Archives for June 2009

Atlas Oil Co. Expands

  Atlas Oil Co., Taylor, Mich., is acquiring 33 more retail gas stations/convenience stores in Southwest Chicago and the surrounding suburbs from BP Products North America Inc.   With this purchase, scheduled to close in June, Atlas will operate 113 BP stations in the Chicagoland/Northwest Indiana region and will distribute more than 300,000,000 gallons of fuel annually for

Rutter’s Ranks No.1

  Rutter’s Farms Stores, which operates 56 c-stores in Pennsylvania, beat out McDonald’s, Burger King and Starbucks, placing first in five categories in the York Sunday News’ 2009 “Best of in the York.”   Rutter’s won first place for coffee (Starbucks ranked No. 2); breakfast-quick service (followed by McDonald’s and Burger King, respectively); lunch-quick service

Retalix to Offer Tidel Cash Management Systems

  Dallas-based Retalix, a global provider of software solutions for retailers and distributors, has entered into a reseller agreement with Tidel Engineering L.P., in order to provide Tidel’s electronic cash management systems to c-store operators.   Under the agreement, Retalix will tightly integrate the Retalix StorePoint point-of-sale (POS) software with Tidel’s Sentinel retail cash security

Dipping Into New Profits

In a market plagued by high taxes, declining gross margin profits on cigarettes and the likely possibility of FDA restrictions on tobacco, retailers more than ever need to manage the tobacco category more closely. It’s no secret that the smokeless category has been growing, with big year-on-year gains in new product sales, flavors and line

Burst of Energy

Did You Know? By the year 2001, the U.S. energy drink market had grown to nearly $8 million per year in retail sales. Over the next 5 years, it grew an average of more than 50% per year, totaling over $3 billion in 2005. Diet energy drinks are growing at nearly twice that rate within

A Shot of Energy

Did You Know? Energy shot sales have doubled to $423 million, according to a report released last month by Zenith International. Other key findings from the “2009 Zenith Energy Shot Drinks” report include: • Energy shot drinks present traditional energy drinks with new distribution channel opportunities, such as the health and nutrition sector. • Living

New Flavors, Demand Drives OTP

Despite the SCHIP bill and mounting state taxes, smokeless tobacco products have experienced a strong year packed with innovation, new flavors and increased consumer demand. According to the NACS 2009 State of the Industry report, smokeless tobacco sales surged 6.1% to $2.96 billion last year. The average c-store totaled $1,703 per month in smokeless sales

New Products, Fuel Dispensed Beverages

The cold frozen dispensed category is undergoing some major changes these days, with many c-stores adding milkshakes and even energy slushees to their offerings. The additions continue to make the cold and frozen dispensed category one of the hottest in the convenience store industry. “We’ve had great success with using energy drinks like Monster, Rock

Competition Heats Up for Coffee

Did You Know? Data released by the National Coffee Association shows the market penetration for coffee has surpassed that of soft drinks, reversing a 20-year pattern. Fifty-seven percent of American adults drink coffee daily versus 51% for soft drinks. Coffee drinking among 18-24 year-olds also jumped 6%, the fourth year in a row for such

New Products Power the Roller Grill

Tough times call for creative measures. The stagnant economy and hefty cigarette taxes have more c-store chains expanding their foodservice segments and adding more roller grill items to provide a greater array of hot food options at a value price to sustain loyal customers. “Customers automatically associate c-stores and roller grills. It’s been a source

Pizza Palates Changing

Fast Facts About Pizza • Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or about 350 slices per second. • Pizza is a $30 billion per year industry. There are approximately 69,000 pizzerias in the U.S. Approximately three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year. (Source: Blumenfeld and Associates) • Pizzerias represent

Prepaid Sales Surging

Whether it’s phone cards, credit cards or prepaid gaming cards being promoted by 7-Eleven, prepaid sales are hot, and retailers would be wise to get in on the action. For example, c-store operators with a high number of ethnic customers could capitalize on the growing reloadable cell phone card market. The top destinations for overseas

Role of Technology Expanding

Whether it’s PCI compliance, overcoming high credit card fees or getting more out of a current point-of-sale (POS) system, investing in technology has never been more important for c-stores. With PCI compliance deadlines looming, many operators are still not up to speed on what they need to do, or how to do it. The Payment

Tracking the Trends

An otherwise tough year for convenience stores was balanced out by strong retail fuel margins from the unprecedented drop in wholesale fuels prices during the fourth quarter of 2008, according to National Association of Convenience Stores’ (NACS) 2009 State of the Industry report. However, credit card fees continue to take a toll on industry profitability.

C-Store Food Sales Get Healthier

Convenience retailers are increasing their share of healthy, fresh food sales, according to industry observers, who noted convenience outlets and big boxes are also gaining share at the expense of grocery stores. Though fresh and prepared foods offer high margin rings, c-store retailers should be certain they are truly ready to do food preparation before

The Coffee Battle Brews

Convenience store operators need to focus on meeting consumer demand for a quality cup of coffee as McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks and Caribou all announced plans to step up their brew programs to reel in consumers during a tough economy. About 54% of the adult population in the U.S. classify themselves as coffee consumers, according

Pizza Supreme

The most complete line of pizzeria products is now available all under one brand name—Bonici, the new pizza brand from Tyson Food Service. The Bonici brand is the only brand of pizza products backed by the support and insights of one of the most trusted names in foodservice. The brand represents a complete portfolio of

Grab and Go Goodness

To meet the demands of today’s busy consumer seeking convenient, flavorful and affordable breakfast and snack solutions, Johnsonville Sausage is rolling out handheld sandwiches featuring the company’s link sausage enrobed in a soft, warm roll. The 5-ounce sandwiches feature on-trend flavors and intriguing ingredients already built into a juicy, savory smoked-sausage link, including: Southwestern Style,

It’s a Hit

Officials at Monster Energy have set sail on a new venture certain to once again take the energy drink market by storm. Bigger, badder and better tasting—everything you’d expect from the No. 1 energy drink in the U.S.—Monster Energy unveiled its latest offering to the world of instant energy needs: The new Monster Hitman Energy

Perfect Profits

This is a high-quality deep fryer that takes up a two-foot by two-foot space on convenience store counters. No hoods, no vents and no odors. It may look compact, but it can produce 70 pounds of frozen food every hour—that’s more than 200 sides of fries. It is easy to clean and has presets, so

Fresh Coffee Services

From quaint cafes to convenience stores on every corner, coffee is stylish and trendy. People expect great coffee these days, no matter where they are, no matter what they’re doing. Filterfresh Coffee Services Inc., a division of Van Houtte Inc., believes in offering customers a great coffee anywhere, anytime. Latte Lounge, the new coffee brewer

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New Compact Ice Machines

Hoshizaki America Inc., Peachtree City, Ga., has introduced two new Cuber Ice Machines, the KM-260B_H and the KM-201B_H. The KM-260B_H produces up to 263 pounds of ice per 24 hours and offers 100 pounds of built-in storage. The KM-201B_H produces up to 201 pounds of ice per 24 hours and has 80 pounds of built-in

It’s Not Just a Southern Thing!

  Lettieri’s is building on its already sensational breakfast program by adding two Southern Style biscuit sandwiches for busy customers on-the-go. The two new menu choices will include the Country Fried Steak & Cheese Biscuit and the Chicken & Cheese Biscuit.   The Country Fried Steak & Cheese Biscuit offers a light and tender southern-style biscuit,

New Beverage Offers Relaxation, Stress Relief

The maker MALAVA RELAX, the anti-energy drink, now offers in NOVOCAINE, which provides five times the relaxation, five times the stress relief and five times the clarity of mind as the original. When you drink NOVOCAINE, with five times the kavalactones, it puts you in a happy, tranquil state. NOVOCAINE and RELAX are the only