Reshaping the Convenience Landscape

For some marketers and distributors, Exxon Mobil Corp.’s decision to get out of direct-store operations could present the chance of a lifetime; an opportunity to acquire the rights to stores for an entire market, maybe more. For others, the announcement caused immediate fear and panic concerning the long-term viability of their operations and, in some

Reduce Residential Crime

Extreme CCTV announces that its REG-X Close-Range License Plate Capture has helped reduce crime in Southern California residential communities. Installed at access points, such as fuel pumps and gas station canopies, REG-X captures plates of vehicles entering and exiting properties at speeds of up to 30mph, from a 15-to-25-foot range. Built-in infrared illumination enables plate

Alaskan Energy Crisis Solved

Faced with almost six weeks of daylight when the summer solstice hit their town on June 20, residents in Barrow, Alaska, were finally provided an answer to their age-old question: How do you make it through a 1,992-hour day? In honor of the summer solstice, the makers of Jolt Energy drink airlifted 370 cases of

Cooking up Surefire Profits

As rising food and gas prices and killer credit card interchange fees are making for one hellacious economic hurricane, a c-store’s foodservice program could prove to be the fallout shelter. That was the consensus from c-store retailers and researchers participating in the first installment of CSD’s Foodservice Webcast Series, sponsored by Sam’s Club, on June

Bye Bye Birdie

Bird-B-Gone Inc. introduces Bird Spike 2001, a low-cost solution in bird control with lasting results. Bird Spike 2001 prevents birds from landing or roosting on rooflines, parapet walls, I-beams, window ledges and more. The no-gap design offers the best option to deter large birds at the lowest price available! Bird Spike 2001 comes in 3-,

Prepaid Reaping Financial Rewards

While gift card malls have been getting a lot of attention, prepaid debit, credit, gift and especially gas cards offered by Visa, MasterCard and American Express are quietly booming in popularity. Prepaid’s profit potential is fueled by shifts in the marketplace, wider social acceptance and the nation’s growing population of "unbanked" lower-income consumers. And while

Cape Cod Summer Chips

As Americans gear up for summer, Cape Cod Potato Chips announces three new gourmet potato chip flavors designed to spice up any picnic or barbeque. Cape Cod’s new flavor-packed lineup for summer includes an irresistible barbeque chip, Sweet Mesquite Barbeque, along with two mouthwatering flavor combinations, Buttermilk Ranch and Honey Dijon. Snacking has grown to

Profile of a Coffee Machine

Boyd Coffee Co. introduces a revolutionary brewing machine called The Coffee Profiler. As evidence of the ground-breaking nature of this piece of equipment, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) automatically grants Golden Cup Award certification—the coffee industry’s standard for recognizing excellence in properly brewed coffee—to any purveyor that has The Coffee Profiler. The Coffee

The Wild Ride Continues

As if industry operators didn’t have enough to worry about, ExxonMobil dealers were greeted with the news that the Irving, Texas oil giant decided to exit direct-store operations by divesting 825 company-owned and -operated stations as well as 1,400 stations leased to dealers. This decision thrust those dealers into an anxious state of limbo, an

Hot ‘n’ Ready Sandwiches

Pierre Foods is proud to introduce two new items into the Hot ‘n’ Ready line-up: the Meatloaf Sandwich with Ketchup and the Jalapeno Cheeseburger. These two new sandwiches will make perfect additions to the Hot ‘n’ Ready line for convenience stores. The Meatloaf Sandwich has a warming, homestyle taste that is sure to appeal to

Packaged Beverage Sales Heating Up

New products and flavors, including some with healthier ingredients, are helping soft drinks and teas experience a healthy resurgence in already jammed cold vaults nationwide, even as traditional carbonated soft drinks continue to decline. For operators, keeping tabs on trends and adjusting sets to match ever-changing dynamics remains a full-time job. According to the National

Lite & Lean Protein

Water is essential for healthy living and plays a vital role in the proper functioning of the human body. Combine water with whey protein, dietary fiber and amazing natural flavors, and you have a winning formula. With in-depth product development and backed by extensive research, Designer Whey is launching its new line of nutritional Designer

Hot Pocket Sandwich Program

Nestle Professional is aiming to bring excitement to convenience store foodservice. Its Hot Pockets brand sandwiches limited-time-offer program gives retailers exciting new flavors each quarter designed to meet consumer demand for big, bold flavors. This quarter, entice customers with Chipotle BBQ Seasoned Chicken, stacked with juicy chunks of chicken breast with hot, smoky chipotle barbecue

C-Stores 101

There’s a profitable parable tucked somewhere inside the hodge-podge of mix-and-match cereal containers laid out on a table in the University of Rhode Island’s Corner Store. Something deeply religious, or at least something that screams "diversity" and "open-mindedness." For every Tony the Tiger, there’s a Lucky Charms leprechaun. For every Cookie Crisp, there’s a Cinnamon

Authentic Mexican Crunch

Fresh Gourmet Tortilla Strips from Sugar Foods add the perfect creative touch to a wide variety of Mexican, southwestern and border fare. The natural pebbly texture, corn flavor and crunchy appeal of these superb toppings deliver an authentic culinary adventure. Shelf-stable and ready-to-use straight out of their stay-fresh, 1-pound foil bags, Fresh Gourmet Tortilla Strips

Consumers Rush for Energy

John Scully got started on Red Bull before Red Bull got started on him. Now 41 and working as a mortgage broker in Cleveland, Scully remembers that first sip, taken in a bar in Thailand where he’d backpacked when he was a 20-something college graduate long on adventure and short on money. "You sort of

Nutty About Snacks

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay business unit is focusing its snack expertise and passion for innovation to break new ground in the nut aisle with TrueNorth, a contemporary line of 100% natural, great-tasting nut snacks that have 5 grams of protein in every 1-ounce serving. By elevating the "simple nut" into three unique nut snacks—nut clusters, nut crisps

Chocolate Treat

HP Hood, New England’s leading dairy company, has introduced its new Hood Moostruck Chocolate Lowfat Milk. Available in plastic quarts and half gallons, Moostruck provides young families with a new choice in chocolate milk. Like all Hood Milk products, Moostruck is produced without the use of artificial growth hormones. Moostruck also contains vitamins A, C

NACS: Visa’s Move to Reduce Debit Holds a “Smokescreen”

With retailers and consumers struggling from the card companies’ policy of placing excessive holds on credit- and debit-card transactions at the fuel pumps, Visa announced a plan to reduce hold times to just a couple of hours. Right now, issuing banks impose a hold on funds in their customers’ bank accounts for an amount exceeding

Seal in Flavor

Another innovation from CMS, Flavorseal Flavor Wraps Spice and Flavor Transfer Sheets mean no more labor-intensive, messy and inconsistent manual spice application. Apply spices faster and more uniformly with less waste. Apply flavors and glazes without messy liquids. Add images such as grill marks without expensive grilling equipment. Consistent, uniform spice coverage reduces leakers, enhances

The Lean Scene

Some are kind of freaked out, and some kind of like the idea. The hardscrabble soda-and-cigarettes crowd, they’re still on the lower hump of the learning curve. "They’re kind of like, ‘Hey dude, where’s my Doritos and cigarettes,’" said Alvaro Garza, co-owner of The Green Spot Market and Fuels on the outskirts of Dallas. But

Sign of the Times

Vision Marketing Inc. has introduced the Flexbow Banner System, which in a short period of time has captured the imagination and desire of the marketing world. Designed to gain the immediate attention of those passing by, these element-defying banners instantly offer a high visual impact twist to traditional signage. The Flexbow allows for unprecedented flexibility

Dispensing Dessert Treats

The Topping Caddy, the result of a joint collaboration between Server Products and Rich Products Corp., makes it safe and easy to dispense delicious Rich’s Whipped Topping. The Topping Caddy is a cone-shaped holder designed to fit into a standard six-quart bain-marie or any other ice bath. It accepts a pastry bag of Rich’s Whipped

Private-Label Energy Boosts Profits

A little more than a year after teaming with Boo Koo Holdings Inc. to launch GazZu Energy, a proprietary 16-ounce energy drink, the Circle K brand is taking the next logical step and extending the private-label energy lineup to include 2-ounce shots. Dubbed GazZu Shooters, the shots are more than lightening in a bottle for

Sugar Free Fruit Stripes

Farley’s & Sathers Candy Co.’s Fruit Stripe Gum is now available in sugar free. The nostalgic Fruit Stripe gum was first introduced in the early 1960s and is the only gum with painted-on stripes. Sugar Free Fruit Stripe gum wrappers still contain tattoos of Yipes, the Fruit Stripe Zebra, playing basketball, soccer, tennis, inline skating,

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