Sweet Profits

Confectionery manufacturer BestSweet Inc. has introduced a new, smoother shape for its licensed Baskin-Robbins Smooth & Creamy Hard Candy.  In addition to the new candy shape, updated packaging for the product is also being introduced and will prominently feature a picture of the new shape on the front of each candy bag. The new Smooth

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Fuel Island Vending

As retailers continue to look for new profit centers, Vendgogh has introduced its first gas island vending product allowing retailers to tap the 70% of consumers that pay at the pump and never enter the convenience store. Vendgogh has developed a creative and profitable way to bring the c-store to the gas island, while combining

Chewy Trail Mix

Since 1975, Nature Valley has used wholesome ingredients to make its best-tasting granola bars, with flavors and types for every taste. For the first time, Nature Valley is bringing chocolate to its great-tasting granola bars. The new Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix bar and the Dark Chocolate & Nut bar, now available to convenience store

Krafting a Snack Offering

Shelf-stable Handi-Snacks and Kool-Aid branded snacks offer a convenient single-serve snack for on-the-go consumers and time crunched operators. Handi-Snacks Pudding Snacks are available in consumer preferred chocolate and vanilla varieties, while Kool-Aid Gels come in two refreshing fruit flavors, Strawberry and Orange. New packaging with rounded cups offers an easy-to-handle snack, perfect for the on-the-go

Hot Food? Convenience Solutions

Foodservice equipment manufacturer Lockwood Manufacturing has introduced a new cabinet in a long line of time tested quality cabinets. The new CA69-PFIN-18CDD offers retailers an efficient method of holding and displaying hot food and baked goods for their customers. Featuring a fully insulated frame, external heat unit controls, digital thermometer and heavy duty casters all

Getting Cheesy

Utilizing its unique category focus and a new approach of utilizing its expertise to create powerful business solutions, the Kellogg Convenience Store Team is excited to launch Cheez-It Duoz baked snack crackers to its salty snack set. With two flavors in one bag, Cheez-It Duoz baked snack crackers offer consumers the tasty crunch and bold

Functional Focus

The bright light in the bottled water category remains enhanced waters, which consumers looking for more than just refreshment are coming to appreciate. That said, selling enhanced–or any other bottled waters in troubled economic times–means taking greater advantage of supplier programs and doing some savvy marketing and merchandising. The year just passed was difficult on

Cooler Control

Operators looking for greater energy efficiency should cast an eye on their coolers, where centralized controls, lighting adjustments, basic ongoing maintenance and employee training can save them money. “Coolers are typically an opportunity for improvements in maintenance and operational practices,” said Jerry Lawson, national manager for Energy Star Small Business and Congregations Network, a division

Recovering With New Tax Breaks

Shortly after last November’s election, Thomas Zaucha, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association (NGA) called upon the President-elect to kindle the economy with a stimulus package that included “tax incentives used by retailers and wholesalers to invest in technology, energy saving equipment and trucks for their businesses.” President Obama’s reply, The American Recovery

Fuel Dealers Refuse to Quit

Gasoline dealers in New Jersey have won a string of major victories in their race to stave off what they predict will be dire consequences stemming from Exxon Mobil Corp.’s large-scale pullout from parts of the Northeast. Dealer groups have succeeded in pushing legislation through both the state Senate and Assembly in hopes of getting

When One Size Fits All Doesn’t Fit

I have always been a c-store guy, I just did not realize it until I became affiliated with this publication and started paying more attention to the intricacies of the segment.  Thanks to my wife, I rarely go to the grocery store anymore–she actually likes the experience. I also rarely take the time to enjoy

Sheetz Gets Aggressive on Tobacco

In response to the April 1 increase in federal excise taxes, Sheetz Convenience Stores in Maryland are guaranteeing the lowest allowed price on cigarettes in the state. “Maryland sets a state minimum on cigarette prices and if we sold them for less than the state minimum, I’d end up in jail. However, I can promise

Illinois Eyes Tobacco Tax Hike

Illinois cigarette tax would leap by $1 over two years under a proposal a Senate committee approved today hoping to come up with more money to pay down the state’s big backlog of Medicaid bills. But the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores warned lawmakers that the proposal is a fiscal nightmare that will cause the

Rhode Island Retailers Rally

Owners and employees of Rhode Island convenience stores are calling on state legislators to reject proposed hikes to the state’s gasoline and cigarette taxes. Dozens of convenience store workers held a rally Tuesday against a proposal to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by one dollar to $3.46. That would be the highest

Appco C-Stores Re-Open for Business

Two months after filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy, Appco’s convenience stores are reopening for business. Two stores in Erwin, Tenn. opened the doors to their convenience stores this week, however, the Long John Silver’s and A&W eateries are still closed. “The stores are back to normal operation and have the typical convenience store items for

Industry to Congress: Lower Credit Card Fees

A coalition of retailers today launched a campaign to lobby Congress to require credit card companies to negotiate with retailers in an effort to lower the “interchange” fee, averaging 2%, which retailers pay on each credit card transaction. The Merchants Payments Coalition launched the campaign this morning during a telephone press conference with representatives of

Fuel Kept in Check

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor While there are a host of metropolitan regions across the country where gasoline outlets are posting a per gallon cost for regular grade gasoline above $2, the round number that at one-time had a psychological impact is again proving to be a tough obstacle, as the U.S. average

Green Oil Enhances Fresh Food Offering

George H. Green Oil Co., the Fairburn, Ga.-based operator of approximately 50 convenience stores, reached a deal to bring Huddle House to its convenience store offering. Huddle House is a full-service restaurant chain known for its comfortable, family-oriented casual dining experience with a friendly neighborhood feel. The new Fairburn Huddle House boasts a colorful and

C-Store Sales Expected to Surge

A new market research report, “U.S. Convenience Stores Market Outlook to 2013”, recently released by RNCOS said that despite the global economic slowdown, the US convenience store industry is expected to grow to more than $650 billion by 2013 on growing income level and increasing working population in the country. Personal disposable income is one

Sheetz Focused on PCI

Gilbarco Veeder-Root will be managing the program to upgrade more than 2,000 dispensers at 270 Sheetz sites with Gilbarco FlexPay Encrypting PIN Pads. The award-winning hardware is Payment Card Industry encrypting PIN pad (PCI EPP) compliant. It provides triple data encryption standard (TDES) encryption of the personal identification numbers (PIN) entered by consumers during debit

Innovative Candy Concepts Honored at ECRM

They came, they saw, they tasted. Dozens of children ages 8-13 were invited to become junior candy buyers by sampling various candies at ECRM’s Winter Confectionary EPPS event in Dallas. The junior candy buyers were given an inside look at the confection industry from retail buyer attendees that included Jack’s World, Save-a-Lot and Walgreen’s. Retailers

CITGO Honored for Refining Operations

CITGO’s Corpus Christi Refinery was awarded the Texas General Land Office’s (TGLO) 2008 Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (OSPRA) Award. For the first time, the award has been bestowed on the same company for two consecutive years. The OSPRA Award was established by the TGLO, the oldest state agency in Texas, to recognize organizations

Sweet Deal

Sweet Leaf Tea Co., the Austin-based maker of organic, all-natural, home-style iced teas, lemonades and other natural beverages, reported that Nestlé Waters North America has made a $15.6 million investment in the beverage company. In addition, the company said Dan Costello, a Nestlé Waters North America executive will relocate to Austin, to become president of

Cumberland Farms Partners with Anti-Drug Program

Torrington, Conn. Mayor Ryan Bingham unveiled a new anti-drug initiative for all retail businesses in the city. He has called for all businesses to remove a specific item from their shelves known as a “love rose.” This is a novelty item that consists of a small plastic rose inside of a two or three inch

Mountain Empire Oil Nabs Sunoco Stations

Mountain Empire Oil Co. (MEOC), based in Johnson City, Tenn., said it reached an agreement to buy 16 Sunoco sites in East Tennessee. The deal would increase MEOC’s store count to approximately 70. “These sites are a great addition to our current network of locations,” said John Kelly, MEOC’s vice president of operations. “I’m also

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