Trail-Glazer: Dunkin’ Donuts Storms New Ground

Dunkin’ Donuts is rolling out plans to open dozens of stores in new and existing markets nationwide, including Milwaukee, Phoenix, Baltimore, St. Louis and Washington. Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Brands Inc. recently signed a new franchisee, InterOcean Coffee Co. LLC, that will head up the openings of 122 Dunkin’ Donuts in the Milwaukee and Phoenix markets.

Wawa Offers Gas Discounts to Cash Customers

Pennsylvania-based Wawa is trying a gas-discount program at nine stores, offering customers a discount if they pay for gas with cash rather than credit or debit cards. The discounts are a way to skirt the interchange fees charged by credit card companies, though Wawa said the savings from the new program are ultimately being passed

McDonald’s Honors S&D Coffee

S&D Coffee Inc. was named McDonald’s 2007 Supplier of the Year. Concord, N.C.-based S&D sells premium roast coffees and iced tea to McDonald’s Corp. and 70,000 customers nationwide, some of which are convenience stores. McDonald’s has 13,700 restaurants in the U.S. and 30,000 worldwide, and presents its supplier of the year award annually to a

Understanding C-Store Shoppers

VideoMining has launched a new syndicated program called C-Store Shopper Insights (CSI-1) in cooperation with multiple C-store chains, including 7-Eleven and Shell Oil and Road Ranger. The goal of the landmark nationwide study is to develop a detailed understanding of the shopping process of all key consumer segments that visit C-stores. This understanding will help

Lettieri’s Adds Divisional Controller

Lettieri’s, an operating division of Hot Stuff Foods, said Dan Buvarp has joined its team as Divisional Controller. In this capacity, Buvarp will take the lead at Lettieri’s to streamline the accounting system’s financial reporting process as well as support the sales, operations and manufacturing teams. Buvarp is a CPA, who prior to accepting the

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.,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

Couche-Tard Acquires Illinois Stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reached a deal through its Mac’s Convenience Stores subsidiary to acquire 15 units in central Illinois from Speedway SuperAmerica. The deal is expected close by the end of April. Couche-Tard, which has been rumored to be nearing a much larger deal that

Tropicana Valencia Premium Juices

At last, there is a 100% pure juice with such luscious flavor, bold color and delicious taste that it is an orange juice like no other. Tropicana Products Inc. has unveiled Tropicana Pure Valencia 100% juice, a national first from the juice leader. The juice will appear in stores nationwide beginning in April. Tropicana Pure

Dole Mixed Fruit

Sales success in the competitive c-store environment requires smart thinking and creative solutions. Dole, a trusted and experienced convenience store brand, introduces new 7-ounce Mixed Fruit, expanding the goodness and value of its grab-and-go selection with another irresistible Fruit Bowls variety. Shelf-stable and easy to store, stock and merchandise, new Mixed Fruit and other popular

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