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

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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

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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

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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

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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 president and CEO Greg Parker, center, cut the ribbon at the latest Parker’s retail location at 11012 Hwy 301 South in Statesboro, Ga. on Oct. 18.

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

Emily Roff of Dallas checks out the new line-up of wines at a 7-Eleven store in an affluent area where its customers are inclined to buy pricier varietals.

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.

Gulf Oil Supports Breast Cancer Research

Gulf sponsors regional “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” fundraising walks throughout its 29-state service area. As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Gulf Oil LP, the fastest growing branded marketer of energy products in the U.S., is bringing its national support for breast cancer research and awareness to new levels this year. 

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Jamba Juice Adds Mobile Payment With Isis

Kicks off launch by giving away one million free smoothies. Jamba Juice Co. and Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US Inc. and Verizon Wireless, announced that the companies will give away up to one million free smoothies to U.S. consumers who tap to pay using their Isis Mobile Wallet.

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Paper Gains to Arrest Retail Gasoline Price Slide

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In the U.S. gasoline market, it’s not unusual for retail prices to slow or even reverse their September decline in October, underpinned by seasonal refinery maintenance which reduces output that, in turn, pressures crude prices. As the U.S. remains in political gridlock, unable to reach deals on

Kroger Announces Leadership Succession Plan

Ellis takes over as president and COO as McMullen takes the helm as CEO. The Kroger Co. has announced that Michael Ellis will be named president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2014, completing the succession plan announced in September. The company expects its Board of Directors to elect Ellis to his new role

Cautious Consumers Trim Holiday Gift Giving Budgets

According to NRF Survey consumers are setting a modest budget for gifts while they wait to see how the U.S. economy fares the in coming months. Faced with continued economic uncertainty and used to doing more with less, consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending

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Holiday Oil Adds LiftRetail

“LiftRetail provides leverage to our existing marketing programs and enabled us to implement an aspect of loyalty,” says vice president of operations. Holiday Oil of West Valley, Utah, has completed a chain wide rollout of VeriFone’s award winning in-store marketing solution, LiftRetail. LiftRetail uses POS-connected digital screens to engage each shopper with relevant offers and

Flash Foods Implements New Fuel Inventory Management Software

Simmons ClearView gives quick ROI for Flash Foods. Flash Food has rolled out Simmons ClearView to 170 c-store locations. ClearView provides continuous fuel inventory management software and services designed to track every drop of fuel through the tanks at the site.  In addition to stopping fuel losses, the system provides the ability to accurately reconcile

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