Why Shopper Sentiment Is Dipping Again

IRI finds consumer confidence has dipped in the third quarter of 2015. Shopper sentiment took another hit in Q3 2015, marking the second consecutive quarter for a sharp decline in confidence, according to the latest IRI MarketPulse survey. Consumers are feeling the pinch due to strained personal finances, stagnant wages, and rising health care and


How To Succeed With Smokeless

Because of consumer loyalty, smokeless tobacco is holding its own in terms of category sales. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor Sales of smokeless tobacco products remain steady at convenience stores, as many smokers seek alternative tobacco products for areas where cigarettes are not allowed. But the category continues to face hurdles when it comes to

Preaching That Freshness Always Trumps Waste

Take a lesson from the big chains that fresh food offerings always win in the end. By Jim Callahan When it comes to category offerings such as deli and coffee, the old adage “penny wise and pound foolish” should not be associated with a convenience store’s effort. Consumers have had their taste buds tantalized by

How To Design for Efficiency

From aesthetics to flow, store design can make or break your customers’ shopping experience. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Aesthetics. Interior design. Customer flow. Those terms aren’t necessarily the first thoughts that come to mind when discussing convenience stores. But, increasingly, these are items that c-stores are considering when designing new stores. Whether it’s helping

How To Operate With a Vision for the Future

This retailer’s natural growth progression and organic ingenuity has it well suited to compete in the New York state marketplace. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Not every convenience store operates with a full vision for the future. Some in the industry seem to function in the dark for the most part, blindly trying new innovations

How To Prevent Foodservice Operation From Becoming a Gateway to Employee Theft?

Foodservice items must be managed diligently to ward off shrink. By Fran Duskiewicz The column I wrote a couple months back, about how inept foodservice accounting practices and the lack of industry foodservice metrics and standards could result in untold shrink figures, resulted in the most comments and questions I’ve received. The advent of complete

How To Wake Up Breakfast Sales

With America constantly on the go, it’s no surprise that grab-and-go breakfast sandwich sales are growing in the convenience channel. However, sales of not-so-portable foods are also on the rise. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Breakfast is the only restaurant daypart with sustained visit growth over the last several years, said Bonnie Riggs, restaurant industry

Protein Bites

Inspired by the growing demand for quick, wholesome snack options, thinkThin has shrunk down its nutritious and delicious protein bars to create its latest mini-innovation, the thinkThin Protein Bites and thinkThin Protein Nut Bites. Building on the success of thinkThin protein bars, the new bites are the first time a leading energy bar brand has […]

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Functional Protein Chips

Inventure Foods’ Boulder Canyon Foods brand has launched its first functional food snack chip, called Protein Crisps. Featuring 10 grams of protein and a generous 47 chips per serving, Boulder Canyon Protein Crisps will be available in two varieties – Dark Chocolate and Asiago Cheese. The protein-rich chips are available in three-ounce packages at select […]

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Add Parcel Service

Make life more convenient for customers by offering PUDO. PUDO Inc. provides courier shipping services, plus in-store over-the-counter pick-up services. PUDO requires approximately 40 square feet of space. PUDO provides a tablet and scanner for receiving and passing out the parcels. The process for accepting parcel is very easy and fast. A parcel barcode is […]

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Green Beverage Line

Mamma Chia, creator of the first-to-market chia beverage and celebrated chia innovator, has added the Magic of Chia to the world of green beverages with the introduction of Mamma Chia Organic Chia & Greens. This fresh, new line combines the nutritional powerhouse of chia with vibrant greens, offering category-leading nutrition with great-tasting flavors to provide […]

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Tandoori Naan Breads

Kontos Foods Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer and distributor of traditional Greek and Mediterranean foods, has launched the Kontos Rustics Collection, Tandoori-style Naan bread in original and garlic flavors. The new oblong-shaped Naan bread, targeted at retail outlets, restaurants and foodservice establishments, contains no added preservatives. The Naan come two to a pack in a re-sealable […]

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Mango Cigarillos

Due to popular demand, Game has brought back Game Mango Cigarillos effective Oct. 7, 2015 as an everyday item. Originally scheduled to be a limited time offer in the first half of 2015 only, consumers and retailers have been demanding this become a mainstay of the Game Cigars lineup. Game Mango is available in two […]

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Watermelon Mimosa & Moscow Mule

Diageo has brought back Smirnoff Ice Watermelon Mimosa based on popular demand. This ready-to-drink cocktail is refreshingly sweet, and made with juicy watermelon flavors as well as hints of delicious Prosecco. Meanwhile, Smirnoff Ice Moscow Mule is the newest addition to the delicious line-up of Smirnoff Ice flavors. It’s inspired by the popular cocktail and […]

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Powerbar Shake

Powerbar has evolved! Driven by the combination of sports science and consumer insight, Powerbar delivers the power of protein to the c-store channel. New for 2016, PowerBar, the original energy bar, is launching its first ready-to-drink high protein shake for the convenience channel. Available in chocolate and vanilla, this new shake is designed in a […]

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How Consumers Are Gearing Up for Thanksgiving 2015

Millennials tend to be Thanksgiving Day shoppers. A recent survey from MarketResearch.com has offered some insights into Thanksgiving 2015. As many consumers gear up for holiday weekend bargains, a big group is also shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly $2.4 billion will be spent on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin

R.J.R. Launches VUSE Connect Solo Power Units

Bluetooth technology helps connect the device to an app to lock the device or monitor things like battery life. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. has announced that its VUSE Connect Solo power units are set to be available nationally on Nov. 24, 2015. These state-of-the-art units feature Bluetooth Low Energy technology that enables adult tobacco consumers

Rebranding Corner Store

CST Brands is rebranding its stores to create a refreshing atmosphere for shoppers. CST Brands Inc. has announced a total brand makeover that will start in San Antonio and spread outward, creating a network of rebranded stores within three years. CST has unveiled its first rebranded Corner Store built from the ground up. The store

Love’s Opens Two New Locations

Loves provides a new place to rest for travelers in Maryland and Wisconsin.  Love’s Travel Stops has recently opened the doors of two new store locations. The new stores are located along Interstate 68 in Cumberland, Md, and along Interstate 94 in Menomonie, Wis. The 24/7 travel stops each feature seven showers, RFID cardless fueling

Rutter’s Donates Thousands to Local Charities

Rutter’s has donated a total of $75,000 to local charities through its new philanthropic program.  Rutter’s has identified the three charities that will receive $25,000 each from Rutter’s new “Vote With Your Dollars” philanthropic program. Rutter’s new corporate giving program, Vote With Your Dollars, has enabled customers to utilize technology and the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty

Swedish Match Launches New Website

Swedish Match is providing greater access to its products for both consumers and trade partners. In order to provide consumers and trade partners with an easy-to-navigate portal for all Natural Leaf Brands along with small and large format cigars, Swedish Match Natural Leaf Brands (Game, Game Leaf, 1882, Garcia y Vega) has launched a new website, www.gamecigars.com.

White Owl Brand Redesign

White Owl is looking to stand out from the competition with a new brand redesign and Website. In order to emphasize the brand’s heritage, innovation, flavor and quality, White Owl Cigar has launched a new product Website and announced a brand redesign that includes new packaging and POS that will arrive in stores in January.

How To Elevate Consumer Snacking Experiences

A new report from the IDDBA identifies key strategies for food retailers to appeal to the snacking consumer. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) latest original research, Snacking Opportunities: Building Better Snacks, has been released.  The report, developed in conjunction with The Hartman Group, identifies key ways food retailers can elevate snacking experiences across bakery, dairy, deli,

Do You Really Know How Well Your Hiring System Works?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics A restaurant client of ours was having trouble recruiting qualified applicants and puzzled as to why. I suggested they test their system by sending one of their best employees to another one of their locations to apply and she ended up getting the brush off! Turns out she walked in at

Think Like an Applicant!

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics In light of the ever-tightening labor market, you can’t afford to lose even one promising applicant. So, let me ask once again, are you making it easy for jobseekers to get into your hiring system? Case in point: One client thought they had “made it easy,” by adding the following