Go for the Gold

Gold Medal Products presents its new ribbon element fryers. The fryers use a ribbon element to cook as opposed to the traditional heat element. The ribbon fryers have the same footprint as the heat element fryers, but they have a deeper tank for more oil capacity and quicker recovery time while cooking. The rectangular shape

Lime Light

Anheuser-Busch, the leading American brewer, has launched Bud Light Lime, a crisp light lager beer that combines the superior drinkability of Bud Light with a splash of 100% natural lime flavor. Bud Light Lime tastes great ice cold or straight from the bottle, and pairs well with spicy, grilled meats and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Couche-Tard Strikes Deal With Spirit Energy

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reached an agreement to acquire 83 stores in Missouri and central the Illinois area from Spirit Energy. Of the 83 convenience stores, 69 operate under the Convenient Food Mart banner and are all company operated. The stores would be operated by the

On-the-Go Vitamins

 4C introduces the newest, most delicious way to take your vitamins, 4C Totally Light2Go Vitamin Stix. Packed with vitamins and full of flavor, these convenient on-the-go drink mixes are quickly becoming a staple for the on-the-go customer, specifically female consumers. Even those watching their waistlines can indulge as all three flavors of the 4C Totally

Sweet Deliverance

Caffeine-infused potato chips. Ginseng-infused coffee. Guarana-infused gum. No matter the combination, functional food manufacturers are probably trying it. Add this one to the list: Sedative-infused chocolates. The confectionary world is on its way to proving the salability of health and energy products doesn’t have to end at the threshold of the candy aisle. In the

Portion Control Peanut Butter

Smucker’s, America’s most recognized brand of jams and jellies, now offers Smucker’s Peanut Butter in convenient portion-control packaging. The perfect complement to retailer’s in-store foodservice offering, Smucker’s creamy peanut butter is a favorite on bagels, toast and pancakes. For more than a century, Smucker Foodservice has put its heart into every little thing it does,

Pump Up Profits

Washworld has announced its latest technological advancement, a new in-bay pump station. Washworld’s proven pump station components are now housed in a space-saving design for use within a wash bay. For car wash owners who lack space or are without an equipment room, Washworld’s In-Bay version is the ideal solution. With its narrow 2-foot depth,

McLane Show Draws Record Numbers

The Temple, Texas distributor hosts the show annually to bring its retailer and supplier partners together to help educate marketers on current industry trends and make them aware of the new products they could expect to see in the coming months. This year’s show went a step further. In addition to national and regional vendors

Vitamin Blast

With demand for enhanced waters showing no signs of abating, it is clear that consumers continue to seek the benefits of vitamins in their beverages. Now a new entrant promises to deliver those benefits at a level of potency previously unavailable. VBlast! from New York Spring Water is the first bottled water to provide fully

Moving Over to the Dark Side

Chocolate may be bringing up the rear of America’s upscale revolution, but consumers and a growing number of c-store operators aren’t complaining. Higher-priced, better quality chocolates are finding acceptance on more store shelves all the time–great for consumers and great for operators’ bottom lines. Resistance to the higher price points will fade in time as

Chips with a Kick

Engobi, the market’s first caffeine-infused snack chip, is poised to launch an exciting new era of snacking. Engobi’s Energy Go Bites is rolling out to stores this month in two deliciously perky flavors, Cinnamon Surge and Lemon Lift. According to the chip’s maker, Rudolph Foods, a 1.5-ounce, single-serving bag contains approximately 140 milligrams of caffeine.

Zero-Calorie Waters

Consumers are looking for more health benefits in their beverages, minus the calories and sugar that pack on the pounds. Skinny Nutritional Corp. introduced a healthy solution with its new line of multi-functional Skinny Waters that deliver a variety of health benefits consumers are looking for in their beverages: weight control, multi-vitamins, antioxidants, and energy

Kum & Go Stores on the Auction Block

Kum & Go LLC, of West Des Moines, Iowa, has retained The Energy Exchange of Chicago to coordinate a sealed bid auction for 21 Kum & Go locations that don’t align with the company’s future plans, the company said. The sealed bid auction will include 12 locations in Iowa, three in South Dakota, two in

Pure Organic Pickles

Del Monte proudly presents the first line of USDA-certified organic pickles in five varieties. The new organic pickle line-up, which promises to pack a powerful punch to any picnic platter, includes Sweet Bread & Butter Chips, Dill Burger Slices, Kosher Dill Whole Pickles, Kosher Dill Baby Pickles and Kosher Dill Spears. These organic products feature

Driving the Dairy Business

Convenience store operators nationwide are grappling with nearly unprecedented food inflation, particularly involving bakery and dairy products, that is sending tremors throughout the retail supply chain. Recent price volatility fueled by a weak dollar, rising energy costs, consumer wariness, competitive pressure and other factors is making it difficult to market staples like bakery and dairy

Improving Loss Prevention

The new Cummins JetWeigh Cash Settlement System combines three impressive tools: a high-speed currency scanner, an accurate coin scale and an intelligent terminal with integral printer to streamline cash till processing, reduce employee reconciliation time and improve managerial effectiveness. What’s more, the footprint of the system is just over one square foot. Altogether, there are

Extreme TV

With the release of the Infrared Imager i3 Series, Extreme CCTV is combining IP Infrared Imaging (i3) design, Black Diamond technology and performance optics to provide high-fidelity imaging integrating seamlessly with IP network infrastructure. Building on the success of Extreme’s integrated day-night cameras, the Infrared Imager i3 Series incorporates IP connectivity for remote access and

Fuel Costs Drive Verc from Exxon to Gulf

Verc Enterprises, a Duxbury, Mass. company with 20 c-stores in the New England area, is planning to convert its Exxon stations to the Gulf brand by the end of this year. The move is being made to get a better wholesale deal on fuel, Verc CEO Leo Vercollone said. "I think Exxon is a more

The Wright Sausage

With foodservice becoming a more important part of convenience store operators’ in-store operations,  Wright Breakfast Sausage, from Tyson Foods Inc., will complement any menu, even beyond breakfast. With consumers eating breakfast all day long, sausage is perfect for any daypart. Anytime menu items such as the Monterey Sausage Wrap help capture the clockless trend of

Is Bulk Candy Marketing Right for You?

While single packs of gum and candy get the most attention in the candy aisle, retailers often report strong margins from bulk packages and multi packs, which carry a higher price and typically offer a greater value for consumers. But will that greater value translate into consistently stronger sales? The answer appears to be yes…sometimes,

ALL NATURAL FRANKS

Vienna Beef, maker of premium beef frankfurters is entering the rapidly expanding natural products marketplace with the introduction of an all natural frank. ViennaBeef AllNaturalFranksare the fi rst for 115 year-old Vienna Beef and allows the company to enter the highly competitive all natural foods category, which is expected to grow 63% to more than

Shake and Chug

In an effort to fill a void in the beverage aisle at convenience and grocery stores nationwide, Dean Foods introduced the first ever ice cream parlor style milk shake in a bottle called Chug Milk Shakes. An extension of the company’s No. 1 selling Chug single-serve milk brand, Chug delivers the indulgent taste of a

Mixed First Quarter Results for Sunoco

Not every oil company is enjoying windfall profits in the era of expensive oil. Sunoco Inc., which refines oil it buys from producers, today reported a net loss of $59 million on sales of $12.8 billion for the first quarter of the year. Sunoco earned $175 million on sales of $9.3 billion in the first

Kum & Go Names New Vice President

Kum & Go, operator of more than 430 convenience stores in 12 states, named Terry Montgomery its new vice president of business intelligence. In this newly created position, Montgomery’s main focuses will be developing the new Kum & Go Business Intelligence department and the expansion and growth of business intelligence function for the West Des

Mars, Wrigley Meld $23-Billion Merger

Mars Inc., of McLean, Va., announced a merger agreement with Chicago-based Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a transaction that could ultimately be valued at $23 billion, the companies said. The agreement will make Wrigley, a $5.4 billion gum and confections company, a separate, stand-alone subsidiary of Mars. The agreement has been unanimously approved by both companies’

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