MAPCO Giveaway Enters Second Phase

  MAPCO Express Inc., Brentwood, Tenn., has already awarded 50 customers each $1,200 in company gift cards as part of MAPCO’s Daily Gas Giveaway contest.   To date, MAPCO Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delek US Holdings Inc., which operates a network of nearly 500 gasoline and c-stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,

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Susser To Acquire 25 Stores

  Susser Holdings Corp. Corpus Christi, Texas, has agreed to acquire 25 convenience stores located in Texas and Louisiana.   Susser Holdings Corp. is a third-generation family led business that operates more than 515 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma under the Stripes and Town & Country banners, and also supplies branded motor

Positive Outlook for C-stores

  RNCOS, an industry research firm for major industry sectors, has found that the growing working population in the U.S. is boosting the sales at convenience stores.   RNCOS recently released its report “U.S. Convenience Stores Market Outlook to 2013,” which shows despite being the major victim of the economic slowdown, the convenience store industry

Mind Control: The Road to Success and Rewards

Fostering determination, desire and a great attitude in employees is what allows cashiers and middle managers to rise in senior management’s eyes. Saturday is my “honey, I’ll do it today” day. To be candid, though, my wife is much better with home repairs than me. We tackled regrouting an entire bathroom and my task was

Protecting Your Investment

On Location with CSD

It isn’t often one finds a c-store with a hanging chandelier and a fireplace in the office, but Dave Carney’s Hillside Chevron Station in Torrance, Calif., is anything but conventional. This April, the store began a major renovation, transforming what was a traditional c-store into a site with charming old-world Santa Barbara style; a Spanish

Summer Fuel Outlook

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Understanding the market movements for energy commodities in 2009 has become complicated. The old way of looking at the market through the lens of supply and demand seems to hold less relevance. Now, broad-based economic indicators are overruling an inventory buildup or a slump in demand.

Low-calorie Vitamin Water

In response to consumers’ thirst for more great-tasting, low-calorie hydration, Glacéau vitaminwater10 will introduce four brand-new varieties on Aug. 17. Currently available in New York City and southern California, the low-calorie game-changer will flood stores nationwide next month. The four new varieties are go-go (mixed berry), mega-c (grape raspberry), revitalize (green tea) and recoup (peach-mandarin).

New Beverage Offerings

Cliffstar Corporation introduces new items that promise to set the beverage market on its ear. Cliffstar is the largest private label beverage supplier in the U.S. and currently carries premium juices, teas, nutrient enhanced waters and isotonic thirst quenchers. Thanks to its elaborate, state-of-the art innovation center, Cliffstar is announcing new products available for sale

A Higher Calling

Pastor Tom Atchison’s work with those down on their luck has led him to many places, but never did he think he would find his calling at a Texaco car wash and convenience store. As Pastor of the New Beginnings Church in Tampa, Fla., Atchison also runs a program called New Beginnings, which provides transitional

Undercounter Freezers & Refrigerators

Hoshizaki’s Tempguard Undercounter Refrigerators and Freezers, models HWF40/68A and HWR40/68/96A, feature an Evercheck control system, which monitors temperature levels and operating conditions. They offer a signature stainless-steel interior and exterior top, front, sides and bottom, and a galvanized steel back for long life.  The stainless-steel top includes a four-inch backsplash. The cabinet and doors are

All-in-One BBQ and Disposable Instant Grill

P&M Products has introduced the EZ Grill, an earth-friendly, portable grill that is 100% recyclable and comes complete with foil pan, grill grate, stand and charcoal. The instant charcoal is 100% natural with no additives, chemicals or fillers. The grill lights with one match and cooks for up to 1½ hours. Plus it’s mess-free. EZ

Selling Freshness Just Got Easier

New Colgate Wisp gives customers that just brushed clean feeling anytime, anywhere. Colgate Wisp is a single-use mini toothbrush with a breath-freshening bead that allows customers to brush on the go; no water or rinsing required. Its cleaning bristles and soft pick help remove food and particles from between teeth, while the freshening bead dissolves

Changing its Stripes

Susser Holdings Corp. at a glance A dynamic marketer Based in Corpus Christi, Texas, Susser Holdings is the largest non-refiner, convenience store operator in Texas, with additional stores in Oklahoma and New Mexico. It operates 516 convenience stores through its Stripes LLC division and is the 19th largest c-store chain in the U.S. Convenience Store

New Heat-and-Eat Sandwiches

To meet demands of today’s busy consumer seeking convenient, flavorful and affordable breakfast and snack solutions, Johnsonville Sausage LLC, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., introduces hand-held sandwiches featuring the company’s famous link sausage enrobed in a soft, warm roll. The five-ounce sandwiches—which debuted at the 2009 Research Chef Association Conference in Dallas and Pizza Expo in Las

Energy Beef Stick

Power Hungry Foods (PHF) introduces Lightning Rods Energy Beef Stick, the only energy-enhanced product that uses meat protein as the delivery system. This new alternative to energy drinks and bars uses the synergy of Guarana, charged full of natural caffeine; and ginseng to assist the body in restoring itself to health and for its beneficial

New High Speed Sandwich Press

Electrolux Professional introduces its new High Speed  Sandwich Press, which grills sandwiches and wraps with various fillings in half the time of a traditional Panini Grill. What would normally take nearly two minutes, now takes only 40 seconds! The Sandwich Press outperforms any standard sandwich grill by taking a sandwich from 39 degrees to perfectly

Acquisitions Fuel EZ Energy’s Growth

EZ Energy USA At a Glance Headquarters: Mansfield, Ohio Stores: 92 (68 company-operated and 24 dealer-operated sites) Total Estimated Sales: $480 million Markets of Operation: northeast and central Ohio, Pittsburgh Retail Brands: ampm, Easy Trip Fuel Brands: BP, Marathon Fuel Volume: 160 million gallons annually While many marketers are struggling to ride out this economic

Organic Juices

When stocking the grab-and-go case, retailers now can satisfy health- and planet-conscious guests with R.W. Knudsen Family’s new line of 8-ounce single-serving organic juices. The line includes six organic flavors— Orange, Cranberry, Concord Grape, Pomegranate, Apple and Very Veggie. Supplying organic products is a simple, eco-friendly initiative for c-store operators to adopt. R.W. Knudsen Family

5-Hour Energy Introduces Grape Flavor

Sitting atop the growing liquid energy shot category by a substantial margin, 5-Hour Energy seeks to continue its category dominance with the introduction of its newest flavor, Grape, in late September. Founded in 2004, 5-Hour Energy is a 2-ounce energy shot that provides hours of energy with no crash or jitters through a blend of

Cheese Jerky

Snack Patrol LLC has developed a new snack, called Cheese Jerky®, that combines shredded beef jerky with string cheese. This new product, which is already available in stores across the U.S., offers a previously impossible variation of string cheese. To make this snack, premium beef jerky is shredded, then added to Wisconsin farmstead string cheese.

Turning a Foodservice Profit

With many c-stores moving into foodservice to compensate for lagging cigarette and gasoline sales, the roller grill is becoming more important than ever for driving sales. According to industry retailers, among the emerging trends worth noting is the growing popularity of breakfast sausages for the morning daypart, while spicy and ethnic flavors continue to attract

Elvis Is In The Building

Djeep is adding to its popular line of disposable lighters with the roll out the new Elvis series designs. The line follows the Marilyn Monroe Collectors’ Series featuring photos from the collection of famous photographer Milton Greene and the reintroduction of its Cats Eyes series. The new Elvis Presley Collection features four classic photo designs,

Johnsonville Sausage Minis, Big Flavor In Fewer Bites

These days, having “mini” on the menu means BIG business. To help operators leverage the increasing “less is more” demands of customers in the most flavorful way, Johnsonville Sausage LLC has introduced new Sausage Minis in two marketplace-driven varieties. Mini Stadium Style Brats offer the uniquely seasoned brats customers crave. Mini Italian Sausages feature a

Wind Resistant Lighters

Built upon a long term relationship, Scripto, America’s first and most trusted brand of utility lighters, and Anheuser-Busch, a dominating industry leader, team up once again to continue their success in the Utility Lighter category by announcing the release of the new Anheuser-Busch Utility Lighter Collection. The Budweiser and Bud Light Wind Resistant Outdoor Utility

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