Thorntons Adds E-85 To New Albany Store

  Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons Inc. has added E-85 fuel to its store at 2250 State Street in New Albany, Ind., Business First of Louisville. It is the ninth Thorntons store to carry the alcohol-based fuel, which is 85% ethanol and 15% petroleum. Thorntons has four stores in Illinois, two in Indiana, two in Kentucky and

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Arkansas Court Sides With General Tobacco

  An Arkansas Court has denied the Arkansas Attorney General’s motion to remove General Tobacco’s cigarette brands from the directory of approved brands to sell in that state and ordered the Arkansas Attorney General to arbitrate the dispute ordered in 2006, holding that General Tobacco’s cigarette brands may continue to be sold lawfully in Arkansas.  Since

Customers Stock Up For The Super Bowl

  A recent survey by The Nielsen Company, a global information and media company, found that nine out of 10 households plan to watch Super Bowl XLIV at home or at a friend’s or relative’s house instead of watching it from a restaurant or bar. And for their home viewing, only 5% of households expect

DePinto Goes Undercover

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc.’s Joe DePinto is starring on CBS’ new reality show Undercover Boss, later this February and is appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show to talk about what he discovered walking in his employees’ shoes, the Dallas Morning News reported. The show reveals the impact of decisions made at the corporate level, defining problems

Walgreens Announces Community Corner Program

  Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is introducing a new Community Corner program designed to highlight the successes of minority-owned businesses. This first-of-its-kind supplier diversity initiative is designed to allow consumers to easily identify and purchase products produced by diverse companies. Walgreens will recognize these vendor partners through print advertisements, in-store announcements, coupon booklets,

7-Eleven Debuts Cup With A Cause

  7-Eleven, Inc. aims to donate more than $2 million to charities as it launches its charity-focused coffee campaign this month: “7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause.”   Throughout 2010, 7-Eleven will introduce limited-edition 20-ounce coffee cups designed by entertainment and sports celebrities to be sold in 7-Eleven stores nationwide. Proceeds from cups sold will benefit

Wayne Oil Co. Chooses KSS to Manage Fuel Pricing

  Wayne Oil Co. of Goldsboro, N.C., has chosen KSS Inc. and its PriceNet and PriceNet Web systems to automate and optimize fuel price management at the chain’s 13 locations across the Southeastern U.S. John Strickland Jr., president of Wayne Oil, says his company purchased PriceNet and PriceNet Web to help him boost his control

Calming the Beverage Storm

As marketing category manager for Mansfield, Ohio-based EZ Energy USA Inc., Deb Davis oversees the beverage category and makes the critical call as to which products head to the cooler, and which don’t make the cut. Having just finished meeting with soda vendors to finalize the 2010 soda contracts, Davis is now busy overseeing beer

Take TV on the Road

Retailers and truckstop operators looking to boost sales of high-end merchandise should go with the flo—FLO TV that is. FLO TV Personal Television currently comes with a free six-month service. After that period, subscription service starts as low as the equivalent of $8.99 per month. The device has a 3.5-inch diagonal screen and measures 4.4

Keeping It Fresh

Now that customers are used to finding fresh food at their local c- stores the pressure is on the roller grill to maintain its share of foodservice sales. Thanks to the innovation of retailers and suppliers alike, the roller grill continues to turn out strong sales. Chains are bundling meals with fountain drinks and chips

Fruit Snacks Go Tropica

Promotion In Motion Companies Inc. is ramping up sales of Welch’s Fruit Snacks Island Fruits variety.  Island Fruits is a combination of on-trend tropical flavors, including Strawberry-Banana, Mango, Guava-Kiwi, Pomegranate-Passion Fruit, Pink Grapefruit and Tropical Punch.  Like all Welch’s Fruit Snacks, new Island Fruits is made with real fruit and fruit juices and is fat

Breaking into Branding

Branded Check List Retailers planning to add a branded foodservice program should consider the start up cost as well what long-term factors will influence profitability such as additional labor and rising food costs. “You have to decide what’s best for you,” said Sandy Arrasmith of J&H Family Stores. “Take a look at the brand you

Be a Grab-And-Go Destination

In today’s highly competitive convenience store environment, setting your store apart from your competitors is more important than ever. With a Johnsonville-branded steamer loaded with convenient Johnsonville products, you can make your c-store a real destination for customers. The steamers are available in three different sizes, to accommodate a variety of space needs. An optional

Expanding the Foodservice Menu

Most convenience store operators don’t offer a whole lot of seafood on their menus, which is usually fine, because convenience store customers aren’t looking for seafood. Logistical issues, product-paucity, quality and food safety concerns are among the fears retailers have about investing in the seafood segment. But given seafood’s health benefits and generally growing popularity

New Beef Jerky

Matador by Jack Link’s expands its meat snack line with the introduction of new Matador beef jerky. Available nationwide in four flavors—Sizzling Sweet, Smokin’ BBQ, Original and Teriyaki—new Matador beef jerky combines a bold taste with a tender bite to deliver a satisfying new snacking experience. Jack Link’s launched the Matador brand in spring 2009

Retailers Counting on COFFEE

Ten years ago, “experts” warned the coffee industry was becoming saturated; then they said it again five years ago and once more two years ago. Turns out they were wrong every time. There’s not a convenience store operator in America who doesn’t work at building coffee sales and expanding dayparts thanks to the category’s excellent

Boost Sales with Custom Signage

One of the most effective marketing tools in a retailer’s arsenal is signage. Hatco’s do-it-yourself online signage program helps customers sell more products and increase their margins. The Web site www.hatcographics.com allows Hatco equipment owners to build custom signage. Log in and follow the step-by-step instructions for Hatco’s Flav-R-Fresh and Flav-R-Savor display cabinets, as well

Empowering Foodservice Customers

The latest technologies being used to manage c-store foodservice programs—from touchscreens and POS ordering terminals to digital signage—are allowing marketers to enhance communications and streamline operations. Touchscreens communicate the menu in a very efficient way. This is especially important as chains look to build incremental sales and make more subtle changes like expanding the number

Making PCI DSS Easier

To assist its independent merchants become and stay PCI (Payment Card Industry) DSS (Data Security Standards) compliant, Petroleum Card Services (PCS) specializes in understanding how the security standards affect independent petroleum merchants and makes it easier for clients to adhere to the standards. As a reseller of credit card processing for independent c-store merchants, PCS

The Complete Foodservice Package

As demand for grab-and-go soars, convenience store foodservice managers are looking more than ever for packaging to not only maintain product quality and consistency, but be environmentally friendly and serve as a marketing vehicle. That’s a lot of responsibility to heap on stuff customers casually toss away. “I don’t know that takeout packaging is changing

The Coffee Cup Hotel

C-stores are known for providing a myriad of services, but could your stores house customers for the night if the weather turned bad? Coffee Cup Fuel Stops, which operates eight 24-hour locations in the Dakotas and Wyoming, is no stranger to hosting overnight guests at its Summit, S.D. location, where winter storms have been known

Pricing on Demand

KSS Inc. has introduced RackPrice SaaS, a hosted version of the company’s fuel price management software for fuel wholesalers. The new system gives fuel suppliers the option to benefit from a comprehensive, automated fuel price management capability via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, where the application—and accompanying customer database and information–resides and is managed by KSS

Time to Get Fresh

If you’re not doing foodservice, consider this your call to action. As the economic downturn eases, the restaurant industry will see a gradual improvement in 2010, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2010 Restaurant Industry Forecast. Industry sales are expected to reach $580 billion this year, up 2.5% in current dollars over 2009. But that’s

No Choke Mixture

Full Throttle Energy Drink introduces a new full-flavored formula complete with reliable energy ingredients. Prominently displayed on the can’s back panel is Full Throttle’s new “No Choke Mixture” promise: “full flavor you don’t have to force down, and reliable energy ingredients that help you get the job done.  No mystery ingredients.  No bull.”  The mixture

Set Your Sights on Loyalty

Catalina Marketing and Outsite Networks have partnered to bring brand-sponsored loyalty offerings to convenience stores. Catalina Marketing, the innovator and leader in consumer-focused marketing, delivers compelling and relevant in-store promotions. The marketing company partners with grocery, drug, mass and convenience retailers to provide the best money-saving incentives for your customers. Catalina offers 25 years of

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