prestige coffee acquired

Convenience store distributor has depots in 12 Midwest cities. A large Midwest Culligan water treatment and bottled water dealership is becoming even larger by acquiring Prestige Coffee/Coffee Time, which operates coffee services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Nebraska. With the purchase, Hall’s Culligan Water, which owns and operates 12 Culligan dealerships in five Midwest states,

7elevens kwike makeover

A dozen stores rebranded as part of the convenience chain’s month-long celebration leading up to The Simpsons Movie debut. Over the weekend, 7-Eleven Inc. turned a dozen stores into Kwik-E-Marts, the fictional convenience stores of “The Simpsons” fame, in the latest example of marketers making life imitate art. Those stores, in Manhattan, Bladensburg, Md., Orlando,

7eleven emphasizes innovativeproduct needs

Chain investing $1 billion to make stores “more presentable from the fresh foods perspective.” by David Orgel, Editor-in-Chief, Supermarket News 7-Eleven is urging suppliers to help boost the convenience store company’s innovative products pipeline, said Joseph DePinto, president and chief executive of the Dallas-based chain. In a speech last week, DePinto said the retailer, which

betterforyou chicken

Chester’s International has embarked on a system-wide transition to 100% trans fat-free operations. This change emphasizes Chester’s commitment to providing the highest quality ingredients to produce the highest quality fried chicken. The transition is expected to be complete by the end of 2007. For More Information fromChester’s International www.chestersinternational.com

service with a signature

George Salinas, deli supervisor for Triple S Petroleum, shares secrets for making his foodservice offering unique. by Michael Ferrari ____________________________________________ Foodservice is a rapidly growing segment in the industry, and more and more chains are implementing them into their offering every day. Austin, Texas-based Triple S Petroleum, which runs under the Signature banner, is just

wilson farms teams with new york landmark to protect children

New “Tavern on the Green” branded products raise money for charitable cause. Wilson Farms is teaming up with Tavern on the Green, the New York City landmark restaurant in Central Park, to support its partnership with the National Center for Missing amp; Exploited Children (NCMEC), an organization dedicated to protecting children from abduction and sexual

the state of foodservice in 2007 and beyond

Foodservice presentation and analysis by David Bishop, partner at Willard Bishop. The State of Foodservice in 2007 and Beyond (ppt)To view this document, click here

louie sheetz delivers keynote address to close csds food show

“If you are not constantly innovating and changing to meet the needs of consumers, you might as well hand the business over to your competitors.” That was the message delivered by Sheetz Inc. Vice President of Marketing Louie Sheetz during the keynote address to conclude Convenience Store Decisions’ 2007 Foodservice Show in Fort Worth, Texas.

when did we decide that the health department knows more about our stores than we do

by Foodservice Expert Marsha Robbins, President of HACCPplus.com When Did We Decide That The Health Department Knows More About Our Stores Than We Do? (ppt)To view this document, click here

chesters spreads its brand across the globe

New agreement with Alghanim Sons allows company to franchise in the Gulf Region. Chester’s Int., fried chicken foodservice offering for the convenience store category, has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with Alghanim Sons, a business development group with a focus in Kuwait and the surrounding Gulf Region. The agreement calls for 46 Chester’s locations to

quiktrip abandons plans for st louis bakery

Site problems cause the chain to move onto new plans. QuikTrip Corp. has halted plans for a bakery in the St. Louis suburb of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo., choosing instead to focus efforts on a nearly completed bakery in Belton. The Tulsa, Okla.-based convenience store chain pulled the plug on the $21 million project because of

nice n easys john macdougall to present at icsdsi food show

Time is running out to register to attend Convenience Store Decisions’  2007 Foodservice Show, which kicks off June 4 at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. CSD’s  Food Show is the only foodservice event in the convenience store and petroleum industry targeted directly to retailers and suppliers managing the fast-growing foodservice category. This

nice n easy earns its honors

New York chain to be recognized for its proprietary foodservice program. by Kate Quackenbush ____________________________________________ Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Inc. (Canastota, N.Y.) is no foodservice novice. The company has culled its expansive family of proprietary brands under the Easy Street Eatery umbrella, which remains a popular foodservice destination in its upstate New York market.

the spice of life

As foodservice flourishes, Open Pantry is getting its “fare share” by serving up authentic ethnic dishes. Anyone can throw a littleTabasco sauce in meat, wrap itin a tortilla and say they have a Mexican program. It’s another thing tocull an offer after trekking theSouthwest to find the real deal inauthentic flavors and ingredients, whichis exactly

hot stuff snaps up lettieris

Hot Stuff Foods (www.hotstufffoods.com) has acquired Lettieri'sInc. (www.lettieris.com ), a manufacturer of ready-made food products. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the companies said the acquisition is being funded by Hot Stuff management, Lettieri's management and Allied Capital Corp. The addition of Lettieri's extends the company's reach to more than 40,000 additional

chevron gets fresh

New imaging program transforms the forecourt with a colorful array of bright lights and warm, friendly graphics. Amateurs work until they get it right. Professionals work until they can’t get it wrong. It’s this philosophy that is driving Chevron to display its professional prowess as it prepares for the nationwide rollout of its Image Refresh

wawa focused on the future

Known for its fresh food and friendly service, the Pennsylvania chain is fast becoming a top fuel marketer in the mid-Atlantic. Though a regional operator with 556 sites in five mid-Atlantic states, Wawa’s reputation as a top operator spreads from coast to coast. The stores are noted for their freshly prepared hoagies, coffee, competitively priced

publix sabor instores uncover broad audience

Competitive Watch: Publix Super Markets’ new store format is targeted to Hispanics, but its bakeries’ top quality products and extensive selection bring fans from beyond their niche. By narrowing its focus, Publix Super Markets (Lakeland, Fla.) found its demandactually grew. Its new Hispanic format, Publix Sabor, demonstrates that consumerpreference for fresh, quality foods, particularly in

grabandgo dollars

From small operators with space and labor limitations to larger chains with food at the forefront, the grab-and-go segment has these retailers turning tasty profits. Food has always been a cornerstone of the overall offering at Casey’s General Stores. The made-fromscratch pizza program has become the calling card across its 1,423 stores, which has evolved

focus on food safety

Just two years after the devastating tomato outbreak at Sheetz, other retailers have benefited from the hard lesson. Any convenience retailer heavily invested in foodservice has to admit their heart dropped when wordspread about the tomato epidemic at Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz Inc. A salmonella-tainted shipment of tomatoesled to 400 people getting sick in July 2004,

sheetz continues reinventing convenience

First to market in Pennsylvania with the convenience restaurant and E-85 fuel, the chain predicts strong growth in the coming years. When it comes to delivering quality and value,few chains are as highly regarded as SheetzInc. The Altoona, Pa.-based chain has longbeen admired for its superiority in innovationand its diligent commitment to consumer satisfaction. It’s

wawa turns to merrychef

With its focus on meeting the demand for quick, quality foodservice solutions, the Pennsylvania retailer enlisted the help of Merrychef’s accelerated cooking ovens. Being one of the top foodservice providers in the convenience store industry requires more than a commitment from foodservice managers and store personnel. It demands vision, innovation and, perhaps most importantly, the

cooking at the speed of light

A new breed of supercookers promise to cook food faster than you ever imagined. Here’s what you need to know to buy a unit. When you hear the term “fast food,” most don’t think of fresh, elaborate food that’s prepared quickly. But that’s changing. Manufacturers have recently developed and continue to refine equipment for highspeed

display cases run hotcold

A great display of food will stop customers in their tracks. Here’s what you need to know to buy merchandising equipment that will make your food look irresistible. Not too long ago, food-merchandising equipment was limited to a few grocery store-type cases from only a few manufacturers. Today, there is a wide range of quality

family affair

Just two months after Convenience Store Decisions was first to announce details of Tesco's foray into the U.S. market, we were able to get an exclusive tour of FamilyMart's operations in Southern California with Shiro (Sho) Inoue, president and CEO of Famima Corp., the Japanese retailer's U.S. subsidiary. Inoue's candid interview, part of our "2006

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