Parker’s Gives Back

Parker’s third annual golf tournament raised funds to benefit Georgia and South Carolina communities. Parker’s Fueling was able to raise $83,597 to benefit education, healthcare and other important causes in coastal Georgia and South Carolina through the 2015 Parker’s Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament attracted 138 players from across the region, including a

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Miss Virginia Celebrates With CITGO

Miss Virginia made appearances at two of CITGO’s customer appreciation events. CITGO stations in Waverly and Wakefield, Va., along with Marketer Little Oil Co., hosted customer appreciation events for their respective communities. Miss Virginia 2015 Savannah Lane played a big part in both events by meeting with customers, signing autographs, taking photos and sharing content on her

Manitowoc Foodservice Gains New Board Members

Seasoned industry members have been chosen to serve on the Board of Directors for the newly created Manitowoc Foodservice Inc. Timothy Fenton and Thomas  Davis have been added to to the Board of Directors of The Manitowoc Co. Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary Manitowoc Foodservice Inc., which is planned to be spun-off from The Manitowoc Co. Inc. in the

22nd Century Group Settles Litigation with Former CEO

Differences have been settled between 22nd Century Group and former CEO. 22nd Century Group Inc. (the Company) and Joseph Pandolfino, the former CEO and founder of the Company, have settled all litigation and disputes between the parties. The details of this settlement have been disclosed by the Company in its filing with the U.S. Securities

McDonald’s CEO Weighs in on Refranchising Plans

McDonald’s officials are confident about the current turnaround plan. McDonald’s Corp. president and CEO Steve Easterbrook and members of senior management provided an update on the company’s Turnaround Plan during the its recent investor meeting. “The cornerstone of our System is our powerful and enduring brand. While we are still in the early stages of

How To Win With Coffee

The best means for c-stores to edge out the competition lies in promoting quality and providing better value.  By Howard Riell, Associated Editor When considering a quality coffee product, differentiating the offer from those of competing convenience stores and quick-service restaurants (QSR) is vastly important, experts say. However, too much thinking and tinkering can result

Fast Food Workers Strike

Workers across the country are banding together to fight for a living wage. A national protest took place on Tuesday, Nov. 10, as fast food workers took to the streets to protest for a $15 minimum wage. According to a report from Time, Tuesday’s strike took place in 270 cities across the country at McDonald’s,

7-Eleven Closes Deal on 101 Gasoline Locations

7-Eleven may rebrand newly-acquired stores. 7‑Eleven Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SEI Fuel Services Inc., acquired 101 gasoline locations in Florida from Biscayne Petroleum LLC and Everglades Petroleum LLC. The acquisition, advised by Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc., consists of 94 controlled real estate locations, seven fuel-supply-only contracts and some related assets. These operations are primarily

Woodland Oil Chooses AIMS’ Accounting Software

Accounting solution includes cardlock processing and other modules to streamline Woodland’s business. Woodland Oil Inc, located in Vidalia, Ga. has recently purchased AIMS’ COMPAS Commander accounting software. AIMS Inc. is a provider of strategic accounting software for Wholesale Petroleum Marketers. AIMS will provide Woodland Oil with a comprehensive accounting solution that includes cardlock processing, oil

Carbonated Soft Drink Dollar Sales Dip

Energy drink category dollar sales remain solid. Wells Fargo Securities found Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) continues to lead in the carbonated soft drink category, while Monster sales remain under pressure on soft volume growth, citing Nielsen data for the four-week period ending Oct. 31, 2015, across all channels (grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores).

7-Eleven Offers Veteran Franchisee Opportunities

7-Eleven wants to help retired veterans live the American Dream. 7-Eleven Inc. is working to provide more franchise opportunities to qualified men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The retailer has set a goal of recruiting 100 veterans and providing $2 million in discounts by the end of 2016. Launched in the

Murphy USA Announces Financial Results

Murphy USA third quarter financial results reveal that the company is on track with its organic growth plan. Murphy USA Inc. has released its financial results for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2015. Three-month results For the three month period ended Sept. 30, 2015, the Company reported net income of $60.5 million or

Weigel’s Wins Blue Ribbon

Weigel’s takes on the competition and wins a blue ribbon for its chocolate milk. Weigel’s recently won its third blue ribbon in the Tennessee State Fair for its chocolate milk. Weigel’s also won blue ribbons for its chocolate milk in 2011 and 2014. This year’s competition was held at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tenn. from Sept. 11-20. “We are pleased

Susser Appointed to National Retail Properties’ Board

Seasoned industry professional has been appointed to the National Retail Properties Board of Directors. National Retail Properties Inc., a real estate investment trust, has appointed Sam Susser to the Board of Directors. “We are excited to add Sam to our Board. His retail industry experience combined with his depth of knowledge of the convenience store industry

High Hopes for Holiday Shopping

Will lower gas prices lead to increased holiday spending? As gas prices remain low, industry professionals hope that consumers will spend more this holiday season. According to a survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), more than one in four (26%) consumers expect to increase their spending this month, a seven-point jump over the past

How Customers Are Shopping This Holiday Season

The NPD Group has revealed how consumer shopping habits are evolving. Research from The NPD Group has revealed that more consumers will start shopping earlier, a higher percentage of shopping will take place online and more growth will be seen among the top categories purchased compared to last year. Half of all holiday shoppers plan to start their

Free Car Washes for Veterans

7-Eleven honors U.S. veterans and armed service members this Veterans Day, offering its top-of-the-line car wash service to them for free. This Veteran’s Day 7-Eleven is offering free car washes to U.S. military personnel and veterans. The freebie is available at participating locations from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Current and former

What Food Trends Are Ahead For 2016?

Professional chefs predict the top foodservice trends for 2016. Each year, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to find which foods, beverages and culinary

QuickChek Helps Feed the Hungry

In the spirit of the holiday season, QuickChek is inviting shoppers to donate and help feed hungry families. During the upcoming holiday season, QuickChek Corp. will help feed hungry families through the Check-Out Hunger campaign. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain is a campaign partner of the annual fundraiser that takes place every

Gulf Oil Expands Into Wisconsin

As Gulf continues with its national expansion plans, a partnership with Venture Fuels brings the brand back to Wisconsin for the first time in more than two decades. Gulf Oil LP and Venture Fuels, a major fuel distributor in the upper Midwest, have partnered to bring the iconic Gulf brand back to Wisconsin for the

How To Weather the Storm

From crafting a plan to installing automatic generators, stakeholders in areas that experience hurricanes share best practices for emergency preparedness. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor With the damage from Super Storm Sandy fresh in their minds, convenience store owners would have been right to be concerned when Hurricane Joaquin barreled toward the Atlantic Coast in

Top 100 Sellers In 32 C-Stores Located in Mississippi, October 2015

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Last month we presented a chart of September 2015 sales sorted by rank. This month we are doing the same for October compared with the September rank. The Rank +/- Column is the number of positions improved.

How To Prepare For A Breach

Convenience stores should incorporate data violations into their operational crisis response plans. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Crises in business are common. They range from public management blunders and workplace crime to employee dissent and data breaches. One of the best things a retail management team can do to handle these problems is to prepare

Presidential Candidates Recognize Flaws in Sugar Program

Presidential candidates are recognizing a need for reform of the sugar program. Recent comments made by the 2016 presidential candidates on the U.S. sugar policy have been welcomed by the Coalition for Sugar Reform. “We are glad to see the issue of sugar reform has become a topic of discussion among the 2016 presidential candidates,” said John

Heineken Launches Strategic Marketing Program

Heineken is looking to drive sales this football season with the return of its successful What’s Your Play? program. HEINEKEN USA will soon launch its What’s Your Play? portfolio retail program, which will run from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. The comprehensive program includes eye-catching football themed POS materials, digital partnerships, a Twitter-driven sweepstakes, and cross-merchandising

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