Bottled Water Holds Strong

Proprietary Brands Prosper With consumers seeking less expensive options, private label sales are increasing across all channels, but struggling in c-stores, where they brought in $3 billion in sales, but were down 3.3% compared to last year, for the 52 weeks ended Feb. 21, 2009. In contrast, Wal-Mart’s private label sales were up by 10.8%,


Dispensing Cash Safety

Armor’s CacheSYSTEM 7000 dispenses change and counts bills. It streamlines change needs at the cash register, thereby improving customer service and store management efficiency. For instance, when a clerk needs a roll of quarters, they no longer have to make customers wait while the manager brings change. They simply enter their personal identification number on

Flexibility Boosts Chicken Sales

Did You Know? Results from the 2008 Consumer Market for Chicken 1,000 Household Survey found that 23% of respondents had purchased rotisserie chicken in four weeks prior to the survey. Consumers with an income of $75,000 or more are the most likely purchasers of rotisserie chicken (31%). Those with an income of $30,000 to $39,999

Pizza Supreme

The most complete line of pizzeria products is now available all under one brand name—Bonici, the new pizza brand from Tyson Food Service. The Bonici brand is the only brand of pizza products backed by the support and insights of one of the most trusted names in foodservice. The brand represents a complete portfolio of

Burst of Energy

Did You Know? By the year 2001, the U.S. energy drink market had grown to nearly $8 million per year in retail sales. Over the next 5 years, it grew an average of more than 50% per year, totaling over $3 billion in 2005. Diet energy drinks are growing at nearly twice that rate within

Digital Coffee Brew System

With advanced generation three (G3) technology and state-of-the-art servers, Curtis ThermoPro Brewing Systems make gourmet coffee brewing instantly easy. This system quickly brews up to 1 gallon of gourmet coffee into high-tech ThermoPro vacuum insulated and stainless-steel servers. Not only does it provide precise control over all critical brewing functions, it keeps coffee quality and

Demand Grows for Packaged Sales

Given current level of public concern over health issues, it’s hardly surprising more c-stores are increasing offerings of prepackaged goods, including sandwiches and baked products. Even with prepackaged sandwiches, “stores need to be vigilant against contamination of any kind,” said environmental specialist and HACCP-Plus President Marsha Robbins, who added store employees must also be attentive

Grab and Go Goodness

To meet the demands of today’s busy consumer seeking convenient, flavorful and affordable breakfast and snack solutions, Johnsonville Sausage is rolling out handheld sandwiches featuring the company’s link sausage enrobed in a soft, warm roll. The 5-ounce sandwiches feature on-trend flavors and intriguing ingredients already built into a juicy, savory smoked-sausage link, including: Southwestern Style,

Economists Predict Recession’s End

  More than 90% of economists predict the recession will end this year, although the recovery is likely to be rough, the Associated Press reported.   The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) recently surveyed leading forecasters about the state of the economy. The results of the survey, released Wednesday, showed their views are in

Pepsi Co. To Cut Jobs

  Frito-Lay Inc.’s Plano headquarters let go about 130 employees this week as its parent company, Pepsi Co., initiates a “productivity program,” the Dallas Morning News reported.   PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, N.Y., said Tuesday it plans to eliminate about 3,300 positions across the globe, 300 of which will be employees of Frito-Lay, the nation’s largest

Consumers Concerned Over Gas Prices

  A majority of consumers are planning road trips this summer and gas is the top expense they are budgeting for, according to a study conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Petrofix. Some 92% of respondents noted finding the lowest-priced gas during their trip will be important.   Petrofix, an online service that controls gas

McCafé Off To Strong Start

  Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald’s Corp. executives said on Wednesday that the company’s rollout of its new McCafé coffee line is off to good start, and it anticipates data on its market share impact to be available in about six months, according to Reuters.   Around 11,000 of McDonald’s roughly 14,000 U.S. locations now have

California Smokers May Face New Tax

This June, lawmakers in California will debate a bill that would increase the state cigarette tax by a whopping $1.50 a pack, the Los Angeles Times reported. Those in favor of the bill say the increase would bring in $1.2 billion to the state each year.   For years, tobacco companies have successfully fought similar

More Loose Tobacco Cigarettes for Less

  Recent tax increases on tobacco products, have prompted Commonwealth Brands, Inc., Bowling Green, Ky., an Imperial Tobacco Group company and the fourth largest tobacco company in the U.S., to introduce a revised portfolio of finely-crafted loose tobacco.    The brands, McClintock, Rave and Premier, have all been modified to offer customers and consumers more

New Campaign To Curb Teen Drinking

  The Pantry Inc., operating as Kangaroo Express and Anheuser-Busch and its local distributors have teamed up on a new campaign to help fight underage drinking sales to minors in the Pantry’s 448 stores in Florida.   The program is called “We I.D.,” and builds on current efforts by The Pantry to restrict underage alcohol

Bottled Water Manufacturers Focus on Sustainability

  Pepsi Co. is reducing the amount of plastic used to make its bottled water bottles in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reported.   The new 16.9-oz. Aquafina bottle weighs about 20% less than the previous version and is among the lightest in the U.S. In addition, the company is shrink-wrapping its 24-pack of

New Rules for Bottled Water

  The FDA is introducing stricter testing standards for the $11 billion bottled water industry. Under the new rules, companies will have to eliminate any causes of fecal contamination in water sources before they can bottle the water for sale. Manufacturers also will need to test source water for any forms of coliform, a group

Big Victory for New Jersey Exxon Dealers

The New Jersey Gasoline, C-Store and Automotive Association (NJGCA) and its allies are celebrating a major victory tonight after their First Right of Refusal legislation, which would prevent Big Oil from selling a business location without giving the owner the opportunity to buy it first, passed in the general assembly.   The amended version was

7-Eleven Borrows Japanese Mascot

Domo, the popular chocolate Twinkie-like Japanese character that Target used for a Halloween promo last year, is now teaming up with 7-Eleven, Brandweek reported.   A six-week program, begining Oct. 1, will include a proprietary Domo Slurpee in Red Apple flavor, which will be sold in a still-in-development brown-flocked cup to match the creature’s coat.

Candy Hall of Fame Inducts New Members

Twelve candy business professionals who have made lasting contributions to the candy industry and two confectionery pioneers are being honored with induction into the Candy Hall of Fame. The official induction will take place this October in Tampa, Fla. at the National Confectionary Sales Association’s (NCSA) 110th annual meeting.   The Candy Hall of Fame

Wrigley Advances Sustainability Commitment

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.’s Global Innovation Center (GIC) in Chicago has received LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), marking a significant achievement in the company’s commitment to global sustainability.   LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a third party accreditation system and nationally accepted benchmark for green buildings.

N.J May Allow C-Store Alcohol Sales

New Jersey’s budgeting woes may provide an opportunity for grocery stores and c-stores to sell beer and wine, the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger reported.   The proposal has been stalled in the Legislature since last year, but the promise of increased tax revenue plus a proposed tax increase in 2010 on such sales could finally sway votes

Sam’s Club Launches 100 Days of Summer

Sam’s Club, Bentonville, Ark., is supporting independent c-store owners during their busiest time of year with its launch of the “100 Days of Summer” program and a special membership offer, all designed to help c-store owners make a profit. The Sam’s Club $15 membership-a savings of $20-is available for purchase between May 22 and June

Star Scientific and R.J. Reynolds Face Off In Court

The trial in a patent infringement case involving two tobacco companies could result in the biggest patent infringement award in the history of the U.S., or it could open the door for reduced harm tobacco products, the Baltimore Herald de Paris reported.   Star Scientific Inc., Chester, Va. is suing R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Seneca Honored

Des-Moines, Iowa-based Seneca Companies has recently been granted a Safety Award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council for outstanding achievement in accident prevention during 2008.   Seneca Companies was one of only 159 businesses, industries and government agencies in this two state region to receive an award for promoting active safety programs and reducing OSHA recordable