Archives for 2013

M-PACT Welcomes Legendary College Football Analyst

Lee Corso to address energy and convenience industry April 17, in Indianapolis. ESPN College GameDay’s Lee Corso will be this year’s keynote speaker at M-PACT 2013, the Midwest’s premier energy and convenience tradeshow to be held April 16-18 in Indianapolis.  The regional show draws nearly 4,000 energy and convenience professionals each year. M-PACT proudly welcomes

The National Advisory Group (NAG) Will Be Live in Nashville, Sept. 15-17

Save the date for the 2013 NAG Conference! This Sept. 15-17 the National Advisory Group (NAG) is hosting its 2013 Conference in Nashville, Tenn. at the Loews Vanderbilt. Registration is now open for the annual conference, which presents an opportunity for retailers to gather and explore the issues that are driving the c-store industry and

Keeping Foodservice Equipment Efficient

Due diligence and proper maintenance can protect your investment and help keep your kitchen tools running longer. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Choosing the right foodservice equipment can be an often overwhelming task given the range of options available to retailers today. Efficient cooking equipment from induction cooktops, clamshell griddles, convection ovens and combi ovens

Doing Confections to Perfection

Americans aren’t eating out as much as they used to, but they are eating more chocolate, which means the time has come for c-store retailers to rethink, revamp and restock their chocolate sets. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Data from Experian Simmons research group noted that, among chocolate eaters, 56.4% have visited a c-store in

Festival Recognizes Del Monte As Official Fresh Produce Provider

“We have the opportunity to reach the South Florida community and our trade business partners in a very sophisticated light,” says Del Monte spokesperson. The 2013 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE has recognized Del Monte Fresh Produce as the Official Fresh Produce Provider of the 2013 festival.

Hershey’s Reaffirms Financial Goals

Provides update on progress against growth initiatives. In a presentation today at the 2013 Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference, John Bilbrey, president and CEO of The Hershey Co.; Humberto Alfonso, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer; and Michele Buck, senior vice president and chief growth officer; reviewed the

Focusing on Fresh Foods

The grab-and-go business is constantly evolving. Today’s customers not only want their foodservice fast, but they expect quality, consistency and healthy daypart options. By John Lofstock, Editor. Convenience store operators are driving sales of healthy, portable foodservice offerings like packaged sandwiches, wraps, salads and some roller grill items. But, historically, the industry has seldom gotten

Tri Star Announces Details On 22 Properties For Sale

Most of the sites for sale are located in the Greater Nashville market. Tri Star Energy LLC of Nashville, Tenn. announced yesterday that it  is conducting a strategic divestiture of 22 convenience stores and retail gasoline outlets and three parcels of undeveloped land in Tennessee. Today, the location of the sites for sale were announced

NPD Reports Strong Q4 For C-stores

C-store outlook positive for 2013. Visits to convenience stores increased by 4.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter a year ago, reflecting positive movement in some key economic indicators and lower gas prices in the last quarter of the year, according to The NPD Group, a leading global information company.

Could We Be Midway Through Gasoline’s Preseason Rally?

By: Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric. The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. average price for all formulations of regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets jumped another 7.3 cents through the week-ended Feb. 11, which was the eighth consecutive weekly increase in the national gasoline average. Since Dec. 17, when the U.S. average

Shell Expands WINsday Promotion

Program to provide additional savings to Fuel Rewards Network cardholders when new driver Joey Logano wins. It’s a good year for “22.” Shell is bringing back its popular WINsday promotion for the third consecutive year to save Shell $aver Cardholders money on their fuel purchases. Every time 22-year-old Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22

Honey Farms Integrates With OpenStore by GasBuddy

“We can see what our customers need and want, and now have the ability to quickly react to those changing needs,” says Honey Farms’ executive vice-president. Honey Farms Inc., with 36 locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, officially rolled out OpenStore earlier this month, and the free Honey Farms Inc. mobile app is worth the

Are Your Restrooms Ready?

From mystery shoppers to checklists, creating benchmarks for employees and evaluating their success can curb customer complaints. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. A Harris Interactive survey compiled in 2011 revealed that 94% of U.S. adults would avoid a business in the future if they encountered dirty restrooms.  And with foodservice infiltrating convenience stores at a

Brewing an Upscale Coffee Strategy

Consumers are trading up to higher margin, premium coffees and teas. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. While coffee remains the workhorse of the morning daypart, a growing number of consumers are looking for their cups to come with a pedigree. The New York-based National Coffee Association (NCA) reported that almost half (46%) of all cups

Industry Insights on Managing Your Managers

The Convenience Store Decisions case study series examines how experts in and around the industry identify and overcome challenging operating scenarios. By John Lofstock, Editor. Sometime late last year I sat down with several members of the Convenience Store Decisions Editorial Board looking for new ideas that could help our readers think outside the box

Energy Boost

XL Energy Drink, the vibrant and tasty, lightly-carbonated drink, hit the U.S. market in New York in 2006. Today, XL is represented in more than 50 countries all over the world, including the U.S., major European countries as well as in Africa and Latina America, selling over 130 million cans per year. In January XL

Best in Class Ice Machines

Hoshizaki America Inc. was recognized by Foodservice Equipment Reports Publication as Best in Class for Ice Machines for the 4th consecutive year by operators. Hoshizaki has won the last six of seven years.  In previous years, Hoshizaki has won Best in Class by both operators and consultants in the Ice Machine category.  Hoshizaki is committed

Mac’s Acquires Dickerson Petroleum

Deal includes 29 company-operated assets and 29 wholesale assets. Alimentation Couche-Tard’s wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC, has acquired Belleville, Ill.-based Dickerson Petroleum Inc. & Retail Entities. Dickerson operates retail and wholesale assets in three states:  Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma.  The company’s assets purchased by Couche-Tard include 29 company-operated retail units and 29 wholesale

The Fuels Institute Announces Board of Directors

The Fuels Institute plans to commission and publish comprehensive, fact-based research projects that address the issues identified by affected stakeholders. The Fuels Institute has announced its Board of Directors, the election of officers and the appointment of its executive director. Incorporated last week in Virginia, the Fuels Institute is a non-profit, research-oriented think tank dedicated

New Austin 7-Eleven Franchisee’s American Dream

A photo-op with vice president Dan Quayle changed Phuong Duong’s life.             New 7-Eleven franchisee Phuong Duong ‘s journey to become an independent business owner may be longer than most, beginning almost 30 years ago in war-torn Vietnam and a treacherous boat ride to Malaysia in 1985 with her parents and two siblings. By way

States Propose Cigarette and Tobacco Tax Changes

Six states look to either increase or decrease taxes on tobacco products. A number of new legislative bills proposed since Feb. 12, 2013 are seeking to alter cigarette and/or tobacco tax rates, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets noted. The following has been proposed: Hawaii:  House Bill No. 657 and Senate Bill No. 492 would

Boost Automotive Sales

The newest easy-to-use, low-cost vehicle solution from Bar’s Leaks is formulated to offer multiple benefits for engine cooling systems. Bar’s Leaks Cooling System Repair not only stops coolant leaks and antifreeze loss, it also prevents overheating and corrects other cooling system problems to protect against future breakdowns and costly cooling system repairs. Most leaks stop

New Crème Cookies

Leveraging the popularity of peanut butter and chocolate, the Kellogg Co. has introduced new Keebler Pitter Patter Crème Cookies to the Convenience Channel. These delightful new cookies are available in two distinct flavors: Peanut Butter Crème and Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crème. The product is packed eight cookies in a single serve roll, with eight

Pennsylvania Governor Fights For Liquor Law Change

Pennsylvania and Utah are the only states that continue to run a monopoly on alcohol sales since Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Lt. Governor Jim Cawley announced last week that the time has come to get government out of the business of selling alcohol and put it in private hands, providing consumers with greater convenience

Car Wash Industry Boasts 2012 Growth

Wash Count program allows the International Carwash Association to help operators evaluate their business against national data. Data supplied by retail car wash locations through the International Carwash Association’s Wash Count program showed that the U.S. car wash industry continues to recover with the overall economy, posting gains in both average car washes per location