What’s in a Name?

Nestlé Foodservices North America is now the newly-created Nestlé Professional. More than just a change in name, the foodservice-dedicated organization has been restructured to allow for a closer partnership with its customers in delivering creative profitable solutions. As a globally-managed business in the Nestlé group, Nestlé Professional will utilize its global reach and depth of

Village Pantry Adds Nine Stores

Village Pantry Inc. said it has acquired nine convenience stores in central Ohio from Petro Acquisitions, Inc. The stores, formerly operated by AmeriStop Market, will be rebranded under the Village Pantry banner. Each store averages 2,700 square feet and like most traditional convenience stores offers quick snack items, lottery tickets, money orders, pre-paid cellular and

Gas Stations Slapped With Huge Fine

Two Georgia travel plazas in St. Marys are back open after being fined $500,000 by the Department of Agriculture. Tests by the agency showed gas at the Cisco Plazas in St. Marys and Kingsland was being shorted, some by about a pint per gallon. The pumps were locked for almost two weeks but have been

BP Selling Ohio, Pa. Stores

BP’s U.S. Convenience Retail unit said that 146 retail sites are for sale throughout the Columbus, Ohio, Cleveland and Pittsburgh metropolitan areas. Of the 146 sites, 121 are available for franchise, one as a de-branded gasoline site, 24 as BP dealer sites with fuel agreements, and 12 with multiple offerings including commercial use. As part

Road Ranger Acquires 11 AmeriStops

Road Ranger Convenience Stores, which made headlines last month for its multimillion dollar lawsuit against CITGO Petroleum, reached a deal to acquire 11 AmeriStop convenience stores in Kentucky and Ohio. Road Ranger, based in Rockford, Ill., now operates 74 stores across the Midwest. Petro Acquisitions Inc., the Cold Spring, Ohio-based parent company of the AmeriStop

Wright Express Completes Pacific Pride Deal

Wright Express Corp. has completed its $32-million acquisition of privately held Pacific Pride Services Inc. The deal was financed through the company’s existing credit facility. Pacific Pride’s franchise network encompasses more than 330 independent fuel franchisees who issue their own Pacific Pride commercial fueling cards to fleet customers. These cards provide access to fuel at

Express 3 from Structural Concepts

Structural Concepts has your next refrigerated display case in stock and ready for fast shipment. The company is expanding its existing Quick Ship program by introducing Express 3, a new service that guarantees three-business-day shipment of a select number of the company’s most popular refrigerated display cases. Express 3 complements the popular Quick Ship program.

Road Ranger Takes on CITGO

Road Ranger, the Rockford, Ill.-based operator of approximately 75 convenience stores and travel centers in five Midwestern states, filed claims against Venezuelan-owned CITGO Petroleum Corp. for breach of contract and violations of the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act caused by CITGO’s "unnecessary failure to supply gasoline to Road Ranger gas stations, for damaging the CITGO brand

Grab & Go Hummus

Tribe Mediterranean Foods, a leading trendsetter in the rapidly growing Mediterranean food category and creators of America’s favorite hummus, is targeting convenience stores and grab-and-go consumers with Tribe All Natural Snackers. The two-ounce Hummus Snackers are conveniently packaged in four-packs to be merchandised in a convenience store or supermarket’s grocery section. Tribe is launching the

Strong Sales for Candy

Overall retail sales are slowing at mass, dollar and grocery stores, but confectionery sales remain strong for convenience operators. The U.S. retail confectionery category generated approximately $29 billion in sales in 2007 and the profit margin for the category was approximately 35%, according to the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) U.S. Confectionery Market report released last

Extreme Illuminator

Extreme CCTV Surveillance Systems, which designs, develops and manufactures advanced infrared illuminators and precision engineered surveillance solutions, released the new UFLED Intelligent-IR Illuminator powered by Constant Light. The Intelligent-IR Illuminator is designed to deliver a constant level of lighting performance throughout the illuminator’s life for uncompromised night-time surveillance. Patent pending Constant Light compensates for LED

Individual Desserts

Rich Products Corp.’s innovative new line of decadent single-serve desserts enables 12 individual treats to be baked-off with "one touch," saving operators time and money like never before. The One Touch line is available in four delectable flavors: Lava Cake, Brownie, and Apple and Cherry Crisp. Rich’s One Touch single served baking technology takes 96%

Clearing a Crowded Cold Vault

Energy drinks and isotonics are following two increasingly divergent paths, just part of the fast-paced beverage category about which convenience store operators are spending more time planning than ever before. The crazy-quilt influx of new brands, products, line extensions, flavors and varieties is jamming cooler doors and sales floors, and calling for some hard choices.

Progressive Adult Beverages

Diageo announced the introduction of three products to its fast-growing Progressive Adult Beverages (PAB) line: Smirnoff Ice Light, Smirnoff Ice Strawberry Acai and Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Mojito. * Smirnoff Ice Light. Available in six-packs and variety packs at the suggested retail price of $7.49; 12-packs will also be available. * Smirnoff Ice Strawberry Acai.

DAVID Multi-Pack Seeds

Recognizing the demand for a healthier alternative, DAVID is the first brand to launch a multi-pack of seeds in convenient, lunch box-size packages. Available in three distinct varieties, sunflower seeds, kernels, and pumpkin seeds, DAVID multi-packs provide fresh and healthy snack options for kids and moms looking for convenience and great taste. Package sizes include:

Tasty Treats

Tasty Baking Co. is delivering smart options to consumers with the introduction of its brand new low-fat product line. The launch of Low-Fat Raspberry-Filled Koffee Kake Cupcakes and Low-Fat Chocolate Iced Vanilla Cupcakes represents Tastykake’s continued commitment to product expansion, notably in the area of wellness. Additional low-fat cake, cookie and snack bar varieties are

Do You Provide World-Class Service?

Today’s business environment is becoming increasingly complex and competitive due to globalization, new technology, increasing product proliferation, brand erosion, market segmentation, consumer skepticism and time poverty, rendering traditional business plans obsolete. For just about every product or service, there is an overwhelming number of choices to choose from, leaving consumers dazed and confused. So how

The “Hangover” Eliminator

Sobrietol Distribution Services Inc. has announced the release of Sobrietol, the world’s only patented technology to rapidly reduce blood alcohol and eliminate next day "hangovers". Sobrietol’s technology was developed over a 10-year period by Dr. David Whitmire, a highly regarded chemical engineer and one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of alcohol and

FucoPROTEIN Bars

FucoPROTEIN bars are a dieter’s best friend because they are made with native whey protein, raw wildflower honey, acacia, and chia seeds, which expand in the stomach and result in a feeling of satiety for hours. However, it’s the fat-burning properties of fucoxanthin that distinguish fucoPROTEIN bars from other bars on the market. FucoTHIN is

Aristo Wellness Bars

Aristo Wellness Bars are the first commercially available nutrition bars that contain encapsulated, tasteless fish oils, so consumers can get the benefits of a diet fortified with Omega-3s without the fishy taste. Each Aristo bar is an excellent source of the purest ocean Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Aristo Wellness Bars are only 140

Tax Debate Swarms Bottled Water

It’s back to the barricades once again for the convenience store industry, which—as in the past—is being targeted by environmental special interest groups and revenue-hungry legislators. This time they’re focusing on bottled water containers. Bottled water remains a tremendously popular and trendy product category, which is just what attracted the attention of these two groups

NCR Self-Service Gift Cards

Gift cards have become one of the easiest and most appreciated forms of gift-giving, although standing in a long line of shoppers to purchase one may take some of the joy out of giving. But thanks to a self-service offer from NCR Corp., gift card purchases may soon be more convenient for retailers and consumers.

C-Stores Make Pizza Time

ore than a century ago, Italian peddlers would walk up and down the cobblestones street of New York, Chicago and Philadelphia selling pizza from metal drums they carried on their backs. Then pizzerias started opening in and around major cities in the 1900s. Eventually chain pizza deliveries like Little Caesars, Pizza Hut and Domino’s began

Village Pantry Adds Nine Stores

Village Pantry Inc. has acquired nine convenience stores in central Ohio from Petro Acquisitions, Inc. The stores, formerly operated by AmeriStop Market, will be rebranded under the Village Pantry banner. Each store averages 2,700 square feet and, like most traditional convenience stores, offers quick snack items, lottery tickets, money orders, prepaid cellular and gift cards

What’s Cooking?

Speed, ease, safety and energy savings—those are the challenges that convenience store operators face each day as they serve fresh foods, both hot and cold, to on-the-go eaters with deadline-driven lives. Fortunately, innovations in foodservice equipment are helping them meet the needs of this demanding customer base and do it better than ever before. Jerry

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