Rutter’s Announces Final Free Gas Winners

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has announced  the final two winners of free gas for one year in its annual summer contest, “Fuel Up Free!” Charles Powers of Red Lion and Brenda Howard of Wrightsville are the seventh and eighth winners, respectively, in the contest, which ran from May 24 to Aug. 29. The other

Rutter’s Announces Sixth Gas Winner

Delane Smith of Wrightsville, York County, Pa., regularly stops for coffee at Rutter’s on his way to his housekeeping job at York Hospital. And just as regularly, he enjoys a witty give-and-take with employees at the Rutter’s at Route 30 and Sherman Street. “What can I do to get you to smile when you come

Rutter’s Announces Sixth Gas Winner

Delane Smith of Wrightsville, York County, Pa., regularly stops for coffee at Rutter’s on his way to his housekeeping job at York Hospital. And just as regularly, he enjoys a witty give-and-take with employees at the Rutter’s at Route 30 and Sherman Street. “What can I do to get you to smile when you come

Coffee’s Popularity Surges

You wouldn’t think something as simple as coffee could prove to be so complex a phenomenon—or one so indispensable to Americans. Turns out America can see its reflection in a cup of coffee—its economic worries, its desires for variety and small-scale luxury, and even its hopes for a brighter future. All of that swirls together

‘Fuel Up Free’ Picks Fifth Winner

You might say that Mark Shaffer’s tank was running on empty, figuratively speaking. Really he was running out of time to come forward as the latest winner in Rutter’s Farm Stores’ summer gas giveaway. Shaffer, of Spring Garden Township, York County, Pa., had been away on vacation when his winning Rutter’s Rewards card number was

Rutter’s Holdings Inc. Climbs To No. 3

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Holdings Inc. climbed to No. 3 in the 2010 rankings of the Top 100 Private Companies in Central Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Rutter’s Holdings ranked second among private companies in York County, Pa. Rutter’s Holdings—the parent company of Rutter’s Farm Stores, Rutter’s Dairy and real estate holding company M&G Realty—ranked fifth in 2009. Family-owned

Rutter’s App Meets Android Phones

Rutter’s Farm Stores has added an Android app to complement its previously introduced iPhone and Blackberry apps. With the apps, customers can get directions to their nearest Rutter’s stores, check current gas prices, and redeem paperless mobile coupons sent directly to their smart phones. Customers also can register their Rutter’s Rewards loyalty cards, which when

Rutter’s Farm Stores Named CSD’s Chain of the Year

Exceptional leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s extraordinary chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. At a time when many industry marketers are struggling with exorbitant credit card fees

Rutter’s Congratulates Fourth Winner

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores’ summer gas giveaway has reached the half-way point in its 2010 journey. Customer David Wagner of Littlestown, Adams County, Pa., is the fourth of eight lucky Rutter’s customers who will receive free gas for a year in the company’s “Fuel Up Free!” contest. The contest runs through Aug. 29, with

The Keys to Cleanliness

How can you get your employees to excel at a part of the job they probably can’t stand—cleaning the store in general and the restrooms in particular? “It’s a good question, and a never-ending pursuit,” said Tony Bartys, vice president of retail operations and marketing for Valero Energy Corp. in San Antonio. “It’s a challenge,

Rutter’s Farm Stores Named CSD’s Chain Of The Year

Exceptional leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s extraordinary chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. At a time when many industry marketers are struggling with exorbitant credit card fees

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 &

Rutter’s Rises as Chain of the Year

Outstanding leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s exceptional chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. Rutter’s, which supplants Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes as Chain of the Year, is

Rutter’s Announces Third “Fuel Up Free” Winner

Doug Davis couldn’t believe his ears when Rutter’s Farm Stores called him to announce he had won free fuel for a year. “I thought it was some kind of joke,” said Davis, who drives a trash truck for a living and eats lunch at Rutter’s almost everyday. “I was getting ready to hang up.” Davis,

BlackBerry Adds Rutter’s Coupon App

Rutter’s Farm Stores has introduced a free app for BlackBerry smart phones, complementing the Rutter’s iPhone app introduced last year. Both apps are available as free downloads from www.rutters.com. The iPhone app also is available from the Apple App Store; and the BlackBerry app will be available from BlackBerry App World within a couple of

Second Rutter’s Gas Winner Announced

From left, Beth Himmelright, Rutter’s fleet sales representative; contest winner Joe Kopp; and Robert Perkins, Rutter’s director of marketing.    As an insurance salesman, Joe Kopp of Fairview Township, York County, Pa., can appreciate this kind of coverage. As the second winner in Rutter’s Farm Stores’ “Fuel Up Free!” contest, his gasoline purchases are covered

Free Gas For A Year

Linda Wells of York, Pa., recently became the first of eight lucky Rutter’s Farm Stores customers to win free gasoline for one year in the company’s annual summer giveaway. The “Fuel Up Free!” promotion runs through Aug. 29. Drawings are held approximately every two weeks, with the next one June 21. During the contest, Rutter’s

Rutter’s To Award Free Gas

Rutter’s Rewards is adding octane to Rutter’s Farm Stores’ annual summer gas giveaway. Eight lucky Rutter’s customers will win free gas for one year during the “Fuel Up Free!” contest, which runs Monday through Aug. 29. “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to the introduction of our Rutter’s Rewards loyalty card, with more than 150,000

Rutter’s Pledges $50,000 to York JCC

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has pledged a lead gift of $50,000 to help the York Jewish Community Center celebrate its 100th anniversary by building a “natural playscape” playground. Rutter’s, which traces its York County farm roots to 1747, has been a long-time supporter of the JCC. “We have a lot of respect for the

Rutter’s Debuts Mobile Coupon iPhone App

Now the iPhone not only can point customers to the nearest Rutter’s, but now it can save them money once they arrive. Rutter’s Farm Stores is rolling out mobile couponing via its iPhone application, which is available as a free download from www.rutters.com. Customers who already have the Rutter’s app  can download an update to

Promoting Pizza’s Popularity

According to Mintel, an independent provider of market research, sales at the 16 leading pizza restaurants grew only 1.2% into 2008 to $16.6 billion. Among the challenges facing pizza providers is the public’s desire for healthier products as opposed to “high-calorie, high-fat pizza offerings and limited menu variety, which may be more of a turn-off

Rutter’s Debuts Flavored Milk

Rutter’s Dairy has introduced Rutter’s-branded vanilla and strawberry milk pints to the consumer market. For years, the two flavors were available only as part of Rutter’s school milk program. The new pints – sold in plastic bottles – are the first new flavors of milk introduced by Rutter’s in a few years. Previously, Rutter’s had

Rutter’s Recognized For Community Involvement

On April 28, York, Pa.-based Rutter’s will accept the 2010 Community Service Award at the York County Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of York” breakfast. The award recognizes an organization for having a culture that motivates its employees to be personally involved in community service. “Rutter’s has been a strong champion of the community,” said Bob

Tools of the Trade

Busy consumers continue watching their wallets, but one thing hasn’t changed. They want great tasting meals and snacks—and they want them fast. In spite of today’s economic angst, opportunities abound for providing time-crunched consumers with foods on the run. According to a survey by the National Restaurant Association (NRA), 69% of adults surveyed said purchasing

Using ATMs to Drive Profits

For many years ATMs were nothing more than large boxes hiding in the corner of convenience stores across the country. Over the years, though, that strategy has evolved as in-store real estate became more valuable and marketers looked for every edge to attract new customers. As such, retailers these days are faced with three distinct

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