Walgreens Competes With Chicago C-stores on Food

Walgreens today is unveiling its new expanded food selection in several Chicago communities identified as food deserts, or areas that lack access to basic foods necessary to maintain a healthy diet. Walgreens has redesigned 10 of its stores on Chicago’s South and West Sides to include more than 750 new food items including fresh fruits

New Apple Sauce Flavors

To enhance its line of Musselman’s single-serve apple sauces, Knouse Foods is launching two new flavors: Totally Fruit Mixed Berry and Healthy Picks Granny Smith. Perfect for a multitude of foodservice operations, the apple sauce cups are an on-the-go solution, healthy meal accompaniment and anytime snack option. With flavors that appeal to all ages, each

TravelCenters of America Adds Low-Cal Meals

This month, TravelCenters of America (TA) Executive Chef Thomas Straub has introduced four flavorful and fit-friendly menu items to the TA full service restaurants. Introduced under the banner of “Stay Fit with Flavor” these meals only have 600 calories, perfect for health conscious consumers. The items include: Shrimp Stir Fry, Chicken Stir Fry, a Grilled

Super Bakery Inc.

The sandwich gives consumers convenience and price, but does not deliver on enough fiber and nutrients until now. To pack a nutritional punch into the sandwich category, Super Bakery has developed a line of Organic Whole Grain Super Sandwich Buns, Super Sub Rolls, Super Tortillas and Super Breads. With the simple change to the company’s

X-tremely Tasty

The ultimate in performance enhancement has hit the market with a product that brings scienceand nature together in a new, healthy and great tasting variety vitamin water xxx. The flavor of xxx blends the taste of acai, blueberry and pomegranate together, bringing the antioxidant levels for this new brand variety off the charts.With 15 varieties,

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

Dunk This

Cookies do not have to be high in fats, carbs and sugar to be delicious! For carb-watching cookie lovers, Otis Spunkmeyer has a new line of fresh-baked cookies that have only seven net carbs per cookie, no sugar added and zero trans fats. The new line appeals not only to the carb-counting consumer, but also

Sip Right

At a time when busy, health conscious moms want to encourage their kids to eat more nutritious foods, Jel Sert has found a way to make drinking milk more fun without adding a lot of excess sugar. The company introduces Sipahh milk flavoring straws as a fun and healthy treat that everyone can enjoy. The

Food Fest

Convenience stores can expand and improve their frozen foods section when they add Low Carb Creations new line of frozen Italian food. Low Carb Creations introduces a full line of frozen Italian food entrÈesunder the Bella Carb label. Bella Carb is the first line of frozen low-carb Italian food entrÈes available for retail sale and

Earthy Jerky

Jack Link’s Beef Jerkyis giving health conscious consumers more of a good thing by introducing anew organic line of beef jerky products. Jack Link’s new Organic Beef Jerky offers consumers a flavorful and satisfying taste experience, while meeting their growing demand for organic, convenient snack foods. New flavors include: Original Organic Beef Jerky, Peppered Organic

Sumptuous Salads

Eating healthy can now be quite delicious with Subway’s new salad options. Subway Restaurants now offers customers even more choices to maintain a healthy and balanced diet with the introduction of two Atkins-Friendly Subway Fresh Salads. The Classic Club Salad carries only nine grams of net carbs while the Grilled Chicken and Baby Spinach Salad

Sweet Dreams

C-store operators can improve their dairy selections if they choose to include New Blue Bunny Carb Freedom Yogurt to their frozen foods section. New Blue Bunny Carb Freedom Yogurt is a way for carb counters to reap the nutritional benefits of yogurt while watching their waste lines. Carb Freedom’s four flavors—Strawberry, Raspberry, Peach and Vanilla

Cookie Crumbles

Yogurt Raisin Sensation cookie dough, the newest addition to Otis Spunkmeyer’s Sweet Discovery line, contains zero trans fat and is loaded with the wholesome goodness of oatmeal and yogurt-covered raisins. Yogurt and dried fruit sales are on the rise. When consumers see “yogurt,” they think healthy. And when they taste the new Yogurt Raisin Sensation

Perfecting Nutrition

  ZonePerfect’s all-natural, great-tasting nutrition bars and shakes offer balanced nutrition based on a 40/30/30 ratio of carbohydrates to protein to fat, without compromising taste or convenience. The bars reflect the current culinary trends of “indulgent” with new flavors like Chocolate Coconut Crunch, Peanut Toffee and “tropical/fruity”with Orange Cranberry Crunch, Mango Orange Delight and Peach Apricot

Satisfying Snacks

Sugar Foods Corp. launches the fifth new flavor in its Super Snax line of better-for-you snacks. Super Snax brand Blazin’ Hot Pretzel Poppers are available in both 1.5-ounce and 1-ounce bags—perfect for younger children and appetites requiring reduced serving sizes. The Super Snax line also comes in Wild Thing, lightly sweetened animal shaped cookies; Cinnamon

Raising the Bar

Clif Bar Inc. has created CLIF Nectar, the entirely organic fruit and nut bar, which is minimally processed and contains just four or five ingredients. The four-flavor CLIF Nectar lineup—Dark Chocolate & Walnut, Cinnamon Pecan,Lemon, Vanilla & Cashew and Cranberry, Apricot & Almond—carriesa $1.79 SRP.  Melt-in-the-mouth moist and delicious, these bars are the essence of

Convenience on Campus

At a Glance: The University of Northern Colorado Located in Greeley, Colo., the University of Northern Colorado was founded in 1889. The university features students from 38 states and five countries. Other highlights include: • College nickname: The Bears. • A 2009 enrollment of 9,973 undergraduate and 2,175 graduate students. • Student population: 60% female,

Building Your Banana Business

The Chiquita To Go program offers retailers the opportunity to sell quality bananas and earn higher margins. With Chiquita’s “stay fresh” technology, bananas stay fresh up to seven days longer, significantly reducing waste. Using the Chiquita To Go merchandiser, retailers can place a display of 10 bananas on the counter for increased impulse purchases, attracting

COLA

Preparing for the Fountain Wars

McDonald’s is preparing an aggressive summer promotion targeting core c-store customers. Another month, another challenge for convenience store operators. Where is the legendary Charles Atlas when the big bad bully tries to kick sand in our collective faces? As I’m sure you’ve heard by now this summer’s bully is, once again, McDonald’s. The hamburger chain

Promoting Pizza’s Popularity

According to Mintel, an independent provider of market research, sales at the 16 leading pizza restaurants grew only 1.2% into 2008 to $16.6 billion. Among the challenges facing pizza providers is the public’s desire for healthier products as opposed to “high-calorie, high-fat pizza offerings and limited menu variety, which may be more of a turn-off

Raising the Bar on Snack Sales

Energy bars are most often associated with top athletes and endurance sports. But as consumers have found themselves pressed for time—and energy—the category has morphed into an array of tasty, low-cost products that provide a quick meal solution across multiple dayparts. More importantly, the category has evolved to include a multitude of variations from healthy

The Sky’s the Limit

Making your mark in the convenience store industry requires hard work, dedication, great people and outstanding service. Throw in three generations of family-owned leadership and a firm commitment to quality and value, and you’ll understand why High’s of Baltimore Inc. is among one of the most revered operators in its markets. “Our brand has been

Raising the Bar on Energy Sales

The first sports and energy bars in the U.S. were marketed primarily to serious athletes, through alternative channels such as health food stores. These bars did not have wide appeal or distribution as recently as 1990, but over the past two decades these products have since gained mass appeal and distribution after greatly improving flavor

Dairy and Ice Cream Deliver Health, Value

DID YOU KNOW? After several years of decline, the frozen novelties category was up close to 2% for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 27, 2009. Retailers can expect to see more customers eating at home, searching for value on purchases and buying more healthful food items, according to the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA).

Del Monte’s Fresh Vending Line Debuts at Universities

Students and faculty now have healthier snack options to eat on-the-go, as Del Monte fresh fruit and vegetables are being sold in vending machines across university, college and school campuses, nationwide. The University of Notre Dame, The University of Miami and Miami-Dade College are among the first higher education institutions taking concrete steps to help

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