This week’s The E15 Expressway: Web Chats with Retailers features Nathaniel Doddridge, Vice President of Fuels at Casey’s. Casey’s has 2,200 locations serving 16 different states with not only fuel, but pizza as well. Casey’s is the fifth largest pizza retailer in the country – and its Unleaded 88 (E15) fuel offerings are helping drive more consumers to both the pump and the retail store.

This fall, Casey’s received a Higher Blend Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), used to encourage and create a comprehensive approach to high blends. During his chat with Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, Doddridge explained how the HBIIP grant has served as a springboard for capital growth.

Other Conversation Highlights:

HBIIP: “Even though we are an 8-billion-dollar enterprise, those types of grants move us so far down the road in regards to getting the support we need for capital, so that was huge for us because it was really a springboard for us. We already had plans to grow our E15, our E85, our higher blends, but this really gave us the ability to really look at a little bit different way and go out, add to some more states, some new markets.”

Growth Energy: “This [HBIIP grant] was the first time we have actually taken advantage of the USDA grant. A lot of that really came from the encouragement and support from Growth Energy and Prime the Pump and as we looked through how to navigate the paperwork, through understanding what we need to do with the money, and how we deal with this process.”

Next week, tune in to hear from Gus Olympidis, President and CEO of Family Express!

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