NCASEF To Donate $750,000 To Hire Heros USA

7-Eleven Inc. and vendor partners break donation record.   The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF), in partnership with 7-Eleven, Inc. and 15 vendor partners, recently announced its single largest financial commitment ever to a charitable organization—Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit organization offering transition and job search assistance to military veterans and their

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Break Time Launches Loyalty Program

Smartphone app built on VERGE Retail Platform. MFA Oil Co., which operates 77 Break Time convenience stores across Missouri and Arkansas has partnered with VERGE Retail, using its Connect smartphone platform to launch a loyalty program. With the loyalty features built into the Break Time app, c-store customers are rewarded each time they use their

Kroger Achieves Perishable Donations Partnership Milestones

The company has donated 175 million fresh meat, produce & dairy meals to feed hungry families since 2008. The Kroger Co. has donated 175 million meals from fresh meat, produce, dairy and bakery items to Feeding America food banks since 2008 through its groundbreaking Perishable Donations Partnership. The program has also enabled Kroger to divert

Study Reveals Millennial Brand Attitudes

Millennials are found to be surprisingly pragmatic when it comes to forming their perceptions around brands. Concentric Marketing, a consumer packaged goods marketing and research firm, has released the results of a recent study they conducted around brand attitudes, shopping habits and preferences of Millennial consumers. The results reveal some divergence from some of the


SNICKERS Partners With NASCAR Nationwide Series

Inks deal with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for Kyle Larson to Pilot a SNICKERS Bites Car in two races. Mars Chocolate North America’s SNICKERS Brand has inked a new partnership with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) that will feature development driver Kyle Larson taking the wheel of a SNICKERS Bites car during upcoming NASCAR


Soup Season Heats Up

Tomlinson’s Glenray Premium Kettle offers fast heat up and cooking power with 800 watts of energy. Now you can cook soup from scratch and keep it warm—all in one kettle.  The Glenray Premium’s adjustable temperature control goes from sizzle to simmer to serve—you save time and spend less on equipment.  Features include: 800 watts to

Kangaroo Express Introduces New Sausage Biscuit Breakfast Offering

New on-the-go breakfast item is included in $2 breakfast combo and grill deals. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced the Jimmy Dean Sausage and Biscuit Bun, its exclusive new breakfast biscuit, is rolling in on the grill to its 1,160 grill-ready stores. Taking a twist on the classic American hot dog, the Jimmy

Consumer Pessimism Continues Its Worrisome Climb

Consumers are more pessimistic about the economy than they have been all year— and gas prices may not be the primary cause. For the first time this year, consumer pessimism increased over a 30-day period when gas prices fell. More than three in five consumers (61%) say that they are pessimistic, an increase from the


Outages at Refineries in California to Lift State’s Retail Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric A string of outages at refineries in California during the first week of September spiked spot gasoline prices in the state with those costs to be passed through the supply chain to retail outlets, pushing pump prices there higher despite a lower trending New York Mercantile Exchange

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Albertson’s LLC Acquiring United Supermarkets

Acquisition includes 50 supermarket locations, 26 fuel sites, three distribution centers, and one manufacturing facility in North and West Texas. United Supermarkets LLC, d.b.a. The United Family (United) announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Albertson’s LLC, which currently operates more than 600 locations in 16 states. Terms of the transaction were not

A Gallon of Hope for Hunger Action Month

7-Eleven, Dean Foods donate a meal to North Texas Food Bank for each gallon of Oak Farms milk sold during four-week campaign. In North Texas, each gallon of milk purchased at participating 7-Eleven stores between Sept. 6 and Oct. 4 could mean a meal for someone suffering from hunger. In recognition of Hunger Action Month

C-Store Beverage Sales Grow Over Labor Day

Strong results bring optimism for Q3 earnings. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently conducted a survey of beverage retailers representing more than 10,000 c-store retail locations across the country to measure beverage trends over the recent Labor Day holiday. Survey results indicated that c-store beverage sales growth was up a strong +4% for Labor Day 2013,

BP America Supports Olympic Hopefuls

BP-Sponsored Team USA athletes include two returning London 2012 competitors and wounded veteran. BP America announced today that it will sponsor six U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes training for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and Team USA. “As a

Corner Store Debuts New Snacks For Fall

BBQ pork ribs, new whoopie pie and kolache varieties add warmth and spice. As fall football season approaches, Corner Store is introducing finger-licking BBQ pork ribs, a Sweet Jalapeño Whoopie Pie and a Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuit Breakfast Sausage Kolache under the store’s signature Fresh Choices brand, a selection of crave-able and creative foods you can’t


Heineken USA Introduces ‘Beers of Mexico’ Variety Pack

Variety pack offers a mix of experiences perfect for holiday gatherings. Heineken USA is gearing up for the season of celebrations and entertaining with the Beers of Mexico Fiesta Variety Pack, the perfect all-in-one party solution to drive consideration and incremental sales this holiday season. Available in 12 packs of bottles or cans, the Beers


The Hershey Co. Shares Growth Strategies

During a media day with trade press editors on Sept. 4, executives from The Hershey Co. revealed its plans and strategies for “disciplined, sustainable growth” over the next 20 years. The Hershey Co. aims to maintain the No. 1 market share in North America, and to be among the top three in emerging markets, such

NATO Responds To CDC Youth Tobacco Use Survey

“It appears the CDC and the FDA are extrapolating data from the 2011 and 2012 National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS) to support the FDA’s announced plan to expand its authority over other tobacco products,” says NATO’s executive director. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 5, announced the findings from the National


Englefield Oil Celebrates Utica Duchess Shoppe Opening

The newly built store features 16 fueling stations plus a grander Duchess Deli and Crown Café. Englefield Oil Co. is set to celebrate the grand opening of its Utica Duchess Shoppe on Thursday Sept. 12, 2013 at 12 Columbus Road Utica, Ohio.  The event grand opening event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2

NATSO Foundation To Award Best Idea At NATSO Show

A $500 prize awaits best idea for improving operations. The NATSO Foundation plans to award $500 during the NATSO Show 2014 to the independent truckstop or travel plaza operator who generates the best new idea for improving truckstop operations. The $500 prize, which will be awarded during the 2014 Great Ideas! for Independent Operators Session,

Lucero, award-winning singer and actress, and Bert Alfonso, President International, The Hershey Company at the 26th Hispanic Heritage Awards on Sept. 5, 2013 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. At this year’s annual ceremony, The Hershey Company presented the prestigious Vision Award to Lucero for her dedication to children in need.

The Hershey Co. Presents Vision Award

International Singer and Actress, Lucero, receives the Vision Award at the 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The Hershey Co. presented the Vision Award to international singer and actress, Lucero, at the 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards (HHAs) on Sept. 5, 2013 at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Having sold more than 27

We Card Program Enters 18th Year With Call To Action

Successful Social Responsibility Program educates retailers on e-cigarette restrictions. September is We Card Awareness Month, named for one of the most successful corporate social responsibility efforts in America. The We Card program is entering its 18th year with a call to action for retailers, requesting stronger restriction of tobacco products to minors. The program, recognized


Easy-To-Use Food Scale

A new portable, all stainless steel food service scale that is ideally suited for both commercial and educational applications is being introduced by Alliance Scale Inc. of Canton, Mass. The Alliance/OHAUS Valor 3000 XTREME Portable Scale is an all stainless-steel food scale designed for tough environments where frequent washdown is required and capacity is exceeded

Susser Holdings Acquires Gainesville Fuels

“The Gainesville acquisition gives us access to new geographic wholesale markets in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma,” says Susser president and CEO. Susser Holdings Corp. (SUSS) and Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP) announced that SUSS has completed the acquisition of Gainesville Fuels Inc., which operates a wholesale fuel and lubricants distribution business selling approximately 60

Kum & Go Celebrates its 41st Store Opening in Arkansas

New convenience store in Maumelle features fresh food and sustainable practices. Kum & Go is set to open a new, 5,000-square-foot convenience store on Friday, Sept. 6, in Maumelle, Ark. This new store, located at 21510 Highway 365 North, is part of the company’s aggressive growth strategy in the Little Rock metropolitan area. The new

PAPCO Acquires 24 Virginia Locations

Acquisition will leverage supply and marketing capabilities in Hampton Roads, Va. Virginia Beach, Va.-based petroleum marketer PAPCO Inc. has acquired the “Tidewater Retail Assets” which consists of 23 Shell branded retail gas stations and one Exxon location, from SMO Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Wills Group, Inc. “We are very excited about the SMO