C-Store X-Treme

California retailer Ed Komski is hoping his fuel stop will appeal to trucks that jump off sand dunes and kick up dirt as they rip through racetracks in the desert. Quads, motorcycles, sand rails and anything else fueled by adrenaline are welcomed, too, The Barstow Desert Dispatch reported. “We’re not a truck stop,” Komski told

Talent Management

Embracing the differences that minority candidates offer can help stores attract new customers.   I recently received a thin, white letter with the logo of my employer on it. While I have received many letters and packages from my employer, the thinnest of them all is, for me, the most important of them all. That’s

Bad Times Make for Good Habits

  Making the tough choices on employees and operations can be difficult, but well worth it in the end.     I read a great quote attributed to John Foster Dulles, the Secretary of State under President Eisenhower, which said, “The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem, but whether it is

A Cooler Solution

H2 Dynamics’ cooler filters use a proprietary mineral it mines in the Southwest U.S. that controls humidity in retail coolers. Controlled humidity improves food quality and eliminates odors; saves electricity or diesel by as much as 35%; reduces maintenance costs, injuries and accidents. As air passes through H2Dynamics’ filters, excess moisture is retained and released

Clearing The Blends

Ethanol, of course, is a high-octane, liquid, domestic and renewable fuel, produced by the fermentation of plant sugars typically produced from corn and other grain products. Ethanol also degrades quickly in water and, therefore, poses much less risk to the environment than an oil or gasoline spill. Not only is ethanol generally less expensive than

Taylor-Made FCBs

Taylor Co., a business unit of Carrier Corp., introduces Slushosity—a new merchandising program developed to help operators capitalize on the ever-growing frozen carbonated beverage (FCB) market. Taylor’s frozen carbonated beverage machines now have graphics that are as "cool" as the refreshing frozen beverages they dispense. These new, bright and exciting graphics create a sizzle that

Full Throttle Hydration

Full Throttle is inviting c-store customers to "Go Full Throttle or Go Home," this time with the launch of Full Throttle Hydration, a new, noncarbonated energy drink packed with electrolytes and charged with Full Throttle’s special energy/vitamin blend. As the brand’s first non-carbonated energy drink, Full Throttle Hydration provides thirst-quenching taste and maximum drinkability. Its

Spearmint Rush

BDI Marketing, distributors of the popular Mini Thin Rush family of energy products, announced the release of its eagerly awaited new spearmint flavored Mini Thin Rush Energy Gum. The new spearmint flavored energy gum delivers the equivalent thrust of energy offered by the company’s six-hour 2-ounce energy shot with just two pieces of gum. Each

Recruiting Top Employees

In the third and final part of Convenience Store Decisions’ recent Foodservice Webcast Series, human resources expert Mel Kleiman, president of Humetrics, talked about “tips for finding and retaining outstanding employees” and polled meeting participants as to where their best employees come from.  Not surprisingly, the majority of Webcast attendees reported that employee referrals generate

Better Brewing Through Technology

Brewmatic introduces the C-21 Premium Coffee Brewing System, offering user-friendly and full-featured technology for today’s c-store coffee needs. The C-21 series features an automatic intermittent brewing (AIB) system, which allows the coffee grounds to absorb water more evenly for a perfect extraction every time. A cold brew lock-out feature ensures that brewing will not begin

Diaper Convenience

Convenience Valet is now offering Huggies brand diapers and baby wipes in small convenience-size packages. Convenience Valet, a leading provider of nationally branded HBC and personal-care items, said the Huggies diapers are available in sizes three and four. The diapers and baby wipes are sold in one convenient package that includes two diaper’s eight wipes,

The New Face of Convenience

The late Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s once said, “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” Well, the folks at Rutter’s must be drenched.  Fresh off the launch of its convenience store prototype in York, Pa., the executive team at Rutter’s, Scott Hartman, Jeff Leedy and Jerry Weiner,

Novelty Candy

CandyRific will launch a wild twist on some of their most popular items for the release of Madagascar: "Escape 2 Africa". Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman may hit theatres on Nov. 22, but they’ll be hitting the candy shelves this October. The featured Madagascar items include: Giggle Heads, with a suggested retail price of $2.99;

Spicing Up the In-Store Offering: “Bienvenido A La Bodega”

Practice this phrase and try to have it down pat by midcentury: “Bienvenido a la bodega.” Sure, it’ll require a bit more than that (“Welcome to the little convenience store”) to gain loyalty from Spanish-speaking Hispanic consumers. But it’s probably a feel-good start in outfitting the c-store to attract one of the fastest-growing demographics in

Power and Performance

To help consumers power the high-tech devices they depend on, Energizer Holdings Inc. is introducing a second lithium battery to its portable power lineup: Energizer Advanced Lithium. Presented as the gateway to lithium technology and performance, Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries, available in AA and AAA, last up to four times longer than traditional batteries. They

High Energy and Sugar-Free

After unleashing its signature product only weeks ago, VE2 Laboratories is pleased to announce that Chartered Distribution Services (CDS) of Los Angeles will distribute VE2 Energy Gum across the country. Two pieces of sugar-free VE2 Energy Gum are equal to an 8-ounce cup of coffee or an energy drink. The gum is crammed with energy-sustaining

Abundance at Bountyland

The U.S. Marine Corps’ Parris Island facility is roughly a five-hour drive southeast from Bountyland Quick Stop’s Westminster, S.C., headquarters.   That said, new suppliers en route to one of Bountyland’s 11 stores might want to drop by the Marine boot camp and let a drill instructor toss them around for a bit. It’ll spare

Natural Energy

On-the-go Americans who crave a clean, naturally flavored beverage rich in antioxidants with a natural energy boost now have a product that gives them the benefits they want. mor Beverage has three flavors uniquely formulated to appeal to a broad range of consumers in the enhanced/functional beverage category. The products are packaged in an upscale

Developing an Effective Foodservice Program

Menu development is an essential though often overlooked element in the success of a c-store’s foodservice program. So, while operators may go about it differently, they must all see to it that they do, indeed, go about it.  From consumers’ desires and local competition to convenience, equipment costs, supplier availability and more, menu development is

Sign of the Times

MDI Worldwide, the inventor of WindMaster, the first dual-spring, wind-resistant curb sign, is introducing a new compact-size WindMaster curb sign that holds 22- by 28-inch posters. Small, sporty and futuristic, the Mini WindMaster is loaded with the same features and functions as its larger predecessors: rolling base for easy handling; dual springs to withstand strong

Tea Time

Lipton, America’s No. 1 name in tea, is rolling out Kericho Estate Tea, made with tea leaves from the 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified fields of Lipton’s Kericho Tea Estate in Kenya, Africa. Lipton Kericho Estate Tea offers the smooth, refreshing black tea experience your customers expect from Lipton, with the added knowledge that this variety

New Day For PetroSun

A bid from PetroSun Fuel of Seattle bested a slew of bids from other convenience store and petroleum operators who last month were hoping to snatch up the 600 remaining ConocoPhillips c-store and retail gas sites on the West Coast.  PetroSun’s newly created affiliate, Pacific Convenience & Fuel LLC, acquired the sites and joins the

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

Sticky Choices

Having a tough time deciding which gums and mints to carry? You’re not alone. The amazing number and diversity of new entries in this important category have most convenience store retailers second-guessing the wisdom of their choices. From energy boosts to dietary supplements, gum and mints are now available in a wide variety of formats

Secure Fuel Transactions

OPW Fuel Management Systems announces its Petro Vend FIT500 Fuel Control System is now available with FSC3000 fuel site controller built directly inside the fuel island terminal. Thanks to the built-in FSC3000, 10.4-inch color graphics display and remote communication through phone line or Ethernet, the FIT500 is ideal for unattended retail and commercial fueling operations.

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