Stix Snacks

The Procter & Gamble Co. is introducing consumers to a totally different kind of Pringle snack treat with the official nationwide rollout of Pringles Stix, an all-crispy, all-crunchy, baked cracker stick. Pringles Stix are baked-wheat, crispy-cracker sticks with a one-of-a-kind great taste. Pringles Stix are available in four popular snacking flavors including Crunchy Wheat, Vanilla,

No Mystery Here: Speedway Voted Best Customer Service

It’s impossible to know if the pool of customers hired by market research firm Corporate Research International (CRI) would have pegged Speedway SuperAmerica LLC as the leader in customer service five years ago. The Enon, Ohio-based marketer wasn’t even among the handful of convenience store chains whose customer service was evaluated quarterly by the research

Energy On the Go

Dynatabs Energy Support are natural dietary supplements in fast-dissolving, great-tasting, fun- to-take convenient strips offering consumers that extra boost of energy. Its unique oral strip format allows for the strip to dissolve quickly on the tongue so customers don’t need any water.  They’re packed in ultra-thin pocket-pack dispensers making them convenient to carry around. Taking

Finding Success with Divesting Dealer Sites

I’ve devoted several articles over the past few years to the necessity of implementing a network rationalization strategy whereby marginal retail sites are divested and proceeds redeployed to improve chain quality. Heeding the call, several marketers have enlisted our support to find optimal solutions for their unique retail circumstances including both direct store operations and

Fresh Look for Quick Chek

Quick Chek Food Stores, the Whitehouse, N.J. chain of more than 100 stores throughout New Jersey and New York, launched a new brand positioning complete with logo, private-label product packaging and enhanced Web site. With its new logo in the shape of a bright, lime green-colored letter "Q" with tail shaped like a dark green

Supreme Cookies

Otis Spunkmeyer’s Supreme Indulgence super-premium cookie dough offers the appeal of gourmet made-from-scratch cookies without the labor. Meet customer demand and command higher price points with larger sizes, more generous inclusions and distinctive eye appeal. Conveniently preportioned dough eliminates thawing, scooping or mixing. Supreme Indulgence is available in nine delicious flavors: Shortbread, Honey Nut Chocolate

Hinsdale’s Friendly Faces

Whether they’re spending $2 or $250,000, customers descending on the 200 block of East Ogden Ave. in Hinsdale, Ill., are likely to require some fundamental features in the products they purchase. It doesn’t matter if it’s a turkey on rye from Hinsdale Shell Food Mart at 210 East Ogden Ave. or a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

Team M&M’s

Mars Direct Inc., a division of Mars Snackfood US, reached a licensing partnership with Major League Baseball Properties to create the new My Team M&M’S Brand Chocolate Candies. MY Team M&M’S features the team logos of any of the 30 Major League Baseball Clubs on M&M’S. MY Team M&M’S give fans a fun and delicious

Changing the Channel

Maybe it’s all headed toward a day of total convergence, when the lines separating one industry from the next will be irreversibly blurred. Consider the freewheeling dynamics of retailing in the past few years: McDonald’s has been offering DVD rentals by way of in-store kiosks. Blockbuster stores have begun offering c-store fare such as fountain

Wawa Offers Gas Discounts To Customers

Wawa Inc. is trying a fuel discount program at nine stores, offering customers a discount if they pay for gas with cash rather than credit or debit cards. The discounts are a way to skirt the interchange fees charged by credit card companies, though Wawa said the savings from the new program are ultimately being

Signature Sandwiches

Twister Croissant Rolls are the newest addition to Sara Lee Foodservice’s portfolio of premium croissants and innovative new bread carriers, including round sliced sourdough bread. Made with swirled, laminated croissant dough for an upscale bread carrier appearance, this unique format is ideal for creating signature, premium sandwiches throughout the day.  Sandwiches made with premium breads

ROI: Return on Involvement

To the lay observer, it was just a Styrofoam cup jammed between the windshield and dashboard of a working man’s pickup parked outside an Indiana convenience store. To Jay Ricker, it was testament to the importance of mastering the fundamentals, concrete proof that having a good thing means knowing when you should or shouldn’t mess

Affordable Tank-Monitoring Solution

Accurate, error-free management of fuel inventory in aboveground storage tanks at tank farms and bulk-storage facilities has never been easier than it is now with OPW Fuel Management Systems’ new SiteSentinel iSite automatic tank-gauging system. The iSite system provides site operators with a revolutionary new solution that is easy to use and install, while it

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

Chevron Announces Revamped Credit Cards

Chevron and Texaco personal credit cards are being reintroduced with enhanced benefits, such as no annual fee and flexible payment options. Chevron Global Marketing will offer customers newly designed Chevron and Texaco personal credit cards that offer enhanced benefits, the company said. In the coming weeks, active Chevron and Texaco cardholders will be reissued the

Classic Fries

Give your customers another reason to frequent your operation by adding one of the three new My Fries cuts to your menu. My Fries from ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston deliver 100% on the French fry taste and texture consumers love. Customers will be amazed to learn that My Fries have 25% less fat than conventional

Secure Your System

MasterCard announces that more than 40 million credit card numbers belonging to U.S. consumers have been accessed by a computer hacker and are at risk of being used for fraud; however, company officials can’t say how long the confidential information has been missing. A disgruntled technology employee cracks his former company’s computer system and destroys

Go for the Gold

Gold Medal Products presents its new ribbon element fryers. The fryers use a ribbon element to cook as opposed to the traditional heat element. The ribbon fryers have the same footprint as the heat element fryers, but they have a deeper tank for more oil capacity and quicker recovery time while cooking. The rectangular shape

Lime Light

Anheuser-Busch, the leading American brewer, has launched Bud Light Lime, a crisp light lager beer that combines the superior drinkability of Bud Light with a splash of 100% natural lime flavor. Bud Light Lime tastes great ice cold or straight from the bottle, and pairs well with spicy, grilled meats and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Couche-Tard Strikes Deal With Spirit Energy

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reached an agreement to acquire 83 stores in Missouri and central the Illinois area from Spirit Energy. Of the 83 convenience stores, 69 operate under the Convenient Food Mart banner and are all company operated. The stores would be operated by the

On-the-Go Vitamins

 4C introduces the newest, most delicious way to take your vitamins, 4C Totally Light2Go Vitamin Stix. Packed with vitamins and full of flavor, these convenient on-the-go drink mixes are quickly becoming a staple for the on-the-go customer, specifically female consumers. Even those watching their waistlines can indulge as all three flavors of the 4C Totally

Sweet Deliverance

Caffeine-infused potato chips. Ginseng-infused coffee. Guarana-infused gum. No matter the combination, functional food manufacturers are probably trying it. Add this one to the list: Sedative-infused chocolates. The confectionary world is on its way to proving the salability of health and energy products doesn’t have to end at the threshold of the candy aisle. In the

Portion Control Peanut Butter

Smucker’s, America’s most recognized brand of jams and jellies, now offers Smucker’s Peanut Butter in convenient portion-control packaging. The perfect complement to retailer’s in-store foodservice offering, Smucker’s creamy peanut butter is a favorite on bagels, toast and pancakes. For more than a century, Smucker Foodservice has put its heart into every little thing it does,

Pump Up Profits

Washworld has announced its latest technological advancement, a new in-bay pump station. Washworld’s proven pump station components are now housed in a space-saving design for use within a wash bay. For car wash owners who lack space or are without an equipment room, Washworld’s In-Bay version is the ideal solution. With its narrow 2-foot depth,

McLane Show Draws Record Numbers

The Temple, Texas distributor hosts the show annually to bring its retailer and supplier partners together to help educate marketers on current industry trends and make them aware of the new products they could expect to see in the coming months. This year’s show went a step further. In addition to national and regional vendors

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