C-stores, Starbuck’s Most Affected By Ongoing Coffee War

As the coffee war continues between QSRs, coffee franchises and c-stores may be feeling the pinch more than the local Dunkin’ Donuts, Reuters reported. Although McDonald’s has tried to undercut competitors on price, Dunkin’s market share in coffee is steady and growing, Mark Nunnelly, managing director at Bain Capital, said at the Reuters Private Equity

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Slim Jim To Sponsor Wrestlemania XXVI

Slim Jim, a ConAgra Foods brand, has signed on to be the Official Meat Snack of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the presenting sponsor of WWE’s WrestleMania XXVI, in Glendale, Ariz. on March 28 and SummerSlam, in Los Angeles on Aug. 15. As part of the deal, WWE Superstar Edge will serve as a

The Coalition to Stop Contraband Tobacco supports passing Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking

The Coalition to Stop Contraband Tobacco has praised the New York Association of Counties for passing a resolution calling for the federal government to support and implement the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act of 2009, S. 1147.   The resolution, passed by NYSAC on Feb. 11, 2010, calls on Congress “to take any and

NCA Announces Changes to Public Policy and Advocacy Efforts

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has added two members to its public affairs and advocacy department and is re-structuring several other positions in order to enhance its public policy and advocacy efforts following a year-long strategic planning process. Joining NCA as vice president of government affairs is Patrick Aylward who most recently served as the

Quiznos Looks To Grow Within C-store Channel

Quiznos sandwich chain has plans to increase its presence within convenience stores in 2010. In the recession, customers are busier and thriftier and have been increasing their visits to convenience stores while reducing their visits to restaurants. Restaurant visits began slowing in 2007 and then fell 3% last year while trips to convenience stores to

Love’s Completes 230 Store Rollout of Retalix Software

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores has completed a rollout of the Retalix StorePoint suite, including StorePoint POS, StorePoint Back Office and StorePoint HQC applications, with Foodservice and Commercial Fuel modules. The integrated system went live at more than 230 Love’s locations in 2009, including the rapid installation of 60 stores in 20 business days.



FuelQuest Announces Speakers for Grail

FuelQuest Inc., a leading on-demand software and services company for the global downstream energy industry, has announced featured speakers for this year’s Grail, FuelQuest’s 6th annual user conference to be held March 31-April 1 in Austin, Texas. “The conference and its speakers will provide attendees with an invaluable forum for thought-provoking discussions and best practices

EPA Names Manitowoc Foodservice 2010 Energy Partner Of The Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Manitowoc Foodservice as a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and helping to educate consumers about those products. Manitowoc Foodservice’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March

J&H Family Stores Rebuilds and Flourishes

Just eight months ago, J&H Oil watched its Stanton, Mich., location burn to the ground after a drunk driver crashed into the store and ignited the fire that would destroy the building and the attached Subway restaurant. But with hard work, dedication and a little bit of innovation, the chain was able to rebuild the

Wilson Farms Adds ACH Debit Card with Multiple Rewards

Wilson Farms has introduced a combination ACH debit and loyalty card to their customers in the Batavia, N.Y. market. The Red Hot Rewards Card allows Wilson Farms’ customers to earn free and discounted products as well as 5% cash back on both fuel and non-fuel purchases and earn rewards every time they shop with Wilson

Maverik Country Stores to Sell Kronik Energy drinks

Just in time for the summer selling season, Kronik Energy drinks are being added to the vaults of more than 140 company-operated Maverik convenience stores across seven western states. Kronik Energy is being introduced as a new product to the Maverik stores based on customer demand for a fresh, chug-able and thirst-quenching, alternative to the

New Jersey Students Win One Year Supply of Gas From Citgo

Middletown, N.J. high school seniors Erika Rech and Mike Ruane are the latest Grand Prize winners in the Fueling Good program created by CITGO Petroleum Corporation. The cousins earned their prize of a year’s supply of CITGO gasoline by supporting individuals and families affected by breast cancer. Their charity, Breast Friends Forever, raised more than

Open Pantry Launches Rainforest Alliance Coffee Campaign

Open Pantry has successfully launched its Rainforest Alliance coffee campaign, with help from GSP Marketing Technologies (GSP), a leader in strategic marketing at the point of purchase. The campaign promotes the new coffee blend that is farmed without harming the rainforests by leveraging a unique in-store experience developed by GSP. As Open Pantry, which operates

New Cigarette Rules Proposed Today In New York

This afternoon, the state tax department of New York will issue regulations to collect taxes on cigarettes sold by Indian retailers, The Buffalo News reported. The new plan looks to collect the tax “upstream” rather than from Indian retail shops. Tobacco manufacturers will be required to sell cigarettes only to licensed stamping agents, certifying that

Coke To Aquire North American Operations Of Its Biggest Bottler

Coca-Cola Co. today announced it plans to buy the North American operations of its largest bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., in a strategic reversal that would close a competitive gap after PepsiCo. reached a similar deal, Reuters reported. “Coke couldn’t sit back while Pepsi delivered $600 million (or more) in synergies for reinvestment and then transformed

RaceTrac Haiti Fundraising Effort Brings In Over 100k

This week, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., is donating $102,939.88 to the American Red Cross in support of the Haitian Earthquake Relief effort, the Cedartown Standard reported. The more than $100,000 in funds was raised during last week’s Coffee for a Cause campaign, during which all proceeds from the sale of 16-, 20- and 24-ounce cups of

7-Eleven To Offer New Magazine For Hispanic Audience

This summer, nearly 2,000 7-Eleven stores across the country will offer the quarterly Spanish magazine Constru-Guia al Dia, which will increase the publication’s readership 251% and reach a growing demographic at c-stores. The new distribution at 7-Eleven, coupled with an existing collaboration with The Home Depot, will put Constru-Guia al Dia directly into the hands

White Castle To Be Featured Sunday On “Undercover Boss”

White Castle is participating in the upcoming episode of the CBS show Undercover Boss.  Dave Rife, White Castle family member and owner is scheduled to appear this Sunday, Feb. 28 at 9:00 pm EST. The one-hour program is devoted to White Castle with Dave visiting restaurants, a bakery and a White Castle Distributing plant where

New Save-A-Lot Opens In Dallas Area

Save-A-Lot food stores, one of the nation’s hard discount grocery retailers is expanding its presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the opening of a new store at 2627 W. Jefferson Blvd in the historic Oak Cliff community. A series of Grand Opening events will run from March 4-9, with an official Dollar-Cutting ceremony beginning

Outsite Networks Completes Loyalty Certification for Verifone

This certification allows Outsite Networks to integrate directly with the terminal loyalty ports and offer loyalty partners the additional capabilities of special member pricing, price roll back and stored cash-value rewards. “Our loyalty solution opened the possibility of loyalty across varied combinations of POS equipment because it works with every make and model POS equipment

Aloha Petroleum Fuels HGEA Scholarship Program

Aloha Petroleum is helping the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) to fund its scholarship program. Aloha Petroleum, an independently-owned and locally operated petroleum marketer, which operates 50 retail locations Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii, recently presented HGEA with a check for $3,009 to support the organization’s Charles R. Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund,

Retail Gasoline Prices Moving Sharply Higher

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN A recent government report showed inflationary pressure coming from higher gasoline prices in January, highlighting the impact of last month’s early surge in prices at the pump. Retail gasoline prices fell from early January highs, and inflation is not a near-term threat. In fact, the Consumer Price

Stripes Helps Raise More than $103,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

The 9th annual Stripes Kicks Cares For Kids Radiothon raised $103,488.25 for Children’s Miracle Network this past weekend, and donations are still being accepted on the Kicks 99.1FM Web site. The event took place live from Music City Mall in Odessa, Texas. Those who tuned into Kicks 99.1FM between Feb. 19-21 heard stories of care, love

7-Eleven Gained $1.5 Million In Media Value

7-Eleven gained much in the way of free marketing when CEO and President Joe DePinto debuted on the CBS new hit show Undercover Boss, Front Row Analytics reported. According to Front Row Analytics, 7-Eleven received $1,591,966 in media value through verbal mentions, signage, and uniform logos by a total of 65 sequences on the TV

Tom Love Honored

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores’ Founder and CEO, Tom Love, was named one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs by The Journal Record. During an awards ceremony Feb. 18, the Journal Record honored eight CEOs from around the state as the most admired in their respective fields. Love’s category was private companies with more than

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