Safety First

Ensuring that food and inventory storage temperatures in both refrigerators and freezers fully comply with regulatory requirements is now possible with the Dickson Alarm Thermometer. Featuring tamper-resistant audible and visual alarms, the Dickson Alarm Thermometer is also the most cost-effective tool available to worldwide grocery managers charged with safeguarding temperature-sensitive food product quality. At a

Driving New Profits

Fleet Card Facts There are an estimated 650,000 fleets in the U.S. for a total of nine million vehicles. Currently, fleet cards are the fastest growing segment of MasterCard’s business. Most fleet cards offer valuable and robust reporting/management tools The tools can track mile-per-gallon variances, driving patterns, fuel purchases, calculate various tax exemptions and more.

Holding Pattern

Giles Foodservice Equipment has introduced a new line of foodservice equipment into its existing portfolio with its Holding Cabinet. The Giles Holding Cabinet (GHC) is designed to keep cooked foods hot, moist and flavorful until peak demand occurs for each foodservice operation. Units may be purchased as standalone unit or in double-stacked configuration. The GHC

The Slimline Countertop Holding Drawer

APW Wyott announces a new addition to its popular holding drawer line, the HDDS-Half, a slimline countertop half-size holding drawer. The HDDS-Half contains two half size slim drawers and is the perfect answer for doubling your holding capacity in a small amount of space. Thanks to its slim design, the HDDS-Half allows multiple products such

Sweet as Honey

Just in time for cold and flu season, BestSweet Inc. proudly introduces its newest product: Bee M.D. According to the World Health Organization, tens of millions of people contract influenza every winter. Even more catch a common cold with symptoms of fiery throat and sore mouth. Bee M.D. is a honey-based, organic throat drop dedicated

Mapping Atlas’ Technology

Maher Najjar may be the new guy at Atlas Oil Co., but he leans on an old saying to illustrate the technological challenges he knows loom on the horizon for the c-store industry. "You have to know where you are before you know where you’re going," said Najjar, who after just three months at Taylor,

Calling All Kids

Farley’s & Sathers’ top-selling Kiddie Mix is now available in a big 36-ounce stand-up bag. This all-time favorite candy mix includes: Now and Later, Super Bubble, SweeTarts, Smarties, Tootsie Midgees, lollipops and jawbreakers. Farley’s & Sathers is a leading manufacturer and distributor of quality confectionery and gum products, offering full-line, full-service opportunities to all classes

CITGO Chooses FleetCor

Fleet Card Facts There are an estimated 650,000 fleets in the U.S. for a total of nine million vehicles. Currently, fleet cards are the fastest growing segment of MasterCard’s business. Most fleet cards offer valuable and robust reporting/management tools The tools can track mile-per-gallon variances, driving patterns, fuel purchases, calculate various tax exemptions and more.

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 car

Frozen Goodness

Hoshizaki America Inc. manufactures complete lines of ice makers, dispensers, refrigerators/freezers and related accessories to help convenience store operators enhance their businesses. Our features include: The CycleSaver Design * Hoshizaki cubers produce the same quantity of ice in half as many cycles as competitive brands.  * Fewer cycles per day results in increased life &

Smart Sports Cards

Realizing the need for a consumable product in the highly trafficked and visible gift card shelf space, Smart Circle launched the next generation gift card. Smart Circle has recognized two major problems in the traditional gift card category: Cards are a gift and not a consumable item. If 100 consumers enter a convenience store, only

Alon Emerges

Alon USA At a Glance: Alon USA is a Dallas-based independent refiner and marketer majority owned by Alon Israel Oil Co. Ltd. It was formed in 2000 when Alon Israel purchased the downstream operations of Atofina Petrochemical. Today, Alon owns and operates the Fina fuel brand and Southwest Convenience Stores LLC (SCS), the largest 7-Eleven

Atlas Oil Recognized For Safety

Atlas Oil Company said this week that a Department of Transportation (DOT) safety audit conducted by the State of Michigan Motor Carrier Division has given the company the highest of three possible ratings. The DOT safety investigation gave positive reviews on the condition and maintenance of Atlas Oil’s trucks and security plan, as well as

N.Y. Eases Restrictions On Unbranded Fuel Sales

New York gas station owners are celebrating a new law signed last week by Gov. David Paterson that will allow them to sell cheaper unbranded gasoline, The Times Union in Albany, N.Y., reported. Owners of stations affiliated with major oil companies such as ExxonMobil, Hess and Sunoco are typically required under contract to buy gas

Gilbarco, PDI Develop Foodservice Back-office Solution

Gilbarco and PDI said they’ve partnered to develop a full back-office system linking Gilbarco’s Express Ordering self-service kiosks and PDI/Enterprise and PDI/FocalPoint applications. The companies said retailers can benefit from streamlined foodservice inventory and accounting management from the familiar PDI system operation. Express Ordering works in conjunction with the retailer’s choice on point of sale

7-Election

As election day nears, things are really heating up, especially at neighborhood 7-Eleven stores. Today, the convenience store giant kicks off its third quadrennial 7-Election presidential coffee cup poll. Unabashedly unscientific, the just-for-fun poll has proven remarkably accurate in elections past, with results closely mirroring the official surveys by the country’s top political pollsters. In

A Breakfast Blitz

Starbucks said it’s planning to introduce warm sandwiches to its breakfast menu in the next week, The Associated Press reported. Additionally, smoothie chain Jamba Juice is expanding its offerings with a new breakfast menu offering a lineup of on-the-go products containing granola, yogurt and chunks of fruit, the New York Post reported. About 80% of

Slurp The Vote

Dallas-based 7-Eleven is bringing back its presidential coffee cup promotion – the same program whose results closely mirrored the actual results from the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, the Dallas Morning News reported. The program begins at 7-Eleven stores on Wednesday and ends on Nov. 4, Election Day. 7-Eleven customers can cast their c-store vote

CBX Designing Prototype For Aloha Petroleum

Aloha Petroleum Ltd., a privately owned oil marketer in Hawaii, said it has chosen New York-based retail design firm CBX to put together a new prototype convenience store debuting on Oahu in 2009. Aloha Petroleum has more than 30 company-operated Island Mini-Mart convenience stores and nearly 80 retail fuel locations on the islands of Oahu

Outsite Gives $10K To Store Workers

C-store loyalty marketing company Outsite Networks Inc. has awarded $10,000 to employees at Express Convenience Center in Menasha, Wis., as part of an employee rewards contest promoting Outsite’s loyalty program. More than 1,500 stores that are part of Outsite Networks loyalty program were eligible to participate. Retailers gained entry into the sweepstakes by meeting certain

Alon USA Refinery Back Online

Alon USA Energy Inc. said its 24,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) at its refinery in Big Spring, Texas, is back online. Damaged in a Feb. 18 fire, the FCCU is operating at planned rates, enabling the refinery to return to its 70,000 bpd operating capacity. More on Alon’s refinery restart and its

Southeastern U.S. Still Struggling With Fuel Frenzy

The Washington Post and other media outlets say gasoline shortages triggered by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike are continuing to hit towns across the southeastern U.S. this week, sparking panic buying, long lines and high prices. Portions of The Washington Post report: In Atlanta, half of the gasoline stations were closed, according to AAA, which said

Realities and Rumors

Wrigley shareholders approved the $23 billion sale of the company to Mars Inc., a transaction that the Chicago Tribune says will end the independence of one of Chicago’s most venerable companies. The deal is expected to close within two weeks, when Wrigley will become part of the privately-held Mars, creating the world’s biggest confection company.

Avoiding the Lottery Line

Retail equipment innovator Pan-Oston said its Utopia self-checkout system that was introduced to Crossroads Market near Bowling Green, Ky., about three months ago is proving to be a success. “We selected the Utopia self-checkout solution for our new Crossroads Market store because we just wanted to make our customers happy and our stores more profitable,”

San Francisco Tobacco Legislation Comes Under Attack

Philip Morris USA filed suit today in federal court to overturn a controversial San Francisco ordinance that would ban the sale of tobacco products in convenience drug stores. The lawsuit asks the court in the Northern District of California to delay enforcement of the ordinance and ultimately declare it unconstitutional. The ban, passed by a

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