Convenience Store Decisions » Uncategorized http://www.csdecisions.com Convenience Store Community and News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:09:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A First Look at Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino from General Foods International http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/23/first-look-pumpkin-spice-cappuccino-general-foods-international/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/23/first-look-pumpkin-spice-cappuccino-general-foods-international/#respond Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:02:18 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53045 Back by popular demand, General Foods International (GFI) is here to kick off the fall season with Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino. Beginning in October, consumers can enjoy this rich and creamy blend of pumpkin flavor and hearty autumnal spices. This on-trend flavor was such a hit last season that operators will want to take advantage of

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U.S. Consumers Crave Upscale Coffee http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/21/u-s-consumers-crave-upscale-coffee/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/21/u-s-consumers-crave-upscale-coffee/#respond Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:01:57 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53020 The number of American adults who enjoy a daily cup of coffee remained steady in 2013, the annual National Coffee Association of USA’s National Coffee Drinking Trends study showed. However, the popularity of espresso-based coffee drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, jumped with 18% of the 3,000 adults surveyed saying they drink these daily. This

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Rutter’s Selects Second Winner of Gas for a Year http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/18/rutters-selects-second-winner-gas-year/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/18/rutters-selects-second-winner-gas-year/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:50:46 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52994 Second of four winners selected in summer sweepstakes. Jeff Weinman of Mountville, Pa. has been selected as the second winner of gas for a year in Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom sweepstakes. There will be four grand prizewinners of free gas for a year throughout the summer. Every customer can enter the drawing to win fuel for a

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Operation Chill Enters 19th Year http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/18/operation-chill-enters-19th-year/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/18/operation-chill-enters-19th-year/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:29:16 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52785  Local police ‘ticket’ good kids with free Slurpee coupons. Crime doesn’t pay, but good behavior does, and for some kids this summer, the payoff might include a free Slurpee drink at their neighborhood 7-Eleven store. For the 19th year, 7-Eleven Inc. is partnering with local police departments to distribute up to one-million free Slurpee coupons

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Testing Your Hot Dispensed Beverage IQ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/16/testing-hot-dispensed-beverage-iq/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/16/testing-hot-dispensed-beverage-iq/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:33:11 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=49533 With convenience stores putting so much focus on the coffee category, consumers stop to buy coffee at c-stores more than they fill up their cars. Can your stores compete with industry leaders? By David Bishop, Managing Partner, Balvor LLC Most convenience store retailers appreciate the value that hot dispensed beverages provide. Retailers also recognize the

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Details Emerge On Kent Kwik Collision http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/14/details-emerge-kent-kwik-collision/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/14/details-emerge-kent-kwik-collision/#respond Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:22:38 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52765 Owner Bill Kent walks CSD through the harrowing event that destroyed a Kent Kwik store. The Kent Cos. is planning to rebuild its Midland County Kent Kwik Store after an accident on the morning of July 5 that destroyed the store. “An 18 wheeler hauling pipe was driving south on Hiway 158 when a pick

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Vitamix President and CEO Receives EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/11/vitamix-president-ceo-receives-ey-entrepreneur-year-award/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/11/vitamix-president-ceo-receives-ey-entrepreneur-year-award/#respond Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:08:47 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52736 Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in the family business category. Jodi Berg, president and CEO of Vitamix, has received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award in the Family Business Category in the Northeast Ohio region. Vitamix, a fourth-generation family-owned manufacturer of high-performance blending equipment for home and commercial use, was founded by Berg’s great

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Duskiewicz Takes The Helm At Nice N Easy http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/duskiewicz-takes-helm-nice-n-easy/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/duskiewicz-takes-helm-nice-n-easy/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:23:10 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52569 Following Founder John MacDougall’s passing, his right hand man assumes leadership of the business. Fran Duskiewicz has taken the helm as president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, following the passing of founder and CEO John MacDougall in June. “A few years ago, when John started experiencing health issues, he forged an agreement

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Parker’s Names Wayne Reed As District Manager http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/parkers-names-wayne-reed-district-manager/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/parkers-names-wayne-reed-district-manager/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:52:27 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52562 Expands district manager team to manage growth. Parker’s has named Wayne Reed as District Manager. In his new position, Reed will oversee the company’s six stores in Beaufort County, South Carolina, part of Parker’s 36 stores in Georgia and the Lowcountry. “We are excited to welcome Wayne to the Parker’s family,” said Greg Parker, president

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VCU Earns C-Store Accolades http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/03/vcu-earns-c-store-accolades/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/03/vcu-earns-c-store-accolades/#respond Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:48:50 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52511 After putting a novel spin on an existing theme, Virginia Commonwealth University is named top innovator in 2014’s NACUFS New Store Design competition. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience stores aren’t new to U.S. college campuses. For years, universities have afforded students expedient spaces where they can purchase beverages, snacks and merchandise. However, just like

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Classic Gourmet Mayonnaise http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/02/classic-gourmet-mayonnaise/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/02/classic-gourmet-mayonnaise/#respond Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:08:29 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52459 Ventura Foods offers its Classic Gourmet line of high-performance, premium mayonnaises, perfect for all hot and cold applications. Classic Gourmet Mayonnaise can be used as a one-to-one replacement for the nation’s leading consumer-recognized brands and is up to 20% less expensive. It offers the same flavor, texture and appearance with superior holding power. Classic Gourmet

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Grab & Go Hummus http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/01/grab-go-hummus-2/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/01/grab-go-hummus-2/#respond Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:07:44 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52175 Kronos Foods Inc., a manufacturer of Mediterranean food products, has announced the introduction of its Grab & Go Hummus and Multi-grain Pita Chip Packs for convenience stores and foodservice locations with on-the-go options nationwide. Available in classic and chipotle flavors, the Mediterranean-inspired hummus combines nine grams of protein and six grams of fiber per serving

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Crime Prevention 101 http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/30/crime-prevention-101/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/30/crime-prevention-101/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:23:43 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52409 Clear visuals, strict till limits and great customer service are keys to deterring convenience store robberies. Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Robbery occurs less often than some other crimes, but the potential for loss, injury and death is much greater during a single robbery incident, according to the convenience store security guidelines for owners and managers

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Why Customers Choose E-Cigarettes http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/30/customers-choose-e-cigarettes/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/30/customers-choose-e-cigarettes/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:11:01 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52406 Electronic cigarette sales are surging. CSD partnered with Study Hall Research to go inside the minds of e-cigarette consumers to learn what motivates their tobacco purchases. By John Lofstock, Editor and Josh Tahan, Study Hall Research The prevalence of electronic cigarette usage amongst the general population is growing and analysts are predicting the category now

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Roller Grill Still Real http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/27/roller-grill-still-real/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/27/roller-grill-still-real/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:00:04 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52086 Made-to-order may be the current darling of a growing number of c-stores, but a well-run roller grill program is still central to successful fresh foodservice. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor They smell it. They see it. They want it. For most convenience stores, the roller grill is the customers’ first introduction to the store’s fresh

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Decorative Lamps http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/25/decorative-lamps/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/25/decorative-lamps/#respond Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:49:29 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52332 With its brilliant array of foodwarming options, Hatco Corp. offers c-store retailers and foodservice operators the option to “customerize” their lighting solution with a vast selection of elegant shades, inspiring colors, and flexible mounting and switch alternatives. Whether you’re equipping pick-up stations and buffet lines, or creating a look all your own, come to Hatco.

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Car Wash & Polish http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/24/car-wash-polish/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/24/car-wash-polish/#respond Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:16:37 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52313 Zacar LLC, a maker of products of outstanding quality, has announced the introduction of its new “Brilliant Car Wash & Polish,” a convenient, inexpensive, single-use product that brings professional quality clean-and-shine to the marketplace. Made in the USA, with attractive, unique and attention-getting packaging, Brilliant Car Wash & Polish enables consumers to wash and polish

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New PEEPS MINIS http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/18/new-peeps-minis/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/18/new-peeps-minis/#respond Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:34:31 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52197 Just Born Quality Confections has introduced new PEEPS MINIS—the biggest new product launch in the 61 year history of the PEEPS brand.The iconic PEEPS marshmallow chick, affectionately known and loved by consumers, will now be available in new snackable mini size chicks 365 days a year, making every day a holiday. The bite-sized marshmallow chicks

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Deep South Expansion http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/17/deep-south-expansion/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/17/deep-south-expansion/#respond Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:34:46 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52195 For the first time, soft drink brand Cheerwine is coming to Alabama, western Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. The move marks an important step toward its goal of being available in all 50 states by its 100th anniversary in 2017 by aligning distribution with Buffalo Rock Co., the largest independent, single-shareholder-owned Pepsi bottler in the

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Lemon Blueberry Loaf http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/11/lemon-blueberry-loaf/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/11/lemon-blueberry-loaf/#respond Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:37:16 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52102 Bake’ n Joy has introduced Lemon Blueberry as the newest flavor in its line of PanFree Predeposited 18-ounce Loaf Cake Batters. As part of the FreshBakes (freezer to oven) line of predeposited muffin, loaf and cake batters, these 18-ounce loaves go directly on a sheet pan for hassle–free cycle baking. All Bake’n Joy’s FreshBakes predeposited

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Writing Instruments For Kids http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/10/writing-instruments-kids/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/10/writing-instruments-kids/#respond Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:16:48 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52073 BIC has introduced its brand new line of products, BIC Kids, the first and only line of writing instruments designed specifically for children who are learning to write. BIC Kids was developed with a team of teachers, engineers and kids in an effort to help young children strengthen their writing skills and engage in the

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Fighting for the E-Cigarette Industry http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/05/fighting-e-cigarette-industry/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/05/fighting-e-cigarette-industry/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:59:07 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51998 As the FDA aims to impact e-cigarette sales, industry entrepreneurs are collaborating with the understanding that there is more that unites them than divides them. By Cynthia Cabrera, Executive Director, SFATA For the past several years, vapor industry insiders and outsiders alike have opined on what the deeming regulations will mean for the industry, but

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Choosing the Right Foodservice Partner http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/05/choosing-right-foodservice-partner/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/05/choosing-right-foodservice-partner/#respond Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:01:55 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51988 Want to avoid the deep end of the proprietary food pool? A co-branded relationship with a QSR can keep your operation flowing smoothly. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Today, quality foodservice is a key ingredient in profitable convenience store operations. Just how key? Foodservice accounted for 18% of total c-store sales in 2013, which also

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Regulators Chew on Cigars http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/05/regulators-chew-cigars/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/05/regulators-chew-cigars/#respond Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:23:28 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51983 While federal officials weigh new standards for the tobacco industry, retailers hope cigar sales don’t go up in smoke. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a big step towards regulating other tobacco products (OTP), including cigars, by proposing to assert deeming regulations under the 2009 Family Smoking

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Speedway’s Acquisition of Hess Spells the End of an Iconic Retail Brand http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/05/speedways-acquisition-hess-spells-end-iconic-retail-brand/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/05/speedways-acquisition-hess-spells-end-iconic-retail-brand/#respond Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:59:39 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51974 Deal to acquire the East Coast’s largest gas station operator will position Speedway as one of the top company-owned and -operated convenience store chains in U.S. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s subsidiary, Speedway LLC, is poised to become one of the leading convenience store and petroleum marketers in the U.S. following last

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Employing a Special Workforce http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/05/employing-special-workforce/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/05/employing-special-workforce/#respond Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:49:19 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51970 In following through with its unique hiring policy, VERC Enterprises has positively impacted surrounding communities. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Most convenience stores strive diligently to create a working environment where employees feel wanted and useful. VERC Enterprises Inc. has taken that page and written its own book, which began more than a dozen years

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One Million In Donations http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/03/one-million-donations/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/03/one-million-donations/#respond Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:47:26 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51933 Since 2006, DaVinci Gourmet has supported Coffee Kids projects all over the world and recently reached one million dollars in donations. To showcase this eight-year partnership, DaVinci Gourmet presented a check to Coffee Kids at the 2014 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) event in Seattle. Coffee Kids is an international non-profit organization that works

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Grab-N-Go CHEESEWICH http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/28/grab-n-go-cheesewich/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/28/grab-n-go-cheesewich/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 21:36:38 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51841 CHEESEWICH was designed with today’s fast paced, health-conscious consumers in mind. Healthy low-carb and gluten-free meals are not always easily prepared. CHEESEWICH satisfies moms looking for a great lunch for their children, construction workers needing fuel and the busy entrepreneur. This fast grab-and-go meal of salami sandwiched with cheese is their delicious rescue. Each 2.5-ounce

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Gluten-free Licorice http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/28/gluten-free-licorice/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/28/gluten-free-licorice/#respond Wed, 28 May 2014 20:41:14 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51834 Advancing its role in premium confections that are gluten-free and GMO-free, the Lovely Candy Co. has announced its new gluten-free licorice. Following through with founder Mike Nakamura’s quest, the company has developed a new line of licorice, which is believed to be the first extruded licorice product in North America that is gluten-free. Branded as

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Tea Sales Look Promising http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/23/tea-sales-look-promising/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/23/tea-sales-look-promising/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 14:05:46 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51776 A report by the Tea Association of the U.S.A. projected hot and cold tea sales to soar past $10.41 billion. Ever since the economic downturn of 2008, the U.S. economy has been struggling to get back on an even keel. Because of the tumultuous financial conditions and the resulting political maneuvering designed to restore some

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Harmonize Scent http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/21/harmonize-scent/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/21/harmonize-scent/#respond Wed, 21 May 2014 18:43:34 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51737 Cintas restroom fragrance products are now available in matching scents to create a harmonized odor control solution in the restroom. Created to attack odor in the air and at the source, the new Harmonize Scent line is available in all Cintas restroom fragrance products, including air fresheners, urinal and toilet sanitizers and urinal screens. Made

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Soft-Serve Equipment http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/21/soft-serve-equipment/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/21/soft-serve-equipment/#respond Wed, 21 May 2014 18:40:21 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51739 Less than one week after announcing its acquisition of Donper America, an established soft-serve manufacturer in the US market, Argosy Group International (AGI) has introduced its own soft-serve machine: the Argosy 8000i. The latest machine boasts state-of-the-art technology that simplifies both daily operations and routine maintenance tasks. The Argosy 8000i equipment was designed for operational

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Chocolate Cigarillos http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/21/chocolate-cigarillos/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/21/chocolate-cigarillos/#respond Wed, 21 May 2014 18:38:28 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51742 Swisher Sweets has introduced a smoother, rich chocolate blend for its Swisher Sweets Chocolate Cigarillos. Swisher Sweets Chocolate cigarillos are available in the popular resealable foil pouches and “5-for-3” packs. The two-count resealable pouches provide adult consumers with guaranteed fresh cigars. They are available in three popular price points: 99 cents, $1.49, and non-priced “Save

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Bars For Serious Athletes http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/21/bars-serious-athletes/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/21/bars-serious-athletes/#respond Wed, 21 May 2014 18:24:19 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51744 Detour has introduced Lean Muscle Bars, which are made for serious athletes interested in building and maintaining lean muscle mass. Lean Muscle Bars come in two convenient sizes, one with 32 grams of protein, 1000 mg of healthy Omega 3’s, 390 calories and just three grams of sugar; and the other with 16 grams of

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New Smart Safe http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/21/new-smart-safe/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/21/new-smart-safe/#respond Wed, 21 May 2014 17:36:32 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51746 Tidel, a global supplier of cash management systems and robbery deterrent devices, has announced the TACC VI, a new addition to its TACC family of products. The TACC VI brings an innovative design, superior usability, and enhanced serviceability for the retail marketplace. The primary features of the Tidel TACC VI include: integrated tube vending functionality

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