circle k launches line of proprietary energy drinks

Developed in conjunction with BooKoo Energy, beverages will be available in three flavors. Circle K Southeast, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is launching the company’s first wholly owned, proprietary energy beverage, GazZu. According to Circle K officials, GazZu was developed to respond to the worldwide energy drink boom and lack of drinks that appeal to

dispense with formalities

FBD (Frozen Beverage Dispensers) delivers extreme capacity and options.The 560 series, built on a platform featuring the Scroll compressor, deliversoptimal capacity as its recovery time is one of the fastest in the industry.Whether it be the after-school rush or the post-little league blitz, FBD’sDispensers give operators the capacity they need, when they need it. FBD’s564

white gold

Last month, CSD offered astory about Fast Phil’s, a retailerin North Carolina that consistentlygoes head-to-head with supermarkets on its bread, milk and egg prices. The12-store chain still maintains its price war,but with the recent rise in milk prices, it’shaving a tough time of it. “We are still trying to keep our prices aslow as possible.

7eleven brings forth the wine

New proprietary brand enters into stores. 7-Eleven is adding to its proprietary wine segment with the new Sonoma Crest Cellars, a proprietary brand of premium wine to compliment the existing Thousand Oaks wine brand Sonoma Crest Cellars is produced by the Sonoma, Calif.-based Popcorn Wine Group and is available in chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon

hoshizaki kms1230mlh

Hoshizaki America announces the manufacturing of the new Serenity Series Cuber Ice Machine, KMS-1230MLH. The KMS-1230MLH Crescent Cube Ice Machine is 75% quieter than traditional remote units. Serenity’s space saving design makes for an ideal installation on top of a beverage dispenser and the quality of ice will dispense easily in this application. The KMS-1230MLH

sheetz back in the beer business

Chain stocks coolers with adult beverages until final ruling has been made. Sheetz is once again unlocking its beer coolers to the public…for now. The chain has once again begun selling beer, six months after its original attempt into the segment was halted by the state. Sales started at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the 17th

jennys markets energized at the cold vault

Eclipse Retail Management, operator of 35 Jenny’s Market convenience stores in Colorado, has launched an energy drink promotion with DC Brands International. With shelf space at a premium, DC Brands enacted a unique promotion to help convenience store owners while introducing Turn Left Energy Drink to its target market. The convenience store promotion revolves around

supreme court to hear sheetz argument

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear a case on whether convenience and grocery stores can sell beer without also allowing customers to drink in the store. The issue arose in February when a Commonwealth Court ruled 4-3 that Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz could sell take-out beer only if patrons could also drink the beer at the

adult energy drinks come under fire

Adult Energy Drinks Come Under Fire Thirty states are accusing beer companies of targeting young consumers with new drinks mixing alcohol and caffeine. These alcoholic energy drinks are raising concerns that caffeine masks the intoxicating effect of alcohol. Consumers “may falsely believe that they can continue to drink and function without impairment, even behind the

convenience store decisions power 25

by John Lofstock, Editor Convenience Store Decisions’ Power 25  recognizes industry pioneers, association executives and lawmakers that shape the way the convenience store industry operates. These influential business leaders are being selected for the lasting contributions they have made to the convenience channel and the impact their influence has on shaping the future of convenience

chicago considers bottled water tax

Chicago is evaluating a tax of 10 to 25 cents on the cost of every bottle of water sold in the state, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Currently, Chicago citizens are preparing for post-election tax increases to close a $217 million budget gap, but that hasn’t stopped the city from evaluating the added money bottled

dunkin in packaging deal

Distribution deal with P&G makes the coffee available at chains like Wal-Mart, Kroger and CVS. As part of a branding strategy that was successful for Starbucks, packaged Dunkin’ Donuts coffee will be sold by the likes of Wal-Mart, Kroger and CVS in a bid to get customers to brew the brand at home. Procter &

macs pulls controversial ad

New marketing aimed at 16-year-olds causes public outcry. Mac’s is in trouble once again for offending the general public with promotions centered on its frozen carbonated beverages. This time, the trouble comes from 19 videos produced and posted by the store on the Internet. One of the most controversial of the videos feature to scantily

7eleven recognizes miller brewing with retailer initiative award

7-Eleven Inc. will present Miller Brewing Co. its 2006 Retailer Initiative Award on Aug. 30 in Dallas. This annual honor recognizes top suppliers/partners that excel at assisting 7-Eleven in meeting its customers’ changing needs through team merchandising, demand-chain solutions, cost of goods and category management and creativity in advertising and promotional programs. Miller Brewing was

kroger to certify dairy purity

Company to complete transition to rBST-free milk by early 2008. The Kroger Co. said it would complete the transition of milk it processes and sells in its convenience stores and supermarkets to a certified rBST-free supply by February 2008. The Company said its decision was based on customer feedback in the markets it serves. Earlier

alcohol vendors offered sales guide

Anheuser-Busch’s 2007 Drivers License Guide given to convenience stores, supermarkets and bars to help spot fake I.D.’s. A partnership between Schilling Distributing in Lafayette, La. and Anheuser-Busch is helping local bars and grocery stores keep up with changing photo I.D.’s from all 50 states. More than 1,300 copies of a 2007 Drivers License Guide has

beer is americas beverage of choice

Anheuser-Busch’s “Here’s To Beer” campaign toasts adults’ appreciation for beer. The latest Gallup Poll shows that of the 64% of Americans who consume alcohol, beer continues to be their beverage of choice, with 40 percent choosing it over wine and hard liquor. The 2007 consumption poll was reported on Gallup’s Web site. Having maintained its

anheuserbusch releases 2006 environmental health and safety report

Company enhances environmental achievements, improves workplace safety record. In 2006 alone, the nation’s largest brewer generated enough renewable fuel to heat more than 25,000 homes, recycled more than 27 billion cans, cut its employee injury rate by nearly half in the last five years and helped its employees lose 5,000 pounds – an amount equal

rutters introduces 24ounce coffee

Company discontinues low-selling 12-ounce cup. Rutter’s Farm Stores is introducing its biggest coffee yet, a 24-ounce cup that from July 30 to Aug. 26 comes with an introductory price of 99 cents. Rutter’s also will continue to offer 16- and 20-ounce cups but is dropping its 12-ounce cup. “The 12-ounce cup was by far our

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

ab signs deal with icelandic glacial

Anheuser-Busch Inc. is the new master distributor for Icelandic Glacial super-premium natural spring water in the U.S., effective immediately. Anheuser-Busch has taken a 20% equity interest in Icelandic Water Holdings as part of a new agreement. Initial distribution will focus on select markets–including California, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut–with plans to expand nationwide in

larry the cable guy the beer

Small brewer unveils new beverage named after popular comedian. Rednecks rejoice! Larry the Cable Guy, popular comedian and actor, will now be immortalized in beer form with the release of a beer dedicated to his brand of redneck humor. The new beer, called–you guessed it–”Git-R-Done” is the brainchild of independent brewers Schilling Bridge Winery and

prestige coffee acquired

Convenience store distributor has depots in 12 Midwest cities. A large Midwest Culligan water treatment and bottled water dealership is becoming even larger by acquiring Prestige Coffee/Coffee Time, which operates coffee services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Nebraska. With the purchase, Hall’s Culligan Water, which owns and operates 12 Culligan dealerships in five Midwest states,

jim keyes to head blockbuster

Former 7-Eleven CEO replaces John Antioco as chairman and CEO of the entertainment company. Jim Keyes, who guided 7-Eleven through some of its most profitable era, today was named chairman and CEO of Blockbuster Inc. Ironically; he replaces John Antioco, another convenience story industry veteran, who served more than a decade with Tosco Corp. Under

7elevens kwike makeover

A dozen stores rebranded as part of the convenience chain’s month-long celebration leading up to The Simpsons Movie debut. Over the weekend, 7-Eleven Inc. turned a dozen stores into Kwik-E-Marts, the fictional convenience stores of “The Simpsons” fame, in the latest example of marketers making life imitate art. Those stores, in Manhattan, Bladensburg, Md., Orlando,

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