Archives for June 2008

Kum & Go Reopens Colorado Store in Larger Format

Kum & Go LC has revamped and reopened its Yampa Avenue store in Craig, Colo., offering customers 3,400 square feet of expanded offerings and boosting the site’s energy efficiency with new design elements. “We are thrilled to offer the residents of Craig a brand-new Kum & Go store with easier access and a broader offering

Wawa Chooses Radiant For POS

Radiant Systems Inc. said it has become the exclusive provider of POS systems and related technology for more than 570 Wawa stores in Pennsylvania. Radiant has provided self-service technology for Wawa’s industry-leading foodservices for more than seven years, often deploying as many as five customer-activated terminals per site to enable consumers to quickly and accurately

The Consumer: Gone in 30 Seconds …

Gas Station TV, an industry leader in digital out-of-home television, said a Nielsen Media Research study proves consumers are better at recalling shorter-form advertisements – usually those about 10- and 15-seconds long –featured on Gas Station TV Network, as opposed to 30-second ad spots. GSTV said the study’s results confirm that shorter spots on the

Want To Go Gangbusters? Go Asia

Market research firm RNCOS has released a report showing the Asian c-store market is the No. 1 region for convenience store development worldwide. The report, titled "Opportunities in Asian C-store Market," says the rapid economic development in that area, along with the booming retail industry, has been propelling growth for the c-store industry across various

Dawn Food Products Bracing For Price Increases

Dawn Food Products Inc., one of the world’s largest independently owned bakery manufacturers and distributors, said it will increase prices for orders placed on and after July 1, 2008. “We are seeing unprecedented rises in commodity and ingredient markets along with dramatic increases in general transportation costs, especially diesel fuel,” said David Kowal, president of

West Coast Shell Adds Hydrogen Refueling

Shell Hydrogen LLC has opened a hydrogen refueling station on a conventional Shell gasoline forecourt in West Los Angeles, the company said. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard and Federal Avenue near Interstate 405, the company said the station gives consumers a taste of the future, with refueling services for hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles becoming just

UST Head: OTP Is Critical Growth Category

UST Inc. Chairman and CEO Murray Kessler is pinpointing the company’s continued success in the moist smokeless tobacco category and said he believes the growth will continue over the long-term. Kessler discussed the OTP issues at the JPMorgan Global Tobacco Conference in London on June 27, which were presented in a Web cast at the

Visa Tries To Lessen Pump Pains

Visa Inc. said it is implementing processing and rate changes that will result in benefits for American consumers and fuel merchants frustrated by rising prices at the pump. The company said its new processing method for fuel transactions will allow consumers to buy gas more easily and allow motorists and station owners to better avoid

Anheuser Rejects InBev Bid

Anheuser-Busch said its board of directors has unanimously determined that the unsolicited proposal by InBev to acquire all outstanding shares of Anheuser-Busch for $65 per share is financially inadequate and not in the best interests of Anheuser-Busch shareholders. Additionally, in a huge shift in its product lineup, Anheuser will stop selling all caffeinated alcoholic beverages,

Research Group: Americans Spent Tax Stimulus On Gas

According to new analysis from the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, the average household spent over $1500 filling their tanks ever since President Bush signed the tax rebates into law on Feb. 13 this year. The group and transit advocates in Maryland called on Congress to approve additional funding for public transportation as an alternative

Love’s Appoints 5 To New Positions

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores named David Carter as district manager and Jerry Hamm as corporate marketing manager of loyalty and media production. In its corporate office in Oklahoma City, Okla., Love’s appointed Eric Roth corporate manager of creative services, while Stewart Terbush was hired as the new accounts receivable manager and Rick Wolfenbarger

Pantry Shares Jump Amid Analyst’s Improved Rating

The Pantry Inc.’s shares jumped Wednesday after a Lehman Brothers analyst increased her third-quarter and 2008 profit estimates due to better-than-expected gas margins, the Associated Press reported. The Sanford, N.C. company’s shares jumped $1.51, or 16%, to $10.91 in afternoon trading on Wednesday. Analyst Karen Howland boosted her fiscal third-quarter profit estimate to 24 cents

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Prize Program

Coffee-and-donut king Dunkin’ Donuts has launched "Bases Loaded," a summer iced beverage promotion that will give customers a chance to win dozens of great prizes through an in-store and online program. The promotion is licensed by, the Major League Baseball Players Association, select teams and players and 2K Sports. For every Dunkin’ Donuts cold

Can They Charge It?

MasterCard Worldwide has agreed to pay $1.8 billion to credit card rival American Express as part of a settlement related to a 2004 antitrust lawsuit, The New York Times reported. Seven months ago, credit card juggernaut Visa paid more than $2.1 billion to American Express to put similar claims behind it as it raced ahead

High Court Cuts Exxon’s Damage Payment

The Supreme Court this week slashed the punitive damages award in the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster from $2.5 billion to $500 million, while Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson responded by saying the company has redoubled its efforts to protect the environment ever since the incident. The court ruled that victims of the country’s worst oil spill

Fresh & Easy Beefs Up Front Line

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is planning to hire 750 employees in the next three months in its West Coast stores as a part of a continued expansion, the Tesco subsidiary announced. The company will open its 62nd store in Manhattan Beach, Calif., next week, adding to the existing lineup of Fresh & Easy locations

7-Eleven Stirs Up Slurpee Summer

Dallas-based 7-Eleven is turning this summer season into all things Slurpee as it ties promotions for the iconic frozen beverage into everything from blockbuster movies and videogames to online Web contests and concert tours. The barrage of promotions are also pairing the Slurpee with comic books, sports personalities, social networking, teen film-making competitions and street

Toledo C-store Owners Protected, For Now

A federal judge sided with a group of convenience store owners this week and granted them a temporary restraining order against Toledo’s new law requiring the business to be licensed for $250 a year and install security cameras, the Toledo Blade reported. U.S. District Judge James Carr granted the motion after three convenience store owners

Miller Launches MGD 64

Miller Brewing Co. of Milwaukee, Wis., is planning a national rollout of MGD 64, a 64-calorie version of the Miller Genuine Draft Light brand, in response to what Miller CEO Tom Long said was "broad-based geographic growth" for the brand in test markets, reported. In a message this week to Miller’s distributors, Long said

Sheetz Rolls Out “Pump First” Card

As gasoline prices continue to rise and market conditions lead more retailers to require cash customers to pay before pumping, Sheetz has rolled out a new card that allows their cash customers to pump first. The Pump First card is being introduced to Sheetz stores in Pennsylvania’s Hagerstown and Frederick areas and Martinsburg, W.Va., area.

Microsoft Division Recognizes Gilbarco

Microsoft’s OEM Embedded Sales Division named Gilbarco Veeder-Root the winner of its Partner Excellence Award for Microsoft’s specialized service products at the Tech-Ed Developer Conference on June 4. The award recognizes the technical excellence of Gilbarco’s application of the Microsoft platform in its fully integrated Passport POS system. It uses Windows Server for Embedded Systems

Ruiz Foods Maintains Top Spot Among Hispanic Firms

Ruiz Foods, the nation’s largest frozen Mexican food manufacturer and maker of the El Monterey brand, has been ranked first among the Top 10 Hispanic-owned manufacturing companies in California, according to Hispanic Business Magazine, the publication that oversees the rankings. The magazine also ranked the company third among the Top 500 U.S. Hispanic-owned manufacturing companies

Kroger Reports Record Earnings

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger Co. has reported total sales increased 11.5% to $23.1 billion for the first quarter ending May 2008, while identical supermarket sales increased 9.2% with fuel and 5.8% without fuel. The company’s net earnings in the first quarter totaled $386 million, compared to $336 million last year. “Our strategy positions us well to

A Hoagie In Vogue

Wawa Inc. today announced the launch of Hoagiefest, a harmonious campaign celebrating the almighty hoagie with special price promotions and summer-long events. A different Wawa shorti will be featured every two weeks for just $2.99, and just to bring the love and serenity imbued in every hoagie bite to its loyal customers, Wawa has created

N.Y. Legislators Target Reservations’ Cig Sales

A legislative deal being considered by the New York Senate and Assembly would make it illegal for tobacco manufacturers to sell cigarettes to any wholesaler who won’t stop selling tax-free cigarettes to Indian retailers, The Buffalo News reported. Supporters believe the law could result in the state reaping more than $400 million in cigarette excise