Archives for December 2009

Top Food Trends For the New Year

As foodservice grows to be more and more important in the c-store channel, it’s worth noting  The Food Channel’s list of the top 10 food trends to watch for 2010. The Web site released its top 10 for ’10 based on research conducted in conjunction with CultureWaves and the International Food Futurists. According to the

Stewart’s Shops Matches Donations

  Stewart’s Shops has kicked off its annual Holiday Match campaign, which continues through Christmas Day, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.    Stewart’s Shops, which operates 327 c-stores in Upstate New York and Vermont will match individual donations made to charity in any of its convenience stores.   In 2008, the Holiday Match total reached $1.1

New Gift Card Aimed At Hispanic Community

  Univision Communications Inc., a Spanish-language media companyhas introduce the Univision MasterCard Gift Card (Tarjeta de Regalo Univision MasterCard) issued by The Bancorp Bank.   The new gift card will provide the U.S. Hispanic community the gift of choice with a secure, flexible and convenient card that can be used anywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted.

Five Rivers MetroParks Recycle Used Oil

  Employees at the 25 Five Rivers MetroParks facilities in the greater Dayton, Ohio area recently started collecting used motor oil from service vehicles that maintain the system’s nearly 15,000 acres.   They’re recycling the used-oil to generate heat for their offices and workshop. The environmentally friendly effort has spurred neighboring businesses and residents to

Missouri Woman Wins BP Fuel Contest Grand Prize

  BP Products North America Inc. has announced the winner of the BP Younger for Longer Challenge, awarding 30-year-old Rachel Malone of Springfield, Mo., $10,000 in BP gasoline for sharing her inspirational story of how she overcame all odds with her love for running.   After battling a brain tumor in her 20s, Malone was

NCR Acquires DVDPlay, Adds Rental Kiosks

  NCR Corporation is significantly expanding its network of DVD-rental kiosks through the acquisition of Campbell, Calif.-based DVDPlay, which operates about 1,300 kiosks in the U.S. and Canada.   With the acquisition, NCR expects to operate some 3,800 kiosks by the end of the year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.   NCR plans

NYC Cracks Down On Untaxed Cigarette Sales

New York City has accused several cigarette dealers on a Long Island Indian reservation of secretly defying a court to stop selling untaxed cigarettes to the general public, the New York Post reported. In August, a federal judge ruled that the largest shops on the Poospatuck reservation were to cease the sale of untaxed cigarettes

New Granby Kum & Go Prepares To Open

  A new Kum & Go located on Highway 40 in Granby, Colo., is set to open this month, the Sky-Hi Daily News reported.   The opening target for the 3,400 square-foot convenience store and gas station is 6 a.m. on Dec. 18. The store will feature heavily insulated glass, LED cooler door lights and

Two New Ethanol Fuel Stations Open in California

Pearson Fuels will join CALSTART to celebrate the grand opening of the first Ethanol (E85) alternative fuel stations in Pomona, Calif. and Perris, Calif., with special ribbon-cutting ceremonies scheduled for Dec. 16. The Pomona grand opening is set for noon at Foothill Chevron at 100 West Foothill Boulevard in Pomona and at 3:00 p.m. at

New Jersey Retailers Sue Exxon

  A group of 88 Exxon Mobil Corp. gas station operators, including at least 24 from New Jersey, are suing Exxon Mobil Corp., alleging that the company is delaying deliveries on fuel when prices increase in order to manipulate the price of gas at the pump, reported.     The 45-page lawsuit filed in

Rutter’s Adds Blockbuster Express DVD Rental Kiosks

  Rutter’s Farm Stores, York, Pa., is debuting Blockbuster Express DVD rental kiosks at 19 of its stores.   The big blue kiosks arrived this week, with plans to have them at all stores in the next few months. For ease of customer access, the kiosks are located outside on the stores’ front docks.  

Dos Equis Launches Consumer Program

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import beer brand in the U.S., is rolling out the brand’s most interesting Game within the Game January through March consumer program designed to capture the sports enthusiast’s attention and keep grocery, liquor and c-store retailers cash registers ringing during the January through March, 2010 period.    Playing off the

Toot ‘n Totum Announces $10 Million Expansion

  As Toot ‘n Totum celebrates its 60th year in business next year, it is embarking on a $10 million expansion project in Amarillo, Texas, that will commence in February. The company will add three new stores to its 61 locations and completely replace two existing stores, Amarillo Globe-News reported.   The new designs will

Circle K Launches Franchise Program in Florida

Circle K stores are breaking new ground this year by offering franchise opportunities to business owners in Florida. Circle K has more than 450 stores in Florida.  Its position in the Florida marketplace creates a host of efficiencies, such as marketing, financing, support and training for franchisees. Franchising with Circle K provides c-store operators brand

Casey’s Second Quarter Profit Grows 23%

  Casey’s General Stores Inc.’s fiscal second-quarter, ended Oct. 31, saw profit grow 23% on higher margins, while commodity costs and gasoline prices declined compared to last year, the Wall Street Journal reported.   Casey’s reported a profit of $33.6 million, or 66 cents a share, up from $27.3 million, or 54 cents a share,

Gilbarco Passport Passes Certification By PCI SSC

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has validated that the Gilbarco Veeder-Root Passport Point of Sale system’s Enhanced Dispenser Hub (EDH) V01.XX, included with Passport Version 8.02, is compliant with the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS).   Passport application software, which will be released for Chevron, Concord (Generics, Gulf, Sinclair, Sunoco,

Sheetz Named Best Place To Work

For the eighth consecutive year, Sheetz was named the best retailer to work for in Pennsylvania, according to The Best Places to Work in PA group.   The 2009 rankings were recently announced in Hershey, Pa.  and convenience retail chain Sheetz was listed at number 25 on the list of top 50 large companies. The

U.S. Retail Gasoline Prices to Slide into Mid-December

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices will gradually move lower across the country through the middle of December after wholesale markets rallied on the first day of the month before easing on limited demand and climbing inventory.   Preliminary industry data for the week of Thanksgiving showed a

Chevron Closes One Door, Opens Others

While Chevron’s decision last week to pull out of several U.S. markets, the oil major said it is refocusing it’s efforts on key states where its supply infrastructure is strong, a decision that will allow it to compete more effectively. The San Ramon, Calif. marketer surprised the industry with its announcement to withdraw motor fuels

Clark Brands Rolls Out Fuelman Fleet Card

  Clark Brands and Fuelman has introduced a new program that will allow Fuelman customers to make purchases at the pump at participating Clark branded and credit card locations. This new program will provide advantages to Clark’s Licensees and their stores and to Fuelman fleet clients.   The program is being rolled out beginning in

7-Eleven To Expand In Pacific Northwest

  7-Eleven Inc. is expanding its presence in Puget Sound, Wash., and in northern California by 65 stores in the next two years.   By the end of 2011, the chain will have added about 15 new stores in the Puget Sound, Wash. area; and more than 50 new stores in northern California, starting with

PCATS To Evaluate Use Of Payment System Product Codes

  The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has created a survey to identify the use of PCATS payment product codes within the convenience store industry. Retailers are requested to participate in the survey located at by Friday, Dec. 18.   In addition to measuring the number of merchant fueling locations that have

Quick Chek Announces “Warm Up Wednesday”

  Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food stores throughout New Jersey and southern New York, is celebrating the beginning of the cold weather season on Wed., Dec. 16, offering morning coffee patrons a complimentary cup of soup during its daytime operating hours.   Customers purchasing any size Quick Chek coffee between 5

Canadian Renewable Fuel Pioneers Honored

  The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has announced the 2009 Green Fuels Award Recipients. The awards honor pioneers in the development and commercialization of low carbon renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel in Canada. The awards were presented at the recent  6th Annual Canadian Renewable Fuels summit in Vancouver.    The New Producer Award

Tyson Food Service Introduces Charbroil Beef Patties

  Recent data shows consumers are craving mini sandwiches, which has grown on menus 183% during the past year, according to Mintel Menu Insights, Q1 2008 and Q1 2009. In addition, mini burgers were the number one appetizer/starter in the National Restaurant Association’s Chef’s Survey: What’s Hot in 2009 survey.    Tyson is meeting the