Krispy Krunchy Continues Growth

With 146 new locations open in 2011, Krispy Krunchy is on schedule to surpass the 300 mark by December. Krispy Krunchy Chicken opened seven more stores  last week, bringing the total number of new locations in 2011 to 146 stores, an average of slightly more than six openings a week. With two weeks left in

Rutter’s Spin and Win Mobile App Now On Android

After positive feedback from iphone customers, Rutter’s makes its Spin and Win game more accessible. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ virtual game, Spin and Win, is now available to Android smart phone users. The game, which debuted in May, was previously available only to iPhone users. Spin and Win is the newest piece of Rutter’s nationally recognized

Strong Demand for Cigars

Flavored and single-serve cigars represent a real opportunity for convenience stores to boost tobacco sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. With flavored cigarettes no longer available in the U.S., flavored cigars are in line for sharp sales gains. But with FDA having declared last year that it’s got the cigar industry in its sights, retailers

Scotsman, “Today” Show Donate to Birmingham Charity

“Helping Community Kitchens provide chilled beverages to the people it serves is an important way we can give back,” says Scotsman Ice Systems’ president. Scotsman Ice Systems helped NBC’s “Today” show’s Al Roker “Lend a Hand” to one Birmingham charity that provides meals to the hungry. Scotsman donated  and installed two new nugget ice machines

Fresh & Easy Opening New San Francisco Stores

For each new store opening, Fresh & Easy invites neighbors to nominate a local, non-profit organization to receive a $1,000 donation. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is opening two new stores in San Francisco this summer, one of which is scheduled to open its doors at the end of next week. These store openings are

Hunt Brothers Pizza’s Great Race

“The goal is simple, drive business to our c-stores while offering exclusive racing gear and prizes to our consumers. It’s a win-win situation,” says Hunt Brothers’ spokesperson. Hunt Brothers Pizza, a national brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, has launched its new NASCAR-inspired redemption program, The Great Race, running now through Nov.

Increase CPG Sales

Research for CBS examines the effect of TV Advertising on CPG Products based on the purchase behavior from 60 Million frequent shopper households. New research conducted by Nielsen Catalina Solutions for CBS Corp. shows that consumer packaged goods (CPG) marketers can increase sales with television advertising by identifying and delivering consumers based on the products

Developing a Fuel Strategy Amid Soaring Costs

High gas prices mean more headaches for retailers. Experts weigh in on the best ways to survive the market volatility. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. With gas prices skyrocketing, retailers are feeling the squeeze from every angle. But there are unique opportunities for savvy retailers to reduce fuel expenditures, which will afford them a better

Activia Frozen Yogurt

YoCream International Inc. has launched Activia Frozen Yogurt, a rich and creamy soft serve frozen yogurt that helps naturally regulate the digestive system. With 100 calories per four-ounce serving, nonfat Activia Frozen Yogurt offers customers an additional way to enjoy Activia as a dessert or snack. Available in four flavors: Vanilla, Strawberry, Peach and Blueberry,

Sweet Rewards

Stores looking for a way to raise the bar in their cookie section have a sweet new option with Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards bars. The latest product innovation from General Mills Convenience, the Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards bars are the first ready-to-eat treat from Betty Crocker. The bars, with a suggested retail price of $1.39,

BP’s ampm Spices-Up Burrito Line

New veggie-friendly option and southwest chicken flavor to entice customers. Convenience store chain ampm has introduced a new flavor to its burrito selection. The new Veggie Adobo Burrito is now available at participating ampm locations. “Our Veggie Adobo Burrito is a food first for ampm and it’s something we’re thrilled to be able to offer

VERC Enterprises Achieves Goal

Some 20% of the 200 employees at VERC Enterprises have physical or mental disabilities or challenges. Helping employ these individuals has been a huge focus for CEO Leo Vercollone. VERC Enterprises, an independent convenience store, gasoline station and car wash operation with 23 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has reached its goal of

Barkley First Agency of Record for Casey’s

“We’re looking for a long-term relationship with a partner who can help fuel brand awareness throughout our market area. We believe Barkley can do that,” said Casey’s COO. Casey’s General Stores Inc., has named Barkley, a large U.S. employee-owned advertising agency, as the first agency of record for the Casey’s brand. The win follows an

All-In-One Ice Maker/Bagger/Merchandiser

C-stores can now make and bag up to 200 10-pound bags (1,800-2,000 pounds) of pure KOLD-DRAFT ice per day—on the premises—with KOLD-DRAFT’s new GB2060 Series ice machine, now available as part of the automatic ISB Ice Bagging System. The all-in-one ice maker/bagger/merchandiser system eliminates trucked-in ice deliveries, helps retailers increase profit margins selling their own

Real Fruit Purées

Monin Gourmet Flavorings’ real fruit purées are moving out from behind the bar and into the kitchen. The easy-pour fruit purées offer versatility, fresh taste and convenience and work well in a variety of culinary applications such as desserts, sauces and dressings, as well as in traditional beverage applications like smoothies, flavored teas and frozen

Dresser Wayne To Operate Under Brand Name Wayne

“The Wayne name is highly regarded by customers in more than 145 countries, and I am extremely pleased that GE has recognized that value of the Wayne brand,” says global president of Wayne. GE has announced that Dresser Wayne, global innovator of fuel dispensers and technologies, will now operate under the brand name Wayne, with

Focusing on Foodservice

Burgers, brats and sausages continue to drive sales among core convenience store customers. By John Lofstock, Editor. While customers may say they want healthy and organic foods, a Technomic report found that 91% of consumers said they eat a burger at least once a month and 44% have a burger at least once a week.

Handee Marts Joins Dream Machine Recycling Initiative

For all the bottles and cans recycled in a Dream Machine, PepsiCo will support career training, education and job creation for post-9/11 U.S. veterans with disabilities. 7-Eleven Handee Marts and PepsiCo have partnered to make available at more than 20 7-Eleven locations throughout Pittsburgh and the greater Pittsburgh area, increasing public access to recycling. The

Commissaries Grow In Popularity

Commissaries account for a quarter of all supermarket and convenience store prepared food purchases, according to Technomic. In a first-of-its-kind study, Technomic found that commissaries (also known as meal assemblers and central kitchens) are the source of a large percentage of all foodservice purchases in both supermarkets and c-stores. Commissaries have recently become more popular

Safeway Starbucks To Offer Mobile Payments

Upcoming mobile payment rollout scheduled to take place at Safeway’s nearly 1,000 Starbucks locations. Safeway Inc., one of the nation’s largest supermarket chains, plans to roll out mobile payment in July at nearly 1,000 Starbucks in Safeway supermarkets across the U.S., including the company’s Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Genuardi’s stores. In addition,

MMCS Signs Oberon3

Oberon3’s Opiniator offers a performance management system for retailers using mobile phone surveys to help stores communicate with customers. Miller Management and Consulting Services Inc. (MMCS), a consultancy based in Sanford, Fla., has signed an agreement to represent and assist Oberon3, the developer of the product, OPINIATOR. Opiniator is a “moment of truth” feedback and

Kangaroo Express Debuts Kronik Energy Drinks

“The Kangaroo Express deal gives us a major retailer in the Southeastern U.S. and greatly expands our distribution footprint,” says Kronik’s vice president of operations. The Pantry has partnered with KroniCo LLC, makers of Ultra-Premium Kronik Energy Drinks, to add three of Kronik’s all new formulas in more than 1,100 Kangaroo Express stores in eight

Lighting the Way to Profitability

A wide array of tobacco accessories to complement cigarettes and cigars shows customers you’re serious about tobacco and incites impulse sales. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Many retailers recognize that it’s beneficial to step out from behind the counter to teach customers about smokeless alternatives and educate them on e-cigarettes, but taking the same approach

Meat Snacks Kick Up the Heat

Turn up the heat on meat snack sales with the new BOLD product line from Old Wisconsin. Featuring BOLD Sweet Heat Snack Bites, Snack Sticks and Beef & Cheese Packs, this innovative new product line grabs youth appeal and adds a daring flavor profile to the current Old Wisconsin selection. For More Information From Old

Tobacco Forges an Electronic Transformation

E-cigarettes are a relatively new product, but for convenience stores they are beginning to make a big impact on sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. While electronic cigarettes show promise as a growing tobacco subcategory, two issues are threatening its widespread growth. One is the looming threat of government regulation, which most agree is inevitable,

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