IFDA Names Red Diamond A Top Foodservice Manufacturer

Red Diamond ranked in the top four at the 2017 IFDA Partner of the Year Awards. Red Diamond was recently recognition as a leading foodservice manufacturer by the Institutional Food Distributors of America (IFDA). The IFDA’s Partner of the Year award is designed to recognize manufacturers with exceptional performance and a long-term goal of continuing

Love’s Partners With Reflexis

Adds workforce manager for budgeting, forecasting and labor scheduling, as well as a retail store auditing program, among other solutions. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, a travel stop operator with more than 400 locations in 40 states, has selected the Reflexis workforce management suite of solutions. Love’s locations provide, fuel, snacks, travel items, motorist

Stinker Stores Acquires Bradley and Sav-O-Mat Stores

The locations include 40 stores in Colorado and one in Wyoming. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc., an independent middle-market investment bank, has announced the successful closing on the sale of Bradley Petroleum Inc. and Sav-O-Mat Inc. (collectively the “Company”) to Stinker Stores Inc. Headquartered in Denver, the Company’s operating history spans over a century in

Ice Cream Adapts to Meet Changing Customer Demands

From cleaner labels to dairy-free frozen desserts offer more varieties to appeal to an array of customer needs. Research firm Packaged Facts’ new report, “Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts in the U.S., 9th Edition” found food industry marketers are introducing more healthy—yet indulgent—frozen ice cream and dessert options to meet the modern demands of U.S.

QuickChek Wins With Fresh Sales

From simple ingredients to label transparency and merchandising to showcase ‘fresh,’ QuickChek is meeting consumer requests for better-for-you food. By CSD Staff Just as foodservice and food offerings in the convenience channel have changed with time, the concept of fresh is now naturally positioned at the forefront of the customer experience. Consumers’ demand has grown

Dietz Receives CDA’s Dean of the Industry Award

Award presentation took place at Convenience Distribution Marketplace Awards Luncheon. Kit Dietz, long-time convenience distribution industry consultant and advisor and author of numerous studies that have helped guide CDA member companies, was presented with the Convenience Distribution Association (CDA) Dean of the Industry Award Feb. 14, 2017. The presentation came during the Convenience Distribution Marketplace

Despite Gas Price Fluctuations Consumer Optimism Stays Strong

Southern consumers are the most optimistic in the U.S. A majority of Americans (57%) are optimistic about the economy as gas prices fell by five cents per gallon over the past month, according to the latest National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Consumer Fuels Survey of U.S. adults who purchase fuel for a vehicle at

Dos Equis Helps Customers Spice Up Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Customers can enter to win great prizes including a trip to Mexico. Dos Equis is making a festive day even more exciting by giving LDA+ consumers everything they need to spice up their Cinco de Mayo celebrations. From the hottest Mexican cantina in the city to the neighborhood backyard patio, the comprehensive, 360-degree program features

Wheeler Ridge Petro Stopping Center Opens New Arby’s

TA Restaurant Group now operates eight Arby’s locations. The TA Restaurant Group has opened a new Arby’s and drive-through adjacent to the Petro Stopping Center in Wheeler Ridge located at I-5, Exit 219A/219B (Laval Road W.), in Wheeler Ridge, Calif. The new Arby’s will serve their delicious variety of meaty sandwiches and crave-able sides such

Dollar General Opens for Business in North Dakota

Plans to grow its footprint within North Dakota, beginning with six stores by this spring. Dollar General has entered its 44th state—North Dakota. The dollar store chain celebrated the grand opening of its new location in Hankinson, N.D., on Saturday Feb. 11. The company is also planning official grand opening celebrations for six additional stores

QMart Donates $20,000 to Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Funds to help fund staff hotline, one on one parent coaching and more. Northwest Petroleum (NWP)’s convenience store, QMart recently donated $20,000 to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (PDFK), a national organization that helps families coping with drug abuse by providing counseling support and other invaluable resources on the path to recovery. QMart organized and

Parker’s Introduces Revamped Market

Dramatically-renovated flagship location offers chopped salad bar, hot Panini and milkshakes in addition to other new features. Parker’s recently re-opened its Parker’s Market location at 222 Drayton St. in downtown Savannah, after giving the c-store a dramatic interior renovation and adding a number of innovative food and beverage options. “We’re building on our commitment to

Sec. Tom Vilsack Receives America’s Fuel Award

Growth Energy presents honor at 8th annual Executive Leadership Conference. Growth Energy awarded former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack with its highest honor, the America’s Fuel Award, at its eighth annual Executive Leadership Conference. The America’s Fuel Award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to act

GPM Acquiring Roadrunner Markets

Roadrunner Markets divests all 92 convenience stores with fuel sales, plus seven quick-service restaurants. GPM Investments LLC has signed an agreement to acquire Mountain Empire Oil Co. Inc., operating as Roadrunner Markets, including all 92 convenience stores with fuel sales and seven quick-service restaurants (QSRs) located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. This

Grab and Go Gets Hot

As dayparts blur and snacking soars, Rutter’s appeals to customers with quality and variety. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ 66 locations offer a complete grab-and-go experience with 83 hot grab-and-go offerings. Items span many flavors and sizes of burgers, fried & grilled chicken sandwiches, subs and wraps, tornados, pork egg rolls and stromboli. The York, Pa.-based retailer’s

Kum & Go, Thorntons Join Growth Energy as Associate Members

Both convenience store retailers participate in the Prime the Pump program to increase the availability of higher ethanol blends. Growth Energy announced that two leading fuel retailers, Kum & Go and Thorntons, have joined Growth Energy as associate members. “We are thrilled to welcome Kum & Go and Thorntons to the Growth Energy team,” said

Mobile Payment Set to Expand

IDDBA predicts mobile pay will soon replace physical credit cards at food retail. What’s in Store 2017 found mobile payment options will soon replace physical credit cards as shoppers’ preferred payment method at supermarkets, as they’re more secure and convenient. What’s in Store 2017 is the latest edition of the annual trends publication from the

Parker’s Welcomes New Controller

Keith Saltzman’s financial expertise to help optimize financial operations at Parker’s convenience stores. Parker’s recently hired financial expert Keith Saltzman as the company’s Controller. In his new position, Saltzman is responsible for overseeing all company accounting, financial reporting, tax reporting and financial data audits. Before joining Parker’s, he served as the chief financial officer and

Love’s Introduces Kansas Travel Stop On U.S. Highway 169

The new travel top marks the second along U.S. Highway 169. Love’s Travel Stop in Chanute, Kan., has opened for business. Love’s 22nd location in Kansas brings driver services to U.S. Highway 169 at 190th Road. “The opening of the new store allows us to serve more Customers with the ‘Clean Places, Friendly Faces’ Love’s

MAPCO Settles Data Breach for $1.9 Million

Tennessee convenience chain puts legal matter to rest. After more than three years of legal proceedings and a class action lawsuit, MAPCO Express Inc. is moving on from a payment card data breach that occurred in the spring of 2013. A Tennessee federal judge last month approved a proposed settlement of up to $1.9 million

Stripes’ Fresh Opening in Corpus Christi

The company’s next-generation location offers a dining area that seats 28 inside and an outdoor patio with seating for 20 more patrons. Stripes Convenience Stores and Laredo Taco Company continue the rollout of next-generation Stripes stores with the planned opening of its newest store in Corpus Christi, Texas. This morning, Stripe will host a grand

Aloha Petroleum Rolling Out Dunkin’ Donuts Across Hawaii

Dunkin’ Donuts, which is marking its return to Hawaii this summer near the Honolulu airport, will also be making its way to convenience stores on Oahu, including at the Shell gas station in Kailua and at an Aloha Island Mart on in Waikiki, the Hawaii franchisee for Dunkin’ Donuts told Pacific Business News (PBN). Dunkin’

VERC Enterprises Supports Mass. Elementary School

VERC Enterprises, which operates 23 convenience stores across Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, presented Fiske Elementary School in Lexington, Mass., with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp. and Global Partners LP, the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide local retailers

MSA/Core-Mark Partner on Data Agreement

Management Science Associates, Inc. (MSA) and c-store wholesaler Core-Mark International reached a deal to have MSA manage its data, provide analytics and deliver insights around Category Management, Program Performance, and Retail Execution effectiveness to Core-Mark and Core-Mark’s valued Vendor Partners, including exclusive rights for a vendor viewer portal. Core-Mark’s selection of MSA includes the use of MSA’s Gateway 360

A&W Restaurants Uncorks C-Store Plan

Five years after YUM! sale, the restaurant company is launching a new franchise sales  initiative, adding c-store and traditional foodservice locations. Quick-service chain A&W Restaurants has kicked off an aggressive development program. The new growth initiative calls for 12 c-store locations to launch in 2017. A&W franchisees own and operate a total of 625 U.S. restaurants, with