Classic Fries

Give your customers another reason to frequent your operation by adding one of the three new My Fries cuts to your menu. My Fries from ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston deliver 100% on the French fry taste and texture consumers love. Customers will be amazed to learn that My Fries have 25% less fat than conventional

Signature Sandwiches

Twister Croissant Rolls are the newest addition to Sara Lee Foodservice’s portfolio of premium croissants and innovative new bread carriers, including round sliced sourdough bread. Made with swirled, laminated croissant dough for an upscale bread carrier appearance, this unique format is ideal for creating signature, premium sandwiches throughout the day.  Sandwiches made with premium breads

Supreme Cookies

Otis Spunkmeyer’s Supreme Indulgence super-premium cookie dough offers the appeal of gourmet made-from-scratch cookies without the labor. Meet customer demand and command higher price points with larger sizes, more generous inclusions and distinctive eye appeal. Conveniently preportioned dough eliminates thawing, scooping or mixing. Supreme Indulgence is available in nine delicious flavors: Shortbread, Honey Nut Chocolate

Stix Snacks

The Procter & Gamble Co. is introducing consumers to a totally different kind of Pringle snack treat with the official nationwide rollout of Pringles Stix, an all-crispy, all-crunchy, baked cracker stick. Pringles Stix are baked-wheat, crispy-cracker sticks with a one-of-a-kind great taste. Pringles Stix are available in four popular snacking flavors including Crunchy Wheat, Vanilla,

Lemon Line

Mike and Ike Lemonade Blends is now arriving on store shelves. This new Mike and Ike flavor is the result of Just Born’s 2007 “Mix Master” consumer contest to choose the next Mike and Ike candy. Over 140,000 online votes resulted in Lemonade Blends being chosen as consumers’ favorite. Lemonade Blends candy is a five-flavor

Hand-Wrapped Sandwich Line

Pierre Foods has once again tipped the scales on innovation and product quality. Six new Big Az items have all of the attributes of the classic Big Az brand, but are now wrapped in specially designed paper packaging that allows for the sandwiches to be held in the warmer case for four hours. The new

Shake and Chug

In an effort to fill a void in the beverage aisle at convenience and grocery stores nationwide, Dean Foods introduced the first ever ice cream parlor style milk shake in a bottle called Chug Milk Shakes. An extension of the company’s No. 1 selling Chug single-serve milk brand, Chug delivers the indulgent taste of a

Extreme TV

With the release of the Infrared Imager i3 Series, Extreme CCTV is combining IP Infrared Imaging (i3) design, Black Diamond technology and performance optics to provide high-fidelity imaging integrating seamlessly with IP network infrastructure. Building on the success of Extreme’s integrated day-night cameras, the Infrared Imager i3 Series incorporates IP connectivity for remote access and

Zero-Calorie Waters

Consumers are looking for more health benefits in their beverages, minus the calories and sugar that pack on the pounds. Skinny Nutritional Corp. introduced a healthy solution with its new line of multi-functional Skinny Waters that deliver a variety of health benefits consumers are looking for in their beverages: weight control, multi-vitamins, antioxidants, and energy

Pump Up Profits

Washworld has announced its latest technological advancement, a new in-bay pump station. Washworld’s proven pump station components are now housed in a space-saving design for use within a wash bay. For car wash owners who lack space or are without an equipment room, Washworld’s In-Bay version is the ideal solution. With its narrow 2-foot depth,

Lime Light

Anheuser-Busch, the leading American brewer, has launched Bud Light Lime, a crisp light lager beer that combines the superior drinkability of Bud Light with a splash of 100% natural lime flavor. Bud Light Lime tastes great ice cold or straight from the bottle, and pairs well with spicy, grilled meats and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Energy Boost

The trend-setting, off-the-charts energy drinks from Monster will command more real estate on c-store shelves with the introduction of five exciting new products further enhancing the already diverse Java Monster energy drink lineup. The new beverages include: Lo-Ball, Nut-Up, Irish Blend, Russian and Chai Hai, Monster’s first tea-based energy drink. “Everybody at Monster Energy knew

Changing the Channel

Maybe it’s all headed toward a day of total convergence, when the lines separating one industry from the next will be irreversibly blurred. Consider the freewheeling dynamics of retailing in the past few years: McDonald’s has been offering DVD rentals by way of in-store kiosks. Blockbuster stores have begun offering c-store fare such as fountain

Tobacco products that reduce harm featured at Tobacco Plus Expo

It all began to take place on April 23, 2008 on US Airways flight #797 as I was headed to the Tobacco Plus Expo 08 in Las Vegas. As usual I was excited to explore new products and programs at this year’s show, and as I would learn, the show would not disappoint. The night

Bring Trust and Loyalty Back to the Workplace

Once upon a time in corporate America people actually liked going to work every day. They enjoyed the camaraderie of their co-workers, and they truly believed their work was making a difference, not only in the organization, but also in the world. Likewise, the company took care of its people, listened to them, and provided

Is Bulk Candy Marketing Right for You?

While single packs of gum and candy get the most attention in the candy aisle, retailers often report strong margins from bulk packages and multi packs, which carry a higher price and typically offer a greater value for consumers. But will that greater value translate into consistently stronger sales? The answer appears to be yes…sometimes,

Driving the Dairy Business

Convenience store operators nationwide are grappling with nearly unprecedented food inflation, particularly involving bakery and dairy products, that is sending tremors throughout the retail supply chain. Recent price volatility fueled by a weak dollar, rising energy costs, consumer wariness, competitive pressure and other factors is making it difficult to market staples like bakery and dairy

Moving Over to the Dark Side

Chocolate may be bringing up the rear of America’s upscale revolution, but consumers and a growing number of c-store operators aren’t complaining. Higher-priced, better quality chocolates are finding acceptance on more store shelves all the time–great for consumers and great for operators’ bottom lines. Resistance to the higher price points will fade in time as

Sweet Deliverance

Caffeine-infused potato chips. Ginseng-infused coffee. Guarana-infused gum. No matter the combination, functional food manufacturers are probably trying it. Add this one to the list: Sedative-infused chocolates. The confectionary world is on its way to proving the salability of health and energy products doesn’t have to end at the threshold of the candy aisle. In the

Secure Your System

MasterCard announces that more than 40 million credit card numbers belonging to U.S. consumers have been accessed by a computer hacker and are at risk of being used for fraud; however, company officials can’t say how long the confidential information has been missing. A disgruntled technology employee cracks his former company’s computer system and destroys

ROI: Return on Involvement

To the lay observer, it was just a Styrofoam cup jammed between the windshield and dashboard of a working man’s pickup parked outside an Indiana convenience store. To Jay Ricker, it was testament to the importance of mastering the fundamentals, concrete proof that having a good thing means knowing when you should or shouldn’t mess

No Mystery Here: Speedway Voted Best Customer Service

It’s impossible to know if the pool of customers hired by market research firm Corporate Research International (CRI) would have pegged Speedway SuperAmerica LLC as the leader in customer service five years ago. The Enon, Ohio-based marketer wasn’t even among the handful of convenience store chains whose customer service was evaluated quarterly by the research

Banking on Big Branding

When it came to choosing between a bank and quick-service restaurant to complement a Tom’s Convenience Store in a travel plaza just outside State College, Pa., Tom’s parent company, Shipley Energy, placed its money where the mouths are. It’s a decision that could pay big dividends for York, Pa.-based Shipley Energy, owner and operator of

Mixed First Quarter Results for Sunoco

Not every oil company is enjoying windfall profits in the era of expensive oil. Sunoco Inc., which refines oil it buys from producers, today reported a net loss of $59 million on sales of $12.8 billion for the first quarter of the year. Sunoco earned $175 million on sales of $9.3 billion in the first

Kum & Go Names New Vice President

Kum & Go, operator of more than 430 convenience stores in 12 states, named Terry Montgomery its new vice president of business intelligence. In this newly created position, Montgomery’s main focuses will be developing the new Kum & Go Business Intelligence department and the expansion and growth of business intelligence function for the West Des

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