Archives for 2009

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

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

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

Variety Spicing Up Salty Snacks

In the midst of the recession, more consumers are opting for at-home entertainment, which is good news for the salty snacks category. This trend may account for a jump in sales of chips and popcorn, the quintessential counterparts for an at-home movie.  Last year, salty snack sales totaled $4,962 with a profit of $1,867, a

Red Bull Energy Shots

Beginning this June, Red Bull will expand its energy options in the U.S. with Red Bull Energy Shot and Red Bull Sugar-free Shot. Red Bull’s entry into the shot category will grow its consumer base by introducing a premium shot from a trusted brand. Red Bull Energy Shot will engage new consumers, create new consumption

TOP® Superoll™ Tobacco

With tobacco prices on the rise, TOP Tobacco is providing smokers relief with the introduction of TOP Superoll Tobacco, specially blended and crafted to provide more cigarettes for the price than other pouch or canned tobaccos. Top Superoll tobacco will initially be available in three styles: Full Flavor, Menthol and Light. Breaking from TOP’s conventional

New Clove Cigars

Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer of Djarum brand tobacco products, has introduced new Djarum Filtered Clove Cigars, available in four styles–Classic Black, Vanilla Black, Cherry Black and Special Box. Three of the styles will carry the popular Black brand name with its distinctive red triangle and black package. Djarum Filtered Clove Cigars are packaged in

Johnsonville Sausage Minis, Big Flavor In Fewer Bites

These days, having “mini” on the menu means BIG business. To help operators leverage the increasing “less is more” demands of customers in the most flavorful way, Johnsonville Sausage LLC has introduced new Sausage Minis in two marketplace-driven varieties. Mini Stadium Style Brats offer the uniquely seasoned brats customers crave. Mini Italian Sausages feature a

5-Hour Energy Introduces Grape Flavor

Sitting atop the growing liquid energy shot category by a substantial margin, 5-Hour Energy seeks to continue its category dominance with the introduction of its newest flavor, Grape, in late September. Founded in 2004, 5-Hour Energy is a 2-ounce energy shot that provides hours of energy with no crash or jitters through a blend of

Energy Beef Stick

Power Hungry Foods (PHF) introduces Lightning Rods Energy Beef Stick, the only energy-enhanced product that uses meat protein as the delivery system. This new alternative to energy drinks and bars uses the synergy of Guarana, charged full of natural caffeine; and ginseng to assist the body in restoring itself to health and for its beneficial

All-in-One BBQ and Disposable Instant Grill

P&M Products has introduced the EZ Grill, an earth-friendly, portable grill that is 100% recyclable and comes complete with foil pan, grill grate, stand and charcoal. The instant charcoal is 100% natural with no additives, chemicals or fillers. The grill lights with one match and cooks for up to 1½ hours. Plus it’s mess-free. EZ

Low-calorie Vitamin Water

In response to consumers’ thirst for more great-tasting, low-calorie hydration, Glacéau vitaminwater10 will introduce four brand-new varieties on Aug. 17. Currently available in New York City and southern California, the low-calorie game-changer will flood stores nationwide next month. The four new varieties are go-go (mixed berry), mega-c (grape raspberry), revitalize (green tea) and recoup (peach-mandarin).

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

Protecting the Perimeter

Look no further than recent headlines to learn about payment security breaches and PIN pad tampering incidents involving merchants of all sizes. Sophisticated criminal organizations are targeting retailers and obtaining compromised account data with more regularity. Whether it’s fair or not, the fault of these attacks is increasingly being placed squarely on the shoulders of

The High Stakes of Compliance

Convenience store operators must stop thinking of Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance as a nuisance to be handled when they have time. It is a serious, costly, complex fact of life—one that can potentially put an operator out of business and one that must be faced head on. It was in September 2006 that the

Newcastle Launches Summer Ale

Newcastle Importers, exclusive importer of Newcastle Brown Ale, America’s No. 1 imported ale, announces the launch of Newcastle Summer Ale, a limited release seasonal offering created to offer consumers a new refreshing blend from Newcastle and on-premise accounts the opportunity to grow their import sales during the summer’s warmer months.   Summer Ale will debut

Residents Fight to Keep White Hen Pantry

  Folks in Newburyport, Mass., love their White Hen Pantry, so much so, more than 2,000 customers have signed a petition asking that the local c-store be allowed to stay, Eagle Tribune Publishing Co. reported.   The White Hen in question, located about four blocks from Market Square, serves as a market for thousands of

Free Beverage Displays for C-stores

  As part of the Sam’s Club 100 Days of Summer commitment to help independent  c-store owners make a profit, Gatorade is providing free equipment with bulk purchases of Gatorade.    Using the equipment, products can be organized into a secondary product display, which serves as an attractive attention-grabber for customers.   Through May 1,

Speedway Named Best Gas Brand

  Speedway SuperAmerica LLC, headquartered in Enon, Ohio, has been named the top gasoline brand in the 2009 EquiTrend Brand Study conducted by Harris Interactive, the Springfield News-Sun reported.   The annual online study measured 1,120 brands across 39 categories. The survey data was based on categories, such as  familiarity, quality, brand expectations and trust.

Kris Falkner Leads Server Products

  Server Products, Richfield, Wis., a manufacturer of foodservice dispensing and merchandising equipment, recently appointed Kris Falkner to the position of president.   Kris is the third generation of the founding family to run the company. Server was founded by her grandfather, the late Al Wickesberg, and most recently led for many years by her

Chevron Announces New Vice President

  Chevron Corp., San Ramon, Calif., has appointed R. Hewitt Pate as vice president and general counsel effective Aug. 3. Pate, 47, will succeed and report to Chevron’s current general counsel, Charles James, who was named executive vice president earlier this year.   As Chevron’s chief legal officer, Pate will direct the company’s worldwide legal

7-Eleven and Pepsi Max Sponsor WWE Event

  Pepsi Max and 7-Eleven stores are sponsoring World Wresting Entertainment’s Aug. 23 pay-per-view SummerSlam event, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Brandweek reported.   Surrounding the event, 7-Eleven will launch a four-week nationwide storefront branding campaign beginning July 31 and running throughout August at more than 5,400 locations.  

Magellan Buys Bankrupt Longhorn’s Assets

  Magellan Midstream Partners L.P., Tulsa, Okla., has been approved to purchase almost all assets of Longhorn Partners Pipeline L.P. by the bankruptcy court. The closing date was set for yesterday, July 29.   Longhorn Partners Pipeline is a 700-mile common carrier pipeline system that transports refined petroleum products from Houston to El Paso, Texas.

Sheetz Looks To Technology To Support Growth

  Sheetz has deployed Pentaho Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition and Teradata Data Mart Appliance from Pentaho Corp., a commerical open source alternative for business intelligence. The application serves users across multiple departments, providing self-service access to corporate data to drive company performance, EarthTimes reported.   Altoona-Penn.- based Sheetz Inc. operates 350 c-stores across Pennsylvania,

Go Fast Sports and Beverage Co. Launches 16-Ounce Cans

  Denver-based Go Fast Sports and Beverage Co. is now distributing Go Fast 16-ounce cans in the Kansas City region. For the past four years,  Go Fast Regular and Go Fast Light have been available in 8.4-ounce and 11.9-ounce cans. Strong sales and demand, has inspired Central States Beverage to expand the Go Fast beverage