GOP Pushing For Repeal of Healthcare Law

A repeal of the new U.S. healthcare law would add to already huge federal budget deficits, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned on Thursday, Reuters reported. In a preliminary estimate of legislation being pushed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, the CBO said that repealing the law President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats

Tasty Baking Faces Financial Woes

Tasty Baking, the maker of Tastykakes, is reviewing options including a merger or sale, as pressure mounts from declining sales, the DailyFinance reported. In the face of “unanticipated operational challenges” related to its bakery in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, Tasty Baking has now lowered its projected savings in the fourth quarter to $10 million from $13

GasAmerica Adds Miami Subs Grill

GasAmerica welcomes the first franchise unit of The New Miami Subs Grill, originator of the fast casual restaurant concept. The 2,000-square-foot Miami Grill, joins the 4,000-square-foot Convenience Mart Stop, located at one of GasAmerica’s Greenfield, Ind., locations. “We’ve looked at a number of food concepts and found the New Miami Subs Grill concept the best

Bazzi Oil & Gas Honored for Renovations

The Dearborn City Beautiful Commission has recognized the locally owned CITGO station at 7954 Greenfield Road in its 2010 Business “Standard of Excellence” program. Bazzi Oil & Gas Co., a local CITGO distributor, which owns and operates the station, is one of a select group of Dearborn, Mich., businesses honored for its work in helping

Dollar General Enters Three New States

Dollar General Corp. plans to open 625 new stores in fiscal 2011 and create 6,000 new jobs in the process. The new stores and jobs will be spread among Dollar General’s existing 35-state operating area as well as three new states: Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire. “Bringing our store model of convenience and value to

Toot’n Totum Debuts New Prototype Design

CBX, a strategic branding and retail design consultancy, has completed a new prototype design for Toot’n Totum, a 62-unit privately held convenience store/gasoline retailer based in Amarillo, Texas. The fast-track design, which debuted November 2010 in Amarillo, is housed in a newly built facility. CBX completed a new identity for the store and Toot’n Totum’s

Thorntons Adds E-85 at 36 Stores

Thorntons now offers E-85 Flex Fuel at 36 stores: seven in Illinois, 11 in Indiana, 11 in Kentucky, and seven in Tennessee. E-85 is an alcohol-based fuel, comprised of just 15% petroleum. Ethanol can be made from virtually any agriculture feedstock from which starch is derived, such as sugar cane, wheat or milo. Today, the

Matrix Closes Sale on Lehigh Gas Assets

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has successful closed on the sale of select retail assets of Lehigh Gas Corp., a petroleum marketer and convenience store operator in the Northeast. The assets, located in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, include both company-operated and dealer-operated stores. These sales are part of Lehigh’s ongoing efforts to rationalize

Mars Wins U.S. State Department Award

Mars Inc. received the U.S. Secretary of State’s 2010 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for its work in cocoa sustainability and efforts to improve economic development in the cocoa-growing region of the Republic of Ghana. Mars was chosen from a record number of 78 nominations submitted by American ambassadors around the world. The ACE awards,

Pop Rocks Sweepstakes Begins

Starting Jan. 3, Pop Rocks lovers are encouraged to vote for their top pop songs as well as the greatest hits of the 70´s, as part of a new sweepstakes opportunity. The new “U-ROCK” sweepstakes is available on the company´s Web site www.pop-rocks.com, offering consumers the chance to win $100 iTunes Gift Certificates. This is

Quick Chek Launches iLoveMyCoffee.com

Quick Chek, which operates 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has launched of its iLoveMyCoffee.com interactive microsite. A representation of Quick Chek’s extensive coffee bar offerings and exceptional fresh coffee guarantee, iLoveMyCoffee.com invites users to build-your-own coffee concoction between Jan. 3 and March 20 for a chance to win a

Retail Gasoline Prices Start 2011 above $3 Gallon Nationally

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline continues to defy traditional seasonal price patterns, with the U.S. average for regular grade holding at a 27-month high above $3 gallon at $3.052 gallon, and poised to still inch higher. Usually you see retail gasoline prices nearing their calendar lows this time of

High Capacity Ice Machine

Hoshizaki America Inc. offers the high capacity KMH-2000S_H, a stackable ice machine that is ENERGY STAR qualified. The KMH-2000S–H hybrid model offers the largest ice production capacity for the smallest footprint. The frame measures 40-inches in depth and the machine produces up to 1,944 pounds of ice in 24 hours. Space-saving dimensions permit the ice

Premium E-Cigarette

Kretek International Inc. offers a new line of CIG2O e-cigarette products. The CIG2O rechargeable water vapor cigarette was developed in the U.S. for Kretek by Spark Industries. CIG2O e-cigarettes were successfully launched in smoke shops early in 2010. The strength of adult consumer response led to the current nationwide roll out. The initial product line

Foodservice Fast

Hot Stuff Foods Xpress is like getting the best of both worlds: delivery through your current distributor along with consumer trusted branding. With over 20 years of experience in the c-store industry, Hot Stuff Foods understands how to market to the ideal c-store consumer. The complete daypart menu includes breakfast sandwiches, pizza by the slice,

Slide-Top Box

Swisher International has created an innovative new slide-top package for its Swisher Sweets Filter Tip Cigars. The hard-pack design is intended to provide protection while also offering easy, slide-top access to the filtered cigars. Each pack contains 16 cigars with two eight-cigar, individually foil-wrapped sections. This helps ensure that the cigars retain their original freshness

New Stufferz

Lettieri’s new Stufferz combines the very best of bakery and protein taste sensations. Stufferz begins with Lettieri’s specially formulated mini bread loaves. This award winning bread is then stuffed with an array of seasoned meats and cheeses. Each of these meal-sized entrees is 4.2 ounces and suggested retail ranges from $1.99 to $2.29 each. Varieties

Comfort Food

Smucker’s offers a full line of distinctive portion-control products and the opportunity to add comfort and value to any foodservice operation by displaying the trusted Smucker’s brand of jams, jellies and preserves that America has known for more than a century. According to a 2009 Chain Leader article, customers crave comfort foods in times of

Anti-Condensate Controller

Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. has announced enhancements to its Control Link Anti-Condensate Controller (ACC), an advanced controller for refrigeration case heaters designed to ensure anti-condensate heaters are activated only when necessary. The Control Link ACC is now equipped to control a larger variety of cases and provide compliance with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous

Kangaroo Express Garners World Record

The Pantry Inc. partnered with Oak Grove Elementary in Cary, N.C. last month, to help students break a Guinness World Record for the “Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.” In all, more than 314,000 sport stackers participated in the Nov. 18 event across the globe. The Southeastern convenience store chain, with

Six Things to Know Before Your Next C-Store Purchase

Acquiring convenience stores and gas stations can be a major investment in time and money. Before you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars or more, Ken Watson, a financial services analyst with Cara & Associates in Atlanta, said there are six things retailers should focus on that should help make their investment worthwhile. 1) Financing.

Driving New Business in a Competitive Market

Location, appearance and service are among the most important factors to consider when building and operating new convenience stores, but operators are urged to also focus on the impact of social media. Picking the right location for a new store can ensure business volume. Having the right appearance—or street appeal—may determine whether the majority of

Game Day at 7-Eleven

This spring, 7-Eleven rolled out its own private label premium beer called Game Day, which is produced by City Brewing in LaCrosse, Wis. Executives figured that “since brands are weaker at that price segment they can capture the full margin rather than pay a premium to a supplier,” according to Harry Schuhmacher of Beer Business

Building Beer Sales

Larger, single-serve packages are increasing in popularity as customers are trading  down to save money. While some Americans hit hard by the recession are drinking less but better, others are opting for cheaper brands, while still more are selecting single beers instead of packs and taking a long look at craft beers, which some see

Staying Focused on Frozen

With margins from tobacco and fuel lagging, frozen beverages have stepped up as a pleasant surprise for retailers—whose goal now is to keep the momentum going. “It’s really a growth category for us, even though it has not been something we’ve spent a lot of time on in the past,” said Jennifer Vespole, senior category

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