Archives for November 2008

Fuel Falling Fast

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Wholesale gasoline prices continued to slump in markets across the U.S. during the first week of November, with gasoline in most large metropolitan markets now $1 or more a gallon cheaper than a year ago at this time. Elsewhere, wholesale markets are roughly 90cts or more

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Tyson Launches Crustano Cafe

Tyson Food Service is expanding its branded food offering with the launch of Crustano’s Café. The brand offers a wide variety of quality menu items and offers a full delivery system that provides foodservice equipment, branding and merchandising materials and packaging. Ongoing support from Tyson Food Service, such as limited-time-offer promotional ideas and new menuing

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Cumberland’s Coffee Free on Fridays

Cumberland Farms’ new Farmhouse Blend coffee – rolling out to Cumberland stores after six months of research, testing and blend-tasting – is being offered free to customers every Friday through Dec. 5, the company said. The chain’s Farmhouse Blend is a medium roast with a smooth, harmonious flavor. While customers can get a free cup

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Love’s Raises $760K For Children’s Nonprofit

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores said it raised $760,000 during its annual fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network, an 84% increase from the $415,000 raised in 2007 and the highest total in the 10-year history of the campaign. Since beginning its affiliation with Children’s Miracle Network in 1998, Love’s and its customers have raised more

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Nexon, 7-Eleven Play Well Together

Multiplayer online (MMO) game company Nexon America and 7-Eleven Inc. have kicked off the “Where You Play for Free” Slurpee drink campaign in the U.S. to introduce and promote the world of free-to-play online games. The promotion runs through Dec. 31 in more than 5,600 participating 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. The program includes four

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Wine Sales Sparkle On Election Day

Fresh & Easy said its sparkling wine sales more than doubled for Election Day last week, including the company’s 11 different bottles of sparkling wines, five of which are specially selected for Fresh & Easy. The best-selling bubbly for Election Day was the Fresh & Easy Montcadi Cava which retails for under $7. Seven of

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Mag Ranks ampm 29th Among Top 200 Franchises

Franchise Times magazine has ranked the ampm franchise number 29 on its list of Top 200 franchise systems, a 10-point jump over the company’s rank last year. The ampm c-store brand was the only one owned by an integrated oil and gas company to make the list. The Franchise Times singled out ampm for special

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PCATS Outlining POS, Back Office Goals

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) said today that the Point-of-Sale (POS) Back Office Interface Standards Committee will meet at the 2009 PCATS Annual Conference in January to complete PCATS-NAXML POS/Back Office Interface Version 4.0. The conference will be held Jan. 26, 2009, in Orlando, Fla. >“At the 2009 PCATS Annual Conference, our

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Udderly Interactive

For years, York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has proudly described itself as the place “Where milk comes from.” This notion will be the central theme of a new interactive Rutter’s Dairy exhibit planned for the Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York, Pa., the company said. The exhibit will open in two phases, the first beginning

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CITGO Refinery Recognized For Environmental Awareness

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) presented its annual OSPRA Award to CITGO Refining and Chemicals, a CITGO Petroleum Corporation refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the Clean Gulf Conference in San Antonio, Texas The OSPRA Award was established by the GLO to recognize organizations that have excelled in their efforts to comply with the

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Domino’s Pizza Chooses Pan-Oston For 2007 Partner Award

Domino’s Pizza named Pan-Oston the winner of its prestigious Partner Award for 2007, the companies said. Domino’s “ESP” program (“Excellence through Supplier Partnerships”) is a supply-chain management program that develops relationships though a 360-degree performance evaluation process that promotes communication and continuous improvement between Domino’s and suppliers. Pan-Oston designs and manufactures counter systems and décor

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Pepsi Bottling To Distribute Muscle Milk

Pepsi Bottling Group has signed an agreement with CytoSport Inc. to distribute Muscle Milk, a protein-enhanced functional beverage. The agreement will give Pepsi Bottling a license to distribute the ready-to-drink line of Muscle Milk and Muscle Milk Light in its territories in the U.S. and Canada. The agreement is effective immediately, so Pepsi Bottling will

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How Low Can it Go?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Wholesale prices for regular grade gasoline in large metropolitan markets across the country are below year-ago values, with retail prices in many of these markets now also falling under what their prices at the pump were last year. The remaining retail markets that are still holding

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Wilson Farms, Reid Petroleum Launch E85

New York convenience store chain Wilson Farms and fuel supplier Reid Petroleum will mark an environmental milestone on Nov. 6 as they launch Buffalo’s first E85 fuel station at a Wilson Farms store in North Tonawanda. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the occasion, which will include comments from Wilson Farms CEO and President Paul Nanula

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Rutter’s Store Opening Comes With $3K Donation

C-store operator Rutter’s Farm Stores has donated $3,000 to three charitable organizations near its convenience store in Swartara Township to commemorate the store’s Oct. 10 opening. “Part of our responsibility as a company is to give back to the communities that support Rutter’s,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores. “We’re proud

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Wawa, Food Banks Partner for Hunger Campaign

Wawa Inc. said it’s holding its ninth annual Check Out Hunger Campaign to benefit local food banks. The campaign will run Nov. 3 though Nov. 30 at all 570 Wawa stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The Check Out Hunger Campaign is an annual in-store fundraising campaign that allows Wawa customers to

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Engaging the Future

Retailers must embrace the many new opportunities offered in the tobacco category.   The current and future tobacco category will present new challenges that retailers will need to embrace if they are to succeed. As each convenience store retailer looks at the future of their tobacco business, there is one thing that is certain and

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Fundamentals of Running a Sound Business

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Keeping Costs in Check

Cutting costs won’t necessarily bring more customers into your store, but it will boost your bottom line. And though heaven knows costs are tough to cut these days, there is one way convenience retailers can save a bundle—by lowering food waste. C-store retailers seeking to win more customers by expanding food offerings should become vigilant

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Eliminate Cup Concerns

The new Sentry adjustable cup dispenser from San Jamar is the simple, affordable way to protect and dispense any cup and keep counters clean and organized. With beverage programs constantly changing this is a dispenser that can be adjusted for your current and future cup needs. The dispenser offers adjustable lifetime levers that prevent cup

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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

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Cooking Convenience

C. Cretors and Co.’s new and compact Hot Dog Cooker and Bun Warmer offers a resourceful design that simultaneously allows for freshly heating hot dogs while providing warm savory buns. Well suited for spaces with minimal counter space, Cretors Hot Dog Cooker and Bun Warmer is ideal for c-stores and other foodservice industries. The innovative

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Progress in Processing

Convenience store operators’ turbulent relationship with the credit card industry is set to enter a new phase in 2009 as a pair of legislative initiatives—one for consumers, the other a point of serious contention for retailers—come front and center. From both angles, facing off with credit card companies over the huge profits they’ve been reaping

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Ride The Gravy Train

Bob Evans Foodservice introduces the Bob Evans Sausage Gravy Dispenser and Biscuit in a Bowl, with convenience stores in mind. A leading restaurant brand, Bob Evans has been making classic sausage gravy for more than 30 years. The new sausage gravy offering comes ready-to-eat and it isn’t a concentrate, providing consistent quality and flavor batch

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Cenex Adds Gift Card Program

CHS Inc. has launched a new Cenex Winter Gift Card Campaign designed to help Cenex-branded retailers increase traffic and build incremental sales. The winter campaign includes all new in-store merchandising, three fresh gift card designs and professional installation services for operators, said Rick Cummings, vice president of refined fuels marketing for St. Paul, Minn.-based CHS.

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