New Apple Sauce Flavors

To enhance its line of Musselman’s single-serve apple sauces, Knouse Foods is launching two new flavors: Totally Fruit Mixed Berry and Healthy Picks Granny Smith. Perfect for a multitude of foodservice operations, the apple sauce cups are an on-the-go solution, healthy meal accompaniment and anytime snack option. With flavors that appeal to all ages, each

Mini Wine Flavor Cigarillos

Swisher International Inc. has combined one of its newest and most popular flavors with the convenient shape of mini cigarillos to make the new Swisher Sweets Mini Wine Cigarillos. These new, smaller cigars offer the quick smoke many customers prefer, and come individually wrapped with the company’s unique sealed-fresh wrapper to ensure fresh, flavorful cigars

Folk Oil Fights Hunger

Folk Oil’s PS Food Marts chain went to bat for hunger in Michigan and Ohio and raised more than $50,000 for local charities in just two short weeks. From March 15-31 PS Food Mart employees at the chain’s 29 stores encouraged customers and vendors to purchase paper hearts as part of its “Fight Hunger. Give

Keeping C-Stores Secure

When he thinks of PCI compliance, Ed Freels, director of information systems for Honey Farms Inc. recalls an old t-shirt slogan from the 1970s, “It showed the AC130 gun ship from the Vietnam era and it said, ‘You can run, but you’ll just die tired,’ and PCI compliance is no different. The most dangerous merchant

Enhancing POS Possibilities

With today’s modern technology solutions—and in an economy where every dollar counts—there’s no reason stores should endure employee theft. Thanks to advancements in integrated point-of-sale (POS) systems retailers are not only reducing shrink, but are able to reward customer loyalty in real time, speed up the foodservice line, upsell products to boost incremental sales and

Energizing a Crowded Cold Vault

Energy by the Numbers Although 2009 was the second year in a row of unusual weakness in liquid refreshment beverages’ performance, the worst may be over, said Michael Bellas, chairman and CEO of Beverage Marketing Corp. “Beverages are likely to be one of the first categories to benefit with a job-led economic recovery because they

A Rocky Ride for RYO

Proper Handling Quality counts—especially with tobacco, something c-store operators had better keep in mind. Kevin Paige, owner of three Butthead’s Tobacco Emporiums in Danbury, Conn., said he is trying to distance himself from the c-store channel when it comes to tobacco. “Although I operated my own c-stores for over 20 years, I don’t think the

Seizing Smokeless Opportunities

Just when you think you know everything about the mercurial business of tobacco, a bit of trivia comes along that gets your attention. Distributors and retailers have had reams of information to study in the past two years as major changes in legislation, taxation and consumer habits have forced domino-effect adjustments. Manufacturers, chain executives, category

Managing Tobacco’s Four Tier War

A Closer Look at Who’s Trading Down According to Mintel International, 80% of smokers polled said it’s worthwhile to have a quality cigarette, which is contributing to sales of premium cigarettes. Other factors influencing sales include: • 51% of smokers have one preferred brand they always like to buy. • Less than 2% of smokers

Forecast Strong for Cigars

Amid all the chaos of legislation, regulation and taxation, it’s good to have tobacco category managers like Gate Petroleum’s Matt Hieb. Hieb’s approach to his chain’s market-leading cigar performance is calm and measured, driven by data, common sense and manufacturer promotions. In 225 locations throughout six southeastern states, Gate’s cigar offering exceeds the southeast market

Chicken’s Popularity Soars to New Heights

Americans want it, but lots of operators are nervous about it. That’s why working with distributors and training employees on how to handle chicken is so important. Consumers have very definitely stated preferences for chicken items, which is why chains like Wawa feature chicken prominently on their menus. For example, the Pennsylvania-based operator features chicken

Developing a Value Menu with Appeal

The coming of summer means a lot of things—chief among them an insatiable hunger for hot dogs, burgers, sausages and brats. No c-store foodservice program is complete without them or the opportunities they represent. “Who doesn’t like a hot dog?” said Kim Loniecki, director of branded foodservice for Wesco Inc. in Muskegon, Mich. “When you’re

Pride & Perseverance

At a Glance: NOCO Express With 32 locations in Western New York and Rochester, NOCO Express is among the most recognized fuel brands in Western New York. The oil company has a 77-year history of providing fuel, lubricants and home heating oil to the market. Founded: 1933 Convenience Store and Fuel Brand: NOCO Express Jobber

Deadline Day is Here

A baker puts two muffins in an oven. The first muffin turns to the other and says, “Boy it’s hot in here.” The second muffin screams, “Yikes, a talking muffin.” Hopefully convenience store chains are not nearly this surprised when it comes to this month’s PCI deadlines. However, at the NACStech conference in April, several

Empowered by Energy Efficiency

With energy costs soaring and customers rewarding sustainable behaviors, many convenience store chains are realizing the need to upgrade stores to be more energy efficient. World marketed energy consumption is projected to increase by 44% from 2006 to 2030, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The increase could hit c-store retailers especially hard

Vermont Chain Pays After UST Leak

A South Burlington, Vt., gas station owes the state of Vermont $35,000 in civil penalties as part of a settlement for an alleged gasoline leak from an underground storage tank (UST), Legal Newsline reported. Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell noted that Slimain Handy’s Convenience Stores, the owners of the Gracey’s Store gas station and convenience

Marathon Oil Recognizes Everbrite

Marathon Oil Corp. recently recognized Everbrite LLC., a visual identification supplier for Marathon’s Speedway SuperAmerica LLC retail organization, as the company’s Supplier Diversity Vendor of the Year. The annual “Living Our Values Award and Recognition Program” recognizes employees and vendors who best exemplify Marathon’s guiding corporate principles. Everbrite, a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) company, won

Oil Spill Investigation Continues

BP’s internal investigation team has started sharing initial perspectives of its review of the causes of the tragic Deepwater Horizon fire and oil spill. The investigation is a fact-finding effort that is still underway, and has already identified various issues for further inquiry. BP has shared these early perspectives with the Department of the Interior

Vermont Passes Interchange Law

Vermont has passed legislation governing interchange fees on credit and debit card transactions, becoming the first state to take such action, the Washington Post reported. The move comes just one week after the U.S. Senate approved an amendment that would address interchange fees to the financial overhaul bill. “What Vermont has done is a first

Gasoline Continue Slide into Memorial Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices continue tumbling, down nearly 50 cents from the start of May after another week of double-digit declines across most metropolitan markets nationwide through May 24. The drop in wholesale values is gradually filtering through to retail outlets, offering a savings for holiday travelers

Gasoline Continue Slide into Memorial Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices continue tumbling, down nearly 50cts from the start of May after another week of double-digit declines across most metropolitan markets nationwide through May 24. The drop in wholesale values is gradually filtering through to retail outlets, offering a savings for holiday travelers this

BP Investigates Spill Impact

BP today announced a commitment of up to $500 million to an open research program studying the impact of the Deepwater Horizon incident, and its associated response, on the marine and shoreline environment of the Gulf of Mexico. “BP has made a commitment to doing everything we can to lessen the impact of this tragic

7-Eleven, MTV Star Open Skateboard Park

Rob Dyrdek, star of MTV’s Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, 7-Eleven stores and Los Angeles District 4 Councilmember Tom LaBonge have partnered with street skateboarding’s biggest stars to open a state-of-the-art Skate Plaza at North Hollywood Park.  The theme of the Skate Plaza includes Rob Dyrdek’s authentic street skateboarding cartoon and Wild Grinders toy line.  As

Pettit Oil Becomes Voyager Channel Partner

Tacoma, Wash.-based Pettit Oil and U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems Inc., a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards, have joined forces through U.S. Bank’s Voyager Channel Partner Program. Pettit Oil will begin issuing co-branded fleet cards for its customers to use at its retail locations in western Washington and at any of the

Pemmican Donates Jerky

Marfood USA Inc. has donated more than $25,000 in Pemmican Beef Jerky to Feeding America member, Gleaners Community Food Bank in Taylor, Mich. On April 1, to launch the new www.pemmican.com Web site Marfood USA gave away a free bag of Pemmican Beef Jerky every minute to consumers and donated five bags per minute to

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