Retail Gasoline Slides

By Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN A lockdown in credit has triggered a massive sell-off in energy commodities as speculators unwound positions to raise cash amid the financial crisis, while economists increasingly expect a recession or worse that would lower demand for gasoline. Typically, retail gasoline prices would trend lower in October as

Retail Gasoline Slides

By Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN A lockdown in credit has triggered a massive sell-off in energy commodities as speculators unwound positions to raise cash amid the financial crisis, while economists increasingly expect a recession or worse that would lower demand for gasoline. Typically, retail gasoline prices would trend lower in October as

SPIKE Beverage To Distribute Skinny Water

Skinny Water marketer and distributor Skinny Nutritional Corp. said it has signed a beverage distribution agreement with SPIKE Beverage LLC of Tucson, Az., that will ensure the drink’s distribution throughout Arizona. “We are pleased to add Skinny Water to our great portfolio and look forward to the growth opportunities behind this brand,” said Kimberly Clements,

And The Oscar For Best C-store Goes To … Rutter’s

Rutter’s Farm Stores of Manchester Township, Pa., won second place for Global Convenience Format of the Year in an international competition that some have dubbed the “Oscars of the grocery industry.” Competing in the 2008 Retail Industry Awards held Sept. 25 in London, Rutter’s was one of four finalists in the category for “Global Convenience

Sheetz Chooses RedPrairie For Centralized Management

Sheetz is planning to use RedPrairie’s Execution Management solution to direct the preparation and implementation of complex tasks between its headquarters and store management, RedPrairie said. The Execution Management solution automates task planning, event scheduling and interpersonal communication, ultimately helping Sheetz execute new product releases, promotions and other programs with efficiency and consistency. Sheetz becomes

Chevron Donates $500K To Help Battle California Fires

Chevron Corporation said it has donated $500,000 to California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CAL FIRE, to help pay down the state’s cost of battling more than 2,000 forest fires that tore through the state this past summer. The fires engulfed nearly 1.2 million acres across the state this year, several times the annual

Fresh & Easy Opens 3 Vegas Stores

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market opened another three stores in Las Vegas this week, bringing its total in that market to 22. The stores are located at Eastern and Fremont, Las Vegas and Pecos and Las Vegas and Lake Mead. The retailer said dozens of residents lined up outside the stores and joined local officials

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches ‘America’s Latte Break’

Dunkin’ Donuts says it’s offering a new way for Americans to treat themselves to a latte without blowing the lid off their budget – "America’s Latte Break," a nationwide program where customers can buy a small hot or iced Dunkin’ Donuts Latte any weekday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. for just 99 cents. “Americans

Gilbarco, Tridium Partner On Intelligent Device Management

Gilbarco and Tridium said they’ve joined forces to develop the Gilbarco Intelligent Device Management (IDM) solution, which will include fuel and dispenser management as part of an overall remote site/device management program. The system will encompass energy management, remote fueling and current c-store equipment monitoring and diagnostics including heating/air conditioning, lighting, power consumption, coolers and

Nielsen: Plenty Of Private-Label Opportunities

Private label products are growing faster in the convenience channel compared to other channels, and the segment represents a tremendous growth opportunity for convenience stores, according to The Nielsen Company. Nielsen is unveiling its analysis and at the NACS Show in Chicago Oct. 4 to Oct. 7. Nielsen’s research shows that sales of private-label products

7-Eleven Baking For Breast Cancer Awareness

7-Eleven Inc. is baking fresh ribbon-shaped donuts every day this October to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The donut twists are topped with pale-pink icing, sprinkles and tiny pink candy ribbons. Offered at a suggested retail price of $1.19, the fresh-baked donuts are delivered every morning to participating

ExxonMobil Donates $1.6M For Students

The ExxonMobil Foundation donated $1.6 million to launch a pilot program in four New Orleans public high schools to help students prepare for college. >The donation to Tulane University will establish a training and incentive program to increase participation in the Advanced Placement Program at four public high schools in Orleans Parish over the next

Altria And UST Wait For ’09

Altria Group Inc. and UST Inc. said they’ve amended their September 2008 agreement where Altria has agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of UST. The amendment sets forth Altria’s and UST’s agreement to extend, at Altria’s option, the closing date of the transaction to a date no later than early January 2009, as long as

Provision Signage To Hit 800 Stores

Provision Interactive Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Provision Holding Inc., said it has signed an agreement with the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association to install its patented 3D holographic displays in up to 800 member stores throughout New York State. Provision’s displays will be inside the independent convenience stores of major franchise gasoline retailers including

Fuel Decline Slow

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Most gasoline prices at retail outlets across the country will continue to move lower as we begin October this week, which is consistent with the traditional price decline at the pump for the time of year as demand retreats after the summer driving season. Earlier in

Wawa Raises $700K For Cancer Nonprofit

Wawa convenience store chain was recognized during a Sept. 26 ceremony at The Palm Restaurant in Atlantic City, N.J., for raising more than $700,000 to benefit a nonprofit organization for cancer patients and their families. The ceremony was a fundraiser of sorts for Gilda’s Club South Jersey, a nonprofit organization that offers free emotional and

Products With Purpose Can Pay

A new consumer behavior study by researchers at Duke University shows that retailers can potentially increase sales by offering products affiliated with cause-related marketing campaigns such as health or environmental issues. The results, released this week in the 2008 Cone/Duke University Behavioral Cause Study, said cause-related marketing can significantly drive actual consumer choice and entice

Sheetz Carrier Wins Top Trucking Award

CLI Transport, the dedicated carrier for Sheetz c-stores’ fuel and grocery, has been awarded The American Trucking Association’s 2008 ATA President’s Trophy. The American Trucking Association (ATA) is the premier trucking organization in the U.S., and its award is recognized as one of the highest safety awards available to motor carriers in the country. The

Chicken Delight

Village Pantry celebrated the grand opening of its newest Chester’s Chicken in the Indianapolis area yesterday. This is Chester’s third restaurant to open with Village Pantry in the market. “Chester’s is a great opportunity for Village Pantry to help grow its strong food service programs with the highest quality Fried Chicken and side dishes to

Diamonds in Your Own Backyard

While searching for the magic bullet to grow your business, don’t forget about the extensive pool of customers the competition is attracting. I had the genuine great fortune of being hired, trained, nurtured and guided for several years by legendary NACS Hall of Fame member and wonderful friend, Robert E. “Bob” Seng. Many remember Bob

Ultimate Flavor

The easiest way for operators to flavor up their menu is with new Johnsonville Fully-Cooked Ultimate Sausage Slices. These fully-cooked, pure pork slices are available in two seasoned varieties: Italian and Hot ‘N’ Spicy. In any menu part or any day part, you’ll be able to eliminate menu fatigue from chicken or beef while easily

Creating Loyal Customers

Faced with rapidly escalating costs, cutthroat commodity pricing and broader competition, the time is right for convenience stores to adopt more aggressive loyalty marketing programs that will attract new customers and reward existing ones. For nearly 80 years, loyalty and frequent shopper plans have proven to be highly effective promotional and brand-building tools for businesses

Obey Your Master

Today’s rising energy costs and new regulations are affecting businesses worldwide, especially in the foodservice industry, where refrigeration constitutes one-fifth of energy costs. Master-Bilt’s foamed-in-place polyurethane panels have foam that bonds directly to the metal overlay, creating a higher R-value than those that are not. The foam is mixed from two parts, polyurethane resin and

World-Class Service and Support

Piccadilly Circus Pizza has been there from the beginning, bringing new and innovative food programs to the convenience store industry since 1977. Piccadilly has grown steadily from a few standalone restaurants to nearly 1,400 locations in convenience stores across the country. Our philosophy has always been to "Keep it Simple," while providing the highest quality

Italian Sausage Patties

DiCapo Foods, a frozen food manufacturer announces the introduction of its fully cooked Italian sausage patty. Seeing the dinner sausage market filled with many varieties DiCapo seized the opportunity to be the first to enter into the breakfast market with an Italian patty sure to satisfy that spicy and ethnic appetite. Paired with egg and