Kum & Go Adds Fourth Store in Oklahoma

Des Moines, Iowa c-store operator Kum & Go opened a 3,400-square-foot store in Owasso, Okla. this week, the company said. The store has four E85 dispensers for flex-fuel vehicles, making it the 29th Kum & Go location to offer alternative fuel services. The company has more than 430 stores in 12 states. “We’re ecstatic to

Big Brewers Boost Branding, Business

Miller Brewing Co. is rolling out a new packaging design for its best-selling brand, Miller Lite. The Miller Lite alteration will be a first for Miller since 2003. The new look will be seen on all Miller Lite bottles, cans, packaging, point-of-sale materials, store signage and Miller delivery trucks. "We believe this new iconic visual

Trail-Glazer: Dunkin’ Donuts Storms New Ground

Dunkin’ Donuts is rolling out plans to open dozens of stores in new and existing markets nationwide, including Milwaukee, Phoenix, Baltimore, St. Louis and Washington. Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Brands Inc. recently signed a new franchisee, InterOcean Coffee Co. LLC, that will head up the openings of 122 Dunkin’ Donuts in the Milwaukee and Phoenix markets.

Wawa Offers Gas Discounts to Cash Customers

Pennsylvania-based Wawa is trying a gas-discount program at nine stores, offering customers a discount if they pay for gas with cash rather than credit or debit cards. The discounts are a way to skirt the interchange fees charged by credit card companies, though Wawa said the savings from the new program are ultimately being passed

McDonald’s Honors S&D Coffee

S&D Coffee Inc. was named McDonald’s 2007 Supplier of the Year. Concord, N.C.-based S&D sells premium roast coffees and iced tea to McDonald’s Corp. and 70,000 customers nationwide, some of which are convenience stores. McDonald’s has 13,700 restaurants in the U.S. and 30,000 worldwide, and presents its supplier of the year award annually to a

Steppin’ into Spring and Springing into Summerby Jim Callahan, Convenience Solutions

I recently read a great quote attributed to a one time door-to-door sales person and lately more recognizable as founder of the billion-dollar company that bears her name, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Mary Kay Ash said, “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as

Understanding C-Store Shoppers

VideoMining has launched a new syndicated program called C-Store Shopper Insights (CSI-1) in cooperation with multiple C-store chains, including 7-Eleven and Shell Oil and Road Ranger. The goal of the landmark nationwide study is to develop a detailed understanding of the shopping process of all key consumer segments that visit C-stores. This understanding will help

Lettieri’s Adds Divisional Controller

Lettieri’s, an operating division of Hot Stuff Foods, said Dan Buvarp has joined its team as Divisional Controller. In this capacity, Buvarp will take the lead at Lettieri’s to streamline the accounting system’s financial reporting process as well as support the sales, operations and manufacturing teams. Buvarp is a CPA, who prior to accepting the

Wawa Dons the Dinner Apron

When The NPD Group released findings last month on a study of consumer trends in the struggling restaurant industry, particularly the industry’s dwindling lunch and dinner traffic, NPD Vice President Harry Balzer boiled the results down to raw basics. "Make no mistake," Balzer said, "Americans don’t want to cook. We’re just trying to figure out

Bountiful Salad Dressings

Dreaming up the perfect salad starts with the right dressing. New Wish-Bone Bountifuls salad dressings were created to inspire and delight endless salad creations. These rich tasting, healthful vinaigrette dressings are offered in four flavors, Hearty Italian, Tuscan Romano Basil, Simply Santa Fe and Berry Delight, each brimming with the goodness of the garden and

Powder Power

ZizZazZ Explosive Energy Powder, available in .25-ounce sticks, is a unique energy product that can be consumed straight from the package or easily mixed with a cold beverage to make a great tasting energy drink. Energy drinks made from powder are not carbonated, which makes them easier to drink and better for the body. Plus,

Wrap it Up

Carroll Manufacturing & Sales can customize its high performance line of Flavorseal roll stock films to meet a full range of food processing needs. Providing solutions for both horizontal and vertical form fill and seal operations, Flavorseal roll stock offers superior sealability for faster production and higher profits. Flavorseal roll stock fills more packages per

New York Flair

The New York Style brand is adding some fun new flavor to the deli section with the introduction of two innovative new products: Focaccia Sticks and Pretzel Flatz. New York Style Focaccia Sticks are currently the only snack of its kind on the market. They were developed to keep up with the popular taste trend

Retailers Salute Their Leading Suppliers

Despite the much-ballyhooed growth of chains like Walgreens, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and Wal-Mart, it is convenience stores that remain an important daily stop for the nation’s busy consumers. As a result, convenience stores represent a powerful sales opportunity for product and service supplier companies, CSD set out to find the industry’s top performers as identified

Cold Case

The new BOX Series of refrigerated air screen cases from Structural Concepts features a simple, square box design. Because many foodservice sites are designed to include refrigerated grab-and-go display cases recessed into alcoves and similar locations, the narrower profile and unique compressor ventilation channel allow an easier fit into such areas and a better match

Customizable Roller Grill Solutions

APW Wyott, a leading manufacturer of roller grill systems, has introduced a new customizable line of roller grill solutions. Suited to almost any merchandising requirement, these attractive roller grills feature easy-to-use electrical controls, convenient holding drawers and a number of other features that allow retailers to create the ideal solution for their specific roller grill

Skoal Wintergreen Debuts

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USSTC) rolled out its revolutionary new wintergreen moist smokeless tobacco (MST) product designed for adult consumers who favor a bolder taste profile. New Skoal Edge Long Cut Wintergreen features an intense new wintergreen flavor and breakthrough package graphics. Moist smokeless continues to be one of the fastest growing consumer packaged goods

Servicing the Customer

You pick up on a few things after 15 years in a business, but nothing more important than this: Always listen to the customer. “We’re getting more and more inquiries every day about customers that want alternative fuels in their stores,” said Brian Beggs, owner of Walt’s Petroleum Service in Schofield, Wis., the company he

Couche-Tard Acquires Illinois Stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reached a deal through its Mac’s Convenience Stores subsidiary to acquire 15 units in central Illinois from Speedway SuperAmerica. The deal is expected close by the end of April. Couche-Tard, which has been rumored to be nearing a much larger deal that

Baskin-Robbins Candy

BestSweet Inc., which markets the Baskin-Robbins Candy brand, announced the introduction of Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy, the first soft candy of its kind to offer the flavor and texture of Baskin-Robbins ice cream. It’s available in sugar and sugar-free varieties, in two flavors: Mint Chocolate Chip and Very Berry Strawberry. The retail price for the 2.75-ounce

Grand Prix Snus

Liggett Group is jumping into the snus market with the introduction of Grand Prix snus, a premium quality pouched tobacco product designed for adult smokers who are interested in smokeless tobacco alternatives to cigarettes. Grand Prix snus will be available in a variety of test markets beginning in May 2008. The product is the latest

RFID: Not Ready For Prime Time

A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is like a barcode on steroids. A barcode printed on a cracker box may indicate that the box contains crackers and possibly identify the manufacturer, while an RFID tag carries a serial number that distinguishes that particular box of crackers from all others in the world. Although some companies

Tropicana Valencia Premium Juices

At last, there is a 100% pure juice with such luscious flavor, bold color and delicious taste that it is an orange juice like no other. Tropicana Products Inc. has unveiled Tropicana Pure Valencia 100% juice, a national first from the juice leader. The juice will appear in stores nationwide beginning in April. Tropicana Pure

Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Add a new flavor twist to your menu with a comfort side dish sure to satisfy. Made with real white cheddar cheese, Lamb’s Supreme White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes are the latest addition to its "made from scratch" Supreme Russet Mashed Potatoes line. White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes have zero grams trans fat per serving and all

Carry a Big “Stix”

Hot Stuff Foods announced the rollout of its new enhanced seasoned and cheesy Breadstix line. The new Breadstix recipe gives the product a fuller, improved look with a soft, chewy texture and a mouthwatering, restaurant-quality flavor. In addition to the new recipe, one of the key components to the product’s superior quality is the retailer-friendly

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