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Scotsman Joins Women For Water Campaign

Scotsman support helps organization establish water and sanitation programs globally. Scotsman Ice Systems plans to donate a percentage of each healthcare unit sold to the Global Water Challenge’s newly-launched Women for Water campaign. The campaign is a global grassroots initiative that is dedicated to launching women-led water ventures, each of which is estimated to provide

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What Do Your Floors Say About Your Store?

Convenience store operators pushing a foodservice program must be committed to store cleanliness and sanitation. By Michael Schaffer, Contributing Editor If there is anything retailers and convenience store owners have learned from the economic downturn, it’s that they must do everything they can to welcome their customers and keep them loyal. And it can all

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Foodservice Sustainability Recognized With Grant

“The thoroughness of Phipps’ foodservice sustainability program stood out as having a positive impact on its operations as well as the community at large,” says HCFS spokesperson. The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability (HCFS) has awarded a $5,000 grant to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa., in recognition of foodservice sustainability initiatives that

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Go Green, Save Green

How one retail chain saved $20,000 annually by turning to energy efficiency. By Ali Farsai, Contributing Editor Our family has been in the gas station and convenience store business for over 25 years and the past few years, as we are all painfully aware, business has been down. We have had to think “outside the

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Rutter’s 2011 Charitable Giving Tops $320,000

“We believe these donations have made a lasting impact on the organizations that receive them and those who’ve benefitted from them,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s Farm Stores made charitable donations to several community organizations, which totaled more than $320,000 in 2011. “In economies as tough as this one, charities need the financial support of the

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BP Updates Gulf Restoration Activity in New TV Ad

National campaign provides progress report on Gulf recovery and restoration BP is launching a new nationwide television advertising campaign to update the American people on progress being made to clean up and restore the Gulf Coast region in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon accident. The initial advertisement in the series, which will debut on

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Handee Marts Reports Strong Resuts on Recycling Program

7-Eleven licensee Handee Marts Inc. reported strong results from its new PepsiCo Dream Machine recycling initiative. Handee Marts launched PepsiCo’s Dream Machine recycling program in June 2011. Since the program’s launch, more than 121,400 beverage containers have been recycled in Dream Machines at Handee Marts. For all the bottles and cans recycled at Handee Marts–and

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Flex-Fuel Perks

Customers with flex-fuel vehicles fill up on environmentally friendly fuel for a good price.  Thorntons’ store at 2291 Elkhorn Drive in Lexington, Ky., is offering e85 Flex-Fuel at 85 cents per gallon from 10 a.m. to noon today, Friday July 22. Thorntons team members intend to be on-site with e85 Flex Fuel informational handouts, and

SUPERVALU Aims To Reduce Emissions

SUPERVALU INC., through a partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), plans to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 10% by the end of 2012 with a baseline year of 2007. SUPERVALU’s initiative is comparable in scope to eliminating the electricity use of more than 352,000 average U.S. homes for one year. This partnership makes

Driving Car Wash Profits

Increasing profits at the car wash depends on two tasks: drawing new customers and tempting current customers to increase the frequency of their visits. Determining which tactics will best accomplish these feats is where it gets complicated. Tactics that are working for many in the industry include touting loyalty programs, embarking on water-saving initiatives, participating

Thorntons Adding E85 Pumps

Thorntons Inc. has teamed with Growth Energy to establish 20 new E85 stations in five states. “We are very excited about the expansion of E85 fuel in our stores,” said Matt Thornton, CEO of Thorntons, which operates more than 160 c-stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. “We support the use of ethanol, wherever

Rethink Your Environmental Impact

To help food service operators reached their sustainability objectives, Eco-Products is launching the “ReTHINK Your Impact Challenge” at the National Restaurant Association trade show May 22-25.  Eco-Products plans to provide awards in two distinct categories: 1.  The ReTHINK Disposables Makeover converts an operator’s existing disposables-free, for one year- to Eco-Products’ renewable and recycled content products, promoting

Register Now For The NYACS Show

The 24th annual Trade Show & Convention of the New York Association of Convenience Stores is set for next week at the Oncenter in Syracuse, N.Y. Retail decision-makers representing more than 1,000 New York convenience stores are expected to attend the May 12-13 event. “Going for the GREEN” is this year’s theme. It’s a product

The Benefits of Going Green

An Illinois CITGO fuel marketer became the first gas station owner in the nation to receive the Green Business League award for its efforts to reduce energy and minimize its environmental footprint. Dave Welch, president of Deerfield CITGO, began his journey toward achieving a green business in June 2009, when he and a consultant started

Kroger’s Annual Earth Day Contest Aims To Reduce Waste

As Earth Day approaches, The Kroger Co. is inviting customers to design a reusable shopping bag through its annual online contest. From April 12 to May 21, customers can go online at www.kroger.com/green to submit their designs for Kroger’s reusable grocery bags. The winning designer will receive a $1,000 gift card and a chance to

CITGO Participates In Earth Hour 2010

On Saturday, CITGO Petroleum Corporation joined more than 70 local businesses, government agencies, universities, colleges, hotels, and museums, as well as hundreds of residents and small businesses, in observing Earth Hour 2010. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour took place on March 27 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Participants from 400 cities

Chevron To Install Solar Panels

Chevron Corp. is installing 7,700 solar power panels near Bakersfield in California, which is expected to produce 740 kilowatts of electricity, the Los Angeles Times reported. The panels will power the pumps and the pipelines operated at Chevron’s Kern River oil field facility and showcase the latest photovoltaic technologies (converting sunlight to electricity) from seven

Pennsylvania GetGo Becomes LEED Silver-Certified

Multi-format retailer Giant Eagle, Inc. today announced the receipt of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for its GetGo convenience store and fuel station located at 140 Towne Center Drive in Wexford, Pa.  “Adding a LEED-certified convenience store and fuel station to our wealth of sustainable business practices underscores Giant Eagle’s

Q Stop Earns Green Achievement Award

Q Stop convenience stores was honored with the Green Idea Group’s Green Achievement Award for reducing electric power use and costs by 64% after installing a new canopy lighting system at its store in O’Fallon, Mo. Q Stop, which operates six stores in the St. Louis metro area and is owned by Jones Oil Co.,

Retailing on Two Wheels

With gas pumps out front, automotive supplies inside and the occasional adjacent lube shop, c-stores are geared toward the driving public. But as more commuters take to bikes for exercise, to save on gas or to support a greener environment, one c-store owner is making bicycles his business. A bike commuter and bike mechanic, Edwin

Is Green in Your Future?

Being green. You can’t go a day without hearing about it. Escalating energy costs and a renewed awareness of the environment have put green initiatives at the top of the agenda for the global convenience industry. Retail industry leaders such as Walmart and Tesco are setting targets to reduce energy use by at least 20%.

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