CHS to Acquire Zip Trip

CHS Inc. said it reached a deal to acquire 33 Zip Trip convenience stores in the Spokane, Wash. area, owned in part by Jopo Inc. and Jo-By Enterprises LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed. All of the units will be rebranded under the Cenex retail brand this summer. The purchase will make Spokane the largest

What’s in a Name?

The question Jim Dodrill grappled with last summer: What’s in a name? A partner at Pennsylvania-based LMA Architects, Dodrill had been approached by Consumers Petroleum of Trumbull, Conn. to help create a corporate brand for the company’s dozen or more convenience stores in Connecticut. Consumers Petroleum had acquired a handful of existing convenience stores in

Blending Addition

Cecilware Corp. has launched a new series of food blenders. Available in 1, 2, 4 and 6.5 gallon versions, this series comes in either countertop or high-capacity floor model styles. The two floor model versions lock vertically in place while blending, but will also tilt forward for easy drip-free pouring. With blending speeds of up

Wrigley’s Makeover

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. is giving its Extra and Wrigley’s brands (Juicy Fruit, Doublemint, Big Red, Winterfresh and Wrigley’s Spearmint) a new look with the introduction of Slim Pack, a 15-stick envelope package that is more portable for today’s consumers. The company is also launching a new Extra line, called Extra Fruit Sensations, along

Alternative Fuel Focus

Gilbarco introduces alternative fuel blending dispensers. Designed to blend ethanol or biodiesel with standard fuels, the new 3+1 and 3+0 blenders have Weights & Measures approvals. The alternative fuel blenders are part of the Gilbarco Encore S product line, which includes the industry’s most comprehensive selection of dispensers for alternative fuels. With access to cost

Is Your Counter Making You Money?

BDI Marketing offers in and out cardboard displays designed to maximize profitability. These displays are durable, versatile and provide guaranteed sales. In fact, they provide more sales per square inch of counter space, thereby doubling or even tripling sales of other counter items. BDI designed the display for its new line of Mini Thin Rush

Cranberry Energy

With hectic, busy lifestyles, many Americans have become masters at multi-tasking, but often need extra energy to keep them on the go. With the launch of its new Cranergy Energy Juice Drink, Ocean Spray is devoted to reenergizing busy Americans with a source of energy they can feel good about. Cranergy is naturally energizing and

One Cool Soup

Go Appetít Foods LLC is launching Go Appetít Cool Soup, the first entrée into a new category in convenience foods: drinkable soups. Go Appetít Cool Soup is designed for people who want real food fast. Soup is satisfying and sustaining, but people typically associate it with something that can only be eaten hot from a

Taking the “Ick” Out

KidKupz LLC announced its new product line, KidKupz candy-coated medicine dispensing cups, is set to debut in the spring. KidKupz are made with an all-natural candy-coated rim available in kid-friendly flavors like sour cherry, blue raspberry, watermelon and green apple. The product will eliminate the days of children heading for the hills at the mention

Sun Dog Amber Wheat

For the past three years, Anheuser-Busch brewmasters have brewed special batches of beer crafted to complement the changing seasons. For the first time, there’s a new addition to the familiar line of favorites. Sun Dog Amber Wheat joins the seasonal beer family this spring. Sun Dog is stepping up to fill the shoes of the

Portable Printing

K-Sun’s new industrial yellow and black 3-in-1 label, bar code and heat shrink tube printer is called the K-Sun LABELShop BEE3. This portable thermal transfer printer can professionally label, heat-shrink tube and bar code thousands of items in the convenience store, cooler or anywhere a durable, adhesive-backed label is needed. The printer is backed with

Certified Organic Water

In the growing premium beverage market, SoNu Beverages LLC introduced certified organic SoNu Water. Arriving in northeast U.S. stores beginning in early April, the line of six flavored waters is also distinctive in that it is enhanced with both vitamins and electrolytes. The water is the first signature product of SoNu Beverages, a New York-based

Consumers Crunch Their Coins

A portrait of 1 in 2 American consumers at the dawn of 2008: cash-strapped, bargain-hungry and fuel-fatigued. So says research by The Nielsen Co., where 49% of U.S. consumers surveyed said they were slicing spending to compensate for rising gas prices. The high price of regular gas in December 2007 was $3.06 per gallon, and

Wawa Dons the Dinner Apron

When The NPD Group released findings last month on a study of consumer trends in the struggling restaurant industry, particularly the industry’s dwindling lunch and dinner traffic, NPD Vice President Harry Balzer boiled the results down to raw basics. "Make no mistake," Balzer said, "Americans don’t want to cook. We’re just trying to figure out

Bountiful Salad Dressings

Dreaming up the perfect salad starts with the right dressing. New Wish-Bone Bountifuls salad dressings were created to inspire and delight endless salad creations. These rich tasting, healthful vinaigrette dressings are offered in four flavors, Hearty Italian, Tuscan Romano Basil, Simply Santa Fe and Berry Delight, each brimming with the goodness of the garden and

Powder Power

ZizZazZ Explosive Energy Powder, available in .25-ounce sticks, is a unique energy product that can be consumed straight from the package or easily mixed with a cold beverage to make a great tasting energy drink. Energy drinks made from powder are not carbonated, which makes them easier to drink and better for the body. Plus,

Wrap it Up

Carroll Manufacturing & Sales can customize its high performance line of Flavorseal roll stock films to meet a full range of food processing needs. Providing solutions for both horizontal and vertical form fill and seal operations, Flavorseal roll stock offers superior sealability for faster production and higher profits. Flavorseal roll stock fills more packages per

New York Flair

The New York Style brand is adding some fun new flavor to the deli section with the introduction of two innovative new products: Focaccia Sticks and Pretzel Flatz. New York Style Focaccia Sticks are currently the only snack of its kind on the market. They were developed to keep up with the popular taste trend

Retailers Salute Their Leading Suppliers

Despite the much-ballyhooed growth of chains like Walgreens, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and Wal-Mart, it is convenience stores that remain an important daily stop for the nation’s busy consumers. As a result, convenience stores represent a powerful sales opportunity for product and service supplier companies, CSD set out to find the industry’s top performers as identified

Cold Case

The new BOX Series of refrigerated air screen cases from Structural Concepts features a simple, square box design. Because many foodservice sites are designed to include refrigerated grab-and-go display cases recessed into alcoves and similar locations, the narrower profile and unique compressor ventilation channel allow an easier fit into such areas and a better match

Customizable Roller Grill Solutions

APW Wyott, a leading manufacturer of roller grill systems, has introduced a new customizable line of roller grill solutions. Suited to almost any merchandising requirement, these attractive roller grills feature easy-to-use electrical controls, convenient holding drawers and a number of other features that allow retailers to create the ideal solution for their specific roller grill

Skoal Wintergreen Debuts

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USSTC) rolled out its revolutionary new wintergreen moist smokeless tobacco (MST) product designed for adult consumers who favor a bolder taste profile. New Skoal Edge Long Cut Wintergreen features an intense new wintergreen flavor and breakthrough package graphics. Moist smokeless continues to be one of the fastest growing consumer packaged goods

Servicing the Customer

You pick up on a few things after 15 years in a business, but nothing more important than this: Always listen to the customer. “We’re getting more and more inquiries every day about customers that want alternative fuels in their stores,” said Brian Beggs, owner of Walt’s Petroleum Service in Schofield, Wis., the company he

Couche-Tard Acquires Illinois Stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reached a deal through its Mac’s Convenience Stores subsidiary to acquire 15 units in central Illinois from Speedway SuperAmerica. The deal is expected close by the end of April. Couche-Tard, which has been rumored to be nearing a much larger deal that

Baskin-Robbins Candy

BestSweet Inc., which markets the Baskin-Robbins Candy brand, announced the introduction of Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy, the first soft candy of its kind to offer the flavor and texture of Baskin-Robbins ice cream. It’s available in sugar and sugar-free varieties, in two flavors: Mint Chocolate Chip and Very Berry Strawberry. The retail price for the 2.75-ounce

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