Energy Star Partner

Hoshizaki America, known for its ice machines and energy-efficient commercial kitchen equipment, has been an active Energy Star manufacturing partner for the commercial ice machines program since 2007, and since 2009 for the commercial refrigerators and freezers and commercial dishwashers programs. Hoshizaki America is also the recipient of the 2010 Gold Dealer Design Award for

Casey’s Sees Double Digit Sales Growth

“Despite the challenges impacting our industry, we are optimistic about our ability to continue to drive shareholder value next fiscal year,” says Casey’s CEO. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported earnings for the fourth quarter and the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011. For the quarter, basic earnings per share were $0.60 compared to $0.43

Kroger Appoints Chief Diversity Officer

“When our decision-making is inclusive and reflects the diversity of our customers, we make better decisions,” says Kroger CEO. The Kroger Co. announced today that Reuben Shaffer has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer, effective immediately. Shaffer now reports to Kroger’s Chairman and CEO David Dillon. Shaffer, 60, has been serving as the vice president of

The Pantry To Sell 114 Stores

“These are sites that don’t fit our current strategy, but they can be excellent locations for the right buyers,” says The Pantry’s vice president of real estate. The Pantry Inc. is strategically divesting 114 locations in nine states throughout the Southeast. Stores are located in a variety of markets in Alabama (3), Florida (28), Georgia

Sheetz Kicks Off Family Charities Fundraiser

“Including the proceeds from our golf event, we anticipate that we will raise more than $400,000 for charity in 2011,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz welcomed guests to its annual fundraising effort for the Sheetz Family Charities, yesterday, June 13, benefitting the company’s Christmas program for needy children who are identified with the help of the

The Business of Branding

With companies across all retail channels vying for convenience customers, the pressure is on c-store operators to protect their market share. By Greg Ehrlich, Contributing Editor. As the convenience store industry continues to evolve, one area that is demanding greater attention is brand image. Once a concern primarily for larger chains, brand image is a

Two-Pack Filtered Cigar Pouches

Tantus Tobacco has added two-pack filtered cigar pouches to its Red Buck and Richwood product lines. The new packaging is currently in production at Tantus’ facility in Russell Springs, Ky. The Red Buck foil fresh pouches are available in five flavors: Regular, Special Blend, Mild, Menthol and Cherry. The Richwood foil fresh pouches are available

Jim Beam Sauces

Jim Beam Genuine Sauces are sure to entice customers looking to add flavor to grilled meals. These sauces come in a branded pack that includes all three original Jim Beam sauces in glass bottles: 18-ounce Original Barbecue Sauce, 13-ounce Original Marinade and 11-ounce Original Steak Sauce. Meanwhile, the Jim Beam Grill Tower is a sauce

New Lighter Series

BIC Consumer Products USA is launching BIC Pro Series Mexican Soccer lighter designs, which feature two of the most popular Mexican professional soccer teams, Chivas and Club America.  There are eight lighters in this new series that are targeted to Mexican-American males 25 years of age and older, and feature striking designs with a modern

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed While Retail Prices Slip

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs move mixed in our most recent weekly report, reflecting increasing available supply in some regional markets, namely Chicago, and worries over global oil supply tightness expected later this year. The latter was amplified after members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

Couche-Tard Buys 322 Sites

Purchase allows Circle K stores to expand in the Southern California market. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is increasing its footprint in Southern California by acquiring up to 322 convenience-store sites plus an additional 65-reseller contracts from ExxonMobil Corp., the Wall Street Journal reported. While the purchase price was not disclosed, Couche-Tard said it plans to pay

Dual MixMaker Cups Hit 7-Eleven Stores

The 2011 Summer of Slurpee includes concerts, and flavor-mixing fun. The 2011 Summer of Slurpee is shaping up to be a mash-up of cool cups, concoctions and concerts. Now, the MixMaker dual-chambered cup and valve straw lets Slurpee-drinkers enjoy their favorite frozen beverage like they never have before. The refillable cup and straw combo, available

7-Eleven To Operate Six Apple Market Stores

“Adding these appealing locations in Virginia complements our store-development strategy of acquiring retail sites where we currently operate stores,” says 7-Eleven’s vice president of development. This June, 7-Eleven Inc. signed an agreement to operate six convenience-store locations in Virginia from Workman Oil Co. of Lynchburg, Va. The stores, located in Roanoke and Salem, are being

FDA Sends Warning Letter To Adult-Only Tobacco Stores

As FDA cracks down on adult-only tobacco stores, NATO seeks clarification from FDA on whether a “bouncer” is needed at the door to check IDs. Some adult-only tobacco stores have been receiving warning letters regarding a failure to ensure that no minors enter the store, and for failure to have a staff member checking IDs

Thorntons Offers Fuel Discount

Customers who stopped by a Thorntons convenience store on Friday, June 10, saved 10 cents per gallon by using a debit card to buy gas. Thorntons offered a fuel promotion to debit card carrying guests on Friday, June 10, just days after the Senate voted to upload a law that would provide interchange relief on

Empowering Loyalty Customers

Retailers are energizing their rewards programs and using social media to keep loyalty customers active. The modern loyalty program may be 28 years old, but in a saturated market, chains are turning up the creativity to gain customer attention by pushing game-based promotions, cause marketing, discounts on fuel and using social networking to drive interest.

Serving Today’s Smokers

Led by the Gallagher family, Smoker Friendly continues the fight to sell tobacco legally and responsibly. By John Lofstock, Editor. While the federal government seems intent on eliminating tobacco products altogether, tobacco remains a legal product in the U.S. enjoyed by legal-aged adults exercising their right to smoke, dip or chew. The right to enjoy

New Brewing Technology

Wilbur Curtis Co. has developed new IntelliFresh Technology , which maintains coffee’s ideal freshness and temperature throughout the dispensing cycle by enveloping the satellite with pulses of gentle heat. IntelliFresh settings are locked in just by touching the brew button, and are kept until the next brewing cycle—even if the vessel is moved to a

A Splash of Lemon

Monin Gourmet Flavorings, a global provider of premium syrups and flavoring products, is offering a variety of flavorings to increase beverage sales during the summer months. While familiar flavors like Strawberry Lemonade remain extremely popular, consumers are also requesting more adventurous choices, such as superfruit flavorings. With an average cost of only 15 cents per

Customers Gravitate Toward Private Label

A sluggish economy means customers continue to pinch pennies by turning to private label options and shopping less frequently. A new report by Acosta Sales & Marketing, a sales, marketing and merchandising company, found grocery shoppers are spending less, making fewer store trips, searching out deals and discounts, and buying more private label products, Advertising

Food Lion Adds BLOCKBUSTER Express Movie Kiosks

At more than 800 Food Lion Stores customers can get a $1 a night movie rental free for the first night at the BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosk at Food Lion Stores. NCR Corp. has announced the addition of more than 800 new BLOCKBUSTER Express locations at Food Lion grocery stores to help make every night a movie night

Ampm Launches Too Much Good Stuff Promotion

Customers must register on ampm’s Facebook page and spin a virtual slot machine for a chance to win. C-store chain ampm is driving fans to its Facebook page for a chance to win prizes, including a trip for two to Las Vegas, in its Too Much Good Stuff Giveaway, Instant Win Game and Sweepstakes, sponsored

VPS Raises Over $85,000 for Boy Scouts

“We are very proud as a company that we have such a long-standing commitment to our local scouts,” says VPS Convenience Store Group CEO. VPS Convenience Store Group, operator of the Scotchman Convenience Stores, held its 28th Annual Summer Swing Golf Tournament and Auction to benefit the Boy Scouts of America, Cape Fear Council this

French’s Launches Signature Creations

C-store retailers looking to incorporate extendibility and increased value into their menus, look no further than French’s Foodservice. From French’s Mustard to Cattlemen’s Master’s Reserve Barbecue Sauces to Frank’s Redhot Sauces, these products use only the finest ingredients to make savory sauces and flavorful dishes that save you time and money while growing your profits.

Keeping Your Cool in Turbulent Times

In order to change the outcome of a situation that plagues your operation, the quickest way to empower yourself is to take action as soon as possible. By Jim Callahan. Since the recession of 2009 hit, it has taken the skills of a tightrope walker to navigate the treacherous economic pitfalls to stay profitable. For

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