Archives for July 2008

Dresser Wayne Reaches Security Compliance Milestone

Dresser Wayne, a global marketer of retail fuel dispensers and technologies, reported its Nucleus Point of Sale Base 19 software has achieved Visa Payment Application Best Practices (PABP) compliance validation. The validation was performed by Trustwave, a provider of on-demand data security and payment card industry compliance management solutions to global businesses and organizations. Through

Hess Strikes Deal with IBM

Hess Corp., operator of more than 1,350 convenience stores in 14 states from Massachusetts to Florida, has chosen IBM Cognos BI to deliver a full range of business intelligence capabilities across its marketing and refining organization. Looking to deliver unified access to critical information in its downstream operations, Hess executives decided to standardize its performance

Couche-Tard’s Q4 Profits Drop 53%

C-store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. this week reported a 53% decrease in quarterly profits as it saw net earnings in the fourth quarter drop to $15.5 million – a decrease of $17.9 million from last year. The retailer said the drop comes amid weak motor fuel gross margins in the U.S., but it also said

Sunoco Appoints New CEO

Sunoco Inc. said its board of directors has elected Lynn Laverty Elsenhans as CEO and president effective Aug. 8, 2008, when current CEO and President John Drosdick retires. Elsenhans has also been elected as a member of Sunoco’s board of directors. To assist in the transition, Drosdick will remain non-executive chairman of the board until

Pierre Foods Files For Bankruptcy

In a move to restructure its debt in response to rising raw material prices, Cincinnati-based Pierre Foods Inc. and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Pierre Foods said it intends to work with all of its constituencies to reach mutually

Chester’s Super Stop

Chester’s International, a leading fried chicken foodservice offering in the c-store category, has opened a location in Nederland, Texas, inside the Super Stop convenience store on 103 South Highway 69. The new location celebrated its grand opening on July 11, with store mascot Chester the Chicken on hand to help with the ribbon-cutting ceremonies and

Jolt Unveils Re-sealable 16-Ounce Can

Jolt Energy is gearing up for the Aug. 1 national rollout of a 16-ounce re-sealable cap can, said Jolt Energy manufacturer Wet Planet Beverages. The popular 16-ounce size is a big shift from the standard 23.5-ounce re-sealable cans Jolt Energy has been known for, but because 16-ounce energy drinks represent nearly 60% of all energy

7-Eleven Wants 45 More Stores In Dallas/Fort Worth Market

After celebrating its 81st birthday on July 11, 7-Eleven Inc. is giving itself a birthday gift: An ambitious growth plan to hit 300 stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by the end of 2009, according to the Web site The retailer already has 245 convenience stores in that market, so it would need about

Fresh & Easy Breaks Ground in South L.A.

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market CEO Tim Mason and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry and other dignitaries gathered Monday in a groundbreaking for a new Fresh & Easy store on East Adams Boulevard in South L.A., the company said. Earlier this year, Fresh & Easy opened a store in Compton, Calif., confirming its commitment

Chester’s Opens Third Road Ranger Location

Chester’s International, the leading fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store category, has announced the grand opening of its Belvidere, Ill., restaurant inside the Road Ranger Travel Plaza on Belvidere Road. The grand opening marks the third of many in a newly established partnership between Road Ranger convenience stores and Chester’s, the company said.

One Big Brewer

InBev and Anheuser-Busch said they’ve agreed to combine their two companies and form the world’s leading global brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev. Boards of directors from both companies unanimously approved the transaction, and InBev has fully committed itself to financing the purchase of all of Anheuser-Busch’s outstanding shares. The agreement means A-B shareholders will receive $70 per

An Ode to Hoagies …

C-store leader Wawa is bringing its 1960s-inspired Hoagiefest campaign full circle by hosting its Philadelphia Hoagiefest, a festival paying tribute to the all-mighty hoagie and celebrating a summer of peace, savings and Shortis. On July 16 at 11 a.m. at the Wawa on 12301 Academy Road in Philadelphia, hoagie fanatics from across Philadelphia will join

Boo Koo Burner+ Expands To 1,000 C-stores

About one month after launching its revolutionary new beverage, BooKoo Burner+, Boo Koo Holdings Inc. said the new drink is now being sold in more than 1,000 convenience stores throughout Nashville, Tenn.; Mobile, Ala.; Panama City, Fla.; Dallas, Texas; and other surrounding markets. BooKoo Burner+ is an innovation of sorts in the energy drink category,

Firing Up A Victory

A team of employees from Frymaster LLC, an Enodis company, took top honors last month in a softball tournament benefiting House of Hope, a nonprofit that serves troubled and at-risk teenagers. Hosted by Frymaster customer Buffalo Wild Wings, the softball tournament generated a donation of $1,400 through team fees, tickets and food sales. “We want

Gilbarco FlexPay Encrypted PIN Pads Come Factory-installed

Gilbarco Encore S and Encore 300 dispensers are now available with FlexPay Encrypting PIN Pads (EPP) factory-installed, the company said. The FlexPay pin pads are PCI EPP-approved and enable retailers to process Triple-Data Encryption Standard (TDES) debit transactions at the pump. Visa requires U.S. retailers who accept debit to comply with Payment Card Industry (PCI)

Sheetz Unveils $46M Kitchen

Big changes are afoot in the little town of Claysburg, Pa., after Sheetz Inc. this week unveiled its 140,000-square-foot Sheetz Bros. Kitchen, a state-of-the-art kitchen facility that will provide ready-to-eat, fresh foods to the company’s 350 stores in six states. The $46 million facility will produce new ready-to-eat and innovate food products that will be

The New BeerTender, And A Campaign To Boot

Beer enthusiasts seeking a sophisticated draught beer drinking experience at home can rejoice, because the BeerTender, a new countertop chilling system from Heineken and Krups, is now available at retailers nationwide and online. A one-of-a-kind appliance, BeerTender features stylish design characteristics and authentic draught beer thanks to the patented carbonator pressure technology of the Heineken

Judges: No Complaints About Fresh & Easy’s Wines

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market wines have received 63 awards in the past six months, the company said. More than half of Fresh & Easy’s 65 specially selected wines have received awards, including Best in Show, 90 Parker Points and Platinum Medals. What’s more, nearly all of the award-winning wines cost less than $10, including

Gov’t Board Releases Report On Valero’s February 2007 Refinery Fire

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board this week released a 65-page report on the Feb. 16, 2007 fire at Valero’s McKee Refinery in Sunray, Texas, and outlined a number of causes and remedies so a similar incident can be avoided in the future. Valero, on the other hand, said it implemented safety measures throughout its refining

McCafe Concept Expanding

McDonald’s is beefing up its coffee bar concept in a number of markets throughout the country with its McCafe concept, which offers consumers an expanded lineup of cappuccinos, mochas, lattes and other products, the New Mexico Business Weekly reported. A spokeswoman for the chain’s Southwest region told the publication that select restaurants in New Mexico

$1 Million Treat

Building on the success of its Brand Halloween Promotion in 2007, Mars Snackfood U.S. is launching The Halloween Million Dollar Contest next month, a national sweepstakes that will treat one lucky person to a $1 million prize and award 20,000 other prizes as well. Consumers can enter UPC codes from participating products at and

MillerCoors May Relocate To Chicago Or Dallas

Crain’s Chicago Business reported this week that the headquarters for MillerCoors will be located in either Chicago or Dallas, and not Milwaukee. MillerCoors has been looking for 100,000 to 150,000 square feet of space in Chicago, and could employ as many as 400 people at the home office, according to the business journal. MillerCoors is

Sam’s Club Opens Houston Business Center

Sam’s Club is opening its first Business Center format in Houston later next month, which will offer a greatly expanded selection of products and services to meet the diverse needs of small business owners and others in foodservice, convenience stores, vending, office administration, floral operations, hotel/motel and more. The new locations’ grand opening ceremony is

For Health and Wellness Devotees, Money Doesn’t Matter

A study by the Natural Marketing Institute shows retail sales within the U.S. consumer packaged goods’ health and wellness industry hit $102.8 billion in 2007, representing 15% growth since 2006, reported, adding that there doesn’t seem to be any signs of a slowdown in this sector. NMI predicted that double-digit growth of the health

No Longer Loners

Texas motorists seem to be reining in their driving after months of bucking the national trend, The Houston Chronicle reported. State gasoline tax collections reported in June indicated taxes in Texas fell for two months in a row after a streak of gains earlier this year, even as prices inched toward $4 a gallon, according