NACS Show Recap

Nearly 22,000 representatives of the global convenience and petroleum retailing industry turned out for this year’s NACS Show, according to attendance figures released by NACS. Overall, 21,983 attendees were at the NACS Show, including 1,328 international attendees. The NACS Show took place Oct. 5-8 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It is ranked

Nestlé Waters’ CEO Inducted into Beverage World Hall of Fame

Kim Jeffery, president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America, was welcomed into the Beverage World Hall of Fame on Sept. 22, 2010, at the Interbev 2010 Conference in Orlando, Fla. For more than 25 years, the Hall of Fame has honored executives in the beverage industry who have demonstrated devotion, creativity and passion for

Love’s Donates $1 Million

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is donating $1 million to Children’s Miracle Network, a charity that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals.    Each September, customers are encouraged to purchase paper heart icons valued at $1, $5 or $25 Customers also participate in other local fundraising events hosted by Love’s employees, such

Michael Brown To Lead Farmland

Smithfield Foods Inc. has named Michael Brown president and chief operating officer of Farmland Foods Inc., effective Oct. 4, 2010. Farmland is a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. Brown previously served as president of Armour-Eckrich LLC since 2008 and has nearly 30 years of experience in the food industry. He will

Casey’s to Acquire On The Way Locations

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase up to 19 convenience stores in Illinois owned by Harper Oil Co. Inc. The stores are currently operated under the “On The Way” banner and will be rebranded to Casey’s. Harper, which owns other On The Way stores, plans to continue to operate its

PPMCSA Opposes Fuel Tax Amendment

While Pennsylvania’s businesses and consumers are struggling through the worst economic downturn in a generation, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week adopted an amendment that would impose a new, hidden fuel tax on businesses that sell-and consumers who rely on-biodiesel fuel. John Kulik, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store

LIFT Announces New Suggestive Selling Technology

LIFT Retail Marketing Technology has announced the launch of its LIFT Station platform—an integrated suggestive selling point-of-sale (POS) technology for convenience stores. “We are excited to introduce this game-changing solution to the c-store industry. Retailers are looking to grow sales by being more shopper-relevant and the LIFT Station helps them do that like never before,”

CITGO Launches ‘100 Days of Get & Give’

CITGO Petroleum Corp. kicks off its 2010 Fall Fueling Good campaign today, Oct. 13, to recognize and reward more charities and individuals who are making a difference in their local communities. Charities, community groups and individuals can get involved in the “100 Days of Get & Give” by submitting an entry at www.FuelingGood.com. Participants will

LUKOIL Kicks Off ’Road Trip to Terror’

LUKOIL and Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary-ranked the No. 1 haunted house by AOL-are launching a “Road Trip to Terror” by giving away $0.94 gas to the first 50 cars to fill up at select LUKOIL locations on designated dates beginning today, Oct. 13, 2010, at 11 a.m. The famous zombie inmates

Gasoline Costs Continue Rise Despite Tepid Demand Growth

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs are moving sharply higher early in the fourth quarter primarily on a bullish market sentiment for all commodities in general, along with refinery downtime in key regional markets in New York and Chicago. Meanwhile, ethanol prices are again on the move higher, with the

Quick Chek To Host Sub Showdown

Quick Chek, with 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has announced the names of the five finalists slated to compete in its first-ever Sub Showdown, a build-your-own-sub recipe contest in which contestants will not only vie to win free Quick Chek subs for a year, but also the chance to

Gator ICEEs Expand Their Reach

At the start of the Gators football season, Kangaroo Express introduced Gator ICEEs to the Gainesville, Ocala market along with in-game promotions to “Freeze the Swamp.” Now those unique ICEE flavors are coming to Jacksonville and St. Augustine, with plenty of time for area fans to show their support before the Gators battle the Bulldogs

Little Debbie Launches Million Smile Promotion

Little Debbie snacks has introduced a “smiling” giveaway, a coinciding eight-month national tour and a free photo uploading adventure where submitted photos are compiled in a mosaic that makes up Little Debbie’s iconic smiling face. Little Debbie rolled out its Little Debbie Million Smile Mission Giveaway on Oct. 11 at littledebbie.com. As part of the

Smoker Friendly Signs New Locations

Smoker Friendly International has signed nine new locations, working with Harold Levinson Associates (HLA) sales team. The independent stores are tobacco customers of HLA, and have decided to license with Smoker Friendly International as authorized dealers to have an exclusive private label program for each of their stores. The stores are located in northern New

NACS Welcomes New Board Members

NACS announced the election of five retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new Board members assumed their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta this week. The NACS retail members elected to serve on the Board of Directors are: * Rahim Budhwani, CEO of

NACS Elects Executive Committee Officers

NACS announced the election of its 2010-11 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta this week. Jeff Miller, president of Norfolk, Virginia-based Miller Oil Co. Inc., was named the association’s 2010-11 chairman of the board. Miller also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and financial

Jeff Miller Succeeds Jay Ricker As NACS Chairman

Jeff Miller, president of Miller Oil Co., became engaged with NACS for two simple reasons: “I wanted to build a better business and I wanted to make friends in an industry that I am passionate about,” he said in his NACS Show Closing General Session on Friday. At the conclusion of the NACS Show, Miller

NACS Recognizes Scholarship Winners

NACS recognized 10 convenience store employees who earned scholarships through the NACS Scholarship Program in Memory of Jim Yates at a reception on Oct. 7 during the NACS Show in Atlanta. The annual scholarships recognize convenience store employees for their dedication to achieving excellence in retailing, strong leadership skills and persistence in the pursuit of

Tom Joyce To Lead NACS Supplier Board

Tom Joyce, vice president of customer industry affairs for The Hershey Co., has been named 2010-11 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board. In addition, Scott Hill, vice president of convenience sales, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, was named chair-elect and will succeed Joyce as 2011-12 chairman. Joyce and Hill were named to their positions during the

7-Eleven Adds APW Wyott Roller Grills

7-Eleven is adding new roller grills by Standex International Corp. Food Service Equipment Group’s APW Wyott brand. Equipment shipments are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of calendar 2010. 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 8,200 7-Eleven stores in North America and, globally, approximately 38,500 stores in 16 countries. “Our selection as an

Frigoglass And Coca-Cola Recycling Team

Frigoglass, a global provider and manufacturer of beverage coolers, and Coca-Cola Recycling LLC are joining forces to give used plastic beverage bottles a new life through recycling and re-use. At the National Association of Convenience Stores’ NACS Show in Atlanta on Wednesday, Oct. 6, the two companies announced a joint effort that will facilitate the

What’s Next With Swipe Fees?

“Since credit cards were introduced more than 60 years ago, no one dared step in to challenge the powerful banks. We did. And we got change,” said NACS President and CEO Hank Armour in his Opening General Session address on Oct. 6 at the NACS Show. NACS’ “audacious goal” to fight swipe fees, said Armour,

Protect Against Breaches At The POS

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has validated the Gasboy’s CFN III site controller / point-of-sale (POS) system Version 3.6 as compliant with the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS). The system will soon be included on the PCI SSC’s List of Validated Payment Applications. The list identifies payment applications that have

NACS Kicks Off With Opening Session

Engagement, an overriding theme of the NACS Show, was clearly the dominant theme of NACS Chairman Jay Ricker’s Opening General Session address on Oct. 6 at the NACS Show. Ricker encapsulated his past year as chairman with three stories about engagement: with the media, with customers and with elected officials. The first story related to

BP’s ampm Adds Healthier Fountain Beverage

Parched consumers now have another low-calorie drink option at ampm stores: Emergen-C Splash, a fountain beverage that provides vitamins and other nutrients. BP’s ampm is the exclusive convenience store distributor for the orange-tangerine flavor of Emergen-C Splash from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, so c-store customers can only find the beverage at ampm during that

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