A Changing Landscape for CPG Retailers

The Nielsen Company’s Retail 2015 Forecast, revealed at its Consumer 360 Conference this week, showed the pace of change is accelerating as technology, marketing trends and retail formats converge to redefine how consumer packaged goods (CPG) retailers and manufacturers interact with consumers. By 2015, Nielsen predicts mass supercenters and e-commerce to be the big winners

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BP To Divest 114 Stations

BP PLC is selling 114 gas stations and convenience-store properties in 22 states, the Wall Street Journal reported. Most of the locations are being marketed as redevelopment sites, while some are being offered as part of potential franchise deals, according to the Web site of BP’s broker, Jones Lang LaSalle. BP had decided to sell

Quick Chek Donates To Firefighters

Pictured from Left to Right: Quick Chek Assistant Store Leader Tony Elefante, Team Member Melissa Morin, Team Member Ashley Garcia, Store Leader John Thompson, Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company Chief Rudi Gaines and Lieutenant Bob Maras. Representatives from a new Manchester, N.J, Quick Chek store presented a donation of $2,655 to members of the Ridgeway Volunteer

Free Gas For A Year

Linda Wells of York, Pa., recently became the first of eight lucky Rutter’s Farm Stores customers to win free gasoline for one year in the company’s annual summer giveaway. The “Fuel Up Free!” promotion runs through Aug. 29. Drawings are held approximately every two weeks, with the next one June 21. During the contest, Rutter’s

BP Donates $25 Million to GRI

BP has announced significant progress in its half-billion dollar pledge to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI). Three research institutions in the Gulf region will receive a total of $25 million in fast-track funding for high-priority studies of the distribution, composition and ecological interactions of oil and dispersant. On May 24, BP announced a

GFS To Expand In Michigan

Gordon Food Service (GFS), a family-owned foodservice distributor, plans to invest $24.2 million to consolidate several business operations spread throughout Canada into a new 100,000 square-foot facility in Wyoming, Mich.  Pending all local and state approvals, the new building would be located within the company’s world headquarters campus, and would house 173 new positions the

Strong Words, More Trials In Gulf Response

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office, summoning Americans to a “national mission” to move away from reliance on oil and develop alternative sources of energy, and noted that it is imperative for Congress to act quickly to overcome “a lack of political courage and candor” surrounding the BP Oil

CSD Presents the Foodservice Webcast Series

As competition heats up and consumers adjust their away-from-home consumption habits it’s critical to continuously refine your programs and strategies in order to drive profitable and sustainable growth. For the third consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, is proud to offer its FREE two-part Foodservice Webcast Series. Part II: June 17, 2010 2:00 PM EDT Foodservice

Wholesale Gains to Arrest Retail Fuel Decline

by Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Countrywide, wholesale gasoline prices were mixed for the week-ended Monday (6/14), with markets along the West Coast down slightly while increasing elsewhere in the U.S. The higher wholesale costs were triggered by gains in the financially traded oil futures market, with supply in the physical market

$400,000 Bonus Secures Tesoro COO

Weeks into his job as CEO of Tesoro Corp., Greg Goff is securing the company’s top management as he strives to return the San Antonio-based refiner to profitability, the San Antonio Express-News reported. Goff offered Everett Lewis, Tesoro’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, a $400,000 cash retention bonus “as an incentive for his

NATSO Fights Rest Area Commercialization

NATSO, a national trade association representing travel plaza and truckstop owners is warning Arizona of the dangers of rest area commercialization. Lisa Mullings, the president and CEO of NATSO told Arizona Director of Transportation John Halikowski that adding commercial services to rest areas would allow states to monopolize Interstate business, hurting established commercial enterprises operating at

Wawa’s Annual Summer Blood Drive Underway

This summer Wawa is making it easy for customers to donate blood by offering a blood drive at more than 25 Wawa sites to help the American Red Cross save lives. The blood drive, already underway, will continue until Aug. 28 in four of Wawa’s operating states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. Last year,

Casey’s Reports Record Fiscal Fourth Quarter

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported $0.43 in basic earnings per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 ended April 30, 2010, compared to $0.31 from the same quarter a year ago. The results include approximately $6.9 million in legal and advisory fees pertaining to the evaluation of the unsolicited offer and related actions

Jimmy Dean Dies

Jimmy Dean, the country star turned sausage king passed away at the age of 81 at his home in Virginia on Sunday evening, June 13, the New York Daily News reported. Born in 1928, Dean was raised in poverty in Plainview, Texas. He dropped out of high school after the ninth grade. After serving in

Casey’s Chairman of the Board Passes Away

Ronald Lamb, Chairman of the Board and former CEO, of Casey’s General Stores Inc., passed away Friday, June 11, 2010 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 74 years old. “Ron’s exceptional character and integrity influenced the lives of many people,” said Robert Myers, president and CEO of Casey’s. “His tireless work ethic and

Couche-Tard Reacts To Casey’s Lawsuit

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has responded to the lawsuit filed by Casey’s General Stores Inc. in connection with Couche-Tard’s tender offer to acquire Casey’s for $36.00 per share in cash. “We believe this lawsuit is entirely without merit and we will vigorously defend against these baseless claims. We are disappointed that the Casey’s Board of Directors

Casey’s Files Lawsuit

Casey’s General Stores Inc. on Friday, June 11, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa against Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., alleging that Couche-Tard violated federal securities laws in connection with its unsolicited tender offer to purchase all of Casey’s outstanding shares for $36.00 per share in cash. As announced

California Churros Acquired By J&J Snack Foods

J & J Snack Foods Corp. of California, has acquired the assets of California Churros, a premium manufacturer of churros located in Colton, Calif.  California Churros had sales of approximately $11 million in 2009. The founding Martinez family will be staying on to serve with the company, which will remain in Colton. “We are pleased

Kangaroo Express Adds Music, Messaging Solutions

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. is deploying music and messaging solutions from Fluid Music Canada’s Trusonic Inc., a provider of Internet-delivered music and messaging services for businesses, to a number of its 1,647 Kangaroo Express locations. Consistent with The Pantry’s mission to provide an excellent customer experience at each location, Trusonic plans to customize a multi-zone music and messaging solution

BP Gives Second $25 Million Grant to Alabama

BP is providing the State of Alabama with an additional $25 million grant to continue implementation of the State’s Area Contingency Plan in the wake of the oil spill from the MC252 well. This $25 million grant is in addition to a previous $25 million block grant that BP announced on May 5 to help

Summer “Sub-tacular”

Quick Chek is kicking off the first official day of summer with thousands of its customers as it proclaims the day Quick Chek’s Summer “Sub-tacular” Day. Customers visiting any Quick Chek location Monday, June 21 between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. can receive a Quick Chek iLoveMySub.com stamp on their hand. Upon returning to the store

Ruyan America Goes Prime Time

Ruyan America Inc. and Prime Time International Co. have inked an exclusive product development, brand marketing and supply agreement, CSD has learned. Under the terms of the agreement, Phoenix-based Prime Time will become the exclusive North American distributor and marketer of Ruyan America’s digital smoking alternatives and will provide input and direction with respect to

Iowa Helping Casey’s Fight

What a difference location can make. Casey’s, one of 12 public companies incorporated in Iowa, should be thankful right now it’s not incorporated in, say, Delaware where it might not have an much latitude to defend itself form Couche-Tard’s hostile bid. In the New York Times, Steven Davidoff, writing as The Deal Professor, who weighs

Wawa Hosts Third Hoagiefest Tour

For a third year, Wawa is taking its 1960s-inspired Hoagiefest on the road with stops this summer at stores in Rio Grande, N.J.; Toms River, N.J.; Sandston, Va.; Philadelphia and Lewes, Del. These one-day festivals pay tribute to the almighty hoagie, bringing together hoagie fanatics from across the region to celebrate their love of Wawa and

Casey’s: Couche-Tard Using “Questionable Tactics”

Casey’s General Stores Inc.’s Board of Directors voted to recommend that Casey’s shareholders reject Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s $36.00 per common share cash tender offer, stating that it substantially undervalues Casey’s and is not in the best interests of Casey’s, its shareholders and other constituencies. On June 8, Casey’s filed a Schedule 14D-9 with the Securities

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