Wawa Celebrates 53rd Anniversary

Wawa Day—set for April 13—celebrates Wawa’s founding and the three-year anniversary of The Wawa Foundation. Wawa Inc. is set to give away 2 million cups of free coffee in celebration of its 53rd anniversary in retail. This year’s Wawa Day will be held on Thursday April 13. Wawa will celebrate the occasion by offering customers

Ideal Market Is Growing Its Kentucky Home

Rocket Oil Co., which does business as Ideal Market, just opened its newest store in Hanson, Ky. Going forward in 2017, the family-owned company has even bigger plans. By David Bennett, Senior Editor There’s more to the state of Kentucky than fine bourbon, fast horses and the legend of Daniel Boone. There are close-knit communities,

QuikTrip Tops List of Favorite Places to Fuel Up

Of gas station and c-store brands, Cumberland Farms places 2nd and Sheetz comes in third. From the most frequented c-stores to the fresh food quality, Market Force evaluated customer perceptions and preferences in its annual survey. QuikTrip and Costco are consumers’ favorite places to fill their gas tanks, according to a new study by Market

Parker’s C-Stores Gives $20,000 to Beaufort County Schools

A portion of Parker’s gas sales sold on the first Wednesday of the month go to local schools. Parker’s continues to help fund area schools through. Fueling the Community Recently the chain donated $20,000 to Beaufort County Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative. Parker’s, which operates 48 convenience stores in

February-March 2017 Comparisons Are In

By Bill Scott At the top of our Top 100 list, 30 stores sold 28,543 Muscular Dystrophy Shamrocks during March, Marlboro Gold pushed Hunt Brothers Hunk down 2 positions to No.3. Another Hunt Brothers product jumped 299 positions to take the No. 15 spot. Newcomers to the Top 100 were Smartwater Loose 20 Oz, Bud

NPD’s Index Shows Major Brands Dominate Shopper Percentages

Dollar Tree sees biggest gain among retailers. A new index from The NPD Group’s Checkout Tracking shows that some of the biggest names in retailing and foodservice have reached an extraordinary percentage of buyers at least once a year. Walmart, McDonald’s, and Target top the list with better than five out of six U.S. consumers

January/February 2017 Results Are In

By Bill Scott Tobacco products rallied in the list of greatest improvements in sales in February 2017. Black & Mild cigars always perform well in our sample of convenience stores, and B & M 070137809326 wins this month best overall performance, showing a 27 position gain–up to position in 24 in the Top 100. Following

CITGO Lemont Refinery Participates in STEM Events

From sponsoring the first annual STEM Fest to serving as judges on school science projects, CITGO gets involved on the local level with youth STEM opportunities. CITGO Lemont Refinery participated in four STEM-related events for area youth in February and March as a part of the CITGO STEM Talent Pipeline Program, which seeks to increase

Consumers Remain Optimistic

Economic optimism up 15 points over last year. Consumer sentiment continues to trend toward a positive outlook in April 2017. Economic optimism this month held steady, with 59% of gasoline consumers saying that they feel optimistic about the U.S. economy, according to the latest Consumer Fuels Survey released by NACS. Across all parts of the

7-Eleven Offers BOGO Slurpees for Siblings Day

Buy one get one free Slurpees offer a chance to share a treat with brothers, sisters or friends. 7-Eleven is celebrating National Sibling Day (April 10) all week long with some help from its iconic Slurpee brand. Customers have a chance to enjoy a Buy One-Get One (BOGO) Slurpee drink promotion with an exclusive new

Eby-Brown, MSA Renew Commitment

Eby-Brown to continue using MSA’s Distributor Trade Program Management (DTPM) solution to manage its trade programs. Eby-Brown Co. LLC has renewed its agreement with Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA), a solution provider to consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers, for another three years. MSA will continue managing Eby-Brown data, providing analytics and insights as well as

Identifying the C-Store Industry’s HR Challenges

The 2017 CSD/Humetrics HR Survey finds overall optimism for the year ahead, but concerns for staffing and turnover. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics and John Lofstock, Editor Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics have collaborated on our ninth annual Convenience Store Industry Human Resources Survey. The results reported here are based on the respondents’ recent experiences

Spice Up Foodservice

Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Ketchup by Red Gold has earned recognition as one of America’s most innovative products for 2017. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced the Food and Beverage Innovation Award (FABI) by saying that the spicy ketchup is “the perfect addition of sweet heat in an operation’s condiment offering.” This year’s […]

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Restroom Alert

There are two things people want in restrooms. Cleanliness and to know when the restroom is available. Heads-up Lock Co. has taken an innovative and affordable approach to visibly showing whether restrooms are vacant from a distance even when it’s out of sight in another room. The door deadbolt lock is wireless and the light […]

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On-the-Go Packages

Tetra Pak has extended its leadership in the fast growing on-the-go beverage market with two new portion size packages, the Tetra Prisma Aseptic 200 and 250 Edge with DreamCap 26. Building on the success of the stylish Tetra Prisma Aseptic 330 ml with DreamCap, the new packages offer consumers smaller size options with the same […]

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Boost Car Wash Sales

Mark VII Equipment Inc., the North America subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, has introduced new SoftLine2 tunnel and ShineTecs Tri-Foam products. SoftLine2 brings Linear Technology, developed by WashTec, to North America for the first time. Linear Technology moves the brushes with the vehicle as it’s pulled by the conveyor, allowing extended brush-contact time on […]

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‘Un-Flavored’ Cigars

Swedish Match North America is introducing new White Owl Emerald & White Owl Platinum. White Owl Emerald and Platinum are ‘un-flavored,’ ‘un-sweet’ cigars made with an all-natural premium blend of the finest tobaccos from around the world. White Owl Emerald has a distinct green wrapper and White Owl Platinum has a traditional brown wrapper. Both […]

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Cut Equal Slices

The Portion PadL reduces food waste, boosts sales and increases profits and acts as a compliance tool for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required menu labeling. Effective May 5, 2017, chains of 20 or more must report calories of regular menu pizza items for the whole pizza and by each slice. Non-compliance could be […]

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Cold Brew Coffee

Serve your customers what they crave: cold, smooth, rich, refreshing coffee with more caffeine kick and less acidity. Red Diamond’s cold brew blend is designed in a way that brings out the distinctive characteristics of the bean, resulting in a full-bodied coffee with a rich, sweet taste and a hint of nutty flavor. The 100% […]

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Energy Star Partner

Welbilt has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Welbilt’s accomplishments were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017. Welbilt, an ENERGY […]

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Rutter’s Forays Into Wine Sales

Wine department to be located near the beer caves. Rutter’s is entering the wine category. The York, Pa.-based c-store chain’s location at 2215 Old Trail Road in Goldsboro Newberry Township is the first of its stores to begin wine sales, beginning Friday, April 7. It marks the first of seven Rutter’s locations planning to sell

Growth Energy Speaks Out On Oil Industry Push Poll

Homegrown fuels have broad bipartisan support and more retailers are offering higher biofuel blends. Growth Energy released a statement noting the limitations of the oil industry’s latest push poll designed by the American Petroleum Institute (API) to obscure strong public support for homegrown biofuels. “API’s reoccurring push polls rely on misinformation and leading questions to

Location Times Three

By Tony Huppert In a recent conversation at the morning’s round table, a retired 40-year veteran of industry was informing me location isn’t as important as service. He said people will always drive out of their way for service. I disagreed with him silently; he was a paying customer. The Team Oil Travel Center in

Swisher Appoints Dunn Vice President, Industry Relations

A tobacco veteran at Swisher International, Bill Dunn transitions to a role with a customer engagement focus. Swisher International Inc. has appointed Bill Dunn to vice president, industry relations. Formerly vice president of field sales, Dunn has held more than 10 different positions of increasing responsibility within the organization spanning a 35-year career. “It goes

Welbilt Awarded As Energy Star Partner for Eighth Year

Remains committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Welbilt has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Welbilt’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington,