Annual program recognizes outstanding people and organizations advancing food safety. NSF International, an independent organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment, has announced the winners of the 2011 NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards. The awards were presented Wednesday, April 20
COLLOQUY Loyalty Census finds one-third of loyalty points are never cashed in for rewards. Americans accumulate approximately $48 billion in rewards points and miles annually, according to the results of a first-ever study on the perceived dollar value of loyalty programs that illustrates the real economic power of these programs for consumers, issuers, merchants and
“The acquisition of Ro-Di Oil Co. is a natural extension of our retail business and enhances our present dealer model,” says Atlas Oil CEO. Atlas Oil Co. has successfully completed its acquisition of Ro-Di Oil Co., of Veedersburg, Ind. Ro-Di Oil Co. distributes approximately 10mm gallons of petroleum products annually in the central Indiana marketplace.
A $150,000 donation by United Supermarkets assists the Salvation Army’s transitional housing program. Lubbock, Texas-based United Supermarkets has pledged $150,000 over the next three years in support of The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Home Transitional Living Program, a three-tiered approach to eradicating homeless that includes Emergency Shelter, Transitional Shelter and Transitional Housing programs. The United
Learn how to attract more customers and increase frequency visits to your car wash. Reserve a seat for the 2011 ICA Car Care World Expo Educational Seminar, “3 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2011,” before April 29, and be entered for a chance to win a $5000 coupon towards the purchase of an Xtreme
Closer management of the dairy category will be crucial in 2011. According to the U.S. Dairy Association (USDA), dairy will be among the food groups with the highest price increases in 2011—4.5 to 5.5%—due to rising energy and cattle-feed costs. While the industry has evolved, many chains, such as Byrne Dairy Co. in Syracuse, N.Y.,
Today’s fast-paced retail environment demands that convenience store owners invest in retail systems that not only speed up service, but do more to help chains reduce operating costs. Back office isn’t backstage. What happens there directly affects customers, so retailers need to get it right. Today’s systems must be able to offer useful services, such
The Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes provides Rutter’s customers with chances to win an array of prizes from a car wash to free coffee. This week, York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores awarded more than 900 prizes to loyal customers in the second month of the yearlong Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes. One prize, a coupon
Community-based Diabetes Control Program at select Kroger stores aims to help patients better control their diabetes and reduce its devastating complications. The Kroger Co. is joining the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, expanding access to the Alliance’s community-based programs that use proven approaches to help prevent and control diabetes. The retail grocery chain, which has
“This award truly belongs to the 17,000 Speedway employees throughout our company, who constantly strive to be the very best in the business,” says Speedway president. For the third year in a row, Speedway is the Highest Ranked Gasoline Brand in the nation according to the Harris Poll EquiTrend survey of more than 25,000 consumers.
Cardtronics to provide ATM services at all EXCORP stores in Colorado, Texas and Wisconsin. Cardtronics Inc. a global retail ATM owner, has been selected by EZCORP Inc., provider of specialty consumer financial services, to supply ATM services in approximately 120 of the company’s EZMONEY stores in Colorado, Texas and Wisconsin, with the opportunity for additional
Just Born is continuing to take its PEEPS candies to new frontiers with its new generation of Chocolate Dipped PEEPS. At The Sweets & Snacks Expo, May 24-26 in Chicago, Just Born plans to introduce the following new PEEPS dipped in either creamy-rich milk or dark chocolate: The PEEPSTER Volkswagen “chick” has been on a
By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices in the U.S. have more upside despite broader market concern that high commodity prices would crimp the global economic recovery and, in turn, dampen demand for oil and its byproducts like gasoline. High gasoline prices act as an additional tax on American consumers,
“Visitors to GasBuddy will now find solutions on this community-driven site, which will bring value to both retail and business customers,” says Pricelock spokesperson. GasBuddy.com, which allows customers to find low real-time retail gas and diesel prices in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, has teamed with Pricelock, an online provider of fuel and risk
“New Leaf teas were initially placed in the Casey’s stores on the first of the year and the consumer acceptance has been outstanding,”says New Leaf spokesperson. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has introduced New Leaf Brands all-natural, healthy beverages to its coolers at more than 1,600 stores in 10 Midwestern states including: Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois,
“It is fitting that as NACS celebrates its rich history and accomplishments during its 50th anniversary that we will hear insights from one of the preeminent chroniclers of our time,” says NACS’ Convention Chairman. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has announced Newsman Tom Brokaw as a Closing General Session speaker for the NACS
“We are paving the way of the future by working with a high level group of partners like the St. Louis Cardinals who understand that we’re in this together to raise the loyalty bar again,” says Gulf spokesperson. Gulf Oil has announced a new sponsorship agreement with Major League Baseball’s (MLB) St. Louis Cardinals. The
From now until June 22, customers can upload photos showing the “Power of V” sign alongside their favorite vehicle for a chance to win a number of prizes. Consumers can now participate in the third annual Shell V-Power “Fuel My Passion” Sweepstakes for a chance to win great prizes, including Shell V-Power premium gasoline for
In a study comparing McDonald’s, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts customers, McDonald’s coffee customers are the least likely to stray. McDonald’s coffee customers are the most loyal compared to those who frequent Starbucks Corp. and Dunkin’ Donuts, a study by market research firm CustomersDNA LLC found. The currently unpublished study involved 15,000 fast-food customers who answered
The new location brings local jobs and fresh foods, and incorporates energy efficient features. A new Rutter’s Farm Store scheduled to open in early May is expected to bring 40 jobs to the Fayetteville, Pa. area, the Public Opinion News Online reported. Construction on the location began in November for the convenience store located at
Full-strength beer proposal reaches Legislature floor for the first time, but is voted down. Colorado lawmakers have rejected a proposal that would have given convenience stores, gas stations and grocery chains the right to sell full-strength beer. The decisions ended a debate that occurs just about every year at the state Capitol, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.
New price study by the Private Label Manufacturers Association shows shoppers can save 33% on their grocery bill when they select store brand products. A new study of comparative prices on a wide range of everyday supermarket purchases shows why more shoppers are passing up national brands and reaching for the retailer’s brand instead, the
There’s a reason why American Retail Services (ARS) of Oceanside, Calif., chose sandwiches as the centerpiece of the budding foodservice program it’s launching in its 100-store chain. Chicago-based market research firm Mintel International estimated in September 2010 that despite the challenges of the recent economy, sandwich shop sales grew 3.1% in 2010 to $24.3 billion.
Couche-Tard ends up with five stations, while Speedway plans to pay more than $70 million for 27 locations. Speedway, a subsidiary of Ohio-based Marathon, is set to acquire 27 stores from bankrupt Gas City, while Alimentation Couche-Tard also acquires a handful of locations, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Gas City filed for bankruptcy last October and
“Together, we will provide global reach, unparalleled service and a comprehensive suite of proven solutions to deliver even greater value to customers in our existing markets and to serve the rapidly developing needs of customers in emerging fuels markets,” says KSS Fuels CEO. KSS Fuels and Market Planning Solutions Inc. (MPSI),global providers of fuel pricing