Gas Prices Steady Heading into March

Following OPEC agreement, participating countries implemented 90% of agreed upon production cuts. The national gas average stayed steady over the past week, growing by only “fractions of a penny,” AAA reported, to reach $2.28 per gallon for regular unleaded gas on Feb. 21. The price is five cents less than last month and 56 cents

Wawa Foundation Donates $100,000 to Winnie Palmer Hospital

Grant for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will fund a new transport incubator. The Wawa Foundation has awarded Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies a $100,000 grant for its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Supporting The Wawa Foundation’s health-focused giving initiative, the grant funds will purchase a new incubator used to transport high-risk and critically-ill

Health Consciousness Drives Protein Alternative Consumption

As more consumers adopt healthier lifestyles, interest in meat substitutes is growing. While not fully committing to a meat-free lifestyle, ‘Meatless Mondays’ seem to be catching on among Americans as a way to cut back with new research from Mintel revealing that the top reason U.S. consumers use meat alternatives is because they occasionally like

Refrigerated Coffee Creamer Sales Climb

Clean labels and more plant-based creamers may be giving the segment a boost. Sales of coffee creamers are on the rise, according to a recent report “Refrigerated Coffee Creamers: U.S. Market Trends,” by market research firm Packaged Facts that estimates overall domestic retail sales for refrigerated coffee creamer products approached $2.5 billion in 2015, an

Burger King Parent Company Acquires Popeyes

The transaction is expected to close in April. Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI)—one of the largest global quick-service restaurant companies and owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons is set to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. $79 per share in cash, or $1.8 billion. The acquisition of Popeyes will add a successful, highly-regarded brand with

Gulf Oil Rolls Out Gulf Pay Mobile App

Pilot program begins at Gulf retail fuel locations in select New England and New York markets in the first half of 2017. Gulf Oil has launched a new mobile payment application called Gulf Pay. The new offering, powered by P97’s PetroZone mobile commerce platform, will enable Gulf customers to navigate to the nearest Gulf gas

The Importance of Drip Coffee in Convenience Stores

This year is slated to be the breakout year for convenience store foodservice programs. For this, we have to thank the 56% of consumers overall (67% of Millennials and 60% of Gen Zers) who agree that c-stores are just as capable as restaurants of offering fresh-prepared food and beverages. As convenience stores bolster their food

Equipped for the Future

No matter the degree of foodservice expertise, pacing in the kitchen is imperative. To speed things along, innovations in foodservice equipment are making c-stores’ work easier. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor New innovations in foodservice equipment are constantly impacting the convenience store sector. Equipment quality continues to improve, based on advances in technology that affect

Rare Illness Doesn’t Impede QuickChek Employee’s Drive

Steve Evanowsk leads his store in raising the most donations during the Check-Out Hunger Campaign. A rare illness didn’t keep Steve Evanowski, an assistant store leader for a QuickChek in Piscataway, N.J., from helping to raise $148,500 to feed local hungry families. Evanowski, who suffers from a rare muscular disease, eosinophilic myositis, which has gradually

Global Gas Station Equipment Market To Grow

Technavio finds the number of gas stations with alternate fuel dispensers is increasing globally. A recent report by Technavio market research analysts forecast the global gas station equipment market to grow at a CAGR of close to 6% between 2017 and 2021. The market study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global

Sunoco LP Introduces Sunoco Ultratech

New top tier fuel blend to help keep engines clean and running efficiently. Sunoco LP is introducing Sunoco Ultratech, a high detergent fuel blend, starting April 1, 2017 across all grades of gasoline at every Sunoco station across the country. The introduction of Sunoco Ultratech is the company’s latest effort to provide customers with the

Growth Energy Congratulates Pruitt’s Confirmation as EPA Administrator

Looks to Pruitt’s leadership to protect home-grown domestic energy security. Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In response Pruitt’s confirmation, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, issued the following statement: “We congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation as Administrator of the EPA. We look forward

7-Eleven Names InComm ‘Vendor of the Year’

7-Eleven has partnered with InComm for more than 13 years. Convenience store giant 7-Eleven named InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, its Services Vendor of the Year, marking the first time 7-Eleven has given out an award for excellence to any of its services vendors. “Our customers rely on 7-Eleven for a wide

TA Restaurant Introduces Popeyes Louisiana Restaurant in New Mexico

Marks the 66th Popeyes for TA, but its first in New Mexico. The TA Restaurant Group opened a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at TA Santa Rosa located at I-40/Rt. 54/Rt. 84, Exit 277 (2634 Historic Route 66), in Santa Rosa, N.M. The new Popeyes will serve the prominent southern-style cooking that has made Popeyes famous.

Chocolate Attracts Snackers

While overall chocolate volume saw a slight dip in 2016, convenience stores helped buoy category chocolate sales. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Despite studies that show the health benefits of chocolate, many consumers have moved away from snacks perceived as unhealthy and toward more health conscious eating. Healthy snacks have become the norm in stores

Tracking Profits and Losses

A solid foodservice P&L helps c-stores determine the true cost of food items, ensuring operators are pricing their offerings competitively. By CSD Staff Although many people know a store profit and loss statement is important to understanding their business’s growth, it can be challenging to know what information to include when creating one. Often it

Associations International to Manage NASM

Partnership to enhance value proposition for members. The National Association of Shell Marketers (NASM) announce that effective February 2017, NASM will be managed by Associations International, an association management company based in Lexington, Ky. AI successfully manages several associations, including the Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association (KPMA). “This is such an exciting time in the growth

Millennials Aid New Car Market

U.S. market forecast to reach 18.46 million units sold in 2017. New car sales are expect to increase 4.4% over 2016 to 18.46 million units sold by 2017, due in large part to American Millennials (aged 22-39), according to Mintel Millennials entering the new car market are more likely (84%) to consider a new car

Demographic Shifts To Alter Consumer Spending

Many retirement destinations expected to experience over 30% consumption growth due to population growth alone. Major demographic shifts over the next decade will have a dramatic impact on U.S. consumer spending, according to a new report from The Conference Board. Key consumption categories affected include health, retirement and education spending. The report, “The Impact of

NRF Speaks Out After Labor Secretary Nomination

Calls for a Labor Secretary who will ‘put the American economy ahead of partisan politics.’ The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the nomination of Alexander Acosta to head the federal Department of Labor: “The secretary of labor plays an important role in many

TECATE Announces ‘Fight Night Every Night’ Promotion

TECATE gives drinkers and boxing fans the opportunity to engage their passion. May 6 is the long-awaited evening when Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (the two most popular figures in Mexico) meet to decide who is truly the boldest fighter. For those LDA+ boxing fans watching, it’s a moment to experience the excitement

Speedway Raises $10.9 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

2016 marks the c-store chain’s 25th year as a partner with Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Through generous donations from customers, vendor partners and employees, Speedway LLC raised a remarkable $10.9 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2016. With this year’s total, Speedway crosses the $90 million mark of funds raised since 1991 for local

Jack Link’s Brings Back Workin’ Out With Sasquatch

Introduces meaty campaign. Jack Link’s is bringing Workin’ Out With Sasquatch back, and it’s taller than ever. After powering football players Clay Matthews and Odell Beckham Jr. into the playoffs, Sasquatch thought it was time he gave a professional tall athlete the chance to develop that same meaty physique in a fully integrated marketing campaign.

Hunt Brothers’ Buffalo Chicken Pizza Returns

A limited time only favorite reappears for the 10th year. Hunt Brothers Pizza has re-introduced its most popular Limited Time Offer (LTO), Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Available now, customers will be able to order this specialty pizza at participating locations across the country while supplies last. As consumer buying habits continue to propel trends in spicy

Fuel Rewards Program, Shell Teams with T-Mobile

On T-Mobile Tuesdays, T-Mobile customers save big on gas. The Fuel Rewards program and Shell are adding 25-cent-per-gallon discounts on gas purchases to the list of gifts that millions of T-Mobile customers can get each week through the T-Mobile Tuesday app. T-Mobile’s 67.4 million U.S. customers can use the “T-Mobile Tuesdays” app each week to