Perfect Chicken

Brakebush Brothers has the perfect answer for operators who want to serve their customers whole muscle chicken, yet maintain the consistency and portion control that keeps their budgets predictable. Its Perfect Answers chicken is whole muscle, breaded chicken breasts and tenders that are perfectly portioned and consistently sized with no compromise in quality. That makes


Focused on the Franchise

BP At a Glance BP is one of the largest integrated oil companies in the world, with an estimated global market share of around 3% of oil & gas production and 4% of refining capacity in the major global markets in which it operates. Its U.S. retailing brands are BP, ARCO and ampm. Global sales:

Sweet Profits

Confectionery manufacturer BestSweet Inc. has introduced a new, smoother shape for its licensed Baskin-Robbins Smooth & Creamy Hard Candy.  In addition to the new candy shape, updated packaging for the product is also being introduced and will prominently feature a picture of the new shape on the front of each candy bag. The new Smooth

Smoke Be Gone

When customers need a quick remedy to remove smoke and other odors from hair and clothes, Gone Smoke is the solution. Gone Smoke Ultimate Smoke ‘n’ Odor Eliminator is the newest, hottest product in the convenience store industry. Convenient and discreet, the .60-ounce Gone Smoke displays neatly as an impulse item in an 18-count highly

Can Packaging Boost Sales?

The Anti-Styrofoam Brigade C-store retailers beware. If the current political and regulatory trends continue, you may have to find an alternative packaging that doesn’t contain Styrofoam, and fast. Because non-biodegradable garbage threatens more and more marine and coastal ecosystems as it continues to accumulate in the world’s oceans, California legislators have introduced a bill that

Biodegradable Hot Cup Lid

Eco-Products, a leading provider of biodegradable and compostable foodservice solutions, introduced its latest innovation in packaging: a compostable hot cup lid. This spring the company will unveil the first commercially compostable hot cup lid in North America, addressing the growing demand from conscious coffee and tea enthusiasts. Made from the ingeo biopolymer from NatureWorks LLC,

Chocolate Goodness

The Kellogg Convenience Store Team, whose goal is to help retailers and wholesalers achieve the greatest possible sales and profits from its strong brands, has introduced another exciting snack bar to the channel—the Special K Chocolatey Drizzle Cereal Bar. Every bite of this delicious, 90-calorie snack bar is full of rich chocolatey drizzle. The combination

Recovering With New Tax Breaks

Shortly after last November’s election, Thomas Zaucha, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association (NGA) called upon the President-elect to kindle the economy with a stimulus package that included “tax incentives used by retailers and wholesalers to invest in technology, energy saving equipment and trucks for their businesses.” President Obama’s reply, The American Recovery

BIC Expands with NASCAR

BIC Lighter has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Jeff Gordon, to create another popular line of licensed lighter wraps. The lighters feature four bold new designs featuring Gordon, the iconic #24, and his new car for 2009. Gordon will join Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the

Hydrate Cooler Sales

In the past, millions of thirsty people have had to make the tradeoff between low-calorie and taste. Now, settling is no longer an option. From the creators of vitaminwater and smartwater comes a product that has reinvented the low-calorie category–vitaminwater10. Vitaminwater10 is the perfect combination–it’s only 10 calories per serving, naturally sweetened and supernaturally tasty.

Cooler Control

Operators looking for greater energy efficiency should cast an eye on their coolers, where centralized controls, lighting adjustments, basic ongoing maintenance and employee training can save them money. “Coolers are typically an opportunity for improvements in maintenance and operational practices,” said Jerry Lawson, national manager for Energy Star Small Business and Congregations Network, a division

Tornados to Go

Tornados by El Monterey continue to satisfy the consumer’s desire for delicious “hot-to-go” foods that are perfect for any meal or snack and are available at convenience stores and other quick-serve food outlets. The recent introduction includes two new flavors: Chicken Club and Spicy Cheese Steak Tornados by El Monterey, a division of Ruiz Foods.

Sweet Cigars

Swisher Sweets are made in the U.S, affordably priced, and are offered in a number of popular sizes, shapes, and flavors and come in 5-packs and 50-count boxes. Now Swisher International is inviting customers to pop the cork on flavor with the introduction of its new BlackStone Wine Flavored Tip Cigarillo. The new product combines

Is Green in Your Future?

Being green. You can’t go a day without hearing about it. Escalating energy costs and a renewed awareness of the environment have put green initiatives at the top of the agenda for the global convenience industry. Retail industry leaders such as Walmart and Tesco are setting targets to reduce energy use by at least 20%.

Everything Goes

Utz Quality Foods of Hanover, Pa. has introduced a new flavor to its select pretzel line of artisan deli-style snacks. The everything pretzels are bursting with the same robust flavors found in “everything” bagels, but are in pretzels for the first time, which can be enjoyed throughout the entire day—while still meeting Utz’s nutritional guidelines

Flip Your Lid

Protect Stop the unnecessary waste of expensive drink lids and save hundreds of dollars and more year after year in a single store with the LidSaver. Each LidSaver is factory set to dispense a particular lid style. If you should change lid manufacturers or sizes, Acry Fab offers lid change out kits that are easy

Functional Focus

The bright light in the bottled water category remains enhanced waters, which consumers looking for more than just refreshment are coming to appreciate. That said, selling enhanced–or any other bottled waters in troubled economic times–means taking greater advantage of supplier programs and doing some savvy marketing and merchandising. The year just passed was difficult on

Safe Ice Handling System

Rubbermaid Commercial Products, a leader in innovative safety solutions for the foodservice industry, introduces the Safe Ice Handling System, a suite of integrated ice management tools designed to increase operational efficiencies while reducing food safety concerns and improving employee safety conditions. Developed to address one of the most common issues within the commercial kitchen—the transfer

The Eyes Have It

DjEEP, the disposable lighter brand  imported by Kretek International Inc., is bringing back DjEEP Jr. Cats Eyes, a best seller during the 1980s and 90s.  The popular mini-sized black lighters are available for distribution to convenience stores nationwide. The Cats Eyes designs feature neon green, yellow, and blue glowing cats eyes on a jet-black mini

Getting Cheesy

Utilizing its unique category focus and a new approach of utilizing its expertise to create powerful business solutions, the Kellogg Convenience Store Team is excited to launch Cheez-It Duoz baked snack crackers to its salty snack set. With two flavors in one bag, Cheez-It Duoz baked snack crackers offer consumers the tasty crunch and bold

Processing Plus Compliance

  North American Bancard (NAB), a leader in credit card processing, is reaching out to c-store chains to help them drastically reduce the fees they’re paying to accept credit cards as well as ensuring they are PCI compliant. Some of the benefits NAB is offering include: free state-of-the-art credit card processing terminals that are capable

Totally Automatic

Mark VII Equipment Inc. is rolling out its next generation of rollover carwash systems, the SoftWash XT and AquaJet XT. Each system leverages the best features of its predecessor while adding unique new features that drive incremental revenue, lower operating costs, increase customer satisfaction and reduce consumption of precious resources.  Both have been redesigned from

Sheetz Gets Aggressive on Tobacco

In response to the April 1 increase in federal excise taxes, Sheetz Convenience Stores in Maryland are guaranteeing the lowest allowed price on cigarettes in the state. “Maryland sets a state minimum on cigarette prices and if we sold them for less than the state minimum, I’d end up in jail. However, I can promise

Illinois Eyes Tobacco Tax Hike

Illinois cigarette tax would leap by $1 over two years under a proposal a Senate committee approved today hoping to come up with more money to pay down the state’s big backlog of Medicaid bills. But the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores warned lawmakers that the proposal is a fiscal nightmare that will cause the

Rhode Island Retailers Rally

Owners and employees of Rhode Island convenience stores are calling on state legislators to reject proposed hikes to the state’s gasoline and cigarette taxes. Dozens of convenience store workers held a rally Tuesday against a proposal to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by one dollar to $3.46. That would be the highest