Archives for February 2013

Lil’ Drug Store Products Poised to Lead HBC Growth

New products, expanded sales and innovative programs illustrate company’s continued success at “Making Convenience Convenient.” Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. (LDSP), a global consumer products company and top health and beauty care (HBC) product supplier to the convenience channel, summed up 2012 as a year of successes that reinforce the company’s position as the top

GSP Releases GSPSurveyor Upgrade

New features significantly improve access and management of site profile information across departments and from the field. GSP has announced the release of GSPSurveyor Mobile 2.0 for iOS. GSPSurveyor is a proprietary site profile management application that allows retailers to build and maintain store level details on various attributes as well as perform various surveys

Gill Energy Opens New Store

Outlet is Gill’s second 76-branded station in New Jersey. Creative Management Inc., T/A Gill Energy, announced the opening of its newest outlet in Northern New Jersey, under the 76 fuel brand. Gill adds 76 not only to its growing portfolio of brands, which include BP, Sunoco, Exxon and Mobil, but also brings with it a

U.S. Retail Gasoline Average 5% Shy of 2012 High

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric As February nears an end, retail gasoline prices are already at highs one would expect when the weather warms, not when some parts of the country are still digging out of snow drifts. A recent double-digit jump in the retail average reported by the Energy Information Administration means

Casey’s Raises More Than $400,000 For JDRF

The Sneakers Sales Campaign allows customers to make a donation for a sneaker pin-up at any Casey’s Store. Customers and patrons of Casey’s General Stores Inc. helped to raise more than $400,000 during January 2013 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through its annual JDRF Sneakers Sales Campaign. “The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is

Pessimism About the Economy Grows

Nearly half of all consumers surveyed say gas prices have a “great impact” in how they feel about the economy. Consumers are increasingly pessimistic about the economy and gas prices are a growing reason why, according to the results from the monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. Nearly one quarter (23%) of consumers surveyed in a

Insight Beverages Welcomes New Director of National Sales

Accomplished industry leader, Sharon Porter to direct new business initiatives. Insight Beverages has announced that Sharon Porter will join the company as director, national sales effective Feb. 25, 2013.  Porter is an accomplished executive with exemplary sales, marketing and business development experience.  She has a track record of increasing sales and profitability, with specific expertise

Predicting the Future of Convenience Retailing

From healthy foods to a radical shift in goods and services, retail futurists offer a glimpse of the changing consumer needs that could shape the convenience store industry over the next 10-20 years. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Customers seeking today’s newest phone apps. Electric fueling stations rather than gas islands. Stores that change format

Building a Profitable Cigar Business

FDA Announces New Director of Center for Tobacco Products

Deyton steps down and Zeller takes the helm. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Dr. Lawrence Deyton is stepping down as director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, the National Association for Tobacco Outlest (NATO) reported.  Deyton is assuming new duties at the George Washington University School of Medicine and

National Advisory Group (NAG) Introduces New 2013/2014 Retail Board of Directors

The National Advisory Group (NAG) is proud to announce its 2013/2014 Retail Board of Directors headed by Mary Banmiller of Warrenton Oil (Truesdale, Mo.).  “It is an honor to take over the presidency of the NAG Retail Board.  Following in the footsteps of David Johnson of Toot ‘N Totum who did a fantastic job of

United Supermarkets Plans For New Amigos Location

Project will also include a United Express convenience store. United Supermarkets LLC has finalized arrangements for construction of a new Amigos location— as well as a standalone United Express convenience store—to open in Hereford, Texas, in 2014. Site of the project is a 5.2-acre tract, which the company recently purchased at 520 N. 25- Mile

Bakery Appeal Goes Beyond Breakfast

Fresh pastries and desserts are driving all-day snacking, helping to keep bakery sales active well past the morning daypart. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Keeping the doughnut and muffin displays filled and fresh in the morning is pretty much a no-brainer. But, in many convenience stores, these bakery displays look picked over and just plain

BI-LO Adds New Ways To Earn Fuel Savings

Introduction of item-based bonus rewards bring value to grocery shopping. On the heels of a Wall Street Journal report that prices at U.S. gasoline pumps have climbed for 32 consecutive days to a four-month high, BI-LO announced it has expanded its popular fuelperks! program to now include hundreds of additional fuelperks! bonus rewards grocery items

7-Eleven Introduces Fabulous Fresh Foods Friday

Invites Oregon-area residents to sample eats and drinks this week at participating stores. Tasting is believing. That’s why 7-Eleven, Inc is dedicating a day for Oregon-area residents to see what’s cooking, brewing, baking and warming at its stores on Fabulous Fresh Foods Friday, (FFFF), this Friday, Feb. 22. Add two more “Fs” to that for

M-PACT Welcomes Legendary College Football Analyst

Lee Corso to address energy and convenience industry April 17, in Indianapolis. ESPN College GameDay’s Lee Corso will be this year’s keynote speaker at M-PACT 2013, the Midwest’s premier energy and convenience tradeshow to be held April 16-18 in Indianapolis.  The regional show draws nearly 4,000 energy and convenience professionals each year. M-PACT proudly welcomes

The National Advisory Group (NAG) Will Be Live in Nashville, Sept. 15-17

Save the date for the 2013 NAG Conference! This Sept. 15-17 the National Advisory Group (NAG) is hosting its 2013 Conference in Nashville, Tenn. at the Loews Vanderbilt. Registration is now open for the annual conference, which presents an opportunity for retailers to gather and explore the issues that are driving the c-store industry and

Keeping Foodservice Equipment Efficient

Due diligence and proper maintenance can protect your investment and help keep your kitchen tools running longer. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Choosing the right foodservice equipment can be an often overwhelming task given the range of options available to retailers today. Efficient cooking equipment from induction cooktops, clamshell griddles, convection ovens and combi ovens

Doing Confections to Perfection

Americans aren’t eating out as much as they used to, but they are eating more chocolate, which means the time has come for c-store retailers to rethink, revamp and restock their chocolate sets. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Data from Experian Simmons research group noted that, among chocolate eaters, 56.4% have visited a c-store in

Festival Recognizes Del Monte As Official Fresh Produce Provider

“We have the opportunity to reach the South Florida community and our trade business partners in a very sophisticated light,” says Del Monte spokesperson. The 2013 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE has recognized Del Monte Fresh Produce as the Official Fresh Produce Provider of the 2013 festival.

Hershey’s Reaffirms Financial Goals

Provides update on progress against growth initiatives. In a presentation today at the 2013 Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference, John Bilbrey, president and CEO of The Hershey Co.; Humberto Alfonso, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer; and Michele Buck, senior vice president and chief growth officer; reviewed the

Focusing on Fresh Foods

The grab-and-go business is constantly evolving. Today’s customers not only want their foodservice fast, but they expect quality, consistency and healthy daypart options. By John Lofstock, Editor. Convenience store operators are driving sales of healthy, portable foodservice offerings like packaged sandwiches, wraps, salads and some roller grill items. But, historically, the industry has seldom gotten

Tri Star Announces Details On 22 Properties For Sale

Most of the sites for sale are located in the Greater Nashville market. Tri Star Energy LLC of Nashville, Tenn. announced yesterday that it  is conducting a strategic divestiture of 22 convenience stores and retail gasoline outlets and three parcels of undeveloped land in Tennessee. Today, the location of the sites for sale were announced

NPD Reports Strong Q4 For C-stores

C-store outlook positive for 2013. Visits to convenience stores increased by 4.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter a year ago, reflecting positive movement in some key economic indicators and lower gas prices in the last quarter of the year, according to The NPD Group, a leading global information company.

Could We Be Midway Through Gasoline’s Preseason Rally?

By: Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric. The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. average price for all formulations of regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets jumped another 7.3 cents through the week-ended Feb. 11, which was the eighth consecutive weekly increase in the national gasoline average. Since Dec. 17, when the U.S. average