blast off with freshness

Cadbury Adams USA LLC, makers of Dentyne, is launching its newestinnovation in enhanced breath freshening—Dentyne Blast. Dentyne Blastis the first liquid center chewing gum in the U.S. made with erythritol, aningredient that delivers a strong cooling effect by drawing heat away fromthe mouth and lowering its temperature. Available in two flavors, Winter Chilland Cool Lime,

ez as pie

The new EZ-Fit Lid Dispenser from San Jamar is the simple,affordable way to protect beverage lids and keep counters clean andorganized. The EZ-Fit Lid Dispenser dramatically improves the organization ofself-serve beverage countersby providing a simple,efficient solution. Two sizesare available to dispensemost cold beverage cuplids. The design requiresno adjustments or specialparts for different lid sizes.In-counter models

terror money laundered through md cstores

U.S. indicts 39 in scheme to funnel money to al Qaeda. A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted 39 people in an international money-laundering scheme using an informal currency transfer system known as hawala, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The defendants and one business face charges including money laundering, conspiracy to bribe

codys offers university fuel discounts

Three-cents off per gallon for Southwest Baptist students and faculty. Cody’s Convenience Stores, a 22-store chain based in Springfield, Mo., is offering is reaching out to a local university to drive its fuel business. Beginning this week, students at Southwest Baptist University and faculty a three cent per gallon discount on gasoline purchases, according to

susser holdings to acquire towncountry food stores

Deal increases company-owned store count to 500, expands geographic footprint into West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. The industry’s merger and acquisition activity continued today in a big way as Susser Holdings Corp., the Corpus Christi, Texas operator and fuel supplier said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire San Angelo, Texas-based Town &

circle k launches line of proprietary energy drinks

Developed in conjunction with BooKoo Energy, beverages will be available in three flavors. Circle K Southeast, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is launching the company’s first wholly owned, proprietary energy beverage, GazZu. According to Circle K officials, GazZu was developed to respond to the worldwide energy drink boom and lack of drinks that appeal to

moving parts

Car care accessories are building incremental sales with the help of private labels and impulse purchases. Customers have long ventured into local conveniencestores to grab a bottle of windshield washerfluid or oil for their cars. Years ago, a small displaywould hold a few bottles of automotive fluids in caseof an emergency. Today’s suppliers are stepping

growing through innovation

Richard Oneslager’s perspective of the convenience industry has benefited Balmar Petroleum, as he capitalizes on real estate and foodservice to differentiate his offering. CSD: You began your conveniencestore experience by managing the familybusiness in 1987. What did you learnthen that you are applying to your businesstoday? RO: Working with my family afforded me manykey learning

innovators come in all sizes

With our annual Chains to Watch issue,we set out to profile companies big andsmall that are doing innovative things,either with technology, operations, design or justgood, old-fashioned customer service. This year

driving instore sales with fuel

Facing increased competition, Fabulous Freddy’s is investing in gas pumps with interactive merchandising displays. Fabulous Freddy’s is looking to cultivate a new baseof loyal in-store customers, and it isn’t going very farto find them. The Las Vegas-based chain is investing innext-generation interactive fuel pumps that communicatestore specials and offer valuable coupons directly totheir fuel customers

belflower finds chemistry at davis oil

While Mike Belflower didn

quickchek expands its empire

With the opening of its first store in New York, the retailer ushers in a new era of convenience retailing. Some companies would celebratetheir 40th anniversarywith balloons and a lot of handshakes.For QuickChek, themilestone was an opportunity to show offits innovation and commitment to growingoperations. Last month, the Whitehouse Station,N.J.-based chain moved into the NewYork

homegrown convenience

Fast Phil’s is making its mark with redesigned stores, innovative card programs, consistent low prices and generous employee benefits. Reliability, a word thatall retailers strive to achievenowadays, is the first wordthat comes to mind whenFast Phil’s is mentioned to local residentsin southern North Carolina. Thechain, which has 12 stores spread outover Troutman, Mooresville, Yadkinvilleand Statesville,

the new age of convenience

Megan Ramey created a convenience concept for worldly urbanites that is a true departure from the gas stations Bubba is used to. From the street, the MoCoMarket in Madison, Wis. looksmore like a beauty salon or a furniturestore—with its large frontwindows and minimalist, communal-stylebench seating—than a convenience store.Once inside, customers are captivatedby its bamboo floors,

cstore financing know your options

Alternative lenders may be offering better deals than traditional banks. Waking up in a cold sweatover those burgeoning paymentson the adjustable ratebank loan you took out for yourc-store? Stop sweating it! With a little preparation—and someone to guide you throughthe process—you can probably get a muchlower, fixed-rate payment using one of severalalternative-financing methods. Frequently referred

bright future for smokeless sales

Once upon a time, cigarettes were the embodiment of“cool.” Then came the health concerns. Then came thegovernment regulations. Cigarette smoking has reacheda point where it is so severely sneered upon that manycities have outright banned smoking in public establishments. Itshould be a surprise to no one that cigarette sales and gross profitmargins have been steadily

freshness in full bloom

Exotic sushi, ready-made salads and fresh-cut fruit are ushering in tasty new eating options while helping customers watch their waistlines. When it comes to developingan exotic fresh food menu, U.S.retailers are drawing on inspirationfrom around the world. Take Torrance, Calif.-based FamimaUSA, for example. The U.S. subsidiary ofJapan’s FamilyMart Co. is drawing on itsJapanese heritage by

payment alternatives show promise

Retailers work around expensive credit card processing fees while integrating rewards for customer loyalty. Due to the competitive nature of the current conveniencestore climate, retaining a loyal customer base ismore important than ever. But even when a store has astrong customer base, it can still be hurt by the excessiveprocessing costs on credit card transactions

the all candy expo sweetens chicago

Over 20,000 show up for biggest event in candy. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) concluded its annual All Candy Expo yesterday in Chicago. Sponsored by the NCA, the All Candy Expo boasted 2,000 new products from nearly 500 exhibitors from 75 different countries. Top trends driving product releases of 2007/08 included: new flavor fusions focusing

chevron supports annual marathon

Company extends sponsorship until 2013. Chevron is keeping people running as it extends its sponsorship contract for the Chevron Houston Marathon, according to runnersweb.com. The Chevron Houston Marathon is the nation’s premier winter marathon, annually attracting participants from all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries. The race has been going on for 35

quiktrip moving into the spring center

The arrangement “will be among the first of its kind in an arena, stadium or entertainment venue,” Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip will open a store in Sprint Center as part of a multi-year partnership with the Kansas City arena, built to host sports and entertainment events. The arrangement “will be among the first of its kind

cigars accelerating category profits by increasing strategic focus

Cigar dollar sales experienced strong growth again increasing 14% in 2006, according to ACNielsen. And, Richard Fasanelli, vice president of John Middleton Inc. adds, "We continue to uncover additional growth opportunities with retail customers by applying strategies less common to cigars, but very common in other major tobacco categories." Don’t miss this opportunity to hear

the end of driveoffs in kansas city

New ordinance dramatically cripples gas thieving. A city ordinance requiring motorists to prepay for gas has reduced the number of drive-offs from more than 1,100 in 2005 to virtually none over the past 13 months, according to an Associated Press report. The ordinance took effect last summer. Since then only 24 drive-offs have been reported

bp waives goodbye to south dakota

Company pulls out to sell closer to its refineries. BP America Inc. revealed that it’s pulling out of most of South Dakota and all of North Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana and Texas, due to a decision to focus on areas closer to its refineries, according to the Associated Press. The company revealed that the Sioux Falls,

industry pioneer swearingen dies

Former president of Standard Oil was 89. John E. Swearingen, oil executive and well-known defender of the industry in the energy crisis of the 1970s, died on Friday in Birmingham, Ala. He was 89 and lived in Chicago, according to the New York Times. Swearingen presided over Standard Oil of Indiana, one of the companies

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