches limited-time-offer program gives retailers exciting new flavors each quarter designed to meet consumer demand for big, bold flavors. This quarter, entice customers with Chipotle BBQ Seasoned Chicken, stacked with juicy chunks of chicken breast with hot, smoky chipotle barbecue

Chocolate Treat

HP Hood, New England’s leading dairy company, has introduced its new Hood Moostruck Chocolate Lowfat Milk. Available in plastic quarts and half gallons, Moostruck provides young families with a new choice in chocolate milk. Like all Hood Milk products, Moostruck is produced without the use of artificial growth hormones. Moostruck also contains vitamins A, C

Dispensing Dessert Treats

The Topping Caddy, the result of a joint collaboration between Server Products and Rich Products Corp., makes it safe and easy to dispense delicious Rich’s Whipped Topping. The Topping Caddy is a cone-shaped holder designed to fit into a standard six-quart bain-marie or any other ice bath. It accepts a pastry bag of Rich’s Whipped

Premium Organic Green Tea

Iyemon Cha, a new premium organic bottled Japanese green tea, is now available for distribution in the U.S. A phenomenal bestseller in Japan, where the enjoyment of green tea is a national pastime, Iyemon Cha comes to America for the first time from two of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, Suntory Ltd. and

Gourmet Tortillas

Tumaro’s Gourmet Tortillas launched its new USDA-certified Organic Tortillas for foodservice distribution. Made with whole wheat and certified organic flour, these tasty tortillas are trans fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-fat and vegetarian. Tumaro’s Organic Tortillas are available in 10- and 12-inch versions and contain only the finest ingredients: organic whole wheat flour, water, organic soybean, canola or

Two-Liter Curves

Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) is piloting its signature contour bottle in a convenient two-liter size in Birmingham, Ala., and Chattanooga, Tenn. The new two-liter form of Coca-Cola’s iconic package was preferred over the straight-wall 2-liter bottle overwhelmingly in recent consumer tests and offers a significant advantage for consumers beyond its classic good looks. It is

Gold Medal Popcorn

Gold Medal Products Co. is offering a new kettle for its poppers, the Unimaxx Kettle. The Unimaxx Kettle is now available on certain 12-, 14 and 16-ounce popcorn machines delivering the highest quality treats that will have your patrons popping in for more. The Unimaxx name refers to the unified kettle and heat element. This

Clean Slate

Unelko Corp., a surface cleaning products manufacturer, is taking its patented 1-Step Clean & Shield on the road in a convenient wipe, providing the first ever on-the-go surface protection from bacterial recontamination. Most cleaners provide a one-time "kill" or a one-time "clean" solution, without any ongoing protection against recontamination. Clean & Shield’s unique patented formula,

Energy Shot with a Twist

Retailers looking to capitalize on swimsuit season through sales of diet products have a new stock option: a comprehensive energy shot with appeal to dieters, fitness enthusiasts and energy drink consumers alike. TRIM-U, a new innovation that bridges the gap between diet aids and energy supplements in one complete product, is one of the newest

Reduce Residential Crime

Extreme CCTV announces that its REG-X Close-Range License Plate Capture has helped reduce crime in Southern California residential communities. Installed at access points, such as fuel pumps and gas station canopies, REG-X captures plates of vehicles entering and exiting properties at speeds of up to 30mph, from a 15-to-25-foot range. Built-in infrared illumination enables plate

Cape Cod Summer Chips

As Americans gear up for summer, Cape Cod Potato Chips announces three new gourmet potato chip flavors designed to spice up any picnic or barbeque. Cape Cod’s new flavor-packed lineup for summer includes an irresistible barbeque chip, Sweet Mesquite Barbeque, along with two mouthwatering flavor combinations, Buttermilk Ranch and Honey Dijon. Snacking has grown to

Lite & Lean Protein

Water is essential for healthy living and plays a vital role in the proper functioning of the human body. Combine water with whey protein, dietary fiber and amazing natural flavors, and you have a winning formula. With in-depth product development and backed by extensive research, Designer Whey is launching its new line of nutritional Designer

Nutty About Snacks

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay business unit is focusing its snack expertise and passion for innovation to break new ground in the nut aisle with TrueNorth, a contemporary line of 100% natural, great-tasting nut snacks that have 5 grams of protein in every 1-ounce serving. By elevating the "simple nut" into three unique nut snacks—nut clusters, nut crisps

Sign of the Times

Vision Marketing Inc. has introduced the Flexbow Banner System, which in a short period of time has captured the imagination and desire of the marketing world. Designed to gain the immediate attention of those passing by, these element-defying banners instantly offer a high visual impact twist to traditional signage. The Flexbow allows for unprecedented flexibility

Ice Cream Any Time

Dibs ice cream snacks, a product of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, are now available in single-serving bags. Customers can now let loose and finish every last chocolaty frozen morsel without sharing a bite. They are easy to take on the road for anytime, anywhere enjoyment. "Today’s snackers lead fast paced lives. In this new portable

Dairy Chill

The sleek, attractive Dairy Chiller from Server Products features thermoelectric technology to keep milk safely chilled below 41 degrees indefinitely. The chiller will accept a hose directly from an espresso machine. Drawing just 1 amp, the Chiller assures maximum energy efficiency. There is no noisy compressor, messy ice or ice pack changeouts to worry about.