Sweet Deliverance

Caffeine-infused potato chips. Ginseng-infused coffee. Guarana-infused gum. No matter the combination, functional food manufacturers are probably trying it. Add this one to the list: Sedative-infused chocolates. The confectionary world is on its way to proving the salability of health and energy products doesn’t have to end at the threshold of the candy aisle. In the

Portion Control Peanut Butter

Smucker’s, America’s most recognized brand of jams and jellies, now offers Smucker’s Peanut Butter in convenient portion-control packaging. The perfect complement to retailer’s in-store foodservice offering, Smucker’s creamy peanut butter is a favorite on bagels, toast and pancakes. For more than a century, Smucker Foodservice has put its heart into every little thing it does,

Pump Up Profits

Washworld has announced its latest technological advancement, a new in-bay pump station. Washworld’s proven pump station components are now housed in a space-saving design for use within a wash bay. For car wash owners who lack space or are without an equipment room, Washworld’s In-Bay version is the ideal solution. With its narrow 2-foot depth,

McLane Show Draws Record Numbers

The Temple, Texas distributor hosts the show annually to bring its retailer and supplier partners together to help educate marketers on current industry trends and make them aware of the new products they could expect to see in the coming months. This year’s show went a step further. In addition to national and regional vendors

Vitamin Blast

With demand for enhanced waters showing no signs of abating, it is clear that consumers continue to seek the benefits of vitamins in their beverages. Now a new entrant promises to deliver those benefits at a level of potency previously unavailable. VBlast! from New York Spring Water is the first bottled water to provide fully

Moving Over to the Dark Side

Chocolate may be bringing up the rear of America’s upscale revolution, but consumers and a growing number of c-store operators aren’t complaining. Higher-priced, better quality chocolates are finding acceptance on more store shelves all the time–great for consumers and great for operators’ bottom lines. Resistance to the higher price points will fade in time as

Chips with a Kick

Engobi, the market’s first caffeine-infused snack chip, is poised to launch an exciting new era of snacking. Engobi’s Energy Go Bites is rolling out to stores this month in two deliciously perky flavors, Cinnamon Surge and Lemon Lift. According to the chip’s maker, Rudolph Foods, a 1.5-ounce, single-serving bag contains approximately 140 milligrams of caffeine.

Zero-Calorie Waters

Consumers are looking for more health benefits in their beverages, minus the calories and sugar that pack on the pounds. Skinny Nutritional Corp. introduced a healthy solution with its new line of multi-functional Skinny Waters that deliver a variety of health benefits consumers are looking for in their beverages: weight control, multi-vitamins, antioxidants, and energy

Kum & Go Stores on the Auction Block

Kum & Go LLC, of West Des Moines, Iowa, has retained The Energy Exchange of Chicago to coordinate a sealed bid auction for 21 Kum & Go locations that don’t align with the company’s future plans, the company said. The sealed bid auction will include 12 locations in Iowa, three in South Dakota, two in

Pure Organic Pickles

Del Monte proudly presents the first line of USDA-certified organic pickles in five varieties. The new organic pickle line-up, which promises to pack a powerful punch to any picnic platter, includes Sweet Bread & Butter Chips, Dill Burger Slices, Kosher Dill Whole Pickles, Kosher Dill Baby Pickles and Kosher Dill Spears. These organic products feature

Driving the Dairy Business

Convenience store operators nationwide are grappling with nearly unprecedented food inflation, particularly involving bakery and dairy products, that is sending tremors throughout the retail supply chain. Recent price volatility fueled by a weak dollar, rising energy costs, consumer wariness, competitive pressure and other factors is making it difficult to market staples like bakery and dairy

Improving Loss Prevention

The new Cummins JetWeigh Cash Settlement System combines three impressive tools: a high-speed currency scanner, an accurate coin scale and an intelligent terminal with integral printer to streamline cash till processing, reduce employee reconciliation time and improve managerial effectiveness. What’s more, the footprint of the system is just over one square foot. Altogether, there are

Extreme TV

With the release of the Infrared Imager i3 Series, Extreme CCTV is combining IP Infrared Imaging (i3) design, Black Diamond technology and performance optics to provide high-fidelity imaging integrating seamlessly with IP network infrastructure. Building on the success of Extreme’s integrated day-night cameras, the Infrared Imager i3 Series incorporates IP connectivity for remote access and

Fuel Costs Drive Verc from Exxon to Gulf

Verc Enterprises, a Duxbury, Mass. company with 20 c-stores in the New England area, is planning to convert its Exxon stations to the Gulf brand by the end of this year. The move is being made to get a better wholesale deal on fuel, Verc CEO Leo Vercollone said. "I think Exxon is a more

The Wright Sausage

With foodservice becoming a more important part of convenience store operators’ in-store operations,  Wright Breakfast Sausage, from Tyson Foods Inc., will complement any menu, even beyond breakfast. With consumers eating breakfast all day long, sausage is perfect for any daypart. Anytime menu items such as the Monterey Sausage Wrap help capture the clockless trend of

Is Bulk Candy Marketing Right for You?

While single packs of gum and candy get the most attention in the candy aisle, retailers often report strong margins from bulk packages and multi packs, which carry a higher price and typically offer a greater value for consumers. But will that greater value translate into consistently stronger sales? The answer appears to be yes…sometimes,

ALL NATURAL FRANKS

Vienna Beef, maker of premium beef frankfurters is entering the rapidly expanding natural products marketplace with the introduction of an all natural frank. ViennaBeef AllNaturalFranksare the fi rst for 115 year-old Vienna Beef and allows the company to enter the highly competitive all natural foods category, which is expected to grow 63% to more than

Shake and Chug

In an effort to fill a void in the beverage aisle at convenience and grocery stores nationwide, Dean Foods introduced the first ever ice cream parlor style milk shake in a bottle called Chug Milk Shakes. An extension of the company’s No. 1 selling Chug single-serve milk brand, Chug delivers the indulgent taste of a

By the Numbers

» 2 Lawsuits filed by Philip Morris USA in federal court in Los Angeles aimed at stopping the importation, distribution and sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the unauthorized use of its trademarks » 10 New Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets Tesco plans to open in Las Vegas within the next few months. Despite reports the

Secure Video Management

Electronics Line USA launched the ETV 5 Flex Video Recorder that allows more flexibility and data integration opportunities for retailers. The ETV 5 is a combined network video recorder/digital video recorder that boasts real-time exception-based reporting, remote access, centralized management, support for up to 32 traditional and IP cameras, better-than-broadcast quality images, as well as

Where to Find the Best Hourly Employees

You might be surprised to learn that the best source of new employees in convenience retailing has changed very little over the past 25 years. The number one best source of great employees still is and always has been referrals—people you already know or who your employees know. In surveys we conducted between Feb. 2007

Convenience Industry Study Outlined at All Candy Expo

Three industry associations are partnering on a groundbreaking research effort to identify more effective and profitable opportunities in confections. Details of the study, which was spearheaded by The Hershey Co. and Eby-Brown, were announced at a press conference at the All Candy Expo Wednesday in Chicago. The study is intended to help generate increased sales

Banking on Big Branding

When it came to choosing between a bank and quick-service restaurant to complement a Tom’s Convenience Store in a travel plaza just outside State College, Pa., Tom’s parent company, Shipley Energy, placed its money where the mouths are. It’s a decision that could pay big dividends for York, Pa.-based Shipley Energy, owner and operator of

Hand-Wrapped Sandwich Line

Pierre Foods has once again tipped the scales on innovation and product quality. Six new Big Az items have all of the attributes of the classic Big Az brand, but are now wrapped in specially designed paper packaging that allows for the sandwiches to be held in the warmer case for four hours. The new

McDonald’s Eyes C-store Customers

McDonald’s Corp. is urging its store owners in the Western U.S. to slash large soda prices to $1 this summer in a move the company hopes will attract consumers away from convenience stores, a company memo obtained by Crain’s Chicago Business showed. "Let’s take the c-store drink out of their hands and build our transactions,"

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