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

tesco unveils expansion plans

Chain reveals three new store locations added, as well as an estimated opening date. Tesco has unveiled plans to open in the U.S. as early as November, adding three more Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets to its list of stores. The chain plans to have up to 50 stores launched by February 2008 in California,

rutters stretches south

Chain explores the moving into Maryland to avoid taxes. Scott Hartman, president, told the York Dispatch of the plan to open about 10 new or expanded stores in 2008. The year after that, the 51-store chain will be looking toward the northern Maryland market. “We’ve had several good years here, and we hope to have

executive leadership solutions adds former cstore executives

Brian Matlock and David St. Clair join as a senior executive recruiter. Executive Leadership Solutions, an executive search firm that specializes in recruitment for the convenience store, petroleum and related supplier industries, has added two former convenience store executives to recruiting team: David A. St. Clair and Brian Matlock have joined the company as senior

quickchek comes to hampton township

Chain celebrates the grand opening of a new store. QuickChek, the privately owned, family-operated chain of more than 100 c-stores in New Jersey and Southern New York, will be celebrating the grand opening of its newest location in Hampton Township, N.J. The new 3,800-sq. ft. store will open to the public Sept. 25 following a

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

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