Archives for August 2013

Card Spending Growth Solid in July

First Data releases July 2013 SpendTrend Analysis. First Data Corp., a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for July 2-30, 2013 compared to July 3-31, 2012. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations.

The National Advisory Group Appoints John Lofstock as Executive Director

The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store trade association focused on small, mid-sized and family-owned businesses, has appointed John Lofstock as Executive Director. In this role, Lofstock will oversee all of NAG’s educational content, membership, the group’s annual conference and the Young Executive Organization (YEO). Lofstock will also continue to serve as Editor-in-Chief and

Dust Containment Bag

Polaris Vending Inc. has launched the patent-pending COILPOD dust containment bag, which is an environmentally-friendly solution for the indoor cleaning of self-contained condenser coil units in refrigerated or freezer merchandiser display cases containing food, beverages, drugs or other items. These units are contained in retail food and beverage outlets of all types. A person desiring

GPM Investments Acquires Hurst Harvey Oil

GPM Investments has successfully acquired Kilmarnock, Va.-based Hurst Harvey Oil, Inc., according to Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. Hurst Harvey is a petroleum marketing and convenience store company. The company’s retail units trade as Get & Zip and are located on the Northern Neck and Upper Peninsula communities in Virginia. The Hurst Harvey stores offer

Pep-Up Inc. Acquires Bagwell Oil Co.

Pep-Up Inc. has successfully acquired Bagwell Oil Co. Inc. of Onancock, Va., announced Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. Bagwell and its affiliated companies have been engaged in multiple downstream fuels businesses including convenience store and motor fuels retailing for over 95 years. In 2006, Matrix first sold the company’s retail convenience store business. When it

Owner of TimeSaver Food Stores Passes Away

Jones was a past chairman of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. Randall “Randy” Akins Jones, 62, industry veteran and owner of TimeSaver Food Stores, passed away Aug. 10, 2013 at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville after a long fight with leukemia. Born

Empire Petroleum Partners Enhances Senior Leadership Team

Appoints Hank Heithaus as CEO and David Potter as chief financial officer. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has named Henry (Hank) Heithaus, CEO and David Potter, chief financial officer, signaling the next steps in Empire’s strategy to further develop its current markets and increase its national footprint in the fuel distribution industry. “The addition of these

Rutter’s Honored with Army Reserve Employer Support Award

Flexible scheduling for military personnel helps the chain’s employees serve their country and their customers. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ Joel Workinger, a dairy transportation supervisor, and Todd Rutter, president of Rutter’s Dairy, were recognized last month with the Army Reserve Employer Support Award. Tom Rayburn, a delivery driver for Rutter’s Dairy

Bite-sized Candies

Jolly Rancher and Twizzlers candies are now available in bite-sized, unwrapped, soft versions for convenient, mess-free snacking-on-the-go. The candies come in three varieties: Jolly Rancher Soft Chewy Bites, Jolly Rancher Sours Chewy Bites and Twizzlers Filled Fruity Bites.  All varieties are available in 10-ounce re-sealable pouches (SRP $2.99 – $3.29) at mass, grocery, and drug

Kwik Trip Opens 400th Store

New store in Chisago City, Minn. marks the 400th location for the convenience store chain. La Crosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip has opened its 400th convenience store location. On it’s Facebook Page, Kwik Trip posted a photo of the store (left) and announced the opening of its milestone location at 11085 Lake Blvd. in Chisago City,

CST Brands Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Four new-to-industry stores opened in Q2 and an additional four stores have opened already in Q3. CST Brands Inc., an independent retailer of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013. “We are extremely proud of our accomplishments since our May 1 spin,” said

Sheetz To Expand In West Virginia

With two sites under contract, Sheetz negotiates for additional properties. Sheetz Inc. plans to open more stores in West Virginia, at an anticipated rate of six per year, according to the Sacramento Bee. Already, a site in Beckley and one in Ripley are under contract, according to David Hazelet, Sheetz real estate manager, as quoted

Meat Alternatives Grow In Popularity

Only a fraction of consumers are actually vegetarians, reports Mintel.             Only a few years ago, tofu, tempeh and seitan were barely known in the culinary world. Now, they are on grocery store shelves across America and being cooked up in the average (and often non-vegetarian) kitchen. In new research released from Mintel, only 7%

Fading Summer Weighs on Wholesale Gasoline Costs

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Although wholesale costs gained sharply Aug. 9 due to a late week rally by the benchmark futures contract, the trend for gasoline prices is pointed down for the rest of the summer unless some unexpected event, such as shut refining capacity, a geopolitical flare-up, or hurricane frustrate

Expand Loss Prevention

VRX Co. Inc. has introduced EJournal Multi-License, an enhancement to its popular EJournal product, which allows business owners to save multiple electronic POS journals on their in-store computer. With EJournal Multi-License, electronic files replace long end-of-the-day journals that take forever to print, add to supply costs, and waste personnel hours. By eliminating the need to

Atlas Oil To Give Away A Two-Year Lease On A New Camaro LS

Summer Road Rally promotion starts Monday, Aug. 12. Atlas Oil Co. will be awarding a two-year lease on a new Chevrolet Camaro LS to one lucky winner in its Summer Road Rally Promotion, which begins Monday, Aug. 12 at participating Marathon stations in metro Detroit. The summer promotion runs Aug. 12 – Sept. 8 and

Friendly Express Partners With OpenStore by GasBuddy

“It’s a better way to communicate than through typical store POS that tends to get stale,” says Friendly Express CEO. Friendly Express, with 40 locations in Georgia, has partnered with OpenStore by GasBuddy to offer their own branded mobile app to customers. The app showcases in-store promotions, updated gas prices, locations, loyalty points balance, and

Study Finds NJOY E-Cigarette Use Leads to Short-Term Smoking Reduction

Research to be published in the American Journal of Health Behavior. NJOY, an American electronic cigarette company has announced the results of a pilot study that has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Health Behavior and will be published online on Oct. 1, 2013. The study, supported by NJOY and led by

Study Shows Chemicals in E-Cigarettes Pose Minimal Health Risk

“This study assures us that e-cigarettes are as low risk as other smoke-free tobacco and nicotine products,” says CASAA Scientific Director. E-cigarette users can breathe a little easier today. A study just released by Professor Igor Burstyn, Drexel University School of Public Health, confirms that chemicals in electronic cigarettes  pose no health concern for users

C-Store, Tobacco Industries Slam NYC’s E-Cigarette Plans

UPDATE2 3:02 p.m. with comments from Thomas Kiklas, co-founder of The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) UPDATE 2:39 p.m.: Includes comments from Greg Conley, Legislative Director for Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) Leaked drafts of three New York City tobacco bills show an e-cigarette ban could be on the horizon. It’s no

Hardwood-Smoked Snack Sticks

Old Wisconsin introduces a tasty new line up of Snack Stick products—smoked slowly over a real hardwood fire and available in a variety of sizes and flavors. Perfect for almost all snack occasions, Old Wisconsin’s Snack Stick products feature a unique blend of natural spices and real hardwood-smoked flavor. Building on the strength of Old

Pilot Flying J Wins As Request To Consolidate Lawsuits Denied

A pending settlement with eight companies is scheduled for a hearing in November. In a win for Pilot Flying J, a federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation denied the plaintiffs’ request to consolidate the remaining lawsuits against Pilot Flying J, following arguments last month, Trucking Info reported. Recently, Pilot Flying J reached a settlement with

Delek US Holdings Reports Second Quarter Results

With five large format stores already open, Delek plans for another 5-7 large-format stores in the second half of 2013. Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, logistics and retail industries, announced financial results for the second quarter 2013. Delek operates 370 company-operated convenience store locations operated under

TA Educates Motorists Through Kid’s Meal Placemats

Launches Citizen Driver Award program to recognize and reward the best truckers in the industry. TravelCenters of America (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has introduced a new placemat in its full-service restaurants designed to educate the motoring public about the role that truckers play in the economy. As

Mars Appoints New Vice President of Sales

Rick LaBerge brings strong CPG experience to confectionery leader. Mars Chocolate North America has announced that Rick LaBerge has joined the company as vice president of sales.  In his new role leading the Mars Chocolate Sales organization, LaBerge oversees the strategy and execution of its retail management, customer account teams, field sales and customer development.