Value is Key to HBC

In the HBC category, miscellaneous health remedies brought in $74,935,760 in dollar sales, a 4% decline from the previous year according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI) data for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 27, 2009. Meanwhile the cold allergy and sinus liquids and tablets were down 11.6% for the same period. “We’re seeing increases in

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Thinking Outside the Box

In 2010, retailers are getting creative to reach customers with the general merchandise category. As with other categories, expect customers to be focused on finding more value for their dollar. 7-Eleven Inc. sees quirky, fun products attracting customer attention at its chain in 2010. The Dallas-based chain ended the fourth quarter of 2009 with an

Leveraging Loyalty

Reaping Rewards Loyalty marketing programs recognize and reward the best customers of a business. Nearly one-third of U.S. consumers (32.3%) consider their participation in retail rewards programs to be “more important” as they seek to stretch their household budgets in the recessionary economy, according to survey research from Colloquy. In another significant result from its

Cigarettes Still King

State Tax Grab During 2009, cigarette tax increases were defeated in 19 states and passed into law in 12 states. States where cigarette tax increases were not enacted include: STATE Failed TAX Increase in 2009 Alabama 32.5 cents per pack Connecticut 50 cents per pack Georgia $1 per pack Kansas 95 cents per pack over

Smokeless Stays Strong

With many states passing smoking bans, more customers are turning to smokeless tobacco, and the sales figures from 2009 bear that out. According to Information Resources Inc., for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 27, 2009 total dollar sales for other tobacco products was $6.07 billion, up 14.6% from last year. Unit sales totaled 2.40 billion,

RYO Rolls Into 2010

RYO Pounds Sold Per Year Roll your own (RYO) cigarettes is a growing trend. Sales have climbed during the past five years, yet took a dive in 2009 as customers started using pipe tobacco to roll cigarettes as a result of increased taxes. On the other hand, customers used 10.6 million pounds of pipe tobacco

Core Brands Drive Candy

The confectionery retail market grew across all trade channels in 2009, but supermarkets, dollar stores and warehouse clubs outpaced the overall retail market in 2009, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA). NCA also noted c-stores brought in $4.6 billion in dollar sales in 2009, up 3%. Seasonal confectionary sales were up 1.2% in 2009

Customer Surge in Snacking

The dried meat snacks category overall (including jerky) celebrated a healthy 2009 ringing up more $872.48 million in total dollar sales, up about 1% compared to 2008. Unit sales, however, slipped 3% to 424.43 million for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 27, 2009, according to Information Resources (IRI) . Breaking down the category by segment,

Raising the Bar on Energy Sales

The first sports and energy bars in the U.S. were marketed primarily to serious athletes, through alternative channels such as health food stores. These bars did not have wide appeal or distribution as recently as 1990, but over the past two decades these products have since gained mass appeal and distribution after greatly improving flavor

A Dishwasher That Saves Energy

Hoshizaki America Inc. introduces the Energy Star certified Jet Wash High Temperature Commercial Dishwasher. Hoshizaki’s Jet Wash dishwasher uses less water than any competitor in the market. It offers a patented, high-pressure nozzle, six directional wash arms, separate wash and rinse pumps, and the unique design saves energy and operational costs while providing an eco-friendly,

Wilson Farms Adds ACH Debit Card with Multiple Rewards

Wilson Farms has introduced a combination ACH debit and loyalty card to their customers in the Batavia, N.Y. market. The Red Hot Rewards Card allows Wilson Farms’ customers to earn free and discounted products as well as 5% cash back on both fuel and non-fuel purchases and earn rewards every time they shop with Wilson

Maverik Country Stores to Sell Kronik Energy drinks

Just in time for the summer selling season, Kronik Energy drinks are being added to the vaults of more than 140 company-operated Maverik convenience stores across seven western states. Kronik Energy is being introduced as a new product to the Maverik stores based on customer demand for a fresh, chug-able and thirst-quenching, alternative to the

New Jersey Students Win One Year Supply of Gas From Citgo

Middletown, N.J. high school seniors Erika Rech and Mike Ruane are the latest Grand Prize winners in the Fueling Good program created by CITGO Petroleum Corporation. The cousins earned their prize of a year’s supply of CITGO gasoline by supporting individuals and families affected by breast cancer. Their charity, Breast Friends Forever, raised more than

Open Pantry Launches Rainforest Alliance Coffee Campaign

Open Pantry has successfully launched its Rainforest Alliance coffee campaign, with help from GSP Marketing Technologies (GSP), a leader in strategic marketing at the point of purchase. The campaign promotes the new coffee blend that is farmed without harming the rainforests by leveraging a unique in-store experience developed by GSP. As Open Pantry, which operates

New Cigarette Rules Proposed Today In New York

This afternoon, the state tax department of New York will issue regulations to collect taxes on cigarettes sold by Indian retailers, The Buffalo News reported. The new plan looks to collect the tax “upstream” rather than from Indian retail shops. Tobacco manufacturers will be required to sell cigarettes only to licensed stamping agents, certifying that

Coke To Aquire North American Operations Of Its Biggest Bottler

Coca-Cola Co. today announced it plans to buy the North American operations of its largest bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., in a strategic reversal that would close a competitive gap after PepsiCo. reached a similar deal, Reuters reported. “Coke couldn’t sit back while Pepsi delivered $600 million (or more) in synergies for reinvestment and then transformed

RaceTrac Haiti Fundraising Effort Brings In Over 100k

This week, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., is donating $102,939.88 to the American Red Cross in support of the Haitian Earthquake Relief effort, the Cedartown Standard reported. The more than $100,000 in funds was raised during last week’s Coffee for a Cause campaign, during which all proceeds from the sale of 16-, 20- and 24-ounce cups of

7-Eleven To Offer New Magazine For Hispanic Audience

This summer, nearly 2,000 7-Eleven stores across the country will offer the quarterly Spanish magazine Constru-Guia al Dia, which will increase the publication’s readership 251% and reach a growing demographic at c-stores. The new distribution at 7-Eleven, coupled with an existing collaboration with The Home Depot, will put Constru-Guia al Dia directly into the hands

White Castle To Be Featured Sunday On “Undercover Boss”

White Castle is participating in the upcoming episode of the CBS show Undercover Boss.  Dave Rife, White Castle family member and owner is scheduled to appear this Sunday, Feb. 28 at 9:00 pm EST. The one-hour program is devoted to White Castle with Dave visiting restaurants, a bakery and a White Castle Distributing plant where

New Save-A-Lot Opens In Dallas Area

Save-A-Lot food stores, one of the nation’s hard discount grocery retailers is expanding its presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the opening of a new store at 2627 W. Jefferson Blvd in the historic Oak Cliff community. A series of Grand Opening events will run from March 4-9, with an official Dollar-Cutting ceremony beginning

Outsite Networks Completes Loyalty Certification for Verifone

This certification allows Outsite Networks to integrate directly with the terminal loyalty ports and offer loyalty partners the additional capabilities of special member pricing, price roll back and stored cash-value rewards. “Our loyalty solution opened the possibility of loyalty across varied combinations of POS equipment because it works with every make and model POS equipment

Aloha Petroleum Fuels HGEA Scholarship Program

Aloha Petroleum is helping the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) to fund its scholarship program. Aloha Petroleum, an independently-owned and locally operated petroleum marketer, which operates 50 retail locations Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii, recently presented HGEA with a check for $3,009 to support the organization’s Charles R. Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund,

Retail Gasoline Prices Moving Sharply Higher

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN A recent government report showed inflationary pressure coming from higher gasoline prices in January, highlighting the impact of last month’s early surge in prices at the pump. Retail gasoline prices fell from early January highs, and inflation is not a near-term threat. In fact, the Consumer Price

Stripes Helps Raise More than $103,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

The 9th annual Stripes Kicks Cares For Kids Radiothon raised $103,488.25 for Children’s Miracle Network this past weekend, and donations are still being accepted on the Kicks 99.1FM Web site. The event took place live from Music City Mall in Odessa, Texas. Those who tuned into Kicks 99.1FM between Feb. 19-21 heard stories of care, love

7-Eleven Gained $1.5 Million In Media Value

7-Eleven gained much in the way of free marketing when CEO and President Joe DePinto debuted on the CBS new hit show Undercover Boss, Front Row Analytics reported. According to Front Row Analytics, 7-Eleven received $1,591,966 in media value through verbal mentions, signage, and uniform logos by a total of 65 sequences on the TV

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