Wisconsin architectural historian Jim Draeger figures two schools of thought exist in American towns where gas stations or c-stores are introduced. He calls these schools the “hide ‘em or flaunt ‘em approaches.” In the “hide ‘em” school, town planners want gas stations or c-stores to adopt architectural flavors that reflect the community’s subjective tastes. Colors,
Consumer demand for flavorful cappuccino continues to grow, and nothing satisfies it faster than the G3 Primo Cappuccino (PCGT) system from Wilbur Curtis. Based on the superior Generation 3 brewing technology, the PCGT machines are top-of-the-line and include a large, easy-to-read digital display so operators can change any setting in seconds. The attractive Euro-styled unit
“Face the future – join themovement” – R.J. Reynolds campaign to transform the tobacco category through innovation will showcase bold new ideas at NACS 2008 – tomeet the changing needs of adult tobacco consumers.
Duo Shield Insulated Paper Hot Cups from Solo are the cool solution for specialty beverages. With built-in air-pocket insulation for perfect hand-hold temperature, operators can reduce their serving time per drink by using a cup that does not require a Java Jacket or double cupping. Available in a premium stock design called Tuscan Café, Duo
Increased channel blurring is making it tougher for convenience stores to retain existing customers—and harder yet to develop loyalty in new ones. With drug stores like Walgreens and Rite Aid now selling beer and wine, Dunkin’ Donuts offering a wide array of drinks, and fast feeders continuing to gobble up market share by offering consumers
In January 2009, consumers can “plug into the SOUR source” with new STARBURST® Sour GUMMIBURSTS™. As the only liquid-filled gummi candy with an intense burst of sour flavor, STARBURST® Sour GUMMIBURSTS™ will be a hit, based on recent IRI data: Sour is a leading segment in the sugar category, and Gummi was the fastest growing
It time once again to vote for Convenience Store Decisions’ Power 25! The Power 25 recognizes industry pioneers, association executives, lawmakers and other influential figures that shape the way the convenience store industry operates. These prominent leaders are being selected for the lasting contributions they have made to the convenience channel and the impact their
Beer drinkers around the world have long appreciated Budweiser’s quality and heritage. Now fans of "The Great American Lager" are invited to discover the newest member of the Budweiser family—Budweiser American Ale. Robust and well-rounded, Budweiser American Ale’s rich amber color and bright, hoppy finish is the ideal counterpart to Budweiser’s signature golden, crisp
Next Generation Organic Dairy announces the addition of probiotic cheese sticks to their current line of dairy products. The cheese is formulated with the immune boosting probiotic GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI30, 6086) which overcomes the shortcomings of other probiotics by withstanding food manufacturing, extreme temperatures, and product shelf life. The cheese sticks are the
Fruit is one of the country’s top choices for snacking and new Fruit Stand Fruit Bars are delicious, high energy snack bars that are the perfect choice for on-the-go consumers. Each 1.4-ounce fruit bar is made from real fruit, not concentrates, pastes or purees. Available in Banana, Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry and Cherry flavors, Fruit Stand
The successful development of a convenience store prototype is a bit like an exercise in finding one’s soul. Half the soul-searching is done through scrupulous examination of all the internal components, while the rest is done by accounting for all the external forces that perpetually shape the inside. Sound spiritual and cryptic? Maybe just a
Benchmaster® has done it again! After setting the standard for outdoor Convenience Store merchandising, Structural Plastics Corporation does it one better by introducing the Stock-Block™, a versatile indoor/outdoor display system. Visit www.stock-block.com for more details, and be sure to visit us at the show at booth #6825.
Pep Up Store Sales DMD Pharmaceuticals introduces the new Xtreme Peptime Mini-White Liquid Sport Pack. This 12ml Sport Pack provides an easy to open rip top for those on-the-go consumers. This dietary supplement contains vitamin B, caffeine, and taurine. This convenient blend of vitamins and energizers is formulated for an instant energy rush lasting for
The new Sentry adjustable cup dispenser from San Jamar is the simple, affordable way to protect and dispense any cup and keep counters clean and organized. With beverage programs constantly changing this is a dispenser that can be adjusted for your current and future cup needs. The dispenser offers adjustable lifetime levers that prevent cup
Good things happen to good people. That’s an axiom we’ve all heard from the moment we were able to distinguish right from wrong. For Jeff Morris, president and CEO of Alon USA, that was a concept he struggled to wrap his brain around eight months ago. Morris has enjoyed a reputation as a great leader
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set new requirements to reduce and eliminate hazardous air pollutants at gasoline-dispensing facilities that went into effect on Jan. 10, 2008. To enable easy testing of P/V vent valves, OPW Fueling Components is pleased to offer the X23-2000 Automatic P/V Vent Valve Tester. The X23-2000 is an automatic, easy-to-use
Branding, corporate identity and corporate image are just a few of the buzzwords the folks in the marketing department use to describe the basic building blocks of a comprehensive business development plan. What these terms have in common is that they’re all about communications. Simply put, as every convenience retailer knows, the world won’t beat
Visit Booth #263 and learn how Sam’s Club® helps c-store operators save money and boost the bottom line with a variety of products, support programs and tips developed just for c-stores.
DMD Pharmaceuticals introduces the new Xtreme Peptime Mini-White Liquid Sport Pack. This 12ml Sport Pack provides an easy to open rip top for those on-the-go consumers. This dietary supplement contains vitamin B, caffeine, and taurine. This convenient blend of vitamins and energizers is formulated for an instant energy rush lasting for hours. The new Liquid
Ruiz Foods has introduced El Monterey Chimi Rolls, 4-ounce chimichangas in two new authentic Mexican flavors, tightly rolled for easy on-the-go eating and perfect for the hot-to-go case. Each El Monterey Chimi Roll uses quality meats and cheese, Mexican spices and freshly baked tortillas. "When today’s consumer looks to the foodservice hot case for innovative
A retailer needs three elements to deliver great service: a warm welcome, a magic moment and a fond farewell. These elements are fundamental for companies like Ritz Carlton and Disney, as well as the growing chain of Waffle House restaurants. Disney, of course, has been a leader in customer service for decades, having more or less
Maxim Manufacturing and Marketing knows new products drive sales, so the company is now proud to offer Dubble Bubble gumball machines that adults and children are sure to love. The Dubble Bubble Gumball Machine stands 6 inches high, is made of durable plastic and has a red base, clear globe and black panel on the
Selling tobacco products at retail continues to get harder—this time because of H.R. 1108, the Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act, which passed overwhelmingly in the House on July 30 and would, if it becomes law, be the first time the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulatory authority over tobacco manufacturing and retailing.
5-Hour Energy: Why settle for anything less than the category leader, 5-Hour Energy? You get a complete line of energy shots including the original formula plus new Extra Strength and Decaf versions. We are in booth #1411.
Atlas Oil Company said this week that a Department of Transportation (DOT) safety audit conducted by the State of Michigan Motor Carrier Division has given the company the highest of three possible ratings. The DOT safety investigation gave positive reviews on the condition and maintenance of Atlas Oil’s trucks and security plan, as well as