Growth Energy Comments on 2017 RFS

Growth Energy has requested that the EPA adjust its final RFS proposal to meet the statutory levels that Congress intended. Growth Energy has filed an official, detailed comment as a part of the public comment period on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) newest proposal for the 2017 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs), which are part of

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Falling Fuel Prices Increase Consumer Optimism

Younger consumers are more optimistic about the economy than their older counterparts. The latest consumer survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that consumer optimism last month reached its highest level since March, following a 12 cent drop in gas prices. Overall consumer optimism about the U.S. economy increased three points

ACE Expresses Concerns about the 2017 RFS

ACE has expressed its concerns with the 2017 RFS, and has recommended improvements to the EPA. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has officially submitted comments regarding the proposed blending volumes for 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACE’s full comments can be read on the ACE website.

Hormel Foods Hires New Corporate Development Chef

Hormel has hired an experienced chef to help bring added value to foodservice operators around the world. Hormel Foods Corp. has hired Tony Finnestad as the company’s new corporate development chef for its foodservice division. “We are thrilled to have Tony on our team,” said Jeffrey Baker, group vice president, foodservice for Hormel Foods. “He

Early Bird Registration Extended for the 2016 NAG Conference

Discounted registration for NAG members and guests now available through July 20. The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store industry association for small, mid-sized and family-owned convenience store chains, has extended its early bird registration deadline to Wednesday, July 20. The deadline extension gives key industry executives and decision-makers an additional week to take

Rutter’s Opens 63rd C-Store

New Rutter’s marks Northward expansion. With the opening of a new store in Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pa., Rutter’s is continuing its 2016 expansion. The new store will mark Rutter’s 63rd convenience location. This new Rutter’s is farther North than any previous Rutter’s store. The doors to the new store will open to the public on

Starbucks Announces Plans for Wage Increase

Starbucks is planning significant wage increases for all of its employees. Following recent accusations from employees that Starbucks Corp. has drastically cut employee hours in the U.S., the company has announced that it will soon be raising wages for all of its workers. According to a new report from Yahoo Finance, the coffee chain has

Free Fruit Available to Children at Family Express

Changes are coming to Family Express stores as a part of the company’s new “Better For You” initiative. As a part of an initiative to expand access to healthy foods, Family Express c-stores are now offering a free piece of fruit to children 12 and under. According to a report from the NWI Times, the

Western Refining Helps Send Kids with Muscular Dystrophy to MDA Summer Camp

Western Refining raised $600,000 to help send kids with Muscular Dystrophy to MDA Summer Camp. Western Refining has announced that more than 260 company stores raised $600,000 during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Summer Camp pinup program to help kids fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases experience a week of fun and friendship at MDA Summer

One California Gas Station Gives Drivers a Blast from the Past

On National Collector Car Appreciation Day, retro car owners in Beverly Hills, Calif. had the chance to fuel up for retro prices. One of the nation’s most iconic gas stations, located in Beverly Hills, Calif., was recently transformed into a full-service station from the past by Hagerty magazine. The transformation was performed in celebration of

Kroger Increases Sustainability Efforts

Among other new commitments, Kroger has committed to transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs by 2020. The Kroger Co. is working towards greater sustainability with new commitments to increase its responsible sourcing and improve its eco-stewardship by 2020. Kroger’s new sustainability goals include: Expanding their 100% sustainable seafood commitment Achieving the EPA’s “zero waste” threshold of

Cumberland Farms Releases National Ice Cream Day Survey Results

Cumberland Farms has introduced a new frozen treat, just in time for National Ice Cream Day. Just in time for National Ice Cream Day, which is Sun. July 17, Cumberland Farms has released the results of its recent consumer survey where consumers indicated their personal ice cream preferences. Cumberland Farms’ National Ice Cream Day survey

7-Eleven Strives for Sustainability

7-Eleven has made changes in three major focus areas to help build a healthier planet. In partnership with Conservation International (CI), 7-Eleven is working to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals in an attempt to reduce the company’s environmental footprint. 7-Eleven’s CSR mission has three focus areas – planet, products and people. Using 2015

ALON Brands Launches Reduced Emissions Fuel Program

On July 15, all of ALON Brands 7-Eleven stores in Midland and Odessa, Texas will launch the Strive  – Reduced Emissions Fuel Program. The new program, which was created by ALON Brands with GreenPrint LLC and in partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation, is the first sustainability program of its kind. The new sustainability program

Fiesta Mart Acquires 11 Dallas Stores

Fiesta Mart expands its Texas store base to 70 through a new acquisition. Houston-based Fiesta Mart LLC is increasing the number of stores it operates with the acquisition of 11 Minyard Food Stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex from RLS Supermarkets LLC. Fiesta is a specialty grocery retailer known for its international offerings that cater

McDonald’s Expands All-Day Breakfast Menu

More breakfast favorites to join McDonald’s all-day breakfast offering. McDonald’s has announced that, this fall, the company will be adding new items to its all-day breakfast menu. According to a report from Fortune, the launch of McDonald’s all-day breakfast was met with an increase in visits, and the chain is hoping to continue increasing traffic

BW Gas & Convenience Acquires Multiple Iowa Stores

As part of a rapid expansion project, BW Gas & Convenience Holdings is acquiring over 20 stores from Kum & Go. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, has announced that it will soon be closing on the acquisition of 21 convenience stores from Kum & Go L.C. All

Survey Says It’s Card Companies Who Are Holding Up Chip Cards

By Mallory Duncan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The National Retail Federation A new NRF survey proves what we’ve been saying for months about conversion to the new chip-and-signature credit cards – that retailers have done their part and it’s the card industry that’s dropped the ball. The survey, conducted in May and June,

CST Brands Sells California and Wyoming Stores to 7-Eleven

CST Brands has sold nearly 80 stores to 7-Eleven. The previously announced transaction between CST Brands Inc. and 7-Eleven Inc. has been completed. Through the transaction, CST Brands has sold all 79 of its stores in the California and Wyoming markets to 7-Eleven Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SEI Fuel Services Inc. The closing purchase

How Are Consumers Responding to Savings at the Pump?

JPMorgan Chase Institute has revealed how consumers are using the money they are saving at the pump. A new report from the JPMorgan Chase Institute has revealed consumers’ financial response to a year of lower gas prices. With U.S. gas prices down 25% year over year in 2015, middle income households spent $477 less at

Cumberland Farms’ SmartPay Program Saves Customers Millions

Cumberland Farms’ SmartPay program automatically saves customers money, just for filling up their tanks. Since its inception in 2013, Cumberland Farms’ SmartPay program has saved Cumberland Farms customers a total of $50 million. The program, which is free to join and use, is available as both a payment card and a mobile payment app. SmartPay

NAG Burning Issue #1: Transitioning Leadership: Grooming Next-Generation Leaders

Convenience store chains that plan and implement successful leadership transitions are well-positioned to build upon their legacies and achieve new levels of success. But sometimes leadership transitions cannot be planned. This NAG session will discuss what c-store chains can do to ensure they have a viable strategy to groom leaders of tomorrow. The convenience store industry proves

Wawa’s Welcome America Celebration Features Two Mile Long Hoagie

Wawa helps feed those who go hungry in the Philadelphia area. On Thurs., June 30, 2016, Wawa kicked off its Welcome America Celebration, which ran through July 4, 2016. According to a report from The Philly Voice, thousands of individuals attended the kick-off celebration, which was hosted at the Independence Mall. As a part of

Amazon Launches Private-Label Grocery Lines

Amazon is now competing with brands who currently make their grocery items available online. Amazon is once again branching out into a new market with the introduction of its own private-label groceries. According to a new report from Fortune, Amazon has officially debuted its very own coffee and baby food. The new coffee line has

Swiss Farms Partners with PathWays PA

Swiss Farms is working to help provide vulnerable women, teens and children with meals. Swiss Farms has entered into a new local partnership with PathWays PA, an organization dedicated to helping vulnerable women, teens and children stabilize their lives. As a part of the new partnership, beginning on July 11, 2016, Swiss Farms will donate

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