Kroger Honored With EPA ‘Food Recovery’ Award

Works toward goal of zero waste threshold by 2020. The Kroger Co. has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its efforts around sustainable food management. Kroger participated in the EPA’s 2016 Food Recovery Challenge and was named Region 5 Winner in the Grocers category. “Kroger is a proud participant of the

Millennial Consumers Want Personalized Customer Service

Millennial buying power continues to rise. Time Trade released the following infographic to show the personalized customer service they expect. Source: http://blog.timetrade.com/2016/10/18/millennial-consumers-personalized-service/

NRF Appeals to U.S. Supreme Court For ‘Free Speech’ on Credit Card Fees

Justices are hearing arguments in a case challenging laws in 10 states that prohibit merchants from imposing a surcharge when customers use a credit card. The National Retail Federation (NRF) called on the U.S. Supreme Court to allow merchants to freely and accurately show customers the added costs that come with paying by credit card

CITGO Kicks Off Annual Marketer Roundtable Meetings

2017 sessions to showcase trends, new initiatives and best practices. CITGO Petroleum Corp. kicks off its annual Marketer Roundtable meetings on Jan. 10 with an emphasis on new initiatives, industry trends and best practices. Continuing through Feb. 2 in various cities throughout the company’s marketing regions, CITGO marketing personnel will address the following and more:

7-Eleven Grabs No. 1 Spot on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500

Franchise owners a key part of 7-Eleven’s success, says CEO Joe DePinto. Convenience store giant 7-Eleven Inc. has won the coveted No. 1 position among the franchise elite in Entrepreneur magazine’s 38th annual Franchise 500. Billed as the most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world, the Franchise 500 presents the top franchise opportunities based on

C-Store Sales Soft At Close of 2016

Higher gas prices could be one factor. Wells Fargo, citing Nielsen c-store channel data reported that c-store channel sales results were soft for all major categories through the end of 2016. Dollar sales growth in the U.S. convenience store channel for each major category during the four-week period ending Dec. 31, 2016 were: Cigs -1.9%

Consumer Optimism Up At Start of 2017

Growing gas prices don’t appear to damper consumer sentiment. Consumer optimism remains very strong at the start of 2017 despite a continued rise in gasoline prices. For the third month in a row, a majority of consumers (57%) say they are optimistic about the economy—despite gas prices rising all three months, according to the latest

Sweets & Snacks Expo Welcomes Iconic Brands

McKee Foods and Clif Bar set to exhibit in 2017. The Sweets and Snacks Expo is welcoming two iconic brands to its 2017 expo. McKee Foods, maker of Little Debbie snacks, and Clif Bar will exhibit for the first time at the 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Hosted by the National Confectioners Association, the Sweets

National Gas Price Average Hits Numbers Not Seen Since June

As markets react to OPEC deal, pump prices move higher. The national average price of gas sits at $2.37 per gallon—the most expensive average since June 2016—after prices climbed for 40 of the past 42 days. AAA noted that the uptick is a result of market reactions to the OPEC oil cut agreement. South Carolina

Healthcare Will Change, but How?

No matter the GOP’s best intentions, reducing Obamacare to nothingness probably won’t happen. However, convenience retailers will have to wait and see what component parts President-elect Donald Trump keeps and what goes away. By CSD Staff Few pieces of legislation in recent U.S. history have endured as much magnification, criticism and accolades as the Patient

Matt Anderson Joins Server Products

Anderson to lead field and laboratory testing, among other tasks in his new role. Server Products has hired Matt Anderson as engineering project application manager. As project application manager, Anderson will lead Server’s efforts in field and laboratory testing, regulatory approvals, and customer engineering support. Prior to joining Server Products, Anderson was head of food-service

More Wage Clashes to Come

Living-wage issues will continue to be a point of contention for convenience stores going forward. However, the industry might have powerful allies waiting in the West Wing. By CSD Staff With just days before it was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge on Nov. 22 halted the implementation of a rule that would have

Rutter’s Reaches Donation Record in 2016

Opens six new c-store locations in 2016, spurring community donations. Rutter’s donated $810,000 to central Pennsylvania charities during 2016, raising the company’s charitable giving total to over $6 million in the past decade. It also marks a new annual giving record for Rutter’s. “This has been a huge year for Rutter’s. We opened six new

Kum & Go Opens New Location in Bevington, Iowa

Newly rebuilt store designed for LEED-certified status. Kum & Go has introduced its newest store at 101 East Iowa Highway 92 in Bevington, Iowa. The chain’s latest location opened its doors on Dec. 30, at 6 a.m. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in central Iowa built with the new Marketplace store design, which

Shuffling the Deck: What the Trump Administration Means for C-Stores

C-store operators are betting that a Trump administration will usher in a more business-friendly environment. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the world of New York real estate, Donald Trump earned a reputation as a self-publicist and an assertive schemer. Now, as the soon-to-be leader of the free world, President-elect Trump is still viewed by

Shaping Clifford Fuel’s Future

With on-the-job training, industry veterans are helping Mike Clifford learn the ins and outs of the competitive convenience store industry. By John Lofstock, Editor Growing up in the convenience store industry is tough. It’s even tougher when the chain is growing and the pressure is on to produce positive results. Welcome to life in the

Murphy USA Opens 1,400th C-Store

New Murphy Express convenience store to serve Lafayette, La. Murphy USA Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of its 1,400th location in Lafayette, La. The 3,450-square-foot Murphy Express will be open 24 hours and provide customers competitive low-priced gasoline along with a wide assortment of convenience items. “The opening of our 1,400th location represents another

Chevron Introduces ‘ExtraMile Extras’ Rewards Program

Customers earn free ‘extras’ after five qualifying purchases. Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., has announced the launch of its ExtraMile Extras Rewards program to more than 700 ExtraMile locations throughout California, Oregon and Washington. Since the first store opened more than 10 years ago, the ExtraMile store concept has experienced steady

Americans Drive Over 500 Million Miles on E15

More than 400 stations in 28 states sell E15 fuel today. Growth Energy announced that the most tested fuel in history, E15, has reached a remarkable milestone. Based on sales and consumption data reported over the past 12 months by major gasoline retailers, drivers across the U.S. have more than 500 million miles driven on

Functional Foods, Beverages Set To Grow

Adults become more health conscious and parents are increasingly concerned about the health of children, fueling the growth of functional products. Technavio research analysts are forecasting that the global functional foods and beverages market will grow at a CAGR of close to 8% from 2017-2021. The Technavio report segments the market into two broad categories

C-Store Retailers Optimistic for 2017

Some 79% of retailers and 60% of U.S. fuel consumers are optimistic about the U.S. economy as the New Year begins. Low gas prices helped drive sales increases at convenience stores in 2016—and retailers expect those strong sales to carry over into 2017, according to a survey of retailers released by the National Association of

Rutter’s Employees End 2016 With Acts of Kindness

Employees present checks to local charities. To finish 2016, Rutter’s provided many of their employees with $1,000 checks to give to organizations they felt deserved the donation. Over 20 checks were given out during the 2016 holiday season to charities and organizations all over the area. These organizations consisted of: –         Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Break Time Introduces New C-Store Concept

Open, customer-centric floor plan greets c-store shoppers. Break Time, a chain of convenience stores operated by MFA Oil Co., is introducing a customer-focused layout, an enhanced food concept and refreshed branding at its 74th store in Lee’s Summit, Mo. The 5,000-square-foot Kansas City suburb location is the first store to incorporate Break Time’s new logo

Enmarket Donates To Local Nonprofits Through Encourage Health Series

Enmarket works to help Savannah become a healthier community. During its 2016 Encourage Health Educational Series, enmarket has donated $5,000 to four area nonprofit organizations: The Coastal Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America, Savannah AMBUCS, Savannah Tree Foundation and Urban Hope Inc. In conjunction with Healthy Savannah and other sponsors, the fuel and convenience

EMV Deadline for Pumps Extended Until 2020

Issues with regulatory-compliant EMV hardware and software to enable most upgrades by 2017 prompted shifting the compliancy deadline. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Citing technological and regulatory challenges, Visa, MasterCard and American Express recently announced that the U.S. deadline for installing EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip-card readers at automated fuel pumps has been extended