Frozen Beverages by Jolly Rancher

YoCream introduces new Tropical Tremor flavors under their Jolly Rancher Frozen Beverage brand: Pomegranate, Wild Berry, Mango, Fruit Punch and Sour Green Apple. The exciting new beverages are boldly flavored, less sweet, a little tart and intensely colored. Available for frozen carbonated and noncarbonated applications, the syrups are packaged in shelf stable bags with a

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Speedway SuperAmerica Presents a Unified Front

SuperAmerica won CSD’s Chain of the Year award in 1991, and Speedway was recognized with that honor six years later. In 1998, the two convenience store chains merged to form Speedway SuperAmerica LLC, which is owned by Marathon Oil Corp. Today, Speedway SuperAmerica, which is based in Enon, Ohio, is made up of more than

7-Eleven Continues Reinventing Convenience

7-Eleven Inc., the world’s largest operator, franchisor and licensor of convenience stores, was named Chain of the Year in 2005. The stores got their iconic name in the 1940s because they were open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., which was considered extended hours in those days. By the ‘60s, lifestyles were changing, and consumers

New Worldwide Brand ‘epay’

PaySpot Inc., a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwid Inc. and a leading prepaid and payments processor in the U.S., is offering a new worldwide brand under the name epay. Previously one of six brand names operating under the Prepaid Division of Euronet, PaySpot has rebranded with its sister prepaid companies to become the united global brand

Employees Fuel QuikTrip’s Success

QuikTrip Corp.,  the Oklahoma-based convenience retailer, opened for business in 1958 with a single store and second-hand furnishings. Today, the chain is made up of 532 convenience stores across nine states, all of them open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The privately-held, family-owned business has approximately 10,000 employees, who reportedly enjoy their

Valero Rises to the Top

At a Glance: Valero Energy Corp. Valero operates 16 refineries and seven ethanol plants stretching from California to Canada to the Caribbean. The San Antonio-based operator generated more than $119 billion in revenues in 2008 with total assets of $34.3 billion. Other company highlights include: •Number of Employees: Approximately 22,000 •Refining Throughput Capacity: 3.1 million

Barista Latté Program

 Barista-style specialty coffee beverages account for 20-30% of total coffee sales and are expected to rise another 6-8% over the next three to five years. Today’s consumers are looking outside the classic coffeehouse for quality, variety and convenience. The Insight Beverages Barista offers just that. With just a push of a button and only 20

Catering to the Community

It was 1968 when Don Lamberti purchased a Boone, Iowa service station and converted it into a convenience store, launching what would eventually grow into the thriving chain known as Casey’s General Stores. By the end of its first decade, Casey’s had more than 100 locations, plus its own warehouse. To meet its growing business

Couche-Tard Pushes U.S. Expansion

When Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. was presented with CSD’s Chain of the Year honors in 2007, the company’s smart, strong growth was cited as the foundation for the honor. A little more than two years later and not much has changed. The company is still regarded as one of the savviest marketers in two countries, and

Party Pizza

Hot Stuff Foods has introduced the Big Stuff Trio—three pizzas, which when baked and put end-to-end equate to the original 52-inch Big Stuff Pizza. It allows Hot Stuff Foods franchise partners to use existing equipment and ingredients. The product is delivered hotter and fresher to the customer who can choose from a large combination of

Innovation a Hallmark at Sheetz

In 1952, Bob Sheetz purchased an Altoona, Pa., dairy store, one of five retail operations owned by his father. His second store opened its doors in 1963 and the third opened five years later. By 1969, Bob’s brother Steve was serving as general manager, and the pair decided to open one store each year through

Dual Branding Strategy Drives Chevron

It’s been a challenging couple of years for convenience store operators, marked by wild fuel price fluctuations and exorbitant credit card fees. Despite the adversity, Chevron stood apart as one of the premier industry leaders. By advancing its Image Refresh program at ExtraMile convenience stores, growing the Texaco brand and introducing a no-fee credit card

Heat Up Foodservice Sales

 Enhance your image and make your c-store a grab-and-go flavor destination with a Johnsonville-branded warmer unit, designed to house Johnsonville handheld sandwich varieties. With two warmer sizes available—small (holds 16 sandwiches) or large (holds 30 sandwiches)—Johnsonville has a warmer option to fit any size, venue or budget.  A recent study by AC Nielson showed 86%

MAPCO’s New Direction

Great stores, outstanding service and a commitment to its people helped MAPCO Express garner Chain of the Year honors in 1996. The company has changed quite a bit since then, but the focus on convenience store operations remains stronger than ever. MAPCO Express, as it exists today, was formed with Delek US Holdings’ acquisition of

FDA Looks at Future of Tobacco Products

Confusion Reigns Supreme C-store operators aren’t the only ones left scratching their heads by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) first foray into tobacco regulation.During the FDA’s teleconference, Catherine Lorraine, a lawyer for the administration, said, “I just want to draw your attention to the portion of the definition of a cigarette, which specifically refers

Nice Guys Do Finish First

Congratulations to Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, Convenience Store Decisions’ 2009 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. The Chain of the Year award remains the oldest and most prestigious award in the industry. This year is our 20th anniversary of presenting the distinction to a deserving chain and we’re honored to have recognized some of

Modular Display Rack System

  Pan-Oston has introduced the Display Genie system, designed specifically for independent grocers who have limited floor space. It can be used to display everything from magazines to produce or even wine. The Display Genie’s space-saving and multi-functional modular units have adjustable mix-and-match shelving and can be easily combined for different spaces, applications and looks.

Growth, Innovation Propel Kum & Go

It’s been an eventful five decades for Kum & Go, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Entrepreneurs W.A. Krause and T.S. Gentle founded Kum & Go in 1959 under the original name of the Hampton Oil Co., which later changed to Krause Gentle Corp. In the 1970s, the co-founders wanted a name that would

Turning a Foodservice Profit

C-store operators looking to grow their foodservice programs just may be overlooking, or at least underestimating, one of the best tools at their disposal: the humble roller grill. As in-store menus have expanded to include fresh foods and entrees, the time-honored roller grill has quietly continued to please customers and bolster bottom lines thanks to

California Gas Prices Surpass $3

  Gasoline prices in California have been inching upward this week, tipping the average price in most communities past $3, Central Valley Business Times reported.   At $3.012 California is one of three states with an average gas price exceeding $3-the other two being Alaska at $3.406 and Hawaii at $3.270- according to the American

Circle K To Expand Tucson Site

  Circle K Stores of Tempe, Ariz. has purchased 3.2 acres of vacant land in Marana, Ariz., from a private seller for $2.15 million, CoStar Group, a commercial real estate information company reported.   Located off I-10 at Ina Road, the newly purchased property surrounds the existing Circle K building at 4500 W. Ina Road,

PACT Act Would Crackdown on Illegal Tobacco Sales

On Nov. 5 the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on a bill called the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act that would get tough on the illegal sale of tobacco products that takes place through Internet and mail order, NACS reported. The association has been leading a business coalition of retailers and distributors

7-Eleven Exits Ottawa

  7-Eleven is pulling out of Ottawa and with it goes the chain’s very affordable cellphone service, the Ottawa Citizen reported.   The chain sold all six of its Ottawa outlets to Quickie Convenience Stores, an Ottawa-based chain that operates 47 stores across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.   In a statement, 7-Eleven noted its

Valero CEO Expresses Industry Concerns to the U.S. Senate

  Bill Klesse, chairman of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), and CEO and chairman of Valero Energy Corp., testified this week before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, expressing the refining community’s concerns with S. 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, NACS reported.   “The implications of this

Sales Rebound at C-stores

  After c-stores endured several quarters of decline in customer purchases caused by a struggling economy, a new report by the NPD Group’s Convenience Store Monitor shows consumers have returned to buying a larger variety of products from the stores in the second quarter of 2009, Food Product Design reported.   According to the report,

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