7-Eleven Awards Mars Snackfood U.S. ‘Retailer Initiative Award’

7-Eleven Inc. named Mars Snackfood U.S. the recipient of its Retailer Initiative Award for 2007, the company said. The annual honor recognizes a top supplier and partner who excels at supporting 7-Eleven stores in meeting their customers’ changing needs through team merchandising, demand-chain solutions, cost of goods, category management and creativity in advertising and promotional

IHOP’s OK With OJ

Five hundred IHOP restaurant locations in nine states are participating in a Florida Orange Juice Suggestive Sell Program developed specifically for IHOP by the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) as a way to increase sales and profits, the companies said. IHOP’s Suggestive Sell Program starts Oct. 6 and runs through Nov. 16, offering rewards for

Mississippi AG Eyes Up Price-Gougers

Attorney General Jim Hood is looking to clamp down on price-gouging gas station owners who he feels may be taking advantage of consumers during hurricanes, The Sun Herald in Mississippi reported. It’s against the law to take advantage of a state of emergency by hiking up prices, but Hood discovered before Gustav hit that some

Heineken USA Adds Newcastle

Heineken USA said it has assumed the rights to import, market and sell Newcastle Brown Ale in the U.S., adding one of the leading import brands to its roster. The addition to the Heineken USA portfolio serves as a platform for future growth and places the brand as one of the top national sales priorities

PCATS Teams With W. Capra

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) and W. Capra Laboratories said they’ve established the PCATS interoperability Laboratory and Expanded Certification Program. PCATS signed a service agreement with Capra to provide technical assistance in developing conformance testing tools, as well as its interoperability laboratory and services for testing PCATS standards. Since 2003, PCATS technical

Profits Fall at Couche-Tard

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions’ 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reported a 32% drop in quarterly profit, primarily the result of a sluggish U.S. economy. The company also announced Richard Fortin was stepping down as chief financial officer, effective immediately, but will become chairman of the board on Oct 12. Raymond Pare,

Retail Gasoline Prices to Turn Higher After Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Wholesale prices for gasoline moved higher across the country just ahead of Hurricane Gustav’s landfall along the southern Louisiana coastline, as fear of potential supply disruptions caused by the one-time powerful Category 4 storm triggered increased buying that pushed up values. The increase in wholesale prices will

Ricker Pushes For Changes To Sunday Sales

Jay Ricker has made his name throughout Indiana with fountain drinks – known as “Ricker pops” at his convenience stores – but the Ricker name could soon be known for something else: cold beer and alcohol on Sunday, The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. reported. Ricker is hoping to rally Hoosiers to change Indiana’s blue

A-B Creates Non-Alcoholic Subsidiary

Anheuser-Busch has established a subsidiary called 9th Street Beverages LLC, which could help the company expand its non-alcohol business, including brands such as 180 Energy, BORBA Skin Balance Water, Icelandic Glacial and Monster. The new subsidiary will focus on reaching consumers of energy drinks, high-end waters and other non-alcohol specialty beverages. “With the success of

Ricker Pushes For Changes To Sunday Sales

Jay Ricker has made his name throughout Indiana with fountain drinks – known as “Ricker pops” at his convenience stores – but the Ricker name could soon be known for something else: cold beer and alcohol on Sunday, The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. reported. Ricker is hoping to rally Hoosiers to change Indiana’s blue

Wilson Farms Names Midstate Field Specialist

New York convenience store chain Wilson Farms announced that it has promoted Jim Pinkert to perishable field specialist for the chain’s Midstate region. Pinkert began his employment with Wilson Farms in September 1988 and moved his way up from cart boy to store manager at Wilson Farms’ East Main Street location in Rochester. In his

New Mexico Sees Drop In C-Store Crimes

Crimes at convenience stores in New Mexico have dropped ever since the state imposed regulations in 2004 aimed at protecting workers in the stores, the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico reported. A state Environment Department study of convenience store crimes in six communities found slayings decreased by about 44% a year, while assaults and

C-Store X-Treme

California retailer Ed Komski is hoping his fuel stop will appeal to trucks that jump off sand dunes and kick up dirt as they rip through racetracks in the desert. Quads, motorcycles, sand rails and anything else fueled by adrenaline are welcomed, too, The Barstow Desert Dispatch reported. “We’re not a truck stop,” Komski told

The World on its Shoulders

Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co., that stalwart of efficient energy practices and environmental consciousness, has been chosen by The Detroit Free Press as one of the best places to work in Southeast Michigan. The newspaper conducted a survey several months ago and recently announced Atlas as a top winner. The company will be recognized in

The Give & Take in Real Estate

Perhaps serendipity has placed Nikki DePhillips in an MBA program at The University of Iowa, a school whose wrestlers are known as some of the greatest in the nation.  DePhillips, recently promoted to vice president of real estate at the Iowa-based convenience chain Kum & Go, could probably drop by the Hawkeye wrestling room on

Handheld Versatility

Pilot Reinvigorates PaySpot Agreement

Pilot Travel Centers has turned to PaySpot Inc. for an exclusive multi-year, multi-product sales and service agreement designed to expand its in-store prepaid services, according to PaySpot. PaySpot went live in 304 Pilot locations in mid-July, integrating its electronic prepaid product delivery system with Pilot’s existing point-of-sale (POS) system, enabling Pilot to expand its prepaid

U.S. Food Workers Union Puts Pressure On Tesco

A U.S. food workers’ union has stepped up pressure on Tesco’s Fresh & Easy operations, reporting its ready-meals supplier in the U.S. to labor-relations officials yesterday for the alleged unfair firing of six employees, the UK Independent reported. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) claimed that 2 Sisters Food Group, a supplier to

Franchisee Locks Horns With Sunoco

A 42-year-old Sunoco franchise owner has camped out in his Cambridge, Mass., gas station for the past week, sleeping on a lawn chair or in his car to fend off what he says are attempts by Sunoco to board up his shop and oust him from a lease the company says he’s repeatedly violated, The

Dallas City Council Approves Stricter C-Store Security Measures

Dallas City Council unanimously approved an ordinance requiring Dallas convenience stores to enhance their safety programs, The Dallas Morning News reported. The ordinance will be enacted over the next 18 months, and will include requirements that stores register with the city, get high-resolution cameras and install drop safes among other things, the publication reported. Among

Fuel Spikes Driven by Market

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN The late July to August slide in retail gasoline prices along the East Coast will likely stall this week, as wholesale prices bumped higher at terminals at major cities and metropolitan areas in states bordering the Atlantic Ocean. In contrast, West Coast consumers should expect pump

Deli Express Donates $64K to Military Families

Deli Express has donated $63,635 to the National Military Family Association, an organization serving family members of U.S. military personnel, the company said. The donation comes from portions of sales from Deli Express’ hot and cold sandwiches and bakery items that were sold overseas since 2006 at Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) c-stores

Hunt Brothers Sponsors Free Fill-up Sweepstakes

Hunt Brothers Pizza has launched its Free Fill-Up Sweepstakes, where participants will have the opportunity to win free gas and pizza for an entire year. From Aug. 23 through Oct. 27, visitors to www.freegasfreepizza.com will have the opportunity to sign up for a chance to win free gas and free pizza for a year, with

ConocoPhillips Looks To Sell 600 Sites

ConocoPhillips is expected to sell its remaining 600 company-owned gas stations to PetroSun West LLC for $800 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. ConocoPhillips – operator of Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 brands – and PetroWest are likely to sign the deal today, the report said. The third-largest U.S. oil company, Conoco is expected

All Things Energy

While the number of energy drink brands continues to expand year over year in the U.S., consumers can expect to see energy concepts grow well beyond the non-beverage format, according to Mintel, a global market research firm. Mintel’s latest report on energy drinks valued the retail market for this category at $4.8 billion, a growth

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