Food Equipment for Convenience Stores

Equipped for the Foodservice Battle

Whether operating a hot or cold food program, new equipment enhances quality, productivity and profitability. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Over the past few years, the economic climate has discouraged many foodservice operators from investing in new equipment or product offerings. But that situation may be changing. Some convenience retailers are testing new tools and

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MACS Bursts Onto the C-Store Scene

It’s been a busy first year for Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, which  is set to roll out a proprietary foodservice program and is developing a unified retail image. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) might not be the oldest company in the industry, but it’s certainly poised for growth in 2011 as it

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Sheetz Opens Princeton, W.Va. Location

“We can’t wait to serve new customers and work to give them the best ever experience in our stores,” says Sheetz CEO. Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz is opening a new location in Princeton, W.Va., today, March 24, at 751 Oakvale Road. The store is the first of two new Sheetz locations set to open in Princeton.

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The Pantry Selects Reflexis

“We are convinced that Reflexis is the best choice to align our workforce’s schedules and activities with our retail strategy while supporting our company’s growth,” says The Pantry’s senior vice president. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. is adding the entire Reflexis store operations suite of labor scheduling, time and attendance, task management/KPI and compliance/audit solutions

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Mars24seven.com Launches Fantasy Racing Program

Exclusive Web site for c-store operators now offers retailers a chance to win a trip for two to Daytona. C-store operators are speeding to the new 2011 Fantasy Racing program on Mars24seven.com, a site launched in spring 2010 and designed exclusively for c-store operators as a resource center with everything needed to create, enhance and

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Fresh & Easy Debuts Gourmet Pizzas

“We’re always working to find interesting, unique and delicious products to bring to our customers,” says Fresh & Easy’s chief commercial officer. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has expanded its Gourmet range with a line of specially handcrafted frozen artisan pizzas from Italy, selling for $3.99. The new pizzas join other Gourmet products introduced just

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Interface With KickBack Rewards Systems

Intelio Technologies Inc., a provider of self-service marketing, has developed an interface to allow the leading brands of car wash entry systems to interface with KickBack Rewards. The new interface allows car wash operators who utilize the Unitec Wash Select II or Ryko AMTT, Ryko AMTT CS and Intelio Activa entry systems to interface with

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Enhanced Beverage

New vitaminwater stur-D, a blue agave, passion fruit and citrus blend, is the first enhanced water and juice beverage to include vitamin D and calcium, which helps support strong bones, and vitamin C. Vitaminwater stur-D is also the first nationally available enhanced water and juice beverage with a blue color that’s derived solely from fruit.

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Tracking Convenience Store Customers

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, are drilling down with fine-grained questions to understand consumer shopping behavior. By Alice Greene, Management Science Associates (MSA). Grocery shopper purchase decisions are highly influenced by brand loyalty, just as price sensitivity prevails with warehouse club members. But what drives convenience-store shoppers’ decisions when it

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Star Scientific Gets Good News From FDA CTP

ARIVA-BDL and STONEWALL-BDL modified risk tobacco products are currently not subject to Chapter IX in the Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic Act, CTP director says. Star Scientific Inc. announced that the company has received notices from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its pending ARIVA-BDL and STONEWALL-BDL modified risk tobacco product applications. The notices

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Wawa Contributes $50,000 to Japan Relief Fund

“Wawa’s donation will help alleviate a lot of suffering,” says American Red Cross spokesperson. Wawa Inc. is making a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross International Relief Fund to help support Japan following the earthquake and tsunami disasters. “Our hearts go out to those in Japan during this difficult time. Wawa has always had

deep Introduces New VP, Creative Director

Dan Stewart to lead creative efforts for deep clients. deep, a Marlin Network Agency, welcomes Dan Stewart who has joined the company as vice president, creative director effective March 1, 2011. Stewart is now responsible for creative input and leadership for all deep clients, including Otis Spunkmeyer, ConAgra Foods –Lamb Weston, Nestlé Professional (Stouffers, Lean

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Sheetz Chooses Stratus ftServer

“Stratus’ rock solid uptime assurance lets us confidently support more stores and new functionality,” says Sheetz spokesperson. Convenience store chain Sheetz Inc. has cut downtime risks to its point-of-sale payments system and new loyalty program with Stratus ftServer systems. In the process, the company has created an ultra-resilient disaster recovery system that ensures business continuity

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Thorntons Offers Fuel Deal For Debit Users

Customers can now save five cents per gallon with debit card and PIN. Thorntons has launched a new fuel savings program in Lexington, Ky., where customers can instantly save five cents per gallon at the fuel pump. This new program began on Tuesday, March 15 at all 10 Lexington area Thorntons locations. Customers save five

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Packaging Fit for a King

After nearly 10 years, White Castle Food Products has changed the look of its retail packaging for its six-pack boxes of hamburgers and cheeseburgers. The packages showcase new photography featuring hamburgers and cheeseburgers on the front and information about White Castle restaurants on the back. At the request of customers, the company has included instructions

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Delek US Acquires Majority Equity Interest in Lion Oil

“Given that the El Dorado refinery has the ability to supply light products to portions of our convenience store network in Tennessee and Arkansas, we will, for the first time in our history, own and operate a refinery capable of supplying our retail stores in neighboring markets,” says Delek US Holdings CEO. Delek US Holding

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FDA Hosts Webinars To Clarify Tobacco Regulations

Retailers are encouraged to submit Webinar topics that would most benefit them to the FDA Center for Tobacco Products. FDA Center for Tobacco Products is hosting a new series of one-hour Webinars on federal tobacco regulations. Designed to give retailers updated, relevant FDA compliance training information, the series features an interactive format with topics based

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NRA, Georgia-Pacific Collaborate On Recycling Best Practices

As consumers demand sustainability practices from their restaurant and foodservice operators, new research aims to help restaurants better comply. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and Georgia-Pacific Professional have teamed to identify best practices in the areas of recycling and sustainability, both of which are key components of profitability for the restaurant industry. “Georgia-Pacific Professional’s commitment to

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Scholarships Available To Women in Food and Retail Studies

“The generous scholarships NEW awards to deserving students have been instrumental in attracting the best and brightest women into the CPG and food retail industry,” says NEW Scholarship Chair. The Network of Executive Women Consumer Products and Retail is accepting applications for its annual merit scholarships awarded to outstanding women students in food, retail and

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Gasoline Prices Edge Higher as Crude Costs Pass $100 a Barrel

Wholesale gasoline costs across the United States were shallowly mixed through the third week of March with several exceptions, notably in the Midwest, as the broader oil market wrestles with both lost supply and demand globally. A resolution to the current uncertainty is not expected in the near-term, which will keep the markets on edge

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Stock Up On Sweeteners

Merisant Co., the manufacturer of Equal, is introducing the Equal Smart Pack, which contains all three leading zero-calorie sweetener categories in one box: Equal Classic Blue (250 count), new Equal Yellow (500 count) and new Equal Pink (250 count). The Equal Smart Pack was created to meet all the zero-calorie sweetener needs of foodservice operators

Emphasizing Category Management

 By: John Lofstock, Editor. Convenience Store Decisions‘ annual Category Management Outlook issue is routinely one of my favorite issues of the year because it gives the CSD staff an opportunity not only to analyze the industry’s performance over the past 12 months, but to forecast the sales trends retailers can expect to see over the

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Sunoco Wins 2011 Energy Star Award

Sunoco works hard to conserve energy by selecting better materials and improving how it operates, says Sunoco CEO. Sunoco Inc. has received the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its continued efforts to protect the environment through energy efficiency. The 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award recognizes

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Giant Eagle Receives ADA Chairman’s Citation Award

“It gives me great pride to recognize Giant Eagle for their support of our STOP DIABETES Movement and the support they provide to the Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Columbus markets,” says ADA CEO. Giant Eagle, a food and fuel retailer, has received the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) prestigious Chairman’s Citation Award. Giant Eagle is the second

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Healthful Dairy Options Help Slow Market

The International Dairy·Deli·Bakery Association’s What’s In Store 2011 assesses dairy trends. An expanding array of good-for-you products is pulling health-conscious customers into the dairy department, according to What’s In Store 2011, the new report from the International Dairy·Deli·Bakery Association. The IDDBA’s 25th anniversary report finds that fortified, fiber-rich, fat-specific, and organic options line dairy coolers

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