Archives for 2009

Couche-Tard Looks to Double its Presence

  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the operator of Circle K convenience stores, is seeking to double the amount of c-store outlets it operates in the U.S. and Canada during the next few years, the Canada National Post reported.   Laval, Quebec-based Couche-Tard, the second-biggest convenience-store chain in the U.S. with 3,858 stores in 43 states and

Go Fast Inks Deal with Denver Broncos

Go Fast Sports and Beverage, Co. reached a deal with the Denver Broncos to have its energy drink poured at INVESCO Field at Mile High during the 2009 NFL season. Go Fast Energy Drinks will be available at over 20 different points of sale and have three Go Fast branded bars at high-traffic concourse areas

Kwik Pik Approved as Stalking-Horse Bidder

  The Delaware District of The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved Kwik Pik LLC, an affiliate of Lehigh Gas Corporation, as the Stalking Horse Bidder in the Uni-Marts Bankruptcy Asset Sale. The court also approved the revised auction procedures. On Sept. 23, a live auction will be held to determine the ultimate buyer(s) of the

Lil’ Drug Store Products Partners With Ricola

  Lil’ Drug Store Products, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Ricola USA, Morris Plains, N.J., today announced that Lil’ Drug Store will be the exclusive distributor of Ricola cough and throat drop sticks to convenience stores across the U.S.   Lil’ Drug Store will begin shipping the product Oct. 1 and will offer four popular flavors

Global Axcess Corp. To Provide ATMs For Regional C-Store Chain

  Global Axcess Corp., Jacksonville, Fla., an independent provider of self-service kiosk solutions, has signed a five-year contract, valued at more than $550,000 per year, with a regional convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S. and will provide ATMs at 52 locations.   The chain, which was not named, is a new customer for Global

Alon Brands Picks Acumera To Manage Network Services

  Acumera Inc., an Austin, Texas-based provider of managed network services, has won the contract for network integration and management services for Alon Brands.   Alon Brands, headquartered in Dallas, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alon USA Energy, Inc. that operates more than 300 convenience stores in the southwestern U.S. Alon Brands also is

Circle K, XYIENCE Offer Harley-Davidson Promotion

  XYIENCE and Circle K stores have joined forces to give c-store shoppers in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada a chance to win a new Harley-Davidson.    The promotion kicks off on Sept. 14 and runs through Oct. 11 at more than 700 participating Circle K locations. Harley-Davidson hopefuls can pick up entry forms in the stores on

Court Approves APPCO Sale

  The sale of Appalachian Oil Company Inc. (APPCO) convenience store chain in eastern Tennessee to Florida Sunshine Investments Inc. was approved by bankruptcy Judge Marsha Parsons yesterday. The closing  is expected to follow today.   “I’m pleased that Florida Sunshine will retain all of APPCO’s stores, a portion of its dealer business, and the

Sheetz Looks to Build New Store

  Sheetz is planning to continue its growth with a new gas station and convenience store in Allegheny County, Pa., but is facing a long road, the Tribune-Review reported.   The c-store company proposed a store that would be located in the East Oakmont section of Plum, Pa., which may be brought before the planning

Computer Hacker Gonzalez Gets 15-25 Years

The computer hacker accused of masterminding one of the largest cases of identity theft in U.S. history, including those involving 7-Eleven, agreed Friday to plead guilty and serve up to 25 years in federal prison, CBS News reported. Albert Gonzalez of Miami was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges in federal

Allied Electronics, Gulf Oil Expand Parts Portal

Allied Electronics has been awarded “Preferred Vendor Status” by Gulf Oil L.P. for its online store called Parts Portal, which is designed to save Gulf Dealers up to 40% on key items necessary for running their businesses. Allied and Gulf will expand the program from 300 Assured Dealer locations to 1,300 Gulf Oil jobbers, dealers

Flying J Truck Repair Shops Acquired

  Flying J, the struggling travel center corporation that recently merged with PilotTravel Centers LLC of Knoxville, Tenn., as part of its framework for emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is selling its truck repair shops, the Post-Tribune reported.   Bosselman Boss Shops of Grand Island, Neb., has acquired the 15 J Care Service Centers, a

R.J. Reynolds Joins Others in Challenging Provisions of FDA Tobacco Act

  R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company joined Commonwealth Brands Inc., Lorillard Inc., National Tobacco Company L.P. and Discount Tobacco City & Lottery Inc. in filing a lawsuit Monday to protect their First Amendment right to communicate with adult tobacco consumers about their products, Reuters reported.   The suit was filed in federal court in Bowling Green, Ky.,

Tropical Tremor Frozen Beverage

YoCream introduces new Tropical Tremor flavors under their Jolly Rancher 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

New Time Delay Ink Labels

SafeTScribe Technologies has developed a new line of time delay sensitized ink labels that can be programmed to change over specific periods of time, ranging from two hours to 200 days. SafeTScribe’s TimeMarks can be used to accurately manage the freshness of products on retail shelves to ensure inventory rotation and proper handling in the

Three New Flavors

Farley’s & Sathers Candy Co. Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of quality confectionery and gum products is introducing three new flavors to its Now and Later SOFT Nine-Piece Changemakers line. The flavors are Soft Banana, Soft Cherry and Soft Watermelon. The nine-piece bar comes packed 24 in a tray and has 12 trays per

Shake Up Your Deli Case

Chicken wings are one of the hottest carry-out items around. Now, MINOR’S Up For Grabs flavor bags make it easier than ever to offer customers chicken wings in the flavors they crave, in a versatile, easy-to-use format. Each re-sealable Up for Grabs pouch contains 4-ounces of ready-to-use Honey BBQ, Buffalo or Teriyaki sauce. Just place


Convenience Valet partnered with Alacer Corp. to be the exclusive distributor of Emergen-C blister packs to all channels of trade. Alacer Corp. has been producing nutritionally enhanced products for more than 35 years. Convenience Valet now is distributing three flavors of Emergen-C effervescent drink mix. Emergen-C is packed with 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C, seven

New Baked Snack Mix flavors

The Kellogg Convenience Store Team is excited to bring you Cheez-It Barbecue & Cheddar and Extra Hot & Spicy Snack Mix flavors. A great addition to the Cheez-It Snack Mix family, these zesty new flavors give your consumers the bold and tasty crunch they’re looking for. The convenient mid-sized bags are perfect for your on-the-go

New Cinnabon Crisps

Cinnabon Crisps, the latest creation from Nostalgic Specialty Foods (NSF), will be unveiled to select retailers in 2009, including at trade shows, such as the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing NACS Show. The Cinnabon name offers high brand recognition and is synonymous with delicious snacking. These crisps are crafted with Cinnabon’s fragrant, flavorful Makara


f’REAL! Foods launched its first co-branded product–the new Limited Edition MilkShake made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups–available exclusively in Sheetz stores; and new Limited Edition flavor–f’REAL! chocolate chip Cookie Dough Limited Edition MilkShake–available in most of the company’s 4,000+ retail accounts nationwide. The line extension accounted for about 20% of total MilkShake sales in its

Premium Brisket Beef Jerky

Prime Snax Inc. of Salt Lake City, a processor of a variety of quality meat snacks and beef jerky, including organic beef jerky, announced the introduction of their newest product line: Desert Star Premium Brisket Beef Jerky. The new jerky boasts an All-American origin, including U.S. grown beef and processing in Prime Snax’ U.S.D.A. approved

Enhanced Juice

The newest addition to the Minute Maid Enhanced line of chilled juice drinks, Strawberry Kiwi flavor, combines both Yerba Maté and real fruit juice to provide consumers with a delicious natural energy boost. Available to retailers nationwide beginning in August, Minute Maid Strawberry Kiwi is the brand’s first offering of the popular, great-tasting strawberry and

Sandwich Aioli

If you think it’s hard to come up with new and creative sandwich ideas, think again. New Hellmann’s Real Aiolis are the easiest way to upscale your sandwich menu and keep your customers coming back for more. Aioli is a sauce that has been a foundation of classical cuisine for many years. Because it’s tricky

First Energy Drink With Nitrous Oxide

Monster Energy is launching a new, innovative product called Nitrous Monster. Nitrous Monster is the first and only energy drink to feature nitrous oxide gas technology. The revolutionary new drink boasts a rich creamy texture and a smooth drinkable flavor. Nitrous Monster is packaged in the re-sealable 12-ounce Rexam SLEEK Cap Can with closure technology