Archives for 2013

Tedeschi Rolls Out “400 Calories or Less” Menu

Customers have more than 25 healthy options to choose from. With consumers increasingly having healthy eating on their minds, Tedeschi Food Shops unveils their new “400 Calories or Less” menu. The menu seeks to accommodate a new wave of healthy eaters who are trying to eat better, but not sacrifice taste. By adding sandwiches, such

LOGIC Names Director of Key Accounts

E-cig category expert Chris Colón to oversee expansion of LOGIC Electronic Cigarettes at U.S. retailers. LOGIC Technology, developers of the premium electronic cigarette, has announced the addition of Chris Colónto its key executive team. In his role as national director of key accounts, Chris will establish and manage new accounts and oversee existing ones with

Kum & Go Names New Marketing Director

Megan Elfers joins the Kum & Go marketing team. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause announced today that Megan Elfers is joining the company as the new marketing director, effective immediately. Elfers has extensive experience in brand management, as well as food and retail marketing. In her role at Kum & Go, Elfers

EPA Names Hoshizaki ENERGY STAR Partner of The Year

Hoshizaki America Inc. earns award for protecting the environment through manufacturing energy-efficient products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Hoshizaki America Inc. as a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and educating consumers about energy efficiency. Hoshizaki America Inc.’s

Wal-Mart To Add 115 Smaller-Format Stores

With fresh food, general merchandise and pharmacies in one store, Wal-Mart is giving other retails strong competition. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning to expand its fleet of smaller-format stores this fiscal year, opening an expected 115 locations. The Neighborhood Market and Express locations will account for about 40% of stores the retailer opens, the Wall

Consumer Confidence Low, Mintel Report Shows

Economy leads half of Americans to think other countries offer better opportunities than the U.S. Confidence is a distinctly American quality, but are Americans dusting off the gloom of poor economic conditions and moving on? According to the latest research by Mintel on consumers’ attitudes about the economy, folks in the U.S. are not looking

THE Tech EVENT To Recognize PCATS Hall of Fame Inductees

The week-long event combines the networking and educational offerings of the previous NACStech and the PCATS Annual Conference into one event. Scott Hartman, president and CEO of York, Pa.-based Rutter’s, and Gene Gerke, president of Columbia, Mo.-based Gerke & Associates Inc., have been named the latest inductees into the PCATS (Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology

Parker’s Adds Hot Deli to Buckwalter Parkway Store

Store now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Parker’s recently added a hot deli at the Parker’s location at 469 Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton, S.C. The new Parker’s hot deli serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Highlights include a full Breakfast Bar as well as Southern Fried Chicken, old-fashioned mac ‘n’ cheese and other tasty favorites

VP Introduces 101 And 102 Octane Street Legal Fuels

C-stores can use fuels to attract new customers and differentiate from competition. VP Racing Fuels is a long-time provider specialty fuels for racing and its VP100 unleaded blend (also marketed as StreetBlaze 100) established the benchmark for street legal performance fuels. However, VP’s two newest fuel blends promise to set new standards for street legal

Four Tips for Squelching Negative Social Media Backlash

By Ashley Verrill, CRM Analyst for Software Advice and Managing Editor for the Customer Service Investigator Customer service expert, consultant and author Micah Solomon told me recently about one question that consistently dominates group discussion at his public speaking events: “Isn’t my brand and company in danger out there in the social media universe?” The

The Fed Does Not Plan To Alter Swipe Fees

Interchange fees at institutions covered by the rule dropped to an average of 24 cents per transaction during the final three months of 2011. The Federal Reserve said Tuesday it does not plan to change the rules governing the fees debit-card issuers receive from merchants, following a new report that showed sharp declines for most

7-Eleven Adds New Premium Sandwiches, Packaging

Today, people are less willing to give up quality for convenience, notes 7-Eleven spokesperson. After introducing several new better-for-you salads, snacks and mini-versions of consumer favorites, 7-Eleven Inc. is turning its attention to heartier fare with the addition of two new premium sandwiches: the Steakhouse Roast Beef and Bistro Deluxe. During March, consumers have an

Shareholder Responds to Hess Announcement

Elliott Management Corp. has responded to the shareholder letter and presentation from Hess Corp. with the following comments: “This morning Hess made a series of announcements that it is adopting portions of the suggestions Elliott laid out in its Jan. 29 presentation including changing their Board and selling various assets. While motivated by Elliott’s plan,

Upromise Members Save By Fueling Up at ExxonMobil

Sallie Mae/Exxon help Upromise members earn $35 million in college savings through rewards. Members of Sallie Mae’s Upromise program have earned $35 million in college savings through cash back rewards from fuel purchases at Exxon and Mobil stations since the program’s inception in 2001. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. household

New Frozen Yogurt Flavors

In anticipation of warm spring days approaching, Dannon Foodservice will launch three new low-fat flavors from its popular frozen yogurt brand, YoCream, on March 18. New flavors include Salted Caramel Corn, Birthday Cake and Chocolate Caramel Turtle. Salted Caramel Corn delivers the taste of the real country fair favorite while Birthday Cake makes every day

Sriracha Chicken Bites

Brakebush Brothers has turned a hot food trend into a hot food with the introduction of their Sriracha Chicken Bites. Sriracha, a Thai chili-based flavor, delivers a slow, steady heat with slightly sweet overtones. Brakebush, widely known as the industry’s breading expert, has infused Panko coated whole muscle chicken breast with on-trend Sriracha and dusted

Just Three More Days to Enter NACUFS' 2013 Best in the Business C-Store Contest

For more than 10 years, NACUFS and PepsiCo Foodservice have teamed together to honor the Best in the Business campus convenience/retail store. Recognizing leadership in product mix, marketing, layout, design and great new ideas, the C-Store Best in the Business competition provides an opportunity for college and university campuses to share stories of their latest

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