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

Mocha Mini

BDI Marketing, distributors of the popular Mini Thin Rush family of energy products, has launched its new mocha-flavored 2-ounce energy drink shot Mini Thin Rush A.M. Designed to provide people on the go with a highly energizing morning pick me up via a convenient 2-ounce liquid shot, Mini Thin Rush A.M. features a tasty mocha

Rewards From Mars

Mars Foodservices announces the MARS Foodservices 500 Operator Rewards Program. Put the power of America’s best-selling candy brands on your team, and score exciting rewards by simply purchasing a minimum of 10 boxes of eligible Mars singles items, such as M&M’s, Snickers and Twix brand products from your foodservice distributor. Select from a variety of

Fudge Shoppe

The Kellogg Convenience Store Team is excited to announce the return of the Keebler Fudge Shoppe brownie to the channel. This delicious 3-ounce brownie is available in Chocolate Fudge flavor, drizzled with icing and packed in an attractive 12-count display tray. Reformulated for today’s consumers, it’s the only brownie scrumptious enough to be Fudge Shoppe.

And the Winner is…

Pre-Paid Promotions Inc. is driving prepaid sales and pushing innovation. The Montgomery, Ala.-based company manufactures and distributes traditional prepaid phone cards and sweepstakes phone cards in addition to creating and implementing custom sweepstakes promotions for companies. A major focus of the company is to help convenience stores increase their in-store sales and profit margins through

Chicken of the “C-Store”

Chicken of the Sea International introduces two convenient new products: Tuna Salad Cups and Tuna Salad Lunch Solutions. Chicken of the Sea Tuna Salad Cups are delicious and nutritious. Each cup contains 16 grams of protein, one-half gram of fat and 90 calories. They’re a perfect choice for health-conscious consumers. The perfect single-serve portion can

Island Deli Case

Giles Foodservice Equipment is excited to announce the introduction of a new line of foodservice equipment into its existing portfolio with Island Deli Cases. The Giles Island Deli Case (GIDC) is designed to maximize visibility of packaged products while keeping products and packaging fresh at the proper serving temperature while waiting for customers to enjoy.

A Touch of Efficiency

The new monochrome Square D Clipsal Mark II Touch Screen from Schneider Electric delivers substantial capabilities in a compact package for commercial applications. The unit holds enough memory to store up to 100 screens, which can facilitate multipoint switching and dimming, master on/off switching, schedules and scenes with multiple loads, while Square D Clipsal C-Bus

Model Imprinter

The Addressograph Bartizan Variable Amount 4875 imprinter has long been an essential tool at thousands of service stations and convenience stores worldwide. It is ideal for any application that requires the credit card information and the transaction amount to be imprinted directly onto sales slips. The 4875 imprinter is an ideal solution to today’s electronic

Relax & Revive

It’s a stressful world and consumers are increasingly looking for beverages that will help them "chill out." They now have a new choice: Relax & Revive, a beverage that helps consumers relax, recover and reduce anxiety. Crash Beverages has brought R&R to market in a 12-ounce Rexam sleek can. R&R is specifically designed for consumers

Sleep Easy

Ease muscles and promote restful sleep with this complete formula, featuring valerian root and passiflora extract which are recognized for their long history in promoting relaxation naturally. Since 1967, Mason Vitamins has provided quality vitamins, minerals, supplements and herbs retailers and consumers can trust. It guarantees that in the manufacturing of all its products, all

Novelty Hair Gel

Retailers looking to boost novelty sales should look no further than Dyna-Doo’s Nourishing Hair Styling Tabs, a unique product for strong hair control while adding incredible texture, control and temporary color highlights on the go. Dyna-Doo Hair Styling Tabs come in eight fragrant colors that add temporary bold color highlights to the hair coloring and

Get it While it’s Hot

Just in time for fall, Hot Pockets brand sandwiches introduces Roast Beef and Provolone in a half-pound size. The limited-time-offer program gives retailers exciting new flavors each quarter and this quarter is no exception. Tasty roast beef and melted provolone cheese are covered in a peppery sauce and wrapped in a crispy crust. This limited-time

Burrito’s Best Friend

The Burrito Buddy is a practical disposable prop that supports the sometimes messy burrito by keeping the ingredients in the burrito and not on your table or desk. Burrito Buddy’s unique package design is ideal for convenience stores, Mexican casual theme and quick serve restaurants. It’s a practical solution for a long time problem because

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