Archives for 2008

GoGo squeeZ

French fruit manufacturer Materne has launched GoGo squeeZ, a squeezable and re-sealable all-natural applesauce that comes in a mess-free portable pouch. Materne has sold more than 1 billion of the squeezable pouches in Europe, and is now unveiling the concept to U.S. consumers. It’s positioned as a natural ambient fruit snack, and its initial flavors

Cheerz Intellishot

Cheerz USA Inc. has unleashed Cheerz Intellishot, a 1.5-ounce lemon-lime-flavored shot to help combat nausea, headaches and muscle aches often resulting from consumption of certain amounts of alcohol. The shot/mixer helps the body naturally process acetaldehyde, a powerful muscle poison produced when the liver breaks down alcohol. It contains natural super antioxidants and immune system

Baskin-Robbins in a Box

Confectionary maker BestSweet Inc. is producing an all-new line of Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy in a theater-box format. The sugar Soft Candy includes Mint Chocolate Chip and Very Berry Strawberry flavors that come in 3.1-ounce packages. BestSweet is planning to launch additional concepts for the theater-box packaging in the coming months. The Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy is

Energy Shot with a Twist

Retailers looking to capitalize on swimsuit season through sales of diet products have a new stock option: a comprehensive energy shot with appeal to dieters, fitness enthusiasts and energy drink consumers alike. TRIM-U, a new innovation that bridges the gap between diet aids and energy supplements in one complete product, is one of the newest

Reduce Residential Crime

Extreme CCTV announces that its REG-X Close-Range License Plate Capture has helped reduce crime in Southern California residential communities. Installed at access points, such as fuel pumps and gas station canopies, REG-X captures plates of vehicles entering and exiting properties at speeds of up to 30mph, from a 15-to-25-foot range. Built-in infrared illumination enables plate

Cape Cod Summer Chips

As Americans gear up for summer, Cape Cod Potato Chips announces three new gourmet potato chip flavors designed to spice up any picnic or barbeque. Cape Cod’s new flavor-packed lineup for summer includes an irresistible barbeque chip, Sweet Mesquite Barbeque, along with two mouthwatering flavor combinations, Buttermilk Ranch and Honey Dijon. Snacking has grown to

Lite & Lean Protein

Water is essential for healthy living and plays a vital role in the proper functioning of the human body. Combine water with whey protein, dietary fiber and amazing natural flavors, and you have a winning formula. With in-depth product development and backed by extensive research, Designer Whey is launching its new line of nutritional Designer

Nutty About Snacks

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay business unit is focusing its snack expertise and passion for innovation to break new ground in the nut aisle with TrueNorth, a contemporary line of 100% natural, great-tasting nut snacks that have 5 grams of protein in every 1-ounce serving. By elevating the "simple nut" into three unique nut snacks—nut clusters, nut crisps

Sign of the Times

Vision Marketing Inc. has introduced the Flexbow Banner System, which in a short period of time has captured the imagination and desire of the marketing world. Designed to gain the immediate attention of those passing by, these element-defying banners instantly offer a high visual impact twist to traditional signage. The Flexbow allows for unprecedented flexibility

Ice Cream Any Time

Dibs ice cream snacks, a product of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, are now available in single-serving bags. Customers can now let loose and finish every last chocolaty frozen morsel without sharing a bite. They are easy to take on the road for anytime, anywhere enjoyment. "Today’s snackers lead fast paced lives. In this new portable

Dairy Chill

The sleek, attractive Dairy Chiller from Server Products features thermoelectric technology to keep milk safely chilled below 41 degrees indefinitely. The chiller will accept a hose directly from an espresso machine. Drawing just 1 amp, the Chiller assures maximum energy efficiency. There is no noisy compressor, messy ice or ice pack changeouts to worry about.

Flexible Connector

OPW Fueling Components announced the global availability of its new COMMANDO Stainless-Steel Flexible Connector. Designed to deliver durability and reliability in demanding fueling environments and allowing for flexibility in the installation and operation of fuel-piping systems around the world, the OPW COMMANDO features a 25% thicker wall versus competitive models on the ribbed hose and

Kum & Go Reopens Colorado Store in Larger Format

Kum & Go LC has revamped and reopened its Yampa Avenue store in Craig, Colo., offering customers 3,400 square feet of expanded offerings and boosting the site’s energy efficiency with new design elements. “We are thrilled to offer the residents of Craig a brand-new Kum & Go store with easier access and a broader offering

Wawa Chooses Radiant For POS

Radiant Systems Inc. said it has become the exclusive provider of POS systems and related technology for more than 570 Wawa stores in Pennsylvania. Radiant has provided self-service technology for Wawa’s industry-leading foodservices for more than seven years, often deploying as many as five customer-activated terminals per site to enable consumers to quickly and accurately

The Consumer: Gone in 30 Seconds …

Gas Station TV, an industry leader in digital out-of-home television, said a Nielsen Media Research study proves consumers are better at recalling shorter-form advertisements – usually those about 10- and 15-seconds long –featured on Gas Station TV Network, as opposed to 30-second ad spots. GSTV said the study’s results confirm that shorter spots on the

Want To Go Gangbusters? Go Asia

Market research firm RNCOS has released a report showing the Asian c-store market is the No. 1 region for convenience store development worldwide. The report, titled "Opportunities in Asian C-store Market," says the rapid economic development in that area, along with the booming retail industry, has been propelling growth for the c-store industry across various

Dawn Food Products Bracing For Price Increases

Dawn Food Products Inc., one of the world’s largest independently owned bakery manufacturers and distributors, said it will increase prices for orders placed on and after July 1, 2008. “We are seeing unprecedented rises in commodity and ingredient markets along with dramatic increases in general transportation costs, especially diesel fuel,” said David Kowal, president of

West Coast Shell Adds Hydrogen Refueling

Shell Hydrogen LLC has opened a hydrogen refueling station on a conventional Shell gasoline forecourt in West Los Angeles, the company said. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard and Federal Avenue near Interstate 405, the company said the station gives consumers a taste of the future, with refueling services for hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles becoming just

UST Head: OTP Is Critical Growth Category

UST Inc. Chairman and CEO Murray Kessler is pinpointing the company’s continued success in the moist smokeless tobacco category and said he believes the growth will continue over the long-term. Kessler discussed the OTP issues at the JPMorgan Global Tobacco Conference in London on June 27, which were presented in a Web cast at the

Visa Tries To Lessen Pump Pains

Visa Inc. said it is implementing processing and rate changes that will result in benefits for American consumers and fuel merchants frustrated by rising prices at the pump. The company said its new processing method for fuel transactions will allow consumers to buy gas more easily and allow motorists and station owners to better avoid

Anheuser Rejects InBev Bid

Anheuser-Busch said its board of directors has unanimously determined that the unsolicited proposal by InBev to acquire all outstanding shares of Anheuser-Busch for $65 per share is financially inadequate and not in the best interests of Anheuser-Busch shareholders. Additionally, in a huge shift in its product lineup, Anheuser will stop selling all caffeinated alcoholic beverages,

Research Group: Americans Spent Tax Stimulus On Gas

According to new analysis from the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, the average household spent over $1500 filling their tanks ever since President Bush signed the tax rebates into law on Feb. 13 this year. The group and transit advocates in Maryland called on Congress to approve additional funding for public transportation as an alternative

Love’s Appoints 5 To New Positions

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores named David Carter as district manager and Jerry Hamm as corporate marketing manager of loyalty and media production. In its corporate office in Oklahoma City, Okla., Love’s appointed Eric Roth corporate manager of creative services, while Stewart Terbush was hired as the new accounts receivable manager and Rick Wolfenbarger

Pantry Shares Jump Amid Analyst’s Improved Rating

The Pantry Inc.’s shares jumped Wednesday after a Lehman Brothers analyst increased her third-quarter and 2008 profit estimates due to better-than-expected gas margins, the Associated Press reported. The Sanford, N.C. company’s shares jumped $1.51, or 16%, to $10.91 in afternoon trading on Wednesday. Analyst Karen Howland boosted her fiscal third-quarter profit estimate to 24 cents

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Prize Program

Coffee-and-donut king Dunkin’ Donuts has launched "Bases Loaded," a summer iced beverage promotion that will give customers a chance to win dozens of great prizes through an in-store and online program. The promotion is licensed by, the Major League Baseball Players Association, select teams and players and 2K Sports. For every Dunkin’ Donuts cold