Archives for August 2011

Heineken USA Introduces Noche Buena Beer

Exclusive Mexican winter brew will be available in key U.S. markets beginning in October. Heineken USA today announced the launch of Noche Buena, a Bock-styled Lager brewed by Cerveceria Moctezuma, S.A., specifically made for the Fall/Winter season. The limited edition traditional Mexican beer will make its way to select markets in the U.S. in October.

Disposable Electronic Cigarettes

PureSmoke has launched its next generation of disposable e-cigarettes in two flavors: Classic Tobacco and Cool Mint.  Pre-priced at $9.99, each stick is equivalent to two packs of traditional cigarettes, offering the greatest value to adult tobacco consumers. The 12-count retail carton converts into a countertop display making it easy to merchandise. Build your category

Maximizing A Convention

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Whether this is your first industry convention or you are a seasoned pro, I am a firm believer that establishing a well-thought out plan in advance of attending an industry convention is key for maximizing results.  Many conventions can be daunting with thousands of

McManigal Joins Kum & Go’s Board of Advisors

“Mark’s appointment is a direct result of his deep knowledge of Kum & Go’s business model and his unique insights to our business,” says Kum & Go’s CEO. Mark McManigal, managing director of Claritas Capital is set to join Kum & Go’s Board of Advisors, beginning in October 2011. McManigal previously served as in-house general

TA Welcomes Customers’ Four-Legged Friends

Designated pet areas now available at all sites. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) is adding to its full-service benefits by welcoming back-seat drivers of the furry kind to all travel centers within the TA and Petro Stopping Centers network. Drivers will see a designated pet area at each location, inviting them to let their pets

NCR Welcomes Kingsfield

“Scott’s proven track record driving profitable growth through world-class indirect sales channels advancing a portfolio of innovative retail solutions is the perfect complement to NCR’s core business and broad distribution,” says NCR’s EVP.   NCR Corp. has appointed Scott Kingsfield as senior vice president and general manager of its Retail Line of Business, reporting to

Couche-Tard Reports Strong First Quarter

“I am pleased to announce that our results are on the rise,” says CEO of Couche-Tard. For its first quarter of fiscal 2012, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $139.5 million, up $12.6 million or 9.9% from the comparable period of last fiscal year. The increase is mainly attributable to the drop in financial

Rutter’s Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Lucky customers enjoy free Sloppy Joe sliders, among other prizes. This month’s winners in Rutter’s Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes enjoyed some old favorites as well as several new prizes to keep the summertime fun in central Pennsylvania sizzling. Many loyal Rutter’s Reward cardholders were awarded a three-pack of Sloppy Joe sliders, which is new

Atlas Oil Increases Position On Inc. 5000 List

Ranks 2,920 overall and 65th in energy industry. Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. is among the fastest growing private companies in the nation for the third year running. Inc. Magazine just published its fifth annual Inc. 5000 list, and Atlas increased its position by 1,226 spots to 2,920 overall. Within the energy industry, Atlas ranks

Mansfield Oil Recognized for IT Innovation

CIO 100 List includes Mansfield for innovation in the renewable fuel supply chain. Mansfield Oil Co. has once again been named by influential CIO magazine to its annual CIO 100 list. The 24th annual CIO 100 awards honored 100 companies that are using information technology in innovative ways to add value to their organizations. 2011

NACS Introduces Mobile App 2.0 For NACS Show

New mobile app version to make navigating the NACS Show easier for retailers. NACS has introduced version 2.0 of its mobile app, which is designed to enhance the attendee experience at the NACS Show, Oct. 1-4 in Chicago. The free NACS mobile app is available in native and Web-based forms, and includes detailed event information,

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Surge ahead of Irene

Gasoline suppliers and schedulers were busy in front of the last weekend in August making preparations for a massive Hurricane Irene, with worry that the storm would trigger extended outages at regional refineries, pipelines and barge deliveries in the New York Harbor—the delivery location for the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB gasoline futures contract. Pipeline

FDA Retail Inspections to Begin in Three States

The FDA has awarded a contract to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to begin conducting FDA sponsored retail compliance inspections, according to the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO). Also, renewal contracts for the state compliance inspections were awarded to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission and the Colorado Department of Public

Love’s Launches Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser

Beginning now through Sept. 30, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores employees will be putting their hearts into raising funds for 89 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by asking customers to purchase $1, $5 or $20 heart icons. Love’s raises additional funds by holding bake sales, pumping gas for tips, conducting in-store drawings and coordinating other

Rutter’s Gives Away Another Year of Gas

Arthur Bankert of Fawn Grove, Pa., is the latest winner of a free year of gas in Rutter’s Fuel Up Free contest. Bankert is the sixth winner in the summer contest that, at its end in September, will have given away a year’s worth of gas to 8 loyal Rutter’s customers. It’s hard to say

Marketing in a Digital Age

Rising Star: Megan Sutfin Social Media Administrator, Sac N Pac Stores. Smart convenience store chains recognize that social networking is a crucial tool in keeping the lines of communication open with customers and growing loyalty for years to come. A social media team can help your chain control brand image, calm any negative conversations that

Love’s Awards Scholarships

Five employees and seven employee dependents receive scholarships to help with college fees.   The Learning with Love’s Scholarship fund, operated by Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, which operates more than 270 locations in 39 states, has awarded $40,000 in scholarships to employees and dependents for the 2011-2012 academic year, Tire Business News reported.

Mirabito and Tim Hortons To Co-brand

“We’re confident that this relationship will bring more value and convenience to our guests,” says Tim Hortons’ chief operating officer. Mirabito has signed an agreement with Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop to open 44 co-branded convenience and gas locations throughout Upstate New York by 2012, with the vast majority of locations anticipated to open

BUNN Mourns the Loss of Veteran Employee

Bunn-O-Matic Corp. is sad to share that Neal Robinson, senior vice president of global projects, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. Robinson worked for over 25 years at BUNN, beginning in 1986 as a district sales manager for the Southeastern U.S. He was promoted to regional sales manager then regional vice president for the Southeastern

Georgia-Pacific Announces Leadership Change

President of Washroom and Wiper Solutions to retire. Georgia-Pacific LLC has announced that Bill Sleeper, president  of Georgia-Pacific Professional Washroom and Wiper Solutions, is retiring from the company in January 2012 after more than 40 years of service. Effective immediately, Scott Light, currently president – Communications Papers, will assume leadership for the Washroom and Wiper

OTP Makes Strong Push for More Shelf Space

With flavored cigarettes no longer available in the U.S., flavored cigars are in line for sharp sales gains. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. There is no secret that cigars, specifically little cigars and flavored little cigars, have grabbed the interest of smokers who can no longer buy flavored cigarettes because of federal regulations. But there

Beefing Up Snack Sales

The prevalence of meat snacks has grown a great deal in recent years as the market has expanded with innovative flavors and new varieties. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The meat snacks category, which many Americans consider all but synonymous with convenience stores, continues to build sales as well as prestige. New and exotic flavors

CITGO Marketer Helps Kids Prepare For School

U.S. Venture partners with local charity and mobile literacy program in back-to-school fundraiser. Wisconsin-based CITGO Marketer U.S. Venture Inc. is making sure local children are clothed, clean and well-read as they head back to school. On Aug. 20, U.S. Venture participated in “Being Cool for School,” a back-to-school event organized by Menasha non-profit group Community

Swiss Farms Signs Multi-Unit Deals In North Carolina

The drive-through stores allow customers the convenience of shopping without leaving the comfort of their cars. Swiss Farms is set to enter the Charlotte, N.C., market this year, as the company begins to roll out its new prototype design in four new market areas. Mike Lang, president of Lang Family Farms has signed a definitive

Sheetz Expands Presence in Ohio

Customers line up to be one of the first 50 people in line for a chance at thousands of prizes. Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz Inc. continues to grow south of Cleveland as it opens a new store in Parma, Ohio, on Aug. 25, at 6767 Ridge Road. Doors to the 6,500 square foot store officially will