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Curiosk launches wine info kiosk in downtown Toronto retailer

BY Tara Smith

TORONTO Curiosk Marketing Solutions, Inc. launched its innovative new in-store, touch-screen wine information kiosk at the Wine Rack in downtown Toronto. Curiosk displays product information after a customer scans a wine bottle’s bar code and allows customers to create personalized greeting cards designed to fit over the neck of the bottle at the cost of $2.95.

“Curiosk was created with the mission of bringing a value-added sollution to North American wine retailers,” said Weinberg. “Our concept is innovative and informative, creative and convenient—four attributes brought together to let customers make a better and more convenient purchase. I am confident that customers, retailers and wineries will enjoy the Curiosk experience.”

The Curiosk kiosk will be available at other leading retailers in Canada and the United States by the end of 2007. 

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Just Born promotes Petronio to EVP and COO positions

BY Allison Cerra

BETHLEHEM, Pa. Just Born’s vice president of customer and brand development has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer, the company announced Tuesday.

Matt Petronio, who has been an employee of Just Born for the past five years, acquired his position after the company’s current president and chief operating officer, Samuel Torrence, announced his retirement the same day. Torrence is said to keep is position as president until his departure in June 2008.

In addition to working at Just Born, Petronio has served in various management positions at Procter and Gamble, M&M/Mars, and Farmland Dairies.

“Matt and his team have significantly improved our Brand’s performance in the market and strengthened our relationship with our customers and consumers,” said co-chief executive officer Ross Born of the decision. “We are confident he will build upon the momentum already achieved.”

Just Born, a privately owned confectionery, develops sweets like PEEPS Marshmallow Candies and PEANUT CHEWS, and associates and markets its candy in over 50 countries.

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Wrigley’s releases three new tropical flavors

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO As the summer draws to a close, the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company has developed new tropical flavors for three of its most popular chewing gums, the confectionary giant announced Thursday.

Wrigley’s Eclipse FusionTM, Hubba Bubba MaxR, and Orbit WhiteR, have expanded their product lines with new blended fruit flavors. Eclipse FusionTM has developed a Freshmint Tropical flavor; Hubba Bubba MaxO has unveiled its new flavor called Island PunchTM, and Orbit WhiteR will give mouths “a good, clean feeling” with its new Melon BreezeTM. All flavors are currently available nationwide, with prices ranging from $0.59 to $2.99, depending on packet size.

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, lollipops, and chocolate, boasts global sales of nearly $4.7 billion and distributes its world-famous brands in more than 180 countries.

“Wrigley is committed to keeping our brands fresh and to offering our consumers new and exciting products,” said Paul Chibe, Vice President of U.S. Marketing. “Gum-lovers are looking for bold, fruit flavors and we are pleased to give consumers these new flavor combinations to satisfy their taste buds.”

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