United El Segundo Inc. Retail arm: United Oil Co. Primary areas of operation: Owns and operates convenience stores in Southern California in addition to maintaining a vast dealer-operated network and a chain of car washes. Long-range plans: Increasing market share while growing store count through new-to-market stores and acquisitions. Established: 1948 Net sales (2006): $1.27
Who would have imagined fitting the energy of six Red Bulls in your pocket? Thanks to the introduction of SuperFly, the first line of Energy DrinkTabs in the energy drink category, consumers now can have easy access to the power-packed, effervescent energy of six energy drinks in one small tube. Better yet, all this energy
The foundations for other industries lay in the product. The film industry pumps out movies. Pharmaceuticals companies manufacture drugs. Publishers print magazines. For convenience stores the world over, the foundation is literally the foundation. “It comes down to location, location, location, just like in real estate,” said Jeff Lenard, vice president of communications for
The number one brand of smokeless chewing tobacco is leveraging more than 100 years of experience producing the highest quality tobacco products to delight consumers with something new–a line of premium moist snuff. Made from premium quality tobacco, Red Man Moist Snuff is available in Long Cut Wintergreen, Fine Cut Natural and Long Cut Straight.
Lettieri’s has unveiled its new Sausage Gravy Stuffed Biscuit, which allows customers to eat their biscuits and sausage gravy on-the-go with no muss, no fuss. “As always, we start with the finest ingredients, which begins with a light and tender buttermilk biscuit with the mouth-watering look and taste as though it were made from scratch,”
RedPrairie Corp., a leading consumer driven optimization company, introduced its Food Service Management solution for petroleum and convenience stores. The solution optimizes food service operations for retailers, including food preparation, production planning, recipes and fresh item management. This information can be fully integrated with inventory, labor and sales data for an accurate forecast of production
You’ve certainly heard the old saying: “Our people are our greatest asset.” We all know what the phrase intends to convey, but, if you think about it, the analogy is clumsy at best. In the real world, assets are things that can be bought, sold or traded, like buildings, equipment, patents, systems and secret ingredients.
Finally an ultra light latte that is low in calories, low in carbs, and has no added sugar. Recent research has found many added health benefits associated with the consumption of coffee due to it’s high antioxidants level. To capitalize on this research, New York Coffee Co. is offering a new line of pure Colombian
New insights on the cigar category reveal that retailers who manage the cigar category more strategically benefit from accelerated growth and a larger share of the market. The data was shared in a Convenience Store Decisions Webcast, sponsored by John Middleton Inc., titled “Cigars: Accelerating Category Profits by Increasing Strategic Focus,” and offered new evidence
Bigelow Tea and AriZona Beverages are teaming up to offer retailers and tea drinkers a new line of bottled ready-to-drink Chai teas as well as new hot tea flavors. The partnership marks a debut for both companies, with Bigelow entering the bottled, ready-to-drink market and AriZona the hot tea category. Bigelow Tea’s new ready-to-drink flavors
Several clients have recently challenged us to try to creatively refinance convenience mortgages tied to properties that were acquired over the last several years. These properties were purchased based upon high cash flow multiples of seven times or more–multiples that have become the norm with many transactions around the country. When considered in light of
The spherical glass–the latest in glass technology–in the new “S” Series line of refrigerated and non-refrigerated display cases provides a distinctive look and flowing curves to create outstanding presentation of fresh bakery goods. The “S” Series, part of the Encore line of cases from Structural Concepts, can be mixed and matched in modular fashion for
The long-predicted demise of cigarettes has not come to fruition, nor is it likely to. But the effect of tobacco taxation and smoking restrictions has made it much more difficult to rely on cigarette sales as the primary category for driving in-store profitability. But don’t read that to mean tobacco is suffering. Retailers are reporting
Pierre Foods’ newest entry to their Vending and C-stores line-ups will have customers exclaiming “Hot Diggity!” Finally, great tasting, microwaveable sandwiches at an entry-level price point. This line of sub-shaped sandwiches capitalizes on what Pierre Foods does best—full-flavor seasoned and sauced meats on their famous hearth-baked yeast roll. The moderate portion size is also ideal
Employee Relations Though its owned and operated entirely by the Huppert family, the Team Oil Travel Center employs 16 people from the local Spring Valley, Wis. community. Tony Huppert, CEO and vice president of the company, calls employees and customer service the backbone if Team Oil’s success. Employees are encouraged to learn many interesting and
There’s nothing quite as satisfying and refreshing as a glass of beer. And, when paired with the right food and enjoyed over a leisurely meal with friends and family, the beverage becomes all the more perfect. Whether it’s a tailgate party, a get-together to watch a big game or just dining with friends, beer fits
The influx of people moving to western North Carolina from the Northeast and Florida—both areas where Dunkin’ Donuts does a booming business—was one reason Citizens Fuel Co. is excited these days to be adding Dunkin’ franchises to at least three of its 10 Citi Stop c-stores. “We felt it was a huge opportunity to fill
Italian stone and tile manufacturer GranitiFiandre is launching its GeoStyle Collection to the U.S. market. GeoStyle, which premiered at the 2007 Cersaie Exhibition in Italy, is a collection of porcelain surfacing products that highlights the company’s most innovative design concepts and expansive R&D efforts. GeoStyle is a vanguard collection of the company’s most creative and
In an effort to satisfy large groups of customers, Hot Stuff Foods has developed the Big Stuff Crowd Pleaser Pizza, a 52-inch party pizza ideal for “wowing” hearty appetites at football parties, youth sports events, birthdays, family get-togethers and all other gathering of pizza lovers. The new Big Stuff Pizza delivers about $15 of gross profit
For more than 100 years, Maxwell House coffee has been a part of Americans’ homes and morning routines. Today, Maxwell House, a division of Kraft Foods, is redefining mainstream coffee as the only major mainstream brand to offer a range of coffees roasted with 100% Arabica beans. In addition to offering an enjoyable coffee drinking
7-Eleven Timeline 7-Eleven Inc. began almost 81 years ago when a Dallas ice dock operator decided to add milk, eggs and bread in response to his customers’ needs. The company’s first expansion outside Texas was into Florida. The retailer entered the franchising arena in 1964 with the acquisition of Speedee Mart, a chain of franchised
SolMaya Brands, a registered brand of Presto Food & Beverage Inc. successfully launched a new line of Latin Flavored ready-to-drink dairy beverages in four flavors: Mexican Style Horchata, Horchata Sabor de Morro, Morir Sonando/Orange Jubilee and Avena Oatmeal Shake. SolMaya Brands is extraordinarily unique in that it is the only brand, both in the U.S.
The bottled water industry has recently come under attack by critics who say they are concerned about the quantity of water bottles going to our landfills and the energy used transporting them to market. But, Kim Jeffery, president and CEO of Nestle Waters North America Inc., said those who propose bans on bottled water don’t
Ceemco Store Displays, a manufacturer of visual merchandising and point-of-purchase displays, has developed a customizable line of retail checkout systems which provide the best possible utility, ergonomics and convenience for cashiers and customers. Systems have rounded edges, “best-height” platforms for writing checks and bagging stations that can swivel for easiest use. Ceemco’s stress-minimizing designs are