Healthful Dairy Options Help Slow Market

The International Dairy·Deli·Bakery Association’s What’s In Store 2011 assesses dairy trends. An expanding array of good-for-you products is pulling health-conscious customers into the dairy department, according to What’s In Store 2011, the new report from the International Dairy·Deli·Bakery Association. The IDDBA’s 25th anniversary report finds that fortified, fiber-rich, fat-specific, and organic options line dairy coolers

Quick Chek Named One Of The Best Places To Work

“Quick Chek’s true mission and core values revolve around operating as an outstanding place to work,” says vp of human resources. Quick Chek, which operates more than 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and the southern New York metro area, has been named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey for

Mars Extends Partnership With Joe Gibbs Racing

“From connecting with NASCAR fans to engaging our retail partners, our partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing has proved to be tremendously successful,” says Mars spokesperson. Mars Inc. announced its continuing its partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) through a new multi-year deal. The deal extends the winning partnership that has brought the No. 18 Toyota

Swipe Fee Reform Attack Continues

This week legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate that would delay debit card swipe fee reform. S. 575 and H.R. 1081 were introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), respectively. The stated goal of the legislation is to delay the Federal Reserve’s rulemaking process and to study

FDA’s TPSAC Comments On Menthol Cigarettes

Although there is no required deadline or timeline for FDA to act on the issue of menthol in cigarettes, we recognize the strong interest in this issue among all stakeholders and will continue to communicate the steps the FDA is taking as it determines what future regulatory actions, if any, are warranted. FDA intends to provide its first progress report on the review of the TPSAC recommendations in approximately 90 days.

AWMA CEO Testifies At FDA TPSAC Meeting

“If  menthol  cigarettes  have  the  same  health  effects  as  non‐menthol  cigarettes,  how  can  the  federal  government  justify  a  ban  of  menthol  cigarettes?” questions AWMA CEO. AWMA President and CEO Scott Ramminger testified before the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) on March 17, as the Committee decides whether or not to recommend a ban on

L.E. Belcher Stores Support MDA

“This year, we more than tripled the money raised over last year’s holiday drive,” says director of retail operations. It may be nearly spring, but L.E. Belcher stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts are still basking in a well-deserved holiday glow. Over the course of five weeks in November and December, L.E. Belcher store locations decked

Banking Industry has Durbin Amendment Under Fire

By John Lofstock and Erin Rigik. The Durbin amendment to the Dodd-Frank Consumer Financial Protection Act, which would give the convenience store industry much-needed relief on debit card transactions, could be delayed as a result of a new bill introduced March 15 by Senator John Tester (D-MT). Any such delay would be “a slap in

PS Food Mart Fights Hunger

The second annual “Fight Hunger. Give Hope” campaign invites customers to buy paper hearts to support local food banks. Thirty PS Food Mart stores across Michigan and Ohio are joining together to launch the second annual “Fight Hunger. Give Hope” campaign to raise money for local food banks. Between March 18 and April 3, customers

Maverik Plans Monticello Location

New 24-hour location is set to offer an expanded deli and fresh baked goods section. Maverik Inc is planning to build a new 4,500 square foot c-store this spring in Monticello, Utah. Construction should be completed in late summer or early fall, the San Juan Record reported. The new 24 hour store is planned for

Walgreens Aids Disaster Relief Efforts in Japan

“We’re doing what we can to help the Red Cross reach those who need it most,” says Walgreens spokesperson. Walgreens is donating $150,000 to the American Red Cross in response to the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan last week. The company also plans to match employee donations up to $100,000. “Our employees have

Durbin Amendment in Danger of Delay

On Tuesday, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced a bill in an effort to delay implementation of the Durbin amendment. The legislation, S. 575, introduced on March 15, seeks to delay — for two years — critical reforms aimed at providing relief to America’s small-business owners. The reforms, scheduled to take effect this summer, would limit

FDA Launches Spanish Web site To Aid Tobacco Compliance

Retailers can now find Spanish-language tools and tips on complying with FDA rules. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) has released a new Spanish-language Web site (fda.gov/tabaco) to  connect Spanish-speaking retailers and consumers to credible, science-based information and resources. The FDA noted that minority communities have the highest prevalence of

Wal-Mart Begins Build on Express Stores

A smaller footprint version of Wal-Mart is soon to give c-stores extra competition. Wal-Mart has begun construction on the first of its Wal-Mart Express stores, which are expected to average less than a tenth of the size of an average Wal-Mart Supercenter, Business Review USA reported. On March 16, construction is planned on a 14,400

Mace Security Sells Texas Car Wash

“We are pleased to announce this sale in our continued progress in exiting the car wash business,” says Mace CEO. Horsham, Pa.-based Mace Security International Inc. has sold a full-service car wash facility and convenience store located in Lubbock, Texas. With the sale of its Lubbock location, the corporation currently has two remaining car washes

Manitowoc Foodservice Named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

“Manitowoc Foodservice is producing and promoting energy-efficient ENERGY STAR products that help American consumers join in the effort to increase our nation’s energy efficiency,” says EPA Spokesperson. For the second consecutive year, the (EPA) has named Manitowoc Foodservice as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by

Fuel Prices Spur Uptick In Consumer Complaints

As gas prices increase, customers are paying more attention to the price at the pump and are quick to report concerns, the National Conference on Weights and Measures reports. As fuel prices rise, so do the number of consumer complaints at the gas pump, according to a recent survey of state weights and measures, where

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed as Crude Slips

Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed through the week-ending Monday (3/14), with prices in the West Coast bucking lower markets in most parts of the U.S. as California transitions to summer grade gasoline with a lower Reid Vapor Pressure reading. Retail prices will continue to advance on the updraft from previous spiking wholesale values triggered by

Delek US Holdings Reports Q4 and 2010 Results

“As we look to the year ahead, we remain focused on the expansion of our retail footprint through new store construction,” says CEO. Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, marketing and retail industries, has released the financial results for its fourth quarter and full-year 2010. “During 2010,

Shell And Excentus Join To Offer Fuel Discounts

Gas station customers can look forward to cents-per-gallon fuel discounts at participating Shell stations nation-wide. Shell and Excentus, a provider of marketing programs and services using cents-per-gallon fuel discounts as the ultimate consumer reward, have announced the nationwide expansion of their alliance through an exclusive, long-term strategic deal. The relationship between Shell and Excentus aims

Enter the 2011 C-Store Futurecast Contest

Is your image suffering from market fatigue? Could your stores use a face lift? Are you looking for a marketing edge that will reinvigorate your retail brand? Then it’s time to enter C-Store Futurecast 2011, Convenience Store Decisions’ Extreme Marketing Makeover contest. CSD has joined forces with Convevo Partners and Integrate to offer one contest

Starbucks Partners With Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Starbucks to be the exclusive licensed super-premium coffee brand produced by GMCR for the Keurig Single-Cup Brewing System. Starbucks Corp. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., which provides specialty coffee and single-serve brewing systems, have embarked on a strategic relationship for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Starbucks and Tazo tea branded K-Cup portion

Couche-Tard’s Q3 Report: Profits Up

“Despite the absence of recent major acquisitions, quarter after quarter, we continue to create value for our shareholders by improving our sales and margins and through initiatives that allow us to increase our efficiency,” says vice president. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $71.0 million for its third quarter, up $16.2 million or 29.6%

Fresh & Easy Enters Bay Area

“Today marks another significant step for our business and we couldn’t be more excited,” says Fresh & Easy CEO. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market CEO Tim Mason was joined on March 2 by San Jose City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, civic and neighborhood leaders and hundreds of customers to celebrate the opening of Fresh & Easy’s

Wilson Farms’ Launches Fifth Annual Paper Balloon Campaign

Proceeds from $1 paper balloon purchases to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Buffalo, N.Y. –based Wilson Farms Neighborhood Food Stores is once again launching its paper balloon campaign to benefit Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo beginning Wednesday, March 9. Customers can stop into any Erie/Niagara Wilson Farms locations and purchase a paper

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