Cold Case

The new BOX Series of refrigerated air screen cases from Structural Concepts features a simple, square box design. Because many foodservice sites are designed to include refrigerated grab-and-go display cases recessed into alcoves and similar locations, the narrower profile and unique compressor ventilation channel allow an easier fit into such areas and a better match

Powder Power

ZizZazZ Explosive Energy Powder, available in .25-ounce sticks, is a unique energy product that can be consumed straight from the package or easily mixed with a cold beverage to make a great tasting energy drink. Energy drinks made from powder are not carbonated, which makes them easier to drink and better for the body. Plus,

Certified Organic Water

In the growing premium beverage market, SoNu Beverages LLC introduced certified organic SoNu Water. Arriving in northeast U.S. stores beginning in early April, the line of six flavored waters is also distinctive in that it is enhanced with both vitamins and electrolytes. The water is the first signature product of SoNu Beverages, a New York-based

One Cool Soup

Go Appetít Foods LLC is launching Go Appetít Cool Soup, the first entrée into a new category in convenience foods: drinkable soups. Go Appetít Cool Soup is designed for people who want real food fast. Soup is satisfying and sustaining, but people typically associate it with something that can only be eaten hot from a

Wrigley’s Makeover

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. is giving its Extra and Wrigley’s brands (Juicy Fruit, Doublemint, Big Red, Winterfresh and Wrigley’s Spearmint) a new look with the introduction of Slim Pack, a 15-stick envelope package that is more portable for today’s consumers. The company is also launching a new Extra line, called Extra Fruit Sensations, along

By the Numbers

» 1.5 Percentage of the U.S. populations that is vegitarian according to Harry Balzer, vice president of consumer and retail market research group NPD. » 27 Total number of states Hunt Brothers Pizza now operates in after reaching a deal to brand with a Stop ‘n’ Save convenience store in Gypsum, Colo. » 43 Percentage

Display of Energy

To help retailers maximize counter space, Living Essentials, makers of 5-Hour Energy, has introduced a new three-flavor counter rack. The display holds 36 bottles of 5-Hour Energy (12 each of berry, lemon-lime and orange flavors) in a footprint measuring 6.25-inches wide by 7-inches long. According to ACNielsen data, 5-Hour Energy earns a whopping $3.29 per

UpSides Potential

Elevate entrées with UpSides specialty side dishes that go above and beyond what customers are used to. UpSides offers customers side dish options that offer flair and sophistication, because center of the plate is no longer the only center of attention. Today’s savvy consumers expect side dishes that enhance their total food experience. UpSides savory

Carry a Big “Stix”

Hot Stuff Foods announced the rollout of its new enhanced seasoned and cheesy Breadstix line. The new Breadstix recipe gives the product a fuller, improved look with a soft, chewy texture and a mouthwatering, restaurant-quality flavor. In addition to the new recipe, one of the key components to the product’s superior quality is the retailer-friendly

Grand Prix Snus

Liggett Group is jumping into the snus market with the introduction of Grand Prix snus, a premium quality pouched tobacco product designed for adult smokers who are interested in smokeless tobacco alternatives to cigarettes. Grand Prix snus will be available in a variety of test markets beginning in May 2008. The product is the latest

Skoal Wintergreen Debuts

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USSTC) rolled out its revolutionary new wintergreen moist smokeless tobacco (MST) product designed for adult consumers who favor a bolder taste profile. New Skoal Edge Long Cut Wintergreen features an intense new wintergreen flavor and breakthrough package graphics. Moist smokeless continues to be one of the fastest growing consumer packaged goods

New York Flair

The New York Style brand is adding some fun new flavor to the deli section with the introduction of two innovative new products: Focaccia Sticks and Pretzel Flatz. New York Style Focaccia Sticks are currently the only snack of its kind on the market. They were developed to keep up with the popular taste trend

Wawa Dons the Dinner Apron

When The NPD Group released findings last month on a study of consumer trends in the struggling restaurant industry, particularly the industry’s dwindling lunch and dinner traffic, NPD Vice President Harry Balzer boiled the results down to raw basics. "Make no mistake," Balzer said, "Americans don’t want to cook. We’re just trying to figure out

Sun Dog Amber Wheat

For the past three years, Anheuser-Busch brewmasters have brewed special batches of beer crafted to complement the changing seasons. For the first time, there’s a new addition to the familiar line of favorites. Sun Dog Amber Wheat joins the seasonal beer family this spring. Sun Dog is stepping up to fill the shoes of the

Is Your Counter Making You Money?

BDI Marketing offers in and out cardboard displays designed to maximize profitability. These displays are durable, versatile and provide guaranteed sales. In fact, they provide more sales per square inch of counter space, thereby doubling or even tripling sales of other counter items. BDI designed the display for its new line of Mini Thin Rush

What’s in a Name?

The question Jim Dodrill grappled with last summer: What’s in a name? A partner at Pennsylvania-based LMA Architects, Dodrill had been approached by Consumers Petroleum of Trumbull, Conn. to help create a corporate brand for the company’s dozen or more convenience stores in Connecticut. Consumers Petroleum had acquired a handful of existing convenience stores in

Indulging Consumers with Upscale Foodservice

Rocky Trail knows a traditional foodservice offering anchors his sprawling Minnesota travel center. But when he wanted to expand the program, he turned to a nontraditional c-store brand. Above all else, it was the national recognition of Cold Stone Creamery’s name that prompted Trail, president of Trail’s Travel Center of America in Albert Lea, Minn.,

Chevron Bolsters Management Team

Chevron Corp. has named Joe Laymon corporate vice president of Human Resources, effective immediately. Laymon joins Chevron from the Ford Motor Company, where he was group vice president of corporate human resources and labor affairs. In his new role, Laymon, 55, will oversee Chevron’s human resources and medical functions worldwide. He succeeds Alan Preston, who

NACS Withdraws Opposition to Tobacco Bill

After working with House Energy and Commerce Committee members to include provisions addressing retailer concerns, NACS has withdrawn its opposition to H.R. 1108, a bill that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulatory authority over tobacco manufacturing and retailing. For years NACS had opposed H.R. 1108 and similar legislation because of concerns about

IRI Announces Top 30 Beer Brands of 2007

The IRI Beer, Wine and Spirits Practice announced results from its annual analysis of beer sales, pinpointing the Top 30 beer brands and the Top 15 new beer brands in 2007. “The historic trend of consumers trading up and paying a premium price for their favorite brands continued in 2007,” said Bump Williams, general manager

Reynolds American Comes Out Swinging Against FDA

In perhaps the harshest criticism of the government’s plan to regulate tobacco, Reynolds American today questioned the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to effectively oversee the sale of cigarettes and smokeless products as it’s currently constituted. Congress has criticized the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the past year for not ensuring the

Tobacco Industry Facing Tough Market Conditions

Industry analysts say the tobacco industry could see an accelerated decline in sales over the next few years, largely because of more health-conscious consumers and the country’s anti-tobacco movement, according to Dow Jones and the American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA). “We have highlighted accelerated volume declines as one of the bigger risks the industry faces,"

Truckers Want Cheaper Fuel, Professor Wants Costlier Fuel

While most are lamenting the cost of fuel, a renowned energy professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business is saying that gas costs should be higher to more accurately reflect the real cost of a barrel of oil. Professor Lester Lave said the real cost of a barrel of oil is more than

Maryland Town Tightens Tobacco Regulations

Lawmakers in the Maryland town of Somerset are tightening restrictions on tobacco sales to minors by revoking business licenses after just two violations within a 24-month period, The Herald (Md.) News reported. The town’s Board of Selectmen unanimously approved new regulations that call for a business to lose its license for three to 30 days

Houston Council Approves C-Store Changes

Houston City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that will force convenience store owners to beef up security measures by installing cameras and other crime-prevention mechanisms, Texas Cable News reported. The new law requires the city’s convenience stores to install color digital surveillance cameras as well as other measures, including: * Annual safety training for

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