Stella D’oro 100 Calorie Breakfast Treats

The Stella D’oro Co. announced the introduction of a new line of 100 Calorie items featuring its famous Breakfast Treats. The 100 Calorie items will be offered in two flavors: original and chocolate. The product was designed using the company’s signature "S" cookie shape. Each pouch has approximately 18 mini Breakfast Treats. Each box contains

Special K Bliss

Special K Bliss bars, the newest Special K snack option, is designed to offer women a unique snacking experience. New Special K Bliss bars come in two exciting flavor combinations: chocolatey dipped raspberry and chocolatey dipped orange. With their combination of sweet fruit-flavored pieces, crispy cereal and a chocolatey bottom layer, Special K Bliss bars

Village Pantry Adds Nine Stores

Village Pantry Inc. has acquired nine convenience stores in central Ohio from Petro Acquisitions, Inc. The stores, formerly operated by AmeriStop Market, will be rebranded under the Village Pantry banner. Each store averages 2,700 square feet and, like most traditional convenience stores, offers quick snack items, lottery tickets, money orders, prepaid cellular and gift cards

Aristo Wellness Bars

Aristo Wellness Bars are the first commercially available nutrition bars that contain encapsulated, tasteless fish oils, so consumers can get the benefits of a diet fortified with Omega-3s without the fishy taste. Each Aristo bar is an excellent source of the purest ocean Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Aristo Wellness Bars are only 140

Tasty Treats

Tasty Baking Co. is delivering smart options to consumers with the introduction of its brand new low-fat product line. The launch of Low-Fat Raspberry-Filled Koffee Kake Cupcakes and Low-Fat Chocolate Iced Vanilla Cupcakes represents Tastykake’s continued commitment to product expansion, notably in the area of wellness. Additional low-fat cake, cookie and snack bar varieties are

Individual Desserts

Rich Products Corp.’s innovative new line of decadent single-serve desserts enables 12 individual treats to be baked-off with "one touch," saving operators time and money like never before. The One Touch line is available in four delectable flavors: Lava Cake, Brownie, and Apple and Cherry Crisp. Rich’s One Touch single served baking technology takes 96%

Road Ranger Takes on CITGO

Road Ranger, the Rockford, Ill.-based operator of approximately 75 convenience stores and travel centers in five Midwestern states, filed claims against Venezuelan-owned CITGO Petroleum Corp. for breach of contract and violations of the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act caused by CITGO’s "unnecessary failure to supply gasoline to Road Ranger gas stations, for damaging the CITGO brand

Breakfast Stacks

Lettieri’s, a division of Hot Stuff Foods, announced the launch of the company’s new Breakfast Stackers, a grab-n-go breakfast item enrobed in a flaky golden brown pastry dough and "stacked" with customers’ favorite breakfast foods. The Breakfast Stackers are pastry shop quality and are being offered in two combinations: Ham, Egg and Cheese and Sausage,

Powerful Potatoes

Diversify your menu and offer customers the variety they seek with Lamb Weston Spud Petals and Spud Halves. These unique shapes and sizes have a creamy baked potato flavor inside and a crispy, zesty kick outside. Curved and perfect for dipping with a variety of signature sauces and toppings, Spud Petals are the ideal fun

Whipping Up a Retail Destination

Big box operators and supermarkets seem to dominate the Texas retail landscape. But while most of those stores focus on getting bigger, some convenience operators are finding that connecting with the consumers on a personal level is better. Consider Whip In, a dynamic marketer based in Austin, Texas. It doesn’t have the size and real

Orange Energy

Living Essentials, whose 5-Hour Energy berry and lemon-lime flavored energy shots have been the top two selling nutritional supplements in convenience stores for 18 straight months, has answered popular demand and added orange to its hugely successful lineup. The 5-Hour Energy drink is a two-ounce energy shot-sized beverage that provides hours of energy, alertness and

Another Satisfied Customer

On a recent tour of convenience stores in the Northeast, I came across an outstanding Mobil store in northern Maine. What caught my attention at this particular store was the clerk who immediately greeted me and told me about the store’s foodservice special that day, a homemade Boston chowder. That I was greeted was not

Food Industry Lacks Understanding of Organic Consumers

A food marketing researcher from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia is learning more about consumer attitudes toward organic foods and exploring their influence on U.S. Markets. The stereotypes associated with organic consumers used to signify something very different than they do today. Stores like Whole Foods have welcomed designer shoes to their traditional Birkenstock foot

Lettieri’s Continues Convenience Commitment

As part of its ongoing effort to better service the convenience store industry, Lettieri’s has partnered with one of the channel’s leading foodservice brokers, Ultimate Sales & Services, a Fredericksburg, Va.-based group that specializes in convenience store foodservice. "We are very excited to have Ultimate Sales & Services represent Lettieri’s," said Greg Dornbach, senior vice

Philip Morris Takes Aim at Trademark Violations

Philip Morris USA, the world’s largest tobacco company, filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Central District of California against Nice Pak Products Inc. of Orangeburg, N.Y. The lawsuit is aimed at stopping the importation, distribution, and sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the unauthorized use of Philip Morris USA’s trademarks. This suit arises from

Kum & Go Names Director of Recruitment and Retention

Kum & Go L.C., the West Des Moines, Iowa operator of more than 430 convenience stores in 12 states, has promoted Niki DePhillips to director of recruitment and retention. As director of recruitment and retention, DePhillips will work within Grow People, the name of Kum & Go’s human resources department, and she will be responsible

Liggett Enters Snus Race

Vector Group Ltd.’s subsidiary, Liggett Group, said today that it plans to introduce Grand Prix snus, a Premium quality pouched tobacco product designed for adult smokers who are interested in smokeless tobacco alternatives to cigarettes. Grand Prix snus will be available in a variety of test markets beginning in May 2008. The product is the

Ga. Retailers Push for Sunday Alcohol Sales

If retailers in Georgia never get the opportunity to sell beer on Sunday, it won’t be from lack of effort. Led by the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS), the Georgia Sunday Sales Coalition, which was formed for the 2007 legislative session by GACS and the Georgia Food Industry Association, is taking its fight for

7-Eleven Adds Texas Stores

7-Eleven Inc. continues to be surprisingly active in the acquisition business after reaching a deal to lease 27 stores in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market from Quik Way Retail Associates LLC. The stores will be rebranded 7-Eleven and will continue to sell gasoline under the Shell brand. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. These

Alon Reopens Big Spring Truck Rack

Alon USA Energy Inc. said it has reopened the Big Spring, Texas refinery truck rack following an explosion and subsequent fire at facility on Feb. 18. All of the other company racks have remained operational since the explosion. "We are pleased with the progress we are making in returning the Big Spring refinery to service.

Wawa Goes Colombian

Wawa Inc., operator of more than 570 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, said it has added 100% Colombian coffee to their popular coffee offering. The Colombian coffee brew is widely hailed for its rich, medium body and creamy flavor, and is made from Arabica beans, grown and cultivated in the Colombian

Huff’s Calling it Quits

Huffman Oil Co. Inc., the Burlington, N.C.-based motor fuels distributor and operator of Huff’s Neighborhood Stores, is divesting all 35 of its stores in central North Carolina and Virginia. Huff’s Neighborhood Stores are well positioned and have significant customer loyalty, said James Barnwell, owner of Huffman Oil. But facing increased competition and tough retail fuel

Wake Up and Smell the Slurpee

In the mid 1960s, 7-Eleven Inc. introduced thirsty Americans to two new beverage concepts–hot coffee to go and Slurpee frozen carbonated beverages, two drinks that are now synonymous with the convenience giant. Combining these two top-selling ideas into one great-tasting new drink–the Slurpuccino, a coffee-flavored Slurpee -was an idea whose time has come. The Cafe

Pumping Up Green Awareness

Gilbarco today announced the addition of alternative fuel blending dispensers to pump lineup. 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

Wawa Part of the Solution

Wawa Inc. reached a deal to sponsor the 21st annual Wawa Stair Climb to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), a nonprofit donor-supported organization that seeks to cure and control cystic fibrosis and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease. Cystic fibrosis is a life threatening genetic disease that affects the

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