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

Finding the Right Foodservice Program

With gas margins in the gutter and operating costs nearly doubling over the past five years, the 35% margin foodservice offers has been a savior of sorts for Mike Harrell, president of Jernigan Oil Co. Inc., a fourth-generation marketer in Ahoskie, N.C. that operates 25 Duck Thru convenience stores. It doesn’t help that North Carolina,

CMS Flavorseal Shrink Bags

With a proprietary bone guard structure designed specifically to prevent punctures with no need for patches, CMS Flavorseal Bone Guard Shrink Bags offer greater value along with high-abuse performance for bone-in fresh, cooked, and processed meats. Bone Guard Shrink Bags are also ideal for heavy rub or spiced products, because the edge-to-edge coverage and high-abuse

Special K Bliss

Special K Bliss bars, the newest Special K snack option, is designed to offer women a unique snacking experience. New Special K Bliss bars come in two exciting flavor combinations: chocolatey dipped raspberry and chocolatey dipped orange. With their combination of sweet fruit-flavored pieces, crispy cereal and a chocolatey bottom layer, Special K Bliss bars

Customer Response Surveys Could Reap Big Benefits

As the convenience store and petroleum industry changes and evolves, retailers must continually battle blurred channels, changing technologies and decreased differentiation, one thing is constant: the experience you offer your customers can set you apart from your competition and keep your customers coming back. A great customer experience begins with knowing how your customers view

Digital Signage

Planar Systems Inc.has introduced the new Planar iS40 integrated digital sign and the second-generation Planar DS15 integrated kiosk. Designed to enable organizations of virtually any size to easily incorporate digital signage into customer communications, these all-in-one solutions support Planar’s strategy to provide value-added hardware and software for the fast-growing digital signage market. As a fully

Another Satisfied Customer

On a recent tour of convenience stores in the Northeast, I came across an outstanding Mobil store in northern Maine. What caught my attention at this particular store was the clerk who immediately greeted me and told me about the store’s foodservice special that day, a homemade Boston chowder. That I was greeted was not

Dairy-Free Yogurt

Turtle Mountain, makers of America’s most popular line of dairy-free ice creams and frozen desserts, has brought its quality and reputation for delicious flavor concoctions to a brand new line, So Delicious Dairy Free Yogurt. This 100% all natural, certified vegan yogurt line features five enticing flavors including fruity favorites Blueberry, Raspberry and Peach, Cinnamon

Stella D’oro 100 Calorie Breakfast Treats

The Stella D’oro Co. announced the introduction of a new line of 100 Calorie items featuring its famous Breakfast Treats. The 100 Calorie items will be offered in two flavors: original and chocolate. The product was designed using the company’s signature "S" cookie shape. Each pouch has approximately 18 mini Breakfast Treats. Each box contains

Foodservice Workers: How to Hire the Best

As convenience stores evolved from quick stops to full-blown foodservice centers that compete with the likes of Starbucks and McDonald’s, the need for top-notch employees has become as important as ever. Despite the increased demand required of employees, experts believe leading convenience store operators are in a good position to attract outstanding employees, they just

4-H Blue Bell Ice Cream

In honor of the Texas 4-H organization’s 100th birthday, Blue Bell Creameries is introducing Centennial Cupcake Ice Cream. Centennial Cupcake Ice Cream is a delicious cake batter ice cream with pieces of yellow cake, a chocolate icing swirl and four-leaf clover sprinkles. 4-H is a national organization which prides itself on teaching young people across

Orange Energy

Living Essentials, whose 5-Hour Energy berry and lemon-lime flavored energy shots have been the top two selling nutritional supplements in convenience stores for 18 straight months, has answered popular demand and added orange to its hugely successful lineup. The 5-Hour Energy drink is a two-ounce energy shot-sized beverage that provides hours of energy, alertness and

Skinny Dippers

The newest addition to The Skinny Cow brand urges dieters everywhere to release their inhibitions and "dip" into new Skinny Dippers. Weighing in at just 80 calories per pop, the perfectly-portioned chocolate-dipped ice cream snacks are available in rich vanilla, creamy caramel and refreshing mint flavors. Skinny Dippers contain no trans fats and only 3

Designer Signage

Walls + Forms Inc., a designer, manufacturer and distributor of display components introduces its EuroSign DisplayFrame. This sign system combines style with function and is stocked for immediate delivery. EuroSign DisplayFrame is designed for attachment to walls, media displays, windows and more. Signs, posters and graphics can be inserted from the front, thus eliminating the

Alternative Fuel Distributors Pushes Aggressive Retail Plan

Alternative Fuel Distributors, of Wilmington, Del., said that it plans to construct and operate 1,000 convenience stores on the East Coast that will strictly provide E-85 and other alternative automotive fuels. The company plans to have the stores up and running within the next three years, with the first 100 stores opening by the first

LATICRETE Anti-Fracture Mortar

LATICRETE, a provider of innovative systems for the installation of ceramic tile and stone, has developed LATICRETE 125 Anti-Fracture Mortar, a lightweight, superior crack prevention mortar that passes the ANSI A118.12 specification for crack isolation in thin-set ceramic tile and dimensional stone installations. LATICRETE 125 Anti-Fracture Mortar takes the place of liquid or sheet anti-fracture

Whipping Up a Retail Destination

Big box operators and supermarkets seem to dominate the Texas retail landscape. But while most of those stores focus on getting bigger, some convenience operators are finding that connecting with the consumers on a personal level is better. Consider Whip In, a dynamic marketer based in Austin, Texas. It doesn’t have the size and real

Spicing Up the Roller Grill

Thanks to a surge of new products focused on ethnic diversity, the roller grill—the original anchor for most convenience store hot food programs—is hotter than ever before. "Customers automatically associate c-stores and roller grills. It’s been a source of great sales for us," said Scott Huggins, a marketing specialist for San Antonio-based Tesoro Petroleum Corp.

Alon Resumes Rack Distribution

Alon USA Energy Inc. said it has reopened the Big Spring, Texas refinery truck rack following an explosion and subsequent fire at facility on Feb. 18. All of the other company racks have remained operational since the explosion. The cause of the blast remains under investigation. "We are pleased with the progress we are making

Dealing with Drive-Offs

With the onset of spring, retailers can count on a segment of their "consumers" filling up and driving off without paying. Increased gas prices haven’t helped the situation, but it is improving. Typically, convenience stores can experience a few gasoline thefts a week. But when prices increase, some stores see several gas thefts a day.