Swiss Farms’ First Franchise Store Opens

Swiss Farms, America’s Drive-Thru Grocer, opened its first franchise store on Dec. 17, with veteran Starbucks and Auntie Anne’s franchisee and a 2010 IFA Franchisee of the Year, John Betz. The store, which is located at 6 South White Horse Pike, Somerdale, N.J.,  is also Swiss Farms’ first expansion into New Jersey. “I am excited

Pa. Retail Groups Partner on Emergency Response Guidance

The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) and Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council (PCSC) have partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) to create Emergency Preparedness and Response Guidance for wholesale distributors and retail food merchants that can be leveraged during times of emergency. This guidance establishes a foundation upon which Pennsylvania’s food distribution network and PDA, as

Is Your Chain Ready For National Coffee Break Day?

The National Coffee Association (NCA) has launched an interactive Web site, www.nationalcoffeebreak.org, kicking off its National Coffee Break campaign. Headlining the campaign will be a National Coffee Break day on Jan. 20, 2011, when industry members are encouraged to host consumer promotions and events that inspire consumers to take a break from their day with

Possible Regulation Ahead For Cigars

Increased regulation could be ahead for cigars in 2011. In the Dec. 20, 2010 issue of the Federal Register, the Department of Health and Human Services published the agency’s semi-annual “Regulatory Agenda” which provides a forecast of rulemaking actions under development that the agency expects to undertake. The FDA is a part of the Department

FDA Petitions Court on E-Cigarettes

On Dec. 20, the FDA filed a petition requesting that the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia schedule a hearing and review the FDA’s appeal of the initial federal district court ruling on its ability to regulate e-cigarettes as a drug or medical device, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO)

Thorntons Debuts “CofFREE Day”

Thorntons Inc. has announced its first-ever “CofFREE Day Celebration” on Friday, Dec. 24, at all 165 Thorntons locations in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. From 3 p.m. to midnight (Central & Eastern Standard Times) on Christmas Eve, customers may enjoy a complimentary coffee, cappuccino, or hot chocolate. Thorntons signature coffee blend is made from

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

Kangaroo Express Ready With Holiday Gifts

The Pantry Inc.’s Kangaroo Express stores are ready for last-minute shoppers who need a quick, affordable holiday gift or stocking stuffer on Christmas morning. The c-store chain recently outlined a number of options available to its holiday shoppers: Gift Cards: No matter how much someone wants to spend, a gift card to Kangaroo Express means

Food Lion Rolls Out Cell Phone App

Food Lion customers can now access weekly specials, new recipes and store directions right at their fingertips by using their iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. “At Food Lion, we are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the shopping experiences of our customers,” said David Palmer, director of customer relationship management and interactive marketing for

Pronto Wine Kiosks Temporarily Close

In an effort to maintain the highest levels of customer service, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) will temporarily close the Pronto Wine Kiosks statewide to address mechanical and technological issues. “While customer satisfaction with the six-month old kiosk program remains high, recent problems, such as product not dispensing, require us to take immediate action

Tri-State Petroleum Offers Holiday Cheer

Tri-State Petroleum Corp., a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is making the holidays very merry for some of its lucky customers. The company raffled off a six-foot-tall Christmas stocking filled with games, toys, puzzles and other gifts at 30 of its locations-25 stores and

Family Express Launches Oatmeal Breakfast Option

Family Express Corp. of Valparaiso, Ind., is beating McDonald’s to the punch. The c-store chain is rolling out a new breakfast oatmeal offering under its proprietary brand JAVA WAVE by Jan. 1, 2011. The Family Express Oatmeal breakfast chain-wide initiative is a first in the c-store channel, and it is being deployed ahead of McDonald’s

Three Loyalty Trends to Take Hold by 2030

COLLOQUY magazine has predicted three loyalty trends expected to shape the future of marketing two decades down the road. It calls the three trends, “The Next New Normal,” “The New I-Network” and “The New Marketing Reality.” The Next New NormalCOLLOQUY predicts that multi-generational households will place  a stronger focus on localism in coming years, and

Solo Cup Wins Corporate Leadership Award

Solo Cup Co. has been awarded the 2010 Corporate Leadership Award by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) for its ongoing efforts to support sustainability education and sustainable improvements in the communities in which its customers and employees live and work. Presented to Solo on Dec. 10, the award recognizes the outstanding contributions of KAB’s most dedicated

Thorntons Donates $1 Million To Speed Art Museum

Thorntons Inc. has donated $1 million to The Speed Art Museum’s Changing Speed Capital Campaign. The Capital Campaign will fund the expansion and renovation of the Museum’s site in Louisville, Ky. The expansion is intended to serve the community through new programming and increased space for educational initiatives, public events and additional gallery space to

Winner Announced in Sunoco’s “Free Fuel 5000”

Mary Young has won Sunoco’s 2010 “Free Fuel 5000″ promotion, which means she’ll be supplied with 5,000 gallons of high-quality Sunoco gasoline-enough fuel to keep her driving for eight years. As the official fuel of NASCAR, Sunoco’s “Free Fuel 5000″ promotion offered millions of Sunoco customers a decal identical to the ones on every racecar

Commonwealth Brands To Relocate

Tobacco company Commonwealth Brands is relocating its headquarters, WBKO News reported. Now stationed in Bowling Green, Ky., Commonweath Brands is moving its headquarters to Goodlettsville, Tenn. Some 83 employees will make the move, no later than April of 2011. Formed in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1991, Commonwealth Brands also has a cigarette manufacturing plant in

Federal Ruling ’Positive Step’ in Swipe Fee Reform

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) called the Dec. 16 release of the Federal Reserve’s proposed rulemaking related to debit card swipe fees a “positive step” and said it will continue to push for the reforms demanded by Congress and consumers alike. While no interchange fees should be allowed on debit transactions, the Fed’s

Kroger Names President of Cincinnati/Dayton Division

The Kroger Co. has named Sukanya Madlinger president of Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton Division, replacing Geoff Covert, who has been named senior vice president, retail operations for the company. “Sukanya focuses every day on ways Kroger can best serve our customers and their families,” said Rodney McMullen, president and chief operating officer of Kroger. “Her experience and

Tri-State Petroleum Celebrates Employee’s Talent

Tri-State Petroleum Corp., a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, has announced that the work of employee Mike Zeiner was selected for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ winter photography exhibit. Zeiner’s photo, entitled “Mingo Run,” is on display in the Welcome Center Gallery and will

Health-Sports Bands Rollout At C-stores

  Circle K is among U.S. c-store chains adding Ampli5’s health-sports bands Florida-based 386 Warehouse LLC has announced that Ampli5, its line of health and sports wristbands, is now available for purchase at major retail outlets and convenient stores nationwide. Ampli5’s Health-Sports bands are designed to increase one’s performance by balancing the natural energy field

Thorntons Opens 44th Louisville Store

Thorntons Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of its newest location today, Thursday, Dec. 16. The new store at 4740 Chamberlain Lane, marks the chain’s 44th location in the Louisville, Ky., metropolitan area.  This latest addition expands the number of Thorntons store locations to 165, with operations in the Midwestern strongholds of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,

Manitowoc Divests Kysor/Warren Business

The Manitowoc Co. Inc. has signed a definitive agreement for the divestiture of its Kysor/Warren and Kysor/Warren de Mexico businesses to Lennox International for a value of approximately $138 million, subject to a post-closing working capital adjustment. “Over the last several years, Manitowoc has built a strong portfolio of leading brands serving the commercial foodservice

7-Eleven Gears Up For Christmas

Every year 7-Eleven stores across the country provide a convenient destination for procrastinating shoppers and a solution for parents facing battery-less Christmas morning emergencies. 7-Eleven  can serve up a desirable gift in a last-minute situation (such as one-size-fits-all gift cards, videogames, DVDs and CDs, wine, candy and this year, Snuggies and other As Seen on

CITGO Q Mart and Quality State Oil Lead Toy Drive

  For the third consecutive year, CITGO Q Mart stores across Sheboygan, Wis.,  are collecting toys and games for needy children as part of the Salvation Army Toy Drive. Area motorists can drop off new, unwrapped toys and games at six CITGO Q Mart stores, as well as the Quality State Oil headquarters at 2201

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