ALON Brands Expands its Strive Sustainability Program

Drivers in Texas and New Mexico can support the community and the environment, just by purchasing fuel at an ALON 7-Eleven station. The Strive – Reduced Emissions Fuel Program is now available at more than 50 ALON 7-Eleven fuel locations in Texas and New Mexico, as the company, in partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation

QuickChek Supports Cooking for a Cause

A representative from QuickChek served on the judges’ panel at Cooked & Uncorked’s largest fundraiser to date. On Feb. 29, in an effort to raise money for burn victims, QuickChek partnered with 20 New Jersey fire departments at the Pines Manor in Edison, N.J. to cook up some culinary action at the sixth annual Cooked

Sheetz Ranked in Top 100 Places to Work List

Sheetz invests in its employees and promotes a company-wide effort to create a positive workplace. Global research and consulting firm, Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine have announced that Sheetz Inc. is one of the 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. This list, now in its 19th year, recognizes companies that have

Chicken Tops Food Pecking Order

The National Chicken Council (NCC) estimated that Americans devoured 1.3 billion wings during Super Bowl weekend this past February. That number represents a 3% spike over last year’s event. Perhaps a more interesting statistic is that 75% those wings consumed were purchased from foodservice outlets rather than supermarkets—meaning prepared chicken offerings are the popular pick

Vote Your Industry This Election

This year’s political election is one race that c-store members can influence for the betterment of the industry. By Jim Callahan It’s election year and certainly this time around it’s critically important that each and every one of us get invested and involved in the industry that provides our livelihood—if you’re not actively involved already.

CoGo Appoints New Company Leadership

John Eby III to replace father-in-law as CoGo’s president and CEO. John Eby III has been named as the new president and CEO of Pittsburgh-based c-store chain CoGo’s Co. Eby has held a number of leadership positions at PNC Bank, FORE Systems and most recently Kraft Heinz. He is replacing Carl Colteryahn Jr., his father-in-law

Easter Treats

In time for Easter, The Hershey Co. has introduced new Hershey’s Kisses Carrot Cake Candies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Pastel Eggs. Customers can also celebrate spring with Reese’s Pieces Candy Carrot and Hershey’s Snapsy Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny. Hershey’s Easter offerings are now available at retailers nationwide. For More Information From The Hershey Co.

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Pretzel Lovers Rejoice

Herr Foods Inc. announced the launch of a new variety to its popular line of pretzels, Herr’s Pub Style Sourdough Pretzel Thins. The snack maker is combining consumers’ love for the hearty crunch of sourdough and the classic thin pretzel into one delicious snack. Ingrained in the company’s German history, Herr’s one-of-a-kind family pretzel recipe […]

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IDDBA Launches Second Annual Food Safety Campaign

The IDDBA is helping to build awareness of safe-food practices and offering itself as a resource in order to decrease the annual number of reactions to food allergens. Approximately one in every 25 customers served daily has a food allergy or is shopping for someone who does. Each year, 200,000 visits are made to the

ARTS Updates Current Standard RFPs and Offers Technical Support

ARTS is fostering innovation and supporting the retail community with the addition of two new retailer resources. Two new resources have now been made available to retailers by the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), part of the National Retail Federation’s (NRFs) technology leadership community. These new resources will assist retailers in their efforts to

Two Atlanta C-Store Owners Made Millions Through SNAP Fraud

Two Atlanta c-store owners have pled guilty to illegally purchasing food stamps from benefit recipients and for redeeming those food stamps for more than they paid for them. When looking to purchase items that cannot be attained through the use of food stamps, also known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, consumers sometimes attempt

DFW Vapor Inc. Announces New Corporate Name: VAPORLAKES

A new name has been selected to better represent company growth and distribution goals. DFW Vapor Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its new corporate name, VAPORLAKES Inc. The new name was selected after a two-month branding and design study to determine the best way to symbolize the company’s growing production and distribution

Priority = Do the Right Thing

By Ed Collupy, executive consultant, W. Capra Consulting Group Over the years I’ve always had a book or two on my desk at work and near my comfy spot at home. Some I started and put aside, others I read in a couple of days, but many took time to get through. I read to

RBOB Futures Steps on the Gas in Ushering in March

By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric Bullish seasonal features are now the driving force in the U.S. gasoline market, and speculators have already positioned for the price advance off February lows, with those lows likely to endure for several weeks. Considering the calendar, the lows plumbed in February might very well persist through 2016 and the

Parker’s Continues to Fuel the Community

Parker’s has donated $32,000 to the communities it serves in the past two weeks.  Parker’s, through its Fueling the Community program, recently donated $15,000 to Savannah-Chatham County, Ga. Public Schools. Parker’s presented the check on Feb. 26 at a ceremony at Godley Station School in Pooler, Ga. This donation is part of the $32,000 that Parker’s

Swisher International Valued Retiree Passes Away

Sixty-year tobacco industry veteran, John White, has passed away. The Swisher International team recently announced the passing of retired employee and friend, John White. White passed away on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. White was a 60-year veteran of the tobacco industry. He began his career in 1962 as a territory manager for Swisher and retired

Rutter’s Expands Northward

New Rutter’s convenience store will offer a wide variety of food and beverage options to travelers and residents of Juniata County, Pa.  With the opening of its second store of 2016, Rutter’s is expanding North. The new Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pa. store marks the company’s 63rd location, and it is slated to open in the

Swedish Town Features Staff-Free Convenience Store

Customers in the Swedish town of Viken can now purchase essentials after-hours. Supermarkets and convenience stores are not always open when consumers are in need of supplies, and a new convenience store in Viken is presenting a solution to that problem. According to a report from Business Insider Tech, customers can now purchase milk, bread

What’s The Value of Rewards Programs

Consumers expect to be paid for their repeat business. A new study from Martiz Motivation Solutions has revealed that, for a wide range of consumers, the opportunity to earn rewards is a key driver for purchasing from specific brands. The study revealed that this is the primary driver in more than 45% of consumers. The

How Cigarette Sales are Trending

According to widely-accepted economic theory, if fewer people start smoking and more adult smokers seek to quit each year, which has been the trend, then demand for cigarettes should decrease and sales revenue should follow suit. But according to recent figures, that scenario isn’t what’s happening right now. “Cigarettes have done better for the same

Foodservice Industry Trends

The foodservice industry has experienced some ups and downs in the past year. According to a count of U.S. commercial restaurant locations from The NPD Group, the total number of U.S. restaurants decreased slightly (-0.6%) from a year ago to 629,488 units. The count from NPD is compiled in the spring and fall each year.

Eby-Brown Acquires Liberty USA

Eby-Brown is expanding its presence in Pennsylvania through its acquisition of Liberty USA. An agreement has been made through which the Eby-Brown Co. LLC will purchase the assets of Liberty USA. Eby-Brown, the largest privately held convenience store distributor in the U.S., boasts annual revenues in excess of $5 billion and services retail accounts throughout

NOCO Express Opens Tim Hortons

The addition of a Tim Hortons has expanded the food options for NOCO Express customers. The NOCO Express located at 4265 Maple Rd, in Amherst, N.Y. is now home to a new Tim Hortons restaurant. The restaurant’s grand opening follows a four-week remodel then the addition was built. In addition to adding the restaurant, the

New Chicago Thorntons

Thorntons is opening a first of its kind Chicago kitchen. A new Thorntons kitchen is slated to open on Friday, March 4 at 6 a.m. at 2095 East Algonquin Road in Chicago. This new Thorntons, the first of its kind in Chicago, is a foodservice-focused location which will feature a grab-and-go kitchen and thirst-quenching beverages

Snyder’s-Lance Acquires Diamond Foods

Snyder’s-Lance is expanding its portfolio of snack foods through its acquisition of Diamond Foods. The acquisition of Diamond Foods Inc. by Snyder’s-Lance Inc. has been completed. The terms of the deal state that Snyder’s-Lance now owns all outstanding shares of Diamond Foods due to a cash and stock merger transaction, and Diamond Foods stockholders have