Fundamentals of Running a Sound Business

Setting the Standards

On a Thursday afternoon in October, Salt Lake City native Brandon Frampton ditched the office, rolled up his sleeves and joined ranks with a handful of front-line Pantry employees at a store in North Carolina.  Frampton, 38, hadn’t been vice president of foodservice for the Sanford-based Pantry chain for more than two weeks, and already

Stick with Something Good

Made with an exclusive patented formula, Crisco Professional Pan Release Spray is developed to produce less foam and offer more complete and consistent surface coverage and better overall performance. Available in 14- and 21-ounce sizes to fit any foodservice operation need, Crisco Professional Pan Release Spray has been awarded the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Seal

Calling All Cars

Like so many facets of a convenience store operation, a car wash can attract new customers and enhance revenue, but only when handled correctly. In this instance, correct handling means everything from finding a big enough location, knowing the competition, having the right type of equipment to focus on speed of service, providing for preventive

Ride The Gravy Train

Bob Evans Foodservice introduces the Bob Evans Sausage Gravy Dispenser and Biscuit in a Bowl, with convenience stores in mind. A leading restaurant brand, Bob Evans has been making classic sausage gravy for more than 30 years. The new sausage gravy offering comes ready-to-eat and it isn’t a concentrate, providing consistent quality and flavor batch

Avoiding ‘The Checkerboard Effect’

Unlike grocery store shoppers, c-store consumers view the entire store as “one large department with a bunch of pockets of stuff,” said John Clutts, retail practice leader for The Partnering Group in Columbia, Md. This may be something operators focusing on specific sections may not get. The mistake he finds when he walks into c-stores

Sour Burst

In January 2009, consumers can “plug into the sour source” with new Starburst Sour Gummibursts. As the only liquid-filled gummi candy with an intense burst of sour flavor, Starburst Sour Gummibursts will be a hit, based on recent IRI data: Sour is a leading segment in the sugar category, and Gummi was the fastest growing

Measuring Up Your Supplier

The martyrs in the retail world may think they’re alone as they move to counter the forces perpetually squeezing their profit margins—credit card fees, consumer spending slow-downs, a credit crunch and increased operating costs—but there’s an often-overlooked ally at their disposal: suppliers.  “The supplier representative knows a lot of the retailer’s history and a lot

Cooking Convenience

C. Cretors and Co.’s new and compact Hot Dog Cooker and Bun Warmer offers a resourceful design that simultaneously allows for freshly heating hot dogs while providing warm savory buns. Well suited for spaces with minimal counter space, Cretors Hot Dog Cooker and Bun Warmer is ideal for c-stores and other foodservice industries. The innovative

Cenex Adds Gift Card Program

CHS Inc. has launched a new Cenex Winter Gift Card Campaign designed to help Cenex-branded retailers increase traffic and build incremental sales. The winter campaign includes all new in-store merchandising, three fresh gift card designs and professional installation services for operators, said Rick Cummings, vice president of refined fuels marketing for St. Paul, Minn.-based CHS.

Costa Rican Coffee

Boyd Coffee Co. introduces Limited Edition Q-Certified Estate Costa Rican, a seasonal single-origin coffee from the Santa Anita Estate near Naranjo in Costa Rica. The medium roast coffee has a unique piquant and caramelly flavor and is available in 3.75- and 7- and 12-ounce packages. Harvested from one of the world’s premier coffee growing regions,

Examining Alternative Options

One of my specialties has been dealing with the importance of liquidating marginal stores and trying to find solutions for sites that no longer are appropriate for continued retail petroleum use. I recently experienced an amusing encounter that reflects some interesting differences in the direction that our industry may be taking from one coast to

Smarter, Faster Washes

  Introducing the new i5000 touchless, in-bay automatic car wash from D&S Car Wash Equipment Co. The "intelligent" i5000 is the latest innovation from D&S. Designed with proven technology adapted from its Quicksilver D&S5000 touchless line, the i5000 is loaded with advanced features. The powerful i5000 is space- and energy-efficient which makes it the ideal

Chevron Honored as 2008 Chain of the Year

It’s been a challenging year for convenience store operators, marked by wild fuel price fluctuations and exorbitant credit card fees. Despite the adversity, Chevron stood apart as one of the premier industry leaders. By advancing its Image Refresh program, growing the Texaco brand and introducing a no-fee credit card for its branded marketers, it was

Cheese Champion

Next Generation Organic Dairy announced the addition of probiotic cheese sticks to their current line of dairy products. The cheese is formulated with the immune boosting probiotic GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI30, 6086), which overcomes the shortcomings of other probiotics by withstanding food manufacturing, extreme temperatures, and product shelf life.  The cheese sticks are the perfect snack

Small Booths, Big Ideas

Sure, there were mammoth setups at the NACS show at McCormick Place in Chicago last month.  Some, like the energy drink makers whose legions of gorgeous gals were sporting free samples, boasted booths worthy of their own postal code. Likewise with the Dresser Wayne and Gilbarco Veeder-Root displays, whose setups offered a cornucopia of innovative

Eliminate Cup Concerns

The new Sentry adjustable cup dispenser from San Jamar is the simple, affordable way to protect and dispense any cup and keep counters clean and organized. With beverage programs constantly changing this is a dispenser that can be adjusted for your current and future cup needs. The dispenser offers adjustable lifetime levers that prevent cup

Ruler Cooler

Sarah Jackson and David Oberman may not realize it, but as a pair they embody a curious trend in the c-store industry’s packaged beverage category these days. “I used to drink energy drinks every day,” said Oberman, 20, standing outside a TravelCenters of America on Interstate 90 at the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. “I was an energy

The Flex Revolution

Pan-Oston, a subsidiary of Houchens Industries, is rolling out a revolutionary new convenience store merchandising innovation, the C-Flex counter system. C-Flex is a patented design that uses a tubular steel skeletal frame so the units are created as ‘integrated systems’ and not as adjoining cabinets like traditional modular counter units. C-Flex’s design supports virtually any

High-Volume Liquid Coffee

The LCR-3 HV, Bunn’s new high-volume liquid coffee dispenser, brings a new level of ease and convenience to serving large amounts of coffee with easy, cost-effective operations, electronic controls and many other unique features. Its stainless steel outer cabinet allows the unit to easily fit into a commercial kitchen environment. Minimal operator training is required

Bite-Sized Perfection

Don Miguel proudly introduces the next innovation in convenience store foodservice with a fresh and flavorful line of authentic empanadas. Available in hearty Breakfast style or zesty Beef and Cheese, Empanadas are available in either Hot-to-go or microwave packaging to suit any c-store operation. Hot-to-go empanadas heat quickly in existing ovens and stay hot and

Drinking For Thinking

Whether they’re touting benefits such as arthritis relief, tanning power or sedation, functional beverages have long surpassed the passé point of added nutrition.  You can divvy up the functional beverage category any way you want: Brain-power libation like Brainiac, by Function Drinks; arthritis-battling brew like Joint Juice, by Joint Juice Inc.; or the sun-tanning stew,

Roll the Drum Slowly

Drum, a division of Republic Tobacco, introduces four new unique tobacco blends from around the globe. The new blends include: Perique, native to New Orleans, is cured in hickory barrels and pressed with oak blocks for a rich and spicy taste; Latakia, originally grown on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, this blend is cured

Outdoor Payment Terminal

Gilbarco has expanded its range of compliant payment solutions with the introduction of its fully-certified FlexPay CRIND. The free-standing FlexPay OPT packages Gilbarco’s PCI and EMV compliant FlexPay terminal as an Island Card Reader that can be positioned next to the pump and support single or multiple fuel dispensers. FlexPay OPT supports Gilbarco’s Generic and

Pizza to Go

The Broaster Co. is jumping into the pizza business with the introduction of its new Broaster To Go Authentic Pizza program. This new program combines top-quality foods, convenient cooking equipment and bold merchandising systems into an innovative branded program with no franchise, royalty or licensing fees. The program begins with a selection of top-quality frozen

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