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

are you leaving money on the table

Federal and state tax credits are available to employers that hire members of specific, usually disadvantaged, groups. Every year, thousands ofemployers fail to claim their fairshare of the billions of dollars ingovernment tax credits and incentive programs set aside for them. If you’venever claimed yours, then the question is: “Why?” Maybe you just didn’t know

seed with envy

Zotes prides itself on finding newways to impress taste buds andhas a full-flavor lineup of sunflowerseeds, including Bleu Cheese, TequilaLime,, Spicy Nacho and many more.The product comes in 5-oz. resealablejars with convenient flip-top lids, with anSRP of $1.79 to $1.99. Grow the categorywithout cannibalizing it with more bagged seeds. POS isavailable for all types of

growth on tap at gulf

As part of a fuel reimaging campaign, the oil company is launching the new Gulf Express convenience store brand. Gulf Oil, the venerable New England fuel brand, is midway through a major branding campaign that will seethe oil company convert 11 Exxon travel plazas along theMassachusetts Turnpike. But what is most significant aboutthe Turnpike deal

csd honors three with ncsag scholarships

College tuition can be abig financial burden, but Convenience Store Decisions is committed to offsetting thatburden for its National Convenience StoreAdvisory Group (NCSAG) members. The NCSAG Scholarship Fund-created for employees or children of employees that are members of the group-recently awarded three separate $1,000 grants to three worthy students. The scholarships are awarded annually and

tootsie roll

Tootsie Roll Industries just sweetened the pot for consumers on sugarrestricteddiets with the unveiling of new Sugar-Free Tootsie RollMidgees! This chewy, chocolatey treat, sweetened with Splenda, offers the same great taste and texture as the original, without any of thesugar. It’s the perfect indulgence for diabetics or anyone limiting theirsugar intake. With the focus on

couchetard named convenience store decisions chain of the year

Under CEO Alain Bouchard, the marketer has built an extensive c-store network in the U.S. and Canada. In a year where several top convenience store companies distinguishedthemselves with new store prototypes,increased sales and strong financialportfolios, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.stood out from the crowd by cementing itsposition as a dominant marketer in the U.S.and Canada. As a

starbucking the system

Convenience concepts are spreading to coffee houses, supermarkets and even drug stores, and retailers have every reason to be concerned. It’s no secret that c-stores have“borrowed” ideas from outside channels.Thanks to Starbucks, c-storeoperators learned that customerswould pay $4 for a cup of coffee as long asit was a high-end brew. So it should comeas no

special attention

Perfetti Van Melle will launch a ground-breaking promotion withDC Comics with a specially created comic that features Supermanand the Airheads

shultz is manning rutters stores

The York, Pa-basedcompany replaced the vice president position with a director of human resources.Schultz will be responsible for overseeing theentire human resources department, including employee benefits, policies and payroll.She will also oversee hiring new employeesfor rutter’s 51 convenience stores in centralPennsylvania. Potential hires can apply forretail positions at any store or through thecompany Web site.

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

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

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

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

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