A Twist On Refreshment

Both bottled water and sports drinks are thirst quenchers that continue to be staples in the convenience channel. According to research firm Mintel, 83% of U.S. consumers drink unflavored still bottled water, compared with 82% drinking tap water. Flavored still bottled water was consumed by 48% of those surveyed, and 46% sought out both unflavored

Cool Category Carries On

Perhaps there is no “destination category” that best captures the entrepreneurial spirit of the convenience store industry as does cold and frozen dispensed beverages. More and more when patrons enter a c-store, they are likely to encounter dedicated spaces known as the “Chill Zone,” “Siberian Chill,” or “Cold Corner.” Cold dispensed beverages remain a staple

Adding Juice & Tea To the Mix

Both the juice and tea segments have experienced expansion when it comes to flavor innovations as well as more healthful ingredient profiles. Millennials and younger consumers tend to seek out a variety of ready-to-drink tea and juice flavors, according to Los Angeles-based market research firm IBISWorld. Also, tropical flavors like mango and pineapple have been

Wawa Rewards Members Enjoy Free Coffee Fridays

The March promotion is set to be Wawa’s largest Wawa Reward giveaway yet. Wawa Rewards members have a new reason to celebrate this March: Free Coffee Fridays. Everyone with a Wawa Rewards membership gets five free days of coffee—during every Friday in the month of March. This offer continues to make connecting with Wawa through

Americans Want Year-Round Seasonal Flavors

Seasonal flavors are associated with being fresh, special and nostalgic. Customers wait all year for their favorite seasonal foods and beverages to appear, but new research from Mintel found that 67% of customers enjoy being able to consume specific seasonal ingredients year-round. Still, while Americans want the option of seasonal food and drink throughout the

GasBuddy Reveals Top Rated C-Store in Each State

QuikTrip, Wawa are among the highest rated chains. GasBuddy has released the results of the highest rated convenience store brands in each of the 50 states. Data was collected from millions of GasBuddy app user ratings throughout the country who said these brands had the best overall convenience store retail experience. Brands needed to have

Lively Soft Drinks Emerge

Although the news is not all positive for carbonated soft drinks, innovation in the category has the potential to create a reboot. Demand for both regular and diet carbonated soft drinks has declined as more consumers turn to healthier beverages to quench their thirst, according to IBISWorld, a Los Angeles-based market research firm. It reported

HBA Items Fill Niche

Because of space constraints and better-equipped competitors, the health and beauty aids (HBA) category in 2017 will fill a role that it has for years in convenience stores: an essential, but unspectacular part of the in-store mix. From pain relief, cough/cold/allergy, skin medications, vitamins and personal care to smoking cessation, supplements and cosmetics, HBA is

St. Patrick’s Day Spending Set for Record High

Retailers prepare for a boost in sales as customers gear up for St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day spending is expected to grow this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF)’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The survey found spending for St. Patrick’s Day is expected to reach $5.3 billion, an

Yesway Launches Customer Appreciation Gas Promotion

Customers who fuel up at Yesway save $2 on in-store purchases of $10 or more with receipt. On Wednesday, March 8, convenience store chain Yesway launched “TANK YOU! Gas Up & $ave” – a new customer appreciation promotion to say thank you to its loyal patrons. From March 8 through April 5, 2017, Yesway customers

On the Move C-Stores Offers Loose Leaf Tea

Through a partnership with Village Tea Company Distribution and the Florida Panthers On the Move tests single-serve POS displays of various tea flavors. On the Move Convenience Stores is featuring loose leaf tea at its 11 of its stores across Florida. Village Tea Company Distribution, Inc., as part of its ongoing effort to introduce more

Indiana C-Stores Fight Cigarette Tax Hike

Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association warns sales would fall if rates are increased to the same rate as neighboring states. Indiana convenience stores are fighting against a proposal by House Republicans to raise cigarette taxes by $1 per pack. According to WIBC News, the Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association is speaking out to

2017 Looks Rich for Dairy

Dairy products like milk, frozen novelties, ice cream and more continue to be essential items for Americans—and just the kind that convenience stores specialize in. Health is an obvious driver. Darryl David, CEO of Darryl’s Ice Cream Solutions LLC, a private-label ice cream consulting firm in St. Petersburg, Fla., said more often than not, U.S.

Specialty Coffees Are Hot

Like other convenience retailers, Lassus Handy Dandy Food Stores, a subsidiary of Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Lassus Brothers Oil, is boosting its hot dispensed sales with specialty offerings. Following U.S. consumers’ inclination for more specialty coffees and teas, c-stores are banking on this trend continuing. Coffee sales continued to grow in 2016. Overall servings of both

NRF Supports House Plan to Repeal ObamaCare

Retailers want competition-driven private health-care market, says NRF. The National Retail Federation (NRF) supports legislation that was introduced by House Republicans to repeal and replace former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. “Retailers want reforms that drive us toward a more competition-driven private health care market, and the ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bills take us in that direction,”

Beverage Segments See Soft Results

Wells Fargo reports beverage and salty snacks numbers for four, 12 and 52 weeks ending Feb. 25. Wells Fargo Securities reported that all channel dollar sales (including grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores) for the total snack and beverage categories during the four-week period ending Feb. 25, 2017 were up +1.4%. Total carbonated soft drinks

Love’s Offers Fuel-and-Go during Bike Week

High traffic means no long-term parking for trucks during Bike Week in Ormond, Fla. Love’s to offer only fuel-and-go in Ormond Beach, Fla. for Bike Week March 10-19 Hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists will converge on the Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach area March 10-19 for Bike Week. Daytona Harley Davidson (DHD), located next door to Love’s

Casey’s Introduces Share Repurchase Program

Reports on financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported diluted earnings per share of $0.58 for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 ended Jan. 31, 2017, compared to $0.97 per share for the same quarter a year ago. Year to date, diluted earnings per share were $3.72 versus

Manitowoc Foodservice Changes Name to Welbilt

Set to ring New York Stock Exchange opening bell on March 10 in celebration. Manitowoc Foodservice has completed its previously-announced name change to Welbilt Inc. and began trading March 6 on the New York Stock Exchange with the new ticker WBT. Current shareholders will have their existing shares converted from MFS shares to WBT shares

Kum & Go Debuts Springfield Marketplace Store

Fresh food and a variety of fuel options greet convenience store customers. Kum & Go introduced its newest convenience store on March 2, in Springfield, Mo. The store is located at 1211 West Sunshine Street. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in Springfield and was built with the new Marketplace store design which features

Total Restaurant Count in U.S. Drops

NPD Group sees most significant drop in restaurants since recession. Increased competition and a dip in restaurant trips is having an impact on the restaurant industry. NPD Group, a global information company, reported that the total number of U.S. restaurants decreased by 2% from a year ago to 620,807 units, according to a count of

Baking Better Store Sales

A 2016 survey by Q1 Consulting found that 16% of respondents listed in-store bakery as the primary reason for their last c-store visit. Moreover, 85% found bakery items to be the most portable grab-and-go foods at c-stores. “Portability is critical for all grab-and-go foods in c-stores and especially for bakery items that are usually eaten

Roller Grill Reigns Supreme

No matter how many different food items are on a convenience store menu, there’s still room—and a fan base—for roller grill favorites. “The traditional hot dog will always have its place; it will never go away,” said Ted Roccagli, director of partnerships and preferred vendor programs for Dallas-based Empire Petroleum Partners. “But now, customers expect

Zebra Study Finds Seven in Ten Retailers to Invest in IoT

As retailers look to improve the customer experience, smart technologies offer solutions. Zebra Technologies Corp. released the results of its “2017 Retail Vision Study.” This body of research analyzes the technology trends shaping the future of the global retail industry and enhancing the shopping experience. The study revealed that nearly 70% of retail decision makers

How To Succeed With Day-Part Fuel Pricing

New research shows 30% of fuel retailers use strategy to hit margin targets. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, has released a new research report that provides insight into dynamic, day-part fuel pricing. The research report was produced in collaboration with Schneider Electric, Petroleum Pricing Consultants, and Convenience Store