Free Car Washes for Veterans

7-Eleven honors U.S. veterans and armed service members this Veterans Day, offering its top-of-the-line car wash service to them for free. This Veteran’s Day 7-Eleven is offering free car washes to U.S. military personnel and veterans. The freebie is available at participating locations from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Current and former


What Food Trends Are Ahead For 2016?

Professional chefs predict the top foodservice trends for 2016. Each year, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to find which foods, beverages and culinary

QuickChek Helps Feed the Hungry

In the spirit of the holiday season, QuickChek is inviting shoppers to donate and help feed hungry families. During the upcoming holiday season, QuickChek Corp. will help feed hungry families through the Check-Out Hunger campaign. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain is a campaign partner of the annual fundraiser that takes place every

Gulf Oil Expands Into Wisconsin

As Gulf continues with its national expansion plans, a partnership with Venture Fuels brings the brand back to Wisconsin for the first time in more than two decades. Gulf Oil LP and Venture Fuels, a major fuel distributor in the upper Midwest, have partnered to bring the iconic Gulf brand back to Wisconsin for the

How To Weather the Storm

From crafting a plan to installing automatic generators, stakeholders in areas that experience hurricanes share best practices for emergency preparedness. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor With the damage from Super Storm Sandy fresh in their minds, convenience store owners would have been right to be concerned when Hurricane Joaquin barreled toward the Atlantic Coast in

Presidential Candidates Recognize Flaws in Sugar Program

Presidential candidates are recognizing a need for reform of the sugar program. Recent comments made by the 2016 presidential candidates on the U.S. sugar policy have been welcomed by the Coalition for Sugar Reform. “We are glad to see the issue of sugar reform has become a topic of discussion among the 2016 presidential candidates,” said John

Heineken Launches Strategic Marketing Program

Heineken is looking to drive sales this football season with the return of its successful What’s Your Play? program. HEINEKEN USA will soon launch its What’s Your Play? portfolio retail program, which will run from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. The comprehensive program includes eye-catching football themed POS materials, digital partnerships, a Twitter-driven sweepstakes, and cross-merchandising

Transportation Bill Benefits U.S. Retailers

The NRF is happy to find the House making strides to improve the transportation industry, but also believes that more could be done. The National Retail Federation (NRF) was pleased to find that the House recently passed a long-term transportation bill that is critically important to America’s retailers. H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of

Sheetz Honors Veterans

Service men and women can enjoy complementary treats from Sheetz this Veterans Day. This Veterans Day, family-owned c-store chain, Sheetz, is showing its gratitude for veterans and active duty military personnel. All veterans and current servicemen and women are invited to enjoy a free six-inch turkey sub, regular size fountain drink and a carwash at all Sheetz locations,

Why Craft Beer Is On the Rise

Craft beer seeks to appeal to a wider audience than regular beer. Craft beer is expected to see some substantial growth throughout the remainder of 2015. In fact, the latest research from Mintel has revealed that craft beer is predicted to see 22% dollar sales growth this year, moving the category to $24 billion. Craft beer made

Big Red Loyalty Program

Big Red Stores offers customers discounts on gas when they make in-store purchases. Customers of Big Red Stores can now earn rewards for shopping at any Big Red Stores’ 32 locations. The new Discount Gas Card program allows customers to automatically earn more cents off gas prices when they purchase items inside the store. “The Big

Kum & Go Named All-Star Service Organization

Kum & Go goes above and beyond to help its customers. The National Customer Service Association (NCSA) has named Iowa-based convenience store chain, Kum & Go, the All-Star Service Organization of the Year 2015. This award is presented annually to a single business that consistently maintains a focused culture of service excellence. “Because of the excellent

Dollar Express Acquires 330 Family Dollar Stores

Sycamore Partners expects the newly-acquired stores to be well-positioned to become innovators in the market. Dollar Tree Inc. has divested 330 Family Dollar stores to Dollar Express LLC, a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners. The divestiture satisfied a condition as required by the Federal Trade Commission in connection with Dollar Tree’s recently-completed acquisition of Family Dollar

Walgreens Balance Rewards Available on Apple Pay

Walgreens is making it easier for customers to use their rewards account by making customer accounts available through Apple Pay. Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now use their accounts without scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. It now possible for more than 85 million active Balance Rewards members to earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Announces Seasonal Selections

Holiday flavors have returned to Dunkin’ Donuts. Dunkin’ Donuts is welcoming the holiday season with this year’s seasonal selection. The festive holiday offerings include three returning holiday coffee flavors, two new donut treats, and several  stocking stuffers. At the top of Dunkin’ Donuts’ nice list are delicious donut treats to ring in the holidays. The new Snickerdoodle

How Americans Are Gearing Up For Holiday Shopping

Research has revealed that more U.S. consumers plan to increase spending this holiday season. Increased optimism around consumers’ personal finances has led to a dramatic increase in consumer spending expectations this holiday season. This year’s Accenture Holiday Shopping Survey has revealed that 40% of consumers plan to spend more on holiday shopping this year, versus just 25% saying the

Global Partners Release Third Quarter Financial Results

Global Partners financial results reveal that positive results in certain areas offset certain weaknesses. Global Partners LP has released its financial results for the third quarter ended Sept.30, 2015. “Positive results in our Gasoline Distribution and Station Operations (GDSO) segment offset weakness in our Wholesale segment in the third quarter,” said Eric Slifka, the Partnership’s president and

Snyder’s-Lance Donates To Toys For Tots

Snyder’s-Lance is helping the less fortunate through sales of holiday snacks. Snyder’s-Lance Inc. has introduced new snack offerings to help customers celebrate this holiday season. The offerings include chocolate-covered pretzels, festive cookies and flavored popcorn. On top of helping customers celebrate, Snyder’s-Lance is helping families in need by donating partial proceeds from the seasonal snacks to the Marine Toys for Tots

How To Market Children’s Food

The way to develop long-term customers is to hook them early in life. It may be surprising, but research shows that children under the age of nine are a particularly influential demographic for food and beverage marketers. During these childhood years, life-long dietary habits are established and brand loyalty is already being established. Today’s kids are

The House of Representatives Approves Transportation Reform Act

NATSO supports the House’s approval of the STRRA, but has some concerns about proposed tolling pilot program. The House of Representatives has approved a long-term plan for the nation’s highways, and NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, is commending the House’s efforts. However, the trade association expressed concern with a provision of the House Surface

Core-Mark Announces Third Quarter Financial Results

Core-Mark optimistic as third quarter results reveal company gains in the last quarter. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has released the financial results for its third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2015.   “Core-Mark is having a very good year driven by significant market share gains and continued success in our core strategies. We remain focused on infrastructure investments to

Anheuser-Busch Announces Management Changes

Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch moves team members to new positions. Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) has announced organizational changes that will be put into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. David Almeida has been named to a global special project, reporting to ABI Global CEO Carlos Brito. Almeida came to the North American organization as vice president of finance after

Delek US Releases Third Quarter Financial Results

Delek US officials continue to evaluate growth opportunities, while their financial position remains conservative. Delek US Holdings Inc. has released financial results for its third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2015. Delek US reported a third quarter net income of $18.7 million, or 29 cents per diluted share, versus net income of $72.5 million, or $1.22 per diluted share,

Empire Petroleum and Patriot Capital Form Exclusive Partnership

Empire Petroleum looks to Patriot Capital to help meet aggressive growth objectives. Empire Petroleum Partners has entered into a strategic financing solution with Atlanta-based Patriot Capital. Empire retailers, whose brands include Shell, Sunoco, BP, Chevron, Texaco, Valero, Gulf, Marathon, ExxonMobil and Phillips 66 – may turn to Patriot to access enhanced financing options to upgrade

CST Brands Considers Strategic Options For California Stores

Wells Fargo weighs in on CST Brands’ acquisition of Flash Foods. On the heels of its agreement to acquire Flash Foods, CST Brands announced it is exploring strategic options for the company’s California network, comprised of 76 stores, to enhance shareholder value, including, among others, a potential tax-efficient like-kind exchange for properties proposed to be