Archives for August 2009

Names to Remember

August is always one of my favorite issues of the year. It’s the month we get to profile convenience store “Chains to Watch” for the next 12 months. This year we’ve focused in on two outstanding chains, Stripes, a division of Susser Holdings in Corpus Christi, Texas, and EZ Energy, a rapidly growing operator based

On Location with CSD

It isn’t often one finds a c-store with a hanging chandelier and a fireplace in the office, but Dave Carney’s Hillside Chevron Station in Torrance, Calif., is anything but conventional. This April, the store began a major renovation, transforming what was a traditional c-store into a site with charming old-world Santa Barbara style; a Spanish

A Higher Calling

Pastor Tom Atchison’s work with those down on their luck has led him to many places, but never did he think he would find his calling at a Texaco car wash and convenience store. As Pastor of the New Beginnings Church in Tampa, Fla., Atchison also runs a program called New Beginnings, which provides transitional

Pizza Popularity Drives Food Sales

Some version of pizza has been around ever since a working man in Ancient Greece discovered that a flat round bread (plankuntos) embellished with assorted toppings made a hearty, thrifty and convenient dining experience. Little did that anonymous cook suspect that his humble meal would one day launch a major industry. According to Blumenfeld and

Frozen Sales Heating Up

Since its invention about half a century ago, the frozen dispensed beverage has become a convenience store tradition, with three out of every four U.S. convenience outlets housing a frozen beverage bar. While frozen dispensed beverages are not a huge portion of the typical store’s overall sales, the product is profitable, thanks to a gross

Cigars Enhance Flavor Profile

The SCHIP tobacco tax rates that hit on April 1 are costing cigar smokers more, but sales continue to persevere. As of April, the federal taxes on large cigars rose from 20.719% of the wholesale price with a tax cap of 4.875 cents per cigar to 52.75% of the wholesale price with a tax cap

Getting More From Your POS

New electronic point-of-sale (POS) solutions are rolling out constantly, pushing retailers to make wise decisions based on their needs. Moreover, with PCI compliance nearing, finding the right solution can be more difficult. POS system owners typically use only a small fraction of the system’s capabilities, noted IBM global products executive Ralph Jacobson. “We did a

Managing Today’s Retail Workforce

Because major shifts in the economy have created unparalleled effects on the labor market, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics Inc. collaborated on our first ever human resources study in order to help convenience store owners understand the actions those in our industry are taking–or planning to take–in the coming months. An in-depth survey asked more

Turkey Hill Supports its Hometown Heroes

While the recession rages on at home and many Americans are struggling to make ends meet, far too many people have forgotten the work our brave men and women are doing overseas. So, Turkey Hill rallied its own troops to send them a message: You are not forgotten. Last month, the Pennsylvania-based operator of Turkey

Summer Fuel Outlook

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Understanding the market movements for energy commodities in 2009 has become complicated. The old way of looking at the market through the lens of supply and demand seems to hold less relevance. Now, broad-based economic indicators are overruling an inventory buildup or a slump in demand.

Undercounter Freezers & Refrigerators

Hoshizaki’s Tempguard Undercounter Refrigerators and Freezers, models HWF40/68A and HWR40/68/96A, feature an Evercheck control system, which monitors temperature levels and operating conditions. They offer a signature stainless-steel interior and exterior top, front, sides and bottom, and a galvanized steel back for long life.  The stainless-steel top includes a four-inch backsplash. The cabinet and doors are

New Heat-and-Eat Sandwiches

To meet demands of today’s busy consumer seeking convenient, flavorful and affordable breakfast and snack solutions, Johnsonville Sausage LLC, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., introduces hand-held sandwiches featuring the company’s famous link sausage enrobed in a soft, warm roll. The five-ounce sandwiches—which debuted at the 2009 Research Chef Association Conference in Dallas and Pizza Expo in Las

Organic Juices

When stocking the grab-and-go case, retailers now can satisfy health- and planet-conscious guests with R.W. Knudsen Family’s new line of 8-ounce single-serving organic juices. The line includes six organic flavors— Orange, Cranberry, Concord Grape, Pomegranate, Apple and Very Veggie. Supplying organic products is a simple, eco-friendly initiative for c-store operators to adopt. R.W. Knudsen Family

Elvis Is In The Building

Djeep is adding to its popular line of disposable lighters with the roll out the new Elvis series designs. The line follows the Marilyn Monroe Collectors’ Series featuring photos from the collection of famous photographer Milton Greene and the reintroduction of its Cats Eyes series. The new Elvis Presley Collection features four classic photo designs,

Control Blood Sugar

Generex introduced Glucose RapidSpray, a dietary glucose spray for those that desire or require additional glucose in their diets. The spray helps control blood sugar levels in both humans and pets. Clinically tested, the instant spray is convenient, has a great taste and is fat free. It is available in orange and raspberry flavors. Generex(800)

Prepare Meals Quickly and Efficiently

Denver-based Catering by Design, which offers everything from intimate dinners to large corporate barbeques and was named Catering Company of the Year 2008 by Event Solutions Magazine, depends on Electrolux Professional products to meet its catering demands. This includes an Electrolux air-o-chill 102 blast chiller/freezer and air-o-steam 102 combi oven, which together comprise the air-o-system.

New Beverage Offerings

Cliffstar Corporation introduces new items that promise to set the beverage market on its ear. Cliffstar is the largest private label beverage supplier in the U.S. and currently carries premium juices, teas, nutrient enhanced waters and isotonic thirst quenchers. Thanks to its elaborate, state-of-the art innovation center, Cliffstar is announcing new products available for sale

Selling Freshness Just Got Easier

New Colgate Wisp gives customers that just brushed clean feeling anytime, anywhere. Colgate Wisp is a single-use mini toothbrush with a breath-freshening bead that allows customers to brush on the go; no water or rinsing required. Its cleaning bristles and soft pick help remove food and particles from between teeth, while the freshening bead dissolves

New High Speed Sandwich Press

Electrolux Professional introduces its new High Speed  Sandwich Press, which grills sandwiches and wraps with various fillings in half the time of a traditional Panini Grill. What would normally take nearly two minutes, now takes only 40 seconds! The Sandwich Press outperforms any standard sandwich grill by taking a sandwich from 39 degrees to perfectly

Cheese Jerky

Snack Patrol LLC has developed a new snack, called Cheese Jerky®, that combines shredded beef jerky with string cheese. This new product, which is already available in stores across the U.S., offers a previously impossible variation of string cheese. To make this snack, premium beef jerky is shredded, then added to Wisconsin farmstead string cheese.

Wind Resistant Lighters

Built upon a long term relationship, Scripto, America’s first and most trusted brand of utility lighters, and Anheuser-Busch, a dominating industry leader, team up once again to continue their success in the Utility Lighter category by announcing the release of the new Anheuser-Busch Utility Lighter Collection. The Budweiser and Bud Light Wind Resistant Outdoor Utility

Optimo Flavored Mini Cigarillos

The growing Optimo line of cigars from Swisher International Inc. now offers customers a Mini Cigarillo size in two extremely popular flavors: Peach and Grape. The Mini Cigarillo size has already proven to be a favorite among customers—and both grape and peach are two of the hottest flavors in the market. Combine this popular size

Mini Monster Battered Taquito

Are your roller grills still bringing consumers into your stores? Today quality, value and a trusted brand are more important than ever.  Your customer knows Don Miguel stands for quality and authentic Mexican foods.  Don Miguel’s new Mini Monster Battered Taquitos maintain this tradition, which the company began in 1908. Its 3-ounce battered taquitos bring

Flavorful Peanuts

Diamond Foods’ Emerald Snack Brand offers  Bold-Flavored Oven Roasted Peanuts including Barbeque, Wasabi and Chipotle flavors.  In addition to being a great source of natural energy, the peanuts have the unique distinction of being “mess free” (no napkins needed). The Emerald Barbeque Oven Roasted Peanuts evoke the outdoors with a combination of sweet honey and

Republic Tobacco Introduces Gambler Cigars

Republic Tobacco, the country’s number one provider of roll-your-own and make-your-own cigarette tobacco, papers and accessories, is entering the cigar category with the introduction of Gambler Cigars. Gambler Cigars couple fine cigar tobacco with a low per-pack price to provide cigar smokers with a genuine smoking experience within a modest budget. “Cigars are a natural