Archives for 2010

Sealed-Fresh Foil Wrapping

Due to popular demand, Swisher International has introduced Sealed-Fresh foil wrapping on all of the company’s Swisher Sweets Cigarillos. First introduced on Swisher Sweets Wine Cigarillos, the new Sealed-Fresh packaging proved to be a huge success among retailers and customers. Expanding on that success, the new technology is now incorporated as the standard packaging for

Xpress Delivery

Hot Stuff Foods has introduced Hot Stuff Foods Xpress, a new foodservice distribution partnership and license initiative. Hot Stuff Foods Xpress offers the retailer delivery through their distributor, coupled with trusted Hot Stuff branding. It is designed specifically to occupy minimal space, utilize less labor and require less capital expense while offering strong gross margins

Male Enhancement Pills

Kretek International Inc., U.S. distributor of ExtenZe, a male enhancement brand, has introduced new ExtenZe Plus fast acting pills in a five-pack value unit. The new bright red five-pack pills feature an easy-to-take pearlized coating and are being promoted at the same price as the current four-pack unit during introduction through the end of 2010.

Happy Birthday Coke Zero

The Coca-Cola Co.’s most successful new sparkling beverage in a generation, Coke Zero, turns five this year. During its time on the market, Coke Zero has posted double-digit sales gains for five straight years and is showing no signs of slowing. Among more than 350 sparkling beverage brands launched since 2001, Coke Zero is one

Specialty Tortillas

Seventy-seven percent of customers would like to see healthier items on c-store menus, according to Mintel. The Mexican Original brand from Tyson Food Service offers a full line of specialty tortillas that help meet the needs of health-conscious consumers without sacrificing flavor. Mexican Original tortillas are available in a variety of different sizes to help

$3 Reloadable Prepaid Cards

nFinanSe Inc. has launch its $3 Reloadable Prepaid Discover Cards at Memphis-Tenn.-based Fred’s Hometown Discount Stores, a regional chain of stores located in the Southeast and Midwest. The cards sell for just $3 and the reload fee and monthly maintenance fee are only $2.95, the ATM withdrawal fee is an industry low 99 cents, and

New “Omlete” Wrap

Land Mark Products, which provides companies with customized food manufacturing solutions introduces the Day’ N Night Bites’ “Omlete” Wrap, a way to enjoy breakfast on-the-go without the mess. Instead of using crumbly scrambled eggs, the traditional egg-based breakfast wrap is more contained and far less likely to fall out of the tortilla. Day N’ Night

Super Bowl Promotion

Diamond Foods Inc. is offering a promotion across its snack portfolio called Snack Bowl XLV. Consumers will submit applications online and encourage their friends to vote for them utilizing unique tools, such as a Facebook video application. The entrant receiving the most votes will win a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement

Inside Look at Store Activity

Series2k has released S2k Realtime Center, a realtime reporting module to complement its Series2K Back Office Management System. The S2k Realtime Center is a Web-based application that allows a convenience store operator or owner to instantaneously see what is going on in their store. The S2k Realtime Center pulls information from the point-of-sale system every

Prepaid Services

Blackhawk Network, a provider of prepaid and financial payments products offers PayPower, a suite of prepaid products and services designed to help consumers stay in control of spending with simple and safe solutions that provide value, transparency and budgeting. The suite of products is targeted to consumers looking for alternatives to traditional financial credit, whether

Botanical Cigar

Arango Cigar Co. offers its “Windy City” Premium Botanical Cigar, made exclusively for Arango by Drew Estate, in its Nicaraguan factory. In 1998, Drew Estate pioneered the art of vapor-infusing cigars with a wide variety of herbal, floral, spice, and other botanical flavoring essences. Today, their Acid cigars are widely recognized for these intriguing flavor

A Moment of Sweetness

Cumberland Packing Corp. has tasked creative agency Mother New York with reintroducing Sweet’N Low to U.S. consumers by reminding people of the brand’s long history and tradition by playing up its iconic name, packaging and its most memorable color. The campaign, which includes print, outdoor and digital, will run nationally throughout 2010. Mother broke away

Chai Tea Latte Mixes

Simple-to-prepare Oregon Chai Tea Latte Dry Mixes provide an alternative to coffee and are available in three popular flavors: Vanilla, Decadent Spice and Original flavor. The mixes are easy to use—just-add-water or steamed milk prep. For added ease, each package includes a serving scoop and comes in re-closable stand up bags, eliminating the mess of

CAT Scales

If you sell diesel fuel, then you need a CAT Scale. CAT Scale Co. is a public truck scale network, with more than 1,275 certified scales located across the U.S. and Canada. There is no start up cost to join. All equipment, maintenance and staff training is provided by CAT Scale Co. The network includes

Fusion Equipment Series

The new Fusion Series features a full line of heavy-duty equipment at affordable prices, including bottom mount solid door reach-ins, glass door merchandisers, undercounter refrigerators and freezers, and sandwich/salad prep units, including the new ‘mega top,’ featuring a deeper unit to accommodate more pans inside. Master-Bilt’s Fusion Series solid door reach-ins (refrigerators and freezers) are

New Energy Flavor

After success with its Lemon Blast, Cherry Rush and Citrus Slam Xenergy Xtreme flavors, Xyience introduced Orange Fuel to its Xenergy Xtreme lineup this year. Like other Xenergy Xtreme and Premium flavors, Orange Fuel is available in 16-ounce cans and is sugar- and calorie-free, with only two grams of carbohydrates per serving. Earlier this year,

Cell Phone Chargers

Hottips is the cell phone charging system that has it all. The tips charge almost all cell phones and are available as all-in-one chargers, wall chargers, or car chargers. All multi-tip chargers include the new micro USB tip, and mobile phone brands are easily identified. A bright light indicates the phone is charging. The packaging

Gasoline at $3 Gallon for the Holidays

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices were mixed in metropolitan markets across the U.S. for the week ending Monday (12/20), easing along the West Coast while advancing along the East Coast and in Midwest markets. The weekly price changes were limited however, likely keeping the US average for regular

Tri-State Petroleum Goes Pink for a Day

Tri-State Petroleum Corporation, a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is going pink for a day to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The company has encouraged employees at its 50-plus locations to wear pink on Oct. 29 in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness

Gas City Files for Bankruptcy

Frankfort, Ill.-based Gas City Ltd., a chain of independent gas stations founded and owned by William McEnery, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Tuesday, Crain’s Chicago Business reported. Founded in 1966, Gas City includes 51 gas stations located mainly in the south suburbs of Chicago, but also in Indiana, Arizona and Florida, and listed

Convenience Stores For Sale In The Twin Cities

Thirteen former Oasis convenience stores are being sold at auction in the Twin Cities metro area, and are expected to sell for less than the current debt owed on the properties, according to bankruptcy trustee John Hedback, MarketWatch reported. “It’s a definite possibility that the lender will take a loss on these, but that’s just

Mintel Predicts Consumer Trends

As the economy slowing recovers, customers are still adapting.  With that in mind, Mintel has predicted nine key consumer trends for the year ahead, examining how long term behavior has been implicated. In 2011, consumers are living for the long term with attitudes inspired by a changed value set. “The effects of the global economic

Customers Earn Fuel Savings At Ralphs Grocery

Ralphs Grocery Co. and Shell have teamed to give customers in the greater Los Angeles area, including Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, the chance to earn fuel savings at the pump. The exclusive alliance provides Ralphs shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Ralphs rewards card. Beginning Nov. 1, every time

Casey’s Completes Short Stop Acquisition

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. has completed the acquisition of six convenience stores in Iowa owned by J.D. Carpenter Companies Inc. The stores operate under the Short Stop banner and are expected to be immediately rebranded to Casey’s. “After approaching Short Stop nearly three months ago, we were pleased with how smoothly the process

BP Outlines Plan to Move Brand Forward

BP Products North America Inc. recently reaffirmed its commitment to the BP retail brand in Gaylord, Md., at the 2010 BP Amoco Marketers Association (BPAMA)  Convention and Business Expo, an annual gathering of BP marketers. A record number of marketers attended this year’s event to hear from several top BP executives how the company plans