Casey’s Walljasper: No More Franchising

Casey’s General Stores Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer William Walljasper gave an earnest interview to The Wall Street Transcript this week, touting the chain’s rural store format and conservative strategies as pivotal elements to its growth over the years. The chain has 1,450 corporate-owned stores and 14 franchise locations, though all of those

OTP: Onward To Playboy?

Skoal smokeless tobacco is giving as many as 2,000 contributing editors the opportunity to contribute to the January 2009 issue of Playboy, which will be the magazine’s 55th anniversary issue, brandweek.com reported. The "Skoal Builds Playboy" promotion will allow fans to help put together a 12-page special section in the magazine, the Web site said.

20 days, 3,300 Customers, $660,000 in Free Gas

Southern California grocery leader Stater Bros. is launching an ambitious promotional program giving 3,300 customers free fuel for about a month. The Stater Bros. gas giveaway works like this: Each day from Aug. 6 to Aug. 26, the retailer chooses 165 customers to receive $200 in gas gift cards. That’s $660,000 the grocer will dole

Aritmex Acquires Baked Goods Producer

Bakery product producer Artimex LLC has acquired the Tina’s brand of baked goods, the company said. Artimex has gained exclusive rights to produce the full line of Tina’s-brand bakery goods, including a continuation of the original recipes that made the brand a success. Artimex produces a variety of frozen dough and fully baked products, with

Tank n’ Tummy, Wallace Oil Merge

Wallace Oil Co., of Colorado’s Arkansas Valley area, is joining forces with Oklahoma-based c-store chain Tank n’ Tummy, The Pueblo Chieftan reported. The agreement will turn six Wallace Oil stores in Colorado to Tank n’ Tummy stores, either through sale or lease-purchase, the publication reported. A wholesale gasoline distributor, Wallace Oil will continue providing gasoline

Crackdown on Houston C-store Crime Gets Slow Response

Police in Houston have begun enforcing new regulations requiring convenience stores to register with law enforcement, but only 158 of 2,000 c-stores in that market have registered under the new program so far, according to an Associated Press report. According to the Houston Chronicle, stores have anywhere from three months to two years to comply

Dunkin’ Donuts Rolls Out Healthier Menu Items

Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the launch of its new DDSMART menu, the brand’s first to offer better-for-you options on food and beverages. Labeled with a distinctive new logo, the new DDSMART items include new and existing Dunkin’ Donuts food and beverages that meet at least one of the following criteria: 25% fewer calories; 25% less

Amstel Light Leverages Unique Brand Equity

Amstel Light, a leading imported light beer from Holland, unveiled a powerful differentiator to drive its new marketing campaign–the brewing tradition and free spirit of its birthplace, Amsterdam. Research showed that the most ownable space for Amstel Light was based on a brand equity it had all along, but just hadn’t fully leveraged, and that

Prepackaged Options Expanding

Prepackaged food sales are booming nationwide and new choices are springing up to help convenience store retailers grow in-store sales. Successful prepackaged food merchandising is all about display, said Jerry Weiner, vice president of foodservice for Rutter’s Farm Stores in York, Pa. “Grab-and-go sales have tripled since we moved products from four-foot open-air cases to

Mocha Mini

BDI Marketing, distributors of the popular Mini Thin Rush family of energy products, has launched its new mocha-flavored 2-ounce energy drink shot Mini Thin Rush A.M. Designed to provide people on the go with a highly energizing morning pick me up via a convenient 2-ounce liquid shot, Mini Thin Rush A.M. features a tasty mocha

Tea with a Twist

Rosenberger’s Dairies, the Delaware Valley’s favorite dairy company since 1925, has expanded its line of beverages to include a refreshing summertime favorite: Lemonade Iced Tea. Rosenberger’s Lemonade Iced Tea, available in half-gallon plastic containers, is a half and half blend of lemonade and iced tea and can be found in refrigerator cases at convenience stores

Discovering New Land

The Discovery Trifecta Location: Coolidge, Ariz. Opening: September 2008 Key Features: 2,400-square-foot c-store on one acre; 1,400 square feet for Little Caesars pizza; four pumps offering unbranded standard fuels and E85; a sizable coffee cafe; beer cave and 20-head soda fountain top it off. Details: Positioned within a town of 9,000 residents, the store will

Novelty Hair Gel

Retailers looking to boost novelty sales should look no further than Dyna-Doo’s Nourishing Hair Styling Tabs, a unique product for strong hair control while adding incredible texture, control and temporary color highlights on the go. Dyna-Doo Hair Styling Tabs come in eight fragrant colors that add temporary bold color highlights to the hair coloring and

Building Brick by Brick

At a quick glance it makes for a dismal picture: Killer interchange fees, nightmarish margins on gas, ever-rising tobacco taxes thanks to the whimsies of politicos. There’s a host of potholes marring the road to profitability, and few convenience chains on the market can afford to bankroll a multimillion dollar facility to optimize their foodservice

Energy Kick

Premium coffee gets fully charged with the launch of Full Throttle Coffee, a creamy coffee-and-energy blend set to be unleashed nationally in August. Made with 100% premium Colombian Arabica coffee and Full Throttle’s energy and vitamin blend, Full Throttle Coffee is sure to rev up taste buds in Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel flavors. It will

Filling Up on Food Sales

Five years ago, Open Pantry was poised to move beyond the humdrum in southeast Wisconsin. The 26-store convenience retailer was bracing for big changes inside and out, all part of a mammoth push to polish the chain’s image with new products, programs and brands. A gourmet sandwich line was added. Larger roller grills were installed

Sleep Easy

Ease muscles and promote restful sleep with this complete formula, featuring valerian root and passiflora extract which are recognized for their long history in promoting relaxation naturally. Since 1967, Mason Vitamins has provided quality vitamins, minerals, supplements and herbs retailers and consumers can trust. It guarantees that in the manufacturing of all its products, all

For Health and Wellness Devotees, Money Doesn’t Matter

A study by the Natural Marketing Institute found retail sales within the U.S. foodservice and consumer packaged goods’ health and wellness industry hit $102.8 billion in 2007, representing 15% growth since 2006, adding that there doesn’t seem to be any signs of a slowdown in this sector. NMI predicted that double-digit growth of the health

Sensible Snacking

World Gourmet Marketing LLC, a New Jersey-based food manufacturer, announces the addition of 8 Grain Crisps to its Sensible Portions brand of healthy and delicious all-natural snacks. The product expands the current line of pellet snacks, which are manufactured using a hot air popped technology. In addition to providing a good source of whole grains,

Where to Find the Best Workers

Among retailers who tuned in to CSD’s Webcast on hiring foodservice employees, more than 57% said finding part-time workers is one of their biggest hiring challenges. A second Webcast poll showed retailers rely on three primary sources to find the best employees: • Referrals: 50% • Walk-ins: 37.5% • Advertisements: 12.5% Mel Kleiman, of Humetrics

Relax & Revive

It’s a stressful world and consumers are increasingly looking for beverages that will help them "chill out." They now have a new choice: Relax & Revive, a beverage that helps consumers relax, recover and reduce anxiety. Crash Beverages has brought R&R to market in a 12-ounce Rexam sleek can. R&R is specifically designed for consumers

Profit$ You Can Bank On

Here in the 21st century, providing c-store customers with financial products and services like money orders, check cashing, ATM access, electronic bill payment and payday loans can be as easy, and as necessary, as selling soda, candy and beer. But it requires a bit more thinking. Convenience store operators are increasingly partnering with providers like

Ultimate Home Draught Beer Experience

Beer enthusiasts seeking a sophisticated draught beer-drinking experience at home have found their answer with the BeerTender, now available nationwide at retail locations and online stores. A one-of-a-kind appliance, BeerTender features stylish design characteristics and authentic draught beer thanks to the patented carbonator pressure technology of the Heineken DraughtKeg and Heineken Premium Light DraughtKeg, sold

The $10 Test

Mel Kleiman offers the $10 test: Give your applicant a $10 bill and tell him to buy something in the store—a sandwich, a fountain drink, anything of his choosing—and ask him to return the next day with an assessment of the experience. The applicant will do one of three things: • Take the $10 and

Model Imprinter

The Addressograph Bartizan Variable Amount 4875 imprinter has long been an essential tool at thousands of service stations and convenience stores worldwide. It is ideal for any application that requires the credit card information and the transaction amount to be imprinted directly onto sales slips. The 4875 imprinter is an ideal solution to today’s electronic

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