Overcoming Adversity

I’m not much a movie buff, but to prepare for the Super Bowl I set aside a couple of hours to enjoy a big screen classic: Rudy. I’m sure you all know the story of Rudy Ruettiger whose persistence and hard work elevated him to legendary status at Notre Dame. It’s the perfect sports movie

Whole Grain Pop-Tarts

Moms seek foods that are great tasting, fun and popular among kids, yet also good for them. They can search no further. Kellogg Co.’s Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries with One Serving of Whole Grain are the newest Pop-Tarts that deliver whole grain and fiber moms demand with the great Pop-Tarts’ taste kids love. Kellogg’s research shows

A [Private] Affair

More. That’s what convenience store customers can expect to see of private-label brands–and what convenience store operators need to do in order to make those brands successful. The costs are too low, opportunities to build brand equity and loyalty too high, quality is rising too quickly and the benefits are too numerous for retailers with

Ice Cream Float in a Bottle

More than 110 years after the ice cream float was first consumed, A&W and Sunkist Floats are being introduced to recreate all the rich creamy frothiness of a real ice cream float in a bottle. A&W and Sunkist Floats–first-of-their-kind, float-like beverages–deliver a real float experience without all of the fuss. Available in convenient 11.5-ounce, vintage

Making It in the Marketplace

Driving business with new products is hardly a novel idea, but it’s also one that convenience store retailers rarely use to their advantage, said David Bishop, a partner with research and consulting firm Willard Bishop in Barrington, Ill. When retailers actively participate in the process of bringing a new product to the marketplace by helping

Hot New Bread Line and Pizza Toppings

Hot Stuff Foods has improved and expanded customer choices for both its Hot Stuff Foods, Smash Hits Deli and Smash Hit Subs brands. The company has rolled out two new signature breads including: • Sundried Tomato Basil • Three-Cheese flavored with Asiago, Romano and Parmesan cheeses. "We’ve improved our original white and wheat breads by

Industry Takes Action Against Native Americans in N.Y.

For more than 20 years New York governors refused to protect legitimate convenience store owners from the tax-free sales of gasoline and tobacco by Native Americans. Now they’ll have to answer for their inaction. New York State Assemblyman David Townsend joined convenience store operators in New York in announcing legal action to compel the Spitzer

Store Automation Can Benefit HR

While scanning is a critical part of a convenience store’s electronic accounting system, the system has the potential to do much more, including contributions in the area of human resources. According to Greg Gilkerson, president of Professional Datasolutions Inc. (PDI), a McLane-owned software and service provider to convenience stores and petroleum wholesalers, the system can

Cody’s Acquires Express Lane Stores

Cody’s Convenience Stores acquired six bankrupt Express Lane stores, making it the second-largest owner of convenience stores in southwest Missouri. With the purchase, Cody’s surpassed fellow Springfield-based chain Rapid Roberts’ 23 area stores. The chain’s portfolio now comprises 25 stores, second to West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go’s 33 stores in southwest Missouri. Cody’s,

Widescreen Display

VeriFone Holdings Inc. has introduced MX860, the newest member of the highly successful MX800 series that provides retailers with multimedia capabilities in a secure payment system that now combines widescreen, video-game quality resolution and impact with tactile keys for disability compliance requirements. The MX860 supports the same impressive feature set as existing MX800 series products

Bypassing the Interchange

Alot has changed on the credit card fee front since last year’s NACS/Convenience Store Decisions Webcast, but retailers are still faced with the daunting challenge of finding creative ways to bypass the high interchange fees that plague the c-store industry. The industry’s efforts to battle these fees is getting attention, fostering the hope that real

Ribs with BBQ Sauce

Broaster Recipe is jumping into the fully-cooked product segment with the launch of Pork Loin Back Ribs with BBQ Sauce. Individually quick frozen and conveniently packed in two five-pound pouches per case, these ribs offer a restaurant quality product that’s sure to please. Foodservice operators simply heat ‘n serve from a microwave, convection, or conventional

Aisle Rage:It Starts on the Frontlines

magine yourself as the store manager of a major convenience store or supermarket chain. As you are busily building a new display, you notice two customers down an aisle that are in really close proximity to each other. The customers exchange sneers and you can feel the tension between them. One of the customers bumps

Extreme Security

Extreme CCTV releases the new EX85, the pinnacle of today’s most advanced imaging technologies, combining dual CMOS megapixel sensors, IP infrared imaging design and Black Diamond night vision technology. The result is the most advanced level of imaging performance for today’s critical security applications: the amazing detail of 3.1 million color pixels by day and

By the Numbers

» 1 Year That’s how long one Quick Chek customer will win free coffee for as part of the chain’s partnership with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. Other prizes include autographed memorabilia, game tickets and dinner with a former Devils player. » 4 Lawsuits filed in federal court by Philip Morris against importers aimed at

Kemps Fresh Milk with MEG-3

Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. (ONC), supplier of MEG-3 brand Omega-3 EPA/DHA food and dietary supplement ingredients, launched two new milk products, Kemps Plus Healthy Lifestyle and Kemps Plus Healthy Kids, containing the MEG-3 EPA/DHA ingredient. Kemps is the first company to launch a fresh milk product in North America containing the MEG-3 Omega-3 healthy food

Michelada, Anyone?

Chelada, Anheuser-Busch’s new Clamato and beer beverage, isn’t really new at all. A variation of a beverage called Michelada, it belongs to a genre of drinks known in Spanish as cerveza preparada, which means prepared beer—a drink category that’s been around since at least the 1940’s in Mexico. One version of Chelada’s origins is that

Flowers Foods Introduces 100-Calorie Snack Items

Flowers Foods Specialty Group introduces two 100-calorie snack items: Mini Creme-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes and Mini Blueberry Muffins, that deliver great taste and meet new nutritional guidelines. Each 100-calorie pack contains three mini cupcakes or muffins in a trim package that fits great in candy slots. The mini chocolate cupcakes are topped with chocolate icing and

Reducing Operating Costs

Many believe better lighting can improve retail sales. But as one business owner found out, automated lighting can not only increase profits, it can also help make running the business more convenient. Terry Beachler, owner and president of Beachler’s Servicenter & Car Wash in Peoria, Ill., discovered the validity of this concept when he investigated

Earning its Wings

Pilgrim’s Pride Foodservice has added to its line of best-selling wings with the introduction of new Pierce Chicken Boneless Wing Dings and Boneless Wing-Zings. "By offering our most popular brand of wings in both bone-in and boneless varieties, we’re helping operators appeal to consumers who might not normally eat wings," said Keith Arnold, vice president

Private Label Case Study: Tesco

Jim Hertel, the senior vice president of retail consultant Willard Bishop, spotlights international retailer Tesco PLC’s Fresh & Easy concept, which at presstime had been rolled into eight stores in Phoenix, with 26 more planned. Hertel noted that Tesco’s use of private label brands "turns a lot of conventional wisdom upside down. Many food retailers

Whole Grain Lean Pockets

Today’s consumers want to be health conscious, but don’t want to sacrifice great taste or convenience. They want a fast, easy way to eat right. The leader in the frozen sandwich category has found the solution. Now Lean Pockets brand fans can enjoy the goodness of whole grains in every bite with seven delicious varieties

Pivotal Year for Beer

What’s brewing in the beer category? A combination of higher prices, smaller crops, tighter dollars and expanded ethnic offerings may well make 2008 a memorable one for convenience store operators. A variety of forces are pushing and pulling the beer category in several directions. For instance, the higher prices of items like cigarettes and gasoline

Sugar-Free Valentine

This Valentine’s Day, candy maker Just Born Inc., introduces PEEPS Sugar-Free Marshmallow Hearts. Also available are a range of PEEPS Marshmallow Hearts and heart stopping HOT TAMALES and MIKE AND IKE Brand Candy Cards. PEEPS Sugar-Free Hearts were designed to meet the needs of consumers seeking sugar-free and reduced sugar products. PEEPS Sugar-Free products are

Five Steps To Build a Winning Corporate Culture

If I asked your employees, "What’s it like to work at your company? What kind of place is it?" their answers would largely describe your company culture. How would your employees answer? Would you like what you heard? If not, a leader’s responsibility is to change it. Some leadership teams attempt to create culture by

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