Wells Fargo Notes Beverages Soft in Q4

Weather, weak traffic and promotions in other channels hurt beverage sales at c-stores in Q4. Wells Fargo recently conducted a “Beverage Buzz” survey of beverage retailers representing over 15,000 convenience store locations across the U.S. to learn what retailers are seeing at the store level across the beverage category. Wells Fargo outlined the following key

Rutter’s Expands Beer Sales to Strasburg Site

Beer caves continue to roll out in Rutter’s Convenience Stores. Rutter’s Strasburg location on Historic Drive, has opened its Beer Cave, making it the eighth Rutter’s location that offers beer. This Rutter’s was built at the end of 2016 with the Beer Cave already in its plans. The store had the required 30 seats for

Hershey Commits To Nutrition Transparency

By 2022, Hershey will make 50% of its total portfolio of individually-wrapped standard- and king-size confectionery products with 200 calories or less. The Hershey Co. has introduced a new set of commitments to assist in growing the visibility of nutrition information and portion options. The move is as part of Hershey’s ongoing efforts to offer

Eby-Brown Hosting 52nd ‘Eby-Expo Midwest’

Expo to focus on innovative solutions for convenience stores Eby-Brown Co. LLC, the largest privately held convenience store distributor in the U.S. is set to host its Flagship tradeshow, Eby-Expo. The Expo is set for April 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., with more than 1,400 retail partners and vendors scheduled to

McLane, Walmart Extend Partnership

McLane set to act as exclusive distributor of seasonal candy to all U.S. retail locations. McLane Co. Inc., a supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions, has renewed its service agreement with long-time client Walmart. As part of this extended agreement, McLane will continue to deliver to Walmart stores across the

Brakebush Brothers Promotes Dan Caron

Caron to be responsible for Northeast sales. Brakebush Brothers Inc. has promoted Dan Caron to Northeast regional sales manager, effective April 17, 2017. Caron has worked as a territory sales manager for Brakebush since 2001, continuously earning high sales achievements for his market. Prior to joining Brakebush, he was employed by Jordan Meats, a large

NACS Examines Recycling Perceptions Ahead of Earth Day

Retailers spend more than $600 per store per month for recycling and trash collection programs. Most customers empty the trash in their car every time they fill up at their local gas station. In fact, NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) reported that seven in 10 American drivers (70%) say that they use the trash

Domino’s Asks Trump Administration To Stop Menu Labeling Law

Pizza chains with countless toppings and ingredients are finding the pending rules particularly arduous. The new menu labeling regulations that retailers across the country have been dreading are set to hit May 5, and some restaurants are calling on Congress and the Trump Administration in a last ditch effort to postpone or strike down the

CVS Rolls Out Reimaged Store Design

Drug store chain to focus on health through expanding offering of health and beauty products and better-for-you food products. Three years after deciding to end tobacco sales, CVS has taken another step toward its evolution toward a focus on “health” with the introduction of a new store design. The new design will enhance the retail

M-PACT Reveals Burning Tobacco Issues

The threat of local ordinances is the most pressing threat to tobacco retailers now. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Tobacco took a front seat at M-PACT 2017 as attendees on the last day had the opportunity to learn the latest issues affecting an important category for convenience retailers. The session, Tobacco Outlook: Cigarettes, Cigars, Smokeless

Brakebush Brothers Promotes Glenn Jenisch

Veteran employee takes on new responsibilities. Brakebush Brothers Inc. has promoted Glenn Jenisch to the role of business development manager. Duties of this position include building business with Group Purchasing Organizations, Retail Deli, Industrial, Mid-level and Regional Chain accounts and Military accounts. Jenisch started at Brakebush as a territory sales manager in 1994 and was

West Virginia C-stores Fight Against Skimmers

With help from local police, c-stores are working to find and remove any skimmers placed by thieves. Convenience stores in West Virginia are waging a war against skimmers. West Virginia MetroNews reported that West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association is working with law enforcement and the state Division of Labor to find and remove

SKU Announces Track 5 Participants

A number of brands set to undergo a 14-week course led by mentors. SKU, a consumer products accelerator, has selected seven participants for Track 5. These Consumer Product Goods (CPG) companies, ranging from soul-food inspired flavored popcorn to an Austin, Texas-inspired boot and flip flop brand, are participating in a 14-week course that is much

Kwik Trip Ranks Best in Five of Six Categories

GasBuddy showcases Q1 results for c-stores. GasBuddy has revealed its first quarterly report card showing how gas station convenience stores stacked up in the first quarter of 2017. Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip ranked No. 1 in five out of the six categories. Methodology The GasBuddy smartphone app downloads have grown to more than 64 million. GasBuddies

Davis Oil Implements PriceAdvantage Software

Saves staff time with automated fuel pricing. Davis Oil has selected PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software to help expedite the fuel pricing process across its chain of 19 “C-Store” brand of convenience stores located across west Michigan. “The time-consuming, manual process of conducting store surveys and posting new prices can often create critical delays and errors

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Franchisee Opportunities

FLMS Foods Inc. to add new Dunkin’ Donuts stores in Florida and Georgia. Dunkin’ Donuts is looking for franchisees throughout the South in Memphis, Tenn., and in Greenwood, Jackson, Meridian, and Tupelo, Miss. Most recently, Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group FLMS Foods Inc. to develop five new

White Castle Introduces New Vegetarian LTO

Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean Slider and Bacon Jam Slider join limited time menu. The health conscious trend is inspiring more customers to opt for vegetarian offerings and White Castle is making sure its bold new limited time offerings (LTOs) appeal to everyone—including those limiting or avoiding meat. The chain is introducing Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean

FPMA Scholarship Deadline Approaches

Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is set to award scholarships. The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (FPMA) scholarship deadline is approaching. For 36 years, FPMA has granted academic scholarships exclusively to FPMA member company owners, employees and their children to attend college and become successors of the family business or entrepreneurs

How To Prevent Bad Hires

A team can help combat hiring blindness. Here you are again. Your organization just hired another employee who didn’t perform as expected, despite giving a great interview. Too often, candidates who present sparkling résumés and great initial impressions disappoint when they show up for work. Over time, these underperforming employees diminish morale, reduce efficiency, and

Starbucks Releases Unicorn Frappuccino

Coffee giant gets creative with new beverage offering. Unicorns are trending and Starbucks is jumping on the bandwagon with its first Unicorn Frappuccino blended beverage, available starting Wednesday, April 19, through Sunday, April 23, while supplies last. The Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème is made with a sweet dusting of pink powder, blended into a crème

OMEGA Helps Children in Need

Mother’s Day themed, paper flowers will be sold for $1 at nearly 500 OMEGA-member convenience and grocery stores throughout West Virginia. The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association has launched its 7th Annual ‘Every Child Deserves A Loving Home’ Campaign to raise funds to help children and families in crisis across the state. More

CSD Exclusive: Clifford Fuel Drops Nice N Easy, Rebrands as “Cliff’s Local Market”

After more than 30 years with the Nice N Easy brand, the New York chain is committed to a company-wide rebranding. Clifford Fuel Co. is about to undergo a complete makeover and rebranding after 30 years with the Nice N Easy franchise. During the month of May, the company’s 18 stores will rebrand from Nice

M&M Mid-Valley Supply, Leighton O’Brien Form Distribution Agreement

Partnership to enhance fuel cleaning and polishing services for underground and above ground storage tanks. M&M Mid-Valley Supply, known for installation, service and equipment distribution with four branches throughout the Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia region of the U.S., and global tank and fuel management company Leighton O’Brien announced the distributorship of Leighton O’Brien’s

CST Brands Prepares to Release Q1 Results

With a pending merger with Circle K, CST won’t include financial guidance. CST Brands Inc.’s is set to release its first quarter 2017 results after the market closes on Monday, May 8, 2017. In light of the pending merger with Circle K Stores Inc., a Texas corporation (“Circle K”) and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alimentation

Gas Prices Continue To Creep Higher

OPEC cuts to oil production could extend beyond June. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on April 17 hit $2.41, two cents above last week’s price, 12 cents more than last month and 30 cents more than a year ago, AAA reported. The national average is at its highest price