Archives for March 2011

7-Eleven Franchisees Convene on Capitol Hill

Retailers ask Congress to stand by small business, uphold swipe fee reform. On March 30, 7-Eleven franchisees from across Maryland and Virginia met with Senators, Congressmen and staff to ask them to protect and implement the critical swipe fee reforms that were passed by Congress and signed into law by the president last year. Sen.

One-Third of Shoppers Shun C-Store Foodservice

“Improved quality—not just for products, but for service, location and marketing communications—is needed to bring in or bring back consumers for whom c-stores aren’t top-of-mind choices,” says Mintel spokesperson. While on-the-go customers are consistently searching for convenient snack and meal options that won’t slow them down, Mintel reported hungry shoppers often ignore the convenience store

Beef Jerky Giveaway Starts Tomorrow

Pemmican plans to give away a free bag of beef jerky every 20.11 seconds on April 1, while simultaneously donating to Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. Marfood USA’s Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky plans to give away one free bag of beef jerky every 20.11 seconds on Pemmican Beef Jerky April 1, to

Mansfield Oil Honored by Pepsi

Mansfield Oil Co. was honored with PepsiCo’s 2011 Supplier of the Year award this month during the company’s annual supplier conference in San Antonio. Based in Gainesville, Ga., Mansfield Oil supplies fuel products and services to PepsiCo, which operates a fleet of 100,000 vehicles throughout the U.S. Ranked as one of the Top 100 privately

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Still Moving Through Supply Chain

The Energy Information Administration reported a 0.5 cents decline in the U.S. retail gasoline price average for regular grade as of March 21, but at $3.562 gallon, that’s likely little consolation for American drivers. Moreover, the average will again move higher after this brief rest stop, with wholesale costs still moving through the supply chain.

Snacking Solutions

Snacking is on the rise, accounting for 7% of foodservice sales, only 2% less than breakfast sales, according to Restaurant Food & Beverage Market Research Handbook (2010). Plus, the average consumer snacks at least once a day, most often between lunch and dinner, noted Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report, Attitudes and Usage Study (2010). Rich

Better Towel Dispensing

San Jamar introduces the Ultrafold Fusion. This folded towel dispenser arrives disassembled in a compact shipping carton, cutting inventory and distribution expenses and saving valuable warehouse space. The Ultrafold Fusion is now San Jamar’s lowest cost folded towel dispenser because it is manufactured, packaged and shipped in six pieces. This easy to assemble product generates

NCASEF Speaks Out On Swipe Fee Delay Attempts

“We urge Congress to oppose any attempt to delay the important reforms that it successfully passed last year,” says NCASEF chairman. Statement from Bruce Maples, chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-11 Franchisees: The National Coalition of Associations of 7-11 Franchisees, representing nearly 5,000 small businesses across the country, strongly opposes the last

Thorntons Partners With Dare to Care Food Bank

“This is just another way where are our team members can contribute and give back their time and talents to the local community,” says Thorntons CEO. Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons has partnered with Dare to Care Food Bank to help prepare foods for distribution for the Kentuckiana area. Thorntons team members volunteered their time, and sorted

NATSO Urges Congress to Maintain Commercial Rest Area Ban

“This is a move to expand government, at a cost to businesses, county governments and consumers,” says NATSO CEO. NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings is urging Congress to strongly oppose any effort to amend or repeal the Federal law prohibiting commercial development on the Interstate right-of-way, testifying that such efforts represented government intrusion into

Vendgogh Debuts Next Generation Green Vending Solutions

Vendgogh LLC, a provider of integrated gas island vending solutions, has introduced its next generation “green” vending solutions aimed at creating the ultimate shopper experience for gas island customers. The new machines will include a patented, first-of-its-kind dual sided delivery system that incorporates up to four user interfaces in a single vending machine. This new

Family Express Selects Retalix

Retalix to optimize fresh product inventory management and reduce out-of-stocks for Family Express. Valparaiso, Ind.-based convenience store chain Family Express, plans to reduce out-of-stocks, enhance the quality of its center-of-store product and fresh product offerings, and optimize its inventory position with Retalix’s Demand-Driven Replenishment solution. “We conducted a detailed search of industry vendors who could

Beefing Up Hiring Practices

Tyson Foods Inc. has become a full member of the IMAGE program with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). IMAGE is short for ‘ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers.’ The program enables businesses, if they meet rigorous standards, to voluntarily partner with the federal government to ensure they are employing people who are legally

Glass Door Merchandisers

Master-Bilt unveiled its new line of endless glass door merchandisers at the NAFEM Show. The versatile line offers refrigerated and frozen food retailers endless options in glass door merchandiser requirements. Available in two, three, four and five door models, retailers can choose the merchandiser configurations that meet their needs. The individual units come pre-wired with

Mirabito Partners With U.S. Bank on Fleet Cards

“By co-branding with U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems, we’ve expanded the reach of the Mirabito fleet card and made it more valuable to our customers,” says Mirabito spokesperson. New York-based Mirabito Convenience Stores has entered into a fleet card referral agreement with U.S. Bank, a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards. Under terms

Rutter’s Announces “Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes” Winners

“The Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes is another way for us to show our appreciation to our loyal customers by rewarding them with great prizes,” says Rutter’s spokesperson. Rutter’s Farm Stores customers that are Rutter’s Rewards cardholders learned this week if their loyalty to Rutter’s paid off more than usual: the February winners in the

WARHEADS Fights Childhood Cancer

“We hope to expand our WARHEADS for Baldheads into other cities and continue to help the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in their quest to end childhood cancer,” says WARHEADS spokesperson. WARHEADS, a sour candy brand, has partnered for the second year in a row with an organization committed to funding the most promising research to find

Tedeschi’s Introduces Phase III Recovery Drink

“Tedeschi’s will be supported by our current, aggressive go-to-market campaign for Phase III,” says Attitude Drinks brand manager. Tedeschi Food Shops, which operates more than 190 convenience stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut, is adding Phase III Recovery Drink by Attitude Drinks to its product mix. Attitude is authorized to sell Phase

Portable Solutions

Grab-and-go has become a significant portion of the foodservice industry as 65% of operators now offer portable foods and attribute nearly 25% of revenue to their carry-out business. Rich Products Corp. offers a variety of innovative products to deliver the taste and convenience consumers crave. Rich’s portability solutions meet multiple menu needs to support operators’

Par Mar Fuel Promotion Goes Viral

Social networking provides a cost-effective way for the West Virginia company to interact with customers and drive traffic. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Par Mar Stores is wooing customers into its forecourts and onto its Facebook and Twitter pages with its Face to Face Fuel promotion, which launched in mid-January. The goal of the promotion

Connecting With Your Customers

Loyalty and Facebook are changing the way convenience store retailers are communicating with today’s consumers. By Greg Ehrlich, Contributing Editor. Smaller convenience store chains with limited resources often sit on the sidelines waiting to see how their larger counterparts embrace new technologies. They wait to see whether the new initiatives make it past a pilot

Love’s Picks Gilbarco Veeder-Root

“Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s superior quality, support and service network made it a logical choice to continue our partnership,” says Love’s spokesperson. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has awarded Gilbarco Veeder-Root a three-year contract to supply Gilbarco forecourt equipment, including Gilbarco fuel dispensers, Veeder-Root tank monitoring systems and Red Jacket submersible turbine pumps. Based in Oklahoma

7-Eleven Launches Japan Disaster Relief Campaign

“We want to connect with our customers around the world to assist Japan and its people in rebuilding their lives after such devastating disasters,” says 7-Eleven CEO. The global chain of 7-Eleven is raising funds in close to 39,000 store locations to assist organizations providing relief for the Japanese people devastated by the March 11

Sheetz Opens Beckley, W.Va. Store With Drive-Through

Customers line up early for a chance to win hundreds of dollars in prizes. Sheetz has opened its first new location in Beckley, W.Va., at 5481 Robert C. Byrd Drive. Excitement for this store has been heightened with a contest for the first 50 people in line when the doors open.  These lucky customers all

Food And Beverage Market Rebounds

“As the economy continues to improve, shoppers are more likely to remain with a set of brands and retailers that they know delivers the value they expect,” says Symphony Consulting spokesperson. The U.S. food and beverage market is expected to continue its rebound in 2011 and 2012, as more shoppers believe the economy will improve