Archives for July 2013

C-Stores Top Source For Grab-and-Go Snacks

NPD Group reports c-stores beat out grocery stores and discount stores as a grab-and-go snack destination. Every day 28 million people in the U.S. eat a grab-and-go snack, accounting for billions of eatings each year. These buy-and-eat-within-an-hour snacks are 50% more likely to be eaten while traveling or in a car, which make convenience stores

Hoshizaki Acquires Macom

Hoshizaki America has acquired Acos Macom Industria E Commercio Ltda (Macom), founded in 1972 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Macom manufactures refrigeration, cooking and stainless fabrication. Macom has been named vendor of the year by McDonald’s and Outback in South America. Macom will be part of Hoshizaki Holdings USA, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hoshizaki

Wayne Migrates to the GE Commercial Cloud

Cloud-based services offer improved scalability, functionality and customer access. Wayne, A GE Business and a global innovator of fuel dispensers and forecourt technologies, has migrated its cloud-based application services to the GE Commercial Cloud hosting facility, improving the process communications, infrastructure scalability, and data security of Wayne products. The migration also ensures Wayne customers have

Big Tobacco Pushes Back Against Bloomberg

City bills aim to snuff out cigarette sales. Mayor Bloomberg is once again pushing for new legislation that would ban the display of tobacco products, eliminate all tobacco product coupons and promotions, ban the sale of many individual cigars, and further increase cigarette prices. And once again, instead of focusing on the issues that matter

GPM Acquiring Five Get & Zip Stores

Hurst Harvey Oil Inc. sells five BP-branded sites. GPM Investment LLC and Hurst Harvey Oil Inc., a family-owned and operated business in the Northern Neck of Virginia, have entered into an agreement for GPM Investments to purchase five GET & ZIP convenience stores, all with BP branded fuels from Hurst Harvey Oil Inc.  Hurst Harvey

Kwik Trip Cancels Ryan Braun Promotion

After Braun is suspended for the rest of the season, Kwik Trip cuts its Ryan Braun Luncheon promotion. Embattled Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was suspended Monday without pay for the rest of the Major League Baseball season (65 games) for violating its drug program, and as a result was pulled Tuesday as an endorser

The Pantry Schedules Release of Third Quarter Results

The Pantry Inc. is set to release its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 before the market opens on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Dennis Hatchell, president and CEO, and B. Clyde Preslar, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Pantry, will host an interactive conference call that morning at

Altria Announces Q2 Results, Expands Distribution of Marlboro NXT

In July 2013, PM USA expanded distribution of Marlboro NXT to an additional 23 states, primarily in the eastern U.S. Altria Group Inc. has announced its 2013 second-quarter and first-half business results, and revised its guidance for 2013 full-year reported and adjusted diluted EPS based on its performance for the first half of 2013 and

FDA Seeks Public Input On Menthol in Cigarettes

Preliminary Scientific Evaluation of Menthol vs. Non-Menthol Cigarettes report issued. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking additional information to help the agency make informed decisions about menthol in cigarettes. “Menthol cigarettes raise critical public health questions,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA is

OEC Petroleum Systems Hires O’Dell Oil Service Technicians

Acquires two bucket trucks for handling lighting systems and canopy repairs. OEC Petroleum Systems, a provider in the Southeast U.S. of fuel dispensing systems and related equipment, has added three new employees from O’Dell Oil to its team of factory-trained and certified Service Technicians. OEC Petroleum Systems (OEC PS) has provided fuel dispensing systems and

Founder Of Johnson Oil Co., Tiger Tote Passes Away

His family, friends and employees will always remember his motto – “MAKE IT HAPPEN!” John Fletcher Johnson, owner and founder of Johnson Oil Co. and Tiger Tote Food Stores passed away Saturday, July 20 at his home in Gonzales, following a lengthy illness. He was 82. Johnson was a member of the Texas Food &

U.S. Hispanics More Likely to Purchase Groceries at C-Stores

NPD report examines the c-store shopping behavior of Hispanics. U.S. Hispanics are more likely to purchase grocery foods, dairy, and bread from convenience stores (c-stores) than non-Hispanics, reports The NPD Group, a  global information company. Spanish-dominant Hispanics are more likely to make grocery item purchases at c-stores than other Hispanics, according to the NPD report

McAllen Woman Wins A Year Of Flights In Corner Store Contest

Corner Store gave away 24 round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines. Lee Ann Dupont, a 54-year-old clerk from McAllen, won a year of flights from Southwest Airlines in Corner Store’s recent Drink Up and Fly Away contest. Participating Corner Stores across the U.S. gave away a year of flights from Southwest Airlines to one grand prize

More Upside for Retail Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail average for all grades of regular gasoline has more upside despite a sharp nearly 15 cents jump in the average during the week-ended July 15 and mixed wholesale costs across the country’s major metropolitan markets for the week-ended Monday (7/22).

2013 Summer Fancy Food Show Recap

The Fancy Food Show is held every summer in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, or Javits Center (the ’12 show moved to Washington, D.C. due to renovations at the Javits Center) Thousands of food and beverage suppliers rent booth space and hand out samples of their products to the specialty food trade.

Doors Open At 58th Rutter’s Farm Store

New site includes 12 gas pumps and five diesel fueling spaces for high-speed trucks. Rutter’s Farm Stores has opened the doors at its second location in Lancaster county, Pa., providing customers east of the Susquehanna River, more opportunity to take advantage of the Rutter’s Rewards program, the most extensive fuel discount program in the convenience

Tedeschi Takes Home Three 2013 Wicked Local Reader’s Choice Awards

Tedeschi’s superior food selection is recognized in three categories. Tedeschi Food Shops was voted tops in three Wicked Local Reader’s Choice Awards for 2013. WickedLocal and provide local news and information through both traditional newspaper and online to more than 160 communities throughout eastern Massachusetts. Each year, thousands of readers nominate their favorites in

Mars Earns 2013 Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award

Institute of Food Technologists Recognizes Mars’ leadership in nutrition and food science for cocoa flavanol research. Mars Inc. recently received the 2013 Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), recognizing Mars’ leadership and commitment to research on cocoa flavanols, a plant nutrient shown to have a range of proven benefits

Carl Buddig & Co. and Old Wisconsin Start Family Road Trip Promotion

New promotion capitalizes on hot online gaming trend. As summer gets into full swing, Carl Buddig & Co. and Old Wisconsin are kicking off a Family Road Trip promotion offering consumers a chance to win a $25,000 Grand Prize. The promotion runs through Sept. 30, 2013. The Family Road Trip will feature a variety of

Gilbarco Veeder-Root Hosts First Online Conference

Now chains of all sizes can access event information. Gilbarco Veeder-Root is hosting an online conference on July 24, 2013, featuring highlights of its May Retail Technology Conference (RTC,) for customers unable to attend the live event. Marking a first for Gilbarco, the online conference will help retailers of all sizes better understand the changing

7-Eleven And United Supermarkets Join Rolling Stone Boycott

“This was an easy business decision for us,” says CEO of United Supermarkets LLC. 7-Eleven and United Supermarkets LLC have announced they will not sell the controversial August issue of Rolling Stone magazine that features a photo of accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover, and an article on his life leading up to

NOCO Express Raises $11,410 For Hospice Foundation

Sunflower Days promotion draws donations at all 35 NOCO Express stores. NOCO Express Stores, its customers and employees recently joined forces to support Hospice Foundation of Western New York (WNY). Throughout the entire month of June, paper sunflowers were sold for $1 each at all of NOCO Express’ 35 locations to benefit Hospice for a

Gulf Oil Partners With HYPERFUELS

HYPERFUELS to market Gulf Racing Fuel to race tracks and performance retailers throughout the country. Gulf Oil has announced a new partnership with HYPERFUELS, a distributor of high performance race fuels throughout the U.S. The multi-year agreement returns the iconic Gulf brand to race tracks and performance retailers throughout the country. Through this new partnership,

Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Hot Dog Day

On July 23, guests can enjoy a 25-cent Ball Park hot dog and help Salute Our Troops, or enjoy a free hot dog with military I.D. The Pantry Inc. has announced a National Hot Dog Day celebration, offering 25-cent hot dogs to guests of its 1,160 grill-ready Kangaroo Express convenience stores. As a token of

New Technomic Report Shows Fast-Casual Industry Growing

“Fast casual has become a $31 billion segment since Chipotle began reinventing fast food 20 years ago,” says executive vice president of Technomic. According to Technomic’s “Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report,” fast casual makes up just 14% of the total $223 billion limited-service restaurant segment, but its sales continue to outpace other operators. Fast-casual