Kum & Go Raises over $80,000 for the Red Cross Haiti Relief

Kum & Go,L.C. raised more than $80,000 for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Efforts since Jan. 15th. Customers who donated $1 at the registers of the more than 430 Kum & Go stores raised a majority of the money, $59,000. The remainder of the contribution was collected from donations at the company’s Store Support Center

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Wawa Provides Red Cross Support with Chain Wide Blood Drives

Wawa is encouraging customers to join its efforts to help the American Red Cross save lives. From Feb. 15 until March 31, Wawa will be hosting blood drive sites at 20 sites in four of its operating states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. Wawa Associates have supported the American Red Cross blood drives for

Mac’s Convenience Stores To Add Seattle’s Best At 600 More Locations

Mac’s Convenience Stores, a subsidiary of  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., and Seattle’s Best Coffee LLC, part of Starbucks Corporation, have entered an agreement for Mac’s to exclusively brew Seattle’s Best Coffee in Ontario in the convenience store channel. This agreement expands the more than 14-year relationship between the brands and leverages each company’s world-class capabilities with

Family Express To Reward Customers With F.E. Perks

Family Express, which operates stores in northwest and north central Indiana, is taking another step forward in its quest to delight customers by turning their purchases inside the store into savings at the pump. The new “F.E. Perks” program will kick off at all Family Express stores in April and it will be based on

Industry Veteran Robert Eggleston Joins Toot’n Totum

Industry veteran Robert Eggleston has joined Amarillo, Texas based Toot’n Totum Food Stores LLC as vice president of supply and transportation.  “Robert is a man of prodigious talent who will complement our existing leadership team.  His evidentiary experience in all aspects of fuel procurement, retailing, and logistics will be a key component in the success

IRI’s Thom Blischok Keynote Speaker at Retail Technology Conference

Leading consumer trends expert Thom Blischok will be the keynote speaker at Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Retail Technology Conference, March 8 – 11 at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C.  On Wednesday, March 10 at 8:00 a.m. Blischok will discuss trends in retail and how technology is essential to compete. As president of thought leadership and

7-Eleven Grows In New Jersey

7-Eleven is expanding in New Jersey, and at the Jersey Shore plans to add five new locations in Monmouth County and three in Ocean County this year alone, App.com reported. Throughout the state, 7-Eleven plans to open 200 more stores in 2010 and 2011, according to The Goldstein Group, a commercial real estate firm in Paramus.

Trend for Retail Gasoline Prices Points Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs ended February mixed, higher in the West Coast amid seasonal changes in fuel specifications, while other parts of the country mostly saw these costs decreasing. However, the trend moving forward points to climbing gasoline prices at the pump, while the wholesale market is

C-stores, Starbuck’s Most Affected By Ongoing Coffee War

As the coffee war continues between QSRs, coffee franchises and c-stores may be feeling the pinch more than the local Dunkin’ Donuts, Reuters reported. Although McDonald’s has tried to undercut competitors on price, Dunkin’s market share in coffee is steady and growing, Mark Nunnelly, managing director at Bain Capital, said at the Reuters Private Equity

Slim Jim To Sponsor Wrestlemania XXVI

Slim Jim, a ConAgra Foods brand, has signed on to be the Official Meat Snack of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the presenting sponsor of WWE’s WrestleMania XXVI, in Glendale, Ariz. on March 28 and SummerSlam, in Los Angeles on Aug. 15. As part of the deal, WWE Superstar Edge will serve as a

The Coalition to Stop Contraband Tobacco supports passing Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking

The Coalition to Stop Contraband Tobacco has praised the New York Association of Counties for passing a resolution calling for the federal government to support and implement the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act of 2009, S. 1147.   The resolution, passed by NYSAC on Feb. 11, 2010, calls on Congress “to take any and

NCA Announces Changes to Public Policy and Advocacy Efforts

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has added two members to its public affairs and advocacy department and is re-structuring several other positions in order to enhance its public policy and advocacy efforts following a year-long strategic planning process. Joining NCA as vice president of government affairs is Patrick Aylward who most recently served as the

Quiznos Looks To Grow Within C-store Channel

Quiznos sandwich chain has plans to increase its presence within convenience stores in 2010. In the recession, customers are busier and thriftier and have been increasing their visits to convenience stores while reducing their visits to restaurants. Restaurant visits began slowing in 2007 and then fell 3% last year while trips to convenience stores to

Love’s Completes 230 Store Rollout of Retalix Software

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores has completed a rollout of the Retalix StorePoint suite, including StorePoint POS, StorePoint Back Office and StorePoint HQC applications, with Foodservice and Commercial Fuel modules. The integrated system went live at more than 230 Love’s locations in 2009, including the rapid installation of 60 stores in 20 business days.



FuelQuest Announces Speakers for Grail

FuelQuest Inc., a leading on-demand software and services company for the global downstream energy industry, has announced featured speakers for this year’s Grail, FuelQuest’s 6th annual user conference to be held March 31-April 1 in Austin, Texas. “The conference and its speakers will provide attendees with an invaluable forum for thought-provoking discussions and best practices

EPA Names Manitowoc Foodservice 2010 Energy Partner Of The Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Manitowoc Foodservice as a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and helping to educate consumers about those products. Manitowoc Foodservice’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March

J&H Family Stores Rebuilds and Flourishes

Just eight months ago, J&H Oil watched its Stanton, Mich., location burn to the ground after a drunk driver crashed into the store and ignited the fire that would destroy the building and the attached Subway restaurant. But with hard work, dedication and a little bit of innovation, the chain was able to rebuild the

Driving Prepared Food Sales

Inside the Numbers: Rutter’s FARM Stores 200+ Number of prepared food combinations available at any given time. 6 New prepared food items added to Rutter’s menu in February 2010. 5 Prepared food items dropped from Rutter’s menu in February 2010. 20% Store sales from prepared foods in the 37 Rutter’s locations equipped with order kiosks.

Cigarettes Still King

State Tax Grab During 2009, cigarette tax increases were defeated in 19 states and passed into law in 12 states. States where cigarette tax increases were not enacted include: STATE Failed TAX Increase in 2009 Alabama 32.5 cents per pack Connecticut 50 cents per pack Georgia $1 per pack Kansas 95 cents per pack over

Convenience Industry Holds Strong

When history looks back on 2009 it will not be generous. The U.S. economy was, and to a certain degree, remains locked in the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Unemployment is high and the value of the dollar and consumer spending are at near-record lows. While this is bad, it could have been

Capitalizing on Coffee

Opportunity for Growth 54% of the overall adult population drank coffee beverages daily in 2009. Coffee preparation at home is up five percentage points, with 83% of past-day coffee drinkers reporting that they made coffee at home the day before. 80% of coffee drinkers are doing nothing different despite the economic downturn. 17% are visiting

Smokeless Stays Strong

With many states passing smoking bans, more customers are turning to smokeless tobacco, and the sales figures from 2009 bear that out. According to Information Resources Inc., for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 27, 2009 total dollar sales for other tobacco products was $6.07 billion, up 14.6% from last year. Unit sales totaled 2.40 billion,

Competitive Pricing Key to Water Sales

Operators hoping to do well with bottled and flavored waters in 2010 need to understand what both water and bottles mean to today’s consumers. Following a decade of steady growth, bottled water sales in c-stores declined last year as consumer spending lagged due to higher fuel prices and the economic recession. But many retailers and

Lighting the Way

Making money in tobacco accessories—lighters, cigar cutters, humidors, pipes, rolling machines, rolling papers and even hookahs—during the months ahead may not be easy, but it can be done. Three ways to do it: offer novel items, stay on the cutting edge of trends and let customers roll their own. The payoff in 2010 could be

RYO Rolls Into 2010

RYO Pounds Sold Per Year Roll your own (RYO) cigarettes is a growing trend. Sales have climbed during the past five years, yet took a dive in 2009 as customers started using pipe tobacco to roll cigarettes as a result of increased taxes. On the other hand, customers used 10.6 million pounds of pipe tobacco

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