Tyson Foods, NACS Donate to Atlanta Food Bank

Some 33,000 pounds of donated food to help people in need. The Atlanta Community Food Bank just received a sizeable protein food donation, thanks to Tyson Foods Inc. and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Atlanta Community Food Bank, which serves 29 counties, will distribute the donated food through its service network of 600

Quality Oil Adds Play at the Pump

Now c-store customers can play the lottery right at the fuel pump. Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Quality Oil is adding lottery sales at its fuel-and-go kiosks. The company partnered with Linq3, adding Play at the Pump technology without expanding its physical footprint. Typically, industry-standard fuel kiosks cannot support many lottery technologies, such as lottery vending machines, due

LFFO Using Automation To Speed Delivery

Partnership with Descartes optimizes planning and scheduling to deliver fresh produce to market shelves in record time. Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics (LFFO) is using the Descartes Route Planner On-demand solution to more efficiently deliver freshly-picked produce to wholesale markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) members. “Our mission is to deliver healthy, high-quality food within 24

Family Express Partners With Watchfire Signs

As Family Express moves into made-to-order foodservice it installs Watchfire electronic message centers. Family Express has selected Watchfire Signs to provide digital signage for its convenience store locations throughout the Midwest. Named the 2015 Chain of the Year by Convenience Store Decisions, Family Express is pivoting into made-to-order foodservice and needed a digital marketing platform

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Drive-through Alternatives

Today’s Idea of the Day: Consider drive-through alternatives. While drive-throughs remain popular with customers who find it more convenient to stay in their cars, the concept isn’t feasible for every convenience store. But all retailers can consider drive-through alternatives, such as having guests order via their phones and having an employee meet them at the

Delek Proposes Completing Alon USA Acquisition

Delek looks to purchase outstanding shares of Alon USA. After purchasing part of Alon USA last year, Delek US Holdings is looking to take its acquisition of the company’s assets further. Delek, on Friday, Oct. 14, delivered non-binding letter to special committee of the board of Alon USA, in which it proposed a potential business

TA Opens New Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

New restaurant marks 61st opened by TravelCenters. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced that the TA Restaurant Group has opened a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at TA Matthews located at I-55 Exit 58 (854 State Hwy 80), in Matthews, Mo. The new Popeyes

Rutter’s Debuts Kunzler’s Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Dog

The York, Pa.-based c-store chain to be first in the U.S. to add the Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Dog to its roller grill. Rutter’s Farm Stores is offering the Kunzler’s Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Dogs exclusively at Rutter’s marketplace through January 2017. Rutter’s will be the first in the country to sell the new Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Dog from Kunzler.

Bilbrey To Retire as CEO of The Hershey Co.

The Hershey Co. looks to identify successor. John Bilbrey, chairman, president and CEO of the Hershey Co., announced plans to retire from the company July 1, 2017. Bilbrey will continue as non-executive chairman of Hershey’s Board of Directors following his retirement as president and CEO. “I have had the privilege of working in consumer packaged

Kroger Stores in North Carolina Donate To Hurricane Matthew Relief

Joins forces with American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina to provide supplies. Kroger’s 14 North Carolina stores are donating more than $60,000 in goods to Hurricane Matthew-impacted locations within North Carolina. Kroger has teamed up with the American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina to provide the supplies needed to bring relief to the

Hershey Supports White House Workforce Equality Initiatives

Continues commitment to equal pay for equal work with pledge. The Hershey Co. is continuing its commitment to equal pay for equal work, providing more people opportunities and eliminating unnecessary employment barriers with its pledge to support three major White House workforce equality initiatives, including the White House Equal Pay Pledge, First Job Compact and

Break Time Debuts MyTime Rewards Program

Loyalty program powered by Paytronix rolling out to 74 Break Time c-stores this December. MFA Oil’s retail division, Break Time, a chain of convenience stores located in Missouri and Arkansas, is launching a new Paytronix-powered MyTime Rewards program. Break Time selected the Paytronix Rewards platform for its comprehensive capabilities, including its integration to NCR’s Radiant

Wawa ‘Fall Free for All’ Promotion Rewards Guest

Wawa to double the number of giveaways since the start of 2016 with new fall c-store promotion. Guests to Wawa convenience stores have the chance to win a record number of giveaways this fall. Wawa has introduced its Fall Free for All promotion, making connecting with Wawa through its mobile app and Wawa Rewards program

Sunoco Completes Denny Oil Acquisition

Acquisition strengthens Sunoco’s existing c-store and wholesale fuel distribution business in east Texas and Louisiana. Sunoco LP has announced that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries completed the acquisition of Denny Oil’s convenience store assets and wholesale fuel business for approximately $53 million. This acquisition includes six company-operated locations and wholesale fuel supply contracts for a

Sheetz Showcases E15 Availability in North Carolina

Partners with Growth Energy to offer E15 at 61 North Carolina locations. Sheetz and Growth Energy are demonstrating the availability of E15 for North Carolina drivers alongside the #62 car that Sheetz is sponsoring in today’s Drive For the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. E15, the same high-performance fuel that will power the Sheetz

Verifone, Koupon Media Partner

Integration to improve mobile coupon security and reduce fraud potential at the point of sale. Koupon Media has certified with Verifone to deliver secure, one-time-use mobile coupons to brands and retailers. The integration will allow all retailers using the Verifone Commander platform to create, manage and distribute mobile coupons by Koupon Media, with unique barcodes

Nittany Oil Launches Foodservice Kiosks

MinitMart Convenience Stores provides self-service ordering technology to foodservice guests. Nittany Oil’s 26 MinitMart locations are now offering customers the chance to order food via kiosk. The chain is using Gilbarco’s Express Ordering Food Service solution in all 26 locations. Nittany MinitMart has evolved its foodservice program across central and northern Pennsylvania over the past

Is Amazon Rolling Out C-Stores?

Reports indicate the online retailers is considering c-store locations as an extension of its same-day delivery subscription service. Watch out convenience stores: Amazon is reported to be looking into expanding into brick-and-mortar convenience stores and curbside pickup locations, according to a report by Marketplace.com. The c-store concept would offer perishable items such as milk and

QuickChek Converts Headquarters Into Mini Golf Course

Event raises funds for the QuickChek Family Fund. QuickChek Corp. converted the lawn of its company’s headquarters support center in Whitehouse Station, N.J. into a makeshift miniature golf course on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in order to raise money for the QuickChek Family Fund. More than 150 executives, employee team members and vendors of the fresh

Love’s Travel Stops CMN Campaign Raises $2.5 Million

Love’s donates more than $16 million to CMN Hospitals in 18-year history. Love’s Travel Stops store employees with the help of customers raised a record amount of donations during the company’s 18th annual companywide campaign to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. Employees at more than 390 stores in 40 states raised $2.53

Growth Energy Congratulates RaceTrac on E15 Debut

Consumer demand for E15 grows. On Oct. 11, RaceTrac announced that it expanded E15 sales to four locations in Florida, giving consumers access to a higher biofuel blend. RaceTrac recently joined a list of major retailers as part of the Prime the Pump initiative, which works in collaboration with Growth Energy to expand consumer choice

Holiday Spending Expected to Rise

Consumers less concerned about economy negatively influencing their holiday spending. Retailers can look forward to heightened holiday sales according to a new report from global information company NPD Group. The NPD Group’s “2016 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey,” revealed that consumers plan to spend an average of $636 on holiday-related expenses, up 3% from what they

Nominate A Next-Generation C-Store Leader

Nominate your next-generation leader today. The National Advisory Group (NAG) and Convenience Store Decisions are proud to partner on the Young Executive Organization’s (YEO) second annual 40 Under 40 Leaders. CSD will be recognizing a number of young executives to watch as they move through their careers in the c-store industry. Please take a minute

U.S. Yogurt Drinks Up 62% in Five Years

The yogurt category’s health and convenience as well as its wide array of flavors and formats are helping it grow. Sales of yogurt drinks have skyrocketed, growing 62% from 2011 to 2016, according to the latest research from Mintel. A relative newcomer to the yogurt sector, yogurt drinks* are a standout in the yogurts market.

Consumer Optimism Rises Ahead of Election

Time will tell if optimism jumps even higher after the November election. Optimism about the economy is up for the first time in seven months, and stable gas prices may be one reason behind the uptick. Consumer sentiment increased slightly to 46%, a one-point increase from September, according to the results of a national consumer