Natural Performance Supplement

Recent bans and warnings by the Food & Drug Administration and several state regulatory agencies has resulted in removal of more than 25 male enhancement products from retail shelves. This is good news for VirMax performance supplements and should be good for c-store chains as well. VirMax is made in the U. S. A. by […]

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Healthy Snack Bars

To meet consumers’ evolving preferences for nourishing snacks, the Kellogg’s Convenience team introduces new Special K Snack Bars in three unique flavors: Berry Medley, Salted Caramel Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Chocolate. All three varieties are made with appealing ingredients that consumers want, recognize and feel good about eating. With fruit, chocolate pieces, oats, rice crisps, […]

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Gluten-Free Lineup

Snyder’s-Lance Inc., maker of innovative, premium and “better for you” snacks, is adding more gluten-free products to its growing product lineup. Cape Cod is introducing gluten-free Dipping Shells packed with whole grains. Pretzel Crisps, is introducing gluten-free Minis in two flavorful varieties, Original and Salted Caramel. Eatsmart Naturals’ new Sea Salt and Lime Dipping Chips […]

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Energy Boost

What makes Rhino Rush energy shots work so well is a special blend of herbal ingredients that, when combined, maximize energy potential. Take caffeine for instance. When used alone caffeine is good for an energy boost, but lacks longevity, can cause jitters and agitation, and restricts blood flow. But when properly combined with other selective […]

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Draft Non-Alcoholic Beer

ArKay Malt Beverages, a division of ArKay Beverages, has launched the world’s first non-alcoholic craft draft beer collection. According to Jose Jaramillo, ArKay’s general manager for the USA and Europe, ArKay non-alcoholic craft beer can be sold virtually anywhere. No liquor license is required to serve the beer to the consumer. Gas stations and convenience […]

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Meat Chips

There’s a brand new snack chip hitting the marketplace revolutionizing the way consumers eat protein. Meat Chips finally gives people the protein of a smoothie or a bar, but with the salty crunch of a chip. Meat Chips is the first seasoned gluten-free tortilla chip made with real white chicken meat and ground corn. They […]

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Frozen Greek Yogurt Candy Bars

Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt, the pioneers of frozen Greek yogurt, is redefining the frozen dessert aisle once again. Yasso introduced two new flavors to its lineup, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Coffee Chocolate Chip, and revealed the first-ever frozen Greek yogurt candy bars, Sea Salt Caramel Candy Bar and Toffee Crunch Candy Bar. In addition […]

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Mango Habanero Salsa

Drew’s is pleased to introduce its newest creation, Organic Mango Habanero Salsa. Drew’s started with a base of traditional organic salsa made with a tasty blend of organic tomatoes, green bell peppers, onions, garlic and other organic seasonings. Then they added the “Sweet”—organic mangoes. The mangoes in Drew’s Organic Mango Habanero Salsa are a nutritious […]

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Superior Squeeze Experience

In 2014, Hellmann’s discovered Americans missed out on more than 1,000 pounds of Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, which was trapped inside squeeze bottles. Hellmann’s is eradicating mayo lovers’ frustrations with a new-and-improved squeeze bottle that is designed to squeeze more out with less waste, less mess and more control. The innovative new bottle comes with three main […]

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Sophisticated Scanning

Datalogic has announced the availability of the Heron HD3100 linear imager. The Heron HD3100 scanner bridges the gap between man and machine while bringing unmatched elegance and the latest advance technology to the point-of-sale (POS).  The Heron scanner brings sophistication, class and style to the retail POS.  It offers multiple opportunities to incorporate the retailer’s […]

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Syrups & Shakers

Sunny Sky Products Inc. introduces Eden Gourmet Syrups & Shakers. Fashioned with natural flavors and pure cane sugar, Eden Gourmet products promise rich indulgent flavor that you and your customers will love and enjoy. An array of flavors are available for adding to coffee, hot or cold tea, smoothies, juices cocktails and desserts. Choose from […]

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Roasted Salted Mix

Santé Specialty Foods, maker of a gourmet line of roasted and spiced nuts, is broadening its bulk line with a new Roasted Salted Mix. Consisting of cashews, almonds, pecans and pistachios, the new line delivers the unparalleled crisp, delicious crunch that Santé is known for, with a just-right touch of salt. The line is sugar-free […]

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Back by Popular Demand

Living Essentials LLC, the distributor of 5-hour ENERGY shots, continues to support military causes with the announcement of a second year of limited edition cherry flavored 5-hour ENERGY shots. From May 1 through July 31, 2015, the company will donate five cents from the sale of every specially marked red, white and blue bottle of […]

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New Soup Station

Hatco’s “hot and tasty” Soup Station (120 volt) provides an attractive appearance while using Hatco’s legendary reliability for holding hot food products at safe serving temperatures—whether it’s front of the house, self-serve kiosks or catering. For More Information From Hatco Corp.

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Accelerated Cooking

The Merrychef e4s accelerated cooking oven combines three heat technologies: convection heat, impingement air and microwave energy to achieve cook times up to 15 times faster than conventional ovens. It is the perfect solution for convenience stores offering great crispy food fast around the clock with consistent results. All menu items are never more than […]

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Combi Steamer

Foodservice operators at c-stores must deliver a big volume of quality food, fast without the capacity for large cooking equipment. That’s why Eloma, a worldwide manufacturer of professional combi-steamers and bake-off ovens, developed the Genius MT C 1-1. The new pint-sized oven is a small-footprint version of Eloma’s Genius MT steamers and still packs the […]

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Premium Ice Cream

Jack Nicklaus had very few weaknesses in his legendary, record-setting golf career. There is, however, one weakness he confesses to off the course—ice cream—and now he’s giving into it and sharing it with the public. In a partnership between two great family-owned companies, rooted in the Midwest, comes Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream, manufactured by […]

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FastLane Finds Sweet Success

Warrenton Oil Co. launches its Swirls n Sweets frozen yogurt concept in its convenience stores and in a standalone format. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Warrenton Oil Co. knows first hand that staying versatile in an ever-changing industry is the key to long-term success. This past fall, the owners of the FastLane convenience store chain

Keeping Foodservice Equipment Efficient

Due diligence and proper maintenance can protect your investment and help keep your kitchen tools running longer. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Choosing the right foodservice equipment can be an often overwhelming task given the range of options available to retailers today. Efficient cooking equipment from induction cooktops, clamshell griddles, convection ovens and combi ovens

Are Your Restrooms Ready?

From mystery shoppers to checklists, creating benchmarks for employees and evaluating their success can curb customer complaints. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. A Harris Interactive survey compiled in 2011 revealed that 94% of U.S. adults would avoid a business in the future if they encountered dirty restrooms.  And with foodservice infiltrating convenience stores at a

Cultivating the Leaders of Tomorrow

Team Oil secures its future as an employee-focused organization by promoting from within. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Tony and Eric Huppert, owners of Team Oil Inc. of Spring Valley, Wis., have promoted Carrie Vanasse to head of operations, following Tony’s announcement this year of his upcoming retirement. The succession plan was implemented to secure

Convenience Store Count Reaches 149,220

The convenience retailing industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which now account for 62.9% of all convenience stores. The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 149,220 stores as of Dec. 31, 2012, a 0.7% increase (1,094 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2013 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The

Retailers Exchange Ideas at the Annual NAG Conference

Educational sessions designed for convenience store executives and plenty of networking highlighted the National Advisory Group’s 2012 meeting in New Orleans.    By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Retailers and suppliers converged at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans in September for four days of strategic educational sessions on burning issues facing the industry and

Cenex Seizes Success

Company-owned Cenex Zip Trip stores feature a revamped look and a new line of fresh foods, while the Cenex-branded network is driving sales with a renewed retail design and a loyalty partnership with Cabela’s. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. CHS Inc. is surging into 2013 with exciting new convenience store designs for its two primary

Sustainable Steps for Conserving Energy

Kum & Go goes large with LEED certification, while smaller operators are opting for lighting upgrades. What can your store do to grow sustainability? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Regardless of a convenience store chain’s size, opportunities exist for improving the bottom line through energy efficiency, both by reducing operations costs and by attracting environmentally-focused