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    Consumers Love Rutter's

    Chain earns top honors in four categories of an annual local survey.

    YORK, Pa. -- The Rutter's convenience store chain, based here, placed first in four categories in the York Sunday News' 2007 "best of" reader survey -- in the milk, deli, sub or sandwich, breakfast and lunch categories.

    Earning the "best of" title in the milk and deli, sub or sandwich categories is not new to the company. It placed first in both the categories in 2006. This year's first for the company was top spots in the breakfast and lunch categories, according to the company.

    In addition, the company placed second in the coffee category, behind Starbucks.

    The 2007 survey was published as a tabloid supplement to the newspaper's May 27 edition, and comprised 87 categories.

    "More than anything, what these rankings tell us is that Rutter's is a part of the fabric of its communities, offering a friendly, reliable destination for foods and beverages that consumers enjoy at all hours of the day," Scott Hartman, president of Rutter's Farm Stores, said in a written statement.

    In other Rutter's news, the company's president, Scott Hartman, was named chairman of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association. In this position, he will serve a two-year term with the association, which is made up of more than 6,000 retail food stores in the state, according to the company.

    Hartman's father, Stewart Hartman, also served as chairman from 1995 to 1997. With Scott Hartman's chairmanship, it marks the first time the association has seen a father and son hold the chairman's spot in its history.

    "Stew, and now Scott, have successfully operated their businesses with a team of visionary professionals, while dedicating their time and resources to meaningful community and industry organizations," David McCorkle, the association's president and CEO said in a statement. "We owe the entire Rutter's organization a heartfelt food industry thank you for their commitment to excellence."

    Scott Hartman has been an association board member since 1999 and previously served as treasurer in 2003 to 2006 and vice chairman from 2006 to 2007. He also serves on the executive committee of the association's sister organization, the Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council, and on the legislative committee and board of trustees of FoodPAC, the association's political action committee. Hartman also helped form the association's Responsible Tobacco Sales Certification Program, and is its chairman.

    On a national level, Scott Hartman is also the chairman of NACS: the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing, and chairman of the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS).

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