Famima to Diversify U.S. Portfolio

Famima USA, a subsidiary of Japan’s second-biggest convenience store operator, FamilyMart Co., is shifting its U.S. retail strategy to open more outlets in middle-class U.S. neighborhoods to make the unit profitable by February 2012, said President Junji Ueda. Since opening its first U.S. store in West Hollywood, California, in 2005, FamilyMart has tried to set

Strong Quarter for The Pantry

The Pantry Inc., operator of 1,644 stores in 11 states under brands such as The Pantry and Kangaroo Express, reported sharp gain in first quarter revenues. For the quarter, revenues jumped to approximately $2 billion, a 43.2% increase from the first quarter of fiscal 2007. Net income was $3.2 million compared to just $125,000 a

7-Eleven Embraces Nutritional Snacks

At a time of year when people are focused on health and fitness, 7-Eleven Inc. is adding three more sensible snacks for the “on-the-go” crowd–Weight Watchers snack cakes and muffins, LARABAR all-natural raw food bars and, in March, its own proprietary MEGA protein bars. Approximately half of all Americans entered 2008 resolved to do something:

Raising the Bar on Automotive Accessories

Bar’s Leaks introduces Head Gasket Fix, the first chemical solution to permanently repair head gasket and other major cooling system leaks simply by adding it directly to the radiator where it mixes with existing antifreeze/coolant. No flushing is required. Head Gasket Fix is effective in all gasoline and diesel engines. Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket Fix

To Market, To Market…

Every year, thousands of new products are introduced into an already crowded marketplace. In fact, a record-breaking 182,000 consumer packaged goods made their debut in 2007, up 17% jump over the previous year, according to Mintel International, a marketing research group. Some were hits, some were misses and some found their way onto convenience store

Energy Rush

The Jolt Endurance Shot enters the fast growing "extended energy" category behind a brand that literally means energy! Jolt enjoys 90% (aided) brand awareness. The Jolt Endurance Shot contains a heaping dose of amino acids, electrolytes, vitamins, enzymes plus just the right amount caffeine. True to the Jolt name, the Jolt Endurance Shot contain more

Convenience Store Retailers Stepping Up Tobacco Lobbying Efforts

States are effectively cutting their own throats by continually hiking excise taxes on tobacco products–chasing away revenue, encouraging criminal behavior and unfairly penalizing smokers and retailers–and it’s up to the c-store industry to help them understand that. In fact many operators and state associations already are fighting the good fight by lobbying legislators, educating consumers,

Elegance and Strength

Rose Displays Ltd. introduces its new line of aluminum AnoPro Holders, a hanging option especially well suited for large graphics. The new holders feature a bold, rounded profile, 1.5 inches in width, making them an ideal option for displaying the largest graphics while retaining an elegant appearance. They are available in sizes ranging from five

Leadership Tactics to Make 2008 a Pivotal Business

s you look back over 2007, you’re feeling a vague sense of discontent. Business is sluggish. Several key employees have left. And with new competitors springing up every day, you need to be at the top of your industry. Things are not terrible, but they could be a lot better. You need to turn things

Fluorescent Lighting Fixtures

Retailers needing to replace broken, missing or yellowed plastic light fixture lenses, should check with Fluorolite Plastics Inc., to view its new line of custom manufactured plastic replacement wraparound diffuser lenses to fit virtually all fluorescent lighting fixtures, both new and discontinued. Fluorolite Wraps are custom thermoformed from plastic sheet into a one-piece lens that

Big Incentives For Susser Holdings

Susser Holdings Corp., the parent company of more than 500 Stripes convenience stores in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, has received $640,000 in tax incentives from the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp. and the city’s Business and Job Development Corp. With the Texas-based company’s recent acquisition of Town & Country Food Stores, Susser plans

The Power Pretzel

To help make consumers New Year’s resolutions easier to keep, Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels introduces its Empowered Pretzel, the first of the company’s "Empowered Energy Pretzel" line that offers a healthful twist on the traditional pretzel. The six-ounce heart-healthy Empowered Pretzel is ‘empowered’ with two grams of ALA Omega-3 fatty acids. It is dairy

Building a Solid Foundation

The most extraordinary structure is only as strong as it’s weakest link. The same principle applies in business. The higher up the leadership chain that weakness exists the more likely the organization is to crumble. That’s why the companies that are succeeding in the market these days are controlled by innovators that aren’t afraid to

Couche-Tard Realigns Retail Operations

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Chain of the Year, announced a dramatic realignment of it retail business that creates two new business units in the U.S. These units will be identified as the Southwest Division to be based in Dallas and will be comprised of the states of Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and New

Wrapped and Ready

Lettieri’s has launched its newest grab-n-go lunch specialty item, Meatball Wrapz. The sandwich combines the demand for a high quality specialty sub with the need for portability to accommodate the consumer’s busy lifestyle. Greg Dornbach, senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the new Meatball Wrapz was designed to deliver a slightly spicy meatball

Tesco Selects Four New Locations

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the U.S. unit of Britain’s biggest grocery retailer, plans to open four stores in the Sacramento area, according to liquor license applications with the state. The Sacramento locations named in the filings include 3311 Northgate Blvd. and 3615 Bradshaw Road. Two Folsom sites, 25000 Blue Ravine Road and 9522 Greenback

Sugar Free Indulgence

Clemmy’s Ice Cream has introduced the first all natural, sugar free, super premium ice cream. Americans concerned about the health risks of sugar, preservatives and artificial sweeteners can now enjoy five great tasting, rich and creamy flavors: vanilla bean, chocolate, coffee, toasted almond and chocolate mint swirl. "Before Clemmy’s, ice cream lovers seeking a sugar

The Building Blocks of Foodservice

Experts have long espoused the theory that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s a supposition that foodservice purveyors across the retail spectrum are clinging to as they revamp their foodservice programs focused on upscale coffee programs and product portability. NACS’ 2007 State of the industry numbers show the food category is

The Simple Secrets of Getting Ahead in the C-Store Business

First, it is an established fact that getting ahead in the convenience store industry is much, much easier than in most any other industry. While we absolutely believe in the value of a good education–indeed many company’s help fund continuing education for their employees–our industry does not require a college degree. Many managers and general

What VoIP Can Do For You

Even if managing phone calls isn’t a top priority, c-store owners should consider the advantages that a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) system can provide. In addition to providing freedom from escalating phone company bills forever, VoIP can make tasks easier and provide services that may be harder to get or more expensive using a

Just Desserts

Despite unchanging consumer demand and fickle consumer tastes, the market for frozen desserts is expected to grow by more than $4 billion by 2012, according to The U.S. Market for Ice Cream and Related Frozen Desserts, a new report from market research publisher Packaged Facts. Dollar sales continue to grow annually, but not because Americans

A Taste of New Orleans

French Market Coffee, New Orleans’ first coffee purveyor, expands beyond its New Orleans home with the launch of two additional retail coffee products: Restaurant Blend Dark Roast and Decaf Coffee & Chicory, which join the original Coffee & Chicory in its signature red can. French Market Coffee’s new retail line features the Restaurant Blend Dark

Technologies to Watch: Google and VoIP

Two of the most impressive technologies on display at last November’s NACS Show promise to enhance the convenience value proposition for customers and storeowners alike. The first of these comes to the marketplace courtesy of a strategic partnership between Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Google. It will allow customers fueling their vehicles at stations using Gilbarco’s Encore

QuickTrip Garners National Honors

Paid sabbaticals for long-timers and bonuses for part-timers helped make QuikTrip Corp. one of the nation’s top employers again this year. The convenience store chain ranked 28th in its sixth straight appearance on Fortune magazine’s "100 Best Companies To Work for" list. "We are honored to receive this award," said Chet Cadieux, president and CEO

New York State of Mind

AriZona Beverages, a category leader in ready-to-drink teas, has added All City NRG to it’s line of green tea based energy drinks. All City NRG is a non-carbonated, completely balanced blend of vitamins, minerals and herbs and contains no preservatives, no artificial colors and no artificial flavors. By combining the goodness of Green Tea with

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