Farm Fresh

Farmland Dairies, manufacturer of the Special Request Skim Plus line of fortified milk products, announced the launch of its new 14-ounce plastic single-serve whole white, chocolate and low-fat strawberry milk and orange juice products. An excellent source of calcium, phosphorus and vitamins A, D and B2, Farmland Dairies’ 14-ounce single-serve dairy products are made from

Hide ‘em or Flaunt ‘em?

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,

Upscale Brew

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

R.J. Reynolds

  “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.

Twice the Protection

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

Driving Traffic with New Products

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

STARBURST® Sour GUMMIBURSTS™

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

Vote for Convenience Store Decisions’ Power 25

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

Bud Moves to the Dark Side

  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

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 Stand

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

Prototypes with Plasticity

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® Stock-Block™

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

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

Eliminate Cup Concerns

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

Overcoming Adversity

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

Portable Valve Tester

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

Onboarding: The Key to Valued Employee Retention

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

Atlas Oil Recognized For Safety

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

N.Y. Eases Restrictions On Unbranded Fuel Sales

New York gas station owners are celebrating a new law signed last week by Gov. David Paterson that will allow them to sell cheaper unbranded gasoline, The Times Union in Albany, N.Y., reported. Owners of stations affiliated with major oil companies such as ExxonMobil, Hess and Sunoco are typically required under contract to buy gas

Gilbarco, PDI Develop Foodservice Back-office Solution

Gilbarco and PDI said they’ve partnered to develop a full back-office system linking Gilbarco’s Express Ordering self-service kiosks and PDI/Enterprise and PDI/FocalPoint applications. The companies said retailers can benefit from streamlined foodservice inventory and accounting management from the familiar PDI system operation. Express Ordering works in conjunction with the retailer’s choice on point of sale

7-Election

As election day nears, things are really heating up, especially at neighborhood 7-Eleven stores. Today, the convenience store giant kicks off its third quadrennial 7-Election presidential coffee cup poll. Unabashedly unscientific, the just-for-fun poll has proven remarkably accurate in elections past, with results closely mirroring the official surveys by the country’s top political pollsters. In

A Breakfast Blitz

Starbucks said it’s planning to introduce warm sandwiches to its breakfast menu in the next week, The Associated Press reported. Additionally, smoothie chain Jamba Juice is expanding its offerings with a new breakfast menu offering a lineup of on-the-go products containing granola, yogurt and chunks of fruit, the New York Post reported. About 80% of

Slurp The Vote

Dallas-based 7-Eleven is bringing back its presidential coffee cup promotion – the same program whose results closely mirrored the actual results from the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, the Dallas Morning News reported. The program begins at 7-Eleven stores on Wednesday and ends on Nov. 4, Election Day. 7-Eleven customers can cast their c-store vote

CBX Designing Prototype For Aloha Petroleum

Aloha Petroleum Ltd., a privately owned oil marketer in Hawaii, said it has chosen New York-based retail design firm CBX to put together a new prototype convenience store debuting on Oahu in 2009. Aloha Petroleum has more than 30 company-operated Island Mini-Mart convenience stores and nearly 80 retail fuel locations on the islands of Oahu

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