Fuel Falling Fast

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Wholesale gasoline prices continued to slump in markets across the U.S. during the first week of November, with gasoline in most large metropolitan markets now $1 or more a gallon cheaper than a year ago at this time. Elsewhere, wholesale markets are roughly 90cts or more

Tyson Launches Crustano Cafe

Tyson Food Service is expanding its branded food offering with the launch of Crustano’s Café. The brand offers a wide variety of quality menu items and offers a full delivery system that provides foodservice equipment, branding and merchandising materials and packaging. Ongoing support from Tyson Food Service, such as limited-time-offer promotional ideas and new menuing

Cumberland’s Coffee Free on Fridays

Cumberland Farms’ new Farmhouse Blend coffee – rolling out to Cumberland stores after six months of research, testing and blend-tasting – is being offered free to customers every Friday through Dec. 5, the company said. The chain’s Farmhouse Blend is a medium roast with a smooth, harmonious flavor. While customers can get a free cup

Love’s Raises $760K For Children’s Nonprofit

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores said it raised $760,000 during its annual fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network, an 84% increase from the $415,000 raised in 2007 and the highest total in the 10-year history of the campaign. Since beginning its affiliation with Children’s Miracle Network in 1998, Love’s and its customers have raised more

Nexon, 7-Eleven Play Well Together

Multiplayer online (MMO) game company Nexon America and 7-Eleven Inc. have kicked off the “Where You Play for Free” Slurpee drink campaign in the U.S. to introduce and promote the world of free-to-play online games. The promotion runs through Dec. 31 in more than 5,600 participating 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. The program includes four

Wine Sales Sparkle On Election Day

Fresh & Easy said its sparkling wine sales more than doubled for Election Day last week, including the company’s 11 different bottles of sparkling wines, five of which are specially selected for Fresh & Easy. The best-selling bubbly for Election Day was the Fresh & Easy Montcadi Cava which retails for under $7. Seven of

Mag Ranks ampm 29th Among Top 200 Franchises

Franchise Times magazine has ranked the ampm franchise number 29 on its list of Top 200 franchise systems, a 10-point jump over the company’s rank last year. The ampm c-store brand was the only one owned by an integrated oil and gas company to make the list. The Franchise Times singled out ampm for special

PCATS Outlining POS, Back Office Goals

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) said today that the Point-of-Sale (POS) Back Office Interface Standards Committee will meet at the 2009 PCATS Annual Conference in January to complete PCATS-NAXML POS/Back Office Interface Version 4.0. The conference will be held Jan. 26, 2009, in Orlando, Fla. >“At the 2009 PCATS Annual Conference, our

Udderly Interactive

For years, York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has proudly described itself as the place “Where milk comes from.” This notion will be the central theme of a new interactive Rutter’s Dairy exhibit planned for the Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York, Pa., the company said. The exhibit will open in two phases, the first beginning

CITGO Refinery Recognized For Environmental Awareness

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) presented its annual OSPRA Award to CITGO Refining and Chemicals, a CITGO Petroleum Corporation refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the Clean Gulf Conference in San Antonio, Texas The OSPRA Award was established by the GLO to recognize organizations that have excelled in their efforts to comply with the

Domino’s Pizza Chooses Pan-Oston For 2007 Partner Award

Domino’s Pizza named Pan-Oston the winner of its prestigious Partner Award for 2007, the companies said. Domino’s “ESP” program (“Excellence through Supplier Partnerships”) is a supply-chain management program that develops relationships though a 360-degree performance evaluation process that promotes communication and continuous improvement between Domino’s and suppliers. Pan-Oston designs and manufactures counter systems and décor

Pepsi Bottling To Distribute Muscle Milk

Pepsi Bottling Group has signed an agreement with CytoSport Inc. to distribute Muscle Milk, a protein-enhanced functional beverage. The agreement will give Pepsi Bottling a license to distribute the ready-to-drink line of Muscle Milk and Muscle Milk Light in its territories in the U.S. and Canada. The agreement is effective immediately, so Pepsi Bottling will

How Low Can it Go?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Wholesale prices for regular grade gasoline in large metropolitan markets across the country are below year-ago values, with retail prices in many of these markets now also falling under what their prices at the pump were last year. The remaining retail markets that are still holding

Wilson Farms, Reid Petroleum Launch E85

New York convenience store chain Wilson Farms and fuel supplier Reid Petroleum will mark an environmental milestone on Nov. 6 as they launch Buffalo’s first E85 fuel station at a Wilson Farms store in North Tonawanda. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the occasion, which will include comments from Wilson Farms CEO and President Paul Nanula

Rutter’s Store Opening Comes With $3K Donation

C-store operator Rutter’s Farm Stores has donated $3,000 to three charitable organizations near its convenience store in Swartara Township to commemorate the store’s Oct. 10 opening. “Part of our responsibility as a company is to give back to the communities that support Rutter’s,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores. “We’re proud

Wawa, Food Banks Partner for Hunger Campaign

Wawa Inc. said it’s holding its ninth annual Check Out Hunger Campaign to benefit local food banks. The campaign will run Nov. 3 though Nov. 30 at all 570 Wawa stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The Check Out Hunger Campaign is an annual in-store fundraising campaign that allows Wawa customers to

Engaging the Future

Retailers must embrace the many new opportunities offered in the tobacco category.   The current and future tobacco category will present new challenges that retailers will need to embrace if they are to succeed. As each convenience store retailer looks at the future of their tobacco business, there is one thing that is certain and

Fundamentals of Running a Sound Business

Thinking Inside the Box

Because many foodservice sites need to fit refrigerated grab-and-go display cases into recessed alcoves or tight against a wall, the new Box Series of refrigerated air screen cases in Structural Concepts’ Oasis line provide the ideal solution. First, they have a unique “front-breathing” compressor ventilation channel that draws in air at the base, circulates it

Spark New Profits

Scripto has released the latest addition to its line of popular disposable cigarette lighters: DNA sparkwheel lighters. These unique and one-of-a-kind lighters are created using two different color pigments. In using this method, the result is amazing—no two DNA lighters are alike! Just like your fingerprint, Scripto DNA is as unique as you are. Available

Brew Like the Pros

With advanced Generation Three (G3) Technology and state-of-the-art servers, Curtis ThermoPro Brewing Systems make gourmet coffee brewing instantly easy. This system quickly brews up to 1-gallon of gourmet coffee into high-tech ThermoPro vacuum insulated and stainless steel servers. Not only does it provide precise control over all critical brewing functions thanks to the G3 digital

Fabulous Flavor Without the Labor

  Flavor any menu item throughout the day with new Johnsonville fully-cooked Premium Sausage Crumbles. Available in five flavors, Premium Crumbles are fully cooked and ready-to-serve, while cutting labor and ingredient costs and eliminating food safety concerns. Keep your menu on trend and differentiate yourself from the competition with these five pure-pork, patron-pleasing varieties: Italian,

Berry Burst

Just Born, the maker of Mike and Ike brand candies, has introduced new flavors to its Berry Blast variety: Strawberry, Peach Berry, Wild Berry, Blueberry and Blue Raspberry. Designed to tantalize consumers with great-tasting berry fruit taste, Mike And Ike Berry Blast will be available in March 2009. Mike and Ike Berry Blast fruit-flavored chewy

Roll the Drum Slowly

Drum, a division of Republic Tobacco, introduces four new unique tobacco blends from around the globe. The new blends include: Perique, native to New Orleans, is cured in hickory barrels and pressed with oak blocks for a rich and spicy taste; Latakia, originally grown on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, this blend is cured

The Flex Revolution

Pan-Oston, a subsidiary of Houchens Industries, is rolling out a revolutionary new convenience store merchandising innovation, the C-Flex counter system. C-Flex is a patented design that uses a tubular steel skeletal frame so the units are created as ‘integrated systems’ and not as adjoining cabinets like traditional modular counter units. C-Flex’s design supports virtually any

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