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Driving Confectionery Sales With Seasonal Treats

Bite-sized products and king-sized bars are boosting ticket averages, while an influx of seasonal items offers convenience stores new profit potential. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor.While single-serve chocolate and other candy remains solid at convenience stores, the industry is missing a big opportunity to capitalize on holiday and seasonal sales.The industry has long ceded this

Unleashing Your Inner Networker

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Come on, admit it. You wish you were a better networker. Fear not, it is time to unleash your inner networker. Networking is one part art and one part discipline and while there is more than one way to network, if your networking efforts

Menu Simplification: Maintaining Your Focus

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Foodservice operators have long wrestled with the challenge of balancing the demand for increased menu options by customers with that of menu simplification. While a focus on systems and procedures at quick-service restaurants (QSR’s) still drive most operations, these are often at odds with growing

Launching Your Gift Card Program

By John Matthews, founder and CEO of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Gift cards continue to grow leaps and bounds allowing retailers that have implemented a gift card program for their stores to reap vast benefits. In fact, total spending on gift cards in 2012 nearly reached $30 billion with around two-thirds of all American consumers having

Marketing To Kids

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. “Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave, when they think that their children are naive.”  – Ogden Nash  Children have been marketed to for years. Retail industry titans have recognized that targeting children and winning their loyalty can carry on throughout their entire

The Art of Execution

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Operational excellence is a retail buzzword that often gets glossed over. Retailers talk the talk, but often miss on walking the walk. Operational excellence has a singular focus: the customer. The customer is treated as a privilege, not a right, and their patronage needs

Pilot Flying J To Settle Lawsuit for $72 Million

Pending a fairness hearing, the settlement would draw to a close a lawsuit brought by 10 trucking companies alleging fuel rebate fraud. Pilot Flying J is expected to settle the ongoing federal class action lawsuit over alleged fuel rebate fraud for $72 million, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. On Nov. 25, 2013 a fairness healing

Flash Foods Launches Mobile App With Payment Option

Now customers can pay at the pump using their smartphone.  by Erin Rigik, associate editor. Flash Foods, with 172 locations in Georgia and Florida, has launched its first-ever mobile app that includes a mobile payment option for customers. The app offers a number of features, including a store locator complete with fuel prices for each

CITGO Marketers Support 8MBA

CITGO Petroleum, Barrick Enterprises and Knight Enterprises help fund revitalization efforts for Eight Mile Corridor. CITGO Petroleum Corp., along with local CITGO Marketers Barrick Enterprises and Knight Enterprises, came together to support the Eight Mile Boulevard Association’s (8MBA) ninth annual golf outing, held Sept. 20 at the Whispering Willows Golf Course in Livonia, Mich. The

This baking season, when consumers pick up a bag of Hershey's Semi-Sweet Baking Chips they will see a "Help Us Honor Heroes" burst with a QR code that takes consumers to the Wounded Warrior Project Eebsite where they can make a donation to support U.S. veterans.

Hershey Makes $100,000 Donation to Wounded Warrior Project

Participates in ‘Believe in Heroes’ Campaign. The Hershey Co. has announced a $100,000 donation to Wounded Warrior Project and its participation in the Believe in Heroes campaign. The donation will help support Wounded Warrior Project’s numerous programs, which are addressing the urgent needs of this generation’s injured service members. To promote the Believe in Heroes

MasterBilt

Fusion Plus Line

Master-Bilt introduces Fusion Plus line ENERGY STAR-qualified glass door merchandisers, coolers and freezers.  The Fusion Plus line expands Master-Bilt’s Fusion foodservice cabinet offering with a complete dealer line of glass door refrigerated and frozen merchandisers that includes swinging and glass doors.  These models offer the ultimate full-feature, price-value experience with a wide range of industry

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Ensure Coffee Freshness

The key to a well-executed coffee program is serving hot, fresh coffee cup after cup. Monitoring the holding time and amount of coffee in a dispenser is crucial to freshness and quality. To simplify this challenge Curtis is introducing the new Thermal FreshTrac System. Activated from the moment coffee is brewed, it provides a simple,

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Soft-Baked Mini Cookies

General Mills is bringing a soft-texture cookie from a consumer-loved brand for placement in the pegged cookie set. Cookies, represent $576 million in sales, according to Total U.S. Convenience All Scan-IRI for the 52 Weeks Ended Jan. 27, 2013. Now retailers have an opportunity to boost sales by satisfying consumer demand for an indulgent snack.

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Sparkling Water Beverage

Coca Cola Co introduces DASANI Sparkling Water Beverage—with water, a hint of flavor and bubbles. DASANI Sparkling is unsweetened, has zero calories, is lightly carbonated and infused with natural flavors. The new product offers crisp, clean refreshment at any time of the day. DASANI Sparkling comes in four great-tasting flavors: Lime, Lemon, Berry and Apple

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New Sandwich Top Refrigerators

Hoshizaki America Inc. has introduced two new sandwich top refrigerators—models CRMR60-8 and CRMR60-12. Retailers can select from 8, 12 and 16 pan capacity prep tables in the line of 60-inch Commercial Series Sandwich Top Refrigerators for their foodservice area. Hoshizaki refrigerators have a three-year parts and labor warranty and offer the following quality and performance

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Fruit Filling And Topping

According to a recent study by Nielsen Perishables Group, desserts accounted for nearly half of all bakery dollar sales in 2012. What’s more, pies had the strongest volume growth of 5.1%, with sales highest in November and December around the holidays. Chefs and foodservice professionals can tap into this incremental revenue opportunity with Knouse Foods’

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New Chocolate Caramel Creams

Goetze’s Candy Co. Inc. has introduced a new flavor to its Caramel Creams branded bag line: Chocolate. The new chocolate Caramel Creams offer consumers a double burst of chocolate with a chewy chocolate caramel wrapped around a decadent chocolate cream center. Made with real bittersweet chocolate and cocoa, they are an ideal accompaniment to the

Inter Continental ALL BUT ONE

Customizing The E-Cig Lifestyle

E-Luminate Electronic Cigarettes present a fresh new approach to the e-cigarette industry. Specializing in the production of three types of quality e-cigarettes (refillable, disposable and rechargeable), e-liquids, tank kits, cartomizers and accessories, E-Luminate E-Cigarettes take a step in a new direction, where consumers can truly customize their smoking lifestyle. E-Luminate’s refillable e-cigarette starter kit comes

RaceTrac Launches Crazy Good Coffee Celebration

All stores will offer free coffee the week of Nov. 10. RaceTrac has announced its Free Coffee Week from Nov. 10–16, 2013, as a way of saying thank you to all of its loyal guests. Guests at all of RaceTrac’s more than 365 stores will be welcomed with free coffee to enjoy all week, no

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Kwik Fill Rewards Sweepstakes Winners

Attractive prizes and an engaging event marketing plan fuels summer sales. It only took one impromptu entry in the 2013 Kwik Fill Free Ride Tour and Sweepstakes to land a Binghamton, N.Y. area couple the car of their dreams.  Jody and Leigh Iannone from Maine, N.Y. are among the latest winners in what continues to

Core-Mark Announces Third Quarter 2013 Investor Call

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. is set to release its earnings before the market opens on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013, and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be accessed by dialing 1-800-588-4973 using the code 35967622.  The call

Burst Media Unveils “Spending Season” Online Insights

2013 findings provide insights into the preferences and intentions of holiday shoppers. In early October 2013, Burst Media surveyed 993 U.S. online adults aged 18 or older about how and when they plan to shop for the holidays. In a year where Hanukkah starts before Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday falls in December for the first

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Gasoline Prices Tumble as U.S. Crude Supply Builds

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Seasonal weakness has dovetailed with building crude supply in the U.S. to pressure gasoline values with retail prices last tallied at a 10-month low while in futures trading the nearby contract is retracing the down move to the November 2011 low at $2.4440 gallon. November is prime

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Best New Product Award

WARHEADS Candy, the fastest growing sour brand in the U.S., announced that it has won the prestigious Best New Product Award in the seasonal category from the National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) for its WARHEADS Super Sour Candy Canes. The award was presented to Impact Confections, parent company of the WARHEADS brand, at a ceremony

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TravelCenters Introduces World Blends Coffee

Beans ground on-site for a better brew. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has introduced World Blends Coffee Co., with premium whole bean blends ground on-site just before brewing. World Blends Coffee is available exclusively at TA and Petro and includes four varieties:     House

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