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RedPrairie’s Food Service Management Solution

RedPrairie Corp., a leading consumer driven optimization company, introduced its Food Service Management solution for petroleum and convenience stores. The solution optimizes food service operations for retailers, including food preparation, production planning, recipes and fresh item management. This information can be fully integrated with inventory, labor and sales data for an accurate forecast of production

Executing Background Checks

You’ve certainly heard the old saying: “Our people are our greatest asset.”  We all know what the phrase intends to convey, but, if you think about it, the analogy is clumsy at best. In the real world, assets are things that can be bought, sold or traded, like buildings, equipment, patents, systems and secret ingredients.

Ultra Light Lattes

Finally an ultra light latte that is low in calories, low in carbs, and has no added sugar. Recent research has found many added health benefits associated with the consumption of coffee due to it’s high antioxidants level. To capitalize on this research, New York Coffee Co. is offering a new line of pure Colombian

Competitive Assortment, Lower Prices Accelerate Cigar Growth

New insights on the cigar category reveal that retailers who manage the cigar category more strategically benefit from accelerated growth and a larger share of the market. The data was shared in a Convenience Store Decisions Webcast, sponsored by John Middleton Inc., titled “Cigars: Accelerating Category Profits by Increasing Strategic Focus,” and offered new evidence

Tea For Two

Bigelow Tea and AriZona Beverages are teaming up to offer retailers and tea drinkers a new line of bottled ready-to-drink Chai teas as well as new hot tea flavors. The partnership marks a debut for both companies, with Bigelow entering the bottled, ready-to-drink market and AriZona the hot tea category. Bigelow Tea’s new ready-to-drink flavors

Always Stay Prepared for the Worst

Several clients have recently challenged us to try to creatively refinance convenience mortgages tied to properties that were acquired over the last several years. These properties were purchased based upon high cash flow multiples of seven times or more–multiples that have become the norm with many transactions around the country. When considered in light of

Encore by Structural Concepts

The spherical glass–the latest in glass technology–in the new “S” Series line of refrigerated and non-refrigerated display cases provides a distinctive look and flowing curves to create outstanding presentation of fresh bakery goods. The “S” Series, part of the Encore line of cases from Structural Concepts, can be mixed and matched in modular fashion for

Cigars And Moist Smokeless Drive Revenues Even With Concerns Over Tobacco Taxation

The long-predicted demise of cigarettes has not come to fruition, nor is it likely to. But the effect of tobacco taxation and smoking restrictions has made it much more difficult to rely on cigarette sales as the primary category for driving in-store profitability. But don’t read that to mean tobacco is suffering. Retailers are reporting

Hot Diggity Value-Priced Subs

Pierre Foods’ newest entry to their Vending and C-stores line-ups will have customers exclaiming “Hot Diggity!” Finally, great tasting, microwaveable sandwiches at an entry-level price point. This line of sub-shaped sandwiches capitalizes on what Pierre Foods does best—full-flavor seasoned and sauced meats on their famous hearth-baked yeast roll. The moderate portion size is also ideal

Growing the Family Business

Employee Relations Though its owned and operated entirely by the Huppert family, the Team Oil Travel Center employs 16 people from the local Spring Valley, Wis. community. Tony Huppert, CEO and vice president of the company, calls employees and customer service the backbone if Team Oil’s success. Employees are encouraged to learn many interesting and

Dinner is Brewing

There’s nothing quite as satisfying and refreshing as a glass of beer. And, when paired with the right food and enjoyed over a leisurely meal with friends and family, the beverage becomes all the more perfect. Whether it’s a tailgate party, a get-together to watch a big game or just dining with friends, beer fits

Slam Dunk

The influx of people moving to western North Carolina from the Northeast and Florida—both areas where Dunkin’ Donuts does a booming business—was one reason Citizens Fuel Co. is excited these days to be adding Dunkin’ franchises to at least three of its 10 Citi Stop c-stores. “We felt it was a huge opportunity to fill

Innovative Design Concepts

Italian stone and tile manufacturer GranitiFiandre is launching its GeoStyle Collection to the U.S. market. GeoStyle, which premiered at the 2007 Cersaie Exhibition in Italy, is a collection of porcelain surfacing products that highlights the company’s most innovative design concepts and expansive R&D efforts. GeoStyle is a vanguard collection of the company’s most creative and

Big Stuff From Hot Stuff Foods

In an effort to satisfy large groups of customers, Hot Stuff Foods has developed the Big Stuff Crowd Pleaser Pizza, a 52-inch party pizza ideal for “wowing” hearty appetites at football parties, youth sports events, birthdays, family get-togethers and all other gathering of pizza lovers. The new Big Stuff Pizza delivers about $15 of gross profit

Maxwell House 100% Arabica Beans

For more than 100 years, Maxwell House coffee has been a part of Americans’ homes and morning routines. Today, Maxwell House, a division of Kraft Foods, is redefining mainstream coffee as the only major mainstream brand to offer a range of coffees roasted with 100% Arabica beans. In addition to offering an enjoyable coffee drinking

Betting on the Franchise

7-Eleven Timeline 7-Eleven Inc. began almost 81 years ago when a Dallas ice dock operator decided to add milk, eggs and bread in response to his customers’ needs. The company’s first expansion outside Texas was into Florida. The retailer entered the franchising arena in 1964 with the acquisition of Speedee Mart, a chain of franchised

Latin American Flavored Dairy Beverages

SolMaya Brands, a registered brand of Presto Food & Beverage Inc. successfully launched a new line of Latin Flavored ready-to-drink dairy beverages in four flavors: Mexican Style Horchata, Horchata Sabor de Morro, Morir Sonando/Orange Jubilee and Avena Oatmeal Shake. SolMaya Brands is extraordinarily unique in that it is the only brand, both in the U.S.

Dispelling Myths About Bottled Waters

The bottled water industry has recently come under attack by critics who say they are concerned about the quantity of water bottles going to our landfills and the energy used transporting them to market. But, Kim Jeffery, president and CEO of Nestle Waters North America Inc., said those who propose bans on bottled water don’t

Ergonomic Retail Check-Out Systems

Ceemco Store Displays, a manufacturer of visual merchandising and point-of-purchase displays, has developed a customizable line of retail checkout systems which provide the best possible utility, ergonomics and convenience for cashiers and customers. Systems have rounded edges, “best-height” platforms for writing checks and bagging stations that can swivel for easiest use. Ceemco’s stress-minimizing designs are

Homer Simpson? Hardly!

No one sells food that is both fresh and convenient in the U.S., sniffed a retailing analyst quoted by the London Economist last year. “The typical American convenience store consumer is Homer Simpson.” Oh, really? Tell that to the hundreds of customers who stood in line waiting for giant British food retailer Tesco’s first Fresh

M&M’s in Two New Varities

MARS Snackfood US is extending its popular M&M’s brand with two new limited edition products: M&M’S Mint Crisp and M&M’S Wildly Cherry Chocolate Candies. Mint Crisp will be available in limited edition with the release of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” coming to theaters in the spring. M&M’s Wildly Cherry Chocolate

CipherLab 9400

CipherLab, an innovator in Automated Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) for the retail, warehouse and distribution markets, launched the 9400 Series Industrial Mobile Computer, the second CipherLab product to support Microsoft Windows CE 5.0. Designed to provide wireless anywhere mobility through compliance with all popular wireless communications platforms (including Bluetooth, WiFi and Quad-band EDGE RF),

Fresh Start Energy

Nantze Springs, which has been producing bottled water from its plant in Arlington, Ga., for 18 years, has branched out with the introduction of Fresh Start energy drinks. Company President Malone Garrett said the company began producing Fresh Start, a new vitamin-enhanced beverage, in November. It has no carbonation and is contained in plastic, recyclable

Building Breakfast Sales

Chains like McDonald’s, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have been busy overhauling their foodservice programs to capitalize on the increased demand for breakfast items, described by foodservice experts as the fastest-growing daypart segment. Convenience chains like 7-Eleven, however, are well ahead of the curve already owning a popular line of breakfast items that continues to expand.