Archives for July 2010

Couche-Tard Extends Offer for Casey’s

Casey’s General Stores still has more time to consider Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s  tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Casey’s General Stores Inc. for $36.00 per share in cash. The offer, which previously had been scheduled to expire at midnight EST on July 9, has been extended by Couche-Tard,

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Van Holten’s Announces New Hire

Waterloo, Wis.-based snack food manufacturer, Van Holten’s, welcomes Jon Florin as its new marketing manager.   Florin joins Van Holten’s with an extensive background in marketing and in the retail food business with his most recent position being marketing director at Madison Media Institute. Florin is now responsible for formulating and executing marketing strategies to help support and

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Flying J Loses Beer License

A Flying J truck stop in Sioux Falls, S.D., has lost its alcohol license after it was caught selling alcohol to minors four times in the last five years, Keloland TV reported.  The Sioux Falls City Council decided Monday night not to renew the store’s beer license.  “I know of many other businesses down here

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Seneca Cos. Receives Safety Award

Des-Moines, Iowa-based Seneca Cos. has been granted a Safety Award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council for outstanding achievement in accident prevention during the 2009 calendar year. The company offers multiple divisions to handle Petroleum construction, remodels and service, as well as environmental clean-up, remediation and the use of potentially dangerous machinery for industrial cleaning, hydroblasting

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Tornados Flavor Challenge Hits Facebook

Social networking is an increasingly popular way to get customers enthusiastic for your product. Ruiz Foods’ Tornados announced its Facebook-based promotion “Flavor Challenge 2.0” this month, in which the brand’s 130,000 plus fans can submit flavor ideas in eight different categories. The top flavor in each category wins a year’s supply of Tornados and a

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Deepwater Drilling Moratorium Overturned

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled last week that the Obama administration could not impose a six-month moratorium on Gulf of Mexico deepwater drilling, according to the New York Times.   A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that the administration did not prove “irreparable injury” is likely if the moratorium is not

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NASCAR Sweepstakes Kicks Off

Mobil 1, the official motor oil of NASCAR and O’Reilly Auto Parts, the official auto parts store of NASCAR are joining forces to give racing fans a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas during the Sprint Cup Champions Week. A total of four grand prize winners will win a trip for two to

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BlackBerry Adds Rutter’s Coupon App

Rutter’s Farm Stores has introduced a free app for BlackBerry smart phones, complementing the Rutter’s iPhone app introduced last year. Both apps are available as free downloads from www.rutters.com. The iPhone app also is available from the Apple App Store; and the BlackBerry app will be available from BlackBerry App World within a couple of

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NASCAR Sweepstakes Kicks Off

Mobil 1, the official motor oil of NASCAR and O’Reilly Auto Parts, the official auto parts store of NASCAR are joining forces to give racing fans a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas during the Sprint Cup Champions Week. A total of four grand prize winners will win a trip for two to

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Gasoline Prices Again Headed Higher

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale costs for gasoline are again moving higher across the country after a steep sell-off in late June into early July, with sharp gains realized during the first full week of July putting prices on either side of levels seen in late June. The increase in wholesale

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Symphony Of Service

  Follett’s Symphony 110 series ice and water dispensers can add a second source of ice and eliminate bottlenecks at the servery ice machine. The dispenser includes Follett’s dependable Maestro icemaker that produces 400 pounds (181 kilograms) of Chewbletice in a 24-hour period. With 90 pounds of storage capacity, Symphony 110 models will support up

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Guilt-Free Cookie Flavors

  Luna, the whole nutrition bar for women, introduces three new cookie flavors—-Peanut Butter Cookie, Cookies ‘n Cream Delight and Iced Oatmeal Raisin—-giving women the delicious taste of cookies in an all-natural bar they can eat without the guilt. Iced Oatmeal Raisin combines the sweet taste of oatmeal, plump organic whole raisins, a touch of

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Flash Foods Finds A New View With FKI

Until recently, spending hours scanning through poor-quality videotapes was the only way Flash Foods could investigate “questionable” transactions in its stores. The company wanted to maintain a “presence” at the point-of-sale to deter internal theft, but it needed something that met the needs of its time-pressed managers. “The system we had in place was archaic,

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Better Buying

Information and store management can be made simpler for c-store owners and petroleum retailers. DTN introduces DTN Fuel Buyer, a real-time market information service designed to support profitable fuel buying and reselling decisions. DTN Fuel Buyer provides instant access to supplier price messaging from DTN DataConnect, rack and spot price discovery as well as analysis,

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Wawa’s Cigar Sales Flourish With Middleton Partnership

“John Middleton has some very strong sellers in our stores, but the new merchandiser they developed with us has been an overall improvement to the [cigar] category.” John Middleton Inc. has been operating in the Philadelphia area since 1856, beginning with a retail tobacco shop. More than a hundred years later, John Middleton divested its

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Silent Serenity

Serenity Series Cubelet Ice Machine produces up to 1,000 pounds of ice 24 hours and is designed to save space. The condenser and compressor stationed outside the kitchen and away from customers, therefore producing heat and noise. Service ability is easy due to convenient access from or back of the ice machine, plus there are

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Premium brewing

Premium brewing The L3D, the third generation of Luxus Thermal Dispensers from Fetco Corp., offers several innovations including a freshness timer, which is a lighted gauge that indicates coffee freshness in 15-minute increments for up to four hours, and an easy-to-read, V-shaped volume indicator. Other improvements include a built-in drip tray that slides out for

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Sweet success

Sweet success Splenda No Calorie Sweetener has become the top-selling low/no calorie sugar alternative in U.S. retail outlets just two and a half years after its introduction. Splenda products, which include packets and granular, are made from sugar so they taste like sugar, so consumers can have the best of both worlds—the sweetness they love

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Travel companion

Travel companion Solo Cups Traveler Plus Lid is a premium lid that is perfect for on-the-go coffee customers and will set retailers apart from the competition. Its unique recloseable lid is spill-resistant and durable for travel. And one Traveler Plus Lid fits all five of Solos paper hot cups—10-, 12-, 16-, 20- and 24-oz.  

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Baking Breakthrough

Rich’s Exact Bake rolls are the latest breakthrough in dough technology. Exact Bake enables operators to meet the growing demand for fresh-baked, quality products without the complex, and time-consuming step of proofing. It’s simple: Just pan, retard, finish and bake. From kaiser and hoagie rolls, to French hamburger and a great variety of dinner rolls,

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Follett keeps Rainy Lake on ice

Follett keeps Rainy Lake on ice One might think the last thing an operator in northern Minnesota would worry about is not having enough ice, but it’s a big concern for Steve Lindberg, co-owner of Rainy Lake One Stop (International Falls, MN). Seven years ago, he and his wife Nora purchased the existing store, which

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Dmd Keeps Ffp Out of Harm’s Way

Dmd Keeps Ffp Out of Harm’s Way Selling dietary supplements has become somewhat of a slippery slope for retailers ever since the red flag went up on over-thecounter medications containing “List One” chemicals—the primary ingredients in methamphetamine. But that’s not a worry for FFP Marketing (Fort Worth, TX), which owns 500 stores in 10 states.

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Tedeschi store heats up deli sales with Autofry

Tedeschi store heats up deli sales with Autofry While Tariq Mehmood’s Tedeschi Food Shop in Hyde Park, MA, doesn’t offer gas, the bulk of his franchise’s sales volume flows from its TD’s Deli. With a roller grill, grill and full-service deli, Mehmood holds his own against some considerable foodservice competitors in the area. But it

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BIC sparks Gate’s sales

BIC sparks Gate’s sales Bob Westendick’s business is tobacco and cigarettes, and he likes anything that pushes that category. Which is why he is so enamored with BIC. As the merchandise assistant for Gate Petroleum (Jacksonville, FL), Westendick keeps tabs on the profitability of the chain’s product mix for its 150 stores. Since signing an

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