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

Nuggets of Truth

Invigorate beverage sales by creating a thrilling fountain beverage program with greater appeal, bigger profits and more reliable machines from Scotsman Nugget Ice, The Original Chewable Ice. Nugget Ice is slower to melt than flaked and uses less water and electricity than cubed. For more information from Scotsman, 888-ICE-2823 nuggetice@scotsman-ice.comwww.scotsman-ice.com  

Symphony Of Service

  Follett’s Symphony 110 series ice and water dispensers can add a second source of ice and eliminate bottlenecks at the servery ice machine. The dispenser includes Follett’s dependable Maestro icemaker that produces 400 pounds (181 kilograms) of Chewbletice in a 24-hour period. With 90 pounds of storage capacity, Symphony 110 models will support up

ID in a Snap

Card Scanning Solutions announces its newest product-line addition, the Snapshell IDR Camera Scanner. The Snapshell IDR is a revolutionary new kiosk tool for capturing driver’s license information quickly and accurately. Powered by software featuring Optical Character Recognition to read cards from all 50 states and over 30 countries, the Snapshell IDR uses a three mega-pixel

Lighting the Way

Best Practices for Reducing Operating Costs There is a lengthy list of general maintenance items retailers should have to maximize cooler efficiency. Jerry Lawson, national manager for Energy Star Small Business and Congregations Network, a division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, recommended the following no-cost tips that are designed to help reduce

Quiet Commercial Blender

Vitamix has introduced The Quiet One, a powerful, premium blender that offers sound reduction and improved speed of service. According to independent third party testing by OnSpeX, the blender operates at 18 decibels below its closest competitor when blending a milkshake. An innovative door seal design, coupled with patent-pending floating technology significantly reduces vibration transmission

Keeping C-Stores Secure

When he thinks of PCI compliance, Ed Freels, director of information systems for Honey Farms Inc. recalls an old t-shirt slogan from the 1970s, “It showed the AC130 gun ship from the Vietnam era and it said, ‘You can run, but you’ll just die tired,’ and PCI compliance is no different. The most dangerous merchant

Master-Bilt Announces New Sales Rep

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of commercial refrigeration systems for 70 years, has appointed a new sales representative group, Dynamic Equipment Solutions, based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.  With additional offices in Murietta (San Diego area), and Las Vegas, Dynamic Equipment Solutions will service the southern California and southern Nevada markets. Formerly Auerbach Phelan Group, Dynamic Equipment Solutions

Sheetz Adds New All-Natural Beverage

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz, is offering HINT Water’s top six SKUs: Blackberry, Watermelon, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Mango-Grapefruit, Raspberry-Lime and Strawberry-Kiwi in its more than 365 locations. The all-natural essence water has zero calories and no sugar. Like many c-stores Sheetz is incorporating natural and healthy alternatives like HINT to meet growing customer demand. “We are excited to bring

Kum & Go Acquires Two Sinclair Stores

Kum & Go L.C., has acquired two Sinclair fuel stations-one in Boulder, Colo., and one in Omaha, Neb. This marks Kum & Go’s first store in Boulder and its 19th store in the Omaha area. “The company is ecstatic to open our first store in Boulder,” said Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum &

Gilbarco’s Robinson To Speak at NPECA

Andrew Robinson, director of point of sale marketing at Gilbarco Veeder-Root, is scheduled to speak at the 73rd annual conference of the National Petroleum Energy Credit Association (NPECA) April 20 at the InterContinental New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans.  Robinson is set to lead the 10 a.m. POS Technology session that will outline current point

Kroger Endorses Rapid Recall Exchange

The Kroger Co. is endorsing Rapid Recall Exchange, an online service that standardizes and accelerates food and product recalls and withdrawals. The Rapid Recall Exchange, developed by GS1 US in collaboration with the Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturers Association, is the industry’s only online standardized recall notification system. Using consistent forms and processes, retailers

Master-Bilt Welcomes Ross Buel

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of  commercial refrigeration systems has appointed Ross Buel as national/chain accounts manager for foodservice sales, effective March 24. Buel brings a new dimension to Master-Bilt  and expects to help further penetrate the Master-Bilt foodservice chain business. Most recently, Buel served as general manager for the foodservice equipment division of

Embracing Automated Cash Control

More convenience store operators are phasing out their drop safes and replacing them with sophisticated cash management systems that perform a variety of functions more easily and quickly than ever before. One of those is the linking of computer networks for easier access to information throughout the organization. In doing so, cash shrinkage due to

Tools of the Trade

Busy consumers continue watching their wallets, but one thing hasn’t changed. They want great tasting meals and snacks—and they want them fast. In spite of today’s economic angst, opportunities abound for providing time-crunched consumers with foods on the run. According to a survey by the National Restaurant Association (NRA), 69% of adults surveyed said purchasing

EPA Names Manitowoc Foodservice 2010 Energy Partner Of The Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Manitowoc Foodservice as a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and helping to educate consumers about those products. Manitowoc Foodservice’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March

Putting the Back-Office to Work

Inside the Numbers: Zarco 66 8 Number of stores. $35 million Total annual systemwide revenue. $20,000 Cost of its new POS/back office system on the front end. $70,000 Cost of its new POS/back office system on the back end. 25% Percentage of store sales from foodservice at the chain’s first store with the new system

A Dishwasher That Saves Energy

Hoshizaki America Inc. introduces the Energy Star certified Jet Wash High Temperature Commercial Dishwasher. Hoshizaki’s Jet Wash dishwasher uses less water than any competitor in the market. It offers a patented, high-pressure nozzle, six directional wash arms, separate wash and rinse pumps, and the unique design saves energy and operational costs while providing an eco-friendly,

Outsite Networks Completes Loyalty Certification for Verifone

This certification allows Outsite Networks to integrate directly with the terminal loyalty ports and offer loyalty partners the additional capabilities of special member pricing, price roll back and stored cash-value rewards. “Our loyalty solution opened the possibility of loyalty across varied combinations of POS equipment because it works with every make and model POS equipment

Boost Sales with Custom Signage

One of the most effective marketing tools in a retailer’s arsenal is signage. Hatco’s do-it-yourself online signage program helps customers sell more products and increase their margins. The Web site www.hatcographics.com allows Hatco equipment owners to build custom signage. Log in and follow the step-by-step instructions for Hatco’s Flav-R-Fresh and Flav-R-Savor display cabinets, as well

Chris Leader Joins Hoshizaki America

Hoshizaki America Inc. has welcomed a new Chief Operating Officer, Christopher R. Leader. In this position, Leader will have total company-wide responsibility for Hoshizaki America Inc. Leader is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and the University of Michigan with an MBA from the Ross

7-Eleven Inc. Wins Retailer Chief Award for Merchandising Excellence

This week, 7-Eleven is being honored by Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI) as the 2009 winner of the Retail Chief Award for Merchandising Excellence. The award will be given during POPAI’s Annual Night of Honors on Thursday, Jan. 21, in Miami Beach, Fla., concluding the 2010 MarketSmart Conference. “I can’t think of a more

Mac’s Renews Price Management Solution

Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., a division of Canadian convenience retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., has renewed the deployment of DemandTec Inc.’s Everyday Price Management solution. Mac’s Convenience Stores operates more than 800 stores throughout 12 states in the Midwest and Northeast, and has chosen to extend its relationship with DemandTec based on the business benefits realized

7-Eleven Hires FM to Manage Maintenance

7-Eleven Inc. has selected FM Facility Maintenance to handle all store maintenance for its 6,200+ corporate- and franchise-owned locations in both the U.S. and Canada. The agreement allows 7-Eleven to centralize maintenance activity in order for stores to operate more efficiently, while reducing costs. “We believe 7-Eleven, our store operators, franchisees and, most importantly, our

Are Your Underground Storage Tanks Safe?

Convenience store operators who don’t know state regulations concerning underground storage tanks (USTs) from a hole in the ground had better learn more about what’s in those holes and what the government is both offering and expecting from them. Federal mandates requiring a significant increase in biofuels production, for example, have spurred an increase in

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