Archives for March 2008

Alon Resumes Rack Distribution

Alon USA Energy Inc. said it has reopened the Big Spring, Texas refinery truck rack following an explosion and subsequent fire at facility on Feb. 18. All of the other company racks have remained operational since the explosion. The cause of the blast remains under investigation. "We are pleased with the progress we are making

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Kettle Popper

Gold Medal Products has launched the 2488SR Pop About Popper. In the rental market there are two challenges that are common, ease of transport and inadequate power. The Pop About Popper has a special version of the Super 88 to address both those challenges. The 2488SR has an acrylic front and side panels in place

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The “Hangover” Eliminator

Sobrietol Distribution Services Inc. has announced the release of Sobrietol, the world’s only patented technology to rapidly reduce blood alcohol and eliminate next day "hangovers". Sobrietol’s technology was developed over a 10-year period by Dr. David Whitmire, a highly regarded chemical engineer and one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of alcohol and

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NCR Self-Service Gift Cards

Gift cards have become one of the easiest and most appreciated forms of gift-giving, although standing in a long line of shoppers to purchase one may take some of the joy out of giving. But thanks to a self-service offer from NCR Corp., gift card purchases may soon be more convenient for retailers and consumers.

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Finding the Right Foodservice Program

With gas margins in the gutter and operating costs nearly doubling over the past five years, the 35% margin foodservice offers has been a savior of sorts for Mike Harrell, president of Jernigan Oil Co. Inc., a fourth-generation marketer in Ahoskie, N.C. that operates 25 Duck Thru convenience stores. It doesn’t help that North Carolina,

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Digital Signage

Planar Systems Inc.has introduced the new Planar iS40 integrated digital sign and the second-generation Planar DS15 integrated kiosk. Designed to enable organizations of virtually any size to easily incorporate digital signage into customer communications, these all-in-one solutions support Planar’s strategy to provide value-added hardware and software for the fast-growing digital signage market. As a fully

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4-H Blue Bell Ice Cream

In honor of the Texas 4-H organization’s 100th birthday, Blue Bell Creameries is introducing Centennial Cupcake Ice Cream. Centennial Cupcake Ice Cream is a delicious cake batter ice cream with pieces of yellow cake, a chocolate icing swirl and four-leaf clover sprinkles. 4-H is a national organization which prides itself on teaching young people across

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LATICRETE Anti-Fracture Mortar

LATICRETE, a provider of innovative systems for the installation of ceramic tile and stone, has developed LATICRETE 125 Anti-Fracture Mortar, a lightweight, superior crack prevention mortar that passes the ANSI A118.12 specification for crack isolation in thin-set ceramic tile and dimensional stone installations. LATICRETE 125 Anti-Fracture Mortar takes the place of liquid or sheet anti-fracture

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Coffee’s Hotter Than Ever

Data released by the National Coffee Association shows the market penetration for coffee has surpassed that of soft drinks, reversing a 20-year pattern. Fifty-seven percent of American adults drink coffee daily versus 51% for soft drinks. Coffee drinking among 18-24 year-olds also jumped 6%, the fourth year in a row for such an increase. Given

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Samuel Adams Irish Red

As part of the third annual Beer Lover’s Choice contest, Samuel Adams unveiled Samuel Adams Irish Red Ale. This new brew will join the Samuel Adams variety of more than 21 distinct styles of craft beer in February 2008. Samuel Adams Irish Red Ale will be available in six-packs and in the Samuel Adams Brewmaster’s

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Express 3 from Structural Concepts

Structural Concepts has your next refrigerated display case in stock and ready for fast shipment. The company is expanding its existing Quick Ship program by introducing Express 3, a new service that guarantees three-business-day shipment of a select number of the company’s most popular refrigerated display cases. Express 3 complements the popular Quick Ship program.

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Extreme Illuminator

Extreme CCTV Surveillance Systems, which designs, develops and manufactures advanced infrared illuminators and precision engineered surveillance solutions, released the new UFLED Intelligent-IR Illuminator powered by Constant Light. The Intelligent-IR Illuminator is designed to deliver a constant level of lighting performance throughout the illuminator’s life for uncompromised night-time surveillance. Patent pending Constant Light compensates for LED

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DAVID Multi-Pack Seeds

Recognizing the demand for a healthier alternative, DAVID is the first brand to launch a multi-pack of seeds in convenient, lunch box-size packages. Available in three distinct varieties, sunflower seeds, kernels, and pumpkin seeds, DAVID multi-packs provide fresh and healthy snack options for kids and moms looking for convenience and great taste. Package sizes include:

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FucoPROTEIN Bars

FucoPROTEIN bars are a dieter’s best friend because they are made with native whey protein, raw wildflower honey, acacia, and chia seeds, which expand in the stomach and result in a feeling of satiety for hours. However, it’s the fat-burning properties of fucoxanthin that distinguish fucoPROTEIN bars from other bars on the market. FucoTHIN is

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C-Stores Make Pizza Time

ore than a century ago, Italian peddlers would walk up and down the cobblestones street of New York, Chicago and Philadelphia selling pizza from metal drums they carried on their backs. Then pizzerias started opening in and around major cities in the 1900s. Eventually chain pizza deliveries like Little Caesars, Pizza Hut and Domino’s began

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Cape Cod Gourmet Chips

Inspired by America’s love for rich gourmet taste, Cape Cod Potato Chips has embarked on two new flavor-packed potato chips: Honey Dijon and Buttermilk Ranch. In creating these savory combinations, Cape Cod plays off its original chips’ distinctive flavor and crunch, but spices things up with a blend of genuine, homemade ingredients to entice consumers

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The Ice Machine Cometh

Hoshizaki America Inc. is offering two new ice machines for retail marketers. First is the KM-101BAH, which produces up to 115 pounds of ice within 24 hours and includes a built-in storage bin capable of holding 56 pounds of ice. Second, is the KM-151BAH unit which can produce up to 146 pounds of ice with

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Grab & Go Hummus

Tribe Mediterranean Foods, a leading trendsetter in the rapidly growing Mediterranean food category and creators of America’s favorite hummus, is targeting convenience stores and grab-and-go consumers with Tribe All Natural Snackers. The two-ounce Hummus Snackers are conveniently packaged in four-packs to be merchandised in a convenience store or supermarket’s grocery section. Tribe is launching the

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Clearing a Crowded Cold Vault

Energy drinks and isotonics are following two increasingly divergent paths, just part of the fast-paced beverage category about which convenience store operators are spending more time planning than ever before. The crazy-quilt influx of new brands, products, line extensions, flavors and varieties is jamming cooler doors and sales floors, and calling for some hard choices.

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Do You Provide World-Class Service?

Today’s business environment is becoming increasingly complex and competitive due to globalization, new technology, increasing product proliferation, brand erosion, market segmentation, consumer skepticism and time poverty, rendering traditional business plans obsolete. For just about every product or service, there is an overwhelming number of choices to choose from, leaving consumers dazed and confused. So how

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Tax Debate Swarms Bottled Water

It’s back to the barricades once again for the convenience store industry, which—as in the past—is being targeted by environmental special interest groups and revenue-hungry legislators. This time they’re focusing on bottled water containers. Bottled water remains a tremendously popular and trendy product category, which is just what attracted the attention of these two groups

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What’s Cooking?

Speed, ease, safety and energy savings—those are the challenges that convenience store operators face each day as they serve fresh foods, both hot and cold, to on-the-go eaters with deadline-driven lives. Fortunately, innovations in foodservice equipment are helping them meet the needs of this demanding customer base and do it better than ever before. Jerry

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Customer Response Surveys Could Reap Big Benefits

As the convenience store and petroleum industry changes and evolves, retailers must continually battle blurred channels, changing technologies and decreased differentiation, one thing is constant: the experience you offer your customers can set you apart from your competition and keep your customers coming back. A great customer experience begins with knowing how your customers view

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Foodservice Workers: How to Hire the Best

As convenience stores evolved from quick stops to full-blown foodservice centers that compete with the likes of Starbucks and McDonald’s, the need for top-notch employees has become as important as ever. Despite the increased demand required of employees, experts believe leading convenience store operators are in a good position to attract outstanding employees, they just

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Alternative Fuel Distributors Pushes Aggressive Retail Plan

Alternative Fuel Distributors, of Wilmington, Del., said that it plans to construct and operate 1,000 convenience stores on the East Coast that will strictly provide E-85 and other alternative automotive fuels. The company plans to have the stores up and running within the next three years, with the first 100 stores opening by the first

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