Trail-Glazer: Dunkin’ Donuts Storms New Ground

Dunkin’ Donuts is rolling out plans to open dozens of stores in new and existing markets nationwide, including Milwaukee, Phoenix, Baltimore, St. Louis and Washington. Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Brands Inc. recently signed a new franchisee, InterOcean Coffee Co. LLC, that will head up the openings of 122 Dunkin’ Donuts in the Milwaukee and Phoenix markets.

Wawa Offers Gas Discounts to Cash Customers

Pennsylvania-based Wawa is trying a gas-discount program at nine stores, offering customers a discount if they pay for gas with cash rather than credit or debit cards. The discounts are a way to skirt the interchange fees charged by credit card companies, though Wawa said the savings from the new program are ultimately being passed

McDonald’s Honors S&D Coffee

S&D Coffee Inc. was named McDonald’s 2007 Supplier of the Year. Concord, N.C.-based S&D sells premium roast coffees and iced tea to McDonald’s Corp. and 70,000 customers nationwide, some of which are convenience stores. McDonald’s has 13,700 restaurants in the U.S. and 30,000 worldwide, and presents its supplier of the year award annually to a

Steppin’ into Spring and Springing into Summerby Jim Callahan, Convenience Solutions

I recently read a great quote attributed to a one time door-to-door sales person and lately more recognizable as founder of the billion-dollar company that bears her name, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Mary Kay Ash said, “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as

Understanding C-Store Shoppers

VideoMining has launched a new syndicated program called C-Store Shopper Insights (CSI-1) in cooperation with multiple C-store chains, including 7-Eleven and Shell Oil and Road Ranger. The goal of the landmark nationwide study is to develop a detailed understanding of the shopping process of all key consumer segments that visit C-stores. This understanding will help

Lettieri’s Adds Divisional Controller

Lettieri’s, an operating division of Hot Stuff Foods, said Dan Buvarp has joined its team as Divisional Controller. In this capacity, Buvarp will take the lead at Lettieri’s to streamline the accounting system’s financial reporting process as well as support the sales, operations and manufacturing teams. Buvarp is a CPA, who prior to accepting the

Tropicana Valencia Premium Juices

At last, there is a 100% pure juice with such luscious flavor, bold color and delicious taste that it is an orange juice like no other. Tropicana Products Inc. has unveiled Tropicana Pure Valencia 100% juice, a national first from the juice leader. The juice will appear in stores nationwide beginning in April. Tropicana Pure

Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Add a new flavor twist to your menu with a comfort side dish sure to satisfy. Made with real white cheddar cheese, Lamb’s Supreme White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes are the latest addition to its "made from scratch" Supreme Russet Mashed Potatoes line. White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes have zero grams trans fat per serving and all

Carry a Big “Stix”

Hot Stuff Foods announced the rollout of its new enhanced seasoned and cheesy Breadstix line. The new Breadstix recipe gives the product a fuller, improved look with a soft, chewy texture and a mouthwatering, restaurant-quality flavor. In addition to the new recipe, one of the key components to the product’s superior quality is the retailer-friendly

Empowering Customers

Self-Service Gift Cards Paul Burel, director of marketing strategy for U-Scan, Fujitsu’s self-checkout line, said gift cards are a good option for c-store operators “because it’s convenient. It’s the kind of point-of-presence transaction to generate that last-minute gift that someone needs to get.” Going with a self-service gift card program is “really not an add-on,”

Dole Mixed Fruit

Sales success in the competitive c-store environment requires smart thinking and creative solutions. Dole, a trusted and experienced convenience store brand, introduces new 7-ounce Mixed Fruit, expanding the goodness and value of its grab-and-go selection with another irresistible Fruit Bowls variety. Shelf-stable and easy to store, stock and merchandise, new Mixed Fruit and other popular

Meister Bake Pretzels

Gold Medal Products presents the new Meister Bake Pretzel and the 5330 Pretzel Warmer. The characteristic that sets this soft, hand twisted pretzel apart from other pretzels is its unique storage capabilities. This pretzel is NFR, which means no freezer required. The consistency now stays the same because it is never frozen. You will never

UpSides Potential

Elevate entrées with UpSides specialty side dishes that go above and beyond what customers are used to. UpSides offers customers side dish options that offer flair and sophistication, because center of the plate is no longer the only center of attention. Today’s savvy consumers expect side dishes that enhance their total food experience. UpSides savory

Nutty About Seeds

C-store customers are discovering what Native Americans learned thousands of years ago: A handful of nuts or sunflower seeds can satisfy hunger and boost energy reserves without risking adding excess body fat—and researchers have found that people who include nuts and seeds in their diets lower their risks for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Though

Compact Kettle

  Tomlinson’s new and improved Glenray Kettle is now more energy efficient and economical. This versatile, electrically heated 10.5-quart kettle warms, holds and merchandises soups and other hot food specialties. Features include: • Compact footprint to fit in the tightest locations. • Designed and manufactured for maintenance-free service. • Adjustable temperature control in degrees, not

Saluting Supplier Partners

Retailers may be on the front lines every day, but the presence of their supplier partners is palpable. It can be seen and felt in the marketing and merchandising found at the store level and in the intricate planograms category managers use to set their stores. To get a better feel for the supplier companies

KSS PriceNet Mobile

KSS proudly introduces PriceNet Mobile, the latest pricing innovation for on the go managers. It’s fast and easy to use. Simply enter competitor prices into your Web-enabled mobile device and receive new prices in seconds. Also review and authorize prices and price exceptions, monitor margins, volume and other key performance indicators while on the go.

Display of Energy

To help retailers maximize counter space, Living Essentials, makers of 5-Hour Energy, has introduced a new three-flavor counter rack. The display holds 36 bottles of 5-Hour Energy (12 each of berry, lemon-lime and orange flavors) in a footprint measuring 6.25-inches wide by 7-inches long. According to ACNielsen data, 5-Hour Energy earns a whopping $3.29 per

Embracing the Kiosk Revolution

Foodservice Kiosk Usage Grows In addition to the large chains like Sheetz and Wawa that have been using self-service kiosks for many years, smaller chains are also enjoying the benefits of self-serve technology. • High’s of Baltimore Inc. reached a deal with Radiant Systems last July to deploy multiple Radiant customer self-service kiosks in more

Marathon Commits To Alternative Fuels

Marathon Oil Corp. said that 16 terminals located in five Midwestern states will convert to ethanol-blended fuel by May 1. Unblended gas products will no longer be offered at any of the terminals. Seven of the terminals are in Michigan, five are in Ohio and two are in Indiana. The remaining terminals are in Louisville,

Indulging Consumers with Upscale Foodservice

Rocky Trail knows a traditional foodservice offering anchors his sprawling Minnesota travel center. But when he wanted to expand the program, he turned to a nontraditional c-store brand. Above all else, it was the national recognition of Cold Stone Creamery’s name that prompted Trail, president of Trail’s Travel Center of America in Albert Lea, Minn.,

Stepping into Spring and Springing into Summer

I recently read a great quote attributed to a one time door-to-door sales person and lately more recognizable as founder of the billion-dollar company that bears her name, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Mary Kay Ash said, "Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as

By the Numbers

» 1.5 Percentage of the U.S. populations that is vegitarian according to Harry Balzer, vice president of consumer and retail market research group NPD. » 27 Total number of states Hunt Brothers Pizza now operates in after reaching a deal to brand with a Stop ‘n’ Save convenience store in Gypsum, Colo. » 43 Percentage

CHS to Acquire Zip Trip

CHS Inc. said it reached a deal to acquire 33 Zip Trip convenience stores in the Spokane, Wash. area, owned in part by Jopo Inc. and Jo-By Enterprises LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed. All of the units will be rebranded under the Cenex retail brand this summer. The purchase will make Spokane the largest

What’s in a Name?

The question Jim Dodrill grappled with last summer: What’s in a name? A partner at Pennsylvania-based LMA Architects, Dodrill had been approached by Consumers Petroleum of Trumbull, Conn. to help create a corporate brand for the company’s dozen or more convenience stores in Connecticut. Consumers Petroleum had acquired a handful of existing convenience stores in

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