7-Eleven Commits to Cage-Free

7-Eleven is showing the importance of humane treatment of animals through its new cage-free initiative. 7-Eleven Inc. has announced that it will be working with suppliers to achieve its new goal of sourcing only 100% cage-free eggs by 2025 for all U.S. and Canada locations, based on available supply. “7-Eleven cares about the treatment of

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Love’s and Trillium Create New Logo

A new logo has been designed to represent the variety of services Love’s and Trillium will now offer customers. At the recent ACT Expo, a new logo was unveiled by leaders from Love’s Travel Stops and Trillium CNG. The new logo, representing both Love’s and Trillium, follows Love’s recent acquisition of Trillium, a veteran in

Harbor Petroleum Downsizes

The owner of Harbor Petroleum has chosen to reduce the size of the company through a transaction with SEI Fuel Services, which was advised by Matrix. SEI Fuel Services Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of 7-Eleven Inc., has finalized its purchase of the contract dealer business owned by Harbor Petroleum of New England Inc. Harbor

NYACS Announces Additional Workshop for 2016 Trade Show

Three industry panelists will hold a workshop covering some of the more sensitive industry topics that are likely to affect the industry in the coming year. The retail education lineup for the upcoming 2016 Trade Show has been altered, as the New York Association of Convenience Stores has added a “hot button issue” workshop to

Ricker’s Strives for Sustainability

Ricker’s has launched a new program to help reduce the negative effects of carbon emissions and to help customers reduce their carbon footprint. Ricker’s and GreenPrint LLC, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, have launched Ricker’s Replenish, a reduced emissions sustainability program, at Indianapolis Metro Ricker’s stores. The new program,

First Co-Branded Doc Popcorn and Dippin’ Dots Opens

All Fabulous Freddy’s Car Wash locations will soon be home to co-branded Dippin’ Dots and Doc Popcorn units. The Fabulous Freddy’s Car Wash in St. George, Utah is now home to the first ever co-branded Doc Popcorn and Dippin’ Dots franchise unit. The official grand opening of the co-branded unit featured free samples, contests and

Sunoco GP Names New Chief Financial Officer

Sunoco GP’s new chief financial officer is expected to make great contributions to the company’s continued growth and success. Effective May 9, 2016, Thomas Miller will assume the role of chief financial officer of Sunoco GP LLC, the general partner of Sunoco LP. “We are pleased to welcome Tom to our executive management team as

Fuel Prices Jump Higher

Despite being lower than previous years, many consumers feel that today’s average fuel price is “too high.” Market data has revealed that fuel prices have jumped substantially over the last month, and consumers are noticing this price increase. According to a report from AAA, gas prices are currently at their highest point in more than

The State of the Tobacco Industry

At the close of the recent quarter, the tobacco industry remained in a favorable position. Despite the rise in health-conscious consumers, recent data from the recent four-week period ending April 23, 2016 has revealed that the tobacco market remains strong as a whole. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed the driver of growth

Eversmoke Brand Dissolves into VaporFi

In response to the evolving needs of customers of the vaping industry, the International Vapor Group has chosen to combine two of its electronic cigarette lines. International Vapor Group Inc. has announced that Eversmoke, one of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, will be transitioning to the VaporFi brand. “We’re very excited about the shift in the

Swiss Farms Names New President and CEO

A new focus on customer service and healthier product offerings will help to broaden Swiss Farms’ customer base and improve the company’s position among its competition. Swiss Farms has announced that Scott Simon has been appointed as the company’s new president and CEO. Simon has plans to lead the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through chain in

QuickChek Supports Military Veterans

QuickChek will soon launch its third annual in-store “dog tag” promotion to help raise money for military families. From May 7 to June 4, QuickChek will be selling $1 “dog tags” to raise money to support the country’s military families. All of the money raised through the promotion will be donated to Hope For The

Hershey Announces Grand Opening of New Hershey Chocolate Tour

Hershey’s fans now have access to an all new, exciting tour of the Hershey factory. The tour brings education and fun together for an experience that fans of all ages will enjoy. Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction has announced that it will be hosting a grand opening ceremony for its new Hershey’s Chocolate Tour on May

Conexxus Kicks Off in Tucson

From cloud computing to future technology and EMV, attendees learn about the latest technology and security issues impacting the c-store industry. The 2016 Conexxus Annual Conference kicked off this week at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz. The conference runs from May 1-5. Monday’s opening session began with an address from Gray Taylor, executive

Old Habits Are Not Necessarily Your Friends

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Last week I had the honor of visiting with a company that is opening their first convenience store. They read my book and want to implement my ideas in their store. I am getting an increasing flood of inquiries regarding inventory control, and I am amazed at the difference between

Casey’s Launches Slice of Summer Campaign

Casey’s customers are being given a chance to win exciting prizes, just for shopping with Casey’s. Casey’s General Stores has launched a new Slice of Summer rewards program to its customers. Now through August 31, 2016, Casey’s customers will have the chance to win from hundreds of prizes, just for shopping at Casey’s. During the

VP Racing Fuels Partners With JAT Oil

JAT Oil will reap a number of benefits through its new partnership with VP Racing Fuels. VP Racing Fuels has joined forces with Chattanooga, Tenn.-based JAT Oil, supplier of 125 retail locations in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, in its retail branding program. “For us, the most appealing aspect of VP’s retail branding program is that

Seattle Minimum Wage Laws Upheld in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has refused to hear any appeal from those challenging the Seattle minimum wage increase ordinance. Business groups recently attempted to challenge a Seattle law which raises the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, but the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the challenge. Therefore, the previous decision made by a

Formula DRIFT Chooses VP Racing Fuels as Official Fuel

A new partnership will help VP Racing Fuels to build brand awareness and allow for the expansion of product lines. VP Racing Fuels has been chosen as the Official Fuel of Formula DRIFT, presented by BlackVue. Teams that need fuel service will now have access to VP Racing Fuels, which will distribute fuel on-site at

Will Higher Gasoline Prices Choke Off Strong Driving Demand?

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline demand in the U.S. four months into the year remains strong, running 6% above the five-year average although trailing the peak year in gasoline consumption achieved in 2007 by 0.7% when it averaged 9.286 million barrels per day. A

The Cigarette Store Corp. Acquires Tobacco Depot

The country’s largest retail tobacco store operator looks to expand its footprint into the Florida market. The Cigarette Store Corp. (TCSC), owner and operator of Smoker Friendly retail stores, has finalized its acquisition of Tobacco Depot. The acquisition includes the company, along with Tobacco Depot’s 13 stores in and around Tampa, Fla. Smoker Friendly will

Menu Labeling Regulations Finalized

The FDA has failed to make changes that would make menu-labeling compliance more realistic for convenience stores. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its final guidance and determined a final compliance date for the previously announced menu-labeling regulations. According to a report from NACS, May 2017, 17 months after the initial compliance date,

The Modern Forecourt

More convenience retailers are investing in new forecourt amenities that are bigger, brighter and potentially more profitable. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor The convenience store forecourt has traditionally been an area with a limited number of fuel pumps and parking spaces, and perhaps a few retail items such as fireplace logs or bagged ice for

M&M’S Launches Second Annual Red Nose Day

M&M’S is striving to raise $1 million for the Red Nose Day Fund by May 26. Through the second annual Red Nose Day campaign, M&M’S is raising money, awareness and laughter through a social media challenge. The campaign, which aired in 2015, is a special day intended to bring people together to have fun, and

Whole Foods Market Announces Opening of Second 365 Location

Two innovative foodservice providers have been chosen to be featured at the newest 365 by Whole Foods Market location. Lake Oswego, Ore. will soon become the home of the second 365 by Whole Foods Market location. This new evolution of grocery stores by Whole Foods Market will open on July 14, 2016. The store will

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