Networking at the NAG Ideas Conference

David Johnson named group chairman as the National Advisory Group concludes its 2010 meeting focused on building profits and relationships. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) 2010 Ideas Conference wrapped up in Charleston, S.C., offering convenience store owners a much better understanding of the issues facing small and mid-sized businesses and family-owned companies. Whether it’s dealing

California Rolls Out Improved Cigarette Tax Stamp

Improved high-tech tax stamps with a new design will soon be available and affixed to packs of cigarettes sold in California. The Board of Equalization (BOE) has approved the use of the updated stamp to further reduce the trafficking of counterfeit cigarettes and related excise tax evasion in California. The BOE is responsible for the

Some 1,264 C-Stores Add Purple Stuff

A large number of retailers have added Purple Stuff, a relaxation/focus soda into their 2011 store sets. The retailers joining the Purple Stuff family in January 2011 include: Mini-Mart Convenience stores operating 18 convenience store locations around Kerrville, Texas; Signature Austin Stores with 20 locations in and around Austin, Texas; EZ Go Foods out of

District Court Throws Out NYC Cigarette POS Warnings

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York declared null and void the New York City resolution mandating that retailers who sell cigarettes display signs containing graphic health warnings, according to Philip Morris USA. The court ruled that such requirements were preempted by federal law. “We are pleased that the Court

Sunoco Acquires 25 Locations in New York

Sunoco Inc. has reached a definitive agreement to acquire 25 retail locations from Lehigh Gas Corp., a Bethlehem, Penn.-based distributor of petroleum products. While the terms of the purchase were not disclosed, the retail assets are located in the Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, and Rochester markets of central and northern New York. “The acquisition of these

TA Adds DEF Island Pumps

TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) is rolling out on-island Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispensers. TA expects to install about 50 on-island DEF dispensers at locations across the country in 2011. Installations will utilize new dispenser and point-of-sale (POS) systems that will make purchasing DEF quicker, more efficient and customer friendly. Sites will feature dedicated DEF

Egg Lawsuit Filed in Pennsylvania Court

A group of grocery and convenience store chains, including Kroger, Walgreens, Safeway and Albertsons have filed a lawsuit claiming many of the nation’s largest egg producers, egg processors and their trade groups have engaged in a decade-long price fixing conspiracy for eggs sold to stores and restaurants nationwide, the Hoosier AG Today reported. The grocery

Subway Opens 500 New Locations

The Subway restaurant chain is growing at a fast pace. Subway’s franchisees, between Oct. 1 and Dec. 21, opened more than 500 new restaurants around the globe. Milestones for the period include reaching more than 33,700 locations worldwide, of which 9,900 can be found in international markets. The 500 new Subway restaurants accounted for some

Geo H. Green Oil Co. Raises $24,000

Pictured: John Bushaw, general manager of Fairburn Family Travel Center for the past eight years, and Donna Nichols an 18-year veteran Green Oil employee and champion fundraiser. Geo. H. Green Oil Co.’s annual Charity Fund Raising efforts were successful in raising some $24,000 for its three adopted charity partners – Greater Atlanta’s “Empty Stocking Fund,”

New Bill To Overhaul Food Safety Laws

The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate approved a bill that will overhaul the nation’s food safety laws for the first time since the Great Depression. President Obama has indicated that he plans to sign the bill into law. Debra Strauss, J.D., associate professor of business law at Fairfield University, explained that the legislation

Swiss Farms’ First Franchise Store Opens

Swiss Farms, America’s Drive-Thru Grocer, opened its first franchise store on Dec. 17, with veteran Starbucks and Auntie Anne’s franchisee and a 2010 IFA Franchisee of the Year, John Betz. The store, which is located at 6 South White Horse Pike, Somerdale, N.J.,  is also Swiss Farms’ first expansion into New Jersey. “I am excited

Pa. Retail Groups Partner on Emergency Response Guidance

The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) and Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council (PCSC) have partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) to create Emergency Preparedness and Response Guidance for wholesale distributors and retail food merchants that can be leveraged during times of emergency. This guidance establishes a foundation upon which Pennsylvania’s food distribution network and PDA, as

Is Your Chain Ready For National Coffee Break Day?

The National Coffee Association (NCA) has launched an interactive Web site, www.nationalcoffeebreak.org, kicking off its National Coffee Break campaign. Headlining the campaign will be a National Coffee Break day on Jan. 20, 2011, when industry members are encouraged to host consumer promotions and events that inspire consumers to take a break from their day with

Possible Regulation Ahead For Cigars

Increased regulation could be ahead for cigars in 2011. In the Dec. 20, 2010 issue of the Federal Register, the Department of Health and Human Services published the agency’s semi-annual “Regulatory Agenda” which provides a forecast of rulemaking actions under development that the agency expects to undertake. The FDA is a part of the Department

FDA Petitions Court on E-Cigarettes

On Dec. 20, the FDA filed a petition requesting that the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia schedule a hearing and review the FDA’s appeal of the initial federal district court ruling on its ability to regulate e-cigarettes as a drug or medical device, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO)

Thorntons Debuts “CofFREE Day”

Thorntons Inc. has announced its first-ever “CofFREE Day Celebration” on Friday, Dec. 24, at all 165 Thorntons locations in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. From 3 p.m. to midnight (Central & Eastern Standard Times) on Christmas Eve, customers may enjoy a complimentary coffee, cappuccino, or hot chocolate. Thorntons signature coffee blend is made from

Free Coffee Christmas Eve

Customers up late wrapping presents on Dec. 24 can look to their local Kum & Go for a pick-me-up. On Christmas Eve, the convenience store chain is offering customers that stop by a free cup of 16-ounce Java Ridge Premium Coffee. No purchase or coupon is necessary to enjoy the deal. While they’re picking up

Kangaroo Express Ready With Holiday Gifts

The Pantry Inc.’s Kangaroo Express stores are ready for last-minute shoppers who need a quick, affordable holiday gift or stocking stuffer on Christmas morning. The c-store chain recently outlined a number of options available to its holiday shoppers: Gift Cards: No matter how much someone wants to spend, a gift card to Kangaroo Express means

Food Lion Rolls Out Cell Phone App

Food Lion customers can now access weekly specials, new recipes and store directions right at their fingertips by using their iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. “At Food Lion, we are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the shopping experiences of our customers,” said David Palmer, director of customer relationship management and interactive marketing for

Pronto Wine Kiosks Temporarily Close

In an effort to maintain the highest levels of customer service, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) will temporarily close the Pronto Wine Kiosks statewide to address mechanical and technological issues. “While customer satisfaction with the six-month old kiosk program remains high, recent problems, such as product not dispensing, require us to take immediate action

Tri-State Petroleum Offers Holiday Cheer

Tri-State Petroleum Corp., a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is making the holidays very merry for some of its lucky customers. The company raffled off a six-foot-tall Christmas stocking filled with games, toys, puzzles and other gifts at 30 of its locations-25 stores and

Family Express Launches Oatmeal Breakfast Option

Family Express Corp. of Valparaiso, Ind., is beating McDonald’s to the punch. The c-store chain is rolling out a new breakfast oatmeal offering under its proprietary brand JAVA WAVE by Jan. 1, 2011. The Family Express Oatmeal breakfast chain-wide initiative is a first in the c-store channel, and it is being deployed ahead of McDonald’s

Three Loyalty Trends to Take Hold by 2030

COLLOQUY magazine has predicted three loyalty trends expected to shape the future of marketing two decades down the road. It calls the three trends, “The Next New Normal,” “The New I-Network” and “The New Marketing Reality.” The Next New NormalCOLLOQUY predicts that multi-generational households will place  a stronger focus on localism in coming years, and

Solo Cup Wins Corporate Leadership Award

Solo Cup Co. has been awarded the 2010 Corporate Leadership Award by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) for its ongoing efforts to support sustainability education and sustainable improvements in the communities in which its customers and employees live and work. Presented to Solo on Dec. 10, the award recognizes the outstanding contributions of KAB’s most dedicated

Thorntons Donates $1 Million To Speed Art Museum

Thorntons Inc. has donated $1 million to The Speed Art Museum’s Changing Speed Capital Campaign. The Capital Campaign will fund the expansion and renovation of the Museum’s site in Louisville, Ky. The expansion is intended to serve the community through new programming and increased space for educational initiatives, public events and additional gallery space to

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