Ruler Cooler

Sarah Jackson and David Oberman may not realize it, but as a pair they embody a curious trend in the c-store industry’s packaged beverage category these days. “I used to drink energy drinks every day,” said Oberman, 20, standing outside a TravelCenters of America on Interstate 90 at the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. “I was an energy

The Flex Revolution

Pan-Oston, a subsidiary of Houchens Industries, is rolling out a revolutionary new convenience store merchandising innovation, the C-Flex counter system. C-Flex is a patented design that uses a tubular steel skeletal frame so the units are created as ‘integrated systems’ and not as adjoining cabinets like traditional modular counter units. C-Flex’s design supports virtually any

High-Volume Liquid Coffee

The LCR-3 HV, Bunn’s new high-volume liquid coffee dispenser, brings a new level of ease and convenience to serving large amounts of coffee with easy, cost-effective operations, electronic controls and many other unique features. Its stainless steel outer cabinet allows the unit to easily fit into a commercial kitchen environment. Minimal operator training is required

Bite-Sized Perfection

Don Miguel proudly introduces the next innovation in convenience store foodservice with a fresh and flavorful line of authentic empanadas. Available in hearty Breakfast style or zesty Beef and Cheese, Empanadas are available in either Hot-to-go or microwave packaging to suit any c-store operation. Hot-to-go empanadas heat quickly in existing ovens and stay hot and

Drinking For Thinking

Whether they’re touting benefits such as arthritis relief, tanning power or sedation, functional beverages have long surpassed the passé point of added nutrition.  You can divvy up the functional beverage category any way you want: Brain-power libation like Brainiac, by Function Drinks; arthritis-battling brew like Joint Juice, by Joint Juice Inc.; or the sun-tanning stew,

Roll the Drum Slowly

Drum, a division of Republic Tobacco, introduces four new unique tobacco blends from around the globe. The new blends include: Perique, native to New Orleans, is cured in hickory barrels and pressed with oak blocks for a rich and spicy taste; Latakia, originally grown on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, this blend is cured

Outdoor Payment Terminal

Gilbarco has expanded its range of compliant payment solutions with the introduction of its fully-certified FlexPay CRIND. The free-standing FlexPay OPT packages Gilbarco’s PCI and EMV compliant FlexPay terminal as an Island Card Reader that can be positioned next to the pump and support single or multiple fuel dispensers. FlexPay OPT supports Gilbarco’s Generic and

Pizza to Go

The Broaster Co. is jumping into the pizza business with the introduction of its new Broaster To Go Authentic Pizza program. This new program combines top-quality foods, convenient cooking equipment and bold merchandising systems into an innovative branded program with no franchise, royalty or licensing fees. The program begins with a selection of top-quality frozen

Unleashing the Profit Potential of Meat Snacks

C-store operators need to transcend mere impulse merchandising and gain a real understanding of shifting consumer demographics in order to make the most of the meat snack category. Long considered a convenience store staple, meat snacks—primarily dried snacks and pork rinds—are enjoying a renaissance with the addition of many new flavors, new packaging and better

Berry Burst

Just Born, the maker of Mike and Ike brand candies, has introduced new flavors to its Berry Blast variety: Strawberry, Peach Berry, Wild Berry, Blueberry and Blue Raspberry. Designed to tantalize consumers with great-tasting berry fruit taste, Mike And Ike Berry Blast will be available in March 2009. Mike and Ike Berry Blast fruit-flavored chewy

Cups for Customers On-the-Go

The new Deli-Wave Cup from PWP Industries challenges assumptions about how a deli cup can turn a typical deli experience into a premium one. The new container sports a unique, sophisticated wave design that stands out on the shelf and protects food with superior strength. A secure, air-tight seal locks in freshness for maximum product

Game Changers: Lessons Learned From the Election

The 2008 Presidential election will go down as one of the most dynamic elections in U.S. history. I have lived in my neighborhood for 10 years and have never seen an election that brought more diverse signage dotting the lawns around my home. The most interesting representation of this: A nearby house displayed signs for

Serve the Underserved

Coinstar E-Payment Services offers complete Pay-As-You-Go solutions designed for your shoppers. We offer products your customers want and sell year-round, from national and regional prepaid wireless programs, to long distance and financial services, including Prepaid MasterCard and Visa debit gift cards. Our flexible technology options, including point-of-sale activation (POSA) terminals, POS integration and kiosks, are

Chicken Facts

Though fried chicken remains the category leader, rotisserie-cooked chicken is rapidly growing in popularity. Results from the annual Consumer Market for Chicken 1,000 Household Survey show that 23% of respondents had purchased rotisserie chicken in four weeks prior to the survey. Results also showed that 25- to 34-year-olds are the least likely to have made

Fabulous Flavor Without the Labor

  Flavor any menu item throughout the day with new Johnsonville fully-cooked Premium Sausage Crumbles. Available in five flavors, Premium Crumbles are fully cooked and ready-to-serve, while cutting labor and ingredient costs and eliminating food safety concerns. Keep your menu on trend and differentiate yourself from the competition with these five pure-pork, patron-pleasing varieties: Italian,

Quick Shot

Lil’ Drug Store Products and AriZona Beverages, the makers of AriZona Iced Teas, have partnered to introduce new AriZona RX Energy Quick Shots. The new AriZona RX Energy Quick Shots were unveiled and sampled last month at the National Association of Convenience Stores trade show in Chicago. The energy drinks are expected to be sold

Finding Balance

Whether it’s maneuvering the fine line between hard work and spending enough quality time with the wife and kids or walking home after one too many at the local pub, finding the right balance is the crucial difference separating success from a split lip. In his poignant memoir, “From Smart to Lucky: Leadership Lessons from

Energy Boost

The trend-setting, off-the-charts energy drinks from Monster will command more real estate on c-store shelves with the introduction of five exciting new products further enhancing the already diverse Java Monster energy drink lineup. The new beverages include: Lo-Ball, Nut-Up, Irish Blend, Russian and Chai Hai, Monster’s first tea-based energy drink. “Everybody at Monster Energy knew

Getting (and Keeping) Customers Inside

Looking for ways to keep your customers coming into your store? You’re not alone. Consumers may understand that convenience retailers need to raise prices, but that doesn’t stop them from buying elsewhere, especially when it comes to buying prepared food. “Food is certainly a good draw, but it’s one of several important factors,” said Sandy

Brew Like the Pros

With advanced Generation Three (G3) Technology and state-of-the-art servers, Curtis ThermoPro Brewing Systems make gourmet coffee brewing instantly easy. This system quickly brews up to 1-gallon of gourmet coffee into high-tech ThermoPro vacuum insulated and stainless steel servers. Not only does it provide precise control over all critical brewing functions thanks to the G3 digital

Sophisticated Yet Practical

The Wilbur Curtis Co. has taken gourmet coffee service to an exciting new level with the Curtis Milano. Combining an inspired design with the celebrated G3 technology famous for precision-controlled brewing, the Curtis Milano delivers the perfected and consistent gourmet coffee customers expect. Vacuum-insulated and designed with brew-through lids and integral faucets, Milano’s sleek servers

BP’s Midwest Shuffle

Petroleum suppliers and c-store operators Ricker Oil Co., of Anderson, Ind., and Atlas Oil Co., of Taylor, Mich., were the big winners last month as part of BP’s plan to sell off its Midwest retail assets.  Ricker Oil President Jay Ricker, who owns and operates 29 Ricker’s Convenience Stores throughout Indiana, said he more than

Have a Cigar

General Tobacco (GT) announced the launch of the new Vaquero Filtered Cigars 100’s Box. The Vaquero Filtered Cigars are the latest addition to GT’s product line catalog and will be available in a variety of flavors, such as Natural, Lights, Vanilla, Menthol, Peach, Cherry and Wildberry. Vaquero Filtered Cigars 100’s Box joins the other successful

Keeping Costs in Check

Cutting costs won’t necessarily bring more customers into your store, but it will boost your bottom line. And though heaven knows costs are tough to cut these days, there is one way convenience retailers can save a bundle—by lowering food waste. C-store retailers seeking to win more customers by expanding food offerings should become vigilant

Spark New Profits

Scripto has released the latest addition to its line of popular disposable cigarette lighters: DNA sparkwheel lighters. These unique and one-of-a-kind lighters are created using two different color pigments. In using this method, the result is amazing—no two DNA lighters are alike! Just like your fingerprint, Scripto DNA is as unique as you are. Available

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