Archives for 2010

Kum & Go Kicks Off Feed The Hungry Campaign

Kum & Go, Springfield, Mo.-based Victory Mission and 92.9 FM radio have joined forces to raise funds for holiday food baskets, according News-Leader.com. The Feed the Hungry campaign allows customers at Kum & Go to purchase a cardboard turkey for $1. The turkeys will be available Nov. 1-24, at all area Kum & Go stores.

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Cumberland Farms Celebrates New Store

To mark the grand opening of its newest remodeled convenience store, Cumberland Farms has kicked off a month-long fundraiser that will benefit the students of Brookfield Elementary School. For the next month, Cumberland Farms plans to donate 20 cents from every Chill Zone beverage and cup of coffee sold at its 225 Main Street store

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Wilson Farms Steps Up to the Plate

The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York and Wilson Farms have kicked-off the seventh annual “Step Up to the Plate” fundraising campaign to support the homebound elderly and disabled served by Meals on Wheels programs throughout New York. Customers at Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Wilson Farms Xpress stores can participate by donating $1

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Havoline Moves Under Chevron Brand

Chevron Products Co., beginning mid-2011, plans to consolidate its Texaco Havoline lubricant product line – in North America – under the Chevron brand. The updated Havoline product line will feature the Chevron logo. By rebranding Havoline in North America, the company aims to create a more comprehensive Chevron product line while providing expanded marketing and

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Gasoline Prices Enter November Unusually Strong

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Gasoline prices have shown contra-seasonal strength so far in the fourth quarter, carried higher by crude oil’s advance above $80 barrel, as well as on a tighter supply-demand balance in Europe amid a better than month-long strike in France. This trend is continuing into early November, underpinning

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Murphy USA Attracts Customers Through Whrrl

Murphy USA, a national gas station and convenience store chain co-located at Walmart, has partnered with Warner Bros. and is driving business with a social networking campaign through Whrrl, Mobile Commerce Daily reported. When customers check in on Whrrl- a Web site where people can find friends that share their real world patterns-at one of

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SUPERVALU Sells Bristol Farms Division

SUPERVALU has sold its Bristol Farms division (14 stores) to a company formed through a partnership with the Bristol Farms management team and Endeavour Capital, an investment firm experienced in grocery and retail businesses. Under the terms of the sale, the stores will change ownership effective today, but will continue to operate under the Bristol

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Jewel-Osco Helps Customers Manage Diabetes

At a time when 26 million Americans are living with diabetes, and the incidence of the disease is on the rise, expected to affect nearly 37 million people by 2015, (according to Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index),  JEWEL-OSCO has launched its  whole-store health and wellness program called “living healthy with my diabetes.” The program offers a variety

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Shoppers Struggle to Buy Healthy

A new consumer attitude research study conducted by Catalina Marketing, which provides shopper-driven marketing solutions, shows despite the industry’s healthy-eating consumer initiatives, shoppers have not changed their old buying habits, behavior and perceptions. “We will use this study to make it easier for both manufacturers and retailers to help shoppers make healthy, nutritious choices in

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Cell Phone Chargers

Hottips is the cell phone charging system that has it all. The tips charge almost all cell phones and are available as all-in-one chargers, wall chargers, or car chargers. All multi-tip chargers include the new micro USB tip, and mobile phone brands are easily identified. A bright light indicates the phone is charging. The packaging

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Legacy Leadership

  At a Glance: Rutter’s Farm Stores Rutter’s enjoys a long, proud history tracing its roots in Central Pennsylvania all the way back to 1747. The company broke ground on its first convenience store in 1967 and today retails more than 100 million gallons of fuel annually throughout Pennsylvania’s York, Lancaster, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin and

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Environmentally-Friendly Chewing Gum

Revolymer Ltd. has launched Rev7, a confectionery chewing gum with long-lasting flavor. The product is also removable and degradable, making it the first commercially available environmentally-friendly gum. The company has studied the gum’s removability and degradability characteristics in a variety of climates. The gum can be removed from clothes using soap and water, and tests

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Gasoline at $3 Gallon for the Holidays

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices were mixed in metropolitan markets across the U.S. for the week ending Monday (12/20), easing along the West Coast while advancing along the East Coast and in Midwest markets. The weekly price changes were limited however, likely keeping the US average for regular

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Fusion Equipment Series

The new Fusion Series features a full line of heavy-duty equipment at affordable prices, including bottom mount solid door reach-ins, glass door merchandisers, undercounter refrigerators and freezers, and sandwich/salad prep units, including the new ‘mega top,’ featuring a deeper unit to accommodate more pans inside. Master-Bilt’s Fusion Series solid door reach-ins (refrigerators and freezers) are

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Is Your Kitchen Fully Equipped?

Where there’s successful foodservice programs, there’s efficient foodservice equipment, and in the convenience store industry, there’s foodservice everywhere. According to NACS’ State of the Industry numbers for 2010, foodservice provided the largest slice of the in-store gross-margin pie, at 26.35%, and was second in in-store sales only to cigarettes. As consumers contemplate what to eat,

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New Look for Beef Jerky

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky has teamed with Realtree Camo to offer a “snack hunters can’t go without” promotion. Through December 2010, a selection of Jack Link’s beef steak products are available in blaze-orange-colored packaging, featuring distinctive Realtree Camo patterns. The standout blaze orange packaging adds extra visibility, while the beef steak offers hunters a satisfying

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Warming Up to Soup Sales

This is Foodservice 101: when the weather turns cold, consumers want warmth—often in the form of soups and hot convenience foods. Giving your consumers what they want is Convenience Store Success 101. Putting hot soups and other ready-to-go items on the menu this the fall only makes sense, and isn’t all that hard to do.

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Seizing Real Estate Opportunities

Prying Properties Loose   Important for retailers to understand is that commercial real estate today is an industry in transition. Its landscape is littered with landlords, if not desperate, than at least strongly motivated to make deals work.   “Things are tight,” said George Anderson, vice president of market analytics for NAI Global in Princeton,

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Premium E-Cigarette

Kretek International Inc. offers a new line of CIG2O (sig-two-oh) e-cigarette products. The CIG2O rechargeable water vapor cigarette was developed in the U. S. for Kretek by Spark Industries. CIG2O e-cigarettes was successfully launched in smoke shops early in 2010. The strength of adult consumer response led to the current nationwide roll out. The initial

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Chai Tea Latte Mixes

Simple-to-prepare Oregon Chai Tea Latte Dry Mixes provide an alternative to coffee and are available in three popular flavors: Vanilla, Decadent Spice and Original flavor. The mixes are easy to use—just-add-water or steamed milk prep. For added ease, each package includes a serving scoop and comes in re-closable stand up bags, eliminating the mess of

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Botanical Cigar

Arango Cigar Co. offers its “Windy City” Premium Botanical Cigar, made exclusively for Arango by Drew Estate, in its Nicaraguan factory. In 1998, Drew Estate pioneered the art of vapor-infusing cigars with a wide variety of herbal, floral, spice, and other botanical flavoring essences. Today, their Acid cigars are widely recognized for these intriguing flavor

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A Moment of Sweetness

Cumberland Packing Corp. has tasked creative agency Mother New York with reintroducing Sweet’N Low to U.S. consumers by reminding people of the brand’s long history and tradition by playing up its iconic name, packaging and its most memorable color. The campaign, which includes print, outdoor and digital, will run nationally throughout 2010. Mother broke away

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Prepaid Services

Blackhawk Network, a provider of prepaid and financial payments products offers PayPower, a suite of prepaid products and services designed to help consumers stay in control of spending with simple and safe solutions that provide value, transparency and budgeting. The suite of products is targeted to consumers looking for alternatives to traditional financial credit, whether

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NACS CAFÉ Serves Up a Foodservice Education

It began with a simple, yet powerful premise: Convenience store retailers, with their great locations and high customer traffic are well-positioned to capitalize on the development and execution of meaningful foodservice programs. All they need is a solid foundation of information, support, solutions and best practices to succeed. Enter Greg Parker, president and CEO of

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New Energy Flavor

After success with its Lemon Blast, Cherry Rush and Citrus Slam Xenergy Xtreme flavors, Xyience introduced Orange Fuel to its Xenergy Xtreme lineup this year. Like other Xenergy Xtreme and Premium flavors, Orange Fuel is available in 16-ounce cans and is sugar- and calorie-free, with only two grams of carbohydrates per serving. Earlier this year,

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