Archives for September 2008

Sticky Choices

Having a tough time deciding which gums and mints to carry? You’re not alone. The amazing number and diversity of new entries in this important category have most convenience store retailers second-guessing the wisdom of their choices. From energy boosts to dietary supplements, gum and mints are now available in a wide variety of formats

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Did You Know…

» The first patent for chewing gum was issued in 1869 to Ohio dentist William F. Semple. » In the early 1900s, William Wrigley Jr. was one of the first people to promote a brand to consumers through advertising. His spearmint gum quickly became a best seller. » During World War II, U.S. military personnel

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Going With The Flow

Successfully managing a retail fuel operation in today’s fickle market can be daunting since price volatility can undermine predictability in purchasing, pricing and sales. Because handling a high-volume, low-margin product like fuel is so complicated, many convenience store operators are turning to technology for assistance.  One of the best ways to maximize fuel profits is

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Handheld Versatility

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Burst of Energy

A true functional food for instant energy, Kickbutt Amped Energy Ballz are formulated with the ideal blend of ingredients needed to deliver instant and sustained energy: high-quality whey protein isolates, complex carbohydrates, easily absorbed vitamins, minerals, herbs, dietary fiber and caffeine. They are low in fat, transfat free, gluten free, peanut free, and only 38

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Full Throttle Hydration

Full Throttle is inviting c-store customers to "Go Full Throttle or Go Home," this time with the launch of Full Throttle Hydration, a new, noncarbonated energy drink packed with electrolytes and charged with Full Throttle’s special energy/vitamin blend. As the brand’s first non-carbonated energy drink, Full Throttle Hydration provides thirst-quenching taste and maximum drinkability. Its

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Diaper Convenience

Convenience Valet is now offering Huggies brand diapers and baby wipes in small convenience-size packages. Convenience Valet, a leading provider of nationally branded HBC and personal-care items, said the Huggies diapers are available in sizes three and four. The diapers and baby wipes are sold in one convenient package that includes two diaper’s eight wipes,

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High Energy and Sugar-Free

After unleashing its signature product only weeks ago, VE2 Laboratories is pleased to announce that Chartered Distribution Services (CDS) of Los Angeles will distribute VE2 Energy Gum across the country. Two pieces of sugar-free VE2 Energy Gum are equal to an 8-ounce cup of coffee or an energy drink. The gum is crammed with energy-sustaining

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Tea Time

Lipton, America’s No. 1 name in tea, is rolling out Kericho Estate Tea, made with tea leaves from the 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified fields of Lipton’s Kericho Tea Estate in Kenya, Africa. Lipton Kericho Estate Tea offers the smooth, refreshing black tea experience your customers expect from Lipton, with the added knowledge that this variety

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Secure Fuel Transactions

OPW Fuel Management Systems announces its Petro Vend FIT500 Fuel Control System is now available with FSC3000 fuel site controller built directly inside the fuel island terminal. Thanks to the built-in FSC3000, 10.4-inch color graphics display and remote communication through phone line or Ethernet, the FIT500 is ideal for unattended retail and commercial fueling operations.

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The Time is NOW

Bring new money and more customers to your convenience store with NJOY NOW prepaid adult Internet cards. Retailers get industry-leading profits and repeat business. Customers get anonymous access to the hottest online adult entertainment. With NJOY NOW, c-store operators get: a 30% commission for every NJOY NOW card sold; no upfront costs; storeowners only pay

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U-Scan Convenience

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. has introduced the Hypermarket U-Scan Genesis Payment Station, which combines in-person customer service with self-service convenience. The concept joins the U-Scan Genesis Payment Station with Fujitsu’s iPAD handheld mobile computer—along with any standard checkout conveyor belt—to separate customer transactions into two components: scanning and payment. With the payment station, cashiers do

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Extreme Illuminator

Extreme CCTV releases the AEGIS UFLED white light illuminator powered by Black Diamond, enabling high-fidelity night-time color reproduction for critical surveillance applications. Unlike standard lighting fixtures that distort color images, AEGIS UFLED utilizes color-corrected LEDs to deliver accurate surveillance images at night. A built-in low-voltage power circuit enables quick, easy installation, while 26-to-45 watt operation

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Christmas Sandwiches

Olive Sandwiches announces the addition of six new Christmas-themed organic chocolate bar designs to its Sassy Bite product line. The Sassy Bite family was first introduced in July 2008 with a positive response to the initial 10 designs. Each Sassy Bite bar contains 1.25 ounces of organic chocolate with a variety of flavors that match

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Safe Solution

SafePoint by Loomis is an integrated cash management solution for convenience stores and other retail and commercial establishments which routinely handle cash. SafePoint is a one-source solution designed to save money while providing increased control over cash and enhancing security for employees. Solutions offer various alternatives, including validation and dispensing safe options, all specially tailored

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A Cooler Solution

H2 Dynamics’ cooler filters use a proprietary mineral it mines in the Southwest U.S. that controls humidity in retail coolers. Controlled humidity improves food quality and eliminates odors; saves electricity or diesel by as much as 35%; reduces maintenance costs, injuries and accidents. As air passes through H2Dynamics’ filters, excess moisture is retained and released

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Light Show

Messages stand out from the crowd with the Lights Alive Light Thief. With full 360 degree viewing, this unit steals existing light from the ceiling fixture. It utilizes easy mounting brackets that attach to the light panel surround. The Lights Alive ceiling-mounted Light Thief includes two die-molded frames with a black matte finish. It features

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Solo Symphony

Solo Cup Co. continues to help convenience store operators stand out with their new Symphony design. Using warm, inviting, on-trend colors combined with a sophisticated design, Solo has created single use disposables that will enhance the customer’s dining experience. Offering paper cups, bowls, plates and containers, Symphony™ provides operators with a full range of coordinating

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Bib Appeal

Napkleen, a developer of disposable clothing protectors, has received two U.S. patents for its super-absorbent, disposable bib, which is placed on the shirt as a unique and dignified way to protect clothing from spills. A cost-effective alternative to napkins or bibs, Napkleen’s disposable product has an adhesive backing that adheres to any type of cloth

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Signature Desserts and Entrees

The Signature Touch Topping Warmer from Server Products keeps syrups and sauces at the ideal serving temperature. The stylish unit makes it easy to add flair to entrees, desserts and coffee drinks. The warmer includes three 16-ounce plastic bottles and features a pre-calibrated adjustable thermostat for safe and efficient heating. The Signature Touch features a

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The Sweet Life

Most consumers can only dream of drinks and foods that are naturally sweetened, contain zero calories and also taste great. Now PepsiCo and Whole Earth Sweetener Co. are making that vision a reality. The two companies are partnering to introduce a breakthrough, zero-calorie, all-natural sweetener from the stevia plant called PureVia and it will debut

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Quick Cooking

Motion Technology Inc., the manufacturer of AutoFry and Multi Chef, announced the introduction of its new Multi Chef 7500PC high-speed oven. Multi-Chef’s patented rotary air impingement technology prepares a wide variety of foods in a fraction of the time of traditional convection ovens without the use of a microwave. The Multi-Chef 7500 is the latest

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Taylor-Made FCBs

Taylor Co., a business unit of Carrier Corp., introduces Slushosity—a new merchandising program developed to help operators capitalize on the ever-growing frozen carbonated beverage (FCB) market. Taylor’s frozen carbonated beverage machines now have graphics that are as "cool" as the refreshing frozen beverages they dispense. These new, bright and exciting graphics create a sizzle that

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Better Brewing Through Technology

Brewmatic introduces the C-21 Premium Coffee Brewing System, offering user-friendly and full-featured technology for today’s c-store coffee needs. The C-21 series features an automatic intermittent brewing (AIB) system, which allows the coffee grounds to absorb water more evenly for a perfect extraction every time. A cold brew lock-out feature ensures that brewing will not begin

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Power and Performance

To help consumers power the high-tech devices they depend on, Energizer Holdings Inc. is introducing a second lithium battery to its portable power lineup: Energizer Advanced Lithium. Presented as the gateway to lithium technology and performance, Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries, available in AA and AAA, last up to four times longer than traditional batteries. They

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