Pricing, Promotions Key for Salty Snacks

When the American Public Health Association highlighted a December 2009 study on candy, snack and sweetened beverage availability in non-food retailers, it was worried about obesity. Convenience store retailers are only worried about thin margins. The Tulane University researchers found snack food in 41% of all stores whose primary merchandise was not food. Candy was

Tapping Into the Buying Power of Hispanic Customers

C-store executives charged with marketing to the Hispanic community may be chagrined to find that there is, when all is said and done, no Hispanic community. Instead, there are many Hispanic communities. According to Chicago-based Doyle Research Associates Inc., “Hispanics possess many cultural similarities like common language, Spaniard ancestry and common religion. On the other

Lighting the Way

Best Practices for Reducing Operating Costs There is a lengthy list of general maintenance items retailers should have to maximize cooler efficiency. Jerry Lawson, national manager for Energy Star Small Business and Congregations Network, a division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, recommended the following no-cost tips that are designed to help reduce

Churro Fries

Looking for an innovative, versatile new product feature on your appetizer and dessert menus? J&J Snack Foods introduces TIO PEPE’S Churro Fries—authentic churros in a fun, new shape. Rolled in cinnamon sugar, TIO PEPE’S Churro Fries offer the perfect anytime item. Bite-size/mini offerings were ranked the No. 4 trend on the “What’s Hot” Chef’s Survey

Impulse Buy Books

“Thin Threads—Real Stories of Life Changing Moments” is a unique book series published and distributed by Kiwi Publishing. Thin Threads Special Editions are now available with a customized point-of-purchase (P-O-P) display. The P-O-P has a small footprint (11-inches by 11-inches) and can fit well close to the coffee station, a counter or a shelf. The

Citrus Mints

Sunkist Citrus Burst is a line of citrus mints that combines all-natural fruit flavors with a low-calorie, sugar-free formulation. Key selling features include high profile Sunkist branding; a natural, sugar-free option for health-conscious consumers with no aspartame or aftertaste; a pocket-friendly custom design with attractive graphics. The product is priced for a strong unit profit

Quiet Commercial Blender

Vitamix has introduced The Quiet One, a powerful, premium blender that offers sound reduction and improved speed of service. According to independent third party testing by OnSpeX, the blender operates at 18 decibels below its closest competitor when blending a milkshake. An innovative door seal design, coupled with patent-pending floating technology significantly reduces vibration transmission

Feel the Squeeze

Made with real fruit to retain all of the fiber and nutrients nature intended, Jolly Llama Real Whole Fruit Sorbet Squeezups are a convenient, great-tasting frozen treat. The family-friendly Sorbet Squeezups are all-natural, gluten-free, dairy-free and fat-free, and are sweetened with pure cane sugar and fortified with vitamins A and C, as well as fiber.

Home Recipe Favorite

General Mills has introduced Chex Mix Muddy Buddies to convenience store retailers. Inspired by the popular homemade recipe, Chex Mix Muddy Buddies is a combination of chocolate and peanut butter Corn Chex cereal pieces tossed in a sweet powdery coating. Each 4.5-ounce bag has a suggested retail price of $2.19. The snack mix aims to

Gas Island Vending

The first gas island vending solution now is available at selected WilcoHess locations in North Carolina. WilcoHess LLC, an operator of travel plazas and convenience stores in the Southeastern U.S., has collaborated with Allied Electronics, a provider of service station automation systems, The Pinnacle Corp., an automation technology and software supplier, and Vendgogh LLC, a

Building Your Banana Business

The Chiquita To Go program offers retailers the opportunity to sell quality bananas and earn higher margins. With Chiquita’s “stay fresh” technology, bananas stay fresh up to seven days longer, significantly reducing waste. Using the Chiquita To Go merchandiser, retailers can place a display of 10 bananas on the counter for increased impulse purchases, attracting

Precooked Turkey Sausage

      Known for its all-natural pork sausage, Jones Dairy Farm has introduced all-natural golden brown turkey sausage links to the company’s full line of all-natural precooked sausage offerings. Made from an all-natural recipe that never includes mechanically separated turkey meat, Jones turkey sausage contains no MSG, nitrites or nitrates and has zero grams

Energy for Busy Lifestyles

Marathon energy bars offer the sustained energy and nutrients needed for a busy life. As a low glycemic index food, Marathon energy bars provide the brain and working muscles with long-lasting energy and come in five flavors: Chewy Chocolatey Peanut, Chewy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Dark Chocolate, Crunchy Honey & Toasted Almond and Crunchy Multi-grain. Marathon

Cigars and Papers

HBI International offers Juicy Bluntarillo Quad Wrapped Cigars, which are smaller than a blunt, but bigger than a cigarillo. The Bluntarillos have four wraps because the flavor of a cigar is mostly held in its wrapper. By using four, this cigar has four times the flavor. Plus some of the wraps can be peeled off

AriZona to the Rescue

AriZona Beverage Co. has launched RESCUE Water, a new line of enhanced waters filled with a proprietary blend of Twinlab vitamins and antioxidants. It comes in four flavors, each of which corresponds to a different function. Berry Blend helps the body to relax; Lemon-Lime assists in supplying energy; Orange Citrus supports liver function so the

War Games Lighters

DjEEP has introduced War Games, its newest full color design series, available now and throughout the balance of 2010. The new War Games lighters will replace the DjEEP Freedom Series, which has been in the market since 2003. The new designs are done in a more combat-oriented color pallet to reflect the reality of America’s

Spooktacular Treats

Plan ahead for Halloween. PEEPS are dressing up in chocolate for upcoming holidays like Halloween. PEEPS Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pumpkins offer orange marshmallow on the inside and are drenched in milk or dark chocolate on the outside. Research indicates that consumers love PEEPS combined with chocolate. Just Born’s complete Halloween lineup includes PEEPS Chocolate Covered

Frozen Beverages by Jolly Rancher

YoCream introduces new tropical tremor flavors under its Jolly Rancher Frozen Beverage brand: Pomegranate, Wild Berry, Mango, Fruit Punch and Sour Green Apple. The exciting new beverages are boldly flavored, less sweet, a little tart and intensely colored. Available for frozen, carbonated and noncarbonated applications, the syrups are packaged in shelf stable bags with a

Beer Brats

Sara Lee Foodservice has introduced its Hillshire Farm Miller High Life Beer Brats made with real Miller High Life beer for grilling enthusiastic c-store customers. The first nationally distributed bratwurst of its kind, the premium sausage product leverages two powerful brands—delivering value that will allow operators to increase margins. Cooking bratwurst in beer is a

Loves To Acquire 30 Flying J / Pilot Locations

Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J are planning to divest about 30 locations (10-15 of which are Pilot locations) to Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, for an estimated $3 million to $5 million per location, The Trucker reported. The move is an attempt by Pilot and Flying J to alleviate concerns the Federal Trade

Wawa Kicks Off Go 4th and Learn

Wawa Welcome America’s Go 4th and Learn series kicked off this week with an interactive event showcasing Philadelphia and Wawa history on June 28. Go 4th and Learn is a three-part educational series for children and their families held in the week leading up to July 4 as part of the Wawa Welcome America Festivities.

PACT Act On Hold

Federal District Judge Richard Arcara temporarily ordered that the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act), a new law that disallows cigarettes to be shipped via the mail-which was set to go into effect yesterday-to be placed on hold, the Associated Press reported. A Seneca Indian Nation tobacco business owner asked for the restraining order

Indiana Retailers Seek Sunday Beer Sales

The Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers has started a new campaign called, “Change It Indiana” that seeks to build public support to allow Sunday carryout alcohol sales in Indiana, the Chicago Tribune reported. The group, which includes Kroger, Marsh, Meijer, CVS and Circle K stores, argues that 47 states allow Sunday carryout sales and that

MAPCO Adds Blockbuster Express DVD Kiosks

MAPCO Express Convenience Stores in Tennessee and the Mid-South are adding 24-hour Blockbuster Express-branded DVD kiosks. NCR Corp. has already deployed a number of the kiosks in Tennessee-area MAPCO Express locations as part of a pilot program. “MAPCO Express is committed to providing affordable quality and personalized convenience to time-starved consumers in neighborhood markets throughout

Phoenix 7-Eleven Adds Transit Cards

C-stores in the Phoenix, Ariz., metropolitan area are about to get even more convenient now that the 60 local 7-Eleven stores are selling all day and reduced all day passes for the Valley Metro-the transit system for the greater Phoenix area, ABC15 News reported. “Our goal is to make it as easy and convenient as

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