New Peeler Saves Money

The new Raw Star Ceramic Peeler is taking the cooking, kitchen and convenience store world by storm. Sales have been increasing as people are discovering all the high-tech, amazing benefits of Raw Star Ceramic Peelers. The peelers never rust, stay razor sharp much longer than any metal or stainless-steel peeler and keep food fresher longer,


Make Coffee More Profitable

Tips for Preparing the Perfect Cup • Always use fresh, filtered water. • Always use fresh, whole bean coffee. Coffee is perishable: use within two weeks of roast date. • Store coffee beans in an air-tight container away from heat, light and moisture. No freezer or refrigerator. • Grind just before brewing—a timer will help

Three New Flavors

Farley’s & Sathers Candy Co. Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of quality confectionery and gum products is introducing three new flavors to its Now and Later SOFT Nine-Piece Changemakers line. The flavors are Soft Banana, Soft Cherry and Soft Watermelon. The nine-piece bar comes packed 24 in a tray and has 12 trays per

Hands free water and ice dispenser

Hoshizaki America Inc. offers new hands-free water and ice dispenser models DT-400-AR and DT-400BAH-OS. The former features a drop-in replacement refrigeration circuit, ease of serviceability for maintaining ice making/dispensing operation and simple disconnects for removal and installation. DT-400BAH-OS features a self-contained space saving design (21w x 22.5d x72.5h with 6-inch legs) and front in and

Chocolate With a Twist

The Painted Pretzel is a gourmet pretzel company that specializes in chocolate covered pretzels. The company now offers a large variety of chocolate pretzels that are topped with candy and nuts. Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., The Painted Pretzel currently has products being sold at retail outlets throughout the country in many high-end, specialty stores. This

Customer Relations Expert

Ralin Nespeca, the customer contact center manager for Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, learned the value of customer service and an unwavering work ethic at a very young age. Those skills have proved to be a valuable asset on her career path. She joined Love’s in December 2008 as the call center

New Time Delay Ink Labels

SafeTScribe Technologies has developed a new line of time delay sensitized ink labels that can be programmed to change over specific periods of time, ranging from two hours to 200 days. SafeTScribe’s TimeMarks can be used to accurately manage the freshness of products on retail shelves to ensure inventory rotation and proper handling in the

Deter Hawks With Decoy

Bird-B-Gone Inc. introduces the Bird-B-Gone Hawk, a life-like Red Tailed Hawk decoy. The Bird-B-Gone Hawk can be used to scare pest birds away from balconies, gardens, fruit trees, buildings and other areas where birds or rodents have become a problem. Birds will avoid areas treated with the decoy and move on to a more secure

First Energy Drink With Nitrous Oxide

Monster Energy is launching a new, innovative product called Nitrous Monster. Nitrous Monster is the first and only energy drink to feature nitrous oxide gas technology. The revolutionary new drink boasts a rich creamy texture and a smooth drinkable flavor. Nitrous Monster is packaged in the re-sealable 12-ounce Rexam SLEEK Cap Can with closure technology

Sonja Hubbard Paves the Way for Women in Retailing

As CEO of Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores Inc., which operates more than 300 stores in five states, Sonja Hubbard is a true c-store industry veteran. Hubbard was just a child when her father, Jim Yates founded E-Z Mart in 1970 and learned the ropes at an early age. “I grew up with this industry

Tropical Tremor Frozen Beverage

YoCream introduces new Tropical Tremor flavors under their Jolly Rancher Frozen Beverage brand: Pomegranate, Wild Berry, Mango, Fruit Punch and Sour Green Apple. The exciting new beverages are boldly flavored, less sweet, a little tart and intensely colored. Available for frozen, carbonated and uncarbonated applications, the syrups are packaged in shelf stable bags with a

Wisconsin Raises Cigarette Tax…Again

Despite a 2008 tax increase and the federal tax jump that hit just this spring, Wisconsin is again raising prices on smokers.  The price of a pack of cigarettes will increase by 75 cents to $2.52 cents per pack in Wisconsin tomorrow, Sept.1, the Associated Press reported. The tax will be the fifth highest in

Expanding In A Rough Economy

  Independent retailers seeking to expand their businesses are struggling to locate competitively-priced, quality properties, Talking Retail reported.   According to Allen Shepherd, director with property agent Christie + Co., despite lower priced properties that have cropped up because of the recession and the perception that the retail sector is currently a buyer’s market, top

Maverik To Open First Carson City C-store

  Maverik already has begun construction on what will be its first gas station convenience store in the Carson City, Nev. area, the Nevada Appeal reported.   The store is being built at College Boulevard and Research Way, and is scheduled to open in December. The Carson City location will be more than 4,600 square

7-Eleven Rocks Out With Band Contest, Guitar Cups

  7-Eleven Inc. is introducing “Battle of the Bands,” an in-store and online promotion that puts 28 bands from across the nation in a music video competition at and adds an in-store first: three colorful 32-ounce guitar-shaped Slurpee cups and a giant 54-ounce guitar-shaped Big Gulp cup.   The Big Gulp guitar cup is

Certified Oil Celebrates New Store

  Certified Oil Company, a leading operator of gas stations and convenience stores in Ohio, is holding grand opening festivities with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 1 to celebrate its new convenience store and gas station in Chillicothe.   The new store is located at 825 North Bridge Street.   Over the past year,

Shoppers Pick Convenience Over Cost

  Customers are choosing convenience over value these days, according to a yearlong shopper experience study currently underway by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research.   Data from the study shows that consumer priorities are changing from shopping around to save dollars to spending more money in an effort to save time.   “There has

Sheetz Opens 2nd Wheeling, W.Va. Store

  Sheetz increased its store count in the Wheeling, W.Va. area yesterday with a second store location.   The new store is located at 6 Cabela Drive in Triadelphia. Employees celebrated the new store with grand opening festivities yesterday, including a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m.   West Virginia Governor, Joe Manchin III was

PepsiCo Names Two EVP Appointments

  PepsiCo has announced two new executive employee promotions.   Tom Greco, a 23-year veteran has been appointed to the newly created role of executive vice president of sales for North America beverages. Additionally, Salman Amin, who has led PepsiCo’s business in the UK and Ireland, was named executive vice president sales and marketing at

The Pantry Names Marks to Succeed Sodini

  The Pantry Inc., headquartered in Cary, N.C., has appointed Terrance Marks to the role of president and CEO, effective Sept. 25.   With 1,679 stores in eleven states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express, its primary operating banner, the Pantry is the leading independently operated c-store chain in the Southeastern U.S.   Marks previously

7-Eleven Honors Kraft

7-Eleven Inc. will present long-time supplier-partner Kraft Foods Global Inc. with the company’s 2008 Retailer Initiative Award at its Business Partners Dinner Sept. 9 in Dallas.  Retailer Initiative is 7-Eleven’s strategy for providing customers with what they want through item-by-item management at each store.   Kraft was selected for its high level of partnership throughout

Hunt Brothers Pizza Introduces New Wings

  Hunt Brothers Pizza has announced its newest program, Hunt Brothers Wings, the perfect complement to the company’s well-known core pizza product.   Hunt Brothers Pizza is the largest distributor of fresh dough pizza to the convenience store market, with more than 6,000 locations in 28 states. Its new wings offering began stores in June, and

Thorntons to Open Six New Stores

  Thorntons has broken ground on six new sites, which are set to open for business by the end of December 2009.   Four of the new locations will open in Nashville,Tenn., expanding the market to 10 locations in 2 1/2 years. The additional two stores will open in Chicago and Champaign, Ill.   With

Lil’ Drug Store Products Celebrates 35 Years

  Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is celebrating its 35th anniversary as a pioneer in the non-prescription sample drug market that has changed health and beauty care in the convenience, grocery, drug and mass market retailing sectors.    What began in 1974 as a four-item product line available in Iowa, now serves customers,

Quick Chek’s Murphy Rides For A Cure

  As Quick Chek’s senior vice president Mike Murphy heads to Whitefish, Mont. on Sept. 3, to participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Ride to Cure Diabetes, he will not only attempt to bike 100 miles to support research to find a cure for type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, but will do so as