tulsa gas up to 80 a barrel

Hurricane Humberto affects Texas refineries and Midwest supplies. Thanks to Hurricane Humberto’s jot through Texas, oil prices finished above $80 a barrel for the first time, reported Tulsa World. On Wednesday, the Energy Department reported declines in inventories and refinery activity with the price ending at $79.91. On Thursday, the October contract for light, sweet

speedy treats

Put an exciting spin on kids mealcombinations with the M&M’s-brandedNASCAR kids’ meal carrier, inspired bythe fastest-growing spectator sport inAmerica. With the power of the M&M’sbrand plus a tasty menu offerings, thisfun and brightly colored interactivepiece can drive the sale of an entiremeal while increasing traffic andkeeping families racing back for more. For More Information from

growing with the business

As Alan Drake grew up in central Colorado, he found himself working for a local convenience store through high school. At the time, Kwik Stop had just one store operating out of its headquarters in Penrose,Colo. Drake learned the business from the ground up—stocking shelves, sweeping parking lots and putting a smile on customers’ faces.

quiktrip puts out the lights for minors

New store policy prevents anyone under 18 from purchasing lighters or matches. Cigarettes aren’t the only product requiring proof of age at QuikTrip stores these days. In response to a campaign by firefighters in Johnson County, Kan., to prevent children from playing with fire, the chain has changed its policy and now requires customers to

quite corny

Brakebrush Brothers has added yet another fun and yummy product to itsalready successful line of Kids Klassics chicken: Mini Chik’N Corn Dogs. Thenew corn dogs are a novel breast-meat chicken nugget with a dip-ableshape and kid-friendly, fritter-style sweet cornmeal coating. The productis fried in 100% non-hydrogenated soybean oil until it’s a golden brown.Perfect for snacks,

appetite for construction

Dash In Food Stores is poised for growth as it introduces a new store design emphasizing its commitment to a foodservice future. Driving down Crain Highway in southernMaryland, motorists are offered many conveniencealternatives—7-Elevens, Wawas, XtraMarts—but asthey cross into La Plata, a glamorous new store stands out like a beautiful brick beacon. The 3,200 sq. ft.

circle k teams up with habitat for humanity

New recycling program cleans community while funding charity. Circle K and Habitat for Humanity have launched a plan to encourage recycling in the areas they serve, according to the Yuma Sun. “Enviro” green collection houses have been placed at 16 of the convenience stores in Yuma Country for customers to place their empty aluminum cans

sweet seating

Leisure Craft introducesa new line oftables. Designer’schoice of round,square, oval orother shapes areavailable. The recentacquisitions of somehigh-tech cutting andforming machinery allow Leisure Craft to customfabricate tables out of metal with an eye on design. Personalization andspecial designs permits the customer to get more for the buck. A completecollection of leg designs allows table to be

pricing for the future

Town & Country is among the chains investing in price optimization software to manage fuel sales. Gasoline retailers are currently facing an unstablemarket, where prices are in aconstant flux and the slightest miscalculation can cost them dearly. Tostay on top of their game, retailers areinvesting in new price optimization software technologies to help manage fuelpricing

spartan lightens its load

Five Pharm stores and one c-store sold. Grocery store operator and distributor Spartan Stores Inc. revealed that it is closing five Pharm retail stores and one convenience store by the end of September, according to the Houston Chronicle. Spartan Stores said the convenience store, which is located in Michigan, has been acquired by privately held

smarter snacking

smarter snackingPeeled Snacks will debut its newest line, Fruit Picks and Nut Picks, 100%natural, healthy treats in portion-controlled single servings. Using onlypremium organic and natural fruits and nuts, Fruit Picks and Nut Pickshelp people meet their fruit goals as recommended by the Departmentof Health, without added sugar, oils, preservatives or artificial ingredients.Fruit Picks and Nut

service to the fleet

Proprietary cards aimed at the trucking industry help retailers increase volume and in-store sales, while fending off costly processing fees. Retailers are caught inan endless battle at the gaspumps—fending off high payat-the-pump processing fees on credit cards, while trying to keep their customers from floating over to lower-pricedbig-box competitors. To do this, retailersare taking advantage

bubble blasts

Farley’s & Sathers is expanding the SuperBubble 36-oz. tray changemakers to include “SuperTasting” grape flavor. This big 8-gram piece of bubble gum comes ina 36-oz. tray packed nine to a case. Each tray contains approximately180 pieces. The new Grape flavor Super Bubble Bubble Gumcompliments the existing changemaker trays availabe in Appleand Original flavor. For More

strive for excellence

There are many common characteristics of excellence, but none more important than giving your very best at everything you do. Take Geo. H. Green Oil in Fairburn, Ga., for instance. Last month, GreenOil’s Director of Marketing Jim Callahan launched achain-wide sting operation to see how employees weredoing selling age-restricted products, specifically, alcohol, tobacco and lottery

dispense with formalities

FBD (Frozen Beverage Dispensers) delivers extreme capacity and options.The 560 series, built on a platform featuring the Scroll compressor, deliversoptimal capacity as its recovery time is one of the fastest in the industry.Whether it be the after-school rush or the post-little league blitz, FBD’sDispensers give operators the capacity they need, when they need it. FBD’s564

getting the most out of fuel consumers

“High gasoline prices have not changed Americans’ driving habits but they have significantly changed their purchasing habits, as price is by far the No. 1 reason why drivers select a specificgas store. In fact, more than one out of four drivers say they change their behavior to save as little as one penny per gallon.”

candy that cares

To help find a cure for breast cancer, dedicatedpackages of Fruit Punch flavor of Sport Beans jellybeans by Jelly Belly will benefit The Breast CancerResearch Foundation. The new pink ribbonpackaging includes a pledge todonate 5% of the sales of SportBeans energizing jelly beansto the non-profit group. Thecampaign packages are availablein 24-ct. display caddies, 5-bagvalue boxes

paperback profits

Periodicals can be a slipperyslope for the convenience industry.A good magazine title can be justas powerful as an impulse item forteens and adults as well-placed candy itemsare for kids. But for every one shopper thatpicks up a title, dozens walk by without givingthe selection a second thought, and that’swhere the opportunity lies. Retailers want to

name spreading

Keep up with the competionand increase sales whilekeeping advertising costs in lineby imprinting logos or messageson cups from Printed Cup Co.Branding on cups helps develoployalty patterns and gives theperception of value and quality. Let customers identify a business by puttingthe logo on the most profitable item in the store. For More Information from Printed Cup

white gold

Last month, CSD offered astory about Fast Phil’s, a retailerin North Carolina that consistentlygoes head-to-head with supermarkets on its bread, milk and egg prices. The12-store chain still maintains its price war,but with the recent rise in milk prices, it’shaving a tough time of it. “We are still trying to keep our prices aslow as possible.

sweet jewels

August marked the 30th anniversary of a jewelof a candy: the Ring Pop. Manufactured by ToppsConfections since 1977, the candy ring wasoriginally offered in two flavors: cherry and grape.Kids now choose from more than 10 different fruitand twisted flavors, as well as specialty seasonal tastes.Ring Pop’s enduring popularity has become a favorite among kids andadults

the new cornerstone on the back bar

Cigarette sales are still one of the biggest draws for convenience stores, but many retailers are gradually shiftingtheir attention to the new king of the back bar: the othertobacco product (OTP) category. It’s no secret that OTP products—moist smokeless tobacco (MST) in particular—have been red hot over the past two years, showingvolume growth as high

the sweet life

The category isbooming with demandfrom health-conscious adult consumersthat are seeking out sugarless gums andmints, while high-ring novelty items aredrawing in kids. This demand is a welcomed addition.The confectionery category is one of themost profitable in c-stores. According to aJuly 2007 Information Resources Inc. (IRI)report, convenience stores have shown a7.8% increase in the confectionery category over

cookie crumbles

Combine passion for chocolatewith the premium reputationof Otis Spunkmeyer andits newest flavors in thethe Sweet Discoverycookie dough line—Chocolate Obsessionand Double ChocolateBrownie. Made withrich and distinctive BarryCallebaut chocolate, bothflavors have a dark chocolatecookie dough base. ChocolateObsession is loaded with 70% cacao chocolatechunks for a rich, dark chocolate experience; whileDouble Chocolate Brownie is infused with milk chocolate

exxonmobil offers sweet candy promotion

Working with Hershey, coffee customers offered free Kit Kat in August. As candy manufacturers roll out holiday products, Fairfax,Va.-based Exxon Mobil Corp. is taking advantage of sweetseason’s start. During August, ExxonMobil ran a special promotion in itsOn the Run convenience stores throughout the U.S.A free Kit Kat barwas given with the purchase of any size