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Posted on: October 8, 2020
Haribo has delighted generations around the world for a century. What began as a humble kitchen now produces gummies around the world, capturing millions of hearts and delivering countless moments of childlike happiness. GOLDBEARS Everyone knows them – and for good reason. After all, this unmistakable original has delighted fans around the world since 1922. With flavors ranging from pineapple to strawberry, the five colorful Goldbears represent one thing above all else: irresistible joy that’s fun to share. TWIN SNAKES Sssweet and Sssour Twin Snakes are closely coiled together in a pack of delicious gummies with flavors like Cherry & Orange, Apple & Lemon, and Blueberry & Blackcurrant. Eat them together or pull them apart for double the fun! STARMIX Give your taste buds something to cheer about with HARIBO Starmix, a mixture of HARIBO’s most delicious stars! Enjoy famous flavors like Goldbears, Twin Snakes, Happy Cola, Happy Cherries, and Gummi Rings, all in a single bag! Information shared from www.haribo.com
Posted on: October 8, 2020
Coffee House Cafe consists of sliced cakes, danishes, cinnamon buns, and coffee cakes. They're individually wrapped, frozen and have a shelf life of 35 days once thawed! PRODUCT FEATURES •Varieties: Sliced cakes (3), coffee cake (1), Danish pastries (2), cinnamon bun (1) •Packaging: Individually wrapped for easy grab-and-go use; cartridge-style case format •Delivered: Frozen •Shelf-life: 365-day shelf life from frozen; 35 days from thawed BENEFITS •Helps meet growing demand for grab-and-go products •Unique variety differentiates against the competition •Eye-catching branded display helps drive impulse purchases •Shelf-life allows for abundant displays, even in smaller locations •Perfectly suited to coffee & beverage bundles
Posted on: October 8, 2020
Starting out as a small distribution company in 1997, J-Toys, supplied a large number of convenience stores in Arizona. Since then, the company has grown rapidly and now has both a national and international presence as Fun Factory Candy & Novelty Co. Selling a wide variety of products from candy, to toys, to tech, there is a little something for everyone.  Our offerings support the changing retail needs of a dynamic industry by staying ahead of market trends. In 2020, Fun Factory Candy & Novelty Co. partnered with Diesel Power Gear, a licensed product of the Diesel Brothers, Heavy D and Diesel Dave. These official licensed products are inspired by the Diesel Brothers self-titled show on the Discovery Channel where they buy old junky diesel trucks and transform them into crazy cool rides. In this line the products available include ball caps, knit beanies, gloves, winter gear and 10-foot heavy duty tech cables! This has been a hugely popular line due to the Diesel Brother’s media popularity! Fun Factory Candy & Novelty Co. facilitates incremental sales and profit margin growth at the distributor/wholesale and retail levels year over year. This is because Fun Factory Candy & Novelty Co. delivers high quality products and unparalleled customer service, consistently, every time!
Posted on: August 28, 2020
Ritz Crispers have a universal appeal to anyone who loves cheese crackers. Ritz Cheese Crispers Cheddar Chips are oven baked, not fried, with a delightfully crispy, thin texture and an irresistible crunch. Made with real cheese, Ritz potato and wheat chips have a sharp flavor that is satisfyingly delicious. Pack these potato and wheat snack chips in lunchboxes for a crunchy companion to sandwiches. Cheese Crackers Are 1.3x More Important To Convenience Shopper Than Total U.S.Cheese crackers have the highest repeat purchase rate than other cracker types.The cracker category is large at $215M and growing +16.25%.Cheese crackers are exceeding Category Growth at +20%.Cheese crackers are 34$ incremental to the cracker category.New Ritz Crispers are estimated to be ~50% incremental to the total cracker category. Ritz brand is growing both in the convenience channel and total US sales. Information provided by Mondelez.
Posted on: July 9, 2020
In a fast-paced world where consumers’ lifestyles and identities are quickly evolving, so too are their expectations around food. Great-tasting food is still incredibly important. But it’s become table-stakes, because in today’s world, consumers need so much more from the brands they buy. Consumers are seeking elevated experiences, creating a more personalized approach to overall wellness (including mental health), and looking for innovation to aid in quick, and expressive decision-making.(McKinsey & Company). All snack food types are winning in the morning, and on & off munching has become less sweet while savory is growing. Salty Snacks is one of the strongest performing categories in C-Stores, generating $15.76 in revenue per 100 store visitors, well above average for the channel. Salty Snacks has very strong appeal to a variety of ethnic groups, as Hispanic (18%) and African American (14%) shoppers are heavily overrepresented relative to their storewide averages. Caucasian shoppers, who represent the lion’s share of shoppers storewide, under-index at 66% of Salty shoppers. Salty Snacks shoppers also are slightly younger than the general shoppingpopulace of the stores. Millennials represent 52% of Salty shoppers, on the high side of average, while Children under 18 account for 2% (above average).(Videomining 2019) Lunch (11 AM-2 PM) is the key daypart for Salty Snacks, accounting for 20% of daily sales. No single aspect of its performance peaks at Lunch, but its overall exposure, engagement, and closure are all at near-daily highs. Salty performed very well during Late Night, generating 7.4 buyers per 100 store visitors. Overall, there are fewer people in stores during this daypart, so the daypart only accounts for 9% of daily sales.(Videomining 2019) Warehouse Salty is up +1.3% in the Pacific Division over the past year. Chex Mix, Bugles, and Gardetto’s are all in the Top 10 brands for the region. Gardetto’s Original Snack Mix is the #1 item by dollar sales in the market, followed by Cheez It Grab N Go Cheddar 3oz. Gardetto’s Rye Chips, Chex Mix Traditional 3.75oz, Chex Muddy Buddies. Article content provided by General Mills.
Posted on: July 9, 2020
Crunchy crawlers is a new, break-though innovation. This product was a 2019 Sweets & Snacks Expo “Best in Show” winner! This product has a poppable shape with a thin, candy shell & chewy fruity center. There is a sour flavor combination of: Raspberry-orange, lime-cherry and strawberry-watermelon. Each piece is a mashup of two signature trolli flavors for an out of this world experience! Crunchy Crawlers will be a success at the shelf! 38% of consumers are eating more candy because of better textures. Sensory excitement is the largest consumer need, and sour candy is growing! Trolli’s owned social media channels will feature a series of rich interactive posts dedicated to the Crunchy Crawlers for a highly engaged audience and consumer awareness. Content will come to life with a variety of formats and drive awareness of product attributes and reasons to believe – all with a crunchy twist! Trolli brans has a ton of momentum, fueled by strong growth in core sales, brand awareness and marketing investment! If you’re interested in adding Crunch Crawlers to your store, talk with your Harbor Sales Rep!
Posted on: April 8, 2020
Here are some feel-good stories about retailers serving their neighbors during the pandemic. From giving away goods to dedicated shopping hours for seniors, retailers are showing why they’re the heart of their communities. Here are some stories about convenience retailers and grocers who are going the extra mile to help customers during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip is providing free delivery via EatStreet at more than 70 Wisconsin locations for items such as bread, eggs and toilet paper, Madison Magazine reports. “These are largely unprecedented times, and we want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get the items they need without having to take on additional costs,” said David Jackson, Kwik Trip’s digital marketing and loyalty manager. “Whether you need bread and eggs, or some comfort food like our famous chicken sandwiches and a Big Buddy, we’re going to make sure you’re able to get what you need without having to leave home.” Choice Market in Denver is offering food pickup or takeout discounts to service industry employees who are hard hit by the sudden closure of in-store dining in bars and restaurants, plus emergency responders who are on the front lines of the public health crisis. “In an effort to support our fellow colleagues who have been the most impacted, Choice is offering a 20% discount on the entire bill for any employee in the service industry as well as any first responders and medical personnel,” Choice said in a notice to customers posted on its website. The hybrid c-store/fast-casual restaurant also is offering $5 off any UberEats delivery of $20 or more to help reduce the delivery expense to customers. Choice Market is featured in the 2019 Ideas 2 Go.  Across the Atlantic in Drylaw, Edinburgh, Day-Today convenience store has given away more than $6,000 in free products to seniors, as a way to help them prepare for quarantines, the Good News Network reports. Owner Zahid Iqbal packaged toilet paper, tissues, anti-inflammatories and antibacterial hand soap into “coronavirus kits” that he delivers for free to customers age 65 and older or to anyone with mobility problems. “We’ve given away more than a thousand now, that’s just over the weekend,” said Iqbal. “It’s a time when we need to stick together.” Meanwhile, some grocery stores and discount stores in the United States are setting aside special times reserved for elderly shoppers to help those most vulnerable to COVID-19 shop for essentials, CBS News reports. Foodtown, a grocery chain of about 30 locations in Texas, is opening its doors from 7 to 8 a.m. “to allow those ages 65 and older to shop in a less crowded environment,” the company announced on its website. Starting Thursday, Massachusetts-based Stop & Shop will open earlier to serve only customers who are age 60 and older from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., the company announced on its website. At Dollar General, the first hour stores are open will be for older shoppers only, USA Today reports. The chain is encouraging other customers to please shop “around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open.” From NACS Read Full Article
Posted on: April 8, 2020
From California to Massachusetts, c-stores face varied circumstances as they put new protocols in place and rush to identify opportunities. As COVID-19 disrupts lives and businesses across the globe, U.S. convenience stores are experiencing different realities depending on their location, but many are already adapting by evaluating new opportunities to meet changing customer needs in the midst of chaos. At press time, California, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington closed bars and restaurants beginning Monday, March 16, in effort to slow coronavirus, while internet rumors swirled — and which The National Security Council warned are “fake” — that a national lockdown could be imminent. As lockdowns emerge, tech-forward companies already offering order-ahead, pick-up at store and/or delivery may see an advantage as customers look for alternate ways to buy products while staying home. Amazon has seen such an uptick in delivery orders that it announced plans to hire an additional 100,000 temporary employees and raise wages. Convenience stores have an opportunity to also step up on delivery. C-Store Advantage C-stores have many advantages over other channels, Mel Kleiman, founder of Humetrics pointed out. For example, they don’t usually have the long lines grocery stores are known for, making them ideal stops for people concerned with social distancing. “Yes, there are going to be major disruptions in your operations, but let’s figure out how to make it a positive for growth, customer retention, employee involvement, as well as positive PR for your company and the industry as a whole,” he said. Savvy c-store retailers are looking for the opportunities, whether that means figuring out ways for customers to order at the pump, or passing out DIY hand sanitizer recipes or considering new ways to offer support to parents or communities. On March 16, Alltown Fresh, which operates four locations — two in Massachusetts and two in Connecticut — announced on Twitter that it was introducing order ahead and curbside pickup at its Massachusetts locations. Customers can call to place their order, and then call again when they arrive. The items are brought to the car, reducing social contact. “Stay tuned for the rollout to our (Connecticut) locations,” Alltown Fresh tweeted. Ashland, Ky.-based Clark’s Pump-N-Shop, with stores in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Florida, also took to Twitter to remind customers that its drive-throughs are an option for picking up supplies.The chain also announced that it’s hiring at ALL locations. Wawa, Pa.-based Wawa, which operates more than 860 c-stores in seven states, also posted on Twitter to educate customers about its delivery services. Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz, which operates 600 stores in six states, tweeted to remind customers about its mobile app, which has a mobile point-of-sale so customers can scan, pay and go quickly without worrying about lines. It also allows customers to order ahead made-to-order foodservice items and pick them up curbside or in-store. The View From California In California, despite slower store and gas volume on Monday, March, 16, Rotten Robbie Gas Stations saw an uptick in non-edible grocery and take-home water sales, said Reilly Robinson Musser, vice president of marketing and merchandising for Robinson Oil Corp. dba Rotten Robbie Gas Stations, which operates 34 c-stores in California. Most schools in the area are closed for at least three weeks, and tech companies, such as Apple, Google and Facebook are allowing employees to work from home. “Restaurants are empty and people seem to be taking things seriously,” Musser said. Robinson Oil sent guidance information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to all employees and provided extra hand sanitizers and gloves. It’s asked employees to take precautions as far as social distancing, etc. Employees are asked to stay home if they are feeling sick and area managers are keeping in touch with all employees. They’re asking people to be flexible with scheduling to help accommodate those who have to stay at home with kids or who are out sick. aymond Huff, president of Denver-based HJB Convenience Corp., which operates 19 Russell’s Convenience stores in four states, began to see the effect of COVID-19 last Wednesday, March 11.  “Our stores are in the central business districts of Los Angeles, Denver and San Francisco.  Sales were off 12% on Wednesday, 18% on Thursday and 22% on Friday. Prior to the crisis sales were trending up about 7%,” he said. While Russell’s is a tech forward company, offering frictionless checkout through the SKIP app, as well as two Russell’s Express micro marts, the buildings where the micro marts  operate have emptied, making identifying new opportunities more of a challenge. At its convenience stores employees are allowed to wear masks, if they choose and are washing hands every hour as well as when they touch surfaces, such as stainless steel.  “We are sanitizing all surfaces where customers touch hourly with the bleach and water mixture required by the health department,” Huff said. All Russell’s Convenience employees receive sick leave and vacation time. Huff added each area is implementing a plan of action. “In my opinion, the U.S. should just close everything down for two weeks, let this thing run its course and get us back to business,” Huff said. Silver Linings in Chicago Following news of the bar and restaurant ban in Chicago, The PRIDE Store’s Owner & CEO Mario Spina noted the chain’s brewery and tasting room would be closed but customers could still purchase the brand’s packaged beer inside its 15 Chicagoland PRIDE Convenience Stores, plus any other locations that sell 93 Octane.  The c-store chain’s restaurants — which include Urban Counter, Taco Urbano and Pride Café — will continue to offer carry-out and delivery through Uber Eats. “With many grocery stores being hit hard by consumers stocking up on products, our restaurants could continue to be busy because of the lack of options available,” Spina said. Stores were busy ahead of the lockdown.  “We have seen stores run out of dairy products, cleaning supplies and other miscellaneous home items. We are in the process of increasing the inventory carried at each store to be able to provide those core items to our customers,” Spina said. Protocols are changing too. Each cashier must wear plastic gloves during their shifts. The usually 24/7 stores are now closing from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. for a deep sanitation, although dispensers remain open for fueling. “We will also sanitize our dispensers (keypads and nozzles specifically) multiple times throughout the day. Luckily, a few years ago we installed hand sanitizers at each door for our customers,” Spina said. Managers are instructed to keep an eye out for team members showing flu-like symptoms. “Open communication regarding this is crucially important,” Spina said. Convenience stores across the country are beefing up their store sanitation and employee hygiene practices and alerting customers to the changes they are making to keep them safe. As CStore Decisions reported yesterday, Sheetz and Kum & Go both announced plans to extend paid sick leave to employees impacted by the virus. The c-store industry is no stranger to transformation in difficult times. It evolved from two-bay garages servicing cars to gas stations with “Cokes & smokes” shops to foodservice powerhouses offering frictionless checkout options. If there’s one thing this industry excels at it’s finding success by thinking outside the box amid changing circumstances. Humetric’s Kleiman pushed convenience retailers to think in terms of opportunities they can be building now when customers need them most. “The question to you is, what can you do to not only survive, but thrive?” From Convenience Store Decisions Read Full Article