Archives for August 2008

Filling Up on Food Sales

Five years ago, Open Pantry was poised to move beyond the humdrum in southeast Wisconsin. The 26-store convenience retailer was bracing for big changes inside and out, all part of a mammoth push to polish the chain’s image with new products, programs and brands. A gourmet sandwich line was added. Larger roller grills were installed

Where to Find the Best Workers

Among retailers who tuned in to CSD’s Webcast on hiring foodservice employees, more than 57% said finding part-time workers is one of their biggest hiring challenges. A second Webcast poll showed retailers rely on three primary sources to find the best employees: • Referrals: 50% • Walk-ins: 37.5% • Advertisements: 12.5% Mel Kleiman, of Humetrics

The $10 Test

Mel Kleiman offers the $10 test: Give your applicant a $10 bill and tell him to buy something in the store—a sandwich, a fountain drink, anything of his choosing—and ask him to return the next day with an assessment of the experience. The applicant will do one of three things: • Take the $10 and

Taking Stock in Kieler

Ashley Cullen doesn’t fancy himself a holy being among retailers, but he does know that dropping an occasional bag of Combos onto a gondola doesn’t make for the crowning achievement in inventory management. “When I first got here, we were lucky if we got $200 a day in deli,” Cullen said. “Now we’re averaging $450

Fertile Ground

WILSON FARMS TIMELINE * 1960: Tops Markets is co-founded by Savino Nanula and Armand Castellani. 1969: Tops Markets opens the first Wilson Farms Neighborhood Food store in Tonawanda, N.Y., naming the store after a company-owned farm in Wilson, N.Y. 1978: Wilson Farms expands in N.Y. to Rochester and later to Syracuse. 1980s: Tops Markets is

Condiments: The New Category

Rick Pajak breathed new life into Wilson Farms’ hot and cold dispensed category by treating condiments less as an afterthought and more as a category of its own. “We look at the condiment section as one of the longest stops in the store,” he said. “Why not give them the right space and right opportunity

Breakfast, The Daypart That Delivers

In March, Rick Pajak and his team rolled out a new breakfast sandwich program under Wilson Farms’ self-branded Fresh N Ready label. The sandwiches come in four varieties produced by Lettieri’s, a division of Hot Stuff Foods, which was able to tailor the menu according to the chain’s tastes. The previous program required employees to

Green and Envied

Scott Zaremba grew up in the fuel business. As president and CEO of Zarco 66, the petroleum company his father founded in 1968, Zaremba is battle-tested in the trenches and has the scars to prove it. But what motivates this savvy industry veteran every day is the opportunity to push the boundaries of creativity and

Chevron Named CSD’s 2008 Chain of the Year

At a time when many industry marketers are struggling with high gas prices, exorbitant credit card fees and few options, one company is shining above all others. Over the past 12 months, San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron has reduced credit card processing fees for its branded marketers, launched a new “no fee” co-branded Visa credit card

Tea with a Twist

Rosenberger’s Dairies, the Delaware Valley’s favorite dairy company since 1925, has expanded its line of beverages to include a refreshing summertime favorite: Lemonade Iced Tea. Rosenberger’s Lemonade Iced Tea, available in half-gallon plastic containers, is a half and half blend of lemonade and iced tea and can be found in refrigerator cases at convenience stores

Sleep Easy

Ease muscles and promote restful sleep with this complete formula, featuring valerian root and passiflora extract which are recognized for their long history in promoting relaxation naturally. Since 1967, Mason Vitamins has provided quality vitamins, minerals, supplements and herbs retailers and consumers can trust. It guarantees that in the manufacturing of all its products, all

Relax & Revive

It’s a stressful world and consumers are increasingly looking for beverages that will help them "chill out." They now have a new choice: Relax & Revive, a beverage that helps consumers relax, recover and reduce anxiety. Crash Beverages has brought R&R to market in a 12-ounce Rexam sleek can. R&R is specifically designed for consumers

Model Imprinter

The Addressograph Bartizan Variable Amount 4875 imprinter has long been an essential tool at thousands of service stations and convenience stores worldwide. It is ideal for any application that requires the credit card information and the transaction amount to be imprinted directly onto sales slips. The 4875 imprinter is an ideal solution to today’s electronic

A Touch of Efficiency

The new monochrome Square D Clipsal Mark II Touch Screen from Schneider Electric delivers substantial capabilities in a compact package for commercial applications. The unit holds enough memory to store up to 100 screens, which can facilitate multipoint switching and dimming, master on/off switching, schedules and scenes with multiple loads, while Square D Clipsal C-Bus

Island Deli Case

Giles Foodservice Equipment is excited to announce the introduction of a new line of foodservice equipment into its existing portfolio with Island Deli Cases. The Giles Island Deli Case (GIDC) is designed to maximize visibility of packaged products while keeping products and packaging fresh at the proper serving temperature while waiting for customers to enjoy.

Chicken of the “C-Store”

Chicken of the Sea International introduces two convenient new products: Tuna Salad Cups and Tuna Salad Lunch Solutions. Chicken of the Sea Tuna Salad Cups are delicious and nutritious. Each cup contains 16 grams of protein, one-half gram of fat and 90 calories. They’re a perfect choice for health-conscious consumers. The perfect single-serve portion can

And the Winner is…

Pre-Paid Promotions Inc. is driving prepaid sales and pushing innovation. The Montgomery, Ala.-based company manufactures and distributes traditional prepaid phone cards and sweepstakes phone cards in addition to creating and implementing custom sweepstakes promotions for companies. A major focus of the company is to help convenience stores increase their in-store sales and profit margins through

Fudge Shoppe

The Kellogg Convenience Store Team is excited to announce the return of the Keebler Fudge Shoppe brownie to the channel. This delicious 3-ounce brownie is available in Chocolate Fudge flavor, drizzled with icing and packed in an attractive 12-count display tray. Reformulated for today’s consumers, it’s the only brownie scrumptious enough to be Fudge Shoppe.

Rewards From Mars

Mars Foodservices announces the MARS Foodservices 500 Operator Rewards Program. Put the power of America’s best-selling candy brands on your team, and score exciting rewards by simply purchasing a minimum of 10 boxes of eligible Mars singles items, such as M&M’s, Snickers and Twix brand products from your foodservice distributor. Select from a variety of

Novelty Hair Gel

Retailers looking to boost novelty sales should look no further than Dyna-Doo’s Nourishing Hair Styling Tabs, a unique product for strong hair control while adding incredible texture, control and temporary color highlights on the go. Dyna-Doo Hair Styling Tabs come in eight fragrant colors that add temporary bold color highlights to the hair coloring and

Get it While it’s Hot

Just in time for fall, Hot Pockets brand sandwiches introduces Roast Beef and Provolone in a half-pound size. The limited-time-offer program gives retailers exciting new flavors each quarter and this quarter is no exception. Tasty roast beef and melted provolone cheese are covered in a peppery sauce and wrapped in a crispy crust. This limited-time

Energy Kick

Premium coffee gets fully charged with the launch of Full Throttle Coffee, a creamy coffee-and-energy blend set to be unleashed nationally in August. Made with 100% premium Colombian Arabica coffee and Full Throttle’s energy and vitamin blend, Full Throttle Coffee is sure to rev up taste buds in Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel flavors. It will

Sensible Snacking

World Gourmet Marketing LLC, a New Jersey-based food manufacturer, announces the addition of 8 Grain Crisps to its Sensible Portions brand of healthy and delicious all-natural snacks. The product expands the current line of pellet snacks, which are manufactured using a hot air popped technology. In addition to providing a good source of whole grains,

Ultimate Home Draught Beer Experience

Beer enthusiasts seeking a sophisticated draught beer-drinking experience at home have found their answer with the BeerTender, now available nationwide at retail locations and online stores. A one-of-a-kind appliance, BeerTender features stylish design characteristics and authentic draught beer thanks to the patented carbonator pressure technology of the Heineken DraughtKeg and Heineken Premium Light DraughtKeg, sold

Eco-Forward Products

Solo Cup Co. is meeting the growing demand for sustainable disposable cups with the foodservice industry’s first single-use packaging brand with a broad environmental platform. From compostable to post-consumer recycled material to renewable content, Solo now offers the largest breadth of sustainable, disposable cup solutions. An operator’s use of Bare branded products communicates to patrons

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