Archives for April 2011

CITGO Supports Child Literacy

Funding will help Bess The Book Bus meet its goal of donating 100,000 books in nationwide tour. CITGO Petroleum Corp. continues its support of Tampa, Fla.-based mobile literacy outreach, and past Fueling Good winner, Bess the Book Bus with a sponsorship of its “2011 Success in Sight Tour.” Bess the Book Bus will visit more

Kum & Go Donates $10,000 to American Red Cross

Arkansas residents impacted by recent tornadoes will benefit from the donation. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause  announced that a $10,000 contribution has been made to the American Red Cross and will be directed toward helping Arkansas residents, after tornadoes touched down in the South leaving damage in their wake. According to Krause,

Food Fight at the Breakfast Bar

While convenience stores continue to battle QSRs for coffee sales, a new clash has ensued for the morning daypart as a whole. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Despite busier lifestyles, breakfast remains the most important meal of the day to most customers. The Food Channel’s recent breakfast survey found that 95% of respondents viewed their

Valero Sets Record For MDA Campaign

Stores raise $2.28 million, an increase of more than 15% from last year. Valero Corner Stores raised a record $2.28 million in its 2011 Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) fundraising campaign. The amount represents an increase of more than 15% from last year’s campaign, and is the first time in the Valero campaign’s 25-year history that

Kroger Announces New Hire

New external corporate communications director joins the Kroger team. The Kroger Co. welcomes Keith Dailey as director of external corporate communications. In his new role, Dailey will be responsible for national media corporate communications, and will serve as the company’s spokesperson. Dailey served as communications director and was senior staff member for former Ohio Governor

Positive Outlook For Foodservice Packaging

Convenience stores are listed as one of the top five market segments survey respondents consider to have strong potential growth for packaging in 2011. The results of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI)’s “Foodservice Packaging Industry Surveys” indicates a growing enthusiasm within the industry for 2011. The annual surveys gauge the state of the industry among

ExxonMobil Donates To Promote Education

A total of 77 educational institutions are set to receive funds from program that matches employee donations 3:1. Irving, Texas-based ExxonMobil and its employees donated more than $38 million to 924 educational institutions across the U.S. through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2010 Educational Matching Gift Program, including more than $7.6 Million to local Texas institutions. ExxonMobil

Walgreens to Acquire 10 Carle RxExpress Pharmacies

“We are pleased to maintain convenient access to high quality pharmacy, health and wellness services for Carle RxExpress patients across east central Illinois,” says Walgreens spokesperson. Walgreen Co. is acquiring the assets of 10 Carle RxExpress pharmacies in east central Illinois from The Carle Foundation, an Urbana, Ill.-based not-for-profit parent company of an integrated network

Investing in Tomorrow

Building a convenience store requires a great deal of planning. Operators are urged to examine all of their options before making their next big investment. By: Jim Callahan Thinking of building a new store? Well, I’ve got some thoughts and opinions to help you focus on making a wise investment. In these trying times few

Industry Steps Up to Support Japan, Charitable Causes

Convenience stores continue to play an important role in raising much-needed funds in times of trouble. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. When disaster strikes, convenience stores are often at their best stepping up to support the community. But what makes the industry so special is that it often continues to give back long after the

7-Eleven Acquires Wilson Farms

Deal covering 188 stores significantly boosts the chain’s presence in western New York. 7-Eleven, Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase Wilson Farms, a Buffalo-based convenience store chain with 188 outlets in New York state, with an expected closing in the second quarter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The addition of Wilson Farms

Pump & Pantry Poised for Growth

With an innovative store design, an updated fresh food offering and a new loyalty program in the works, the Nebraska chain is set for a strong 2011. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Pump & Pantry Convenience Stores is pushing forward with an aggressive plan to redesign its chain of 43 stores. The Grand Island, Neb.

How Involved Are You?

By: John Lofstock, Editor. After a years-long struggle to get some much-needed relief from the high interchange fees that are eroding the industry’s profitability, convenience store operators are in danger of seeing the victory slip between their hands. The Durbin amendment to the Dodd-Frank Consumer Financial Protection Act, which is set to be finalized April

Thorntons Partners With Make-A-Wish Foundation

“We have seen an overwhelmingly positive response from our customers in regards to this program, and we are thrilled to serve as a vehicle for our customers to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” says Thorntons CEO. Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons has partnered with the Make- A- Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, and beginning on Wednesday,

Calcasieu Women’s Shelter Wins Fueling Good Prize

Year’s supply of CITGO gas will aid shelter in protecting women and their children from violence. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has named the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter of Lake Charles, La., the latest Fueling Good Grand Prize winner in the CITGO Fueling Good program. In recognition of its work providing shelter, support, and counseling to victims of

Cosby Oil Joins U.S. Bank’s Channel Partner Program

“Our drivers appreciate the near-universal acceptance of the Voyager card,” says Cosby Oil CEO. Cosby Oil’s locations in Texas are joining U.S. Bank’s Channel Partner Program. U.S. Bank is a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards and owner of the Voyager merchant processing network. The Cosby Fuels card will now be accepted at

Wegmans Chooses Cardtronics for ATMs

Some 86 ATMs are scheduled to enter Wegmans 77 locations this summer. New York State-based  Wegmans Food Markets has selected Cardtronics as the exclusive provider of ATM services to its entire chain of 77 supermarkets located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland. Installation of Cardtronics-owned ATMs has already begun, with full-deployment of

Dealing with Workers’ Compensation Costs

Insurance premiums are rising at an alarming rate, but retailers can control this growing expense by understanding all of their options. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. Just as with death and taxes, it appears certain that workers’ compensation claims—and the costs associated with them—will inevitably rise. Workers’ compensation, a program that forces employers to

Pemmican Donates More Than $50,000 in Beef Jerky

April 1 beef jerky promotion aids Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program. Marfood USA Inc. has donated more than $50,000 in Pemmican Beef Jerky to Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. On April 1, Pemmican Beef Jerky gave away one free bag of beef jerky every 20.11 seconds to kick off

TA’s TruckSmart App Now Available for Android

“The app is one part of our ‘full-service advantage’ offering; it can be used by drivers to make more efficient stops and optimize their business,” says TA CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has released the Android version of its TruckSmart mobile application. This new platform for the company’s smartphone app helps professional drivers access

Roundy’s Partners with Grocery Shopping Network

New Websites engage shoppers online, gaining loyalty and providing cost savings and useful information about potential purchases. Grocery Shopping Network (GSN) has announced the launch of newly enhanced consumer Websites for Milwaukee, Wis.-based Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. The launch includes the Websites of Roundy’s five store banners:  Pick ’n Save, Rainbow Foods, Copps Food Centers, Metro

U.S. Gasoline Average Rapidly Approaching $4 Gallon

Metropolitan regions of the U.S. are increasingly staring at $4 gallon gasoline retail prices or higher, with the national average quickly marching towards the psychological price point, averaging $3.844 gallon on April 18, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The U.S. gasoline average reported by the EIA first topped $4 gallon on June 2,

Proposals Requested for Gulf Research Initiative

“We are pleased that the Research Board has reached this important milestone in the development of the GRI,” says spokesperson from BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization. BP and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance announced today that the independent Research Board of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI) is requesting proposals for studies into the

FDA Will Not Appeal E-Cigarette Ruling

The FDA now is developing a strategy to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. On Monday, April 25, 2011, the FDA announced in a letter to stakeholders that is not appealing the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Sottera Inc. vs. Food & Drug Administration, stating that e-cigarettes

Royal Buying Group Announces New Hires and Promotions

Two new employees join the membership department team, while three existing staff members receive promotions. Lisle, Ill.-based Royal Buying Group (RBG) has announced new hires and promotions to its membership department. RBG is a national organization dedicated to maximizing sales and profitability of convenience stores, petroleum locations, college book stores, truckstops/travel plaza centers, auto repair facilities,