Packaged Beverage Sales Heating Up

New products and flavors, including some with healthier ingredients, are helping soft drinks and teas experience a healthy resurgence in already jammed cold vaults nationwide, even as traditional carbonated soft drinks continue to decline. For operators, keeping tabs on trends and adjusting sets to match ever-changing dynamics remains a full-time job. According to the National

Prepaid Reaping Financial Rewards

While gift card malls have been getting a lot of attention, prepaid debit, credit, gift and especially gas cards offered by Visa, MasterCard and American Express are quietly booming in popularity. Prepaid’s profit potential is fueled by shifts in the marketplace, wider social acceptance and the nation’s growing population of "unbanked" lower-income consumers. And while

Reshaping the Convenience Landscape

For some marketers and distributors, Exxon Mobil Corp.’s decision to get out of direct-store operations could present the chance of a lifetime; an opportunity to acquire the rights to stores for an entire market, maybe more. For others, the announcement caused immediate fear and panic concerning the long-term viability of their operations and, in some

The Jackpot in Goldsby

Try as they might, the triumvirate at Nine West Marketplace in Goldsby, Okla., just couldn’t get the beer drinkers in their small Oklahoma town to help themselves to the brews in the beer cave. "We tried everything under the sun to get them to go in there," said Carri Moore-Colwell, one of three owners at

Shoppernomics 2.0: The Not-So-Perfect Storm

There’s a host of ingredients contaminating the retail environment these days, with shoppers dogged by rising costs in energy, food and basic necessities. As a result, shopping habits are being radically reshaped in this new and uncertain environment, said Thom Blischok, president of consulting and innovation at Information Resources Inc. (IRI). "We are living in

Zarco 66 Expanding Alternative Fuels

Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels last month celebrated the official grand opening of its first 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. Dubbed the "Green

Atlas Oil to Acquire 23 BP Sites in Indiana

Atlas Oil Co., of Taylor, Mich., has reached an agreement with BP Products North America to acquire and supply 23 BP branded stores in northwest Indiana. The sale, which is scheduled to close in the fall, includes a number of retail locations owned by BP, several dealer-supplied sites and an agreement for Atlas to operate

By the Numbers

» 3 Years Pennsylvania resident Kathy Wallick gets free fuel as part of Rutter’s Farm Stores’ gas giveaway. She is the first of four grand prize winners in the c-store chain’s promotion, which runs through Aug. 24. » 10 Optimum number of seconds for a pumptop TV advertisement to foster greater consumer recall of advertising

Private-Label Energy Boosts Profits

A little more than a year after teaming with Boo Koo Holdings Inc. to launch GazZu Energy, a proprietary 16-ounce energy drink, the Circle K brand is taking the next logical step and extending the private-label energy lineup to include 2-ounce shots. Dubbed GazZu Shooters, the shots are more than lightening in a bottle for

NACS: Visa’s Move to Reduce Debit Holds a “Smokescreen”

With retailers and consumers struggling from the card companies’ policy of placing excessive holds on credit- and debit-card transactions at the fuel pumps, Visa announced a plan to reduce hold times to just a couple of hours. Right now, issuing banks impose a hold on funds in their customers’ bank accounts for an amount exceeding

C-Stores 101

There’s a profitable parable tucked somewhere inside the hodge-podge of mix-and-match cereal containers laid out on a table in the University of Rhode Island’s Corner Store. Something deeply religious, or at least something that screams "diversity" and "open-mindedness." For every Tony the Tiger, there’s a Lucky Charms leprechaun. For every Cookie Crisp, there’s a Cinnamon

The Wild Ride Continues

As if industry operators didn’t have enough to worry about, ExxonMobil dealers were greeted with the news that the Irving, Texas oil giant decided to exit direct-store operations by divesting 825 company-owned and -operated stations as well as 1,400 stations leased to dealers. This decision thrust those dealers into an anxious state of limbo, an

Cooking up Surefire Profits

As rising food and gas prices and killer credit card interchange fees are making for one hellacious economic hurricane, a c-store’s foodservice program could prove to be the fallout shelter. That was the consensus from c-store retailers and researchers participating in the first installment of CSD’s Foodservice Webcast Series, sponsored by Sam’s Club, on June

Kum & Go Reopens Colorado Store in Larger Format

Kum & Go LC has revamped and reopened its Yampa Avenue store in Craig, Colo., offering customers 3,400 square feet of expanded offerings and boosting the site’s energy efficiency with new design elements. “We are thrilled to offer the residents of Craig a brand-new Kum & Go store with easier access and a broader offering

Wawa Chooses Radiant For POS

Radiant Systems Inc. said it has become the exclusive provider of POS systems and related technology for more than 570 Wawa stores in Pennsylvania. Radiant has provided self-service technology for Wawa’s industry-leading foodservices for more than seven years, often deploying as many as five customer-activated terminals per site to enable consumers to quickly and accurately

The Consumer: Gone in 30 Seconds …

Gas Station TV, an industry leader in digital out-of-home television, said a Nielsen Media Research study proves consumers are better at recalling shorter-form advertisements – usually those about 10- and 15-seconds long –featured on Gas Station TV Network, as opposed to 30-second ad spots. GSTV said the study’s results confirm that shorter spots on the

Want To Go Gangbusters? Go Asia

Market research firm RNCOS has released a report showing the Asian c-store market is the No. 1 region for convenience store development worldwide. The report, titled "Opportunities in Asian C-store Market," says the rapid economic development in that area, along with the booming retail industry, has been propelling growth for the c-store industry across various

Dawn Food Products Bracing For Price Increases

Dawn Food Products Inc., one of the world’s largest independently owned bakery manufacturers and distributors, said it will increase prices for orders placed on and after July 1, 2008. “We are seeing unprecedented rises in commodity and ingredient markets along with dramatic increases in general transportation costs, especially diesel fuel,” said David Kowal, president of

West Coast Shell Adds Hydrogen Refueling

Shell Hydrogen LLC has opened a hydrogen refueling station on a conventional Shell gasoline forecourt in West Los Angeles, the company said. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard and Federal Avenue near Interstate 405, the company said the station gives consumers a taste of the future, with refueling services for hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles becoming just

UST Head: OTP Is Critical Growth Category

UST Inc. Chairman and CEO Murray Kessler is pinpointing the company’s continued success in the moist smokeless tobacco category and said he believes the growth will continue over the long-term. Kessler discussed the OTP issues at the JPMorgan Global Tobacco Conference in London on June 27, which were presented in a Web cast at the

Visa Tries To Lessen Pump Pains

Visa Inc. said it is implementing processing and rate changes that will result in benefits for American consumers and fuel merchants frustrated by rising prices at the pump. The company said its new processing method for fuel transactions will allow consumers to buy gas more easily and allow motorists and station owners to better avoid

Anheuser Rejects InBev Bid

Anheuser-Busch said its board of directors has unanimously determined that the unsolicited proposal by InBev to acquire all outstanding shares of Anheuser-Busch for $65 per share is financially inadequate and not in the best interests of Anheuser-Busch shareholders. Additionally, in a huge shift in its product lineup, Anheuser will stop selling all caffeinated alcoholic beverages,

Research Group: Americans Spent Tax Stimulus On Gas

According to new analysis from the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, the average household spent over $1500 filling their tanks ever since President Bush signed the tax rebates into law on Feb. 13 this year. The group and transit advocates in Maryland called on Congress to approve additional funding for public transportation as an alternative

Love’s Appoints 5 To New Positions

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores named David Carter as district manager and Jerry Hamm as corporate marketing manager of loyalty and media production. In its corporate office in Oklahoma City, Okla., Love’s appointed Eric Roth corporate manager of creative services, while Stewart Terbush was hired as the new accounts receivable manager and Rick Wolfenbarger

Pantry Shares Jump Amid Analyst’s Improved Rating

The Pantry Inc.’s shares jumped Wednesday after a Lehman Brothers analyst increased her third-quarter and 2008 profit estimates due to better-than-expected gas margins, the Associated Press reported. The Sanford, N.C. company’s shares jumped $1.51, or 16%, to $10.91 in afternoon trading on Wednesday. Analyst Karen Howland boosted her fiscal third-quarter profit estimate to 24 cents

css.php