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Convenience Valet Partners With Folds of Honor

May 05, 2016 MELROSE PARK, Ill. — Convenience Valet has announced partnership with The Folds of Honor Foundation, a charity that provides scholarships to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to America. Of the more than one million dependents adversely affected by deployments, nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. “During the 2015 CSP Outlook Conference, I was personally moved and motivated during a presentation by Major Dan Rooney, founder of the foundation,” said Jim Blosser, executive vice president of sales for Convenience Valet. “In discussing with our team and in light of our very successful and ongoing partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program, we felt we could add a presence, additional focus on and funding for The Folds of Honor Foundation,” he said. “It’s a small thing that we want do to help families of fallen and disabled soldiers.” Convenience Valet will be adding the Folds of Honor logo to its complete line of auto accessories. Sales of items bearing the Folds of Honor logo will result in a donation towards the charity. The company also plans to include stories of the foundation on the packaging. Melrose Park, Ill.-based Convenience Valet is the largest re-packer of travel and convenience items in the United...

Meet the Newest Member of our CMS Family!

Baby Josie Gail Jones was born to proud parents Jordan and Emily Jones on April 26 at 3:48am.  She weighed in at 7lbs 3oz and measured just under 21 inches.  Mom, Dad and big sister, Mattie Mae are all doing well. Welcome to the world, Josie...

2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo

Be sure to visit our manufacturer’s booths at the upcoming Sweets & Snacks Expo, held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL on May 24-26.   BROWNIE BRITTLE:  BOOTH 2315 A recent “Most Innovative Products Award” finalist, Sheila G’s™ Brownie Brittle™ delivers its rich brownie taste with a cookie crunch at only 120 calories per serving. Try our NEW Organic flavors: Chocolate Chip, Pretzel & Dark Chocolate, and Chocolate & Toasted Coconut–also NEW Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and Peanut Butter Chip flavors in our original line. BUD’S BEST/UNCLE AL’S COOKIES: BOOTH 1578 At Bud’s Best Cookies, we love cookies and want you to love our cookies. Through people that care, high quality ingredients, great prices and the largest selection of bite-sized offerings, find out why we have the little cookie with the BIG taste. Uncle Al’s (standard size) Cookies are quickly becoming the most recognized value priced, quality cookie in the USA. CARL BUDDIG/OLD WISCONSIN: BOOTH 459 Carl Buddig/Old Wisconsin Company will deliver the highest quality products to your customers – products they will return to buy again and again. We are very focused on products in the impulse “meat snack category” – we can provide you with special displays to make it simple for you as well as case stock for regular turn business. Different sizes, varieties and price points are all covered. Merchandising solutions as well. DiBELLA BAKING CO: BOOTH 1291 Our DiBella® brand line of Italian cookies are made with finest kosher certified, natural ingredients that have no trans fat, low sodium, low sugars, and no cholesterol. Each DiBella® brand Italian cookie is individually wrapped for...

Couche-Tard Pins on Texas Star

Adds 18 convenience stores in Lone Star State Published in CSP Daily News LAVAL, Quebec — As the news broke of the resignation of its CFO Raymond Paré, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced that it has signed, through Circle K Stores Inc., an agreement to purchase all the assets operated under the Texas Star brand from Corpus Christi, Texas-based Texas Star Investments Inc. and its affiliates. The assets include 18 convenience stores, two freestanding Subway restaurants and a dealer fuel supply network located in the southern part of Texas. As reported in a 21st Century Smoke/CSP Daily News Flash, these convenience stores operate under the Texas Star c-store brand and offer Shell- and CITGO-branded motor fuels. As a result of the transaction, Couche-Tard plans on keeping the existing fuel brands and would buy the land and buildings for 17 locations and would assume or enter into a lease for the one remaining location. Following the acquisition, all of the stores will be operated under the new Circle K brand by Couche‑Tard’s U.S. Southwest Division. “Subsequent to this transaction, Couche-Tard’s network in the Circle K Southwest Division would include a total of 356 company-operated stores and 157 locations under wholesale or franchise agreement,” said Kelly McGuire, vice president of operations for the U.S. Southwest Division. “These stores occupy strategic locations within their respective trade areas. This acquisition would be a great addition to Couche-Tard’s expansion and growth plans for the Southwest Division.” The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price for this transaction, which the company said it expects to close in the second half of Couche-Tard’s fiscal 2016,...

2015 NACS Show!

Be sure to visit our manufacturer’s booths at the 2015 NACS Show!   Bahama Mama/Hot N Spicey, Inc. – BOOTH 5562 Gourmet To Go is a purpose-driven company consistently delivering superior meat products at an affordable price including the Original Schmidt’s Bahama Mama. We aspire to be America’s #1 choice for meat products and sandwiches due to the quality of our products and the honesty and integrity with which we do business. Brownie Brittle, LLC. – BOOTH 1278 Brownie Brittle, LLC, has been baking and selling innovative brownie products to restaurants, club stores and world-class theme parks since 1992. Brownie Brittle snacks, the company’s flagship product, are available in Chocolate Chip, Toffee Crunch, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Salted Caramel. Convenience Valet – BOOTH 2011 Convenience Valet is an industry leader in travel-size consumer products. We have a variety of great products; from Advil to Zantac and from Automotive to Personal Care.  Our mission is to ensure we provide the right products for your business, to help you execute and to assist you with your business plan. We are always working with you to maximize and grow sales and profits: all the while helping our partners “give back” via our charity partnerships. Creative Marketing Concepts – BOOTH 562 Creative Marketing Concepts (CMC) is a master broker and drop-ship distributor of snacks, energy drinks, HBC, and general merchandise. CMC has a national network of high quality brokers and representatives who specialize in the convenience, travel plaza, and terminal/gift accounts. Brand represented include Sony, Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy, DiBella Biscotti, EZ Pour gas can replacement spouts, and Sunburst Chemical “solid chemistry” store...

Aziz Assessing Opportunities After Bankruptcy

February 19, 2015 Sale of 28 Quick Stops among several options, including sale-leaseback, recapitalization Published in CSP Daily News By Greg Lindenberg, Online Editor McALLEN, Texas — Since filing in August 2014, Aziz Convenience Stores has been exploring opportunities to emerge from bankruptcy that include not only the sale of the company’s 28 Quick Stop convenience stores and gas stations in southern Texas, but also transactions such as the sale-leaseback of the stores, recapitalization, refinancing, joint-venture partnership and more. The company could also sell excess non-core assets such as a 200-acre development site. A sale would be an option once the alternatives have been exhausted, said a spokesperson for Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC, New York, which is helping Aziz with this process. As reported in a 21st Century Smoke/CSP Daily News Flash, McAllen, Texas-based Aziz is a privately owned and operated, independently branded chain established in 1983 that provides gasoline and traditional convenience-store merchandise. The chain is the largest independently branded convenience-store and gas-station chain in the area and is known as the “hometown” provider of convenience, with strong customer loyalty. Many of the stores perform better than the industry average. Aziz is also evaluating cost-cutting proposals and opportunities to improve company performance including equipment upgrades, standardization of management policies and procedures and the renovation of some locations. The company has experienced unstable revenues due to the economic downturn, the high level of competition and the high dependency on gas pricing, according to Keen-Summit. Despite the company’s previous 12-month EBITDA of $2.75 million, it was forced to file a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S....

Healthy new sweet & salty snack to be at retail in time for Fall holidays

BIGS® CINNAMON & SUGAR PUMPKIN SEEDS OFFER CONSUMERS A TASTY NEW SUPERFOOD SNACK TO GO   Healthy new sweet and salty snack to be at retail in time for Fall holidays   BOULDER, CO – SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 – Thanasi Foods LLC, the manufacturer and supplier of a variety of healthy and tasty branded snack foods has announced the addition of BIGS Cinnamon & Sugar Pumpkin Seeds to its product line of home-style roasted seeds. The company’s second flavored pumpkin seed will be available to retailers in mid-October. The SRP is $3.49 for a 5-oz bag. BIGS Cinnamon & Sugar Pumpkin Seeds are available to retailers in 12-ct open stock cases and a variety of point-of-purchase displays including 36-ct shippers, 24-ct and 36-ct power wings and 12-ct easy-up clip strips. Like the home-style roasted BIGS® Lightly Salted Pumpkin Seeds which debuted last fall, the home-style roasted BIGS Cinnamon & Sugar Pumpkin Seeds come from seeds that are grown 100% in the USA in Willamette Valley, in western Oregon where the rich soils are known for being the best to grow the plumpest, sweetest pumpkin seeds. BIGS Cinnamon & Sugar Pumpkin Seeds include no artificial flavors, no preservatives and are a non-GMO product. The seeds are roasted in a special home-style process that allows consumers to get the real flavor of home-roasted pumpkin seeds, without all the hassle of roasting seeds themselves.   “We have discovered the perfect combination of cinnamon, sugar and our home-style roasting technique to bring out the real, delicious flavor of the pumpkin in every seed,” said Justin Havlick, President and Founder of THANASI Foods. “Based...