homegrown convenience

Fast Phil’s is making its mark with redesigned stores, innovative card programs, consistent low prices and generous employee benefits. Reliability, a word thatall retailers strive to achievenowadays, is the first wordthat comes to mind whenFast Phil’s is mentioned to local residentsin southern North Carolina. Thechain, which has 12 stores spread outover Troutman, Mooresville, Yadkinvilleand Statesville,

ez as pie

The new EZ-Fit Lid Dispenser from San Jamar is the simple,affordable way to protect beverage lids and keep counters clean andorganized. The EZ-Fit Lid Dispenser dramatically improves the organization ofself-serve beverage countersby providing a simple,efficient solution. Two sizesare available to dispensemost cold beverage cuplids. The design requiresno adjustments or specialparts for different lid sizes.In-counter models

yogurt and then some

YoCrunch yogurt introduces two new flavors to its core line offering healthyand decadent yogurt experiences. Smooth and creamy low-fat YoCrunchVanilla yogurt is paired with crunchy Butterfinger and Strawberry-Bananais joined by 100% natural low-fat granola. All of YoCrunch’s low-fat yogurtproducts contain live and active cultures perfect for digestion and repletewith a mix of health benefits. The

quickchek expands its empire

With the opening of its first store in New York, the retailer ushers in a new era of convenience retailing. Some companies would celebratetheir 40th anniversarywith balloons and a lot of handshakes.For QuickChek, themilestone was an opportunity to show offits innovation and commitment to growingoperations. Last month, the Whitehouse Station,N.J.-based chain moved into the NewYork

blast off with freshness

Cadbury Adams USA LLC, makers of Dentyne, is launching its newestinnovation in enhanced breath freshening—Dentyne Blast. Dentyne Blastis the first liquid center chewing gum in the U.S. made with erythritol, aningredient that delivers a strong cooling effect by drawing heat away fromthe mouth and lowering its temperature. Available in two flavors, Winter Chilland Cool Lime,

water with punch

Coca-Cola launches Dasani Plus vitaminenhancedflavored water beverages. The line, withzero calories per serving, comes in three varieties,Refresh + Revive: Kiwi Strawberry Flavor has 10%of the RDI per serving of vitamins B3, B6 and B12;Cleanse + Restore: Pomegranate Blackberry Flavorcontains 10% of the RDI per serving of vitamins E,B3, B6 and B12, plus one gram of

belflower finds chemistry at davis oil

While Mike Belflower didn

impactful concoctions

Impact Confections announces the launch of Mike and Ike Spray and HotTamales Spray through a licensing agreement with Just Born, and with Mikeand Ike’s sweet and Hot Tamales’ spicy flavors, they are expected to boostthe growing spray category. In just 9 inches of shelf space, three differenttaste profiles are represented withthree powerful brands, Mike and

driving instore sales with fuel

Facing increased competition, Fabulous Freddy’s is investing in gas pumps with interactive merchandising displays. Fabulous Freddy’s is looking to cultivate a new baseof loyal in-store customers, and it isn’t going very farto find them. The Las Vegas-based chain is investing innext-generation interactive fuel pumps that communicatestore specials and offer valuable coupons directly totheir fuel customers

one good product

The newest “must have” in any purse or beachbag is the new Kodak HQ Maximum VersatilitySingle Use Camera. With a smaller, simple,modern design and silver-colored body, thenew HQ camera gives consumers a stylishway to get a photo when an expensive camera isn’t available.The new design, featuring a Kodak Ektanar Lens and Kodak’s800-speed film, delivers the

innovators come in all sizes

With our annual Chains to Watch issue,we set out to profile companies big andsmall that are doing innovative things,either with technology, operations, design or justgood, old-fashioned customer service. This year

tornado of flavor

El Monterey Tornados continue to be the consumer’s choice for foodsthat are convenient, flavorful and hot-to-go. Ruiz Foods introduces thenew 3-oz. El Monterey Tornado flavor—Firecracker Chicken—a hotwing style medley of tender chicken and Monterey Jack cheese meltedto perfection in a crispy seasoned tortilla. It’s recommended that theproduct is prepared on the roller grill, but then

quiktrip moving into the spring center

The arrangement “will be among the first of its kind in an arena, stadium or entertainment venue,” Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip will open a store in Sprint Center as part of a multi-year partnership with the Kansas City arena, built to host sports and entertainment events. The arrangement “will be among the first of its kind

chevron supports annual marathon

Company extends sponsorship until 2013. Chevron is keeping people running as it extends its sponsorship contract for the Chevron Houston Marathon, according to runnersweb.com. The Chevron Houston Marathon is the nation’s premier winter marathon, annually attracting participants from all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries. The race has been going on for 35

the all candy expo sweetens chicago

Over 20,000 show up for biggest event in candy. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) concluded its annual All Candy Expo yesterday in Chicago. Sponsored by the NCA, the All Candy Expo boasted 2,000 new products from nearly 500 exhibitors from 75 different countries. Top trends driving product releases of 2007/08 included: new flavor fusions focusing

four down 1200 to go

BP settles multiple lawsuits, but litigation far from over. BP has settled four civil lawsuits filed by contractors who were injured on March 23, 2005, when an explosion killed 15 workers and injured 180 at the company’s Texas City, Texas, refinery, abruptly ending the first civil trial stemming from the blast. Details of the settlement

industry pioneer swearingen dies

Former president of Standard Oil was 89. John E. Swearingen, oil executive and well-known defender of the industry in the energy crisis of the 1970s, died on Friday in Birmingham, Ala. He was 89 and lived in Chicago, according to the New York Times. Swearingen presided over Standard Oil of Indiana, one of the companies

bp waives goodbye to south dakota

Company pulls out to sell closer to its refineries. BP America Inc. revealed that it’s pulling out of most of South Dakota and all of North Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana and Texas, due to a decision to focus on areas closer to its refineries, according to the Associated Press. The company revealed that the Sioux Falls,

the end of driveoffs in kansas city

New ordinance dramatically cripples gas thieving. A city ordinance requiring motorists to prepay for gas has reduced the number of drive-offs from more than 1,100 in 2005 to virtually none over the past 13 months, according to an Associated Press report. The ordinance took effect last summer. Since then only 24 drive-offs have been reported

cigars accelerating category profits by increasing strategic focus

Cigar dollar sales experienced strong growth again increasing 14% in 2006, according to ACNielsen. And, Richard Fasanelli, vice president of John Middleton Inc. adds, "We continue to uncover additional growth opportunities with retail customers by applying strategies less common to cigars, but very common in other major tobacco categories." Don’t miss this opportunity to hear

phillip morris sues internetbased vendors

New lawsuit attacks the sale of untaxed, imported cigarettes. Philip Morris USA has filed two lawsuits in federal court against Internet site operators engaged in the sale of illegally imported cigarettes bearing Philip Morris USA’s trademarks, including the Marlboro mark. “Philip Morris USA will protect our brands and the law-abiding businesses that sell them from

nyacs awards 2007 scholarships

Six students receive a total of $4,500, a new high for the program. The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) has awarded six students for the 2007 NYACS Scholarship Foundation scholarships totaling $4,500. It’s the largest total awarded in the seven-year history of the program, thanks largely to a generous $2,500 contribution by the

united fuelenergy acquires sc fuels cardlock

Frank Greinke will continue to lead company. United Fuel & Energy Corp., a distributor of gasoline, diesel, propane and lubricant products to customers in the markets of the southwestern and south central U.S., reached a deal to acquire Cardlock Fuels System Inc., the cardlock operation of SC Fuels. SC Fuels operates 23 unattended fueling facilities

kwik trip workers become heroes

Employees help save family from burning home. Kwik Trip employees Tammy Schultz and Nancy Sprague didn’t expect to save any lives when they started their early morning shift, but that didn’t stop them from risking their lives to rescue a family from a burning building. The incident, which police are investigating as arson, began at

tesco unveils expansion plans

Chain reveals three new store locations added, as well as an estimated opening date. Tesco has unveiled plans to open in the U.S. as early as November, adding three more Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets to its list of stores. The chain plans to have up to 50 stores launched by February 2008 in California,

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