Central Specialties Ltd. Expands Product Portfolio

Central Specialties Ltd. acquires youth seating line. The commercial youth seating line of Crystal Lake, Ill.- based Central Specialties Ltd. (CSL) has been acquired by Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc. The line consists of high chairs, boosters and infant cradles. Centennial, Colo.- based Koala Kare Products (KKP), a Division of Bobrick, will be responsible for the sales,

Hershey Commits to Preventing Deforestation

Hershey commits to achieving high sustainable sourcing standards. The Hershey Co. has launched a new, comprehensive Pulp and Paper Policy in order to help prevent deforestation in its supply chain. The company has also announced an update on its efforts to trace its global palm oil supply chain. “Preventing deforestation has never been more important,”

How Customers View Gluten-Free Foods

Mintel research uncovers how customers really feel about gluten-free diets and products. Despite skepticism of gluten-free diets, Americans are consuming gluten-free foods more than ever before. New research from Mintel reveals that nearly half (47%) of consumers agree that gluten-free diets are a fad, compared to 31% in 2013. What’s more, one quarter (25%) of

New Competition May Enter Jacksonville, Fla. C-Store Market

Wawa will present new competition to the Jacksonville, Fla. market, but not all retailers are intimidated. A new Wawa convenience store may soon open in Jacksonville, Fla., and the city’s other retailers are considering the impact this new competitor may have on business, but at least one local retailer is not concerned. According to a

Aloha Petroleum Purchases MFM’s Hawaii Assets

Aloha Petroleum employs 630 people in Hawaii. Aloha Petroleum Ltd. has closed the purchase of MFM’s Hawaii Assets. According to a report from Pacific News Business, the acquisition consisted of  Shell gas stations, Subway restaurants and convenience stores on Kauai. Aloha Petroleum, a subsidiary of Sunoco LP now owns two Shell gas stations on Kapaa and

Final Federal Lawsuit Against Pilot Flying J Dismissed

Many employees still await their day in court. Pilot Flying J can breathe a momentary sigh of relief as all civil suits filed in federal court against the truck stop and travel center chain have, at this point, either been dismissed, settled or are under negotiation to be settled. WBIR 10 News Online reported that

Why Consumers Shop Non-Traditional Channels

C-stores are considered viable alternatives to traditional grocers and supermarkets. International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s (IDDBAs) annual trends research report, What’s in Store 2016, has revealed that non-traditional retail channels such as convenience stores, drug stores, farmers markets and online shopping are seeing continued growth. These non-traditional channels also account for a larger percentage of the food

New Love’s Opens in Oklahoma

The newest Oklahoma Love’s is home to a Subway restaurant. Valliant, Okla. is home of Love’s Travel Stops 65th Oklahoma location. This location is along Highway 70 and Wilson Street. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift items, name-brand electronics, a Subway restaurant and more. The 24/7 travel stop features two showers, 64

InComm Commits to Georgia’s Future

InComm looks to hire over 275 people in the coming year. During a ceremony at InComm’s downtown Atlanta headquarters, in the presence of governor Nathan Deal and mayor Kasim Reed, the company announced its commitment to grow Georgia’s workforce. Leaders from Georgia Department of Economic Development, state and local elected officials and representatives from the

Thorntons Hosts Open Career Fair

The company is welcoming walk-ins to its career fair as they seek to fill 100 open positions. From Saturday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 6, Thorntons is hosting a career fair to fill 100 open positions. The event will occur on Saturday from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Couche-Tard Expands European Presence

Couche-Tard acquires leading European fuel and convenience retailer. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Ireland’s leading convenience and fuel retailer Topaz. The acquisition will be completed through Couche-Tard purchasing the majority share capital (more than 99.86%) of both Topaz Energy Group Limited (TEGL) and Resource Property Investment Fund plc (RPIF), together with the entire

New Clark Crown POS Upgrades

New partnership means zero-interest for Clark and Crown fuel marketers. Clark Crown Brands LLC has made two new enhancements to its existing Point of Sale (POS) Upgrade Program. Through a new alliance with Patriot Capital, fuel marketers of Clark and Crown now have the ability to access zero-interest program financing. Clark’s unbranded dealers may also

Target To Pay $39.4 Million In Latest Data Breach Settlement

The 2013 data breach continues to cost Target. Target Corp. is set to pay $39.4 million in a settlement agreement to resolve claims by banks and credit unions that lost money due to the 2013 data breach at Target. According to a report by Reuters, this latest preliminary settlement, which was filed Wednesday with the

Discover Reveals Holiday Spending Trends

Holiday spending is trending upwards. Discover’s annual holiday survey has revealed that spending is expected to be on the rise this holiday season. After an 11% drop in expected holiday spending from $1,014 in 2013 to $900 in 2014, consumers plan to spend 3% more in 2015. Compared to five years ago, when holiday shoppers

How The Overtime Mandate Will Impact Store Operations

New Overtime Mandate will complicate store operations in the New Year. By Mark Radosevich, president of PetroActive Real Estate Services LLC A review of PMAA’s legislative issues since 2008 attests to the diversity of challenges that the convenience store industry has faced from governmental legislation and regulation. From gasoline to cigarettes and sugary snacks, marketers have

7-Eleven On-Demand

Numerous college campuses across the U.S. can now receive 7-Eleven goods by delivery, on-demand. On-demand delivery of 7-Eleven products are now available in the college market through a new partnership between 7-Eleven Inc. and Tapingo. Tapingo users at or near the participating colleges in California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland can now enjoy delivery of

BLINK Designs Ambient Grocery Chain

A new grocery chain is on the horizon for the U.S. A new grocery chain has been designed by BLINK, the Scandinavian design agency, who has previously worked with international top tier clients such as Marks & Spencer, Albert Heijn, Scandinavian Airlines and Electrolux. The new chain is known as bfresh, and it is making it

QuickChek Offers Greater Convenience and Savings

One-stop shopping has never been this simple. QuickChek customers can now purchase $25 gift cards for a variety of major retailers and restaurants for only $20. Consumers who already save time and money when they order the fresh subs, sandwiches, wraps, salads and coffee at QuickChek can save even more, as  QuickChek is offering 20% savings

Heineken Joins Recycling Initiative

HEINEKEN encourages recycling of its products to promote a positive impact on the environment. HEINEKEN USA has joined forces with The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit committed to improving curbside residential recycling. HEINEKEN is the first alcohol company member of The Recycling Partnership. As a leading sponsor, the brewer will provide industry expertise to help

EPA Announces Volume Requirements For RFS

EPA says the final rule considered more than 670,000 public comments, and relied on the latest, most accurate data available. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program on Nov. 30 for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for

Wawa’s Great Expansion

Wawa has experienced great success, and company officials expect this trend to continue. Wawa has recently experienced a great deal of growth, and company officials expect this cycle to continue. As Wawa continues to encounter success in a number of different markets, the company plans to continue extending its reach from New York to Miami.

CST Brands Names Reece To Board

Reece brings extensive investment banking and capital markets experience to the CST Board. CST Brands Inc.’s Board of Directors has appointed Joseph Reece as an independent director of the company. Reece will also serve on the company’s Executive and Nominating and Governance Committees. The CST Nominating and Governance Committee periodically assesses the Board’s composition so

The Biggest Holiday Shopping Weekend of the Year Approaches

Cyber Monday sales may be bigger than ever this year, as adults continue to gravitate towards the digital experience. Even with the majority (60%) of shoppers starting their holiday shopping by November 10, millions of shoppers are eagerly awaiting the deals that retailers will be offering, in store and online, for the biggest holiday shopping

Family Express Acquiring Former Urschel Laboratories Site

Plans prototype store featuring Valparaiso High School’s colors. Family Express is acquiring the former Urschel Laboratories site at the corner of Vale Park Road and Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso, Ind. It plans to demolish and restore the site over the next three months. Indiana 105.5 FM Radio reported Family Express plans to build a colonial

40 Under 40: Saluting the C-Store Industry’s Next-Generation Leaders

Young executives across the industry are assuming greater responsibilities in the areas of operations, finance, marketing and technology. CSD partnered with the Young Executives Organization (YEO) to look at these emerging leaders. A CSD Staff Report Growth in the c-store industry today, as it was decades ago, is a complex, multi-tiered web that requires everyone

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