How To Wake Up Breakfast Sales

With America constantly on the go, it’s no surprise that grab-and-go breakfast sandwich sales are growing in the convenience channel. However, sales of not-so-portable foods are also on the rise. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Breakfast is the only restaurant daypart with sustained visit growth over the last several years, said Bonnie Riggs, restaurant industry

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Protein Bites

Inspired by the growing demand for quick, wholesome snack options, thinkThin has shrunk down its nutritious and delicious protein bars to create its latest mini-innovation, the thinkThin Protein Bites and thinkThin Protein Nut Bites. Building on the success of thinkThin protein bars, the new bites are the first time a leading energy bar brand has […]

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Functional Protein Chips

Inventure Foods’ Boulder Canyon Foods brand has launched its first functional food snack chip, called Protein Crisps. Featuring 10 grams of protein and a generous 47 chips per serving, Boulder Canyon Protein Crisps will be available in two varieties – Dark Chocolate and Asiago Cheese. The protein-rich chips are available in three-ounce packages at select […]

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Add Parcel Service

Make life more convenient for customers by offering PUDO. PUDO Inc. provides courier shipping services, plus in-store over-the-counter pick-up services. PUDO requires approximately 40 square feet of space. PUDO provides a tablet and scanner for receiving and passing out the parcels. The process for accepting parcel is very easy and fast. A parcel barcode is […]

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Green Beverage Line

Mamma Chia, creator of the first-to-market chia beverage and celebrated chia innovator, has added the Magic of Chia to the world of green beverages with the introduction of Mamma Chia Organic Chia & Greens. This fresh, new line combines the nutritional powerhouse of chia with vibrant greens, offering category-leading nutrition with great-tasting flavors to provide […]

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Tandoori Naan Breads

Kontos Foods Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer and distributor of traditional Greek and Mediterranean foods, has launched the Kontos Rustics Collection, Tandoori-style Naan bread in original and garlic flavors. The new oblong-shaped Naan bread, targeted at retail outlets, restaurants and foodservice establishments, contains no added preservatives. The Naan come two to a pack in a re-sealable […]

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Mango Cigarillos

Due to popular demand, Game has brought back Game Mango Cigarillos effective Oct. 7, 2015 as an everyday item. Originally scheduled to be a limited time offer in the first half of 2015 only, consumers and retailers have been demanding this become a mainstay of the Game Cigars lineup. Game Mango is available in two […]

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Watermelon Mimosa & Moscow Mule

Diageo has brought back Smirnoff Ice Watermelon Mimosa based on popular demand. This ready-to-drink cocktail is refreshingly sweet, and made with juicy watermelon flavors as well as hints of delicious Prosecco. Meanwhile, Smirnoff Ice Moscow Mule is the newest addition to the delicious line-up of Smirnoff Ice flavors. It’s inspired by the popular cocktail and […]

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Powerbar Shake

Powerbar has evolved! Driven by the combination of sports science and consumer insight, Powerbar delivers the power of protein to the c-store channel. New for 2016, PowerBar, the original energy bar, is launching its first ready-to-drink high protein shake for the convenience channel. Available in chocolate and vanilla, this new shake is designed in a […]

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How Consumers Are Gearing Up for Thanksgiving 2015

Millennials tend to be Thanksgiving Day shoppers. A recent survey from MarketResearch.com has offered some insights into Thanksgiving 2015. As many consumers gear up for holiday weekend bargains, a big group is also shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly $2.4 billion will be spent on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin

R.J.R. Launches VUSE Connect Solo Power Units

Bluetooth technology helps connect the device to an app to lock the device or monitor things like battery life. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. has announced that its VUSE Connect Solo power units are set to be available nationally on Nov. 24, 2015. These state-of-the-art units feature Bluetooth Low Energy technology that enables adult tobacco consumers

Rebranding Corner Store

CST Brands is rebranding its stores to create a refreshing atmosphere for shoppers. CST Brands Inc. has announced a total brand makeover that will start in San Antonio and spread outward, creating a network of rebranded stores within three years. CST has unveiled its first rebranded Corner Store built from the ground up. The store

Love’s Opens Two New Locations

Loves provides a new place to rest for travelers in Maryland and Wisconsin.  Love’s Travel Stops has recently opened the doors of two new store locations. The new stores are located along Interstate 68 in Cumberland, Md, and along Interstate 94 in Menomonie, Wis. The 24/7 travel stops each feature seven showers, RFID cardless fueling

Rutter’s Donates Thousands to Local Charities

Rutter’s has donated a total of $75,000 to local charities through its new philanthropic program.  Rutter’s has identified the three charities that will receive $25,000 each from Rutter’s new “Vote With Your Dollars” philanthropic program. Rutter’s new corporate giving program, Vote With Your Dollars, has enabled customers to utilize technology and the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty

Swedish Match Launches New Website

Swedish Match is providing greater access to its products for both consumers and trade partners. In order to provide consumers and trade partners with an easy-to-navigate portal for all Natural Leaf Brands along with small and large format cigars, Swedish Match Natural Leaf Brands (Game, Game Leaf, 1882, Garcia y Vega) has launched a new website, www.gamecigars.com.

White Owl Brand Redesign

White Owl is looking to stand out from the competition with a new brand redesign and Website. In order to emphasize the brand’s heritage, innovation, flavor and quality, White Owl Cigar has launched a new product Website and announced a brand redesign that includes new packaging and POS that will arrive in stores in January.

How To Elevate Consumer Snacking Experiences

A new report from the IDDBA identifies key strategies for food retailers to appeal to the snacking consumer. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) latest original research, Snacking Opportunities: Building Better Snacks, has been released.  The report, developed in conjunction with The Hartman Group, identifies key ways food retailers can elevate snacking experiences across bakery, dairy, deli,

Do You Really Know How Well Your Hiring System Works?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics A restaurant client of ours was having trouble recruiting qualified applicants and puzzled as to why. I suggested they test their system by sending one of their best employees to another one of their locations to apply and she ended up getting the brush off! Turns out she walked in at

Think Like an Applicant!

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics In light of the ever-tightening labor market, you can’t afford to lose even one promising applicant. So, let me ask once again, are you making it easy for jobseekers to get into your hiring system? Case in point: One client thought they had “made it easy,” by adding the following

RaceTrac Automates Accounting, Pricing and Inventory Management

Adds PDI’s financial and retail software packages to more than 600 stores. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has completed its rollout of PDI/ Enterprise. PDI is a provider of enterprise-class automation software systems to the convenience retail, petroleum marketing and foodservice industries. PDI’s software package includes financial, retail, wholesale petroleum and workforce management product offerings. Atlanta-based RaceTrac,

AdvancePierre Foods Welcomes New President of Retail

Former senior vice president of consumer development for ConAgra Foods joins the AdvancePierre team. AdvancePierre Foods has named Steve Booker as president of Retail. He will lead the company’s second largest business unit, which collaborates with club, mass merchandise and grocery chains to provide branded, private-brand and licensed products. AdvancePierre Foods is a producer of

TravelCenters Opens Three New Restaurant Concepts

Looks to offer guests a variety of foods in a unique atmosphere. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the opening of three new restaurant concepts within the TravelCenters network. These café style eateries offer a variety of quality foods from regional favorites to

NACS Supports Newly Passed Menu-Labeling Legislation

New legislation will help c-store operators to comply with menu-labeling laws. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) applauded the House Energy and Commerce for passing new menu-labeling legislation. The new bipartisan legislation will enable compliance for convenience store operators and increase the availability of nutrition information and choice for consumers. The committee approved H.R. 2017,

Kum & Go Partners in C.H.E.W Campaign

Kum & Go, Trident and Mondelēz International are seeking to customize the customer experience through human data intelligence. Kum & Go is partnering with Trident Brand for the launch of Trident’s C.H.E.W. (Change Health Every Week) campaign. During the campaign, select Kum & Go convenience stores will reward shoppers for healthy and active behaviors over the holiday season.

How Dunkin’ Donuts Is Catering To On-The-Go Demand

Dunkin’ Donuts is preparing to launch new programs to make it easier for consumers to get their hands on their favorite Dunkin’ products. Starting this week, Dunkin’ Donuts will begin testing its two newest programs; mobile On-the-Go Ordering in Portland, Maine and Dunkin’ Delivery in Dallas. Dunkin’ Delivery will also be available in Atlanta, Chicago, Los

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