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Technomic Report Analyzes Snacking Habits

Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report shows customers are snacking more as meals get healthier. Consumers are snacking significantly more now than they were just two years ago. Almost half (48%) of consumers polled say they’re now snacking at least twice a day, compared to 25% in 2010. Restaurants are capitalizing on the growing snacking occasion

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History Channel Features C-Store Design

Veteran Designer Joseph Bona shares trade secrets with viewers of TV’s ‘Modern Marvels’. The History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” makes clear in a new episode on the convenience-store phenomenon that there is much more to America’s go-to pit stops than just coffee, soda, snacks and hot dogs. Indeed, convenience stores are carefully designed for maximum speed

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Shop Around The Clock

7-Eleven has an array of gifts for last minute shoppers this holiday season. With retailers opening their stores even earlier for Black Friday door-buster sales, shoppers started the hunt for December holiday deals as early as Thanksgiving evening, jockeying for flat-screen TVs and fighting over waffle irons. But shopping in the middle of the night

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Inspiring Impulse Sales

When stocking up on novelty items, thinking outside the box can help retailers drive big profits. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Retailers are driving impulse purchases with unique novelty products, including big ticket items, seasonal displays and small ring products that make everyday life more convenient. Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc., for example, is making packing easier

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Ricker’s and LIFT Announce Agreement

LIFT Station helps retailers effortlessly up-sell shoppers. Ricker Oil Co. and LIFT Retail Marketing Technology announced a multi-year agreement for a chain-wide rollout of LIFT’s suggestive selling solution – an award-winning point-of-sale technology that recommends upsell items to shoppers based on what the shopper is currently purchasing.  “We are excited to be installing the LIFT

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Gaining Insights into Convenience Store Customers

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, delve into c-store shoppers’ attitudes about buying seasonal and holiday candy. By Trish Temmerman, Contributing Editor. With Halloween and Christmas just around the corner, we are approaching that time of year when some of the most widely recognized seasonal confectionery items are purchased and consumed:

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Taste The Rainbow

Wrigley has launched Skittles Blenders, a bite-sized chewy candy with unique blended fruit flavors. Each pack of Skittles Blenders contains a rainbow of five new flavors inspired by blended beverages: Watermelon Green Apple Freeze, Strawberry Lime Blast, Melon Berry Burst, Mango Lemonade Blast, Cherry Tropicolada. Skittles Blenders are available at retailers nationwide starting at the

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Less Fat, Richer Chocolate

Mars Chocolate North America has reformulated the classic light and fluffy taste of its 3 Musketeers bar to deliver a richer chocolate experience. Taste is the leading driver of sales for 3 Musketeers and this new formulation still satisfies as a lighter candy bar with 45% less fat, while increasing the chocolate appeal for consumers.

Seed of Choice

Seeds latest addition is the Spitz To Go Cup— offering consumers a convenient disposal cup (with no added cost) while they Spitz—so they can Spitz anywhere. Spitz Sunflower Seeds have the difference that the consumer is looking for—larger seeds, bold new flavors and low cholesterol. And when a consumer gets what they want they keep

Impactful Concoctions

Impact Confections announces the launch of Mike and Ike Spray and Hot Tamales Spray through a licensing agreement with Just Born, and with Mike and Ikes sweet and Hot Tamales spicy flavors, they are expected to boost the growing spray category. In just 9 inches of shelf space, three different taste profiles are represented with

Spray Sweets

Impact Confections introduces Paint Shop Spray, a fruit-flavored candy spray. With its intense fruity flavor, Paint Shop Spray will appeal to kids in all demographics. This product delivers on the value and taste expectations of the Paint Shop brand, containing more candy than any other spray candy in its price point and a new safe

One Good Product

The newest must have in any purse or beachbag is the new Kodak HQ Maximum Versatility Single Use Camera. With a smaller, simple, modern design and silver-colored body, the new HQ camera gives consumers a stylish way to get a photo when an expensive camera isn’t available. The new design, featuring a Kodak Ektanar Lens

Surprising Splash

  Cadbury Adams LLC introduces the first center-filled pellet gum, Trident Splash.This new gum innovation is available in two surprising flavor combinations, Peppermint with Vanilla and Strawberry with Lime. These delicious center-filled pellets provide a burst of sweet and refreshing flavors with every chew. New Trident Splash is sugar-free and not only tastes great, but

Sweet Surrenders

  Broaster Recipe now offers two delightful selections that provide the ideal finish to any meal. The companys new Fried Mini Cheesecakes, packed in two easy-to-handle 4-pound bags per case, are warm and crunchy on the outside and cool and creamy on the inside. With a cook time of just 60 to 90 seconds at

That’s the ticket

  Lottery Tools popular Lucky Ticket Scratcher, which makes scratching lottery tickets easier, is now available in five new colors: Tangerine Orange, Lemon Yellow,Plum Purple, Cherry Red and Lime Green. The lightweight compact tool prevents broken fingernails when scratching tickets and replaces awkward coins, clumsy car keys and dangerous blades. Lucky Ticket Scratcher has a

Ready to Repair

Ready Products introduces the new Retract-A-Bit Mini Self-Storing Screwdriver System that features bits which can be changed with the push of a button. Because the bits are integral to the screwdriver, they can never be lost. Simply select the desired bit and slide its button into place. A locking collar ensures its stability during use;

Holiday Hollow

The Marshmallow Peeps brand continued to grow in Easter 2006. Due to the overwhelming positive response last year to the new yellow Peeps chick inside a chocolate egg, manufacturer Just Born Inc. has hatched another egg in the Peeps family. This Easter, a pink Marshmallow Peeps chick will be nestled inside a crispymilk chocolate egg

Fashion and Function

  Celebrity designers Nicky Hilton and Nicole Miller have created the ultimate fashion accessory: York Mints Designer Tins to benefit the Young Survival Coalition. The intricately designed tins house the latest mint offering from York’s: a soft mint center surrounded by alayer of dark chocolate and hard-candy shell. Hilton’s tin features a chic black and

Variety Stand

Calico Brands c-store rack configurations offer a three price-point strategy: entry level, mid-tier and premium retail. Included in the four-tier racks is a combination of Calico Texas Hold’em Cigar lighters, Calico Electronic, Scripto Mini Match, Scripto Mighty Match, Scripto Electronic, Cricket Plus and Cricket Electronic. Each 4-tier rack includes a free pre-selected 50-count tray of

Sports Sparking

Scripto introduces a new line of C-thru, texture grip lighters for the sports enthusiast. The new sports-themed lighters feature a clear-wrap design, combined with a raised texture, creating the ultimate 3-D effect and feel. The five-piece collection features football, baseball, basketball, golf and soccer designs. This unique line is offered with a choice of sports themed

Sweet Jewels

August marked the 30th anniversary of a jewel of a candy: the Ring Pop. Manufactured by Topps Confections since 1977, the candy ring was originally offered in two flavors: cherry and grape. Kids now choose from more than 10 different fruitand twisted flavors, as well as specialty seasonal tastes. Ring Pops enduring popularity has become

Give It to Them Raw

RAW Natural Unbleached Rolling Papers are the first of their kind: an unbleached, less processed paper that maintains its original natural brown hue. The paper is extremely thin, almost translucent and uses a sweet sugar-based gum. This product was created in the spirit of Additive Free Cigarettes and the overall market trend towards natural, less

Seed

Zotes prides itself on finding new ways to impress taste buds and has a full-flavor lineup of sunflower seeds, including Bleu Cheese, TequilaLime, Spicy Nacho and many more. The product comes in 5-ounce resealable jars with convenient flip-top lids, with an SRP of $1.79 to $1.99. Grow the category without cannibalizing it with more bagged

Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Sponsors Autism Speaks

Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes presented Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, with a donation of $19,800 before the start of the Autism Speaks 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held annually at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes, a new line of single-serve milk

Citrus Mints

Sunkist Citrus Burst is a line of citrus mints that combines all-natural fruit flavors with a low-calorie, sugar-free formulation. Key selling features include high profile Sunkist branding; a natural, sugar-free option for health-conscious consumers with no aspartame or aftertaste; a pocket-friendly custom design with attractive graphics. The product is priced for a strong unit profit

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