Archives for October 2009

Hess Presents Charity Checks

  Hess Corporation donated $100,00 to two charities this weekend as part of its Home Run Campaign, which kicked off on Boston Red Sox’ home opening day.   On Sunday, Oct. 4, Aric Morrison, a Hess Retail regional director, presented the two $50,000 checks before the game-one to the Jimmy Fund through the Red Sox

Domo Dominates 7-11 This Fall

  Domo, the fuzzy brown creature from Japan with a trademark enigmatic open-mouth expression, is taking 7-Eleven stores by storm this fall.   From collectible Slurpee cups filled with Fuji Frost by Fanta, and flocked Slurpee character straws to Big Bite hot dog containers, coffee cups and even an exclusive Domo Attack! Energy drink, Domo

Retail Gasoline Price Downturn Stalled by Supply Surprise

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Wholesale gasoline costs in most major metropolitan markets across the U.S. stalled an extended seasonal price decline in early October following an unexpected drawdown in the nation’s inventory of gasoline, catching the market flatfooted, and driving a better than 6 percent increase in market pricing.  

House Committee To Review Interchange Bill

The House Financial Services Committee has scheduled a hearing for Oct. 8 to receive testimony on the Credit Card Interchange Fees Act (H.R. 2382), NACS reported. This legislation, introduced by Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Bill Shuster (R-PA), would begin to change many of rules imposed on merchants by the credit card companies. In preparation

Save-A-Lot Fights Breast Cancer

  Save-A-Lot food stores is joining the fight against breast cancer by partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization, for the remainder of 2009.   In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Save-A-Lot food stores will unveil a “pinked out” version of their No. 60 Save-A-Lot

Dunkin’ Donuts To Bid Farewell To President

  Dunkin’ Donuts’ president and chief brand officer, William Kussell, is leaving the company at year’s end.   Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis will also assume the role of Dunkin’ Donuts president.   “In the 15 years since Will joined Dunkin’ Donuts, the company has grown from a regional donut chain with about 3,000 stores

CITGO Awards Latest Fueling Good Prize

  Jennifer Frances, founder of Bess the Book Bus, is the latest winner of a year’s supply of fuel in the Fueling Good program presented by CITGO Petroleum Corp.    Based in Tampa, Fla., Bess the Book Bus is a mobile literacy program which provides free books and reading programs to underprivileged children across the community.

Pumpkin Pin-ups For Charity

  The 18th annual Halloween Promotion will kick off Oct. 1,  to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,  one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.   During the month-long Halloween Promotion, thousands of restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores and other retail locations nationwide

Wesco Deploys Retalix’s DAX Analyzer

  Wesco, a self-distributing convenience store chain with 51 locations across Michigan, has chosen Retalix’s DAX Analyzer, powered by the QlikView business intelligence engine from QlickTech, to further enhance its demand forecasting and replenishment operations.   DAX Analyzer provides Wesco with a dashboard-style business intelligence interface that integrates with the retailer’s existing installation of Retalix’s

Demonstration Ends At Suncor Site

  A protest ended peacefully yesterday evening after Greenpeace activists who entered Suncor’s oil sands site north of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, left the area under police escort.   “We’re happy that we were able to resolve yesterday’s events in a safe and peaceful manner,” said Steve Williams, Suncor’s chief operating officer. “As always,

Quick Chek Expands in New York

Quick Chek, a family-owned chain of 120 food stores throughout New Jersey and southern New York, celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in Middletown, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 21. The move furthers the marketer’s expansion into The Empire State, where it now operates two stores.   Quick Chek remains an industry leader in foodservice

Electronic Payments Coalition Lashes Out

  In response to the press conference held by 7-Eleven and the National Association of Convenience Stores regarding their petition, the Electronic Payments Coalition issued the following statement:   “It is the height of irony that a convenience store, which regularly marks up their products by as much as 500% for ‘convenience sake,’ doesn’t want

Piccadilly Circus Pizza

Piccadilly Circus Pizza has everything your customers could want, multiple styles of breakfast sandwiches, an array of sub sandwiches, and tasty snacks.  And, of course, the world’s best C-store pizza.  Today’s consumers demand product variety and flavor options.  Piccadilly Circus Pizza is on the leading edge of this flavor explosion with over 1400 locations coast

Douwe Egberts Coffee

Sara Lee has been a leader in coffee for the foodservice industry for many years. And, only Sara Lee Foodservice brings you Douwe Egberts®  coffee, the leading out-of-home brand worldwide. One powerful brand. Countless coffee solutions. Visit us at NACS Booth 1250 or www.saraleefoodservice.com to learn more.

Solo Cup

Solo continues their commitment to helping convenience store operators maximize profits while providing real value to their customers.  Reveal™ Polypropylene Cold Cups are the right product when combined with their single-lid solution to reduce SKUs, minimize waste and save money. For more information visit www.solocup.com or stop by NACS Booth # 854

YoCream

YoCream introduces new Tropical TremorTM flavors under their Jolly RancherTM Frozen Beverage brand: Pomegranate, Wild Berry, Mango, Fruit Punch and Sour Green Apple. The exciting new beverages are boldly flavored, less sweet, a little tart and intensely colored. Available for frozen carbonated and uncarbonated applications, the syrups are packaged in shelf stable bags with a

Opportunities Abound

The NACS Show is my annual reminder of just how much innovation exists among the many talented retailers and suppliers I communicate with every day. I expect this year’s show—amazingly the 14th of my career—to be one of the most interesting I’ve ever attended. While the event has so much to offer, a black cloud

People Make the Industry

When we decided to acquire Convenience Store Decisions from Penton Media nearly two years ago, we did so with an optimistic view of the convenience channel. The dynamics of the industry and its long-term growth prospects in terms of demographics, population expansion in key market areas, the range of needs it fills on a daily

Cruising the Express Lane

Customers in Sandpoint, Idaho crave convenience, but even they were surprised by the speed of service offered at the new Express Lane drive-through convenience store. Express Lane’s founder Adrian Cox was looking to expand his company and found the drive-through concept too tempting to pass up. He described the offering as an appealing and cost-effective

Retailing on Two Wheels

With gas pumps out front, automotive supplies inside and the occasional adjacent lube shop, c-stores are geared toward the driving public. But as more commuters take to bikes for exercise, to save on gas or to support a greener environment, one c-store owner is making bicycles his business. A bike commuter and bike mechanic, Edwin

Legislative Wrap Up for 2009

With the Democrats controlling both houses of Congress and the White House, this year has seen major federal tax and regulatory legislation signed into law that will dramatically impact the tobacco industry. On April 1, the largest tax increase on a single product in the history of the U.S. became law with the federal cigarette

A Certified Success

View From the Top: Certified Oil’s Leadership Team If experience is an accurate indicator of a company’s success, Certified Oil has a bright future. Three members of the company’s senior leadership team have been with the company for more than 30 years, and several others have major oil, grocery and management consulting backgrounds. The leadership

Kellogg’s

The Kellogg Convenience Team is excited to introduce Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® Double Chocolatey Chunk in a new 2.6 oz. bar. The newest expansion of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® Big Bar line gives consumers more of the crispy rice, marshmallow goodness, and rich chocolate flavor they love. It is a great addition to the wholesome

Johnsonville

Offer the uniquely seasoned brats and Italian sausage your patrons crave. Served with all the fixin’s, Minis are a profitable, year-round menu selection for sit-down or grab ‘n’ go. No one knows brats and Italian sausage like Johnsonville. And no one makes brats or Italian sausage like Johnsonville. www.johnsonvillefoodservice.comBooth number 1543  

Anheuser-Busch

 Bud Light Golden Wheat is a premium light, unfiltered wheat beer brewed with wheat malt, coriander and citrus peels – for the superior drinkability of Bud Light.  A medium-bodied brew available Oct. 5, Bud Light Golden Wheat is slightly sweet on first sip which gives way to a refreshingly tart, citrus finish. Bud Light Golden

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