By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Ever drive down the road and out of the corner of your eye you catch a glimpse of a 20-foot pink gorilla in a bathing suit on top of a store? That is a retailer attempting to overcome what I call the “retail wallpaper
Despite the continued economic doldrums, U.S. confectionery sales have grown at a pace of 4.2% annually and generate $29 billion in total sales, according to SymphonyIRI, a Chicago-based research firm. Jenn Elleck, of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), said the biggest misconception about selling candy is that candy sells itself. “Retailers don’t think they need
Veteran Designer Joseph Bona shares trade secrets with viewers of TV’s ‘Modern Marvels’. The History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” makes clear in a new episode on the convenience-store phenomenon that there is much more to America’s go-to pit stops than just coffee, soda, snacks and hot dogs. Indeed, convenience stores are carefully designed for maximum speed
Thanasi Foods LLC introduces the new BIGS Slammers to its all-star lineup of BIGS Sunflower Seeds. The new BIGS Slammer, a 2.75-ounce tube packed with BIGS Sunflower Seeds, is now available in Salted & Roasted Original and Vlasic Dill Pickle flavors at a suggested retail price of 99 cents. The convenient pack is hitting store
As c-stores enhance their coffee and foodservice programs, operators look to fresh bakery to complete the package. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Convenience stores are investing heavily in store remodels and an experienced staff to create a bigger, better fresh foods program for customers. Too often they fall short in the bakery category, but a
A new revolution in chewing gum, Rev 7. Great tasting, long lasting flavor and an exceptional chewing experience. The ONLY removable and degradable chewing gum. Check out how you can benefit from Rev 7!
New exciting flavors and pack sizes from 5 Hour Energy. Extra Strength Grape and new four packs. Adding a four-pack to your set increases overall revenue, while not diminishing your individual bottle set. 5 Hour will invest more than $100 million in adverting to keep your customers thinking about 5 Hour Energy when they come
New Warhead Sour Twist. Famous for extreme hard sour candy. Variety of pack sizes, including theatre style and one of the top sellers in its category.
Whether it’s aspirin or shaving cream, HBC is a growing category that deserves a renewed focus. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. HBC is making a comeback from coast to coast. The category—from shampoos and skin creams to cough drops and cold remedies—has always had its rightful place in a convenience store—providing a grab-and-go remedy for
Sell the banana that’s full of profits. There is no banana like Chiquita To Go bananas. See how you can bring a fresh approach to counter-top profit building. Watch this video to learn more!
Scentria Corp., innovator of GoneSmoke, the first dry aerosol odor eliminator, sports a new look: bold graphics with an image of a woman spraying GoneSmoke over her hair. The company now offers a smaller footprint with a two-tier rack. When GoneSmoke is placed on the front counter near lighter racks, stores are seeing great sell-through,
Mars Chocolate North America’s iconic DOVE Brand Chocolate is set to be the first mainstream chocolate brand in the U.S. to bear the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal on its dark chocolate products. Beginning in the fall, DOVE Brand Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate will source 100% of its cocoa volume from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, and
Mars Chocolate North America has released the new Marathon Smart Stuff Bar, which is a healthful snacking solution that provides balanced nutrition for active minds and bodies. The product was developed in June 2011 to help teens and young adults make smarter snack choices when returning to school this fall. The snack bars include wholesome
RaceTrac joins Walgreens and Circle K in offering DNA products statewide. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. is expanding DNA Brands’ presence in Florida by approving DNA Energy Drink for sale at all its Florida locations. RaceTrac operates more than 300 stores under the RaceTrac name in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. “After approximately one year of
Through a partnership with Mall Jamz, the c-store giant is rolling out CDs at a time when demand for music in CD format is high but record stores are struggling. Now c-store customers can purchase CDs at their local 7-Eleven. Through a unique, national deal, 7-Eleven and Los Angeles -based Mall Jamz (in association with
Tootsie Roll Industries just sweetened the pot for consumers on sugar restricted diets with the unveiling of new Sugar-Free Tootsie Roll Midgees! This chewy, chocolatey treat, sweetened with Splenda, offers the same great taste and texture as the original, without any of the sugar. Its the perfect indulgence for diabetics or anyone limiting their sugar
Happy Hour Fluid Motion lighters are the newest design addition to Calico Brands’ very successful 3D lighter line. The Happy Hour 3D lighters feature popular drinks that appear to be the real thing as the liquid butane of the lighter shows through each glass. Calico Brands’ marketing department put in hours of research for field
Perfetti Van Melle will launch a ground-breaking promotion with DC Comics with a specially created comic that features Superman and the Airheads Balloon Guy. This eight-page custom comic will be inserted into 500,000 DC Kids comic books this September. Any six pack of Airheads bars that feature Superman on the package will contain two,
BIC is introducing the BIC ReAction Retractable Ball Pen, featuring D-Flexion Technology for a smooth writing experience. The pen features a 1.0 mm point, a chrome nose cone and a full-length grip for comfortable writing. The D-Flexion Technology acts as a shock absorber to help control motion and flow. The product will begin shipping in
Cadbury Adams USA LLC, makers of Dentyne, is launching its newest innovation in enhanced breath freshening—Dentyne Blast. Dentyne Blast is the first liquid center chewing gum in the U.S. made with erythritol, an ingredient that delivers a strong cooling effect by drawing heat away from the mouth and lowering its temperature. Available in two flavors,
Candy Dynamics has launched an exciting new product, Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars, set to join its range of children’s confectionery. The new chew bar is available in an ultra sour apple flavor, guaranteed to give please children of all ages. The product comes in high impact packaging featuring a bright yellow and black
The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. continues to grow the successful Orbit franchise with the debut of Orbit Mint Mojito and Orbit Raspberry Mint, the 10th and 11th flavors of the No. 1 selling gum brand in the U.S. The new introductions coincide with the growing popularity of both lime and berry flavors enteringnew product categories.
Calico Brands Inc. line of Hot Rods sparkwheel lighters feature sleek images of vintage Hot Rods. The five-design line represents America’s affection for automotive speed and style. The Hot Rod lighters are sure to spark interest among classic Hot Rod enthusiasts. This classic line is offered with a choice of themed counter display or a
Hebert Confections LLC announces the launch of Fully Loaded Fudge, an extension to its highly acclaimed Fully Loaded Inclusion Bars. The rich chocolate fudge is made with real cream and real butter, then infused with gourmet inclusions inside and out to create a new taste, which has a completely unique visual appeal. The new