Archives for August 2009

Pizza Popularity Drives Food Sales

Some version of pizza has been around ever since a working man in Ancient Greece discovered that a flat round bread (plankuntos) embellished with assorted toppings made a hearty, thrifty and convenient dining experience. Little did that anonymous cook suspect that his humble meal would one day launch a major industry. According to Blumenfeld and

Frozen Sales Heating Up

Since its invention about half a century ago, the frozen dispensed beverage has become a convenience store tradition, with three out of every four U.S. convenience outlets housing a frozen beverage bar. While frozen dispensed beverages are not a huge portion of the typical store’s overall sales, the product is profitable, thanks to a gross

Cigars Enhance Flavor Profile

The SCHIP tobacco tax rates that hit on April 1 are costing cigar smokers more, but sales continue to persevere. As of April, the federal taxes on large cigars rose from 20.719% of the wholesale price with a tax cap of 4.875 cents per cigar to 52.75% of the wholesale price with a tax cap

Variety Spicing Up Salty Snacks

In the midst of the recession, more consumers are opting for at-home entertainment, which is good news for the salty snacks category. This trend may account for a jump in sales of chips and popcorn, the quintessential counterparts for an at-home movie.  Last year, salty snack sales totaled $4,962 with a profit of $1,867, a

Red Bull Energy Shots

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. Red Bull Energy Shot will engage new consumers, create new consumption

Protecting the Perimeter

Look no further than recent headlines to learn about payment security breaches and PIN pad tampering incidents involving merchants of all sizes. Sophisticated criminal organizations are targeting retailers and obtaining compromised account data with more regularity. Whether it’s fair or not, the fault of these attacks is increasingly being placed squarely on the shoulders of

New Cinnabon Crisps

Cinnabon Crisps, the latest creation from Nostalgic Specialty Foods (NSF), will be unveiled to select retailers in 2009, including at trade shows, such as the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing NACS Show. The Cinnabon name offers high brand recognition and is synonymous with delicious snacking. These crisps are crafted with Cinnabon’s fragrant, flavorful Makara

Low-calorie Vitamin Water

In response to consumers’ thirst for more great-tasting, low-calorie hydration, Glacéau vitaminwater10 will introduce four brand-new varieties on Aug. 17. Currently available in New York City and southern California, the low-calorie game-changer will flood stores nationwide next month. The four new varieties are go-go (mixed berry), mega-c (grape raspberry), revitalize (green tea) and recoup (peach-mandarin).

All-in-One BBQ and Disposable Instant Grill

P&M Products has introduced the EZ Grill, an earth-friendly, portable grill that is 100% recyclable and comes complete with foil pan, grill grate, stand and charcoal. The instant charcoal is 100% natural with no additives, chemicals or fillers. The grill lights with one match and cooks for up to 1½ hours. Plus it’s mess-free. EZ

Energy Beef Stick

Power Hungry Foods (PHF) introduces Lightning Rods Energy Beef Stick, the only energy-enhanced product that uses meat protein as the delivery system. This new alternative to energy drinks and bars uses the synergy of Guarana, charged full of natural caffeine; and ginseng to assist the body in restoring itself to health and for its beneficial

5-Hour Energy Introduces Grape Flavor

Sitting atop the growing liquid energy shot category by a substantial margin, 5-Hour Energy seeks to continue its category dominance with the introduction of its newest flavor, Grape, in late September. Founded in 2004, 5-Hour Energy is a 2-ounce energy shot that provides hours of energy with no crash or jitters through a blend of

Johnsonville Sausage Minis, Big Flavor In Fewer Bites

These days, having “mini” on the menu means BIG business. To help operators leverage the increasing “less is more” demands of customers in the most flavorful way, Johnsonville Sausage LLC has introduced new Sausage Minis in two marketplace-driven varieties. Mini Stadium Style Brats offer the uniquely seasoned brats customers crave. Mini Italian Sausages feature a

New Clove Cigars

Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer of Djarum brand tobacco products, has introduced new Djarum Filtered Clove Cigars, available in four styles–Classic Black, Vanilla Black, Cherry Black and Special Box. Three of the styles will carry the popular Black brand name with its distinctive red triangle and black package. Djarum Filtered Clove Cigars are packaged in

TOP® Superoll™ Tobacco

With tobacco prices on the rise, TOP Tobacco is providing smokers relief with the introduction of TOP Superoll Tobacco, specially blended and crafted to provide more cigarettes for the price than other pouch or canned tobaccos. Top Superoll tobacco will initially be available in three styles: Full Flavor, Menthol and Light. Breaking from TOP’s conventional

Getting More From Your POS

New electronic point-of-sale (POS) solutions are rolling out constantly, pushing retailers to make wise decisions based on their needs. Moreover, with PCI compliance nearing, finding the right solution can be more difficult. POS system owners typically use only a small fraction of the system’s capabilities, noted IBM global products executive Ralph Jacobson. “We did a

Managing Today’s Retail Workforce

Because major shifts in the economy have created unparalleled effects on the labor market, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics Inc. collaborated on our first ever human resources study in order to help convenience store owners understand the actions those in our industry are taking–or planning to take–in the coming months. An in-depth survey asked more

Turkey Hill Supports its Hometown Heroes

While the recession rages on at home and many Americans are struggling to make ends meet, far too many people have forgotten the work our brave men and women are doing overseas. So, Turkey Hill rallied its own troops to send them a message: You are not forgotten. Last month, the Pennsylvania-based operator of Turkey

New Beverage Offerings

Cliffstar Corporation introduces new items that promise to set the beverage market on its ear. Cliffstar is the largest private label beverage supplier in the U.S. and currently carries premium juices, teas, nutrient enhanced waters and isotonic thirst quenchers. Thanks to its elaborate, state-of-the art innovation center, Cliffstar is announcing new products available for sale

Selling Freshness Just Got Easier

New Colgate Wisp gives customers that just brushed clean feeling anytime, anywhere. Colgate Wisp is a single-use mini toothbrush with a breath-freshening bead that allows customers to brush on the go; no water or rinsing required. Its cleaning bristles and soft pick help remove food and particles from between teeth, while the freshening bead dissolves

New High Speed Sandwich Press

Electrolux Professional introduces its new High Speed  Sandwich Press, which grills sandwiches and wraps with various fillings in half the time of a traditional Panini Grill. What would normally take nearly two minutes, now takes only 40 seconds! The Sandwich Press outperforms any standard sandwich grill by taking a sandwich from 39 degrees to perfectly

Cheese Jerky

Snack Patrol LLC has developed a new snack, called Cheese Jerky®, that combines shredded beef jerky with string cheese. This new product, which is already available in stores across the U.S., offers a previously impossible variation of string cheese. To make this snack, premium beef jerky is shredded, then added to Wisconsin farmstead string cheese.

Wind Resistant Lighters

Built upon a long term relationship, Scripto, America’s first and most trusted brand of utility lighters, and Anheuser-Busch, a dominating industry leader, team up once again to continue their success in the Utility Lighter category by announcing the release of the new Anheuser-Busch Utility Lighter Collection. The Budweiser and Bud Light Wind Resistant Outdoor Utility

Optimo Flavored Mini Cigarillos

The growing Optimo line of cigars from Swisher International Inc. now offers customers a Mini Cigarillo size in two extremely popular flavors: Peach and Grape. The Mini Cigarillo size has already proven to be a favorite among customers—and both grape and peach are two of the hottest flavors in the market. Combine this popular size

Mini Monster Battered Taquito

Are your roller grills still bringing consumers into your stores? Today quality, value and a trusted brand are more important than ever.  Your customer knows Don Miguel stands for quality and authentic Mexican foods.  Don Miguel’s new Mini Monster Battered Taquitos maintain this tradition, which the company began in 1908. Its 3-ounce battered taquitos bring

Flavorful Peanuts

Diamond Foods’ Emerald Snack Brand offers  Bold-Flavored Oven Roasted Peanuts including Barbeque, Wasabi and Chipotle flavors.  In addition to being a great source of natural energy, the peanuts have the unique distinction of being “mess free” (no napkins needed). The Emerald Barbeque Oven Roasted Peanuts evoke the outdoors with a combination of sweet honey and

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