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Kum & Go Donates $10,000 to American Red Cross

Arkansas residents impacted by recent tornadoes will benefit from the donation. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause  announced that a $10,000 contribution has been made to the American Red Cross and will be directed toward helping Arkansas residents, after tornadoes touched down in the South leaving damage in their wake. According to Krause,

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Kum & Go Leaders Receive Energy Efficiency Award

Five new Kum & Go stores expected to use 20% less energy. In recognition of their commitment to environmental stewardship, Kum & Go leaders are set to receive the “Energy Efficiency Leader Award” from Hussmann and Trane, both brands of Ingersoll Rand, for adopting sustainable energy and operational efficiency solutions. Trane is a global provider

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Crafting a Beer Strategy

Microbrew sales are growing at a strong clip, while wine and spirits are also poised for a strong 2011. by: Joe Bush, Contributing Editor The near-term future of wine and craft beer sales in convenience stores involves value, flavor and products geared toward specific ethnic groups. The Brewer Association reports that while overall beer sales

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Kum & Go Acquires Two JC’s Corner Stores

Renovated stores reopen Sat., Feb. 12, in Urbandale and West Des Moines. Kum & Go has acquired two JC’s Corner Stores in central Iowa, which were renovated and reopened on Feb. 12, under the Kum & Go brand. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause noted that it was extremely important to Kum &

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Kum & Go Buys Two JC’s Corner Stores

Kum & Go has signed a deal to acquire two JC’s Corner Stores in central Iowa by the end of January, the Des Moines Register reported. The West Des Moines-based convenience store chain plans to renovate and rebrand the newly acquired stores—located at the corner of 35th Street and E.P. True Parkway in West Des

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Kum & Go Introduces MADE

Kum & Go began selling MADE, a line of organic drinks from Tenaya LLC, this January. “The pioneering spirit of Kum & Go’s founders fits nicely with the MADE brand,” said Charley Snell, Tenaya Founder.  “We are a pioneer as well in introducing people to organic products that are convenient and refreshing.” Founded in 1959, Kum

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Some 1,264 C-Stores Add Purple Stuff

A large number of retailers have added Purple Stuff, a relaxation/focus soda into their 2011 store sets. The retailers joining the Purple Stuff family in January 2011 include: Mini-Mart Convenience stores operating 18 convenience store locations around Kerrville, Texas; Signature Austin Stores with 20 locations in and around Austin, Texas; EZ Go Foods out of

Free Coffee Christmas Eve

Customers up late wrapping presents on Dec. 24 can look to their local Kum & Go for a pick-me-up. On Christmas Eve, the convenience store chain is offering customers that stop by a free cup of 16-ounce Java Ridge Premium Coffee. No purchase or coupon is necessary to enjoy the deal. While they’re picking up

Kum & Go Celebrates Grand Openings

Kum & Go announced the grand opening of two stores this weekend, one in Mt. Vernon, Mo., and one in Sioux City, Iowa. The new Vernon, Mo., Kum & Go is located at 8900 E Mt. Vernon Blvd, and the Sioux City, Iowa location opened at 1373 Pierce St. Both stores kicked off their grand

Kum & Go Mourns Loss of Associate

Associates and officials of Kum & Go L.C. are shocked and saddened by the loss of a longtime associate, Sheila Myers, who was a victim of a crime at a Kum & Go store in Humboldt, Iowa this November. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sheila Myers. Our thoughts and prayers go out

Kum & Go Store Planned For Berryville

A Kum & Go has been given the green light to proceed with the construction of a new gas and convenience store at the site of an old Kraft Food plant property in Berryville, Ark., the Carroll County News reported. Rob Wadle, Kum & Go’s real estate development representative recently appeared before the Berryville Planning

Kum & Go Kicks Off Feed The Hungry Campaign

Kum & Go, Springfield, Mo.-based Victory Mission and 92.9 FM radio have joined forces to raise funds for holiday food baskets, according News-Leader.com. The Feed the Hungry campaign allows customers at Kum & Go to purchase a cardboard turkey for $1. The turkeys will be available Nov. 1-24, at all area Kum & Go stores.

Kum & Go Debuts Go Kup

Kum & Go’s “Name Our Cup” Contest winner has been announced. Brad Gerndt of Nevada, Iowa won for his entry name Go Kup. “We are excited to have a name for our 32-ounce fountain cups—Go Kup,” said Kevin Krause, senior vice president of Kum & Go, which operates more than 435 convenience stores in 11

Industry Shines in National Rankings

Inc. magazine has revealed its fourth annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. “The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. President Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases

Cutting Down on Cooler Costs

Energy reduction remains an ongoing quest for convenience store operators as they look for ways to cut costs in an effort to improve their bottom lines. Building stores to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and seeking LEED certification is something more chains are pursuing, including Kum & Go, Kwik Trip and Quick

Maintaining Strong Energy Sales

It had to happen sometime. Energy drinks, arguably the most popular convenience store product in the early-to-middle years of the decade, have begun to slow their sharp rise. Call it a correction, perhaps. A report released last month on the category by research firm Mintel showed that while growth in the category from 2005-2010 was

Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. magazine has revealed its fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy-America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music Web site Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery, and Radio Flyer, maker of the iconic children’s red wagon,

Kum & Go Teams With Iowa Wine Growers

Kum & Go and Iowa wine growers have joined forces to offer a directory and coupon booklet that could generate up to $50 in savings at Kum & Go stores, the Des Moines Register reported. Visitors to the Iowa Wine Garden at the 2010 Iowa State Fair can buy the Iowa Wine Companion for $15.

Managing Packaged Beverages

New products and core beverages will always drive cold vault sales. So when is the right time—and how often does that right time come—for category managers to reset them? “We do cold vault resets twice a year, which means we’re making fairly minor adjustments all the time,” said Richard Ginther, category manager for Kum &

Kum & Go Features E85 Promotion

To start off the Iowa Corn Indy 250 race weekend the Kum & Go station at 2110 Guthrie Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa featured an E85 promotion and a two-hour appearance and autograph signing by race car driver Marco Andretti. On Thursday, June 17 from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. customers that visited the Kum &

ISU Wins Krause Challenge

Kum & Go L.C. announced that Iowa State University is the 2010 winner of the Krause Challenge. Launched in 1998 by W.A. Krause, founder and chairman of Kum & Go, the Krause Challenge gives finance students at The University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa real world investment

Empowered by Energy Efficiency

With energy costs soaring and customers rewarding sustainable behaviors, many convenience store chains are realizing the need to upgrade stores to be more energy efficient. World marketed energy consumption is projected to increase by 44% from 2006 to 2030, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The increase could hit c-store retailers especially hard

Kum & Go Debuts ‘Name Our Cup’ Contest

Kum & Go L.C. has kicked off its summer fountain drink contest dubbed the ‘Name Our Cup Contest’ where customers get a free soda with purchase. The contest, which started on May 1, is a first of its kind for the convenience store chain. Customers will submit names at the beginning of the summer for Kum

Kum & Go Raises $95,000 For JDRF

Kum & Go L.C. collected $95,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) during its 2010 sneaker campaign.  In March, customers at Kum & Go stores were asked if they would like to purchase a paper sneaker for $1 to support JDRF. Customers donated more than $85,000 and Kum & Go added to the total contribution.

United Way Honors Kum & Go

Kum & Go L.C., received the 2010 Organization Give Award at the 2010 LIVE UNITED Recognition Luncheon.  Kum & Go has been an active participant in the United Way of Central Iowa’s annual fundraising campaigns.  “We were very excited and honored to receive the 2010 Organization Give Award from the United Way of Central Iowa

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