optimizing everything

Fifteen years ago, a young physicist named KenOuimet saw a strong correlation between the behaviorsof consumers and atoms. The analogy led him to developsoftware based on mathematics developed in theoretical physics that forecasts human buying behavior and incorporatesnew evidence in real time to update the forecast. Thus was priceoptimization software (POS) born. Today, Ouimet’s software

decadent delights

Turtle Mountain announced three new delicious flavors for celebratingsummer fun: Coconut Craze, Pomegranate Chip and So Very Strawberry. Thethree flavors are the newest addition to Turtle Mountain's signature PurelyDecadent Dairy Free Pints line. Each scrumptious flavor only contains 65% ofthe calories of comparable, super-premium dairy-based ice cream. They arealso cholesterol free, certified Vegan and madewith

sweet treats sweeter

Drive incremental cookie sales with new Otis Spunkmeyer Warm Wishespackaging. Consumers will pay more for cookies wrapped in convenienttake-home gift packaging—every case of cooking packaging translates to 600 additional cookies sold in your location. Otis Spunkmeyer offersfive uniquely shaped sizes to use when packaging your cookies. Use Warm Wishes packaging to capitalize on holiday gift-giving,

competitive watch

Gas continues to fuel hypermart growth. An interesting study wasrecently published by researchers in the Department ofEconomics at the Universityof Arizona that details the impact HomeDepot’s entry into the fuel business had onthe Nashville, Tenn., market. The study found that hypermarts “do,in fact, place statistically significant andeconomically significant downward pressure on the prices of nearby

elevated jerky

TrailSteaks PremiumJerkey Co. is raising the barin the meat snack industry by introducing a new andimproved product. Using onlythe finest cuts of beef, turkey,buffalo, elk and venison,TrailSteaks has created 45 varieties of premium and gourmet products.These delectable meat snacks are marketed in multiple package sizes. Eachpackage contains pieces of flavorful, succulent steak, not the average

tasty treats

McKee Foods gives a new way to enjoy muffins when you’re on the go withLittle Debbie Snack Muffins in Banana Nut and Blueberry varieties. These twinwrapped muffins are made with real fruit and deliver great taste in a formatthat is perfect for today’s busy lifestyles. They are sold in single-serve packscontaining two servings in each

retailing for the future

Independent conveniencestore and gas station operator VERC Enterprises named DaveProler to the position of districtmanager, covering six of the company'slocations from Berlin, Mass. to Nashua,N.H. Proler has two years experiencefrom Greenfield, Mass.-based SandriSunoco Fuels, where he learned valuable skills as a district manager thatwould benefit him greatly in his newposition with VERC. Prior to entering

enhanced juices

Minute Maid announced a new line of 100% orange juice products withhealth benefits from added nutrients and functional ingredients. The MinuteMaid Enhanced Juice line includes new Minute Maid Multi-Vitamin andMinute Maid Active—as well as new packaging for the popular Minute MaidHeart Wise variety. Responding to the needs of the health-conscious shopper,Minute Maid Enhanced Juice line

truthful taste

Honest Tea is expanding its line withthe addition of Pomegranate White Tea with Acai. Three antioxidantrich ingredients—pomegranates,white tea and the acai berry—arecombined with less than threeteaspoons of organic cane sugarto create a delicately flavored teaperfect for the tea-lover as wellthe health-conscious consumer. Aserving of Pomegranate White Teawith Acai is 35 calories per 8 oz.serving—about half

educating the industry

If there is one thing that can be said aboutConvenience Store Decisions' 2007 FoodserviceShow it's that a great time was had by all. The educational sessions, which featured David Bishop, ofWillard Bishop; Marsha Robbins, of HAACPlus.com;John Matthews, of Gray Cat Enterprises; and MelKleiman, of Humetrics Inc., touched on many of the keypoints retailers needed to

flavor sensation

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. introduces an all new line of premium moist smokeless tobacco (MST) products designed to make the company's core brand, Copenhagen, more approachable for adult smokers. Available at retail beginning September 17, the new Cope line will feature smooth, natural tobacco tastes in three long cut varieties: Smooth Hickory, Whiskey Blend Flavor

warmer wishes

Hatco recently announced the rollout of its latest Mini-MerchandisingWarmer, the Model UGMW-1. The unit is designed to maximize valuablecounter space with durable performance and an attractive product display.The food product's optimal taste and temperature are preserved via ceramictop heat and a hard-coated, heated base. Incandescent lighting heightensthe visual appeal to customers, creating more impulse sales.

exxonmobil nice n easy honored with best in class foodservice awards

“The majority of ‘new’ ideas are simply new interpretations of old ideas,” said Louie Sheetz, vicepresident of marketing for Sheetz Inc. “Over thelast 30 years, we’ve taken advantage of opportunities like this Foodservice Show and NACS to learn from others. Alot of success in this industry is capturing an idea you’ve seen andchanging it to

fry time

MTI is proud to introduce the Autofry Model MTI10XL, the highest output ventless single basket fryeron the market today. The new model offers threelevels of power, topping off at an impressive 8.4KWof frying power. As with all Autofry models, the MTI10XL is ventless, fully-enclosed and automated. For More Information fromMTI 800-348-2976 www.autofry.com

overheard at the foodservice conference

CSD’S 2007 FooDService Showprovided outstanding educationalseminars and tradeshow exhibits forhundreds of retailers and suppliersstarving for news and information in one ofthe industry’s most profitable in-store categories. But what’s a good tradeshow withouta ton of great networking opportunities tolearn about the men and women that makethis industry run so smoothly. Here’s a sampling of the insider

sinclair oil buys five severson stores

Company intends to retain all employees for newly acquired sites. Winona, Minn.-based Severson Oil Co. plans to sell five convenience stores in Lake City, Winona and Rochester, Minn. to Sinclair Oil Corp, according to the Winona (Minn.) Daily News. The company will continue to operate its La Crosse, Wis., station and continue retailing under the

satisfying summer shoppers

The inFlux oF summer tourism isa boon for many c-store operators.That’s why adjusting merchandiseto meet vacationers’ last minute needs has proved to be a winning strategy. One area that has proved to be especially profitable is health and beauty care(HBC). Retailers report that while categorysales typically hold its own for the first partof the year,

smoker friendly growing store count

Acquisition from S.R. Flaks includes 13 stores in Colorado. The Cigarette Store Corp. dba Smoker Friendly/Gasamat, a regional tobacco and gasoline retailer out of Boulder, Colo. and the largest shareholder and operating partner of Smoker Friendly Int., has acquired 13 Smoker Friendly stores in southern Colorado from the S. R. Flaks Co. These stores–in addition

7eleven expands javo contract

Company stretches iced coffee offering into new markets. 7-Eleven Inc. has signed a three-year agreement with Javo Beverage Co. to supply premium coffee beverages, particularly iced coffee beverages. Until now, the program has been available at approximately 500 7-Eleven stores in the Northeast. The companies announced that the beverage program will be next available at

osha fines bp 92000

Oil giant faces serious violations tying into 2005 refinery accident. BP Products North America has been fined $92,000 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for one willful and four serious safety violations found during monitoring it conduct at the company’s Texas City plant following a deadly 2005 blast. OSHA cited BP for

ds expands its service

Company stretches its reach into the West Coast. D&S Car Wash Equipment Co. a provider of automatic and self-service carwash systems, has recently expanded their distribution network with the addition of new distributors in Oregon, California, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Kentucky and West Virginia. New distributors in the Western States include Jones Car Wash

smokeless tobacco webcast agenda set

Kit Dietz, Dan Moir and John Kelly to highlight July 26 online roundtable. Convenience Store Decisions’ Online Roundtable series continues Thursday, July 26 at 2 p.m., when it presents “Smokeless Tobacco: Significant Growth Opportunity for Convenience Retailers.” Registration for the Webcast, sponsored by United States Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USST) is free. Click here or visit

marathon spreads into biofuel

Two new blended fuel offerings available in Illinois. Marathon Oil Corp. has completed projects adding biodiesel-blended fuel at its Robinson and Champaign, Ill. terminals. “Marathon is proud to announce that two more locations have been expanded to offer biodiesel storage and distribution,” said Mary Ellen Peters, Marathon’s senior vice president, marketing. “Similar to our existing

iri insight across the convenience channel

IRI AllScan Provides Granular Level Insights for All Product Categories To more effectively analyze and understand sales and brand performance across the c-store industry, Information Resources Inc. (IRI) has released its new AllScan Convenience Store Tracking service, the only service in the industry that provides comprehensive scanner-based point-of-sale (POS) data across the entire convenience channel.

exxonmobil and shell testify at hot fuel hearings

Companies under heat for backing different regulations in different countries. Only July 25, senior executives from ExxonMobil and Shell will testify at a Domestic Policy Subcommittee hearing on “hot fuels” and what appears to be a double standard in the way they measure gasoline. Hot fuel as been a controversial subject in the energy industry

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