Archives for 2013

Haslam Returns To Helm Of Pilot Flying J

Cleveland Browns’ owner returns to his former post in the c-store/travel center industry.  Having recently put new leadership in place at the Cleveland Browns, Jimmy Haslam is set to return to the helm of his family-owned company, Pilot Flying J, in Knoxville, Tenn, reported. Haslam will regain his position as CEO of the company

NYACS President Speaks Out On Minimum Wage Hike

NYACS warns c-stores would be forced to deal with wage increases by reducing staff, cutting benefits or increasing prices. James Calvin, president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS), has responded to a press event by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce concerning the proposed New York minimum wage increase. On Thursday, Business for

NAFEM Honors Industry Association Leaders

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) honored 50 allied association leaders with a Doctorate of Foodservice (DFS) award during ceremonies held at The NAFEM Show, Feb. 7, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.  NAFEM’s DFS program recognizes elected leaders of major foodservice industry associations for their commitment and dedication to their respective

SAS Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show Kicks Off This February

“Celebrate America….SAS Salutes the Stars and Stripes” is the theme for the 2013 S. Abraham & Sons (SAS) Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show. DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., the site of the 27th annual show, will feature 150 booths, representing 214 manufacturers. Approximately 1,500 stores will be represented by buyers at this

Zarco 66 President Receives Award

Scott Zaremba honored as first-in-the-nation E15 marketer. During the opening session on the second day of the Renewable Fuels Association’s 18th annual National Ethanol Conference, Bob Dinneen, RFA’s President and CEO, honored Scott Zaremba, President of Zarco 66 Inc. and Zarco 66 American Fuels, with “The Industry Award” in recognition of his vision and commitment

Atlas Oil Launches New Crude Business Unit

“As this market continues to grow, we will be a top player,” says Atlas CEO. Atlas Oil Co. has confirmed its strategic intent to become a major player in the crude hauling and crude transportation business.  Over the past three years, Atlas’ crude transloading operations have increased by 750%, reflecting the explosive growth in domestic

Kangaroo Express Joins Military Spouse Employment Partnership

Program helps military spouses find work after relocation. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., has joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP). Frequent relocation required by military spouses is often a barrier to finding ideal employment opportunities. As part of the partnership, Kangaroo Express will identify and promote career employment opportunities for military spouses,

Dos Equis Celebrates Cinco De Mayo

At retail, Dos Equis is providing tools and compelling offers that will keep shoppers coming back for more. This spring, Dos Equis is extending the season of Cinco de Mayo with a five-week program that includes exclusive content and inspiration taken from chapters of the Most Interesting Man in the World’s unpublished memoirs. This collection

Budweiser’s Baby Clydesdale Gets Name

Following 60,000+ suggestions 21-day-old female foal named ‘Hope.’ She’s 21 days old, already weighs 200 pounds and starred in an award-winning Super Bowl XLVII commercial for Budweiser seen by more than 108 million people during the broadcast and millions more online. And now she has a name: “Hope,” a nod to the optimism and happy

Love’s Travel Stop Reopens in Webbers Falls, Okla.

New travel stop to replace 22-year-old store. Love’s Travel Stops has announced it reopened a travel stop in Webbers Falls, Okla., at Interstate 40 and Hwy 100. This travel stop is a raze and rebuild to replace a 22-year-old Love’s in Webbers Falls, which was closed in late September 2012. The rebuilt location includes 80

Coca-Cola Big Game Drives Over 11 Million Fan Engagements

The chase may have concluded Sunday night, but “Mirage” characters will live on. While the team from Baltimore took home the championship Sunday night, a cast of Showgirls raced to a victory of their own. They bested their desert rivals, the Cowboys and the Badlanders, in a quest to be first to reach an ice-cold

Dos Equis Celebrates Cinco De Mayo with Retail Promotions

This spring, Dos Equis is extending the season of Cinco de Mayo with a five-week program that includes exclusive content and inspiration taken from chapters of the Most Interesting Man in the World’s unpublished memoirs. This collection of rituals, feasts and adventures will encourage adult shoppers and on-premise patrons, age 21 and older, to create

Brakebush Brothers Acquires Trinity Valley Foods

Acquisition to broaden chicken line and offer Brakebush new markets for its products. Foodservice chicken producer Brakebush Brothers has announced the acquisition of Trinity Valley Foods of Irving, Texas, a further-processor of raw, sized, marinated, and ready-to-cook chicken products. The agreement was finalized on Dec. 31, 2012. Brakebush Brothers, a supplier of fully-cooked chicken, produces

Swisher International Launches New Premium Cigar Division

Hires industry veteran, Alex Goldman. Swisher International has announced that Alex Goldman has joined the company as president of Royal Gold Cigars, a new premium cigar division. Goldman’s tenure began on Jan. 2, 2013, to spearhead the division specifically created to build upon his extensive industry experience. “Alex’s leadership of House of Oxford/Mom’s Cigars as

MFA Oil Co. Hires New Chief Financial Officer

Condron’s “vast knowledge and experience in the energy and cooperative environment made him a perfect fit for us,” says MFA Oil president. MFA Oil Co. has named Robert Condron chief financial officer, effective Jan.28, 2013. Condron is now responsible for the IT, finance and corporate services departments. He also evaluates strategic and financial planning as

Coors Teams With Recyclebank

Two pioneers in recycling unite to reward consumers for their environmental efforts. Coors Brewing Co., inventor of the first 100% recyclable aluminum can, has kicked off its latest sustainability initiative by announcing a partnership with Recyclebank, the company that rewards people for taking every day green actions with discounts and deals. The program, Coors Recycles,

Oasis Stop 'N Go, Mid Pac Petroleum Join the Dropoints Redemption Network

Customers can instantly drop the price at the fuel pumps by up to $1 using their Dropoints card. In effort to offer greater rewards to its loyal customers, Oasis Stop ‘N Go, of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Mid Pac Petroleum, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and have joined the Dropoints redemption network. Their gas stations combined

Sheetz Supports Modernizing Pennsylvania Liquor Laws

“We have been lobbying for adult beverage sales reform for a long time,” says Sheetz spokesperson. Sheetz Convenience Restaurants has announced its support of Governor Tom Corbett ‘s efforts to modernize Pennsylvania liquor laws, stating that until now there has not been a state leader willing to push for change since Prohibition. The chain of

Fresh & Easy Says Stores To Remain Open

In a letter to customers, the embattled chain says its stores are not closing. On Jan. 31, Tesco’s Fresh & Easy sent an email to the members of its Friends of Fresh & Easy Rewards program to address numerous reports about the future of its Fresh & Easy chain, which includes 200 stores in California,

Emerging Merchandising Trends

“Smartphones, digital coupons, online retailers and the Internet combined with financial pressures and shifting marketplace dynamics are forever changing how consumers shop,” says editor of Times & Trends. Consumers have drastically changed their approach to grocery shopping during the past decade. They combine online and offline planning with in-store visits and make more informed and

Frozen Dispensed Beverages Lead Growth

Insight Beverages launches on-trend mix of traditional and unique frozen beverages. Frozen dispensed beverages were a $408 million category in 2011 and have continued to grow faster than Convenience Store Foodservice overall, according to Technomic. Frozen coffee growth is expected to remain in the double digits at 22%. To capitalize on a growing product category,

Capital Management Best Practices

By: John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises. Hopefully your business is growing, cash flow is strong, and if that is the case, what a fantastic scenario to be enjoying! Now, one must determine what are the best ways to put those earnings to use. For the “live for the moment” entrepreneur, one could simply

Alon Brands Gives Away $10,000 In Free Gas

More free gas giveaways and prizes to come throughout 2013. Alon Brands, a supplier and marketer of branded fuels in the Southwest, and one of its Oklahoma-based distributors, WR Hess, announced that a lucky Marlow resident and Hop & Sack customer has won $10,000 in free gas from a recent text promotion. Company leaders presented

The Pantry Announces Q1, Fiscal 2013 Results

Improvement over the prior year quarter reflects the team’s continued focus on improving merchandise sales, margins and controlling expenses, notes The Pantry’s CEO. The Pantry Inc. has announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended December 27, 2012. First Quarter Summary: Net loss was $3.1 million or $0.14 per share. This compares to a

Millennials Contradict Slacker Stereotype

Gen Y showing more intensity and resiliency in job search, Snagajob data finds. Millennials are proving more ambitious in their job searches, re-engaging at a faster rate and applying for more jobs compared to older job seekers, according to Snagajob, America’s largest hourly employment network for job seekers and employers. Snagajob, which hosts more than