Consumers Weary Over Fuel Price

Despite a flailing U.S. economy, gasoline prices are the leading factor in changing American consumer spending, according to a NACS survey. Results found 45% of U.S. consumers said soaring gasoline prices have affected their spending more than rising energy and food costs, the slumping economy or the national mortgage and lending crisis, the survey found.

Jeff Parker Takes Reigns at Kwik Shop

Jeff Parker today was named president of Kroger’s Kwik Shop convenience store division. He will oversee 131 Kwik Shop stores in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. Parker previously served as senior vice president of operations for the Hutchinson, Kan.-based c-store chain and was the corporate controller for Kroger’s c-stores, Turkey Hill Dairy, and supermarket petroleum operations

7-Eleven Promotes Fresh-Brewed Coffee

The company that invented coffee-to-go some 40 years ago and sells at least a million cups a day is launching a multi-million-dollar “freshness guaranteed” advertising blitz in February. With taglines like “Our coffee’s fresher than your average Joe” and “Guaranteed fresh or we’ll brew it new,” 7-Eleven, Inc. plans to educate coffee drinkers about the

Nabisco Introduces Wine, Cheese & Cracker Pairings

Kraft Foodservice’s Nabisco Website (www.kraftfoodservice.com/crackers) is featuring new wine, cheese and cracker pairing tips to help operators increase margins and sales. Convenience store operators can use these pairing guides to develop catering and special events menus, and to identify spectacular pairings and flavors to keep patrons coming back for more. Developed by Lorraine Hems, a

7-Eleven Extends Gilbarco Agreement

7-Eleven, Inc. has extended its dispenser purchasing agreement with Gilbarco Veeder-Root through December 2010. The company will continue to purchase Gilbarco Encore dispensers, which offer the widest range of models for alternative fuels, advanced security and payment options. "Gilbarco dispensers have been an important part of our successful interaction with customers at the fuel island,"

Famima to Diversify U.S. Portfolio

Famima USA, a subsidiary of Japan’s second-biggest convenience store operator, FamilyMart Co., is shifting its U.S. retail strategy to open more outlets in middle-class U.S. neighborhoods to make the unit profitable by February 2012, said President Junji Ueda. Since opening its first U.S. store in West Hollywood, California, in 2005, FamilyMart has tried to set

Strong Quarter for The Pantry

The Pantry Inc., operator of 1,644 stores in 11 states under brands such as The Pantry and Kangaroo Express, reported sharp gain in first quarter revenues. For the quarter, revenues jumped to approximately $2 billion, a 43.2% increase from the first quarter of fiscal 2007. Net income was $3.2 million compared to just $125,000 a

By the Numbers

» 1 Year That’s how long one Quick Chek customer will win free coffee for as part of the chain’s partnership with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. Other prizes include autographed memorabilia, game tickets and dinner with a former Devils player. » 4 Lawsuits filed in federal court by Philip Morris against importers aimed at

Kemps Fresh Milk with MEG-3

Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. (ONC), supplier of MEG-3 brand Omega-3 EPA/DHA food and dietary supplement ingredients, launched two new milk products, Kemps Plus Healthy Lifestyle and Kemps Plus Healthy Kids, containing the MEG-3 EPA/DHA ingredient. Kemps is the first company to launch a fresh milk product in North America containing the MEG-3 Omega-3 healthy food

Michelada, Anyone?

Chelada, Anheuser-Busch’s new Clamato and beer beverage, isn’t really new at all. A variation of a beverage called Michelada, it belongs to a genre of drinks known in Spanish as cerveza preparada, which means prepared beer—a drink category that’s been around since at least the 1940’s in Mexico. One version of Chelada’s origins is that

Flowers Foods Introduces 100-Calorie Snack Items

Flowers Foods Specialty Group introduces two 100-calorie snack items: Mini Creme-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes and Mini Blueberry Muffins, that deliver great taste and meet new nutritional guidelines. Each 100-calorie pack contains three mini cupcakes or muffins in a trim package that fits great in candy slots. The mini chocolate cupcakes are topped with chocolate icing and

Reducing Operating Costs

Many believe better lighting can improve retail sales. But as one business owner found out, automated lighting can not only increase profits, it can also help make running the business more convenient. Terry Beachler, owner and president of Beachler’s Servicenter & Car Wash in Peoria, Ill., discovered the validity of this concept when he investigated

Earning its Wings

Pilgrim’s Pride Foodservice has added to its line of best-selling wings with the introduction of new Pierce Chicken Boneless Wing Dings and Boneless Wing-Zings. "By offering our most popular brand of wings in both bone-in and boneless varieties, we’re helping operators appeal to consumers who might not normally eat wings," said Keith Arnold, vice president

Private Label Case Study: Tesco

Jim Hertel, the senior vice president of retail consultant Willard Bishop, spotlights international retailer Tesco PLC’s Fresh & Easy concept, which at presstime had been rolled into eight stores in Phoenix, with 26 more planned. Hertel noted that Tesco’s use of private label brands "turns a lot of conventional wisdom upside down. Many food retailers

Whole Grain Lean Pockets

Today’s consumers want to be health conscious, but don’t want to sacrifice great taste or convenience. They want a fast, easy way to eat right. The leader in the frozen sandwich category has found the solution. Now Lean Pockets brand fans can enjoy the goodness of whole grains in every bite with seven delicious varieties

Pivotal Year for Beer

What’s brewing in the beer category? A combination of higher prices, smaller crops, tighter dollars and expanded ethnic offerings may well make 2008 a memorable one for convenience store operators. A variety of forces are pushing and pulling the beer category in several directions. For instance, the higher prices of items like cigarettes and gasoline

Sugar-Free Valentine

This Valentine’s Day, candy maker Just Born Inc., introduces PEEPS Sugar-Free Marshmallow Hearts. Also available are a range of PEEPS Marshmallow Hearts and heart stopping HOT TAMALES and MIKE AND IKE Brand Candy Cards. PEEPS Sugar-Free Hearts were designed to meet the needs of consumers seeking sugar-free and reduced sugar products. PEEPS Sugar-Free products are

Five Steps To Build a Winning Corporate Culture

If I asked your employees, "What’s it like to work at your company? What kind of place is it?" their answers would largely describe your company culture. How would your employees answer? Would you like what you heard? If not, a leader’s responsibility is to change it. Some leadership teams attempt to create culture by

Hand-Made Burritos

Pierre Foods introduces new additions to the El puesto de Pedro line of Mexican specialties. These new hand-made burritos are designed with the vending business in mind. Pierre’s El puesto de Pedro burritos are hand-wrapped for authentic quality and feature color-code packaging designed to meet the unique merchandising requirements of the vending market. The line

Kum & Go Introduces Private-Label Wines

Kum & Go L.C., operator of more than 430 convenience stores in 12 states, introduced Napa Creek Cabernet Sauvignon and Sea Ridge Merlot wines to its long list of private-label offerings. The wines are sold exclusively at Kum & Go stores in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. Kum & Go set out last year to provide

Tea With a Twist

FullyLoadedTea announces the launch of its innovative whole fruit, exotic berry and vegetable blends, the first of its kind in North America to incorporate actual berries harvested from around the globe, unveiling eight bold flavours cited as the newest trend in the tea world. FullyLoadedTea fills the vacancy in the premium tea market, according to

Building New Relationships

Anyone who’s been in the industry as long as Dennis Lane is more than supremely qualified to help other retailers cope successfully with the changing c-store landscape. Lane—who was elected last November to head the 2,000-member National Coalition of 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association after serving for the past several years as vice chair of merchandising

Twix Coffee Break

The pursuit of java-flavored food and beverages continues to be a hot trend percolating throughout U.S. culture. Twix, a Mars Snackfood US candy brand, is raising the bar on America’s coffee-flavor craze by introducing Twix Java with real espresso beans and coffee-flavored caramel. The limited-edition candy bar, available in stores nationwide through February 2008, is

7-Eleven Embraces Nutritional Snacks

At a time of year when people are focused on health and fitness, 7-Eleven Inc. is adding three more sensible snacks for the “on-the-go” crowd–Weight Watchers snack cakes and muffins, LARABAR all-natural raw food bars and, in March, its own proprietary MEGA protein bars. Approximately half of all Americans entered 2008 resolved to do something:

Raising the Bar on Automotive Accessories

Bar’s Leaks introduces Head Gasket Fix, the first chemical solution to permanently repair head gasket and other major cooling system leaks simply by adding it directly to the radiator where it mixes with existing antifreeze/coolant. No flushing is required. Head Gasket Fix is effective in all gasoline and diesel engines. Bar’s Leaks Head Gasket Fix

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