Archives for August 2008

Gulf Oil Selects KSS Fuel Pricing Solutions

KSS, a supplier of fuels pricing analytics, execution and optimization systems to oil and gas industries, convenience stores, grocery and big-box retailers, said Gulf Oil Limited Partnership has selected its PriceNet and Visualizer solutions. Gulf Oil, a Massachusetts-based wholesaler and distributor of petroleum products. Will use KSS’ RackPrice solutions to help manage its fuel prices

Nestle Waters Steps Up Hispanic Campaign

In its first national marketing campaign targeting Hispanics in the U.S., Nestlé Waters North America has signed a two-year deal with Hispanic television personality Cristina Saralegui to become a spokesperson for Nestle Pure Life, mediapost.com reported. The multimillion-dollar Spanish-language campaign, "Vive Sanamente" (Live Healthy), includes 15- and 30-second television ads on Univision, TeleFutura, Galavision and

Americans Cut Back on Beer, But Wine is Fine

Americans are drinking less alcohol and middle-aged people are consuming about one-third less alcohol than they did 50 years ago, according to research by the Boston University School of Medicine. The study, according to HealthDay reporter Steven Reinberg, shows that Americans are drinking less beer, though liquor consumption has remained steady while wine consumption has

Citi Card, ExxonMobil Team To Launch Gas Rebate Program

Citi Cards and ExxonMobil today announced a new rewards program for the ExxonMobil MasterCard consumer co-branded credit card program, which will offer rebates of up to 15 cents per gallon on gas purchased at Exxon and Mobil stores nationwide. Starting Aug. 29, 2008, those who open a new ExxonMobil MasterCard account by Dec. 31, 2008

Casey’s Walljasper: No More Franchising

Casey’s General Stores Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer William Walljasper gave an earnest interview to The Wall Street Transcript this week, touting the chain’s rural store format and conservative strategies as pivotal elements to its growth over the years. The chain has 1,450 corporate-owned stores and 14 franchise locations, though all of those

OTP: Onward To Playboy?

Skoal smokeless tobacco is giving as many as 2,000 contributing editors the opportunity to contribute to the January 2009 issue of Playboy, which will be the magazine’s 55th anniversary issue, brandweek.com reported. The "Skoal Builds Playboy" promotion will allow fans to help put together a 12-page special section in the magazine, the Web site said.

20 days, 3,300 Customers, $660,000 in Free Gas

Southern California grocery leader Stater Bros. is launching an ambitious promotional program giving 3,300 customers free fuel for about a month. The Stater Bros. gas giveaway works like this: Each day from Aug. 6 to Aug. 26, the retailer chooses 165 customers to receive $200 in gas gift cards. That’s $660,000 the grocer will dole

Aritmex Acquires Baked Goods Producer

Bakery product producer Artimex LLC has acquired the Tina’s brand of baked goods, the company said. Artimex has gained exclusive rights to produce the full line of Tina’s-brand bakery goods, including a continuation of the original recipes that made the brand a success. Artimex produces a variety of frozen dough and fully baked products, with

Tank n’ Tummy, Wallace Oil Merge

Wallace Oil Co., of Colorado’s Arkansas Valley area, is joining forces with Oklahoma-based c-store chain Tank n’ Tummy, The Pueblo Chieftan reported. The agreement will turn six Wallace Oil stores in Colorado to Tank n’ Tummy stores, either through sale or lease-purchase, the publication reported. A wholesale gasoline distributor, Wallace Oil will continue providing gasoline

Crackdown on Houston C-store Crime Gets Slow Response

Police in Houston have begun enforcing new regulations requiring convenience stores to register with law enforcement, but only 158 of 2,000 c-stores in that market have registered under the new program so far, according to an Associated Press report. According to the Houston Chronicle, stores have anywhere from three months to two years to comply

Dunkin’ Donuts Rolls Out Healthier Menu Items

Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the launch of its new DDSMART menu, the brand’s first to offer better-for-you options on food and beverages. Labeled with a distinctive new logo, the new DDSMART items include new and existing Dunkin’ Donuts food and beverages that meet at least one of the following criteria: 25% fewer calories; 25% less

Amstel Light Leverages Unique Brand Equity

Amstel Light, a leading imported light beer from Holland, unveiled a powerful differentiator to drive its new marketing campaign–the brewing tradition and free spirit of its birthplace, Amsterdam. Research showed that the most ownable space for Amstel Light was based on a brand equity it had all along, but just hadn’t fully leveraged, and that

Taking Stock in Kieler

Ashley Cullen doesn’t fancy himself a holy being among retailers, but he does know that dropping an occasional bag of Combos onto a gondola doesn’t make for the crowning achievement in inventory management. “When I first got here, we were lucky if we got $200 a day in deli,” Cullen said. “Now we’re averaging $450

Fertile Ground

WILSON FARMS TIMELINE * 1960: Tops Markets is co-founded by Savino Nanula and Armand Castellani. 1969: Tops Markets opens the first Wilson Farms Neighborhood Food store in Tonawanda, N.Y., naming the store after a company-owned farm in Wilson, N.Y. 1978: Wilson Farms expands in N.Y. to Rochester and later to Syracuse. 1980s: Tops Markets is

Prepackaged Options Expanding

Prepackaged food sales are booming nationwide and new choices are springing up to help convenience store retailers grow in-store sales. Successful prepackaged food merchandising is all about display, said Jerry Weiner, vice president of foodservice for Rutter’s Farm Stores in York, Pa. “Grab-and-go sales have tripled since we moved products from four-foot open-air cases to

Building Brick by Brick

At a quick glance it makes for a dismal picture: Killer interchange fees, nightmarish margins on gas, ever-rising tobacco taxes thanks to the whimsies of politicos. There’s a host of potholes marring the road to profitability, and few convenience chains on the market can afford to bankroll a multimillion dollar facility to optimize their foodservice

For Health and Wellness Devotees, Money Doesn’t Matter

A study by the Natural Marketing Institute found retail sales within the U.S. foodservice and consumer packaged goods’ health and wellness industry hit $102.8 billion in 2007, representing 15% growth since 2006, 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

Profit$ You Can Bank On

Here in the 21st century, providing c-store customers with financial products and services like money orders, check cashing, ATM access, electronic bill payment and payday loans can be as easy, and as necessary, as selling soda, candy and beer. But it requires a bit more thinking. Convenience store operators are increasingly partnering with providers like

Energy Kick

Premium coffee gets fully charged with the launch of Full Throttle Coffee, a creamy coffee-and-energy blend set to be unleashed nationally in August. Made with 100% premium Colombian Arabica coffee and Full Throttle’s energy and vitamin blend, Full Throttle Coffee is sure to rev up taste buds in Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel flavors. It will

Sensible Snacking

World Gourmet Marketing LLC, a New Jersey-based food manufacturer, announces the addition of 8 Grain Crisps to its Sensible Portions brand of healthy and delicious all-natural snacks. The product expands the current line of pellet snacks, which are manufactured using a hot air popped technology. In addition to providing a good source of whole grains,

Ultimate Home Draught Beer Experience

Beer enthusiasts seeking a sophisticated draught beer-drinking experience at home have found their answer with the BeerTender, now available nationwide at retail locations and online stores. 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 DraughtKeg and Heineken Premium Light DraughtKeg, sold

Eco-Forward Products

Solo Cup Co. is meeting the growing demand for sustainable disposable cups with the foodservice industry’s first single-use packaging brand with a broad environmental platform. From compostable to post-consumer recycled material to renewable content, Solo now offers the largest breadth of sustainable, disposable cup solutions. An operator’s use of Bare branded products communicates to patrons

Performance and Conservation

The new oil-conserving, high-efficiency, award-winning, Protector fryer series, both gas and electric, has earned industry recognition for innovation with built-in SMART4UTM technology that delivers oil, energy and labor-saving benefits. Frymaster’s legacy of innovation has advanced fryer performance yet again to meet operator needs to do more with less with a fryer that reduces oil use

Chock Full of Opportunity

Chock full o’ Nuts coffee announces an exciting new branded beverage solution for convenience store operators seeking to increase sales and grow profits in the expanding coffee category. The Chock full o’ Nuts new branded presentation for c-stores range from traditional self-service branded coffee offerings to a full-service, full-menu specialty coffee and beverage café concept.

A Jolt of Energy

Wet Planet Beverages delivers more innovation this month as Jolt Energy initiates a national roll-out of the revolutionary 16-ounce resealable cap can. The popular 16-ounce size represents nearly 60% of all energy drink sales, thus providing Jolt Energy broader consumer appeal. In 2006, Jolt made headlines with their inventive 23.5-ounce resealable aluminum bottle. Tastefully packaged