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%

Heineken Introduces “They Score. You Score” Program

Encourages soccer fans to choose Heineken for all soccer viewing occasions. Heineken strengthens its longstanding support of the beautiful game by maintaining its partnership with the UEFA Champions League (UCL) and Major League Soccer (MLS), to ensure soccer fans stay engaged and refreshed throughout the 2017 season. Beginning March 1, Heineken’s fully-integrated, 360° retail and

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

Hunt Brothers Pizza Sponsors Kevin Harvick

Partners for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and four NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2017. For the seventh consecutive year, Hunt Brothers Pizza is sponsoring NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick. This season, the two will pair up in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). This marks the

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

VERC Enterprises Awards Grant To Cold Spring Elementary School

Grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. VERC Enterprises is again giving back to schools in its local community. Most recently the c-store chain presented Cold Spring Elementary School in Plymouth with a check for $500—a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. VERC Enterprises is a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf

Pilot Flying J Grows Travel Center Network

Debuts enhanced mobile app. Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, expanded its number of Pilot and Flying J stores in 2016 by adding 58 additional locations to its network. Through PFJ Southeast LLC, a joint venture with Speedway LLC, Pilot Flying J completed the conversion of 41 former Speedway/Wilco

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

FDA Final Rule Clarifies Tobacco Regulations

Looks to avoid consumer confusion with final rule. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule on Jan. 6, clarifying when products made or derived from tobacco are regulated as drugs, devices or other combination products. The rule describe the circumstances in which a product made or derived from tobacco that is intended

How To Deliver Constructive Criticism

Learning how to give feedback in a positive way can improve results. by Mel Kleiman, Humetrics Delivering constructive criticism to employees in a way they can hear it and use it to succeed can be difficult but not impossible. The key is to reframe your feedback as follows: Focus first on specific positives. (“The way

FDA Workshop Examines E-Cig Batteries, Explosions

Retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers are invited to attend. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)/Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is holding a public workshop on e-cigarette batteries at the White Oak Conference Center in Silver Spring, Md., April 19-20. The science-based public workshop aims to gather information and stimulate discussion on batteries used in electronic nicotine

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

Slow Growth Anticipated For Foodservice Market

QSRs expected to fare better than full service restaurants. U.S. restaurant industry traffic will remain stalled in 2017 in much the same manner it did in 2016, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. 2017 will bring little to no traffic growth for the total U.S. foodservice market. Quick service restaurants (QSRs), however,

Dash’s Market to Participate in USDA’s SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot

Only seven companies invited to participate. Rosie, an online shopping platform for mobile and web, announced that its partner, Dash’s Market, has been selected to take part in a federal pilot program to enable Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to purchase their groceries online. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invited only seven companies

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

Dunkin’ Donuts Expands in Louisiana

Dunkin’ Donuts is recruiting franchisees in Arkansas, eastern Texas and Mississippi. Dunkin’ Donuts announced that New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, in partnership with existing franchisee Vik Patel, has signed an agreement to develop up to 69 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria, La. over the coming years.

PDI Acquires Pinnacle’s ERP Assets

Pinnacle will retain remaining assets and customers for its Point of Sale, Payments, Loyalty and its new Affinity mobile solutions. PDI, a provider of software solutions to the convenience retail and wholesale petroleum industries, has acquired the enterprise resource planning (ERP) assets of The Pinnacle Corp., a privately held company with corporate headquarters in Arlington,

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

E-Cigarettes Help Grow Sales of Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries

As e-cigs evolve, e-cigarette batteries offer an opportunity to capture more sales. Sales of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are on the rise, and e-cigarettes appear to be one of the forces driving the market. In this age of expanding technological availability and reliance, energy is everything. Even seemingly simple household batteries play an important role in

Customers Say ‘Cheese Please’

WMMB finds growing consumer demand for cheese. As the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) examines the top food trends for the coming year, one thing’s for sure: Americans really love cheese. In fact, according to the USDA, the average American consumed 35 pounds of cheese in 2016, a roughly one-pound increase since 2014. Overall cheese

Freshness, Convenience, Health Drive Deli Demand

More than half of customers would like to see more healthy claims on menus. Consumers’ demand in the deli continues to revolve around freshness, convenience, and health, positioning the department into a true destination as stores reinvent physical space, reinvigorate fresh-prepared items and reinforce culinary inspiration with quality staff. This is one of hundreds of