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86 Convenience Store News | NOVEMBER 2014 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM for free to its employees. Kwik Trip was the first convenience store operator to be recognized by the Partnership for a Healthier would be proud of, we can overcome [zoning] issues of NIMBY, meaning Not in My Backyard. So, let's utilize ideas at this show to make us better." A NeW, heAlThy ChApTeR On the final day of the NACS Show, incoming NACS Chairman Steve Loehr gave the industry something to chew on as he promoted the benefits of offering healthier products in the convenience channel. Loehr is vice president of operations support at Kwik Trip Inc., which sells 44 million pounds of bananas per year, as well as many other produce items and healthy prod- ucts in its c-stores. The retailer even offers fresh fruit What's Trending in the Cold Vault Health and customization were emphasized by numerous beverage suppliers exhibiting at this year's NACS Show, highlighting convenience stores' ability to be a destination for indulgent treats as well as better-for-you products. Both PepsiCo Inc. and The Coca-Cola Co. showed off new options for consumers looking to cut down on the amount of high-fructose corn syrup in their diets — Pepsi with extra flavors in its "Made With Real Sugar" line, and Coke with Coca-Cola Life, a reduced-calorie cola sweetened with cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. Products made with natural ingredients, or perceived to be more natural, also seemed to be on the rise. Tea brands had a solid presence at the show, with several exhibitors noting that tea is a cold vault segment to keep an eye on as consumers explore healthier beverage choices. "The convenience retail channel is going through a dra- matic transformation and there is huge growth potential," said Doug Middlebrooks, assistant vice president, com- mercial marketing & operations, Coca-Cola Refreshments. "Non-alcoholic beverages have become the category with the highest incidence rates, and growth that is outpacing most other categories inside the store." TOp 10 COOl NeW pRODUCTS Once again, the NACS Show featured the Cool New Products Preview Room where retailer attendees were able to scan any of the more than 290 new products on display there. This year, more than 1,800 retailer attendees visited the room and made a record- breaking 34,260 scans, for an average of 19 product scans per visitor. Based on the number of scans received, the top 10 Cool New Products were: 1. TouchTower — Lancer Corp. 2. Micro Flamingo Display & Prestige Micro Display — FIFO Wireless 3. Kettle Brand & Emerald Snack Products — Diamond Foods Inc. 4. Ocean Spray Craisins (Enrobed and Clusters) & Sparkling Juice Drinks — Advantage Sales & Marketing 5. FIFO ~ The FINEST ~ Battery Backup Display — FIFO Wireless 6. f'real foods Mini Blending Bar — f'real foods 7. 15 Series Ice and Water Dispenser — Follett Corp. 8. Beverage Solutions Group Cream and Sugar Station — Beverage Solutions Group LLC 9. Dippin' Stix Fresh Snacks — Reichel Foods Inc. 10. ORUS TABS Squeegee Bucket Solution — CAF LLC New NACS chairman, Kwik Trip's Steve loehr, challenged the industry to bring healthier products to customers.

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