Archives for September 2013

Chicken Takes Flight at C-Stores

Overall poultry sales continue to experience strong growth as retailers look to boost their menus with healthy items that offer flexibility and value.By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. What’s not to like about chicken? Americans love it for its taste, variety, healthfulness and price, and c-store operators like that it is versatile—think sandwiches, wraps, salads, tenders

Finding Supply Chain Success

Building a strong relationship with your vendors can ease the negotiation process and take unnecessary costs out of the distribution system. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Cutting costs along the supply chain remains a challenge for convenience stores, but strong negotiation and communication skills can go a long way toward scoring the best possible deal

Surviving the Next Superstorm

Do you have a contingency plan in place in case disaster strikes one or more of your convenience store locations? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Being prepared for major storms and disasters is vital to any convenience store, especially those in areas most susceptible to hurricanes, as Superstorm Sandy taught us just last year. The

Delivering the Goods

There’s no one-solution-fits-all when it comes to distribution. Focus and timing can make all the difference in the world. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. After working with a single distributor for 40 years, York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores last month signed three-year agreements with Core-Mark and US Foods. Robert Perkins, Rutter’s vice president of marketing,

Maintaining Data Security Standards

While many retailers are breathing a sigh of relief in regard to PCI compliance, Visa and MasterCard are constantly changing the rules, requiring stores to make costly changes and upgrades. By John Lofstock, Editor. When it comes to data security, all retailers need to be prepared for the worst scenario, but that can’t happen if

Foodservice Brand Positioning: Focus on Clarity

Companies in growth mode are faced with an ongoing dilemma of keeping their expanding portfolio on plan with regard to their strategic branding direction. This is even more important when it comes to foodservice. By John Matthews, Contributing Editor Who are we?That is a question we hear all the time from companies that are trying

Taste the Difference

Bulldog Wholesale has introduced a new  twist to its already exceptional line of entry-level disposable electronic cigarettes.  It has both upgraded the line to include a soft tip with an increased puff count, and to top it off, it has reduced the cost to allow for a $4.99 SRP.  Created for consumers who demand more

Incorporate Sustainability Into Cooking Oil Processes

The drive for sustainability in foodservice operations has, in turn, driven the search to find the best ways of handling waste cooking oil. Selling properly prepared waste oil for the manufacture of biodiesel is one of them. Frontline International has invested heavily in the research, design, and development of its Smart Oil Management systems, which

Expand Your Beverage Portfolio

Kraft Foodservice has launched Bev1 Brands, a platform that unifies the full portfolio of Kraft hot and cold beverage brands. From iconic coffee brands to refreshing, easy-to-sell cold drinks, Bev1 Brands provides operators with everything they need to meet their demands, including products, equipment, merchandising and service support. The Bev1 Brands umbrella includes  CAPRI SUN,

2D Imager Barcode Scanners

CipherLab, an innovator in Automated Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) has introduced 1500/1600 linear imager and 2D imager barcodes scanners that capture any and all barcodes printed and electronic, including barcodes on mobile phone and Description: Description: 130722 San on Mobiletablet displays. To scan barcodes from the LCD screen from mobile phone and tablets, CipherLab

Five Calorie Per Ounce ICEE

The ICEE Co. has introduced a new five-calories per ounce ICEE. This exciting new flavor is 33% less calories than the original ICEE, which qualifies as “light.  A 12-fluid ounce serving of ICEE five-calories per ounce is 60 calories compared to 95 calories for 12 ounces of original ICEE. The five calories per ounce makes

Modular Blending System

Vitamix has introduced the Modular Blending System. This newest Vitamix commercial blending technology continues a legacy of innovation by increasing speed of service and accuracy of drink build—all in a compact, quiet package that blends to precisely the same smooth consistency every time.  Field tested and ready for sale, the Modular Blending System was specifically

Starburst Minis

In Summer 2013, Wrigley introduced Starburst Minis, original Starburst chews now smaller and unwrapped for a perfect sweet treat. Starburst Minis now allow consumers to enjoy and share the popular fruit chews in an even more fun and convenient way. New Starburst Minis are offered in Starburst Original flavors and are available at retailers nationwide

Spreadable Chocolate

The newest addition to Hershey’s best-in-class chocolate portfolio—Hershey’s Spreads. The spreadable chocolate comes in three delicious varieties: chocolate, chocolate with almond and chocolate with hazelnut. Available starting December 2013, these chocolate spreads transform everyday snacks into delicious treats with the smooth and creamy Hershey taste. Hershey’s Spreads can be enjoyed with a variety of foods

Fuel Connections Service

Acumera a provider of trusted connection services for retail organizations has introduced its Fuel Connections Service, a remote connections and monitoring service to improve fuel inventory and compliance management for fuel marketers and wholesale distributors. Acumera’s Fuel Connections Service is now being offered as a freestanding solution for fuel marketers to remotely monitor and receive

Drive Seasonal Sales

Mars Chocolate North America is already talking with retail buyers about Easter options. TWIX Brand Egg Singles (also available in six-packs) building on the popularity of seasonal singles. This egg-shaped treat is a crunchy cookie with creamy caramel coated in TWIX Brand milk chocolate. TWIX Brand Centerpiece Egg is a five-ounce “egg” that can act

Yucaipa Acquiring Fresh & Easy

The acquisition “offers us an orderly and efficient exit from the U.S. market,” says Tesco CEO. Yucaipa Cos. LLC is set to acquire Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain from Britain-based Tesco, which has been struggling to turn a profit with the chain since its debut in 2007. The deal was announced Tuesday, although the

NCASEF To Donate $750,000 To Hire Heros USA

7-Eleven Inc. and vendor partners break donation record.   The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF), in partnership with 7-Eleven, Inc. and 15 vendor partners, recently announced its single largest financial commitment ever to a charitable organization—Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit organization offering transition and job search assistance to military veterans and their

Break Time Launches Loyalty Program

Smartphone app built on VERGE Retail Platform. MFA Oil Co., which operates 77 Break Time convenience stores across Missouri and Arkansas has partnered with VERGE Retail, using its Connect smartphone platform to launch a loyalty program. With the loyalty features built into the Break Time app, c-store customers are rewarded each time they use their

Kroger Achieves Perishable Donations Partnership Milestones

The company has donated 175 million fresh meat, produce & dairy meals to feed hungry families since 2008. The Kroger Co. has donated 175 million meals from fresh meat, produce, dairy and bakery items to Feeding America food banks since 2008 through its groundbreaking Perishable Donations Partnership. The program has also enabled Kroger to divert

Study Reveals Millennial Brand Attitudes

Millennials are found to be surprisingly pragmatic when it comes to forming their perceptions around brands. Concentric Marketing, a consumer packaged goods marketing and research firm, has released the results of a recent study they conducted around brand attitudes, shopping habits and preferences of Millennial consumers. The results reveal some divergence from some of the

SNICKERS Partners With NASCAR Nationwide Series

Inks deal with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for Kyle Larson to Pilot a SNICKERS Bites Car in two races. Mars Chocolate North America’s SNICKERS Brand has inked a new partnership with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) that will feature development driver Kyle Larson taking the wheel of a SNICKERS Bites car during upcoming NASCAR

Soup Season Heats Up

Tomlinson’s Glenray Premium Kettle offers fast heat up and cooking power with 800 watts of energy. Now you can cook soup from scratch and keep it warm—all in one kettle.  The Glenray Premium’s adjustable temperature control goes from sizzle to simmer to serve—you save time and spend less on equipment.  Features include: 800 watts to

Kangaroo Express Introduces New Sausage Biscuit Breakfast Offering

New on-the-go breakfast item is included in $2 breakfast combo and grill deals. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced the Jimmy Dean Sausage and Biscuit Bun, its exclusive new breakfast biscuit, is rolling in on the grill to its 1,160 grill-ready stores. Taking a twist on the classic American hot dog, the Jimmy

Consumer Pessimism Continues Its Worrisome Climb

Consumers are more pessimistic about the economy than they have been all year— and gas prices may not be the primary cause. For the first time this year, consumer pessimism increased over a 30-day period when gas prices fell. More than three in five consumers (61%) say that they are pessimistic, an increase from the