UpSides Potential

Elevate entrées with UpSides specialty side dishes that go above and beyond what customers are used to. UpSides offers customers side dish options that offer flair and sophistication, because center of the plate is no longer the only center of attention. Today’s savvy consumers expect side dishes that enhance their total food experience. UpSides savory

Nutty About Seeds

C-store customers are discovering what Native Americans learned thousands of years ago: A handful of nuts or sunflower seeds can satisfy hunger and boost energy reserves without risking adding excess body fat—and researchers have found that people who include nuts and seeds in their diets lower their risks for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Though

Compact Kettle

  Tomlinson’s new and improved Glenray Kettle is now more energy efficient and economical. This versatile, electrically heated 10.5-quart kettle warms, holds and merchandises soups and other hot food specialties. Features include: • Compact footprint to fit in the tightest locations. • Designed and manufactured for maintenance-free service. • Adjustable temperature control in degrees, not

Saluting Supplier Partners

Retailers may be on the front lines every day, but the presence of their supplier partners is palpable. It can be seen and felt in the marketing and merchandising found at the store level and in the intricate planograms category managers use to set their stores. To get a better feel for the supplier companies

KSS PriceNet Mobile

KSS proudly introduces PriceNet Mobile, the latest pricing innovation for on the go managers. It’s fast and easy to use. Simply enter competitor prices into your Web-enabled mobile device and receive new prices in seconds. Also review and authorize prices and price exceptions, monitor margins, volume and other key performance indicators while on the go.

Display of Energy

To help retailers maximize counter space, Living Essentials, makers of 5-Hour Energy, has introduced a new three-flavor counter rack. The display holds 36 bottles of 5-Hour Energy (12 each of berry, lemon-lime and orange flavors) in a footprint measuring 6.25-inches wide by 7-inches long. According to ACNielsen data, 5-Hour Energy earns a whopping $3.29 per

Embracing the Kiosk Revolution

Foodservice Kiosk Usage Grows In addition to the large chains like Sheetz and Wawa that have been using self-service kiosks for many years, smaller chains are also enjoying the benefits of self-serve technology. • High’s of Baltimore Inc. reached a deal with Radiant Systems last July to deploy multiple Radiant customer self-service kiosks in more

Marathon Commits To Alternative Fuels

Marathon Oil Corp. said that 16 terminals located in five Midwestern states will convert to ethanol-blended fuel by May 1. Unblended gas products will no longer be offered at any of the terminals. Seven of the terminals are in Michigan, five are in Ohio and two are in Indiana. The remaining terminals are in Louisville,

Indulging Consumers with Upscale Foodservice

Rocky Trail knows a traditional foodservice offering anchors his sprawling Minnesota travel center. But when he wanted to expand the program, he turned to a nontraditional c-store brand. Above all else, it was the national recognition of Cold Stone Creamery’s name that prompted Trail, president of Trail’s Travel Center of America in Albert Lea, Minn.,

Stepping into Spring and Springing into Summer

I recently read a great quote attributed to a one time door-to-door sales person and lately more recognizable as founder of the billion-dollar company that bears her name, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Mary Kay Ash said, "Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as

By the Numbers

» 1.5 Percentage of the U.S. populations that is vegitarian according to Harry Balzer, vice president of consumer and retail market research group NPD. » 27 Total number of states Hunt Brothers Pizza now operates in after reaching a deal to brand with a Stop ‘n’ Save convenience store in Gypsum, Colo. » 43 Percentage

CHS to Acquire Zip Trip

CHS Inc. said it reached a deal to acquire 33 Zip Trip convenience stores in the Spokane, Wash. area, owned in part by Jopo Inc. and Jo-By Enterprises LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed. All of the units will be rebranded under the Cenex retail brand this summer. The purchase will make Spokane the largest

What’s in a Name?

The question Jim Dodrill grappled with last summer: What’s in a name? A partner at Pennsylvania-based LMA Architects, Dodrill had been approached by Consumers Petroleum of Trumbull, Conn. to help create a corporate brand for the company’s dozen or more convenience stores in Connecticut. Consumers Petroleum had acquired a handful of existing convenience stores in

Blending Addition

Cecilware Corp. has launched a new series of food blenders. Available in 1, 2, 4 and 6.5 gallon versions, this series comes in either countertop or high-capacity floor model styles. The two floor model versions lock vertically in place while blending, but will also tilt forward for easy drip-free pouring. With blending speeds of up

Wrigley’s Makeover

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. is giving its Extra and Wrigley’s brands (Juicy Fruit, Doublemint, Big Red, Winterfresh and Wrigley’s Spearmint) a new look with the introduction of Slim Pack, a 15-stick envelope package that is more portable for today’s consumers. The company is also launching a new Extra line, called Extra Fruit Sensations, along

Alternative Fuel Focus

Gilbarco introduces alternative fuel blending dispensers. Designed to blend ethanol or biodiesel with standard fuels, the new 3+1 and 3+0 blenders have Weights & Measures approvals. The alternative fuel blenders are part of the Gilbarco Encore S product line, which includes the industry’s most comprehensive selection of dispensers for alternative fuels. With access to cost

Is Your Counter Making You Money?

BDI Marketing offers in and out cardboard displays designed to maximize profitability. These displays are durable, versatile and provide guaranteed sales. In fact, they provide more sales per square inch of counter space, thereby doubling or even tripling sales of other counter items. BDI designed the display for its new line of Mini Thin Rush

Cranberry Energy

With hectic, busy lifestyles, many Americans have become masters at multi-tasking, but often need extra energy to keep them on the go. With the launch of its new Cranergy Energy Juice Drink, Ocean Spray is devoted to reenergizing busy Americans with a source of energy they can feel good about. Cranergy is naturally energizing and

One Cool Soup

Go Appetít Foods LLC is launching Go Appetít Cool Soup, the first entrée into a new category in convenience foods: drinkable soups. Go Appetít Cool Soup is designed for people who want real food fast. Soup is satisfying and sustaining, but people typically associate it with something that can only be eaten hot from a

Taking the “Ick” Out

KidKupz LLC announced its new product line, KidKupz candy-coated medicine dispensing cups, is set to debut in the spring. KidKupz are made with an all-natural candy-coated rim available in kid-friendly flavors like sour cherry, blue raspberry, watermelon and green apple. The product will eliminate the days of children heading for the hills at the mention

Sun Dog Amber Wheat

For the past three years, Anheuser-Busch brewmasters have brewed special batches of beer crafted to complement the changing seasons. For the first time, there’s a new addition to the familiar line of favorites. Sun Dog Amber Wheat joins the seasonal beer family this spring. Sun Dog is stepping up to fill the shoes of the

Portable Printing

K-Sun’s new industrial yellow and black 3-in-1 label, bar code and heat shrink tube printer is called the K-Sun LABELShop BEE3. This portable thermal transfer printer can professionally label, heat-shrink tube and bar code thousands of items in the convenience store, cooler or anywhere a durable, adhesive-backed label is needed. The printer is backed with

Certified Organic Water

In the growing premium beverage market, SoNu Beverages LLC introduced certified organic SoNu Water. Arriving in northeast U.S. stores beginning in early April, the line of six flavored waters is also distinctive in that it is enhanced with both vitamins and electrolytes. The water is the first signature product of SoNu Beverages, a New York-based

Consumers Crunch Their Coins

A portrait of 1 in 2 American consumers at the dawn of 2008: cash-strapped, bargain-hungry and fuel-fatigued. So says research by The Nielsen Co., where 49% of U.S. consumers surveyed said they were slicing spending to compensate for rising gas prices. The high price of regular gas in December 2007 was $3.06 per gallon, and

Wawa Dons the Dinner Apron

When The NPD Group released findings last month on a study of consumer trends in the struggling restaurant industry, particularly the industry’s dwindling lunch and dinner traffic, NPD Vice President Harry Balzer boiled the results down to raw basics. "Make no mistake," Balzer said, "Americans don’t want to cook. We’re just trying to figure out

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