Express Convenience Centers Comes of Age

At A Glance: Express Convenience Centers   Stores: 19 in the Fox Cities region of Wisconsin. Fuel: 17 proprietary-branded Excelerator stati ons and two BP stations. Leadership Team: • John Schmidt, President and CEO, U.S. Venture • Paul Sippl, Director of Branded Fuel Supply, U.S. Venture • Jim Anholzer, General Manager, Express Convenience Centers •

Recipes That Break Boundaries

Giving customers the traditional pizza classics they have come to love and the unique flavors they desire is made easy with Tyson Food Service’s Bonici Brand Recipe Collection, Volume 2. The new collection features trend-based recipes that operators can leverage to make their store an anticipated destination—not only expanding their menus, but also offering ideas

Planning Your Packaging Needs

With foodservice sales booming and more retailers making the leap to fresh foods, operators are turning their attention to take-out packaging and finding that, with all the options and considerations, choosing the proper packaging can be as tricky as selecting the foodservice program itself. “There are so many things to think about when you’re looking

Wireless Cash Management Solution

Dunbar Armored Inc., an independently-owned armored car and cash management services company serving retailers, financial institutions and government entities, has just introduced a new line of in-store, electronic cash-validating Dunbar Cash Manager Safes, equipped with two-way digital wireless communication capabilities. The Dunbar Cash Manager Safe is designed to provide immediate wireless transmission of cash deposit

Sweet Success

There’s little doubt that bakeries are big. Bakeries, pastry shops and bagel sellers are growing at a rate of 5%, according to AnythingResearch.com. When launching a bakery program, convenience store retailers are urged to start with an in-depth market study that profiles the target customer base, current sales in the market area for the product

Simply Caramel

Caramel lovers rejoice. Mars Chocolate North America has introduced Milky Way brand Simply Caramel Bar, which provides caramel fanatics with more of what they crave about Milky Way Bar: the brand’s famous, rich, creamy caramel. The indulgent Milky Way Simply Caramel Bar, a decadent blend of caramel covered completely in Mars’ real milk chocolate, is

Maintaining Strong Smokeless Sales

The slew of new regulations governing the sale of tobacco products has convenience store operators scratching their heads and wondering where the next assault will come from and what to do about it. For example:• The federal Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act) went into effect on June 29, 2010. Its goal is to

End the Common Hangover

When consumed at the end of a night of drinking, Last Round Hangover Support, an all-natural dietary supplement, helps the body detoxify, process alcohol, and head off the common next-day hangover. Each 2.5-ounce bottle of Last Round is a ready-to-drink single “shot.” Bottles are available at retail shops nationwide, and are sold in two-packs, six-packs,

Placement Strategy Helps Prepaid Prosper

As the U.S. economic recession continues, it’s no secret that customers are altering their shopping habits to save a few dollars wherever they can. The silver lining for convenience store retailers could be the resulting affinity credit-crunched customers have developed for the prepaid segment. In a credit weary and increasingly online world, prepaid is helping

Rice Krispies Snack Mix

The Kellogg Convenience Team has introduced Rice Krispies Treats Crunch Mixes. Rice Krispies Treats Crunch Mixes are mixtures of Rice Krispies Treats clusters, cookies, pretzels, chocolatey-coated pieces and other delicious goodies, packed in a four-ounce pouch. Available in both Classic and Chocolatey flavors, this new line of sweet snack mixes combines the strength of the

The Keys to Cleanliness

How can you get your employees to excel at a part of the job they probably can’t stand—cleaning the store in general and the restrooms in particular? “It’s a good question, and a never-ending pursuit,” said Tony Bartys, vice president of retail operations and marketing for Valero Energy Corp. in San Antonio. “It’s a challenge,

Mello Yello Goes Retro

Since the summers of disco, tie dye and 1970s cool, Mello Yello has offered a citrus flavor to chill any hot summer day. Starting this summer, Mello Yello is going back to its roots with a remixed version of its original package design. While Mello Yello has been widely available in the Midwest and Southeast

Mini Wine Flavor Cigarillos

Swisher International Inc. has combined one of its newest and most popular flavors with the convenient shape of mini cigarillos to make the new Swisher Sweets Mini Wine Cigarillos. These new, smaller cigars offer the quick smoke many customers prefer, and come individually wrapped with the company’s unique special sealed-fresh wrapper to ensure fresh, flavorful

Feel the Squeeze

Made with real fruit to retain all of the fiber and nutrients nature intended, Jolly Llama Real Whole Fruit Sorbet Squeezups are a convenient, great-tasting frozen treat. The family-friendly Sorbet Squeezups are all-natural, gluten-free, dairy-free and fat-free, and are sweetened with pure cane sugar and fortified with vitamins A and C, as well as fiber.

Beer Brats

Sara Lee Foodservice has introduced its Hillshire Farm Miller High Life Beer Brats made with real Miller High Life beer for grilling enthusiastic c-store customers. The first nationally distributed bratwurst of its kind, the premium sausage product leverages two powerful brands—delivering value that will allow operators to increase margins. Cooking bratwurst in beer is a

Ethnic Fare Adds Foodservice Flair

Sushi in the c-store cooler? Burritos in the food warmer? Mediterranean sandwiches on the menu? Exotic foods are here to stay and becoming more mainstream, spicing up the foodservice section and appealing to a wide audience. With the growth of the Internet consumers today are exposed to new foods they may not be used to

Home Recipe Favorite

General Mills has introduced Chex Mix Muddy Buddies to convenience store retailers. Inspired by the popular homemade recipe, Chex Mix Muddy Buddies is a combination of chocolate and peanut butter Corn Chex cereal pieces tossed in a sweet powdery coating. Each 4.5-ounce bag has a suggested retail price of $2.19. The snack mix aims to

Vying for Customers with Value Meals

McDonald’s has it. Dunkin’ Donuts has it. And if your c-store doesn’t have it, you’re likely losing customers to the QSR down the street. In 2010, featuring a value meal with your foodservice offering is essential to driving new customers through your doors and securing them as regular visitors.  C-stores with foodservice programs are facing

Gas Island Vending

The first gas island vending solution now is available at selected WilcoHess locations in North Carolina. WilcoHess LLC, an operator of travel plazas and convenience stores in the Southeastern U.S., has collaborated with Allied Electronics, a provider of service station automation systems, The Pinnacle Corp., an automation technology and software supplier, and Vendgogh LLC, a

Brands, Packaging Benefit HBC

With healthcare capturing so many headlines these days, the health and beauty category (HBC) has taken on added importance in the c-store set. Fueling much of the growth: smaller package sizes that save shoppers money and stimulate impulse sales. Medford, Ore.-based Minute Market has jumpstarted its HBC sales by mixing in smaller-sized packaging, according to

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

Tapping Into the Buying Power of Hispanic Customers

C-store executives charged with marketing to the Hispanic community may be chagrined to find that there is, when all is said and done, no Hispanic community. Instead, there are many Hispanic communities. According to Chicago-based Doyle Research Associates Inc., “Hispanics possess many cultural similarities like common language, Spaniard ancestry and common religion. On the other

Precooked Turkey Sausage

      Known for its all-natural pork sausage, Jones Dairy Farm has introduced all-natural golden brown turkey sausage links to the company’s full line of all-natural precooked sausage offerings. Made from an all-natural recipe that never includes mechanically separated turkey meat, Jones turkey sausage contains no MSG, nitrites or nitrates and has zero grams

The Economic Reality of Recruiting

Just 24 months ago, anyone who wanted a frontline, hourly worker’s job only needed a pulse to get hired. Now, we are faced with staggering unemployment, massive underemployment and tremendous job dissatisfaction. A new report releases from The Conference Board found that just 45% of workers in the U.S. were satisfied with their jobs, the

Energy for Busy Lifestyles

Marathon energy bars offer the sustained energy and nutrients needed for a busy life. As a low glycemic index food, Marathon energy bars provide the brain and working muscles with long-lasting energy and come in five flavors: Chewy Chocolatey Peanut, Chewy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Dark Chocolate, Crunchy Honey & Toasted Almond and Crunchy Multi-grain. Marathon

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