Quick Chek Debuts New Coffees

Starting Monday, June 14, Quick Chek is offering its customers three new coffee varieties to jump start their mornings: Coffee House Dark Roast, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Blueberry Muffin.  Coffee House Dark Roast, a new signature Quick Chek coffee variety, is a blend of four well-balanced coffees from Central and South America.  Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, a new

Starbucks Flavored Coffee Reaches Supermarkets

Starbucks Corp. flavored coffee is headed to U.S. grocery stores this June, BusinessWeek reported. Customers will have the chance to buy vanilla, caramel and cinnamon flavored varieties from Starbuck’s new Natural Fusions line to brew at home. The 11-ounce packages will be available for a suggested retail price of $8.99. About 60% of Starbucks customers

Breakfast Battle Brewing

Bundling with Bakery Rick Lawlor, vice president of retail sales and marketing for Hess Corp., said his company began growing breakfast sales when it added an old favorite for customers who want a sweet with their coffee: doughnuts. “There are a number of ways we’ve been growing our breakfast business, the most significant being our

Coffee Connoisseur Alert

Following the 2010 introductions of Sumatra Mandheling and Nicaraguan Matagalpa coffees respectively, Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 locations in New Jersey and southern New York, continues its single origin coffee world tour Monday, April 19, with the debut of Costa Rican Tarrazu. A light bodied coffee known for its tangy flavor, enticing aroma

The Sky’s the Limit

Making your mark in the convenience store industry requires hard work, dedication, great people and outstanding service. Throw in three generations of family-owned leadership and a firm commitment to quality and value, and you’ll understand why High’s of Baltimore Inc. is among one of the most revered operators in its markets. “Our brand has been

Mac’s Convenience Stores To Add Seattle’s Best At 600 More Locations

Mac’s Convenience Stores, a subsidiary of  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., and Seattle’s Best Coffee LLC, part of Starbucks Corporation, have entered an agreement for Mac’s to exclusively brew Seattle’s Best Coffee in Ontario in the convenience store channel. This agreement expands the more than 14-year relationship between the brands and leverages each company’s world-class capabilities with

C-stores, Starbuck’s Most Affected By Ongoing Coffee War

As the coffee war continues between QSRs, coffee franchises and c-stores may be feeling the pinch more than the local Dunkin’ Donuts, Reuters reported. Although McDonald’s has tried to undercut competitors on price, Dunkin’s market share in coffee is steady and growing, Mark Nunnelly, managing director at Bain Capital, said at the Reuters Private Equity

Capitalizing on Coffee

Opportunity for Growth 54% of the overall adult population drank coffee beverages daily in 2009. Coffee preparation at home is up five percentage points, with 83% of past-day coffee drinkers reporting that they made coffee at home the day before. 80% of coffee drinkers are doing nothing different despite the economic downturn. 17% are visiting

Open Pantry Launches Rainforest Alliance Coffee Campaign

Open Pantry has successfully launched its Rainforest Alliance coffee campaign, with help from GSP Marketing Technologies (GSP), a leader in strategic marketing at the point of purchase. The campaign promotes the new coffee blend that is farmed without harming the rainforests by leveraging a unique in-store experience developed by GSP. As Open Pantry, which operates

Quick Chek Introduces Third Annual Devils Night Out Sweepstakes

Celebrating its third year as the official coffee of the New Jersey Devils, Quick Chek, the family-operated premier chain of more than 120 food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, announces its Devils Night Out Sweepstakes is back by popular demand. Beginning Monday, Feb. 22, customers will be able to submit an

The Coffee Cup Hotel

C-stores are known for providing a myriad of services, but could your stores house customers for the night if the weather turned bad? Coffee Cup Fuel Stops, which operates eight 24-hour locations in the Dakotas and Wyoming, is no stranger to hosting overnight guests at its Summit, S.D. location, where winter storms have been known

Kum & Go Names New Advertising Agency of Record

Kum & Go has named Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW) as the company’s advertising agency of record. Starting January 2010, CJRW will aid in the strategic development of Kum & Go marketing initiatives and will execute materials ranging from in-store signage to broadcast advertising for Kum & Go and its portfolio of proprietary products. This

Quick Chek Introduces Sumatra Mandheling

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and Southern New York, is announcing the availability of Sumatra Mandheling, a smooth, dark and full-bodied coffee which features a subtly complex mocha flavor. Quick Chek’s new single origin coffee – coffee known for coming from one specific geographical region where

Quick Chek Debuts New Fresh Food Options

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 stores throughout New Jersey and southern New York, is starting the year off by enticing its customers with a number of new fresh food offerings. New for breakfast, the chain is offering an egg white turkey sausage omelet on a multigrain roll, targeting those looking for a healthy

Friendly Service Station Inc. Opens New Location

A new gas station in Wilton, Conn., is attracting customers with “fair and reasonable prices,” from its coffee bar to the gas pumps, the Wilton Bulletin reported. Trumbull, Conn.-based Friendly Service Station Inc., is the parent company of the new Citgo station and c-store on 386 Danbury Road. The store opened its doors on Dec.

Investing in a Foodservice Future

At first look, boosting business with breakfast sales may seem like a strange idea in these tough economic times as today’s high unemployment means fewer workers stopping for breakfast en route to work. The fact that teenagers and men between the ages of 18-35, who are some of the c-store industry’s most frequent visitors, have

Innovation a Hallmark at Sheetz

In 1952, Bob Sheetz purchased an Altoona, Pa., dairy store, one of five retail operations owned by his father. His second store opened its doors in 1963 and the third opened five years later. By 1969, Bob’s brother Steve was serving as general manager, and the pair decided to open one store each year through

Make Coffee More Profitable

Tips for Preparing the Perfect Cup • Always use fresh, filtered water. • Always use fresh, whole bean coffee. Coffee is perishable: use within two weeks of roast date. • Store coffee beans in an air-tight container away from heat, light and moisture. No freezer or refrigerator. • Grind just before brewing—a timer will help

Names to Remember

August is always one of my favorite issues of the year. It’s the month we get to profile convenience store “Chains to Watch” for the next 12 months. This year we’ve focused in on two outstanding chains, Stripes, a division of Susser Holdings in Corpus Christi, Texas, and EZ Energy, a rapidly growing operator based

7-Eleven Rolls Out Iced Coffee Program

7-Eleven Inc. today introduced its version of iced coffee with a new marketing campaign that references cup sizes, cheap dates and love at first sight. Available in French Vanilla and Mocha flavors, the new iced beverage met with such enthusiasm in pilot programs earlier this year that the company believed there would be great demand

The Coffee Battle Brews

Convenience store operators need to focus on meeting consumer demand for a quality cup of coffee as McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks and Caribou all announced plans to step up their brew programs to reel in consumers during a tough economy. About 54% of the adult population in the U.S. classify themselves as coffee consumers, according

Competition Heats Up for Coffee

Did You Know? Data released by the National Coffee Association shows the market penetration for coffee has surpassed that of soft drinks, reversing a 20-year pattern. Fifty-seven percent of American adults drink coffee daily versus 51% for soft drinks. Coffee drinking among 18-24 year-olds also jumped 6%, the fourth year in a row for such

Foodservice Boosts Retail Growth

Not doing foodservice? Then you better start thinking about it. That was the key message from a host of retailers, consultants and foodservice experts as CSD presented its 2009 Foodservice Webcast Series. In fact, just having food items is hardly enough. Chains need to invest in specialty fare and ethnic cuisines in order to differentiate

Java Jolts Beverage Sales

According to a recent study from the National Coffee Association, more coffee-drinkers than ever before say their favorite brew improves mental focus and provides health benefits. Not surprisingly, consumption of coffee now surpasses that of soft drinks—and while the gap is still narrow, daily consumption of coffee is pointing directionally higher. Young adults are the

Meeting the Growing Foodservice Demand

This is what happens: Dad breaks to one side of the store to choose a sandwich from the Hot Spot, which he complements with a cup of hot coffee and a bag of chips.   Mom heads for the cappuccino dispenser, then works her way to a fresh salad kept cool in a temperature-controlled center-island

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