Archives for 2010

Sealed-Fresh Foil Wrapping

Due to popular demand, Swisher International has introduced Sealed-Fresh foil wrapping on all of the company’s Swisher Sweets Cigarillos. First introduced on Swisher Sweets Wine Cigarillos, the new Sealed-Fresh packaging proved to be a huge success among retailers and customers. Expanding on that success, the new technology is now incorporated as the standard packaging for

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Securing Payment Data

The SWAT Team   During its brief tenure, the PCATS Data Security Standards committee has proven extraordinarily active, holding biweekly conference call meetings that are regularly attended by as many as 50 members. As PCATS Executive Director Gray Taylor pointed out, “These aren’t single-site operators. These are people who are in charge of security for

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Chevron Fuels Schools Promotion

During the month of September, Chevron’s Fuel Your School promotion, with the help of California drivers, raised $858,445 for schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. To participate, customers simply had to fill up their gas tanks at participating Chevron stations in Alameda or Contra Costa between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30. Chevron then donated

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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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U-PAK-IT’s Business Model Proves Successful

U-PAK-IT Corp., the third largest Louisiana-based c-store chain, features a unique business model that helps mom-and-pop stores unite to compete in an industry that often eats single stores for breakfast. The first U-PAK-IT store was opened in Winnsboro, La., in 1986. The company quickly grew when a number of neighborhood stores, faced with rising prices

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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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Super Bowl Promotion

Diamond Foods Inc. is offering a promotion across its snack portfolio called Snack Bowl XLV. Consumers will submit applications online and encourage their friends to vote for them utilizing unique tools, such as a Facebook video application. The entrant receiving the most votes will win a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement

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Inside Look at Store Activity

Series2k has released S2k Realtime Center, a realtime reporting module to complement its Series2K Back Office Management System. The S2k Realtime Center is a Web-based application that allows a convenience store operator or owner to instantaneously see what is going on in their store. The S2k Realtime Center pulls information from the point-of-sale system every

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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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The Fight for Interchange Reform Continues

The long and winding road to controlling credit card fees took yet another turn on Oct. 12, 2010, when TCF National Bank, a subsidiary of TCF Financial Corp., filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Durbin Amendment, which was included in the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, also known

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Tri-State Petroleum Goes Pink for a Day

Tri-State Petroleum Corporation, a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is going pink for a day to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The company has encouraged employees at its 50-plus locations to wear pink on Oct. 29 in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness

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Gas City Files for Bankruptcy

Frankfort, Ill.-based Gas City Ltd., a chain of independent gas stations founded and owned by William McEnery, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Tuesday, Crain’s Chicago Business reported. Founded in 1966, Gas City includes 51 gas stations located mainly in the south suburbs of Chicago, but also in Indiana, Arizona and Florida, and listed

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Convenience Stores For Sale In The Twin Cities

Thirteen former Oasis convenience stores are being sold at auction in the Twin Cities metro area, and are expected to sell for less than the current debt owed on the properties, according to bankruptcy trustee John Hedback, MarketWatch reported. “It’s a definite possibility that the lender will take a loss on these, but that’s just

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Mintel Predicts Consumer Trends

As the economy slowing recovers, customers are still adapting.  With that in mind, Mintel has predicted nine key consumer trends for the year ahead, examining how long term behavior has been implicated. In 2011, consumers are living for the long term with attitudes inspired by a changed value set. “The effects of the global economic

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Customers Earn Fuel Savings At Ralphs Grocery

Ralphs Grocery Co. and Shell have teamed to give customers in the greater Los Angeles area, including Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, the chance to earn fuel savings at the pump. The exclusive alliance provides Ralphs shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Ralphs rewards card. Beginning Nov. 1, every time

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Casey’s Completes Short Stop Acquisition

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. has completed the acquisition of six convenience stores in Iowa owned by J.D. Carpenter Companies Inc. The stores operate under the Short Stop banner and are expected to be immediately rebranded to Casey’s. “After approaching Short Stop nearly three months ago, we were pleased with how smoothly the process

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BP Outlines Plan to Move Brand Forward

BP Products North America Inc. recently reaffirmed its commitment to the BP retail brand in Gaylord, Md., at the 2010 BP Amoco Marketers Association (BPAMA)  Convention and Business Expo, an annual gathering of BP marketers. A record number of marketers attended this year’s event to hear from several top BP executives how the company plans

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