NACS Celebrates the Past, Looks to Redefine the Future

As NACS celebrates the convenience and fuel retailing industry’s remarkable achievements since it was founded 50 years ago, the association is equally looking toward the future, said NACS President and CEO Hank Armour during the NACS Show Opening General Session. It is expected that more than 22,000 attendees from 50 countries will attend the 2011

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Gasoline Prices Tumbling Amid Weak Demand, Economic Worry

Wholesale gasoline costs in major metropolitan regions of the country tumbled during the week following Labor Day, pressured by several features including weak consumption of the fuel leading up the holiday weekend, while driving demand consistently slumps in September from August. Historically, gasoline demand and prices move lower in September after the summer driving season.

Heineken USA Introduces Noche Buena Beer

Exclusive Mexican winter brew will be available in key U.S. markets beginning in October. Heineken USA today announced the launch of Noche Buena, a Bock-styled Lager brewed by Cerveceria Moctezuma, S.A., specifically made for the Fall/Winter season. The limited edition traditional Mexican beer will make its way to select markets in the U.S. in October.

Love’s Launches Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser

Beginning now through Sept. 30, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores employees will be putting their hearts into raising funds for 89 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by asking customers to purchase $1, $5 or $20 heart icons. Love’s raises additional funds by holding bake sales, pumping gas for tips, conducting in-store drawings and coordinating other

Rutter’s Gives Away Another Year of Gas

Arthur Bankert of Fawn Grove, Pa., is the latest winner of a free year of gas in Rutter’s Fuel Up Free contest. Bankert is the sixth winner in the summer contest that, at its end in September, will have given away a year’s worth of gas to 8 loyal Rutter’s customers. It’s hard to say

CEFCO Opens Prototype Unit in Texas

A crowning achievement of the CEFCO organization, the new store is the next generation of store design and guest experience. It incorporates a number of innovative operational enhancements made possible by an open, fresh design with modern treatments and upgraded finishes. “We are tremendously proud of what the newest CEFCO store means to the organization,”

Are Your Stores Compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Is your chain meeting the rigid ADA compliance standards? Many operators think they, but are not and as a result find themselves facing federal fines and even litigation. Join us at the 2011 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference and hear from M. Bradley Gaskins, a leading accessibility architect who specializes in helping retail operators, including

Employee Unionization: Is Your Chain Ready?

How versed are you on current labor laws regarding union organizing? Do you know about the rules changes in regulations occurring within the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor? Do you have a strategy plan for maintaining positive employee relations and effective union organizing strategies and tactics? If not, plan on

New Dates for the 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo

One week after the National Restaurant Association announced new dates for its annual conference, the National Confectioners Association, sponsor of the SWweets & Snacks Expo, said that the dates of the 2012 EXPO have changed to May 8-10 in an effort to avoid G8 Summit activities happening later in the month. Last week, NATO announced

Aloha Petroleum Unveils C-Store Prototype

Aloha Petroleum Ltd., the Hawaii-based gas retailer and convenience store operator, has unveiled the first ‘ground-up’ version of a new prototype design for its convenience store-fuel sites that highlights the chain’s local roots. Designed by CBX, the strategic branding and retail design consultancy, the 3,000-square-foot store and adjoining gas islands with five pumps opened in

Rutter’s Expands its Foodservice Menu

Rutter’s Farm Stores’ exceptionally diverse menu is expanding to include sloppy Joe sandwiches and chicken wings. Chicken wings are now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at most of Rutter’s 56 Central Pennsylvania convenience stores. The wings are available in quantities of 6 or 12 and in 3 flavors: original, hot and

Dispensed Beverage Sales Show Promise

Cold and frozen beverages continue to be a mainstay of the convenience store offering—something consumers expect, enjoy, and increasingly want to tailor to their own individual tastes. Others have noticed. McDonald’s, for example, is making smoothies and other cold beverages part of its strategy for expanding its beverage offerings. Beginning in March, the burger giant

Hands free water and ice dispenser

Hoshizaki America Inc. offers the new hands-free water and ice dispenser, models DT-400-AR and DT-400BAH-OS. The former features a drop-in replacement refrigeration circuit, ease of serviceability for maintaining ice making/dispensing operation and simple disconnects for removal and installation. DT-400BAH-OS features a self-contained space saving design (21w x 22.5d x72.5h with 6-inch legs) and front in

Coffee’s Popularity Surges

You wouldn’t think something as simple as coffee could prove to be so complex a phenomenon—or one so indispensable to Americans. Turns out America can see its reflection in a cup of coffee—its economic worries, its desires for variety and small-scale luxury, and even its hopes for a brighter future. All of that swirls together

High-Tech Brewing

High-Tech Brewing BUNNs new BrewWISE ThermoFresh coffee brewing system makes brewing coffee easy. The system provides simple control over the brewing process, consistency from location to location and thermal coffee holding with new unheated servers. The G9-2T DBC grinder reduces the potential for human error by communicating how much and which coffee was ground to

Coca-Cola North America

Coca-Cola North America Nestea has completed a makeover of its ready-to-drink (RTD) iced tea product line with four new products, including improved flavors, the introduction of green teas and the return of the classic Nestea brand. Nestea has introduced new lemon and diet lemon formulas, which out-performed the former Nestea Cool varieties in consumer taste

Pepsi-cola North America

Pepsi-cola North America Pepsi-Cola North America announces its expanding it beverage portfolio with Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash, a limited-time flavor extension available exclusively this holiday season. Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash is a crisp lemon-lime soft drink flavored with a hint of cranberry. It will be available for eight weeks, beginning in November, in packaging that

Miller Brewing Co.

Miller Brewing Co. Pull down bigger sales by teaming up with Miller Lite and Miller Genuine Draft for the 2006-2007 pro basketball season. The popularity of professional basketball is bigger and better than ever. Miller Lite and Miller Genuine Draft will help retailers build on this momentum with a one-of-a-kind basketball program that will create

Bunn-o-matic Corp.

Bunn-o-matic Corp. A cost-effective solution for superior cold drinks, the BUNN JDF-2S Silver Series delivers either juice or iced coffee at the touch of a button. Designed to serve either frozen or ambient products, including remote bag-in-box, the JDF-2S ensures consistent drink quality from the top to the bottom of every glass with a patented

Miller Brewing Co.

Miller Brewing Co. Football fans have a deep passion for their favorite team and ritualistically plan events around where they are watching the game, what they are going to eat and, most importantly, what they are going to drink. These fans crave the opportunity to be as close to the action as possible and retailers

Leading Brands Inc.

Leading Brands Inc. Leading Brands Inc. announces the launch of TREK Natural Sports Drinks and NITRO Energy Drinks in both the United States and Canada. TREK is an all-Natural Sports Drink that is sweetened with pure cane sugar and not high fructose corn syrup (as are other products). TREK Natural Sports Drinks are ‘osmotically balanced’

Wilbur Curtis Co.

Wilbur Curtis Co. Beautifully styled, digitally advanced and financially rewarding, the Wilbur Curtis G3 Concept Series Primo Cappuccino (PCGT) Machine is available in 3-, 4- and 5-head models. With innovative G3 Technology, the Primo Cappuccino allows retailers to digitally control blending and dispensing functions for perfectly blended beverages. With Euro-styled lines and an impressive over-sized

Miller Brewing Co.

Miller Brewing Co. Relevant POS imagery that highlights small social gatherings will capture the attention of the target consumer who appreciates and savors the fundamental things in life and is unwilling to compromise their choices. Also available are unique, permanent display spectaculars, relevant display enhancers and innovative merchandising tools that will capture the attitude of

B2 Beverage Co.

B2 Beverage Co. B2 Beverage Co. has launched its "first in category" non-carbonated tropical fruit and cream flavored premium malt beverage line called Hard Creamer, along with its sub-brand Kalima Hawaiian Hard Creamer. The product stands out because of its combination of creamy taste, smooth texture and vibrant colors resembling fresh oranges, strawberries and peaches.

Hoshizaki America Inc.

Hoshizaki America Inc. The Serenity Series Cubelet Ice Machine produces up to 1,000 lbs. of ice every 24 hours and is designed to save space. The condenser and compressor are stationed outside the kitchen and away from customers therefore producing less heat and noise. Serviceability is easy due to convenient access from the front or

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