Energizing Cooler Sales

Maybe it’s the unusually trying times we live in that have Americans reaching so often for beverages that bolster their energy levels. Regardless, it’s convenience store owners that are reaping the rewards. Sales of energy drinks in c-stores topped $5.6 billion, up 14.29%, for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 26, 2010, according to SymphonyIRI Group

Drive Customer Excitement

Marfood USA presents the re-energized Pemmican Brand: New packaging. New displays. New promotion. New ownership. New energy. Everything from its revamped, high-velocity product line to its new packaging was designed by core users to speak to core users. That’s only the beginning—the Pemmican Trail is loaded with targeted promotions for you and your shoppers throughout

Industry Posts Strong Sales Gains

Despite the challenging economy, convenience store retailers enjoyed a solid year of growth in key categories like foodservice, frozen beverages and smokeless tobacco. By John Lofstock, Editor. While sales across all retail remained sluggish for much of 2010, the year ended on a relatively good note for c-store operators. Sales and gross margin contributions from

Energy Shot Sales Surge

Although some c-store operators admit to being worried about regulators turning their focus to energy shots, many have voiced the opinion that the category has at least another year of strong growth ahead of it. According to numbers from SymphonyIRI Group for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 26, 2010, energy shots saw a whopping 35.58%

Foodservice Sustainability Grant

Best foodservice sustainability program of the year to be recognized at 2012 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. For the fifth year, the Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability (HCFS) plans to award a $5,000 grant to the organization judged to have the best-executed foodservice or grocery sustainability project. Applications are currently being accepted, and the

Tedeschi Food Shops Opens Quincy Store

For a limited time, customers of the new Quincy store can receive a free fresh-baked muffin when they buy any freshly brewed Green Mountain coffee. Tedeschi Food Shops has announced the opening of its newest store located at 85 Quincy Avenue in Quincy, Mass.  This 3,926 square foot mini-market features an updated design aesthetic and

Getty Realty Corp. Acquires 66 Shell Branded Properties

“We expect the acquisition to be immediately accretive to annual earnings and the acquisition is consistent with our strategy to grow and diversify our tenant base,” says Getty Realty CEO. Getty Realty Corp. has acquired 66 Shell-branded gasoline station and convenience store properties located in and around the Greater Boston and southern New Hampshire area

Kangaroo Express, Coca-Cola Partner for Kids

Five-week fundraiser across three states aims to help send kids with chronic medial conditions to Kyle Petty’s Victory Junction for a once in a lifetime camping experience. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., is partnering with Coca-Cola for a third consecutive year to send children to

NACS Show Retailer Registration, Housing Opens Monday

Exhibitor registration begins in June. Retailer registration and housing opens on Monday, April 4, for the NACS Show, a comprehensive event for convenience and fuels retailing professionals. This year’s NACS Show takes place Oct. 1-4 in Chicago at McCormick Place. NACS Show retailer attendees, as well as wholesalers and distributors, can register for the event

Jumbo Fudge Sticks

New from those innovative Keebler Elves and on behalf of the Kellogg Convenience Store Team comes Keebler Fudge Shoppe Jumbo Fudge Sticks. The Jumbo Fudge Sticks offer classic Keebler fudge-covered vanilla wafers in a new jumbo-sized shape. Available in Original and Peanut Butter varieties, these individually wrapped bars will bring excitement to the category, satisfying

Meat Snacks Kick Up the Heat

Turn up the heat on meat snack sales with the new BOLD product line from Old Wisconsin. Featuring BOLD Sweet Heat Snack Bites, Snack Sticks and Beef & Cheese Packs, this innovative new product line grabs youth appeal and adds a daring flavor profile to the current Old Wisconsin selection. To learn more about how

7-Eleven Franchisees Convene on Capitol Hill

Retailers ask Congress to stand by small business, uphold swipe fee reform. On March 30, 7-Eleven franchisees from across Maryland and Virginia met with Senators, Congressmen and staff to ask them to protect and implement the critical swipe fee reforms that were passed by Congress and signed into law by the president last year. Sen.

One-Third of Shoppers Shun C-Store Foodservice

“Improved quality—not just for products, but for service, location and marketing communications—is needed to bring in or bring back consumers for whom c-stores aren’t top-of-mind choices,” says Mintel spokesperson. While on-the-go customers are consistently searching for convenient snack and meal options that won’t slow them down, Mintel reported hungry shoppers often ignore the convenience store

Beef Jerky Giveaway Starts Tomorrow

Pemmican plans to give away a free bag of beef jerky every 20.11 seconds on April 1, while simultaneously donating to Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. Marfood USA’s Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky plans to give away one free bag of beef jerky every 20.11 seconds on Pemmican Beef Jerky April 1, to

Mansfield Oil Honored by Pepsi

Mansfield Oil Co. was honored with PepsiCo’s 2011 Supplier of the Year award this month during the company’s annual supplier conference in San Antonio. Based in Gainesville, Ga., Mansfield Oil supplies fuel products and services to PepsiCo, which operates a fleet of 100,000 vehicles throughout the U.S. Ranked as one of the Top 100 privately

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Still Moving Through Supply Chain

The Energy Information Administration reported a 0.5 cents decline in the U.S. retail gasoline price average for regular grade as of March 21, but at $3.562 gallon, that’s likely little consolation for American drivers. Moreover, the average will again move higher after this brief rest stop, with wholesale costs still moving through the supply chain.

Snacking Solutions

Snacking is on the rise, accounting for 7% of foodservice sales, only 2% less than breakfast sales, according to Restaurant Food & Beverage Market Research Handbook (2010). Plus, the average consumer snacks at least once a day, most often between lunch and dinner, noted Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report, Attitudes and Usage Study (2010). Rich

Better Towel Dispensing

San Jamar introduces the Ultrafold Fusion. This folded towel dispenser arrives disassembled in a compact shipping carton, cutting inventory and distribution expenses and saving valuable warehouse space. The Ultrafold Fusion is now San Jamar’s lowest cost folded towel dispenser because it is manufactured, packaged and shipped in six pieces. This easy to assemble product generates

NCASEF Speaks Out On Swipe Fee Delay Attempts

“We urge Congress to oppose any attempt to delay the important reforms that it successfully passed last year,” says NCASEF chairman. Statement from Bruce Maples, chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-11 Franchisees: The National Coalition of Associations of 7-11 Franchisees, representing nearly 5,000 small businesses across the country, strongly opposes the last

Thorntons Partners With Dare to Care Food Bank

“This is just another way where are our team members can contribute and give back their time and talents to the local community,” says Thorntons CEO. Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons has partnered with Dare to Care Food Bank to help prepare foods for distribution for the Kentuckiana area. Thorntons team members volunteered their time, and sorted

NATSO Urges Congress to Maintain Commercial Rest Area Ban

“This is a move to expand government, at a cost to businesses, county governments and consumers,” says NATSO CEO. NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings is urging Congress to strongly oppose any effort to amend or repeal the Federal law prohibiting commercial development on the Interstate right-of-way, testifying that such efforts represented government intrusion into

Vendgogh Debuts Next Generation Green Vending Solutions

Vendgogh LLC, a provider of integrated gas island vending solutions, has introduced its next generation “green” vending solutions aimed at creating the ultimate shopper experience for gas island customers. The new machines will include a patented, first-of-its-kind dual sided delivery system that incorporates up to four user interfaces in a single vending machine. This new

Family Express Selects Retalix

Retalix to optimize fresh product inventory management and reduce out-of-stocks for Family Express. Valparaiso, Ind.-based convenience store chain Family Express, plans to reduce out-of-stocks, enhance the quality of its center-of-store product and fresh product offerings, and optimize its inventory position with Retalix’s Demand-Driven Replenishment solution. “We conducted a detailed search of industry vendors who could

Beefing Up Hiring Practices

Tyson Foods Inc. has become a full member of the IMAGE program with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). IMAGE is short for ‘ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers.’ The program enables businesses, if they meet rigorous standards, to voluntarily partner with the federal government to ensure they are employing people who are legally

Glass Door Merchandisers

Master-Bilt unveiled its new line of endless glass door merchandisers at the NAFEM Show. The versatile line offers refrigerated and frozen food retailers endless options in glass door merchandiser requirements. Available in two, three, four and five door models, retailers can choose the merchandiser configurations that meet their needs. The individual units come pre-wired with

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