seed with envy

Zotes prides itself on finding newways to impress taste buds andhas a full-flavor lineup of sunflowerseeds, including Bleu Cheese, TequilaLime,, Spicy Nacho and many more.The product comes in 5-oz. resealablejars with convenient flip-top lids, with anSRP of $1.79 to $1.99. Grow the categorywithout cannibalizing it with more bagged seeds. POS isavailable for all types of

growth on tap at gulf

As part of a fuel reimaging campaign, the oil company is launching the new Gulf Express convenience store brand. Gulf Oil, the venerable New England fuel brand, is midway through a major branding campaign that will seethe oil company convert 11 Exxon travel plazas along theMassachusetts Turnpike. But what is most significant aboutthe Turnpike deal

csd honors three with ncsag scholarships

College tuition can be abig financial burden, but Convenience Store Decisions is committed to offsetting thatburden for its National Convenience StoreAdvisory Group (NCSAG) members. The NCSAG Scholarship Fund-created for employees or children of employees that are members of the group-recently awarded three separate $1,000 grants to three worthy students. The scholarships are awarded annually and

tootsie roll

Tootsie Roll Industries just sweetened the pot for consumers on sugarrestricteddiets with the unveiling of new Sugar-Free Tootsie RollMidgees! This chewy, chocolatey treat, sweetened with Splenda, offers the same great taste and texture as the original, without any of thesugar. It’s the perfect indulgence for diabetics or anyone limiting theirsugar intake. With the focus on

couchetard named convenience store decisions chain of the year

Under CEO Alain Bouchard, the marketer has built an extensive c-store network in the U.S. and Canada. In a year where several top convenience store companies distinguishedthemselves with new store prototypes,increased sales and strong financialportfolios, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.stood out from the crowd by cementing itsposition as a dominant marketer in the U.S.and Canada. As a

starbucking the system

Convenience concepts are spreading to coffee houses, supermarkets and even drug stores, and retailers have every reason to be concerned. It’s no secret that c-stores have“borrowed” ideas from outside channels.Thanks to Starbucks, c-storeoperators learned that customerswould pay $4 for a cup of coffee as long asit was a high-end brew. So it should comeas no

special attention

Perfetti Van Melle will launch a ground-breaking promotion withDC Comics with a specially created comic that features Supermanand the Airheads

shultz is manning rutters stores

The York, Pa-basedcompany replaced the vice president position with a director of human resources.Schultz will be responsible for overseeing theentire human resources department, including employee benefits, policies and payroll.She will also oversee hiring new employeesfor rutter’s 51 convenience stores in centralPennsylvania. Potential hires can apply forretail positions at any store or through thecompany Web site.

tulsa gas up to 80 a barrel

Hurricane Humberto affects Texas refineries and Midwest supplies. Thanks to Hurricane Humberto’s jot through Texas, oil prices finished above $80 a barrel for the first time, reported Tulsa World. On Wednesday, the Energy Department reported declines in inventories and refinery activity with the price ending at $79.91. On Thursday, the October contract for light, sweet

speedy treats

Put an exciting spin on kids mealcombinations with the M&M’s-brandedNASCAR kids’ meal carrier, inspired bythe fastest-growing spectator sport inAmerica. With the power of the M&M’sbrand plus a tasty menu offerings, thisfun and brightly colored interactivepiece can drive the sale of an entiremeal while increasing traffic andkeeping families racing back for more. For More Information from

growing with the business

As Alan Drake grew up in central Colorado, he found himself working for a local convenience store through high school. At the time, Kwik Stop had just one store operating out of its headquarters in Penrose,Colo. Drake learned the business from the ground up—stocking shelves, sweeping parking lots and putting a smile on customers’ faces.

quiktrip puts out the lights for minors

New store policy prevents anyone under 18 from purchasing lighters or matches. Cigarettes aren’t the only product requiring proof of age at QuikTrip stores these days. In response to a campaign by firefighters in Johnson County, Kan., to prevent children from playing with fire, the chain has changed its policy and now requires customers to

quite corny

Brakebrush Brothers has added yet another fun and yummy product to itsalready successful line of Kids Klassics chicken: Mini Chik’N Corn Dogs. Thenew corn dogs are a novel breast-meat chicken nugget with a dip-ableshape and kid-friendly, fritter-style sweet cornmeal coating. The productis fried in 100% non-hydrogenated soybean oil until it’s a golden brown.Perfect for snacks,

sunoco goes twowheelin with nascar and occ

New promotion offers customers a chance at a custom OCC chopper. Sunoco is working with Orange County Choppers (OCC) to bring NASCAR fans an opportunity to win a customized OCC chopperjust like the ones top drivers—Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and Tony Stewart—customized earlier this summer. The Sunoco/OCC Custom Chopper Giveaway involves full

cstore ceos rally in washington

Lobbyists hope to turn senate against potential FDA regulation of tobacco. CEOs from five convenience chains recently joined together to meet with Republican Sen. John Cornyn, asking him to reconsider a proposed bill that could allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco, a move retailers feel could lead to the federal

change a plenty at rutters

The chain promotes two, adds a new member and welcomes back another. Rutter’s Farm Stores has made changes to its senior management staff, including the promotions of two long-time company executives, the return of another one and a new addition. Jeffrey Leedy, former vice-president of marketing, has been promoted to the newly created position of

more problems for ameristop

Gilligan Oil pulls out of proposed acquisition. Gilligan Oil Co. has made a statement that it is no longer under contract in regards to a proposed acquisition of the Northern Kentucky-based Ameristop convenience store chain. Pat Gilligan, the company’s CEO, made the announcement after Petro Acquisitions Inc.—Ameristops’s parent company—fell into receivership earlier this week. Gilligan

branding benefits

Proprietary packaging can push profits. By Julie Crawshaw, Contributing Editor A study conducted by the Wharton School of Researchfound that nearly 70% of all purchase decisions are made atthe point of sale, where packaging is the primary spokespersonfor the product. Using this knowledge to full advantage in your c-store’s foodservice segment calls for developing packaging

chevron extends collectible line

“Victor E Van” customized for Arizona State University. Chevron Products Co. has released Victor E. Van, the newest addition to its Chevron Cars family, customized for Arizona State University (ASU). Victor E. Van comes in ASU maroon and gold, features eyes that move, doors that open, side-view mirrors, and stickers with the ASU logo. Vans

blockbusters keyes adds cstore alumni

CEO hires on two former 7-Eleven executives to round out management team. Blockbuster Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer Nick Shepherd has revealed that he will be leaving the company at the end of September, and two former 7-Eleven Inc. executives are coming on board. Blockbuster Chairman and CEO Jim Keyes will be bringing on old 7-Eleven

ameristop assigned a receiver

Third-party called in for ongoing lawsuits. A judge this morning appointed a third-party receiver to handle Ameristop’s affairs after Cincinnati-based venture capital fund suing the convenience-store chain for failure to pay in a stock deal asked for the move. Ameristop has recently been making headlines for running out of gasoline supply as well as Coca-Cola

sheetz grows in ohio

New store plans to test food ordering at the pump. Ohio is preparing to open its 25th Sheetz store, this one located in South Zanesville. While the site is still covered with a tarp of dirt and the steel frame of the building is only just begingin to form a skeleton, the store is on

bp selloff continues

Company puts 34 sites in Ohio up for auction. BP has retained NRC Realty Advisors, LLC (NRC) to coordinate the sale of 34 sites located throughout Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio marketing areas. Of the 34 sites, 17 are BP-branded gasoline stations of which two are closed and can also be offered for redevelopment for

cumberland farms helps local students

Believe and Achieve program enters its second year. Cumberland Farms has revealed that the second year of its Believe and Achieve Scholarship will begin Oct. 1. The program provides individual $1,000 scholarships to eligible graduating high school seniors living in the company’s service areas. The Believe and Achieve Scholarship program is open to students who

7eleven sticks with andretti green racing

7-Eleven Inc. has extended its sponsorship with Andretti Green Racing (AGR) and keep IndyCar Series racer Tony Kanaan in the Team 7-Eleven driver’s seat. The 7-Eleven/Andretti Green sponsorship enters its sixth year in 2008. “Tony has been a winner for 7-Eleven, both on and off the track,” said Kevin Elliott, 7-Eleven senior vice president of

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