Archives for November 2008

High-Volume Liquid Coffee

The LCR-3 HV, Bunn’s new high-volume liquid coffee dispenser, brings a new level of ease and convenience to serving large amounts of coffee with easy, cost-effective operations, electronic controls and many other unique features. Its stainless steel outer cabinet allows the unit to easily fit into a commercial kitchen environment. Minimal operator training is required

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Small Booths, Big Ideas

Sure, there were mammoth setups at the NACS show at McCormick Place in Chicago last month.  Some, like the energy drink makers whose legions of gorgeous gals were sporting free samples, boasted booths worthy of their own postal code. Likewise with the Dresser Wayne and Gilbarco Veeder-Root displays, whose setups offered a cornucopia of innovative

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Progress in Processing

Convenience store operators’ turbulent relationship with the credit card industry is set to enter a new phase in 2009 as a pair of legislative initiatives—one for consumers, the other a point of serious contention for retailers—come front and center. From both angles, facing off with credit card companies over the huge profits they’ve been reaping

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Keeping Costs in Check

Cutting costs won’t necessarily bring more customers into your store, but it will boost your bottom line. And though heaven knows costs are tough to cut these days, there is one way convenience retailers can save a bundle—by lowering food waste. C-store retailers seeking to win more customers by expanding food offerings should become vigilant

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Getting (and Keeping) Customers Inside

Looking for ways to keep your customers coming into your store? You’re not alone. Consumers may understand that convenience retailers need to raise prices, but that doesn’t stop them from buying elsewhere, especially when it comes to buying prepared food. “Food is certainly a good draw, but it’s one of several important factors,” said Sandy

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Chicken Facts

Though fried chicken remains the category leader, rotisserie-cooked chicken is rapidly growing in popularity. Results from the annual Consumer Market for Chicken 1,000 Household Survey show that 23% of respondents had purchased rotisserie chicken in four weeks prior to the survey. Results also showed that 25- to 34-year-olds are the least likely to have made

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Unleashing the Profit Potential of Meat Snacks

C-store operators need to transcend mere impulse merchandising and gain a real understanding of shifting consumer demographics in order to make the most of the meat snack category. Long considered a convenience store staple, meat snacks—primarily dried snacks and pork rinds—are enjoying a renaissance with the addition of many new flavors, new packaging and better

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Cenex Adds Gift Card Program

CHS Inc. has launched a new Cenex Winter Gift Card Campaign designed to help Cenex-branded retailers increase traffic and build incremental sales. The winter campaign includes all new in-store merchandising, three fresh gift card designs and professional installation services for operators, said Rick Cummings, vice president of refined fuels marketing for St. Paul, Minn.-based CHS.

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Avoiding ‘The Checkerboard Effect’

Unlike grocery store shoppers, c-store consumers view the entire store as “one large department with a bunch of pockets of stuff,” said John Clutts, retail practice leader for The Partnering Group in Columbia, Md. This may be something operators focusing on specific sections may not get. The mistake he finds when he walks into c-stores

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Setting the Standards

On a Thursday afternoon in October, Salt Lake City native Brandon Frampton ditched the office, rolled up his sleeves and joined ranks with a handful of front-line Pantry employees at a store in North Carolina.  Frampton, 38, hadn’t been vice president of foodservice for the Sanford-based Pantry chain for more than two weeks, and already

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Sophisticated Yet Practical

The Wilbur Curtis Co. has taken gourmet coffee service to an exciting new level with the Curtis Milano. Combining an inspired design with the celebrated G3 technology famous for precision-controlled brewing, the Curtis Milano delivers the perfected and consistent gourmet coffee customers expect. Vacuum-insulated and designed with brew-through lids and integral faucets, Milano’s sleek servers

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Kettle of Chips

Classic Foods has created one of the most exotic flavors customers will ever taste on a potato chip. The company this month has introduced African Red Devil Pepper chips in an attempt to create a spicy-yet-citrusy, one-of-a-kind potato chip snack. While searching for a new flavor, Classic Foods’ chefs discovered Piri Piri, sometimes known as

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Brew Like the Pros

With advanced Generation Three (G3) Technology and state-of-the-art servers, Curtis ThermoPro Brewing Systems make gourmet coffee brewing instantly easy. This system quickly brews up to 1-gallon of gourmet coffee into high-tech ThermoPro vacuum insulated and stainless steel servers. Not only does it provide precise control over all critical brewing functions thanks to the G3 digital

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Fabulous Flavor Without the Labor

  Flavor any menu item throughout the day with new Johnsonville fully-cooked Premium Sausage Crumbles. Available in five flavors, Premium Crumbles are fully cooked and ready-to-serve, while cutting labor and ingredient costs and eliminating food safety concerns. Keep your menu on trend and differentiate yourself from the competition with these five pure-pork, patron-pleasing varieties: Italian,

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Berry Burst

Just Born, the maker of Mike and Ike brand candies, has introduced new flavors to its Berry Blast variety: Strawberry, Peach Berry, Wild Berry, Blueberry and Blue Raspberry. Designed to tantalize consumers with great-tasting berry fruit taste, Mike And Ike Berry Blast will be available in March 2009. Mike and Ike Berry Blast fruit-flavored chewy

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Roll the Drum Slowly

Drum, a division of Republic Tobacco, introduces four new unique tobacco blends from around the globe. The new blends include: Perique, native to New Orleans, is cured in hickory barrels and pressed with oak blocks for a rich and spicy taste; Latakia, originally grown on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, this blend is cured

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The Flex Revolution

Pan-Oston, a subsidiary of Houchens Industries, is rolling out a revolutionary new convenience store merchandising innovation, the C-Flex counter system. C-Flex is a patented design that uses a tubular steel skeletal frame so the units are created as ‘integrated systems’ and not as adjoining cabinets like traditional modular counter units. C-Flex’s design supports virtually any

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Cheese Champion

Next Generation Organic Dairy announced the addition of probiotic cheese sticks to their current line of dairy products. The cheese is formulated with the immune boosting probiotic GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI30, 6086), which overcomes the shortcomings of other probiotics by withstanding food manufacturing, extreme temperatures, and product shelf life.  The cheese sticks are the perfect snack

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Costa Rican Coffee

Boyd Coffee Co. introduces Limited Edition Q-Certified Estate Costa Rican, a seasonal single-origin coffee from the Santa Anita Estate near Naranjo in Costa Rica. The medium roast coffee has a unique piquant and caramelly flavor and is available in 3.75- and 7- and 12-ounce packages. Harvested from one of the world’s premier coffee growing regions,

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Sour Burst

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

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Bite-Sized Perfection

Don Miguel proudly introduces the next innovation in convenience store foodservice with a fresh and flavorful line of authentic empanadas. Available in hearty Breakfast style or zesty Beef and Cheese, Empanadas are available in either Hot-to-go or microwave packaging to suit any c-store operation. Hot-to-go empanadas heat quickly in existing ovens and stay hot and

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Smarter, Faster Washes

  Introducing the new i5000 touchless, in-bay automatic car wash from D&S Car Wash Equipment Co. The "intelligent" i5000 is the latest innovation from D&S. Designed with proven technology adapted from its Quicksilver D&S5000 touchless line, the i5000 is loaded with advanced features. The powerful i5000 is space- and energy-efficient which makes it the ideal

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Cooking Convenience

C. Cretors and Co.’s new and compact Hot Dog Cooker and Bun Warmer offers a resourceful design that simultaneously allows for freshly heating hot dogs while providing warm savory buns. Well suited for spaces with minimal counter space, Cretors Hot Dog Cooker and Bun Warmer is ideal for c-stores and other foodservice industries. The innovative

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Ride The Gravy Train

Bob Evans Foodservice introduces the Bob Evans Sausage Gravy Dispenser and Biscuit in a Bowl, with convenience stores in mind. A leading restaurant brand, Bob Evans has been making classic sausage gravy for more than 30 years. The new sausage gravy offering comes ready-to-eat and it isn’t a concentrate, providing consistent quality and flavor batch

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Extreme Technology

Today’s high-speed retail environment just got another boost. NCR Corp. announced the launch of its latest point-of-sale (POS) workstation, the NCR RealPOS 70 XRT. Featuring advanced Intel technology, the solution is designed to deliver powerful and efficient technology, innovative design and manageability to retailers in the convenience and hospitality industries, as well as other retail

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