ZUN Energy-Plus Enters Midwest

Packaged in a patent-protected, retro-style rocket bottle, ZUN, a new Energy-Plus beverage, is continuing its national rollout, entering stores in 11 Midwest states. “Stores are reporting that ZUN is selling fast and selling out within just days of placing,” said Brian Stearns, founder and CEO of ZUN. “The ZUN brand is quickly gaining favor with

Odwalla Helps Build Fruitful Future For Haiti

The ongoing recovery efforts in Haiti soon will be energized by the newest beverage from Odwalla, which plans to donate 100% of the profit from sales of its new Haiti Hope Mango Lime-Aid. The donation will help provide training and better market access to 25,000 mango farmers in Haiti as part of a long-term investment

Jennifer Hudson Designs New ‘7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause’

Oscar and Grammy award-winner Jennifer Hudson chose a candle to light up the side of the second celebrity-designed “7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause.”  Hudson’s cup goes on sale today at participating 7-Eleven stores across the U.S. and will be available through May 31 or while supplies last. Proceeds from the cup featuring Hudson’s personal

Master-Bilt Welcomes Ross Buel

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of  commercial refrigeration systems has appointed Ross Buel as national/chain accounts manager for foodservice sales, effective March 24. Buel brings a new dimension to Master-Bilt  and expects to help further penetrate the Master-Bilt foodservice chain business. Most recently, Buel served as general manager for the foodservice equipment division of

Pemmican Offering Free Beef Jerky

Marfood USA, recently purchased Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky, and today the company is officially launching the new Pemmican Web site by giving away a free bag of Pemmican Beef Jerky for every minute-the entire day.   Simply go to www.pemmican.com anytime April 1 to enter for a chance to win. Visitors to the Web site

Pemmican To Give Away Free Beef Jerky

Taylor, Mich.-based Marfood USA Inc. plans to launch its new Pemmican Web site on April 1 by giving away a free bag of Pemmican Beef Jerky every minute of the day. Consumers must visit www.pemmican.com on April 1 between 12:01am and 11:59pm to register for a chance to win. “We purposely chose April fool’s to

Rutter’s Introduces Pigtails, Slice Roast Pork Au Jus

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores, which operates 55 c-stores in Pennsylvania has introduced pigtails in a cup, as well as sliced roast pork au jus and a number of other new items. The new food menu items will be offered at its 38 stores that have touch-screen ordering. An order of pigtails comprises two hot

Jamba Introduces Frozen Fruit Sorbet 



Jamba Juice Company and Oregon Ice Cream are debuting a new line of Frozen Fruit Sorbet and Frozen Fruit Sorbet & Yogurt Bars, hitting select retail freezers across the U.S. this week. 

 The frozen novelty bars are available in five delicious flavors, are all natural, made with real fruit, provide a good source of

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

A Dishwasher That Saves Energy

Hoshizaki America Inc. introduces the Energy Star certified Jet Wash High Temperature Commercial Dishwasher. Hoshizaki’s Jet Wash dishwasher uses less water than any competitor in the market. It offers a patented, high-pressure nozzle, six directional wash arms, separate wash and rinse pumps, and the unique design saves energy and operational costs while providing an eco-friendly,

Calming the Beverage Storm

As marketing category manager for Mansfield, Ohio-based EZ Energy USA Inc., Deb Davis oversees the beverage category and makes the critical call as to which products head to the cooler, and which don’t make the cut. Having just finished meeting with soda vendors to finalize the 2010 soda contracts, Davis is now busy overseeing beer

No Choke Mixture

Full Throttle Energy Drink introduces a new full-flavored formula complete with reliable energy ingredients. Prominently displayed on the can’s back panel is Full Throttle’s new “No Choke Mixture” promise: “full flavor you don’t have to force down, and reliable energy ingredients that help you get the job done.  No mystery ingredients.  No bull.”  The mixture

Electronic Cigarettes

Convenience store retailers are all too aware of the many problems related to selling cigarettes. Ever-increasing taxes equal lower profit margins, smoking prohibitions reduce retail sales, not to mention fire hazards, odor, and of course, health problems. NJOY changes the old paradigm for the better. It is a rechargeable electronic cigarette used by more than

Compete With QSR’s

Lettieri’s has selected five top-selling sandwiches from the QSR industry for their new Market Selects menu line. Lettieri’s has also made each sandwich bigger, better and bolder than traditional fast food fare, helping retailers compete with the QSR industry. Currently, the five Market Selects sandwiches include, spicy chicken, BBQ rib, country fried steak, big cheeseburger

Fruit Snacks Go Tropica

Promotion In Motion Companies Inc. is ramping up sales of Welch’s Fruit Snacks Island Fruits variety.  Island Fruits is a combination of on-trend tropical flavors, including Strawberry-Banana, Mango, Guava-Kiwi, Pomegranate-Passion Fruit, Pink Grapefruit and Tropical Punch.  Like all Welch’s Fruit Snacks, new Island Fruits is made with real fruit and fruit juices and is fat

New Beef Jerky

Matador by Jack Link’s expands its meat snack line with the introduction of new Matador beef jerky. Available nationwide in four flavors—Sizzling Sweet, Smokin’ BBQ, Original and Teriyaki—new Matador beef jerky combines a bold taste with a tender bite to deliver a satisfying new snacking experience. Jack Link’s launched the Matador brand in spring 2009

Heineken and Femsa Reach $7.6 Billion Deal

Heineken is set to acquire the beer operations of Mexico’s Fomento Económico Mexicano (Femsa) for about $7.6 billion, a move that will help the Dutch brewer expand its operations in the Western Hemisphere, CNN Money reported. The all-stock deal will give Heineken, which brews Amstel and other beers, control of Femsa’s key export brands, including

Meaty Sales in the Snack Aisle

TOP PERFORMERS Jack Link’s Beef Jerky Slim Jim (ConAgra) Old Wisconsin Sausage HONORABLE MENTIONS Old Trapper Smoked Products World Kitchens Oberto Sausage Flavored products from hot and spicy to teriyaki and smoked are driving the meat snacks category as customers look for new varieties of their favorite snacks. Stick sales are reportedly up, and as

Portion-Control Preserves

Smucker’s offers a full line of distinctive portion-control products, and the opportunity to add comfort and value to any foodservice operation by displaying America’s most trusted brand of jams, jellies and preserves. customers crave comfort food in times of economic recession—food that reminds them of a simpler time and fills a psychological need for emotional

NACS Showcases Cool New Products

Cool Products Unveiled The top new items viewed by retailers at the NACS Show include: • Dippin’ Stix Healthy Snacks, Reichel Foods Inc. • Pringles Extreme Peggable Bags, Procter & Gamble Distributing Co. • Eclipse ELS, ElectraLED Inc. • Stride Gum, Cadbury North America • Dole Fruit Bowls in a Clear Merchandise Glide, Dole Food

New Products Keep Food Sales Fresh

Sophisticated customers are demanding foodservice programs that keep the menu fresh by rotating options and adding new products and flavors. Dan Rotherham, director of operations at Feather Petroleum Inc., which operates 18 Stop ‘n Save c-stores in Colorado, has seen firsthand how adding new products and streamlining store menus has helped business. “We strive to

Meeting the Demand for Meat Snacks

Meat snack manufacturers are going after the teen demographic, solidifying them as the product’s target audience, and introducing new flavors and varieties to meet the changing needs of consumers. Many retailers agree flavored meat sticks are driving the category. “Flavors products are strong right now whether it’s the hot, teriyaki or the smoked,” said Bill

Turning to the RYO Category

Since the onset of the April SCHIP tax increase, tobacco retailers have been turning to puffed or extended tobacco to help customers deal with the skyrocketing costs of cigarettes, especially as more customers are turning to the roll your own (RYO) category in an attempt to save dollars. Republic Tobacco’s Gambler is the market leader

Chicken’s Popularity Continues to Grow

Chicken’s economical price and inherent flexibility gives convenience store retailers a myriad of opportunities for growing their foodservice business without sacrificing quality and value. However, deciding whether your stores’ best interests are better served by a branded or proprietary chicken program requires an understanding of the benefits and drawbacks each model offers, said consultant John

New Compact Ice Machines

Hoshizaki America Inc., Peachtree City, Ga., has introduced two new Cuber Ice Machines, the KM-260B_H and the KM-201B_H. The KM-260B_H produces up to 263 pounds of ice per 24 hours and offers 100 pounds of built-in storage. The KM-201B_H produces up to 201 pounds of ice per 24 hours and has 80 pounds of built-in

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