solo and go

With a printing area that starts under the roll rim and goes all the way to the bottom, Solo's new Trophy Go Cup is like a walking billboard. Superior graphic capabilities give operators the ability to maximize their advertising dollars by using a cup that can deliver an attractive brand or promotional message. Now available

potatoes with pizzazz

Satisfy customers’ cravings for variety with the hearty goodness of Lamb Weston brand Oven Roasted Potatoes. Made from the finest redskin and russet potatoes, the Oven Roasted line is low in fat, big in taste and offers zero grams trans fat per serving. With a fresh, colorful appearance and unique roasted flavor, Oven Roasted Redskin

ecofriendly cups

QwikStock.com added a new line of compostable paper hot cups to its assortment of online disposable packaging. Ecotainer cups provide a more environmentally sensitive alternative to traditional disposables. Sourced from fully renewable resources, these cups use a corn-based plastic as a moisture barrier rather than a petrochemical, yet provide all the same functionality as a

digitally doable

Adding digital signage to stores is now easier than ever with the latest products from Innovation Marketing Systems Inc. (IMS). Requiring no additional software or hardware to operate, the IMS Digital Signage products are truly user friendly. Attract more customers to retail operations and reduce sign clutter both inside and outside. For More Information fromInnovation

betterforyou chicken

Chester’s International has embarked on a system-wide transition to 100% trans fat-free operations. This change emphasizes Chester’s commitment to providing the highest quality ingredients to produce the highest quality fried chicken. The transition is expected to be complete by the end of 2007. For More Information fromChester’s International www.chestersinternational.com

cool and simple

Hoshizaki KMD Modular Series Ice Makers fit on beverage dispensers producing crystal-clear, individual cubes on its patented stainless steel double-sided ice making surface, which will never chip, flake or peel, yielding more ice than competitive units. Its vertical position of the evaporator allows ice to form on both sides, doubling the ice production. The KMD

brilliant brews

Brewing the richest, most consistently flavorful coffee just got easier thanks to Curtis' Alpha G3 Automatic Coffee Brewing Systems. Equipped with exclusive Curtis Generation Three (G3) Technology, the revolutionary Alpha line of decanter brewing systems delivers greater precision, more advanced control, quality-enhancing features and profit potential than any other brewer on the market. The brain

success by design

Convenience stores are now majorplayers in the foodservice business. In a fewshort years, the industry has shattered many of the perception problems that marked its initial forayinto the food business and, if anything, it is driving thecharge toward convenient, fresher foods. Chains like Sheetz, Nice N Easy, Wawa andQuikTrip are all among the innovators being

relief from credit card costs

It’s no secret that the cost of accepting credit cards is reaching dire newheights. According to the most recentNational Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI)report, retailers were burned for an estimated $6.6 billion dollars in credit cardprocessing fees—an increase of over $1 billion from the prior year. Accepting credit cards has

taming the morning rush

A solid bakery program is key for building breakfast daypart sales. Two chains discuss how they are able to satisfy consumers while simultaneously enhancing their coffee programs. While Starbucks was a rude awakening for the convenience industry, competition formorning traffic has further increased as quick service restaurants and fast feeders, like McDonald’s, have begun offering

strong leadership begins at the top

CSD: The NACS 2007 State of the Industry report had some mixed results. Sales surged, but industry profits decreased. Is this an area of concern? Armour: The strong sales growth is validation that the industry is satisfying thegrowing and ubiquitous consumer demandfor convenience. Perhaps the clearest evidence of that is the chart showing ourindustry’s inside

packaged promotional punch

A new Coke program is helping smaller retailers compete with—and even overtake— their more powerful counterparts. The Coolers in Convenience stores today are a great deal different than they were 20 yearsago. While carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) used to hold the top spot, they’veslowly given way to energy drinks, bottled water, enhanced waters and teas.

let the good times roll

Roller grills are turning out large profits with the help of visual promotions and dedicated suppliers. When a customer walks into their neighborhood convenience store, there are a few stapleitems they instantly look for—the soda fountain, the beverage coolers and the roller grill. The roller grill has proven to be one of those steadfast programs

food for thought

Product sampling and a thorough understanding of customers helps form an effective foodservice marketing plan. I remember my first managerial job in foodservice retail. The year was1987 and I was a manager trainee forLittle Caesars Pizza. I had just completed an eight-week apprenticeship andwas named company store manager inNorthbrook, Ill. Northbrook is a well-to-dosuburb of

thinking outside the cup

Over the past few years, many retailers haverevamped their food offerings. As those foodservicesgrow, so do the other categories that strongly supplement them, such as frozen beverages. However, some frozen beverage offerings are starting to become as elaborate—andas profitable—as the categories they were meant to complement.In other words, chains are finally starting to realize just

finding your foodservice niche

The good news for conveniencestore owners is that industry foodservice sales continued climbingin 2006 and the forecast for theupcoming year is just as strong. The badnews, however, is that other retail channelsare keying in on food sales and are keenlyfocused on diverting your customers totheir coffee bars, quick-service restaurants(QSRs) and supermarkets. Predicting just how long

all in the family

Terry Gallagher, Jr.Smoker Friendly International LLC Terry Gallagher, Jr. may very well have oil in hisblood. The first and only president of Boulder, Col.-basedGasamat Oil Corp. dba Smoker Friendly International LLC,Gallagher grew up pumping gas and washing windshieldsunder his father’s watch. He spent college summers getting hishands dirty in the oil fields and refineries, all

employee interviews how to get the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth

While the interview will always be the heart and soul of the hiring process, if you're not doing the preinterview, screening work (completed applications and testing for the needed capacities, attitudes, personality or skills), you're not using all the resources available to you. Why jump into interviewing when you don't know if the applicant even

chilling out in the open

Open-air coolers coupled with some creativity are helping retailers make the most out of limited workspace. When the average customer walks into aconvenience store—or any retail operation forthat matter—items and prices need to forma marriage of value to motivate them to buy, regardless of the purchase. This can be difficult given the limited space available

around the world in 247

What if the average Americanconsumer took a step off ofU.S. soil and into foreign territory? Would there be a bigdifference between the convenience industry he’s used to and the way it’s operatedoverseas? CSD captured a glimpse of whatconvenience stores are like in Japan anddiscovered that convenience is conveniencein any language. Gung-Ho ServiceEven though Japan may

totally automatic

Kroger installs automated convenience store in Ohio. Taking aim at the convenience store industry, a Kroger supermarket in Columbus, Ohio has installed Shop24, an automated convenience store machine that will provide more than 150 products varying from drinks to pain relievers, according to a report on local television station WCMH. The equipment, which is similar

valero fights muscular dystrophy

Company raises $1.39 million with “Share the Shamrock Spirit” campaign. Valero Energy Corp. recently raised $1.39 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in its “Share the Shamrock Spirit” campaign during which customers could make a donation to MDA at any of the company’s nearly 1,000 U.S. company-operated stores. The total raised is nearly 3%

safeway makes the wright choice

New payment processing equipment adds convenience to paying for gas. Safeway Inc., a convenience store and supermarket operator with 1,760 stores, reached a deal to begin accepting the Wright Express fleet card for fuel purchases. Safeway, based in Pleasanton, Calif., operates a network of more than 290 fuel sites across the U.S., including Vons in

chevron texaco kick off 42 days of racing

New promotion marks 20 years of motor sports sponsorship. Chevron Global Marketing has kicked off the Texaco “42 Days of Racing” promotion with a grand prize race package featuring a trip to the final six stock car races of the season and a chance to meet Texaco/Havoline driver Juan Pablo Montoya. Other prizes include a

a novel idea

The novelty category provides retailers with a uniqueopportunity to capture customers’personal hobbies and interests ina single, high-margin item. Whether it isa mother searching for the perfect Disneykey chain for her daughter or a young car enthusiast looking for a hat to wear to the big race, novelty items run the gamut andconvenience stores are faced

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