Archives for October 2008

Chicken Delight

Village Pantry celebrated the grand opening of its newest Chester’s Chicken in the Indianapolis area yesterday. This is Chester’s third restaurant to open with Village Pantry in the market. “Chester’s is a great opportunity for Village Pantry to help grow its strong food service programs with the highest quality Fried Chicken and side dishes to

Diamonds in Your Own Backyard

While searching for the magic bullet to grow your business, don’t forget about the extensive pool of customers the competition is attracting. I had the genuine great fortune of being hired, trained, nurtured and guided for several years by legendary NACS Hall of Fame member and wonderful friend, Robert E. “Bob” Seng. Many remember Bob

Bud Moves to the Dark Side

  Beer drinkers around the world have long appreciated Budweiser’s quality and heritage. Now fans of "The Great American Lager" are invited to discover the newest member of the Budweiser family—Budweiser American Ale. Robust and well-rounded, Budweiser American Ale’s rich amber color and bright, hoppy finish is the ideal counterpart to Budweiser’s signature golden, crisp

Sweet as Honey

Just in time for cold and flu season, BestSweet Inc. proudly introduces its newest product: Bee M.D. According to the World Health Organization, tens of millions of people contract influenza every winter. Even more catch a common cold with symptoms of fiery throat and sore mouth. Bee M.D. is a honey-based, organic throat drop dedicated

Smart Sports Cards

Realizing the need for a consumable product in the highly trafficked and visible gift card shelf space, Smart Circle launched the next generation gift card. Smart Circle has recognized two major problems in the traditional gift card category: Cards are a gift and not a consumable item. If 100 consumers enter a convenience store, only

Italian Sausage Patties

DiCapo Foods, a frozen food manufacturer announces the introduction of its fully cooked Italian sausage patty. Seeing the dinner sausage market filled with many varieties DiCapo seized the opportunity to be the first to enter into the breakfast market with an Italian patty sure to satisfy that spicy and ethnic appetite. Paired with egg and

Ultimate Flavor

The easiest way for operators to flavor up their menu is with new Johnsonville Fully-Cooked Ultimate Sausage Slices. These fully-cooked, pure pork slices are available in two seasoned varieties: Italian and Hot ‘N’ Spicy. In any menu part or any day part, you’ll be able to eliminate menu fatigue from chicken or beef while easily

Scan the Possibilities

Adesso Inc., a leading manufacturer of computer input peripherals, has announced the release of the NuScan 3200, an optical laser barcode scanner. Featuring technical advancements that eliminate internal vibrating mirrors and moving parts, Adesso’s latest barcode scanner ensures for better shock absorption, longevity, and durability. Offering best-in-class solutions for various applications, the NuScan 3200 is

Farm Fresh

Farmland Dairies, manufacturer of the Special Request Skim Plus line of fortified milk products, announced the launch of its new 14-ounce plastic single-serve whole white, chocolate and low-fat strawberry milk and orange juice products. An excellent source of calcium, phosphorus and vitamins A, D and B2, Farmland Dairies’ 14-ounce single-serve dairy products are made from

STARBURST® Sour GUMMIBURSTS™

In January 2009, consumers can “plug into the SOUR source” with new STARBURST® Sour GUMMIBURSTS™.  As the only liquid-filled gummi candy with an intense burst of sour flavor, STARBURST® Sour GUMMIBURSTS™ will be a hit, based on recent IRI data: Sour is a leading segment in the sugar category, and Gummi was the fastest growing

Benchmaster® Stock-Block™

Benchmaster® has done it again! After setting the standard for outdoor Convenience Store merchandising, Structural Plastics Corporation does it one better by introducing the Stock-Block™, a versatile indoor/outdoor display system. Visit www.stock-block.com for more details, and be sure to visit us at the show at booth #6825.

Sam’s Club

Visit Booth #263 and learn how Sam’s Club® helps c-store operators save money and boost the bottom line with a variety of products, support programs and tips developed just for c-stores.  

Living Essentials

5-Hour Energy: Why settle for anything less than the category leader, 5-Hour Energy? You get a complete line of energy shots including the original formula plus new Extra Strength and Decaf versions. We are in booth #1411.

Prototypes with Plasticity

The successful development of a convenience store prototype is a bit like an exercise in finding one’s soul.  Half the soul-searching is done through scrupulous examination of all the internal components, while the rest is done by accounting for all the external forces that perpetually shape the inside. Sound spiritual and cryptic? Maybe just a

Onboarding: The Key to Valued Employee Retention

Branding, corporate identity and corporate image are just a few of the buzzwords the folks in the marketing department use to describe the basic building blocks of a comprehensive business development plan. What these terms have in common is that they’re all about communications. Simply put, as every convenience retailer knows, the world won’t beat

Tobacco’s Cloudy Future

Selling tobacco products at retail continues to get harder—this time because of H.R. 1108, the Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act, which passed overwhelmingly in the House on July 30 and would, if it becomes law, be the first time the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulatory authority over tobacco manufacturing and retailing.

Philip Morris USA Pulls High-Tech Filter Cigarettes

Philip Morris USA, the nation’s No. 1 tobacco company, has ended test markets of Marlboro-branded cigarettes that use a high-tech filter. The operating company of Altria Group Inc. said it pulled the plug on Marlboro Ultra Smooth, which uses an activated carbon filter. The company had stopped making new shipments of Marlboro Ultra Smooth to

Beer Sales Continue to Surge

Arecent report by a.C. Nielsen shows beer sales are least affected by the current poor economy. The Brewers Association concurred, finding in the first half of this year that craft beer sales rose 11% over 2007. Neither statistic surprised Tim Cote, vice president of marketing for Beaverton, Ore.-based Plaid Pantries Inc. “Beer generally performs well

Driving New Profits

Fleet Card Facts There are an estimated 650,000 fleets in the U.S. for a total of nine million vehicles. Currently, fleet cards are the fastest growing segment of MasterCard’s business. Most fleet cards offer valuable and robust reporting/management tools The tools can track mile-per-gallon variances, driving patterns, fuel purchases, calculate various tax exemptions and more.

CITGO Chooses FleetCor

Fleet Card Facts There are an estimated 650,000 fleets in the U.S. for a total of nine million vehicles. Currently, fleet cards are the fastest growing segment of MasterCard’s business. Most fleet cards offer valuable and robust reporting/management tools The tools can track mile-per-gallon variances, driving patterns, fuel purchases, calculate various tax exemptions and more.

Creating Loyal Customers

Faced with rapidly escalating costs, cutthroat commodity pricing and broader competition, the time is right for convenience stores to adopt more aggressive loyalty marketing programs that will attract new customers and reward existing ones. For nearly 80 years, loyalty and frequent shopper plans have proven to be highly effective promotional and brand-building tools for businesses

Express Rewards

Looking for a new tax accountant? How about a local bakery? The search may be a little easier—and more lucrative—thanks to the highly successful loyalty marketing program at Express Convenience Stores. The 19-store Wisconsin-based chain, which is operated by US Oil Co. Inc. and has units from Oshkosh to Green Bay, launched its GoFor Rewards

Hide ‘em or Flaunt ‘em?

Wisconsin architectural historian Jim Draeger figures two schools of thought exist in American towns where gas stations or c-stores are introduced. He calls these schools the “hide ‘em or flaunt ‘em approaches.” In the “hide ‘em” school, town planners want gas stations or c-stores to adopt architectural flavors that reflect the community’s subjective tastes. Colors,

Vote for Convenience Store Decisions’ Power 25

It time once again to vote for Convenience Store Decisions’ Power 25! The Power 25 recognizes industry pioneers, association executives, lawmakers and other influential figures that shape the way the convenience store industry operates. These prominent leaders are being selected for the lasting contributions they have made to the convenience channel and the impact their

Pep Up Store Sales

Pep Up Store Sales DMD Pharmaceuticals introduces the new Xtreme Peptime Mini-White Liquid Sport Pack. This 12ml Sport Pack provides an easy to open rip top for those on-the-go consumers. This dietary supplement contains vitamin B, caffeine, and taurine. This convenient blend of vitamins and energizers is formulated for an instant energy rush lasting for