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

Shuffling the Deck: What the Trump Administration Means for C-Stores

C-store operators are betting that a Trump administration will usher in a more business-friendly environment. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the world of New York real estate, Donald Trump earned a reputation as a self-publicist and an assertive schemer. Now, as the soon-to-be leader of the free world, President-elect Trump is still viewed by

November-December 2016 Comparisons

By Bill Scott The November-December 2016 sales comparisons are in and the products tied for the largest gain in sales for December 2016 were FANTA PINEAPPLE (20-ounce) and COBRA (32-ounce), both entering the Top 100 with a gain of 27 positions each. Following close behind, COKE CLASSIC (two liter), and LITTLE DEBBIE MINI CHOCOLATE DONUTS

Help Employees Meet Their Goals

In 2017 help your convenience store employees keep their resolutions. by Mel Kleiman, Humetrics It’s a New Year and people everywhere are setting resolutions on the aspects of life they wish to improve on in 2017. But before you set goals for yourself, think about how you can use your resolutions to help your employees

Shaping Clifford Fuel’s Future

With on-the-job training, industry veterans are helping Mike Clifford learn the ins and outs of the competitive convenience store industry. By John Lofstock, Editor Growing up in the convenience store industry is tough. It’s even tougher when the chain is growing and the pressure is on to produce positive results. Welcome to life in the

Murphy USA Opens 1,400th C-Store

New Murphy Express convenience store to serve Lafayette, La. Murphy USA Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of its 1,400th location in Lafayette, La. The 3,450-square-foot Murphy Express will be open 24 hours and provide customers competitive low-priced gasoline along with a wide assortment of convenience items. “The opening of our 1,400th location represents another

Chevron Introduces ‘ExtraMile Extras’ Rewards Program

Customers earn free ‘extras’ after five qualifying purchases. Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., has announced the launch of its ExtraMile Extras Rewards program to more than 700 ExtraMile locations throughout California, Oregon and Washington. Since the first store opened more than 10 years ago, the ExtraMile store concept has experienced steady

Americans Drive Over 500 Million Miles on E15

More than 400 stations in 28 states sell E15 fuel today. Growth Energy announced that the most tested fuel in history, E15, has reached a remarkable milestone. Based on sales and consumption data reported over the past 12 months by major gasoline retailers, drivers across the U.S. have more than 500 million miles driven on

SUBWAY Helps Customers With Healthy Resolutions

“+color” campaign encourages customers to eat a more balanced diet. As customers set their New Years resolutions, many will be looking to be healthier, and SUBWAY and the American Heart Association have teamed up to help them achieve their goals. SUBWAY restaurants and the American Heart Association are encouraging consumers to add just one extra

Wayne Announces PCI PTS 4.1 Certification

Wayne has received certification without any changes to the hardware since the introduction of the iX Pay solution in 2007. Wayne Fueling Systems’ iX Pay secure payment solution has obtained Payment Card Industry PIN Transaction Security (PCI PTS) version 4.1 certification for Encrypting PIN Pad (EPP) keypad devices. Wayne is a part of Dover Fueling

Functional Foods, Beverages Set To Grow

Adults become more health conscious and parents are increasingly concerned about the health of children, fueling the growth of functional products. Technavio research analysts are forecasting that the global functional foods and beverages market will grow at a CAGR of close to 8% from 2017-2021. The Technavio report segments the market into two broad categories

How To Start the New Year Off Right

Asking yourself some simple questions can reveal what you need to work on in the New Year. by Mel Kleiman, Humetrics Start 2017 off right by evaluating how you prioritize intentions. The following is a short, self-administered, self-scoring test that can help any business owner or manager prioritize their intentions for 2017: Do YOU say

C-Store Retailers Optimistic for 2017

Some 79% of retailers and 60% of U.S. fuel consumers are optimistic about the U.S. economy as the New Year begins. Low gas prices helped drive sales increases at convenience stores in 2016—and retailers expect those strong sales to carry over into 2017, according to a survey of retailers released by the National Association of

Rutter’s Employees End 2016 With Acts of Kindness

Employees present checks to local charities. To finish 2016, Rutter’s provided many of their employees with $1,000 checks to give to organizations they felt deserved the donation. Over 20 checks were given out during the 2016 holiday season to charities and organizations all over the area. These organizations consisted of: –         Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Break Time Introduces New C-Store Concept

Open, customer-centric floor plan greets c-store shoppers. Break Time, a chain of convenience stores operated by MFA Oil Co., is introducing a customer-focused layout, an enhanced food concept and refreshed branding at its 74th store in Lee’s Summit, Mo. The 5,000-square-foot Kansas City suburb location is the first store to incorporate Break Time’s new logo

Enmarket Donates To Local Nonprofits Through Encourage Health Series

Enmarket works to help Savannah become a healthier community. During its 2016 Encourage Health Educational Series, enmarket has donated $5,000 to four area nonprofit organizations: The Coastal Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America, Savannah AMBUCS, Savannah Tree Foundation and Urban Hope Inc. In conjunction with Healthy Savannah and other sponsors, the fuel and convenience

Gasoline Futures Surge At Close of 2016

By Brian Milne The gasoline futures contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange surged 12% in December, with reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending futures establishing a new calendar year high for 2016 at $1.7038 gallon between the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Gasoline futures outpaced the advance by West Texas Intermediate and ULSD

EMV Deadline for Pumps Extended Until 2020

Issues with regulatory-compliant EMV hardware and software to enable most upgrades by 2017 prompted shifting the compliancy deadline. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Citing technological and regulatory challenges, Visa, MasterCard and American Express recently announced that the U.S. deadline for installing EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip-card readers at automated fuel pumps has been extended

Smoke and Mirrors?

Can ongoing price increases on cigarettes continue to compensate for dropping unit sales? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor In early November 2016, Philip Morris USA, owned by Altria Group Inc., Reynolds American Inc., and several other tobacco companies added eight cents to the per-pack wholesale price of their top cigarette brands. ITG Brands upped

How To Maintain Foodservice Compliance In Face of U.S. Labor Laws

How does a company ensure their food operation is in compliance with U.S labor regulations? Just as people would trust their health with a doctor, the government trusts restaurant owners and foodservice operators with labor integrity. Shockingly, in a recent article released by Restaurant Business Online, 95% of Restaurants in Austin, Texas, that were audited

Eight Big Trends Ahead for 2017

University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business points to the top trends influencing business in the New Year. The “Amazoning of America,” McDonald’s table service and a lower corporate tax rate are among business developments to watch in 2017, according to a group of professors at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith

7-Eleven Adds Alkaline88 Water

Alkaline Water Co. expects its c-store presents to grown substantially in 2017. Some 300 7-Eleven stores in Southern California have added Alkaline Water Co. Inc.’s innovative, state-of-the art, proprietary electrolysis beverage process packaged and sold under the trade name Alkaline88, in 700-milliliter sports-top bottles. “Just in time for the New Year, Southern California consumers can