How Pumpkin Beverages Are Giving Foodservice Menus A Boost

Seasonal beverages help increase visits, visit frequency and basket size, according to NPD research. With autumn comes the annual tradition of limited-time offer (LTO) pumpkin specialty drinks. Turns out that it’s one of the favorite times of the year for foodservice operators who offer the limited-time drinks too because their business benefits in more ways


How American Customers Are Celebrating Halloween

Nine in 10 Halloween shoppers are expected to buy candy this year. Fall is here, and fast on its heels will come Halloween. This year more than 157 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The average

Parker’s Presents Fueling the Community Donation To Area School District

Candler County School District receives $1,000 donation. As part of its Fueling the Community program, Parker’s Convenience Store chain recently presented the Candler County School District in Georgia with a $1,000 donation. The donation, which is part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools, was officially presented at the Candler County School District’s

SuperAmerica, Eby-Brown Extend Contract

Partnership helps SuperAmerica reach its goals of continued customer satisfaction. SuperAmerica and Eby-Brown Co. LLC, a consumer products distributor to the convenience industry in the Eastern U.S., have reached an agreement for a multi-year contract renewal. Under a long-term agreement, Eby-Brown will remain the exclusive supplier to all of the corporate SuperAmerica stores and will

Sheetz Among List of Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania

The list is determined by a survey sent to both the employers and employees from hundreds of companies in the state. Sheetz is among the list of 100 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania. The alphabetical list was revealed this week by Team Pennsylvania Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED.

Starbucks Introduces Mobile Order & Pay Nationwide

The new app feature allows coffee customers to place their orders before they get to Starbucks. Starbucks Coffee Co. has introduced the nationwide availability of Mobile Order & Pay on iOS and Android devices, a new feature of the popular Starbucks mobile app that allows customers to place and pay for their order in advance

Speedway Raises More than $2 Million For CMN

The 24th Annual Speedway Golf Tournament is the largest single-day golf fundraising event for the charity. More than 700 golfers raised over $2 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during the 24th Annual Speedway Miracle Celebration and Tournament, the centerpiece of Speedway LLC’s annual fundraising efforts. Recently held in Dayton, Ohio, the tournament raised this

How A New Survey Aims To Help Retailers Fight Crime

U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015 launches at first Retail Fraud in New York. This year’s U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015, sponsored by Volumatic, is launching at the inaugural Retail Fraud – New York show this Thursday, Sept. 24. The survey is based on primary research into the systems, processes and strategies used by North America’s

Retailers Committed To Delivering Consistent Brand Experience

BRP survey shows 78% of retailers plan to implement a unified commerce platform within five years. Customers expect a personalized, seamless brand experience across digital and physical commerce touch points and unified commerce is key to delivering this experience. This is the new mantra in retail, according to Boston Retail Partners’ (BRP) 2015 E-Commerce Survey,

Exclusive: Speculation Abounds On Flash Food’s Potential Suitor

Industry whispers point to CST Brands, 7-Eleven and Couche-Tard as potential interested parties. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor As Convenience Store Decisions first reported in yesterday’s daily news, Flash Foods is in talks with a potential suitor about a possible acquisition. “The Jones Company, who is the holding company for Flash Foods, is exploring a potential

CST Brands Purchasing More Common Units of CrossAmerica

CST Brands is the beneficial owner of 5,284,308 common units of CrossAmerica Partners LP, representing a 15.9% ownership interest. CST Brands Inc. has announced that the independent executive committee of its board of directors has approved a purchase program authorizing CST Brands and its subsidiaries to purchase up to an aggregate of $50 million of

Couche-Tard Rolls Out New Global Circle K Brand

Kangaroo Express, Circle K, Mac’s and Statoil retail brands all converting to new global brand. Starting in January 2016, Kangaroo Express stores throughout the Southeast U.S. are being rebranded to Circle K, a new global convenience brand. This new, global convenience brand will replace Couche-Tard’s existing Kangaroo Express, Circle K, Mac’s and Statoil retail brands

Sunoco Becomes Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising Project

Entry statement includes over 20,000 square feet of Sunoco engagement and fan experiences. International Speedway Corp. (ISC) and Sunoco have formed a multi-year partnership that will make Sunoco the fourth Founding Partner at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) as part of its historic $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. The DAYTONA Rising project, encompassing the Speedway’s

American Vaping Association Opposes Chicago Mayor’s Proposed Tax On Vapor Products

E-liquids could see a tax increase of $8.75 per bottle in Chicago. The American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, is calling on ex-smokers, business owners, and public health advocates in Chicago to oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed tax on vapor products. Set to be released

How ‘Chip’ Card Mandate Is Impacting Retailers

As retailers spend billions to become compliant as fraud liability shifts, American banks and credit unions drag their feet on adding PIN numbers for extra security. This fall national retailers are turning on newly-installed payment terminals aimed at better protecting consumers from cybercrime and credit card fraud. These machines are designed to accept new, more

7-Eleven Partners With PayNearMe To Introduce Mobile Bill Payment Center

Bilingual, co-branded app to help 7-Eleven’s underbanked convenience store customers. 7-Eleven has partnered with PayNearMe, a financial services technology company, to introduce the PayNearMe Bill Pay app, enabling U.S. consumers to pay over 17,000 national and local billers with cash using a convenient barcode scan at participating 7-Eleven stores. The domestic bill payment service is

MAPCO Benefits From Zenput’s New Task Management Function

With new task management capabilities on Zenput’s mobile solution, MAPCO is able to auto-generate tasks for individual district managers or groups of store employees. MAPCO Express is among businesses using Zenput’s new task-management capabilities for its mobile solution. Zenput is a provider of mobile operations management for retail, restaurant and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies.

good2grow Announces New Vice President of Sales

Dustin Snyder, formerly with Eby-Brown, joins good2grow team to lead convenience channel division. good2grow has hired a new vice president of sales to lead its convenience channel division. Effective Sept. 1, Dustin Snyder is overseeing all sales-related functions, including the management of the good2grow convenience channel team. Snyder will report directly to Gunner Olson, president.

Exclusive: Is Flash Foods Set To Be Acquired?

Are the rumors true? Rumors swirled yesterday that Flash Foods, with 173 stores in Georgia and Florida, might be considering an acquisition offer. Convenience Store Decisions (CSD) confirmed that Waycross, Ga.-based Flash Foods is considering a potential sale with an unnamed suitor. “The Jones Company, who is the holding company for Flash Foods, is exploring

Wal-Mart Loses Case Against Five Former Employees

Could a Utah Supreme Court ruling endanger employees and customers in situations involving armed shoplifters? A four to one decision from the Utah Supreme Court has sided with five former Walmart Employees suing for wrongful termination. According to a report by Deseret News, the case follows the termination of five employees who were terminated after disarming

Changing Demographics Influence Packaging Preferences

The consumer desire for transparency extends beyond package design. The U.S. has recently experienced dramatic changes in demographics, lifestyles and eating patterns. These changes include changing population distribution, fewer married couples, more people living alone, smaller household size and multi-generational households. These trends have had a great influence upon packaged foods, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts

7-Eleven Brings Coffee Home

Coffee lovers can now bring the taste of 7-Eleven coffee home. 7-Eleven, the pioneer of on-the-go-coffee in the U.S., is taking coffee home again with the launch of 7-Eleven-branded coffee for single-serve brewing systems. With the new single-serve brew cups, coffee-lovers who want a fresh-brewed cup of 7-Eleven coffee can get one whether they’re on

New Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

New Corner Store shows commitment to community through donations to the local high school. A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been held to celebrate the grand opening of the newest Corner Store in Temple, Texas. Along with the ceremony the store hosted giveaways for the customers who attended. The new store is located at 2502 W. FM 93

Dr. Berman Supports VirMax Performance Supplement

VirMax Performance Supplement receives support from renowned sex and relationship educator and therapist. Natural Product Solutions LLC and Kretek International Inc. have announced that Laura Berman, PhD will be at NACS to discuss the science behind the VirMax Performance Supplement line. Berman will be available to answer questions about how these clinically-tested natural supplements help men and women live healthier,

Hershey SMILES Exceeds Expectations

Hershey is being awarded for its continuous innovation. Hershey has been named the winner of Globeforce’s Innovator Award, after The Hershey Co. and Globoforce, in 2014, partnered to create a global employee recognition program, Hershey SMILES.  The award was given during Globoforce’s 2015 WorkHuman conference, and it recognizes the program’s effective implementation and continual incorporation of new and effective ideas.