Archives for June 2009

Role of Technology Expanding

Whether it’s PCI compliance, overcoming high credit card fees or getting more out of a current point-of-sale (POS) system, investing in technology has never been more important for c-stores. With PCI compliance deadlines looming, many operators are still not up to speed on what they need to do, or how to do it. The Payment

Tracking the Trends

An otherwise tough year for convenience stores was balanced out by strong retail fuel margins from the unprecedented drop in wholesale fuels prices during the fourth quarter of 2008, according to National Association of Convenience Stores’ (NACS) 2009 State of the Industry report. However, credit card fees continue to take a toll on industry profitability.

Dispensing Cash Safety

Armor’s CacheSYSTEM 7000 dispenses change and counts bills. It streamlines change needs at the cash register, thereby improving customer service and store management efficiency. For instance, when a clerk needs a roll of quarters, they no longer have to make customers wait while the manager brings change. They simply enter their personal identification number on

Digital Coffee Brew System

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, it keeps coffee quality and

New Formula for Fanta

Fanta Orange, one of the leading fruit-flavored sparkling beverages in the U.S., will now feature 100% natural flavors. In fact, the entire Fanta line is getting a bold new look that includes vibrant packaging with colorful illustrations and contemporary graphics. Both the new formulation and look for Fanta will roll out in the U.S. in

Handheld Mobility and Value

CipherLab, an innovator in automated identification and data capture (AIDC) for the retail and distribution markets, has launched CipherLab 1500 series BT wireless handheld scanners. The barcode readers simplify business to ensure error-free capture of critical information through charged-coupled device (CCD) or laser with the simple pull of a trigger, enabling work efficiency and automation

Nuts for Muffins

Vitalicious announced that its new Banana Nut VitaTops will be available in convenience stores starting in June. With only 100 calories, five grams of fiber, five grams of protein, eight grams of whole grains, 15 vitamins and minerals, and only two grams of unsaturated fat per two-ounce serving, this nutritious and delicious snack provides all


New Compact Ice Machines

Hoshizaki America Inc., Peachtree City, Ga., has introduced two new Cuber Ice Machines, the KM-260B_H and the KM-201B_H. The KM-260B_H produces up to 263 pounds of ice per 24 hours and offers 100 pounds of built-in storage. The KM-201B_H produces up to 201 pounds of ice per 24 hours and has 80 pounds of built-in

It’s Not Just a Southern Thing!

  Lettieri’s is building on its already sensational breakfast program by adding two Southern Style biscuit sandwiches for busy customers on-the-go. The two new menu choices will include the Country Fried Steak & Cheese Biscuit and the Chicken & Cheese Biscuit.   The Country Fried Steak & Cheese Biscuit offers a light and tender southern-style biscuit,

New Beverage Offers Relaxation, Stress Relief

The maker MALAVA RELAX, the anti-energy drink, now offers in NOVOCAINE, which provides five times the relaxation, five times the stress relief and five times the clarity of mind as the original. When you drink NOVOCAINE, with five times the kavalactones, it puts you in a happy, tranquil state. NOVOCAINE and RELAX are the only

Sugar Free Stripes

Farley’s & Sathers has a new longer lasting flavor than original Fruit Stripe. The nostalgic Fruit Stripe gum was first introduced in the early 60’s 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,

The Essence of Dasani

Coca-Cola is getting into the unsweetened, flavored water category with the launch of Dasani Essence. Dasani Essence has a light, natural fruit flavor that is unsweetened and without preservatives or calories. It is available in three varieties: Lime Essence, Strawberry Kiwi Essence, and Black Cherry Essence. Each is packaged in stylish, recyclable 18.5-ounce single bottles

Chocolate and Coffee Unite

Soothing chocolate and sassy coffee unite for a lively combo in Mocha-walla, the new Odwalla food bar that brings together the best of the beans. Mocha-walla perks up its delightfully decadent chocolate with rich java flavors. The newest addition to the Odwalla Bar family is packed with whole grains, real fruit, natural fiber and six

C-Store Food Sales Get Healthier

Convenience retailers are increasing their share of healthy, fresh food sales, according to industry observers, who noted convenience outlets and big boxes are also gaining share at the expense of grocery stores. Though fresh and prepared foods offer high margin rings, c-store retailers should be certain they are truly ready to do food preparation before

The Coffee Battle Brews

Convenience store operators need to focus on meeting consumer demand for a quality cup of coffee as McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks and Caribou all announced plans to step up their brew programs to reel in consumers during a tough economy. About 54% of the adult population in the U.S. classify themselves as coffee consumers, according

Pizza Supreme

The most complete line of pizzeria products is now available all under one brand name—Bonici, the new pizza brand from Tyson Food Service. The Bonici brand is the only brand of pizza products backed by the support and insights of one of the most trusted names in foodservice. The brand represents a complete portfolio of

Grab and Go Goodness

To meet the demands of today’s busy consumer seeking convenient, flavorful and affordable breakfast and snack solutions, Johnsonville Sausage is rolling out handheld sandwiches featuring the company’s link sausage enrobed in a soft, warm roll. The 5-ounce sandwiches feature on-trend flavors and intriguing ingredients already built into a juicy, savory smoked-sausage link, including: Southwestern Style,

It’s a Hit

Officials at Monster Energy have set sail on a new venture certain to once again take the energy drink market by storm. Bigger, badder and better tasting—everything you’d expect from the No. 1 energy drink in the U.S.—Monster Energy unveiled its latest offering to the world of instant energy needs: The new Monster Hitman Energy

Perfect Profits

This is a high-quality deep fryer that takes up a two-foot by two-foot space on convenience store counters. No hoods, no vents and no odors. It may look compact, but it can produce 70 pounds of frozen food every hour—that’s more than 200 sides of fries. It is easy to clean and has presets, so

Fresh Coffee Services

From quaint cafes to convenience stores on every corner, coffee is stylish and trendy. People expect great coffee these days, no matter where they are, no matter what they’re doing. Filterfresh Coffee Services Inc., a division of Van Houtte Inc., believes in offering customers a great coffee anywhere, anytime. Latte Lounge, the new coffee brewer

Elvis is in the Building

Djeep is adding to its popular line of disposable lighters with the roll out the new Elvis series designs. The line follows the Marilyn Monroe Collectors’ Series featuring photos from the collection of famous photographer Milton Greene and the reintroduction of its Cats Eyes series. The new Elvis Presley Collection features four classic photo designs,

A Shot of Red Bull

Beginning this June, Red Bull will expand its energy options in the U.S. with Red Bull Energy Shot and Red Bull Sugar Free Shot. Red Bull’s entry into the shot category will grow its consumer base by introducing a premium shot from a trusted brand. The Red Bull Energy Shot will engage new consumers, create

Put Some Bark in Cooler Sales

Retailers looking to build cold vault sales can do so with a purpose. Margo’s Bark Root Beer grew out of Oscar Youd’s elementary school science fair project. Named after the family dog, Margo–a rescued black lab-pit bull mix, the micro-brewed soda stands up to the rigorous tasting standards of a 7-year-old root beer aficionado. Margo