McDonald’s Honors S&D Coffee

S&D Coffee Inc. was named McDonald’s 2007 Supplier of the Year. Concord, N.C.-based S&D sells premium roast coffees and iced tea to McDonald’s Corp. and 70,000 customers nationwide, some of which are convenience stores. McDonald’s has 13,700 restaurants in the U.S. and 30,000 worldwide, and presents its supplier of the year award annually to a

Understanding C-Store Shoppers

VideoMining has launched a new syndicated program called C-Store Shopper Insights (CSI-1) in cooperation with multiple C-store chains, including 7-Eleven and Shell Oil and Road Ranger. The goal of the landmark nationwide study is to develop a detailed understanding of the shopping process of all key consumer segments that visit C-stores. This understanding will help

Lettieri’s Adds Divisional Controller

Lettieri’s, an operating division of Hot Stuff Foods, said Dan Buvarp has joined its team as Divisional Controller. In this capacity, Buvarp will take the lead at Lettieri’s to streamline the accounting system’s financial reporting process as well as support the sales, operations and manufacturing teams. Buvarp is a CPA, who prior to accepting the

Indulging Consumers with Upscale Foodservice

Rocky Trail knows a traditional foodservice offering anchors his sprawling Minnesota travel center. But when he wanted to expand the program, he turned to a nontraditional c-store brand. Above all else, it was the national recognition of Cold Stone Creamery’s name that prompted Trail, president of Trail’s Travel Center of America in Albert Lea, Minn.,

Wawa Dons the Dinner Apron

When The NPD Group released findings last month on a study of consumer trends in the struggling restaurant industry, particularly the industry’s dwindling lunch and dinner traffic, NPD Vice President Harry Balzer boiled the results down to raw basics. "Make no mistake," Balzer said, "Americans don’t want to cook. We’re just trying to figure out

By the Numbers

» 1.5 Percentage of the U.S. populations that is vegitarian according to Harry Balzer, vice president of consumer and retail market research group NPD. » 27 Total number of states Hunt Brothers Pizza now operates in after reaching a deal to brand with a Stop ‘n’ Save convenience store in Gypsum, Colo. » 43 Percentage

Couche-Tard Acquires Illinois Stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reached a deal through its Mac’s Convenience Stores subsidiary to acquire 15 units in central Illinois from Speedway SuperAmerica. The deal is expected close by the end of April. Couche-Tard, which has been rumored to be nearing a much larger deal that

Marathon Commits To Alternative Fuels

Marathon Oil Corp. said that 16 terminals located in five Midwestern states will convert to ethanol-blended fuel by May 1. Unblended gas products will no longer be offered at any of the terminals. Seven of the terminals are in Michigan, five are in Ohio and two are in Indiana. The remaining terminals are in Louisville,

CHS to Acquire Zip Trip

CHS Inc. said it reached a deal to acquire 33 Zip Trip convenience stores in the Spokane, Wash. area, owned in part by Jopo Inc. and Jo-By Enterprises LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed. All of the units will be rebranded under the Cenex retail brand this summer. The purchase will make Spokane the largest

Servicing the Customer

You pick up on a few things after 15 years in a business, but nothing more important than this: Always listen to the customer. “We’re getting more and more inquiries every day about customers that want alternative fuels in their stores,” said Brian Beggs, owner of Walt’s Petroleum Service in Schofield, Wis., the company he

Chevron Bolsters Management Team

Chevron Corp. has named Joe Laymon corporate vice president of Human Resources, effective immediately. Laymon joins Chevron from the Ford Motor Company, where he was group vice president of corporate human resources and labor affairs. In his new role, Laymon, 55, will oversee Chevron’s human resources and medical functions worldwide. He succeeds Alan Preston, who

NACS Withdraws Opposition to Tobacco Bill

After working with House Energy and Commerce Committee members to include provisions addressing retailer concerns, NACS has withdrawn its opposition to H.R. 1108, a bill that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulatory authority over tobacco manufacturing and retailing. For years NACS had opposed H.R. 1108 and similar legislation because of concerns about

IRI Announces Top 30 Beer Brands of 2007

The IRI Beer, Wine and Spirits Practice announced results from its annual analysis of beer sales, pinpointing the Top 30 beer brands and the Top 15 new beer brands in 2007. “The historic trend of consumers trading up and paying a premium price for their favorite brands continued in 2007,” said Bump Williams, general manager

Reynolds American Comes Out Swinging Against FDA

In perhaps the harshest criticism of the government’s plan to regulate tobacco, Reynolds American today questioned the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to effectively oversee the sale of cigarettes and smokeless products as it’s currently constituted. Congress has criticized the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the past year for not ensuring the

Tobacco Industry Facing Tough Market Conditions

Industry analysts say the tobacco industry could see an accelerated decline in sales over the next few years, largely because of more health-conscious consumers and the country’s anti-tobacco movement, according to Dow Jones and the American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA). “We have highlighted accelerated volume declines as one of the bigger risks the industry faces,"

Truckers Want Cheaper Fuel, Professor Wants Costlier Fuel

While most are lamenting the cost of fuel, a renowned energy professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business is saying that gas costs should be higher to more accurately reflect the real cost of a barrel of oil. Professor Lester Lave said the real cost of a barrel of oil is more than

Maryland Town Tightens Tobacco Regulations

Lawmakers in the Maryland town of Somerset are tightening restrictions on tobacco sales to minors by revoking business licenses after just two violations within a 24-month period, The Herald (Md.) News reported. The town’s Board of Selectmen unanimously approved new regulations that call for a business to lose its license for three to 30 days

Houston Council Approves C-Store Changes

Houston City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that will force convenience store owners to beef up security measures by installing cameras and other crime-prevention mechanisms, Texas Cable News reported. The new law requires the city’s convenience stores to install color digital surveillance cameras as well as other measures, including: * Annual safety training for

Shell Refines “Biogasoline” Idea

Royal Dutch Shell and Wisconsin-based bioscience firm Virent Energy Systems are teaming to develop what they said will be a “biogasoline” made from plant material, the Houston Chronicle reported. The companies say biogasoline can be made from non-food crops like switchgrass or agricultural waste like sugar-cane pulp, while the industry’s existing infrastructure can be used

Seattle Hotel Doles Out Gas Cards

The Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle has created a promotional package to attract guests who may be deterred by the rising cost of fuel. The Guests Gas It Up package offers a $20 Shell gift card for each night a guest stays in a classic or deluxe room at the hotel, where prices start at

Consumers Want Accurate Wine Labels

A national survey reveals that most U.S. wine purchasers want “truth-in-labeling” on bottles of wine, with many believing that the name of a wine region should only appear on a bottle’s label if the wine was produced there. Conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, the poll found that 79% of consumers want to be

Consumer Confidence Hits Five-Year Low

Consumer confidence took a nosedive this month, hitting its lowest level since March 2003, according to the Consumer Confidence Survey by The Conference Board. The index is now at 64.5, down from 76.4 in February, the Consumer Confidence Index showed. The survey is based on a representative sample of 5,000 U.S. households and is conducted

Maryland to Repeal Gas-Pricing Law?

A Maryland Republican lawmaker is hoping to repeal a law he says is keeping competition from driving down gas prices in his state, The Washington Times reported. Delegate Warren E. Miller has been trying for three years to repeal a law “that forces lower-cost gas stations, such as Wawa and Sheetz, to conform to the

Iowa C-Stores Face Added Scrutiny

Des Moines City Council is considering new guidelines that would call for public hearings and increased scrutiny on construction plans and alternations for new convenience stores and gas stations in the city, c-store industry leaders in that city said. “It’s all fine and it’s a standard practice, but the problem is the language is left

Report: Some 43% of Florida’s USTs Non-Compliant

More than 40% of South Florida’s underground fuel storage tanks don’t comply with a state law requiring gas stations and other owners to upgrade their facilities, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. Approved by Florida legislators more than 18 years ago, the law requires underground fuel storage tanks to have a double-walled system by 2009 to

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