Spicing Up Roller Grill

Lettieri’s customers are finding out that less can mean more–more roller grill space, more customer choices and more profit potential–that’s because Lettieri’s has added a smaller (6-inch) version of its popular Stuffed Bread Stix to the menu. The new six-inch Stuffed Bread Stix allows more facings on a roller grill, thus maximizing space and allowing

IBWA Announces Industry Awards

Leaders in the bottled water industry were recognized by the International Bottled Water Association at the organization’s 2008 IBWA Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas this month. IBWA recognized its 2008 Award recipients for Route Salesperson of the Year, Plant Manager of the Year and Director’s Awards and Environmental Stewardship. New this year was

Spicing Up Roller Grill

Lettieri’s customers are finding out that less can mean more–more roller grill space, more customer choices and more profit potential–that’s because Lettieri’s has added a smaller (6-inch) version of its popular Stuffed Bread Stix to the menu. The new six-inch Stuffed Bread Stix allows more facings on a roller grill, thus maximizing space and allowing

A Twist On The Menu

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores is in the midst of record growth for new stores, but it’s seeing new changes inside existing stores as well. The family-owned company said it has augmented its foodservice offerings by adding a few local favorites to the menu: warm butter pretzels and funnel cakes. “We’re constantly looking for new

Kansas Cigarette Wholesaler Charged In $25M Fraud

The owner of a Kansas wholesale tobacco company and his business associates have been charged in a 43-count federal indictment for a scheme to avoid paying taxes on cigarettes that cost the state of Oklahoma and Indian tribes $25 million in tax revenue, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Kansas District. The investigation was

Dunkin’ Donuts: We beat Starbucks In Independent Taste Test

An independent taste test of coffee drinkers in ten major U.S. markets shows a significant majority of participants prefer Dunkin’ Donuts coffee over Starbucks, according to the Dunkin’ Donuts Web site. A&G Research Inc. – under the counsel of claims test advisor Al Ossip – conducted the taste test in May and June in Atlanta,

Texas Communities Grapple With Gas-Station Skimming

Star Community Newspapers in Plano, Texas, reported that police this past month started receiving reports of a national scam hitting the city: thieves snagging PIN codes and accessing fast cash. Jerry Minton, Plano forgery and fraud detective, told Star Community Newspapers that 45 cases are currently being investigated. The scam has affected people nationwide, too,

Mars Launches Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labeling

Mars Inc. said it has become the first confectionery company in the U.S. to voluntarily implement Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) nutrition labeling on all of its chocolate, non-chocolate confectionery and other food products. The company said all of its packages will be redesigned to feature new graphics on the front and back of packages, offering

Wisconsin C-store Rewards E85 Customers

A United Cooperative Cenex store in Poynette, Wis., is giving free gift cards to 85 customers who purchase at least 8.5 gallons of E85 fuel on Oct. 25. The company said the giveaway is part of a statewide initiative to recognize “ethanol’s positive affect on Wisconsin’s economy, the air we breathe, and reducing our dependence

ConocoPhillips, Penn State Award Prize For Energy Innovation

ConocoPhillips and Penn State have awarded the first ConocoPhillips Energy Prize to David A. Gonzales II to further develop the “Layered MagWheel,” a new technology that provides magnetic acceleration and frictionless braking for vehicles and ultimately increases energy conversion and efficiency. 

 This year marks the inaugural year of the ConocoPhillips Energy Prize, which recognizes

C-store Owner Faces 10 Years To Life For Ephedrine Sales

A jury in Cherokee County, Ga., has found a convenience store owner guilty of supplying precursor chemicals that could be used to make methamphetamine, according to newspapers and the district attorney in that area. Patricia Ramsey Jenkins, 59, of Collinsville, was found guilty on 10 felony counts of supplying chemicals with the knowledge that they

Sam’s Club Rolls Out Fully Loaded POP Displays

Sam’s Club has begun selling snack foods in pre-packaged displays that come retail-ready, the In-Store Marketing Institute reported. Club chains have merchandised retail-ready displays in the past, but the current POP program represents Sam’s Club’s energized efforts to appeal to c-store owners, which senior vice president of merchandising Michael Heintzman outlined at the NACS show

Petroleum-Industry Employee Steals Fuel

A former petroleum industry worker near has been accused of stealing gas by using a key to open up the gas pump and punch in a code to activate the machine’s maintenance mode, The Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., reported. Authorities say Roger Smith Jr., of Fargo, has been charged with misdemeanor theft for the

Boyd Coffee Adds Trans-Fat-Free Cappuccino Mix

Portland, Ore.-based Boyd Coffee Company said it’s introducing a line of cappuccino dry mix products that are free of trans fat. The trans fat free cappuccino mixes will be available November 2008. Campaigns by several public federal agencies over recent years have focused public attention on health issues related to the consumption of trans fats.

Rutter’s Opening New Store

Rutter’s Farm Stores said it’s opening a new convenience store on Oct. 17 in York Township in York County, Pa. The new store design is more environmentally friendly, with a white roof that will keep the building cooler and cut down on energy demand. The store’s aesthetics include open ceilings, floor and wall tiles and

Nationwide Count For E85 Stations: 1,802

The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) said the number of E85 stations in the U.S. has reached 1,802 – a 28% increase since October 2007. The total includes 1,693 public refueling stations, while the rest are private sites. “It’s exciting to see E85 stations grow so rapidly within the past year,” National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition

Arby’s/Wendy’s Group Restructures

Arby’s Restaurant Group said it has promoted several key executives to the new leadership team after the company’s parent, Triarc, saw a successful merger with the Wendy’s fast-food brand. Wendy’s/Arby’s Group President and CEO Roland Smith said the new team has “vast knowledge” in the fast-food industry, as well as proven experience at Arby’s. “I

Sheetz Chooses Data Warehousing System

Leading convenience retailer Sheetz is looking to Teradata Corporation to create a enterprise data warehouse (EDW) to help it better manage its data operations. Sheetz also ordered Teradata’s Warehouse Miner for advanced analytics, which will enable data-mining technology from multiple vendors to be embedded and run within Teradata’s EDW. Teradata said Sheetz recognized the need

Rutter’s Among Fastest-Growing Companies In Central Pa.

For the second year in a row, Rutter’s Farm Stores made the list of the Top 50 Fastest-Growing Companies in central Pennsylvania, as ranked by the Central Penn Business Journal. Based on nearly 38% revenue growth over a two-year period, Rutter’s ranked No. 16 among the 50 companies. The company was No. 10 on the

Sunoco Restructures Leadership

Philadelphia, Pa.-based Sunoco Inc. said it’s making several changes in the roles and responsibilities of key members of its senior leadership team, including the retirements of two employees. Sunoco CEO and President Lynn Elsenhans said the changes are a reflection of Sunoco’s “commitment to build a better, stronger organization as we face unprecedented challenges in

Wilson Teams With Tim

Wilson Farms and Tim Horton’s said they’re teaming to offer Tim Horton’s premium beverages and baked goods at several Wilson Farms locations in western New York. Six Wilson Farms stores will feature Tim Horton’s self-serve kiosks with freshly ground one-cup-at-a-time coffee, cappuccinos and espressos and a variety of Tim Horton’s baked goods. “This venture marks

Kraft Offers Shot At $5K ‘Culinary Innovation Session’

Kraft Foodservice is offering the Philly Express Holiday Sweepstakes, a PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese promotion offering catering operators a chance to win a trip to Chicago for a culinary innovation session with Kraft chefs. The sweepstakes, which has a $5,000 value, also includes up to $250 in rebates and rewards, as well as 15 unique catering

Fuel’s Downward Spiral Continues

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Retail operators continue to dial down gasoline and diesel fuel prices at pumps across the country, as a full blown sell-off in the financial oil market amid the credit freeze and anticipation that the country, and indeed many economies around the globe will fall into a

Sheetz Greets Veep

A crowd at a Sheetz store in Altoona, Pa., on Saturday crossed paths with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin when she made a stop at the c-store en route to Philadelphia, The Altoona Mirror reported. The GOP vice presidential candidate stopped at the store after a Saturday morning rally in Johnstown, Pa., the newspaper said. Palin

Pantry Names New Foodservice VP

Sanford, N.C.-based c-store operator The Pantry Inc. said it expects its earnings per share for the fiscal year ending Sept. 25, 2008, to exceed its earnings of $1.17 per share from fiscal year 2007. For this past year, the company’s merchandise and retail gasoline sales are expected to be approximately $1.64 billion and 2.1 billion