Retail Gasoline Prices to Extend Higher in Early April

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Retail gasoline prices will continue higher across the U.S. during the first full week of April, pushed up by increases in gasoline’s wholesale markets from coast-to-coast. Expectations are that gasoline prices will continue to edge higher through much of spring, which is typical. The Energy Information

Arkansas Gambling on a State Lottery

The Arkansas lottery is getting closer to becoming a reality for the states convenience store and gas station customers. Last month, Gov. Mike Beebe signed both the identical Senate and House bills passing the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act. Arkansas will soon join boardering states Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas in the lottery fraternity, according

Houchens Expanding

Houchens Industries, operator of 215 Save-A-Lot stores and 85 convenience stores, reached a deal to acquire Sheldon’s Express Pharmacies, a two-unit chain based in Bowling Green, Ky. The Sheldon’s units are described as state-of-the- art prescription drug stores that deliver quick service, extremely competitive pricing, and friendly service to their loyal customers. Sheldon’s Express Pharmacy

Meijer Plays Fare

Meijer is having a Simply Give spring food donation to help stock the shelves of 185 food pantries throughout the Midwest. People can buy $10 donation cards at Meijer stores, gas stations and convenience stores from Sunday to May 30. The donation equates to a typical bag of groceries from Meijer. The chain will seed

Light Beers Poised for A Big Year

Think the U.S. leads the world in beer consumption? Think again. Though America has a larger population than beer-drinking countries like Germany or Britain, the winner in this year’s beer sales sweepstakes is a brew many Americans have probably never heard of: A Chinese beer named Snow. “SAB-Miller was going to roll Snow beer into

The Night They Burned Tobacco Down

Increases on cigarettes have put the category’s long-term viability in jeopardy. By Jim Callahan, Convenience Store Solutions I recently saw a statistic that declared tobacco was no longer king in convenience stores. While that is not yet true for most of us, it’s about to become an indisputable fact. The entire country now gets to

FDA Moves Closer to Tobacco Oversight

The federal government would for the first time have regulatory powers over the tobacco industry under a bill the House approved today after years of campaigning by anti-smoking forces. The measure, passed 298-112, gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate–but not ban–cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Senate could take up its version

Pollution Rules on Hold in California

As small businesses struggle to weather the economic downturn, California lawmakers are scrambling to temporarily suspend state rules requiring gas station owners to install costly pollution control equipment. California Assemblyman Martin Garrick introduced a proposal Wednesday that would suspend the start date for enforcement of the rules by one year, to April 1, 2010. The

MAPCO Partners with nFinanSe

In an effort to capitalize on the growing prepaid gift card trend, MAPCO Express Inc. said it would carry nFinanSe’s Discover Network General Purpose Reloadable Prepaid Cards and Gift Cards at its more than 450 MAPCO Express convenience stores. Consumers can purchase the nFinanSe General Purpose Reloadable Prepaid Card for only $5.95 and conveniently add

Electrolux Rolls Out Energy-Saving Equipment

Foodservice operators can make a positive contribution to the energy-saving effort and their bottom line by using professional kitchen equipment that features energy saving technology. Through committed research and development, Electrolux Professional has incorporated energy-efficient features into their foodservice equipment that are both operator-friendly and earth-friendly. Energy-conscious operators can use Electrolux air-o-steam combi ovens, both

Maximum Versatility

Honeywell announced the availability of the MS4980 VuQuest, a compact yet powerful area-imaging scanner. The combination of aggressive presentation-mode scanning and advanced features allow for high-quality scanning in places where space is at a premium. It’s ideal for applications requiring versatility and strong performance. The MS4980 is capable of scanning virtually all 1D, PDF and

Totally Automatic

Mark VII Equipment Inc. is rolling out its next generation of rollover carwash systems, the SoftWash XT and AquaJet XT. Each system leverages the best features of its predecessor while adding unique new features that drive incremental revenue, lower operating costs, increase customer satisfaction and reduce consumption of precious resources.  Both have been redesigned from

The Eyes Have It

DjEEP, the disposable lighter brand  imported by Kretek International Inc., is bringing back DjEEP Jr. Cats Eyes, a best seller during the 1980s and 90s.  The popular mini-sized black lighters are available for distribution to convenience stores nationwide. The Cats Eyes designs feature neon green, yellow, and blue glowing cats eyes on a jet-black mini

Flip Your Lid

Protect Stop the unnecessary waste of expensive drink lids and save hundreds of dollars and more year after year in a single store with the LidSaver. Each LidSaver is factory set to dispense a particular lid style. If you should change lid manufacturers or sizes, Acry Fab offers lid change out kits that are easy

Sweet Cigars

Swisher Sweets are made in the U.S, affordably priced, and are offered in a number of popular sizes, shapes, and flavors and come in 5-packs and 50-count boxes. Now Swisher International is inviting customers to pop the cork on flavor with the introduction of its new BlackStone Wine Flavored Tip Cigarillo. The new product combines

Hydrate Cooler Sales

In the past, millions of thirsty people have had to make the tradeoff between low-calorie and taste. Now, settling is no longer an option. From the creators of vitaminwater and smartwater comes a product that has reinvented the low-calorie category–vitaminwater10. Vitaminwater10 is the perfect combination–it’s only 10 calories per serving, naturally sweetened and supernaturally tasty.

Chocolate Goodness

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 combination

Smoke Be Gone

When customers need a quick remedy to remove smoke and other odors from hair and clothes, Gone Smoke is the solution. Gone Smoke Ultimate Smoke ‘n’ Odor Eliminator is the newest, hottest product in the convenience store industry. Convenient and discreet, the .60-ounce Gone Smoke displays neatly as an impulse item in an 18-count highly

Perfect Chicken

Brakebush Brothers has the perfect answer for operators who want to serve their customers whole muscle chicken, yet maintain the consistency and portion control that keeps their budgets predictable. Its Perfect Answers chicken is whole muscle, breaded chicken breasts and tenders that are perfectly portioned and consistently sized with no compromise in quality. That makes

Fountain Flavors

Today’s thirsty customers crave options. Servend’s new Flav’r Pic ice and beverage dispenser offers 16 beverage selections, up to eight flavor enhancements and two ice options—adding up to thousands of potential drink combinations—the ultimate in beverage customization. Flav’r Pic features the industry’s first built-in ice crusher, dispensing either cube or crushed ice from a single

Chips with a Kick

Bold flavor is on trend with convenience store shoppers. In fact, seven of the top 15 top turning salty snacks are bold flavored. Convenience store retailers can tap into this growing consumer demand for an extreme taste experience with new Gardetto’s Chipotle Cheddar snack mix from General Mills. As the newest member of General Mills’

Place Your Bets

Republic Tobacco’s Gambler is the market leader in make-your-own bagged tobaccos and also the No. 1 and fastest growing cigarette filter tube brand. In response to the preference of 25% of smokers, new King Size Menthol Cigarette Filter Tubes have been added to the mix. The addition of menthol flavor complements the existing line that

Processing Plus Compliance

  North American Bancard (NAB), a leader in credit card processing, is reaching out to c-store chains to help them drastically reduce the fees they’re paying to accept credit cards as well as ensuring they are PCI compliant. Some of the benefits NAB is offering include: free state-of-the-art credit card processing terminals that are capable

Safe Ice Handling System

Rubbermaid Commercial Products, a leader in innovative safety solutions for the foodservice industry, introduces the Safe Ice Handling System, a suite of integrated ice management tools designed to increase operational efficiencies while reducing food safety concerns and improving employee safety conditions. Developed to address one of the most common issues within the commercial kitchen—the transfer

Everything Goes

Utz Quality Foods of Hanover, Pa. has introduced a new flavor to its select pretzel line of artisan deli-style snacks. The everything pretzels are bursting with the same robust flavors found in “everything” bagels, but are in pretzels for the first time, which can be enjoyed throughout the entire day—while still meeting Utz’s nutritional guidelines

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