Krispy Krunchy Foods

Krispy Krunchy Foods will be showing two of their concepts during this year’s NACS show.  The chicken concept gives a franchise look with no franchise fees.  Operators get a week of training at their location and a first class graphics package.  The pizza concept is a pre-built product of high quality designed to take the

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Opportunities Abound

The NACS Show is my annual reminder of just how much innovation exists among the many talented retailers and suppliers I communicate with every day. I expect this year’s show—amazingly the 14th of my career—to be one of the most interesting I’ve ever attended. While the event has so much to offer, a black cloud

Targeting New Customers

Gaining market share has never been more important than it is today, when a tough economy is forcing customers to hang on to their money longer. This means that c-store retailers seeking new customers need to become aware of what specific groups need in order to improve their marketing strategies. One such group is the

Slim Jim

Slim Jim / TABASCO® Spiced Jerky is the 5th flavor launched in Slim Jim’s jerky family.  The sweet smoked mesquite flavor with a fiery TABASCO® spice makes this a great snack choice for consumers looking for a tasty, spicy treat.  This great flavor continues to leverage the brand equity of Slim Jim and TABASCO® brand. 

Kretek International Inc.

Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer of Djarum brand tobacco products, has introduced new Djarum Filtered Clove Cigars, available in four styles–Classic Black, Vanilla Black, Cherry Black and Special Box. Three of the styles will carry the popular Black brand name with its distinctive red triangle and black package. Djarum Filtered Clove Cigars are packaged in

People Make the Industry

When we decided to acquire Convenience Store Decisions from Penton Media nearly two years ago, we did so with an optimistic view of the convenience channel. The dynamics of the industry and its long-term growth prospects in terms of demographics, population expansion in key market areas, the range of needs it fills on a daily

How to Achieve and Maintain ADA Compliance

Ever since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect in 1992, it has dramatically improved the lives of disabled individuals by working to make all public places in the U.S. both accessible and hospitable to those with disabilities. But even though the ADA has greatly helped in achieving a better quality of life

Wilbur Curtis Company

Create an endless number of flavored specialty coffee beverages with the new Curtis® Expressions Multi-Flavor Beverage Dispenser. With just five concentrated ingredients, Expressions creates 12 specialty coffee beverages. From vanilla and caramel lattes to cinnamon and original espresso, there’s a coffee drink to please every customer. See Curtis at booth 1455. For more information visit

Welch’s

Welch’s is proud to highlight two new offerings for convenience retail, 100% Blueberry Pomegranate Concord Grape and Black Cherry Concord Grape.  Both flavors on-trend and bring exciting new variety to the single serve juice category.  Stop by today and come taste the great new flavors! 

Cruising the Express Lane

Customers in Sandpoint, Idaho crave convenience, but even they were surprised by the speed of service offered at the new Express Lane drive-through convenience store. Express Lane’s founder Adrian Cox was looking to expand his company and found the drive-through concept too tempting to pass up. He described the offering as an appealing and cost-effective

Are Your Underground Storage Tanks Safe?

Convenience store operators who don’t know state regulations concerning underground storage tanks (USTs) from a hole in the ground had better learn more about what’s in those holes and what the government is both offering and expecting from them. Federal mandates requiring a significant increase in biofuels production, for example, have spurred an increase in

f’real

Meet the f’real gen2 blender, debuting at NACS.  What’s new?  A dynamic, interactive 22″ LCD screen drives awareness, trial and sales.  Innovative technology provides 100% self-cleaning and sanitizing.  Integrated ServiceAlertTM diagnostics support optimum blender performance.  Freshly blended real ice cream milkshakes, real fruit smoothies and frozen cappuccinos have never been so easy. Booth 951.        

Van Houtte

Van Houtte will be featuring a wide selection of its gourmet blends including a full-line of fair-trade coffees available in traditional and single-cup format. Both supported with merchandising programs. A variety of hot and cold alternative beverages will be available for sampling including the recently launched iced coffee program. Van Houtte will also be featuring

Retailing on Two Wheels

With gas pumps out front, automotive supplies inside and the occasional adjacent lube shop, c-stores are geared toward the driving public. But as more commuters take to bikes for exercise, to save on gas or to support a greener environment, one c-store owner is making bicycles his business. A bike commuter and bike mechanic, Edwin

Cultivating Customers Through Loyalty

Customer Commitment The biggest hurdle some retailers face when implementing a loyalty program is getting customers to notice the many benefits. When Mid-State Petroleum launched its loyalty offering last November company Vice President Tony Perez launched a promotion to give away $10,000 in rewards at each of his locations. New customers received a $5 reward

Health Essist, Inc

Health Essist, Inc manufactures and develops a unique line of all natural; zero Calorie, Edible Caffeine Free Edible Strips. Current product line consists of Alcohol DefenderTM to help with the “morning after feeling”, X-Energy-BoostTM and our Apple-A-DayTM strip that provides a boost to your immune system. Products are FDA approved for Food Use and Kosher

Old Wisconsin

As the meat snack C-store experts, Old Wisconsin not only offers the largest variety of top-quality products in multiple flavors and sizes, we also supply a wide range of flexible, eye-catching displays and merchandising systems that meet your store’s needs. Our “2 For A Buck” and “Go For 2” Gravity Fed Displays deliver unbeatable value

Legislative Wrap Up for 2009

With the Democrats controlling both houses of Congress and the White House, this year has seen major federal tax and regulatory legislation signed into law that will dramatically impact the tobacco industry. On April 1, the largest tax increase on a single product in the history of the U.S. became law with the federal cigarette

Vendors Help Prepaid Prosper

Prepaid services are revolutionizing the way customers do business today. From unbanked customers to students and others looking to reduce their outstanding debt, prepaid debit cards and bill pay services offer customers a payment solution without the drawback of monthly interest charges. Retailers agree that choosing a vendor that will work with your chain to

Johnsonville

Offer the uniquely seasoned brats and Italian sausage your patrons crave. Served with all the fixin’s, Minis are a profitable, year-round menu selection for sit-down or grab ‘n’ go. No one knows brats and Italian sausage like Johnsonville. And no one makes brats or Italian sausage like Johnsonville. www.johnsonvillefoodservice.comBooth number 1543  

Sam’s Clubs

Sam’s Clubs newest benefit to the Plus Membership offers more value and simplicity by loading additional savings and values directly on your Membership card.  eValues are matched to a Member’s purchasing patterns. This means a Member’s eValues offers are more related to their needs and preferences.  Visit samsclub.com/evalues for more info.

A Certified Success

View From the Top: Certified Oil’s Leadership Team If experience is an accurate indicator of a company’s success, Certified Oil has a bright future. Three members of the company’s senior leadership team have been with the company for more than 30 years, and several others have major oil, grocery and management consulting backgrounds. The leadership

Smokeless Sales Stay Strong

Sorting through all of the dynamics at work in the smokeless tobacco category is proving a complex calculation for convenience store operators and consumers alike. For example: retail prices rose with the April 1 passage of an increase to the Federal Excise Tobacco (FET) tax to fund an expansion of SCHIP, the State Children’s Health

Turning to the RYO Category

Since the onset of the April SCHIP tax increase, tobacco retailers have been turning to puffed or extended tobacco to help customers deal with the skyrocketing costs of cigarettes, especially as more customers are turning to the roll your own (RYO) category in an attempt to save dollars. Republic Tobacco’s Gambler is the market leader

Kellogg’s

The Kellogg Convenience Team is excited to introduce Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® Double Chocolatey Chunk in a new 2.6 oz. bar. The newest expansion of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® Big Bar line gives consumers more of the crispy rice, marshmallow goodness, and rich chocolate flavor they love. It is a great addition to the wholesome

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