Archives for 2013

Wawa Hits One Million Facebook Fans

Celebrates with fan appreciation contests and giveaways. Wawa hit one million Facebook fans on Jan. 28, and has launched a two week celebration to reward fans for their loyalty. From merchandise to gift cards, Wawa is showering its social media fans with affection. But the celebration doesn’t end there; Wawa is also launching its “What

Industry Awaits Delayed Swipe Fee Ruling

At presstime, Tuesday’s expected ruling on the proposed swipe fee settlement by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Court has not yet been issued. The ruling is part of a series steps before the $7.2 billion proposed settlement can take effect. The proposed settlement was announced on  July 13, 2012, and received preliminary

Mintel Launches Mintel Futures

“The challenge is to use automation as something that gives us more time to focus on being more human,” notes Mintel spokesperson on a key trend. Mintel has announced the launch of Mintel Futures—a unique approach to trend forecasting enabling a longer term, strategic outlook—from the global analyst team at Mintel. Stemming from a set

CITGO-Venezuela Launches Eighth Annual Heating Oil Program

Program has benefited more than 1.7 million people since its inception. The eighth edition of the CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program will launch for the 2012-2013 season at the Night of Peace Shelter in Windsor Mill, Md., this coming Thursday, Jan. 31. The charitable program, which has benefitted more than 1.7 million people since its inception,

Convenience and Versatility Power Pizza

More Americans than ever are eating pizza, according to data from consumer research firm Technomic. A full 41% of respondents to a Technomic survey said that they now eat pizza at least once a week, up from 26% two years ago. Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Americans’ love affair with pizza isn’t likely to end any

Cumberland Farms Offers Mobile Payment Option

Customers can save 10 cents on every gallon of gas with new mobile payment program. Cumberland Farms has launched its free SmartPay Check-Link payment program that lets customers pay for gas and in-store purchases using their mobile phone or with the swipe of a card. After completing a free online enrollment process, SmartPay Check-Link users

Elliott Management Makes Nominations To Hess Corp. Board

$21.5 billion private investment firm urges strategic and operational review. Elliott Management Corp. recently sent a letter to shareholders of Hess Corp., urging them to elect at the Company’s 2013 Annual Meeting the following slate of five independent directors to the Board: Rodney Chase – Former Deputy Chief Executive, BP plc Harvey Golub – Former

Budweiser’s First-Ever Tweet

Announces birth of baby clydesdale featured in Super Bowl XLVII commercial. Budweiser has launched its first-ever Twitter account: The account went live on Jan. 27. The iconic brand marked the occasion with another “first” involving the Budweiser Clydesdales—tweeting the first  photo of a member of the elite ”Budweiser Clydesdales Class of 2013,” a beautiful

Taylor Swift Partners With Diet Coke

Collaboration gives fans exclusive opportunities and extraordinary access. Thanks to record-breaking album sales, Taylor Swift is often associated with the colors gold and platinum, but now she’s officially adding some silver to her collection. Diet Coke has announced a long-term partnership with the superstar, making her a centerpiece of the brand’s iconic Stay Extraordinary platform,

Newcastle Introduces “No Bollocks” Campaign

“No Bollocks” first quarter retail program offers to drive secondary displays and higher basket rings for retailers. Newcastle Brown Ale, a leading imported ale in the U.S., is kicking the year off in high gear with the next wave of its popular “No Bollocks” campaign. The candid and engaging “No Bollocks” retail program is designed

Meat Snacks Go Gourmet

Innovative flavors and new packaging target female and young snackers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Manufacturers are finding other ways to woo women into choosing their products over chips and cookies when mid-day hunger pangs strike. One way is by emphasizing the snacks’ “better-for-you” attributes. Oh Boy! Oberto retooled its recipes to make them all-natural,

Coen Oil Acquires Kwik Kings Stores

Acquisition brings company’s store count to 31 in four states. Coen Oil Co. has purchased six Kwik King stores, as well as individual storefronts in Brilliant and McMurray, Pa., and a seven-store chain in Pennsylvania and Maryland, The Times Leader Online reported. The Kwik King sites include two locations in Toronto, and one each in

Pilot Flying J Rewards Drivers With Double Rewards

“Offering double rewards points this February is just an additional way we can express our gratitude,” says Pilot Flying J CEO. To thank the men and women who keep America moving, Pilot Flying J this February is offering double rewards points for professional drivers through its MyRewards program. “Not only do we want to reward

Manitowoc Divests Jackson Business To Hoshizaki

The Manitowoc Co. Inc. has sold its Jackson warewashing business to Hoshizaki USA Holdings Inc. Specific terms of the asset sale were not disclosed. Jackson is a leading producer of warewashing equipment systems primarily for institutions and commercial kitchen applications. “The sale of the Jackson product line reinforces our commitment to our core commercial foodservice

Pemmican Beef Jerky Launches Online Shop

Pemmican Beef Jerky users can now buy Pemmican Brand snacks online. Marfood USA has announced that it has launched an online store to sell its Pemmican Beef Jerky to consumers via the Internet. The new online store features bright outdoor imagery and gives Pemmican Beef Jerky consumers a chance to order a variety of Pemmican

Building a Winning Beer Business

The near-term future of beer sales in convenience stores involves flavor, value and craft products geared toward specific age groups. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The good news about beer for c-stores is that consumers absolutely love it. The bad news is that consumers love lots of different types of beer—and there are more places

NAACP And Hispanic Federation Join Beverage Ban Fight

“We got involved in this lawsuit to help protect small-business owners,” says the Hispanic Federation president. Two prominent civil rights organizations, the NAACP and the Hispanic Federation, have teamed to fight New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s impending restrictions on sodas and sugary drinks above 16 ounces, the NY Daily News reported. Beverage industry lawyers argued

Oregon Proposes Prescriptions For Cigarettes

A new bill in the Oregon Legislature would mark nicotine as a controlled substance. Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) has filed a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would group nicotine in the same category as ketamine, making it illegal to possess the addictive substance without a doctor’s note, Willamete Week (WW) reported. House Bill 2077

TravelCenters of America Opens New TA in Holbrook, Ariz.

The new location offers professional driver amenities, including a deli, game room, drivers’ lounge, Wi-Fi, ATM, check cashing and UPS drop box. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the acquisition and rebranding of a travel center in Holbrook, Ariz., to the TA brand.

Eco-Friendly Cleaners

JAWS International Ltd., a technology company committed to protecting the environment and making innovative products to that end, has introduced JAWS cleaners. JAWS cleaners is a line of nontoxic cleaners in reusable bottles that come with a 2.5-inch refill cartridge attached. Customers use up the main bottle, then refill the bottle with tap water, insert

Legislative Update on Cigarette Graphic Warning Labels

Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), discussed the future of cigarette retailing in convenience stores. By John Lofstock, Editor. While cigarettes have long been a staple at U.S. convenience stores, accounting for millions in pack and cartons sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket, it remains

Shell, Pennzoil Extend Alliance With Penske Corp.

The alliance allows Shell to expand within motorsports and other businesses, notes Shell Oil Co. president. Penske Corp. and Shell have confirmed a multi-year extension of their ongoing alliance in North America. As part of the agreement, Shell and Pennzoil will continue sponsoring Penske Racing entries in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the IZOD

Tedeschi Food Shops Honored By Social Media Award

Tedeschi responds to CSD’s first annual social media awards. Tedeschi Food Shops noted it is honored to be the recipient of the Convenience Store Decisions’ Facebook Growth Award. The Tedeschi Food Shops Facebook Fan Page grew 1,663% in 2012. “Serving and delighting our customers is our passion. Social media allows us to engage our customers

7-Eleven Inc. Selling 20 Sites

7-Eleven is selling three convenience stores and 17 convenience stores with gas in western and Upstate New York. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC is handling the sealed bid sale of the properties. The stores are being sold without brand and with or without fuel supply.  The sites are located in Albion, Batavia, Bath, Buffalo,

MAPCO, U.S. Postal Service Partner

“The business partnership we’ve established with MAPCO is a real win for the community,” says USPS spokesperson. Mailing a letter in Memphis just got easier. MAPCO convenience stores recently teamed with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to offer four new contracted postal units in Memphis, the Memphis Business Journal reported. The units aim to provide