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

change a plenty at rutters

The chain promotes two, adds a new member and welcomes back another. Rutter’s Farm Stores has made changes to its senior management staff, including the promotions of two long-time company executives, the return of another one and a new addition. Jeffrey Leedy, former vice-president of marketing, has been promoted to the newly created position of

more problems for ameristop

Gilligan Oil pulls out of proposed acquisition. Gilligan Oil Co. has made a statement that it is no longer under contract in regards to a proposed acquisition of the Northern Kentucky-based Ameristop convenience store chain. Pat Gilligan, the company’s CEO, made the announcement after Petro Acquisitions Inc.—Ameristops’s parent company—fell into receivership earlier this week. Gilligan

sunoco goes twowheelin with nascar and occ

New promotion offers customers a chance at a custom OCC chopper. Sunoco is working with Orange County Choppers (OCC) to bring NASCAR fans an opportunity to win a customized OCC chopperjust like the ones top drivers—Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and Tony Stewart—customized earlier this summer. The Sunoco/OCC Custom Chopper Giveaway involves full

cstore ceos rally in washington

Lobbyists hope to turn senate against potential FDA regulation of tobacco. CEOs from five convenience chains recently joined together to meet with Republican Sen. John Cornyn, asking him to reconsider a proposed bill that could allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco, a move retailers feel could lead to the federal

blockbusters keyes adds cstore alumni

CEO hires on two former 7-Eleven executives to round out management team. Blockbuster Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer Nick Shepherd has revealed that he will be leaving the company at the end of September, and two former 7-Eleven Inc. executives are coming on board. Blockbuster Chairman and CEO Jim Keyes will be bringing on old 7-Eleven

ameristop assigned a receiver

Third-party called in for ongoing lawsuits. A judge this morning appointed a third-party receiver to handle Ameristop’s affairs after Cincinnati-based venture capital fund suing the convenience-store chain for failure to pay in a stock deal asked for the move. Ameristop has recently been making headlines for running out of gasoline supply as well as Coca-Cola

sheetz grows in ohio

New store plans to test food ordering at the pump. Ohio is preparing to open its 25th Sheetz store, this one located in South Zanesville. While the site is still covered with a tarp of dirt and the steel frame of the building is only just begingin to form a skeleton, the store is on

branding benefits

Proprietary packaging can push profits. By Julie Crawshaw, Contributing Editor A study conducted by the Wharton School of Researchfound that nearly 70% of all purchase decisions are made atthe point of sale, where packaging is the primary spokespersonfor the product. Using this knowledge to full advantage in your c-store’s foodservice segment calls for developing packaging

chevron extends collectible line

“Victor E Van” customized for Arizona State University. Chevron Products Co. has released Victor E. Van, the newest addition to its Chevron Cars family, customized for Arizona State University (ASU). Victor E. Van comes in ASU maroon and gold, features eyes that move, doors that open, side-view mirrors, and stickers with the ASU logo. Vans

bp selloff continues

Company puts 34 sites in Ohio up for auction. BP has retained NRC Realty Advisors, LLC (NRC) to coordinate the sale of 34 sites located throughout Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio marketing areas. Of the 34 sites, 17 are BP-branded gasoline stations of which two are closed and can also be offered for redevelopment for

cumberland farms helps local students

Believe and Achieve program enters its second year. Cumberland Farms has revealed that the second year of its Believe and Achieve Scholarship will begin Oct. 1. The program provides individual $1,000 scholarships to eligible graduating high school seniors living in the company’s service areas. The Believe and Achieve Scholarship program is open to students who

7eleven sticks with andretti green racing

7-Eleven Inc. has extended its sponsorship with Andretti Green Racing (AGR) and keep IndyCar Series racer Tony Kanaan in the Team 7-Eleven driver’s seat. The 7-Eleven/Andretti Green sponsorship enters its sixth year in 2008. “Tony has been a winner for 7-Eleven, both on and off the track,” said Kevin Elliott, 7-Eleven senior vice president of

pantrys big shareholder ups its ante

Oppenheimer Funds increases holding in the company to 10.21% The Pantry Inc.’s major shareholder, Oppenheimer Funds, has upped its holding in the chain from 5.94% to 10.21%, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing. According to Yahoo! Finance, the move makes Oppenheimer the single largest shareholder in Sanford, N.C.-based chain, which has

tetco awards trip to hawaii

Brandon Taylor of Ogden, Utah learned first hand today why using his KickBack rewards card pays in more ways than one. Taylor was selected as the 2007 National Grand Prize winner of a trip for him and his family to Hawaii courtesy of participating merchants in the KickBack Points Customer Rewards Network. He was awarded

sinclair to up production

Plans to boost refinery output at Tulsa plant by 60%. Sinclair Oil Corp. unveiled plans to increase gasoline and diesel production at its Tulsa, Okla., refinery by 60%. The expansion is scheduled for completion by late 2010 and will include the addition of a crude distillation unit that will raise processing capacity to 115,000 barrels

the pantry takes insurance cos to court

Confusion over timing of unpaid funds cause dispute. The Pantry is taking a pair of insurance companies to federal court, claiming the companies have ignored their responsibilities to pay out on costs The Pantry incurred after underground storage tank leaks. The Sanford-based chain said that American Safety Indemnity Co. of Georgia (ASI) and Gulf Underwriters

irving oil shaws extendrewards program

Customers could save up to 60 cents per gallon through Oct. 18. Shaw’s Supermarkets and Irving Oil have revealed even more savings to be had by the 7,500 Shaw’s Reward’s customers. The two companied have launched an expanded month-long partnership that will provide gasoline discounts with every Shaw’s purchase. The program involves 57 Shaw’s supermarkets

philip morris raises prices lowers discounts

RJ Reynolds says “no changes in our promotional discounts.” Philip Morris USA said yesterday it is raising prices as falling U.S. shipments dampen profit growth. Philip Morris will reduce a promotional discount by 5 cents a pack to 35 cents on its Marlboro, Parliament, Basic and L&M brands, spokesman Bill Phelps said. It also will

couchetard draws the line

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. revealed that it will slow expansion in the U.S. this year by buying only 200 to 300 stores, but annual revenue will exceed $14 billion U.S., according to the Montreal Gazette. “We’ll ease up from last year’s torrid pace, but fill gaps in our regional coverage, continue to raise efficiency and add

conocophillips makes kansas a little greener

At the request of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, ConocoPhillips will allow the sale of E-85 fuel in Kansas. Sebelius reached out to company executives in mid-August expressing Kansas’ commitment to the fuel blend. The production of the fuel creates a market for over 96 million bushels of Kansas sorghum and corn each year. “Kansas is

7eleven brings forth the wine

New proprietary brand enters into stores. 7-Eleven is adding to its proprietary wine segment with the new Sonoma Crest Cellars, a proprietary brand of premium wine to compliment the existing Thousand Oaks wine brand Sonoma Crest Cellars is produced by the Sonoma, Calif.-based Popcorn Wine Group and is available in chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon

wilson farms lights the night

Chain helps raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Wilson Farms Inc. has become the first local presenting sponsor for the Western New York & Finger Lakes Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night” walk fund raising campaign. Rochester’s Light the Night walk will be held at Monroe Community College on

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