Archives for October 2009


Broaster will exhibit its three no-fee licensed food programs: Genuine Broaster Chicken®, Broaster® Recipe Express, and Broaster® To Go Authentic Pizza. The firm also manufactures pressure fryers, ventless fryers, and other foodservice equipment; blends a complete line of marinades and breadings; and markets an expanding variety of quality frozen foods. For details visit or

Calico Brands

Scripto® introduces the new SpectraTM lighters to it’s everyday line of popular disposable cigarette lighters. The new SpectraTM lighters feature visible fuel supply through clear lighter barrels. The array of fuel colors are available in purple, sapphire, green, blue and red. SpectraTM lighters will begin shipping in January 2010. They are available in 50-ct. display-a-tray,

CDCC Products

A more powerful yet Eco-friendly Cleaning System. Under development for 3 years, impressive field test results were reported by one of CDCC’s national accounts after 6 months of field testing. The reformulation achieved benefits of Eco-friendly, 100% Biodegradable, Phosphate Free and Superior Cleaning Power. And, it will be available to all segments by early August.


Coinstar’s prepaid solutions are designed to create a destination, with no upfront inventory costs. From the right prepaid products and technology to merchandising and support, our approach is easy to implement, yet provides maximum results. Coinstar will also showcase Redbox self service DVD rental and Coin counting kiosks. NACS Booth  

Slim Jim

Slim Jim / TABASCO® Spiced Jerky is the 5th flavor launched in Slim Jim’s jerky family.  The sweet smoked mesquite flavor with a fiery TABASCO® spice makes this a great snack choice for consumers looking for a tasty, spicy treat.  This great flavor continues to leverage the brand equity of Slim Jim and TABASCO® brand. 

Wilbur Curtis Company

Create an endless number of flavored specialty coffee beverages with the new Curtis® Expressions Multi-Flavor Beverage Dispenser. With just five concentrated ingredients, Expressions creates 12 specialty coffee beverages. From vanilla and caramel lattes to cinnamon and original espresso, there’s a coffee drink to please every customer. See Curtis at booth 1455. For more information visit


Meet the f’real gen2 blender, debuting at NACS.  What’s new?  A dynamic, interactive 22″ LCD screen drives awareness, trial and sales.  Innovative technology provides 100% self-cleaning and sanitizing.  Integrated ServiceAlertTM diagnostics support optimum blender performance.  Freshly blended real ice cream milkshakes, real fruit smoothies and frozen cappuccinos have never been so easy. Booth 951.        

Health Essist, Inc

Health Essist, Inc manufactures and develops a unique line of all natural; zero Calorie, Edible Caffeine Free Edible Strips. Current product line consists of Alcohol DefenderTM to help with the “morning after feeling”, X-Energy-BoostTM and our Apple-A-DayTM strip that provides a boost to your immune system. Products are FDA approved for Food Use and Kosher

Smokeless Sales Stay Strong

Sorting through all of the dynamics at work in the smokeless tobacco category is proving a complex calculation for convenience store operators and consumers alike. For example: retail prices rose with the April 1 passage of an increase to the Federal Excise Tobacco (FET) tax to fund an expansion of SCHIP, the State Children’s Health

Three Decades of Wisdom and Experience

Chief Financial Officer, Certified Oil I joined Certified Oil in 1975. As a CPA, my background was in auditing and taxation. Being in the gasoline business with Certified over the past 34 years has made me use every bit of knowledge and experience I acquired just to keep up with the fast pace and complexity

5-Hour Energy

Should your stores carry more energy shot brands, or should they carry more energy shots that sell? Seventy-one percent of all energy shot sales in convenience stores are 5-Hour Energy. In fact, the top four selling energy shot SKUs are all 5-Hour Energy. Do your stores carry all four? Visit booth #4138 for more info.

National Tobacco

Headlines from National: Zig-Zag® Cigar Wraps score three new flavors to its line-up; Mango A Go-Go™, Straight-Up™ and Strawberry-Splash™. Zig-Zag® wraps are boldly flavored for a robust cigar experience. Stoker’s® Moist Snuff releases two new BIG flavors; Long Cut Straight and Mint 12-oz. Stoker’s® – Big Size, Big Value, Big Sales.  

Innovative Candy Concepts

It may be the best new kids candy to come out in years and finally, a candy both kids & Mom’s can agree on! MONSTER GOO! It’s sugar free & made in the USA. Comes with a cool, resealable sports cap.

Krispy Krunchy Foods

Krispy Krunchy Foods will be showing two of their concepts during this year’s NACS show.  The chicken concept gives a franchise look with no franchise fees.  Operators get a week of training at their location and a first class graphics package.  The pizza concept is a pre-built product of high quality designed to take the

Kretek International Inc.

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


Welch’s is proud to highlight two new offerings for convenience retail, 100% Blueberry Pomegranate Concord Grape and Black Cherry Concord Grape.  Both flavors on-trend and bring exciting new variety to the single serve juice category.  Stop by today and come taste the great new flavors! 

Van Houtte

Van Houtte will be featuring a wide selection of its gourmet blends including a full-line of fair-trade coffees available in traditional and single-cup format. Both supported with merchandising programs. A variety of hot and cold alternative beverages will be available for sampling including the recently launched iced coffee program. Van Houtte will also be featuring

Old Wisconsin

As the meat snack C-store experts, Old Wisconsin not only offers the largest variety of top-quality products in multiple flavors and sizes, we also supply a wide range of flexible, eye-catching displays and merchandising systems that meet your store’s needs. Our “2 For A Buck” and “Go For 2” Gravity Fed Displays deliver unbeatable value

Sam’s Clubs

Sam’s Clubs newest benefit to the Plus Membership offers more value and simplicity by loading additional savings and values directly on your Membership card.  eValues are matched to a Member’s purchasing patterns. This means a Member’s eValues offers are more related to their needs and preferences.  Visit for more info.

7-Eleven Goes Viral Targeting Younger Consumers

The latest 30-day promotion from 7-Eleven features a Battle of the Bands online music contest geared toward music lovers and younger consumers, complete with live concerts around the U.S., and new guitar-shaped Slurpee and Big Gulp cups. The contest marks the first time Slurpee has sponsored a grassroots music competition with music-enthusiasts from across the

Turning to the RYO Category

Since the onset of the April SCHIP tax increase, tobacco retailers have been turning to puffed or extended tobacco to help customers deal with the skyrocketing costs of cigarettes, especially as more customers are turning to the roll your own (RYO) category in an attempt to save dollars. Republic Tobacco’s Gambler is the market leader

Meeting the Demand for Fresh Foods

Americans are more amenable to buying meals at convenience stores, but won’t budge when it comes to quality, price or convenience factors like portability and packaging. That means there’s the potential for some real money in home meal replacement (HMR), but it has to be done well, and in just the right locations. Then there’s

What’s in Store in the Humidor

As if the turbulent economy, rising state taxes and local anti-smoking regulations hadn’t rendered the retail cigar landscape dangerous enough, enter the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which wants to significantly reshape that landscape, but so far hasn’t told anyone—most notably the retailers that will be selling the products—how. Some background: The law granting

A Functional Boost to Confections

You know the truism about Americans wanting more of everything is, indeed, true when we begin demanding more from our candy, gum and mint products than just good taste. As with beverages over the last decade or so, so-called functional snacks are slowly gaining respect in the convenience store channel, as major manufacturers roll products

New Forecourt Moves

Though gas prices have dropped significantly from a year ago, forecourt-driven sales are still a challenge for many convenience stores because people aren’t buying gas as freely as they did several years ago. The reason? Our troubled economy makes it tough for many to afford the long car trips. Fewer trips mean fewer opportunities to