Rutter’s Introduces Pigtails, Slice Roast Pork Au Jus

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores, which operates 55 c-stores in Pennsylvania has introduced pigtails in a cup, as well as sliced roast pork au jus and a number of other new items. The new food menu items will be offered at its 38 stores that have touch-screen ordering. An order of pigtails comprises two hot

Johnsonville Sausage Launches ’Triple Play Challenge’ Baseball Contest

Johnsonville Sausage has kicked off of its “Triple Play Challenge” contest, which allows consumers to use their baseball knowledge and skills to compete for a trip to California to see the best in baseball play this summer. “It’s time to celebrate Opening Day – both for baseball and for your grill,” said Colleen D’Souza, associate

NACS Asks EPA To Remove Stage II Requirement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulations to tighten the standards controlling ozone emissions into the atmosphere could push a number of countries out of alignment with ozone standards and have strong implications for petroleum retailers, NACS reported. As it stands now, retailers in severe non-attainment designations would be required to install stationary Stage

Pepsi, Cheerwine Team Up On Fountain In The Carolinas

Now convenience stores carrying Pepsi on fountain in North Carolina and the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area can also offer Cheerwine -the unique, sparkling soft drink from Salisbury, N.C -which will be distributed by Pepsi Bottling Ventures (PBV) beginning in April. PBV’s statewide fountain distribution of Cheerwine marks a deepening distribution partnership between North Carolina’s two

Subway Introduces Breakfast Sandwiches

Subway is launching a national breakfast menu of egg and cheese sandwiches next month, Nation’s Restaurant News reported. The new breakfast sandwiches already debuted on March 1 in Canada and will be sold at more than 25,000 of Subway’s North America locations beginning April 5. The sandwich chain’s new offering comes after one of its rivals,

Real Estate and the Retail Industry

Colliers International, a global real estate services firm, issued its 2010 Retail Trends and Opportunities report showing that retail vacancies will stabilize in many markets this year, but new retail construction has virtually disappeared and lease rates have dropped 25-40% from peak levels. Challenges abound in the retail marketplace, and we’ll witness more retail failures,

Ampm Entices Customers with Free Pizza

C-store chain ampm is introducing a new, great tasting pizza in cheese and pepperoni varieties geared toward its hungry male demographic. The chain boasts that its new foodservice offering is “a whole lot rounder and a lot more manly.” At participating stores, the offering can be purchased for only $1.59 until April 27. And, on

Georgia Bill Allows Gas Price Increase In Emergency

The Georgia state Senate has passed a bill that would allow station owners to charge higher prices for gas the moment an emergency is declared, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The bill comes less than two years after Gulf hurricanes caused a run on gas, as well as price gouging. The Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs

Major Companies Commit To NATO Trade Show

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported that key manufacturers have already committed to its recently announced 2011 spring trade show in Las Vegas, including Altadis USA, Swisher International, Swedish Match, Republic Tobacco and National Tobacco Co. Additionally, NATO reported that Arango Cigar Company, Carolina Tobacco, Dom Rey Cigar, Inc./Cusano Cigars, Drew Estate, Harold

Kum & Go Petition Gathers 40,000 Signatures

Kum & Go, L.C. has collected more than 40,000 signatures from customers wanting to control and reduce credit and debit card swipe (or interchange) fees put on customer transactions.   The signatures were collected in just one month from all Kum & Go stores as a part of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)

Chevron To Install Solar Panels

Chevron Corp. is installing 7,700 solar power panels near Bakersfield in California, which is expected to produce 740 kilowatts of electricity, the Los Angeles Times reported. The panels will power the pumps and the pipelines operated at Chevron’s Kern River oil field facility and showcase the latest photovoltaic technologies (converting sunlight to electricity) from seven

Valero Donates Equipment To Firefighters

San Antonio-based Valero Renewable Fuels is donating more than $40,000 in funds and equipment to 10 local fire departments in Midwestern communities where the company owns ethanol plants, the Boston Herald reported.  Valero owns the former VeraSun plant in Aurora, S.D.  The San Antonio, Texas-based company will also pay tuition and travel expenses for 20

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Efficient Exit Strategies Sweeten Candy Profits

Developing an effective exit strategy for candy and reviewing product performance regularly can boost profits in the candy segment. “On a basic level you want to discontinue the slow moving items that rank in the bottom of the category to bring in something new that is going to contribute sales and margins to the category,”

Speedway SuperAmerica Raises Over $777,000 for Riley Hospital

Riley Hospital for Children has named the Riley Hospital Burn Unit in the Simon Family Tower in honor of Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (SSA). The company raised $777,524 for Riley Hospital in 2009, extending their fundraising total for Riley Hospital to $3.2 million since 2003. The Riley Hospital Burn Unit is Indiana’s only pediatric burn center.

FDA Issues Final Rule On Tobacco

The FDA has released its final rules regarding the sale of tobacco. Retailers will need to be in compliance with these rules by June 22, 2010. Today’s action by FDA restricts the sale, distribution and use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, including provisions that:             •            Prohibits the sale of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco to

McDonald’s To Cut Fountain Prices

McDonald’s is vying to become a beverage destination for customers with discount fountain deals this summer, the Wall Street Journal reported. In summers past the QSR chain has offered large sweet tea for only $1, with most of its markets participating in the promotion. This summer, McDonald’s wants to go a step further, selling more

Wilson Farms Launches Fourth Annual Balloon Campaign

Wilson Farms, which operates 190 c-stores across New York, has launched its paper balloon campaign to benefit Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. The campaign began Thursday, March 11 and will run until April 4. During that time customers can stop into any Erie/Niagara Wilson Farms locations and purchase a paper balloon for $1 with

House Passes PACT Act

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the PACT Act (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act) on a vote of 387-25.  “A significant amount of work has gone into getting this bill passed by both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, and I extend a special thank you to all NATO members for their assistance

Stripes Works Toward Energy Efficiency

More than 440 Stripes c-stores throughout Texas are becoming more energy efficient and stand to collect up to $175,000 in rebates under TXU Energy’s Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. The 29-month contract represents an annual load of 155,000 MWh-enough to power 8,600 homes-at more than 440 Stripes stores primarily located in West and South Texas. Under

7-Eleven Expands in Central Florida

Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc.’s plans to expand in Central Florida already are underway with one new franchisee open in DeLand, Fla., and five more Florida stores in the works for 2010. The chain aims to open or convert 45 local stores by 2012, the Orlando Business Journal reported. The first of the five are opening soon.

Rite Aid Stores Now Accept EBT Cards/Food Stamps

Drug store chain Rite Aid is now accepting EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards/food stamps provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at its stores nationwide. More than 38 million Americans received food assistance through SNAP last year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program,

Wilson Farms Helps Fight Leukemia And Lymphoma

Wilson Farms Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Corporate Recruitment Event will kick off on Thursday, March 18 with a check presentation. Paul and Karen Nanula, chairpersons of the western and central New York Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk, will present a check from Wilson Farms for funds collected through several

Pennsylvania GetGo Becomes LEED Silver-Certified

Multi-format retailer Giant Eagle, Inc. today announced the receipt of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for its GetGo convenience store and fuel station located at 140 Towne Center Drive in Wexford, Pa.  “Adding a LEED-certified convenience store and fuel station to our wealth of sustainable business practices underscores Giant Eagle’s

Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Sets $20 Million Fundraising Record

The Muscular Dystrophy Association today announced that, with 92% of some 10,000 retail locations reporting, its 2010 Shamrocks Against Dystrophy fundraiser is the most successful in the event’s 27 year history.  As of today, the grass-roots initiative with a St. Patrick’s Day theme, has raised more than $20 million to advance MDA’s lifesaving mission. More Shamrocks

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