2018 Hot 100 Products: 100-76


Over the past year, the tobacco category drew interest, intrigue and clicks on CStoreProductsOnline.com.

While cigarettes remain the largest in-store category for convenience stores, with 28.6% share of inside sales, according to the NACS State of the Industry Report of 2017 data, the tobacco category as a whole is seeing a boost from other tobacco products (OTP) such as e-cigarettes and cigars.

This is evident when looking at this year’s Hot 100, the most clicked products on CStoreProductsOnline.com from Oct. 1, 2017, to Oct. 1, 2018. Tobacco items make up 45% of the Hot 100, the vast majority under the OTP subcategory.

But c-stores aren’t just about smokes. Other core categories also were well-represented on the Hot 100. Healthier varieties and mouthwatering flavors helped entice clicks in packaged snacks, packaged beverages and foodservice.

The list was generated by tracking the most-clicked products on CStoreProductsOnline.com from Oct. 1, 2017, to Oct. 1, 2018. You'll have to wait until Thursday to see the No. 1 most-clicked product. Explore the Convenience Store Products Hot 100 most-clicked products of 2018, beginning with 100-76. Click through to see this first of four slideshows as we begin to unveil the whole list.

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100. John Middleton Royal Comfort Cigarillos

john middleton cigarillos

Altria Group Inc.

Royal Comfort cigarillos are available in four varieties: Tropical, Sweets, White Wine and Black. Royal Comfort non pre‐priced cigarillos are offered in a foil pouch, with each pouch containing two cigarillos. Other cigar brands offered by the manufacturer include Black & Mild, Middleton's Cherry Blend, Gold & Mild and Prince Albert’s. Its tipped cigars are filled with high-quality pipe tobacco.

Photograph courtesy of Altria Group Inc.

99. Napoli’s Pizza Crust Chips

napolis pizza crust chips

Hello Delicious Brands

Napoli’s is regarded as the first pizza-based snack product made with 100% real pizza dough. Starting with an old-world Neapolitan thin crust pizza recipe and baked in Italian herbs, Napoli’s delivers an authentic taste and experience, and is available in three flavors: Traditional with Italian Herbs; Three Cheese with Romano, Cheddar and Parmesan; and Margherita with Tomato & Basil.

Photograph courtesy of Hello Delicious Brands

98. McCain Early Risers

early risers hash brown patties

McCain Foods

With the savory flavor of hash browns, egg and cheese in a corn flake crust, McCain Early Risers is available in bacon and sausage varieties, as well as a new chorizo variety. McCain offers several on-trend foodservice favorites to fit an operator’s breakfast, lunch or afternoon snack day-part needs. The company is also now offering grab-and-go snacks and sides with packaging inside the case. Product offerings include multiple cooking options to fit within an operation’s capabilities such as fryer, convention oven or high-speed oven.

Photograph courtesy of McCain Food

97. Angie’s Boomchickapop Popcorn Trail Mix and Popcorn Bars

angies boomchikapop tropical trail mix

Conagra Brands

Angie’s Boomchickapop Popcorn Trail Mix and Popcorn Bars are two new lines made with real, simple ingredients. Popcorn Trail Mix (SRP $4.99) comes in Tropical, Tex Mex, Mountain and Sea Salt Caramel, and Popcorn Bars (SRP $3.99) come in Dark Chocolate Flavored Almond Peanut, Milk Chocolate Flavored Peanut Butter, Sea Salt Cashew Caramel Flavored, and Dark Chocolate Flavored Coconut Almond.

Photograph courtesy of Conagra Brands

96. Black & Mild Casino

john middleton black mild

Altria Group Inc.

Swisher Sweets Maui Pineapple has a vibrant tropical taste of pineapples, according to the company. The limited-edition variety comes in a resealable two-count pouch with a “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. It is available at three price points: save on two, two for 99 cents, and two for $1.49.

Photograph courtesy of Altria Group Inc.

95. Gonnella’s Individually Wrapped Hot Dog Bun

hot dog buns in package

Gonnella Baking Co.

From its state-of-the-art Design Center and experienced artistic sandwich experts, Gonnella Baking Company designs tantalizing buns for delicious sandwich builds. Its Individually Wrapped Hot Dog Buns are a fresh option for convenience stores, gas stations and food service establishments with a self-serve hot dog operation. Buns are designed to be displayed in their individual packages and are never touched by human hands until unwrapped by the consumer. Shipped frozen, buns are removed from the freezer and thawed as needed. Upon thawing, they have a 12-day shelf life.

Photograph courtesy of Gonnella Baking Co.

94. Swisher Sweets Maui Pineapple

swisher maui pineapple

Swisher International Inc.

Swisher Sweets Maui Pineapple has a vibrant tropical taste of pineapples, according to the supplier. The limited-edition variety comes in a resealable two-count pouch with a “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. It is available at three price points: save on two, two for 99 cents, and two for $1.49.

Photograph courtesy of Swisher International Inc.

93. Regal Cinemas Microwave Popcorn

regal cinema microwave popcorn

Regal Entertainment Group

Regal Cinemas is taking its movie popcorn outside the theater with a microwaveable version. The product is currently available only at Dollar General stores and select theaters. Customers who buy the popcorn will receive a coupon for $1 off a soda and popcorn combo at Regal theaters.

Photograph courtesy of Regal Entertainment Group

92. Mistic Bridge Refillable E-Cig Cartridge

mistic e-cig

Mistic E Cigs

A refillable tank similar to ones used in personal vaporizers, the Bridge Refillable E-cig cartridge designed with Haus technology by Mistic fits onto cig-alike batteries like a cartridge, enabling users to vape any of the e-juice flavors available for VTMs in the size of an e-cig, according to the manufacturer. In addition to Mistic, the Bridge fits blu or MarkTen batteries so users don’t need to buy a new battery. Flavors include Watermelon, Apple, Pineapple, Vanilla, Cool Ice, Java, Ocean Mist, Berry, Mango and Grape.

Photograph courtesy of Mistic E Cigs

91. Dutch Masters Dutch cigarillos

dutch masters cigarillos

Imperial Brands

Crafting cigars since 1912, Dutch Masters is introducing Dutch, a cigarillo available in three “fusion concepts”: Mint Fusion, Berry Fusion and Java Fusion. Available in specially marked 2-for-99-cent packs, the new varieties blend smooth tobaccos, aromas and natural leaf wrappers, according to the manufacturer. Dutch is being supported by an adult smoker website, www.dutchcigars.com, as well as POS materials featuring bold colors and messaging.

Photograph courtesy of Imperial Brands

90. Boulder Rock combo pack

boulder rock combo pack

Boulder International

Boulder International’s new Rock [KP1] vapor pen/e-liquid combo pack combines a no-hassle fill system, unique design and competitive price. The company’s fine e-liquids are available in banana, berry mix, blueberry, blackberry and cherry flavors. They are made using USP-grade ingredients and flavorings imported from Switzerland and Italy. Packaging features a cap with a mountain motif top and easy to use bottle with long spout.

Photograph courtesy of Boulder International

89. Derringer Premium Moist Tobacco 6-Shooter Tub

derringer premium moist tobacco 6-shooter tub

CN Smokeless Co.

The manufacturer is beefing up the moist smokeless tobacco segment with Derringer Premium Moist Tobacco 6-Shooter Tub. Available in Long Cut Wintergreen, the variety eliminates the time-consuming task of filling cans with loose moist tobacco. Offering adult consumers six pre-packed cans of fresh smokeless tobacco in a single tub, the Derringer 6-Shooter Tub delivers the value of buying in bulk within the ease of a single can, according to the manufacturer.

Photograph courtesy of CN Smokeless Co.

88. JOB Cigarette Paper tin

republic tin paper

Republic Group

Retailers can enhance their cigarette paper display space with the new limited-edition art deco-style JOB Cigarette Paper collectible tins, which measure 7-inches wide by 7-1/4 inches high. The collectible tins offer a footprint that easily fits on a counter or a shelf, as they are able to stand up unlike other temporary displays, the company says. The collectible tins hold 100 booklets of cigarette papers.

Photograph courtesy of Republic Group

87. Tumaro’s gluten-free tortilla

tumaro gluten free tortilla

Blue Marble Brands

Tumaro’s is launching a 12-inch gluten-free flour tortilla for wrap-sandwich applications and more. Made with flours from non-wheat, all-natural plant sources, the tortilla is similar to the company’s other gourmet tortilla offerings, yet is gluten-free. The tortilla will not rip or break, according to the manufacturer, and a re-sealable bag allows product to remain fresh longer—up to 9 months frozen and guaranteed fresh when sealed for up to 45 days refrigerated.

Photograph courtesy of Blue Marble Brands

86. Jolly Rancher Dispensed Beverages

sunny sky jolly rancher

Sunny Sky Products

Sunny Sky Products was recently awarded the license agreement to produce, package, sell and distribute Jolly Rancher branded products. The products include concentrated flavor mixes and ready-to-use flavor mixes for frozen carbonated and noncarbonated frozen beverages in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Sunny Sky Products will offer Jolly Rancher Frozen Carbonated Beverages, Frozen Uncarbonated Beverages and Flavor shots. The launch has a variety of Jolly Rancher flavor favorites, including apple, blue raspberry, cherry and watermelon.

Photograph courtesy of Sunny Sky Products

85. Luigi’s Sherbet

luigi sherbet cup

J&J Snack Foods

Luigi's Sherbet from J&J Snack Foods introduces Rainbow flavor. The latest addition to the line swirls together a variety of flavors to create a deliciously smooth Rainbow Sherbet. The new flavor also completes the product line. Eight great tasting and nutritious varieties are now available, including: Raspberry, Mango, Lemon, Orange, Chocolate, Lime, Grape and new Rainbow. Luigi’s Sherbet provides an easy to spoon texture in portion controlled cups. Each 4 fl. oz. cup provides 100% Vitamin C and ¼ Cup fruit component under the Child Nutrition Program. These mouth-watering treats are also gluten free, Kosher Certified and contain 0g Trans Fat.

Photograph courtesy of J&J Snack Foods

84. Optimo Natural Leaf Cigarillos

swisher cc optimo

Swisher International Inc.

Optimo Natural Leaf Cigarillos come in four new blends: Sweet (slow burning), Silver (unsweetened blend), Blue (laid-back vanilla taste) and Mango (exotic, balanced blend). Cigarillos are encased in first-class natural leaf wrappers and are available in two-count resealable foil pouches. Newly designed packaging celebrates urban landscapes of decades past. Optimo Cigarillos are available at two price points: two for 99 cents and “Save on 2.”

Photograph courtesy of Swisher International Inc.

83. Minh egg rolls

minh pork vegetable egg rolls

Schwan’s Food Service

Schwan’s launched three new varieties of its Minh egg rolls: Bacon, Egg & Cheese; Sausage, Egg & Cheese; and Teriyaki Chicken. The egg-based rolls are a hot-food option for customers who traditionally purchase bakery goods during the morning daypart, the company says. The new varieties join the company’s lineup of Pork & Vegetable and Chicken & Vegetable egg rolls.

Photograph courtesy of Schwan’s Food Service

82. Original Gummi FunMix

gummi fun mix

Promotion in Motion

Original Gummi Fun Mix is a line of gummies and sour gummies in fun shapes, flavors and colors. The line is rolling out in six varieties: Gummi Party, Sour Party, Gummi Soda Pops, Fruit Rings, Seriously Sour and Berry Party. Each variety comes in 5-ounce peg bags for an SRP of $1.29 and 10-ounce resealable standup bags for an SRP of $2.79.

Photograph courtesy of Promotion in Motion

81. Ice Dog Slushie

ice dog slushie

Sunny Sky Products

Ice Dog, rolling out in a Cherry Limeade flavor, is a ready-to-drink 4-ounce 100% juice pouch that transforms into a healthy slush variety when frozen, according to the manufacturer. Packaged in a stand-up pouch, Ice Dog contains 100% juice, all-natural flavor, no artificial color or added sugar and is low in calories. The product contains vitamin A, B12, 100% daily value of vitamin C, and is also regarded as a good source of fiber.

Photograph courtesy of Sunny Sky Products

80. GoodBelly Probiotic Bar

goodbelly probiotic bar

General Mills

GoodBelly, maker of probiotic products, has introduced Probiotic Bars. The crunchy bars contain 1 billion BB-12 probiotics, according to the company. The bars come in two flavors: Honey Almond Butter and Cocoa Peanut Butter. The bars require no refrigeration, and are non-GMO and gluten-free.

Photograph courtesy of General Mills

79. Limited-edition Pax 3 and Pax Era

pax new design

Pax Labs Inc.

The company is partnering with three San Francisco-based artists to produce limited-edition designs for the matte black Pax 3 and Pax Era devices. Muralist Apexer, designer and illustrator Jayde Fish and painter and printmaker Casey Gray have each created sketches that are laser-engraved onto the devices. The Pax 3 Complete Kit with engraving is available for an SRP of $269.99, while the device-only package is available for $219.99. The Pax Era is available for an SRP of $39.99.

Photograph courtesy of Pax Labs Inc.

78. Rechargeable Heat Not Burn e-cigarette

vapor 3t rechargeable heat not burn

3T Organic

The 3T Organic Rechargeable Heat Not Burn device is the only electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) with USDA-certified organic ingredients, according to the company. The nicotine and patented tobacco flavoring is extracted from organic tobacco leaf. It is available in Red, Gold and Menthol.

Photograph courtesy of 3T Organic

77. Just Crack an Egg

npf just crack an egg

Kraft Heinz

With Just Crack an Egg, consumers can have a hot, savory egg scramble in less than two minutes by simply adding a fresh egg to the cup, stirring and microwaving. Each single-serve cup contains diced vegetables, Oscar Mayer breakfast meat, Kraft Natural Cheese shreds and Ore-Ida potatoes. Four varieties are available: Denver, All American, Ultimate and Rustic. Just Crack an Egg has an SRP of $2.49 per cup.

Photograph courtesy of Kraft Heinz

76. Echosat PaySafe SPG Data Protection

echo paysafe spg data protection


Paysafe SPG is a managed firewall and gateway service that provides built-in security and fraud protection. Fulfilling PCI compliance requirements, the 100% cloud-managed network is noted for preventing data breaches. The solution logs Internet activity, monitors for intrusion and hackers and provides notifications of potential issues. Other features include plug-and-play hardware with merchant installation support; around-the-clock customer support center; firewall hardware and maintenance with automatic updates; and cellular backup and custom configuration. The solution connects to major banks, fleet and loyalty providers.

Photograph courtesy of ControlScan

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