Private Label Case Study: Tesco

Jim Hertel, the senior vice president of retail consultant Willard Bishop, spotlights international retailer Tesco PLC’s Fresh & Easy concept, which at presstime had been rolled into eight stores in Phoenix, with 26 more planned. Hertel noted that Tesco’s use of private label brands "turns a lot of conventional wisdom upside down. Many food retailers

Kum & Go Introduces Private-Label Wines

Kum & Go L.C., operator of more than 430 convenience stores in 12 states, introduced Napa Creek Cabernet Sauvignon and Sea Ridge Merlot wines to its long list of private-label offerings. The wines are sold exclusively at Kum & Go stores in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. Kum & Go set out last year to provide

It’s All About New

Frequent new product launches have become de rigueur in the world of retailing, with customers expecting new product introductions on a regular basis. “Convenience customers love new items,” said Bill Tencza, senior category manager at Quick Chek, a chain with more than 100 stores in New Jersey and Southern New York. “And our customers look

Getting Back to Beer

America’s changing demographic will continue to add new contours to the beer category, and that has some operators optimistic that beer could experience strong spring and summer selling seasons. The major breweries are expected to introduce products that target health-conscious consumers. For example, SABMiller this month will begin test-marketing its Miller Lite Brewers Collection, consisting

Making It in the Marketplace

Driving business with new products is hardly a novel idea, but it’s also one that convenience store retailers rarely use to their advantage, said David Bishop, a partner with research and consulting firm Willard Bishop in Barrington, Ill. When retailers actively participate in the process of bringing a new product to the marketplace by helping

Wells’ Dairy Sells Milk Plant

Wells’ Dairy Inc., the Le Mars, Iowa-based manufacturer of frozen dairy products, reached a deal to sell its fluid dairy and cultured dairy facility in Le Mars, Iowa to Dean Foods Co. Terms were not disclosed. "Following extensive analysis, we have made a strategic decision to focus all of our efforts and resources on our

7-Eleven Prepared for Christmas Rush

Between Black Friday, Green Monday and Red Alert ("Oh my gosh, I’m out of time!) Christmas Eve, millions of American shoppers realize their days… and dollars are numbered. Heading into the homestretch, time is at a premium and every convenience helps. Enter 7-Eleven. Created 80 years ago as a quick in-and-out shopping alternative for time-crunched

Hess Reaches Deal with Dunkin’ Donuts

Hess Corp., operator of more than 1,350 convenience stores in 14 states from Massachusetts to Florida, announced an exclusive agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts, to offer high-quality coffee, hot chocolate and donuts in a new self-service offering. "We are thrilled at the opportunity to provide greater value to our customers by partnering with an outstanding brand

sara lee named exclusive provider of dunkin donuts coffee

Sara Lee Corp.’s Foodservice division has partnered with Dunkin’ Donuts to be the exclusive provider of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to foodservice outlets across the country.   This new multi-year agreement now gives Sara Lee the right to sell and market Dunkin’ Donuts coffee throughout the foodservice channel, to locations such as office buildings and cafeterias.

Sara Lee Named Exclusive Provider of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee

Sara Lee Corp.’s Foodservice division has partnered with Dunkin’ Donuts to be the exclusive provider of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to foodservice outlets across the country. This new multi-year agreement now gives Sara Lee the right to sell and market Dunkin’ Donuts coffee throughout the foodservice channel, to locations such as office buildings and cafeterias. Sara

tea for two

Mega partnership creates new ready-to-drink Bigelow Tea and first-ever AriZona hot teas. 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

domestic dominance

Beer sales make up a big chunk of c-store sales. To keep it that way, retailers are taking new approaches to fend off the competition. The beer category has earned its spot in conveniencestore cold vaults. Despite the fact that the limited demographicand space restraints steal some of the product’sfull margin-growing potential, it’s still a

jamba juice coming to a store near you

Nestle USA to sell the popular beverage brand in grocery stores in eight states and quickly expand into convenience stores. Nestle USA is planning to sell smoothie maker Jamba Inc’s drinks at grocery stores in eight states in the western United States, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition. The deal is Jamba’s

7eleven marketing to generation cool

Working with Cott, chain targets tattooed America with new proprietary energy drink. Energy drinks, one of the fastest-growing offerings in the beverage industry, are marketed to “Generation Cool,” particularly males between the ages 18 through 20-something who call many of the trend-setting shots in the U.S. So when 7-Eleven Inc. set out to create its

tennessee proposal would ban sale of single beers

State convenience store association and Anheuser-Busch are opposing the bill. A proposed ordinance working its way through the Metro Council may outlaw the sale of certain beer in Davidson County. Metro Councilman Michael Craddock said the bill is intended to cut down on the number of people who are drinking beer in public places, like

anheuserbusch gets festive

New holiday brew flavors include Cherry and Chocolate in the Michelob line. Retailers hoping to gain a boost in holiday beer sales will get a boost from two special seasonal beers from Anheuser-Busch — Michelob Celebrate Cherry and Michelob Celebrate Chocolate, a duo of richly aromatic, smooth, complex and balanced lagers now available in most

rutters delivers milk labeling stance to pa legislators

Part of broader effort to communicate position against artificial growth hormones. Ten Rutter’s representatives and hundreds of cows (the stuffed variety) descended upon Pennsylvania’s state capital Tuesday as part of the company’s efforts to retain the ability to tell consumers that its milk contains no artificial growth hormones. The Department of Agriculture in October cited

kumgo launches new coffee line

Launch of Java Ridge culminates of an 18-month search for the right blend. Kum & Go is asking customers to “Taste the Difference” with Java Ridge — the company’s new premium coffee line, which was introduced this month at its more than 450 convenience stores in 13 states. The launch of Java Ridge Premium Coffee

bics pat cordle leads new nacs supplier board

New NACS Supplier Board Chairman Pat Cordle, vice president of sales and marketing for Bic Corp., leads the new slate of officers who will serve on the 2007-08 NACS Supplier Board that was announced today during the Supplier Board meeting at the NACS Show 2007 in Atlanta . In addition, Brad Heetland, director of east

mcdonalds close to expanding beverages

Fast-food giant looking to boost sales by as much as $1.3 billion. McDonald’s Corp. may be counting on thirsty customers to pull in new profits. Exploring what it believes could be a billion-dollar annual sales builder, the fast food giant is seriously considering expanding its U.S. beverage offerings, from specialty coffee and bottled sodas to

debate brewing for millercoors

Locals concerned about future headquarters of new manufacturer. The recently announced merge to form Miller-Coors may be on the horizon, but now local fans of the two individual brewers that formed the new company may be revving up for a fight. Only days after Miller and Coors went public with the plan, a debate has

molson coors sabmiller combine us operations

The companies are projected to have combined annual beer sales of 69 million barrels with revenue of about $6.6 billion. Molson Coors Brewing Co. and SABMiller PLC plan to combine their U.S. and Puerto Rican operations, creating a beer powerhouse with annual revenue of about $6.6 billion. The venture will be called MillerCoors. The two

agenda set for csds beverage webcast

The beverage business is booming thanks to the ongoing innovation offered by energy drinks, bottled water and FCBs. Convenience Store Decisions, as part of its ongoing Online Roundtable Webcast series, will present “Beverage Trends and How to Capitalize at Retail,” sponsored by Tetley Harris Food Group. The Webcast will take place Wednesday, Oct. 17 at

7eleven coffee gets defensive

New Fusion line extension offers health benefits to drinkers. 7-Eleven believes that the best defense is a good offense, which has led to the launch of its new Fusion Defense coffee, a brew with herbal extracts, in anticipation of this year’s cold and flu season. Available this fall, Fusion Defense is infused with echinacea, ginseng

kennewick 7eleven becomes top slurpee seller

Washington town earns opportunity to premiere new flavor. Kennewick, Wash. has been deemed the Slurpee capital of the U.S. In August, the 7-Eleven store sold more Slurpee drinks than any other store in North America, shooting past reigning U.S. market champion Detroit and North American champion Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to take the No. 1 position

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