VERC Provides Grants to Trinity Catholic Academy

A total of $1,000 has been awarded to Trinity Catholic Academy. With the help of ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, VERC Enterprises has provided two checks for $500 to Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, Mass. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corporation and Global Partners LP, the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide local retailers an

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Wells Fargo Releases Fourth Quarter Beverage Industry Results

U.S. beverage sales are strong, but it is not strictly smooth sailing in the current market. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed the state of the beverage industry from the fourth quarter 2015. The new report shows that, despite strong industry sales, certain markets may continue to struggle in the coming year. Some

Minit Mart Expands California Presence

Minit Mart continues in its efforts to provide a positive experience for travelers. TravelCenters of America LLC is expanding its network of Minit Mart stores. The expansion is underway, as the company has opened the new Minit Mart Wheeler Ridge, Calif. The new store is located at I-5, Exit 219A/219B (5615 Laval Road) in Arvin,

Millennial Shopping Trends

Growth is on the horizon, and the new trends revealed in What’s in Store 2016 will help retailers to prepare. The annual trends research report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), What’s in Store 2016, has revealed that Millennials will be moving into the heaviest spending life stage over the next 10 years. Millennials currently

Three Industry Trends for Leading Convenience Stores to Consider

Convergence of store concepts, a focus on fresh foods and the impact of changing regulations. By Mark Dunson, President, Retail Solutions, Emerson Climate Technologies The convenience store space is continuing to evolve to keep up with industry trends and consumer demands. Today, some retailers are expanding their footprints, others are narrowing to niche markets, and some may even

VP Racing Has a New Quality Control Manager

VP Racing’s new Quality Control Manager will help quality remain at the forefront of the company’s growth. Anna Crowder has been appointed as the Quality Control Manager for VP Racing Fuels Inc. In her new position, Crowder will report to Chris Taylor, Director of Specialty Chemicals, and will be responsible for overseeing the ISO certification

Schwan’s Food Service Creates New Position

Jeffrey Swinton has plans to help Schwan’s Food Service and its partners to drive success by developing new food offerings and service platforms. Schwan’s Food Service Inc. has appointed Jeffrey Swinton as the new senior director of sales, convenience stores and national accounts. This newly created position reflects the company’s dedicated commitment to these important

Hunt Brothers Has Announced Sweepstakes Winners

Thanks to a partnership with Easton Corbin, Hunt Brothers offered an unforgettable grand prize to one lucky sweepstakes winner. Hunt Brothers Pizza has announced the winners of the fourth annual “Hunt to Win” sweepstakes. A number of winners have received prizes fit for any hunter and country music fan. Becky Harrell of Elizabethtown, Ky., is

RingCentral Offers Del Monte a Business Communications Solution

Del Monte’s team can now stay connected from anywhere using the cloud-based solution from RingCentral. Del Monte Foods Inc. has chosen the RingCentral Office solution to replace its current on-premise system and consolidate its communications in the cloud. RingCentral is a leading provider of cloud communications and collaboration solutions. The selection has enabled Del Monte

Wawa to Open a Location in Miami

Miami residents will soon have access to all of the convenience that Wawa has to offer. Miami residents are celebrating as Pennsylvania-based Wawa convenience store chain has announced that it will be opening a location in Miami Gardens. According to a report from The Miami Herald, the new store will open as a part of

Customers Invited to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with 7-Eleven

7-Eleven Canada is offering customers $1 coffee in celebration of Valentine’s Day. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, 7-Eleven is sharing the love by offering its customers coffee for only $1, throughout the month of February. Coffee lovers across Canada will be able to wear their heart on their cups by choosing a limited-edition Coffee Date

Rising Food Trends for 2016

As consumer taste evolves, so do foodservice offerings. As 2016 progresses, industry officials are noticing some food trends that are expected to shape the industry over the coming year. According to a report from Meat + Protein, five trends have been have been identified by Mintel, and these trends are expected to hit the market

Ontario Strives to Combat Illegal Tobacco

Small business bottom lines will be protected from the harm illegal tobacco causes, thanks to the new Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team in Ontario. The Government of Ontario has announced the creation of the new Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team within the Ontario Provincial Police. Convenience store retailers are pleased by the creation of this team. “The

Online Versus In-Store

Generations Y and Z, who are often lumped into one category, have some differing shopping preferences. A new GfK study of shopping habits and preferences has revealed that Generations Y and Z have differing opinions when it comes to using computers to make purchases online rather than visiting a brick-and-mortar store. Not surprisingly, some of

R.E. Powell Adopts New Buying Program

A new buying program from CSA offers customers significant money saving opportunities. A new buying group has been administered to the Pacific Northwest-based fuel distributor, R.E. Powell, by Convenience Store Alliance (CSA). The addition of this new group brings the buying power of CSA’s 1,130 stores to R.E. Powell’s network of customers throughout Washington, Oregon

Free Pizza from Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J is offering a free slice of fresh, hot pizza to customers in honor of National Pizza Day. On Feb. 9, a free slice of Pilot Flying J’s “Unexpectedly Awesome” PJ Fresh Pizza will be offered to customers in honor of National Pizza Day. Customers may receive their free slice when they display

Parker’s Opens 44th C-Store Location

Just in time for the company’s 40th anniversary, Parker’s has opened its 44th convenience location. Statesboro, Ga. is now home of the 44th Parker’s convenience store location. The newly opened store is also the fifth Parker’s in Statesboro, Ga. The new store, conveniently located at 12399 US 301 near Veterans Memorial Parkway, sells high-quality Parker’s

QuickChek Donates to Feed the Hungry

Check-Out Hunger is grateful to QuickChek and the communities it serves for its generous donations to the annual fundraiser. QuickChek Corp. is helping to feed hungry families in New Jersey’s metropolitan area through its partnership with Check-Out Hunger. During the seven-week campaign, QuickChek raised $160,000. The company’s Piscataway store raised $10,877, the most money of

Love’s Expands Kansas Network

A new 24-hour Love’s location offers a wide variety of amenities to drivers in Kansas. Garden City, Kan. is now home to a new Love’s Travel Stop. Garden City, Kan. residents and travelers along U.S. Highway 50/400 now have a new place to purchase fuel, snacks and more. “We are excited to expand our Kansas

Home Market Foods Acquires Hot ‘N Spicey Inc.

Purchase to enable Home Market Foods to further enhance its offering in the foodservice and retail channels. Home Market Foods, a producer of high quality meat-based food products, has acquired Hot ‘N Spicey Inc., best known for its Bahama Mama brand of premium sausages and its Gourmet To Go brand of high quality sausages and

Blackhawk Acquires NimbleCommerce

The acquisition of NimbleCommerce has expanded the distribution capabilities and offers that Blackhawk can offer its customers. Blackhawk Network, a prepaid and payments network, has acquired NimbleCommerce. NimbleCommerce is a digital commerce platform and network for promotions that also allows merchants and brands to manage their own prepaid offer and gift card programs, or resell

Key Findings Released from Wells Fargo Tobacco Talk

Sales trends in the tobacco market have been revealed and discussed in Wells Fargo’s Tobacco Talk. New data from the Wells Fargo Tobacco Talk survey has been released. The data from the survey has highlighted a number of trends in the tobacco industry and has discussed the impact of these trends on the market. Some

How to Sweeten Up Chocolate Sales

2016 chocolate trends include portability, portion-control, resealable packaging and shareability. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor As consumer tastes for snacks continue to evolve, one item remains supremely popular: Chocolate. It comes in many forms, styles and flavors, and it’s vitally important to convenience stores. Puro Research Group, publisher of the Packaged Facts report “Chocolate Candy

TravelCenters Opens Franchise Location in Bernardo, Texas

New travel center is always open and features a range of amenities, including a pet walking area. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) continues to expand its network. The company recently debuted its new TA Bernardo location at I-10, Exit 709 (6701 US Hwy. 90) in Bernardo, Texas. Amenities at the new, always-open, TA Bernardo travel

How Retailers Can Prepare for Super Bowl Sales

IRI has revealed the Super Bowl’s influence on consumer shopping trends and numerous product categories. With the approach of Super Bowl 50, numerous categories have experienced growth in the retail segment. Data from IRI has revealed that shopping sprees and pre-game preparations have lifted the sales of various food, beverage and consumer product categories. Key

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