Archives for February 2013

New Seasoning Dispenser

Server Products has created the new In Season dispenser, which delivers perfect portions of granular seasonings to help ensure consistent flavor in menu items and promote nutritional accuracy. The InSeason dispenser comes in two models—INS 87100 with a wide cone spread pattern ideal for large area applications like French fries, and the INS 87090 with

Red Buck Soft Tip Cigars

Tantus Tobacco presents new Red Buck Soft Tipped Cigars.  The cigars measure  8.9millimeter in diameter x 110millimeter in length and 4.5-pounds or more per thousand.  Two flavors are available in seven count packs: Pipe Tobacco Sweet Tip and Wine Pipe Tobacco.  Four flavors are available in 10 count packs: Full Flavor, Menthol, Cherry, and Blueberry.

Heineken Launches New “Star Bottle” In the U.S.

New bottle, same high quality taste legendary around the world. Heineken has announced the U.S. debut of its premium Star Bottle packaging for Heineken and Heineken Light. The new Star Bottle design, Heineken’s first package change in nearly two decades, represents a more modern take on the brand’s iconic green bottle that will further reinforce

Gulf Oil Returns To Missouri

Partners with Jefferson City Oil. Gulf Oil announced a new branded partnership with Jefferson City Oil Co. Inc., a distributor of petroleum products throughout Missouri for over 85 years.  The 10-year agreement returns the iconic motor fuel brand to communities in “The Show Me State” for the first time in two decades. Jefferson City Oil

Registration Opens For 38th NCASEF Convention

This year’s convention takes place in Las Vegas. Its theme “In It To Win It,” reflects the franchisees’ can-do attitude. Registration is now available online for the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees’ (NCASEF) 38th National Convention and Trade Show, which will be held July 14 – 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, at the

Prepared Foods Prove Top Strategy For Supermarkets

Over the past five years, supermarket prepared foods have grown more than 6% annually. Rotisserie chicken may have started the trend, and Whole Foods may get credit for raising prepared foods to a new level, but these days food retailers of every ilk are finding ways to ramp up their retailer meal solutions (RMS) programs.

Hybrid Bioptic Scanner

Honeywell has introduced the Stratos 2700 bioptic scanner. Equipped with hybrid architecture that incorporates both laser and Honeywell’s industry-leading imaging technology, the Stratos 2700 is designed for retailers seeking to maximize their investment, increase customer throughput and reduce checkout loss. The device allows cashiers to quickly and easily scan virtually all bar codes, from traditional

Expanding the Foodservice Menu

Leveraging combo meals to include snacks and beverages can help boost lunch and dinner sales. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. According to a survey by Chicago-based research company Technomic Inc., 60% of consumers place a high level of importance on receiving a good value for their money when deciding which foodservice location to visit for

Cleveland Weighs Energy Drink Ban For Minors

Energy drinks containing certain levels of caffeine would be banned completely. Citing the “dangerous” health effects energy drinks have on children and young adults, an ordinance proposed by the Cleveland City Council this week aims to ban minors from buying energy drinks within the city, WKYC Online reported. The emergency ordinance would make it illegal

Larson Expands Fluorescent Light Line

Larson Electronics announced the addition of a 20,000 lumen fluorescent light fixture with Class 1 and Class 2 Division 1 UL listings. Equipped with four T5HO bulbs within the same size and shape as a standard four foot, two lamp models, the EPL-48-216 offers twice the output of a standard hazardous area light with a

Dutch Masters Introducing Sweet Cigarillos

The iconic Dutch Master’s cigar brand is adding Sweet Cigarillo to its line-up of Natural Leaf wrapped cigarillos. Cigarillo shipments within the Dutch Masters brands are outperforming the industry and the introduction of a Sweet, a top-seller within the category, is drawing a lot of attention to this heritage brand. “The Dutch Masters brand is

7-Eleven To Surpass 50,000 Stores

“We expect accelerated growth in North America to continue, and we also see many more opportunities for international expansion,” says 7-Eleven’s CEO. 7-Eleven Inc. achieved record store growth in 2012 and expects the number of 7-Eleven stores worldwide to pass the 50,000-store mark by the end of the first quarter. Already the world’s largest retailer

Kangaroo Express Opens New Charlotte Store

Grand opening celebration kicks off on March 2. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. has announced the grand opening of a new store at 7747 North Tryon Street in Charlotte, N.C, marking the first new Kangaroo Express in four years. The grand opening will be celebrated on Saturday, March 2 with a variety of

NSF International To Help Retailers Build A Culture of Food Safety

Appoints retail food safety expert, Gina Nicholson, to lead the program. NSF International, an independent global organization with nearly 70 years of food safety expertise, has appointed Gina Nicholson to global director of retail accounts. With over 23 years of retail food safety experience, Nicholson will focus on utilizing new technology and science-based approaches developed

Susser Holdings Reports Strong Fourth Quarter

Susser Holdings opened 10 new large-format Stripes convenience stores during the fourth quarter —a new quarterly record. Susser Holdings Corp. has reported strong financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 30, 2012.  Same-store merchandise sales increased 5.8% in the fourth quarter, versus growth of 5% in the prior-year period.

FastLane Finds Sweet Success

Warrenton Oil Co. launches its Swirls n Sweets frozen yogurt concept in its convenience stores and in a standalone format. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Warrenton Oil Co. knows first hand that staying versatile in an ever-changing industry is the key to long-term success. This past fall, the owners of the FastLane convenience store chain

Mocha On Fire

Boyd Coffee Co. has introduced new “Mocha on Fire” and “Cookies n’ Creme” cappuccinos. Both flavors tap into top 2013 beverage trends, as identified in Bell Flavors & Fragrances’ annual top 10 list. Mocha on Fire delivers on the 2013 trend of spicy beverages. The fiery spiciness of this limited-time-only chocolaty mocha has been available

Fight Zombies at Work

Employee recognition and appreciation are important drivers of employee satisfaction, engagement, and retention. However, despite the fact that companies spend over $46 billion dollars a year on recognition programs, studies show that over 50% of employees do not feel appreciated and 59% are unsatisfied at work. To help solve this problem, MeritShare has launched the

Embracing Change in the Year Ahead

With 2013 well underway, convenience store retailers should take the time to evaluate their operations and develop a plan to stay ahead of their competition. By Jim Callahan. It has long been a  habit of mine to prioritize my work hours and spend them where they are most needed. As a result,  I am able

Maintaining A Store-By-Store Database

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. There comes a time in every multi-unit retailer’s business cycle that they want to launch a new product that requires a reconfiguration to their store. I am not talking about a raze-and-rebuild, but rather something as simply sending a new piece of equipment to

Family Express Does the Harlem Shake

As the Harlem Shake has spread across the Internet into classrooms, dance clubs and even sporting events, the dance trend is finding its way into conveneince stores. Mr. Cravin the Farmer, the face of Family Express’s foodservice program, recruited the Family Express corporate staff to celebrate 1,000 Twitter followers by doing the Harlem Shake, and

Mint Swirl Ice Cream Bar

DOVE Ice Cream brings you a new twist on the classic combination of chocolate and mint ice cream.  The perfect ice cream for indulgence, DOVEBAR Mint Swirl Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate blends rich, minty DOVE Ice Cream with a ribbon of dark chocolate. The bar is then dipped in chocolate coating made with silky

Custom Blended Flavors

Scandinavian Tobacco Group Lane has introduced Cubero, a natural wrapper cigarillo that offers a premium cigar smoking experience to the mass market.  Cubero cigars offer affordable luxury to consumers every day.  The flavors are blended by experts to provide an indulgent experience that is unmatched in the industry.  Cubero is available in three blends:  Blend

Atlas Oil Cranks Up Crude Operations

Opens fourth transloading site in Monahans, Texas. Atlas Oil Co. has opened its fourth transloading site—the second site dedicated to crude oil—in Monahans, Texas. The site is 30 miles from Atlas’ Odessa site and is located off the TNMR railroad. “This is an extremely exciting business opportunity for Atlas,” said Bob Kenyon, executive vice president,

NACS Publishes Assessment of Fuels Market Through 2040

Report analyzes projections by EIA in its 2013 Annual Energy Outlook. Liquid fuels will continue to be the dominant fueling option for drivers for the next two-plus decades, but the composition of these fuels will undergo significant change, according to a report released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). The new 46-page report,