Filling Up on Food Sales

Five years ago, Open Pantry was poised to move beyond the humdrum in southeast Wisconsin. The 26-store convenience retailer was bracing for big changes inside and out, all part of a mammoth push to polish the chain’s image with new products, programs and brands. A gourmet sandwich line was added. Larger roller grills were installed

Sleep Easy

Ease muscles and promote restful sleep with this complete formula, featuring valerian root and passiflora extract which are recognized for their long history in promoting relaxation naturally. Since 1967, Mason Vitamins has provided quality vitamins, minerals, supplements and herbs retailers and consumers can trust. It guarantees that in the manufacturing of all its products, all

For Health and Wellness Devotees, Money Doesn’t Matter

A study by the Natural Marketing Institute found retail sales within the U.S. foodservice and consumer packaged goods’ health and wellness industry hit $102.8 billion in 2007, representing 15% growth since 2006, adding that there doesn’t seem to be any signs of a slowdown in this sector. NMI predicted that double-digit growth of the health

Sensible Snacking

World Gourmet Marketing LLC, a New Jersey-based food manufacturer, announces the addition of 8 Grain Crisps to its Sensible Portions brand of healthy and delicious all-natural snacks. The product expands the current line of pellet snacks, which are manufactured using a hot air popped technology. In addition to providing a good source of whole grains,

Where to Find the Best Workers

Among retailers who tuned in to CSD’s Webcast on hiring foodservice employees, more than 57% said finding part-time workers is one of their biggest hiring challenges. A second Webcast poll showed retailers rely on three primary sources to find the best employees: • Referrals: 50% • Walk-ins: 37.5% • Advertisements: 12.5% Mel Kleiman, of Humetrics

Relax & Revive

It’s a stressful world and consumers are increasingly looking for beverages that will help them "chill out." They now have a new choice: Relax & Revive, a beverage that helps consumers relax, recover and reduce anxiety. Crash Beverages has brought R&R to market in a 12-ounce Rexam sleek can. R&R is specifically designed for consumers

Profit$ You Can Bank On

Here in the 21st century, providing c-store customers with financial products and services like money orders, check cashing, ATM access, electronic bill payment and payday loans can be as easy, and as necessary, as selling soda, candy and beer. But it requires a bit more thinking. Convenience store operators are increasingly partnering with providers like

Ultimate Home Draught Beer Experience

Beer enthusiasts seeking a sophisticated draught beer-drinking experience at home have found their answer with the BeerTender, now available nationwide at retail locations and online stores. A one-of-a-kind appliance, BeerTender features stylish design characteristics and authentic draught beer thanks to the patented carbonator pressure technology of the Heineken DraughtKeg and Heineken Premium Light DraughtKeg, sold

The $10 Test

Mel Kleiman offers the $10 test: Give your applicant a $10 bill and tell him to buy something in the store—a sandwich, a fountain drink, anything of his choosing—and ask him to return the next day with an assessment of the experience. The applicant will do one of three things: • Take the $10 and

Model Imprinter

The Addressograph Bartizan Variable Amount 4875 imprinter has long been an essential tool at thousands of service stations and convenience stores worldwide. It is ideal for any application that requires the credit card information and the transaction amount to be imprinted directly onto sales slips. The 4875 imprinter is an ideal solution to today’s electronic

Health and Beauty Benefits

Health and Beauty Care (HBC) has been known to create more pain for c-store operators than it relieves for their customers. Managing it well—knowing the trends, keeping up with new products and line extensions, establishing workable price points and merchandising it carefully—is a precarious balancing act. The trend today is smaller, both for product packaging

Eco-Forward Products

Solo Cup Co. is meeting the growing demand for sustainable disposable cups with the foodservice industry’s first single-use packaging brand with a broad environmental platform. From compostable to post-consumer recycled material to renewable content, Solo now offers the largest breadth of sustainable, disposable cup solutions. An operator’s use of Bare branded products communicates to patrons

Taking Stock in Kieler

Ashley Cullen doesn’t fancy himself a holy being among retailers, but he does know that dropping an occasional bag of Combos onto a gondola doesn’t make for the crowning achievement in inventory management. “When I first got here, we were lucky if we got $200 a day in deli,” Cullen said. “Now we’re averaging $450

A Touch of Efficiency

The new monochrome Square D Clipsal Mark II Touch Screen from Schneider Electric delivers substantial capabilities in a compact package for commercial applications. The unit holds enough memory to store up to 100 screens, which can facilitate multipoint switching and dimming, master on/off switching, schedules and scenes with multiple loads, while Square D Clipsal C-Bus

Salty Snacks Make for Sweet Sales

U.S. Potato Chip Sales in Conveniece Stores Brand Dollar Sales Unit Sales Lays Potato Chips $134,799,200 118,439,400 Ruffles Potato Chips $66,052,770 50,400,370 Pringles Potato Chips $49,686,480 33,452,710 Lays Kettle Cooked Chips $16,943,230 12,468,950 Baked Lays Potato Chips $13,905,450 12,278,340 Wavy Lays Potato Chips $12,319,640 5,579,530 Utz Potato Chips $11,325,480 9,010,104 Cape Cod Potato Chips $11,185,150

Performance and Conservation

The new oil-conserving, high-efficiency, award-winning, Protector fryer series, both gas and electric, has earned industry recognition for innovation with built-in SMART4UTM technology that delivers oil, energy and labor-saving benefits. Frymaster’s legacy of innovation has advanced fryer performance yet again to meet operator needs to do more with less with a fryer that reduces oil use

Fertile Ground

WILSON FARMS TIMELINE * 1960: Tops Markets is co-founded by Savino Nanula and Armand Castellani. 1969: Tops Markets opens the first Wilson Farms Neighborhood Food store in Tonawanda, N.Y., naming the store after a company-owned farm in Wilson, N.Y. 1978: Wilson Farms expands in N.Y. to Rochester and later to Syracuse. 1980s: Tops Markets is

Island Deli Case

Giles Foodservice Equipment is excited to announce the introduction of a new line of foodservice equipment into its existing portfolio with Island Deli Cases. The Giles Island Deli Case (GIDC) is designed to maximize visibility of packaged products while keeping products and packaging fresh at the proper serving temperature while waiting for customers to enjoy.

You Don’t Have a Turnover Problem?

Most employers in the convenience store industry think they have a frontline employee turnover problem and, heaven knows, the research surveys seem to confirm your thoughts. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey in February 2008, 78% of 16- to 19-year-olds and 54% of 20- to 24-year-olds had a tenure time of 12 months

Chock Full of Opportunity

Chock full o’ Nuts coffee announces an exciting new branded beverage solution for convenience store operators seeking to increase sales and grow profits in the expanding coffee category. The Chock full o’ Nuts new branded presentation for c-stores range from traditional self-service branded coffee offerings to a full-service, full-menu specialty coffee and beverage café concept.

Condiments: The New Category

Rick Pajak breathed new life into Wilson Farms’ hot and cold dispensed category by treating condiments less as an afterthought and more as a category of its own. “We look at the condiment section as one of the longest stops in the store,” he said. “Why not give them the right space and right opportunity

Chicken of the “C-Store”

Chicken of the Sea International introduces two convenient new products: Tuna Salad Cups and Tuna Salad Lunch Solutions. Chicken of the Sea Tuna Salad Cups are delicious and nutritious. Each cup contains 16 grams of protein, one-half gram of fat and 90 calories. They’re a perfect choice for health-conscious consumers. The perfect single-serve portion can

Retention of Frontline Employees

» More careful selection in hiring (57%) » Better compensation and benefit (50%) » Tuition reimbursement (47%) » Improved training programs (45%) » Better orientation programs (39%) » Adoption of a casual dress code (38%) » Flexible hours and schedules (33%) » Providing health insurance (29%) » Exit interviews (28%) » Profit-sharing (17%) Source: The

A Jolt of Energy

Wet Planet Beverages delivers more innovation this month as Jolt Energy initiates a national roll-out of the revolutionary 16-ounce resealable cap can. The popular 16-ounce size represents nearly 60% of all energy drink sales, thus providing Jolt Energy broader consumer appeal. In 2006, Jolt made headlines with their inventive 23.5-ounce resealable aluminum bottle. Tastefully packaged

Breakfast, The Daypart That Delivers

In March, Rick Pajak and his team rolled out a new breakfast sandwich program under Wilson Farms’ self-branded Fresh N Ready label. The sandwiches come in four varieties produced by Lettieri’s, a division of Hot Stuff Foods, which was able to tailor the menu according to the chain’s tastes. The previous program required employees to

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