Frito-Lay, Jack Link’s Introduce New Line

  PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division, Purchase, N.Y., and Jack Link’s, Minong, Wis., have joined forces to launch a new meat snack line.   Frito-Lay will sell and distribute the new line under the Matador by Jack Link’s brand, aimed at young adults with action-driven lifestyles.    “The Jack Link’s brand continues to drive growth


Strahan Advertising Inc. Celebrates 30 Years

  Strahan Advertising Inc., Santa Ana, Calif., which serves the foodservice industry, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.   Founded in 1979 by Timothy and James Strahan, the agency has provided a full range of advertising, marketing and public relations services for some of the food industry’s most respected brands.   During the agency’s 30 years, Strahan

Experts to Educate Carwash Professionals During Wash Week

  The International Carwash Association, Chicago, is hosting Wash Week this July, a week-long opportunity for car wash industry professionals to learn proven ways to grow their businesses from industry experts.   The week will include three seminars in Southern California, Chicago and Atlanta, and will feature online education and networking opportunities, including videos, Webinars,

FDA Oversight May Benefit Major Tobacco Brands

One day after the FDA gained control of tobacco regulation, a new report by Fitch Ratings found FDA regulation will have intermediate and longer-term competitive effects on major players in the tobacco category. Not much is expected to change for the tobacco industry in the short term. However, changes are anticipated down the road, including compliance

Senate Debates “Tobacco Candy”

  R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is test-marketing dissolvable products in three cities and says they are designed for adults, but some Senators aren’t so sure, the Associated Press reported.   The smoke-free tobacco products come in pellets or strips that melt in your mouth like a breath mint.   Some lawmakers are calling the products

Senate Passes Bill Giving FDA Power Over Tobacco

  The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to pass the  Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA power to control tobacco regulation, the New York Times reported.    The legislation has only small differences from a version the House passed in April by a nearly 3-to-1 ratio. A White House spokesman, Reid H.

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Appalachian Oil Sale

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee today gave final approval for the prompt sale of the assets of Appalachian Oil Co. Inc.   Today’s action designates NRC Realty Advisors, LLC, as the agent to execute the sale of 47 gasoline stations and convenience stores operated by Appco in northeastern Tennessee, southwestern

Heineken Kicks Off Summer Selling Season

Heineken and Heineken Light unveil a summer retail program that invites consumers to elevate their traditional summer entertaining by hosting a Heineken “Blok” Party. The program will run June through August in retail outlets throughout the country.   “The Heineken Blok Party program is true to our brand objective of delivering great beer and great

Slim Jim Plant Explosion Rocks North Carolina

Three people were killed, and 38 injured, four critically, after an explosion at a Slim Jim meat products plant in North Carolina on Tuesday. Chris Woods, a worker at the facility, said he started running when he felt an explosion around 11 a.m. “I was picking up a piece of meat off the line and

Sunoco Sells Store to Stewart’s Shops Corp.

Stewart’s Shops Corp. has acquired the former Sunoco A-Plus mini mart on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs for $1.5 million, according to The Business Review.   The acquisition from Atlantic Refining and Marketing Corp., a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Sunoco increases the Stewart’s total number of shops to 328.   “It was an opportunity to operate a

APEC To Sell 78 Stores in Florida

  Automated Petroleum & Energy Co. Inc. (APEC), Braden-Fla., a distributor and convenience store operator, which has 246 c-stores in Florida, is selling 78 c-stores in 46 cities across the state.   The store locations, which include 12 in Tampa and at least eight in Pinellas County, will be sold in a sealed bid auction

Large C-stores Replacing Small Gas Stations in Lancaster

  Small gas stations appear to be struggling these days, while large c-stores with a number of gas pumps are popping up and prospering, at least in Lancaster, Pa., reported.   “If we were relying on gas sales alone, we’d be out of business. There isn’t enough of a markup to stay open,” said

Pepsi Bottling Group Acquires Ab-Tex

  Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. signed a letter of intent on Monday to buy Ab-Tex Beverage Ltd., part of the large bottler’s continuing series of acquisitions, the Wall Street Journal reported.   The company has said it plans to pursue its own growth, rather than be acquired at the current price PespsiCo Inc. is offering.

Candy Flavor Survives to Fight Cancer

  Originally introduced in 2008 as a limited edition summer flavor, MIKE AND IKE  LEMONADE BLENDS is now available year-round.   Since its launch, this variety has highlighted the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), which is contributing to the fight to cure childhood cancer. The MIKE AND IKE brand will continue to make a minimum

Swipe Fees Costing C-stores a Fortune

  Customers are racking up an average of $427 in hidden swipe fees (also called interchange fees) each year from purchases made on their credit cards, the Florida Business Journal reported.    “The continuing burden of interchange, or swipe fees on small business owners has become heavier and heavier to bear. It is the second

Sheetz Inc. Debuts in West Virginia

  Sheetz, Altonna, Pa., is opening several stores in southern West Virginia, including a new location in Barboursville, which opened on June 4.   “The Barboursville community has been so welcoming and generous with us so far,” said Stan Sheetz, president and CEO, Sheetz Inc. “Our team is eager to serve customers here for years

Purchases of Retail Property Remain Solid

  Sales of c-store and gas station properties were relatively strong last year, according to the first half 2009 single-tenant retail report from Marcus & Millichap Research Services, reported.   Last year, rising average cap rates for the property niche reached their highest since 2002, and is credited with fueling an increase in transactions.

Niemann Foods Gains C-stores in Missouri

  Niemann Foods Inc.(NFI), Quincy, Ill., purchased 16 Pick-A-Dilly convenience stores in Northeastern Missouri from Big River Oil, Hannibal Mo, according to the KHQA-TV news Web site.   The entire acquisition should be completed during the next month. NFI operates a wide variety of retail formats, now including 28 c-stores under two banners, Pick-A-Dilly and

Paper Towels Prove Most Hygienic in Restroom Study

  A national online survey conducted this spring by Harris Interactive found that 94% of adults say they wash their hands after visiting a restroom. However, most people thought they were the exception. When asked what percentage of other people they thought washed their hands each time, 99% said other people don’t do so each

Pain at the Pump

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   The US average for regular grade gasoline was last reported by the government at $2.524 gallon, with the price to advance from there. The national average increased 9 cents during the last week of May, and 47 cents or 23% since the end of April.

Canadian Tire Honored for Retail Store Design

At Canada’s largest retailing awards presentation this week, Canadian Tire was awarded the Retail Council of Canada’s 2009 Excellence in Retailing Award for ‘Retail Store Design for a Large Chain’. Canadian Tire won for its Smart Store format, beating out 12 other high profile submissions. The Smart Store is designed to improve operating productivity while

7-Eleven Rolls Out Iced Coffee Program

7-Eleven Rolls Out Iced Coffee Program

nFinanSe Matches Wal-Mart Price for Reloadable Prepaid Cards

nFinanSe Inc. said today it was reducing the retail price of its Reloadable Prepaid Card to $3 from $5.95 effective July 1. This reduction matches a change that Wal-Mart announced recently when it reduced the price of its reloadable card from $8.94 to $3.00.   The company said it believes that this reduction in price

Novelty Lighters Officially Banned in Oregon

Novelty lighters are now illegal in Oregon.   The ban on novelty lighters went into effect June 2. They are are sold at many convenience stores, and backers say they pose a danger to children because they look like toys, the Associated Press reported.   The law bans lighters with “features attractive to children,” like