Candy, Gum, Mints

TOP PERFORMERS The Hershey Co. Wm. Wrigley Co. Mars Snackfood U.S. HONORABLE MENTIONS Cadbury Adams/Jaret International Nestlé USA Convenience stores continue to be a dominant retail outlet for confections, and the outlook for 2008 is just as strong. That was the message delivered by the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) U.S. Confectionery Market report released in

Dispensed Beverages (Hot)

TOP PERFORMERS Sara Lee Foodservice S&D Coffee Kraft Foods Inc. HONORABLE MENTIONS Farmer Bros. Boyd Coffee Co. In a recent issue of Time, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he returned to his post as head of the Seattle-based coffee chain in part because he was concerned about "the growing competition from convenience stores." It took

Dispensed Beverages (Cold)

TOP PERFORMERS PepsiCo Coca-Cola Co. ICEE (J&J Snack Foods) HONORABLE MENTIONS Slush Puppie (J&J Snack Foods) Dr Pepper (Cadbury Schweppes) Dispensed cold and frozen carbonated beverages (FCB) accounted for $294 million at the 69 chains responding to CSD’s Brand Preference Study. Respondents operate a total of 10,350 stores and average category sales of $28,406 per

Cigars & Smokeless Tobacco

TOP PERFORMERS USST Inc. Swisher International Inc. Conwood Sales Co. HONORABLE MENTIONS Swedish Match John Middleton Inc. Altadis USA Offering smokers new alternatives has been a stepping stone for huge growth in the OTP segment. The category as a whole has been showing big numbers, but MST, in particular, has been leading a bold charge

Cigarettes

TOP PERFORMERS Philip Morris USA R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Lorillard Tobacco Co. HONORABLE MENTIONS Commonwealth Brands Inc. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. No single category has been as important to the convenience store industry over the years as cigarettes. The 86 retailers to participate in the CSD Brand Preference Study reported a total of $5

Servicing the Customer

You pick up on a few things after 15 years in a business, but nothing more important than this: Always listen to the customer. “We’re getting more and more inquiries every day about customers that want alternative fuels in their stores,” said Brian Beggs, owner of Walt’s Petroleum Service in Schofield, Wis., the company he

Beer and Adult Beverages

TOP PERFORMERS Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. SAB/Miller Coors Brewing Co. HONORABLE MENTIONS Heineken USA There were 73 chains representing 11,000 stores and $1.5 billion in beer sales to participate in the CSD Brand Preference Study. As expected, the beer companies made an impression with retailers, 62% of whom said they had viewed at least three sales

Bottled Water

TOP PERFORMERS Nestlé Waters Aquafina (PepsiCo) Dasani (Coca-Cola Co.) HONORABLE MENTIONS Fiji Water Evian New flavors, new packaging and consumer demand are among the primary reasons retailers remain excited over bottled water. The category continues to post some of the strongest sales numbers in the store, and is expected to keep increasing for the foreseeable

Isotonics and Energy Drinks

TOP PERFORMERS Gatorade (PepsiCo) Powerade (Coca-Cola Co.) Red Bull HONORABLE MENTIONS Monster Kronik Few categories continue to grow as quickly, and as profitably, as energy drinks and isotonics. Eighty-five decision makers representing 12,750 stores reported $486 million was earned by this lucrative beverage category. Isotonics, which have been performing well in c-stores long before energy

Packaged Beverage

TOP PERFORMERS Pepsi Cola (PepsiCo) Coca-Cola Co. Dr Pepper/7-Up (Cadbury Schweppes) HONORABLE MENTIONS Lipton (PepsiCo) Tropicana (PepsiCo) The coolers in convenience stores today are a great deal different than they were a decade ago. While carbonated soft drinks (CSDs), juices and teas used to among the top sellers in the cold vault, they’ve slowly given

Retailers Salute Their Leading Suppliers

Despite the much-ballyhooed growth of chains like Walgreens, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and Wal-Mart, it is convenience stores that remain an important daily stop for the nation’s busy consumers. As a result, convenience stores represent a powerful sales opportunity for product and service supplier companies, CSD set out to find the industry’s top performers as identified

Bountiful Salad Dressings

Dreaming up the perfect salad starts with the right dressing. New Wish-Bone Bountifuls salad dressings were created to inspire and delight endless salad creations. These rich tasting, healthful vinaigrette dressings are offered in four flavors, Hearty Italian, Tuscan Romano Basil, Simply Santa Fe and Berry Delight, each brimming with the goodness of the garden and

Portable Printing

K-Sun’s new industrial yellow and black 3-in-1 label, bar code and heat shrink tube printer is called the K-Sun LABELShop BEE3. This portable thermal transfer printer can professionally label, heat-shrink tube and bar code thousands of items in the convenience store, cooler or anywhere a durable, adhesive-backed label is needed. The printer is backed with

Cranberry Energy

With hectic, busy lifestyles, many Americans have become masters at multi-tasking, but often need extra energy to keep them on the go. With the launch of its new Cranergy Energy Juice Drink, Ocean Spray is devoted to reenergizing busy Americans with a source of energy they can feel good about. Cranergy is naturally energizing and

Blending Addition

Cecilware Corp. has launched a new series of food blenders. Available in 1, 2, 4 and 6.5 gallon versions, this series comes in either countertop or high-capacity floor model styles. The two floor model versions lock vertically in place while blending, but will also tilt forward for easy drip-free pouring. With blending speeds of up

Stepping into Spring and Springing into Summer

I recently read a great quote attributed to a one time door-to-door sales person and lately more recognizable as founder of the billion-dollar company that bears her name, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Mary Kay Ash said, "Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as

KSS PriceNet Mobile

KSS proudly introduces PriceNet Mobile, the latest pricing innovation for on the go managers. It’s fast and easy to use. Simply enter competitor prices into your Web-enabled mobile device and receive new prices in seconds. Also review and authorize prices and price exceptions, monitor margins, volume and other key performance indicators while on the go.

Meister Bake Pretzels

Gold Medal Products presents the new Meister Bake Pretzel and the 5330 Pretzel Warmer. The characteristic that sets this soft, hand twisted pretzel apart from other pretzels is its unique storage capabilities. This pretzel is NFR, which means no freezer required. The consistency now stays the same because it is never frozen. You will never

Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Add a new flavor twist to your menu with a comfort side dish sure to satisfy. Made with real white cheddar cheese, Lamb’s Supreme White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes are the latest addition to its "made from scratch" Supreme Russet Mashed Potatoes line. White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes have zero grams trans fat per serving and all

Baskin-Robbins Candy

BestSweet Inc., which markets the Baskin-Robbins Candy brand, announced the introduction of Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy, the first soft candy of its kind to offer the flavor and texture of Baskin-Robbins ice cream. It’s available in sugar and sugar-free varieties, in two flavors: Mint Chocolate Chip and Very Berry Strawberry. The retail price for the 2.75-ounce

Customizable Roller Grill Solutions

APW Wyott, a leading manufacturer of roller grill systems, has introduced a new customizable line of roller grill solutions. Suited to almost any merchandising requirement, these attractive roller grills feature easy-to-use electrical controls, convenient holding drawers and a number of other features that allow retailers to create the ideal solution for their specific roller grill

Wrap it Up

Carroll Manufacturing & Sales can customize its high performance line of Flavorseal roll stock films to meet a full range of food processing needs. Providing solutions for both horizontal and vertical form fill and seal operations, Flavorseal roll stock offers superior sealability for faster production and higher profits. Flavorseal roll stock fills more packages per

Consumers Crunch Their Coins

A portrait of 1 in 2 American consumers at the dawn of 2008: cash-strapped, bargain-hungry and fuel-fatigued. So says research by The Nielsen Co., where 49% of U.S. consumers surveyed said they were slicing spending to compensate for rising gas prices. The high price of regular gas in December 2007 was $3.06 per gallon, and

Taking the “Ick” Out

KidKupz LLC announced its new product line, KidKupz candy-coated medicine dispensing cups, is set to debut in the spring. KidKupz are made with an all-natural candy-coated rim available in kid-friendly flavors like sour cherry, blue raspberry, watermelon and green apple. The product will eliminate the days of children heading for the hills at the mention

Alternative Fuel Focus

Gilbarco introduces alternative fuel blending dispensers. Designed to blend ethanol or biodiesel with standard fuels, the new 3+1 and 3+0 blenders have Weights & Measures approvals. The alternative fuel blenders are part of the Gilbarco Encore S product line, which includes the industry’s most comprehensive selection of dispensers for alternative fuels. With access to cost

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