Archives for September 2007

innovators come in all sizes

With our annual Chains to Watch issue,we set out to profile companies big andsmall that are doing innovative things,either with technology, operations, design or justgood, old-fashioned customer service. This year

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the all candy expo sweetens chicago

Over 20,000 show up for biggest event in candy. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) concluded its annual All Candy Expo yesterday in Chicago. Sponsored by the NCA, the All Candy Expo boasted 2,000 new products from nearly 500 exhibitors from 75 different countries. Top trends driving product releases of 2007/08 included: new flavor fusions focusing

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chevron supports annual marathon

Company extends sponsorship until 2013. Chevron is keeping people running as it extends its sponsorship contract for the Chevron Houston Marathon, according to runnersweb.com. The Chevron Houston Marathon is the nation’s premier winter marathon, annually attracting participants from all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries. The race has been going on for 35

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quiktrip moving into the spring center

The arrangement “will be among the first of its kind in an arena, stadium or entertainment venue,” Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip will open a store in Sprint Center as part of a multi-year partnership with the Kansas City arena, built to host sports and entertainment events. The arrangement “will be among the first of its kind

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four down 1200 to go

BP settles multiple lawsuits, but litigation far from over. BP has settled four civil lawsuits filed by contractors who were injured on March 23, 2005, when an explosion killed 15 workers and injured 180 at the company’s Texas City, Texas, refinery, abruptly ending the first civil trial stemming from the blast. Details of the settlement

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the end of driveoffs in kansas city

New ordinance dramatically cripples gas thieving. A city ordinance requiring motorists to prepay for gas has reduced the number of drive-offs from more than 1,100 in 2005 to virtually none over the past 13 months, according to an Associated Press report. The ordinance took effect last summer. Since then only 24 drive-offs have been reported

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industry pioneer swearingen dies

Former president of Standard Oil was 89. John E. Swearingen, oil executive and well-known defender of the industry in the energy crisis of the 1970s, died on Friday in Birmingham, Ala. He was 89 and lived in Chicago, according to the New York Times. Swearingen presided over Standard Oil of Indiana, one of the companies

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bp waives goodbye to south dakota

Company pulls out to sell closer to its refineries. BP America Inc. revealed that it’s pulling out of most of South Dakota and all of North Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana and Texas, due to a decision to focus on areas closer to its refineries, according to the Associated Press. The company revealed that the Sioux Falls,

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cigars accelerating category profits by increasing strategic focus

Cigar dollar sales experienced strong growth again increasing 14% in 2006, according to ACNielsen. And, Richard Fasanelli, vice president of John Middleton Inc. adds, "We continue to uncover additional growth opportunities with retail customers by applying strategies less common to cigars, but very common in other major tobacco categories." Don’t miss this opportunity to hear

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phillip morris sues internetbased vendors

New lawsuit attacks the sale of untaxed, imported cigarettes. Philip Morris USA has filed two lawsuits in federal court against Internet site operators engaged in the sale of illegally imported cigarettes bearing Philip Morris USA’s trademarks, including the Marlboro mark. “Philip Morris USA will protect our brands and the law-abiding businesses that sell them from

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kwik trip workers become heroes

Employees help save family from burning home. Kwik Trip employees Tammy Schultz and Nancy Sprague didn’t expect to save any lives when they started their early morning shift, but that didn’t stop them from risking their lives to rescue a family from a burning building. The incident, which police are investigating as arson, began at

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nyacs awards 2007 scholarships

Six students receive a total of $4,500, a new high for the program. The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) has awarded six students for the 2007 NYACS Scholarship Foundation scholarships totaling $4,500. It’s the largest total awarded in the seven-year history of the program, thanks largely to a generous $2,500 contribution by the

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united fuelenergy acquires sc fuels cardlock

Frank Greinke will continue to lead company. United Fuel & Energy Corp., a distributor of gasoline, diesel, propane and lubricant products to customers in the markets of the southwestern and south central U.S., reached a deal to acquire Cardlock Fuels System Inc., the cardlock operation of SC Fuels. SC Fuels operates 23 unattended fueling facilities

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quickchek comes to hampton township

Chain celebrates the grand opening of a new store. QuickChek, the privately owned, family-operated chain of more than 100 c-stores in New Jersey and Southern New York, will be celebrating the grand opening of its newest location in Hampton Township, N.J. The new 3,800-sq. ft. store will open to the public Sept. 25 following a

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executive leadership solutions adds former cstore executives

Brian Matlock and David St. Clair join as a senior executive recruiter. Executive Leadership Solutions, an executive search firm that specializes in recruitment for the convenience store, petroleum and related supplier industries, has added two former convenience store executives to recruiting team: David A. St. Clair and Brian Matlock have joined the company as senior

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rutters stretches south

Chain explores the moving into Maryland to avoid taxes. Scott Hartman, president, told the York Dispatch of the plan to open about 10 new or expanded stores in 2008. The year after that, the 51-store chain will be looking toward the northern Maryland market. “We’ve had several good years here, and we hope to have

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tesco unveils expansion plans

Chain reveals three new store locations added, as well as an estimated opening date. Tesco has unveiled plans to open in the U.S. as early as November, adding three more Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets to its list of stores. The chain plans to have up to 50 stores launched by February 2008 in California,

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cookie crumbles

Combine passion for chocolatewith the premium reputationof Otis Spunkmeyer andits newest flavors in thethe Sweet Discoverycookie dough line—Chocolate Obsessionand Double ChocolateBrownie. Made withrich and distinctive BarryCallebaut chocolate, bothflavors have a dark chocolatecookie dough base. ChocolateObsession is loaded with 70% cacao chocolatechunks for a rich, dark chocolate experience; whileDouble Chocolate Brownie is infused with milk chocolate

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circle k teams up with habitat for humanity

New recycling program cleans community while funding charity. Circle K and Habitat for Humanity have launched a plan to encourage recycling in the areas they serve, according to the Yuma Sun. “Enviro” green collection houses have been placed at 16 of the convenience stores in Yuma Country for customers to place their empty aluminum cans

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spartan lightens its load

Five Pharm stores and one c-store sold. Grocery store operator and distributor Spartan Stores Inc. revealed that it is closing five Pharm retail stores and one convenience store by the end of September, according to the Houston Chronicle. Spartan Stores said the convenience store, which is located in Michigan, has been acquired by privately held

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bubble blasts

Farley’s & Sathers is expanding the SuperBubble 36-oz. tray changemakers to include “SuperTasting” grape flavor. This big 8-gram piece of bubble gum comes ina 36-oz. tray packed nine to a case. Each tray contains approximately180 pieces. The new Grape flavor Super Bubble Bubble Gumcompliments the existing changemaker trays availabe in Appleand Original flavor. For More

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sweet jewels

August marked the 30th anniversary of a jewelof a candy: the Ring Pop. Manufactured by ToppsConfections since 1977, the candy ring wasoriginally offered in two flavors: cherry and grape.Kids now choose from more than 10 different fruitand twisted flavors, as well as specialty seasonal tastes.Ring Pop’s enduring popularity has become a favorite among kids andadults

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special attention

Perfetti Van Melle will launch a ground-breaking promotion withDC Comics with a specially created comic that features Supermanand the Airheads

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tootsie roll

Tootsie Roll Industries just sweetened the pot for consumers on sugarrestricteddiets with the unveiling of new Sugar-Free Tootsie RollMidgees! This chewy, chocolatey treat, sweetened with Splenda, offers the same great taste and texture as the original, without any of thesugar. It’s the perfect indulgence for diabetics or anyone limiting theirsugar intake. With the focus on

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seed with envy

Zotes prides itself on finding newways to impress taste buds andhas a full-flavor lineup of sunflowerseeds, including Bleu Cheese, TequilaLime,, Spicy Nacho and many more.The product comes in 5-oz. resealablejars with convenient flip-top lids, with anSRP of $1.79 to $1.99. Grow the categorywithout cannibalizing it with more bagged seeds. POS isavailable for all types of

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