Pilot Flying J Welcomes New Vice President of Food Innovation

Five-year modernization plan involves a revamp of food offerings. Pilot Flying J has named Shannon Johnson as vice president of food innovation. “As Pilot Flying J embarks on a $485 million five-year modernization and expansion plan, a key component of the strategy includes our food offerings,” said Ken Parent, Pilot Flying J president. “Shannon Johnson

Rutter’s and SOAR Support Troops Overseas

For 12th year running, Rutter’s helps American troops have a happy Valentine’s Day. Rutter’s and Support Our American Recruits (SOAR) are teaming up for the 12th year packing Valentine’s Day gift boxes to be shipped to American troops stationed abroad Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2016. The boxes will be filled with snacks, chewing gum, coffee and

Euromonitor Lists Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2017

Authenticity and personalization are key attributes to customers. Euromonitor International has released its annual “Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2017” report, which analyses the trends that will shape the consumer landscape this year. 2016 was defined by uncertainty with growth in global consumer expenditure slowing to 2.4% in real terms – the lowest rate

Sunoco LP Divesting 100 Real Estate Assets

Properties are located in a number of states and will be sold in a sealed bid sale. Sunoco LP (“SUN” or the “Partnership”) has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC to assist with strategic alternatives for more than 100 real estate assets. Real estate assets included in this process are company-owned locations, undeveloped greenfield

TA Opens New Fuddruckers In Nevada

The Sparks, Nev. Fuddruckers showcases a classic, roadhouse design. The TA Restaurant Group has announced its opening of a new Fuddruckers restaurant located at I-80, Exit 19 (McCarren Blvd.), in Sparks, Nev. This location is the third Fuddruckers in the TA Restaurant Group. The Texas-based eatery is known for having the World’s Greatest Hamburgers, a

Food Rules Gnaw at C-Store Operations

Will the ‘regulatory creep,’ which marked the Obama administration, withdraw under President-elect Trump? By CSD Staff There’s no shortage of pundits who assert that compliance with governmental rules and laws is a greater encumbrance on small companies than large ones, thwarting small business formation, growth and job creation. The federal government’s track record of increasing

NRF Foundation Launches RISE Up

Pilot Flying J, Kroger Co., among retailers involved in launch of education and credentialing program to help people gain jobs in retail. Pilot Flying J is among a dozen retailers and nonprofit organizations that have come together with the NRF Foundation to launch RISE Up (Retail Industry Skills & Education), a groundbreaking new training and

Walgreens To Offer FedEx Dropoff

Adds convenience with secure delivery locations. As channels continue to compete on convenience being a site for package delivery or drop off has emerged as a strategy to appeal to customers. Walgreens Co. is doing just that. The drugstore chain has partnered with FedEx Corp. to provide convenient access to FedEx dropoff and pickup services

NOCO Express Donates To St. Luke’s Mission

NOCO Express employees and customers help to collect nonperishable items for those in need before the Christmas holiday. All 36 NOCO Express convenience store locations took up a collection of nonperishable items the week before Christmas to donate to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy in Buffalo, N.Y. Both customers and employees generously donated enough to

Tobacco Is a Hot-Button Issue

A long-time magnet for governmental regulation and unyielding taxes, tobacco remains a vital category for convenience retailers. Under a new administration, should retailers expect any lessening of federal controls of tobacco products such as e-cigarettes? By CSD Staff Tobacco products have been a darling of sin taxes and anti-smoking advocates for decades. Despite tobacco manufacturers’

Millennials Willing To Pay More for Health

Shoppers continue to evolve and retailers adapt to keep up with changing needs. Millennial shoppers are concerned not just with personal health but also environmental health, and they’re willing to pay extra for products that are sustainable. This is one of hundreds of findings in What’s in Store 2017, the latest edition of the annual

Love’s Opens Two New Travel Stops in Texas and Nebraska

New locations offer amenities, such as showers, restaurants and parking spaces to professional drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has added two new locations, one in Syracuse, Neb. and one in Angleton, Texas. The new locations join Love’s Travel Stops’ network of more than 410 stores across 40 states. The Syracuse travel stop is located at State

CITGO ‘Spirit Pumps’ Help Fuel Local Community

Designated gas pumps helped raise funds for schools and charities in local communities throughout 2016. CITGO Petroleum Corp., along with its Marketers and Retailers, raised approximately $30,000 in 2016 through the installation of “Spirit Pumps” at participating CITGO stations across the nation. These specially-wrapped, branded fuel pumps were operational at different times throughout the year

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