Archives for 2013

Retailers Gain Mobile Insights At RAMP Show

The RAMP Advanced Commerce & Mobile Retail Services Summit (known as the Retail RAMP Show) drew a number of retailers and mobile technology companies to St. Charles, Ill., April 15-17, as it delivered an in depth look at emerging payment models and platforms, including merchant coalitions and the growing number of mobile wallet options now

Breakthrough In Countertop Foodservice

Looking for a revolutionary new way to provide a full array of restaurant-quality foods in a compact, countertop accelerated-cooking oven? Look into Ovention’s award-winning new Matchbox oven. An acclaimed highlight at the 2012 NACS Show and a 2013 honoree in the National Restaurant Association’s Kitchen Innovations Awards program, the UL-listed ventless Matchbox does the work

7-Eleven Selling 139 C-Store Properties

Properties in Texas, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin are scheduled for a sealed-bid auction. 7-Eleven Inc. has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the sale of 139 gasoline stations and/or convenience stores, 83 of which are located in Texas, 31 in Florida, 11 in Ohio, eight in Pennsylvania, five in

CITGO Introduces TriCLEAN Gasoline

Fueling Good gets better with custom-blended fuel.     Maximizing engine performance and drivability are two key benefits of an enhanced gasoline recently introduced by CITGO Petroleum Corp.   Known as TriCLEAN gasoline, this custom blend includes more nitrogen cleaning agents to keep vital engine parts clean for a smoother running engine that maximizes mileage

The Car Wash Show 2013 Opens In Vegas

The Car Wash Show 2013, the world’s largest car wash convention and trade show, opens today, Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Presented by the International Carwash Association, The Car Wash Show 2013 is expected to draw thousands of car wash professionals from around the country and

Grocery Prices Growing in 2013

Consumer Spending Analysis from The Food Institute, shows food cost trends to impact consumers this year.   Feeding a family of four at home will cost about $4 more each week this year than in 2012, according to The Food Institute. Meanwhile, away-from-home food spending is projected to rise about $2.40 each week.   Nearly

Tedeschi Food Shops Urges Support for The One Fund Boston

Four of the chain’s nearly 200 stores remain closed due to the ongoing manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers. Separately, 7-Eleven tells CSD that despite media reports one of its stores was not robbed by the suspects early this morning. By John Lofstock, Editor As the nation continues to mourn the senseless terrorist attack on

Getty Selling 40 Gas Stations, 70 Retail Properties

The majority of the sites are located in New York and New Jersey. Getty Realty Corp. is directing a sealed bid sale through NRC Realty & Capital Advisors of 40 gas stations sold without supply agreements and 70 commercial and retail properties that are former gas stations being sold without tanks. The properties are located

Pilot Flying J’s Haslam Responds To Rebate Allegations

An FBI affidavit alleges that Haslam knew about rebate fraud. Following the raid of Pilot Flying J headquarters by the FBI and IRS Monday, which was part of a federal criminal investigation into claims Pilot Flying J failed to pay rebates to trucking customers, the FBI filed an affidavit Thursday that noted Pilot Flying J

Team Oil Celebrates Subway Franchise Success

With one year under its belt, Subway franchise is going strong. Eric Huppert, Subway Franchise Owner at the Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., was happy and proud to accept the “Certificate of Award for Best Restaurant Opening in the Midwest Region” when he and Head of Operations Carrie Vanasse, attended the owners

Coffee Customers Choose Taste Over Convenience

Harris Poll finds 71% of 18-35-year-olds purchase coffee or tea beverages.   At a time when Starbucks can be found on practically every corner, have Americans chosen convenience as the deciding factor in where they get their caffeine jolt? Not according to a recent Harris Poll that suggests consumers—particularly Millennials —may have become somewhat of

Team Oil Controller Helps Children With Hair Loss

Charity donates free wigs to children with help of donations. Tina Smeby, controller of Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., has donated her hair to the charity Children With Hair Loss (CWHL) for the 4th time. CWHL is an organization that takes human hair donated by caring individuals and makes wig for children

Budweiser Debuts World’s Most Unique Beer Can

Bowtie-shaped can set to appear on May 6. This spring Budweiser will introduce a striking and original new beer can—a bowtie-shaped aluminum can that mirrors Budweiser’s iconic bowtie logo. Beer lovers can see for themselves the new bowtie-shaped can when it becomes available in a special eight-pack on store shelves nationwide beginning May 6. “This

The Hershey Co. To Enhance Nutrition Labeling

Front-of-pack nutrition labels scheduled for second half of 2013. The Hershey Co. has announced plans to bring an enhanced food labeling system to its U.S. product portfolio. Hershey will provide front-of-pack nutrition information to make it simple and easy for consumers to make choices about the role of confection in their lifestyle. Hershey will begin

Dos Equis ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’ Returns

New TV and online commercials debut. The legendary beard and smoking jacket are back, as Dos Equis announced the launch of its 2013 creative advertising campaign featuring the “Most Interesting Man in the World.” The advertising icon will be featured in new spots set to run nationally via television and online, all of which ending

Bawls Continues Expansion

“Our success is due to the role our distribution partners play in growing our brand’s presence nationwide,” says CEO. Bawls Acquisition, maker of the BAWLS Guarana super-caffeinated line of sodas, has announced its continued expansion of product distribution nationwide. In late 2012, Tennessee Crown of Chattanooga began distribution of BAWLS Guarana strengthening the presence of

7-Eleven, IRI Launch Category Management Solution

Creates a “Single Version of the Truth” between 7-Eleven and manufacturer partners. 7-Eleven Inc. and Information Resources Inc. (IRI), a global provider of innovative solutions and services for consumer, retail and over-the-counter healthcare companies, have launched 7-Exchange Next Generation solution. This new solution will help ensure 7-Eleven and subscribing manufacturer partners work from a “single

CITGO, ClassWish Launch Fueling Education Promotion

Registration opens for teachers to win $1,000 in school supplies. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has launched its Fueling Education Promotion, a new program with ClassWish that offers teachers, student teachers and PTA/PTO members a chance to win $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms. From April 15 through July 7, 2013, K-12 public school teachers can

Susser Provides First Quarter 2013 Operating Results

Earnings conference call set for May 8. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP today provided partial operating results for the first quarter of 2013.  Susser Holdings expects to report:     • Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 4.2%.     • Retail average per-store fuel volume growth of approximately 4.1%. New Locations Update Susser Holdings opened

Gorny To Join PMA’s Science and Technology Team

Most recently, Gorny was senior advisor for the Office of Food Safety at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Produce Marketing Association (PMA) welcomes Dr. Jim Gorny in the new position of vice president of food safety and technology, effective May 1. In his role, he will strengthen PMA’s initiatives to build member value

FBI Investigates Pilot Flying J

Haslam says Pilot Flying J is cooperating with FBI. The FBI secured Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J headquarters Monday, NBC Sports reported. It remains unclear why FBI and IRS officials are looking into Pilot Flying J, run by Jimmy Haslam, who is also the owner of the Cleveland Browns. Haslam said in a statement that

Kangaroo Express Introduces New Mobile App

Customers can download the free smartphone app to find their next RooCup refill and unlock $30 in digital coupons. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., has launched its new mobile app, allowing guests to quickly find nearby store locations, unlock exclusive in-store savings and more. The Kangaroo Express mobile app is free to download

Atlas Oil Launches Earth Market Stores

Atlas to host Chicago-area store grand opening on Earth Day. Atlas Oil is set to launch its all new convenience store concept—Earth Market—on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2013 with a grand opening at its Frankfort Store located at 16 E. Lincoln Hwy. in Frankfort, Ill. Local influential and company personnel will be on hand

Express Mart Raises Over $50,000 For MDA

Buddy Bass Tournament and Shamrock sales aid cause. Home Service Oil Co.’s annual Buddy Bass Tournament to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in April raised approximately $50,000, thanks to a combination of Shamrock sales in Express Mart Convenience Stores and 61 two-person teams who participated in the fishing tournament fundraiser.   Tournament winners Scott

Rutter’s Expands Walking Taco Menu

Frito’s corn chips help create alternate walking taco varieties.   Fans of Rutter’s Farm Stores’ walking taco will now have the option to choose Frito’s as the base for the tasty central Pennsylvania treat, the chain announced today.   Rutter’s first introduced the walking taco in early 2012 using Doritos’s as the base, but has