Blendtec-RapidRinseStation

Rapid Rinse Station

The Rapid Rinse Station from Blendtec is a small, fast and efficient tool used to rinse and stack containers in sheer seconds. Effortlessly activate the powerful, stainless-steel spray nozzle by pressing the container against the platform to deliver 120-degree spray coverage. Best of all, this station can reduce exposure to harmful sanitizers and save time

Oven

Hi-Speed Oven

Alto-Shaam is releasing the Xcelerate Hi-Speed oven, expanding the company into the high-speed oven category. Xcelerate combines powerful microwave and air impingement technologies to cook up to 10 times faster than a conventional oven while maintaining a freshly baked taste, texture and appearance. Similar to Alto-Shaam’s vast line of commercial foodservice equipment, the energy-efficient Xcelerate

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Boxed Water

Boxed Water, an eco-friendly and BPA-free alternative to bottled water, adds a new one-liter box and six-pack to its product line. Now available, the MSRP for the new one-liter and six-pack is $1.99 and $6.99, respectively. In addition to the two new products, complementing its original 500-milliliter SKU, Boxed Water distribution is quickly expanding. In

MrsFreshleys

Cinnamon Treats

Mrs. Freshley’s, an award-winning brand of snack cakes and pastries from Flowers Foods, is expanding its partnership with Cinnabon to create two new Mrs. Freshley’s snacks featuring delicious Cinnabon cinnamon. New Mrs. Freshley’s Cinnamon Twirls and Mini Donuts, made with Cinnabon’s signature cinnamon are now available. Mrs. Freshley’s Cinnamon Mini Donuts made with Cinnabon cinnamon

All Day Grilled Panini

All Day Panini

Satisfy your customers craving for something different with an “All-Day” Panini Sandwich from Tino’s Specialty Foods. Made with the finest and freshest ingredients, these sandwiches feature three mouthwatering classic flavor profiles…American, Cuban and Italian. The American version includes sugar-cured ham, Swiss cheese and a sweet and tangy honey mustard. The Cuban Panini combines seasoned Cuban

Cordele GA

VP Racing Fuels Branding Program Gets Rave Reviews

Retailers weigh in with their experiences. These days, the true identity of the “Mad Scientist” at VP Racing Fuels Inc., could be debated. While the persona had its origins in VP founder Steve Burns’ passion and talent for formulating performance fuels to maximize horsepower, the moniker could just as easily apply today to VP’s president,

GasPumpsLR

Consumer Optimism Falls as Gas Prices Rise

Rising gas prices are taking a toll on consumer optimism about the economy, with optimism falling to its lowest level since August 2014. Consumer optimism fell from 54% to 44%, the largest decrease in optimism in more than two years, according to survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). In the

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Casey’s Posts Record Third Quarter

Strong inside sales and fuel margins aid growth. Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported diluted earnings per share of $1.01 for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 ended Jan. 31, 2015, compared to $0.33 per share for the same quarter a year ago. Year to date, diluted earnings per share were $3.57 compared to $2.73 a

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Save-A-Lot’s Newest Stores Focus On Fresh

Expands across eight states. Over the past month, Supervalu’s hard-discount grocery banner, Save-A-Lot, has opened 13 new stores across eight states—its latest last week in Rockford, Ill. The banner’s newest stores, according to company officials, focus on fresh, with a “commitment to bring “fresh produce, dairy and meats” to their communities. The new stores are

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Innovative Ice Technology

Scotsman Ice Systems has introduced Prodigy Plus, the next generation of innovative ice technology. Born from extensive market research and field testing and offering a host of unique features, Prodigy Plus makes ice machines easy to service, easy to clean, and easy to operate. Prodigy Plus builds on Scotsman’s proven Prodigy platform and delivers a

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Hershey Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

Hershey’s commitment to ‘Bringing Goodness to the World’ results in first ranking on 2015 Most Ethical Company List. The Hershey Co. announced that it has been recognized as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute. The Hershey Co.’s first appearance on the World’s Most Ethical Companies list underscores the company’s commitment to

Twisted Tea

New Hard Tea Flavors

The Twisted Tea Brewing Co. has announced the release of Twisted Tea Strawberry Lime and Twisted Watermelon Lemonade, both available nationwide. Twisted Tea Strawberry Lime is a refreshing hard iced tea that combines the taste of real iced tea with fresh, fruity strawberry notes highlighted by a hint of lime. Made with real watermelon juice,

CALLAHAN

Embrace the New and Old

Soft drinks and cigarettes are still key categories to convenience stores, but today’s sophisticated consumer expects a wide array of products when they enter the door. Staying up with trends is good business. By Jim Callahan Who among you remembers the great convenience store axiom, “If it ain’t red, it’s dead”? For those too young

Taco

Customers Like Hispanic Food Options

Hispanic Americans are expected to make up 31% of the U.S. population by 2060, reported the U.S. Census Bureau. And, according to Forbes magazine and other media, they are expected to have $1.5 trillion in buying power this year, a 50% increase from 2010, according to Nielsen research. The NPD Group forecasts that the consumption

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Chicken Sales Fly High

There’s no doubt that chicken is the nation’s No. 1 protein. According to the National Chicken Council, Americans consume 83.6 pounds of it per capita, more than anyone else in the world. In its 2014 Consumer Survey, the Council reported that 89% of consumers said they ate chicken during a two-week period. And they ate

RollerGrill

Roller Grill Keeps Rolling Along

Despite increasing competition from made-to-order items, roller grill is still a c-store foodservice mainstay. And for good reason. In a recent Convenience Store Foodservice report by Mintel International research company, at least half of the respondents said they had and would order hot dogs or corn dogs at convenience stores. “I believe that consumers have

Pizza

Pizza Rises to the Challenge

Growth has been slow but steady over the past five years in the $38.7 billion business that is the pizza category. By 2019, that number is expected to rise to $42.6 billion, according to the IBISWorld research firm. At LaCrosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip, the proprietary Cheese Mountain pizza, introduced about 10 years ago, today accounts

Coffee

Coffee Outlook Is Perking Up

Last year, Americans drank an estimated 6.5 billion gallons of coffee, a modest increase in volume over the year before. An estimated 9.5% of that coffee was purchased from convenience stores, said Gary Hemphill, managing director of research for the New York-based Beverage Marketing Corp. “Modest growth” is the description Hemphill used again to project

Donuts

Bakery Category Produces Fresher Gross Margins

Convenience store profits often rise higher with the right bakery program. However, figuring out the best route to profits takes planning. Some convenience stores are expanding their bakery beyond pre-packaged snack cakes through proprietary programs or just partnering with the local bakery in town. Some chains have invested significant capital in bakery programs. The total

Sandwich

Sandwich Sales Scale Higher

Sandwiches are big business for Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco USA convenience stores in Lawrence, Kan. In fact, they’re so big that he just opened a second standalone shop for his popular proprietary Sandbar Subs concept. Overall, sandwich sales are growing 8% every month for Zaremba at both the Zarco USA stores and standalone restaurants.

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Kum & Go Launches New Brand Approach

New campaign focuses on “Where & means more.” Beginning today, Kum & Go is introducing a new campaign to bring their brand to life in-store and through advertising in the markets where they operate. The campaign will show that Kum & Go delivers more than convenience customers expect by focusing on the little extras their

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Phillips 66 US Marketing Honored

Wins the American Marketing Association Houston Chapter 2014 Marketer of the Year Award. The American Marketing Association (AMA) Houston Chapter announced the 21 companies and organizations as Best in Category winners and Phillips 66 US Marketing as the overall 2014 Marketer of the Year for Houston on Thursday night, March 5, 2015, during AMA Houston

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AAFES Works To Improve Customer Satisfaction

Names 2015 as the year of the customer. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) has launched an effort to improve customer satisfaction at its stores, according to The Military Times. The move came before AAFES recently learned of its low rating in a national customer satisfaction survey. Addressing customer satisfaction is the second

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Dollar General Expands Into Three New States

Grand opening celebrations in Oregon, Maine and Rhode Island expands major retailer’s presence to 43 states. This morning, Dollar General marked another significant milestone in its company growth by celebrating new store grand openings in Oregon, Maine and Rhode Island, expanding the major retailer’s presence to 43 states. “It’s very exciting to move into these

Retail Market for Coffee Growing in the U.S.

Increased sales of specialty beverages have increased overall revenue for coffee retailers. Most convenience store retailers appreciate the value that hot dispensed beverages provide. Retailers also recognize the importance of offering a quality product at a competitive price that is merchandised in an effective way that improves speed of service. Beyond those elements there are

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