Coffee Sales Give Clues About Economy

  For those eagerly seeking signs of the recession’s end, Steven Burd, CEO of Safeway Inc., Pleasanton, Calif., told the Los Angeles Times to keep an eye on coffee.   Speaking to investors about Safeway’s third-quarter profit, Burd said shoppers were starting to trade up to more expensive items after a long period in which

Super Quik Named Convenience Store of the Year

  Super Quik, Inc., based in flatwoods, K.Y., has been honored as 2009 Convenience Store of the Year during the Kentucky Grocers Association/Kentucky Association of Convenience Stores (KGA/KACS) 68th celebration & annual meeting.   KGA/KACS is a joint statewide trade association representing about 550 member companies operating in a retail food and convenience marketplace of

AWMA Real Deal Expo Becomes The AWMA Show

  The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) has approved a three-year plan for its annual convention and expo that includes a series of changes intended to strengthen the value of the show.   The decisions were made at the association’s Sept. 14 board of director’s meeting, where, under the direction of AWMA’s Convention & Expo

Quick Chek Opens New Ramsey, N.J. Store

  Quick Chek, a privately-owned, family-operated chain of 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, is celebrating the grand opening of its newest location in Ramsey, N.J. with free coffee.   For the first 13 days of business Oct. 27-Nov.8, customers can enjoy free coffee and kids under five feet

PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch Partner for Purchasing

  St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch and Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo announced this week that they are partnering in order to conduct joint purchasing in the U.S., the St. Louis Business Journal reported.   Under the partnership, a team of procurement experts for each company will focus on common areas of spending and negotiate purchases on behalf of

Wawa Fights Hunger

  Wawa has teamed up with the Food Bank of Delaware for the annual Check-Out Hunger campaign, a regional fundraiser that takes place in several grocery retailers in the Tri-State area from October through January, the Sussex Countian reported.   Customers can make donations of $1, $3 or $5 when they checked out at their

Atlas Oil Launches Generator Fuel Program

  Atlas Oil Company has introduced its new Generator Assurance Plan, which guarantees customers priority access to fuel and delivery during power outages.   With this new program, diesel generator users can make sure they have a secure and available supply of diesel fuel to keep back up generators running, in any situation.   During

Kwik Trip Partners with Salvation Army

Kwik Trip, headquartered in La Crosse, Wis., is teaming up with the Salvation Army to make sure local people need stay warm this winter,, a La Crosse, Wis. news source, reported.   From now until Nov. 8, Kwik Trip stores are collecting gently used coats, boots, hats and gloves for kids and adults as

Turkey Hill Debuts in Columbus

  Kroger is expanding its convenience-store and gas-station presence in central Ohio by bringing its Pennsylvania-based Turkey Hill Minit Market  chain to Columbus, the Columbus Dispatch reported.   The move to Ohio marks Turkey Hill’s first major  expansion outside Pennsylvania. Currently, the 253-store chain’s Martinsville, Ind., location is its only store outside Pennsylvania.   All

7-Eleven Moves Deeper into Foodservice

  7-Eleven is expanding its hot foods program to add items such as pepperoni pizza and chicken wings to 115 Dallas-area stores, the Dallas Morning News reported.   The program is part of a nationwide rollout that is bringing ovens made by Carrollton’s TurboChef Technologies to 1,400 7-Eleven stores this year.   7-Eleven has offered

Quick Chek Offers Free Employee Flu Shots

  Quick Chek, which operates 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, is currently offering flu shots, free of charge, to each of its 2,300 employees.    In addition, the company’s new 2009 flu shot program, an extension of its Fit for Life preventive employee health services initiative, also provides

Customers Conquer Morning Face with Kum & Go

  As fall sets in and the weather gets colder, Kum & Go understands the plight of waking up, which prompted it to release its fall promotion Fight Morning Face.   The promotion, which began at the start of October and will continue to run through November 30, encourages those with puffy eyes and bad

Lower Price Trend for Fuel Slowing

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   The seasonal trend for US retail gasoline prices remains down, but the pace of the decline will likely slow due to climbing crude oil prices. Additionally, oil refiners are expected to throttle back output for maintenance programs through the Thanksgiving holiday, limiting supply that should

The Latest On PCI Compliance: What You Need To Know

  Visa hosted a webinar to clarify its PIN pad data encryption policy on Sept 9 led by Ross Snailer and Stoddard Lambertson of Visa’s Payment Risk team, NACS reported.   According to Visa, all attended POS and kiosks must be Triple DES (TDES) compliant by July 1, 2010, but that fines to acquirers would

Learn More about PCI Compliance at NACS

  Gilbarco Veeder-Root will be hosting independent PCI consulting firms Coalfire IT Audit and Compliance and W. Capra Consulting Group at NACS.    Retailers and their Gilbarco Veeder-Root distributors who have prescheduled appointments will receive 45 minutes of free consulting time, personalized PCI risk assessments and advice on PCI DSS, PA-DSS, and PED plans for

Sheetz Adds IDM system

  Sheetz has been testing Gilbarco’s Wisdom Intelligent Device Management (IDM) system at multiple sites since May. Pending sustained favorable results seen in the preliminary tests, Sheetz anticipates rolling the solution to all 360 sites across their enterprise.   “IDM ties our reporting systems and controls together, while giving us peace of mind that every

Lottery Ticket-Selling Partnership

  The Mega Millions consortium and Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) have reached an agreement to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in all U.S. lottery jurisdictions. Currently each lottery state has Powerball or Mega Millions, but never both.   The decision is an agreement in principal. Details need to be worked out to ensure the final

Bananas Get New Wrapping at 7-Eleven

  7-Eleven is testing out a new banana strategy at 27 Dallas-area locations, using  a new plastic wrap developed by supplier Fresh Del Monte Produce to keep single bananas yellow and firm for five days-more than double the two-day shelf life for an unwrapped banana, ABC News reported.   “Our customers want yellow bananas, not

McLane Recognized by Food Logistics

  McLane Grocery, a division of McLane Company Inc.’s New Jersey division has received Food Logistics‘ Golden Pallet award for foodservice distribution in the convenience store wholesaler category, Reuters reported.   The annual Golden Pallet Awards, sponsored by Food Logistics magazine, are the first industry awards to recognize excellence in warehousing. The award for foodservice distribution

Los Angeles Proposes C-store Restriction

  New regulations are being discussed in South Los Angeles to limited the development of new c-stores due to the link between snack foods (found in abundance at c-stores) and obesity in poor communities, the Los Angeles Times reported.    The proposed regulations expand on last year’s restrictions on new fast-food restaurants in a 32-square-mile

New Quick Chek Store Donates to Volunteer Fire Department

  Quick Chek Store Leader Kahtan Barsbay (center) presents the donation to the Wantage Township Volunteer Fire Department along with District Leader Liz Sachtleben (to the right of Barsbay) and Leader in Training Donna Ehrmas (far right). To conclude the celebration of its latest store opening in Wantage, N.J., Quick   Chek presented a donation totaling

FDA Seeks Injunction Against Rel’s Foods

  The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has filed a complaint for permanent injunction against Rel’s Foods Inc. of Oakland, Calif., seeking to stop the company from manufacturing, producing and selling adulterated food products.   The complaint also names Rel’s Vice President, Peder Scott Sorensen, and

Luke Oil Logo in Legal Limbo

    Hobart, Ind.-based Luke Oil adopted a new logo to symbolize its commitment to customer service, but the chain may have inadvertently replicated a logo stamped on products that are judged kosher, reported the Northwest Indiana Times.   The company is changing the logo, after an Orthodox Jewish group filed a trademark infringement suit

Congress Considers Credit Card Rules

  On Thursday, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee held a hearing to evaluate the rules that Visa and MasterCard impose on retailers and on the proposed legislation to handle the issue, NACS reported.   One solution debated, which is strongly supported by NACS, was the Credit Card Interchange Fees Act of 2009 (H.R. 2382).

Arizona To Close 13 Rest Stops

The Arizona Department of Transportation is temporarily closing 13 of 18 state-owned rest stops as part of a plan to fix a projected $100 million shortfall in highway user funds, the Arizona Daily Star reported. The closures, which could begin as soon as Oct. 19, are expected to be temporary, Linda Ritter, an Arizona Department