Americans Cut Back on Beer, But Wine is Fine

Americans are drinking less alcohol and middle-aged people are consuming about one-third less alcohol than they did 50 years ago, according to research by the Boston University School of Medicine. The study, according to HealthDay reporter Steven Reinberg, shows that Americans are drinking less beer, though liquor consumption has remained steady while wine consumption has

Citi Card, ExxonMobil Team To Launch Gas Rebate Program

Citi Cards and ExxonMobil today announced a new rewards program for the ExxonMobil MasterCard consumer co-branded credit card program, which will offer rebates of up to 15 cents per gallon on gas purchased at Exxon and Mobil stores nationwide. Starting Aug. 29, 2008, those who open a new ExxonMobil MasterCard account by Dec. 31, 2008

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

Performance and Conservation

The new oil-conserving, high-efficiency, award-winning, Protector fryer series, both gas and electric, has earned industry recognition for innovation with built-in SMART4UTM technology that delivers oil, energy and labor-saving benefits. Frymaster’s legacy of innovation has advanced fryer performance yet again to meet operator needs to do more with less with a fryer that reduces oil use

Fertile Ground

WILSON FARMS TIMELINE * 1960: Tops Markets is co-founded by Savino Nanula and Armand Castellani. 1969: Tops Markets opens the first Wilson Farms Neighborhood Food store in Tonawanda, N.Y., naming the store after a company-owned farm in Wilson, N.Y. 1978: Wilson Farms expands in N.Y. to Rochester and later to Syracuse. 1980s: Tops Markets is

Island Deli Case

Giles Foodservice Equipment is excited to announce the introduction of a new line of foodservice equipment into its existing portfolio with Island Deli Cases. The Giles Island Deli Case (GIDC) is designed to maximize visibility of packaged products while keeping products and packaging fresh at the proper serving temperature while waiting for customers to enjoy.

You Don’t Have a Turnover Problem?

Most employers in the convenience store industry think they have a frontline employee turnover problem and, heaven knows, the research surveys seem to confirm your thoughts. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey in February 2008, 78% of 16- to 19-year-olds and 54% of 20- to 24-year-olds had a tenure time of 12 months

Chock Full of Opportunity

Chock full o’ Nuts coffee announces an exciting new branded beverage solution for convenience store operators seeking to increase sales and grow profits in the expanding coffee category. The Chock full o’ Nuts new branded presentation for c-stores range from traditional self-service branded coffee offerings to a full-service, full-menu specialty coffee and beverage café concept.

Condiments: The New Category

Rick Pajak breathed new life into Wilson Farms’ hot and cold dispensed category by treating condiments less as an afterthought and more as a category of its own. “We look at the condiment section as one of the longest stops in the store,” he said. “Why not give them the right space and right opportunity

Chicken of the “C-Store”

Chicken of the Sea International introduces two convenient new products: Tuna Salad Cups and Tuna Salad Lunch Solutions. Chicken of the Sea Tuna Salad Cups are delicious and nutritious. Each cup contains 16 grams of protein, one-half gram of fat and 90 calories. They’re a perfect choice for health-conscious consumers. The perfect single-serve portion can

Retention of Frontline Employees

» More careful selection in hiring (57%) » Better compensation and benefit (50%) » Tuition reimbursement (47%) » Improved training programs (45%) » Better orientation programs (39%) » Adoption of a casual dress code (38%) » Flexible hours and schedules (33%) » Providing health insurance (29%) » Exit interviews (28%) » Profit-sharing (17%) Source: The

A Jolt of Energy

Wet Planet Beverages delivers more innovation this month as Jolt Energy initiates a national roll-out of the revolutionary 16-ounce resealable cap can. The popular 16-ounce size represents nearly 60% of all energy drink sales, thus providing Jolt Energy broader consumer appeal. In 2006, Jolt made headlines with their inventive 23.5-ounce resealable aluminum bottle. Tastefully packaged

Breakfast, The Daypart That Delivers

In March, Rick Pajak and his team rolled out a new breakfast sandwich program under Wilson Farms’ self-branded Fresh N Ready label. The sandwiches come in four varieties produced by Lettieri’s, a division of Hot Stuff Foods, which was able to tailor the menu according to the chain’s tastes. The previous program required employees to

And the Winner is…

Pre-Paid Promotions Inc. is driving prepaid sales and pushing innovation. The Montgomery, Ala.-based company manufactures and distributes traditional prepaid phone cards and sweepstakes phone cards in addition to creating and implementing custom sweepstakes promotions for companies. A major focus of the company is to help convenience stores increase their in-store sales and profit margins through

Somebody IS Watching

In an age of cameras on nearly every street corner, toll booth and ATM, the coming of interactive audio and visual systems at retail is hardly a surprise. What may surprise some, however, is the way in which such systems can transcend security and provide what some might suggest amounts to a whole new layer

Simple Serv Toppings

Enjoy the sweet success of adding whip topping to your hot and cold beverages and grab ‘n go desserts. Rich Products Corp., in partnership with Server Products, a leader in food dispensing equipment, has introduced the new Simple Serv Whip Topping Dispensing system for Rich’s delicious Whip Topping. The compact, stainless steel countertop dispenser works

Green and Envied

Scott Zaremba grew up in the fuel business. As president and CEO of Zarco 66, the petroleum company his father founded in 1968, Zaremba is battle-tested in the trenches and has the scars to prove it. But what motivates this savvy industry veteran every day is the opportunity to push the boundaries of creativity and

Fudge Shoppe

The Kellogg Convenience Store Team is excited to announce the return of the Keebler Fudge Shoppe brownie to the channel. This delicious 3-ounce brownie is available in Chocolate Fudge flavor, drizzled with icing and packed in an attractive 12-count display tray. Reformulated for today’s consumers, it’s the only brownie scrumptious enough to be Fudge Shoppe.

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