Dunkin’ Donuts Workers Get Creative For Cash

Dunkin’ Donuts chose three of its store employees as finalists in a company-wide contest to design the 2008 holiday-themed rechargeable Dunkin’ Donuts Card, the company said. Dunkin’ Donuts is allowing customers to vote for one of three final "Deck the Halls with Dunkin” designs at www.dunkindonuts.com. Online voting takes place July 1 to 15, with

The Man in the Mirror

With the U.S. consuming about 20% of the world’s fuel, it’s time to take matters into our own hands to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. By Jim Callahan You may have noticed that fuel prices seem to be on the rise recently. Quite dramatically you say you’re really ticked off about it–you say

Everything’s Coming Up 7 (and 11)

Leading c-store retailer 7-Eleven is celebrating its 81st birthday on July 11, and as a thanks to customers is offering free 7.11-ounce Slurpees at participating stores. Customers can pour their favorite Slurpee flavor in colorful, 7.11-ounce “birthday” cups throughout the day, while cup supplies last. Home of the Big Bite Oscar-Mayer all-beef hot dog and

Rutter’s Doles Out First of Four Gas Awards

Kathy Wallick doesn’t consider herself a lucky person, and her family members won’t even let her touch lottery tickets for fear she’ll have a negative effect on them. But if you want proof that her luck has changed, consider this: Wallick is the first grand-prize winner in Rutter’s Farm Stores’ gas giveaway, the company said.

Fresh & Easy’s Manhattan Beach Opening Draws 2,600

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market saw nearly 2,600 customers show up to the grand opening of its store in Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, the company said. It’s the company’s 62nd store on the West Coast, the others being in California, Nevada and Arizona. The store’s “grill pack” sold particularly well, the company said, adding

Roundup On Competitors …

Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks announced plans to close 600 stores this week, while big-box retailer Wal-Mart said it’s stepping up efforts to bring more U.S. farmers into its supply chain as a way to keep food prices down. Dunkin’ Donuts, meanwhile, added a new Southwest Chicken Flatbread sandwich to its oven-toasted menu. Wal-Mart said it’s

Atlas Oil To Acquire 23 BP Sites In Indiana

Atlas Oil Co. will acquire 23 BP retail sites in Indiana, as well as operate a number of sites on the Indiana Toll Road, Crains News Service reported. The deal, scheduled to close this fall, includes a number of retail locations owned by BP and several dealer-supplied sites, Crains reported. As part of the transaction,

Gas And Diesel Demand Down

With fewer people on the road, retailers are seeing fuel demand drop, according to data released by a trade group representing the travel plaza industry. And ask any economist what happens when a product’s supply is ample but demand is lower, they’ll tell you the price of the product is likely to fall. Not so

RedPrairie Optimizes Shipping

RedPrairie Corporation announced enhancements to its industry-leading warehouse management solution, which is designed to improve the quality and efficiency of shipment and delivery of food and other perishable goods. While useful for a variety of multi-environment and campus distribution operations, the enhancements are especially helpful for food distributors and grocery retailers. “In food and grocery

The Cyber Slurpee

A Web site for 7-Eleven’s favorite frozen carbonated beverage, www.slurpee.com, just got a whole lot cooler, the company said. The redesigned site now includes interactive features, giving Slurpee lovers around the world a chance to post messages and share photos and videos featuring their favorite frozen beverage. The site was renamed Slurpee Nation to reflect

A Billion-dollar Deal?

Delek US Holdings Inc., of Brentwood, Tenn., is in exclusive negotiations to purchase a U.S. refinery for about $1 billion, a deal that could also land the company 400 to 500 retail locations if the plan pans out, according to documents the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Delek did not name the

Zarco 66 Teams With Dresser Wayne

Dresser Wayne and Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels have announced the grand opening of Zarco’s sustainable and alternative fuel site in Lawrence, Kan. The Zarco location not only dispenses ethanol and biodiesel produced within a 75-mile radius of the facility, it also represents an innovative vision for sustainable construction and energy consumption, according to Dresser

Fresh & Easy Touts Holiday Savings

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is offering a special summer grill pack offering nearly five pounds of beef patties, mild pork sausages and lightly seasoned chicken – and a 12-pack of Fresh & Easy’s Taurino Cerveza beer – for under $10. The company said its USDA-certified grill pack includes a mix of eight hand-trimmed and

Flexible Connector

OPW Fueling Components announced the global availability of its new COMMANDO Stainless-Steel Flexible Connector. Designed to deliver durability and reliability in demanding fueling environments and allowing for flexibility in the installation and operation of fuel-piping systems around the world, the OPW COMMANDO features a 25% thicker wall versus competitive models on the ribbed hose and

Dairy Chill

The sleek, attractive Dairy Chiller from Server Products features thermoelectric technology to keep milk safely chilled below 41 degrees indefinitely. The chiller will accept a hose directly from an espresso machine. Drawing just 1 amp, the Chiller assures maximum energy efficiency. There is no noisy compressor, messy ice or ice pack changeouts to worry about.

Ice Cream Any Time

Dibs ice cream snacks, a product of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, are now available in single-serving bags. Customers can now let loose and finish every last chocolaty frozen morsel without sharing a bite. They are easy to take on the road for anytime, anywhere enjoyment. "Today’s snackers lead fast paced lives. In this new portable

Sign of the Times

Vision Marketing Inc. has introduced the Flexbow Banner System, which in a short period of time has captured the imagination and desire of the marketing world. Designed to gain the immediate attention of those passing by, these element-defying banners instantly offer a high visual impact twist to traditional signage. The Flexbow allows for unprecedented flexibility

Nutty About Snacks

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay business unit is focusing its snack expertise and passion for innovation to break new ground in the nut aisle with TrueNorth, a contemporary line of 100% natural, great-tasting nut snacks that have 5 grams of protein in every 1-ounce serving. By elevating the "simple nut" into three unique nut snacks—nut clusters, nut crisps

Lite & Lean Protein

Water is essential for healthy living and plays a vital role in the proper functioning of the human body. Combine water with whey protein, dietary fiber and amazing natural flavors, and you have a winning formula. With in-depth product development and backed by extensive research, Designer Whey is launching its new line of nutritional Designer

Cape Cod Summer Chips

As Americans gear up for summer, Cape Cod Potato Chips announces three new gourmet potato chip flavors designed to spice up any picnic or barbeque. Cape Cod’s new flavor-packed lineup for summer includes an irresistible barbeque chip, Sweet Mesquite Barbeque, along with two mouthwatering flavor combinations, Buttermilk Ranch and Honey Dijon. Snacking has grown to

Reduce Residential Crime

Extreme CCTV announces that its REG-X Close-Range License Plate Capture has helped reduce crime in Southern California residential communities. Installed at access points, such as fuel pumps and gas station canopies, REG-X captures plates of vehicles entering and exiting properties at speeds of up to 30mph, from a 15-to-25-foot range. Built-in infrared illumination enables plate

Energy Shot with a Twist

Retailers looking to capitalize on swimsuit season through sales of diet products have a new stock option: a comprehensive energy shot with appeal to dieters, fitness enthusiasts and energy drink consumers alike. TRIM-U, a new innovation that bridges the gap between diet aids and energy supplements in one complete product, is one of the newest

Baskin-Robbins in a Box

Confectionary maker BestSweet Inc. is producing an all-new line of Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy in a theater-box format. The sugar Soft Candy includes Mint Chocolate Chip and Very Berry Strawberry flavors that come in 3.1-ounce packages. BestSweet is planning to launch additional concepts for the theater-box packaging in the coming months. The Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy is

Cheerz Intellishot

Cheerz USA Inc. has unleashed Cheerz Intellishot, a 1.5-ounce lemon-lime-flavored shot to help combat nausea, headaches and muscle aches often resulting from consumption of certain amounts of alcohol. The shot/mixer helps the body naturally process acetaldehyde, a powerful muscle poison produced when the liver breaks down alcohol. It contains natural super antioxidants and immune system

GoGo squeeZ

French fruit manufacturer Materne has launched GoGo squeeZ, a squeezable and re-sealable all-natural applesauce that comes in a mess-free portable pouch. Materne has sold more than 1 billion of the squeezable pouches in Europe, and is now unveiling the concept to U.S. consumers. It’s positioned as a natural ambient fruit snack, and its initial flavors

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