June 2010 Back Rumor

By  CSP Staff,

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Congrats to John West on grandbaby No. 5!  

 BR hears a meat-snack manufacturer is putting the final touches on a product that could be a “game changer.”

Congrats to P.M. on his new role as top dog!

Starbucks for sale? A former exec tells BR that with two successful quarters under its belt and a leaner operation, the coffee giant could be positioning itself for sale, possibly to an international manufacturer.

A retailer with a large Midwest and Western footprint is testing full-service coffeehouses inside its c-stores, a spinoff from its drive-thru kiosks.

BR hears J.F. has the fastest car in the industry.

B.D., thanks for your report on that Manhattan Mickey D’s. Sounds as if it was good food for thought.

BR hears a certain chicken concept is clucking about breakfast.

A Canadian retailer is generating more sales dollars from two-packs of cookies than chocolate bars, thanks to some savvy branding.

BR hears that those coffee-flavored caffeine shots many retailers have on their coffee bars have become a popular pinch among the young set in search of a free pick-me-up.

Congrats to Terry Gallagher of Smoker Friendly on being named the new coach of the girls’ basketball team at Boulder (Colo.) High School!

A recent prediction has McDonald’s selling energy drinks in fall 2010.

Pumps with “chastity belts”? John D. says it helps to improve data security at the dispenser.

D.W. says the grocer he’s working with is forking over big cash to support fuel discounts.

BR hears Gulf Oil’s brand growth may take it into the Indianapolis market soon.

BR is glad to hear Paul N. is well on the road to recovery.

Wanna make a foodservice manager paranoid? Ask him if he’s heard about the latest study of bacteria in fountain drinks! Right, Jim M.?

BR hears three partners are considering a “new sandwich R&D group” in the Midwest.

One c-store consultant says not to worry about QSRs’ new breakfast offers; they open the door for new cross-branding opportunities and teach consumers to dine out more in the a.m.

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