Archives for March 2013

TECHNOLOGY WHITEPAPER: Improving C-Store Operations with Network Automation

Better ROI on staff time, fuel operations, maintenance and more.Network automation ensures that all the moving parts of your daily store operations run smoothly. By Dennis Jensen, Regional Director, Acumera Inc. Ensuring a great customer experience is a critical component for increasing sales, but that is challenging because of staffing issues. Hiring good people and

NOCO Celebrates 80 Years In The Energy Business

“We mark our 80th anniversary with a continued commitment to the communities we serve through the breadth of services and products we offer—at home, at work, and on the go,” says NOCO president. NOCO, a family-owned and locally operated energy company, is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013. To mark the occasion, NOCO is planning

Gulf Oil Introduces Loyalty Card

Point of purchase program enables Gulf-branded stations to establish individual “instant savings” promotions.  Gulf Oil has unveiled its GulfCard Loyalty program to help its 2,500 Gulf-branded stations in 29 states drive sales and build customer loyalty.  The program gives owners and operators at Gulf locations the ability to establish their own “instant savings” discount levels

Hunt Brothers Adds Buffalo Chicken Pizza

“We are going to have a little fun by introducing an animated character that is part buffalo and part chicken on our Facebook page,” says vice president of marketing. Hunt Brothers Pizza is offering Buffalo Chicken Pizza during the month of March. Buffalo Chicken Pizza includes 100% all natural white meat chicken topped with a

Hearing On Labeling For GE Foods Draws Crowd In New Jersey

Bipartisan legislation would require disclosure of genetically altered ingredients currently found in most processed foods. A large crowd of consumer, environmental, labor, health, farming, faith and business activists packed a hearing of the State Senate Health Committee today where a bill to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods was being discussed. The legislation,


As consumers continue to cut back on sugar, CRYSTAL LIGHT High Ratio Liquid Concentrate Bag-in-Box format can help operators grow their overall total machine-dispensed cold beverage dollar sales. Cognito Financial Services Communications In-store testing in 52 foodservice operations showed that when CRYSTAL LIGHT was added to the drink options, the result was a 9% increase

Profitable Counter Space

Open up more profitable counter space with the Curtis Primo Cappuccino Specialty Drink Dispenser. With its new, space saving open “UP” access door there’s no need to leave a gap between equipment, freeing up valuable and profitable counter space.Beautifully styled, digitally advanced and financially rewarding, the Curtis’ G3 Concept Series Primo Cappuccino (PCGT) Machine is

Hess Exiting Retail

Following pressure from its third largest shareholder, Hess to focus on oil and gas exploration. Hess plans to exit its retail, energy marketing and energy trading businesses, Reuters reported. The move follows pressure from Hess’ third-largest shareholder—activist investor Elliott Management—to break up the company. Hedge fund Elliott Management in January asked the company, which is

MSA Partners With SymphonyIRI

Creating an affordable offering of SymphonyIRI’s AllScan projected scanner data for the distributor community is yet another advancement in equipping wholesalers with critical marketplace data, notes MSA’s managing director. Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) and SymphonyIRI Group Inc. are forming an alliance that will bring the SymphonyIRI AllScan Convenience Store Tracking Service to the convenience

Kocolene Selects PriceAdvantage

Now Fast Max stores can change prices more often, right from headquarters. Kocolene Marketing has chosen PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing, a fuel price management solution, for all of its Fast Max Convenience Store locations in Indiana and Kentucky to automate their fuel pricing process. “Adding PriceAdvantage to automate our fuel pricing process gives us the

Red Bull Launches Flavors

The Red Bull Editions, available nationwide, provide the energy and effect of Red Bull with the taste of cranberry, lime and blueberry. In the most anticipated category launch since the modern energy drink was introduced to the U.S. in 1997, Red Bull Energy Drink today is rolling out three new flavors available nationwide.  In new

New Two-Ounce Condiment Dispensers

A new line of two-ounce pumps specifically designed to dispense larger portions of condiments and ingredients has recently been introduced by Server Products. Perfect for back-of-house dispensing, these pumps deliver portions up to two-ounce per stroke to help speed prep time and improve operational efficiency. They come with ½-ounce and ¼-ounce portion-reducing gauging collars to

Honey BBQ Cracker Chips

Kellogg’s Special K Cracker Chips is adding Honey Barbecue to its appealing Sea Salt, Cheddar, Southwest Ranch and Sour Cream & Onion flavor offerings. Now the salty snack known for the airy crunch of a chip and the crispy texture of a cracker has flavors as diverse as its consumer base. At 110 calories per

Creamy Greek Yogurt

Dannon Foodservice announced that in addition to creamy-thick Dannon Oikos yogurts, it has added new Light & Fit Greek to its flavorful foodservice yogurt portfolio. At 80 calories per 5.3-ounces per serving, it’s the lightest Greek nonfat yogurt with fruit on the market. Together, this pair of deliciously creamy Greek yogurts offers operators a way

CDC Releases E-Cig Stats

About one in five U.S. adult cigarette smokers have tried an electronic cigarette. In 2011, about 21% of adults who smoke traditional cigarettes had used electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, up from about 10% in 2010, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, about 6% of

Kum & Go to Celebrate New Store In Waukee

The relocated store offers more interior space and a larger array of fresh foods. Kum & Go hosted a ribbon-cutting event to kick off the grand opening celebrations for a new store in Waukee on Friday, March 1, at 8 a.m. The event took place at the new store at the intersection of Interstate 80

Record Global Participation Expected At Sweets & Snacks Expo

More than 22 countries will exhibit at the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. The 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo continues to expand its status as a global resource for products, innovations and insights. Companies from 23 countries have secured booths or pavilions on the show’s floor. The Expo, to be held May 21-23 at

March 1 Marks Employee Appreciation Day

MeritShare rolls out free online employee recognition program.   March 1 is employee appreciation day, and chances are most companies aren’t doing anything for the occasion. A 2012 Bersin by Deloitte study reports that nearly 70% of employees report they are recognized just once per year or not at all. MeritShare wants to change this