Archives for March 2013

Energy Drink Sales Still Buzzing Along

During the latest 52 weeks ended Jan. 27, 2013, dollar sales for energy drinks increased 13% and volume sales grew 23.9%, said Jamil Satchu,  a partner with Symphony Consulting, part of the SymphonyIRI Group.  Not surprisingly, he noted, Red Bull and Monster were the biggest drivers of growth in this category. Despite widely publicized health

Shots Still Deliver Energetic Sales

Between 2008 and 2012, the energy shots category took off like a rocket, experiencing 168% growth over that period, said a recent report from Rockville, Md.-based Packaged Facts research company. But, as with most products, growth has begun to slow down as the category has been maturing.  Proof of that maturation can be seen in

New SKUs Challenge Packaged Carbonated Beverages

Today’s huge selection of drink choices is taking a toll on the sale of packaged carbonated beverages. In 2007, packaged carbonated drinks made up 25.4% of the U.S. beverage segment, but that figure dropped to 22.1% by 2012, according to Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC). “The category has been soft for a number of years, and

Cold, Frozen Beverage Sales Heating Up

Frozen and cold dispensed beverages are in demand, with operators appealing to new audiences with product innovation. “The No. 1 reason that consumers go to a convenience store for foodservice is for the dispensed beverages. This is the primary draw,” said Tim Powell, director of c-store programs at Technomic. In 2012, cold dispensed beverages sales

Demand for Coffee Soars

Sales of coffee dominate sales of hot beverages, making up 83.3% of the total hot beverage market in the U.S. Coffee consumption is expected to increase through 2015 at an average annual rate of 2.7%, while tea consumption is expected to increase through 2015 at an average annual rate of 3.1%, according to the National

Snacking Opportunities Boost Bakery

Packaged bakery sales jumped nearly 6% in 2012, according to SymphonyIRI, as time-pressed customers gravitated toward lower-cost indulgences for breakfast and throughout the day. For the 52 weeks ended Dec. 31, 2012, packaged bakery sales in U.S. convenience stores reached $705 million. Overall unit sales increased 1.98% to 539.54 million. “People still talk skinny, but

Fresh Focus on Sandwiches

As the grab-and-go trend continues, convenience stores looking to cater to hungry customers are increasingly turning to both made-to-order and direct store delivery sandwich programs.  In 2013, Technomic expects to see better quality deli and grab-and-go sandwich items at c-stores, as customers continue to grow more food and ingredient conscious.   “Meats, condiments, cheeses and

Reviving The Roller Grill

Look for portability and value to drive the roller grill category in 2013. Hot dog sales were up 1.5% from 2008-2012 and are expected to be up 3% from 2012-2015, according to Technomic. Operators are improving hold times and attracting customers with new varieties. “Consumers choose the roller grill many times because it is quick

Breakthrough Lighting Innovations

Cree Inc. has introduced the CR Series LED Architectural High Efficacy (HE) troffer, with an industry-leading 130 lumens per watt and 90 CRI. Cree is also increasing the efficacy of the standard CR family to 100 lumens per watt. Cree also offers the new CR Series High Definition (HD) troffer, featuring 80+ CRI with enhanced

Very Cherry Display

Lil’ Drug Stores Products’ Very Cherry Display maximizes incremental sales of lip balm and cough drops during peak season with a dynamic cherry display, featuring two leading brands. The popular cherry-flavored Carmex and Ricola SKUs are available in one compact display and sized perfectly for the season. The display includes 48 pieces of Carmex Cherry

Meeting Your Brewing Needs

The Maxwell House portfolio offers solutions to deliver Maxwell House coffee for more than one brewing system within an operation to satisfy all brewing needs. Roast and Ground options include Fractional Packs, Whole Bean, Shuttle Packs, Filter Packs, In-room Filter Packs and Urn Packs. On-demand formats include Frozen Liquid Coffee Concentrate, Shelf Stable Liquid Coffee

Side-Open Pouch Design

Optimo Cigarillos are now easier to remove from the pouch. Engineers at Swisher International have completely redesigned the cigar pouch with an industry-first, side-open pouch design. Simply use the easy-tear notch to open the foil package length-wise versus at the top or bottom. The new foil pouch locks in the freshness to ensure every cigar

Light, Refreshing Varieties

Minute Maid has introduced four all-new light juice drinks. Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Light No Pulp Orange Juice Beverage is another choice for people seeking a lighter way to enjoy the great taste of orange juice from a brand they trust. Never from concentrate, Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Light No Pulp Orange Juice Beverage has

Versatility, Convenience Driving Pizza Occasions

Pizza consumption continues to rise. More than four in 10 (41%) of consumers polled said they’re now eating pizza once a week, compared to 26% just two years ago. Pizza consumption has increased over the past two years as leading players revamp menus to include more innovative specialty pizzas, gourmet ingredients and items beyond pizza

Strong Outlook for Poultry

The U.S. market for poultry products experienced steady, but moderate growth between 2007 and estimated 2012 and is expected to continue growing at this pace into 2017, driven by rising poultry consumption. Also factoring into sales growth is the consumers’ desire for nutritious foods that help them maintain healthy weight, according to new research from

Charitable Contributions

Walkers Shortbread, the family-owned Scottish shortbread bakery, is partnering with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the second year in a row. Following a successful partnership with the ASPCA in 2012, through which Walkers raised over $25,000 for the ASPCA, Walkers will double its minimum donation amount to $50,000 for

Kum & Go Opens New, Larger Store in Loveland

New store focuses on fresh food, expanded product options and sustainability. Kum & Go L.C. has opened a new Kum & Go store today in Loveland, Colo. at 1600 E. Eisenhower Blvd. The new store brings Kum & Go’s presence to two stores in Loveland, 10 stores in northern Colorado and 48 stores across the

Fred Meyer, QFC And Shell Team To Offer Savings

Up to $1 per gallon savings at the pump greets gas station customers.  Fred Meyer, QFC and Shell are expanding their fuel points program in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Beginning April 1, Fred Meyer and QFC customers in these three states will be able to save up to $1 per gallon at the pump by

Budweiser Celebrates Opening Week

Budweiser is the Official Beer Sponsor of Major League Baseball and Presenting Sponsor of MLB Opening Week. Budweiser, the Official Beer Sponsor of Major League Baseball, is helping baseball fans celebrate the most anticipated time of the year—MLB Opening Week—with limited-time-only Budweiser cans and bottles.  More than six million cases of Budweiser products will feature

Hispanic-Americans’ Coffee Consumption Growing

NCA study shows overall coffee consumption jumped 5% this year. A recent study by the National Coffee Association (NCA) found Hispanic-Americans are leading the way in growing coffee consumption in the U.S., while the number of adults under 40 who drink coffee on a daily basis has dropped, Reuters reported. The National Coffee Drinking Trends

Valero Prepares For Retail Separation

Two steps remain before spinoff can be completed. Valero Energy Corp.’s planned spinoff of its convenience stores remains set to occur during the second quarter of 2013, Valero Chief Financial Officer Mike Ciskowski told the audience at a luncheon sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth’s Central Texas chapter. But before the spinoff can get

Captain Black Cigarillos

Scandinavian Tobacco Group presents Captain Black Cigarillos. These aromatic cigarillos are packed with exciting flavors that are consistent throughout the entire smoking experience. Captain Black Cigarillos are packaged in a contemporary design that is as “cool” as the consumers that will smoke them. The cigarillos are available in a three-pack foil pouch and singles. Captain

Pilot Flying J Opens Casual Dining Concept

Variety-filled menu offers frozen yogurt bar, hot soups, pizza and more. Professional drivers spend hours on the road away from their families, transporting goods and materials across America. When they pull over to refuel, they’re looking for some familiar comforts and a little taste of home. That’s why Pilot Flying J is committed to making

Study Finds RIN Credits Not a Factor in Higher Gas Prices

Ethanol reducing pump prices. Contrary to information coming from the oil industry, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its associated “RIN credits” have not been a factor in this spring’s higher retail gasoline prices, according to new analysis conducted by Informa Economics Inc. In fact, the study found ethanol costs significantly less than gasoline at

Wilbur Curtis Welcomes Reddington

Krista Reddington joins Wilbur Curtis as manager of sales support and marketing. Wilbur Curtis Co., a premiere manufacturer of commercial coffee and tea brewing systems, recently named Krista Reddington as new manager of sales support and marketing. The announcement was made by Curtis Executive Vice President, Kevin Curtis. Reddington brings with her over a decade