20 days, 3,300 Customers, $660,000 in Free Gas

Southern California grocery leader Stater Bros. is launching an ambitious promotional program giving 3,300 customers free fuel for about a month. The Stater Bros. gas giveaway works like this: Each day from Aug. 6 to Aug. 26, the retailer chooses 165 customers to receive $200 in gas gift cards. That’s $660,000 the grocer will dole

Aritmex Acquires Baked Goods Producer

Bakery product producer Artimex LLC has acquired the Tina’s brand of baked goods, the company said. Artimex has gained exclusive rights to produce the full line of Tina’s-brand bakery goods, including a continuation of the original recipes that made the brand a success. Artimex produces a variety of frozen dough and fully baked products, with

Tank n’ Tummy, Wallace Oil Merge

Wallace Oil Co., of Colorado’s Arkansas Valley area, is joining forces with Oklahoma-based c-store chain Tank n’ Tummy, The Pueblo Chieftan reported. The agreement will turn six Wallace Oil stores in Colorado to Tank n’ Tummy stores, either through sale or lease-purchase, the publication reported. A wholesale gasoline distributor, Wallace Oil will continue providing gasoline

Crackdown on Houston C-store Crime Gets Slow Response

Police in Houston have begun enforcing new regulations requiring convenience stores to register with law enforcement, but only 158 of 2,000 c-stores in that market have registered under the new program so far, according to an Associated Press report. According to the Houston Chronicle, stores have anywhere from three months to two years to comply

Dunkin’ Donuts Rolls Out Healthier Menu Items

Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the launch of its new DDSMART menu, the brand’s first to offer better-for-you options on food and beverages. Labeled with a distinctive new logo, the new DDSMART items include new and existing Dunkin’ Donuts food and beverages that meet at least one of the following criteria: 25% fewer calories; 25% less

Amstel Light Leverages Unique Brand Equity

Amstel Light, a leading imported light beer from Holland, unveiled a powerful differentiator to drive its new marketing campaign–the brewing tradition and free spirit of its birthplace, Amsterdam. Research showed that the most ownable space for Amstel Light was based on a brand equity it had all along, but just hadn’t fully leveraged, and that

NATSO Blasts DOT’s Commercialization Proposal

The Bush administration’s recent proposal to commercialize rest areas in 10 states would devastate highway-based businesses, such as travel centers, truckstops, restaurants, gasoline stations, convenience stores and lodging establishments, according to NATSO, the nonprofit organization representing America’s travel plaza and truckstop industry. The Department of Transportation released its proposal this week for reforming federal surface

Destination Media Launches C-Store TV Network

Destination Media, an industry leader in digital out-of-home television, has launched C-Store TV network in top U.S. media markets, the company said. C-Store TV will initially launch in Boston, New York and Los Angeles with 100 new locations, though the launch will be followed by C-Store TV’s introduction into a number of other leading markets

Circle K Expands Use Of KSS PriceNet

Circle K, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, has expanded its existing licensing agreement for the KSS PriceNet system to include an additional 124 retail locations in the northeastern U.S., KSS said. KSS is a global supplier of fuels pricing analytics, execution and optimization systems for the oil and gas industries, as well as convenience stores,

7-Eleven Takes Prepaid Wireless Global

Dallas-based c-store leader 7-Eleven Inc. is taking its prepaid wireless program global with the launch of its 7-Connect program in Singapore, the Dallas Business Journal reported. 7-Eleven decided to roll out the private-brand wireless program in Asia after successfully launching a similar program in the U.S. and Canada. The 7-Connect program will give Singapore consumers

Kroger Teams With Cellfire To Offer Mobile Discounts

Cellfire Inc., a nationwide mobile coupon and discount service, has partnered with grocery giant Kroger Co. to supply consumers with mobile grocery coupons for products made by more than half a dozen leading consumer product manufacturers. The new program will allow consumers to save on individual grocery items using their mobile phone. The program is

Fresh & Easy Adopts Local Flair

A Fresh & Easy store in Fresno, Calif., will be the chain’s first to include design elements borrowed from the local community and neighborhood, according to various online reports and a Fresh & Easy blog site, freshandeasybuzz.blogspot.com. The Fresno location received approval from council members in that city last week. Located on Tulare Street, the

Beer is Again America’s Alcohol Beverage of Choice

According to a new Gallup poll, beer’s lead over wine and spirits has returned to double-digits for the first time since 2002, particularly among adults between the ages of 30 and 49 who tried wine for a few years then shifted back to beer. The annual Consumption Habits poll, released through Gallup’s Web site, shows

Rutter’s Expands York, Pa., Site

Rutter’s Farm Stores has opened a Pennsylvania store that’s twice as big as the store that was razed to make way for this new facility. The former store at Pennsylvania Avenue in York, Pa., was razed April 14, giving up ground for the new 5,200-square-foot Rutter’s store offering an automatic car wash and 16 fueling

Retail, restaurant industry form nonprofit networking association

Retail and restaurant industry professionals and those in insurance, law, vending and related industries have united to form the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA), an organization aiming to serve the legal, informational and networking interests of the retail and restaurant industries. NRRDA said it provides live educational and Web-based seminars focusing on cutting-edge

Texas Dept. of Agriculture Finds C-Store Cheated Customers

Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples this week provided results from his agency’s "Operation Spotlight," a major investigation into Petroleum Wholesale L.P.’s Texas fuel stations operating under the name Sunmart. The investigation has confirmed that numerous Sunmart gas stations cheated Texas consumers by giving them less fuel than they purchased, and the findings strongly

Deli Express Wins Top Honors from Army & Air Force Exchange Service

Deli Express, the nation’s largest supplier of hot and cold sandwiches sold through convenience stores, was recognized with the 2007 Vendor Partnership Award from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). The AAFES award recognized Deli Express for its outstanding service to AAFES through continued sales growth and effective promotions and programs. AAFES provides

McDonald’s May Tweak Dollar Menu

Fast food giant McDonald’s admitted to problems with franchisees over a platform that’s behind much of its turnaround, and the chain could be aiming to tweak its dollar menu until it’s profitable, Advertising Age reported. In a second-quarter earnings call with analysts this past week, President and COO Ralph Alvarez said increased commodity costs, declining

Giles Rolls Out New Island Deli

Giles Foodservice Equipment has introduced an island deli case designed to maximize visibility of packaged products while keeping the products and packaging fresh. The new display is offered in single-tier and double-tier models, both available in 6-foot or 4-foot sizes. The Giles Island Display Case (GIDC) was developed to meet retailer needs for product showcasing

Dunkin’ Donuts Signs Franchisee For 34 Stores In Mississippi

Dunkin’ Donuts has signed Capital Franchise Group Inc. to a multi-store development agreement that will bring 34 restaurants to Mississippi’s Jackson, Tupelo and Greenwood areas, the companies said. In addition to the 34-unit agreement, Dunkin’ Donuts is seeking new and existing franchisees to purchase a minimum of five restaurants in the areas around Memphis and

RedPrairie Aims To Improve Manager-Employee Communication

RedPrairie Corporation said it has created a next-generation employee self-service application allowing employers to more effectively communicate and interact with their employees. As part of the RedPrairie Workforce Management solution, the enhanced employee self-service capability provides employees with the ability to confirm work schedules, check hours worked, submit time-off requests and receive other job-related information

United Supermarkets Pegs FuelQuest For Fuel Management

United Supermarkets has chosen software and services company FuelQuest to streamline and manage the grocery chain’s bulk fuel processes, FuelQuest said. United Supermarkets is a regional grocery chain operating 47 stores in 27 cities across north and west Texas. “Heightened fuel price volatility coupled with the expansion of our retail fuel sites throughout Texas required

Second Gas Giveway Awarded By Rutter’s

Jason Waltz of Spring Grove is proof that good things happen in threes, according to Rutter’s Farm Stores. On Monday, Waltz celebrated his 33rd birthday, and just a day later ended up celebrating the win of three years worth of free gasoline, courtesy of Rutter’s Farm Stores. Waltz was the second grand-prize winner in Rutter’s

Susser Pairs With KSS For Fuel Pricing Solutions

Susser Holdings Corp. has selected KSS to help manage its fuel prices at more than 500 locations in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Susser expanded its relationship with KSS after it acquired Town and Country Food Stores, which was an existing KSS customer during the acquisition. KSS is a global supplier of fuels pricing analytics,

Dillons Adds Fuel Services Separate Of Grocery Sites

Dillons said it’s building its first gas station not located on the site of a Dillons grocery store, The Wichita Eagle reported. Operating as a small convenience kiosk surrounded by Dillons’ logoed gas pumps, the new store is expected to open next month and is the first such concept under the Dillons flag, company spokeswoman