topps treats

When seasonal holidays come around, ToppsConfections has low-calorie, fat-free interactivecandies that are a treat for kids, tweens andteens. Give little ghouls and goblins theHalloween treat that leaves a lasting impression:Halloween Baby Bottle Pops, HalloweenRing Pop and multiple varieties of BazookaBubblegum. Deck the halls this year with ToppsChristmas candies, the treats that satisfies asweet tooth while

freshness in full bloom

Exotic sushi, ready-made salads and fresh-cut fruit are ushering in tasty new eating options while helping customers watch their waistlines. When it comes to developingan exotic fresh food menu, U.S.retailers are drawing on inspirationfrom around the world. Take Torrance, Calif.-based FamimaUSA, for example. The U.S. subsidiary ofJapan’s FamilyMart Co. is drawing on itsJapanese heritage by

circle k launches line of proprietary energy drinks

Developed in conjunction with BooKoo Energy, beverages will be available in three flavors. Circle K Southeast, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is launching the company’s first wholly owned, proprietary energy beverage, GazZu. According to Circle K officials, GazZu was developed to respond to the worldwide energy drink boom and lack of drinks that appeal to

fullflavor enhancement

General Tobacco (GT) announced the launch of the new Vaquero LittleCigars 100’s box. The line extension is the latest addition to the GT catalogand will feature a variety of flavors to choosefrom including: Natural, Light, Vanilla, Menthol,Peach and Cherry.For More Information fromGeneral Tobacco 877-500-9595www.generaltobacco.com

bright future for smokeless sales

Once upon a time, cigarettes were the embodiment of“cool.” Then came the health concerns. Then came thegovernment regulations. Cigarette smoking has reacheda point where it is so severely sneered upon that manycities have outright banned smoking in public establishments. Itshould be a surprise to no one that cigarette sales and gross profitmargins have been steadily

susser holdings to acquire towncountry food stores

Deal increases company-owned store count to 500, expands geographic footprint into West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. The industry’s merger and acquisition activity continued today in a big way as Susser Holdings Corp., the Corpus Christi, Texas operator and fuel supplier said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire San Angelo, Texas-based Town &

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cstore financing know your options

Alternative lenders may be offering better deals than traditional banks. Waking up in a cold sweatover those burgeoning paymentson the adjustable ratebank loan you took out for yourc-store? Stop sweating it! With a little preparation—and someone to guide you throughthe process—you can probably get a muchlower, fixed-rate payment using one of severalalternative-financing methods. Frequently referred

codys offers university fuel discounts

Three-cents off per gallon for Southwest Baptist students and faculty. Cody’s Convenience Stores, a 22-store chain based in Springfield, Mo., is offering is reaching out to a local university to drive its fuel business. Beginning this week, students at Southwest Baptist University and faculty a three cent per gallon discount on gasoline purchases, according to

supply meets demand

Follett Corp.’s newest Horizonicemaker, the Horizon 1400, canproduce up to 1,400 pounds ofice per day. With the Ice Managerdiverter valve system, one Horizonmachine can now automatically fill two dispensers, sensing when ice isneeded and diverting production to that location. All Horizon applicationsprovide customer-preferred Chewblet ice, reduced energy and waterconsumption, and advanced flushing and cleansing features

the new age of convenience

Megan Ramey created a convenience concept for worldly urbanites that is a true departure from the gas stations Bubba is used to. From the street, the MoCoMarket in Madison, Wis. looksmore like a beauty salon or a furniturestore—with its large frontwindows and minimalist, communal-stylebench seating—than a convenience store.Once inside, customers are captivatedby its bamboo floors,

terror money laundered through md cstores

U.S. indicts 39 in scheme to funnel money to al Qaeda. A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted 39 people in an international money-laundering scheme using an informal currency transfer system known as hawala, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The defendants and one business face charges including money laundering, conspiracy to bribe

form and function

Organize self-serve areas and eliminatecountertop clutter and product wastewith quality dispensing equipment forcups, lids, straws, napkins, condiments and ice cream cones from ModularDispensing Systems. CombinationCabinet Dispensers are the newest lineaddition and are ideal for c-stores wherecounter space is limited, as they combinecup, lid, domed lid and straw dispensinginto one area. A variety of sizes and

homegrown convenience

Fast Phil’s is making its mark with redesigned stores, innovative card programs, consistent low prices and generous employee benefits. Reliability, a word thatall retailers strive to achievenowadays, is the first wordthat comes to mind whenFast Phil’s is mentioned to local residentsin southern North Carolina. Thechain, which has 12 stores spread outover Troutman, Mooresville, Yadkinvilleand Statesville,

ez as pie

The new EZ-Fit Lid Dispenser from San Jamar is the simple,affordable way to protect beverage lids and keep counters clean andorganized. The EZ-Fit Lid Dispenser dramatically improves the organization ofself-serve beverage countersby providing a simple,efficient solution. Two sizesare available to dispensemost cold beverage cuplids. The design requiresno adjustments or specialparts for different lid sizes.In-counter models

yogurt and then some

YoCrunch yogurt introduces two new flavors to its core line offering healthyand decadent yogurt experiences. Smooth and creamy low-fat YoCrunchVanilla yogurt is paired with crunchy Butterfinger and Strawberry-Bananais joined by 100% natural low-fat granola. All of YoCrunch’s low-fat yogurtproducts contain live and active cultures perfect for digestion and repletewith a mix of health benefits. The

quickchek expands its empire

With the opening of its first store in New York, the retailer ushers in a new era of convenience retailing. Some companies would celebratetheir 40th anniversarywith balloons and a lot of handshakes.For QuickChek, themilestone was an opportunity to show offits innovation and commitment to growingoperations. Last month, the Whitehouse Station,N.J.-based chain moved into the NewYork

blast off with freshness

Cadbury Adams USA LLC, makers of Dentyne, is launching its newestinnovation in enhanced breath freshening—Dentyne Blast. Dentyne Blastis the first liquid center chewing gum in the U.S. made with erythritol, aningredient that delivers a strong cooling effect by drawing heat away fromthe mouth and lowering its temperature. Available in two flavors, Winter Chilland Cool Lime,

water with punch

Coca-Cola launches Dasani Plus vitaminenhancedflavored water beverages. The line, withzero calories per serving, comes in three varieties,Refresh + Revive: Kiwi Strawberry Flavor has 10%of the RDI per serving of vitamins B3, B6 and B12;Cleanse + Restore: Pomegranate Blackberry Flavorcontains 10% of the RDI per serving of vitamins E,B3, B6 and B12, plus one gram of

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impactful concoctions

Impact Confections announces the launch of Mike and Ike Spray and HotTamales Spray through a licensing agreement with Just Born, and with Mikeand Ike’s sweet and Hot Tamales’ spicy flavors, they are expected to boostthe growing spray category. In just 9 inches of shelf space, three differenttaste profiles are represented withthree powerful brands, Mike and

driving instore sales with fuel

Facing increased competition, Fabulous Freddy’s is investing in gas pumps with interactive merchandising displays. Fabulous Freddy’s is looking to cultivate a new baseof loyal in-store customers, and it isn’t going very farto find them. The Las Vegas-based chain is investing innext-generation interactive fuel pumps that communicatestore specials and offer valuable coupons directly totheir fuel customers

one good product

The newest “must have” in any purse or beachbag is the new Kodak HQ Maximum VersatilitySingle Use Camera. With a smaller, simple,modern design and silver-colored body, thenew HQ camera gives consumers a stylishway to get a photo when an expensive camera isn’t available.The new design, featuring a Kodak Ektanar Lens and Kodak’s800-speed film, delivers the

innovators come in all sizes

With our annual Chains to Watch issue,we set out to profile companies big andsmall that are doing innovative things,either with technology, operations, design or justgood, old-fashioned customer service. This year

tornado of flavor

El Monterey Tornados continue to be the consumer’s choice for foodsthat are convenient, flavorful and hot-to-go. Ruiz Foods introduces thenew 3-oz. El Monterey Tornado flavor—Firecracker Chicken—a hotwing style medley of tender chicken and Monterey Jack cheese meltedto perfection in a crispy seasoned tortilla. It’s recommended that theproduct is prepared on the roller grill, but then

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