Road Ranger Acquires 11 AmeriStops

Road Ranger Convenience Stores, which made headlines last month for its multimillion dollar lawsuit against CITGO Petroleum, reached a deal to acquire 11 AmeriStop convenience stores in Kentucky and Ohio. Road Ranger, based in Rockford, Ill., now operates 74 stores across the Midwest. Petro Acquisitions Inc., the Cold Spring, Ohio-based parent company of the AmeriStop

Wright Express Completes Pacific Pride Deal

Wright Express Corp. has completed its $32-million acquisition of privately held Pacific Pride Services Inc. The deal was financed through the company’s existing credit facility. Pacific Pride’s franchise network encompasses more than 330 independent fuel franchisees who issue their own Pacific Pride commercial fueling cards to fleet customers. These cards provide access to fuel at

4-H Blue Bell Ice Cream

In honor of the Texas 4-H organization’s 100th birthday, Blue Bell Creameries is introducing Centennial Cupcake Ice Cream. Centennial Cupcake Ice Cream is a delicious cake batter ice cream with pieces of yellow cake, a chocolate icing swirl and four-leaf clover sprinkles. 4-H is a national organization which prides itself on teaching young people across

Orange Energy

Living Essentials, whose 5-Hour Energy berry and lemon-lime flavored energy shots have been the top two selling nutritional supplements in convenience stores for 18 straight months, has answered popular demand and added orange to its hugely successful lineup. The 5-Hour Energy drink is a two-ounce energy shot-sized beverage that provides hours of energy, alertness and

Skinny Dippers

The newest addition to The Skinny Cow brand urges dieters everywhere to release their inhibitions and "dip" into new Skinny Dippers. Weighing in at just 80 calories per pop, the perfectly-portioned chocolate-dipped ice cream snacks are available in rich vanilla, creamy caramel and refreshing mint flavors. Skinny Dippers contain no trans fats and only 3

Designer Signage

Walls + Forms Inc., a designer, manufacturer and distributor of display components introduces its EuroSign DisplayFrame. This sign system combines style with function and is stocked for immediate delivery. EuroSign DisplayFrame is designed for attachment to walls, media displays, windows and more. Signs, posters and graphics can be inserted from the front, thus eliminating the

Alternative Fuel Distributors Pushes Aggressive Retail Plan

Alternative Fuel Distributors, of Wilmington, Del., said that it plans to construct and operate 1,000 convenience stores on the East Coast that will strictly provide E-85 and other alternative automotive fuels. The company plans to have the stores up and running within the next three years, with the first 100 stores opening by the first

LATICRETE Anti-Fracture Mortar

LATICRETE, a provider of innovative systems for the installation of ceramic tile and stone, has developed LATICRETE 125 Anti-Fracture Mortar, a lightweight, superior crack prevention mortar that passes the ANSI A118.12 specification for crack isolation in thin-set ceramic tile and dimensional stone installations. LATICRETE 125 Anti-Fracture Mortar takes the place of liquid or sheet anti-fracture

Whipping Up a Retail Destination

Big box operators and supermarkets seem to dominate the Texas retail landscape. But while most of those stores focus on getting bigger, some convenience operators are finding that connecting with the consumers on a personal level is better. Consider Whip In, a dynamic marketer based in Austin, Texas. It doesn’t have the size and real

Spicing Up the Roller Grill

Thanks to a surge of new products focused on ethnic diversity, the roller grill—the original anchor for most convenience store hot food programs—is hotter than ever before. "Customers automatically associate c-stores and roller grills. It’s been a source of great sales for us," said Scott Huggins, a marketing specialist for San Antonio-based Tesoro Petroleum Corp.

Alon Resumes Rack Distribution

Alon USA Energy Inc. said it has reopened the Big Spring, Texas refinery truck rack following an explosion and subsequent fire at facility on Feb. 18. All of the other company racks have remained operational since the explosion. The cause of the blast remains under investigation. "We are pleased with the progress we are making

Dealing with Drive-Offs

With the onset of spring, retailers can count on a segment of their "consumers" filling up and driving off without paying. Increased gas prices haven’t helped the situation, but it is improving. Typically, convenience stores can experience a few gasoline thefts a week. But when prices increase, some stores see several gas thefts a day.

Coffee’s Hotter Than Ever

Data released by the National Coffee Association shows the market penetration for coffee has surpassed that of soft drinks, reversing a 20-year pattern. Fifty-seven percent of American adults drink coffee daily versus 51% for soft drinks. Coffee drinking among 18-24 year-olds also jumped 6%, the fourth year in a row for such an increase. Given

Powerful Potatoes

Diversify your menu and offer customers the variety they seek with Lamb Weston Spud Petals and Spud Halves. These unique shapes and sizes have a creamy baked potato flavor inside and a crispy, zesty kick outside. Curved and perfect for dipping with a variety of signature sauces and toppings, Spud Petals are the ideal fun

Cape Cod Gourmet Chips

Inspired by America’s love for rich gourmet taste, Cape Cod Potato Chips has embarked on two new flavor-packed potato chips: Honey Dijon and Buttermilk Ranch. In creating these savory combinations, Cape Cod plays off its original chips’ distinctive flavor and crunch, but spices things up with a blend of genuine, homemade ingredients to entice consumers

Kettle Popper

Gold Medal Products has launched the 2488SR Pop About Popper. In the rental market there are two challenges that are common, ease of transport and inadequate power. The Pop About Popper has a special version of the Super 88 to address both those challenges. The 2488SR has an acrylic front and side panels in place

Samuel Adams Irish Red

As part of the third annual Beer Lover’s Choice contest, Samuel Adams unveiled Samuel Adams Irish Red Ale. This new brew will join the Samuel Adams variety of more than 21 distinct styles of craft beer in February 2008. Samuel Adams Irish Red Ale will be available in six-packs and in the Samuel Adams Brewmaster’s

Breakfast Stacks

Lettieri’s, a division of Hot Stuff Foods, announced the launch of the company’s new Breakfast Stackers, a grab-n-go breakfast item enrobed in a flaky golden brown pastry dough and "stacked" with customers’ favorite breakfast foods. The Breakfast Stackers are pastry shop quality and are being offered in two combinations: Ham, Egg and Cheese and Sausage,

The Ice Machine Cometh

Hoshizaki America Inc. is offering two new ice machines for retail marketers. First is the KM-101BAH, which produces up to 115 pounds of ice within 24 hours and includes a built-in storage bin capable of holding 56 pounds of ice. Second, is the KM-151BAH unit which can produce up to 146 pounds of ice with

Open Pantry’s People Person

For Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin Inc., it’s not enough to simply offer new and innovative products to its dynamic consumer base. The variety has to be punctuated with exceptional customer service. To achieve its goal, the Pleasant Prairie, Wis. chain has always focused on hiring outstanding personnel. Last month, the company took the

Express 3 from Structural Concepts

Structural Concepts has your next refrigerated display case in stock and ready for fast shipment. The company is expanding its existing Quick Ship program by introducing Express 3, a new service that guarantees three-business-day shipment of a select number of the company’s most popular refrigerated display cases. Express 3 complements the popular Quick Ship program.

Road Ranger Takes on CITGO

Road Ranger, the Rockford, Ill.-based operator of approximately 75 convenience stores and travel centers in five Midwestern states, filed claims against Venezuelan-owned CITGO Petroleum Corp. for breach of contract and violations of the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act caused by CITGO’s "unnecessary failure to supply gasoline to Road Ranger gas stations, for damaging the CITGO brand

Grab & Go Hummus

Tribe Mediterranean Foods, a leading trendsetter in the rapidly growing Mediterranean food category and creators of America’s favorite hummus, is targeting convenience stores and grab-and-go consumers with Tribe All Natural Snackers. The two-ounce Hummus Snackers are conveniently packaged in four-packs to be merchandised in a convenience store or supermarket’s grocery section. Tribe is launching the

Strong Sales for Candy

Overall retail sales are slowing at mass, dollar and grocery stores, but confectionery sales remain strong for convenience operators. The U.S. retail confectionery category generated approximately $29 billion in sales in 2007 and the profit margin for the category was approximately 35%, according to the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) U.S. Confectionery Market report released last

Extreme Illuminator

Extreme CCTV Surveillance Systems, which designs, develops and manufactures advanced infrared illuminators and precision engineered surveillance solutions, released the new UFLED Intelligent-IR Illuminator powered by Constant Light. The Intelligent-IR Illuminator is designed to deliver a constant level of lighting performance throughout the illuminator’s life for uncompromised night-time surveillance. Patent pending Constant Light compensates for LED

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