Archives for 2008

McDonald’s May Tweak Dollar Menu

Fast food giant McDonald’s admitted to problems with franchisees over a platform that’s behind much of its turnaround, and the chain could be aiming to tweak its dollar menu until it’s profitable, Advertising Age reported. In a second-quarter earnings call with analysts this past week, President and COO Ralph Alvarez said increased commodity costs, declining

Giles Rolls Out New Island Deli

Giles Foodservice Equipment has introduced an island deli case designed to maximize visibility of packaged products while keeping the products and packaging fresh. The new display is offered in single-tier and double-tier models, both available in 6-foot or 4-foot sizes. The Giles Island Display Case (GIDC) was developed to meet retailer needs for product showcasing

Dunkin’ Donuts Signs Franchisee For 34 Stores In Mississippi

Dunkin’ Donuts has signed Capital Franchise Group Inc. to a multi-store development agreement that will bring 34 restaurants to Mississippi’s Jackson, Tupelo and Greenwood areas, the companies said. In addition to the 34-unit agreement, Dunkin’ Donuts is seeking new and existing franchisees to purchase a minimum of five restaurants in the areas around Memphis and

RedPrairie Aims To Improve Manager-Employee Communication

RedPrairie Corporation said it has created a next-generation employee self-service application allowing employers to more effectively communicate and interact with their employees. As part of the RedPrairie Workforce Management solution, the enhanced employee self-service capability provides employees with the ability to confirm work schedules, check hours worked, submit time-off requests and receive other job-related information

United Supermarkets Pegs FuelQuest For Fuel Management

United Supermarkets has chosen software and services company FuelQuest to streamline and manage the grocery chain’s bulk fuel processes, FuelQuest said. United Supermarkets is a regional grocery chain operating 47 stores in 27 cities across north and west Texas. “Heightened fuel price volatility coupled with the expansion of our retail fuel sites throughout Texas required

Second Gas Giveway Awarded By Rutter’s

Jason Waltz of Spring Grove is proof that good things happen in threes, according to Rutter’s Farm Stores. On Monday, Waltz celebrated his 33rd birthday, and just a day later ended up celebrating the win of three years worth of free gasoline, courtesy of Rutter’s Farm Stores. Waltz was the second grand-prize winner in Rutter’s

Susser Pairs With KSS For Fuel Pricing Solutions

Susser Holdings Corp. has selected KSS to help manage its fuel prices at more than 500 locations in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Susser expanded its relationship with KSS after it acquired Town and Country Food Stores, which was an existing KSS customer during the acquisition. KSS is a global supplier of fuels pricing analytics,

Dillons Adds Fuel Services Separate Of Grocery Sites

Dillons said it’s building its first gas station not located on the site of a Dillons grocery store, The Wichita Eagle reported. Operating as a small convenience kiosk surrounded by Dillons’ logoed gas pumps, the new store is expected to open next month and is the first such concept under the Dillons flag, company spokeswoman

Hot Stuff Foods Doubles Business With New ‘QSF’ Initiative

Hot Stuff Foods has reached last year’s franchise openings in half the time as a result of its “Quality, Service and Freshness” (QSF) initiative, said Hot Stuff CEO John Fontana. Hot Stuff’s total focus on QSF has helped make the company the largest and highest-rated pizza franchiser in the convenience store industry, Fontana said. “For

Study: Coffee Could See More At-Home Brewing

Economic pressures are expected to drive consumers to brew more premium coffee at home and possibly choose less extravagant out-of-home coffees, according to a Packaged Foods study referenced by The end result could mean the foodservice sector will maintain the lion’s share of coffee dollars, though growth in coffee purchased in retail could slightly

Chester’s Opens Charlotte Store

Chester’s International, a leading fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store industry, celebrated another the grand opening this past week as it unveiled its store in a Sam’s Mart in Charlotte, N.C. The Charlotte Chester’s will be owned and operated by Adnan Jazairi. “Sam’s Express Mart is happy bringing Chester’s great tasting menu items

Coca-Cola Prices Could Jump

Coca-Cola drinkers can expect to pay more for their favorite drink this fall, after Coca-Cola Enterprises – the company’s biggest bottler – said it’s raising prices after Labor Day, the New York Times reported. Problems at the bottler also hurt the Coca-Cola Company’s bottom line, because it owns about 35% of that business, the newspaper

ePayments Corp. Acquires ACH Technologies

ePayments Corp., an electronic payments processing and support services company, said it has acquired ACH Technologies Inc. of Hastings, Minn. Under the acquisition terms, ePayments will assume control of and manage the company’s check recovery accounts from Denver. The move also allows ePayments to offer additional services to the newly acquired accounts, such as credit

Multi-Owner Retail Package up for Grabs

Nine California stores, multiple owners, just one sale. NRC Realty Advisors is putting a twist on its traditional sealed bid auction process. It is offering nine retail units owned by several companies in a single bid auction process which will culminate Aug. 26. Previously, all units offered in each sale had been owned and operated

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