Texas residents will soon start paying sales tax on all single serving goods after a new law was passed out of the state legislature. Starting Sept. 1, sales tax will be due on all sales of single-sized servings including chips: * Breakfast bars, granola bars, nutrition bars, sports bars, protein bars, or yogurt bars (not
Company drops DSD model and will ship directly to warehouses in an effort to reach more c-stores. Twinkies will be back on shelves by July 15 after its predecessor company went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with unions last year. Based on the outpouring of nostalgia sparked by its demise, Hostess is expecting a blockbuster
The Coca-Cola Co. has several frozen beverage options that are great for consumers who want a cool, refreshing snack as temperatures hit highs this summer. Minute Maid Smoothie mixes from the Coca-Cola Co. are available to c-store retailers in shelf-stable and frozen varieties. There are three shelf-stable flavors, and ten trendy frozen flavors this year.
Promotion In Motion Inc. debuts Welch’s Fruit Snacks 1.75 ounce single-serve packs to drive retail front-end growth. The product is expected to boost impulse sales at the front of the store among consumers who want more healthy snack options. The snack pouches come in three varieties: Mixed Fruit, Berries ‘N Cherries and Tangy Fruits. They
2013 show floor is already 85% sold out. The 2012 SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO, held May 8–10 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, featured the biggest show floor in the history of the event, attracting new companies, top customers and product innovation. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the 2012 SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO, hosted a
LÄRABAR über is now available from General Mills Convenience. The sweet and salty LÄRABAR über is filled with fruits, nuts and spices. The 1.42 ounce bar comes in an Apple Turnover or Roasted Nut Roll flavor for a suggested retail price of $2.05. The new energy bar category is growing in convenience stores. Recent reports
Wheat Thins has added the zesty flavor of Sundried Tomato and Basil to its vending lineup to help operators capture additional sales from the 81% of consumers (according to International Food Information Council Food and Health Surveys 2006-2009) trying to incorporate more whole grains into their diets. Wheat Thins Sundried Tomato & Basil features a
Convenience store sales, both at the pump and inside the store, set new records in 2011, according to data released today by NACS. In-store convenience store sales grew 2.4%, reaching a record $195.0 billion. Combined with $486.9 billion in motor fuels sales, total convenience store sales in 2011 were $681.9 billion, or one out of
Today is the last day to take the survey! How is foodservice performing for your company? What’s your outlook for the various foodservice categories in 2012? And what are some of the best practices for marketing the foodservice category to today’s convenience store consumers? Convenience Store Decisions in partnership with David Bishop, managing partner of
Beginning now through Sept. 30, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores employees will be putting their hearts into raising funds for 89 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by asking customers to purchase $1, $5 or $20 heart icons. Love’s raises additional funds by holding bake sales, pumping gas for tips, conducting in-store drawings and coordinating other
Arthur Bankert of Fawn Grove, Pa., is the latest winner of a free year of gas in Rutter’s Fuel Up Free contest. Bankert is the sixth winner in the summer contest that, at its end in September, will have given away a year’s worth of gas to 8 loyal Rutter’s customers. It’s hard to say
As the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) begins to implement tobacco regulations, the tumult surrounding tobacco at retail shows no sign of abating. In fact, the future of cigarette retailing will depend largely on retailers themselves. This issue and more will be addressed at the National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, September 10-13th in Savannah,
One week after the National Restaurant Association announced new dates for its annual conference, the National Confectioners Association, sponsor of the SWweets & Snacks Expo, said that the dates of the 2012 EXPO have changed to May 8-10 in an effort to avoid G8 Summit activities happening later in the month. Last week, NATO announced
Rutter’s Farm Stores’ exceptionally diverse menu is expanding to include sloppy Joe sandwiches and chicken wings. Chicken wings are now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at most of Rutter’s 56 Central Pennsylvania convenience stores. The wings are available in quantities of 6 or 12 and in 3 flavors: original, hot and
Oogie’s Snacks, makers of Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn, launched new Kettle Corn flavors at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in May. Oogie’s Popcorn is best known for its savory pre-popped popcorn flavors made with distinctive cheese and spices. Now the two new Kettle Corn flavors— Orginal and Sticks & Stonez—are set to start shipping in August.
Honey Stinger, a manufacturer of honey-based nutritional products, announced a new twist on its critically acclaimed Stinger Waffle—vanilla. The original Stinger Waffle was suggested by Honey Stinger co-owner Lance Armstrong and quickly became a favorite among athletes and moms. The original and the new vanilla version both provide 160 calories of great-tasting, organic energy. Rather
“Those looking for a quality product at a value price will enjoy the Snack Bites offer,” says ampm president. The ampm convenience store chain has rolled out new Snack Bites across its network, offering customers a chicken or potato option. Designed as a value snack on their own, or as a tasty companion to the
Retailers, get ready to fire up your salty snack sales with the zesty combination of Buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese surrounded by a crunchy pretzel exterior in new COMBOS Baked Snacks/Buffalo Blue Cheese Pretzel. This new, limited-edition item joins COMBOS’ seven permanent flavor combinations for just six months. This cheesy, crunchy snack is made
Grab-and-go has become a significant portion of the foodservice industry as 65% of operators now offer portable foods and attribute nearly 25% of revenue to their carry-out business. Rich Products Corp. offers a variety of innovative products to deliver the taste and convenience consumers crave. Rich’s portability solutions meet multiple menu needs to support operators’
The stagnant economy and hefty cigarette taxes have more c-store chains adding extra roller grill items to provide a greater array of hot food options at a value price. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Yes, the number of food items that can be prepared on roller grills—hot dogs, corn dogs, taquitos, stuffed breadsticks, kielbasa, grilled
The weak economy has not taken much of a bite out of meat snack sales. Americans are loathe to sacrifice edible indulgences, even in times of financial crisis. All three NACS snacks categories—salty, packaged sweet and alternative—showed increases in average sales per store from 2008 to 2009, and showed gross-margin percentage and average gross-margin-dollar-per-store gains.
The recession of the past couple of years has not swayed consumers from their salty snack habits. In almost every type of data, salty snacks continue to thrive. According to NACS’ 2010 State of the Industry report, convenience store salty snack sales climbed 3.4%, while margin dollars climbed 4.8%. Since 2007, sales of salty snacks