The Ice Machine Cometh

Hoshizaki America Inc. is offering two new ice machines for retail marketers. First is the KM-101BAH, which produces up to 115 pounds of ice within 24 hours and includes a built-in storage bin capable of holding 56 pounds of ice. Second, is the KM-151BAH unit which can produce up to 146 pounds of ice with

Open Pantry’s People Person

For Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin Inc., it’s not enough to simply offer new and innovative products to its dynamic consumer base. The variety has to be punctuated with exceptional customer service. To achieve its goal, the Pleasant Prairie, Wis. chain has always focused on hiring outstanding personnel. Last month, the company took the

Express 3 from Structural Concepts

Structural Concepts has your next refrigerated display case in stock and ready for fast shipment. The company is expanding its existing Quick Ship program by introducing Express 3, a new service that guarantees three-business-day shipment of a select number of the company’s most popular refrigerated display cases. Express 3 complements the popular Quick Ship program.

Road Ranger Takes on CITGO

Road Ranger, the Rockford, Ill.-based operator of approximately 75 convenience stores and travel centers in five Midwestern states, filed claims against Venezuelan-owned CITGO Petroleum Corp. for breach of contract and violations of the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act caused by CITGO’s "unnecessary failure to supply gasoline to Road Ranger gas stations, for damaging the CITGO brand

Grab & Go Hummus

Tribe Mediterranean Foods, a leading trendsetter in the rapidly growing Mediterranean food category and creators of America’s favorite hummus, is targeting convenience stores and grab-and-go consumers with Tribe All Natural Snackers. The two-ounce Hummus Snackers are conveniently packaged in four-packs to be merchandised in a convenience store or supermarket’s grocery section. Tribe is launching the

Strong Sales for Candy

Overall retail sales are slowing at mass, dollar and grocery stores, but confectionery sales remain strong for convenience operators. The U.S. retail confectionery category generated approximately $29 billion in sales in 2007 and the profit margin for the category was approximately 35%, according to the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) U.S. Confectionery Market report released last

Extreme Illuminator

Extreme CCTV Surveillance Systems, which designs, develops and manufactures advanced infrared illuminators and precision engineered surveillance solutions, released the new UFLED Intelligent-IR Illuminator powered by Constant Light. The Intelligent-IR Illuminator is designed to deliver a constant level of lighting performance throughout the illuminator’s life for uncompromised night-time surveillance. Patent pending Constant Light compensates for LED

Individual Desserts

Rich Products Corp.’s innovative new line of decadent single-serve desserts enables 12 individual treats to be baked-off with "one touch," saving operators time and money like never before. The One Touch line is available in four delectable flavors: Lava Cake, Brownie, and Apple and Cherry Crisp. Rich’s One Touch single served baking technology takes 96%

Clearing a Crowded Cold Vault

Energy drinks and isotonics are following two increasingly divergent paths, just part of the fast-paced beverage category about which convenience store operators are spending more time planning than ever before. The crazy-quilt influx of new brands, products, line extensions, flavors and varieties is jamming cooler doors and sales floors, and calling for some hard choices.

Progressive Adult Beverages

Diageo announced the introduction of three products to its fast-growing Progressive Adult Beverages (PAB) line: Smirnoff Ice Light, Smirnoff Ice Strawberry Acai and Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Mojito. * Smirnoff Ice Light. Available in six-packs and variety packs at the suggested retail price of $7.49; 12-packs will also be available. * Smirnoff Ice Strawberry Acai.

DAVID Multi-Pack Seeds

Recognizing the demand for a healthier alternative, DAVID is the first brand to launch a multi-pack of seeds in convenient, lunch box-size packages. Available in three distinct varieties, sunflower seeds, kernels, and pumpkin seeds, DAVID multi-packs provide fresh and healthy snack options for kids and moms looking for convenience and great taste. Package sizes include:

Tasty Treats

Tasty Baking Co. is delivering smart options to consumers with the introduction of its brand new low-fat product line. The launch of Low-Fat Raspberry-Filled Koffee Kake Cupcakes and Low-Fat Chocolate Iced Vanilla Cupcakes represents Tastykake’s continued commitment to product expansion, notably in the area of wellness. Additional low-fat cake, cookie and snack bar varieties are

Do You Provide World-Class Service?

Today’s business environment is becoming increasingly complex and competitive due to globalization, new technology, increasing product proliferation, brand erosion, market segmentation, consumer skepticism and time poverty, rendering traditional business plans obsolete. For just about every product or service, there is an overwhelming number of choices to choose from, leaving consumers dazed and confused. So how

The “Hangover” Eliminator

Sobrietol Distribution Services Inc. has announced the release of Sobrietol, the world’s only patented technology to rapidly reduce blood alcohol and eliminate next day "hangovers". Sobrietol’s technology was developed over a 10-year period by Dr. David Whitmire, a highly regarded chemical engineer and one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of alcohol and

FucoPROTEIN Bars

FucoPROTEIN bars are a dieter’s best friend because they are made with native whey protein, raw wildflower honey, acacia, and chia seeds, which expand in the stomach and result in a feeling of satiety for hours. However, it’s the fat-burning properties of fucoxanthin that distinguish fucoPROTEIN bars from other bars on the market. FucoTHIN is

Aristo Wellness Bars

Aristo Wellness Bars are the first commercially available nutrition bars that contain encapsulated, tasteless fish oils, so consumers can get the benefits of a diet fortified with Omega-3s without the fishy taste. Each Aristo bar is an excellent source of the purest ocean Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Aristo Wellness Bars are only 140

Tax Debate Swarms Bottled Water

It’s back to the barricades once again for the convenience store industry, which—as in the past—is being targeted by environmental special interest groups and revenue-hungry legislators. This time they’re focusing on bottled water containers. Bottled water remains a tremendously popular and trendy product category, which is just what attracted the attention of these two groups

NCR Self-Service Gift Cards

Gift cards have become one of the easiest and most appreciated forms of gift-giving, although standing in a long line of shoppers to purchase one may take some of the joy out of giving. But thanks to a self-service offer from NCR Corp., gift card purchases may soon be more convenient for retailers and consumers.

C-Stores Make Pizza Time

ore than a century ago, Italian peddlers would walk up and down the cobblestones street of New York, Chicago and Philadelphia selling pizza from metal drums they carried on their backs. Then pizzerias started opening in and around major cities in the 1900s. Eventually chain pizza deliveries like Little Caesars, Pizza Hut and Domino’s began

Village Pantry Adds Nine Stores

Village Pantry Inc. has acquired nine convenience stores in central Ohio from Petro Acquisitions, Inc. The stores, formerly operated by AmeriStop Market, will be rebranded under the Village Pantry banner. Each store averages 2,700 square feet and, like most traditional convenience stores, offers quick snack items, lottery tickets, money orders, prepaid cellular and gift cards

What’s Cooking?

Speed, ease, safety and energy savings—those are the challenges that convenience store operators face each day as they serve fresh foods, both hot and cold, to on-the-go eaters with deadline-driven lives. Fortunately, innovations in foodservice equipment are helping them meet the needs of this demanding customer base and do it better than ever before. Jerry

Food Industry Lacks Understanding of Organic Consumers

A food marketing researcher from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia is learning more about consumer attitudes toward organic foods and exploring their influence on U.S. Markets. The stereotypes associated with organic consumers used to signify something very different than they do today. Stores like Whole Foods have welcomed designer shoes to their traditional Birkenstock foot

Lettieri’s Continues Convenience Commitment

As part of its ongoing effort to better service the convenience store industry, Lettieri’s has partnered with one of the channel’s leading foodservice brokers, Ultimate Sales & Services, a Fredericksburg, Va.-based group that specializes in convenience store foodservice. "We are very excited to have Ultimate Sales & Services represent Lettieri’s," said Greg Dornbach, senior vice

Philip Morris Takes Aim at Trademark Violations

Philip Morris USA, the world’s largest tobacco company, filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Central District of California against Nice Pak Products Inc. of Orangeburg, N.Y. The lawsuit is aimed at stopping the importation, distribution, and sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the unauthorized use of Philip Morris USA’s trademarks. This suit arises from

Kum & Go Names Director of Recruitment and Retention

Kum & Go L.C., the West Des Moines, Iowa operator of more than 430 convenience stores in 12 states, has promoted Niki DePhillips to director of recruitment and retention. As director of recruitment and retention, DePhillips will work within Grow People, the name of Kum & Go’s human resources department, and she will be responsible

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