The final The E15 Expressway: Web Chats with Retailers features Derk Wehner, Vice President of Fuels at Thorntons. This year, Thorntons will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding in Clarksville, Indiana.

Wehner explains that across its 200 stores in six states, Thorntons calls its customers “guests” and puts top-notch experience and value above all else. In his conversation with Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, he discusses how Unleaded 88 (E15) has added to the value and experience offered to Thorntons guests.

Watch the conversation between Derk Wehner and Emily Skor on YouTube or click the image below.

Other Conversation Highlights:

HBIIP: “Emily, as you are well aware, Thorntons was a participant in the first grant program a few years ago, which was hugely, hugely beneficial for us. Through that program, we were able to expand our ethanol offers primarily into the Chicago Market, into at the time, 43 stores, and eventually, with some additional grants we expanded up to 61 stores, which is what we are operating now.” 

Unleaded 88: “We think it is a great product that just offers value all around for the types of guests that we have, and it has been very successful for us.”

Growth Energy: “I honestly think it is fair to say we would not be here today if it had not been for Growth Energy and Prime the Pump.”

This concludes the E15 Expressway: Web Chats with Retailers video series. Thank you for tuning in!

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