TMG Welcomes New Members To Management Team

Tobacco Business magazine to receive a makeover and new focus on digital reach. The Tobacco Media Group (TMG) is starting 2017 with a strong foot forward, announcing the recent hires of Ben Stimpson and Antoine Reid to their Management Team. Their hiring is part of a strategic initiative to grow TMG properties in the coming

ISFA Supports SB1

Joins with National Vapor Technology Association to fight monopolistic effects of previous law that hurt small vapor businesses in Indiana. The Indiana Smoke Free Alliance (ISFA) issued the following statement in support of SB1 (E-liquids): SB1 is a critical piece of legislation that will reverse the harmful, monopoly created when HB 1432 was signed into

Kum & Go Launches Food Rescue Pilot Program

Partners with Care and Share Food Bank. Kum & Go and Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado announced a food rescue pilot program at a grand opening celebration for Kum & Go’s newest Colorado Springs store. Through the food rescue program, Kum & Go will donate safe, prepared excess food to Care and

NASM Re-Elects Amsden as Board Chairperson

Valerie Kelley Amsden has served on the NASM board since 2012. The National Association of Shell Marketers (NASM) has announced the re-election of Valerie Kelley Amsden of Kelley Fuels, Shakopee, Minn., as its chairperson for 2017. Amsden is only the second person to serve two terms as board chair in the history of NASM. She

Parker’s Donates to Liberty County School System

Each year, Parker’s convenience stores donates more than $100,000 to area schools through the Fueling the Community program. Parker’s recently made a $5,000 Fueling the Community donation to the Liberty County School System in a special ceremony held at the Liberty County Pre-K Center. The company’s popular Fueling the Community program donates a portion of

Pinnacle Corp. Completes Annual Strategy and Planning Meeting

Teams plan and implement strategies for new solutions during annual meeting. The Pinnacle Corp. (Pinnacle), held its Annual Strategy and Planning Meeting Jan. 19-20 at its headquarters in Arlington, Texas. The meeting brought together Pinnacle’s Senior Management, Product Management and Development and Sales and Marketing teams to plan and implement strategies for new solutions and

Tyson Foodservice Debuts “What’s On the Line?” Campaign

Rebranding effort focuses on helping operators thrive in the foodservice arena. To help today’s foodservice decision-makers deal with concerns such as increased competition, rapidly changing tastes and trends and rising rents and wages, Tyson Foodservice is transforming into a customer-centric enterprise that understands what’s “on the line” for operators. In this unique role, Tyson Foodservice

CPD Energy, ExxonMobil Donate to SUNY New Paltz Foundation

The funds help support scholarships for engineering students. Representatives of CPD Energy Corp. and ExxonMobil Corp. presented a $3,000 check to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation in support of scholarships for engineering students. The check was presented at a meeting held recently with Dr. Donald Christian, SUNY New Paltz president, and Erica Marks, vice president

FDA Addresses Synthetic Nicotine

E-liquids made with synthetic nicotine will NOT be regulated. Generation Labs, the makers of proprietary TFN Nicotine – a non-tobacco derived synthetic nicotine –reported an update from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that addresses the question of synthetic nicotine, confirming that e-liquids made with synthetic nicotine will not be regulated. “The FDA is slowly

Generation Z Prefers In-Store Shopping

Both technology and hands-on experience is important to this demographic. Think Gen Z only wants to shop online? Think again. Despite expectations that the first “digitally native” generation would want to shop online, a new study released this month by IBM and the National Retail Federation (NRF) found that almost all members of Generation Z

Ownbey Enterprises Divests Chevron-Branded Dealer Supply Business

The sale allows Atlanta-area marketer, Premier Petroleum to extend into parts of north Georgia and Tennessee. Long time Chevron branded marketer, Ownbey Enterprises has strategically divested its entire dealer supply business as part of a comprehensive business reorientation. “The decision to part from Chevron and our many dealers was a very hard one to make.

PFSbrands Sells Business to Employees Via an ESOP

PFSbrands CEO remains at the helm to steer company forward. The sole shareholders of PFSbrands—Shawn and Julie Burcham—have concluded the sale of 100% of their company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). CEO Shawn Burcham and PFSbrands senior leadership team will remain in place to continue driving the explosive growth the

VERC Enterprises Acquires Mayflower Food & Spirits

Plymouth, Mass. landmark to continue to sell ‘comfort food’ maintain its ‘homey feel’ as VERC provides capital improvements. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is the new owner of Mayflower Food & Spirits, known throughout Plymouth and surrounding communities for its prepared hot meals,

What’s In Store Report Looks at Dairy Trends

Demand for health and protein is leading to new flavors, tastes and concepts. Dairy consumption in the U.S. appears to be lower than in the Middle East and Asia Pacific region, according to findings from the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) “What’s in Store 2017?” report. Consumers globally purchase dairy items an average of

VP Racing Fuels, Rally America Extend Partnership

VP official fuel of Rally America National Championship through 2019. Officials with Rally America, the premier sanctioning body for performance rally racing in the U.S., announced an extension of its agreement with VP Racing Fuels designating VP as the Official Fuel of the Rally America National Championship through 2019. Under the agreement, VP will continue

2017 Social Media Awards

CSD presents its fifth annual review of social media trends, best practices for the new year and c-store retailers succeeding on social platforms. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor For the fifth straight year, Convenience Store Decisions reviewed the Facebook (FB) and Twitter pages of more than 60 c-store chains and is recognizing those

7-Eleven Selects New Creative Agencies

7-Eleven Inc. has selected Deutsch as its lead creative agency of record. The 7-Eleven Brand shifted to a new creative agency to support its ongoing efforts to cater to changing customers’ needs. Ketchum will retain the public relations business. “The challenge is to stay one step ahead of our customers, offering the products they want,

NCA To Honor Retailers at its 2017 State of the Industry Conference

Recipients selected for their personal leadership, knowledge, expertise and commitment to the confectionery industry. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced that Christina Groth from The Kroger Co. and Brian Rinker from The Walgreen Co. are the recipients of the 2017 Confectionery Leadership Awards. The award celebrates the honorees’ contributions to the category through their

Stripes Opens Next-Generation C-Stores

New design features Laredo Taco Co.’s fresh and authentic food.  Stripes Convenience Stores and Laredo Taco Co. have unveiled a redefined customer experience with the opening of its next-generation stores across Texas and Louisiana. The first next-generation Stripes stores opened in October 2016 in Texas, offering a more spacious convenience-store and dining experience. The new

Pilot Flying J Welcomes New Vice President of Food Innovation

Five-year modernization plan involves a revamp of food offerings. Pilot Flying J has named Shannon Johnson as vice president of food innovation. “As Pilot Flying J embarks on a $485 million five-year modernization and expansion plan, a key component of the strategy includes our food offerings,” said Ken Parent, Pilot Flying J president. “Shannon Johnson

Tax Proposals and Consequences

Under the Trump administration, the overall tax bills for most U.S. taxpayers—including many owners/operators and convenience store businesses—are almost certain to be lowered. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor Any change in Washington brings the possibility, indeed the likelihood, of tax law changes and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. president is no

QuickChek & The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning Celebrate 25 Years

Festival attendees can taste new QuickChek menu items or favorite subs, sandwiches and wraps in QuickChek’s 2,700-square-foot air-conditioned store. Entering its 25th year, QuickChek’s title sponsorship of the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank is the longest running sponsorship of any festival in the U.S. The meeting to put the partnership

Hunt Brothers Pizza Raises Funds for Toys for Tots Foundation

Christmas coloring contest brings in $7,300 in donations for Middle Tennessee Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Hunt Brothers Pizza recently presented the local Middle Tennessee chapter of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation a donation of $7,300 in honor of its 7,300 retailer locations across the U.S. Funds were raised during the company’s second annual

Rutter’s and SOAR Support Troops Overseas

For 12th year running, Rutter’s helps American troops have a happy Valentine’s Day. Rutter’s and Support Our American Recruits (SOAR) are teaming up for the 12th year packing Valentine’s Day gift boxes to be shipped to American troops stationed abroad Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2016. The boxes will be filled with snacks, chewing gum, coffee and

Stripes Opens Three New C-Stores In Louisiana

Grand opening celebrations include free lunchtime tacos from Laredo Taco Co. Stripes Convenience Stores has announced the opening of two new c-stores in Lafayette, La., and one new c-store in Lake Charles, La. The Lake Charles location will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Southwest Louisiana Chamber Economic Alliance beginning at