Archives for October 2013

Policymakers, SFATA To Discuss E-Cigarette Industry

E-cigarette trade group hosting the first ever “Day on the Hill” for its members on Nov.  4–5. The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) and its member companies will head to Washington, D.C. for a “Day on the Hill” Nov. 4 – 5 to meet with Congressional Representatives and senior staff legislators to discuss the

Ultimate Line Debuts on Rutter’s Menu

Burgers, tacos and quesadilla options greet customers. Rutter’s has taken a good things and made them even better with the introduction of The Ultimate line of burgers, tacos and quesadillas to the Central Pennsylvania’s convenience store chain’s award-winning menu. Rutter’s Ultimate Burger Melts are one-third pound Black Angus beef patty and topped with the customer’s

Dos Equis Celebrates Masquerade Program

On Oct. 16 in Los Angeles, The Most Interesting Man in the World and over 2,000 of his biggest fans donned costumes and masks to celebrate this year’s Masquerade program Dos Equis style.  The event, hosted by Los-Angeles-based Love Hope Strength Foundation and sponsored by Dos Equis, presented revelers with an evening of mystery, intrigue,

Street Corner Ranked As A Top Franchise For Minorities

Convenience store chain recognized by USA Today for third year in a row. Street Corner, the convenience store chain ubiquitous in shopping malls in 19 states, has been chosen by USA Today as one of the 50 Top Franchises for Minorities, for the third consecutive year. The 50 Top Franchises for Minorities list will appear

Empire Petroleum Chooses KSS Fuels PriceNet Solution

Pricing Intelligence suite will help support growth at Maryland chain. Empire Petroleum Partners is set to implement the KSS Fuels PriceNet suite of Pricing Intelligence tools across its retail outlets in 13 states. As Empire continues to expand, the Maryland-based fuels distributor and retailer is implementing the complete PriceNet solution with mobile technology and business

Sionic Mobile, Pine State Trading Co. Sign Strategic Alliance

Partnership provides c-stores, fuel retailers a competitive edge, plus 75% savings in credit card fees. Sionic Mobile, an mCommerce company providing mobile gifting, payments and rewards and Pine State Trading Co., New England’s leader in marketing and distribution of convenience and beverage products, announced a strategic partnership to provide Pine State Trading Co.’s more than

Hershey Converts Two More Plants to Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Status

Continues to make substantial progress on environmental sustainability. The Hershey Co. announced two more of its plants have achieved Zero-Waste-to-Landfill (ZWL) status. The company now has six U.S. plants that no longer dispose routine waste into landfills. With the addition of the Y&S Plant in Lancaster, Pa., and the Robinson Plant in Robinson, Ill., The

IDDBA 2013-2014 Officers and Board of Directors Elected

The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) elected the 2013-2014 Officers and Board of Directors at their Annual Business Meeting, held recently in Chicago. William Klump, senior vice president marketing, Butterball LLC, was elected as the association’s chairman of the Board. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2006 and has been actively involved in

Oregon Tests Mileage Tax

As states scramble for new revenue, many wait for the results of Oregon’s pilot mileage tracking program. Oregon is set to tax motorists based on the number of miles they drive as opposed to the amount of fuel they consume, raising concerns about cost and privacy, Fox New reported. Following a recently signed bill, the

Gas Stations Go Gourmet

USA Today finds a number of gas stations are challenging customer perceptions with upscale food offerings. C-stores have been climbing the foodservice ladder for years, striving to show customers that the gas station sandwich from 10 years ago has gotten a gourmet, fresh-prepared makeover. This week, gas station foodservice received some positive national attention from

CITGO Partners With Huddle Inc.

Launches High School Ticket Program, saving high schools across Alabama, Florida and North Carolina more than $150,000. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has announced a new partnership with Huddle Inc., and the launch of the CITGO & Huddle Inc. High School Ticket Program. Through this new program, which runs through May 2014, CITGO will help 222 high

Kangaroo Express Stores in the Piedmont-Triad Get New Offerings

Participating stores to receive updated Bean Street Coffee offers, new fresh food items; month-long celebration includes $10K in donations to local schools. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced that 10 stores in the Piedmont-Triad area now feature new store offerings and upgraded appearances as part of the “New at the Roo” program, including

Circle K Purchases PIX Stores

Publix Super Markets Inc. has announced its decision to sell PIX, the fuel/c-store concept it began testing in 2001. Circle K Stores Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., will purchase 13 sites of which 11 are located in Florida and two in Georgia, and Max Arnold & Sons LLC, a family-owned company

Corner Store Raises $47,000 For Flood-Impacted Communities

“We pride ourselves on being good neighbors to the communities we serve,” says CEO of CST Brands. Over the past few weeks, Corner Store has raised $47,000 for communities impacted by the devastating floods in Colorado. Contributions came from customers at 155 Colorado Corner Stores, Corner Store Team Members (employees) and a matching pledge from

VP Doubles Donations From Pink Motorsport Containers

Proceeds to benefit Prevent Cancer Foundation. VP Racing Fuels is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month by doubling the amount of money it donates with each sale of its pink VP Motorsport Container. Introduced in October 2012, the pink containers were created to support Breast Cancer Awareness. A portion of the proceeds from each sale throughout

NOCO Raises Over $12,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

“This was the first time we held a month-long campaign at our Express stores,” says NOCO’s executive vice president. NOCO Express Stores, along with its customers and employees, gave generously to the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, donating $12,010 during a recent in-store campaign.  Throughout the month of September, customers could purchase

CITGO Offers Special Pricing On Fuel Dispensers

New program offers significant incentives to CITGO marketers and retailers. CITGO Marketers and Retailers can purchase Bennett Pacific Series dispensers, fully imaged with CITGO Centennial graphics, at an exclusive CITGO-negotiated price on all orders placed before Dec. 31, 2014. Additionally, special CITGO pricing is also available for Big Fueler Ultra High Flow Diesel dispensers and

API Motor Oil Matters Program Raises Red Flag

“The Motor Oil Matters program reminds consumers about the importance of using quality motor oils,” says API spokesperson. The American Petroleum Institute (API) has evaluated results from its annual motor oil testing program and determined that almost 1 in 5 samples of bulk motor oil purchased from the marketplace in each of the last five

It’s Time to be a Tobacco Advocate

E-cigarette retailers and distributors need to understand and educate the public about the safer tobacco products on the market today. By Lou Maiellano. Something has happened to e-cigarettes. As recently as two years ago as I would visit distributors and retailers, I would be asked by those responsible for purchasing, “I’m thinking about adding an

Wholesale Gasoline Prices Slide Mid-October

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs moved lower mid-October, declining despite little change in the week-over-week value for gasoline futures through Oct. 18, with the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB futures contract rallying to a one-month high at $2.7240 gallon Oct. 16 on news a deal to end the government

Dollar General Introduces New Fueling Station

Major retailer embarks on fuel pump pilot project at Alabama store location. Dollar General has announced the introduction of its first fuel station, as part of a test pilot project. The new fuel pumps are located at the Dollar General Market in Hanceville, Ala. “Dollar General continues to innovate to provide convenience and value for

Parker’s Opens Statesboro Convenience Store

“We’re thrilled to help lower gas prices in the area while giving back to area schools,” says Parker’s CEO. Parker’s celebrated the official grand opening of a new state-of-the-art location in Statesboro, Ga. last week. Statesboro Mayor Joe Brannen, Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce board chair Keely Fennell, and Bulloch County Commissioner Carolyn Ethridge helped cut

Scotsman Names Winner of Livin’ The Nug Life Contest

Winner receives a Brilliance nugget ice machine. Scotsman Ice Systems announced that Stephen Kish has won the Livin’ the Nug Life contest. Selected randomly, Kish is going to receive a Scotsman Brilliance undercounter nugget ice machine. Scotsman Ice Systems asked nugget ice fans to enter for a chance to win a residential ice machine through

7-Eleven Expands Wine Category for Fall

C-store giant introduces fine wines—most rated 90 points and priced for less than $20. 7-Eleven Inc. has added four high-demand A-listers to its lineup at its top wine-selling stores – “A” as in wines that have scored 89-90 points in oenophile publications like Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. The ultra-premium varietals—La Crema Chardonnay, Louis Martini

DASH IN Partners With OpenStore

“In the digital age of marketing, it is more important than ever to be able to connect with consumers on the go,” says DASH IN marketing and promotions manager. DASH IN Food Stores Inc., wants its customers to “experience the difference” when visiting one of their 37 locations throughout Maryland, Delaware or Tidewater Virginia region.