Kettle Popper

Gold Medal Products has launched the 2488SR Pop About Popper. In the rental market there are two challenges that are common, ease of transport and inadequate power. The Pop About Popper has a special version of the Super 88 to address both those challenges. The 2488SR has an acrylic front and side panels in place

Samuel Adams Irish Red

As part of the third annual Beer Lover’s Choice contest, Samuel Adams unveiled Samuel Adams Irish Red Ale. This new brew will join the Samuel Adams variety of more than 21 distinct styles of craft beer in February 2008. Samuel Adams Irish Red Ale will be available in six-packs and in the Samuel Adams Brewmaster’s

Breakfast Stacks

Lettieri’s, a division of Hot Stuff Foods, announced the launch of the company’s new Breakfast Stackers, a grab-n-go breakfast item enrobed in a flaky golden brown pastry dough and "stacked" with customers’ favorite breakfast foods. The Breakfast Stackers are pastry shop quality and are being offered in two combinations: Ham, Egg and Cheese and Sausage,

The Ice Machine Cometh

Hoshizaki America Inc. is offering two new ice machines for retail marketers. First is the KM-101BAH, which produces up to 115 pounds of ice within 24 hours and includes a built-in storage bin capable of holding 56 pounds of ice. Second, is the KM-151BAH unit which can produce up to 146 pounds of ice with

Open Pantry’s People Person

For Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin Inc., it’s not enough to simply offer new and innovative products to its dynamic consumer base. The variety has to be punctuated with exceptional customer service. To achieve its goal, the Pleasant Prairie, Wis. chain has always focused on hiring outstanding personnel. Last month, the company took the

Express 3 from Structural Concepts

Structural Concepts has your next refrigerated display case in stock and ready for fast shipment. The company is expanding its existing Quick Ship program by introducing Express 3, a new service that guarantees three-business-day shipment of a select number of the company’s most popular refrigerated display cases. Express 3 complements the popular Quick Ship program.

Road Ranger Takes on CITGO

Road Ranger, the Rockford, Ill.-based operator of approximately 75 convenience stores and travel centers in five Midwestern states, filed claims against Venezuelan-owned CITGO Petroleum Corp. for breach of contract and violations of the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act caused by CITGO’s "unnecessary failure to supply gasoline to Road Ranger gas stations, for damaging the CITGO brand

Grab & Go Hummus

Tribe Mediterranean Foods, a leading trendsetter in the rapidly growing Mediterranean food category and creators of America’s favorite hummus, is targeting convenience stores and grab-and-go consumers with Tribe All Natural Snackers. The two-ounce Hummus Snackers are conveniently packaged in four-packs to be merchandised in a convenience store or supermarket’s grocery section. Tribe is launching the

Strong Sales for Candy

Overall retail sales are slowing at mass, dollar and grocery stores, but confectionery sales remain strong for convenience operators. The U.S. retail confectionery category generated approximately $29 billion in sales in 2007 and the profit margin for the category was approximately 35%, according to the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) U.S. Confectionery Market report released last

Extreme Illuminator

Extreme CCTV Surveillance Systems, which designs, develops and manufactures advanced infrared illuminators and precision engineered surveillance solutions, released the new UFLED Intelligent-IR Illuminator powered by Constant Light. The Intelligent-IR Illuminator is designed to deliver a constant level of lighting performance throughout the illuminator’s life for uncompromised night-time surveillance. Patent pending Constant Light compensates for LED

Individual Desserts

Rich Products Corp.’s innovative new line of decadent single-serve desserts enables 12 individual treats to be baked-off with "one touch," saving operators time and money like never before. The One Touch line is available in four delectable flavors: Lava Cake, Brownie, and Apple and Cherry Crisp. Rich’s One Touch single served baking technology takes 96%

Clearing a Crowded Cold Vault

Energy drinks and isotonics are following two increasingly divergent paths, just part of the fast-paced beverage category about which convenience store operators are spending more time planning than ever before. The crazy-quilt influx of new brands, products, line extensions, flavors and varieties is jamming cooler doors and sales floors, and calling for some hard choices.

Progressive Adult Beverages

Diageo announced the introduction of three products to its fast-growing Progressive Adult Beverages (PAB) line: Smirnoff Ice Light, Smirnoff Ice Strawberry Acai and Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Mojito. * Smirnoff Ice Light. Available in six-packs and variety packs at the suggested retail price of $7.49; 12-packs will also be available. * Smirnoff Ice Strawberry Acai.

DAVID Multi-Pack Seeds

Recognizing the demand for a healthier alternative, DAVID is the first brand to launch a multi-pack of seeds in convenient, lunch box-size packages. Available in three distinct varieties, sunflower seeds, kernels, and pumpkin seeds, DAVID multi-packs provide fresh and healthy snack options for kids and moms looking for convenience and great taste. Package sizes include:

Tasty Treats

Tasty Baking Co. is delivering smart options to consumers with the introduction of its brand new low-fat product line. The launch of Low-Fat Raspberry-Filled Koffee Kake Cupcakes and Low-Fat Chocolate Iced Vanilla Cupcakes represents Tastykake’s continued commitment to product expansion, notably in the area of wellness. Additional low-fat cake, cookie and snack bar varieties are

Do You Provide World-Class Service?

Today’s business environment is becoming increasingly complex and competitive due to globalization, new technology, increasing product proliferation, brand erosion, market segmentation, consumer skepticism and time poverty, rendering traditional business plans obsolete. For just about every product or service, there is an overwhelming number of choices to choose from, leaving consumers dazed and confused. So how

The “Hangover” Eliminator

Sobrietol Distribution Services Inc. has announced the release of Sobrietol, the world’s only patented technology to rapidly reduce blood alcohol and eliminate next day "hangovers". Sobrietol’s technology was developed over a 10-year period by Dr. David Whitmire, a highly regarded chemical engineer and one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of alcohol and


FucoPROTEIN bars are a dieter’s best friend because they are made with native whey protein, raw wildflower honey, acacia, and chia seeds, which expand in the stomach and result in a feeling of satiety for hours. However, it’s the fat-burning properties of fucoxanthin that distinguish fucoPROTEIN bars from other bars on the market. FucoTHIN is

Aristo Wellness Bars

Aristo Wellness Bars are the first commercially available nutrition bars that contain encapsulated, tasteless fish oils, so consumers can get the benefits of a diet fortified with Omega-3s without the fishy taste. Each Aristo bar is an excellent source of the purest ocean Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Aristo Wellness Bars are only 140

Tax Debate Swarms Bottled Water

It’s back to the barricades once again for the convenience store industry, which—as in the past—is being targeted by environmental special interest groups and revenue-hungry legislators. This time they’re focusing on bottled water containers. Bottled water remains a tremendously popular and trendy product category, which is just what attracted the attention of these two groups

NCR Self-Service Gift Cards

Gift cards have become one of the easiest and most appreciated forms of gift-giving, although standing in a long line of shoppers to purchase one may take some of the joy out of giving. But thanks to a self-service offer from NCR Corp., gift card purchases may soon be more convenient for retailers and consumers.

Food Industry Lacks Understanding of Organic Consumers

A food marketing researcher from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia is learning more about consumer attitudes toward organic foods and exploring their influence on U.S. Markets. The stereotypes associated with organic consumers used to signify something very different than they do today. Stores like Whole Foods have welcomed designer shoes to their traditional Birkenstock foot

Lettieri’s Continues Convenience Commitment

As part of its ongoing effort to better service the convenience store industry, Lettieri’s has partnered with one of the channel’s leading foodservice brokers, Ultimate Sales & Services, a Fredericksburg, Va.-based group that specializes in convenience store foodservice. "We are very excited to have Ultimate Sales & Services represent Lettieri’s," said Greg Dornbach, senior vice

Philip Morris Takes Aim at Trademark Violations

Philip Morris USA, the world’s largest tobacco company, filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Central District of California against Nice Pak Products Inc. of Orangeburg, N.Y. The lawsuit is aimed at stopping the importation, distribution, and sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the unauthorized use of Philip Morris USA’s trademarks. This suit arises from

Kum & Go Names Director of Recruitment and Retention

Kum & Go L.C., the West Des Moines, Iowa operator of more than 430 convenience stores in 12 states, has promoted Niki DePhillips to director of recruitment and retention. As director of recruitment and retention, DePhillips will work within Grow People, the name of Kum & Go’s human resources department, and she will be responsible