Hot Stuff Foods Doubles Business With New ‘QSF’ Initiative

Hot Stuff Foods has reached last year’s franchise openings in half the time as a result of its “Quality, Service and Freshness” (QSF) initiative, said Hot Stuff CEO John Fontana. Hot Stuff’s total focus on QSF has helped make the company the largest and highest-rated pizza franchiser in the convenience store industry, Fontana said. “For

Study: Coffee Could See More At-Home Brewing

Economic pressures are expected to drive consumers to brew more premium coffee at home and possibly choose less extravagant out-of-home coffees, according to a Packaged Foods study referenced by The end result could mean the foodservice sector will maintain the lion’s share of coffee dollars, though growth in coffee purchased in retail could slightly

Chester’s Opens Charlotte Store

Chester’s International, a leading fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store industry, celebrated another the grand opening this past week as it unveiled its store in a Sam’s Mart in Charlotte, N.C. The Charlotte Chester’s will be owned and operated by Adnan Jazairi. “Sam’s Express Mart is happy bringing Chester’s great tasting menu items

Coca-Cola Prices Could Jump

Coca-Cola drinkers can expect to pay more for their favorite drink this fall, after Coca-Cola Enterprises – the company’s biggest bottler – said it’s raising prices after Labor Day, the New York Times reported. Problems at the bottler also hurt the Coca-Cola Company’s bottom line, because it owns about 35% of that business, the newspaper

ePayments Corp. Acquires ACH Technologies

ePayments Corp., an electronic payments processing and support services company, said it has acquired ACH Technologies Inc. of Hastings, Minn. Under the acquisition terms, ePayments will assume control of and manage the company’s check recovery accounts from Denver. The move also allows ePayments to offer additional services to the newly acquired accounts, such as credit

Multi-Owner Retail Package up for Grabs

Nine California stores, multiple owners, just one sale. NRC Realty Advisors is putting a twist on its traditional sealed bid auction process. It is offering nine retail units owned by several companies in a single bid auction process which will culminate Aug. 26. Previously, all units offered in each sale had been owned and operated

Dresser Wayne Reaches Security Compliance Milestone

Dresser Wayne, a global marketer of retail fuel dispensers and technologies, reported its Nucleus Point of Sale Base 19 software has achieved Visa Payment Application Best Practices (PABP) compliance validation. The validation was performed by Trustwave, a provider of on-demand data security and payment card industry compliance management solutions to global businesses and organizations. Through

Couche-Tard’s Q4 Profits Drop 53%

C-store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. this week reported a 53% decrease in quarterly profits as it saw net earnings in the fourth quarter drop to $15.5 million – a decrease of $17.9 million from last year. The retailer said the drop comes amid weak motor fuel gross margins in the U.S., but it also said

Sunoco Appoints New CEO

Sunoco Inc. said its board of directors has elected Lynn Laverty Elsenhans as CEO and president effective Aug. 8, 2008, when current CEO and President John Drosdick retires. Elsenhans has also been elected as a member of Sunoco’s board of directors. To assist in the transition, Drosdick will remain non-executive chairman of the board until

Pierre Foods Files For Bankruptcy

In a move to restructure its debt in response to rising raw material prices, Cincinnati-based Pierre Foods Inc. and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Pierre Foods said it intends to work with all of its constituencies to reach mutually

Chester’s Super Stop

Chester’s International, a leading fried chicken foodservice offering in the c-store category, has opened a location in Nederland, Texas, inside the Super Stop convenience store on 103 South Highway 69. The new location celebrated its grand opening on July 11, with store mascot Chester the Chicken on hand to help with the ribbon-cutting ceremonies and

Jolt Unveils Re-sealable 16-Ounce Can

Jolt Energy is gearing up for the Aug. 1 national rollout of a 16-ounce re-sealable cap can, said Jolt Energy manufacturer Wet Planet Beverages. The popular 16-ounce size is a big shift from the standard 23.5-ounce re-sealable cans Jolt Energy has been known for, but because 16-ounce energy drinks represent nearly 60% of all energy

7-Eleven Wants 45 More Stores In Dallas/Fort Worth Market

After celebrating its 81st birthday on July 11, 7-Eleven Inc. is giving itself a birthday gift: An ambitious growth plan to hit 300 stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by the end of 2009, according to the Web site The retailer already has 245 convenience stores in that market, so it would need about

Fresh & Easy Breaks Ground in South L.A.

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market CEO Tim Mason and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry and other dignitaries gathered Monday in a groundbreaking for a new Fresh & Easy store on East Adams Boulevard in South L.A., the company said. Earlier this year, Fresh & Easy opened a store in Compton, Calif., confirming its commitment

Chester’s Opens Third Road Ranger Location

Chester’s International, the leading fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store category, has announced the grand opening of its Belvidere, Ill., restaurant inside the Road Ranger Travel Plaza on Belvidere Road. The grand opening marks the third of many in a newly established partnership between Road Ranger convenience stores and Chester’s, the company said.

One Big Brewer

InBev and Anheuser-Busch said they’ve agreed to combine their two companies and form the world’s leading global brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev. Boards of directors from both companies unanimously approved the transaction, and InBev has fully committed itself to financing the purchase of all of Anheuser-Busch’s outstanding shares. The agreement means A-B shareholders will receive $70 per

An Ode to Hoagies …

C-store leader Wawa is bringing its 1960s-inspired Hoagiefest campaign full circle by hosting its Philadelphia Hoagiefest, a festival paying tribute to the all-mighty hoagie and celebrating a summer of peace, savings and Shortis. On July 16 at 11 a.m. at the Wawa on 12301 Academy Road in Philadelphia, hoagie fanatics from across Philadelphia will join

Boo Koo Burner+ Expands To 1,000 C-stores

About one month after launching its revolutionary new beverage, BooKoo Burner+, Boo Koo Holdings Inc. said the new drink is now being sold in more than 1,000 convenience stores throughout Nashville, Tenn.; Mobile, Ala.; Panama City, Fla.; Dallas, Texas; and other surrounding markets. BooKoo Burner+ is an innovation of sorts in the energy drink category,

Firing Up A Victory

A team of employees from Frymaster LLC, an Enodis company, took top honors last month in a softball tournament benefiting House of Hope, a nonprofit that serves troubled and at-risk teenagers. Hosted by Frymaster customer Buffalo Wild Wings, the softball tournament generated a donation of $1,400 through team fees, tickets and food sales. “We want

Gilbarco FlexPay Encrypted PIN Pads Come Factory-installed

Gilbarco Encore S and Encore 300 dispensers are now available with FlexPay Encrypting PIN Pads (EPP) factory-installed, the company said. The FlexPay pin pads are PCI EPP-approved and enable retailers to process Triple-Data Encryption Standard (TDES) debit transactions at the pump. Visa requires U.S. retailers who accept debit to comply with Payment Card Industry (PCI)

Sheetz Unveils $46M Kitchen

Big changes are afoot in the little town of Claysburg, Pa., after Sheetz Inc. this week unveiled its 140,000-square-foot Sheetz Bros. Kitchen, a state-of-the-art kitchen facility that will provide ready-to-eat, fresh foods to the company’s 350 stores in six states. The $46 million facility will produce new ready-to-eat and innovate food products that will be

The New BeerTender, And A Campaign To Boot

Beer enthusiasts seeking a sophisticated draught beer drinking experience at home can rejoice, because the BeerTender, a new countertop chilling system from Heineken and Krups, is now available at retailers nationwide and online. A one-of-a-kind appliance, BeerTender features stylish design characteristics and authentic draught beer thanks to the patented carbonator pressure technology of the Heineken

Judges: No Complaints About Fresh & Easy’s Wines

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market wines have received 63 awards in the past six months, the company said. More than half of Fresh & Easy’s 65 specially selected wines have received awards, including Best in Show, 90 Parker Points and Platinum Medals. What’s more, nearly all of the award-winning wines cost less than $10, including

Gov’t Board Releases Report On Valero’s February 2007 Refinery Fire

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board this week released a 65-page report on the Feb. 16, 2007 fire at Valero’s McKee Refinery in Sunray, Texas, and outlined a number of causes and remedies so a similar incident can be avoided in the future. Valero, on the other hand, said it implemented safety measures throughout its refining

McCafe Concept Expanding

McDonald’s is beefing up its coffee bar concept in a number of markets throughout the country with its McCafe concept, which offers consumers an expanded lineup of cappuccinos, mochas, lattes and other products, the New Mexico Business Weekly reported. A spokeswoman for the chain’s Southwest region told the publication that select restaurants in New Mexico