Simple Serv Toppings

Enjoy the sweet success of adding whip topping to your hot and cold beverages and grab ‘n go desserts. Rich Products Corp., in partnership with Server Products, a leader in food dispensing equipment, has introduced the new Simple Serv Whip Topping Dispensing system for Rich’s delicious Whip Topping. The compact, stainless steel countertop dispenser works

A Jolt of Energy

Wet Planet Beverages delivers more innovation this month as Jolt Energy initiates a national roll-out of the revolutionary 16-ounce resealable cap can. The popular 16-ounce size represents nearly 60% of all energy drink sales, thus providing Jolt Energy broader consumer appeal. In 2006, Jolt made headlines with their inventive 23.5-ounce resealable aluminum bottle. Tastefully packaged

Chock Full of Opportunity

Chock full o’ Nuts coffee announces an exciting new branded beverage solution for convenience store operators seeking to increase sales and grow profits in the expanding coffee category. The Chock full o’ Nuts new branded presentation for c-stores range from traditional self-service branded coffee offerings to a full-service, full-menu specialty coffee and beverage café concept.

Performance and Conservation

The new oil-conserving, high-efficiency, award-winning, Protector fryer series, both gas and electric, has earned industry recognition for innovation with built-in SMART4UTM technology that delivers oil, energy and labor-saving benefits. Frymaster’s legacy of innovation has advanced fryer performance yet again to meet operator needs to do more with less with a fryer that reduces oil use

Eco-Forward Products

Solo Cup Co. is meeting the growing demand for sustainable disposable cups with the foodservice industry’s first single-use packaging brand with a broad environmental platform. From compostable to post-consumer recycled material to renewable content, Solo now offers the largest breadth of sustainable, disposable cup solutions. An operator’s use of Bare branded products communicates to patrons

Ultimate Home Draught Beer Experience

Beer enthusiasts seeking a sophisticated draught beer-drinking experience at home have found their answer with the BeerTender, now available nationwide at retail locations and online stores. A one-of-a-kind appliance, BeerTender features stylish design characteristics and authentic draught beer thanks to the patented carbonator pressure technology of the Heineken DraughtKeg and Heineken Premium Light DraughtKeg, sold

Sensible Snacking

World Gourmet Marketing LLC, a New Jersey-based food manufacturer, announces the addition of 8 Grain Crisps to its Sensible Portions brand of healthy and delicious all-natural snacks. The product expands the current line of pellet snacks, which are manufactured using a hot air popped technology. In addition to providing a good source of whole grains,

Energy Kick

Premium coffee gets fully charged with the launch of Full Throttle Coffee, a creamy coffee-and-energy blend set to be unleashed nationally in August. Made with 100% premium Colombian Arabica coffee and Full Throttle’s energy and vitamin blend, Full Throttle Coffee is sure to rev up taste buds in Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel flavors. It will

Tea with a Twist

Rosenberger’s Dairies, the Delaware Valley’s favorite dairy company since 1925, has expanded its line of beverages to include a refreshing summertime favorite: Lemonade Iced Tea. Rosenberger’s Lemonade Iced Tea, available in half-gallon plastic containers, is a half and half blend of lemonade and iced tea and can be found in refrigerator cases at convenience stores

CheckMate

Consumers love to enhance their coffee with the uniquely rich and smooth experience of Coffee-Mate Creamy Chocolate liquid coffee creamer. Give your customers the chance to enjoy rich mocha flavor without having to pay coffee-house prices—all in a convenient tub format. Coffee-Mate, the No. 1 retail coffee creamer, also offers single-serve liquid tubs in Original,

To Boost Sales: Add Helium

Somewhere around elevation 16,000 feet, Kent Couch might have been wondering if he’d bump into the tip of the bar graph charting the rise in credit card interchange fees.   Or maybe he was just too busy enjoying the view. “It’s just a beautiful way to see Oregon,” said Couch, 48, a two-time cluster-balloon flyer

Somebody IS Watching

In an age of cameras on nearly every street corner, toll booth and ATM, the coming of interactive audio and visual systems at retail is hardly a surprise. What may surprise some, however, is the way in which such systems can transcend security and provide what some might suggest amounts to a whole new layer

Retention of Frontline Employees

» More careful selection in hiring (57%) » Better compensation and benefit (50%) » Tuition reimbursement (47%) » Improved training programs (45%) » Better orientation programs (39%) » Adoption of a casual dress code (38%) » Flexible hours and schedules (33%) » Providing health insurance (29%) » Exit interviews (28%) » Profit-sharing (17%) Source: The

You Don’t Have a Turnover Problem?

Most employers in the convenience store industry think they have a frontline employee turnover problem and, heaven knows, the research surveys seem to confirm your thoughts. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey in February 2008, 78% of 16- to 19-year-olds and 54% of 20- to 24-year-olds had a tenure time of 12 months

Salty Snacks Make for Sweet Sales

U.S. Potato Chip Sales in Conveniece Stores Brand Dollar Sales Unit Sales Lays Potato Chips $134,799,200 118,439,400 Ruffles Potato Chips $66,052,770 50,400,370 Pringles Potato Chips $49,686,480 33,452,710 Lays Kettle Cooked Chips $16,943,230 12,468,950 Baked Lays Potato Chips $13,905,450 12,278,340 Wavy Lays Potato Chips $12,319,640 5,579,530 Utz Potato Chips $11,325,480 9,010,104 Cape Cod Potato Chips $11,185,150

Health and Beauty Benefits

Health and Beauty Care (HBC) has been known to create more pain for c-store operators than it relieves for their customers. Managing it well—knowing the trends, keeping up with new products and line extensions, establishing workable price points and merchandising it carefully—is a precarious balancing act. The trend today is smaller, both for product packaging

Profit$ You Can Bank On

Here in the 21st century, providing c-store customers with financial products and services like money orders, check cashing, ATM access, electronic bill payment and payday loans can be as easy, and as necessary, as selling soda, candy and beer. But it requires a bit more thinking. Convenience store operators are increasingly partnering with providers like

For Health and Wellness Devotees, Money Doesn’t Matter

A study by the Natural Marketing Institute found retail sales within the U.S. foodservice and consumer packaged goods’ health and wellness industry hit $102.8 billion in 2007, representing 15% growth since 2006, adding that there doesn’t seem to be any signs of a slowdown in this sector. NMI predicted that double-digit growth of the health

Building Brick by Brick

At a quick glance it makes for a dismal picture: Killer interchange fees, nightmarish margins on gas, ever-rising tobacco taxes thanks to the whimsies of politicos. There’s a host of potholes marring the road to profitability, and few convenience chains on the market can afford to bankroll a multimillion dollar facility to optimize their foodservice

Prepackaged Options Expanding

Prepackaged food sales are booming nationwide and new choices are springing up to help convenience store retailers grow in-store sales. Successful prepackaged food merchandising is all about display, said Jerry Weiner, vice president of foodservice for Rutter’s Farm Stores in York, Pa. “Grab-and-go sales have tripled since we moved products from four-foot open-air cases to

Ethanol and Biodiesel: What You Need to Know

Ethanol is a renewable fuel made primarily by distilling grains such as corn, wheat, barley and other food crops. It is an alcohol that is mixed with gasoline when used in vehicles. Cars can run on a mix of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, but typically ethanol is only used as a fuel additive in

Green and Envied

Scott Zaremba grew up in the fuel business. As president and CEO of Zarco 66, the petroleum company his father founded in 1968, Zaremba is battle-tested in the trenches and has the scars to prove it. But what motivates this savvy industry veteran every day is the opportunity to push the boundaries of creativity and

Breakfast, The Daypart That Delivers

In March, Rick Pajak and his team rolled out a new breakfast sandwich program under Wilson Farms’ self-branded Fresh N Ready label. The sandwiches come in four varieties produced by Lettieri’s, a division of Hot Stuff Foods, which was able to tailor the menu according to the chain’s tastes. The previous program required employees to

Condiments: The New Category

Rick Pajak breathed new life into Wilson Farms’ hot and cold dispensed category by treating condiments less as an afterthought and more as a category of its own. “We look at the condiment section as one of the longest stops in the store,” he said. “Why not give them the right space and right opportunity

Fertile Ground

WILSON FARMS TIMELINE * 1960: Tops Markets is co-founded by Savino Nanula and Armand Castellani. 1969: Tops Markets opens the first Wilson Farms Neighborhood Food store in Tonawanda, N.Y., naming the store after a company-owned farm in Wilson, N.Y. 1978: Wilson Farms expands in N.Y. to Rochester and later to Syracuse. 1980s: Tops Markets is

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