Convenience Valet partnered with Alacer Corp. to be the exclusive distributor of Emergen-C blister packs to all channels of trade. Alacer Corp. has been producing nutritionally enhanced products for more than 35 years. Convenience Valet now is distributing three flavors of Emergen-C effervescent drink mix. Emergen-C is packed with 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C, seven


Fabulous Freddy’s Fuels with Flair

Fabulous Freddy’s is wooing new customers with old tricks. Resurrecting the customer service of decades past, the seven-store chain headquartered in Las Vegas, offers its patrons full-service treatment at the pump, at self-service prices. “Our company’s mission statement is to provide fabulous service to everyone, and one of the ways we do that is to

Hot Stuffed Sandwiches

Hot Stuff Foods has rolled out Hot Stuffed Sandwiches, a new line of portable hand-held sandwiches for busy on-the-go consumers. Sandwiches are fully loaded with fresh-made ingredients, using hand-pinched, live dough. Each Hot Stuffed Sandwich is fully enrobed for convenient grab-n-go and dashboard dining. Sandwiches are the fastest growing category in foodservice and offer an

Keck Oil Does Sandwiches the Rite Way

For most c-store chains, it goes without saying that foodservice must play an integral part in driving traffic and helping maintain sales at a time when gas and cigarette revenues are down. But with so many possibilities to consider, from adding a Dunkin’ Donuts to developing a stir fry offering, deciding which foodservice program will

Shake Up Your Deli Case

Chicken wings are one of the hottest carry-out items around. Now, MINOR’S Up For Grabs flavor bags make it easier than ever to offer customers chicken wings in the flavors they crave, in a versatile, easy-to-use format. Each re-sealable Up for Grabs pouch contains 4-ounces of ready-to-use Honey BBQ, Buffalo or Teriyaki sauce. Just place

All-in-One BBQ and Disposable Instant Grill

P&M Products last month introduced the EZ Grill, an earth-friendly, portable grill that is 100% recyclable and comes complete with foil pan, grill grate, stand and charcoal. The instant charcoal is 100% natural with no additives, chemicals or fillers. The grill lights with one match and cooks for up to 1½ hours. Plus it’s mess-free.

New Peeler Saves Money

The new Raw Star Ceramic Peeler is taking the cooking, kitchen and convenience store world by storm. Sales have been increasing as people are discovering all the high-tech, amazing benefits of Raw Star Ceramic Peelers. The peelers never rust, stay razor sharp much longer than any metal or stainless-steel peeler and keep food fresher longer,

Make Coffee More Profitable

Tips for Preparing the Perfect Cup • Always use fresh, filtered water. • Always use fresh, whole bean coffee. Coffee is perishable: use within two weeks of roast date. • Store coffee beans in an air-tight container away from heat, light and moisture. No freezer or refrigerator. • Grind just before brewing—a timer will help

Three New Flavors

Farley’s & Sathers Candy Co. Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of quality confectionery and gum products is introducing three new flavors to its Now and Later SOFT Nine-Piece Changemakers line. The flavors are Soft Banana, Soft Cherry and Soft Watermelon. The nine-piece bar comes packed 24 in a tray and has 12 trays per

Hands free water and ice dispenser

Hoshizaki America Inc. offers new hands-free water and ice dispenser models DT-400-AR and DT-400BAH-OS. The former features a drop-in replacement refrigeration circuit, ease of serviceability for maintaining ice making/dispensing operation and simple disconnects for removal and installation. DT-400BAH-OS features a self-contained space saving design (21w x 22.5d x72.5h with 6-inch legs) and front in and

Chocolate With a Twist

The Painted Pretzel is a gourmet pretzel company that specializes in chocolate covered pretzels. The company now offers a large variety of chocolate pretzels that are topped with candy and nuts. Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., The Painted Pretzel currently has products being sold at retail outlets throughout the country in many high-end, specialty stores. This

Customer Relations Expert

Ralin Nespeca, the customer contact center manager for Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, learned the value of customer service and an unwavering work ethic at a very young age. Those skills have proved to be a valuable asset on her career path. She joined Love’s in December 2008 as the call center

New Time Delay Ink Labels

SafeTScribe Technologies has developed a new line of time delay sensitized ink labels that can be programmed to change over specific periods of time, ranging from two hours to 200 days. SafeTScribe’s TimeMarks can be used to accurately manage the freshness of products on retail shelves to ensure inventory rotation and proper handling in the

Deter Hawks With Decoy

Bird-B-Gone Inc. introduces the Bird-B-Gone Hawk, a life-like Red Tailed Hawk decoy. The Bird-B-Gone Hawk can be used to scare pest birds away from balconies, gardens, fruit trees, buildings and other areas where birds or rodents have become a problem. Birds will avoid areas treated with the decoy and move on to a more secure

First Energy Drink With Nitrous Oxide

Monster Energy is launching a new, innovative product called Nitrous Monster. Nitrous Monster is the first and only energy drink to feature nitrous oxide gas technology. The revolutionary new drink boasts a rich creamy texture and a smooth drinkable flavor. Nitrous Monster is packaged in the re-sealable 12-ounce Rexam SLEEK Cap Can with closure technology

Sonja Hubbard Paves the Way for Women in Retailing

As CEO of Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores Inc., which operates more than 300 stores in five states, Sonja Hubbard is a true c-store industry veteran. Hubbard was just a child when her father, Jim Yates founded E-Z Mart in 1970 and learned the ropes at an early age. “I grew up with this industry

Tropical Tremor Frozen Beverage

YoCream introduces new Tropical Tremor flavors under their Jolly Rancher Frozen Beverage brand: Pomegranate, Wild Berry, Mango, Fruit Punch and Sour Green Apple. The exciting new beverages are boldly flavored, less sweet, a little tart and intensely colored. Available for frozen, carbonated and uncarbonated applications, the syrups are packaged in shelf stable bags with a

Cheese Jerky

Snack Patrol LLC has developed a new snack, called Cheese Jerky, that combines shredded beef jerky with string cheese. This new product, which is already available in stores across the U.S., offers a previously impossible variation of string cheese. To make this snack, premium beef jerky is shredded, then added to Wisconsin farmstead string cheese.

Sandwich Aioli

If you think it’s hard to come up with new and creative sandwich ideas, think again. New Hellmann’s Real Aiolis are the easiest way to upscale your sandwich menu and keep your customers coming back for more. Aioli is a sauce that has been a foundation of classical cuisine for many years. Because it’s tricky

Wisconsin Raises Cigarette Tax…Again

Despite a 2008 tax increase and the federal tax jump that hit just this spring, Wisconsin is again raising prices on smokers.  The price of a pack of cigarettes will increase by 75 cents to $2.52 cents per pack in Wisconsin tomorrow, Sept.1, the Associated Press reported. The tax will be the fifth highest in

Expanding In A Rough Economy

  Independent retailers seeking to expand their businesses are struggling to locate competitively-priced, quality properties, Talking Retail reported.   According to Allen Shepherd, director with property agent Christie + Co., despite lower priced properties that have cropped up because of the recession and the perception that the retail sector is currently a buyer’s market, top

Maverik To Open First Carson City C-store

  Maverik already has begun construction on what will be its first gas station convenience store in the Carson City, Nev. area, the Nevada Appeal reported.   The store is being built at College Boulevard and Research Way, and is scheduled to open in December. The Carson City location will be more than 4,600 square

7-Eleven Rocks Out With Band Contest, Guitar Cups

  7-Eleven Inc. is introducing “Battle of the Bands,” an in-store and online promotion that puts 28 bands from across the nation in a music video competition at www.slurpee.com and adds an in-store first: three colorful 32-ounce guitar-shaped Slurpee cups and a giant 54-ounce guitar-shaped Big Gulp cup.   The Big Gulp guitar cup is

Certified Oil Celebrates New Store

  Certified Oil Company, a leading operator of gas stations and convenience stores in Ohio, is holding grand opening festivities with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 1 to celebrate its new convenience store and gas station in Chillicothe.   The new store is located at 825 North Bridge Street.   Over the past year,

Shoppers Pick Convenience Over Cost

  Customers are choosing convenience over value these days, according to a yearlong shopper experience study currently underway by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research.   Data from the study shows that consumer priorities are changing from shopping around to save dollars to spending more money in an effort to save time.   “There has