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

$1 Million Treat

Building on the success of its Brand Halloween Promotion in 2007, Mars Snackfood U.S. is launching The Halloween Million Dollar Contest next month, a national sweepstakes that will treat one lucky person to a $1 million prize and award 20,000 other prizes as well. Consumers can enter UPC codes from participating products at www.HalloweenMillion.com and

MillerCoors May Relocate To Chicago Or Dallas

Crain’s Chicago Business reported this week that the headquarters for MillerCoors will be located in either Chicago or Dallas, and not Milwaukee. MillerCoors has been looking for 100,000 to 150,000 square feet of space in Chicago, and could employ as many as 400 people at the home office, according to the business journal. MillerCoors is

Sam’s Club Opens Houston Business Center

Sam’s Club is opening its first Business Center format in Houston later next month, which will offer a greatly expanded selection of products and services to meet the diverse needs of small business owners and others in foodservice, convenience stores, vending, office administration, floral operations, hotel/motel and more. The new locations’ grand opening ceremony is

For Health and Wellness Devotees, Money Doesn’t Matter

A study by the Natural Marketing Institute shows retail sales within the U.S. consumer packaged goods’ health and wellness industry hit $102.8 billion in 2007, representing 15% growth since 2006, mediapost.com reported, adding that there doesn’t seem to be any signs of a slowdown in this sector. NMI predicted that double-digit growth of the health

No Longer Loners

Texas motorists seem to be reining in their driving after months of bucking the national trend, The Houston Chronicle reported. State gasoline tax collections reported in June indicated taxes in Texas fell for two months in a row after a streak of gains earlier this year, even as prices inched toward $4 a gallon, according

1 in 3 Wash Before Eating

A new survey on consumer behaviors and attitudes toward hand washing before eating shows only one in three Americans clean their hands before eating in a restaurant. The figure holds the same for adults and children, whose parents claim they just don’t think about hand hygiene when taking their family to a restaurant. There is

ExxonMobil Presents Hispanic Engineering/Math Award

ExxonMobil and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation named Cynthia Reyna, a graduating student of Charles H. Milby High School in Houston, Texas, as the national winner of the 2008 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards in Engineering and Mathematics, an award sponsored by ExxonMobil. Reyna was honored for her outstanding accomplishments in engineering and mathematics during a ceremony

Fuel of Champions?

London-based energy giant BP will be responsible for providing fueling facilities for the vehicles in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, as well as providing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for catering, vehicle-washing facilities and technical support services, including a system for tracking and reporting carbon emissions, the company said. BP said it aims to support

The Strategic Role of Chief Diversity Officers

There’s a place at the table in the evolving convenience store industry. By Tonya Brown The issue of diversity and inclusion in corporate America has been a topic of conversation for a long time. First, the issues around the table were about achieving diversity. Then the role of inclusion came to be and the issue

Communication: Not Always a Hard and Fast Rule

Leaders need to modify their thinking and actions in order to truly unleash the human spirit in their store managers. By Tonya Brown Over the last 11 months, I have seen four District Managers (DM) take reign. Now of course, given that this is the retail industry, it was hardly a surprise. They came and

The Store Manager Psyche

The business of inclusion is as important as what’s sold on the shelves. Tonya Brown One might think that the convenience store industry is a microcosm of diversity. One would have to admit that the industry, at least from the lower operations level, would fit this mold. After all, the DNA at the lower level

Hackers Hit 7-Eleven ATMs

Hackers broke into a network of Citibank ATMs inside 7-Eleven stores and stole customers’ PIN codes, making off with at least $2 million, The Associated Press reported, citing recent court filings. The court documents reveal a disturbing security hole in the most sensitive part of a banking record – the PIN numbers, The Associated Press

Sheetz Opens Store No. 350

Altoona, Penn.-based Sheetz Inc. opened its 350th store this week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a generous donation to a local park authority to fund maintenance and upkeep on soccer and baseball fields in the community near the new store. The Sheetz c-store in Dillsburg, Penn., brings the company’s presence in that state to 199

Valero Sells Krotz Springs, La., Refinery To Alon

Alon USA Energy Inc. said it completed the acquisition of the Krotz Springs refinery from Valero Energy Corporation, paying out $333 million in cash plus approximately $140 million for working capital, including inventories. “This latest acquisition is another step in our business plan to methodically grow our operations and expand our refining capacity,” said David

Gas Prices Drive Shoppers To Alternative Retailers

Alternative fuel retailers – supercenters, supermarkets, warehouse clubs and the like – are chipping away at the convenience store industry’s gasoline shopper base, a TNS Retail Forward report shows. Results from the most recent TNS Retail Forward ShopperScape survey indicate that a third of shoppers are buying most of their gas at alternative outlets, up

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