Kum & Go to offer E15 at more than 65 stores in 7 states

By Erin Voegele | April 27, 2015

Kum & Go has announced it will begin offering E15 as a fuel option. Over the next two years, the company plans to make E15 available at more than 65 stores across Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. The first station, located in Windsor Heights, Iowa, is scheduled to open April 30.

Kum & Go has been an industry leaders in introducing alternative fuels. In the 1970’s, the company was among the first to offer 10 percent ethanol blends. In 1997, Kum & Go expanded its fuel options to include E85. Today, the company offers E85 at more than 160 locations across 11 states. Many stores also carry premium biodiesel blends. Later this month, Kum & Go plans to open its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Springdale, Arkansas.

“We have a strong tradition in our company to implement sustainability within our business and at our locations. From our 100 LEED-certified stores, to our selection of alternative fuels, E15 was a natural addition to our fuel offering,” said Jim Pirolli, vice president of fuels at Kum & Go. “Having E15 in our portfolio allows Kum & Go to offer our customers a quality product at a great value.”

The Renewable Fuels Association indicated that Kum & Go’s announcement will bring the total number of states offering E15 to 20. “RFA would like to thank Kum & Go for their continued leadership in ethanol,” said Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the RFA. “They have been offering E85 to consumers for years, and this addition of E15 in these seven states just makes sense. These continued E15 announcements demonstrate that the business case is solid for higher blends, and should lead other retailers to explore their options.”

Growth Energy has also weighed in on Kum & Go’s announcement. “We are thrilled to hear that Kum & Go will be offering E15, providing motorists with a choice and savings at the pump,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. “Kum & Go prides themselves on their exemplary service and a drive to give the customer more than what they expect, and this latest announcement underscores their role as an innovator and leader in the convenience store marketplace. Furthermore, this announcement shows that customer demand for higher blends of homegrown, renewable fuels, such as E15, is growing and Kum & Go is taking the necessary steps to deliver what the marketplace demands and what the consumer wants.”

“Their decision to offer E15 clearly demonstrates the strength of consumer demand for higher ethanol blends such as E15. It proves once again that consumers will select a high performance, low cost fuel when given the choice. Kum & Go is clearly a leader in the fuel retail marketplace and is acutely in tune with what their customers want and need,” Buis continued.

The American Coalition for Ethanol has congratulated Kum & Go on its decision to offer E15. “Kum & Go has been a leader in offering E85 as a fuel choice at most of the locations they’ve built in the last several years—it seems fitting that they would now be the first large Midwest retailer to announce the addition of E15 as a fuel option,” said Ron Lamberty, senior vice president of ACE. “In the c-store business, everyone ‘wants to be first to be second,’ so other retailers will take notice when a chain like Kum & Go is added to the list of E15 retailers that includes Mapco, Murphy Oil, Protec, Sheetz, and other smaller chains and single stores that have been offering E15 for two years or more. E15 is real, and with the number of vehicles built and warrantied for E15 growing by 10 million or more a year, it’s a smart option for stations to offer in the future.”

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association also praised Kum & Go’s announcement. “Kum & Go has been a leader in E85, and the renewable fuels community is excited to have them be a leader in E15,” said Lucy Norton, managing director of the IRFA. “Bottom line is that E15 is the most tested fuel in history, and the lowest-cost option for the majority of vehicles on the road today. Kum & Go’s forward-thinking decision is a game-changer for the landscape of fuel offerings in Iowa, and provides Iowans with wider availability of yet another environmentally-friendly fuel option in E15.”