Casey’s Reports Third Quarter Operating Results

Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, Casey’s plans to add pizza delivery in an additional 45 stores and complete 40 major remodels. Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported a strong performance for its third quarter— ending Jan. 31, 2016—with improved margin performance in prepared food as well as a same-store sales increase of 7.1%. Moving into

Grocery Shoppers Weigh In On Preferences

National Grocers Association study polls independent grocery store shoppers. What do shoppers who patron independent grocery stores want? The National Grocers Association (NGA) delved into this question with a recent consumer trends study that, for the first time, segmented independent supermarket shoppers from national chain shoppers. The results revealed high consumer satisfaction among independent supermarkets.

SAS Show Identifies Solutions For Retailers

New products and programs and quality entertainment greeted the more than 1,500 attendees. The S. Abraham & Sons (SAS), 30th annual Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show has concluded with more than 175 booths and over 1,500 attendees representing convenience store owners and managers. Houdini’s Magic Mart featured merchandising ideas, new item displays, new store fixtures,

Pilot Flying J, McLane Co. Extend Partnership

McLane to service 530 Pilot Flying J travel centers in 42 states. Pilot Flying J and McLane Co. have extended a multi-year agreement through which McLane will service 530 Pilot Flying J travel center locations. McLane is a supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions. Pilot Flying J is the largest

Wawa Tests CNG In New Jersey

Test site allows Wawa to determine demand for CNG. Wawa has teamed with a New Jersey utility, South Jersey Gas, to offer compressed natural gas (CNG) at its Paulsboro, N.J. gas station. The south New Jersey location, which is on Berkley Road at the Interstate 295 interchange, marks Wawa’s first test site for the fuel.

VP Racing Appoints Industry Veteran To Sales Manager-Lubricants Position

Glady to manage the sales of lubricants for the consumer market. VP Racing Fuels has appointed Richard Glady to the position of sales manager-lubricants. Glady will be reporting to Bruce Hendel, VP’s director-consumer product sales. Based at the company’s headquarters in San Antonio, Glady will be responsible for sales of lubricants developed for the consumer

Niagara Falls, N.Y. NOCO Express Completes Renovations

The Niagara Falls, N.Y. NOCO Express has changed its look and now offers a wider selection of food items. The two-week interior remodel of the NOCO Express store in Niagara Falls, N.Y. has been completed. The renovations included creating an updated look and expanding the store’s fresh product selection. The renovated store is located at 6724

ALON Presents $10,000 to Text Contest Grand Prize Winner

Thousands of dollars in YOUCash and coupons have been awarded to ALON Brands customers. A lucky Allsup’s customer received $10,000 in YOUCash from ALON Brands the week of Feb. 20, 2016. Mary Lou Griego of New Mexico was the lucky grand prize winner of ALON’s latest All About YOU text contest. More than 800 ALON

Manitowoc Foodservice Spin-Off Established

Manitowoc Foodservice is now poised for sustainable growth as an independent public company. The Manitowoc Co. Inc. has announced the successful completion of the spin-off of Manitowoc Foodservice Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary. With the spin-off completion, Manitowoc Foodservice is now an independent public company, and its shares are now listed on the New York Stock

CST Brands Announces BOD Appointments

Following agreements, JCP Investment Management and Engine Capital L.P. withdraw their plans to nominate candidates for CST’s Board of Directors. CST Brands Inc. has entered into an agreement with JCP Investment Management (JCP) and Joshua Schechter through which Thomas “Tad” Dickson, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Pantry Inc. was appointed to

CST Brands To Explore “Strategic Alternatives”

Wells Fargo weighs in on CST Brands’ plans. CST Brands Inc. is beginning an “exploration of strategic alternatives” to further enhance stockholder value, the company has reported. In order to facilitate the review, the Board of Directors will oversee the process through a committee of outside, independent directors. The strategic review process will be comprehensive

Heineken Highlights its Passion for Soccer

Heineken is celebrating soccer’s rise and growth within the U.S. Heineken has launched a new year-long campaign to highlight soccer’s rich history in the U.S., and to promote the sport’s exciting future. In an effort to support the growth of the sport in the U.S., Heineken recently launched a number of new commercials, contests and

ALON Brands Expands its Strive Sustainability Program

Drivers in Texas and New Mexico can support the community and the environment, just by purchasing fuel at an ALON 7-Eleven station. The Strive – Reduced Emissions Fuel Program is now available at more than 50 ALON 7-Eleven fuel locations in Texas and New Mexico, as the company, in partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation

CoGo Appoints New Company Leadership

John Eby III to replace father-in-law as CoGo’s president and CEO. John Eby III has been named as the new president and CEO of Pittsburgh-based c-store chain CoGo’s Co. Eby has held a number of leadership positions at PNC Bank, FORE Systems and most recently Kraft Heinz. He is replacing Carl Colteryahn Jr., his father-in-law

ARTS Updates Current Standard RFPs and Offers Technical Support

ARTS is fostering innovation and supporting the retail community with the addition of two new retailer resources. Two new resources have now been made available to retailers by the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), part of the National Retail Federation’s (NRFs) technology leadership community. These new resources will assist retailers in their efforts to

Parker’s Continues to Fuel the Community

Parker’s has donated $32,000 to the communities it serves in the past two weeks.  Parker’s, through its Fueling the Community program, recently donated $15,000 to Savannah-Chatham County, Ga. Public Schools. Parker’s presented the check on Feb. 26 at a ceremony at Godley Station School in Pooler, Ga. This donation is part of the $32,000 that Parker’s

Rutter’s Expands Northward

New Rutter’s convenience store will offer a wide variety of food and beverage options to travelers and residents of Juniata County, Pa.  With the opening of its second store of 2016, Rutter’s is expanding North. The new Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pa. store marks the company’s 63rd location, and it is slated to open in the

Eby-Brown Acquires Liberty USA

Eby-Brown is expanding its presence in Pennsylvania through its acquisition of Liberty USA. An agreement has been made through which the Eby-Brown Co. LLC will purchase the assets of Liberty USA. Eby-Brown, the largest privately held convenience store distributor in the U.S., boasts annual revenues in excess of $5 billion and services retail accounts throughout

New Chicago Thorntons

Thorntons is opening a first of its kind Chicago kitchen. A new Thorntons kitchen is slated to open on Friday, March 4 at 6 a.m. at 2095 East Algonquin Road in Chicago. This new Thorntons, the first of its kind in Chicago, is a foodservice-focused location which will feature a grab-and-go kitchen and thirst-quenching beverages

Snyder’s-Lance Acquires Diamond Foods

Snyder’s-Lance is expanding its portfolio of snack foods through its acquisition of Diamond Foods. The acquisition of Diamond Foods Inc. by Snyder’s-Lance Inc. has been completed. The terms of the deal state that Snyder’s-Lance now owns all outstanding shares of Diamond Foods due to a cash and stock merger transaction, and Diamond Foods stockholders have

Engine Details Its Nominees for CST’s BOD

Engine says the right Board of Directors can substantially increase shareholder value for CST Brands. Engine Capital L.P., a shareholder of CST Brands Inc. intends to deliver a formal nomination of what it says are four highly qualified director candidates for election to CST Brands’ Board of Directors at the company’s upcoming 2016 annual meeting

BellStores Streamlines Pricing Strategies with PriceAdvantage

PriceAdvantage will now help BellStores make faster, more informed price changes in response to market changes. BellStores has officially chosen to use PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, to streamline and automate its store-specific fuel pricing strategies at the company’s 55 convenience stores located throughout Ohio. BellStores selected PriceAdvantage

The Pinnacle Corp. has Promoted Drew Mize to President

Drew Mize is moving his way up the corporate ladder of  The Pinnacle Corp. Drew Mize, former chief operating officer for The Pinnacle Corp., has been promoted to the position of president for Pinnacle, a supplier of automation technology to the convenience retail and petroleum industries. “It’s a pleasure to have worked with Drew at

7-Eleven Releases Hot Dog Bill of Rights

7-Eleven believes that all consumers have the right to the highest quality hot dogs available. 7-Eleven is committed to ensuring that consumers receive only the highest standards, and the company recently produced The Hot Dog Bill of Rights. The proclamation follows Burger King’s Feb. 23 launch of its grilled hot dog offering, which features two

How To Maximize Employee Engagement

The Coca-Cola Research Council releases the results of an employee engagement study in a three-part guide called “Power Up Your People.” When it comes to business growth numbers matter, but so does creating a culture of employee engagement that can help grow a convenience store’s financial performance, decrease turnover and build stronger customer loyalty. For