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Look what's just Popped
into the convenience channel...
Snack Brands Australia, the 100% Australian-owned snack food
company, has extended their Popped range into the Petrol
and Convenience channel, with two new Thins Popped 30g
products in Original Salted and Sour Cream & Chives flavours.
What is Popped you ask?
Deliciously light and tasty, Thins Popped has half the fat of traditional
potato chips, and seasonings that contain no artificial colours and
flavours. It’s a perfect snack for those looking for something better for
you, but not wanting to compromise on taste. Never fried, never baked
the new air popped chips from Thins are the next generation of chips.
So what makes Popped chips different from regular chips?
Wholesome potato is put into a small popped machine, heat and
pressure is applied – then “pop” (like popcorn) a chip is formed. This is a
revolution in snacking – great tasting chips that are not fattening, fried
or boringly baked. Thins Popped are your perfect on-the-go snack.
Thins Popped Chips are a truly mooreish alternative to
potato chips that everyone can enjoy – more often!
electricity per year, offsetting about 20% of the
proper ty’s total energy usage. The company says
the electricity generation is comparable to the
annual energy-usage rate of roughly six homes.
In Japan, the solar advance
is even more star tling. The
closure of all but t wo of
Japan’s nuclear reactors
following the Fukushima
earthquake and tsunami in
2011 prompted Japan to offer feed-in tariffs
to encourage investments in alternative
energy sources such as wind and solar.
It has meant a rapid growth in Japan’s solar
market, which is expected to soon be the
world ’s second largest, behind only China.
Among the companies that have benefited
from Japan’s generous incentive program
is Lawson Inc., a Japanese convenience
store operator, which has already installed
solar panels on thousands of its shops.
There are around 45,000 convenience stores
in Japan, with Lawson r unning just under
10,000 of them. 7-Eleven, which boasts about
13,000 stores in Japan, also has solar panels
on a significant percentage of its outlets.
A huge difference, of course, is that businesses
here in Australia which are looking for an
excuse to take the plunge don’t have access to
the same level of grants and government help.
CAMBA’s Domenic Greco says the assistance
on offer is miniscule and believes that, if the
government were to do more, it would make the
solar decision a lot easier for convenience stores.
“ Businesses have to look for
the long term and plan for the
future and solar can make a
business more profitable and
add to the resale value,” he
said. “If a business has a really
good year, it may decide to reduce its tax burden ad
invest in the business ... it may reduce profitability
that year but will be a big long-term help.”
Even without taking the solar plunge, Mr Greco
says there is a lot that stores can – and should -
do to reduce their power bills. “ You can request
from your electricity provider half hour meter
data,” he said. “ T his goes back 12 months and you
can really work out where your power is going
and how you reduce usage.”
Mr Greco also says the arrival
of smar t meters is enabling
stores to choose bet ween
flat rate and off peak /on
peak/ shoulder charges.
“ T he option is there for
to assess what is best for them,” he said.
“ T hey should take the time to talk to their
electricity prov iders to decide which system
will be the most economical for them.”
Murray McNaught from Infinity Solar couldn’t
agree more. He says that when the company is
called in to look at a convenience store’s potential
for solar conversion, it will automatically look at
things like lighting to see how it can be improved.
“ For example, LED lighting is not just about saving
money, it is also about the extra light quality,”
he said. “ L ED tubes will give a far superior light
than the tractional fluorescent tubes and the
life span of a good quality LED tube is around
50,000 hours. It’s not a good look if a store has
half its fluros not working and the other half
full on insects... it’s not good for business.”
Mr McNaught is then extremely bullish about the
future of solar energy in the convenience store
environment. He says that during the heady
days of generous gover nment grants, businesses
could expect to get a return on their investment
within four to five years. T hat time span blew
out to nine years when
the grants were removed.
However, the spiralling
cost of electricity has
investing in solar can once
again expect to recoup
their initial investment
within five years.
The question for convenience stores
pondering the solar equation then is ...
‘ is now the time to take that leap of faith
into a potentially power bill free future? ’
the spiralling cost
of electricity has meant
businesses investing in
solar can once again expect
to recoup their investment
within five years...
there is a lot stores can
— and should — do to reduce
their power bills...
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