Archives for February 2010

Evolution Fuels Acquires Second Kansas Fuel Station

Evolution Fuels Inc. has executed a second lease agreement with J&J Developments Inc. (J&J) for a fuel station located in Topeka, Kan.  This is the second station of what Evolution Fuels expects will be a series of locations leased from J&J. The station is located on a prime intersection of Topeka that experiences an average

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Extend Decline

By Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Gasoline costs in metropolitan wholesale markets across the U.S. are posting between a nickel and dime declines to start February compared with week prior pricing, as the market continues to slump after financially traded gasoline contracts spiked to a 15-month high in early January. The early year

Healthful Food Choices A National Issue

 In his FY 2011 budget proposal, President Barack Obama addressed the need for bringing healthy food options to underserved communities by calling for more than $400 million in investments in new and expanded supermarkets, farmers markets and other food stores. The public-private grant and loan program would dramatically reduce the roughly 23 million Americans who

Zippo Acquires Ronson Corp. Assets

Bradford, Pa-based  Zippo Manufacturing Company has completed the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Ronson Consumer Products Corporation of Woodbridge, N.J., and Ronson Corporation of Canada Ltd.; and certain related assets of Ronson Corporation. Zippo is one of the world’s most widely recognized brands, best known for its iconic refillable windproof lighter. The

Hunt Brothers Sponsors Elliott Sadler for NASCAR Season

The 2010 NASCAR season isn’t underway just yet, but Hunt Brothers Pizza is already celebrating a huge win: the company just inked a deal to sponsor veteran driver Elliott Sadler in both the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series. This is Hunt Brothers Pizza’s second year as the primary sponsor of a NASCAR

Alon Named Stalking Horse Bidder for Bakersfield Refinery

  Dallas-based Alon USA Energy Inc. has been selected as the stalking horse bidder for the Bakersfield, Calif., refinery from Big West of California LLC, a subsidiary of Flying J Inc.   Completion of the acquisition is subject to an auction process, bankruptcy court approval and customary regulatory approval. The Bakersfield refinery is located in

C.K. Smith Exiting Gasoline Business

  Fuel supplier C.K. Smith and Co. Inc., which closed 23 Irving gas stations last month in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, said yesterday its decision was part of a strategy to exit the gasoline business, but will not affect its heating oil and propane services business in Central Massachusetts, the Worcester Telegram reported. “Today, C.K.

The Pantry Inc. Posts First Quarter Loss

  The Pantry Inc. has reported a wider-than-expected first-quarter loss, due to below-average fuel and grocery margins, Reuters reported. For the first quarter ended Dec. 24, the company posted a net loss of $26.1 million, or $1.17 a share, compared with a profit of $38.5 million, or $1.73 a share, last year. Excluding 90 cents

Thorntons Adds E-85 To New Albany Store

  Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons Inc. has added E-85 fuel to its store at 2250 State Street in New Albany, Ind., Business First of Louisville. It is the ninth Thorntons store to carry the alcohol-based fuel, which is 85% ethanol and 15% petroleum. Thorntons has four stores in Illinois, two in Indiana, two in Kentucky and

Arkansas Court Sides With General Tobacco

  An Arkansas Court has denied the Arkansas Attorney General’s motion to remove General Tobacco’s cigarette brands from the directory of approved brands to sell in that state and ordered the Arkansas Attorney General to arbitrate the dispute ordered in 2006, holding that General Tobacco’s cigarette brands may continue to be sold lawfully in Arkansas.  Since

Customers Stock Up For The Super Bowl

  A recent survey by The Nielsen Company, a global information and media company, found that nine out of 10 households plan to watch Super Bowl XLIV at home or at a friend’s or relative’s house instead of watching it from a restaurant or bar. And for their home viewing, only 5% of households expect

DePinto Goes Undercover

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc.’s Joe DePinto is starring on CBS’ new reality show Undercover Boss, later this February and is appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show to talk about what he discovered walking in his employees’ shoes, the Dallas Morning News reported. The show reveals the impact of decisions made at the corporate level, defining problems

Walgreens Announces Community Corner Program

  Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is introducing a new Community Corner program designed to highlight the successes of minority-owned businesses. This first-of-its-kind supplier diversity initiative is designed to allow consumers to easily identify and purchase products produced by diverse companies. Walgreens will recognize these vendor partners through print advertisements, in-store announcements, coupon booklets,

7-Eleven Debuts Cup With A Cause

  7-Eleven, Inc. aims to donate more than $2 million to charities as it launches its charity-focused coffee campaign this month: “7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause.”   Throughout 2010, 7-Eleven will introduce limited-edition 20-ounce coffee cups designed by entertainment and sports celebrities to be sold in 7-Eleven stores nationwide. Proceeds from cups sold will benefit

Wayne Oil Co. Chooses KSS to Manage Fuel Pricing

  Wayne Oil Co. of Goldsboro, N.C., has chosen KSS Inc. and its PriceNet and PriceNet Web systems to automate and optimize fuel price management at the chain’s 13 locations across the Southeastern U.S. John Strickland Jr., president of Wayne Oil, says his company purchased PriceNet and PriceNet Web to help him boost his control

Empowering Foodservice Customers

The latest technologies being used to manage c-store foodservice programs—from touchscreens and POS ordering terminals to digital signage—are allowing marketers to enhance communications and streamline operations. Touchscreens communicate the menu in a very efficient way. This is especially important as chains look to build incremental sales and make more subtle changes like expanding the number

Retailers Counting on COFFEE

Ten years ago, “experts” warned the coffee industry was becoming saturated; then they said it again five years ago and once more two years ago. Turns out they were wrong every time. There’s not a convenience store operator in America who doesn’t work at building coffee sales and expanding dayparts thanks to the category’s excellent

Expanding the Foodservice Menu

Most convenience store operators don’t offer a whole lot of seafood on their menus, which is usually fine, because convenience store customers aren’t looking for seafood. Logistical issues, product-paucity, quality and food safety concerns are among the fears retailers have about investing in the seafood segment. But given seafood’s health benefits and generally growing popularity

Breaking into Branding

Branded Check List Retailers planning to add a branded foodservice program should consider the start up cost as well what long-term factors will influence profitability such as additional labor and rising food costs. “You have to decide what’s best for you,” said Sandy Arrasmith of J&H Family Stores. “Take a look at the brand you

Keeping It Fresh

Now that customers are used to finding fresh food at their local c- stores the pressure is on the roller grill to maintain its share of foodservice sales. Thanks to the innovation of retailers and suppliers alike, the roller grill continues to turn out strong sales. Chains are bundling meals with fountain drinks and chips

Calming the Beverage Storm

As marketing category manager for Mansfield, Ohio-based EZ Energy USA Inc., Deb Davis oversees the beverage category and makes the critical call as to which products head to the cooler, and which don’t make the cut. Having just finished meeting with soda vendors to finalize the 2010 soda contracts, Davis is now busy overseeing beer

7-Eleven Gets in the Game

By Brett Wilshe, Contributing Editor When Apple released iTunes in 2001, music retailers began to question their futures. The music industry, once an invincible force in the global market, suddenly seemed vulnerable. But a much larger question loomed: Would it stop with music?  We live in an age where corporeal media is vanishing. Newspapers are

Health Trend Here to Stay

Consumers in the U.S. might be trimming the fat from their budgets and diets, but contrary to predictions, they continue to demonstrate a healthy appetite for foods featuring health and wellness claims. From alpha (antioxidants) to omega (omega-3-fatty-acids), foods touting the kind of heart healthy, joint buffering, free radical extinguishing properties that appeal to aging

The 2010 Foodservice Report

Convenience store operators still not convinced foodservice is the future take heed. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is predicting record-high sales of $580 billion in 2010. Furthermore, of the 70 different retail segments NRA tracks, the group identified convenience stores as the food industry’s “bright spot” when it comes to meeting consumer demand for fresh

Time to Get Fresh

If you’re not doing foodservice, consider this your call to action. As the economic downturn eases, the restaurant industry will see a gradual improvement in 2010, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2010 Restaurant Industry Forecast. Industry sales are expected to reach $580 billion this year, up 2.5% in current dollars over 2009. But that’s