Swisher Appoints Dunn Vice President, Industry Relations

A tobacco veteran at Swisher International, Bill Dunn transitions to a role with a customer engagement focus. Swisher International Inc. has appointed Bill Dunn to vice president, industry relations. Formerly vice president of field sales, Dunn has held more than 10 different positions of increasing responsibility within the organization spanning a 35-year career. “It goes

Welbilt Awarded As Energy Star Partner for Eighth Year

Remains committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Welbilt has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Welbilt’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington,

KFC To Eliminate Antibiotics From Chicken

As consumers become more concerned with food ingredients and sourcing, KFC moves to alleviate antibiotic concerns. Kentucky Fried Chicken announced plans to eliminate antibiotics from its chicken. By the end of 2018, all chicken purchased by KFC U.S. will be raised without antibiotics important to human medicine. This move marks the first time a major

Preseason Rally for U.S. Gasoline Futures so Far Muted

By Brian Milne, Schneider Electric The wholesale U.S. gasoline market is in the midst of its seasonal transition from winter-grade gasoline to the more costly to produce summer-grade product, and demand is expected to increase as the warmer weather encourages driving. This is the time of year when gasoline futures advance toward their annual high,

Adding Value Via Food Variety

When it comes to satisfying consumers’ cravings for lunch and dinner, convenience stores have it all over traditional restaurants by offering a wider variety of fresh foods through both proprietary and co-branding programs. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Foodservice may be the new superstar of convenience store sales, but Lance Harris, owner of nine Leebo’s

Cooking with Flash

As foodservice garners a greater focus in c-stores, new equipment upgrades are making the category hotter. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor When Parker’s recently renovated Parker’s Market Urban Gourmet, its flagship store in downtown Savannah, Ga., one of the primary objectives was to create the space to showcase its expanding foodservice offerings. “We listened

Are Low Gas Prices Good for the Economy?

Customers weigh in on what they think of today’s gas prices. Gas prices tend to tick upward at the beginning of the year, but what do consumers think of the shift and at what point does it start to impact their business? According to results of the NACS Consumer Fuels Survey, Americans overwhelmingly say that

Sheetz Introduces New Loyalty Card

New loyalty card allows Sheetz shoppers to rack up points with every swipe of their MySheetz Card. Sheetz has introduced a new loyalty card allowing customers to enjoy free items and other rewards and become official ‘Sheetz Freakz.’ MySheetz Card holders will now receive points on nearly every in-store purchase* and can choose customized rewards

Rutter’s Customers Vote for Charity Donation Recipients

Rutter’s customers vote for the charity of their choice with every dollar spent at Rutter’s. Rutter’s has re-launched its ‘Vote with your Dollars’ program for 2017 and has announced 10 charities to participate in the third consecutive year of the philanthropic program. The charities include: Adams County SPCA Diakon Adoption and Foster Care House of

7-Eleven Agrees to Buy 1,100-Plus Sunoco Sites

The convenience giant will significantly expand its geographic footprint in the Atlantic, Northeast. 7- Eleven Inc., the largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry, is pleased to announce it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Sunoco LP. As part of the agreement, 7-Eleven will acquire approximately 1,108 convenience stores located in 18 states. Terms

Forbes Features PFSbrands ESOP Strategy

PFSbrands’ owner has sold 100% of the company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Shawn Burcham, the founder and CEO of PFSbrands, has long worked at instilling “ownership thinking” as one of the key driving forces behind his company’s celebrated culture. PFSbrands is the home of the prepared food brands for c-stores—

NACS SOI Summit Kicks Off

The NACS SOI Summit reveals industry numbers for the past year across key categories. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI) Summit kicked off in Rosemont, Ill., at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel on April 5. C-store retailers gathered to hear the economic outlook, as well as industry numbers and

Kum & Go Supports Habitat for Humanity ‘Home is Key’ Campaign

Kum & Go set to distribute several grants to local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Kum & Go convenience store customers have a chance to join the chain in its support of Habitat for Humanity this April as it embarks on its fourth year running partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build strength, stability and self-reliance

PDI Announces Three Software Company Acquisitions

Acquisitions aid global expansion plans while strengthening and broadening PDI’s its software solutions portfolio. PDI has acquired three privately-owned companies: DataMax Group Inc., LOMOSOFT and FireStream WorldWide Inc. PDI is a global provider of enterprise-class software solutions to the convenience retail and wholesale petroleum industries, and the triple acquisition is expected to accelerate the company’s

VP Rolls Out FASTLUBE Facilities

VP FASTLUBE offers an attractive image, a credit card program with one of the lowest rates in the industry. VP Racing Fuels is expanding into the quick lube business. The company has introduced VP FASTLUBE, a quick lube concept that will complement VP’s fast-growing retail branding program for gas stations and convenience stores. While stand-alone

GPM Begins Operation of 92 Roadrunner Market Stores

With acquisition finalized, GPM now operates and supplies over 1,100 sites in 18 states, making it the 7th largest convenience store chain in the U.S. GPM Investments LLC and its affiliates have taken ownership of 92 convenience stores with fuel sales in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia operated by Mountain Empire Oil Co.

Dos Equis Launches ‘Taste Adventure All Summer’

HEINEKEN USA looks to drive consumer engagement with can buckets and digital or Uber gift cards. HEINEKEN USA is introducing the Dos Equis ‘Taste Adventure All Summer’ program this May to heat up sales for retailers. The program, beginning May 1, leverages the overall growth of Mexican Imports and the rising popularity of beer served

Ricker’s Gets Indiana Beer Reprieve

The c-store chain is immersed in an effort to clarify Indiana’s alcohol laws in advance of lawmakers taking an in-depth look at the regulation of the industry. Ricker’s convenience stores in Columbus and Sheridan would still be able to sell cold carryout beer—for now—under a measure passed Monday by an Indiana House panel, according to

Eby-Expo East Explores Foodservice

For the first time, Eby Brown is expanding its show presence to include the eastern U.S. Eby-Expo East wraps up today, April 5, in Cleveland, Ohio as more than 900 retail partners and vendors were on hand to preview what Eby-Brown Co. had to offer in terms of retail solutions for c-stores and their growing

All-Channel Tobacco Numbers Fluctuate

Cigarette volume deceleration persists while industry maintains firm pricing.  At the close of the recent quarter, the tobacco segments remained steady overall, despite deceleration in cigarette volume. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed the driver of growth in the multiple market divisions, and the report also indicates that some segments are doing better

National Beer Day Is Tale of Sales

Beer continues to wet the whistles of American consumers. As adults across the country raise a glass of their favorite malt beverage to celebrate, total retail sales and other figures are something else to celebrate, according to recent Nielsen data including: Retail beer sales totaled more than $34 billion in the last year. Beer, cider

IRI’s Most Successful Consumer Packaged Goods Brands of 2016

Personalized products are finding their niche with consumers. IRI has announced last year’s most successful consumer packaged goods launches in its “2016 New Product Pacesetters” report, an industry-recognized benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year CPG sales success for newly launched products. Thousands of new brands hit retail shelves during 2016, with 80% of the top-ranking brands

Sandwich Chain Expands into C-Stores

This Idaho Eatery hopes to make its mark in the convenience channel. San Francisco Style Sourdough Eatery, an emerging limited-service sandwich franchise, is targeting convenience stores on its path to nationwide expansion. The Idaho-based chain plans to launch up to 100 locations across the country over the next five years, according to Asian American Trade

7-Eleven to Power Texas Stores with Wind

  The c-store chain is integrating alternative energy to blow away traditional electrical utilities in the Lone Star State. 7-Eleven Inc. has signed an agreement with TXU Energy to purchase 100% Texas wind energy for all its Texas stores located in competitive energy markets. The 96-month wind energy agreement, which covers 425 stores, starts June

Wawa Expands Partnership with Nielsen

The Pennsylvania c-store chain is looking at the resource provider to deliver analytic pricing among other services. Nielsen and Wawa Inc. announced today an expansion and extension of their long-standing relationship, with the renewal of contracted services for data insights and analytics. Nielsen will now cover metrics for all Wawa stores, which includes more than