AWMA

AWMA Launches New State Government Affairs Initiative

Appoints Dirk Smith as the AWMA’s first-ever director of state government affairs. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that it has launched a new initiative to provide members with information and the ability to take action on state governmental developments that affect their businesses and the convenience distribution industry. The initiative has two key

customer_loyalty

Fuel Rewards Program Hits Five-Million-Member Milestone

National coalition loyalty program engages members with a universal rewards currency. A landmark five million American consumers have joined the Fuel Rewards program. The nationwide loyalty program uses cents-per-gallon fuel savings as the ultimate consumer reward for making everyday purchases at participating merchants. Programs like Fuel Rewards make up a new fast-growth sector in the

walmart

Wal-Mart Looks To Revamp Image With Better Pay, Training

Plans to invest $1 billion in its workforce’s training and salaries. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion in order to increase worker salaries and better train its hourly workers in an attempt to reshape its image from a company offering dead-end jobs to one where employees can grow, the Associated Press reported. Within the

NesteCandyBars-1

Nestlé Removing Artificial Flavors and Colors

“We know that candy consumers are interested in broader food trends around fewer artificial ingredients,” says president of Nestlé USA Confections & Snacks. Nestlé USA announced its commitment to removing artificial flavors and FDA-certified colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate candy products. By the end of 2015, more than

speedway 115

Speedway Exceeds $8 Million Raised in 2014 for CMN

Speedway customers and employees raised more than $68 Million for the charity since 1991. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC contributed more than $8 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2014, bringing the company’s total fundraising to more than $68 million since 1991. Donations in 2014 increased more than

Boston Retail Partners

Nearly 300% More Retailers Plan To Deploy Mobile POS

Boston Retail Partners’ survey shows mobile technology is transforming the customer experience. According to a special report by Boston Retail Partners (BRP), retailers are focused on significantly expanding the use of mobile technology for point of sale (POS), customer engagement and payments. The BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Mobile Technology—Transforming the Customer Experience, assesses how mobile devices

verc logo

VERC Enterprises Presents Grant To West Middle School

ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program helps retailers invest in their communities. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented West Middle School in Andover, Mass. with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp.

Atlas

Atlas Oil Launches Social Media Campaign

Promotes safe driving around big rigs. Atlas Oil Co. has launched a new safety related social media campaign called #RespectTheRig. The campaign features short videos of Atlas drivers giving safe driving tips for sharing the road with big rigs. Atlas invites other big rig drivers, trucking associations and other organizations to join the conversation at

HersheyLogoFinal_2014_HIRES

Hershey Moving to Simple, Easy-to-Understand Ingredients

“We all want and deserve to know what’s in our food,” says Hershey’s CEO. The Hershey Co. is beginning a transition to simple and easy-to-understand ingredients. This builds and expands on Hershey’s ongoing commitment to responsibly sourcing the ingredients it uses in its product portfolio. “As consumers, our relationship with food is changing. We spend

IDDBA

IDDBA Outlines Changing Food Retail Landscape

The 77-million-strong Millennial generation and their $200 billion in buying power will outspend the boomer generation by 2018. The changing retail landscape and shifting customer demographics within the food industry provide both challenges and opportunities for the in-store dairy, deli, and bakery industries, as evidenced by findings in What’s in Store 2015, the 29th edition

Dutch Masters

Refreshed Look, New Variants

Dutch Masters is making the biggest change in the brand’s 100-year-old history, including a major refresh to its iconic logo, to meet current adult cigar smokers’ lifestyles and preferences. It is also adding ‘Crafted to Burn Slow’ messaging on the new packaging to emphasize the use of traditional natural leaf cigar wrappers and its commitment

Bud-Light-MIXXTAIL-Firewalker-8-Pack

Cocktail-Inspired Beverages

Bud Light, the brand behind the wildly successful Bud Light Lime Ritas, is introducing a new cocktail-inspired product to the growing Bud Light portfolio: Bud Light MIXXTAIL. Bud Light MIXXTAIL is an 8% ABV cocktail-inspired beverage available in three flavors—Long Island, Firewalker and Hurricane—that combines the great taste of America’s favorite cocktail flavors with the

Kraft Trio in Red Bowls

Premium Macaroni & Cheese

Kraft Foodservice is excited to offer two new pasta dishes as part of its Simple Signatures portfolio. In addition to the original Classic White Cheddar and Twisted Elbow Macaroni, operators can now choose from Homestyle Cheddar and Shell Pasta made from real cheddar cheeses, as well as Creamy Parmesan and Gemelli Pasta made from real

Display Your Colors with New Stars 'n Bars Lighters from DjEEP

Stars ‘n Bars Lighters

Kretek International Inc. presents the new DjEEP Stars n’ Bars collection, available to ship April 1. The new patriotic series of lighters features symbols of the greatest country in the world from the most dependable and durable lighter on the planet. Inspired by Old Glory, the new lighter series are part of DjEEP’s upscale collector’s

GL-TomatoSoup

Tomato & Potato Soups

Deliver the traditional favorites that customers expect during the winter season with Golden Ladle’s two new soups: Cream of Tomato and Cream of Potato. Crafted from chef-inspired recipes, these creamy and perfectly seasoned soups bring a consistent, authentic taste that will keep patrons coming back for more. Golden Ladle uses high-quality ingredients, such as real

Brute

Refuse Containers

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), has launched vented BRUTE refuse containers, combining the proven durability of BRUTE containers with new venting and cinching technology and improved ergonomics. The latest addition to RCP’s refuse and recycling portfolio, vented BRUTE containers improve productivity and efficiency with four new venting channels that create airflow. This air circulation makes removing

Heinz

Sriracha Flavored Ketchup

Heinz Tomato Ketchup has been a key player in happy gatherings for generations. Starting this month, Heinz is giving fans one more reason to smile with new Heinz Ketchup Blended with Sriracha Flavor. This exciting twist on a classic maintains the recognizable taste and consistency of America’s Favorite Ketchup, with an added kick from spicy

SwpMop_Inset_Rotate360

Three-In-One Cleaning

The Brillo Sweep & Mop is a revolutionary three-in-one cleaning tool that utilizes Estracell technology in disposable dry pads for sweeping, disposable wet pads for a quick clean, and thicker pads for deep cleaning. This design eliminates the need for a broom, a spot-clean sweeper and deep-clean mop. Independent test results demonstrate that bacteria will

employees

Take the 2015 CSD/Humetrics Human Resources Benchmarking Survey

In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics are collaborating to provide insight into the industry human resources practices. For the seventh consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with human resources expert Mel Kleiman is launching a confidential online survey to

Zero FZ Fee logo

7-Eleven Launches Limited-Time Zero Franchise Fee Initiative

Select U.S. stores to have franchise fee waived. Between now and June 30, 7-Eleven Inc. will waive the franchise fee on a select number of its U.S. stores available for franchise, a savings of up to $80,000. The Zero Franchise Fee Initiative was announced by 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto at last week’s 7-Eleven

Convenience Store_Speed Coin Laundry

Huebsch Named Store Owner of the Quarter

Adjoining laundromat proves smart investment. Huebsch, the expert in commercial laundry efficiency, has named Raj Patel the latest recipient of its Store Owner of the Quarter award for his Speed Coin Laundry, a laundromat adjacent to his convenience store and gas station located in Murfreesboro, Tenn. “Mr. Patel’s success over the past 20 years is

quiktrip 137

QuikTrip Provides Fuel Discount Through Comdata Partnership

QuikTrip offers all Comdata MasterCard Corporate Fleet Card customers a discount of three cents per gallon on all gasoline and diesel purchases. QuikTrip Corp. and Comdata Inc. have partnered to expand the reach of fuel discounts through the Comdata Fuel Consortium (CFC) network. Developed by Comdata in 2008, the CFC is a nationwide network of

Sheetz - 500th Location Logo

Sheetz To Celebrate 500th Store Opening

“We are thrilled to carry this momentum throughout the year with more than 30 store openings in 2015, including a new restaurant concept at WVU and Penn State,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned convenience store chains, will celebrate the opening of its 500th store on Feb. 24. All Sheetz locations

rutters-among-50-fastest-growing-companies01

Rutter’s Recognized as Leading Business

Tops several business lists in Central Penn Business Journal’s Book of Lists. Rutter’s Holdings, the parent company of Rutter’s Farm Stores and Rutter’s Dairy, sits atop several business lists in the 2015 edition of the Central Penn Business Journal’s annual Book of Lists, distributed this week. Rutter’s earned a No. 3 rank on the list

Ingalls-Indiana-Loves-opening-600

Love’s Opens Travel Stop on I-69 in Indiana

Adds 95 parking spaces on Interstate 69. Love’s has opened a new travel stop in Ingalls, Ind., giving professional drivers 24-hour access to a Chester’s Chicken restaurant, 52 parking spaces, seven showers and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center. The travel stop also offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift merchandise, RFID cardless fueling technology, CAT

css.php