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Kansas C-Stores Inch Closer To Winning The Right To Sell Alcohol

“The passage of SB 54 would set the stage for Kansas to benefit from a free market economy,” says one retailer. Members of the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee in Kansas voted 8 to 1 in support of Senate Bill No. 54, which would update laws regarding the sale of beer, wine and spirits.

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Crafting a Beer Strategy

Microbrew sales are growing at a strong clip, while wine and spirits are also poised for a strong 2011. by: Joe Bush, Contributing Editor The near-term future of wine and craft beer sales in convenience stores involves value, flavor and products geared toward specific ethnic groups. The Brewer Association reports that while overall beer sales

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Dunkin’ Donuts Seeks Franchisees

“(We’re) looking for qualified candidates with foodservice, operations and real estate experience to join our team,” says Dunkin’ Donuts spokesperson. Dunkin’ Donuts aims to increase its franchise locations in the U.S., and this week announced it is looking for franchisees in Green Bay, Wis., and the surrounding areas of La Crosse and Eau Claire. Dunkin’

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7-Eleven Adds BAZI Natural Energy Shots

BAZI Natural Energy Shots, which offer both nutrition through superfruit extracts and an energy boost, debut on c-store shelves. 7-Eleven, starting this March, is adding BAZI Natural Energy Shots to its energy shot lineup. “7-Eleven is our first retailer in the convenience store channel,” said Debbie Wildrick, BAZI’s sales and marketing executive vice president. “Because

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Scotsman Introduces “Luv the Nug”

Campaign connects customers via their love of nugget ice, and helps them locate places that offer Scotsman nugget ice. Ice-chewing fanatics love nugget ice, The Original Chewable Ice invented by Scotsman Ice Systems, and the company is celebrating with a new “Luv the Nug” campaign, a digital community that unites passionate ice chewers everywhere. Found

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Sunoco and Sheetz Introduce Xenergy

Starting in March, energy drink Xenergy is set to appear in 818 corporate and 642 independently-owned Sunoco stores and 320 Sheetz locations. C-store chains Sheetz Inc. and Sunoco Inc. both have opted to add XYIENCE’s Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, to their stores, expanding the brand’s presence on the East Coast. Between

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Thorntons Holds Job Fair

Thorntons is expanding its coffee program and is now filling new positions created by its coffee initiative. Thorntons is launching a new coffee program, company-wide, starting in the Louisville/Southern Indiana Market, and plans to add up to 160 new jobs over the next year to support its new coffee program. Thorntons will be accepting applications

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Dunkin’ Donuts Seeks Franchisees in Chicago

Dunkin’ Donuts expands, offering single and multi-unit opportunities with no minimum unit requirements. Dunkin’ Donuts is expanding in Chicago and seeking new franchise agreements in the city. Most recently, Dunkin’ Donuts signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Sam Patel for two restaurants in Chicago.  The first restaurant opened in December 2010 at the University

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NOCO Express Benefits From Xenergy Promotion

The New York retailer reports more than a 50% increase in Xenergy sales during 2010 promotion. NOCO Express, a convenience store chain with 34 locations in New York, and XYIENCE ended 2010 on a successful note: a 58% increase in sales for Xenergy, XYIENCE’s sugar and calorie-free energy drink brand. The sales spike resulted from

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Kansas Retail Groups Form Coalition

Coalition says common sense reform on the sale of beer, wine and spirits would bring jobs and revenue to Kansas – without raising taxes. A group of Kansas retail businesses and industry organizations have formed the Coalition for Jobs and Consumer Choice (CJCC), a group committed to updating laws on the sale of beer, wine

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Starbucks Debuts Mobile Payments

The Starbucks Card Mobile App now offers customers with BlackBerry smartphones, iPhone and iPod touch the fastest way to pay at nearly 6,800 U.S. company-operated Starbucks stores. Starbucks has announced the launch of mobile payments in all of its U.S. company-operated stores, allowing customers to pay for in-store purchases with select smartphones. Building on the

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Starbucks To Launch 31-Ounce Drinks

Seattle-based Starbucks is rolling out a new drink size called Trenta—the chain’s biggest drink size yet, Reuters reported. At  31 ounces, the Trenta is just seven ounces larger than its Venti cups, which currently are the largest size on the Starbucks menu. The Trenta size is debuting in 14 states, including Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Texas,

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Mountain Mudd Makes Franchise 500 List

Mountain Mudd Espresso drive-thru specialty coffee, a brand of CHS, has been named to Entrepreneur’s 32nd annual Franchise 500 list. The Franchise 500 reflects such factors as financial strength and stability, growth rate, size, number of years in business, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and availability of financing. “We are very honored to be

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Kum & Go Introduces MADE

Kum & Go began selling MADE, a line of organic drinks from Tenaya LLC, this January. “The pioneering spirit of Kum & Go’s founders fits nicely with the MADE brand,” said Charley Snell, Tenaya Founder.  “We are a pioneer as well in introducing people to organic products that are convenient and refreshing.” Founded in 1959, Kum

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Quick Chek Launches iLoveMyCoffee.com

Quick Chek, which operates 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has launched of its iLoveMyCoffee.com interactive microsite. A representation of Quick Chek’s extensive coffee bar offerings and exceptional fresh coffee guarantee, iLoveMyCoffee.com invites users to build-your-own coffee concoction between Jan. 3 and March 20 for a chance to win a

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Anti-Condensate Controller

Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. has announced enhancements to its Control Link Anti-Condensate Controller (ACC), an advanced controller for refrigeration case heaters designed to ensure anti-condensate heaters are activated only when necessary. The Control Link ACC is now equipped to control a larger variety of cases and provide compliance with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous

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Game Day at 7-Eleven

This spring, 7-Eleven rolled out its own private label premium beer called Game Day, which is produced by City Brewing in LaCrosse, Wis. Executives figured that “since brands are weaker at that price segment they can capture the full margin rather than pay a premium to a supplier,” according to Harry Schuhmacher of Beer Business

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Building Beer Sales

Larger, single-serve packages are increasing in popularity as customers are trading  down to save money. While some Americans hit hard by the recession are drinking less but better, others are opting for cheaper brands, while still more are selecting single beers instead of packs and taking a long look at craft beers, which some see

More and more convenience store operators are following Starbucks’ lead and embracing special brews, such as Rainforest Alliance certified beans and unique country blends.

Defend Your Hot Beverage Business

Tips for protecting sales and profits in today’s climate. Intensifying competition for the morning daypart and escalating commodity costs for coffee drinks have forced convenience retailers to make trade-offs between pricing and profits. This is no small issue as hot dispensed beverages are strategically vital to a retailer’s morning business segment and fresh foods program.

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Preparing for the Fountain Wars

McDonald’s is preparing an aggressive summer promotion targeting core c-store customers. Another month, another challenge for convenience store operators. Where is the legendary Charles Atlas when the big bad bully tries to kick sand in our collective faces? As I’m sure you’ve heard by now this summer’s bully is, once again, McDonald’s. The hamburger chain

Targeting Casual Smokers

A new class of products is emerging to satisfy the needs of social tobacco users. So many thoughts that capture my mind are worthy of being written about. Some incite our emotions (like the recent attack on Terry Gallagher of Smoker Friendly who accepted the position as coach of the Boulder High School girls varsity

Working to Make a Difference

An introspective look at life through the fading eyes of a genius. As our 28 year old daughter lay ill in Emory University Hospital, a wonderful second-generation Spanish surgeon knelt down and held my wife’s hands to share words of wisdom he learned from his father. He imparted to us what a great privilege it

Selling Smokes Still Profitable

While foodservice sales are soaring, the tobacco category is still as important as ever. I heard recently that the the profit convenience stores derive from foodservice has overtaken that of tobacco. Now I’m right there with the rest of the industry in joining the deli revolution, but that does not mean that I’m ready to

Maintaining Faith in America

With jobs being transferred overseas and business burdened with new financial challenges, more and more employees are struggling to survive. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a great understanding of the global economy, but there’s a disturbing trend of outsourcing jobs overseas, while at the same time hamstringing American business

Celebrate the Reason for the Season

It makes not one iota of difference whether you believe in Santa or celebrate Christmas to make a difference in someone’s life at this special time of the year. We all recognize that 2009—like no other year in the past 50—has created a genuine and critical need that provides both an opportunity for all of

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