Archives for 2013

Gilbarco, PayPal Simplify Pump Payments

More c-stores will now be able to offer mobile and digital payments. Gilbarco Veeder-Root is working with PayPal on digital payment and other mobile solutions to be offered to Gilbarco customers worldwide. The initial effort will launch the PayPal payment capability to retailers with Passport point-of-sale. Future developments will bring PayPal solutions to Gilbarco’s growing

M&M'S Snack Mix Named Product of the Year

50,000 Shoppers Select M&M’S Brand Snack Mix as most innovative product in the candy & snacks category. Mars Chocolate North America announced M&M’S Brand Snack Mix was named the 2013 Product of the Year in the candy and snacks category by Product of the Year USA.  The brand accepted the award during a special ceremony

Sustainability Award Winner

Frigoglass, for the third consecutive time, was awarded at the Greek scheme of the European Business Awards for the Environment organized by the Greek Association of Environmental Protection Cos., under the auspices of the European Union. Frigoglass received the 2nd prize in the “product” category for the EcoCantina, a turnkey solution that is a result

Home Beverage Carbonation System

Campbell Soup Co. and SodaStream International Ltd. announced an agreement to license Campbell’s V8 Splash and V8 V-Fusion brands for the SodaStream home beverage carbonation system. SodaStream is a manufacturer and distributor of home beverage carbonation systems, which transform tap water into sparkling water and soda. The system includes a soda maker, a CO2 carbonator,

NACS Leadership Tackles Retail Challenges with Real Time Solutions

Customer engagement, the future of payment technologies, alternative fuels and the new legislative landscape highlight the 2013 Leadership Conference in Miami. By John Lofstock, Editor Convenience store retailers not in touch with the needs of their customers risk far more than losing repeat business and sales. They risk extinction as customers gravitate toward chains that

BP Introduces New Loyalty Program

Rewards drivers with ongoing cents-per-gallon fuel savings. On April 3, BP is launching an exciting new loyalty program called BP Driver Rewards that offers consumers a smarter way to save money on quality fuel. The program, available at participating sites within BP’s East of the Rockies footprint, rewards consumers with cents-per-gallon fuel savings just for

VPS and ExxonMobil Donate To Local Schools

VPS Convenience Store Group gives 61 local schools over $30,000 in math and science grants through ExxonMobil Educational Alliance. VPS Convenience Store Group and the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program have partnered together to award $30,500 in grant funding to 61 schools throughout the southeast service area to support math and science education. This year’s grant

NCA Welcomes Sugar Reform Act

Outdated sugar policy places a burden not only on the confectionery industry, but also on consumers, says NCA. Today the National Confectioners Association (NCA) welcomed the introduction of the Sugar Reform Act, bipartisan legislation that would bring modest reforms to the Depression-era U.S. sugar program. The bill, introduced in the House by Reps. Joe Pitts

Simply Orange Blends

Simply Orange Juice Co. is once again setting the standard for great taste with new Simply Orange and Simply Lemonade varieties.  These fresh tasting, not-from-concentrate blends offer the premium and distinctive quality for which Simply Beverages are famous. Recently launched Simply Orange with Tangerine and Simply Orange with Banana will join the Simply Orange blend

Sheetz Hits Milestone of 50 Stores in North Carolina

New store opens today in Wake Forest.            Sheetz Convenience Restaurants will open its 50th North Carolina store this morning in Wake Forest at 1895 South Franklin Street.  Executive Vice President Louie Sheetz will cut the ribbon together with the new store team, town and county officials at an 11a.m. grand opening celebration. The retailer entered

Marketing To Hispanic Men

“Everywhere we look marketers are directing their focus on Latinas, but brands are forgetting to talk to Hispanic men,” says Mintel analyst. While the Hispanic population is growing at a fast pace in the U.S.—and with them their purchasing power—it seems in the last few years much of the focus has been on Latinas, neglecting

PCI SSC Releases Guidance For Merchants On Mobile Payments

Merchant education tool aimed at driving demand for secure mobile payment acceptance options. Today the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), an open, global forum for the development of payment card security standards published the PCI Mobile Payment Acceptance Security Guidelines for Merchants as End-Users. The guidance educates merchants on the factors and risks that

Orion CEO Delivers Keynote Address at NATSO

Hank Suerth speaks on the power of branded partnerships and national trends. Henry (Hank) Suerth, CEO of Orion Food Systems, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., delivered the keynote address at the National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) annual conference.  The forum and trade show was held in Savannah, Ga. on Feb. 2-6. Suerth’s keynote

New Fresh Seal Packaging

Camel SNUS will introduce new Fresh Seal packaging on Feb. 25. The Camel SNUS Fresh Seal packaging ensures the freshness and flavor adult tobacco consumers have come to expect from this premium product, without refrigeration. This packaging transformation incorporates a thinner, easier-to-carry tin, and offers new opportunities to broaden awareness and trial among adult tobacco

President Obama Calls For Minimum Wage Hike

Proposes upping minimum wage to $9 per hour in State of the Union address. In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama called for a raise in the minimum wage from its current $7.25 to  $9 per hour. In addition, he proposed raising the tipped minimum wage — made by tipped employees,

NACS Announces The Fuels Institute

The Fuels Institute is an independent think tank founded and managed by NACS. NACS this morning announced the formation of The Fuels Institute, a non-profit, research-oriented think tank dedicated to evaluating the market issues related to consumer vehicles and the fuels that power them. “Our industry sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country,”

R.J. Reynolds Debuts New Website

Content to reflect the company’s strategic framework around tobacco harm reduction, commercial integrity and youth tobacco prevention. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s non-corporate Website intended to educate wholesalers and retailers on tobacco tax issues,, has officially been transformed.  The new website will be named In addition to the name change, the structure and content

NACS/CCRRC Offer Playbook For Success

Complimentary three-step guide outlines essential action steps for operators. The NACS / Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (NACS / CCRRC) has released a powerful new tool outlining a specific, customizable plan designed to drive growth for convenience retailers. “Playbook for Success: A Three-Step Guide to Growing  C-Store Business” and an accompanying video are available as a

New 16-ounce Can

BAWLS Guarana, manufacturer of the line of premium super-caffeinated sodas, has revamped its 16-ounce aluminum can. The BAWLS parent company elected to partner with Rexam due in part to its reputation for quality in the beverage industry as well as the recyclability of their products.  Over the last two and one half years, BAWLS has

Pre-Soak Cleaning Solution

Ryko Solutions Inc., a  manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of service support and cleaning products to the industry, has announced that CleanCut 360, a pre-soak solution, has become the company’s most popular pre-soak only eight months after its introduction. Utilizing a road film encapsulation technology that is unique to the industry

New Electro Freeze Logo, Website

Electro Freeze, a division of H.C. Duke and Son LLC, has introduced a new Electro Freeze logo and Website, making the most dramatic change to its visual identity since 1969. Electro Freeze is known for its premium soft serve dispensing equipment and for developing the first twist soft serve machine in 1958, a concept that

Pedal On The Floor Rally Speeds Retail Gasoline Price Gains

By Brian L. Milne If history remains a trusted guide, we should expect another eight weeks of increases in retail gasoline prices before the advance stalls at which point we might have reached the annual high for 2013. That might be difficult to imagine, especially when we consider the U.S. retail gasoline price average just

Kangaroo Express Raises Over $120,000

Donations go to Junior Achievement in “Kash for Kids” fundraiser, empowering young people to own their economic success. Kangaroo Express’ “Kash for Kids” fundraising campaign raised $129,389 in support of Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization that brings the real world to students through hands-on curriculum delivered by a trained classroom volunteer. From Nov. 9 through

TravelCenters Opens New Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Popeyes’ full menu includes chicken and shrimp meals and sandwiches, plus signature side dishes, sauces and desserts. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the opening of a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at its Petro Stopping Centers-branded travel center located at I-20, Exit 409

I-C-Expo Announces Educational Session With Paragon Solutions

Learn to see the obstacles keeping your store from achieving its full presentation and operational potential. The Royal Buying Group (RBG) has announced the second of two available educational sessions in association with the 2013 Independent C-Store Expo (I-C-Expo), which is being held on Feb. 28, 2013 at the Chicago Marriott Burr Ridge in Burr