Archives for 2009

A Legend Among Us

Growing up during the Great Depression, Bob Seng learned to appreciate hard work, dedication and the value of an honest day’s work. It was those principles that guided him during his nearly 20-year career at Shell Oil, which began 60 years ago in 1949. For Seng, now a spry 85 years young, the experience at

Top 10 Beer Brands by Sales

TOP 10 BEER BRANDS Dollar Sales Case Sales Average Case Price Bud Light $3,823,988,000 196,964,800 $19.41 Budweiser $1,665,968,000 86,153,840 $19.34 Miller Lite $1,058,876,000 54,739,080 $19.34 Coors Light $1,032,452,000 53,347,550 $19.35 Natural Light $731,114,600 53,353,600 $13.70 Busch Light $425,441,900 31,412,000 $13.54 Busch $420,969,600 30,295,220 $13.90 Miller High Life $283,124,300 19,965,860 $14.18 Michelob Ultra Light $244,068,600 10,588,680

Concerns Abound Over Food Costs

In today’s struggling economy, more than half (58%) of U.S. consumers are “very concerned” about rising food prices, The Nielsen Co. found in a new survey on consumer purchasing trends. As consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers and retailers employ options to manage abnormally high cost increases due to raw material and other expenditures, consumers voiced

Simon Says: Refine Your Retail

Don Glenn and Jake Leatherman had just wrapped up three store visits to Atlas Oil customers in southern Michigan when their conversation turned from coffee to a slightly more slippery substance: petroleum. “Four dollars,” said Glenn, director of retail sales at Taylor, Mich.-based fuel distributor Atlas. “That’s where everybody’s world changed.” Leatherman, Atlas’ senior retail

BP Flies High on Atlas Oil’s Flagpoles

A visit to BP’s ampm stores a few years ago convinced Simon that BP’s established ampm brand—and its decision to divest itself of stores in the Midwest—was an opportunity for Atlas to acquire stores for its own dealers, as well as operate more stores on its own. In December 2007, Atlas forged an alliance with

Convenience Stores Hurt by Tobacco Taxed Ad Sales

Cigarettes continue to be the top in-store category based on sales dollars. On a monthly basis, the industry per store average over the past year was $39,127. However, its gross profit contribution slipped to 3.2% to $6,152 falling behind package beverages ($6,526), according to the National Association of Convenience Stores State of the Industry report.

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

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

Organic Treats

Classic Foods has taken their organic tortilla chips and topped them with America’s favorite gourmet dip to launch Stoned Classics Organic Spinach Artichoke & Cheese. These tortilla chips are made with organic yellow corn that is stone-ground to ensure supreme flavor and texture. Then they are lightly seasoned with spinach, artichoke and parmesan cheese to

Slow Your Roll

Innovative Beverage Group has harnessed the calming effects of melatonin, valerian root and rose hips for its new beverage, drank, which has become the new go-to beverage for people looking to relax their body, mind and soul without resorting to medication or over-the-counter sleep aides. Drank, a lightly carbonated grape flavored beverage, is the first

Pep Up Impulse Sales

DMD Pharmaceuticals has introduced the new Xtreme Peptime Mini-White Liquid Sport Pack. This 12 milliliter sport pack provides an easy-to-open rip-top for those on-the-go convenience store consumers. This dietary supplement contains Vitamin B, caffeine and taurine. The convenient blend of vitamins and energizers is formulated for an instant energy rush lasting for hours. The new

Take a Stand

MDI Worldwide has introduced a new space-saving floor stand. With a height of 47 inches and frame that holds 11-by-14-inch inserts, it is an ideal size for small areas, such as entryways, checkout counters, lobbies, queues, etc. The curved upright adds a contemporary flair and the angled frame is designed for easy viewing. The floor

Whipped Topping Made Easy

Retailers looking to add some excitement to their beverage programs have an exciting new option. The innovative Simple Serv whipped topping dispenser from Server Products will help you add value and pizzazz to hot beverages like coffee, cappuccino and hot chocolate. The stylish countertop unit is designed for self-serve operation and serves a new, specially

Heat ‘Em and Eat ‘Em

As the demand for high quality, great-tasting convenience meals continues to grow in America, frenzied individuals and families are looking for fast and easy ways to prepare their favorite dinners without sacrificing that great "home cooked" taste. Mama Rosie’s has taken its popular line of all-natural pasta entrees and added a new family member, Cheese

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

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

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

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

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