Make New Friends, But Keep the Old

I’ve written this letter many times. But no matter how many I’ve written, this one is the hardest.

Naked Debuts Snack Bars

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Naked Juice Co. is launching its new Fruit, Nut & Veggie Bars this month. The new products will be available in the refrigerated section at retailers nationwide by the end of February, the company said. This marks the first time the company is releasing a nonbeverage product in its 35-year history.

Coca-Cola Plans for 100% Recyclable Bottles by 2030

The Coca-Cola Co. aims to collect and recycle 100% of its bottles and cans and make its packaging completely recyclable by 2030 as part of the "World Without Waste" campaign. The initiative—effective as of last week—looks to set a new global standard for beverage packaging, the company said.

Fend Off Malware Trolls With Encryption

For hackers looking to steal financial data, malware is usually the weapon of choice. Data breaches caused by malware can be devastating to a chain’s profits, image and customer security.

And they happen all the time.

There were 1,093 recorded data breaches involving more than 36 million customer records in 2016, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, San Diego. And because many data breaches go unreported, there likely were more.

Getting Fresh

When customers step inside any of Kwik Trip’s 527 locations, they are met with products that seem somewhat out of place in a convenience store. A cold case of meat, fresh vegetables and fruits are all strategically placed to show shoppers that Kwik Trip is a valid place to stop and buy what they need for dinner.

It’s not easy to persuade customers to buy fresh grocery items in stores better known for selling cigarettes and lottery tickets. So that's why Kwik Trip hits them with it as soon as they walk in.

Mass Appeal of the Combo Meal

Consider the everyday foodservice customer—the familiar face, the regular—and chances are, c-store staff can predict what that customer is buying from day to day. Their loyalty is secure, and they’re happy with the food and drink offering.

It’s the more elusive consumer, the one who’s more likely to visit a fast-food chain, who is harder to plan for. So how can c-stores influence their traffic?

'A Golden Age of Innovation'

Retailers and consumers are living in “a golden age of beverage innovation,” according to a report from Packaged Facts that looks at packaged-beverage trends.

“Ideas are flowing like perhaps they haven’t in decades, if not a century,” said David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts, Rockville, Md. “Indeed, until recently, the beverage industry had remained untouched by radical transformation. That is not the case any longer.”

Yes, Whey

The gold standard of healthy snack bars is upgrading to platinum status, marked by ingredients such as whey, superfood seaweed and even cricket protein.

For proof, peruse the three snack-bar finalists in CSP’s and Convenience Store Products’ 2017 Best New Product Contest: Clif Whey Protein Bar, Oatmega Grass-Fed Whey Protein Cookie and thinkThin Protein & Superfruit.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery Enters Energy Category With Unique New Product

Mars Wrigley Confectionery Alert Caffeine Gum

Chicago-based Mars Wrigley Confectionery unveiled its Alert Caffeine Gum on Wednesday at the NACS Show in Chicago. The gum, first released in 2013 and later brought back in-house for further development, contains 40 mg of caffeine, the equivalent of half a cup of coffee.     

And the Winner of Lay's 'Do Us a Flavor' Contest Is ...

Earlier this summer, Lay's produced three new flavors, all vying for a chance to be the next "Do Us a Flavor" contest winner. American consumers tried the varieties and voted. Lay's, a brand out of PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, has found its winner.



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QSRs feature doughnut and ice-cream specials

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Its brands are poised for growth with new products and positioning

New Products Are Changing Categories One SKU at a Time