Archives for 2008

Whole Grain Lean Pockets

Today’s consumers want to be health conscious, but don’t want to sacrifice great taste or convenience. They want a fast, easy way to eat right. The leader in the frozen sandwich category has found the solution. Now Lean Pockets brand fans can enjoy the goodness of whole grains in every bite with seven delicious varieties

Tea With a Twist

FullyLoadedTea announces the launch of its innovative whole fruit, exotic berry and vegetable blends, the first of its kind in North America to incorporate actual berries harvested from around the globe, unveiling eight bold flavours cited as the newest trend in the tea world. FullyLoadedTea fills the vacancy in the premium tea market, according to

Energy Rush

The Jolt Endurance Shot enters the fast growing "extended energy" category behind a brand that literally means energy! Jolt enjoys 90% (aided) brand awareness. The Jolt Endurance Shot contains a heaping dose of amino acids, electrolytes, vitamins, enzymes plus just the right amount caffeine. True to the Jolt name, the Jolt Endurance Shot contain more

The Power Pretzel

To help make consumers New Year’s resolutions easier to keep, Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels introduces its Empowered Pretzel, the first of the company’s "Empowered Energy Pretzel" line that offers a healthful twist on the traditional pretzel. The six-ounce heart-healthy Empowered Pretzel is ‘empowered’ with two grams of ALA Omega-3 fatty acids. It is dairy

Sugar Free Indulgence

Clemmy’s Ice Cream has introduced the first all natural, sugar free, super premium ice cream. Americans concerned about the health risks of sugar, preservatives and artificial sweeteners can now enjoy five great tasting, rich and creamy flavors: vanilla bean, chocolate, coffee, toasted almond and chocolate mint swirl. "Before Clemmy’s, ice cream lovers seeking a sugar

A Taste of New Orleans

French Market Coffee, New Orleans’ first coffee purveyor, expands beyond its New Orleans home with the launch of two additional retail coffee products: Restaurant Blend Dark Roast and Decaf Coffee & Chicory, which join the original Coffee & Chicory in its signature red can. French Market Coffee’s new retail line features the Restaurant Blend Dark

Latin Flair

Latinos, specifically those of Mexican descent, have been mixing beer with Clamato for decades. Budweiser & Clamato Chelada and Bud Light & Clamato Chelada honor that tradition by combining Anheuser-Busch’s classic American- style lagers with the spicy, invigorating taste of Clamato Tomato Cocktail, made by Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages (CSAB). The launch of Budweiser &

Hall of Fame Wine

Legendary quarterback Dan Marino has teamed with Charity Wines to raise funds for children with developmental disabilities. For every bottle of Vintage 13 from Marino Estates sold, $1.25 will be donated to The Dan Marino Foundation to help children with chronic disorders. The wines are available in three varieties: Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. "This

Hot New Bread Line and Pizza Toppings

Hot Stuff Foods has improved and expanded customer choices for both its Hot Stuff Foods, Smash Hits Deli and Smash Hit Subs brands. The company has rolled out two new signature breads including: • Sundried Tomato Basil • Three-Cheese flavored with Asiago, Romano and Parmesan cheeses. "We’ve improved our original white and wheat breads by

Ribs with BBQ Sauce

Broaster Recipe is jumping into the fully-cooked product segment with the launch of Pork Loin Back Ribs with BBQ Sauce. Individually quick frozen and conveniently packed in two five-pound pouches per case, these ribs offer a restaurant quality product that’s sure to please. Foodservice operators simply heat ‘n serve from a microwave, convection, or conventional

Flowers Foods Introduces 100-Calorie Snack Items

Flowers Foods Specialty Group introduces two 100-calorie snack items: Mini Creme-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes and Mini Blueberry Muffins, that deliver great taste and meet new nutritional guidelines. Each 100-calorie pack contains three mini cupcakes or muffins in a trim package that fits great in candy slots. The mini chocolate cupcakes are topped with chocolate icing and

Sugar-Free Valentine

This Valentine’s Day, candy maker Just Born Inc., introduces PEEPS Sugar-Free Marshmallow Hearts. Also available are a range of PEEPS Marshmallow Hearts and heart stopping HOT TAMALES and MIKE AND IKE Brand Candy Cards. PEEPS Sugar-Free Hearts were designed to meet the needs of consumers seeking sugar-free and reduced sugar products. PEEPS Sugar-Free products are

Twix Coffee Break

The pursuit of java-flavored food and beverages continues to be a hot trend percolating throughout U.S. culture. Twix, a Mars Snackfood US candy brand, is raising the bar on America’s coffee-flavor craze by introducing Twix Java with real espresso beans and coffee-flavored caramel. The limited-edition candy bar, available in stores nationwide through February 2008, is

Elegance and Strength

Rose Displays Ltd. introduces its new line of aluminum AnoPro Holders, a hanging option especially well suited for large graphics. The new holders feature a bold, rounded profile, 1.5 inches in width, making them an ideal option for displaying the largest graphics while retaining an elegant appearance. They are available in sizes ranging from five

Fresh & Easy Moving into San Francisco

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the U.S. subsidiary of mega UK retailer Tesco, unveiled plans to bring its retail concept to California’s Bay Area. Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy’s chief executive, disclosed the locations of the company’s first 18 store sites in Northern California, which will begin opening in 2009. Fresh & Easy currently has

White Hen Testing New Convenience Concept

White Hen Pantry has introduced a prototype in Northborough, Mass., that shatters the mold of its previous convenience offering. The 3,200-square-foot store offers some elements of traditional convenience stores, but goes upscale with a full-service cafe and deli, fresh foods, baked goods and a wide assortment of healthier snack with a heavy emphasis on natural,

Colorado C-Stores Face Stings

A Loaf ‘N Jug convenience store in Walensburg, Colo., has had its liquor license suspended after state authorities allegedly saw an employee sell beer to an 18-year-old. During routine compliance checks in October, the state Liquor Enforcement Division sent an under-aged person into 13 restaurants, bars, liquor and convenience stores in Huerfano County to try

SSA Partners with Lynk

Speedway SuperAmerica LLC reached a deal with RBS Lynk, the U.S. payment processing arm of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, to provide credit card processing to its 1,600 gasoline and convenience stores. Under terms of the agreement, RBS Lynk will initially provide in-store and pay-at-the-pump credit card processing system wide for Speedway, to be

AmeriStop Franchisees in Limbo

Owners of more than 60 AmeriStop convenience store franchises across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are waiting for a Thursday court hearing that could determine the future of their businesses. In November, Petro Acquisitions Inc., the parent company of the AmeriStop chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with debt estimated between $1 million and $100 million,

Houchens Acquires Browning Oil

Houchens Industries, Bowling Green, Ky., has signed a letter of intent to purchase Browning Oil, operator of 14 Shell gas stations and convenience stores. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the transaction will close in March, according to David Browning, president of Browning Oil. “I intend to pursue other business interests,” Browning told

Foodservice Demand to Reach $16.6 Billion by 2011

Foodservice disposables demand in the U.S. is projected to increase 3.8% annually to $16.6 billion in 2011. Growth will be fueled by rising disposable personal income and increased spending for food eaten or prepared away from home. Such spending will reflect consumer willingness to pay for convenience, along with interest in more sophisticated food choices.

Big Incentives for Susser Holdings

Susser Holdings Corp., the parent company of more than 500 Stripes convenience stores in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, has received $640,000 in tax incentives from the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp. and the city’s Business and Job Development Corp. With the Corpus Christi, Texas-based company’s recent acquisition of Town & Country Food Stores,

Tesco Selects Four New Locations

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the U.S. unit of Britain’s biggest grocery retailer, plans to open four stores in the Sacramento area, according to liquor license applications with the state. The Sacramento locations named in the filings include 3311 Northgate Blvd. and 3615 Bradshaw Road. Two Folsom sites, 25000 Blue Ravine Road and 9522 Greenback

Industry Takes Action Against Native Americans in N.Y.

New York State Assemblyman David R. Townsend Jr. joined convenience store operators in New York in announcing legal action to compel the Spitzer administration to uphold the state law that requires collection of state taxes on Native American sales of cigarettes and gasoline to non-Native American New Yorkers. Plaintiffs in the tax fairness lawsuit are

Negotiation Practices for Small C-Store Chainsby Jim Callahan, Convenience Solutions

The sweet science of obtaining a better deal than was offered! To compete with the big chains more effectively, you’ve got to be able to buy better, which is obviously much more difficult for a smaller chain, even more so for the single store operator. But in reality it’s much easier than you might think

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