Archives for 2013

MSA Partners With SymphonyIRI

Creating an affordable offering of SymphonyIRI’s AllScan projected scanner data for the distributor community is yet another advancement in equipping wholesalers with critical marketplace data, notes MSA’s managing director. Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) and SymphonyIRI Group Inc. are forming an alliance that will bring the SymphonyIRI AllScan Convenience Store Tracking Service to the convenience

Kocolene Selects PriceAdvantage

Now Fast Max stores can change prices more often, right from headquarters. Kocolene Marketing has chosen PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing, a fuel price management solution, for all of its Fast Max Convenience Store locations in Indiana and Kentucky to automate their fuel pricing process. “Adding PriceAdvantage to automate our fuel pricing process gives us the

Red Bull Launches Flavors

The Red Bull Editions, available nationwide, provide the energy and effect of Red Bull with the taste of cranberry, lime and blueberry. In the most anticipated category launch since the modern energy drink was introduced to the U.S. in 1997, Red Bull Energy Drink today is rolling out three new flavors available nationwide.  In new

New Two-Ounce Condiment Dispensers

A new line of two-ounce pumps specifically designed to dispense larger portions of condiments and ingredients has recently been introduced by Server Products. Perfect for back-of-house dispensing, these pumps deliver portions up to two-ounce per stroke to help speed prep time and improve operational efficiency. They come with ½-ounce and ¼-ounce portion-reducing gauging collars to

Honey BBQ Cracker Chips

Kellogg’s Special K Cracker Chips is adding Honey Barbecue to its appealing Sea Salt, Cheddar, Southwest Ranch and Sour Cream & Onion flavor offerings. Now the salty snack known for the airy crunch of a chip and the crispy texture of a cracker has flavors as diverse as its consumer base. At 110 calories per

Creamy Greek Yogurt

Dannon Foodservice announced that in addition to creamy-thick Dannon Oikos yogurts, it has added new Light & Fit Greek to its flavorful foodservice yogurt portfolio. At 80 calories per 5.3-ounces per serving, it’s the lightest Greek nonfat yogurt with fruit on the market. Together, this pair of deliciously creamy Greek yogurts offers operators a way

CDC Releases E-Cig Stats

About one in five U.S. adult cigarette smokers have tried an electronic cigarette. In 2011, about 21% of adults who smoke traditional cigarettes had used electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, up from about 10% in 2010, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, about 6% of

Kum & Go to Celebrate New Store In Waukee

The relocated store offers more interior space and a larger array of fresh foods. Kum & Go hosted a ribbon-cutting event to kick off the grand opening celebrations for a new store in Waukee on Friday, March 1, at 8 a.m. The event took place at the new store at the intersection of Interstate 80

Record Global Participation Expected At Sweets & Snacks Expo

More than 22 countries will exhibit at the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. The 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo continues to expand its status as a global resource for products, innovations and insights. Companies from 23 countries have secured booths or pavilions on the show’s floor. The Expo, to be held May 21-23 at

March 1 Marks Employee Appreciation Day

MeritShare rolls out free online employee recognition program.   March 1 is employee appreciation day, and chances are most companies aren’t doing anything for the occasion. A 2012 Bersin by Deloitte study reports that nearly 70% of employees report they are recognized just once per year or not at all. MeritShare wants to change this

New Seasoning Dispenser

Server Products has created the new In Season dispenser, which delivers perfect portions of granular seasonings to help ensure consistent flavor in menu items and promote nutritional accuracy. The InSeason dispenser comes in two models—INS 87100 with a wide cone spread pattern ideal for large area applications like French fries, and the INS 87090 with

Red Buck Soft Tip Cigars

Tantus Tobacco presents new Red Buck Soft Tipped Cigars.  The cigars measure  8.9millimeter in diameter x 110millimeter in length and 4.5-pounds or more per thousand.  Two flavors are available in seven count packs: Pipe Tobacco Sweet Tip and Wine Pipe Tobacco.  Four flavors are available in 10 count packs: Full Flavor, Menthol, Cherry, and Blueberry.

Heineken Launches New “Star Bottle” In the U.S.

New bottle, same high quality taste legendary around the world. Heineken has announced the U.S. debut of its premium Star Bottle packaging for Heineken and Heineken Light. The new Star Bottle design, Heineken’s first package change in nearly two decades, represents a more modern take on the brand’s iconic green bottle that will further reinforce

Gulf Oil Returns To Missouri

Partners with Jefferson City Oil. Gulf Oil announced a new branded partnership with Jefferson City Oil Co. Inc., a distributor of petroleum products throughout Missouri for over 85 years.  The 10-year agreement returns the iconic motor fuel brand to communities in “The Show Me State” for the first time in two decades. Jefferson City Oil

Registration Opens For 38th NCASEF Convention

This year’s convention takes place in Las Vegas. Its theme “In It To Win It,” reflects the franchisees’ can-do attitude. Registration is now available online for the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees’ (NCASEF) 38th National Convention and Trade Show, which will be held July 14 – 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, at the

Prepared Foods Prove Top Strategy For Supermarkets

Over the past five years, supermarket prepared foods have grown more than 6% annually. Rotisserie chicken may have started the trend, and Whole Foods may get credit for raising prepared foods to a new level, but these days food retailers of every ilk are finding ways to ramp up their retailer meal solutions (RMS) programs.

Hybrid Bioptic Scanner

Honeywell has introduced the Stratos 2700 bioptic scanner. Equipped with hybrid architecture that incorporates both laser and Honeywell’s industry-leading imaging technology, the Stratos 2700 is designed for retailers seeking to maximize their investment, increase customer throughput and reduce checkout loss. The device allows cashiers to quickly and easily scan virtually all bar codes, from traditional

Expanding the Foodservice Menu

Leveraging combo meals to include snacks and beverages can help boost lunch and dinner sales. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. According to a survey by Chicago-based research company Technomic Inc., 60% of consumers place a high level of importance on receiving a good value for their money when deciding which foodservice location to visit for

Cleveland Weighs Energy Drink Ban For Minors

Energy drinks containing certain levels of caffeine would be banned completely. Citing the “dangerous” health effects energy drinks have on children and young adults, an ordinance proposed by the Cleveland City Council this week aims to ban minors from buying energy drinks within the city, WKYC Online reported. The emergency ordinance would make it illegal

Larson Expands Fluorescent Light Line

Larson Electronics announced the addition of a 20,000 lumen fluorescent light fixture with Class 1 and Class 2 Division 1 UL listings. Equipped with four T5HO bulbs within the same size and shape as a standard four foot, two lamp models, the EPL-48-216 offers twice the output of a standard hazardous area light with a

Dutch Masters Introducing Sweet Cigarillos

The iconic Dutch Master’s cigar brand is adding Sweet Cigarillo to its line-up of Natural Leaf wrapped cigarillos. Cigarillo shipments within the Dutch Masters brands are outperforming the industry and the introduction of a Sweet, a top-seller within the category, is drawing a lot of attention to this heritage brand. “The Dutch Masters brand is

7-Eleven To Surpass 50,000 Stores

“We expect accelerated growth in North America to continue, and we also see many more opportunities for international expansion,” says 7-Eleven’s CEO. 7-Eleven Inc. achieved record store growth in 2012 and expects the number of 7-Eleven stores worldwide to pass the 50,000-store mark by the end of the first quarter. Already the world’s largest retailer

Kangaroo Express Opens New Charlotte Store

Grand opening celebration kicks off on March 2. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. has announced the grand opening of a new store at 7747 North Tryon Street in Charlotte, N.C, marking the first new Kangaroo Express in four years. The grand opening will be celebrated on Saturday, March 2 with a variety of

NSF International To Help Retailers Build A Culture of Food Safety

Appoints retail food safety expert, Gina Nicholson, to lead the program. NSF International, an independent global organization with nearly 70 years of food safety expertise, has appointed Gina Nicholson to global director of retail accounts. With over 23 years of retail food safety experience, Nicholson will focus on utilizing new technology and science-based approaches developed

Susser Holdings Reports Strong Fourth Quarter

Susser Holdings opened 10 new large-format Stripes convenience stores during the fourth quarter —a new quarterly record. Susser Holdings Corp. has reported strong financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 30, 2012.  Same-store merchandise sales increased 5.8% in the fourth quarter, versus growth of 5% in the prior-year period.