Divine Disruption

Here’s an entirely plausible scenario: At around 8 a.m. on a weekday, customers are lined six deep in front of the only open register at your suburban convenience store. The line has screeched to a halt because a deliveryman running late has flanked the clerk at the register and asked her to sign off on


How Foodservice Impacts Profits

Dennis Peters has no complaints about the proprietary fresh chicken program at two of his 24 Friendship Foods stores in Ohio. It’s popular, it’s profitable and it’s been a proven concept for the past 12 years. Well, maybe there’s one complaint. It’s a little too fresh. Not “peck-you-on-the-hand-when-you-grab-it” fresh, but certainly fresh enough to see

Meeting the Growing Foodservice Demand

This is what happens: Dad breaks to one side of the store to choose a sandwich from the Hot Spot, which he complements with a cup of hot coffee and a bag of chips.   Mom heads for the cappuccino dispenser, then works her way to a fresh salad kept cool in a temperature-controlled center-island

Smokeless Tobacco Market Includes New Flavor Innovations And Increased Consumer Demand

A perfect storm of societal, legislative, retail and economic factors in 2009 appears poised to push sales of smokeless products—the fastest-growing tobacco category—higher than ever. Convenience store retailers and marketers of such leading brands as Copenhagen, Skoal, Redman, Timberwolf, Kodiak, Red Seal, Rooster, Grizzly, Husky and Longhorn have already seen a flurry of activity on

Maximizing Energy Efficiency

Why waste anything—especially energy? Newer technologies and out-of-the-box thinking are helping trim energy costs, while plain old smart management can bring additional savings. “Most of the time, quite frankly, store operators haven’t even done the most basic stuff that could be saving them quite a bit on operating costs,” lamented John Noel, president of Energy

Trimming the Red Ink

When the economy falls off a cliff like it did in September 2008, is your business going to survive or even thrive? Most companies reacted to the downturn by cutting the usual costs: training, travel, raises, bonuses, headcount and 401(k) matching contributions. The bad news is these kinds of cuts also put employees in a

Securing the Convenience Store

Security remains an ongoing concern for convenience store operators, but new technologies and approaches are offering some great help. And great help is a great asset, because there is a lot of work to be done. Bad economic times mean increases in petty theft at retail. In fact, U.S. retailers lost $34.8 billion in stolen

Pumping Up In-Store Sales

A busy salesman on the way to his next appointment pulls into a Spinx convenience store to fill up his tank. It’s almost 1 p.m. and he hasn’t stopped since his day began just before 9 a.m. While pumping fuel, he glances at the color monitor built into the gas pump. He looks closer at

Marketing the Forecourt

When it comes to convenience stores, every square inch of selling space is precious real estate. And when the inside of a store is fully merchandised, the only place left to go is the forecourt area. Some convenience store retailers have always made good use of the forecourt area—whether or not it featured fuel pumps—to

Getting Cheese

Using its unique category focus and a new approach to create powerful business solutions, the Kellogg Convenience Store Team is excited to launch Cheez-It Duoz baked snack crackers to the salty snack set. With two flavors in one bag, Cheez-It Duoz baked snack crackers offer consumers the tasty crunch and bold flavor combinations they crave,

It’s a Hit

Officials at Monster Energy have set sail on a new venture certain to once again take the energy drink market by storm. Bigger, badder and better tasting– everything you’d expect from the No. 1 energy drink in the U.S.–Monster Energy unveiled its latest offering to the world of instant energy needs: The new Monster Hitman

Bud Light Makeover

On the heels of a new national advertising campaign, Bud Light will continue to invest in its defining product attribute–drinkability–with the introduction of new packaging. In March, Bud Light bottles, cans, secondary packaging and point-of-sale materials will include the words “superior drinkability” along with new coloring and design elements that work in concert to communicate

Sweet Opportunity

Retailers looking to jazz up their candy aisle with exciting, “better for you” products can look no further than Crystal Light sugar-free hard candies, which are produced and marketed by Sorbee International via a licensing partnership with Kraft Foods. The brand announced it has added two new flavors to its popular product line. Like its

Djeep Has More Fun

Looking to add some new style to its world-class disposable lighters, DjEEP is adding two more photo images of Marilyn Monroe to the incredibly popular series. The new photos from the archived collection of legendary Hollywood photographer Milton Greene will be available again beginning March 15, 2009. DjEEP 24-unit and 36-unit displays will continue to

Easy Ene rgy

FKI Logistex, a leader in integrated material handling solutions, announced that its new LS-4000E tilt-tray and LS-4000CB cross-belt sorters, which feature linear synchronous motor (LSM) technology, consume approximately 75% less energy than comparable sorter systems using linear induction motor (LIM) technology. The LS-4000’s LSM generates propulsive force via electromagnetic energy, as opposed to mechanical friction

Pizza Tripple Play

Hot Stuff Foods and Lettieri’s have announced the marketing initiatives for the companies’ newest items: Hot Stuff’s Big Stuff Pizza, Hot Stuff’s Take & Bake Pizza and Lettieri’s Self-Rising Pizza. The Big Stuff Pizza offers customers more than 5 square feet of pizza and weighs close to 15 pounds. The Take & Bake model was

A Foodsevice Oasis

Structural Concepts’ Oasis Series of refrigerated and non-refrigerated open air-screen merchandisers now includes five new refrigerated Oasis CO models with tray-slide capacity, allowing foodservice operations to install a self-provided tray slide to match the height and style of other equipment at the location. Oasis CO self-service merchandisers offer a range of sizes, shelving and display

Big Beer Flavors

For nearly 25 years, the brewers at Samuel Adams have taken great pride in introducing beer lovers to full-flavored, distinct brews. Continuing to push boundaries, the brewer is again answering drinkers’ thirst for bigger, more intense craft brews with the new Samuel Adams Imperial Series. With more robust flavors and nearly twice the alcohol by

Energy Burst

Go Fast Sports and Beverage Co., creator of Go Fast Energy Drinks, has a new addition in the Go Fast family: a 16-ounce can. Launching in the new 16-ounce cans will be three innovative formulas: Z-17, Light and GFTea. All Go Fast Energy Drinks are formulated to deliver the most functional and best tasting energy

Slim and Ultra-Premium

Understanding the consumer’s desire for an alternative premium slims cigarette, Commonwealth Brands Inc. is introducing two Davidoff Slim cigarette styles to the U.S. market this month. Introduction of Davidoff Slims follows the successful Spring 2008 launch of Davidoff Premium Line cigarettes in the U.S. Positioned as the ultra-premium slims brand in its category, Davidoff Slims

Green With Envy

In celebration of Valentine’s holiday, Mars Snackfood US has released its limited-edition M&M’s brand All-Green Milk Chocolate Candies available through the end of February. To highlight the romantic myths surrounding M&M’s brand All-Green Milk Chocolate Candies, Mars Snackfood US announced that Ms. Green, M&M’s brand’s sassy “spokescandy,” will put her special powers to good use

Special Snack Ceral Bar

The Kellogg Convenience Store Team, whose goal is to help retailers and wholesalers achieve the greatest possible sales and profits from its strong brands, has introduced another exciting snack bar to the channel: the Special K Chocolatey Drizzle Cereal Bar! Every bite of this delicious, 90-calorie snack bar is full of rich chocolatey drizzle. The

Food Packaging With A Twist

PWP Industries is introducing award-winning revolutionary new cake packaging which features a unique locking design that makes cake domes easy-to-open and reseal. This innovative package will alleviate the struggle consumers sometimes have when opening traditional cake domes. This easy-to-open, easy-to-close dome with base reduces damage to iced cakes, cake decorations and helps keep cakes fresh

Versatile Touch Computer

Elo TouchSystems, a Tyco Electronics business, is introducing the 15D1 all-in-one touchcomputer that delivers a versatile, highly functional and elegantly designed touchscreen solution for use in small- to medium-sized retail and hospitality businesses. Developed from the ground up for point-of-sale and point-of-service applications, the 15D1 offers a compact, modern display with a footprint that is

Rack\’Em Up

Calico Brands Inc. continues to offer a convenience store multi-tier rack program offering the greatest consumer value in the industry. Newly introduced, the various rack configurations offer a wide array of retail price points and style selection. Included in the three-tier and four-tier racks is a combination of Calico and Scripto sparkwheel, electronic, mini sparkwheel,