Celestial Convenience

Leaders at Jordan Lutheran Church in North Carolina are promoting a gas discount at a BP station in Cary, N.C., to show people that God cares about their practical needs, too, TV station NBC 17 reported. The church will promote 50-cent-per-gallon gas at Dolphins BP on Jan. 17 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., NBC 17

Innovator Of The Year

The Griffin Report of Food Marketing has named Rutter’s Farm Stores as its 2008 Convenience Store Innovator of the Year. The Griffin Report (www.griffinpublishing.net) covers the food industry for supermarkets, restaurants and convenience stores from Maine to Florida, and has a monthly readership of more than 50,000. Award criteria included foodservice offerings, store design, environmentally

Why Not Wi-FI?

BP North America has turned to Dayton, Ohio-based network management company HarborLink Network and Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Wi-Fi services company Ruckus Wireless to offer a next-generation Wi-Fi service for free at 50 BP sites nationwide. If it’s well received, the service could be rolled out at additional BP locations, said BP Spokesman Scott Dean. Dubbed “Smart

Tesco, Wal-Mart Dig In Their Heels

It’s been more than a year since Tesco and Wal-Mart first scrawled their battle lines for a convenience-channel fight on the West Coast, and already analysts are predicting that retail Goliath Wal-Mart could have a fight on its hands. A report by Business Week said that Tesco’s Fresh & Easy stores, launched in November 2007

Winnings For All

A Detroit gas station owner is discounting gas prices after one of his customers won a $1 million lottery prize last week, the Detroit Free Press reported. Kayed Bazzi, owner of a BP in Detroit, received a $2,000 commission from the Michigan State Lottery after he sold the winning ticket. One day next week, he’s

Sheetz Awards Free Gas To Ohio Resident

Sheetz Inc. awarded a Canton, Ohio man free gas for a year on Tuesday as part of a gas-giveaway promotion in its Ohio stores. The man won $2,000 worth of free gas after signing up for a My Sheetz Card. The company is awarding the prize to 17 other customers in Ohio in the coming

Preparing for Drastic Tobacco Regulations

Not surprisingly, convenience store industry operators identified the future of tobacco as one of their top five concerns heading into 2010. And with good reason. Operators have entered a period of unprecedented challenges when it comes to selling cigarettes, which means they must find new and innovative ways to market and merchandise this essential product

Cash Solutions

Tidel Engineering LP, a leader in cash-management systems and robbery prevention products, has introduced the Revolution, an innovative solution to manage high volumes of coins and notes. The Revolution includes three segments: A coin recycler that validates, counts, sorts and dispenses high volumes of coins, which are dispensed directly into a till drawer or coin

Super Blends

The Sun Shower brand just got better with the addition of its new lineup of Super Blends iced coffees, teas and lattes. Each flavor contains Lifeguard Protection, a fortification package with powerful antioxidant vitamins A, E and Zinc and has half the calories of the leading brands. The Sun Shower Super Blends line is comprised

Organic Energy

Honey Stinger, manufacturer of honey-based nutritional products, introduces Cherry Blossom Organic Energy Chews, formulated for health-conscious individuals and athletes who want a great-tasting energy snack. Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews are the first to include naturally occurring fiber and protein derived from organic tapioca syrup and honey. This is the company’s second chew flavor; the

On-The-Go Easy

As commuters spend around 100 hours per year in the car, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census, food companies are vying for their share of “mobile stomachs.” Now, there’s a new packaging weapon in the cup-holder cuisine arsenal that will widen commuters’ choices to include dippable foods: the Dip-N-Go cup from

Vaquero Filtered

General Tobacco has launched the new Vaquero Filtered Cigars 100’s Box, the latest addition to General Tobacco’s product line. They’re available in a variety of flavors, including Natural, Lights, Vanilla, Menthol, Peach, Cherry and Wildberry. “For years, Vaquero has been a favorite among ‘little’ cigar smokers, and to reward our loyal customers and show our

Bubble Dome

As retailers are looking for new profit centers to drive revenue, Bubble Wash Buildings has released its unique “Bubble-Dome” carwash building for conveyor and in-bay systems. Made from no-rust structural aluminum, the standard building comes with a thermally broken frame; clear anodized exterior; white polycron interior; polycarbonate side and end walls; textured roof; tempered glass

Infinite Freshness

Creative Serving Inc., a foodservice equipment division of Durex Inc., has introduced the Infinity Heated Merchandisers, available in 18-inch, 26-inch and 36-inch models. The Infinity Merchandisers encourage impulse sales of fresh products by keeping hot products at prime serving temperature for hours. They offer a custom backlit canopy for enhanced merchandising and brand awareness, as

Reduced-Calorie Quenchers

Odwalla Inc. is adding two new reduced-calorie juice drinks to its product portfolio: Odwalla Mojito Mambo natural juice drink and Odwalla Pomegranate Strawberry natural juice drink from concentrate, which hits shelves this month. The drinks are refreshing nutritional beverages with half the calories and sugar of other leading premium juice drinks. They are fortified to

Cream of the Crop

iSi North America Inc., an innovator of specialty culinary tools, announced the addition of the Thermo XPress Whip to their line of high-quality food whippers. A truly multi-functional professional whipper, the Thermo XPress Whip boasts a 1-quart capacity and is perfect for advanced preparation of creams and sauces to easily handle peak service times. The

Feeling Blue

New BluCrans from Decas Botanical Synergies combines the freshness of just-picked blueberries and the tart taste of cranberries to create a healthy fruit snack bursting with antioxidants. Like all of the fruit juice infusions in the Fruitaceuticals line, BluCrans starts with Cape Cod cranberries which are naturally high in antioxidants. Then the cranberries are supercharged

Fueling Product Catalog

OPW Fueling Components announced the availability of its 2009 Product Catalog. This comprehensive document provides insight on the thousands of fueling products and systems that are offered by OPW’s five operating units: Dispensing Products, Environmental Systems, Fueling Containment Systems, Fuel Management Systems and Clean Energy/Fueling Products. A strong global commitment coupled with extensive engineering, research

Take a Dip in Paradise

Paradise is pleased to offer custom sauces in dipping cups, with the ability to develop sauces and dressings in 1.5- to 4-ounce sizes. Whether you need a product match or want a new custom sauce or flavor profile, Paradise can help. A variety of products can be developed, including items such as marinara, salsa, hot

Thermal Printing Made Easy

Extech Data Systems, a developer of portable printers for enterprise-wide applications, introduces the Apex 3 Direct Thermal Printer. The newest addition to the company’s thermal 3-inch receipt printer line is designed to meet the mobile worker’s need for a lightweight, rugged and easy-to-use printer. Reflecting recent market needs, Extech has changed the standard communication options

Heat ‘Em and Eat ‘Em

As the demand for high quality, great-tasting convenience meals continues to grow in America, frenzied individuals and families are looking for fast and easy ways to prepare their favorite dinners without sacrificing that great "home cooked" taste. Mama Rosie’s has taken its popular line of all-natural pasta entrees and added a new family member, Cheese

Whipped Topping Made Easy

Retailers looking to add some excitement to their beverage programs have an exciting new option. The innovative Simple Serv whipped topping dispenser from Server Products will help you add value and pizzazz to hot beverages like coffee, cappuccino and hot chocolate. The stylish countertop unit is designed for self-serve operation and serves a new, specially

Take a Stand

MDI Worldwide has introduced a new space-saving floor stand. With a height of 47 inches and frame that holds 11-by-14-inch inserts, it is an ideal size for small areas, such as entryways, checkout counters, lobbies, queues, etc. The curved upright adds a contemporary flair and the angled frame is designed for easy viewing. The floor

Pep Up Impulse Sales

DMD Pharmaceuticals has introduced the new Xtreme Peptime Mini-White Liquid Sport Pack. This 12 milliliter sport pack provides an easy-to-open rip-top for those on-the-go convenience store consumers. This dietary supplement contains Vitamin B, caffeine and taurine. The convenient blend of vitamins and energizers is formulated for an instant energy rush lasting for hours. The new

Slow Your Roll

Innovative Beverage Group has harnessed the calming effects of melatonin, valerian root and rose hips for its new beverage, drank, which has become the new go-to beverage for people looking to relax their body, mind and soul without resorting to medication or over-the-counter sleep aides. Drank, a lightly carbonated grape flavored beverage, is the first

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