TravelCenters Acquires 33 Fresh & Fast C-Stores

After 26 years in the industry MKM Oil has decided to leave its stores in the hands of a company that has the ability to take the stores to the next level. MKM Oil Co. has sold its 33 Central Illinois Fresh & Fast convenience stores to Travel Centers of America. Terry Monroe, president of American

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Convenience Valet Appoints New Board Members

Convenience Valet strategically adds two experienced members to its board. Convenience Valet’s Board of Directors has appointed two new members. The two new directors are Van Tarver and Michael Brown. Van Tarver is the former president of the Kroger Convenience Store Division. Tarver has more than 36 years of experience managing convenience stores and fuel operations.

Samsung Pay Soon Available to Discover Cardmembers

Discover plans to give cardmembers the ability to pay with their Discover card, using their mobile phone.   Discover cardmembers will soon have the ability to use Samsung Pay to make purchases with their discover card. Samsung pay is an app available on Samsung brand mobile phones, which stores credit card information in order to offer users a

Growth Rate of Wine Industry Decelerates

When it comes to wine, brand may play less of a role in sales than other factors. Early in the decade, the wine industry experienced strong volume growth, and the industry’s upward trajectory has continued into recent years; however, the rate of growth has decelerated. According to Technomic Inc.’s  2015 WineTAB report, total wine volume rose 1% in 2014,

Coca-Cola Appoints New President and Chief Operating Officer

Coca-Cola faces a number of changes as 25 year company veteran retires and the company appoints a new president and chief operating officer. James Quincey has been appointed as the new president and chief operating officer of The Coca-Cola Co. In his new position, Quincey will be responsible for all of the Company’s operating units worldwide, and he will

How To Make Better Burgers

Despite price increases and health concerns, Americans haven’t given up on this popular entrée. According to Technomic’s Burger Consumer Trend Report, the majority of consumers eat burgers at least weekly (57%). However, the report also notes areas of opportunity for innovation. As the price of beef rises and consumers become more health conscious, the burger industry must look for ways to improve

Global Market Sees Increase in Non-GMO Products

Non-GMO foods are on the rise, and their popularity is only expected to grow. According to research from Packaged Facts, non-GMO products are rising at an alarming rate. The global food and beverage market had a market retail value of more than $5 trillion (U.S. dollars) in 2014. Of that $5 trillion, non-GMO products accounted for

New Retail Benchmarking Report Released

Some 93% of retailers agree that Computerized Maintenance Management Systems standards would benefit the industry. A recent study from the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) was conducted to better understand work order management practices and their impact on retail store maintenance operations. The study, The PRSM Association Work Order Management Practices Benchmarking Report, surveyed

Pepsi Releases Aspartame-Free Diet Pepsi

Consumer’s cries for better-for-you options are answered.  In response to consumer demand, Pepsi has released new aspartame-free Diet Pepsi. As consumer demand evolves, it is crucial that companies roll with the times and evolve along with consumers. Consumers have become much more health-conscious in recent years, and Pepsi Co. has heard the cries for change

McDonald’s to Launch Mobile App Nationwide

McDonald’s continues to search for ways to combat falling sales. The new McDonald’s mobile app will be available to customers nationwide by October this year. According to a report from The Daily Meal, the new McDonald’s mobile app, which was tested first in San Diego and will launch next in New York, will soon be

National Petroleum Included on Inc. 500|5000 list

National Petroleum has grown more than 4,000% in base revenue since its inception. National Petroleum has once again been named as one of the nations fastest-growing private companies on Inc. Magazine’s annual Inc. 500|5000 list. This marks the fifth time National Petroleum has been included on this exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Within the

Shock Top Combats California Drought

Shock Top looks to go beyond fundraising to find solutions for California’s drought. As California’s critical drought situation continues, organizations are looking for solutions. Shock Top, teaming up with Indiegogo and California water organizations, plans to respond to the situation by organizing a program called Shock the Drought. This new program will identify, fund and distribute water-saving innovations that could make

Parker’s Included On Inc. 500|5000’s Elite List

Parker’s joins top U.S. companies like Microsoft on Inc. 500|5000’s list of fast growing private companies. For the fourth consecutive year, Savannah, Ga.- based convenience store chain, Parker’s, has been included on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Inc. released the complete list of honorees early Aug. 12 and will recognize

DASH IN Food Store Opens In Urbana, Md.

DASH IN now provides Urbana, Md. with a one-stop-shop for food, fuel and wash. Urbana, Md. is home to the newest DASH IN Food Store location. The grand opening of the store was held Saturday, Aug. 8. During the celebration, guests were entertained with samples of DASH IN’s signature Craveable Sandwich line, free car washes and Shell gas card giveaways. The

Getty Realty Corp. Releases Latest Financial Results

Getty Realty Corp. second quarter 2015 financial results show substantial company growth. Getty Realty Corp. has announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The company has taken some large strides in the most recent quarter, and it is working to ensure long-term growth and success through a number of strategic moves.

Five Sacramento, Calif. Stations Sign Supply Agreement With Pearson Fuels

Pearson promotes a clean environment through five new supply agreements, along with E85 fuel for 85 cents per gallon. Five gas stations in and around the Sacramento, Calif. metropolitan area have signed new supply agreements with Pearson Fuels. In an attempt to promote alternative fuel options, Pearson and its new retail partners offered ethanol flex

NOCO Contributes $6,000 to Mercy Flight Fundraiser

NOCO Energy Corp. gives support to Mercy Flight of Western New York through contributions to its annual fundraiser. NOCO Energy Corp. has announced that it has contributed $6,000 LakeFest 2015. LakeFest is an annual fundraiser that benefits Mercy Flight of Western New York and several other related causes throughout the region. This year, the event

How Dollar General Is Committing to the Beauty Category

Americans are always searching for a deal, but when it comes to beauty products it is often unwise to sacrifice quality for price; but what if you can have both? Dollar General has introduced an array of multicultural beauty products to its diverse offering of beauty supplies. Along with making new products available, Dollar General

Natural Gas May Have Limited GHG Benefits

Using natural gas as transportation fuel may not be as effective on reducing GHG emissions as was hoped. Despite the limited effectiveness of natural gas on reducing lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when used to fuel larger vehicles, there are still a number of benefits to using natural gas in other areas. Carnegie Mellon University researchers have done

New QuickChek Opens in Mount Arlington, N.J.

QuickChek Corp. has opened its newest store in its hometown. On Monday, Aug. 10, QuickChek, the Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based c-store chain, opened a new 5,700-square-foot store at 9 Howard Boulevard in Mount Arlington, N.J. The new store is less than one mile from an older QuickChek location in the borough which was closed when the new store opened at 5 p.m. on

What’s Ahead for Gas Prices?

C-store customers rejoice as pump prices dip for 26th consecutive day. Pump prices continue to trend downward, falling for 26 straight days to today’s national average of $2.59 per gallon. This marks the longest consecutive decline since January, AAA reported. Compared to last week, drivers are saving six cents per gallon and compared to last

What Do Americans Want From Soft Drinks?

Many Americans are seeking natural alternatives to regular soda, but not everyone is happy with the currently available alternatives. As Americans continue to grow more health-conscious, carbonated soft drinks are facing mounting negative health perceptions from Americans. However, craft and natural soda alternatives are increasing in popularity among the most active soft drink consumers. While natural and craft

Target to Rebrand CityTarget and TargetExpress Stores

CityTarget and TargetExpress will no longer play a part in Target’s urban expansion strategy. As Target Corp. works to grow within densely-populated urban areas the company has been rolling out compact stores to fit in crowded areas. These smaller stores were named TargetExpress and CityTarget and they have been growing in number over the past

Pilot Flying J Named Gold Sponsor of Nashville Salutes

Pilot Flying J is proud to give back to the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces. Pilot Flying J has been named a “$25K Gold Sponsor” for Nashville Salutes: A Tribute to Our Nation’s Most Honored Heroes. The funds raised through this program support the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s (CMOHF)

NCA Launches Future Leadership Program

The National Confectioners Association looks to facilitate the growth of young talent in the industry. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the launch of its new Future Leadership Program. This program is a new initiative from the Association’s Young Professionals Network, designed to foster industry growth and career advancement. Support, education, access and opportunity will be provided to five

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