Slurpee Battle of the Bands Winner Announced

7-Eleven Inc. announced The HOLLABACKS as the winner of its second annual 7-Eleven and “Slurpee Battle of the Bands” competition. Home-grown rock and popular bands battled in this multi-tiered competition, but only one from the 906 entries emerged the winner. “We want to thank the Slurpee brand, our friends, family and fans who helped us

Hess To Operate Tubular Bells

Hess Corp. has agreed to acquire an additional 20% interest in the Tubular Bells oil and gas field in the Gulf of Mexico from BP for $40 million and will become the operator. The increased ownership will bring Hess’ working interest in Tubular Bells to 40%. Chevron holds a 30% interest and BP will retain

BP Creates New Safety Division

BP plans to create a new safety division in the aftermath of this summer’s oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, CNN reported this week. The “powerful new unit” will have the authority to intervene in all aspects of BP’s technical activities, according to the company. The safety division is one of the new

Walgreens Showcases Products by Hispanic-Owned Businesses

Walgreens is highlighting the successes of Hispanic-owned businesses during Hispanic Heritage Month in October as part of its Community Corner program, a supplier diversity initiative designed to allow consumers to easily identify and purchase products produced by diverse companies. Walgreens is recognizing the Latino vendor partners through print advertisements, in-store announcements, in-store product demonstrations and

BP’s ampm Adds Hispanic Snacks

BP’s ampm brand is adding some spice to ampm convenience store shelves with the introduction of a new line of proprietary Hispanic snacks. The snacks, which hit the shelves in several ampm markets earlier this year, debuted under the store’s El Mero brand. “Hispanic consumers are looking for products with authentic flavors,” said Bill Fry,

Couche-Tard Walks Away

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has allowed its tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Casey’s General Stores Inc. for $38.50 per share in cash to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Sept. 30, 2010. At the expiration of the offer, certain conditions to the offer had not been satisfied and

Kretek

“While at NACS, be sure to visit Kretek International, booth #3726 for great deals on the all new ExtenZe Plus Male Enhancement 5-pack product, Djarum Filtered Clove Cigars, DjEEP lighters and CIG-2.0 Water Vapor E-Cigarettes. Booth #3726 Kretekwww.Kretek.com

Elevating Snack Sales

The weak economy has not taken much of a bite out of meat snack sales. Americans are loathe to sacrifice edible indulgences, even in times of financial crisis. All three NACS snacks categories—salty, packaged sweet and alternative—showed increases in average sales per store from 2008 to 2009, and showed gross-margin percentage and average gross-margin-dollar-per-store gains.

Petroleum Card Services

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

Saluting Family Businesses

I just got back from the National Advisory Group’s (NAG) 2010 Ideas Conference in Charleston, S.C., and came away with a much better understanding of the issues facing small businesses and family-owned companies. Whether it’s dealing with the massive overhaul of the U.S. medical system, costly PCI compliance investments that yield no ROI or embracing

Mission Foods

Mission Foodservice® is excited to introduce their new authentic tortilla nacho chips that are packed in branded, 3 oz. portion bags assuring the chips stay crisp and fresh. Available packaging options includeMission-branded paper boat or clear, plastic clamshell. Mission’s nacho tortilla chips are perfect for most on-site environments. Booth #7741 Mission Foodswww.missionfoodservice.com/Ideas/NachoProgram.aspx

Growing Milk and Dairy Sales

Milk’s Bumpy Ride   In Mintel International’s new “Milk in the U.S.” report, senior analyst David Browne predicted a “bumpy ride” for the $11-billion milk market. Few categories, he noted, are as volatile as milk, which is reflected in the wild dollar sales swing during 2004-09.   “Volatility may return to the market in late

Marfood USA

  Marfood USA is proud to announce the revived and refocused Pemmican Brand. New packaging. New product. New promotions. And most importantly, a new passion for returning to the traditions that built the Beef Jerky category. You know what we’ve done so far in 2010, now join us at NACS booth #4127 to see where

Tedeschi’s Showcases Pride and Tradition

At a Glance: Tedeschi Food Stores   Headquarters: Rockland, Mass. Founded: 1923 Store Count: 189 2009 Annual Revenue: More than $600 million Employees: 2,100 Markets of Operation: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island Proprietary Brands: TD’s Deli and TD’s Express foodservice; Tedeschi Select groceries, snacks and beverages; and Tedeschi Fuel   While other chains

Novamex

The #1 Mexican Soft Drinks Sold in The U.S Come by booth #6761 and discover the exotic Mexican soft drink flavors of Jarritos, Sidral Mundet and Sangria Senorial.  They are a proven hit with teen and young adult C-store customers across the country.  Ask about our custom cross category promotions and merchandising support. Booth #6761

3 Rules of Social Media Marketing

Social networks like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have put the power of the media in the hands of the average citizen. Entrepreneurs, information marketers, and college students have learned that they can be the media for audiences both large and small. They have also learned that the nightly news and the traditional print media will

5-Hour Energy®

Come to the 5-Hour Energy® booth at NACS (3365) to find out how to greatly increase your energy shot sales. According to Nielsen, the average number of 5-Hour Energy® shots sold per week per store is 23. But c-store chains that carry the 5-Hour Energy® 9-Box Rack sell an average of 41 bottles per week.

VERC Enterprises Aims and Delivers

VERC ENTERPRISES AT A GLANCE   VERC Enterprises was launched 35 years ago by Paul Vercollone and his father Eugene in 1975 with a single gas station/car wash in Marshfield, Mass. Leo Vercollone, the company’s current president and CEO, joined the team after he graduated from Boston College in 1977. Paul continues to oversee the

Wilbur Curtis Company

Introducing IntelliFresh, an exciting advancement for Curtis GEMINI Systems. IntelliFresh maintains coffee’s ideal freshness and serving temperature throughout the dispensing cycle. Its advanced design envelops the satellite with digital pulses of gentle heat… eliminating cold or “cooked” coffee that creates waste and reduces profits. Booth #8033 Wilbur Curtis Companywww.wilburcurtis.com

Tax Planning and the IRS

It is no secret that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits relatively few tax returns. In fact, each year the IRS publishes the figures. The IRS’s own data reveals that slightly more than 1% of all tax returns filed were audited. The audit figures for the almost 10 million business returns filed in fiscal 2009,

POP ROCKS®

POP ROCKS® is the original brand for popping candy and a pop culture icon with phenomenal popularity status. With loyal consumers since 1970´s and a wide target audience, POP ROCKS® continues to be the promise of an exceptional fun experience. POP ROCKS® Strawberry is a TOP50 SKU in novelty non chocolate confectionery. We will be

Tackling New Challenges

During her 13-year career in the industry, Donna Perkins has come a long way. Her enthusiasm and desire to learn drive her success. As pricebook manager for Calloway Oil Co., Perkins maintains costs and retails for all items in the company’s 23 E-Z Stop Food Mart stores in Tennessee. She also handles vendor issues, cost

CAT Scale Company

If you sell diesel fuel, then you need a CAT Scale.  Join the world’s leading public truck scale network.  Over 1,275 certified scales located across the United States and Canada.  No startup costs.  All equipment, maintenance and staff training is provided by CAT Scale Company.  National advertising program, 24-Hour Help Desk and a loyal customer

Train to Retain

Convenience store turnover is staggering—100% is typical, and 200% is common among hourly retail employees. Yet, in a Fortune magazine survey of the most admired companies, “the single best predictor of overall excellence was a company’s ability to attract, motivate and retain talented people.” Training and preparing employees for advancement is one proven method for

Hunt Brothers® Pizza

Hunt Brothers® Pizza will be present at NACS October 6-8 With more than 6,000 locations in 28 states, Hunt Brothers® Pizza is the nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry. Family owned and operated for over 40 years, the company provides direct store delivery with all of the food products, marketing

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