Planning Your Packaging Needs

With foodservice sales booming and more retailers making the leap to fresh foods, operators are turning their attention to take-out packaging and finding that, with all the options and considerations, choosing the proper packaging can be as tricky as selecting the foodservice program itself. “There are so many things to think about when you’re looking

Placement Strategy Helps Prepaid Prosper

As the U.S. economic recession continues, it’s no secret that customers are altering their shopping habits to save a few dollars wherever they can. The silver lining for convenience store retailers could be the resulting affinity credit-crunched customers have developed for the prepaid segment. In a credit weary and increasingly online world, prepaid is helping

End the Common Hangover

When consumed at the end of a night of drinking, Last Round Hangover Support, an all-natural dietary supplement, helps the body detoxify, process alcohol, and head off the common next-day hangover. Each 2.5-ounce bottle of Last Round is a ready-to-drink single “shot.” Bottles are available at retail shops nationwide, and are sold in two-packs, six-packs,

Sweet Success

There’s little doubt that bakeries are big. Bakeries, pastry shops and bagel sellers are growing at a rate of 5%, according to AnythingResearch.com. When launching a bakery program, convenience store retailers are urged to start with an in-depth market study that profiles the target customer base, current sales in the market area for the product

The Keys to Cleanliness

How can you get your employees to excel at a part of the job they probably can’t stand—cleaning the store in general and the restrooms in particular? “It’s a good question, and a never-ending pursuit,” said Tony Bartys, vice president of retail operations and marketing for Valero Energy Corp. in San Antonio. “It’s a challenge,

Rice Krispies Snack Mix

The Kellogg Convenience Team has introduced Rice Krispies Treats Crunch Mixes. Rice Krispies Treats Crunch Mixes are mixtures of Rice Krispies Treats clusters, cookies, pretzels, chocolatey-coated pieces and other delicious goodies, packed in a four-ounce pouch. Available in both Classic and Chocolatey flavors, this new line of sweet snack mixes combines the strength of the

Understanding Your Foodservice Customers

Now more than ever convenience store executives recognize that both survival and prosperity depend on their ability to adapt to changing customer preferences and the evolving business environment. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the changing role of convenience stores as a foodservice provider for budget-conscious, time-sensitive consumers that have scaled back on restaurant

Mello Yello Goes Retro

Since the summers of disco, tie dye and 1970s cool, Mello Yello has offered a citrus flavor to chill any hot summer day. Starting this summer, Mello Yello is going back to its roots with a remixed version of its original package design. While Mello Yello has been widely available in the Midwest and Southeast

Mini Wine Flavor Cigarillos

Swisher International Inc. has combined one of its newest and most popular flavors with the convenient shape of mini cigarillos to make the new Swisher Sweets Mini Wine Cigarillos. These new, smaller cigars offer the quick smoke many customers prefer, and come individually wrapped with the company’s unique special sealed-fresh wrapper to ensure fresh, flavorful

Ice Cream Dipping/Display Cabinet

Master-Bilt, a manufacturer of a commercial refrigeration systems, has introduced the new deluxe ice cream dipping/display cabinet. The new DD-LCG is a low-curved glass ice cream dipping cabinet with an attractive, contemporary design. The low-curved glass allows for easy ice cream viewing by ‘little’ customers with brilliant interior LED lighting. The DD-LCG Series comes standard

Fueling New Sales

FuelQuest Inc., an on-demand software and services company for the downstream energy industry, has released ForeSite, an innovative, map-based fuel inventory management solution that deploys in a single day. Offering real-time views of inventory across multiple sites, ForeSite gives retailers control and visibility over their fuel inventory, reducing runouts and retains, as well as optimizing

Feed Your Wild Side

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky offers the Sasquatch Big Stick, a larger-than-life meat snack stick, measuring a full 16 inches in length. With a direct connection to Jack Link’s iconic Messin’ With Sasquatch marketing campaign, teens and young adults can now find Sasquatch Big Sticks in stores nationwide. Flavors include Happy (mild) and Angry (original). Beginning

New Apple Sauce Flavors

To enhance its line of Musselman’s single-serve apple sauces, Knouse Foods is launching two new flavors: Totally Fruit Mixed Berry and Healthy Picks Granny Smith. Perfect for a multitude of foodservice operations, the apple sauce cups are an on-the-go solution, healthy meal accompaniment and anytime snack option. With flavors that appeal to all ages, each

Energy-Efficient Ice Machines

The experts at Scotsman Ice Systems, an innovator of energy-efficient ice technology, know finding the right ice system can result in greater customer satisfaction, optimal energy efficiency and higher profit margins. Scotsman’s Prodigy line is energy-efficient, exceeding both the 2008 California Energy Commission and 2010 Federal Energy Efficiency regulations by up to 22% with help

Managing Packaged Beverages

New products and core beverages will always drive cold vault sales. So when is the right time—and how often does that right time come—for category managers to reset them? “We do cold vault resets twice a year, which means we’re making fairly minor adjustments all the time,” said Richard Ginther, category manager for Kum &

War Games Lighters

DjEEP has introduced War Games, its newest full-color lighter design series, available now and throughout the balance of 2010. The War Games lighters will replace the DjEEP Freedom Series, which has been on the market since 2003. The new designs are done in a more combat-oriented color pallet to reflect the reality of America’s position

Electronic Pocket Lighter

Scripto has introduced the new electronic Mega Lighter to its everyday line of disposable pocket lighters. The new Mega Lighter features a wide tank, adjustable flame, clean electronic ignition and visible fuel supply. It is available in an assortment of colors: white, burgundy, black and blue. The Scripto Mega Lighter began shipping Aug. 1, in

Rutter’s Rises as Chain of the Year

Outstanding leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s exceptional chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. Rutter’s, which supplants Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes as Chain of the Year, is

Fiscal Systems Honored With Award

Fiscal Systems has received a 2009 IBM Retail Sales Solutions (RSS) Sales Leadership Achievement Award. The award recognizes business partners who have demonstrated superior leadership in the delivery of IBM retail technologies, as well as the knowledge and capability to successfully meet client expectations. Fiscal was honored at the 2010 Retail Store Solutions Business Partner Forum

Quick Chek’s Summer Event Soars

Quick Chek’s 320-member team of volunteer employees helped welcome more than 112,000 to Readington, N.J.’s Solberg Airport for the 28th Annual Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. The highly-anticipated annual three-day festival held July 23-25, has consistently grown to be the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America.  Quick Chek

The Pantry And Marathon Partner

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., operator of Kangaroo Express stores and Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC, the refining, marketing and transportation operations of Marathon Oil Corp. have announced a joint-branding fueling agreement set to take place this fall. Under the terms of the agreement, Marathon will supply fuel to more than 600 Pantry locations, with a

Sunoco Reports Q2 Results

Sunoco Inc. reported its 2010 second quarter results today, including a net income attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $145 million ($1.20 per share diluted) compared to a net loss attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $55 million ($.47 per share diluted) for the second quarter of 2009. “While market conditions during the second quarter remained challenging,

Interchange Reform Continues

Now that the Durbin Amendment, part of the Wall Street reform bill, has been signed into law by President Obama, the industry continues to address issues related to interchange reform. Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (TPCA) President Chris Newton noted the amendment was “an important first step” in dealing with the negative impacts

Rite Aid Reports Sales Dip for July

Drug store chain Rite Aid Corp. has announced that for the four weeks ended July 24, 2010, same store sales decreased 1.1% over the prior-year period. Its July front-end same stores sales decreased 0.5%, while total drugstore sales for the four-week period decreased 2.2% to $1.886 billion, compared to $1.929 billion for the same period

Gas Station TV Hits 26 Million Monthly Impressions

Gas Station TV, a national away-from-home television network delivering a one-to-one consumer viewing experience, reached 26 million monthly Nielsen-verified fueling impressions this month, at a time when traditional home broadcast television is hitting historic record low viewership. For more than two years, Gas Station TV has been delivering Nielsen Pocketpieces to the advertising community. Next

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