VP Racing Fuels Has Solutions For A Changing Industry

As the industry changes, retailers are struggling to keep up, but VP Racing Fuels has come up with solutions to many of the problems caused by change. Alan Cerwick, president of VP Racing Fuels, has noticed, during his 19 years in the industry, that c-store owners and distributors have struggled to adapt to industry changes. Whether

Conexxus Partners With IFSF in Standards Agreement

Experts must be equipped for change in a changing industry. Conexxus, the International Forecourt Standards Forum (IFSF),  and nexo have ratified an agreement to enhance the ISO 20022 standards to meet the needs of the petroleum retail and convenience store industries. As part of the agreement, expert support will be on hand should the need

Concord Postpones Decision for Wawa Beer Sales

The great suspense that was felt yesterday, July 21, 2015, awaiting the Wawa beer sales decision will continue for another two weeks. The time has come and gone for the Concord Township Board of Supervisors to make a decision as to whether the Delaware County, Pa. Wawa convenience store should be allowed to sell beer, but

IRI MarketPulse Reveals Drop in Consumer Sentiment

Consumer sentiment is higher now than in previous years, but consumers are still exercising caution. At the start of 2015, consumers were quite optimistic about the economy, but that optimism has decreased over the first half of the year. A new survey by IRI MarketPulse revealed that shopper sentiment dropped in the second quarter of 2015; however, this shift

Monnette Named Technomic’s New Vice President

Technomic promotes committed Consumer Insights team member to vice president. Technomic Inc. has promoted Sara Monnette to vice president. Designing, managing and executing proprietary and syndicated consumer research studies for restaurant operators, manufacturers and others allied to the industry will be some of Monnette’s responsibilities. She will also oversee a number of programs and services, including

HealthSpot Stations Open in 25 Ohio Rite Aid Pharmacies

Rite Aid moves to transform into a retail healthcare company by adding HealthSpot centers to 25 Ohio Rite Aid locations. Rite Aid and HealthSpot have announced the opening of HealthSpot stations inside 25 Rite Aid pharmacies in Ohio. Rite Aid customers will now have access to a variety of quality healthcare services including pediatric care through HealthSpot. The

NOCO Raises $20,000 for United Way

Generous customers help NOCO raise funds for United Way. Throughout June, NOCO Express stores were accepting donations of $1, $3 or $5 during a paper t-shirt pin up campaign. Through the campaign, NOCO was able to raise $20,000 to support the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and several other United Ways in the region. “In

Cumberland Farms Introduces New Store in Rocky Hill, Conn.

New land proves to be the perfect location for a successful convenience store. Cumberland Farms, the Rhode Island-born, Massachusetts-based convenience store chain with nearly 600 stores in 11 states, has added to its new store list. Earlier this year, the chain acquired 1.3 acres of land at the corner of Cromwell Avenue (Route 3) and France Street

Dunkin’ Donuts is Expanding Its Presence in California

Dunkin’ Donuts looks to expand its presence in the Golden State, hoping to eventually open a total of 1,000 restaurants in the long term. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups. This commitment includes the creation of 26 new restaurants in Fresno, Calif. and San Francisco over the next several years. The two

Starbucks’ New Initiative to Help Economic Development

Starbucks looks to provide opportunities to youth in diverse, under-represented neighborhoods. Starbucks has announced two strategic initiatives to support economic development and social change in diverse, urban communities. These initiatives will help young people connect with meaningful employment and pathways to success. These programs correspond with the launch of the private-sector led 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to increase hiring of

Open Pantry Executive Team Gets Pied

MS fundraising challenge has delicious end for Open Pantry leaders. Although those at Open Pantry are happy to devote their efforts to raising funds to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, the chain was given some sweet incentive to strive to fundraise even harder. Open Pantry has played a big part in the fundraising effort

Sarah Bragg Promoted to Parker’s Development Supervisor

Anticipation for expansion leads Parker’s to promote a new development supervisor. Sarah Bragg is the new development supervisor for Parker’s. Bragg will now implement training and development strategies for Parker’s retail stores in Georgia and South Carolina. This Missouri native originally joined Parker’s in 2012 as a manager at the Ellabell, Ga. store. She previously worked as

Rutter’s Announces New Corporate Giving Programs

Customers will be given the opportunity make a real difference by voting for which charity they think Rutter’s should provide with funds.  Rutter’s is launching two new corporate giving programs to continue its financial support of local children’s charities. These two new programs are Vote with Your Dollars and Rutter’s Rewards Schools. Since 2005, Rutter’s has given over $4.45

Sunoco Prices Public Offering of Common Units

Sunoco LP to use net proceeds from the offering to repay borrowings and for general partnership purposes.  Sunoco LP (the Partnership) has priced its registered underwritten public offering of 5,500,000 common units. The units represent limited partner interests in the Partnership, pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3, previously filed with the Securities

Altria Updates Agreement With Philip Morris International

Altria collaborates with Philip Morris International to further commercialize the sale of electronic vapor products.   As the popularity of vapor products continues to rise, companies that provide these products are searching for ways to provide to a wider range of consumers and to progress in the industry. Altria Group Inc. is expanding its strategic

Joint Venture Between Swedish Match and Philip Morris International Dissolves

Slow development in the snus industry leads to the end of the joint venture between Swedish Match and Philip Morris International. Swedish Match (SWMA) and Philip Morris International (PMI) have decided to dissolve their joint venture in the sale of smokeless tobacco products outside Scandinavia and the U.S. Although the venture will come to an end, the companies

The Hershey Co. Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

Hershey rearranges leadership in order to promote company growth. Marketing veteran, Peter Horst, will join The Hershey Co. as senior vice president, chief marketing officer, beginning July 27, 2015. Horst joins Hershey from Capital One Financial Corp. where he served as senior vice president of brand marketing, and prior to that, chief marketing officer for Capital One Bank.  “Peter is

4 Sons Saves With Lighting Upgrade

4 Sons’ lighting upgrade will save thousands while attracting business.   With the cost of electricity, it is no surprise that lighting a store can become costly, and on top of that cost comes maintenance costs, because lights don’t last forever. Maybe funding lighting for one store isn’t such a daunting task’ but for 4 Sons and

Mars Chocolate to Expand Topeka, Kan. Location

Mars is expanding to create jobs in the communities that it serves. Mars Chocolate North America has announced that it will be breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art 90,000-square-foot facility in Topeka, Kan. Mars will invest an additional $100 million in the already existing facility in Topeka, Kan. With the expansion, the company will create 70 new full-time, permanent,

Sabine Oil & Gas Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Plummeting fuel prices push companies to seek bankruptcy protection. As global gasoline prices decline, many oil companies are finding it difficult to make ends meet. On July 15, 2015 Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has been struggling to make interest payments on its existing debt. According to Bankruptcy &

County Fair, CITGO Sponsor Bike Rally

Roll out new loyalty app to kick off the Roar on the Shore event. CITGO Marketer Country Fair Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are once again joining forces to support the Roar on the Shore motorbike rally, set to take place this week in Erie, Pa. This is the second year CITGO and Country Fair

Energy Transfer Partners and Energy Transfer Equity Move Forward with Strategic Plan

Transaction agreement between ETE and ETP is expected to substantially benefit both companies. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) and Energy Transfer Equity L.P. (ETE) have been strategically planning ways to maximize company success, struck a deal  July 15, 2015, to move in that direction. ETP and ETE have announced the exchange of 21 million ETP

Casey’s CEO to Retire

Casey’s General Store CEO to retire; meanwhile, the chain’s profits are on the rise. Robert Myers, CEO and 26-year veteran of Casey’s Convenience Store Inc., will retire in April 2016. Myers will be succeeded by Chief Operating Officer, Terry Handley, who has been with the company for 34 years. According to a Nasdaq report, Myers will

Alimentation Couche-Tard Releases Results for 2015 Fiscal Year

Acquisition of The Pantry, fiscal growth and new strategies are hoped to propel business in fiscal 2016 for Alimentation Couche-Tard. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has released its results for the fourth quarter and the results are encouraging. For its fourth quarter, which ended April 26, 2015, Alimentation Couche‑Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $129.5 million, representing $0.23 per share on a diluted basis.

Marathon Petroleum Acquiring MarkWest Energy

MarkWest to operate as a unit of MPLX. Marathon Petroleum Corp. is purchasing MarkWest Energy Partners LP for $15.6 billion, through its pipeline unit MPLX LP, allowing it to expand into natural gas processing, according to a report by Reuters. The cash-and-stock deal will create the fourth-largest master limited partnership, valued at $21 billion. The