Quebec Union Targets Couche-Tard

Quebec’s second-largest organized labor group, The Conféderation des syndicats nationaux (CSN),  is planning to begin a huge unionization attempt of corner stores in the province, targeting c-store giant  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the Montreal Gazette reported. CSN has reportedly formed a first union at a Couche-Tard convenience store in Montreal and that it aims to push

CSD Partners with MSA and Paradigm Sample

In our ongoing effort to provide the most relevant and timely industry data, Convenience Store Decisions has reached a deal to serve as the excusive media sponsor of the new Convenience Consumer Insights Panel (cciPanel) launched last month by Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) and Paradigm Sample. The cciPanel is the consumer research field’s first

TPE 2011 Exceeding Expectations

Tobacco Plus Expo has the reputation of being the ultimate tobacco trade show experience for the tobacco industry. Bigger and better than ever, TPE 2011 promises to live up to that reputation. The show features a fabulous array of more than 150 exhibitors and conference sessions that focus on building business. This year’s not-to-be-missed trade

Kangaroo Express Looks To Boost Troop Morale

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. is helping connect U.S. military personnel based overseas to their family and friends at home as part of the Indy 500 Centennial Tour, a 10-day event that brings legendary Indy racing stars to U.S. military bases in Europe, the Middle East and an aircraft carrier at sea. Departing from New

Forecasting Cash Usage in the U.S.

Consumers’ use of cash is expected to decline by a total of 17%, or 4% per year, between 2010 and 2015, dropping to slightly more than $1 trillion, according to a new report from Aite Group that sizes and forecasts U.S. consumers’ use of cash. The report draws upon two surveys conducted by Aite Group

Kum & Go Introduces MADE

Kum & Go began selling MADE, a line of organic drinks from Tenaya LLC, this January. “The pioneering spirit of Kum & Go’s founders fits nicely with the MADE brand,” said Charley Snell, Tenaya Founder.  “We are a pioneer as well in introducing people to organic products that are convenient and refreshing.” Founded in 1959, Kum

ADD Systems Appoints New President

Bruce Carl Bott has been appointed  president of ADD Systems. “For several years now, I have been gradually shifting responsibilities to Bruce Jr. and others in anticipation of this change,” said ADD Systems CEO / Owner Bruce Alan Bott. “So while a change in presidency is significant and momentous, we fully expect a smooth transition.

Sunoco Expands in New Jersey

Sunoco Inc. has reached an agreement with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. to begin operating the nine fuel stations at service plazas along the Garden State Parkway, one of the most heavily traveled roads in the nation. The new six-year agreement begins January 2011 and runs through December 2016. Sunoco

7-Eleven Expands in Manhattan

7-Eleven’s c-store franchise is taking New York by storm, with plans to operate some 100 stores in Manhattan by the year 2015, the International Business Times reported. At present 7-Eleven operates a mere 10 locations in Manhattan and expects to reach 15-20 locations over the next two years, before soaring to the 100 mark. “We

Circle K Chooses VALID Systems

Circle K convenience store chain is rolling out a new, state-of-the-art check cashing program to its company-owned locations, anchored by VALID’s decisioning and identification technology. Some 750 of Circle K’s 3,000+ stores currently have added the check cashing program. The new system integrates existing hardware alongside new technologies. The verification and approval process is fully-automated;

7-Eleven Stores in Oklahoma Pledges $1 million To CHF

7-Eleven Stores in Oklahoma (which has no connection with the international company with the same name) presented Children’s Hospital Foundation (CHF) with a $1 million pledge that will help to transform the health of Oklahoma’s Children by funding pediatric research, clinical care and education. The donation marks another significant donation toward the Oklahoma campaign for

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Winter Chill Fails to Freeze Climbing Gasoline Prices

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The upside push in gasoline prices seems unrelenting, with federal data showing the US average for regular grade climbing to $3.07 gallon as of Jan. 3, a 27-month high. Wholesale gasoline costs since Jan. 3 were mostly down in major metropolitan markets, higher in the Pacific Northwest

VPS Acquires 22 Appco Stores

Wilmington, N.C.-based VPS Convenience Store Group, has acquired 22 Appco locations in Bristols, Johnson City and Kingsport, TriCities.com reported. The stores have been closed for the past six months, due to bankruptcy of the former owners, but will re-open under the Scotchman brand in the next few weeks. “We are very excited to bring the

AWMA Show Foodservice Pavilion Sells Out

AWMA’s new Foodservice Pavilion being launched at the 2011 Show in February is currently sold out, but more space is being added. The Foodservice Pavilion is part of a larger initiative to support this growing and profitable category during AWMA’s show to be held Feb. 8–10, 2011 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Foodservice

Huck’s Donates $288,000 to ‘Karing for Kids’

Huck’s Convenience Stores’ “Karing for Kids” fundraising program has donated $288,000 to help assist children in the local markets of its 107 stores, the Evansville Courier & Press reported. The program is now in its seventh year of providing funds to allow children to Christmas shop for themselves and their families. Huck’s stores, its corporate

Wawa to Present Community Service Award

Now in its sixth year, the Annual Environmental Community Service Award is set to once again be presented by Wawa, NBC 10, and the environmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP (MGKF). The goal of the Environmental Community Service award is to raise awareness of environmental concerns and to recognize middle and high

SymphonyIRI Group Announces Summit 2011

The ―new normal is an intensely competitive world where every single leg up matters for CPG retailers and manufacturers, who are doing everything they can to compete and win with shoppers. Because shoppers will separate the winners from the losers in 2011, the SymphonyIRI Group Summit 2011 will focus on ―Gaining the Competitive Edge. The

Bid Deadline Set For Florida Panhandle Stores

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC (NRC) has announced that Feb. 15, 2011 has been set as the bid deadline for the previously-announced sale of up to 55 fee properties in the Florida Panhandle. Most of the properties are operating gas stations with convenience stores, including one closed site. Most of the operating stations are

Atlas To Offer Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Taylor, Mich. –based Atlas Oil Co. is now offering Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), which was recently mandated in all new 2010 and beyond diesel vehicles. Atlas is a Master Distributor for BlueDEF brand diesel exhaust fluid, produced by Old World Industries, the manufacturer of Peak Performance antifreeze and other world-class automotive products. Atlas has signed

Manitowoc Announces Leadership Changes

Manitowoc Foodservice announces organizational changes to align with corporate strategies in support of its commitment to offer innovative equipment solutions to its customers throughout the foodservice industry. Effective immediately, Larry Bryce will become executive vice president of Refrigeration Solutions for the Americas. Companies reporting to Bryce include Manitowoc Ice, Multiplex, Servend, Delfield Custom Solutions, McCall,

Job Outlook Picks Up in 2011

Economists are raising their forecasts for employment growth in 2011, as various job readings are suggesting that the long-awaited hiring boom is arriving or is just around the corner, CNN reported. “It’s about time,” economist Robert Brusca of FAO Economics told CNN. This Friday, the monthly employment report from the Department of Labor, will give

GOP Pushing For Repeal of Healthcare Law

A repeal of the new U.S. healthcare law would add to already huge federal budget deficits, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned on Thursday, Reuters reported. In a preliminary estimate of legislation being pushed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, the CBO said that repealing the law President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats

Tasty Baking Faces Financial Woes

Tasty Baking, the maker of Tastykakes, is reviewing options including a merger or sale, as pressure mounts from declining sales, the DailyFinance reported. In the face of “unanticipated operational challenges” related to its bakery in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, Tasty Baking has now lowered its projected savings in the fourth quarter to $10 million from $13

GasAmerica Adds Miami Subs Grill

GasAmerica welcomes the first franchise unit of The New Miami Subs Grill, originator of the fast casual restaurant concept. The 2,000-square-foot Miami Grill, joins the 4,000-square-foot Convenience Mart Stop, located at one of GasAmerica’s Greenfield, Ind., locations. “We’ve looked at a number of food concepts and found the New Miami Subs Grill concept the best

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