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

Kum & Go Reopens Colorado Store in Larger Format

Kum & Go LC has revamped and reopened its Yampa Avenue store in Craig, Colo., offering customers 3,400 square feet of expanded offerings and boosting the site’s energy efficiency with new design elements. “We are thrilled to offer the residents of Craig a brand-new Kum & Go store with easier access and a broader offering

Wawa Chooses Radiant For POS

Radiant Systems Inc. said it has become the exclusive provider of POS systems and related technology for more than 570 Wawa stores in Pennsylvania. Radiant has provided self-service technology for Wawa’s industry-leading foodservices for more than seven years, often deploying as many as five customer-activated terminals per site to enable consumers to quickly and accurately

The Consumer: Gone in 30 Seconds …

Gas Station TV, an industry leader in digital out-of-home television, said a Nielsen Media Research study proves consumers are better at recalling shorter-form advertisements – usually those about 10- and 15-seconds long –featured on Gas Station TV Network, as opposed to 30-second ad spots. GSTV said the study’s results confirm that shorter spots on the

Want To Go Gangbusters? Go Asia

Market research firm RNCOS has released a report showing the Asian c-store market is the No. 1 region for convenience store development worldwide. The report, titled "Opportunities in Asian C-store Market," says the rapid economic development in that area, along with the booming retail industry, has been propelling growth for the c-store industry across various

Dawn Food Products Bracing For Price Increases

Dawn Food Products Inc., one of the world’s largest independently owned bakery manufacturers and distributors, said it will increase prices for orders placed on and after July 1, 2008. “We are seeing unprecedented rises in commodity and ingredient markets along with dramatic increases in general transportation costs, especially diesel fuel,” said David Kowal, president of

West Coast Shell Adds Hydrogen Refueling

Shell Hydrogen LLC has opened a hydrogen refueling station on a conventional Shell gasoline forecourt in West Los Angeles, the company said. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard and Federal Avenue near Interstate 405, the company said the station gives consumers a taste of the future, with refueling services for hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles becoming just

UST Head: OTP Is Critical Growth Category

UST Inc. Chairman and CEO Murray Kessler is pinpointing the company’s continued success in the moist smokeless tobacco category and said he believes the growth will continue over the long-term. Kessler discussed the OTP issues at the JPMorgan Global Tobacco Conference in London on June 27, which were presented in a Web cast at the

Visa Tries To Lessen Pump Pains

Visa Inc. said it is implementing processing and rate changes that will result in benefits for American consumers and fuel merchants frustrated by rising prices at the pump. The company said its new processing method for fuel transactions will allow consumers to buy gas more easily and allow motorists and station owners to better avoid

Anheuser Rejects InBev Bid

Anheuser-Busch said its board of directors has unanimously determined that the unsolicited proposal by InBev to acquire all outstanding shares of Anheuser-Busch for $65 per share is financially inadequate and not in the best interests of Anheuser-Busch shareholders. Additionally, in a huge shift in its product lineup, Anheuser will stop selling all caffeinated alcoholic beverages,

Research Group: Americans Spent Tax Stimulus On Gas

According to new analysis from the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, the average household spent over $1500 filling their tanks ever since President Bush signed the tax rebates into law on Feb. 13 this year. The group and transit advocates in Maryland called on Congress to approve additional funding for public transportation as an alternative

Love’s Appoints 5 To New Positions

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores named David Carter as district manager and Jerry Hamm as corporate marketing manager of loyalty and media production. In its corporate office in Oklahoma City, Okla., Love’s appointed Eric Roth corporate manager of creative services, while Stewart Terbush was hired as the new accounts receivable manager and Rick Wolfenbarger

Pantry Shares Jump Amid Analyst’s Improved Rating

The Pantry Inc.’s shares jumped Wednesday after a Lehman Brothers analyst increased her third-quarter and 2008 profit estimates due to better-than-expected gas margins, the Associated Press reported. The Sanford, N.C. company’s shares jumped $1.51, or 16%, to $10.91 in afternoon trading on Wednesday. Analyst Karen Howland boosted her fiscal third-quarter profit estimate to 24 cents

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Prize Program

Coffee-and-donut king Dunkin’ Donuts has launched "Bases Loaded," a summer iced beverage promotion that will give customers a chance to win dozens of great prizes through an in-store and online program. The promotion is licensed by MLB.com, the Major League Baseball Players Association, select teams and players and 2K Sports. For every Dunkin’ Donuts cold

Can They Charge It?

MasterCard Worldwide has agreed to pay $1.8 billion to credit card rival American Express as part of a settlement related to a 2004 antitrust lawsuit, The New York Times reported. Seven months ago, credit card juggernaut Visa paid more than $2.1 billion to American Express to put similar claims behind it as it raced ahead

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