warmer wishes

Hatco recently announced the rollout of its latest Mini-MerchandisingWarmer, the Model UGMW-1. The unit is designed to maximize valuablecounter space with durable performance and an attractive product display.The food product's optimal taste and temperature are preserved via ceramictop heat and a hard-coated, heated base. Incandescent lighting heightensthe visual appeal to customers, creating more impulse sales.

truthful taste

Honest Tea is expanding its line withthe addition of Pomegranate White Tea with Acai. Three antioxidantrich ingredients—pomegranates,white tea and the acai berry—arecombined with less than threeteaspoons of organic cane sugarto create a delicately flavored teaperfect for the tea-lover as wellthe health-conscious consumer. Aserving of Pomegranate White Teawith Acai is 35 calories per 8 oz.serving—about half

tasty treats

McKee Foods gives a new way to enjoy muffins when you’re on the go withLittle Debbie Snack Muffins in Banana Nut and Blueberry varieties. These twinwrapped muffins are made with real fruit and deliver great taste in a formatthat is perfect for today’s busy lifestyles. They are sold in single-serve packscontaining two servings in each

sweet treats sweeter

Drive incremental cookie sales with new Otis Spunkmeyer Warm Wishespackaging. Consumers will pay more for cookies wrapped in convenienttake-home gift packaging—every case of cooking packaging translates to 600 additional cookies sold in your location. Otis Spunkmeyer offersfive uniquely shaped sizes to use when packaging your cookies. Use Warm Wishes packaging to capitalize on holiday gift-giving,

space saver

The Serenity Series Cubelet Ice Machine, FS-1001 MLH-C, produces up to 830-lbs. of ice per 24 hours and exclusively features a space saving design. The pump down cycle allows for more efficient start up; it is environmentally friendly and is a low-cost service. Serviceability is convenient because technicians can access the ice machine from the

sip right

At a time when busy, healthconscious moms want to encourage their kids to eat more nutritious foods, Jel Sert has found a way to make drinking milk more fun— without adding a lot of excess sugar. The company introduces Sipahh milk flavoring straws as a fun and healthy treat that everyone can enjoy. The Sipahh

roller profits

C. Cretors and Co. introduced its new Cretors Hot Dog Grill—a fresh twiston the basic hot dog cooker design. The grill includes an innovative, patentpending, center-drive shaft design that reduces strain on gears and ensuresa longer motorlife. The grill'sstainless steel cookingsurface, withan aluminumheating plateunderneath,ensures thatmeat is evenlyheated to thedesire serving temperature. An exclusive digital temperature

online management

Dropcards announced it will becomethe first online marketer to offer clientsa way to manage promotions on its site.Food and beverage brands of all sizeswill be able to coordinate marketing efforts on the new Dropcards platformfrom inception to completion of its digital promotions. Dropcards bear aunique PIN number unlocking access to exclusive content and online service,which

lighter libations

BIC launches its Special Edition Drink Series Lighters, which feature 12popular adult beverage designs. The series images are bright, fun, expressiveand reflect the lifestyle of the ‘out andabout’ customer. The suggested retailvalue of a BIC Special Edition Drink SeriesLighter is $1.49. For More Information fromBIC203-783-2000 www.bicworldusa.com

hot cars

Scripto’s line of Hot Rodssparkwheel lighters featuresleek images of vintage Hot Rods. The 5-design line representsAmerica’s affectionfor automotive speedand style. The Hot Rod lighters are sure to spark interestamongst Hot Rodenthusiasts. Thisclassic line is offered with a choice of themed counter display or Display-ATray. The lighters have a suggested retail price of $1.19. For More

fry time

MTI is proud to introduce the Autofry Model MTI10XL, the highest output ventless single basket fryeron the market today. The new model offers threelevels of power, topping off at an impressive 8.4KWof frying power. As with all Autofry models, the MTI10XL is ventless, fully-enclosed and automated. For More Information fromMTI 800-348-2976 www.autofry.com

flavor sensation

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. introduces an all new line of premium moist smokeless tobacco (MST) products designed to make the company's core brand, Copenhagen, more approachable for adult smokers. Available at retail beginning September 17, the new Cope line will feature smooth, natural tobacco tastes in three long cut varieties: Smooth Hickory, Whiskey Blend Flavor

enhanced juices

Minute Maid announced a new line of 100% orange juice products withhealth benefits from added nutrients and functional ingredients. The MinuteMaid Enhanced Juice line includes new Minute Maid Multi-Vitamin andMinute Maid Active—as well as new packaging for the popular Minute MaidHeart Wise variety. Responding to the needs of the health-conscious shopper,Minute Maid Enhanced Juice line

elevated jerky

TrailSteaks PremiumJerkey Co. is raising the barin the meat snack industry by introducing a new andimproved product. Using onlythe finest cuts of beef, turkey,buffalo, elk and venison,TrailSteaks has created 45 varieties of premium and gourmet products.These delectable meat snacks are marketed in multiple package sizes. Eachpackage contains pieces of flavorful, succulent steak, not the average

decadent delights

Turtle Mountain announced three new delicious flavors for celebratingsummer fun: Coconut Craze, Pomegranate Chip and So Very Strawberry. Thethree flavors are the newest addition to Turtle Mountain's signature PurelyDecadent Dairy Free Pints line. Each scrumptious flavor only contains 65% ofthe calories of comparable, super-premium dairy-based ice cream. They arealso cholesterol free, certified Vegan and madewith

coffee shot

Introducing STOK, a new concept in the world of coffee enhancement. Each individual serving deliers a 40 milligram pop of pure, invigorating caffeine, equivalent to adding a shot of espresso. Designed for people who like to work hard and playharder, STOK fills the void by providing aquick and easy way to hyper-caffeinatecoffee on-the-fly. STOK breaks

candy is dandy

Hebert Confections LLC announces the launch of Fully Loaded Fudge, an extension to its highly acclaimed Fully Loaded Inclusion Bars. The richchocolate fudge is made with real cream and real butter, then infused with gourmet inclusions inside and out to create a new taste, which has acompletely unique visual appeal. The new flavors are Black

blonde beer

Starting this summer, U.S. consumers canenjoy some of the French sophistication ofpremium beer Fischer, with the introduction of Fischer Blonde. Fischer Blonde's subtle andfruity accents and rich aromatic palette isencased in a bright gold color. An embossedbottle with swing-top closing emphasizes thebrand's traditional character and makes for a classic presentation. Fischer is anauthentic French brewed

tesco sets 50 fresheasy sites by february

Tesco said it expects to have 30 Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets open by Christmas and 20 more open before the end of its fiscal year in late February. Beyond those 50 stores and 10 other sites it has already identified, it has 100 more locations in the pipeline, Tim Mason, chief executive officer of

reaching beyond the pumps

For a lot of customers, the firstand last thing they see when theyapproach a convenience store arethe gas pumps. Unfortunatelyfor some retailers, the pumps may also bethe only part of the store a customer seesduring their visit. Thanks to the combination of low fuel margins and high creditcard fees, selling only gasoline is a no-winproposition

satisfying summer shoppers

The inFlux oF summer tourism isa boon for many c-store operators.That’s why adjusting merchandiseto meet vacationers’ last minute needs has proved to be a winning strategy. One area that has proved to be especially profitable is health and beauty care(HBC). Retailers report that while categorysales typically hold its own for the first partof the year,

exxonmobil nice n easy honored with best in class foodservice awards

“The majority of ‘new’ ideas are simply new interpretations of old ideas,” said Louie Sheetz, vicepresident of marketing for Sheetz Inc. “Over thelast 30 years, we’ve taken advantage of opportunities like this Foodservice Show and NACS to learn from others. Alot of success in this industry is capturing an idea you’ve seen andchanging it to

educating the industry

If there is one thing that can be said aboutConvenience Store Decisions' 2007 FoodserviceShow it's that a great time was had by all. The educational sessions, which featured David Bishop, ofWillard Bishop; Marsha Robbins, of HAACPlus.com;John Matthews, of Gray Cat Enterprises; and MelKleiman, of Humetrics Inc., touched on many of the keypoints retailers needed to

retailing for the future

Independent conveniencestore and gas station operator VERC Enterprises named DaveProler to the position of districtmanager, covering six of the company'slocations from Berlin, Mass. to Nashua,N.H. Proler has two years experiencefrom Greenfield, Mass.-based SandriSunoco Fuels, where he learned valuable skills as a district manager thatwould benefit him greatly in his newposition with VERC. Prior to entering

competitive watch

Gas continues to fuel hypermart growth. An interesting study wasrecently published by researchers in the Department ofEconomics at the Universityof Arizona that details the impact HomeDepot’s entry into the fuel business had onthe Nashville, Tenn., market. The study found that hypermarts “do,in fact, place statistically significant andeconomically significant downward pressure on the prices of nearby

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