Archives for 2013

IRS Accepting Electronic Filings For Motor Fuel Excise Tax Claims

After changes to accommodate the American Taxpayer Relief Act, electronic filing is back. The Internal Revenue Service has finished updating its tax-processing system software allowing business and individual taxpayers to once again electronically file 2012 federal motor fuel excise tax returns, biodiesel credit claims, as well as alternative fuel and alternative fuel mixture credits and

NCASEF Responds To Canceled Soda Ban

“Individuals—not governments—should be free to make their own informed decisions about their dietary intake of foods and beverages,” says NCASEF chairman. Bruce Maples, chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees released the following statement on the soda ban that was ruled invalid late Monday. “Last September, in response to New York City

Hershey Connecting U.S., Rural Ghanaian School Children

Social studies class at Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania shares cultural experiences with students in Assin Fosu, Ghana. The Hershey Co. plans to continue through the end of the 2013 school year its successful Hershey Learn to Grow Ghana Distance Learning Program, a unique distance learning program launched last fall. The program links school children

1WorldSync Powers New MSA Data Portal

One trusted data source improves efficiency and data accuracy from manufacturer to retail shelves. 1WorldSync, a global product data management and data pool solutions company, and Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA), a provider of data management, integration and analysis in the consumer goods industry have joined forces. 1WorldSync will power product data for MSA’s new

ETA Floor Space 90% Sold For Annual Meeting and Expo

Payments and mobile technology industries ready to do business at ETA in New Orleans. The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the trade association of the global electronic payments industry, announced that floor space for the 2013 ETA Annual Meeting and Expo is 90% sold. The 2013 ETA Annual Meeting and Expo, the nation’s largest payments industry

Automatic Mix’n Machine

Vitamix, a global supplier of high-performance blending equipment for home and commercial-use, offers the Automatic Mix’n Machine, a hands-free, fully programmable commercial-grade mixer that incorporates candies, syrups, cookies and hard-to-mix ingredients into hard or soft serve ice cream or yogurt. Specifically created for convenience retailers, it’s ideal for “self-serve” and “operator-serve” milkshake and mix-in dessert

Power Up Breakfast Sales

Mondelēz International Inc. has launched of belVita Breakfast biscuits in foodservice and vending. Made with 18-20 grams of whole grain, each individual package of four biscuits is portioned to provide nutritious and sustained energy all morning long. Each package provides three grams of fiber and is a good source of B Vitamins and Iron. The

Kretek Grows OTP Segment

Imports three authentic Swedish snus brands. Kretek International Inc. has announced its entry into the North American snus market with three Swedish brands, each with its own unique taste profile and style.  Each brand is extra-fine cut and shelf-stable in pouched and loose forms.  The three brands are THUNDER Xtreme, a premium brand in four

The Growing Importance of Foodservice

I had the opportunity recently to look back at the archives of Convenience Store Decisions from the early 1990s. The majority of stories were dominated by candy and tobacco. Sure, there were some sandwich stories and the obligatory narrative on roller grills—even one mention of a futuristic retailer in Texas attempting to develop a pricebook

NYC Soda Ban Struck Down

New York state Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling declared Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban invalid late Monday. The soda ban would have prohibited restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums or arenas from selling sugary drinks in cups or containers larger than 16 ounces. The ban was set to begin Tuesday.

Website Helps Retailers Oppose Proposed Credit Card Settlement

If a retailer doesn’t meet the deadline, the court will assume that retailer accepts the proposed settlement in full. NACS has launched a Website to help retailers from all channels express their opposition to the proposed credit card swipe fee settlement. The site,, provides the tools for all retailers affected by the proposed settlement

Ryko Solutions Acquires MacNeil Wash Systems

Combined company will form second largest car wash equipment provider in world. Ryko Solutions Inc., the largest provider of managed car wash systems in North America, has entered into a purchase agreement whereby Ryko will acquire MacNeil Wash Systems Ltd. of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, a supplier to the tunnel car wash segment of the industry. 

Touchless Restroom Solutions

Bradley Corp., a manufacturer of commercial plumbing fixtures and washroom accessories, has announced nationwide availability for the company’s latest commercial hand-washing innovation: the Advocate AV-Series Lavatory System. This sleek, “all-in-one” sink, faucet and dual-sided hand dryer solution delivers the first U.S. made, completely touchless hand-washing experience for a more sustainable, clean and efficient lavatory environment.

ENERGY STAR Ice Machines

Follett Corp.’s Horizon self-contained air-cooled ice machines are now ENERGY STAR qualified. In addition, single-phase remote condensing units of the 1,000, 1,400 and 1,650 series models are qualified. This represents the broadest offering of extruded ice machines in the industry that have been awarded the ENERGY STAR. Follett ice machines have led the industry in

McKinney Petroleum Equipment Selling Vendgogh’s “Gas Island Vending”

“The Vendgogh offering allows convenience stores to take these low margin ‘gas and go’ customers and turn then into high margin customers,” says McKinney Petroleum Equipment president. Vendgogh, the provider of “Gas Island Vending Solutions” announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with McKinney Petroleum Equipment. McKinney Petroleum Equipment is a multi-state solution

Starbucks Defies NYC Sugary Drink Ban

Michael Bloomberg’s large sugary drink ban begins on March 12, but Bloomberg is getting some push back from Starbucks, which has announced it plans to make no immediate changes to its business based on the ban. The new mandate limits sugary drinks sold at restaurants, movie theaters, street carts, and more to 16 ounces. But

Royal Buying Group Announces Vendors of the Year

Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) announced the 2012 Vendors of the Year at the 2013 Independent C-Store Expo on Feb. 28.   RBG grants this award to vendors who provide the highest level of service and programming in their category to Royal Buying Group’s chain of independently operated convenience stores, college bookstores, truck stops/travel plazas

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