Archives for March 2013

NACS Updates Category Definitions

The new NACS Category Definitions and Numbering Guide – Version 7.1 is now available for download. In developing the updates, the NACS Research Committee worked closely with industry leaders and key stakeholders to make a few important changes to the 7.0 version, which was published in 2010. These changes improve the clarity of the guide

U.S. Gasoline Prices Pause Ascent—Renewed Advance Awaits

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric For the first time since the middle of December, the U.S. average price for regular grade gasoline moved lower according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly survey, pressured by worries over economic growth and the effect on fuel demand, along with lower asking prices by suppliers

Cherry Click Stick

Lil’ Drug Store Products’ exclusive new Carmex Cherry Click Stick two-count SKU offers double the protection for consumers and powerful profit potential for retailers.  Consumers trust the Carmex brand and choose cherry before any other lip balm flavor.  The new two-pack is a trade-up opportunity for retailers and a value for consumers with this buy

Award-Winning Undercounter Warewasher

Hobart’s new ENERGY STAR qualified Advansys LXeR high-temperature undercounter warewasher is the recipient of a Kitchen Innovations 2013 award presented by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. The KI Awards recognize and celebrate cutting-edge equipment and supplies that specifically improve the back of the house and benefit foodservice operators. The Advansys LXeR high-temp

Vanilla and Fruity Mini Marshmallows

Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Doumak Inc. has introduced two new marshmallow snack items: Campfire one-ounce Miniature Marshmallows and one-ounce Fruity Miniature Marshmallows, both  in 12 count display boxes ideal for the front end, the count good section, the hot beverage section or the counter.  Campfire one-ounce Miniatures are a convenient single serve, fat free, gluten

Pilot Food Stores Hosts V2 Cigs Pilot Sampling Program

Program seeks to educate existing customers. V2 Cigs, an electronic cigarette, has pioneered a multi-channel sampling program that has e-cig companies following suit in the race for highly competitive retail space. Amid the explosive growth of electronic cigarettes, the V2 Cigs model has emerged as the industry standard. On Jan. 12, 2013, V2 Cigs was

New Energy Drinks

XYIENCE’s new non-carbonated Xenergy + beverages roll out to select retailers starting March 1, 2013. Xenergy + Hydration, Xenergy + Tea and Xenergy + Lemonade are zero-calorie, sugar-free and vitamin fortified drinks that are made with all natural flavors and colors.  Xenergy + Hydration contains no caffeine; Tea and Lemonade offer 10 mg of caffeine

Enmark Celebrates Grand Opening

Bluffton, S.C., station ribbon cutting draws crowds on Feb. 22. Enmark Stations Inc. recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in Bluffton, S.C. The station, located on the corner of Highway 278 and Island West Park (501 Island West Park), is the company’s fourth store in Bluffton. Members of the Greater Bluffton Chamber

Tedeschi Rolls Out “400 Calories or Less” Menu

Customers have more than 25 healthy options to choose from. With consumers increasingly having healthy eating on their minds, Tedeschi Food Shops unveils their new “400 Calories or Less” menu. The menu seeks to accommodate a new wave of healthy eaters who are trying to eat better, but not sacrifice taste. By adding sandwiches, such

LOGIC Names Director of Key Accounts

E-cig category expert Chris Colón to oversee expansion of LOGIC Electronic Cigarettes at U.S. retailers. LOGIC Technology, developers of the premium electronic cigarette, has announced the addition of Chris Colónto its key executive team. In his role as national director of key accounts, Chris will establish and manage new accounts and oversee existing ones with

Kum & Go Names New Marketing Director

Megan Elfers joins the Kum & Go marketing team. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause announced today that Megan Elfers is joining the company as the new marketing director, effective immediately. Elfers has extensive experience in brand management, as well as food and retail marketing. In her role at Kum & Go, Elfers

EPA Names Hoshizaki ENERGY STAR Partner of The Year

Hoshizaki America Inc. earns award for protecting the environment through manufacturing energy-efficient products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Hoshizaki America Inc. as a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and educating consumers about energy efficiency. Hoshizaki America Inc.’s

Wal-Mart To Add 115 Smaller-Format Stores

With fresh food, general merchandise and pharmacies in one store, Wal-Mart is giving other retails strong competition. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning to expand its fleet of smaller-format stores this fiscal year, opening an expected 115 locations. The Neighborhood Market and Express locations will account for about 40% of stores the retailer opens, the Wall

Consumer Confidence Low, Mintel Report Shows

Economy leads half of Americans to think other countries offer better opportunities than the U.S. Confidence is a distinctly American quality, but are Americans dusting off the gloom of poor economic conditions and moving on? According to the latest research by Mintel on consumers’ attitudes about the economy, folks in the U.S. are not looking

THE Tech EVENT To Recognize PCATS Hall of Fame Inductees

The week-long event combines the networking and educational offerings of the previous NACStech and the PCATS Annual Conference into one event. Scott Hartman, president and CEO of York, Pa.-based Rutter’s, and Gene Gerke, president of Columbia, Mo.-based Gerke & Associates Inc., have been named the latest inductees into the PCATS (Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology

Parker’s Adds Hot Deli to Buckwalter Parkway Store

Store now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Parker’s recently added a hot deli at the Parker’s location at 469 Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton, S.C. The new Parker’s hot deli serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Highlights include a full Breakfast Bar as well as Southern Fried Chicken, old-fashioned mac ‘n’ cheese and other tasty favorites

VP Introduces 101 And 102 Octane Street Legal Fuels

C-stores can use fuels to attract new customers and differentiate from competition. VP Racing Fuels is a long-time provider specialty fuels for racing and its VP100 unleaded blend (also marketed as StreetBlaze 100) established the benchmark for street legal performance fuels. However, VP’s two newest fuel blends promise to set new standards for street legal

Four Tips for Squelching Negative Social Media Backlash

By Ashley Verrill, CRM Analyst for Software Advice and Managing Editor for the Customer Service Investigator Customer service expert, consultant and author Micah Solomon told me recently about one question that consistently dominates group discussion at his public speaking events: “Isn’t my brand and company in danger out there in the social media universe?” The

The Fed Does Not Plan To Alter Swipe Fees

Interchange fees at institutions covered by the rule dropped to an average of 24 cents per transaction during the final three months of 2011. The Federal Reserve said Tuesday it does not plan to change the rules governing the fees debit-card issuers receive from merchants, following a new report that showed sharp declines for most

7-Eleven Adds New Premium Sandwiches, Packaging

Today, people are less willing to give up quality for convenience, notes 7-Eleven spokesperson. After introducing several new better-for-you salads, snacks and mini-versions of consumer favorites, 7-Eleven Inc. is turning its attention to heartier fare with the addition of two new premium sandwiches: the Steakhouse Roast Beef and Bistro Deluxe. During March, consumers have an

Shareholder Responds to Hess Announcement

Elliott Management Corp. has responded to the shareholder letter and presentation from Hess Corp. with the following comments: “This morning Hess made a series of announcements that it is adopting portions of the suggestions Elliott laid out in its Jan. 29 presentation including changing their Board and selling various assets. While motivated by Elliott’s plan,

Upromise Members Save By Fueling Up at ExxonMobil

Sallie Mae/Exxon help Upromise members earn $35 million in college savings through rewards. Members of Sallie Mae’s Upromise program have earned $35 million in college savings through cash back rewards from fuel purchases at Exxon and Mobil stations since the program’s inception in 2001. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. household

New Frozen Yogurt Flavors

In anticipation of warm spring days approaching, Dannon Foodservice will launch three new low-fat flavors from its popular frozen yogurt brand, YoCream, on March 18. New flavors include Salted Caramel Corn, Birthday Cake and Chocolate Caramel Turtle. Salted Caramel Corn delivers the taste of the real country fair favorite while Birthday Cake makes every day

Sriracha Chicken Bites

Brakebush Brothers has turned a hot food trend into a hot food with the introduction of their Sriracha Chicken Bites. Sriracha, a Thai chili-based flavor, delivers a slow, steady heat with slightly sweet overtones. Brakebush, widely known as the industry’s breading expert, has infused Panko coated whole muscle chicken breast with on-trend Sriracha and dusted

Just Three More Days to Enter NACUFS' 2013 Best in the Business C-Store Contest

For more than 10 years, NACUFS and PepsiCo Foodservice have teamed together to honor the Best in the Business campus convenience/retail store. Recognizing leadership in product mix, marketing, layout, design and great new ideas, the C-Store Best in the Business competition provides an opportunity for college and university campuses to share stories of their latest