Convenience Store News

MAR 2017

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WWW.CSNEWS.COM | MARCH 2017 | Convenience Store News 19 retailer tidbits supplier tidbits n GPM Investments LLC received an investment boost as Harvest Partners SCF LP completed the acquisition of a $62.5-million minority ownership position in the retailer. The two will work to find and assess acquisition opportunities. n The Kroger Co. inked a service agreement with convenience distributor McLane Co. Inc. The pact covers all of Kroger's 787 convenience stores across 18 states. n Parker's Convenience Stores reopened the doors to a remod- eled Parker's Market Urban Gourmet, its flagship location in Savannah, Ga. New foodservice additions include: a full-service chopped salad bar; hot panini press with a selection of specialty flatbread sandwiches; and expanded pastry case. The renovation was completed in only 12 days. n 7-Eleven Inc. selected Deutsch as its new lead creative agency. Deutsch will be responsible for collaborating on marketing strategy, brand positioning and creative campaigns to promote its proprietary products. n Stewart's Shops recently made a $10.5-million contribution to its Employee Stock Ownership Plan, an increase of $500,000 over last year. This contribution equaled approximately 15 percent of its employees' pay in 2016. n Ricker's Convenience Stores is extending Replenish, a reduced emissions fuel program pow- ered by GreenPrint. The exten- sion is for two years. Every time a customer pumps any grade of fuel at Ricker's, the Replenish program invests in projects that offset carbon from the atmosphere. n Kellogg Co. is exiting its direct- store delivery (DSD) network in the second quarter of this year, transitioning the DSD-distributed portion of the company's U.S. snacks business to the warehouse model. Warehouse distribution is already used for 75 percent of Kellogg's U.S. sales. n PFSbrands completed the sale of 100 percent of the company to its employees through an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). PFSbrands is the par- ent company of the Champs Chicken and Cooper's Express brands. n Eby-Brown Co. LLC and Rich's Foodservice, a division of Rich Products Corp., are offering c-store operators a free dispenser with the purchase of a case of Rich's mytop whipped topping. The deal runs through Dec. 31, 2017. n Manitowoc Foodservice Inc. rebranded to Welbilt Inc. The change, which includes a new logo and brand identity, follows its March 2016 spinoff from former parent company The Manitowoc Co. n U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. vol - untarily recalled certain smokeless tobacco products manufactured at its facility in Franklin Park, Ill. The recall was triggered by consumer complaints of foreign metal objects found in select cans. n Nestlé USA, a subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., will transition its corporate headquar- ters to Arlington County, Va., starting later this year. The move is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The company will bring about 750 jobs to the Washington, D.C., area. n H.T. Hackney Co. is adding its first warehouse and distribution facility in West Virginia. The 246,000-square-foot facility in Milton is expected to create an estimated 70 jobs.

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