Archives for January 2009

Reaching Your Target Audience

When times are good, you should advertise. When times are bad, you must advertise. There’s no doubt we’re trudging through some tough times—it’s been this way for at least the past year. And there’s certainly no “crystal ball” to tell us when it’ll all be over. We might pull out of this down cycle sooner

Americans’ Changing Love Affair with Pizza

Consumers have shifted their pizza-ordering habits, cutting back on weekdays but ordering more often on weekends, Technomic Information Services found earlier this year. In 2006, Technomic found that 35% of consumers indicated that they would primarily order pizza for dinner during the week, and just over a quarter (28%) typically ordered pizza for dinner during

The Maine Thing

If you’re driving north or south along a crooked road just inside Maine’s Atlantic coast, you’re eating up New England’s northernmost scenery on Interstate 95. Trucking southbound through the state’s southern belly, you might stop off for gas in the town of Waterville and find J&S Oil’s Xpress Stop Service Station sitting just off the

BP Testing “Smart Wi-Fi” at U.S. Stores

BP North America has teamed with two wireless networking firms to pilot a souped-up version of Wi-Fi at 50 stores nationwide, all in hopes of adding more value to the customer experience. “We’re very interested in what the customer reaction will be,” said BP spokesman Scott Dean. “We have high hopes for this.” BP turned

Flying J Files For Chapter 11

Ogden, Utah-based Flying J Inc. has filed voluntary petitions for itself and some of its subsidiaries to reorganize under Chapter 11.  The company operates nearly 250 travel plazas and gas stations nationwide, and it had 2007 sales exceeding $16 billion. Flying J President and CEO J. Phillip Adams said the filing was triggered by a

By the Numbers

» 13 Months in prison Ashraf “Mike” Ali, owner of 26 Fast and Easy convenience stores in California’s Bay Area, will serve for an elaborate scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration. » 25 Ranking for Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores on Forbes’ 2008 list of the largest private companies in the U.S., a

Turbulent Times for Tobacco

Fasten your seat belts because 2009 will likely be one of the most turbulent years for the tobacco industry in recent memory. The outcome of the federal elections has further cemented Democratic control in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House and ushered in a new liberal administration with President-elect Obama waiting to be

Lighting for Less

Lamar Lighting, a manufacturer of stock and custom-made fluorescent lighting fixtures, has introduced Max-ER lighting. The Max-ER recessed direct/indirect revitalization luminaire features 89% luminaire efficiency, up to 97 Lumens per watt (LPW)1 and tool-less ballast access. The Max-ER is sure to be a hit with building owners and maintenance personnel alike, arriving straight from the

Feeling Blue

New BluCrans from Decas Botanical Synergies combines the freshness of just-picked blueberries and the tart taste of cranberries to create a healthy fruit snack bursting with antioxidants. Like all of the fruit juice infusions in the Fruitaceuticals line, BluCrans starts with Cape Cod cranberries which are naturally high in antioxidants. Then the cranberries are supercharged

Cream of the Crop

iSi North America Inc., an innovator of specialty culinary tools, announced the addition of the Thermo XPress Whip to their line of high-quality food whippers. A truly multi-functional professional whipper, the Thermo XPress Whip boasts a 1-quart capacity and is perfect for advanced preparation of creams and sauces to easily handle peak service times. The

Reduced-Calorie Quenchers

Odwalla Inc. is adding two new reduced-calorie juice drinks to its product portfolio: Odwalla Mojito Mambo natural juice drink and Odwalla Pomegranate Strawberry natural juice drink from concentrate, which hits shelves this month. The drinks are refreshing nutritional beverages with half the calories and sugar of other leading premium juice drinks. They are fortified to

Infinite Freshness

Creative Serving Inc., a foodservice equipment division of Durex Inc., has introduced the Infinity Heated Merchandisers, available in 18-inch, 26-inch and 36-inch models. The Infinity Merchandisers encourage impulse sales of fresh products by keeping hot products at prime serving temperature for hours. They offer a custom backlit canopy for enhanced merchandising and brand awareness, as

Bubble Dome

As retailers are looking for new profit centers to drive revenue, Bubble Wash Buildings has released its unique “Bubble-Dome” carwash building for conveyor and in-bay systems. Made from no-rust structural aluminum, the standard building comes with a thermally broken frame; clear anodized exterior; white polycron interior; polycarbonate side and end walls; textured roof; tempered glass

Vaquero Filtered

General Tobacco has launched the new Vaquero Filtered Cigars 100’s Box, the latest addition to General Tobacco’s product line. They’re available in a variety of flavors, including Natural, Lights, Vanilla, Menthol, Peach, Cherry and Wildberry. “For years, Vaquero has been a favorite among ‘little’ cigar smokers, and to reward our loyal customers and show our

On-The-Go Easy

As commuters spend around 100 hours per year in the car, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census, food companies are vying for their share of “mobile stomachs.” Now, there’s a new packaging weapon in the cup-holder cuisine arsenal that will widen commuters’ choices to include dippable foods: the Dip-N-Go cup from

Organic Energy

Honey Stinger, manufacturer of honey-based nutritional products, introduces Cherry Blossom Organic Energy Chews, formulated for health-conscious individuals and athletes who want a great-tasting energy snack. Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews are the first to include naturally occurring fiber and protein derived from organic tapioca syrup and honey. This is the company’s second chew flavor; the

Super Blends

The Sun Shower brand just got better with the addition of its new lineup of Super Blends iced coffees, teas and lattes. Each flavor contains Lifeguard Protection, a fortification package with powerful antioxidant vitamins A, E and Zinc and has half the calories of the leading brands. The Sun Shower Super Blends line is comprised

Cash Solutions

Tidel Engineering LP, a leader in cash-management systems and robbery prevention products, has introduced the Revolution, an innovative solution to manage high volumes of coins and notes. The Revolution includes three segments: A coin recycler that validates, counts, sorts and dispenses high volumes of coins, which are dispensed directly into a till drawer or coin

Fueling Product Catalog

OPW Fueling Components announced the availability of its 2009 Product Catalog. This comprehensive document provides insight on the thousands of fueling products and systems that are offered by OPW’s five operating units: Dispensing Products, Environmental Systems, Fueling Containment Systems, Fuel Management Systems and Clean Energy/Fueling Products. A strong global commitment coupled with extensive engineering, research

Take a Dip in Paradise

Paradise is pleased to offer custom sauces in dipping cups, with the ability to develop sauces and dressings in 1.5- to 4-ounce sizes. Whether you need a product match or want a new custom sauce or flavor profile, Paradise can help. A variety of products can be developed, including items such as marinara, salsa, hot

Thermal Printing Made Easy

Extech Data Systems, a developer of portable printers for enterprise-wide applications, introduces the Apex 3 Direct Thermal Printer. The newest addition to the company’s thermal 3-inch receipt printer line is designed to meet the mobile worker’s need for a lightweight, rugged and easy-to-use printer. Reflecting recent market needs, Extech has changed the standard communication options

Coffee with a Kick

Boyd Coffee Co. has added French Vanilla Coffee to its successful Hi-Rev Coffee House Roasters beverage line. The higher-caffeinated product with vanilla flavor will be available across the country in the more than 11,000 convenience stores, quick-casual and self-service establishments that carry Boyd’s products. Boyd’s Hi-Rev French Vanilla Coffee will be available in cases of

Essentially Flavorful

Coca-Cola North America is launching its much-anticipated Dasani essence brand in three flavors: Lime, Strawberry-Kiwi and Black Cherry. Dasani essence has no sugar, calories or preservatives and offers a light flavor with a tinge of all-natural fruit flavor. Available in February 2009, the new brand comes as the bottled water industry is experiencing record growth–about

Tiny Lite

Scripto introduces Tiny Lite sparkwheel lighters to its line of disposable cigarette lighters. The new mini-lighters are compact, fitting conveniently in pockets and handbags. Tiny Lite lighters are available in red, green, blue, purple and black and are offered in a choice of five-pack or 50-count Display-A-Tray with printed theme headers. The Tiny Lite Display-A-Tray

Heart Healthy Super Juice

Drenchers new all-natural 100% super juice, Heart Healthy, does exactly as its names states: It helps keep your heart healthy. Each 8-ounce serving of Heart Healthy has only 120 calories and contains two servings of fruits and vegetables. Available in shelf-stable 12- and 64-ounce sizes, Drenchers Heart Healthy all-natural 100% super juice contains Bodyguard, a

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