Archives for July 2007

Hot Stuff Foods steaks a claim on breakfast

Foodservice provider adds new steak and egg pizza to the menu. Hot Stuff Foods is “steaking” a claim that it has one of the best breakfast menus in the QSR segment. The food solution’s provider announced the launch of its new Steak & Egg Personal Size Pan Pizza. “Our new Steak & Egg PSPP is

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kwik trip continues aggressive growth

Chain opening a store in Austin, Minn., one of 20 new units it scheduled to open in 2007. Austin, Minn. is getting its second Kwik Trip convenience store this week as the La Crosse, Wis. chain completes renovations to rebrand the former Severson Conoco gas station. The Austin stories one of about 20 new Kwik

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highs dairy partners with radiant

Self-service food-ordering system to be deployed at more than 50 convenience and dairy locations. High’s of Baltimore Inc. reached a deal with Radiant Systems to deploy multiple Radiant customer self-service kiosks in more than 50 of the mid-Atlantic retailer’s 82 High’s Dairy Stores. “Experience, reliability and ease-of-use were keys to our decision,” said Benjamin Jatlow,

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texaco launches virtual auto show contest

Chevron Global Marketing launched Texaco’s Car of the Decades contest celebrating cars and the people who love them with a virtual auto show that lets visitors decide the best cars from every decade in the 20th century through today. During the Texaco Car of the Decades submission process, which concludes Sept. 3, auto enthusiasts can

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curtain closes on kwikemart

The curtain may have closed on the Kwik-E-Mart, the fictional convenience store on The Simpsons brought to life in 11 markets by 7-Eleven, but a piece of the project will live on. That’s because 7-Eleven is donating the building materials and cardboard cutouts of Homer, Bart and the rest of The Simpsons clan and donating

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couchetard named convenience store decisions chain of the year

Under CEO Alain Bouchard, the marketer has built an extensive c-store network in the U.S. and Canada. In a year where several top convenience store companies distinguished themselves with new store prototypes, increased sales and strong financial portfolios, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. stood out from the crowd by cementing its position as a dominant marketer in the U.S. and

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alcohol vendors offered sales guide

Anheuser-Busch’s 2007 Drivers License Guide given to convenience stores, supermarkets and bars to help spot fake I.D.’s. A partnership between Schilling Distributing in Lafayette, La. and Anheuser-Busch is helping local bars and grocery stores keep up with changing photo I.D.’s from all 50 states. More than 1,300 copies of a 2007 Drivers License Guide has

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fusion oil stations to be auctioned off

Sale of 41 stores part of bankruptcy proceeding against Fusion Oil by Comerica Bank. A sealed bid auction of Fusion Oil’s assets is underway as part of a bankruptcy proceeding against the oil marketer by Comerica Bank. The sale includes 41 gas stations and convenience stores in Michigan and Ohio. Some of the stations and

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beer is americas beverage of choice

Anheuser-Busch’s “Here’s To Beer” campaign toasts adults’ appreciation for beer. The latest Gallup Poll shows that of the 64% of Americans who consume alcohol, beer continues to be their beverage of choice, with 40 percent choosing it over wine and hard liquor. The 2007 consumption poll was reported on Gallup’s Web site. Having maintained its

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supermarket shift

Wal-Mart scaling back plans to expand its grocery business. After years of deteriorating same-store sales, Wal-Mart plans to curtail spending on expansion in the U.S. The spending pullback might give other grocers and convenience stores the opportunity to reverse the trend that has seen Wal-Mart eat up local market share at their expense “It’s difficult

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oregon to begin testing biodiesel quality

The Oregon Department of Agriculture next month plans to begin testing biodiesel sold within the Portland city limits to ensure the fuel meets quality standards. Dirty biodiesel can clog fuel filters and cause engines to run inefficiently. “It is a huge concern for the (fuel) industry right now,” Rick Wallace, senior energy analyst for the

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anheuserbusch releases 2006 environmental health and safety report

Company enhances environmental achievements, improves workplace safety record. In 2006 alone, the nation’s largest brewer generated enough renewable fuel to heat more than 25,000 homes, recycled more than 27 billion cans, cut its employee injury rate by nearly half in the last five years and helped its employees lose 5,000 pounds – an amount equal

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change is afoot at the circle k

Company revamps the look and product selection for Arizona stores. Change is on the horizon for Circle K. The Phoenix-based company is in the midst of overhauling most of its 550 Arizona stores, according to the East Valley Tribune. The stores will undergo architectural improvements, interior renovations as well as a boost in product selection,

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pump n munch on the upswing

Company purchases stores and switches to BP fuel. Rochester, Minn.-based Pump ‘N Munch convience stores are in the process of adding an additional four stores to its number, more than doubling its total. Kato Inc., which owns Pump ‘N Munch stations, purchased four of the Rochester BP stations. The company will convert all the stores

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local 7eleven fights to stay open 247

Franchised-owned store is forced to close at midnight under new ordinance. A Rutherford, N.J.-based 7-Eleven store is fighting in court for permission to stay open 24-7. Over a month ago, a borough ordinance banned c-stores from operating between the hours of midnight and 5am. However, Nasser Nasser, owner of NOH Inc., which operates the 7-Eleven,

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rutters introduces 24ounce coffee

Company discontinues low-selling 12-ounce cup. Rutter’s Farm Stores is introducing its biggest coffee yet, a 24-ounce cup that from July 30 to Aug. 26 comes with an introductory price of 99 cents. Rutter’s also will continue to offer 16- and 20-ounce cups but is dropping its 12-ounce cup. “The 12-ounce cup was by far our

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circle k partners with iri

New relationship drives improved category effectiveness and retail execution for convenience channel. Circle K Stores Inc., a subsidiary of the Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. group, has partnered with Information Resources Inc. (IRI) to begin sharing its point-of-sale (POS) data from all of its U.S.-based stores for incorporation into the new IRI AllScan Convenience Store Tracking service.

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consumers file class action against retailers over hot fuel

Major chains like 7-Elven and Shell top off the list of defendants. The controversy over hot fuel continues as three Oklahoma City-area consumers begin seeking class-action status on a lawsuit against retailers they feel are cheating them out of money, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit is file against 13 retailers and oil companies,

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exxonmobil nice n easy honored with best in class foodservice awards

“The majority of ‘new’ ideas are simply new interpretations of old ideas,” said Louie Sheetz, vicepresident of marketing for Sheetz Inc. “Over thelast 30 years, we’ve taken advantage of opportunities like this Foodservice Show and NACS to learn from others. Alot of success in this industry is capturing an idea you’ve seen andchanging it to

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fry time

MTI is proud to introduce the Autofry Model MTI10XL, the highest output ventless single basket fryeron the market today. The new model offers threelevels of power, topping off at an impressive 8.4KWof frying power. As with all Autofry models, the MTI10XL is ventless, fully-enclosed and automated. For More Information fromMTI 800-348-2976 www.autofry.com

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lighter libations

BIC launches its Special Edition Drink Series Lighters, which feature 12popular adult beverage designs. The series images are bright, fun, expressiveand reflect the lifestyle of the ‘out andabout’ customer. The suggested retailvalue of a BIC Special Edition Drink SeriesLighter is $1.49. For More Information fromBIC203-783-2000 www.bicworldusa.com

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wallowing in deep pools of inertia

Business success requires decisive action. Get ready, get set, whoa Nelly,hold on a minute. The failureto act decisively, to implement important decisions that are clearly in the best interests of thecompany, is a trend that we’ve noticed alot lately working with marketers around the country. To remain competitive and relevantin today’s tough business environmentrequires marketers

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competitive watch

Gas continues to fuel hypermart growth. An interesting study wasrecently published by researchers in the Department ofEconomics at the Universityof Arizona that details the impact HomeDepot’s entry into the fuel business had onthe Nashville, Tenn., market. The study found that hypermarts “do,in fact, place statistically significant andeconomically significant downward pressure on the prices of nearby

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retailing for the future

Independent conveniencestore and gas station operator VERC Enterprises named DaveProler to the position of districtmanager, covering six of the company'slocations from Berlin, Mass. to Nashua,N.H. Proler has two years experiencefrom Greenfield, Mass.-based SandriSunoco Fuels, where he learned valuable skills as a district manager thatwould benefit him greatly in his newposition with VERC. Prior to entering

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reaching beyond the pumps

For a lot of customers, the firstand last thing they see when theyapproach a convenience store arethe gas pumps. Unfortunatelyfor some retailers, the pumps may also bethe only part of the store a customer seesduring their visit. Thanks to the combination of low fuel margins and high creditcard fees, selling only gasoline is a no-winproposition

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