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

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

Kum & Go Donates $8,000

Kum & Go L.C. has donated $8,000 to the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools (FSPS)-collected through the c-store chain’s Fuel Your School Program. Kum & Go contributed three cents from every gallon of gas sold on April 8 at 41 Springfield area locations to the organization, which supports the Springfield Public Schools. The check was

Salty Foods Under Fire

Public health experts from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday to force food makers to gradually decrease the amount of sodium in products. The 1.5 teaspoons of sodium Americans consumer daily-most of which comes from processed foods-is more than double the amount they require for positive health

Coke Plans New Distribution

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. is testing a new method of delivering beverages to 7-Eleven stores in Southern California, using Costco Wholesale Corp. as an intermediary, Reuters reported. Currently, under Coke’s direct-store delivery model, beverages are sent from the bottling facility to a warehouse and then to a distribution center, which distributes the drinks to individual stores.

Budweiser Honors America’s Troops

With the help of nearly 3,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, Budweiser announced a partnership with the USO (United Service Organizations) early this week to honor America’s Armed Forces through the “Proud to Serve Those Who Serve” program. As part of the program, Budweiser and its wholesalers will donate $250,000 in May and June

Rite Aid Debuts New Rewards Program

Drugstore chain Rite Aid seeks to drive customer loyalty with its new wellness+ customer rewards program that provides members with free health and wellness benefits, as well as shopping discounts and special prices. The program will be supported by a national television, radio, circular and digital advertising campaign. The free Rite Aid wellness+ rewards card

Casey’s Uses Poison Pill Defense

Canadian c-store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard is calling on Casey’s General Stores to discuss its bid, as the Iowa-based chain moves to instead thwart the hostile acquisition, the Globe and Mail reported. “A meeting would be more productive than putting roadblocks, like a poison pill, in the path of our compelling proposal,” Couche-Tard said in a statement.

iPhone App Locates Pilot Travel Centers

Professional drivers and motorists can now locate the nearest Pilot Travel Center anywhere in North America with a new free iPhone application introduced this month. “We appreciate the fact that many loyal Pilot customers only look for Pilot Travel Centers when they are on the road, and this online tool makes it very easy to

7-Eleven Debuts Private-Label Beer

Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is launching Game Day, a new store-brand premium lager, now entering 4,200 7-Eleven stores in 17 states, the Dallas Morning News reported. 7-Eleven plans to market the beer as “premium lager beer at a below-premium price,” said Dan Skinner, 7-Eleven’s category manager for alcohol beverages. “Our customer has been telling us for

Kum & Go Acquires Two Sinclair Stores

Kum & Go L.C., has acquired two Sinclair fuel stations-one in Boulder, Colo., and one in Omaha, Neb. This marks Kum & Go’s first store in Boulder and its 19th store in the Omaha area. “The company is ecstatic to open our first store in Boulder,” said Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum &

Fueling Awareness

Lion Uniform Group, a provider of direct purchase apparel programs, plans to partner with businesses nationwide again this year for Fueling Awareness, a Workforce United for a Cure, a campaign to advance breast cancer awareness. As part of the campaign, employees in workplaces across the country wear pink ribbon Awareness Apparel to show their commitment

Has Gasoline Posted its Seasonal High Already?

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Nationally, the average price for regular grade gasoline spiked to a $2.858 gallon 17-month high on April 12, according to the Energy Information Administration which surveys for this information, and wholesale costs have increased in most of the country’s metropolitan markets since. Those wholesale cost increases will

Wawa Remembers Harry Kalas

On April 13, Wawa and its associates celebrated the life of famed Phillies announcer, Harry Kalas, who passed away one year ago. The event took place during one of Wawa’s Snappy Hours-associate appreciation events that occur throughout the year. As part of the celebration Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher, Jamie Moyer and Kalas family members joined Wawa

New Software Monitors Gas Island Vending

Vendgogh LLC has announced the first release of its VendTrack network monitoring software, which enables c-stores to monitor the operations of Vendgogh’s integrated gas island vending systems. Vendgogh’s gas island vending solution helps convenience stores sell cold drinks to gas-only customers who typically stop for gas but don’t go into the store. Research has shown

7-Eleven Delves Deeper Into Game Segment

7-Eleven Inc. plans to add a new program of “Great Games Below $20″ from Game Trading Technologies (GTT) to 3,000 of its stores. The 3,000 outlets represent 50% of the U.S. stores operated and franchised by 7-Eleven, Inc.  “We partnered with GTT because of their experience and expertise as a third-party provider of video games

Weigel’s Fights Price-Gouging Accusation

Weigel Stores Inc. plans to defend itself against a civil action filed by the State Attorney General related to gas prices at seven Weigel’s stores during a five day period last fall, the company announced on Friday, April 17.   “We deeply regret that the Attorney General’s office has chosen to accuse Weigel’s of ‘price-gouging’ based

Lending Outlook 2010

At the NACS Sumitt in Chicago this week, a panel of experts spoke to the c-store industry on today’s lending environment. “It is clear to me this would be a hot topic for many people in this room,” said Joseph Sheetz, executive vice president of finance for Sheetz Inc., who moderated the session. Panel participants

Senate To Review Food Safety Bill

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to review its version of a food safety bill next week, NACS reported. The popular bill is not expected to have much trouble getting passed. Last year the House passed a similar bill, but there exists a large difference in the funding methods each chamber uses to increase the FDA’s

Gilbarco’s Robinson To Speak at NPECA

Andrew Robinson, director of point of sale marketing at Gilbarco Veeder-Root, is scheduled to speak at the 73rd annual conference of the National Petroleum Energy Credit Association (NPECA) April 20 at the InterContinental New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans.  Robinson is set to lead the 10 a.m. POS Technology session that will outline current point

Coffee Connoisseur Alert

Following the 2010 introductions of Sumatra Mandheling and Nicaraguan Matagalpa coffees respectively, Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 locations in New Jersey and southern New York, continues its single origin coffee world tour Monday, April 19, with the debut of Costa Rican Tarrazu. A light bodied coffee known for its tangy flavor, enticing aroma

Quick Chek Offers Quick Freeze

Quick Chek has announced the results to its “Name it…Claim it” contest, where consumers entered names for the chain’s frozen beverage line during a contest held August and September of 2009. Francis LaMonica of Tinton Falls, N.J., won the contest with her suggested name  “Quick Freeze,” which nods both to the name of the chain

Economists Offer 2010 Outlook

Economists presented both sides of the picture to retailers at the NACS State of the Industry Summit in Chicago this week. The 2010 NACS State of the Industry Summit marked the 40th anniversary of the State of the Industry survey conducted by NACS. When the survey began, industry sales were recorded at just over  $1

Consumer Confidence Improving

“Consumers are back in the game,” James Russo, vice president of global consumer insights at Nielsen, assured the crowd of retailers at the NACS State of the Industry Summit in Chicago this week. Russo shared the top consumer behaviors c-store operators should watch for this year, noting that while consumers were on the sidelines in

Inside the Mind of the Shopper

At the NACS Summit in Chicago this week, Matt McCourt, director of Convenience / Spirits for SymphonyIRI Group, gave insight into consumer purchasing patterns across multiple channels and how to reach shoppers in a changing environment. “Consumers are thinking about daily living costs. We’re seeing a new conservative shopper driven by affordable indulgences,” McCourt told

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