Wilson Farms Raises $30,000 for Meals on Wheels

  In its sixth consecutive year, “Step Up to the Plate” a fundraising campaign to benefit the homebound elderly and disabled served by Meals on Wheels programs raised more than $30,000 in November through the support of Wilson Farms’ customers.   All Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Wilson Farms Xpress stores statewide participated in the campaign

7-Eleven Offers The Gift of Game

  In a holiday shopping season some experts forecast to be cloudy, 7-Eleven Inc. has been driving sales with prepaid gaming gift cards.   Prepaid gaming gift cards are used to enhance players’ experience in Massively Multi-player Online Games, or MMOGs, a popular activity with hundreds of millions around the world. And 7-Eleven stores have

Salmonella Found in Hazelnuts

  Whole Foods, Kunze Farms, Willamette Filbert Growers, Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts, Harry and David, and Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. are recalling hazelnuts due to salmonella.   Kunze Farms of Dayton, Oregon is recalling 32,950 pounds of hazelnut kernels due to potential contamination by Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal

NACS Employee Teri Richman Dies

  Industry leader and longtime NACS employee Teri Richman, 54, died on Saturday, Dec. 19 after a long fight with cancer.   Over the course of her 20-plus years at NACS, Richman was involved in nearly every major industry issue and initiative, from defeating beer-gas bans in the mid-1980s, to improving store security in the

Wendy’s Debuts Mobile Coupons

  Wendy’s International is taking its first steps into the world of mobile coupons with help from partner Options Media Group Holdings, a services provider for on-demand e-mail marketing, Brandweek reported.   Through the new campaign, customers in the Northeast can opt in for mobile coupons and ads, which arrive via text message, in return

Tennessee’s Renewable Fuels Blending Act Under Fire

The American Petroleum Institute is fighting the Tennessee Renewable Fuels Blending Act, set to begin Jan. 1, the Tennessee Business Journal reported. The legislation, which passed 88-5 in the state House and 28-1 in the state Senate this year provides Tennessee businesses with a greater chance to profit from renewable fuels and requires petroleum refiners

Tri Star To Conduct Strategic Divestiture

  Tri Star Energy LLC of Nashville, Tenn., is planning a strategic divestiture of a number of convenience stores and retail gasoline outlets in Tennessee. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC will conduct the sale.    Proceeds from the divestiture will be used for expansion and acquisition opportunities currently available to the company. The preliminary

U.S. Gasoline Prices Make U-Turn

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   The U.S. retail gasoline price average moved off a two-month low at $2.56 gallon reached midway through December, and is again climbing on higher crude costs in front of the Christmas holiday, driven by advances in the financial oil markets.   Crude costs were leaking

Tedeschi Opens 189th Store

  Tedeschi Food Shops, the Rockland, Mass.-based convenience store chain, has opened a new store in Everett, Mass., the Boston Globe reported.    The new store is located at 2029 Revere Beach Parkway and marks the chain’s 189th location and its fourth store in Everett, Mass.    “In addition to wide assortments of snacks and

Tank Deadline Looms Closer For Florida Retailers

  Florida gas station owners are rushing to get their underground fuel storage tanks replaced with double-walled tanks by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Dec. 31 deadline in an effort to avoid fines or a court-ordered shutdown of their gas pumps, the Palm Beach Post reported.   Industry experts predict 5-18% of stations won’t

Tedeschi Opens 189th Store

  Tedeschi Food Shops, the Rockland, Mass.-based convenience store chain, has opened a new store in Everett, Mass., the Boston Globe reported.    The new store is located at 2029 Revere Beach Parkway and marks the chain’s 189th location and its fourth store in Everett, Mass.    “In addition to wide assortments of snacks and

Holiday Companies, McLane Renew Contract

  Holiday Companies has signed a contract renewal with McLane for supply chain services to its 458 Holiday c-stores throughout 12 states in the northern tier region of the U.S., continuing the companies’ successful seven-year relationship.   McLane’s Minnesota and Northwest facilities will continue to support distribution of a broad line of products for Holiday

7-Eleven Gears Up For Xmas Sales

Since 1963, 7-Eleven stores have kept round-the-clock hours, and today about 99% of the more than 5,800 U.S. stores stay open on Dec. 25. For people who need to prepare a family recipe, wrap a last-minute present, shoot a baby’s first Christmas picture or operate a new toy, their neighborhood 7-Eleven store stands ready to

7-Eleven Gears Up For Xmas Sales

Since 1963, 7-Eleven stores have kept round-the-clock hours, and today about 99% of the more than 5,800 U.S. stores stay open on Dec. 25. For people who need to prepare a family recipe, wrap a last-minute present, shoot a baby’s first Christmas picture or operate a new toy, their neighborhood 7-Eleven store stands ready to

Kum & Go Increases Beverage Selection in 2010

  Kum & Go has entered a new distribution agreement with ACUTEfruit, Monarch Beverages’ nutrient-enhanced 100% fruit juice energy beverage, and plans to expand carriage of the product, sales and promo agreements throughout the Midwest in 2010 at its Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and North and South Dakota locations.   The chain will put the beverage

Mobile Coupons Bring Ethics Questions For C-Stores

The mobile coupon is one of the many new ways to advertise to a new generation of cell phone-toting customers. 7-Eleven is almost finished with its two-month trial of mobile coupons, which it debuted in 200 stores San Diego in November, and the chain is preparing to extend the trial. 7-Eleven has avoided some of

Utah Joins Fight Against Interchange Fees

  Utah gas stations and convenience stores have joined the petition drive against credit card swipe fees this week, Desert News reported, and through mid-January retailers will be encouraging customers to sign.   Thus far, more than 10,000 convenience stores nationwide have joined the petition drive. John Hill, state director of the Utah Petroleum Marketers

PepsiCo Will Not Run Super Bowl Ads

  PepsiCo will not be running adds during Super Bowl XLIV this year, as it embarks on a new cause-related marketing program, the Wall Street Journal reported.   The decision is a big shift from last year when Pepsi was the biggest advertiser during the broadcast of the Super Bowl, which it has long made

Cumberland Farms To Welcome New Year With Free Coffee

  Framingham, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms is giving customers a caffeinated boost into 2010, by offering free coffee on last day of 2009 and first hours of the new year,  the Boston Globe reported.    From 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve until 5 a.m. New Year’s Day, Cumberland Farms locations across the Northeast and Florida

Alon USA Announces New Clean Fleet Initiative

  Alon USA Energy Inc. has launched a new initiative to reduce its environmental impact through the conversion of its 170-vehicle fleet to hybrid and clean diesel power.   Alon officials, flanked by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and Texas Business for Clean Air Executive Director Margaret Keliher, announced the new environmental stewardship plans on Dec.

7-Eleven Renews Card Processing Partnership

  7-Eleven Inc. has signed a seven-year contract extension with Heartland Payment Systems, a payment processing company.   Under the contract extension, Heartland will continue authorizing and settling credit and debit card transactions for more than 5,800 7-Eleven-branded convenience stores nationwide.   “Over the past two years, 7-Eleven has realized the benefits of  Heartland’s efficient,

What To Watch For In 2010

  The Nielsen Company has released the top five consumer goods spending trends retailers can expect to see in 2010.   1. Restraint will become the new normal in the coming year. Americans’ confidence has been slower to rebound compared to other countries. As a result, expect customers to continue to save money as unemployment

Wawa Opens New Store With Salute

Wawa Inc. has announced the grand opening of its newest store, located on 1417 South Hanover Street in Pottstown, Pa., the Pottstown Herald reported.   In celebration, Wawa is hosting military-inspired festivities that will include a military salute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, and a check presentation for $500 to

Irving Oil Donates $40,000 To Fuel The Care At CHaD

  With a backdrop of family, friends and staff members of the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Irving Oil announcd a $40,000 donation for the 2010 Fuel the Care Program.   Since 2002, Irving’s Fuel the Care program has helped make life a little easier for over 20,000 families across New England and Atlantic Canada by

7-Eleven Expands Banana Tests

  7-Eleven stores in Florida and southern California are joining more than two dozen of the chain’s Dallas-area locations in test marketing single, plastic-wrapped bananas from Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Miami, The Packer reported.   A 60-day test of the bananas in Dallas concluded early this month.   “The initial test was in just

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