Archives for February 2013

Marketing To Hispanic Men

“Everywhere we look marketers are directing their focus on Latinas, but brands are forgetting to talk to Hispanic men,” says Mintel analyst. While the Hispanic population is growing at a fast pace in the U.S.—and with them their purchasing power—it seems in the last few years much of the focus has been on Latinas, neglecting

PCI SSC Releases Guidance For Merchants On Mobile Payments

Merchant education tool aimed at driving demand for secure mobile payment acceptance options. Today the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), an open, global forum for the development of payment card security standards published the PCI Mobile Payment Acceptance Security Guidelines for Merchants as End-Users. The guidance educates merchants on the factors and risks that

Orion CEO Delivers Keynote Address at NATSO

Hank Suerth speaks on the power of branded partnerships and national trends. Henry (Hank) Suerth, CEO of Orion Food Systems, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., delivered the keynote address at the National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) annual conference.  The forum and trade show was held in Savannah, Ga. on Feb. 2-6. Suerth’s keynote

New Fresh Seal Packaging

Camel SNUS will introduce new Fresh Seal packaging on Feb. 25. The Camel SNUS Fresh Seal packaging ensures the freshness and flavor adult tobacco consumers have come to expect from this premium product, without refrigeration. This packaging transformation incorporates a thinner, easier-to-carry tin, and offers new opportunities to broaden awareness and trial among adult tobacco

President Obama Calls For Minimum Wage Hike

Proposes upping minimum wage to $9 per hour in State of the Union address. In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama called for a raise in the minimum wage from its current $7.25 to  $9 per hour. In addition, he proposed raising the tipped minimum wage — made by tipped employees,

NACS Announces The Fuels Institute

The Fuels Institute is an independent think tank founded and managed by NACS. NACS this morning announced the formation of The Fuels Institute, a non-profit, research-oriented think tank dedicated to evaluating the market issues related to consumer vehicles and the fuels that power them. “Our industry sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country,”

R.J. Reynolds Debuts New Website

Content to reflect the company’s strategic framework around tobacco harm reduction, commercial integrity and youth tobacco prevention. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s non-corporate Website intended to educate wholesalers and retailers on tobacco tax issues,, has officially been transformed.  The new website will be named In addition to the name change, the structure and content

NACS/CCRRC Offer Playbook For Success

Complimentary three-step guide outlines essential action steps for operators. The NACS / Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (NACS / CCRRC) has released a powerful new tool outlining a specific, customizable plan designed to drive growth for convenience retailers. “Playbook for Success: A Three-Step Guide to Growing  C-Store Business” and an accompanying video are available as a

New 16-ounce Can

BAWLS Guarana, manufacturer of the line of premium super-caffeinated sodas, has revamped its 16-ounce aluminum can. The BAWLS parent company elected to partner with Rexam due in part to its reputation for quality in the beverage industry as well as the recyclability of their products.  Over the last two and one half years, BAWLS has

Pre-Soak Cleaning Solution

Ryko Solutions Inc., a  manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of service support and cleaning products to the industry, has announced that CleanCut 360, a pre-soak solution, has become the company’s most popular pre-soak only eight months after its introduction. Utilizing a road film encapsulation technology that is unique to the industry

New Electro Freeze Logo, Website

Electro Freeze, a division of H.C. Duke and Son LLC, has introduced a new Electro Freeze logo and Website, making the most dramatic change to its visual identity since 1969. Electro Freeze is known for its premium soft serve dispensing equipment and for developing the first twist soft serve machine in 1958, a concept that

Pedal On The Floor Rally Speeds Retail Gasoline Price Gains

By Brian L. Milne If history remains a trusted guide, we should expect another eight weeks of increases in retail gasoline prices before the advance stalls at which point we might have reached the annual high for 2013. That might be difficult to imagine, especially when we consider the U.S. retail gasoline price average just

Kangaroo Express Raises Over $120,000

Donations go to Junior Achievement in “Kash for Kids” fundraiser, empowering young people to own their economic success. Kangaroo Express’ “Kash for Kids” fundraising campaign raised $129,389 in support of Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization that brings the real world to students through hands-on curriculum delivered by a trained classroom volunteer. From Nov. 9 through

TravelCenters Opens New Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Popeyes’ full menu includes chicken and shrimp meals and sandwiches, plus signature side dishes, sauces and desserts. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the opening of a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at its Petro Stopping Centers-branded travel center located at I-20, Exit 409

I-C-Expo Announces Educational Session With Paragon Solutions

Learn to see the obstacles keeping your store from achieving its full presentation and operational potential. The Royal Buying Group (RBG) has announced the second of two available educational sessions in association with the 2013 Independent C-Store Expo (I-C-Expo), which is being held on Feb. 28, 2013 at the Chicago Marriott Burr Ridge in Burr

Haslam Returns To Helm Of Pilot Flying J

Cleveland Browns’ owner returns to his former post in the c-store/travel center industry.  Having recently put new leadership in place at the Cleveland Browns, Jimmy Haslam is set to return to the helm of his family-owned company, Pilot Flying J, in Knoxville, Tenn, reported. Haslam will regain his position as CEO of the company

NYACS President Speaks Out On Minimum Wage Hike

NYACS warns c-stores would be forced to deal with wage increases by reducing staff, cutting benefits or increasing prices. James Calvin, president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS), has responded to a press event by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce concerning the proposed New York minimum wage increase. On Thursday, Business for

NAFEM Honors Industry Association Leaders

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) honored 50 allied association leaders with a Doctorate of Foodservice (DFS) award during ceremonies held at The NAFEM Show, Feb. 7, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.  NAFEM’s DFS program recognizes elected leaders of major foodservice industry associations for their commitment and dedication to their respective

SAS Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show Kicks Off This February

“Celebrate America….SAS Salutes the Stars and Stripes” is the theme for the 2013 S. Abraham & Sons (SAS) Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show. DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., the site of the 27th annual show, will feature 150 booths, representing 214 manufacturers. Approximately 1,500 stores will be represented by buyers at this

Zarco 66 President Receives Award

Scott Zaremba honored as first-in-the-nation E15 marketer. During the opening session on the second day of the Renewable Fuels Association’s 18th annual National Ethanol Conference, Bob Dinneen, RFA’s President and CEO, honored Scott Zaremba, President of Zarco 66 Inc. and Zarco 66 American Fuels, with “The Industry Award” in recognition of his vision and commitment

Atlas Oil Launches New Crude Business Unit

“As this market continues to grow, we will be a top player,” says Atlas CEO. Atlas Oil Co. has confirmed its strategic intent to become a major player in the crude hauling and crude transportation business.  Over the past three years, Atlas’ crude transloading operations have increased by 750%, reflecting the explosive growth in domestic

Kangaroo Express Joins Military Spouse Employment Partnership

Program helps military spouses find work after relocation. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., has joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP). Frequent relocation required by military spouses is often a barrier to finding ideal employment opportunities. As part of the partnership, Kangaroo Express will identify and promote career employment opportunities for military spouses,

Dos Equis Celebrates Cinco De Mayo

At retail, Dos Equis is providing tools and compelling offers that will keep shoppers coming back for more. This spring, Dos Equis is extending the season of Cinco de Mayo with a five-week program that includes exclusive content and inspiration taken from chapters of the Most Interesting Man in the World’s unpublished memoirs. This collection

Budweiser’s Baby Clydesdale Gets Name

Following 60,000+ suggestions 21-day-old female foal named ‘Hope.’ She’s 21 days old, already weighs 200 pounds and starred in an award-winning Super Bowl XLVII commercial for Budweiser seen by more than 108 million people during the broadcast and millions more online. And now she has a name: “Hope,” a nod to the optimism and happy

Love’s Travel Stop Reopens in Webbers Falls, Okla.

New travel stop to replace 22-year-old store. Love’s Travel Stops has announced it reopened a travel stop in Webbers Falls, Okla., at Interstate 40 and Hwy 100. This travel stop is a raze and rebuild to replace a 22-year-old Love’s in Webbers Falls, which was closed in late September 2012. The rebuilt location includes 80