Dealing with the Long Arm of Government

The onslaught continues. It never ceases to amaze me that why, in these trying economic times, lawmakers insist on introducing legislation that costs retailers sales opportunities. Virtually every chain I’ve covered over the past 15-plus years in this industry has counted on earnings and profits to reinvest in the business. That means buying more real

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Tedeschi Expands Soda Offering At Nine Stores

Tedeschi Food Shops integrates the new Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser at nine of its c-stores. Tedeschi Food Shops added the Coca-Cola Freestyle beverage dispenser at several of its Massachusetts locations. The Coca-Cola Freestyle is expected to expand Tedechi Food Shops’ beverage program for customers, giving their customers a wider variety of refreshment options. Tedeschi Food Shops

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Coalition Urges Senators To Reform U.S. Sugar Program

Vote on Amendment No. 2433 to the 2012 Farm Bill expected today. In advance of the Senate’s consideration of amendments to the 2012 Farm Bill today, the Coalition for Sugar Reform released the following statement urging Senators to support Amendment NO. 2433. “Last week’s narrow 50-46 defeat of the Shaheen sugar amendment is evidence that

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Casey’s Prospers With Pizza Program

Pizza sales are up at Casey’s thanks to the expansion of its pizza delivery service. Casey’s General Stores Inc. noted a 16.8% jump in same-store sales for its prepared food and fountain line when it reported its earnings results earlier this week. The expansion of the Casey’s pizza delivery program played a big factor in

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Doing Deli the Right Way

Convenience store operators have plenty of help when it comes to investing in a foodservice program. By Jim Callahan. I recently read that China’s convenience stores are experiencing double-digit growth in deli sales primarily driven by hot dog sales. But let’s be frank, nobody does hot dogs better than Americans. From the quality of the

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RaceTrac Kicks Off SodaPalooza

Social media promotion gives customers a chance to win free fountain drinks for a year. RaceTrac is kicking off SodaPalooza 365, which gives social media savvy customers a chance to win free fountain drinks for a year at RaceTrac. The promotion runs May 21-Aug 31, and the contest will see two weekly winners. Customers have

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Roo Cup Returns

Kangaroo Express celebrates the return of its popular refill cup, which can be refilled with any fountain or frozen beverage for only 25 cents through Labor Day. The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., has announced details for its second annual Roo Cup deal, a refillable cup for fountain

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Thorntons’ Promotion Targets Cards and Wildcats Fans

Now through Sept. 12 fans can win free tickets to the Big College Football Match-Up in Lexington on Sept. 17. Fall is almost here and with it the seasonal rivalry that signals the start of the college sports season. Thorntons invites customers to show their true fan colors, Cardinals Red or Wildcats Blue, as Thorntons

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Strong Outlook for Frozen Beverages

Fueled by new flavors and supported by high-quality equipment, the frozen category shows unlimited potential. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. It’s no secret that frozen beverages has been one of the hotter categories in the convenience store industry over the past three years. The good news is that NACS is predicting a sunny forecast for

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Starbucks To Launch 31-Ounce Drinks

Seattle-based Starbucks is rolling out a new drink size called Trenta—the chain’s biggest drink size yet, Reuters reported. At  31 ounces, the Trenta is just seven ounces larger than its Venti cups, which currently are the largest size on the Starbucks menu. The Trenta size is debuting in 14 states, including Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Texas,

Cold and Frozen Beverages Offer Promise

Inside the Numbers: J&H Family Express Stores 60+% Profit margin on fountain drinks. $5,000 Amount spent on cold and frozen dispensing equipment per store. 10 Stores Scheduled to have cold/frozen equipment upgraded in 2010. 2 Years Anticipated ROI for the beverage units. 10% Projected percentage of store sales from cold and frozen dispensed beverages with

Frozen Sales Heating Up

Since its invention about half a century ago, the frozen dispensed beverage has become a convenience store tradition, with three out of every four U.S. convenience outlets housing a frozen beverage bar. While frozen dispensed beverages are not a huge portion of the typical store’s overall sales, the product is profitable, thanks to a gross

Developing a Late Night Menu

C-store operators burning the midnight oil thinking of ways to increase their business may have inadvertently stumbled upon their answer. While late night has grown into an identifiable daypart on its own, too many retailers either haven’t yet recognized it as such or simply don’t have the traffic to warrant promoting it. But for those

Mixed Results for Carbonated

The U.S. refreshment beverage market contracted by 2% in 2008, according to Beverage Marketing Corp., making last year the first volume downturn on record. Nonetheless, beverages still performed better than many other industries, such as automobiles and the financial sector. Several beverage types continued to shine, including carbonated soft drinks in many parts of the

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