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Sheetz, the convenience store chain, has announced that it has made a two-year commitment to deliver more nutritious options across its 475 convenience stores, and has joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), the organization that described itself as working "with the private sector and PHA honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families."

Sheetz strives to meet the needs of our customers, and providing healthy choices has been an ongoing commitment for us," said Joe Sheetz, CEO of Sheetz. "We have seen the need in the communities we serve for healthy options and we are proud to continue to be a part of the solution. " The company says it has committed "to maintain and build upon healthy food choices; continue to make those choices more affordable; and support healthier options through in-store marketing and promotions to meet the needs of the children, families and communities it serves."

The announcement was made at the annual NACS show in Las Vegas. The Sheetz commitment almost doubles the c-store industry's commitment to PHA.

"We are proud that our industry is playing a leadership role in not only improving access to fresh food and healthy options, but in supporting community programs that focus on activity and healthier lifestyles," said Henry Armour, president/CEO of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).
KC's View:
During the show, Steve Loehr, the VP of operations support for the Kwik Trip chain, told the audience that "if you haven’t heard by now, Kwik Trip sells a lot of bananas. When I mean a lot I mean about 44 million pounds a year. That works out to about 400 pounds per store, every day of the year. We sell a lot of other produce as well — apples, oranges, lettuce, onions and potatoes."

We recently had a story about how 7-Eleven is going to be offering healthier foods, and actually sells more bananas than Snickers.

Maybe the man was right. The times, they really are a'changin…