Feds Secretly Recorded Conversations During Pilot Flying J Investigation

Prosecutors look to keep files involved in the ongoing investigation of Pilot Flying J rebate fraud sealed. More indictments could surface in the Pilot Flying J scandal after federal agents revealed they secretly recorded more than 200 hours of conversations that took place during the investigation of rebate fraud at the Knoxville, Tenn.-based travel center

7-Eleven Divesting 13 East Coast C-Stores

The Massachusetts and New Hampshire-based convenience stores will be sold using NRC’s “buy one, some or all” sealed-bid sale process. 7-Eleven Inc. plans to sell 13 gasoline stations and/or convenience stores in the Eastern U.S., which includes 12 locations in Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire. 7-Eleven has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors to

GPM Closes Fuel USA Deal, Begins Operation of Apple Mart Stores

Purchase expands GPM’s convenience store portfolio in the Southeast. GPM Investments LLC has closed on the acquisition of Fuel USA’s 42 Apple Market convenience stores with gasoline sales and supply to 20 dealer-operated stores in Virginia and Kentucky. The purchase further develops GPM’s existing portfolio of stores in the Southeast region. GPM will initially operate

CEFCO Partners With GasBuddy to Introduce Deals Club and Website Redesign

CEFCO Convenience Stores customers receive digital coupons and alerts about giveaways through new CEF Club. CEFCO Convenience Stores, through a partnership with GasBuddy OpenStore has introduced a newly redesigned Website and CEF Club—a new deals club. The new site— www.cefcostores.com —features a clean design and engaging user experience with enhanced search and navigation tools. Customers

Couche-Tard Buying 279 Esso-Branded Sites in Canada From Imperial Oil

Located in key urban areas in Ontario and Québec, the c-store sites include a long-term supply agreement for Esso-branded fuel. Alimentation Couche-Tard, through its wholly‑owned indirect subsidiaries Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc. and Couche-Tard Inc., is set to acquire a number of Canadian convenience retail assets located in the Provinces of Ontario and Québec from Imperial

AdvancePierre Foods Welcomes New Board Member

Perlin, former chief financial officer of Capital One, to bring extensive financial, risk and governance experience to his position on the board. AdvancePierre Foods (APF) has named Gary Perlin to its board of directors, expanding its board membership to eight. Perlin’s 40-year career in finance, which included C-Suite roles across the public and private sectors

Most Interesting Man In The World Says Goodbye

As Dos Equis campaign evolves a new Most Interesting Man is set to be introduced this year. Dos Equis’ legendary “Most Interesting Man in the World,” campaign is taking an unexpected turn as the character heads to Mars in a new commercial. The latest spot from Dos Equis, “Mission to Mars,” will be the last

How To Succeed With Bakery At C-Stores

Led by Millennials, time-pressed consumers continue to turn away from sit-down breakfast options in favor of more portable snacks they can eat while on the go. Instead of grocers and baked good shops, customers more and more are drawn to convenience stores that boast diverse bakery offerings, including single-serve and snacking options. Whether it’s premium

Snacking Trends Boost Roller Grill

Hot dog and sausage sales in the U.S. are expected to grow an annualized 1.9% to $18.1 billion by 2019, according to a report by IBISWorld, a market research company. While the traditional varieties will continue to be favorites, the researchers projected that manufacturers will create items made with leaner poultry meat, organic meat, and

Enmarket Raises Management and Starting Salary Wages

The wage-increase strategy aims to attract new talent and aligns with enmarket’s “Enriching Life” campaign that looks to foster the personal and professional growth of team members. Enmarket is upping its starting salary above the federal minimum wage and giving management a financial boost too. Savannah, Ga.-based enmarket, (formerly Enmark) is investing more than $500,000

Cigarettes Continue Rebound As E-Cig Dollar Sales Dip

Strong pricing in the cigarette segment helps grow profits. Smokeless tobacco and cigarettes saw dollar sales growth in February, but electronic cigarette sales declined. All channel cigarette dollar sales increased +2.4% during the recent four-week period ending Feb. 27, 2016 (+2.9% for 12-weeks; +2.7% for 52-weeks), according to Wells Fargo Securities and Nielsen data. The

Weighing Profits and Pizza Preferences

After chocolate, pizza ranks as the top comfort food for American consumers, a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll found. During the tightest of the recent economic times, consumers tended to go for the frozen or refrigerated options found in supermarkets, according to Mintel market research. “But as the economy continues to improve, albeit

Sandwiches Satisfy New Tastes

Over the past year, Giant GetGo convenience stores have seen both made-to-order and grab-and-go sandwich sales climb. That has included hot and cold subs, breakfast sandwiches, wraps and flatbreads. Jannah Jablonowski, a spokesperson for Giant GetGo, which operates 200 locations throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana, said a trend that’s growing

Pump Prices Begin Upward Climb

More states see prices inch over the $1.75 mark as scheduled maintenance and reductions in regional supplies push pump prices up. The first week of March saw a national average gas price jump of six cents—the largest one-week increase since the beginning of 2016. As of March 7, the national average was $1.81 per gallon.

ExxonMobil Accepting Mobile Payment At The Pump

Gas pump customers can now pay for gas securely with a moble phone at more than 6,000 Exxon- and Mobil-branded stations With the rollout of its Speedpass+ mobile payment app, ExxonMobil has become the first major fuel retailer to accept mobile payment at the pump, including Apple Pay, throughout the majority of its U.S. network.

How Snacks And Beverages Sales Fared In February

Key convenience store segments see solid growth. Energy, beer and snacks all saw strong all-channel (includes grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores) sales during the four-week period ending Feb. 27, 2016. Results by Brand A report by Wells Fargo citing Nielsen data found manufacturers saw positive sales across beverage and snacks categories. Coca-Cola total beverage

Consumers Expect Pump Price Upticks

Drivers brace for the increase in demand and the transition to summer-blend fuels that occurs during spring. While drivers continue to enjoy current gas price lows not seen since 2009, they’re not optimistic about the longevity of such inexpensive pump prices. Consumer expect gas prices to increase and end the year at $2.68 per gallon,

Casey’s Reports Third Quarter Operating Results

Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, Casey’s plans to add pizza delivery in an additional 45 stores and complete 40 major remodels. Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported a strong performance for its third quarter— ending Jan. 31, 2016—with improved margin performance in prepared food as well as a same-store sales increase of 7.1%. Moving into

Kwik Trip Blends Up Customizable Milkshakes

Kwik Trip rolls out f’real foods B4 blender across its convenience store network. KwikTrip is upgrading to f’real foods’ latest blending system—the B4 blender—and launching it chain-wide in its more than 450 Midwest locations. The B4 blender delivers a vast upgrade from the original B2 blending system while still incorporating a self-service system that blends

Grocery Shoppers Weigh In On Preferences

National Grocers Association study polls independent grocery store shoppers. What do shoppers who patron independent grocery stores want? The National Grocers Association (NGA) delved into this question with a recent consumer trends study that, for the first time, segmented independent supermarket shoppers from national chain shoppers. The results revealed high consumer satisfaction among independent supermarkets.

SAS Show Identifies Solutions For Retailers

New products and programs and quality entertainment greeted the more than 1,500 attendees. The S. Abraham & Sons (SAS), 30th annual Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show has concluded with more than 175 booths and over 1,500 attendees representing convenience store owners and managers. Houdini’s Magic Mart featured merchandising ideas, new item displays, new store fixtures,

Seeds, Nuts Agree with Snackers

Americans are snacking more now than ever before, with 94% snacking daily and more than half of them snacking two or three times each day, according to the Mintel Group, a Chicago-based research company. But those snack lovers also are concerned about their health, so many are choosing better-for-you snack items, such as seeds and

Pilot Flying J, McLane Co. Extend Partnership

McLane to service 530 Pilot Flying J travel centers in 42 states. Pilot Flying J and McLane Co. have extended a multi-year agreement through which McLane will service 530 Pilot Flying J travel center locations. McLane is a supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions. Pilot Flying J is the largest

How Novel Coffee Offerings Spur Growth

Coffee sales were projected to rise 5% in 2015, according to Packaged Facts research firm. But the researchers forecasted that this growth is expected to remain flat through 2018. Tea, on the other hand, is expected to experience steady growth through 2018. “As consumer demand for tea options increases, more foodservice operators will use tea

Wawa Tests CNG In New Jersey

Test site allows Wawa to determine demand for CNG. Wawa has teamed with a New Jersey utility, South Jersey Gas, to offer compressed natural gas (CNG) at its Paulsboro, N.J. gas station. The south New Jersey location, which is on Berkley Road at the Interstate 295 interchange, marks Wawa’s first test site for the fuel.