Processing Plus Compliance

  North American Bancard (NAB), a leader in credit card processing, is reaching out to c-store chains to help them drastically reduce the fees they’re paying to accept credit cards as well as ensuring they are PCI compliant. Some of the benefits NAB is offering include: free state-of-the-art credit card processing terminals that are capable


Totally Automatic

Mark VII Equipment Inc. is rolling out its next generation of rollover carwash systems, the SoftWash XT and AquaJet XT. Each system leverages the best features of its predecessor while adding unique new features that drive incremental revenue, lower operating costs, increase customer satisfaction and reduce consumption of precious resources.  Both have been redesigned from

Hot Food? Convenience Solutions

Foodservice equipment manufacturer Lockwood Manufacturing has introduced a new cabinet in a long line of time tested quality cabinets. The new CA69-PFIN-18CDD offers retailers an efficient method of holding and displaying hot food and baked goods for their customers. Featuring a fully insulated frame, external heat unit controls, digital thermometer and heavy duty casters all

Place Your Bets

Republic Tobacco’s Gambler is the market leader in make-your-own bagged tobaccos and also the No. 1 and fastest growing cigarette filter tube brand. In response to the preference of 25% of smokers, new King Size Menthol Cigarette Filter Tubes have been added to the mix. The addition of menthol flavor complements the existing line that

Convenience Concerns

I was getting breakfast at my local convenience store recently, an unbranded joint close to my office, when I noticed a new addition to the store. Right by one of the two pay stations was a neatly handwritten sign that read, “No Cell Phones in Line.” I have to admit this message surprised me. The

Maximum Versatility

Honeywell announced the availability of the MS4980 VuQuest, a compact yet powerful area-imaging scanner. The combination of aggressive presentation-mode scanning and advanced features allow for high-quality scanning in places where space is at a premium. It’s ideal for applications requiring versatility and strong performance. The MS4980 is capable of scanning virtually all 1D, PDF and

Krafting a Snack Offering

Shelf-stable Handi-Snacks and Kool-Aid branded snacks offer a convenient single-serve snack for on-the-go consumers and time crunched operators. Handi-Snacks Pudding Snacks are available in consumer preferred chocolate and vanilla varieties, while Kool-Aid Gels come in two refreshing fruit flavors, Strawberry and Orange. New packaging with rounded cups offers an easy-to-handle snack, perfect for the on-the-go

Chips with a Kick

Bold flavor is on trend with convenience store shoppers. In fact, seven of the top 15 top turning salty snacks are bold flavored. Convenience store retailers can tap into this growing consumer demand for an extreme taste experience with new Gardetto’s Chipotle Cheddar snack mix from General Mills. As the newest member of General Mills’

When One Size Fits All Doesn’t Fit

I have always been a c-store guy, I just did not realize it until I became affiliated with this publication and started paying more attention to the intricacies of the segment.  Thanks to my wife, I rarely go to the grocery store anymore–she actually likes the experience. I also rarely take the time to enjoy

Chewy Trail Mix

Since 1975, Nature Valley has used wholesome ingredients to make its best-tasting granola bars, with flavors and types for every taste. For the first time, Nature Valley is bringing chocolate to its great-tasting granola bars. The new Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix bar and the Dark Chocolate & Nut bar, now available to convenience store

Fountain Flavors

Today’s thirsty customers crave options. Servend’s new Flav’r Pic ice and beverage dispenser offers 16 beverage selections, up to eight flavor enhancements and two ice options—adding up to thousands of potential drink combinations—the ultimate in beverage customization. Flav’r Pic features the industry’s first built-in ice crusher, dispensing either cube or crushed ice from a single

Fuel Dealers Refuse to Quit

Gasoline dealers in New Jersey have won a string of major victories in their race to stave off what they predict will be dire consequences stemming from Exxon Mobil Corp.’s large-scale pullout from parts of the Northeast. Dealer groups have succeeded in pushing legislation through both the state Senate and Assembly in hopes of getting

Fuel Island Vending

As retailers continue to look for new profit centers, Vendgogh has introduced its first gas island vending product allowing retailers to tap the 70% of consumers that pay at the pump and never enter the convenience store. Vendgogh has developed a creative and profitable way to bring the c-store to the gas island, while combining

Perfect Chicken

Brakebush Brothers has the perfect answer for operators who want to serve their customers whole muscle chicken, yet maintain the consistency and portion control that keeps their budgets predictable. Its Perfect Answers chicken is whole muscle, breaded chicken breasts and tenders that are perfectly portioned and consistently sized with no compromise in quality. That makes

Focused on the Franchise

BP At a Glance BP is one of the largest integrated oil companies in the world, with an estimated global market share of around 3% of oil & gas production and 4% of refining capacity in the major global markets in which it operates. Its U.S. retailing brands are BP, ARCO and ampm. Global sales:

Sweet Profits

Confectionery manufacturer BestSweet Inc. has introduced a new, smoother shape for its licensed Baskin-Robbins Smooth & Creamy Hard Candy.  In addition to the new candy shape, updated packaging for the product is also being introduced and will prominently feature a picture of the new shape on the front of each candy bag. The new Smooth

Smoke Be Gone

When customers need a quick remedy to remove smoke and other odors from hair and clothes, Gone Smoke is the solution. Gone Smoke Ultimate Smoke ‘n’ Odor Eliminator is the newest, hottest product in the convenience store industry. Convenient and discreet, the .60-ounce Gone Smoke displays neatly as an impulse item in an 18-count highly

Can Packaging Boost Sales?

The Anti-Styrofoam Brigade C-store retailers beware. If the current political and regulatory trends continue, you may have to find an alternative packaging that doesn’t contain Styrofoam, and fast. Because non-biodegradable garbage threatens more and more marine and coastal ecosystems as it continues to accumulate in the world’s oceans, California legislators have introduced a bill that

Biodegradable Hot Cup Lid

Eco-Products, a leading provider of biodegradable and compostable foodservice solutions, introduced its latest innovation in packaging: a compostable hot cup lid. This spring the company will unveil the first commercially compostable hot cup lid in North America, addressing the growing demand from conscious coffee and tea enthusiasts. Made from the ingeo biopolymer from NatureWorks LLC,

Chocolate Goodness

The Kellogg Convenience Store Team, whose goal is to help retailers and wholesalers achieve the greatest possible sales and profits from its strong brands, has introduced another exciting snack bar to the channel—the Special K Chocolatey Drizzle Cereal Bar. Every bite of this delicious, 90-calorie snack bar is full of rich chocolatey drizzle. The combination

Recovering With New Tax Breaks

Shortly after last November’s election, Thomas Zaucha, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association (NGA) called upon the President-elect to kindle the economy with a stimulus package that included “tax incentives used by retailers and wholesalers to invest in technology, energy saving equipment and trucks for their businesses.” President Obama’s reply, The American Recovery

BIC Expands with NASCAR

BIC Lighter has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Jeff Gordon, to create another popular line of licensed lighter wraps. The lighters feature four bold new designs featuring Gordon, the iconic #24, and his new car for 2009. Gordon will join Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the

Hydrate Cooler Sales

In the past, millions of thirsty people have had to make the tradeoff between low-calorie and taste. Now, settling is no longer an option. From the creators of vitaminwater and smartwater comes a product that has reinvented the low-calorie category–vitaminwater10. Vitaminwater10 is the perfect combination–it’s only 10 calories per serving, naturally sweetened and supernaturally tasty.

Cooler Control

Operators looking for greater energy efficiency should cast an eye on their coolers, where centralized controls, lighting adjustments, basic ongoing maintenance and employee training can save them money. “Coolers are typically an opportunity for improvements in maintenance and operational practices,” said Jerry Lawson, national manager for Energy Star Small Business and Congregations Network, a division

Tornados to Go

Tornados by El Monterey continue to satisfy the consumer’s desire for delicious “hot-to-go” foods that are perfect for any meal or snack and are available at convenience stores and other quick-serve food outlets. The recent introduction includes two new flavors: Chicken Club and Spicy Cheese Steak Tornados by El Monterey, a division of Ruiz Foods.