Hot Stuff Foods

Hot Stuff Foods unveils a new format, name, look and incentive for its SmashHits Deli program. Formerly known as Smash Hit Subs, the new SmashHits Deli has an expanded menu including sub sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, fresh baked cookies and Italian ciabatta bread sandwiches and the new Phat Burrito. A removal of franchise fees for

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Sweet Surprise

Swisher International introduces the newest addition to the family Swisher Sweets Grape Little Cigars. This mild, sweet, new little cigar offers high profits per ring and is bursting with grape taste and aroma. It’s the perfect little cigar to sell and for customers to enjoy. Available in 10-pack cartons and displays with 20 Little Cigars

Bubble Blasts

Farleys & Sathers is expanding the Super Bubble 36-ounce tray change makers to include Super Tasting grape flavor. This big 8-gram piece of bubble gum comes in a 36-ounce tray packed nine to a case. Each tray contains approximately 180 pieces. The new Grape flavor Super Bubble Bubble Gum compliments the existing change maker trays

7-Eleven Deploys, Consolidates Servers with VMware

New Edge Networks

New Edge Networks New Edge Networks is building a network of direct connections to various back-office online solutions providers including payment processors, payroll services, health benefits management companies, IT help desks, kiosks, digital video display or monitoring services and ATM network providers. By using direct connections to pre-determined suppliers, retailers avoid installing and paying for

Wawa’s Cigar Sales Flourish With Middleton Partnership

“John Middleton has some very strong sellers in our stores, but the new merchandiser they developed with us has been an overall improvement to the [cigar] category.” John Middleton Inc. has been operating in the Philadelphia area since 1856, beginning with a retail tobacco shop. More than a hundred years later, John Middleton divested its

Hands-Free Convenience

  KZCO adds the I-OpenR to its automated product line. KZCO’s patented I-OpenR allows for hands-free disposal through an automated swinging door available for installation in a wide variety of trash bins. The I-OpenR provides retailers with a cleaner, more efficient facility by reducing embarrassing spills and subsequent cleanup. The I-OpenR includes a LED trash level

Hot Commodity

The new Alto-Shaam 3-shelf merchandiser incorporates heated glass technology to provide three evenly heated display surfaces. Packaged foods are held at safe temperatures to offer quality holding on each of the three independently controlled shelves. Low-wattage fluorescent lighting at the top of each shelf enhances the display while the glass shelves provide the low power

Now You’re Cooking

Wisco Industries Inc. introduces the first major improvement in the “time tested” pizza oven that has been the standard for frozen pizza in the snack food industry. The new digital control with two temperature settings is especially designed to do “Original” crusts as well as the now popular rising dough crusts. A larger opening accommodates thicker-crust

Structural Plastics

Structural Plastics Structural Plastics Pyramid Systems will help retailers build an oasis in their stores for virtually any product. At a height of just 36 inches and a reach to center of a mere 30 inches, these pyramids are built with ergonomic shopping in mind. Structural Plastics800-523-6899 www.structuralplastics.com

Quick grillin'

Quick grillin’ TaylorCo. introduces two-sided cooking grills, which allow customers to producea fresh, cooked product in half the time of a standard grill by simultaneouslycooking the top and bottom. The modular design is available in 12" and24" width to allow a customized cooking surface and offer product versatility.The grooved upper and lower grill surface option

Financial Reform Tops Congressional To Do List

Congress is scheduled to be back in session starting Monday, and the first task on the agenda for the Senate is voting on the financial reform bill that contains the crucial interchange amendment put forth by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL). Last Wednesday, June 30, the House voted on the financial bill package, passing it by

XYIENCE Launches Sweepstakes

XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is giving mixed martial arts (MMA) fans a chance to host a UFC viewing party in their hometown with legendary UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva. The winner of XYIENCE’s “Bring Wanderlei to Your Hometown” sweepstakes, which kicked off July 1 and runs

Flying J To Emerge From Bankruptcy

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware has confirmed Flying J’s plan to reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy, repaying its creditors in cash plus interest, Truckinginfo.com reported. Flying J filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection back in December 2008, and since that time has been working to restructure. It officially merged retail operations with Pilot Travel

Thorntons Celebrates Freedom Day

Thorntons has announced that Sunday, July 11 is its FREEdom Day Celebration, and customers can go to any neighborhood Thorntons, and receive a free fountain or coffee drink. Thorntons’ fountain drinks are made with 100% filtered water to ensure a crisp clean tasting beverage, while its signature coffee is made with handpicked 100% Arabica beans. Customers

Smucker’s Gets ACF Seal of Approval

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) has recognized the quality of The J.M. Smucker Co.’s Crisco Professional, Jif, Smucker’s JJP, Smucker’s PlateScapers and Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk lines, awarding them the ACF Seal of Approval. Presented by the nation’s largest organization of professional chefs, the seal is designated to products that meet the criteria set

Wal-Mart Discounts Soda

At Chicago area Wal-Mart stores, shoppers are finding Coke cases at a special price: 24 cans for $5, the Chicago Tribune reported. The 20 cents per can price demonstrates Wal-Mart’s purchasing power, and is less than good news for the beverage industry, where after higher bottling prices and 10 years of stagnant pricing beverage companies

BP Offers $30,000 To Atlas Oil

After receiving a recent $30,000 rebate from BP Corp., Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. is considering investing in capital improvements and image building for its network of BP gas station retailers affected by customer boycotts, following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Crain’s Detroit Business reported. Atlas is a fuel distributor to about 70 BP

TPE 2011 Expecting Strong Attendance

Building on the success of the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) 2010, the Tobacco Plus Expo slated for March 2-3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center is attracting a record level of early interest from both exhibitors and attendees. “A full 10 months out we already have commitments from the majority of last year’s exhibitors, as

7-Eleven’s Slurpee-bration

7-Eleven Inc. is preparing for 7-Eleven Day on July 11-the day when the world’s first convenience chain celebrates its birthday. The year 2010 marks 83 years since the company was founded in Dallas. Participating 7-Eleven stores across America and Canada will serve five million free Slurpee frozen carbonated beverages in special birthday cups on Sunday

Shell Sweepstakes Kicks Off

For the second year in a row, Shell V-Power “Fuel My Passion” Contest and Sweepstakes is rewarding vehicle lovers for sharing their passion for their rides.   Consumers who enter have a chance to win one of the five category grand prizes including free Shell V-Power for a year or a $500 Shell Gift Card.

Krispy Kreme Debuts In Wake Forest, N.C.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. opened its newest Neighborhood Shop in Wake Forest, N.C., this morning, Wednesday, July 7, at 6 a.m. The 2,000-square-foot Neighborhood shop includes a drive-thru and features Krispy Kreme’s unique product offerings, which include its signature hot Original Glazed doughnuts and other unique doughnut varieties; signature coffees and espresso drinks; and Krispy

More Details on Quarles Sale

7-Eleven Inc. has closed on an agreement to purchase 14 gasoline locations in Virginia from Quarles Petroleum Inc. of Fredericksburg, Va.  The stores will be re-branded as 7-Eleven operations, and these sites will continue to sell Shell gasoline. Financial details of the transaction will not be disclosed. The locations are part of a 20-store divestiture

Couche-Tard’s Bid Gains Appeal

A recent drop in the S&P 500 might help Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard’s hostile US$1.9-billion ($36 per share) bid for Casey’s General Stores look like a more attractive option, an industry analyst told the Winnipeg Free Press. Martin Landry of Desjardins Securities told the paper that the 14% premium offered by Couche-Tard has increased in appeal

Quarles Petroleum Divests 20 Stores

Fredericksburg-based Quarles Petroleum’s food and convenience stores recently announced the sale of 13 stores to 7-Eleven. Six other locations, including the Opal truck stop on U.S. 29, were also recently sold to unidentified independent dealers, the Culpeper, Va., Star Exponent reported. “Quarles has decided to transition the operation of our Food Store 
locations to new

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