turn up the torque

Point Blank Beverages introduces Torque,alcohol-fueled with caffeine, ginseng, taurine and guarana. Torque has a lemon-lime citrusflavor to it and comes in cases of 24 16-oz. cans. Torque, which has been on the market for more than a year now, is available from 45wholesalers and is sold across the U.S. in 16 states. The product is

tools for buying

DTN announced importantenhancements to DTN Fuel Buyer, a Web-basedapplication that provides instant access to supplierprice messaging from DTN DataConnect. Users can now leverageenhanced analysis tools in DTN Fuel Buyer to add contract prices and special prices based on adifferential off-rack or index prices at multiple terminals, and can createproduct blend recipes for automatic compare. New

sweet surprise

Swisher International introduces the newestaddition to the family—Swisher Sweets GrapeLittle Cigars. This mild, sweet, new little cigaroffers high profits per ring and is bursting with grape taste and aroma. It’s the perfectlittle cigar to sell and for customers to enjoy.Available in 10-pack cartons and displayswith 20 Little Cigars per pack. For More Information fromSwisher International800-874-9720

soup sensations

Knorr Easy Bistro Soups is a new line delivering fresh-tasting,scratch-quality soups with incomparable operational ease. The EasyBistro line is delivered in a shelf-stable pouch format, making it ideal foroperations with limited or no cooler/freezer space. Each pouch yields about60-oz. and can be heated in 11 minutes on the stove-top, boil-in-a-bag,microwave, combi-steamer or steam table. Once

shure thing

Shure Manufacturing Corp.’s Shuresafe Deal Trays are designed as anefficient pass-thru system when installed in a countertop with a wall belowand a glass security window above. Model #670094 has a stationary base with a sliding stainless steel tray and features perfect economical securitysolution for cashier windows or other high-risk areas. Model #670100Stationary Deal Tray comes

mall variety

Coinstar Inc. announced an agreement between Coinstar E-Payment Services Inc. and Charter One for Coinstar to distribute the universal Charter One MasterCard Gift Card through Coinstar gift card malls. Theprogram offers consumers the convenience and flexibility of being able to usethis card at millions of locations where Debit MasterCard is accepted. Thebalanced program allows retailers

keeping in the know

OPW Fuel Management Systems introduces its new Mag Sump Sensor that provides immediate detection of the presence ofhydrocarbons and/or water in a tank sump or dispenser sump. The newsensor uses magnetostrictive technology for accurate detection of liquid incontainment sumps and pans, and has been proven to provide the fastest reaction times in the industry by

fresh breath latches on

Attach/Mints LLC is launching a revolutionary product to solve one of the most common problems experienced by smokers—losing or carrying bulky mint containersin one’s pockets or purse. The attach/Mint is designed specifically to clipperfectly on to the top or bottom of any standard cigarette pack. Attach/Mints potency is strong enough to eliminate the odor of

dispensing deals

To help merchandise and promote fountainbeverages, Modular Dispensing Systems offers a "Custom Decal/Cup Dispenser Program." This program includes custom decals and one modularcup dispenser per decal with all mounting hardware included. Modular's Simpli-Flex cup dispensers areself-adjusting, accurate dispensers for paper, plastic and foam cups to 64-oz. The Simpli-Flex gasket isdesigned to seal the cup from

choice cuts

Jack Link's Beef Jerky beefs up its product offerings with the introduction of six innovative new snack items—two A.1. Steak Sauce-branded meat snacks and an entirely new deli-style product line. New mouth-watering varieties include: A.1. Steak Sauce Beef Jerky and Beef Steak Nuggets, Deli Cuts Sausage Bitesand Sticks in Original and Pepperoni. The Steak Sauce

butcherwrapped

Ruiz Foods introduces a fifth flavor to its El Monterey Butcher WrappedBurrito line—Chorizo, Egg and Cheese. The 8-oz. El Monterey Butcher Wrapped Chorizo, Egg and Cheese Burrito is the third in the A.M. line and offers a more traditional Mexican favorite to the dashboard diner. The burritos are made with tortillas fresh from the Ruiz

blockandtackle

Marlin Larson: Convenience Management Group dba On the Run When Marlin larson started his education,he thought he would teach kids a thing or twoin the classroom or coaching a team. The former has come true for some of his employees at Convenience Management Group’s (CMG) nine ExxonMobil Onthe Run stores, but it’s the lessons Larson

proprietary perserverance

Retailers are creating a buzz with new foodservice concepts— with some help from vendors and suppliers. There’s more than one wayto skin a cat, just like there’smore than one way to run a convenience foodservice program.Some retailers don’t know where to start,so they team up with branded conceptsthat lay everything out for them. Othersknow what

the other tobacco product

Boosted by new flavors and additional varieties, cigars continue strong incremental sales growth. While tobacco has long been a backbonefor the industry, pulling millions in individualunit sales as well as boosting the profit from theaverage smoker’s market basket, it has not come without its problems. Consistent tax increases and society’s dour view on cigarette smoking

infinite possibilities

With a short life, big margins and a susceptibility to promotions, lighters can illuminate sales with the right variety and display. Lighters were once a ways toa mean—to light up a cigarette,ignite a candle or fire up a birthday cake—but they’ve evolved into a form of self-expression. David Dill,vice president of sales and marketing forJacksonville,

upgrading the kitchen

The type of equipment and its efficiencies play a major part in the success of a foodservice offering. Forget that crusty, old buttered roll grandpa picked up atthe corner store to complementhis morning coffee back in the day.Forget about those tiny bags of pretzelsor chips that used to suffice as a “meal onthe go” during

customer focused

Stop-N-Go Stores executes unparalleled customer service because it never loses sight of its most important asset: its people. Stop-N-Go Stores has been a convenience beacon in Medina, ohio foralmost half a century, but the 10-store chain has become a force to be reckoned with ever since Becky Shotwell took over theoperation from her parents, Ruth

changing fuel products impact fuel decisions

While market swings of a few cents may have little impact on inventory replacement, the industry has become accustomed to larger and more frequent price movements. Cathy Duncan, Senior Product Manager, DTN Refined Fuels Just a few short years ago, therewere a handful of petroleum products sold in retail outlets across thecountry. Fast forward to

food for thought

Patience doesn't come easy, but it can haveits rewards. Nowhere is that more evident thanby observing the foodservice programs at Exxon Mobil Corp. and Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. Bothchains have refined their food segments over severalyears to come up with the right menu to meet the needsof core customers, and that's why Convenience StoreDecisions

711s new marketing man

7-Eleven Inc. is embarking on anew marketing vision by naming DougFoster its first chief marketing officer (CMO). Promoted from his mostrecent position as 7-Eleven's vice presidentof marketing, Foster brings more than 13years of professional advertising experienceto the new role, as well as an acute understanding of the 7-Eleven family culture. Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven's president andCEO,

bp refocuses its customer commitment

It has been said time and again that youcan’t put a price on having an outstanding imageand offering great service. For BP, however, thatprice is $36 million–that’s what the oil supermajor is investing in a long-term advertising campaignto reach out to convenience store and petroleum customers with giveaways, in-store promotions and topromote its emphasis on

innovation driving adult beverages

Summer is quiCkly approaChing, bringing withit relaxed nights on the porch, trips to the beach andweather hotter than the grill at a Fourth of July barbeque.To complement their fun in the sun, customers want to wrap their hands around a couple of cold ones, and they will becounting on their local convenience store to satisfy

a picture is worth 1000 reward

JAIL magazine is not only full of local criminal mug shots, it’s also flying off the shelves of the c-stores that sell it. Forget those glamour shots andfamily portraits that cause people tospend hours primping their hair andmake-up. A new school of photography has taken the top spot on the popularitypedestal: mug shots. That’s right—thoseunkempt

susser reports first quarter earnings

Busy year brings growth to c-store owner. Susser Holdings Corp., the Corpus Christi-based convenience store and gasoline distribution giant that operates Stripes stores, reported an 8.8% increase in merchandise sales and an increase in revenue for the first quarter. On Wednesday, the company reported a first-quarter net loss of $2.4 million, a 39% improvement from

new digs for 7eleven

New store in Downtown Dallas opens with a bang. 7-Eleven is kicking off the grand opening of its new store off of Routh St. in Downtown Dallas with a party celebrating its new store and corporate offices. The new store and offices represent a new opportunity for the chain to become acclimated with its home

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