BP Whiting, Ind. Refinery Comes Back Online

Midwest gas prices expected to drop, as more fuel supply enters the market this week. Gas prices in the Midwest should return to normal soon after they soared over the past two weeks following a BP refinery shut down. On Tuesday, BP announced that its crude distillation unit at its Whiting, Ind., facility was back

Sheetz Debuts Private Label Credit Card

In a partnership with First Bankcard, Sheetz provides c-store customers with discounts and rewards through the new Sheetz Personal Credit Card. Sheetz has introduced the Sheetz Personal Credit Card, a private label credit card, to its c-store customers. Sheetz partnered with First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha, to offer its c-store

Winning Military Vet Embarks on Career as 7-Eleven Franchisee

Two other contest winners set to take command of their franchise stores later this fall. After winning the 7-Eleven Operation: Take Command contest earlier this year, Military veteran Mark Anthony Page assumed control of his 7-Eleven franchise in Burleson, Texas. It is the culmination of nine months’ work and a competition to win first America’s

How Today’s Gas Prices Compare

Although the Midwest continues to face higher prices after a refinery malfunction, nationwide, gas prices are on the decline. Average U.S. gas prices today stand at $2.59, marking the lowest levels for this time of year since 2004, according to an Aug. 24 report by AAA, which pointed to a decline in the cost of

G&M Oil Partners With OpenStore To Launch Mobile App

Also introduces a redesigned Website for on-the-go c-store customers. G&M Oil Co. has partnered with OpenStore by GasBuddy to introduce the free G&M Mobile App and a newly redesigned Website, www.gmoc.com. As an incentive to customers to check out the new app, those who download it will be rewarded immediately with a free fountain drink

Mars Grant Benefits Chocolate Research

Grant winners to be announced at the annual meeting of the Colonial Chocolate Society. Mars Chocolate North America is now accepting submissions for its 2015 Chocolate History Research and Investigative Studies Grant, which provides funding for innovation in chocolate history research, scholarship and education. Now in its third year, the grant’s submission deadline is Oct.

Coca-Cola On Track To Be “Water Neutral” By 2020

Coca-Cola has replenished an estimated 153.6 billion liters of water back to communities in the last 11 years. The Coca-Cola Co. and its global bottling partners, the Coca-Cola system, are expected to meet their 2020 water replenishment goal by the end of 2015. What’s more Coca-Cola’s efforts put it on track to be the first

Love’s Completes TirePass Rollout

The full-service tire inflation system is now available nationwide at more than 200 sites. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has completed its nationwide rollout of TirePass, a full-service tire inflation system. Installations began earlier this year and now more than 200 locations offer TirePass. This means professional drivers across the country now have access

How the Natural Food, Beverage Market Is Growing

Coca-Cola looks to cold press juices, as Pepsi eliminates aspartame in favor of more natural ingredients. The retail market for natural and organic food and beverages is set to grow by leaps and bounds, according to a new report by MarketResearch.com, and major suppliers are tapping into this new growth area. The natural and organic

NCA Accepting Leadership Award Nominations

Confectionery Leadership Awards recognize leaders in retail and wholesale. National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced that nominations are now open for its 2016 Confectionery Leadership Awards. NCA members are encouraged to nominate results-driven, thought leaders in the retail and wholesale community. Now in its sixth year, NCA, in conjunction with Candy & Snack TODAY magazine,

Manitowoc Foodservice Named SUBWAY Vendor of the Year

Award recognizes dedication of Manitowoc Ice and Merrychef brands. Manitowoc Foodservice received the Vendor of the Year award by SUBWAY during the brand’s 50th Anniversary Convention held recently in Las Vegas. This award was given in recognition for the hard work and dedication of the Manitowoc Foodservice brands Manitowoc Ice and Merrychef as a truly

Tillamook Country Smoker Helps Fire Fighters With Jerky Donation

Smoked turkey and cranberry jerky help fuel fire fighting crews. Oregon business Tillamook Country Smoker has stepped up to provide a new tool to fuel brave firefighters who are battling flames raging across the Western states: smoked jerky. A fire at Canyon Creek Complex near John Day, Ore. has destroyed 36 homes over the weekend.

VP Racing Fuels Welcomes Perfect Petroleum

Distributor Perfect Petroleum joins VP’s retail branding program as it looks to target Millennial customers and tap into new revenue streams. Perfect Petroleum, based in Orlando, Fla., has joined VP Racing Fuels’ retail branding program. Perfect Petroleum services more than 250 retail locations and is positioned to greatly enhance VP’s expansion efforts in Florida and

7-Eleven Completes Tedeschi Acquisition

Adds 180 convenience stores to its portfolio. 7-Eleven Inc. has closed on the acquisition of Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi Food Shops, adding approximately 180 stores to its existing 150 7-Eleven stores in the greater Boston and southern New Hampshire area. 7-Eleven has made job offers to employees working at the stores and most non-store personnel of

Thorntons Inc. Introduces Cotton Candy Donuts

Inspired by the Kentucky State Fair, new doughnut flavor is sure to ‘wow’ c-store customers. Thorntons Inc. has rolled out a new doughnut flavor: Cotton Candy! The new bakery item is available for a limited time through the end of August in Louisville, Southern Indiana and Lexington, Ky. Thorntons convenience store locations. Inspired by memories

How To Market To Foodie Customers

Millennial and boomer foodies share remarkably similar attitudes. Foodies come in all ages and ethnicities. Yet foodservice companies continue to focus on foodies under age 35, also known as members of the Millennial generation—and with good reason. These are the findings of a new report “Foodies in the U.S.: Opportunities for Restaurants and Retail, 2nd

Missouri Convenience Stores Offer Cigarette Tax Proposal

As numerous voices debate cigarette tax increases, Missouri c-stores offer solutions of their own. Missouri convenience stores appear to be taking the “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em” approach to fighting tobacco taxation proposals. After spending decades fighting efforts by the state of Missouri to raise cigarette taxes in the state, the c-stores are

How Americans are Embracing Global Cuisines

A new report by the National Restaurant Association finds U.S. consumers are willing to try more new foods today than in decades past. The National Restaurant Association (NRA)’s new report “Global Palates: Ethnic Cuisines and Flavors in America” surveyed U.S. customers and found more Americans are incorporating a wide array of ethnic cuisines into their

Fortune Recognizes Starbucks’ Impact

Starbucks named to Fortune list for its reach and progress with social and environmental issues. Fortune magazine has listed Starbucks as No. 23 among 51 companies making “a sizable impact on major global social or environmental problems as part of its competitive strategy.” The list is meant to “shine a spotlight on companies that have made significant

Bolla Oil’s Bold Moves

With its deep resources and an abundance of industry experience, the New York City oil company is expanding its upscale convenience market concept and heading into New Jersey with its first travel center. By John Lofstock, Editor There are few trends in the convenience store business that catch industry observers by surprise. One of these

E-Cigs Dollar Sales Growth Slows

Weak pricing to blame for poor year-over-year electronic cigarette dollar sales at c-stores and mass merchandisers. Across multiple channels (mass and convenience stores), electronic cigarette dollar sales fell 3.5% year-over-year in the period ending Aug. 8, 2015. The downward shift was driven by negative net pricing of -19.3% and relatively soft +19.5% unit growth, according

Sheetz Chooses West Virginia Company For Pepperoni Rolls

Following customer backlash, Sheetz finds local bakery to be its pepperoni roll maker. Sheetz has selected Home Industry Bakery of Clarksburg, W.Va. as the pepperoni roll maker for its 49 West Virginia locations, the West Virginia Metro News reported. In May, Sheetz announced that the pepperoni rolls, which are sold in about one-third of its

RDG Pushing TravelCenters of America To Engage in Share Buyback

Shareholder looks to boost stock price for TA to $17 a share. RDG Capital Fund Management, a shareholder of TravelCenters of America (TA), has requested that TA in a share buyback to grow travel stop chain’s stock price. RDG announced it has delivered a letter to the TA’s Board of Directors strongly recommending a $100

Jacob’s Creek Partners With US Open Tennis Championships

As the Official Wine and Promotion Partner, Jacob’s Creek will serve up wine to tennis fans at select on-site tournament locations. Jacob’s Creek is now the Official Wine and Promotional Partner of the US Open Tennis Championships. The multi-year partnership starts at this year’s championship, which will take place Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. “Jacob’s

Parker’s Debuting Drive-Through C-Store in Vidalia, Ga.

New site to mark Parker’s second drive-through location. Parker’s is set to open the company’s 38th retail store—and second drive-through location—on Friday, Aug. 21, at 105 Queen St. in Vidalia, Ga. The new store, which will be open 24/7, will sell high-quality Parker’s gas (including non-ethanol and diesel fuel) at 16 fueling locations, the company’s

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