Chevron Expands Loyalty Program to Southern California

Partnership with Albertsons helps grocery shoppers gain gas rewards at Chevron and Texaco. Albertsons Cos. LLC and Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., are expanding their popular Gas Rewards program to even more customers with the addition of Albertsons in Southern California. The expansion of the Gas Rewards program, already in place

Building A Better Foodservice Program

In CSD’s 2017 Foodservice Edition, we look at the latest trends and basic principles that convenience  retailers are following to ensure  quality offerings, modern menu options and bigger profits. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The foodservice landscape continues to shift. Customers want transparency, clean labels and better-for-you foods, but quality and variety are

Pilot Flying J Celebrates National Pizza Day

Free pizza slices during the week of Feb. 6. In honor of National Pizza Day on Feb. 9, the largest operator of travel centers in North America will treat guests to a promotion worthy of its pizzeria-quality, gourmet pies. From Feb. 6 through Feb. 12 – the entire week of National Pizza Day – Pilot

Wawa Sues Dawa Over Trademark Infringement

Dawa convenience store owner owner claims the name means ‘welcome’ in Korean. Wawa has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a convenience store named “Dawa” in Paterson, N.J., claiming that the store is looking to take advantage of its reputation by using a similar name, according to a report by ABC News. Wawa operates convenience

Online Grocery Shopping Set to Grow

Online grocery shopping is especially appealing to Millennials who appreciate global cuisines. The internet is quickly becoming the virtual grocery store for many U.S. consumers with 52 million currently grocery shopping online, finds a new study from The NPD Group, a global information company. According to the NPD report, 20 million consumers who are current,

Valentine’s Day Spending Dips

The number of people surveyed who plan to celebrate the holiday has dropped by nearly 10 percentage points since 2007. For the past decade, customers have been increasing their Valentine’s Day spending, but according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, Valentine’s Day spending is expected to

Manitowoc Foodservice Congratulates Team USA on Bocuse d’Or Competition Win

U.S. team makes history at Olympics for Chefs. Manitowoc Foodservice Inc., a global supplier of commercial foodservice equipment, congratulates team USA on winning the gold medal at the 2017 Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France. For the first time in the contest’s 30-year history, a team of top U.S. chefs won the so-called Olympics for Chefs.

TUMS Launches Super Bowl Quartertime Show

Six YouTube Stars dressed as giant tacos to raise awareness about heartburn during the Super Bowl. Sunday, Feb. 5 is Super Bowl Sunday and nearly two out of three (59%) Americans won’t be monitoring what they eat during The Big Game, according to TUMS. In fact, 90% of American adults watching the Super Bowl will

Snickers Launches 360-Degree Super Bowl Campaign

A 36-hour live stream and a 30-second Super Bowl commercial are among the events Snickers has planned.  Mars Chocolate North American Inc.’s Snickers brand is set to feature a 30-second commercial during the third quarter of Super Bowl L1, featuring actor Adam Driver, this Sunday, Feb. 5. But Snickers isn’t stopping there. The Snickers brand

Leonard E. Belcher Divests Commercial Fuels and Wholesale Distillate Businesses

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. provides merger and acquisition advisory services to L. E. Belcher during sale. Sprague Operating Resources LLC, a subsidiary of Sprague Resources LP acquired Leonard E. Belcher Inc.’s distillate terminal assets and commercial fuels and wholesale distillate businesses. The acquired assets consist of two pipeline supplied distillate terminals and a distillate

Food Origin, Transparency Among Key Customer Concerns

Some 50% of customers surveyed listed plants as the best source of protein. Food origin is an important consideration for today’s shoppers, as they want to know how their food is produced, transported and handled. This is one of hundreds of findings in “What’s in Store 2017,” the latest edition of the annual trends publication

Convenience Store Industry Grows

The convenience store industry has grown its store count by 63% in the last 30 years. The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 154,535 stores as of Dec. 31, 2016, a 0.2% increase (340 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2017 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The industry store count has

Five Food Trends Driven by Millennials

The influence of foodie culture on younger consumers is an opportunity for foodservice operators. Y-Pulse has released a study examining dining experiences of Millennial consumers (18-34 year olds), and what drives the same consumer to very different types of food experiences outside the home. To craft the survey, the Y-Pulse team engaged with foodservice experts

NACS Calls for Action on Menu-Labeling Legislation

Reintroduced Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act would set a more flexible approach to regulations. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has applauded the reintroduction of legislation to protect small businesses and their workers from the unreasonable burdens and potential criminal penalties of the Food and Drug Administration’s final menu labeling regulations. The Common Sense

Gasoline’s Bull Charge into 2017

By Brian Milne, Schneider-Electric The average price for regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets across the United States reached a six-month high of $2.496 gallon on Jan. 9, a time of year when gasoline prices typically decline, with the previous high of $2.499 gallon registered in June also the 2016 high, data from the

Pilot Flying J Reveals Road Warrior Contest Winners

Three professional drivers receive cash prizes. Pilot Flying J has announced the winners of its third annual Road Warrior campaign. Jacqueline Rocha of Acworth, Ga., Kevin Mailand of Lawrence, Kan., and Charles Johnson of Dubuque, Iowa, have been named the grand, second and third place Road Warrior winners respectively. In September 2016, Pilot Flying J

CITGO Named ‘Official Fuel Sponsor’ of Boston Marathon

CITGO presence to extend beyond race day to the months leading up to the event on April 17. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced the beginning of a multiple-year sponsorship agreement, making the Houston-based oil refining and marketing company the Official Fuel Sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Since 1965, CITGO has

Parker’s, WSAV Partner To Recognize Outstanding Students

U.S. Naval Academy student receives academic scholarship. Parker’s partnered with WSAV-TV to award a $500 academic scholarship to Madeline Prince, a senior at Hilton Head Island High School on Hilton Head Island, S.C. who plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in the Fall of 2017. Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker presented Prince with

Ricker’s Launches Merchandise Pricing and Promotion Solution

Partners with Kalibrate to grow inside store profits. Indiana-based Ricker’s Convenience Stores recently collaborated with Kalibrate, a provider of strategy and technology services to the global fuel and convenience retail industry, to optimize its retail merchandise pricing strategy. With a strategic objective to increase gross profits at targeted revenue objectives in its 56 convenience retail

Smartphones Drive Sales

More than half of retailers see mobile as one of their top three initiatives in 2017. The National Retail ’s Shop.org division and Forrester have released “The State of Retailing Online 2017: Key Metrics, Business Objectives and Mobile” report, showing that retailers are competing for attention on shoppers’ mobile devices before, during and after they

GasBuddy Launches ‘Tank Takeover Series’

In partnership with Corner Store convenience stores, GasBuddy awards drivers free gas. GasBuddy, a technology company changing the way consumers find, purchase and save money on gasoline, will surprise and delight drivers with thousands of gallons of free gas in multiple U.S. cities throughout the year, as part of GasBuddy’s exclusive 2017 Tank Takeover Series.

NOCO Express Opens New C-Store

After three-month remodel, acquired c-store features Tim Hortons, fresh food and expanded beverage variety. NOCO Express officially celebrated the grand opening of its newest City of Buffalo, N.Y. location at 2058 Delaware Avenue, at the corner of Amherst Street. The family-owned and locally-operated gasoline convenience chain purchased the former Sunoco location in 2016 and recently

Registration Opens for the 2017 Young Executives Organization (YEO) Roundtable at Maverik

The convenience store industry’s exclusive organization for next-generation leaders and up-and-coming decision makers will hold its annual roundtable May 24-25 at Maverik’s Base Camp headquarters in Salt Lake City. A special team-building Habitat for Humanity project just for YEO Members will take place on May 23 in Provo, Utah. The Young Executives Organization (YEO) is

Solar-Powered Store Design

More convenience stores are taking on green energy initiatives, designed to cut costs while reducing their carbon footprint. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When it comes to designing and powering new stores, convenience retailers are always looking for measures to lower electrical bills. Even retrofitting existing locations with energy-efficient equipment is routine. There’s a much

USSTC Announces Unplanned Nationwide Culling of “Select” Smokeless Products

Includes ‘some’ Copenhagen and Skoal brands. Noting that details remain ‘sparse,’ Wells Fargo reported USSTC issued a ‘stop sale’ on select smokeless brands, effective yesterday. “We just learned from a few more of our industry contacts that this issue is possibly bigger than originally feared,” said Bonnie Herzog, senior analyst for Wells Fargo. “As a