Toxic Waste Sour Candy

Candy Dynamics, a cutting edge marketer of popular sour candy products, announced that following on the success of its Toxic Waste Hazardously Sour Candy, the company will introduce the brand new Toxic Waste Hazardously Sour Candy and Bank in the third quarter of 2008. With the only double-action sour flavor on the planet, Toxic Waste

Sugar Free Fruit Stripes

Farley’s & Sathers Candy Co.’s Fruit Stripe Gum is now available in sugar free. The nostalgic Fruit Stripe gum was first introduced in the early 1960s and is the only gum with painted-on stripes. Sugar Free Fruit Stripe gum wrappers still contain tattoos of Yipes, the Fruit Stripe Zebra, playing basketball, soccer, tennis, inline skating,

Seal in Flavor

Another innovation from CMS, Flavorseal Flavor Wraps Spice and Flavor Transfer Sheets mean no more labor-intensive, messy and inconsistent manual spice application. Apply spices faster and more uniformly with less waste. Apply flavors and glazes without messy liquids. Add images such as grill marks without expensive grilling equipment. Consistent, uniform spice coverage reduces leakers, enhances

Authentic Mexican Crunch

Fresh Gourmet Tortilla Strips from Sugar Foods add the perfect creative touch to a wide variety of Mexican, southwestern and border fare. The natural pebbly texture, corn flavor and crunchy appeal of these superb toppings deliver an authentic culinary adventure. Shelf-stable and ready-to-use straight out of their stay-fresh, 1-pound foil bags, Fresh Gourmet Tortilla Strips

Hot ‘n’ Ready Sandwiches

Pierre Foods is proud to introduce two new items into the Hot ‘n’ Ready line-up: the Meatloaf Sandwich with Ketchup and the Jalapeno Cheeseburger. These two new sandwiches will make perfect additions to the Hot ‘n’ Ready line for convenience stores. The Meatloaf Sandwich has a warming, homestyle taste that is sure to appeal to

Bye Bye Birdie

Bird-B-Gone Inc. introduces Bird Spike 2001, a low-cost solution in bird control with lasting results. Bird Spike 2001 prevents birds from landing or roosting on rooflines, parapet walls, I-beams, window ledges and more. The no-gap design offers the best option to deter large birds at the lowest price available! Bird Spike 2001 comes in 3-,

Tyson Offers Menu Innovation

Foodservice operators are trying to keep food costs down and customer counts up in an economy where price increases outpace wage increases and where consumers are spending less because the basics are costing more. Tyson Food Service is committed to helping operators during these tough times with its Ideas @ the Heart of Values series,

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

A Tobacco-Free County: Could it Ever Happen?

I remember it clearly. It was an overcast day in June 2002 in Lancaster County, Pa., when I attended a meeting that has always left me with a lasting impression. As the tobacco buyer for a major oil company, I quietly sat (not something I’m known for) and I listened to the discussion that one

Get Ready for Gen Y

The international marketing firm Youngster recently reported that for the first time in history, the market group known as Generation Y, those ages 10 to 25, is evenly divided across each of its five age-based subgroups. A short 10 years ago when Generation Y first burst on to the scene, the vast majority of Gen

Creating Loyalty Among Thrifty Customers

Retailers throughout the country are aware that with the current economic downturn, customers are often trying to find the most cost-effective deals. But industry leaders are relying on innovative solutions aimed at getting their customers decent deals while creating brand loyalty. Fuel retailer loyalty programs work similar to loyalty programs in other industries, according to

Analyzing Scan Data

Market basket analysis and its offshoot, affinity marketing, continue to follow the usual c-store industry adoption pattern: cautious expansion, mostly among the bigger chains. But the potential payoffs could be enormous. That said, like most new technologies market basket requires commitment at the top, beginning with more expensive software matched with an appropriate point-of-sale (POS)

Get Them Where They Shop

Your store is a great place to advertise. The customer is already there and receptive to making a purchase. You have the ability to control the environment and the number and types of messages you communicate. And today you can choose from more media formats than ever before—everything from simple signage to video and digital

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

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

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