The Modern Gas Station Celebrates 100 Years

Gulf Refining Co. opened the nation’s first drive-up service station in Pittsburgh on Dec. 1, 1913. While fueling stations existed before 1913 — after all, Karl Benz is credited with inventing the first gasoline-powered automobile in 1885 — fueling was far from convenient a century ago. Early fueling sites were a patchwork collection of pharmacies

Wawa Adds Lottery To New Jersey Stores

Celebrates grand opening of Jackson, N.J. location. Wawa Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its newest New Jersey store in Jackson, on Nov. 22,  and officially announced its statewide partnership with the New Jersey Lottery and the addition of offering lottery in all New Jersey Wawa stores. Located at 329 North County Line Road in

Atlas Oil’s Emergency Fueling Solutions Delivers

In wake of weekend storms, fuel is transported to mission-critical businesses. After the Midwest was rocked by a series of tornadoes and severe storms on Sunday, Nov. 17 that left an estimated 235,000 southeast Michigan homes and businesses without power, Atlas Oil’s Emergency Fueling Solutions (EFS) delivered more than 10,000 gallons of emergency fuel to

The Pantry To Host Q4 Conference Call

The Pantry Inc. will release its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 before the market opens on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Dennis Hatchell, president and CEO, and B. Clyde Preslar, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Pantry, will host an interactive conference call that morning at 8:30 a.m.

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Beverage Survey Reveals Trends

Food accompaniment grows as beverage occasion. Kantar Worldpanel, which maintains one of the largest continuous consumer survey panels in the world, recently analyzed the top trends driving the U.S. Beverage market. Its report Kantar Worldpanel 2013 Beverage Trends found customer needs are evolving, and they are drinking beverages to fulfill needs beyond the primary ones

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Iran Deal Pressures Gasoline Futures

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric On the heels of a fresh upside technical breakout on the charts, the nearest delivered gasoline futures contract trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange was under selling pressure following news over the weekend Iran reached a deal with the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council

CST Brands To Ring Opening Bell

After listing its IPO on the NYSE earlier this year, CST is set to ring in Tuesday’s trading day.   Corner Store team members will be busy this holiday season building nine new stores, most of them slated to open in the first quarter of 2014. The new builds on tap follow a slate of

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Scroggins Receives Foodservice Editorial Council’s Top Award

John Scroggins’ contributions to IFEC and the field of foodservice communications are honored with the Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award. The International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) has announced John Scroggins, vice president, Noble, as the recipient of the 2013 Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award. The council’s highest honor, informally called the “Betty,” is presented annually

Enmark Partners With OpenStore

Launches a turnkey marketing solution for 59 locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Convenience store chain Enmark has integrated OpenStore, a complete digital marketing solution, into its 59 locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. By integrating this platform across its stores, Enmark stations now have the capability of connecting directly with

7-Eleven and Belly Launch Meal Donation Program in Chicago

During the Thanksgiving Holiday, Belly members can redeem loyalty points at 7-Eleven stores to donate meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 7-Eleven Inc. and Belly have launched “Give a Little & Do Great,” a joint program running until Dec. 2 at all participating Chicago 7-Eleven store locations. The two companies will donate a meal

Coca-Cola Acquires ZICO Beverages

Pioneering coconut water brand joins Coca-Cola family. The Coca-Cola Co. has acquired the outstanding ownership stake in ZICO Beverages LLC, makers of ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water.   The acquisition will unlock more capability for ZICO, including marketing, selling, manufacturing, innovation and distribution opportunities. Additionally, The Coca-Cola Co. will gain a leading position in one

Study Shows Why Consumers Crave In-Store Shopping Experience

Millions of consumers will shop at physical stores this Black Friday. Despite the growing popularity of online shopping, millions of consumers will flock to the stores this Black Friday.  According to a recent study, these shoppers are not just in pursuit of the ultimate deal, but rather, the ultimate experience.  WD Partners, a customer experience

Isis Introduces Alliance Program

“The Isis Alliance Program will help companies harness the competitive advantages created by mobile commerce and better serve merchant customer needs,” says chief sales officer, Isis. Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA Inc. and Verizon Wireless, has launched the Isis Alliance Program. The Isis Alliance Program supports merchant technology

New Report Highlights Latest Foodservice Packaging Trends

Top issues include beverages, materials and sizes. This year’s Trends Report from the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) reveals three key industry shifts: • Trend #1: It’s all about the beverages—and their packaging. Foodservice operators are turning to new and expanded beverage options to boost their bottom lines. That means paying more attention to beverage packaging.

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Handcrafted Beef Jerky

Jack Link’s has introduced a new product line that celebrates the brand’s rich heritage — Jack Link’s Small Batch, Handcrafted Beef Jerky. Following original family recipes, Jack Link’s new Small Batch, Handcrafted Beef Jerky is made with thick slices of premium beef and is available in three flavors: Original No. 11; Peppered No. 15; and

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New E-Cig Blends

Mistic, maker of high quality, value-priced electronic cigarettes and vapor products, has introduced its newest blend of electronic cigarette refill cartridges. These new blends will be added to Mistic’s full lineup of product offerings. True to the brand’s commitment of providing users with a more authentic vapor experience, Mistic’s new American Blend and Cool Ice

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Green Commitment

Electrolux has a longstanding reputation for its strong commitment to sustainability. Several indices rank Electrolux highly for its social and environmental performance, including the Dow Jones World Index, and its product offerings meet and exceed international standards and norms such as ECA, Gastec and EIA. In 2007, the European Commission awarded the Sustainable Energy Award

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New Shelf Technology

Powershelf is a provider of power-at-the-shelf retail technology solutions. Powershelf’s technology provides constant power and two-way communications to software-enabled applications and devices. In turn, these networked applications and devices deliver a variety of advertising, merchandising and pricing services to customers. There are multiple Powershelf applications including out-of-stock sensors, at-the-shelf video advertising, and electronic shelf label systems that address critical, ongoing challenges faced by retailers and

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Be Socially Responsible

Smokersrule Sanitizing Spray has added Vanilla to the already successful Citrus Scent.  Smokersrule is formulated to eliminate the tobacco odor on clothes, skin and hair after smoking. It is safe for use on all clothing, skin and hair. With a retail price of $1.99, the 80 sprays per pen that fits in a pocket, has

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Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups

Nestlé BUTTERFINGER Peanut Butter Cups will be available in retail stores nationwide in January 2014. You may not have realized it, but your peanut butter cups have been missing something: a dose of Butterfinger. Nestlé Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups take the classic peanut-butter and chocolate combination of peanut butter cups to a whole new level.

Corner Store Raises $2.4 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

“At Corner Store, we love to be part of our communities and can’t think of a better cause than helping children and families going through a challenging illness or injury,” says CEO of CST Brands. Customers and team members at CST Brands Inc.’s Corner Stores raised a record-breaking $2.4 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,

RGCA Reveals Holiday Gift Card Trend Tracker Survey

Consumers embrace online and mobile options, but 78% plan to spend gift cards at brick and mortar retail locations. The holiday shopping season is just around the corner and to kick it off, the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) has released the results of the Holiday Gift Card Trend Tracker Survey that examines how consumers

Walgreens Debuts Nation’s First Net Zero Energy Retail Store

By utilizing solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal technology, engineers anticipate the new store in Evanston, Ill. will produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes. Sporting two wind turbines, nearly 850 solar panels and a geothermal system burrowed 550 feet into the ground, Walgreens is celebrating the official opening of what is believed

Supermarket Guru Predicts 2014 Trends

Social shopping and healthy snacking ahead as Millennials shape consumer trends in the new year. Millennials, health-conscious shoppers and a shift in consumer palates set the stage for what’s to come in the food world this year according to Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert. For 2014, Lempert, who works closely with ConAgra Foods Inc. and its

NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation

The legislation “treats restaurants like restaurants and convenience stores like convenience stores,” says NACS senior vice president of government relations. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) hailed legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (S.1756), as a thoughtful approach to providing the necessary flexibility and understanding of

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