Clark and Crown Introduce New Credit Card

Clark Brands LLC, Crown Central LLC and First National Credit Card Center (FNCCC), a division of First National Bank of Omaha, have announced the introduction of the Clark Platinum Edition MasterCard card.   The new credit card will be issued by First National Bank of Omaha and is designed to increase consumer loyalty and add

Take the CSD/Kleiman HR Survey

The second annual CSD/Kleiman HR survey serves as an important benchmarking tool for industry operators, a summary of which will be published in our January issue.   All surveys returned will either be anonymous (no names required) or, you can provide your contact information to receive a complete, in-depth report on the survey’s findings. All returned surveys will be held in strict

7-Eleven’s First ‘World-Wine’ Debuts in U.S., Japan

Taking its first steps into global merchandising, 7-Eleven Inc.  in the U.S. and Seven-Eleven Japan (SEJ) are jointly introducing two proprietary wines – a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon – today, Nov. 4,  under the Yosemite Road label.    The California wines were produced by The Wine Group exclusively for 7-Eleven stores and its parent

Wilson Farms Fundraiser Supports Elderly, Disabled

  The Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY and Wilson Farms has kicked-off the sixth annual “Step Up to the Plate” fundraising campaign to support the homebound elderly and disabled residents served by the Meals on Wheels programs throughout New York.   Customers at Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Wilson Farms Xpress convenience stores can participate

NACS Show Reports Increased Attendance

  A total of 22,524 representatives of the global convenience and petroleum retailing industry turned out for this year’s NACS Show – a 6% increase compared to 2008 NACS Show attendance – according to attendance figures released today by NACS.      More impressive, the number of attendees classified as “buyers” (retailers, wholesalers and distributors)

NCR Launches Secure, High Capacity Outdoor DVD-rental

  NCR Corporation, Duluth, Ga., has launched its first outdoor DVD-rental kiosk, the NCR SelfServ Entertainment 2381.    Able to hold as many as 950 DVDs, this weather-protected outdoor kiosk calls itself the most secure and highest-capacity outdoor DVD-rental kiosk in the industry.  Through its new outdoor kiosk, NCR extends its deployment of BLOCKBUSTER Express-branded DVD-rental

7-Eleven Buys Zoom Inc. Chain in Virginia

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven has purchased the chain Zoom Inc. of Hampton, Va., which operates 13 c-store locations on the Peninsula, the Virginian-Pilot reported.   7-Eleven acquired the Zooms locations as of Friday, according to David Erbe, 7-Eleven’s market manager on the Peninsula. Most of the 13 sites operate as local franchises, but 7-Eleven will run

U.S. Gasoline Prices Peaking for 2009?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices in major metropolitan markets nationwide have surged in October, climbing nearly 20cts per gallon to average nationally at a $2.674 gallon four-month high. The previous high was reached in late June at $2.691 gallon.   View DTN’s Weekly and Historical Gas Prices.

BP Joins fuelperks! Rewards Program

  Excentus Corporation and BP have joined forces to expand the reach of the fuelperks! Rewards Program, a program that allows consumers to earn gas rewards and redeem them instantly at the pump.   Under terms of the agreement, BP will become the fuelperks! redemption partner in the majority of marketing areas in which BP

7-Eleven Holds First Private-Label Summit

  7-Eleven Inc. held its first-ever Private-Label Summit in Dallas on Oct. 28-29.    The two-day event provided the company’s private-label suppliers the opportunity to meet with its category managers and product directors and attend a formal Private-Label forum.   The purpose of the collaborative program was to educate 7-Eleven supply partners about the company’s

AMCON Expands Reach in Arkansas

  AMCON Distributing Company, an Omaha, Neb.-based consumer products company is increasing its wholesale distribution presence in the Northwest Arkansas market by acquiring the convenience store distribution assets of Discount Distributors from its parent Harps Food Stores Inc., Reuters reported.     “We are delighted that this acquisition will expand our distribution network in the State of

Terrible Herbst Sign Sale Benefits Homeless Youth

Terrible Herbst convenience stores in southern Nevada, in conjunction with Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, one of Nevada’s largest non-profit providers for homeless, neglected and runaway youth, kicked off its Safe Place Sign Sale on Oct. 30, the Las Vegas Sun reported.   Donations start at $1 and range up to $10,000. In exchange for donations,

Modular Display Rack System

  Pan-Oston has introduced the Display Genie system, designed specifically for independent grocers who have limited floor space. It can be used to display everything from magazines to produce or even wine. The Display Genie’s space-saving and multi-functional modular units have adjustable mix-and-match shelving and can be easily combined for different spaces, applications and looks.

Heat Up Foodservice Sales

 Enhance your image and make your c-store a grab-and-go flavor destination with a Johnsonville-branded warmer unit, designed to house Johnsonville handheld sandwich varieties. With two warmer sizes available—small (holds 16 sandwiches) or large (holds 30 sandwiches)—Johnsonville has a warmer option to fit any size, venue or budget.  A recent study by AC Nielson showed 86%

Party Pizza

Hot Stuff Foods has introduced the Big Stuff Trio—three pizzas, which when baked and put end-to-end equate to the original 52-inch Big Stuff Pizza. It allows Hot Stuff Foods franchise partners to use existing equipment and ingredients. The product is delivered hotter and fresher to the customer who can choose from a large combination of

Barista Latté Program

 Barista-style specialty coffee beverages account for 20-30% of total coffee sales and are expected to rise another 6-8% over the next three to five years. Today’s consumers are looking outside the classic coffeehouse for quality, variety and convenience. The Insight Beverages Barista offers just that. With just a push of a button and only 20

New Worldwide Brand ‘epay’

PaySpot Inc., a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwid Inc. and a leading prepaid and payments processor in the U.S., is offering a new worldwide brand under the name epay. Previously one of six brand names operating under the Prepaid Division of Euronet, PaySpot has rebranded with its sister prepaid companies to become the united global brand

Frozen Beverages by Jolly Rancher

YoCream introduces new Tropical Tremor flavors under their Jolly Rancher Frozen Beverage brand: Pomegranate, Wild Berry, Mango, Fruit Punch and Sour Green Apple. The exciting new beverages are boldly flavored, less sweet, a little tart and intensely colored. Available for frozen carbonated and noncarbonated applications, the syrups are packaged in shelf stable bags with a

Edible Strips

Health Essist Inc. manufactures and develops a unique line of all-natural, zero-calorie, caffeine-free Edible Strips. The current product line consists of Alcohol Defender to help with the “morning after feeling,” X-Energy-Boost and Apple-A-Day strips that provide a boost to the immune system. The products are FDA approved for food use and are kosher approved. Each

Cleaner Burning Fires

Pine Mountain Firelogs offers a new concentrated formula and greener packaging. By using a proprietary manufacturing process, Pine Mountain products emit up to 80% less carbon monoxide than burning natural oak firewood, reduce up to 66% less creosote buildup in the chimney and release fewer emissions into the atmosphere than natural firewood. The full range

Q Stop Earns Green Achievement Award

Q Stop convenience stores was honored with the Green Idea Group’s Green Achievement Award for reducing electric power use and costs by 64% after installing a new canopy lighting system at its store in O’Fallon, Mo. Q Stop, which operates six stores in the St. Louis metro area and is owned by Jones Oil Co.,

Managing the Crowded Cold Vault

When it comes to packaged beverages, what gets put on the shelves may not be what customers are looking for and, in this economy, that’s a situation retailers must avoid. Making wise, informed buying decisions is the crucial difference between boosting cooler sales and blowing a lot of hot air. From colas to energy drinks,

Turning a Foodservice Profit

C-store operators looking to grow their foodservice programs just may be overlooking, or at least underestimating, one of the best tools at their disposal: the humble roller grill. As in-store menus have expanded to include fresh foods and entrees, the time-honored roller grill has quietly continued to please customers and bolster bottom lines thanks to

FDA Looks at Future of Tobacco Products

Confusion Reigns Supreme C-store operators aren’t the only ones left scratching their heads by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) first foray into tobacco regulation.During the FDA’s teleconference, Catherine Lorraine, a lawyer for the administration, said, “I just want to draw your attention to the portion of the definition of a cigarette, which specifically refers

Dual Branding Strategy Drives Chevron

It’s been a challenging couple of years for convenience store operators, marked by wild fuel price fluctuations and exorbitant credit card fees. Despite the adversity, Chevron stood apart as one of the premier industry leaders. By advancing its Image Refresh program at ExtraMile convenience stores, growing the Texaco brand and introducing a no-fee credit card

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