Archives for September 2008

Full Throttle Hydration

Full Throttle is inviting c-store customers to "Go Full Throttle or Go Home," this time with the launch of Full Throttle Hydration, a new, noncarbonated energy drink packed with electrolytes and charged with Full Throttle’s special energy/vitamin blend. As the brand’s first non-carbonated energy drink, Full Throttle Hydration provides thirst-quenching taste and maximum drinkability. Its

Spicing Up the In-Store Offering: “Bienvenido A La Bodega”

Practice this phrase and try to have it down pat by midcentury: “Bienvenido a la bodega.” Sure, it’ll require a bit more than that (“Welcome to the little convenience store”) to gain loyalty from Spanish-speaking Hispanic consumers. But it’s probably a feel-good start in outfitting the c-store to attract one of the fastest-growing demographics in

Recruiting Top Employees

In the third and final part of Convenience Store Decisions’ recent Foodservice Webcast Series, human resources expert Mel Kleiman, president of Humetrics, talked about “tips for finding and retaining outstanding employees” and polled meeting participants as to where their best employees come from.  Not surprisingly, the majority of Webcast attendees reported that employee referrals generate

Abundance at Bountyland

The U.S. Marine Corps’ Parris Island facility is roughly a five-hour drive southeast from Bountyland Quick Stop’s Westminster, S.C., headquarters.   That said, new suppliers en route to one of Bountyland’s 11 stores might want to drop by the Marine boot camp and let a drill instructor toss them around for a bit. It’ll spare

New Day For PetroSun

A bid from PetroSun Fuel of Seattle bested a slew of bids from other convenience store and petroleum operators who last month were hoping to snatch up the 600 remaining ConocoPhillips c-store and retail gas sites on the West Coast.  PetroSun’s newly created affiliate, Pacific Convenience & Fuel LLC, acquired the sites and joins the

The World on its Shoulders

Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co., that stalwart of efficient energy practices and environmental consciousness, has been chosen by The Detroit Free Press as one of the best places to work in Southeast Michigan. The newspaper conducted a survey several months ago and recently announced Atlas as a top winner. The company will be recognized in

Failure to Clean Keeps Customers Away

Customers at convenience stores and restaurants are far less likely to return if they find restrooms that are unhygienic or poorly stocked with supplies, according to a recently completed national online survey. The survey, sponsored by SCA Tissue North America and conducted online by Harris Interactive among a sample of 2,175 adult U.S. foodservice customers,

The Give & Take in Real Estate

Perhaps serendipity has placed Nikki DePhillips in an MBA program at The University of Iowa, a school whose wrestlers are known as some of the greatest in the nation.  DePhillips, recently promoted to vice president of real estate at the Iowa-based convenience chain Kum & Go, could probably drop by the Hawkeye wrestling room on

How Rutter’s Stays on Top

There was a time not long ago in this industry when bigger was always thought to be better. Fortunately, the folks at Rutter’s Farm Stores knew better.  With 52 stores in five Pennsylvania counties, Rutter’s focus has never been on reckless expansion simply for the sake of having a larger store count. Rather, its has

Customers Rate Rutter’s No. 1

Rutter’s topped the York Sunday News’ 2008 “Best of York” rankings in six categories, beating out a number of other national brands. Rutter’s took first place in the six categories evaluated by its hometown newspaper, including breakfast, coffee, deli/sub/sandwich, fast food, lunch and milk. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s bested the likes of Cracker Barrel in the

Going Green

Is it time for convenience store operators to introduce so-called green fuel pumps that can accommodate E-85, biodiesels and other emerging renewable fuels? As with so many other issues in the c-store business, the answer is “it depends.” The consensus thus far is this: the trend is very much in its infancy. Those who wish

Clearing The Blends

Ethanol, of course, is a high-octane, liquid, domestic and renewable fuel, produced by the fermentation of plant sugars typically produced from corn and other grain products. Ethanol also degrades quickly in water and, therefore, poses much less risk to the environment than an oil or gasoline spill. Not only is ethanol generally less expensive than

Diaper Convenience

Convenience Valet is now offering Huggies brand diapers and baby wipes in small convenience-size packages. Convenience Valet, a leading provider of nationally branded HBC and personal-care items, said the Huggies diapers are available in sizes three and four. The diapers and baby wipes are sold in one convenient package that includes two diaper’s eight wipes,

High Energy and Sugar-Free

After unleashing its signature product only weeks ago, VE2 Laboratories is pleased to announce that Chartered Distribution Services (CDS) of Los Angeles will distribute VE2 Energy Gum across the country. Two pieces of sugar-free VE2 Energy Gum are equal to an 8-ounce cup of coffee or an energy drink. The gum is crammed with energy-sustaining

Tea Time

Lipton, America’s No. 1 name in tea, is rolling out Kericho Estate Tea, made with tea leaves from the 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified fields of Lipton’s Kericho Tea Estate in Kenya, Africa. Lipton Kericho Estate Tea offers the smooth, refreshing black tea experience your customers expect from Lipton, with the added knowledge that this variety

Light Show

Messages stand out from the crowd with the Lights Alive Light Thief. With full 360 degree viewing, this unit steals existing light from the ceiling fixture. It utilizes easy mounting brackets that attach to the light panel surround. The Lights Alive ceiling-mounted Light Thief includes two die-molded frames with a black matte finish. It features

Solo Symphony

Solo Cup Co. continues to help convenience store operators stand out with their new Symphony design. Using warm, inviting, on-trend colors combined with a sophisticated design, Solo has created single use disposables that will enhance the customer’s dining experience. Offering paper cups, bowls, plates and containers, Symphony™ provides operators with a full range of coordinating

Bib Appeal

Napkleen, a developer of disposable clothing protectors, has received two U.S. patents for its super-absorbent, disposable bib, which is placed on the shirt as a unique and dignified way to protect clothing from spills. A cost-effective alternative to napkins or bibs, Napkleen’s disposable product has an adhesive backing that adheres to any type of cloth

Signature Desserts and Entrees

The Signature Touch Topping Warmer from Server Products keeps syrups and sauces at the ideal serving temperature. The stylish unit makes it easy to add flair to entrees, desserts and coffee drinks. The warmer includes three 16-ounce plastic bottles and features a pre-calibrated adjustable thermostat for safe and efficient heating. The Signature Touch features a

The Sweet Life

Most consumers can only dream of drinks and foods that are naturally sweetened, contain zero calories and also taste great. Now PepsiCo and Whole Earth Sweetener Co. are making that vision a reality. The two companies are partnering to introduce a breakthrough, zero-calorie, all-natural sweetener from the stevia plant called PureVia and it will debut

Quick Cooking

Motion Technology Inc., the manufacturer of AutoFry and Multi Chef, announced the introduction of its new Multi Chef 7500PC high-speed oven. Multi-Chef’s patented rotary air impingement technology prepares a wide variety of foods in a fraction of the time of traditional convection ovens without the use of a microwave. The Multi-Chef 7500 is the latest

Taylor-Made FCBs

Taylor Co., a business unit of Carrier Corp., introduces Slushosity—a new merchandising program developed to help operators capitalize on the ever-growing frozen carbonated beverage (FCB) market. Taylor’s frozen carbonated beverage machines now have graphics that are as "cool" as the refreshing frozen beverages they dispense. These new, bright and exciting graphics create a sizzle that

Better Brewing Through Technology

Brewmatic introduces the C-21 Premium Coffee Brewing System, offering user-friendly and full-featured technology for today’s c-store coffee needs. The C-21 series features an automatic intermittent brewing (AIB) system, which allows the coffee grounds to absorb water more evenly for a perfect extraction every time. A cold brew lock-out feature ensures that brewing will not begin

Power and Performance

To help consumers power the high-tech devices they depend on, Energizer Holdings Inc. is introducing a second lithium battery to its portable power lineup: Energizer Advanced Lithium. Presented as the gateway to lithium technology and performance, Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries, available in AA and AAA, last up to four times longer than traditional batteries. They

Smarter, Faster Washes

Introducing the new i5000 touchless, in-bay automatic car wash from D&S Car Wash Equipment Co. The "intelligent" i5000 is the latest innovation from D&S. Designed with proven technology adapted from its Quicksilver D&S5000 touchless line, the i5000 is loaded with advanced features. The powerful i5000 is space- and energy-efficient which makes it the ideal car

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