the other tobacco product

Boosted by new flavors and additional varieties, cigars continue strong incremental sales growth. While tobacco has long been a backbonefor the industry, pulling millions in individualunit sales as well as boosting the profit from theaverage smoker’s market basket, it has not come without its problems. Consistent tax increases and society’s dour view on cigarette smoking

sweet surprise

Swisher International introduces the newestaddition to the family—Swisher Sweets GrapeLittle Cigars. This mild, sweet, new little cigaroffers high profits per ring and is bursting with grape taste and aroma. It’s the perfectlittle cigar to sell and for customers to enjoy.Available in 10-pack cartons and displayswith 20 Little Cigars per pack. For More Information fromSwisher International800-874-9720

proprietary perserverance

Retailers are creating a buzz with new foodservice concepts— with some help from vendors and suppliers. There’s more than one wayto skin a cat, just like there’smore than one way to run a convenience foodservice program.Some retailers don’t know where to start,so they team up with branded conceptsthat lay everything out for them. Othersknow what

tools for buying

DTN announced importantenhancements to DTN Fuel Buyer, a Web-basedapplication that provides instant access to supplierprice messaging from DTN DataConnect. Users can now leverageenhanced analysis tools in DTN Fuel Buyer to add contract prices and special prices based on adifferential off-rack or index prices at multiple terminals, and can createproduct blend recipes for automatic compare. New

a picture is worth 1000 reward

JAIL magazine is not only full of local criminal mug shots, it’s also flying off the shelves of the c-stores that sell it. Forget those glamour shots andfamily portraits that cause people tospend hours primping their hair andmake-up. A new school of photography has taken the top spot on the popularitypedestal: mug shots. That’s right—thoseunkempt


Marlin Larson: Convenience Management Group dba On the Run When Marlin larson started his education,he thought he would teach kids a thing or twoin the classroom or coaching a team. The former has come true for some of his employees at Convenience Management Group’s (CMG) nine ExxonMobil Onthe Run stores, but it’s the lessons Larson

turn up the torque

Point Blank Beverages introduces Torque,alcohol-fueled with caffeine, ginseng, taurine and guarana. Torque has a lemon-lime citrusflavor to it and comes in cases of 24 16-oz. cans. Torque, which has been on the market for more than a year now, is available from 45wholesalers and is sold across the U.S. in 16 states. The product is

innovation driving adult beverages

Summer is quiCkly approaChing, bringing withit relaxed nights on the porch, trips to the beach andweather hotter than the grill at a Fourth of July barbeque.To complement their fun in the sun, customers want to wrap their hands around a couple of cold ones, and they will becounting on their local convenience store to satisfy


Ruiz Foods introduces a fifth flavor to its El Monterey Butcher WrappedBurrito line—Chorizo, Egg and Cheese. The 8-oz. El Monterey Butcher Wrapped Chorizo, Egg and Cheese Burrito is the third in the A.M. line and offers a more traditional Mexican favorite to the dashboard diner. The burritos are made with tortillas fresh from the Ruiz

variety stand

Calico Brands c-store rack configurations offer a threeprice-point strategy: entry level, mid-tier and premiumretail. Included in the four-tier racks is a combination of Calico Texas Hold’em Cigar lighters, Calico Electronic,Scripto Mini Match, Scripto Mighty Match, ScriptoElectronic, Cricket Plus and Cricket Electronic. Each 4-tierrack includes a free pre-selected 50-ct. tray of CalicoJeweltone lighters or custom logo

bp refocuses its customer commitment

It has been said time and again that youcan’t put a price on having an outstanding imageand offering great service. For BP, however, thatprice is $36 million–that’s what the oil supermajor is investing in a long-term advertising campaignto reach out to convenience store and petroleum customers with giveaways, in-store promotions and topromote its emphasis on

choice cuts

Jack Link's Beef Jerky beefs up its product offerings with the introduction of six innovative new snack items—two A.1. Steak Sauce-branded meat snacks and an entirely new deli-style product line. New mouth-watering varieties include: A.1. Steak Sauce Beef Jerky and Beef Steak Nuggets, Deli Cuts Sausage Bitesand Sticks in Original and Pepperoni. The Steak Sauce

how to get employees to play by the rules

The best way to ensure cooperation is to have rules that make sense. by Mel Kleiman ____________________________________________ Every time I leave for a speaking or training engagement, I take the same route to the airport and, 98% of the time, in the same spot, parked on the same side of the freeway, I pass the

clearing the house of credit card fees

Combining ACH networking technology with an established loyalty program can divert customers from paying with plastic. by Michael Ferrari ____________________________________________ Cash, in its green, paper form, is being phased out. Customers are relying more and more on credit cards to make most of their transactions. And why shouldn’t they? Cash can be cumbersome to have

schunks readies grander retail strategy

Schnuck Markets Inc. and its Schnucks Express fuel center is stretching out to the Memphis area by acquiring two convenience stores formerly operated as Fill ‘n Stations. The sales of stores were finalized May 14. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move comes as part of the company’s strategic expansion. “The Schnucks Express

new digs for 7eleven

New store in Downtown Dallas opens with a bang. 7-Eleven is kicking off the grand opening of its new store off of Routh St. in Downtown Dallas with a party celebrating its new store and corporate offices. The new store and offices represent a new opportunity for the chain to become acclimated with its home

susser reports first quarter earnings

Busy year brings growth to c-store owner. Susser Holdings Corp., the Corpus Christi-based convenience store and gasoline distribution giant that operates Stripes stores, reported an 8.8% increase in merchandise sales and an increase in revenue for the first quarter. On Wednesday, the company reported a first-quarter net loss of $2.4 million, a 39% improvement from

kroger celebrated for cause marketing

Company executive speaking at forum discussing combining store efforts with supplies and non-profits. Lynn Marmer, group vice president of corporate affairs for The Kroger Co.–owner of almost 780 c-stores across the country–will be a featured speaker at the Cause Marketing Forum’s fifth annual conference to discuss how corporations and non-profits can meaningfully measure their impact

the pantry increases its credit facilities

Company renegotiates terms and ups capacity. The Pantry Inc. has completed the expansion and renegotiation of certain terms of its senior secured credit facilities. The facilities include a $350 million term loan, increased from approximately $304 million previously, and a $225 million revolving credit facility, increased from $150 million previously. In addition, the agreement includes

the dep comes down on getty

Reports of a gasoline leakage trigger strict regulations. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) this week ordered Getty Realty Corp. and Getty Petroleum Marketing to investigate and correct soil and groundwater contamination from three underground storage tanks at the Getty gas station located at 2100 Market St., Linwood, Penn. “Residents of this community need to

a push for e85

Kum & Go offers one-day promotional sale to support biofuels. Kum & Go, with the help of Iowa Governor Chet Culver, a longtime advocate of cleaner-burning biofuels, kicked off a special promotion yesterday by offering E85 fuel for only $1.85 a gallon at its store at 715 Lang Creek in Grinnell. The event also celebrated

chevron supports the sciences

Educational grant donated to encourage academics in New Orleans. Chevron Corp. will invest up to $4 million to support science education in selected New Orleans public middle schools through its “Energy for Learning” program. Energy for Learning will support grades six, seven and eight at various schools in the area. Students at these schools will

toa reports big first quarter losses

Recent merger and taking the company public gobbled up revenues, profits. TravelCenters of America LLC has reported a huge loss for its first quarter, which ended March 31, due in large part to costs connected with going public. The company’s net loss in the quarter totaled $54.3 million. $45 million of the loss came from

murphy joins tempo

New loyalty program rewards customers at the pump. Murphy USA has joined Tempo Payment Inc.’s network, which is initiating a system-wide implementation of Murphy-branded PIN debit cards at more than 1,000 gas stations, with an initial rollout to 111 stores in Atlanta, Dallas and Houston. As a result of the substantially lower interchange fees it

tesoro takes control of la refinery

Deal also includes distribution to 278 stations. Tesoro Corp. has completed the purchase of Shell’s 100,000-barrel-per-day Los Angeles refinery and 278 operating stations. All 278 retail sites will remain Shell branded, but will be supplied by Tesoro. Tesoro has already assumed operational control of the refinery and has began overseeing responsibilities included the operations of