Archives for August 2013

New Car Wash Conveyor

MacNeil Wash Systems has introduced the brand new XR1000 Conveyor, which features a revolutionary take-up design that requires no greasing or regular maintenance. “The newest version of our popular conveyor series builds upon 30 years of best-in-the-industry engineering and features all of the advanced components our customers asked for during our most recent R&D cycle,”

Murphy Oil Approves Spin-Off of Murphy USA

Announces regular dividend. Murphy Oil Corp.’s Board of Directors has approved both the spin-off of its U.S. retail marketing business and the regular quarterly dividend. The spin-off of the U.S. retail marketing business will be achieved through the distribution of 100% of the shares of Murphy USA Inc. (MUSA) to holders of Murphy Oil common

Susser Declares 3.5% Increase in Quarterly Distribution

“We anticipate continued growth in fuel volumes and rental income for the foreseeable future,” says Susser CEO. Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP), a wholesale distributor of motor fuels, today reported financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013. Net income for the quarter was $9.7 million, or $0.44 per unit.  Adjusted

EPA Finalizes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards

Announces steps to address concerns about the E10 blend wall. As part of an ongoing effort to enhance energy security and reduce carbon pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized the 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program established by Congress. Most of

Ruiz Foods Recognized

“We are very proud of what our Team Members and our vision continue to accomplish,” says Ruiz Foods chairman. Hispanic, has ranked Ruiz Food Products Inc., manufacturer of the El Monterey and Tornados brands, as the No. 1 U.S. Hispanic-owned food manufacturing company in the U.S., and among the Top 20 U.S. Hispanic-owned companies

Keep Ice Machines Running Efficiently

Ice-O-Matic gives advice for managing ice machines in the summer heat. As the summer heat continues, Ice-O-Matic is reminding operators about the importance of cleaning foodservice equipment, including ice machines, for increased performance and product life. “This time of year we receive a higher volume of calls from customers experiencing slower production and they don’t

Boost Alertness

Mountain Top Labs is excited to announce the launch of Go Time, which debuted this June. Go Time is a reformulated ammonia inhalant (smelling salt) that will provide users with an instantaneous boost of alertness without ingesting caffeine or sugar. Go Time relies on the body’s natural response to provoke itself to alertness without ingesting

Holiday Stationstores Announces Expansion in Dakotas

As part of Holiday’s expansion plans The Gas Stop will become a Holiday Stationstores franchisee for 16 stores. Holiday Stationstores has reached an agreement with I-90 Fuel Services Inc. to convert 16 of The Gas Stop convenience stores to Holiday Stationstores. This will expand the Holiday brand in the South Dakota and Southwestern Minnesota markets.

CITGO Provides School Supplies To 108 Schools

Winning classrooms announced in first annual Fueling Education Promotion. CITGO Petroleum Corp. announced the 108 winners of its first-ever Fueling Education Promotion with Classwish. A total of 83 teachers, student teachers and PTA/PTO members across 27 states and the District of Columbia won $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms. An additional 25 teachers that

Consumers Settling Into New Normal

IRI MarketPulse Survey finds budgeting has become a way of life for consumers. The “Great Recession” officially ended in 2009, but budgeting is still on the menu for consumers even though they have a sunnier outlook on the economy and their personal finances. In fact, results from Information Resources Inc.’s (IRI) Q2 2013 MarketPulse survey

Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc. Opens New Distribution Center

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, facility supports nine districts from Kansas to Wisconsin. Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc., a distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza, currently servicing 3,200 customers, is celebrating the grand opening of a new distribution center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The facility will support the expansion and growth of Hunt Brothers Pizza customers in the

Healthcare Reform, Tobacco and the Future of Fuels Among the Burning Issues to be addressed at the 2013 NAG Conference

The 2013 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, to be held September 12-15, 2013 at the Loews Vanderbilt Nashville, will attract convenience retail professionals from across the country thanks to its full schedule of dynamic programming. The topics and content were mapped out by your peers, our the NAG Retailer Advisory Board. This conference addresses the

Elevating Your Foodservice Strategy

Emerging competition from nontraditional operators like food trucks means c-stores must raise their game when it comes to the all-important food category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Foodservice continues to serve as a key point of differentiation for convenience stores. Keeping the menu fresh requires innovation as well as a keen eye for new products

Upscale Ketchup Bottles

Red Gold has announced the launch of a new upscale, white label 20-ounce plastic ketchup bottle for foodservice operators desiring a more elegant package design for their tabletops. The new packaging offers operators greater flexibility in the look of their tabletop ketchup. The original yellow and red label 20-ounce plastic ketchup bottles also continue to

GPM Investments Closes On VPS Southeast Acquisition

“This acquisition is our largest purchase to date and our most exciting,” says CEO of GPM Investments.    Effective Aug. 6, 2013, GPM Investments LLC, based in Richmond, Va., the operator of Fas mart and Shore Stop convenience stores, has purchased VPS Convenience Store Group LLC, Southeast division. GPM Southeast will be based in Wilmington,

U.S. Oil Acquires Combined Oil

“Adding Combined Oil accelerates our expansion efforts and provides a greater foundation for our market development in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states,” says U.S. Oil vice president. Appleton, Wis.-based U.S. Oil has acquired Combined Oil, a reseller and distributor of petroleum products based in Lincolnshire, Ill. The acquisition marks the fourth by U.S. Oil in

The Pantry Announces Third Quarter Results

Completes 31 store remodels and opens three new QSRs during the third quarter. The Pantry Inc. has released its financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended June 27, 2013. Net income was $5.9 million or $0.26 per diluted share. This compares to net income of $14.8 million or $0.65 per diluted share in last

Shell Kicks Off Ultimate Enthusiast Contest

The grand prize includes a trip to Maranello, Italy. Shell has announced the launch of its second annual “Ultimate Enthusiast” Contest, the search for the most die-hard automotive enthusiast in the U.S. Entries will be judged by a panel of long-standing automotive insiders and experts, including Roger Penske, founder and chairman of Penske Corp., Craig

Wholesale Gasoline Costs, Economic Outlook Mixed

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed across the country’s major metropolitan markets during the week-ended Monday (8/5), with supplier offers in upper Midwest and most West Coast markets mostly lower from prior Monday. The mixed costs for retailers follow mostly positive data for the U.S. economy except employment

Preparing to Own Your Own C-Store Business

Making the leap from company employee to c-store owner presents many new challenges, but could also reap exciting rewards—if you are fully prepared. By Jim Callahan. So you have aspirations to build your own convenience store chain? That’s great, but as you move from an executive role into actual ownership, there are many more issues

Developing a Healthier Foodservice Menu

Organic, sustainable and locally-grown foods are all trends hitting the country, but are convenience store customers ready for these items? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Numerous “healthy” foodservice trends are sweeping cities across the U.S., from sustainable to local to organic to all-natural, and of course fresh, but is the time right for convenience stores

What Your Cigar Customers Want

Whether it’s flavored products or low-cost brands, OTP customers remain among the most loyal in the store. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. How much is too much is a fundamental question in retailing, and all the more so when it comes to cigars. With so many new products, flavors and line extensions to choose from,

Strong Market for Candy and Confections

The numbers for gum might be somewhat glum but, overall, the more than $1.8 billion non-chocolate confections category is growing. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Danna Huskey, category manager for Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores uses words and phrases, such as “rocking,” “shockingly great” and even “holy cow!” to describe recent sales of non-chocolate confections.

Flavored Electronic Hookah

Designed to capitalize on the hottest trend—and one of the fastest growing segments—in the e-cigarette marketspace, Sapphyre Hookah is an exciting new line of flavored electronic hookah from ECO-CIGS.  With a rich metallic finish, Sapphyre Crystal tip and 600 puffs of zero-nicotine flavor, Sapphyre Hookah e-cigs appeal to a wide range of adult customers.  Sapphyre

Foodservice Remains the Key to Future Success

By John Lofstock, Editor. While trendy items like electronic cigarettes and energy shots offer convenience store retailers a respite from depressed tobacco and fuel margins, it should be perfectly clear to all store owners that developing a great foodservice program is what it will take to remain profitable in the future. Convenience store operators are