Bag Ban Opposition Mounts

Opposition to AB 1998, “bag ban bill,” is growing rapidly across the state of California. Hundreds of businesses, many of them small grocers and retailers have joined forces with manufacturing associations, chambers of commerce and plastic bag makers statewide to send a clear message to the state government: start focusing on the real problems facing

Gasoline Prices Trending Lower Amid Sliding Demand

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices were mostly lower in major metropolitan markets across the United States for the week-ended Aug. 23, auguring for another weekly decline in the national gasoline average. The Energy Information Administration last reported a 3.8 cents decline in the average price for all formulations of

7-Eleven Adds Promotion Optimization Solution

7-Eleven Inc. has selected KSS Retail for its price modeling, forecasting and optimization solution for 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. and Canada. 7-Eleven plans to use KSS Retail’s PriceStrat and Heartbeat systems to conduct extensive market-basket analytics and affinity analysis to drive more effective promotions. It also plans to deploy PriceStrat’s cigarette buy-down capabilities to

Top Snack Trends

The Food Channel has released its top 10 snack trends, one of its regular trend reports prepared in conjunction with CultureWaves, Mintel International and the International Food Futurists. “These trends are meant to inspire your back-to-school snacking,” said Kay Logsdon, editor-in-chief of The Food Channel. “But they also show how people are eating today, with

Hunt Brothers Hosts Wings Eating Contest

Hunt Brothers Pizza is hosting a wings eating contest with Roadrunner Markets on Aug. 19. One winner will receive a Richard Petty Driving Experience, valued at $500.00. “We’re excited to team up with the Bristol Motor Speedway area Roadrunner Markets for this contest,” said Scott Hunt, CEO of Hunt Brothers Pizza. “This community event is

Valero Launches Rewards Club

Valero Marketing and Supply Co. has partnered with Outsite Networks to launch the Valero Rewards Club loyalty program in its wholesale marketing channel of 4,000 sites. This is the first scalable, customizable loyalty program offered by a major oil company that is deployable across a diverse set of dealer and distributor stores and geographic regions.

Sonja Hubbard to Kick Off AWMA Show

The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) has announced that Sonja Hubbard, CEO of E‐Z Mart, is scheduled to serve as the Opening Session Speaker during AWMA’s 2011 Show, Feb. 8-10 in Las Vegas. During Sonja’s presentation, Insights & Perspectives on the Future of Convenience Retailing, she plans to provide her views on the challenges, changes

Quick Chek Opens First LEED Certified Store

Bayonne, N.J.’s third and newest Quick Chek store, which opened on Tuesday, Aug. 17, marks the company’s first LEED-certified store, complete with a heat-reflecting roof, local building materials and LED lighting, NJ.com reported. The store is a test to determine whether the 122-location company will seek the eco-friendly certification in the future. Quick Chek already

Walgreens Adds New Snack, Beverage Line

This week Walgreens is bringing a taste of New York to its stores across the country as it begins offering the DR (Duane Reade) Delish line of premium snacks and beverages. Pronounced like the first two syllables of “delicious,” this high quality private brand has been a hit with New Yorkers since it debuted at

Couche-Tard Appeals To Casey’s Shareholders in Letter

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is soliciting votes from shareholders of Casey’s General Stores ahead of their 2010 annual meeting set for Sept. 23. Couche-Tard has mailed a letter to shareholders along with its definitive proxy materials, as it hopes to sway shareholders to elect its slate of eight independent candidates to the Casey’s board of directors.

Shell Announces Fuel My Passion Finalists

Shell V-Power “Fuel My Passion” Contest finalists have been selected by experts at Car and Driver, Road & Track and Cycle World. Now Shell is looking to its customers to help select the ultimate automotive enthusiasts who will drive away with the grand prize-a year’s worth of free Shell V-Power premium gasoline. One grand prize

Maverik, GSP Sponsor Kick Start Show

Maverik Inc. and GSP Marketing Technologies have co-sponsored the latest edition of the Kick Start reality TV show that takes risk-adverse individuals on extreme adventures to “kick start” their lives. GSP Marketing Technologies won the rights to be in the show as part of a Maverik sponsored auction that benefits the Special Olympics of Utah.

Executive VP of Smithfield Foods Retires

Smithfield Foods Inc.’s executive vice president Richard Poulson is retiring from Smithfield effective Sept. 1, 2010. “Dick has been an extremely valuable member of the senior management team and has been helpful in our growth from a domestic provider of excellent pork products into one of the world’s most respected and recognized meat protein suppliers.

Fresh & Easy Reduces Water Consumption

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has embarked on an ambitious plan to reduce water consumption in its stores by 30% through the use of EnviroTower water conditioning technology. The EnviroTower system has already been installed in 37 Fresh & Easy locations and will be incorporated into all new stores, including the nine Fresh & Easy

Deli Express Expands Donation Program

Deli Express a supplier of hot and cold sandwiches recently made a 2010 second quarter donation of $50,745 to the National Military Family Association, surpassing $250,000 in total donations to the organization, which is dedicated to serving family members of military service members. Deli Express has been donating a portion of sales of its hot

Confused on FDA Tobacco Regulations?

If you’re confused on the myriad of FDA tobacco regulations, you’re not alone, and help is on the way. The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products has announced the dates, times and locations of four additional retailer training sessions on the new federal tobacco regulations. These training sessions are scheduled in Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Dallas,

Cigarette Sales Drop In New York

The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) has reported that cigarette sales at convenience stores in New York have seen a steep decline since the $1.60 per pack cigarette tax increase hit on July 1, 2010. New York State now holds the highest state cigarette tax rate in the nation at $4.35 per pack,

Nine C-Store Sites For Sale

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC has been retained in the sale of nine operating and former convenience stores and commercial land sites currently in foreclosure. The sites are located in Riverside, Rohnert Park and Sebastopol, Calif.; Harrington and New Castle, Delaware; and Belleville, Gap, Waynesburg and York, Pennsylvania. NRC represents the secured creditor and

Retail Gasoline Prices to Slide from Three-Month High

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The U.S. average for all formulations of regular grade gasoline surged nearly a nickel to $2.783 gallon as of Aug. 9, according to the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the Department of Energy. The price jump in retail was somewhat delayed from higher wholesale

Tedeschi Remodels

Maintaining its aggressive efforts to update all of its locations, Tedeschi Food Shops has completed two new store remodels in Massachusetts. The Tedeschi Food Shops at 98 Houston Avenue in Milton, Mass., and 168 Garden Street in Needham, Mass., were recently renovated, bringing the total of stores remodeled in 2010 to 12. These newly remodeled

Kum & Go Teams With Iowa Wine Growers

Kum & Go and Iowa wine growers have joined forces to offer a directory and coupon booklet that could generate up to $50 in savings at Kum & Go stores, the Des Moines Register reported. Visitors to the Iowa Wine Garden at the 2010 Iowa State Fair can buy the Iowa Wine Companion for $15.

Couche-Tard Responds To Private Placement

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. responded to Casey’s General Stores Inc. announcement that it has completed a private placement of $569 million principal amount of 5.22% Senior Notes due Aug. 9, 2020 to fund its leveraged recapitalization. “Casey’s recent action to transfer value from the Casey’s shareholders to noteholders is outrageous,” Couche-Tard said in a statement. “In

Tri Star Adds Digital Merchandising

Nashville, Tenn.-based Tri Star Energy has partnered with GoGo Cast Inc., a provider of dynamic content and digital merchandising in the digital out of home (DOOH) space, to install GoGo Cast’s high definition Go-Screen at its 228 company-owned and dealer retail locations. GoGo Cast’s high definition Go-Screen’s are expected to provide Tri-Star customers with meaningful

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

Atlas Oil Among 101 Best & Brightest Companies

As Atlas Oil Co., a provider of round-the-clock petroleum products and services, has yet another reason to celebrate this year. Not only is the company celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, but it has been listed on the “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” list just announced by the Michigan Business

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