Chevron Partners with Tiger Woods

Chevron and the Tiger Woods Foundation said they will join together to enhance and develop programs, activities and events in support of the Foundation. As part of this new relationship, Chevron will assume the title sponsorship of the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament, a significant fundraising event for the Tiger Woods Foundation. The event is

House Committee Approves FDA Regulation of Tobacco

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Thursday completed a markup of legislation that would grant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products, the Committee reported on its Web site. The Committee approved the bill, H.R. 1108, the “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act,” with bipartisan support by

Conferring On Confections: AWMA, NACS, NCA Plan Confection Study

The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA), National Confectioners Association (NCA)and National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) plan to map out an in-depth study on ways retailers can increase sales and profit through confection offerings. The three trade associations met last week to discuss the study, which will be researched by industry veteran Kit Dietz, of

Conn. C-Store Forced to Remove Outdoor Computers, Reduce Lighting

A zoning board in a Connecticut town has ordered a gas station owner to stop using computer screens at its gas pumps and to control lighting problems at the store, Voices Newspaper reported. The Monroe Zoning Board of Appeals upheld a zoning enforcement officer’s earlier order that required Monroe Food Mart to stop using animated

Kum & Go Adds Fourth Store in Oklahoma

Des Moines, Iowa c-store operator Kum & Go opened a 3,400-square-foot store in Owasso, Okla. this week, the company said. The store has four E85 dispensers for flex-fuel vehicles, making it the 29th Kum & Go location to offer alternative fuel services. The company has more than 430 stores in 12 states. “We’re ecstatic to

Big Brewers Boost Branding, Business

Miller Brewing Co. is rolling out a new packaging design for its best-selling brand, Miller Lite. The Miller Lite alteration will be a first for Miller since 2003. The new look will be seen on all Miller Lite bottles, cans, packaging, point-of-sale materials, store signage and Miller delivery trucks. "We believe this new iconic visual

Trail-Glazer: Dunkin’ Donuts Storms New Ground

Dunkin’ Donuts is rolling out plans to open dozens of stores in new and existing markets nationwide, including Milwaukee, Phoenix, Baltimore, St. Louis and Washington. Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Brands Inc. recently signed a new franchisee, InterOcean Coffee Co. LLC, that will head up the openings of 122 Dunkin’ Donuts in the Milwaukee and Phoenix markets.

Wawa Offers Gas Discounts to Cash Customers

Pennsylvania-based Wawa is trying a gas-discount program at nine stores, offering customers a discount if they pay for gas with cash rather than credit or debit cards. The discounts are a way to skirt the interchange fees charged by credit card companies, though Wawa said the savings from the new program are ultimately being passed

McDonald’s Honors S&D Coffee

S&D Coffee Inc. was named McDonald’s 2007 Supplier of the Year. Concord, N.C.-based S&D sells premium roast coffees and iced tea to McDonald’s Corp. and 70,000 customers nationwide, some of which are convenience stores. McDonald’s has 13,700 restaurants in the U.S. and 30,000 worldwide, and presents its supplier of the year award annually to a

Understanding C-Store Shoppers

VideoMining has launched a new syndicated program called C-Store Shopper Insights (CSI-1) in cooperation with multiple C-store chains, including 7-Eleven and Shell Oil and Road Ranger. The goal of the landmark nationwide study is to develop a detailed understanding of the shopping process of all key consumer segments that visit C-stores. This understanding will help

Lettieri’s Adds Divisional Controller

Lettieri’s, an operating division of Hot Stuff Foods, said Dan Buvarp has joined its team as Divisional Controller. In this capacity, Buvarp will take the lead at Lettieri’s to streamline the accounting system’s financial reporting process as well as support the sales, operations and manufacturing teams. Buvarp is a CPA, who prior to accepting the

Car Washes & Car Care Equipment

TOP PERFORMERS RYKO Manufacturing Co. Mark VII Equipment Inc. PDQ Car Wash HONORABLE MENTIONS Autec Inc. Ecolab Inc. With high gasoline prices squeezing fuel margins, the addition of a car wash can turn a major profit for operators looking to make up some of the revenue lost at the pumps. It all comes down to

Technology

TOP PERFORMERS Gilbarco Veeder-Root Verifone Inc. Professional Datasolutions Inc. (PDI) HONORABLE MENTIONS Dresser Wayne FACTOR Inc. The convenience store industry continues to drive innovation and developing new retail technology systems has been no exception. The 53 chains representing 7,950 stores that participated in CSD’s Brand Preference Study identified Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Verifone Inc. and Professional Datasolutions

ATM/POS Systems

TOP PERFORMERS Triton Systems PaySpot Inc. MoneyGram HONORABLE MENTIONS Western Union Chase/Paymentech ATM and point-of-sale (POS) systems have helped convenience retailers gain a competitive edge by providing news service and enhanced convenience. Thirty-five key decision makers representing 5,250 stores selected Triton, PaySpot Inc. and MoneyGram as the top performers in the ATM/POS category. Honorable mentions

Embracing the Kiosk Revolution

Foodservice Kiosk Usage Grows In addition to the large chains like Sheetz and Wawa that have been using self-service kiosks for many years, smaller chains are also enjoying the benefits of self-serve technology. • High’s of Baltimore Inc. reached a deal with Radiant Systems last July to deploy multiple Radiant customer self-service kiosks in more

Health and Beauty Care/ General Merchandise

TOP PERFORMERS BIC Corp. Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. Novelty Inc. HONORABLE MENTIONS Convenience Valet Procter & Gamble The 63 key decision makers in the HBC and general merchandise segment identified BIC Corp., Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. and Novelty Inc. as the category’s top performers. Honorable Mentions include Convenience Valet and Procter & Gamble.

Ice Cream/ Frozen Novelty

TOP PERFORMERS Wells-Blue Bunny Ben & Jerry’s Unilever (Good Humor, Breyers, Klondike and Popsicle) HONORABLE MENTIONS Nestlé USA Masterfoods Regarded as the ultimate snack indulgence, ice cream and frozen novelties are an important, albeit often overlooked, retail segment. The category’s understated consistency in delivering a mix of premium, super premium and regular brands with just

Fully Prepared Hot/Cold Sandwiches

TOP PERFORMERS Deli Express Pierre Foods Landshire HONORABLE MENTIONS Lettieri’s Made Rite/Goliath While branded and proprietary foodservice programs get a lot of attention at retail, hot and cold prepackaged sandwiches have quietly and profitably filled a valuable niche for retailers. Grab-and-go sandwiches offer consumers a quick, easy meal solution that is affordable and available in

Packaged Snacks

TOP PERFORMERS FritoLay (PepsiCo) Kellogg/Keebler Kraft Foods Inc. HONORABLE MENTIONS Jack Links Beef Jerky Nabisco/Planters Lance Inc. Frito-Lay, Kellogg’s/Keebler and Kraft head the list of top performers in the packaged snack category, according to 84 category buyers representing 12,600 convenience stores. Honorable mentions in the category were Jack Links Beef Jerky, Nabisco/Planters and Lance. The

Branded Fast Food

TOP PERFORMERS Subway Subs & Salads Hunt Bros. Pizza Dunkin’ Donuts HONORABLE MENTIONS McDonald’s Corp. Hot Stuff Foods Blimpie Foodservice remains among the strongest in-store categories for convenience store owners, and fast-food brands are helping drive the business. According to the 45 key decision makers to participate in the CSD Brand Preference Study, Subway, Hunt

Empowering Customers

Self-Service Gift Cards Paul Burel, director of marketing strategy for U-Scan, Fujitsu’s self-checkout line, said gift cards are a good option for c-store operators “because it’s convenient. It’s the kind of point-of-presence transaction to generate that last-minute gift that someone needs to get.” Going with a self-service gift card program is “really not an add-on,”

Prepared Foods/Fresh Bakery

TOP PERFORMERS Sara Lee Foodservice Bon Appétite Ruiz Foods Inc. HONORABLE MENTIONS Tyson Foods Prairie City Bakery Don Miguel Mexican Foods Inc. A solid bakery program is crucial for building breakfast daypart sales. In an effort to secure those morning dollars, convenience retailers have added bakery programs, which they hope will in turn boost their

RFID: Not Ready For Prime Time

A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is like a barcode on steroids. A barcode printed on a cracker box may indicate that the box contains crackers and possibly identify the manufacturer, while an RFID tag carries a serial number that distinguishes that particular box of crackers from all others in the world. Although some companies

Candy, Gum, Mints

TOP PERFORMERS The Hershey Co. Wm. Wrigley Co. Mars Snackfood U.S. HONORABLE MENTIONS Cadbury Adams/Jaret International Nestlé USA Convenience stores continue to be a dominant retail outlet for confections, and the outlook for 2008 is just as strong. That was the message delivered by the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) U.S. Confectionery Market report released in

Dispensed Beverages (Hot)

TOP PERFORMERS Sara Lee Foodservice S&D Coffee Kraft Foods Inc. HONORABLE MENTIONS Farmer Bros. Boyd Coffee Co. In a recent issue of Time, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he returned to his post as head of the Seattle-based coffee chain in part because he was concerned about "the growing competition from convenience stores." It took

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