Archives for 2012

Ruiz Foods Appoints Rachel Cullen President and CEO

“It is a very exciting time at Ruiz Foods and I look forward to working with my colleagues as we continue to build on Ruiz’ long-standing leadership role in making great foods for today’s families,” says Cullen. Ruiz Food Products Inc has appointed Rachel Cullen as President & CEO effective immediately.  Cullen joins the company

Appeals Court: RYO Operators Are Manufacturers

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a decision upholding the rule issued by the federal Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in September of 2010, which classified retail operators of commercial roll-your-own (RYO) cigarette machines as tobacco product manufacturers under federal law, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported.  When

RE Powell Partners With VP Racing Fuels

“The bonus of the program is the incredible credit card-processing program that will save our customers hundreds if not thousands of dollars each month,” says RE Powell spokesperson. RE Powell Distributing Co. has signed up for VP Racing Fuels Inc.’s new program to brand fuel stations with the VP Racing Fuels brand. “As RE Powell

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed as some Refinery Units Return from Outages

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed countrywide in moving into the second half of August, with some markets, notably the greater Chicago market in the upper Midwest, posting steeply lower values after a surge in those prices in late July early August. Wholesale costs in the broad

7-Eleven Inc. Acquires 76 West Virginia-Area Locations

“This acquisition fits well with our accelerated growth strategy and gives us an opportunity to expand in the West Virginia market, building on our already strong mid-Atlantic presence,” says 7-Eleven Inc.’s chief financial officer. 7-Eleven Inc. has closed a deal to acquire 74 operating convenience stores and two land parcels from Prima Marketing LLC, a

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Payment App

Now guests can use their iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphone to purchase Dunkin’ Donuts items faster, and send virtual gift cards. People can now run on Dunkin’ more quickly and conveniently than ever before, as Dunkin’ Donuts today launched its first-ever mobile application for payment and gifting for iPhone, iPod touch and Android smartphones.

TA Sponsors Health Awareness Walk

Great American Trucking Show to feature a non-competitive 1.5-mile course to promote fitness and health.   The entire trucking industry is invited to join TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) and Trucking Solutions Group for the Health Awareness Walk to be held at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. The walk, sponsored by TA and

Proper Merchandising Encourages Sales

Dealing with a host of primary wholesalers, multiple DSD vendors and local foodservice providers, convenience store chains are learning to grow more efficient without sacrificing goods and services. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Like millions of Americans, Matt Paduano was traveling this summer, but he didn’t return home with a sun tan and postcards from

Customers ‘Krave’ Electronic Tobacco

E-cigarettes offer consumers an alternative to traditional cigarettes. They are also virtually odorless, allowing them to be consumed in locations where traditional smoking is commonly prohibited. By CSD Staff Vapor Corp., one of the only publicly traded companies (OTCBB: VPCO) servicing the electronic cigarette and vaporizer industry, maintains its integrity in a fiercely competitive market

Wawa Saves Over $1 Million Through Energy Efficiency

When Wawa Inc. was searching for visually appealing, simple-to-install vertical refrigerated display lighting, it discovered an all-inclusive answer in Immersion RV30 LED technology from GE Lighting. In addition, GE helped the operator of more than 600 convenience store/gas station locations drive down energy consumption. As a result, Wawa now enjoys combined energy and maintenance savings

New Cider

HEINEKEN USA is introducing Strongbow cider to its portfolio beginning Jan. 1, 2013. HEINEKEN N.V. is the global leader in cider with nearly 25% market share and products available in 20 markets.  The Strongbow brand will further complement the leading upscale beer company’s already diverse product portfolio, which includes Heineken, Dos Equis, Newcastle, Amstel Light,

Werewolf Beer

Newcastle Brown Ale lets its wild side out this summer as it released its limited edition Newcastle Werewolf beer. The brew blends a sweet berry taste in the front with a bitter bite at the end. The product is brewed with rye malts to make it a naturally blood-red color. It has an alcohol by

Montana C-Store Owners Denounce State Senator

Montana convenience stores speak out on the efforts of a state senator. Montana c-store operators target U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in a newspaper and TV ad, denouncing him for his 2011 effort to stall new limits on debit card “swipe fees” charged by banks, the Missoulian reported. The ads launched last weekend, claiming that

Pantry Reports Results Of Tender Offer

The Pantry announces the final results of its offer to purchase senior subordinated notes. The Pantry Inc. released its final results of its offer to purchase any and all of its outstanding 7.75% senior subordinated notes due 2014 and solicitation consents from holders of the notes to effect certain proposed amendments to the indenture from

Bank of America Promotes Cash Back Deals

Bank America encourages customers and retailers to take part in its BankAmeriDeals. Bank of America released its online and mobile cash back deals program nationally, so that with the click of a button, customers can choose deals they want through the company’s online banking and mobile banking app. With BankAmeriDeals, customers can get deals from

Heineken Fall Retail Program Partners with James Bond Franchise

Heinken, the top-selling European Lager in the U.S., and James Bond, the 2nd highest grossing movie franchise ever, are once again joining forces to drive consumer excitement and maximum retail impact for the launch of the newest Bond franchise movie, Skyfall. In celebration of its 15-year partnership with Bond, Heineken is announcing details of PHASE

Quick Chek Supports And Aids The IAVA

Quick Chek surpasses its goals in its fundraising efforts to give back to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Quick Chek ended its fundraising campaign with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) with a total donation of $71,762, easily surpassing the company’s $50,000 goal. The in-store fundraiser launched Memorial Day weekend where customers could make

Love’s Lucks Out With Three New Stores

Love’s expands business this August by opening one new store each week. Love’s Travel Stops boosts business this week as it opens three new locations in three different states during the next three weeks. The c-store opened its newest location today in Willis, Texas, at Interstate 45, Exit 95. Love’s plans to open in Sioux

Wawa Closes Second Florida Acquisition

Wawa further builds business in the Florida market as Agree Realty closes the acquisition on a new store site for the company. Agree Realty Corporation announced it closed the acquisition of a parcel of land in Pinellas County, Fla., for the development of a Wawa convenience store and gas station. Wawa’s new site location is

Pennsylvania Cuts Plans For Vapor Recovery System Installations At New Gas Stations

New southeastern and southwestern gas stations no longer need to install expensive vapor recovery systems. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reported it does not plan to enforce a requirement for new gas stations to install costly vapor recovery systems at their outlets. The state’s current regulations require facilities in southeast and southwest Pennsylvania

NAM Helps Circle K Improve Its Coupon Program

“We believe (NAM’s) programs will add significant value to (Circle K’s) business and (its) customers,” says Chris Mixson, president of News America Marketing of the company’s new partnership with Circle K. Circle K convenience store chains in North America joins News America Marketing (NAM) to publish its coupons. NAM is the premier publisher of coupons

Maple Bacon Syrup

Smucker’s Foodservice combines maple and bacon, two popular breakfast flavors, to create its new Maple Bacon Flavored Syrup. The syrup contains the sweet taste of maple and the savory flavor of bacon in a small, portion-control package that can be used for c-store breakfast menus. For More Information From Smucker Foodservice:

MillerCoors Shoots For Sustainability

MillerCoors announced its strategies and plans to increase sustainability within its company, which plans to focus primarily on responsibility, environmental stewardship, supply chain, people & communities and ethics & transparency.  The company’s newest report, “Great Things on Tap” gives details on its performance in these areas. MillerCoors has made progress toward its 2015 goals for

Summer Teas And Juices

Fuze celebrates a summer of great-tasting refreshment as it releases a new collection of teas and juice drinks. The new lineup comes out this summer, offering retailers the new flavors in 1-liter packages. The new selections include the following: Lemon Iced Tea, Honey and Ginseng Green Tea, Half Iced Tea & Half Lemonade, Berry Punch

Former Wilson Farms Stores For Sale

Sealed-bid process starts Wednesday, Aug. 15 and ends Oct. 18. Convenience store giant 7-Eleven is renovating a former Wilson Farms store on Denison Parkway in Corning, N.Y., scheduled for completion this fall, and preparing to divest 30 more, The Leader Online reported. 7-Eleven bought Buffalo, N.Y.-based Wilson Farm’s 188-store New York network last year from