Organic Energy

Honey Stinger, manufacturer of honey-based nutritional products, introduces Cherry Blossom Organic Energy Chews, formulated for health-conscious individuals and athletes who want a great-tasting energy snack. Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews are the first to include naturally occurring fiber and protein derived from organic tapioca syrup and honey. This is the company’s second chew flavor; the

Lighting for Less

Lamar Lighting, a manufacturer of stock and custom-made fluorescent lighting fixtures, has introduced Max-ER lighting. The Max-ER recessed direct/indirect revitalization luminaire features 89% luminaire efficiency, up to 97 Lumens per watt (LPW)1 and tool-less ballast access. The Max-ER is sure to be a hit with building owners and maintenance personnel alike, arriving straight from the

Honoring Our Past

This month begins a very special year for Convenience Store Decisions. Throughout 2009 we are committed to recognizing the leaders and innovators that have shaped the convenience store and petroleum industry and helped create this multi-billion-dollar retail sector. Legends in Retailing will focus on the challenges operators faced in the early days of the industry,

Thermal Printing Made Easy

Extech Data Systems, a developer of portable printers for enterprise-wide applications, introduces the Apex 3 Direct Thermal Printer. The newest addition to the company’s thermal 3-inch receipt printer line is designed to meet the mobile worker’s need for a lightweight, rugged and easy-to-use printer. Reflecting recent market needs, Extech has changed the standard communication options

Redbox Heads To 7-Eleven

An instant video-rental concept is moving into a leading c-store chain after storming the  grocery channel. Redbox is spreading into 7-Eleven stores nationwide as it continues its focus on the c-store market. Starting this month and continuing through next year, Redbox will be installing its DVD rental machines into 2,600 7-Eleven locations nationwide, boosting its

Super Blends

The Sun Shower brand just got better with the addition of its new lineup of Super Blends iced coffees, teas and lattes. Each flavor contains Lifeguard Protection, a fortification package with powerful antioxidant vitamins A, E and Zinc and has half the calories of the leading brands. The Sun Shower Super Blends line is comprised

Coffee with a Kick

Boyd Coffee Co. has added French Vanilla Coffee to its successful Hi-Rev Coffee House Roasters beverage line. The higher-caffeinated product with vanilla flavor will be available across the country in the more than 11,000 convenience stores, quick-casual and self-service establishments that carry Boyd’s products. Boyd’s Hi-Rev French Vanilla Coffee will be available in cases of

Reaching Your Target Audience

When times are good, you should advertise. When times are bad, you must advertise. There’s no doubt we’re trudging through some tough times—it’s been this way for at least the past year. And there’s certainly no “crystal ball” to tell us when it’ll all be over. We might pull out of this down cycle sooner

Take a Dip in Paradise

Paradise is pleased to offer custom sauces in dipping cups, with the ability to develop sauces and dressings in 1.5- to 4-ounce sizes. Whether you need a product match or want a new custom sauce or flavor profile, Paradise can help. A variety of products can be developed, including items such as marinara, salsa, hot

Establishing the Right Foodservice Brand

There are few sure things in business. But partnering with an established foodservice brand could be about as close as one can get. That’s because proven concepts offer so much, such as built-in brand equity, customer loyalty, honed or even turnkey systems with shorter learning curves, proven menus and recipes, pre-existing designs and equipment packages

Cash Solutions

Tidel Engineering LP, a leader in cash-management systems and robbery prevention products, has introduced the Revolution, an innovative solution to manage high volumes of coins and notes. The Revolution includes three segments: A coin recycler that validates, counts, sorts and dispenses high volumes of coins, which are dispensed directly into a till drawer or coin

Essentially Flavorful

Coca-Cola North America is launching its much-anticipated Dasani essence brand in three flavors: Lime, Strawberry-Kiwi and Black Cherry. Dasani essence has no sugar, calories or preservatives and offers a light flavor with a tinge of all-natural fruit flavor. Available in February 2009, the new brand comes as the bottled water industry is experiencing record growth–about

Americans’ Changing Love Affair with Pizza

Consumers have shifted their pizza-ordering habits, cutting back on weekdays but ordering more often on weekends, Technomic Information Services found earlier this year. In 2006, Technomic found that 35% of consumers indicated that they would primarily order pizza for dinner during the week, and just over a quarter (28%) typically ordered pizza for dinner during

Fueling Product Catalog

OPW Fueling Components announced the availability of its 2009 Product Catalog. This comprehensive document provides insight on the thousands of fueling products and systems that are offered by OPW’s five operating units: Dispensing Products, Environmental Systems, Fueling Containment Systems, Fuel Management Systems and Clean Energy/Fueling Products. A strong global commitment coupled with extensive engineering, research

Focused on the Future

If it has mechanical parts or it’s sown from a seed, Nevada resident Donald Bently can probably enhance its performance or improve its propensity for growth. To shorten a very long story, in fact, this accomplished inventor and engineer has chiseled himself some commanding niches in the most curious and seemingly disparate of industries: pressurized

Preparing for Drastic Tobacco Regulations

Not surprisingly, convenience store industry operators identified the future of tobacco as one of their top five concerns heading into 2010. And with good reason. Operators have entered a period of unprecedented challenges when it comes to selling cigarettes, which means they must find new and innovative ways to market and merchandise this essential product

Tiny Lite

Scripto introduces Tiny Lite sparkwheel lighters to its line of disposable cigarette lighters. The new mini-lighters are compact, fitting conveniently in pockets and handbags. Tiny Lite lighters are available in red, green, blue, purple and black and are offered in a choice of five-pack or 50-count Display-A-Tray with printed theme headers. The Tiny Lite Display-A-Tray

The Maine Thing

If you’re driving north or south along a crooked road just inside Maine’s Atlantic coast, you’re eating up New England’s northernmost scenery on Interstate 95. Trucking southbound through the state’s southern belly, you might stop off for gas in the town of Waterville and find J&S Oil’s Xpress Stop Service Station sitting just off the

Feeling Blue

New BluCrans from Decas Botanical Synergies combines the freshness of just-picked blueberries and the tart taste of cranberries to create a healthy fruit snack bursting with antioxidants. Like all of the fruit juice infusions in the Fruitaceuticals line, BluCrans starts with Cape Cod cranberries which are naturally high in antioxidants. Then the cranberries are supercharged

Ethnic Flair Drives Roller Grill

My, how the roller grill continues to evolve. No longer visited exclusively by customers hungry for a hot dog, roller grills now boast a growing variety of ethnic foods nationwide, featuring everything from Mexican tortas to pork-filled Chinese steamed buns to breadsticks stuffed with jalapeno peppers and cheese. “We brought egg rolls and tornados into

Geo. H. Green Embraces the Holiday Season

Despite the challenging economy, lost jobs and holiday malaise, the spirit of Christmas reigned supreme at Green Oil Co. Buoyed by an incredible effort from the caring employees and customers of two Super Stores, a bit of vendor and dealer support and a wonderful performance by its office staff, the Green Oil team announced it

A Section for What?

Embracing alternative smoking products is a trend the industry should not ignore.   Often I am asked what I would do if I was a tobacco category manager today as I peered into the future. Simply, I would practice good sound category management. I would look at what products meet my consumer’s needs in the

New Year, New Challenges

With 2009 approaching, let patience be your guide to achieve personal and professional goals. As we usher in a new year, let patience be your guide to achieve personal and professional goals. What if you suddenly found out that your slate could be pretty much wiped clean and most all of the tactical mistakes made could

Not So Fast

A Pleasanton man who runs a chain of convenience stores in California was sentenced to 13 months in prison and fined $1.2 million for an elaborate scheme in which he abused Small Business Administration loans to help business partners launch their own stores, California newspapers reported. Federal officials say Ashraf "Mike" Ali, 55, owner of

Dunkin Brands Readies For New Head

Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Brands, parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, said it has appointed Nigel Travis as CEO. Travis, 58, most recently served as president and CEO of the Papa John’s pizza chain, which has more than 3,300 restaurants and annual sales of $2.1 billion in the U.S. and 29 international markets. Travis will

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