Archives for 2009

Fountain Flavors

Today’s thirsty customers crave options. Servend’s new Flav’r Pic ice and beverage dispenser offers 16 beverage selections, up to eight flavor enhancements and two ice options—adding up to thousands of potential drink combinations—the ultimate in beverage customization. Flav’r Pic features the industry’s first built-in ice crusher, dispensing either cube or crushed ice from a single

Perfect Chicken

Brakebush Brothers has the perfect answer for operators who want to serve their customers whole muscle chicken, yet maintain the consistency and portion control that keeps their budgets predictable. Its Perfect Answers chicken is whole muscle, breaded chicken breasts and tenders that are perfectly portioned and consistently sized with no compromise in quality. That makes

Smoke Be Gone

When customers need a quick remedy to remove smoke and other odors from hair and clothes, Gone Smoke is the solution. Gone Smoke Ultimate Smoke ‘n’ Odor Eliminator is the newest, hottest product in the convenience store industry. Convenient and discreet, the .60-ounce Gone Smoke displays neatly as an impulse item in an 18-count highly

Chocolate Goodness

The Kellogg Convenience Store Team, whose goal is to help retailers and wholesalers achieve the greatest possible sales and profits from its strong brands, has introduced another exciting snack bar to the channel—the Special K Chocolatey Drizzle Cereal Bar. Every bite of this delicious, 90-calorie snack bar is full of rich chocolatey drizzle. The combination

Hydrate Cooler Sales

In the past, millions of thirsty people have had to make the tradeoff between low-calorie and taste. Now, settling is no longer an option. From the creators of vitaminwater and smartwater comes a product that has reinvented the low-calorie category–vitaminwater10. Vitaminwater10 is the perfect combination–it’s only 10 calories per serving, naturally sweetened and supernaturally tasty.

Sweet Cigars

Swisher Sweets are made in the U.S, affordably priced, and are offered in a number of popular sizes, shapes, and flavors and come in 5-packs and 50-count boxes. Now Swisher International is inviting customers to pop the cork on flavor with the introduction of its new BlackStone Wine Flavored Tip Cigarillo. The new product combines

Flip Your Lid

Protect Stop the unnecessary waste of expensive drink lids and save hundreds of dollars and more year after year in a single store with the LidSaver. Each LidSaver is factory set to dispense a particular lid style. If you should change lid manufacturers or sizes, Acry Fab offers lid change out kits that are easy

The Eyes Have It

DjEEP, the disposable lighter brand  imported by Kretek International Inc., is bringing back DjEEP Jr. Cats Eyes, a best seller during the 1980s and 90s.  The popular mini-sized black lighters are available for distribution to convenience stores nationwide. The Cats Eyes designs feature neon green, yellow, and blue glowing cats eyes on a jet-black mini

Totally Automatic

Mark VII Equipment Inc. is rolling out its next generation of rollover carwash systems, the SoftWash XT and AquaJet XT. Each system leverages the best features of its predecessor while adding unique new features that drive incremental revenue, lower operating costs, increase customer satisfaction and reduce consumption of precious resources.  Both have been redesigned from

Maximum Versatility

Honeywell announced the availability of the MS4980 VuQuest, a compact yet powerful area-imaging scanner. The combination of aggressive presentation-mode scanning and advanced features allow for high-quality scanning in places where space is at a premium. It’s ideal for applications requiring versatility and strong performance. The MS4980 is capable of scanning virtually all 1D, PDF and

Sheetz Gets Aggressive on Tobacco

In response to the April 1 increase in federal excise taxes, Sheetz Convenience Stores in Maryland are guaranteeing the lowest allowed price on cigarettes in the state. “Maryland sets a state minimum on cigarette prices and if we sold them for less than the state minimum, I’d end up in jail. However, I can promise

Illinois Eyes Tobacco Tax Hike

Illinois cigarette tax would leap by $1 over two years under a proposal a Senate committee approved today hoping to come up with more money to pay down the state’s big backlog of Medicaid bills. But the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores warned lawmakers that the proposal is a fiscal nightmare that will cause the

Rhode Island Retailers Rally

Owners and employees of Rhode Island convenience stores are calling on state legislators to reject proposed hikes to the state’s gasoline and cigarette taxes. Dozens of convenience store workers held a rally Tuesday against a proposal to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by one dollar to $3.46. That would be the highest

Appco C-Stores Re-Open for Business

Two months after filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy, Appco’s convenience stores are reopening for business. Two stores in Erwin, Tenn. opened the doors to their convenience stores this week, however, the Long John Silver’s and A&W eateries are still closed. “The stores are back to normal operation and have the typical convenience store items for

Industry to Congress: Lower Credit Card Fees

A coalition of retailers today launched a campaign to lobby Congress to require credit card companies to negotiate with retailers in an effort to lower the “interchange” fee, averaging 2%, which retailers pay on each credit card transaction. The Merchants Payments Coalition launched the campaign this morning during a telephone press conference with representatives of

Fuel Kept in Check

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor While there are a host of metropolitan regions across the country where gasoline outlets are posting a per gallon cost for regular grade gasoline above $2, the round number that at one-time had a psychological impact is again proving to be a tough obstacle, as the U.S. average

Green Oil Enhances Fresh Food Offering

George H. Green Oil Co., the Fairburn, Ga.-based operator of approximately 50 convenience stores, reached a deal to bring Huddle House to its convenience store offering. Huddle House is a full-service restaurant chain known for its comfortable, family-oriented casual dining experience with a friendly neighborhood feel. The new Fairburn Huddle House boasts a colorful and

C-Store Sales Expected to Surge

A new market research report, “U.S. Convenience Stores Market Outlook to 2013”, recently released by RNCOS said that despite the global economic slowdown, the US convenience store industry is expected to grow to more than $650 billion by 2013 on growing income level and increasing working population in the country. Personal disposable income is one

Sheetz Focused on PCI

Gilbarco Veeder-Root will be managing the program to upgrade more than 2,000 dispensers at 270 Sheetz sites with Gilbarco FlexPay Encrypting PIN Pads. The award-winning hardware is Payment Card Industry encrypting PIN pad (PCI EPP) compliant. It provides triple data encryption standard (TDES) encryption of the personal identification numbers (PIN) entered by consumers during debit

Innovative Candy Concepts Honored at ECRM

They came, they saw, they tasted. Dozens of children ages 8-13 were invited to become junior candy buyers by sampling various candies at ECRM’s Winter Confectionary EPPS event in Dallas. The junior candy buyers were given an inside look at the confection industry from retail buyer attendees that included Jack’s World, Save-a-Lot and Walgreen’s. Retailers

CITGO Honored for Refining Operations

CITGO’s Corpus Christi Refinery was awarded the Texas General Land Office’s (TGLO) 2008 Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (OSPRA) Award. For the first time, the award has been bestowed on the same company for two consecutive years. The OSPRA Award was established by the TGLO, the oldest state agency in Texas, to recognize organizations

Sweet Deal

Sweet Leaf Tea Co., the Austin-based maker of organic, all-natural, home-style iced teas, lemonades and other natural beverages, reported that Nestlé Waters North America has made a $15.6 million investment in the beverage company. In addition, the company said Dan Costello, a Nestlé Waters North America executive will relocate to Austin, to become president of

Cumberland Farms Partners with Anti-Drug Program

Torrington, Conn. Mayor Ryan Bingham unveiled a new anti-drug initiative for all retail businesses in the city. He has called for all businesses to remove a specific item from their shelves known as a “love rose.” This is a novelty item that consists of a small plastic rose inside of a two or three inch

Mountain Empire Oil Nabs Sunoco Stations

Mountain Empire Oil Co. (MEOC), based in Johnson City, Tenn., said it reached an agreement to buy 16 Sunoco sites in East Tennessee. The deal would increase MEOC’s store count to approximately 70. “These sites are a great addition to our current network of locations,” said John Kelly, MEOC’s vice president of operations. “I’m also

Kum & Go Completes Cody’s Deal

Kum & Go, operator of more than 400 convenience stores in 12 states, has completed its acquisition of Cody’s Convenience Stores. With this acquisition of 37 stores, Kum & Go is now the largest convenience store operator in southwest Missouri. “The completion of this acquisition represents a significant step for Kum & Go in our

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