Natural Energy

On-the-go Americans who crave a clean, naturally flavored beverage rich in antioxidants with a natural energy boost now have a product that gives them the benefits they want. mor Beverage has three flavors uniquely formulated to appeal to a broad range of consumers in the enhanced/functional beverage category. The products are packaged in an upscale

Novelty Candy

CandyRific will launch a wild twist on some of their most popular items for the release of Madagascar: "Escape 2 Africa". Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman may hit theatres on Nov. 22, but they’ll be hitting the candy shelves this October. The featured Madagascar items include: Giggle Heads, with a suggested retail price of $2.99;

Spearmint Rush

BDI Marketing, distributors of the popular Mini Thin Rush family of energy products, announced the release of its eagerly awaited new spearmint flavored Mini Thin Rush Energy Gum. The new spearmint flavored energy gum delivers the equivalent thrust of energy offered by the company’s six-hour 2-ounce energy shot with just two pieces of gum. Each

A Cooler Solution

H2 Dynamics’ cooler filters use a proprietary mineral it mines in the Southwest U.S. that controls humidity in retail coolers. Controlled humidity improves food quality and eliminates odors; saves electricity or diesel by as much as 35%; reduces maintenance costs, injuries and accidents. As air passes through H2Dynamics’ filters, excess moisture is retained and released

Safe Solution

SafePoint by Loomis is an integrated cash management solution for convenience stores and other retail and commercial establishments which routinely handle cash. SafePoint is a one-source solution designed to save money while providing increased control over cash and enhancing security for employees. Solutions offer various alternatives, including validation and dispensing safe options, all specially tailored

Christmas Sandwiches

Olive Sandwiches announces the addition of six new Christmas-themed organic chocolate bar designs to its Sassy Bite product line. The Sassy Bite family was first introduced in July 2008 with a positive response to the initial 10 designs. Each Sassy Bite bar contains 1.25 ounces of organic chocolate with a variety of flavors that match

Extreme Illuminator

Extreme CCTV releases the AEGIS UFLED white light illuminator powered by Black Diamond, enabling high-fidelity night-time color reproduction for critical surveillance applications. Unlike standard lighting fixtures that distort color images, AEGIS UFLED utilizes color-corrected LEDs to deliver accurate surveillance images at night. A built-in low-voltage power circuit enables quick, easy installation, while 26-to-45 watt operation

U-Scan Convenience

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. has introduced the Hypermarket U-Scan Genesis Payment Station, which combines in-person customer service with self-service convenience. The concept joins the U-Scan Genesis Payment Station with Fujitsu’s iPAD handheld mobile computer—along with any standard checkout conveyor belt—to separate customer transactions into two components: scanning and payment. With the payment station, cashiers do

The Time is NOW

Bring new money and more customers to your convenience store with NJOY NOW prepaid adult Internet cards. Retailers get industry-leading profits and repeat business. Customers get anonymous access to the hottest online adult entertainment. With NJOY NOW, c-store operators get: a 30% commission for every NJOY NOW card sold; no upfront costs; storeowners only pay

Secure Fuel Transactions

OPW Fuel Management Systems announces its Petro Vend FIT500 Fuel Control System is now available with FSC3000 fuel site controller built directly inside the fuel island terminal. Thanks to the built-in FSC3000, 10.4-inch color graphics display and remote communication through phone line or Ethernet, the FIT500 is ideal for unattended retail and commercial fueling operations.

Tea Time

Lipton, America’s No. 1 name in tea, is rolling out Kericho Estate Tea, made with tea leaves from the 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified fields of Lipton’s Kericho Tea Estate in Kenya, Africa. Lipton Kericho Estate Tea offers the smooth, refreshing black tea experience your customers expect from Lipton, with the added knowledge that this variety

High Energy and Sugar-Free

After unleashing its signature product only weeks ago, VE2 Laboratories is pleased to announce that Chartered Distribution Services (CDS) of Los Angeles will distribute VE2 Energy Gum across the country. Two pieces of sugar-free VE2 Energy Gum are equal to an 8-ounce cup of coffee or an energy drink. The gum is crammed with energy-sustaining

Diaper Convenience

Convenience Valet is now offering Huggies brand diapers and baby wipes in small convenience-size packages. Convenience Valet, a leading provider of nationally branded HBC and personal-care items, said the Huggies diapers are available in sizes three and four. The diapers and baby wipes are sold in one convenient package that includes two diaper’s eight wipes,

Full Throttle Hydration

Full Throttle is inviting c-store customers to "Go Full Throttle or Go Home," this time with the launch of Full Throttle Hydration, a new, noncarbonated energy drink packed with electrolytes and charged with Full Throttle’s special energy/vitamin blend. As the brand’s first non-carbonated energy drink, Full Throttle Hydration provides thirst-quenching taste and maximum drinkability. Its

Burst of Energy

A true functional food for instant energy, Kickbutt Amped Energy Ballz are formulated with the ideal blend of ingredients needed to deliver instant and sustained energy: high-quality whey protein isolates, complex carbohydrates, easily absorbed vitamins, minerals, herbs, dietary fiber and caffeine. They are low in fat, transfat free, gluten free, peanut free, and only 38

Handheld Versatility

Going With The Flow

Successfully managing a retail fuel operation in today’s fickle market can be daunting since price volatility can undermine predictability in purchasing, pricing and sales. Because handling a high-volume, low-margin product like fuel is so complicated, many convenience store operators are turning to technology for assistance.  One of the best ways to maximize fuel profits is

Quick Facts: Ice Cream

Ice cream has come a long way from the mountains of ancient China, where it is believed to have originated using snow as a base. Today, Americans eat a whopping 15 quarts of ice cream per year.   Did you know that air is probably the single most important component used in the ice cream

Ice Cream Sales Expected to Boom

Summer may be over, but ice cream sales aren’t going to chill out anytime soon. In fact, the entire ice cream and frozen novelty category will continue to boom, with convenience stores in position to capitalize the most, according to new research.  A study from Mintel International Group predicted that frozen novelties will enjoy the

Did You Know…

» The first patent for chewing gum was issued in 1869 to Ohio dentist William F. Semple. » In the early 1900s, William Wrigley Jr. was one of the first people to promote a brand to consumers through advertising. His spearmint gum quickly became a best seller. » During World War II, U.S. military personnel

Sticky Choices

Having a tough time deciding which gums and mints to carry? You’re not alone. The amazing number and diversity of new entries in this important category have most convenience store retailers second-guessing the wisdom of their choices. From energy boosts to dietary supplements, gum and mints are now available in a wide variety of formats

Developing an Effective Foodservice Program

Menu development is an essential though often overlooked element in the success of a c-store’s foodservice program. So, while operators may go about it differently, they must all see to it that they do, indeed, go about it.  From consumers’ desires and local competition to convenience, equipment costs, supplier availability and more, menu development is

Spicing Up the In-Store Offering: “Bienvenido A La Bodega”

Practice this phrase and try to have it down pat by midcentury: “Bienvenido a la bodega.” Sure, it’ll require a bit more than that (“Welcome to the little convenience store”) to gain loyalty from Spanish-speaking Hispanic consumers. But it’s probably a feel-good start in outfitting the c-store to attract one of the fastest-growing demographics in

Recruiting Top Employees

In the third and final part of Convenience Store Decisions’ recent Foodservice Webcast Series, human resources expert Mel Kleiman, president of Humetrics, talked about “tips for finding and retaining outstanding employees” and polled meeting participants as to where their best employees come from.  Not surprisingly, the majority of Webcast attendees reported that employee referrals generate

Clearing The Blends

Ethanol, of course, is a high-octane, liquid, domestic and renewable fuel, produced by the fermentation of plant sugars typically produced from corn and other grain products. Ethanol also degrades quickly in water and, therefore, poses much less risk to the environment than an oil or gasoline spill. Not only is ethanol generally less expensive than

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