Taking Back Breakfast

Hot Stuff Foods has launched an initiative to help retailers “Take Back Breakfast” from the QSR competition. “Fast food restaurants have amped up their efforts to take the traditionally strong breakfast business from convenience stores,” said Craig VanHyfte, vice president of marketing for Hot Stuff Foods. “And Hot Stuff Foods is arming our retailer partners

Register Now For CSD’s 2010 Foodservice Webcast Series

There’s a host of potholes marring the road to profitability, and few convenience chains on the market can afford to bankroll a multimillion dollar facility to optimize their foodservice production and profits. What c-stores can do, however, is build an effective foodservice program from the ground up if they learn to nurture the fundamentals and

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

Rite Aid Foundation Donates To Flood Victims

The Rite Aid Foundation is donating water, food, cleaning and first aid supplies to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims, families and communities affected by the recent flooding in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. “Flood waters can wreak damage on homes and can take days to recede. As our operations in the

Starbucks Flavored Coffee Reaches Supermarkets

Starbucks Corp. flavored coffee is headed to U.S. grocery stores this June, BusinessWeek reported. Customers will have the chance to buy vanilla, caramel and cinnamon flavored varieties from Starbuck’s new Natural Fusions line to brew at home. The 11-ounce packages will be available for a suggested retail price of $8.99. About 60% of Starbucks customers

BP Releases Video of Spill

BP increased the estimated cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $450 million Thursday, after it released a video showing oil and gas pouring from its well a mile beneath the ocean’s surface, MarketWatch reported. BP released the video to the public late Wednesday, more than three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon drilling

Senate Passes Swipe Fee Reform

The U.S. Senate voted to include swipe fee reform in the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 through an amendment introduced by Sen. Richard Durbin. Specifically, the measure is expected to ensure that debit card transactions are reasonable and proportional to the cost of processing the transaction. “Tonight, the Senate stood up to the

Kwik Trip Adds Blockbuster Express

Kwik Trip is adding NCR’s Blockbuster Express kiosks in more than 300 of its locations throughout Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, increasing Blockbuster Express availability in the Midwest in addition to existing presence in markets such as Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis. Kwik Trip customers will be able to rent their favorite new and classic DVD titles 24

Marathon Oil Implements Visa ReadyLink

Visa Inc. and Marathon Oil Corporation are rolling out Visa ReadyLink—Visa’s prepaid reload network—in 4,000 Marathon Brand retail stations. To date the service has rolled out to approximately 2,000 locations, with the remainder expected to be active by the end of 2010. Marathon markets through approximately 4,600 branded locations in 18 states in the Midwest

BP Releases Video of Spill

BP increased the estimated cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $450 million Thursday, after it released a video showing oil and gas pouring from its well a mile beneath the ocean’s surface, MarketWatch reported. BP released the video to the public late Wednesday, more than three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig caught

BP Releases Video of Spill

BP increased the estimated cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $450 million Thursday, after it released a video showing oil and gas pouring from its well a mile beneath the ocean’s surface, MarketWatch reported. BP released the video to the public late Wednesday, more than three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon drilling

BP Releases Video of Spill

BP increased the estimated cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $450 million Thursday, after it released a video showing oil and gas pouring from its well a mile beneath the ocean’s surface, MarketWatch reported. BP released the video to the public late Wednesday, more than three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon drilling

Goo Goo Dolls To Headline Wawa Event

Rock legends and Grammy-nominated performers, The Goo Goo Dolls, are scheduled to headline the July 4 musical finale for the 2010 Wawa Welcome America! festival—the largest free concert in America. Longtime and new Goo Goo Dolls’ fans will enjoy popular hits such as “Iris,” “Name” and “Better Days” while also being treated to music from their new album, Something

Valero Texas Open Raises $8 Million for Charity

The Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic have raised $8 million for children’s charities. Despite the lingering economic difficulties facing all industries, the amount generated for charity matches last year’s total, and is likely once again to make the Valero Texas Open the top fundraising event on the PGA TOUR. Funds are

Associations Endorse Swipe Fee Amendment

In a letter addressed to all members of the U.S. Senate, 134 trade associations endorsed an amendment (S. Amdt. 3932) to the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) that will address excessive debit card swipe fees and the anti-competitive practices of credit card companies and the

The Science of Slurpee Flavors

Creating the many flavors of 7-Eleven Slurpees is a sophisticated process. That’s why at the Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) Group Research & Development Center’s Plano, Texas, headquarters, a cadre of scientists, engineers, technical specialists, researchers and marketers work with the 7-Eleven Inc. Slurpee product team on the year-round job of keeping new flavors in the

New Interchange Amendment Needs Retailer Attention

More than 170 amendments have been filed to the financial regulatory reform bill now before the Senate, and to expedite the process, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has asked senators to consolidate their amendments, NACS reported. On Monday night, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) filed a new amendment (#3932), merging the main provisions of

Aloha Acquires Shell’s Hawaii Assets

Aloha Petroleum Ltd. has entered an agreement to buy Shell Oil Products U.S.’s retail and terminal operations in Hawaii, BusinessWeek reported. Financial terms and details were not disclosed, and the exact number of stations Aloha will acquire is not yet known, as some of the locations are subject to first-right-of-refusal or options to purchase held by other

Giant, Shell Join To Provide Gas Rewards

Giant Food of Landover, Md., a grocery chain in the Mid-Atlantic region, and Shell have teamed up to provide customers savings on fuel. Beginning on May 14, Giant and Shell customers in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas, and select cities in Delaware and Virginia north of Fredericksburg will be able to shop at

Colloquy Examines 20 Years of Loyalty Marketing

In its most recent issue, Colloquy magazine, published by LoyaltyOne, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a look back at some of the most significant loyalty innovations of the past two decades.  A few of the highlights from a 1990 to 2010 timeline of milestones in the evolution of loyalty marketing include: 1990: The proliferation

Sales Program Teaches Profitable Solutions

Sara Lee Foodservice, a supplier of coffee, tea, meat and bakery solutions, officially opened its doors today to the first North American Douwe Egberts Cafitesse Academy. Facilitated by Douwe Egberts’ coffee experts, the Academy aims to enhance education and raise awareness of the benefits of Cafitesse, ultimately providing foodservice operators with a more profitable coffee

Susser Reports Q1 Results

Susser Holdings Corp. released its first quarter results, reporting that same-store merchandise sales for the first quarter of 2010 increased by 2.5%, compared with a 1.2% decline for the fourth quarter of 2009 and growth of 6.0% during the first quarter of 2009. Retail merchandise margin was flat versus the fourth quarter at 32.7%, and

‘Slurpee Battle of the Bands’ Begins

The battle is on as bands from coast-to-coast scramble to enter 7-Eleven Inc.’s 2nd Annual “Slurpee Battle of The Bands,” which opened May 10.    Entrants will compete for a chance to showcase their talent at one of four regional concerts and for the grand prize of $10,000 plus a recording session in San Francisco

Rutter’s Pledges $50,000 to York JCC

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has pledged a lead gift of $50,000 to help the York Jewish Community Center celebrate its 100th anniversary by building a “natural playscape” playground. Rutter’s, which traces its York County farm roots to 1747, has been a long-time supporter of the JCC. “We have a lot of respect for the

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