highs dairy partners with radiant

Self-service food-ordering system to be deployed at more than 50 convenience and dairy locations. High’s of Baltimore Inc. reached a deal with Radiant Systems to deploy multiple Radiant customer self-service kiosks in more than 50 of the mid-Atlantic retailer’s 82 High’s Dairy Stores. “Experience, reliability and ease-of-use were keys to our decision,” said Benjamin Jatlow,

fusion oil stations to be auctioned off

Sale of 41 stores part of bankruptcy proceeding against Fusion Oil by Comerica Bank. A sealed bid auction of Fusion Oil’s assets is underway as part of a bankruptcy proceeding against the oil marketer by Comerica Bank. The sale includes 41 gas stations and convenience stores in Michigan and Ohio. Some of the stations and

supermarket shift

Wal-Mart scaling back plans to expand its grocery business. After years of deteriorating same-store sales, Wal-Mart plans to curtail spending on expansion in the U.S. The spending pullback might give other grocers and convenience stores the opportunity to reverse the trend that has seen Wal-Mart eat up local market share at their expense “It’s difficult

beer is americas beverage of choice

Anheuser-Busch’s “Here’s To Beer” campaign toasts adults’ appreciation for beer. The latest Gallup Poll shows that of the 64% of Americans who consume alcohol, beer continues to be their beverage of choice, with 40 percent choosing it over wine and hard liquor. The 2007 consumption poll was reported on Gallup’s Web site. Having maintained its

oregon to begin testing biodiesel quality

The Oregon Department of Agriculture next month plans to begin testing biodiesel sold within the Portland city limits to ensure the fuel meets quality standards. Dirty biodiesel can clog fuel filters and cause engines to run inefficiently. “It is a huge concern for the (fuel) industry right now,” Rick Wallace, senior energy analyst for the

alcohol vendors offered sales guide

Anheuser-Busch’s 2007 Drivers License Guide given to convenience stores, supermarkets and bars to help spot fake I.D.’s. A partnership between Schilling Distributing in Lafayette, La. and Anheuser-Busch is helping local bars and grocery stores keep up with changing photo I.D.’s from all 50 states. More than 1,300 copies of a 2007 Drivers License Guide has

anheuserbusch releases 2006 environmental health and safety report

Company enhances environmental achievements, improves workplace safety record. In 2006 alone, the nation’s largest brewer generated enough renewable fuel to heat more than 25,000 homes, recycled more than 27 billion cans, cut its employee injury rate by nearly half in the last five years and helped its employees lose 5,000 pounds – an amount equal

pump n munch on the upswing

Company purchases stores and switches to BP fuel. Rochester, Minn.-based Pump ‘N Munch convience stores are in the process of adding an additional four stores to its number, more than doubling its total. Kato Inc., which owns Pump ‘N Munch stations, purchased four of the Rochester BP stations. The company will convert all the stores

local 7eleven fights to stay open 247

Franchised-owned store is forced to close at midnight under new ordinance. A Rutherford, N.J.-based 7-Eleven store is fighting in court for permission to stay open 24-7. Over a month ago, a borough ordinance banned c-stores from operating between the hours of midnight and 5am. However, Nasser Nasser, owner of NOH Inc., which operates the 7-Eleven,

change is afoot at the circle k

Company revamps the look and product selection for Arizona stores. Change is on the horizon for Circle K. The Phoenix-based company is in the midst of overhauling most of its 550 Arizona stores, according to the East Valley Tribune. The stores will undergo architectural improvements, interior renovations as well as a boost in product selection,

rutters introduces 24ounce coffee

Company discontinues low-selling 12-ounce cup. Rutter’s Farm Stores is introducing its biggest coffee yet, a 24-ounce cup that from July 30 to Aug. 26 comes with an introductory price of 99 cents. Rutter’s also will continue to offer 16- and 20-ounce cups but is dropping its 12-ounce cup. “The 12-ounce cup was by far our

consumers file class action against retailers over hot fuel

Major chains like 7-Elven and Shell top off the list of defendants. The controversy over hot fuel continues as three Oklahoma City-area consumers begin seeking class-action status on a lawsuit against retailers they feel are cheating them out of money, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit is file against 13 retailers and oil companies,

circle k partners with iri

New relationship drives improved category effectiveness and retail execution for convenience channel. Circle K Stores Inc., a subsidiary of the Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. group, has partnered with Information Resources Inc. (IRI) to begin sharing its point-of-sale (POS) data from all of its U.S.-based stores for incorporation into the new IRI AllScan Convenience Store Tracking service.

sip right

At a time when busy, healthconscious moms want to encourage their kids to eat more nutritious foods, Jel Sert has found a way to make drinking milk more fun— without adding a lot of excess sugar. The company introduces Sipahh milk flavoring straws as a fun and healthy treat that everyone can enjoy. The Sipahh

convenience 101

The average collegestudent has evolved. What was once stereotypedasanacademic pauperliving off nothingmore than pocketchange, ramen noodles and pizza crustshas transformed intosomething more: afast-paced, health-conscious studentlooking to get themost bang out oflimited bucks. Whilemost universitiesoffer extensive campus food programsfor students, many are opting for quickand simple solutions to accommodate students’ lifestyles through campus-operatedconvenience stores. College C-stores:

coffee shot

Introducing STOK, a new concept in the world of coffee enhancement. Each individual serving deliers a 40 milligram pop of pure, invigorating caffeine, equivalent to adding a shot of espresso. Designed for people who like to work hard and playharder, STOK fills the void by providing aquick and easy way to hyper-caffeinatecoffee on-the-fly. STOK breaks

space saver

The Serenity Series Cubelet Ice Machine, FS-1001 MLH-C, produces up to 830-lbs. of ice per 24 hours and exclusively features a space saving design. The pump down cycle allows for more efficient start up; it is environmentally friendly and is a low-cost service. Serviceability is convenient because technicians can access the ice machine from the

optimizing everything

Fifteen years ago, a young physicist named KenOuimet saw a strong correlation between the behaviorsof consumers and atoms. The analogy led him to developsoftware based on mathematics developed in theoretical physics that forecasts human buying behavior and incorporatesnew evidence in real time to update the forecast. Thus was priceoptimization software (POS) born. Today, Ouimet’s software

decadent delights

Turtle Mountain announced three new delicious flavors for celebratingsummer fun: Coconut Craze, Pomegranate Chip and So Very Strawberry. Thethree flavors are the newest addition to Turtle Mountain's signature PurelyDecadent Dairy Free Pints line. Each scrumptious flavor only contains 65% ofthe calories of comparable, super-premium dairy-based ice cream. They arealso cholesterol free, certified Vegan and madewith

sweet treats sweeter

Drive incremental cookie sales with new Otis Spunkmeyer Warm Wishespackaging. Consumers will pay more for cookies wrapped in convenienttake-home gift packaging—every case of cooking packaging translates to 600 additional cookies sold in your location. Otis Spunkmeyer offersfive uniquely shaped sizes to use when packaging your cookies. Use Warm Wishes packaging to capitalize on holiday gift-giving,

competitive watch

Gas continues to fuel hypermart growth. An interesting study wasrecently published by researchers in the Department ofEconomics at the Universityof Arizona that details the impact HomeDepot’s entry into the fuel business had onthe Nashville, Tenn., market. The study found that hypermarts “do,in fact, place statistically significant andeconomically significant downward pressure on the prices of nearby

elevated jerky

TrailSteaks PremiumJerkey Co. is raising the barin the meat snack industry by introducing a new andimproved product. Using onlythe finest cuts of beef, turkey,buffalo, elk and venison,TrailSteaks has created 45 varieties of premium and gourmet products.These delectable meat snacks are marketed in multiple package sizes. Eachpackage contains pieces of flavorful, succulent steak, not the average

tasty treats

McKee Foods gives a new way to enjoy muffins when you’re on the go withLittle Debbie Snack Muffins in Banana Nut and Blueberry varieties. These twinwrapped muffins are made with real fruit and deliver great taste in a formatthat is perfect for today’s busy lifestyles. They are sold in single-serve packscontaining two servings in each

retailing for the future

Independent conveniencestore and gas station operator VERC Enterprises named DaveProler to the position of districtmanager, covering six of the company'slocations from Berlin, Mass. to Nashua,N.H. Proler has two years experiencefrom Greenfield, Mass.-based SandriSunoco Fuels, where he learned valuable skills as a district manager thatwould benefit him greatly in his newposition with VERC. Prior to entering

enhanced juices

Minute Maid announced a new line of 100% orange juice products withhealth benefits from added nutrients and functional ingredients. The MinuteMaid Enhanced Juice line includes new Minute Maid Multi-Vitamin andMinute Maid Active—as well as new packaging for the popular Minute MaidHeart Wise variety. Responding to the needs of the health-conscious shopper,Minute Maid Enhanced Juice line

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