Dispensed Beverage Sales Show Promise

Cold and frozen beverages continue to be a mainstay of the convenience store offering—something consumers expect, enjoy, and increasingly want to tailor to their own individual tastes. Others have noticed. McDonald’s, for example, is making smoothies and other cold beverages part of its strategy for expanding its beverage offerings. Beginning in March, the burger giant

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Couche-Tard Would Increase Offer

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is again appealing to Casey’s shareholders ahead of this week’s annual shareholders meeting set for Sept. 23. It urged shareholders to consider the following when voting: “7-Eleven has not made a formal offer to acquire Casey’s. Unlike Couche-Tard’s $38.50 per share fully-financed cash premium offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares

Kroger Donates $3 Million For Breast Cancer Awareness

In partnership with key suppliers, The Kroger Co. has committed $3 million in donations to support breast cancer initiatives in communities across the country where Kroger customers and associates live and work. Kroger’s annual breast cancer campaign, “Giving Hope a Hand,” again will feature associates from across the company who are breast cancer survivors. This

Sunoco Shifts Focus To C-Stores

Lynn Elsenhans, Sunoco’s CEO, told analysts she hopes to expand the company’s profitable retail business by ramping up its convenience-store offerings, Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “An area of opportunity for us to unlock even more value out of our real estate is by changing our mind-set from a fuels retailer that also sells some convenience items,

Wal-Mart To Enter C-Store Market

Wal-Mart is entering the convenience store market starting with large cities, such as San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit, the Financial Times reported. The big box chain is reportedly has been looking at smaller-format sites between 20,000-50,000 square feet this summer. The company expects to outline its business plans later this year, Bill Simon, Wal-Mart’s CEO

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Tumble with Pipeline Restart

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN A relatively quick return, just over a week, in pipeline deliveries on Energy Partners, L.P.’s Lakehead system after it was shut on Sept. 9 due to a leak pressured wholesale gasoline costs through today, especially in the Midwest. Enbridge was forced to shut a key pipeline

Thorntons Reopens Evansville Store

Thorntons celebrated the grand re-opening of its existing store location at 2401 Morgan Ave. Evansville, Ind., on Sept. 16, 2010. With the addition of this location, Thorntons will operate 161 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. Customers can look forward to a clean and friendly environment with high quality foods, such as fresh

United Supermarkets Donates To Food Bank

Lubbock, Texas-based United Supermarkets and its guests donated an additional $28,614 and 8,338 pounds of food to South Plains Food Bank during the company’s recent mini food drive at its 10 stores in Lubbock County. Following the public announcement in early August that the food bank was facing a critical shortage of food, United responded

TA/Petro Offers New Fleet Cards

TravelCenters of America (TA)/Petro Stopping Centers has teamed with Fuelman Network, a division of FleetCor Technologies LLC, to introduce Fuelman and CFN FleetWide fleet cards at all participating TA/Petro locations. “The inclusion of more than 225 of the nation’s top travel plazas into our acceptance program considerably strengthens Fuelman and CFN FleetWide cardholders’ access to

Love’s Fundraises For Children’s Hospitals

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores are asking customers to purchase a $1, $5 or $25 Miracle Balloon icon to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network, a children’s charity that raises funds for more than 170 pediatric hospitals. The fundraiser runs from Aug. 27-Sept. 30, and customers are encouraged to participate in a variety of

United Supermarkets Donates To Food Bank

Lubbock, Texas-based United Supermarkets and its guests donated an additional $28,614 and 8,338 pounds of food to South Plains Food Bank during the company’s recent mini food drive at its 10 stores in Lubbock County. Following the public announcement in early August that the food bank was facing a critical shortage of food, United responded

Nice N Easy Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, which operates 80 stores throughout New York State and was named CSD‘s Chain of the Year in 2009, recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary at Utica-Rome Speedway with bands, a kids zone, a classic car and bike show, food and fun. “It was a great day and one that many will

TD Economics: No Double-Dip Recession

The storm has ebbed, but the U.S. economic forecast remains overcast, according toTD Economics. “We don’t expect to see any miracles occurring over the next several months…but the evidence appears to be for the gradual unwind of imbalances and a continued slow pick-up in economic activity-and not another descent into recession,” wrote Deputy Chief Economist

Xpress Delivery

Hot Stuff Foods has introduced Hot Stuff Foods Xpress, a new foodservice distribution partnership and license initiative. “Hot Stuff Foods Xpress offers the retailer the best of both worlds,” noted Hot Stuff Vice President of Marketing Craig VanHyfte, “delivery through their distributor, coupled with trusted Hot Stuff branding.  In addition with hot options and self-service

NATO Responds to FDA’s Proposed Training Program

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has responded to the FDA’s proposed guidance on tobacco retail training programs. Under the FDA law, retailers are not required to train employees on how to prevent the sale of regulated tobacco products to minors. However, if tobacco products are sold to a minor, the retailer will be

NCASEF Raises $100,000 To Help War Veterans

The National Coalition of Associations of 7- Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF), the professional trade association for 7- Eleven storeowners has donated $100,000 to Hire Heroes USA, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based non- profit placement firm for returning war veterans. The award was made at the grand banquet on the last night of the National Coalition’s 35th Annual Convention

United Supermarkets To Build First Convenience Store

United Supermarkets is ready to break ground on what will be its first United Express convenience store and fuel station in Lubbock, Texas. The chain plans to begin developing the property it owns on the southeast corner of 4th and Milwaukee in Lubbock, Texas, in the next 4-6 weeks, starting with the anticipated 3,100-square-foot United

BP’s ampm Debuts New Proprietary Brand

BP’s ampm convenience store brand has long used the tagline “Too Much Good Stuff” in its advertising. Now ampm is driving the point home with the debut of its new in-store brand, Good Stuff by ampm. Two new competitively priced products, bottled water and candy, were the first items to sport the Good Stuff by

Wawa Revamps Coffee Stations

Wawa stores throughout southern New Jersey are going through an “Extreme Coffee Makeover,” trading out glass coffee pots for new insulated dispensers with the intent of making producing a fresher brew that saves energy and reduces waste, Press of Atlantic City Media Group reported. The change comes after a chain-wide price increase that boosted the

Wilson Farms Offers AAA Members New Discounts

Wilson Farms is expanding its discount offers for AAA members to include its Fresh N’ Ready lunchtime menu consisting of freshly made subs, salads and sandwiches. All AAA members can receive 50 cents off any sub, salad or sandwich offered at all Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and/or Wilson Farms Xpress locations throughout New York State. “AAA

Jack Link’s to Acquire Minnesota Facility

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is set to acquire a packaged meat snack products manufacturing facility located in Mankato, Minn., from JBS S.A., the largest beef producer in the world. The transaction is expected to close by the end of September, subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition will

Cumberland Farms Offers $3 Prepaid Cards

Cumberland Farms convenience store locations in New England, the mid-Atlantic and Florida are adding nFinanSe $3 Visa and $3 Discover Reloadable Prepaid Debit Cards. “By offering it’s customers a $3 Visa or $3 Discover Reloadable Card, Cumberland Farms will now be able to compete with any retailer on the basis of price for a reloadable

Tedeschi Food Shops Remodels Westford Location

Continuing toward its goal of renovating all of its locations, Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi Food Shops has remodeled its store at 103 Main Street in Westford, Mass., bringing the total of stores remodeled in 2010 to 13. This store now offers a wide variety of fresh, healthy options like TD’s Deli Express crisp salads, delicious wraps,

KISS Cups Debut at 7-Eleven

KISS, the legendary American rock band is currently wowing standing-room-only crowds across North America with The Hottest Show on Earth tour. Now 7-Eleven customers can pick from four collectible Super Big Gulps courtesy of Dr Pepper, each bearing the likeness of one of the KISS band members – Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and

Jewel-Osco Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

JEWEL-OSCO, a Midwest food and drug retailer, is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with its third annual VIP reception to honor the culture and significant achievements of the Hispanic community. The signature event, “Sabor de la Herencia Hispana,” is set for Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street,

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