Clean Slate

Unelko Corp., a surface cleaning products manufacturer, is taking its patented 1-Step Clean & Shield on the road in a convenient wipe, providing the first ever on-the-go surface protection from bacterial recontamination. Most cleaners provide a one-time "kill" or a one-time "clean" solution, without any ongoing protection against recontamination. Clean & Shield’s unique patented formula,

The Jackpot in Goldsby

Try as they might, the triumvirate at Nine West Marketplace in Goldsby, Okla., just couldn’t get the beer drinkers in their small Oklahoma town to help themselves to the brews in the beer cave. "We tried everything under the sun to get them to go in there," said Carri Moore-Colwell, one of three owners at

Energy Shot with a Twist

Retailers looking to capitalize on swimsuit season through sales of diet products have a new stock option: a comprehensive energy shot with appeal to dieters, fitness enthusiasts and energy drink consumers alike. TRIM-U, a new innovation that bridges the gap between diet aids and energy supplements in one complete product, is one of the newest

Shell Games

Maybe there’s still a bit of debate on the medical merits of catharsis, but Bobak Bakhtiari could be the man to put the issue to rest. "Does it further ignite aggression?" asked Bakhtiari, a former counselor at a California psychiatric facility who now runs Tanforan Shell, his family’s convenience store and carwash in San Bruno,

Tyson Offers Menu Innovation

Foodservice operators are trying to keep food costs down and customer counts up in an economy where price increases outpace wage increases and where consumers are spending less because the basics are costing more. Tyson Food Service is committed to helping operators during these tough times with its Ideas @ the Heart of Values series,

Reshaping the Convenience Landscape

For some marketers and distributors, Exxon Mobil Corp.’s decision to get out of direct-store operations could present the chance of a lifetime; an opportunity to acquire the rights to stores for an entire market, maybe more. For others, the announcement caused immediate fear and panic concerning the long-term viability of their operations and, in some

Reduce Residential Crime

Extreme CCTV announces that its REG-X Close-Range License Plate Capture has helped reduce crime in Southern California residential communities. Installed at access points, such as fuel pumps and gas station canopies, REG-X captures plates of vehicles entering and exiting properties at speeds of up to 30mph, from a 15-to-25-foot range. Built-in infrared illumination enables plate

Alaskan Energy Crisis Solved

Faced with almost six weeks of daylight when the summer solstice hit their town on June 20, residents in Barrow, Alaska, were finally provided an answer to their age-old question: How do you make it through a 1,992-hour day? In honor of the summer solstice, the makers of Jolt Energy drink airlifted 370 cases of

Cooking up Surefire Profits

As rising food and gas prices and killer credit card interchange fees are making for one hellacious economic hurricane, a c-store’s foodservice program could prove to be the fallout shelter. That was the consensus from c-store retailers and researchers participating in the first installment of CSD’s Foodservice Webcast Series, sponsored by Sam’s Club, on June

Bye Bye Birdie

Bird-B-Gone Inc. introduces Bird Spike 2001, a low-cost solution in bird control with lasting results. Bird Spike 2001 prevents birds from landing or roosting on rooflines, parapet walls, I-beams, window ledges and more. The no-gap design offers the best option to deter large birds at the lowest price available! Bird Spike 2001 comes in 3-,

Prepaid Reaping Financial Rewards

While gift card malls have been getting a lot of attention, prepaid debit, credit, gift and especially gas cards offered by Visa, MasterCard and American Express are quietly booming in popularity. Prepaid’s profit potential is fueled by shifts in the marketplace, wider social acceptance and the nation’s growing population of "unbanked" lower-income consumers. And while

Cape Cod Summer Chips

As Americans gear up for summer, Cape Cod Potato Chips announces three new gourmet potato chip flavors designed to spice up any picnic or barbeque. Cape Cod’s new flavor-packed lineup for summer includes an irresistible barbeque chip, Sweet Mesquite Barbeque, along with two mouthwatering flavor combinations, Buttermilk Ranch and Honey Dijon. Snacking has grown to

Kum & Go Reopens Colorado Store in Larger Format

Kum & Go LC has revamped and reopened its Yampa Avenue store in Craig, Colo., offering customers 3,400 square feet of expanded offerings and boosting the site’s energy efficiency with new design elements. “We are thrilled to offer the residents of Craig a brand-new Kum & Go store with easier access and a broader offering

Wawa Chooses Radiant For POS

Radiant Systems Inc. said it has become the exclusive provider of POS systems and related technology for more than 570 Wawa stores in Pennsylvania. Radiant has provided self-service technology for Wawa’s industry-leading foodservices for more than seven years, often deploying as many as five customer-activated terminals per site to enable consumers to quickly and accurately

The Consumer: Gone in 30 Seconds …

Gas Station TV, an industry leader in digital out-of-home television, said a Nielsen Media Research study proves consumers are better at recalling shorter-form advertisements – usually those about 10- and 15-seconds long –featured on Gas Station TV Network, as opposed to 30-second ad spots. GSTV said the study’s results confirm that shorter spots on the

Want To Go Gangbusters? Go Asia

Market research firm RNCOS has released a report showing the Asian c-store market is the No. 1 region for convenience store development worldwide. The report, titled "Opportunities in Asian C-store Market," says the rapid economic development in that area, along with the booming retail industry, has been propelling growth for the c-store industry across various

Dawn Food Products Bracing For Price Increases

Dawn Food Products Inc., one of the world’s largest independently owned bakery manufacturers and distributors, said it will increase prices for orders placed on and after July 1, 2008. “We are seeing unprecedented rises in commodity and ingredient markets along with dramatic increases in general transportation costs, especially diesel fuel,” said David Kowal, president of

West Coast Shell Adds Hydrogen Refueling

Shell Hydrogen LLC has opened a hydrogen refueling station on a conventional Shell gasoline forecourt in West Los Angeles, the company said. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard and Federal Avenue near Interstate 405, the company said the station gives consumers a taste of the future, with refueling services for hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles becoming just

UST Head: OTP Is Critical Growth Category

UST Inc. Chairman and CEO Murray Kessler is pinpointing the company’s continued success in the moist smokeless tobacco category and said he believes the growth will continue over the long-term. Kessler discussed the OTP issues at the JPMorgan Global Tobacco Conference in London on June 27, which were presented in a Web cast at the

Visa Tries To Lessen Pump Pains

Visa Inc. said it is implementing processing and rate changes that will result in benefits for American consumers and fuel merchants frustrated by rising prices at the pump. The company said its new processing method for fuel transactions will allow consumers to buy gas more easily and allow motorists and station owners to better avoid

Anheuser Rejects InBev Bid

Anheuser-Busch said its board of directors has unanimously determined that the unsolicited proposal by InBev to acquire all outstanding shares of Anheuser-Busch for $65 per share is financially inadequate and not in the best interests of Anheuser-Busch shareholders. Additionally, in a huge shift in its product lineup, Anheuser will stop selling all caffeinated alcoholic beverages,

Research Group: Americans Spent Tax Stimulus On Gas

According to new analysis from the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, the average household spent over $1500 filling their tanks ever since President Bush signed the tax rebates into law on Feb. 13 this year. The group and transit advocates in Maryland called on Congress to approve additional funding for public transportation as an alternative

Love’s Appoints 5 To New Positions

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores named David Carter as district manager and Jerry Hamm as corporate marketing manager of loyalty and media production. In its corporate office in Oklahoma City, Okla., Love’s appointed Eric Roth corporate manager of creative services, while Stewart Terbush was hired as the new accounts receivable manager and Rick Wolfenbarger

Pantry Shares Jump Amid Analyst’s Improved Rating

The Pantry Inc.’s shares jumped Wednesday after a Lehman Brothers analyst increased her third-quarter and 2008 profit estimates due to better-than-expected gas margins, the Associated Press reported. The Sanford, N.C. company’s shares jumped $1.51, or 16%, to $10.91 in afternoon trading on Wednesday. Analyst Karen Howland boosted her fiscal third-quarter profit estimate to 24 cents

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Prize Program

Coffee-and-donut king Dunkin’ Donuts has launched "Bases Loaded," a summer iced beverage promotion that will give customers a chance to win dozens of great prizes through an in-store and online program. The promotion is licensed by MLB.com, the Major League Baseball Players Association, select teams and players and 2K Sports. For every Dunkin’ Donuts cold

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