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

Hostess Becomes a Publicly Listed Company

A new agreement has turned Hostess into a publicly listed company, as a part of a long-term growth plan. A definitive agreement between Hostess Brands LLC and Gores Holdings Inc., a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of The Gores Group LLC, is introducing Hostess as a publicly listed company. Hostess has an

CST Brands Hosts Second Annual Corner Store Country Run

The proceeds from this year’s Corner Store Country Run will benefit the Big Btothers Big Sisters program. On Aug. 6, 2016, San Antonio, Texas-based CST Brands will be hosting its second annual Corner Store Country Run in Syracuse, N.Y. This year’s run will be held at Onondaga Community College at 8:30 a.m. The 2016 run

Global Partners Completes Sale-Leaseback Transaction

Global Partners completes a transaction to further unlock the value in their retail portfolio. On June 29, 2016, Global Partners LP completed its sale-leaseback of certain gasoline stations and convenience stores in New England to a premier institutional real estate investor. The previously announced transaction closed for a total purchase price of approximately $63.5 million.

UPS to Install Drop-Off Lockers Outside 7-Eleven Stores

Consumers who order online can now pick up their items at drop-off lockers outside 7-Eleven stores. Following a successful test run in Chicago, UPS has announced that it will be installing 300 locker pickup locations across the U.S. UPS uses these locker locations as drop-off points for packages ordered online, and customers then have 24/7

Opportunities Emerge to Reach Flexitarian Consumers

Consumers are trending toward consuming less meat is on the rise, and retailers and food manufacturers are working to appeal to these consumers. As consumer diet trends continue to shift, Innova Market Insights has observed drastic increases in the release of vegetarian and vegan food items. Innova Market Insights data shows a 60% rise in

C-Store Sales Surge in 2016

Despite increases in c-store sales, retailer optimism has fallen. A newly released survey from the National Association if Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that the lower fuel prices of the first half of 2016 have led to an increase in driving, and the continued addition of healthy food options in convenience stores has led to

2016 Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Winners Announced

Nielsen is recognizing the impact of everyday household staples on consumers’ daily lives. In recognition of America’s unsung household heroes, Nielsen has now announced the winners of the 2016 U.S. Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Award. Additionally, Nielsen has issued the fifth edition of the U.S. Breakthrough Innovation Report at Nielsen’s U.S. Consumer 360 event in Las Vegas.

Maritz Motivation Solutions Launches Customer Loyalty Guide

A new guide from Maritz Motivation Solutions offers brands and marketer advice on how to create a successful loyalty program. Maritz Motivation Solutions is now providing insight and tips on loyalty programs to marketers and brands with the new Insider’s Guide to Customer Loyalty. “Engagement and loyalty are what all brands desire from their customers.

E-Liquid Maker Withdraws Application

California-based Cali Co-Packing LLC said that it has decided to withdraw its application from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. By CSD Staff Indiana is back to having just six approved e-liquid manufacturers to serve the state’s vaping industry. California-based Cali Co-Packing LLC said it has decided to withdraw its application from the Indiana Alcohol

Drivers are Saving 50 Cents Per Gallon on the Year

This Independence Day touted the lowest fuel prices for the holiday in a decade. As of Tues., July 5, pump prices had fallen for 24 days straight, and fuel prices for the recent Independence Day holiday were at their lowest point for that date since 2005. According to this week’s fuel report from AAA, today’s

Online Nutrition Facts Label Launched by FDA

A new online tool makes it easier for consumers to explore and interpret the Nutrition Facts Label. In an effort to make it even easier for consumers to explore and interpret the information on the Nutrition Facts label, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched the new Nutrition Facts Label Online tool. The

Growth Energy Applauds RaceTrac’s Addition of E15 Fuel

RaceTrac has joined Growth Energy and a number of other fuel retailers in their mission to make higher biofuel blends available to more consumers. Growth Energy has announced that, as a part of the Prime the Pump initiative, RaceTrac has joined the growing list of retailers that are now offering E15 fuel. Growth Energy works