Pantry Profits Rise With Better Gas Margins

Sanford, N.C.-based Pantry Inc. first-quarter results show the company’s net income is up sharply from the same quarter last year, attributable to declines in oil prices and improved gross margins on gas. Total gasoline gross profit for the quarter was $130.1 million, up sharply from $56.2 million a year ago, with retail gross margin of

Couche-Tard Acquires 13 Quebec Sites

An Alimentation Couche-Tard subsidiary has signed an agreement to acquire 13 stores in Quebec from Exploitation Quali-T Inc., part of Group Therrien. The 13 stores are operated by Exploitation Quali-T under the Pétro-T brand. All the sites sell motor fuel under either the Pétro-T or Esso brands, while four sites have quick service restaurants (two

Hybrid Hunger In Casual

Independent restaurant operators are leading an emerging “kid-adult” fusion trend by promoting adult-style offerings to kids in greater numbers, according to a new report by Chicago-based research firm Technomic Inc. The new menus target kids with smaller portions of premium steaks, fresh fish, locally sourced healthy foods and bolder ethnic flavors that are usually the

2 To Play That Game

Starbucks Corp. is hoping to find some sales salvation in its own value meal variety as McDonald’s continues to make inroads with its new coffee offerings, The Associated Press reported. The coffee tug-of-war has heated up in recent months as McDonald’s began offering new, lower-priced specialty coffee drinks and Dunkin’ Donuts has been advertising value-minded

Fuel Surge

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Wholesale gasoline prices moved higher across the U.S. during the final week of January on concerns that supply levels would tighten because of a potential strike by as many as 24,000 union workers at U.S. oil refineries. Even before the Feb. 1 contract deadline, wholesale gasoline

Wawa Store Celebrates 10 Years

A Wawa store in Stafford, Va., doled out free gifts and recognition to loyal customers as it celebrated its 10th anniversary last week, the Stafford County Sun newspaper reported. The store’s Jan. 23 celebration was an all-day event that recognized regular customers for their loyalty and business. It was part of the Year of the

Murphy Express Kicks Off With Discount Gas

A Murphy Express store in Las Cruces, N.M., kicked off its grand opening by offering the "lowest gas prices in the state,” the Las Cruces Sun News reported. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. this past Friday and continuing for 24 hours, Patel said the station sold fuel as low as $1.39 per gallon. Patel couldn’t estimate

ExxonMobil Gives $1.5M To United Way

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced that the company and 650 of its Dallas-area employees and retirees have pledged more than $1.5 million in contributions to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas as a part of the 2008 campaign. ExxonMobil has donated more than $8.7 million to the Dallas-area United way since 2002. In addition to providing

Broaster Boasts Promotions

The Broaster Company Inc. has announced the appointment of Jay Cipra to CEO, as well as a number of other management changes at the Beloit, Wis.-based company. For the past four years Cipra has served as president of The Broaster Company Inc., the parent entity of The Broaster Company LLC. In his new role, Cipra

One Hip Cooler

U.S. Cooler is now rolling out its new green hybrid panels for walk-in coolers. The hybrid panel is a 4-inch-thick panel consisting of 3-inch extruded polystyrene and 1-inch expanded polystyrene, which exceeds EISA requirements. This combination provides the customer with the strength and moisture resistance of extruded polystyrene and the insulation economics of expanded polystyrene.

Self-Service Licensed Merchandise

R3 Omni, and NCR Corp., announced an innovative self-service kiosk solution designed to enable retailers and other businesses to offer their customers a fast, convenient way to select an extended range of merchandise from organizations such as the NFL, MLB, NASCAR , U.S. Olympics and Colleges. The R3 Omni application, which runs on NCR SelfServ

Sweet Cakes

What’s better than delicious, golden, cream-filled cakes? Mrs. Freshley’s, a division of Flowers Bakeries, has answered that question by drenching them with rich chocolate frosting and serving them up in a convenient 3.9-ounce two-pack perfect for on-the-go snacking. Mrs. Freshley’s Frosted Creme Cakes are now available nationwide through convenience store and supermarket channels. “New products

Fire Starter

Firejel firewood starter is a small tub of corn-based, clean-burning alcohol that is placed underneath firewood. Once ignited, the gel burns at a high temperature long enough to light wood. Since the tub itself is basically candle wax, it melts in the fire. The product ignites wood within five minutes without the use of kindling.

Rack\’Em Up

Calico Brands Inc. continues to offer a convenience store multi-tier rack program offering the greatest consumer value in the industry. Newly introduced, the various rack configurations offer a wide array of retail price points and style selection. Included in the three-tier and four-tier racks is a combination of Calico and Scripto sparkwheel, electronic, mini sparkwheel,

Versatile Touch Computer

Elo TouchSystems, a Tyco Electronics business, is introducing the 15D1 all-in-one touchcomputer that delivers a versatile, highly functional and elegantly designed touchscreen solution for use in small- to medium-sized retail and hospitality businesses. Developed from the ground up for point-of-sale and point-of-service applications, the 15D1 offers a compact, modern display with a footprint that is

Food Packaging With A Twist

PWP Industries is introducing award-winning revolutionary new cake packaging which features a unique locking design that makes cake domes easy-to-open and reseal. This innovative package will alleviate the struggle consumers sometimes have when opening traditional cake domes. This easy-to-open, easy-to-close dome with base reduces damage to iced cakes, cake decorations and helps keep cakes fresh

Special Snack Ceral Bar

The Kellogg Convenience Store Team, whose goal is to help retailers and wholesalers achieve the greatest possible sales and profits from its strong brands, has introduced another exciting snack bar to the channel: the Special K Chocolatey Drizzle Cereal Bar! Every bite of this delicious, 90-calorie snack bar is full of rich chocolatey drizzle. The

Green With Envy

In celebration of Valentine’s holiday, Mars Snackfood US has released its limited-edition M&M’s brand All-Green Milk Chocolate Candies available through the end of February. To highlight the romantic myths surrounding M&M’s brand All-Green Milk Chocolate Candies, Mars Snackfood US announced that Ms. Green, M&M’s brand’s sassy “spokescandy,” will put her special powers to good use

Slim and Ultra-Premium

Understanding the consumer’s desire for an alternative premium slims cigarette, Commonwealth Brands Inc. is introducing two Davidoff Slim cigarette styles to the U.S. market this month. Introduction of Davidoff Slims follows the successful Spring 2008 launch of Davidoff Premium Line cigarettes in the U.S. Positioned as the ultra-premium slims brand in its category, Davidoff Slims

Energy Burst

Go Fast Sports and Beverage Co., creator of Go Fast Energy Drinks, has a new addition in the Go Fast family: a 16-ounce can. Launching in the new 16-ounce cans will be three innovative formulas: Z-17, Light and GFTea. All Go Fast Energy Drinks are formulated to deliver the most functional and best tasting energy

Big Beer Flavors

For nearly 25 years, the brewers at Samuel Adams have taken great pride in introducing beer lovers to full-flavored, distinct brews. Continuing to push boundaries, the brewer is again answering drinkers’ thirst for bigger, more intense craft brews with the new Samuel Adams Imperial Series. With more robust flavors and nearly twice the alcohol by

A Foodsevice Oasis

Structural Concepts’ Oasis Series of refrigerated and non-refrigerated open air-screen merchandisers now includes five new refrigerated Oasis CO models with tray-slide capacity, allowing foodservice operations to install a self-provided tray slide to match the height and style of other equipment at the location. Oasis CO self-service merchandisers offer a range of sizes, shelving and display

Pizza Tripple Play

Hot Stuff Foods and Lettieri’s have announced the marketing initiatives for the companies’ newest items: Hot Stuff’s Big Stuff Pizza, Hot Stuff’s Take & Bake Pizza and Lettieri’s Self-Rising Pizza. The Big Stuff Pizza offers customers more than 5 square feet of pizza and weighs close to 15 pounds. The Take & Bake model was

Easy Ene rgy

FKI Logistex, a leader in integrated material handling solutions, announced that its new LS-4000E tilt-tray and LS-4000CB cross-belt sorters, which feature linear synchronous motor (LSM) technology, consume approximately 75% less energy than comparable sorter systems using linear induction motor (LIM) technology. The LS-4000’s LSM generates propulsive force via electromagnetic energy, as opposed to mechanical friction

Djeep Has More Fun

Looking to add some new style to its world-class disposable lighters, DjEEP is adding two more photo images of Marilyn Monroe to the incredibly popular series. The new photos from the archived collection of legendary Hollywood photographer Milton Greene will be available again beginning March 15, 2009. DjEEP 24-unit and 36-unit displays will continue to

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