By the Numbers

» 15 Cents Discount per gallon Kroger is offering customers as part if its enhanced fuel discount program by accumulating credits through purchases made at the company’s U.S. stores. » 33 Zip Trip stores that are rebranding from 76 to Cenex. The initial conversion covers the fuel offering. Once completed, the c-stores will also be

Chicken: Poultry in Motion with Chicken in Top Spot

One of the most versatile and marketable products in retail foodservice has also become the No. 1 convenience item consumers are choosing in their quest for meat and poultry products. A recent study by the National Chicken Council (NCC) shows that U.S. consumers consider chicken to be the most widely available convenience food product, as

General Merchandise: Competition Impacting Novelty

General merchandise rounded out the top 10 in-store categories by gross profit contribution, according to the National Association of Convenience Store’s (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI) report. Finishing 10th, just behind cold dispensed beverages, on a per-store, per-month basis, stores averaged $2,373 in merchandise sales with a gross profit contribution of $873. The bad

Corralling the Customers

There’s little debating the sort of purchase Buffalo Bill Cody would make these days if he could ramble into one of the southwest Missouri corner stores that brandish his name. “He seemed like a beef jerky kind of guy to me,” Curtis Jared, president and CEO of Cody’s Convenience Stores, said of the cowpoke-turned-entertainer who’s

DELI, BAKERY AND PREPARED FOODS: Fresh Remains Key For Customers

The tendency for Americans to want more fresh and fresh prepared food is clearly growing, which is why traditional U.S. convenience stores have been joined by overseas chains like Tesco and Famima. "I think the lifestyle is really changing here," said Hidenari Sato, executive vice president of Famima Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s FamilyMart

Isotonics and Energy Drinks: Isotonics Maintain, Energy Drinks Soar

Isotonics and sports drinks maintain strong sales and will probably continue to do so, given consumers’ growing demands for healthful food and drink that meets the body’s needs following physical activity. Energy-drink purchases, on the other hand, are growing exponentially across the country—leading retailers to keep seeking the best strategies for leveraging the category’s popularity.

Technology Driving Safety and Cash Management

Safeguarding c-stores and the people and property in and around them is getting easier and more economical thanks largely to incremental advances in a variety of technologies. Among them: safes that do more, software systems that communicate better and electronic eyes that see more. Theft and mayhem of all types, from gas pump drive-offs and

Hot Dispensed Beverages: Consumers on the Prowl for Premium

The days of battery acid brewing in a pot on a hot plate are long over, and c-store coffee programs will be hard-pressed to win drinkers these days without recognizing that consumers are on the prowl for premium coffees at palatable prices. A shortage of minutes and money among consumers nationwide is driving demand for

Alternative Energy (Shots and bars): Buying Energy by the Shot

Make room for the new kid on the block: Energy shots, those concentrated versions of energy drinks that are beginning to mirror the high sales figures of their parent product. Granted, some customers buy energy shots to add to their energy drink in a kind of shot-and-chaser strategy. But for an increasing number of buyers,

Rutter’s Is Tops With Locals

Rutter’s topped the York Sunday News’ 2008 “Best of York” rankings in six categories, beating out a number of other national brands, the company said. Rutter’s took first place in the six categories evaluated by its hometown newspaper, including breakfast, coffee, deli/sub/sandwich, fast food, lunch and milk. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s bested the likes of Cracker

Uni-Marts LLC Files For Bankruptcy

Uni-Marts LLC, operator of 283 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio, has voluntarily filed bankruptcy, but in the meantime will continue operating most of its stores without interruption. The move, however, will result in closure of at least 45 Uni-Marts stores. The company and six subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions this week under Chapter

Fresh & Easy Adds To Product Lineup

West Coast retailer Fresh & Easy said it added 23 new self-branded kitchen products to its lineup this week, all of which were developed by Fresh & Easy Chef Mike Ainslie. The company also introduced product No. 3 million to stores this week: a 17-ounce package of Fresh & Easy Mashed Potatoes made using only

CHS Exec Calls For Delay On Lieberman-Warner Bill

CHS Inc. Executive Vice President and COO Leon Westbrock drafted a letter this week criticizing the Lieberman-Warner Bill pending in the U.S. Senate. “Next week the U.S. Senate may vote on the Lieberman-Warner bill which is intended to address greenhouse gas issues through a complex program of allowances targeted at our nation’s key industries,” Westbrock

Zarco 66 Station Turning To Turbine Power

C-store chain Zarco 66, of Kansas, is taking its forward-thinking ecological practices a step further by planning green technologies such as the installation of a small-scale wind turbine atop its fuel island canopy, the Lawrence Journal reported. Lawrence City Commissioners gave tentative approval to Zarco 66 President Scott Zaremba’s plans to add a small-scale wind

Altria Pushing OTP Over Cigarettes

Altria Group Inc. told shareholders this week that it’s looking to bolster its OTP business as domestic cigarette sales continue to decline, a decision also motivated by concerns about health, smoking bans and price increases, the Associated Press reported. Altria CEO Michael Szymanczyk told shareholders that while Altria will still be able to build market

Oklahoma City Travel Plaza Switches Hands

An investment group in Oklahoma City, Okla., has purchased the Anderson Travel Plaza in that town, giving the group free reign on almost 11 acres complete with two convenience stores, a trucker’s lounge, a 120-seat full-service restaurant called The Silver Spoon and other amenities at the Phillips 66-branded site. Andrew Geller, managing partner of 333

Calif. Authorities Investigate Card-Skimming

San Jose police are investigating an incident at a gas station where a couple used their ATM card to pay for gas and ended up falling victim to a skimming scheme, news stations in that city reported. The couple said they rarely use their ATM card, and noticed that $1,500 was taken from their bank

TravelCenters of America Adopts E-Payment Services

Coinstar E-Payment Services’ full range of Pay-As-You-Go products and services will be available in TravelCenters of America’s full-service travel centers operating under the "TA", "TravelCenters of America" and "Petro Stopping Centers" brands. The lineup of Coinstar Pay-As-You-Go products includes prepaid wireless, long distance, gift cards, financial services like prepaid re-loadable and one-time gift debit cards

Shareholders Reject ExxonMobil CEO-Chairman Split

Exxon Mobil Corp. shareholders on Wednesday rejected a resolution to bar its CEO, Rex Tillerson, from serving as the company’s chairman, Bloomberg news reported. The rejection also killed plans to have the company adopt greenhouse-gas reduction targets. A proposal to split the CEO and chairman’s roles received 39.5% support at the company’s annual meeting in

CHS Completes Refinery Project

CHS Inc. said it has completed a $400 million upgrade to an oil refinery near Billings, Mont., which could give the company the ability to increase fuel production at that location by more than 20%. The company marked the completion of the two-year project at an event held at the refinery on Wednesday. A diversified

Couche-Tard Bolsters Food Offering

Alimentation Couche-Tard, Convenience Store Decisions’ 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, continues to respond to consumer demand with its introduction of Couche-Tard Menu stores. With their bright and welcoming self-service environment, these stores feature not only the traditional products they are known for, but also a vast range of brand name prepared meals, warm pastries

Rutter’s Unveils Ecofriendly Store

Rutter’s Farm Stores unveiled its latest store design this past week, a 5,200-square-foot ecofriendly site in Springettsburry Township in York County, Pa. The North Hills Road store features a modern, environmentally friendly design with a white roof to cool the building and reduce energy demand, the company said. It’s the first of 10 new stores

7-Eleven Embarks On DSD Experiment

Dallas-based 7-Eleven is embarking on a direct-store delivery experiment in Southern California in hopes of sharpening up the entire DSD process, the company’s CEO, Joe DePinto, announced last week at the 2008 Beverage Forum in New York. The plan is not to bypass the DSD process, DePinto said, but to bundle rival marketers’ brands on

InBev May Be Drafting Merger With A-B

Belgian beer giant InBev is working up what may be a $44.6 billion offer for Anheuser-Busch, according to The New York Times. The world’s largest brewer by sales volume and the maker of Stella Artois, InBev already has some ties to Anheuser-Busch, as it distributes Budweiser in Canada while A-B imports InBev beers like Stella

Pennsylvania Allowing Half-Gallon Pricing

Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture is temporarily allowing half-gallon pricing on gas sales as a short-term fix for problems at old fuel pumps that can’t display the current market’s high prices. While most fuel dispensers in Pennsylvania can display per-gallon prices over $4, as well as calculate accumulated costs for a purchase, the state’s Department of

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