Burrito’s Best Friend

The Burrito Buddy is a practical disposable prop that supports the sometimes messy burrito by keeping the ingredients in the burrito and not on your table or desk. Burrito Buddy’s unique package design is ideal for convenience stores, Mexican casual theme and quick serve restaurants. It’s a practical solution for a long time problem because

Ethanol and Biodiesel: What You Need to Know

Ethanol is a renewable fuel made primarily by distilling grains such as corn, wheat, barley and other food crops. It is an alcohol that is mixed with gasoline when used in vehicles. Cars can run on a mix of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, but typically ethanol is only used as a fuel additive in

Rewards From Mars

Mars Foodservices announces the MARS Foodservices 500 Operator Rewards Program. Put the power of America’s best-selling candy brands on your team, and score exciting rewards by simply purchasing a minimum of 10 boxes of eligible Mars singles items, such as M&M’s, Snickers and Twix brand products from your foodservice distributor. Select from a variety of

CheckMate

Consumers love to enhance their coffee with the uniquely rich and smooth experience of Coffee-Mate Creamy Chocolate liquid coffee creamer. Give your customers the chance to enjoy rich mocha flavor without having to pay coffee-house prices—all in a convenient tub format. Coffee-Mate, the No. 1 retail coffee creamer, also offers single-serve liquid tubs in Original,

Chevron Named CSD’s 2008 Chain of the Year

At a time when many industry marketers are struggling with high gas prices, exorbitant credit card fees and few options, one company is shining above all others. Over the past 12 months, San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron has reduced credit card processing fees for its branded marketers, launched a new “no fee” co-branded Visa credit card

Get it While it’s Hot

Just in time for fall, Hot Pockets brand sandwiches introduces Roast Beef and Provolone in a half-pound size. The limited-time-offer program gives retailers exciting new flavors each quarter and this quarter is no exception. Tasty roast beef and melted provolone cheese are covered in a peppery sauce and wrapped in a crispy crust. This limited-time

Prepackaged Options Expanding

Prepackaged food sales are booming nationwide and new choices are springing up to help convenience store retailers grow in-store sales. Successful prepackaged food merchandising is all about display, said Jerry Weiner, vice president of foodservice for Rutter’s Farm Stores in York, Pa. “Grab-and-go sales have tripled since we moved products from four-foot open-air cases to

Mocha Mini

BDI Marketing, distributors of the popular Mini Thin Rush family of energy products, has launched its new mocha-flavored 2-ounce energy drink shot Mini Thin Rush A.M. Designed to provide people on the go with a highly energizing morning pick me up via a convenient 2-ounce liquid shot, Mini Thin Rush A.M. features a tasty mocha

Tea with a Twist

Rosenberger’s Dairies, the Delaware Valley’s favorite dairy company since 1925, has expanded its line of beverages to include a refreshing summertime favorite: Lemonade Iced Tea. Rosenberger’s Lemonade Iced Tea, available in half-gallon plastic containers, is a half and half blend of lemonade and iced tea and can be found in refrigerator cases at convenience stores

Discovering New Land

The Discovery Trifecta Location: Coolidge, Ariz. Opening: September 2008 Key Features: 2,400-square-foot c-store on one acre; 1,400 square feet for Little Caesars pizza; four pumps offering unbranded standard fuels and E85; a sizable coffee cafe; beer cave and 20-head soda fountain top it off. Details: Positioned within a town of 9,000 residents, the store will

Novelty Hair Gel

Retailers looking to boost novelty sales should look no further than Dyna-Doo’s Nourishing Hair Styling Tabs, a unique product for strong hair control while adding incredible texture, control and temporary color highlights on the go. Dyna-Doo Hair Styling Tabs come in eight fragrant colors that add temporary bold color highlights to the hair coloring and

Building Brick by Brick

At a quick glance it makes for a dismal picture: Killer interchange fees, nightmarish margins on gas, ever-rising tobacco taxes thanks to the whimsies of politicos. There’s a host of potholes marring the road to profitability, and few convenience chains on the market can afford to bankroll a multimillion dollar facility to optimize their foodservice

Energy Kick

Premium coffee gets fully charged with the launch of Full Throttle Coffee, a creamy coffee-and-energy blend set to be unleashed nationally in August. Made with 100% premium Colombian Arabica coffee and Full Throttle’s energy and vitamin blend, Full Throttle Coffee is sure to rev up taste buds in Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel flavors. It will

Filling Up on Food Sales

Five years ago, Open Pantry was poised to move beyond the humdrum in southeast Wisconsin. The 26-store convenience retailer was bracing for big changes inside and out, all part of a mammoth push to polish the chain’s image with new products, programs and brands. A gourmet sandwich line was added. Larger roller grills were installed

Sleep Easy

Ease muscles and promote restful sleep with this complete formula, featuring valerian root and passiflora extract which are recognized for their long history in promoting relaxation naturally. Since 1967, Mason Vitamins has provided quality vitamins, minerals, supplements and herbs retailers and consumers can trust. It guarantees that in the manufacturing of all its products, all

For Health and Wellness Devotees, Money Doesn’t Matter

A study by the Natural Marketing Institute found retail sales within the U.S. foodservice and consumer packaged goods’ health and wellness industry hit $102.8 billion in 2007, representing 15% growth since 2006, adding that there doesn’t seem to be any signs of a slowdown in this sector. NMI predicted that double-digit growth of the health

Sensible Snacking

World Gourmet Marketing LLC, a New Jersey-based food manufacturer, announces the addition of 8 Grain Crisps to its Sensible Portions brand of healthy and delicious all-natural snacks. The product expands the current line of pellet snacks, which are manufactured using a hot air popped technology. In addition to providing a good source of whole grains,

Where to Find the Best Workers

Among retailers who tuned in to CSD’s Webcast on hiring foodservice employees, more than 57% said finding part-time workers is one of their biggest hiring challenges. A second Webcast poll showed retailers rely on three primary sources to find the best employees: • Referrals: 50% • Walk-ins: 37.5% • Advertisements: 12.5% Mel Kleiman, of Humetrics

Relax & Revive

It’s a stressful world and consumers are increasingly looking for beverages that will help them "chill out." They now have a new choice: Relax & Revive, a beverage that helps consumers relax, recover and reduce anxiety. Crash Beverages has brought R&R to market in a 12-ounce Rexam sleek can. R&R is specifically designed for consumers

Profit$ You Can Bank On

Here in the 21st century, providing c-store customers with financial products and services like money orders, check cashing, ATM access, electronic bill payment and payday loans can be as easy, and as necessary, as selling soda, candy and beer. But it requires a bit more thinking. Convenience store operators are increasingly partnering with providers like

Ultimate Home Draught Beer Experience

Beer enthusiasts seeking a sophisticated draught beer-drinking experience at home have found their answer with the BeerTender, now available nationwide at retail locations and online stores. A one-of-a-kind appliance, BeerTender features stylish design characteristics and authentic draught beer thanks to the patented carbonator pressure technology of the Heineken DraughtKeg and Heineken Premium Light DraughtKeg, sold

The $10 Test

Mel Kleiman offers the $10 test: Give your applicant a $10 bill and tell him to buy something in the store—a sandwich, a fountain drink, anything of his choosing—and ask him to return the next day with an assessment of the experience. The applicant will do one of three things: • Take the $10 and

Model Imprinter

The Addressograph Bartizan Variable Amount 4875 imprinter has long been an essential tool at thousands of service stations and convenience stores worldwide. It is ideal for any application that requires the credit card information and the transaction amount to be imprinted directly onto sales slips. The 4875 imprinter is an ideal solution to today’s electronic

Health and Beauty Benefits

Health and Beauty Care (HBC) has been known to create more pain for c-store operators than it relieves for their customers. Managing it well—knowing the trends, keeping up with new products and line extensions, establishing workable price points and merchandising it carefully—is a precarious balancing act. The trend today is smaller, both for product packaging

Eco-Forward Products

Solo Cup Co. is meeting the growing demand for sustainable disposable cups with the foodservice industry’s first single-use packaging brand with a broad environmental platform. From compostable to post-consumer recycled material to renewable content, Solo now offers the largest breadth of sustainable, disposable cup solutions. An operator’s use of Bare branded products communicates to patrons

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