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NATIONAL REPORT — Convenience store retailers cannot be successful without the support of their distributor and supplier partners. Convenience Store News regularly highlights new products, innovative services, creative promotions and other initiatives happening on the supply side of the convenience channel in this special roundup.
Here are the latest supplier spotlights:
The World Packaging Organization awarded Anchor Packaging the 2016 Sustainability Award Certificate of Merit for its Embraceable platter and dome. The company received a high sustainability score for responsible raw material sourcing and reduction, energy optimization, and recovery that includes reusability, recyclability and ease of disposal.
The Embraceable black platter is an 11-inch by 8-inch oval that has a clear, anti-fog, vented lid that forms a leak-resistant seal on the platter. This eliminates the need for a lid on the paper container the platter is capable of holding, saving expense and reducing the amount of packaging consumed, therefore reducing carbon footprint.
Diageo North America
Diageo launched a revised website at www.DRINKiQ.com that features enhanced nutrition, calorie and alcohol content information for all its brands. The info available includes a breakdown of calories, carbohydrates, protein and, for the first time, detailed saturated fat, sugar, caffeine and sodium content. This builds on its March 2015 commitment to voluntarily provide nutrition and alcohol content information per standardized serving across its brands.
The revised website also includes new tools such as the drinks calculator, which helps people calculate and track their alcohol and calorie intake. Additionally, DRINKiQ.com provides responsible drinking tips and advice on how food, age, size and gender affects how the body processes alcohol, alongside the enhanced "What's in Your Drink" tool.
"As people become more and more interested in their diet and lifestyle choices, we need to play our part. We know that consumers want nutritional information about what they drink — just as they do with the foods they eat; they also want a clear and easy way to know how much alcohol they are drinking," said Carolyn Panzer, alcohol in society director, Diageo. "We believe passionately in helping people to understand what's in their drink and to make informed choices about drinking or not drinking."
Dunkin' Donuts will support women's hockey by serving as the "official coffee shop" of the U.S. Women's National Team. Through a new multi-year agreement with USA Hockey, Dunkin' Donuts will sponsor the team as it participates in key events such as the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship and the 2017 Women's Four Nations Cup. The sponsorship includes advertising on www.usahockey.com and the brand's logo featured on team practice jerseys.
"As the brand that keeps America running, Dunkin' Donuts is proud to be a sponsor of USA Hockey and its U.S. Women's National Team. We're excited about the team's participation in signature championship events and activities in the coming years, particularly as they get ready to compete on the world's biggest stage," said Tom Manchester, vice president, field marketing, Dunkin' Brands. "We look forward to working with USA Hockey to further advance our commitment to support female athletes and help drive awareness of the increasingly popular sport of women's hockey."
Dunkin' Donuts has also signed on as the first official corporate sponsor of the new National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) and entered into a personal services agreement with two-time Olympic silver medalist Meghan Duggan, a member of the U.S. Women's National Team since 2006 and a member of the new NWHL team, the Buffalo Beauts.
FreshOne, a custom consolidated logistics provider and fresh food program producer, celebrated its 10th anniversary in January. FreshOne was founded in 2006 with the commitment to provide consistently fresh, delicious, high-quality foods to retailers nationwide. Due to recent record growth, FreshOne this year is commissioning a new fleet of trucks with a brand-new look, in addition to hiring new sales personnel, the company reported.
"We truly value our customers and thank them for their continued confidence and trust in our solutions. These past 10 years have been rewarding as we fulfill our purpose, while adhering to our core values. Our recent entry into the grocery and higher education channels leads us to believe the next 10 years will be even more exciting," stated FreshOne President Don Janacek.
Hunt Brothers Pizza
Hunt Brothers Pizza awarded the grand prize in its fourth annual Hunt to Win sweepstakes. Winner Becky Harrell, of Elizabethtown, Ky., received a Bad Boy Recoil iS Crew UTV, valued at $14,500, plus two VIP tickets to an Easton Corbin concert.
Other prizes awarded included: an all-inclusive hunting trip for two with a Realtree pro-staffer to first-place winner Ron Smith of Amarillo, Texas; and Oculus 7.0 binoculars to five second-place winners.
"This was another exciting year for us, and we are thrilled to pair our pizza with some of the biggest names in the hunting world. We know a lot of our fans are avid hunters and we appreciate being able connect with them through our hunting partners," said Keith Solsvig, vice president of marketing for Hunt Brothers Pizza. "Plus, we added a new face to the sweepstakes this year. Our country music fans were excited for the chance to win VIP tickets to meet Easton Corbin."
King Juice Co./Calypso Lemonades
King Juice's Calypso Lemonades brand was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest glass of lemonade ever made as part of its National Lemonade Day celebration, held in August 2015 in Las Vegas. It more than doubled the previous record by making 3,246 gallons of its Original Lemonade recipe and filling a giant, custom Calypso Lemonade glass.
Event attendees participated in the record-breaking attempt by assisting Calypso with the lemonade-making process. Afterward, they received free lemonade from the giant glass outfitted with pouring taps, as well as commemorative T-shirts and cups.
"We are extremely proud to be awarded a Guinness World Record and equally proud that we broke the record with our same Original Lemonade recipe that folks have loved and enjoyed for almost 20 years," said Calypso President Jeff Outlaw. "We are thrilled to share this great feat with our consumers who either participated in the event or helped cheer us on from home. Ultimately, it was a great celebration of lemonade in America and a fun way to celebrate our shared love of lemonade with many of our friends and supporters of Calypso."