(From left) John Feldman, vice president of construction with Kum & Go; Aaron Harrington, sales director for Hussmann; Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum & Go; and Todd Taylor, sales representative for Hussmann.

Kum & Go Receives Energy Efficiency Leader Award

Five newly opened stores are expected to consume 20% less energy thanks to efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) solutions. By Erin Rigik, associate editor. Kum & Go’s commitment to environmental stewardship has earned it the “Energy Efficiency Leader Award” from Hussmann and Trane, both brands of Ingersoll Rand, for adopting sustainable energy

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Lighting It Right

In the ongoing quest for reducing energy costs, many operators are introducing LEDs in coolers, under canopies and even inside the store, but how do you know if an upgrade is right for your chain? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In these tough economic times, lighting upgrades could provide a bright spot on the balance

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7-Eleven Encourages Slurpee MixMakers

Summer concerts and contest celebrate the art of mixing personalized Slurpee flavor combinations. 7-Eleven, the creator of America’s iconic frozen beverage, is celebrating the practice of flavor-mixing and urging its frozen-drink fans to become bonafide Slurpee MixMakers. Using the wide array of colors and flavors available at 7-Eleven stores nationwide, fans can mix and match

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Energy-Efficient Tips for Controlling Costs

Choosing the right equipment  and honing maintenance procedures will help to significantly reduce energy expenses. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Convenience stores looking to save money on operating costs should start examining their cooler and lighting expenses, in addition to the lighting inside the coolers—for simple ways to save big bucks. Canastota, N.Y.-based Nice N

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Food Fight at the Breakfast Bar

While convenience stores continue to battle QSRs for coffee sales, a new clash has ensued for the morning daypart as a whole. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Despite busier lifestyles, breakfast remains the most important meal of the day to most customers. The Food Channel’s recent breakfast survey found that 95% of respondents viewed their

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Industry Steps Up to Support Japan, Charitable Causes

Convenience stores continue to play an important role in raising much-needed funds in times of trouble. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. When disaster strikes, convenience stores are often at their best stepping up to support the community. But what makes the industry so special is that it often continues to give back long after the

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Pump & Pantry Poised for Growth

With an innovative store design, an updated fresh food offering and a new loyalty program in the works, the Nebraska chain is set for a strong 2011. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Pump & Pantry Convenience Stores is pushing forward with an aggressive plan to redesign its chain of 43 stores. The Grand Island, Neb.

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Kum & Go Welcomes New Leadership Team Members

“I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with being the primary legal advisor to a growing and dynamic company like Kum & Go,” says newly appointed vice president and general counsel. Kum & Go’s president and CEO Kyle Krause has announced the addition of Franci Phelan as the senior vice president of

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Dairy Facing Higher Costs

Closer management of the dairy category will be crucial in 2011. According to the U.S. Dairy Association (USDA), dairy will be among the food groups with the highest price increases in 2011—4.5 to 5.5%—due to rising energy and cattle-feed costs. While the industry has evolved, many chains, such as Byrne Dairy Co. in Syracuse, N.Y.,

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Flash Market Opens Fourth Pizza Inn

“Pizza Inn allows us to offer more than the personal pan pizza people think of at a local convenience store,” says Flash Market spokesperson. Multi-unit franchise owner Flash Market Convenience Stores has opened its fourth Pizza Inn delivery/carryout location—marking the first Pizza Inn in Saraland, Ala. Pizza Inn Inc. is an international pizza chain recognized

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Mirabito Partners With U.S. Bank on Fleet Cards

“By co-branding with U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems, we’ve expanded the reach of the Mirabito fleet card and made it more valuable to our customers,” says Mirabito spokesperson. New York-based Mirabito Convenience Stores has entered into a fleet card referral agreement with U.S. Bank, a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards. Under terms

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Portable Solutions

Grab-and-go has become a significant portion of the foodservice industry as 65% of operators now offer portable foods and attribute nearly 25% of revenue to their carry-out business. Rich Products Corp. offers a variety of innovative products to deliver the taste and convenience consumers crave. Rich’s portability solutions meet multiple menu needs to support operators’

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Sheetz Opens Beckley, W.Va. Store With Drive-Through

Customers line up early for a chance to win hundreds of dollars in prizes. Sheetz has opened its first new location in Beckley, W.Va., at 5481 Robert C. Byrd Drive. Excitement for this store has been heightened with a contest for the first 50 people in line when the doors open.  These lucky customers all

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Food And Beverage Market Rebounds

“As the economy continues to improve, shoppers are more likely to remain with a set of brands and retailers that they know delivers the value they expect,” says Symphony Consulting spokesperson. The U.S. food and beverage market is expected to continue its rebound in 2011 and 2012, as more shoppers believe the economy will improve

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April Fool’s Day Beef Jerky Giveaway

Pemmican Beef Jerky partners with Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program to help feed those in need. Marfood USA’s Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky plans to give away one free bag of beef jerky every 20.11 seconds on April 1, to kick off its new Pemmican Trail campaign. Participants simply visit www.pemmican.com between 12:01

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MACS Bursts Onto the C-Store Scene

It’s been a busy first year for Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, which  is set to roll out a proprietary foodservice program and is developing a unified retail image. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) might not be the oldest company in the industry, but it’s certainly poised for growth in 2011 as it

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Scholarships Available To Women in Food and Retail Studies

“The generous scholarships NEW awards to deserving students have been instrumental in attracting the best and brightest women into the CPG and food retail industry,” says NEW Scholarship Chair. The Network of Executive Women Consumer Products and Retail is accepting applications for its annual merit scholarships awarded to outstanding women students in food, retail and

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AWMA CEO Testifies At FDA TPSAC Meeting

“If  menthol  cigarettes  have  the  same  health  effects  as  non‐menthol  cigarettes,  how  can  the  federal  government  justify  a  ban  of  menthol  cigarettes?” questions AWMA CEO. AWMA President and CEO Scott Ramminger testified before the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) on March 17, as the Committee decides whether or not to recommend a ban on

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L.E. Belcher Stores Support MDA

“This year, we more than tripled the money raised over last year’s holiday drive,” says director of retail operations. It may be nearly spring, but L.E. Belcher stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts are still basking in a well-deserved holiday glow. Over the course of five weeks in November and December, L.E. Belcher store locations decked

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Rock the Vote

Pop Rocks consumers have been busy voting for their top pop songs as well as the greatest hits of the 70´s. The new “U-ROCK” sweepstakes is available on the Pop Rocks Web site, offering consumers the chance to win $100 iTunes gift certificates. This is the first activity of the Pop Rocks’ new marketing plan

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Don’t Overlook the Little Things

We all know that customer service, bright lights and a clean store drive business, yet many stores are not getting the message. By Jim Callahan. Last month I took a close look at making the outside appearance of our convenience stores attractive enough to entice consumers to want to enter our stores and spend more

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Walgreens Aids Disaster Relief Efforts in Japan

“We’re doing what we can to help the Red Cross reach those who need it most,” says Walgreens spokesperson. Walgreens is donating $150,000 to the American Red Cross in response to the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan last week. The company also plans to match employee donations up to $100,000. “Our employees have

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Durbin Amendment in Danger of Delay

On Tuesday, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced a bill in an effort to delay implementation of the Durbin amendment. The legislation, S. 575, introduced on March 15, seeks to delay — for two years — critical reforms aimed at providing relief to America’s small-business owners. The reforms, scheduled to take effect this summer, would limit

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Wal-Mart Begins Build on Express Stores

A smaller footprint version of Wal-Mart is soon to give c-stores extra competition. Wal-Mart has begun construction on the first of its Wal-Mart Express stores, which are expected to average less than a tenth of the size of an average Wal-Mart Supercenter, Business Review USA reported. On March 16, construction is planned on a 14,400

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Driving Business with Branding

As competition increases from drug stores, fast-food restaurants and coffeehouse, communicating a clear branding strategy is timely and vital. The forecourt is more important than ever, especially as gas prices are rising at a fast clip. Fewer trips mean fewer opportunities to market through the forecourt, so retailers must use every strategy to drive store

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