key sheetz salmonella case settled

Chain again praised for the way it handled the outbreak; its suit against tomato supplier Coronet is still pending. A key lawsuit filed against Sheetz convenience stores over salmonella-tainted tomatoes was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. The suit was brought by Altoona resident Max Christian Anslinger, one of more than 400 people

hyvee launches sandwich venture

Maid-Rite opens shop in one of its Omaha convenience stores. Loose-meat sandwich seller Maid-Rite Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in a Hy-Vee Inc. convenience store in Omaha, Neb., this week and said it has plans to open at least four others in Iowa and Missouri. The convenience store shops will be about 900 square

noble romans plans big 2008

Growth initiatives include development in c-stores and other non-traditional locations. Indianapolis-based Noble Roman’s, Inc. announced a number of management’s initiatives for 2008 designed to sustain the company’s growth trends over the next year and beyond. The company will continue to focus on development of franchises for both non-traditional and traditional locations featuring co-branded Noble Roman’s

kumgo launches new coffee line

Launch of Java Ridge culminates of an 18-month search for the right blend. Kum & Go is asking customers to “Taste the Difference” with Java Ridge — the company’s new premium coffee line, which was introduced this month at its more than 450 convenience stores in 13 states. The launch of Java Ridge Premium Coffee

bics pat cordle leads new nacs supplier board

New NACS Supplier Board Chairman Pat Cordle, vice president of sales and marketing for Bic Corp., leads the new slate of officers who will serve on the 2007-08 NACS Supplier Board that was announced today during the Supplier Board meeting at the NACS Show 2007 in Atlanta . In addition, Brad Heetland, director of east

tesco opens the doors to us stores

British grocer delays opening its Arizona stores until December. After quietly opening its first store in the Los Angeles market late last week, Tesco’s said its Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets likely will not open in the Phoenix metro area until December, a company spokesman said. The British grocer and third-largest retailer in the world

flavor du jour

Retailers willing to get more daring with their menus stand to attract more adventurous palates and turn a tidy profit. By Kate Quackenbush, Managing Editor An American Express MarketBrief produced byTechnomic Inc. entitled “Ethnic Foods are in Fashion,”showed that more than half of consumers (51%) reportedpurchasing prepared, ready-to-eat foods from conveniencestores. Convenience stores also showed

focus on foodservice safety

Poor safety methods could sicken customers and bring down an entire organization. Going above and beyond what’s required is the key to a healthy program. By Michael Ferrari, Staff Writer Adding a foodservice programis an excellent way toincrease profitability and developa more loyal, destination-mindedcustomer base. Committing to foodservice,however, opens the door to new dangerssuch as

hot stuff cooks up charity

New “Warm Hearts” division focuses on philanthropy. Hot Stuff Foods has expanded in the foodservice industry over the past decade, but now it’s spreading into a new realm: charity. It started in 1996, when Hot Stuff Foods (then Orion Food Systems), spearheaded a charity golf event featuring premier players from the PGA Champions Tour to

showing off the goods

Finding the right equipment to merchandise products is one key to selling them. Retailers discuss their successes and concerns about foodservice displays and merchandisers. One of the biggest challengesconvenience store owners continueto face is developing aneffective product assortmentthat fits into a small footprint while makingsure it still meets the customers’ needs.To overcome this challenge, more

pilot and dennys dine together

Travel center makes a deal to bring full-service dining to its locations. Pilot Travel Centers LLC and Denny’s Corp. has unveiled plans for Denny’s to develop restaurants within Pilot Travel Centers across the U.S. This new relationship represents the joining of two of the nation’s largest companies in their respective categories. “Developing restaurants along our

subway honors franchisee of the year

The Subway restaurant chain has named three franchisees as the recipients of its Franchisee of the Year awards during the company’s recent convention in Orlando, Fla. This year’s awards were presented to Savana and Jennifer Som of British Columbia, Canada; Jean-Claude Demanne of France; and Ines Banse of Germany. “The franchisee is the heart and

agenda set for csds beverage webcast

The beverage business is booming thanks to the ongoing innovation offered by energy drinks, bottled water and FCBs. Convenience Store Decisions, as part of its ongoing Online Roundtable Webcast series, will present “Beverage Trends and How to Capitalize at Retail,” sponsored by Tetley Harris Food Group. The Webcast will take place Wednesday, Oct. 17 at

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

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

whole foods dabbling in convenience

Grocery chain unveils new grab-and-go concept. Whole Foods has revealed that they will be experimenting with a new grab-and-go concept store, according to the Associated Press. The decision came only days after Whole Foods closed its purchase of Boulder-based Wild Oats grocery stores. The plans for the newly acquired store a conversion of an 18,500-square-foot

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

dominics finds a new home

Dominic’s of New York food eateries are making a transition into the convenience store market, an unlikely move, thought John Felico, president of FoodNet Franchising, the Henrico County-based owner of Dominic’s. “It just wasn’t the type of environment I saw us being in,” said Felico, This is because the typical Dominic’s formats are kiosk carts

sheetz remains entangled in tainted tomato lawsuit

The chain and one bankrupt supplier are last two defendants in the case. Blair County Judge Jolene Kopriva dismissed a group of tomato suppliers from a lawsuit brought by a man who claims he was sickened by salmonella-tainted tomatoes he got at a Sheetz store in 2004, according to the Associated Press. The judge said

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 &

another listeriainduced sandwich recall

IFS brings back 7,500 units. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the processing of recalling 7,500 IFS Inc. vending machine and c-store sandwiches due to a possible contamination outbreak. According to the FDA, the South Elgin, Ill.-based company discovered some of the sandwiches might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that

tuna and egg salad sandwiches recalled

Listeria contamination in products presents potentially fatal symptoms. CFS Operations Ltd. has issued a recall on 4219 units of Cloud’s Tuna Salad Sandwiches and Egg Salad Sandwiches because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and maybe fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others with weakened immune

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 distinguished themselves with new store prototypes, increased sales and strong financial portfolios, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. stood out from the crowd by cementing its position as a dominant marketer in the U.S. and

hot stuff foods steaks a claim on breakfast

Foodservice provider adds new steak and egg pizza to the menu. Hot Stuff Foods is “steaking” a claim that it has one of the best breakfast menus in the QSR segment. The food solution’s provider announced the launch of its new Steak & Egg Personal Size Pan Pizza. “Our new Steak & Egg PSPP is

subway on the fast track

New openings in non-traditional locations and brand notoriety move the chain in to the future. Subway is on a fast expansion track, opening 628 new locations–many of which are c-stores–between the beginning of March and the end of June of this year, adding what the company calculates as roughly the equivalent of 750,000 square feet

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