Millennials, Gen Z Seek Out Healthy Oils, Fats

As younger customers look for less processed, natural foods, minimally-processed fats are becoming appealing. Dietary guidelines, for three decades have urged customers to cut fat and saturated fat from the American diet, but such a mindset is evolving. Millennials and Generation Z consumers are the most inclined to view any type of fat not only

Gas Prices Trend Upward

Ongoing tension in the Middle East along with a switch to summer-blend gasoline are behind the uptick. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline hit $2.39 on April 10, a six-cent increase from the previous week and 35 cents greater than this time last year, according to AAA. It marks the

Wayne Concludes 2017 Technology Summit

Industry leaders discuss the future of fueling, payments and more. Wayne Fueling Systems wrapped up its 2017 Technology Summit in Austin, Texas with strong attendance and positive attendee feedback. Wayne is part of Dover Fueling Solutions (DFS) and a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations.

TravelCenters Adds Four Fazoli’s Restaurants

Italian fast casual restaurants to greet customers in Connecticut, Oklahoma, Texas and Michigan. TA Restaurant Group, a division of TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is bringing Fazoli’s restaurants, America’s largest fast casual Italian restaurant brand, to highway travelers across the country. The Lexington, Ky.-based

Techron Advantage Card Holders Save at Chevron, Texaco

New cardholders get a discount on gas during the first 60 days of opening an account. Chevron is offering Techron Advantage Credit Cardholders the opportunity to earn 15 cents in fuel credits on every gallon for the first 60 days from the account open date at Chevron and Texaco stations. The intro offer allows new

Wawa Celebrates 53rd Anniversary

Wawa Day—set for April 13—celebrates Wawa’s founding and the three-year anniversary of The Wawa Foundation. Wawa Inc. is set to give away 2 million cups of free coffee in celebration of its 53rd anniversary in retail. This year’s Wawa Day will be held on Thursday April 13. Wawa will celebrate the occasion by offering customers

QuikTrip Tops List of Favorite Places to Fuel Up

Of gas station and c-store brands, Cumberland Farms places 2nd and Sheetz comes in third. From the most frequented c-stores to the fresh food quality, Market Force evaluated customer perceptions and preferences in its annual survey. QuikTrip and Costco are consumers’ favorite places to fill their gas tanks, according to a new study by Market

Parker’s C-Stores Gives $20,000 to Beaufort County Schools

A portion of Parker’s gas sales sold on the first Wednesday of the month go to local schools. Parker’s continues to help fund area schools through. Fueling the Community Recently the chain donated $20,000 to Beaufort County Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative. Parker’s, which operates 48 convenience stores in

February-March 2017 Comparisons Are In

By Bill Scott At the top of our Top 100 list, 30 stores sold 28,543 Muscular Dystrophy Shamrocks during March, Marlboro Gold pushed Hunt Brothers Hunk down 2 positions to No.3. Another Hunt Brothers product jumped 299 positions to take the No. 15 spot. Newcomers to the Top 100 were Smartwater Loose 20 Oz, Bud

NPD’s Index Shows Major Brands Dominate Shopper Percentages

Dollar Tree sees biggest gain among retailers. A new index from The NPD Group’s Checkout Tracking shows that some of the biggest names in retailing and foodservice have reached an extraordinary percentage of buyers at least once a year. Walmart, McDonald’s, and Target top the list with better than five out of six U.S. consumers

CITGO Lemont Refinery Participates in STEM Events

From sponsoring the first annual STEM Fest to serving as judges on school science projects, CITGO gets involved on the local level with youth STEM opportunities. CITGO Lemont Refinery participated in four STEM-related events for area youth in February and March as a part of the CITGO STEM Talent Pipeline Program, which seeks to increase

Consumers Remain Optimistic

Economic optimism up 15 points over last year. Consumer sentiment continues to trend toward a positive outlook in April 2017. Economic optimism this month held steady, with 59% of gasoline consumers saying that they feel optimistic about the U.S. economy, according to the latest Consumer Fuels Survey released by NACS. Across all parts of the

7-Eleven Offers BOGO Slurpees for Siblings Day

Buy one get one free Slurpees offer a chance to share a treat with brothers, sisters or friends. 7-Eleven is celebrating National Sibling Day (April 10) all week long with some help from its iconic Slurpee brand. Customers have a chance to enjoy a Buy One-Get One (BOGO) Slurpee drink promotion with an exclusive new

Eby-Brown, MSA Renew Commitment

Eby-Brown to continue using MSA’s Distributor Trade Program Management (DTPM) solution to manage its trade programs. Eby-Brown Co. LLC has renewed its agreement with Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA), a solution provider to consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers, for another three years. MSA will continue managing Eby-Brown data, providing analytics and insights as well as

Rutter’s Forays Into Wine Sales

Wine department to be located near the beer caves. Rutter’s is entering the wine category. The York, Pa.-based c-store chain’s location at 2215 Old Trail Road in Goldsboro Newberry Township is the first of its stores to begin wine sales, beginning Friday, April 7. It marks the first of seven Rutter’s locations planning to sell

Growth Energy Speaks Out On Oil Industry Push Poll

Homegrown fuels have broad bipartisan support and more retailers are offering higher biofuel blends. Growth Energy released a statement noting the limitations of the oil industry’s latest push poll designed by the American Petroleum Institute (API) to obscure strong public support for homegrown biofuels. “API’s reoccurring push polls rely on misinformation and leading questions to

Swisher Appoints Dunn Vice President, Industry Relations

A tobacco veteran at Swisher International, Bill Dunn transitions to a role with a customer engagement focus. Swisher International Inc. has appointed Bill Dunn to vice president, industry relations. Formerly vice president of field sales, Dunn has held more than 10 different positions of increasing responsibility within the organization spanning a 35-year career. “It goes

Welbilt Awarded As Energy Star Partner for Eighth Year

Remains committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Welbilt has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Welbilt’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington,

KFC To Eliminate Antibiotics From Chicken

As consumers become more concerned with food ingredients and sourcing, KFC moves to alleviate antibiotic concerns. Kentucky Fried Chicken announced plans to eliminate antibiotics from its chicken. By the end of 2018, all chicken purchased by KFC U.S. will be raised without antibiotics important to human medicine. This move marks the first time a major

Are Low Gas Prices Good for the Economy?

Customers weigh in on what they think of today’s gas prices. Gas prices tend to tick upward at the beginning of the year, but what do consumers think of the shift and at what point does it start to impact their business? According to results of the NACS Consumer Fuels Survey, Americans overwhelmingly say that

Sheetz Introduces New Loyalty Card

New loyalty card allows Sheetz shoppers to rack up points with every swipe of their MySheetz Card. Sheetz has introduced a new loyalty card allowing customers to enjoy free items and other rewards and become official ‘Sheetz Freakz.’ MySheetz Card holders will now receive points on nearly every in-store purchase* and can choose customized rewards

Rutter’s Customers Vote for Charity Donation Recipients

Rutter’s customers vote for the charity of their choice with every dollar spent at Rutter’s. Rutter’s has re-launched its ‘Vote with your Dollars’ program for 2017 and has announced 10 charities to participate in the third consecutive year of the philanthropic program. The charities include: Adams County SPCA Diakon Adoption and Foster Care House of

7-Eleven Agrees to Buy 1,100-Plus Sunoco Sites

The convenience giant will significantly expand its geographic footprint in the Atlantic, Northeast. 7- Eleven Inc., the largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry, is pleased to announce it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Sunoco LP. As part of the agreement, 7-Eleven will acquire approximately 1,108 convenience stores located in 18 states. Terms

Forbes Features PFSbrands ESOP Strategy

PFSbrands’ owner has sold 100% of the company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Shawn Burcham, the founder and CEO of PFSbrands, has long worked at instilling “ownership thinking” as one of the key driving forces behind his company’s celebrated culture. PFSbrands is the home of the prepared food brands for c-stores—

NACS SOI Summit Kicks Off

The NACS SOI Summit reveals industry numbers for the past year across key categories. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI) Summit kicked off in Rosemont, Ill., at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel on April 5. C-store retailers gathered to hear the economic outlook, as well as industry numbers and