freshness in full bloom

Exotic sushi, ready-made salads and fresh-cut fruit are ushering in tasty new eating options while helping customers watch their waistlines. When it comes to developingan exotic fresh food menu, U.S.retailers are drawing on inspirationfrom around the world. Take Torrance, Calif.-based FamimaUSA, for example. The U.S. subsidiary ofJapan’s FamilyMart Co. is drawing on itsJapanese heritage by

circle k launches line of proprietary energy drinks

Developed in conjunction with BooKoo Energy, beverages will be available in three flavors. Circle K Southeast, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is launching the company’s first wholly owned, proprietary energy beverage, GazZu. According to Circle K officials, GazZu was developed to respond to the worldwide energy drink boom and lack of drinks that appeal to

fullflavor enhancement

General Tobacco (GT) announced the launch of the new Vaquero LittleCigars 100’s box. The line extension is the latest addition to the GT catalogand will feature a variety of flavors to choosefrom including: Natural, Light, Vanilla, Menthol,Peach and Cherry.For More Information fromGeneral Tobacco 877-500-9595www.generaltobacco.com

bright future for smokeless sales

Once upon a time, cigarettes were the embodiment of“cool.” Then came the health concerns. Then came thegovernment regulations. Cigarette smoking has reacheda point where it is so severely sneered upon that manycities have outright banned smoking in public establishments. Itshould be a surprise to no one that cigarette sales and gross profitmargins have been steadily

susser holdings to acquire towncountry food stores

Deal increases company-owned store count to 500, expands geographic footprint into West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. The industry’s merger and acquisition activity continued today in a big way as Susser Holdings Corp., the Corpus Christi, Texas operator and fuel supplier said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire San Angelo, Texas-based Town &

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cstore financing know your options

Alternative lenders may be offering better deals than traditional banks. Waking up in a cold sweatover those burgeoning paymentson the adjustable ratebank loan you took out for yourc-store? Stop sweating it! With a little preparation—and someone to guide you throughthe process—you can probably get a muchlower, fixed-rate payment using one of severalalternative-financing methods. Frequently referred

codys offers university fuel discounts

Three-cents off per gallon for Southwest Baptist students and faculty. Cody’s Convenience Stores, a 22-store chain based in Springfield, Mo., is offering is reaching out to a local university to drive its fuel business. Beginning this week, students at Southwest Baptist University and faculty a three cent per gallon discount on gasoline purchases, according to

supply meets demand

Follett Corp.’s newest Horizonicemaker, the Horizon 1400, canproduce up to 1,400 pounds ofice per day. With the Ice Managerdiverter valve system, one Horizonmachine can now automatically fill two dispensers, sensing when ice isneeded and diverting production to that location. All Horizon applicationsprovide customer-preferred Chewblet ice, reduced energy and waterconsumption, and advanced flushing and cleansing features

the new age of convenience

Megan Ramey created a convenience concept for worldly urbanites that is a true departure from the gas stations Bubba is used to. From the street, the MoCoMarket in Madison, Wis. looksmore like a beauty salon or a furniturestore—with its large frontwindows and minimalist, communal-stylebench seating—than a convenience store.Once inside, customers are captivatedby its bamboo floors,

terror money laundered through md cstores

U.S. indicts 39 in scheme to funnel money to al Qaeda. A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted 39 people in an international money-laundering scheme using an informal currency transfer system known as hawala, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The defendants and one business face charges including money laundering, conspiracy to bribe

form and function

Organize self-serve areas and eliminatecountertop clutter and product wastewith quality dispensing equipment forcups, lids, straws, napkins, condiments and ice cream cones from ModularDispensing Systems. CombinationCabinet Dispensers are the newest lineaddition and are ideal for c-stores wherecounter space is limited, as they combinecup, lid, domed lid and straw dispensinginto one area. A variety of sizes and

homegrown convenience

Fast Phil’s is making its mark with redesigned stores, innovative card programs, consistent low prices and generous employee benefits. Reliability, a word thatall retailers strive to achievenowadays, is the first wordthat comes to mind whenFast Phil’s is mentioned to local residentsin southern North Carolina. Thechain, which has 12 stores spread outover Troutman, Mooresville, Yadkinvilleand Statesville,

quiktrip moving into the spring center

The arrangement “will be among the first of its kind in an arena, stadium or entertainment venue,” Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip will open a store in Sprint Center as part of a multi-year partnership with the Kansas City arena, built to host sports and entertainment events. The arrangement “will be among the first of its kind

chevron supports annual marathon

Company extends sponsorship until 2013. Chevron is keeping people running as it extends its sponsorship contract for the Chevron Houston Marathon, according to runnersweb.com. The Chevron Houston Marathon is the nation’s premier winter marathon, annually attracting participants from all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries. The race has been going on for 35

the all candy expo sweetens chicago

Over 20,000 show up for biggest event in candy. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) concluded its annual All Candy Expo yesterday in Chicago. Sponsored by the NCA, the All Candy Expo boasted 2,000 new products from nearly 500 exhibitors from 75 different countries. Top trends driving product releases of 2007/08 included: new flavor fusions focusing

the end of driveoffs in kansas city

New ordinance dramatically cripples gas thieving. A city ordinance requiring motorists to prepay for gas has reduced the number of drive-offs from more than 1,100 in 2005 to virtually none over the past 13 months, according to an Associated Press report. The ordinance took effect last summer. Since then only 24 drive-offs have been reported

cigars accelerating category profits by increasing strategic focus

Cigar dollar sales experienced strong growth again increasing 14% in 2006, according to ACNielsen. And, Richard Fasanelli, vice president of John Middleton Inc. adds, "We continue to uncover additional growth opportunities with retail customers by applying strategies less common to cigars, but very common in other major tobacco categories." Don’t miss this opportunity to hear

four down 1200 to go

BP settles multiple lawsuits, but litigation far from over. BP has settled four civil lawsuits filed by contractors who were injured on March 23, 2005, when an explosion killed 15 workers and injured 180 at the company’s Texas City, Texas, refinery, abruptly ending the first civil trial stemming from the blast. Details of the settlement

industry pioneer swearingen dies

Former president of Standard Oil was 89. John E. Swearingen, oil executive and well-known defender of the industry in the energy crisis of the 1970s, died on Friday in Birmingham, Ala. He was 89 and lived in Chicago, according to the New York Times. Swearingen presided over Standard Oil of Indiana, one of the companies

bp waives goodbye to south dakota

Company pulls out to sell closer to its refineries. BP America Inc. revealed that it’s pulling out of most of South Dakota and all of North Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana and Texas, due to a decision to focus on areas closer to its refineries, according to the Associated Press. The company revealed that the Sioux Falls,

kwik trip workers become heroes

Employees help save family from burning home. Kwik Trip employees Tammy Schultz and Nancy Sprague didn’t expect to save any lives when they started their early morning shift, but that didn’t stop them from risking their lives to rescue a family from a burning building. The incident, which police are investigating as arson, began at

phillip morris sues internetbased vendors

New lawsuit attacks the sale of untaxed, imported cigarettes. Philip Morris USA has filed two lawsuits in federal court against Internet site operators engaged in the sale of illegally imported cigarettes bearing Philip Morris USA’s trademarks, including the Marlboro mark. “Philip Morris USA will protect our brands and the law-abiding businesses that sell them from

nyacs awards 2007 scholarships

Six students receive a total of $4,500, a new high for the program. The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) has awarded six students for the 2007 NYACS Scholarship Foundation scholarships totaling $4,500. It’s the largest total awarded in the seven-year history of the program, thanks largely to a generous $2,500 contribution by the

united fuelenergy acquires sc fuels cardlock

Frank Greinke will continue to lead company. United Fuel & Energy Corp., a distributor of gasoline, diesel, propane and lubricant products to customers in the markets of the southwestern and south central U.S., reached a deal to acquire Cardlock Fuels System Inc., the cardlock operation of SC Fuels. SC Fuels operates 23 unattended fueling facilities

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