Cumberland’s Coffee Free on Fridays

Cumberland Farms’ new Farmhouse Blend coffee – rolling out to Cumberland stores after six months of research, testing and blend-tasting – is being offered free to customers every Friday through Dec. 5, the company said. The chain’s Farmhouse Blend is a medium roast with a smooth, harmonious flavor. While customers can get a free cup


Love’s Raises $760K For Children’s Nonprofit

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores said it raised $760,000 during its annual fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network, an 84% increase from the $415,000 raised in 2007 and the highest total in the 10-year history of the campaign. Since beginning its affiliation with Children’s Miracle Network in 1998, Love’s and its customers have raised more

Nexon, 7-Eleven Play Well Together

Multiplayer online (MMO) game company Nexon America and 7-Eleven Inc. have kicked off the “Where You Play for Free” Slurpee drink campaign in the U.S. to introduce and promote the world of free-to-play online games. The promotion runs through Dec. 31 in more than 5,600 participating 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. The program includes four

Wine Sales Sparkle On Election Day

Fresh & Easy said its sparkling wine sales more than doubled for Election Day last week, including the company’s 11 different bottles of sparkling wines, five of which are specially selected for Fresh & Easy. The best-selling bubbly for Election Day was the Fresh & Easy Montcadi Cava which retails for under $7. Seven of

Mag Ranks ampm 29th Among Top 200 Franchises

Franchise Times magazine has ranked the ampm franchise number 29 on its list of Top 200 franchise systems, a 10-point jump over the company’s rank last year. The ampm c-store brand was the only one owned by an integrated oil and gas company to make the list. The Franchise Times singled out ampm for special

PCATS Outlining POS, Back Office Goals

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) said today that the Point-of-Sale (POS) Back Office Interface Standards Committee will meet at the 2009 PCATS Annual Conference in January to complete PCATS-NAXML POS/Back Office Interface Version 4.0. The conference will be held Jan. 26, 2009, in Orlando, Fla. >“At the 2009 PCATS Annual Conference, our

Udderly Interactive

For years, York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has proudly described itself as the place “Where milk comes from.” This notion will be the central theme of a new interactive Rutter’s Dairy exhibit planned for the Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York, Pa., the company said. The exhibit will open in two phases, the first beginning

CITGO Refinery Recognized For Environmental Awareness

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) presented its annual OSPRA Award to CITGO Refining and Chemicals, a CITGO Petroleum Corporation refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the Clean Gulf Conference in San Antonio, Texas The OSPRA Award was established by the GLO to recognize organizations that have excelled in their efforts to comply with the

Domino’s Pizza Chooses Pan-Oston For 2007 Partner Award

Domino’s Pizza named Pan-Oston the winner of its prestigious Partner Award for 2007, the companies said. Domino’s “ESP” program (“Excellence through Supplier Partnerships”) is a supply-chain management program that develops relationships though a 360-degree performance evaluation process that promotes communication and continuous improvement between Domino’s and suppliers. Pan-Oston designs and manufactures counter systems and décor

Pepsi Bottling To Distribute Muscle Milk

Pepsi Bottling Group has signed an agreement with CytoSport Inc. to distribute Muscle Milk, a protein-enhanced functional beverage. The agreement will give Pepsi Bottling a license to distribute the ready-to-drink line of Muscle Milk and Muscle Milk Light in its territories in the U.S. and Canada. The agreement is effective immediately, so Pepsi Bottling will

How Low Can it Go?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Wholesale prices for regular grade gasoline in large metropolitan markets across the country are below year-ago values, with retail prices in many of these markets now also falling under what their prices at the pump were last year. The remaining retail markets that are still holding

Wilson Farms, Reid Petroleum Launch E85

New York convenience store chain Wilson Farms and fuel supplier Reid Petroleum will mark an environmental milestone on Nov. 6 as they launch Buffalo’s first E85 fuel station at a Wilson Farms store in North Tonawanda. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the occasion, which will include comments from Wilson Farms CEO and President Paul Nanula

Rutter’s Store Opening Comes With $3K Donation

C-store operator Rutter’s Farm Stores has donated $3,000 to three charitable organizations near its convenience store in Swartara Township to commemorate the store’s Oct. 10 opening. “Part of our responsibility as a company is to give back to the communities that support Rutter’s,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores. “We’re proud

Wawa, Food Banks Partner for Hunger Campaign

Wawa Inc. said it’s holding its ninth annual Check Out Hunger Campaign to benefit local food banks. The campaign will run Nov. 3 though Nov. 30 at all 570 Wawa stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The Check Out Hunger Campaign is an annual in-store fundraising campaign that allows Wawa customers to

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Game Changers: Lessons Learned From the Election

The 2008 Presidential election will go down as one of the most dynamic elections in U.S. history. I have lived in my neighborhood for 10 years and have never seen an election that brought more diverse signage dotting the lawns around my home. The most interesting representation of this: A nearby house displayed signs for

BP’s Midwest Shuffle

Petroleum suppliers and c-store operators Ricker Oil Co., of Anderson, Ind., and Atlas Oil Co., of Taylor, Mich., were the big winners last month as part of BP’s plan to sell off its Midwest retail assets.  Ricker Oil President Jay Ricker, who owns and operates 29 Ricker’s Convenience Stores throughout Indiana, said he more than

Certified Oil Begins Reimaging

Recognizing a need to update its retail image, offer an expanded array of products and services and attract more women, Certified Oil has launched a multimillion-dollar redesign of its convenience store and petroleum network. The company also said it is developing a prototype design for a new brand of Certified convenience stores. The reimaging project

Setting the Standards

On a Thursday afternoon in October, Salt Lake City native Brandon Frampton ditched the office, rolled up his sleeves and joined ranks with a handful of front-line Pantry employees at a store in North Carolina.  Frampton, 38, hadn’t been vice president of foodservice for the Sanford-based Pantry chain for more than two weeks, and already

Avoiding ‘The Checkerboard Effect’

Unlike grocery store shoppers, c-store consumers view the entire store as “one large department with a bunch of pockets of stuff,” said John Clutts, retail practice leader for The Partnering Group in Columbia, Md. This may be something operators focusing on specific sections may not get. The mistake he finds when he walks into c-stores

Cenex Adds Gift Card Program

CHS Inc. has launched a new Cenex Winter Gift Card Campaign designed to help Cenex-branded retailers increase traffic and build incremental sales. The winter campaign includes all new in-store merchandising, three fresh gift card designs and professional installation services for operators, said Rick Cummings, vice president of refined fuels marketing for St. Paul, Minn.-based CHS.

Chevron Honored as 2008 Chain of the Year

It’s been a challenging year for convenience store operators, marked by wild fuel price fluctuations and exorbitant credit card fees. Despite the adversity, Chevron stood apart as one of the premier industry leaders. By advancing its Image Refresh program, growing the Texaco brand and introducing a no-fee credit card for its branded marketers, it was

Ruler Cooler

Sarah Jackson and David Oberman may not realize it, but as a pair they embody a curious trend in the c-store industry’s packaged beverage category these days. “I used to drink energy drinks every day,” said Oberman, 20, standing outside a TravelCenters of America on Interstate 90 at the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. “I was an energy

Drinking For Thinking

Whether they’re touting benefits such as arthritis relief, tanning power or sedation, functional beverages have long surpassed the passé point of added nutrition.  You can divvy up the functional beverage category any way you want: Brain-power libation like Brainiac, by Function Drinks; arthritis-battling brew like Joint Juice, by Joint Juice Inc.; or the sun-tanning stew,

Unleashing the Profit Potential of Meat Snacks

C-store operators need to transcend mere impulse merchandising and gain a real understanding of shifting consumer demographics in order to make the most of the meat snack category. Long considered a convenience store staple, meat snacks—primarily dried snacks and pork rinds—are enjoying a renaissance with the addition of many new flavors, new packaging and better