Developing a Value Menu with Appeal

The coming of summer means a lot of things—chief among them an insatiable hunger for hot dogs, burgers, sausages and brats. No c-store foodservice program is complete without them or the opportunities they represent. “Who doesn’t like a hot dog?” said Kim Loniecki, director of branded foodservice for Wesco Inc. in Muskegon, Mich. “When you’re

Chicken’s Popularity Soars to New Heights

Americans want it, but lots of operators are nervous about it. That’s why working with distributors and training employees on how to handle chicken is so important. Consumers have very definitely stated preferences for chicken items, which is why chains like Wawa feature chicken prominently on their menus. For example, the Pennsylvania-based operator features chicken

Forecast Strong for Cigars

Amid all the chaos of legislation, regulation and taxation, it’s good to have tobacco category managers like Gate Petroleum’s Matt Hieb. Hieb’s approach to his chain’s market-leading cigar performance is calm and measured, driven by data, common sense and manufacturer promotions. In 225 locations throughout six southeastern states, Gate’s cigar offering exceeds the southeast market

Seizing Smokeless Opportunities

Just when you think you know everything about the mercurial business of tobacco, a bit of trivia comes along that gets your attention. Distributors and retailers have had reams of information to study in the past two years as major changes in legislation, taxation and consumer habits have forced domino-effect adjustments. Manufacturers, chain executives, category

A Rocky Ride for RYO

Proper Handling Quality counts—especially with tobacco, something c-store operators had better keep in mind. Kevin Paige, owner of three Butthead’s Tobacco Emporiums in Danbury, Conn., said he is trying to distance himself from the c-store channel when it comes to tobacco. “Although I operated my own c-stores for over 20 years, I don’t think the

Folk Oil Fights Hunger

Folk Oil’s PS Food Marts chain went to bat for hunger in Michigan and Ohio and raised more than $50,000 for local charities in just two short weeks. From March 15-31 PS Food Mart employees at the chain’s 29 stores encouraged customers and vendors to purchase paper hearts as part of its “Fight Hunger. Give

Mini Wine Flavor Cigarillos

Swisher International Inc. has combined one of its newest and most popular flavors with the convenient shape of mini cigarillos to make the new Swisher Sweets Mini Wine Cigarillos. These new, smaller cigars offer the quick smoke many customers prefer, and come individually wrapped with the company’s unique sealed-fresh wrapper to ensure fresh, flavorful cigars

New Apple Sauce Flavors

To enhance its line of Musselman’s single-serve apple sauces, Knouse Foods is launching two new flavors: Totally Fruit Mixed Berry and Healthy Picks Granny Smith. Perfect for a multitude of foodservice operations, the apple sauce cups are an on-the-go solution, healthy meal accompaniment and anytime snack option. With flavors that appeal to all ages, each

Breakfast of Champions Bar

General Mills brings the iconic 85-year-old Breakfast of Champions brand to the bar category with the introduction of Wheaties FUEL energy bars. Developed specifically for c-stores and co-created with five of today’s elite athletes and a leading sports nutritionist, each 2.26-ounce bar delivers 15 grams protein and 100% of the daily value of five B

Become Energy Efficient

Emerson has recently introduced a new line of case controls that are capable of controlling compressors, defrosters, case fans and lighting, as well as optional communications with Emerson’s E2 Facility Management System. The new case controllers utilize the same compact design as many European-styled controls and feature localized programming capabilities and displays that make it

Vermont Chain Pays After UST Leak

A South Burlington, Vt., gas station owes the state of Vermont $35,000 in civil penalties as part of a settlement for an alleged gasoline leak from an underground storage tank (UST), Legal Newsline reported. Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell noted that Slimain Handy’s Convenience Stores, the owners of the Gracey’s Store gas station and convenience

Marathon Oil Recognizes Everbrite

Marathon Oil Corp. recently recognized Everbrite LLC., a visual identification supplier for Marathon’s Speedway SuperAmerica LLC retail organization, as the company’s Supplier Diversity Vendor of the Year. The annual “Living Our Values Award and Recognition Program” recognizes employees and vendors who best exemplify Marathon’s guiding corporate principles. Everbrite, a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) company, won

Oil Spill Investigation Continues

BP’s internal investigation team has started sharing initial perspectives of its review of the causes of the tragic Deepwater Horizon fire and oil spill. The investigation is a fact-finding effort that is still underway, and has already identified various issues for further inquiry. BP has shared these early perspectives with the Department of the Interior

Vermont Passes Interchange Law

Vermont has passed legislation governing interchange fees on credit and debit card transactions, becoming the first state to take such action, the Washington Post reported. The move comes just one week after the U.S. Senate approved an amendment that would address interchange fees to the financial overhaul bill. “What Vermont has done is a first

Gasoline Continue Slide into Memorial Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices continue tumbling, down nearly 50 cents from the start of May after another week of double-digit declines across most metropolitan markets nationwide through May 24. The drop in wholesale values is gradually filtering through to retail outlets, offering a savings for holiday travelers

Gasoline Continue Slide into Memorial Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices continue tumbling, down nearly 50cts from the start of May after another week of double-digit declines across most metropolitan markets nationwide through May 24. The drop in wholesale values is gradually filtering through to retail outlets, offering a savings for holiday travelers this

BP Investigates Spill Impact

BP today announced a commitment of up to $500 million to an open research program studying the impact of the Deepwater Horizon incident, and its associated response, on the marine and shoreline environment of the Gulf of Mexico. “BP has made a commitment to doing everything we can to lessen the impact of this tragic

7-Eleven, MTV Star Open Skateboard Park

Rob Dyrdek, star of MTV’s Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, 7-Eleven stores and Los Angeles District 4 Councilmember Tom LaBonge have partnered with street skateboarding’s biggest stars to open a state-of-the-art Skate Plaza at North Hollywood Park.  The theme of the Skate Plaza includes Rob Dyrdek’s authentic street skateboarding cartoon and Wild Grinders toy line.  As

Pettit Oil Becomes Voyager Channel Partner

Tacoma, Wash.-based Pettit Oil and U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems Inc., a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards, have joined forces through U.S. Bank’s Voyager Channel Partner Program. Pettit Oil will begin issuing co-branded fleet cards for its customers to use at its retail locations in western Washington and at any of the

Pemmican Donates Jerky

Marfood USA Inc. has donated more than $25,000 in Pemmican Beef Jerky to Feeding America member, Gleaners Community Food Bank in Taylor, Mich. On April 1, to launch the new Web site Marfood USA gave away a free bag of Pemmican Beef Jerky every minute to consumers and donated five bags per minute to

BP Webcam Shows Riser Flow

In an effort to capture oil from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP using a riser insertion tube tool (RITT) containment system. Once on the drillship Discoverer Enterprise, the oil is then being stored and gas is being flared. The RITT remains a new technology and both its continued operation and its effectiveness in

Maintain A Thriving Candy Aisle

Mars Chocolate North America has launched a new Web site exclusively for convenience store operators. is a resource center with everything c-store operators need to create, enhance and maintain a successful candy aisle and to help drive overall store sales. With the click of a mouse, c-store operators have all the information in front

BP Pledges Transparency Regarding Spill

BP has reiterated its promise to be open and transparent in its response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company announced in a press release. BP confirmed its continuing commitment to co-operate with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in facilitating access by the US

Rethink Your Environmental Impact

To help food service operators reached their sustainability objectives, Eco-Products is launching the “ReTHINK Your Impact Challenge” at the National Restaurant Association trade show May 22-25.  Eco-Products plans to provide awards in two distinct categories: 1.  The ReTHINK Disposables Makeover converts an operator’s existing disposables-free, for one year- to Eco-Products’ renewable and recycled content products, promoting

Rutter’s To Award Free Gas

Rutter’s Rewards is adding octane to Rutter’s Farm Stores’ annual summer gas giveaway. Eight lucky Rutter’s customers will win free gas for one year during the “Fuel Up Free!” contest, which runs Monday through Aug. 29. “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to the introduction of our Rutter’s Rewards loyalty card, with more than 150,000