CITGO Launches Energy Efficient Lighting Program

Pilot rolls out right as electric bills are expected to rise. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has launched the 2011 CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program (EELP). The initiative will provide 500,000 energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to help approximately 50,000 low-income households in 17 U.S. cities save energy and contribute to the protection of the

Weigel’s Celebrates 80th Anniversary

80 Days of Wow campaign runs June 13 to Aug. 31, 2011, and includes $200,000 in prizes via social media and in-store promotions and a grand prize cookout in early September. Powell, Tenn.-based Weigel’s Stores, east Tennessee’s only family-owned local dairy, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this summer. Weigel’s operates 56 convenience stores with over

Susser Welcomes Three Individuals To Leadership Team

New leadership members bring a wealth of experience and are expected to help drive growth in key areas for Susser. Susser Holdings Corp. has appointed three new members to its leadership team: • Gail Workman as senior vice president of sales and operations with Susser Petroleum Co., Susser’s wholesale fuel subsidiary, based in Houston •

Hess Donates $1 Million To Aid Flood Relief

After flooding devastates parts of North Dakota, Hess provides funds to key organizations responsible for aiding and rebuilding the impacted areas. Hess Corp. has donated $1 million to North Dakota flood relief efforts. “We are deeply concerned about the people who are suffering from the devastation caused by the floods that have occurred in North

Sunoco Expands Into Alabama

“Our recent success in winning over new distributors has helped Sunoco enter new markets such as Alabama and expand our presence along the I-95 corridor, and in the Midwest and other Southeastern states,” says Sunoco spokesperson. Sunoco Inc. has added 13 new Sunoco-branded sites to its growing network of more than 4,900 retail locations selling

Hunt Brothers Donates $20,000, Pizza To Tornado-Hit Communities

“One of Hunt Brothers Pizza’s guiding principles is to be a blessing to people, so it’s only natural for us to help the people and communities affected by these tragic events,” says Hunt Brothers spokesperson. In an act of compassion for the communities hit by devastating tornadoes this spring, Hunt Brothers Pizza donated $20,000 in

Kangaroo Express Achieves $1 Million Fundraising Goal

Campaign benefiting military non-profit organizations continues through summer after goal is achieved well ahead of schedule. The Pantry Inc. has already achieved its summer-long fundraising goal of $1 million in the early weeks of its “Salute Our Troops” campaign. Through The Pantry’s more than 1,600 Kangaroo Express stores across 13 states, store guests and communities

CITGO Pop Shoppe Stores Raise $50,000 For MDA

“This money will go a long way to improving the lives of many children in our region and their families who battle with muscular dystrophy every day,” says vice president of Mid-State Petroleum. North Carolina-based CITGO fuel distributor Mid-State Petroleum raised more than $50,000 in support of the Greensboro District Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The money,

Eco-friendly Option

Whirlwind Concepts Inc. in Spokane, Wash., has designed a washer fluid pump for gas stations, truck stops and car washes to allow its users to pump windshield washer fluid directly into their washer fluid reservoir under the hood of their car. Spenser the Washer Fluid Dispenser is an eco-friendly approach to the increasing problem of

Hi-Rev Dark Coffee

Building on its popular line of intensely-flavored, high-caffeine Hi-Rev products, Boyd Coffee Co. has introduced new Hi-Rev Dark, a coffee distinguished by a bold, dark roast. Hi-Rev Dark delivers a smooth, vigorous flavor with a caffeine kick. Hi-Rev Dark is available in cases of 30 packs, four ounces each from Boyd Coffee. Other Hi-Rev products

Serving Today’s Students

The Rochester Institute of Technology’s Global Village has earned accolades for its new convenience store, restaurants and international flavor. By John Lofstock, Editor. Long known for its high academic standards, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) can add award-winning convenience store retailer to its impressive list of accolades. After nearly three years in the planning

7-Eleven Donates Over $40 Million to Japan Relief Effort

“We hope these generous donations by thousands of global citizens and friends of 7-Eleven can help meet some of the basic needs as the Japanese people recover in the years to come,” says 7-Eleven CEO. The 7-Eleven Inc. global convenience retailing organization raised more than $40 million in donations to assist victims devastated by the

Tedeschi Aggressively Remodels Sites

Newly renovated locations offer an array of fresh foods. Tedeschi Food Shops recently remodeled six locations in Massachusetts, bringing the number of stores remodeled since 2010 to 24. Renovations in Dorchester, Stoughton, Millis, Franklin, Saugus and Fall River are part of a company-wide initiative to ensure that all store locations are remodeled and able to

Rutter’s Rewards Second Free Fuel Winner

Contest winner credits his daily Rutter’s coffee trips with helping him nab the prize. Garry Ferree of Glen Rock, Pa., is the second winner of a year’s worth of gasoline in Rutter’s Fuel Up Free Contest. Ferree, who travels around the south central Pennsylvania area for work each week, visits a number of area Rutter’s

Sinclair Oil Selects Daktronics

“It’s clear Sinclair Oil embraces this technology and understands its importance in promoting their brand image and adding value to its retailers,” says Daktronics spokesperson. Sinclair Oil Corp. of Salt Lake City and Daktronics Inc. of Brookings, S.D., announced the LED display manufacturer is now the petroleum distributor’s LED signage provider. Sinclair Oil Corp., which

Heated Zone Merchandiser

The new energy-efficient Hatco Heated Zone Merchandiser safely holds hot packaged foods in a smartly-designed display that attracts customers. Energy and costs are reduced by utilizing Hatco’s new Spot On technology— instant-on overhead elements that are off until a food product is placed on the shelf, compared to other heated merchandisers that stay on full

Dried Fruit Packaging Innovation

Mariani Dried Fruit has introduced TouchLock, a Velcro-like micro-hook closure system, which allows consumers to simply touch to lock and close their dried fruit bag. Mariani has launched the TouchLock feature on all stand-up gusseted packaging. The TouchLock packaging does not have to be perfectly aligned to seal properly, as long as the micro-hooks on

Cultivating the Leaders of Tomorrow

Training employees to accept responsibility when they stumble will help groom the next generation of industry executives. By Jim Callahan. My wife called me one morning this week with a quote that gave us both pause to stop and think: “When you stumble, make it part of the dance.” I took some time to analyze

NACS Reacts To 21 Cent Cap on Swipe Fees

NACS calls Fed’s final rule “an irresponsible abdication of its legal duty.” The U.S. Federal Reserve’s final rules on debit card swipe fees “is an irresponsible abdication of its legal duty to implement the law as written,” said National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Senior Vice President of Government Relations Lyle Beckwith. The final rules

Preparing for the Demand Revolution

In a world of increasingly instant gratification, what customers are demanding and how they want it is beginning to alter the way companies do business. At the 2011 Sweets & Snacks Expo, Rick Kash of The Cambridge Group and author of How Companies Win, spoke on the changing landscape that operators and manufacturers must navigate

GSP, Kangaroo Express ‘Salute Our Troops’

“We are proud to join GSP in this campaign to provide an opportunity for our store guests to thank our military for the work and sacrifices required to protect our nation and preserve our freedom,” says senior vice president of The Pantry. The Pantry Inc. and GSP, a provider of retail services, have joined for

Thorntons Selects Sanders\Wingo As Agency of Record

“We appreciate the team’s strategic thinking and creative approach to the assignment, especially as we look toward expansion of digital efforts,” says Thorntons’ executive vice president.  Thorntons has picked Sanders\Wingo as its agency of record. “A name like Thornton’s carries such a great amount of brand trust and loyalty, and we’re honored to be beginning

SymphonyIRI Examines Consumer Gas Price Woes

Shoppers battered by the recession are much less willing to absorb high gas prices and increasing store prices. Just as the CPG industry was beginning to show signs of growth, a new hurdle emerged: rising gas prices. With national gas prices 40% higher on average today than a year ago, many shoppers are having difficulty

Foodservice Cutlery

Solo Foodservice has launched a redesigned and more comprehensive cutlery offering for meal service. With its two new cutlery lines, Solo has improved the appearance, performance and value of its full cutlery solutions for on-premise and takeout meal occasions. The matching, family design of the new Impress and Reliance lines gives operators the ability to

Sky’s The Limit at Quick Chek’s Balloon Festival

Record crowds expected at Health and Wellness Sunday to revel in music, food and fun. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Quick Chek Food Stores will kick off the 29th annual Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America, on July 29 at Solberg Airport

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