NRA Accepting Applications for FABI Awards

Awards to recognize exciting breakthroughs in taste, marketability, creativity and profit potential in foodservice operations. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is accepting applications for the 2017 Food and Beverage Industry (FABI) Awards, its annual celebration of the year’s most ingenious and impactful food and beverage products. Award recipients will be recognized at NRA Show, which

Stripes Commissions Corpus Christi Latina Artist

Three new Stripes Convenience Stores to debut original artwork. A number of new Stripes Convenience Stores are about to get an aesthetic boost from a local artist. Stripes Convenience Stores recently opened three new stores across Texas in the cities of Seguin, Elgin and Houston featuring commissioned artwork by Corpus Christi artist Mayra Zamora. Zamora

Stockholders Approve CST Brands, Couche-Tard Merger

Merger remains subject to closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The merger between CST Brands and a U.S. subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. was given a green light to move forward now that CST Brands’ stockholders have approved the previously-announced merger at its special meeting of stockholders. Based on the tabulation of the stockholder vote, approximately

Tobacco Product Dollar Sales See Boost

Cigarette volume sales on the decline. Wells Fargo Securities has outlined cigarette, smokeless and electronic cigarette dollar sales numbers for the four-week period ending Nov. 5, 2016. Cigarette dollar sales continue to be driven by solid pricing, while volume sees historic declines. Wells Fargo reported that cigarette dollar sales increased 1.3% during the recent four-week

Younger Consumers Drive Vegetable Consumption

The move toward fresh foods for younger generations has also included vegetables. Millennials and Gen Zs are driving growth in fresh and frozen vegetable consumption, but baby boomers don’t seem to be eating their share, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. Younger consumers, those under age 40, have increased the annual eatings

Innova Market Insights Lists 10 Trends for 2017

A clean supply chain and plant power will trend strongly in 2017. “Clean Supreme” and “Disruptive Green” top Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends list for 2017. Growing calls for transparency throughout the supply chain are taking clean & clear label to a new and supreme level. This comes as the inherent benefits of plant-based

Trillium CNG Expands

New compressed natural gas stations now open in Washington and Maryland. Love’s Trillium CNG, part of the Love’s Family of Cos., has added two additional CNG stations in Washington and Maryland to its network of locations. The compressed natural gas company also recently signed an agreement to design a CNG system for an existing station

7-Eleven’s Slurp4Good Campaign To Help St. Jude

Eleven cents per Slurpee drink sold through Jan. 3 will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Convenience store customers now can help raise funds to benefit children with cancer when they purchase a Slurpee at 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven Inc. has launched a national Slurpee Slurp4Good fundraising campaign to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

How Millennials Are Changing Food Packaging

Foodservice Packaging Institute’s latest Trends Report finds Millennial opinions and ideals shaping packaging industry. Environmentally-friendly, sustainable, recyclable and compostable packaging are moving mainstream and Millennial influence may have a lot to do with it. This year’s 2016 Trends Report from the Foodservice Packaging Institute revealed key industry shifts that focused on industry changes being driven

BP Introduces “Miles” Personality Pump

Chicago and New York City gas customers are introduced to technologically-advanced pumps, with interactive features to make filling up more fun. BP is set to change the way gas customers view the experience of filling up their tanks. BP is debuting new, highly-interactive fuel pumps at a few sites around New York City and Chicago

SUBWAY Launches New Reuben Duo

Introduces five sandwich ingredients on a national level with new sandwich options. SUBWAY introduced the new Reuben Duo to its menu, available for a limited-time nationwide starting Nov. 14. SUBWAY’s newest offerings come in two varieties: the handcrafted, traditional Corned Beef Reuben or the Turkey Reuben sandwich. Both feature all of the authentic ingredients of

Corner Store 5K County Run Series Raises $1.46 Million

Big Brothers Big Sisters and local children’s charities benefit from Corner Store fundraising events. CST Brands, parent company of Corner Store, has announced the fundraising results of its Corner Store Country Run Series. The third annual event that included 5K races in 10 cities raised a net total of $1.46 million for Big Brothers Big

Gas Prices Dip for 10 Straight Days

Pump prices are expected to move lower through the end of the year. An abundance of crude oil in the global market has helped push gas prices increasingly lower over the past 10 days. AAA reported that as of Nov. 14, the national average price of gas sat at $2.17—five cents per gallon less than

NOCO Raises $21,000 To Fight Leukemia and Lymphoma

August through September campaign raised money with the help of c-store employees and customers. Through a number of events in August and September at NOCO, convenience store customers and employees raised $21,173, which was donated to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter. “This is the fourth year NOCO has

TravelCenters Opens Black Bear Diner

Award-winning full-service dining concept comes to Barstow, Calif. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), is opening of the second Black Bear Diner restaurant with a log-cabin and bear-themed aesthetic in the TA and Petro network. This new full-service restaurant is located at TA, I-15, Exit 178 (2930 Lenwood Road), in Barstow, Calif. Black Bear Diner was

Just How They Roll

A profitable roller grill program combines the hunger to succeed with a taste for offering customers more for their money. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor At Shout & Sack, a long-standing convenience retailer on Route 66 in Vinita, Okla., Owner Chris Carter swears by his roller grill. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a

Growth Energy Supports EPA Proposal

Opens comment period on denying petition by refiners. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed denying a petition by a group of merchant oil refiners to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Under the current RFS structure, oil refiners are the parties obligated to blend more renewable fuel into the

QuickChek Supports Veterans With Run for the Warriors

Annual event benefits Hope for Warriors. QuickChek, is supporting local veterans as it returns as a sponsor of the 9th annual Long Island Run for the Warriors on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 in Lindenhurst, N.Y. The annual event benefits Hope for the Warriors, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life

Dollar General To Open DGX Small-Format Store

Concept to offer everyday low prices in a convenient, easy-to-shop format. Dollar General Corp. is set to open its first smaller-format location, branded DGX. The dollar store chain has leased part of a former TGI Friday’s restaurant space at the corner of West End and 21st avenues in Midtown, according to the Tennessean. DGX is

QuickChek Joins Check-Out Hunger Campaign

Money raised benefits those in need within the counties in which QuickChek operates store locations. QuickChek Corp. is set to participate in the Check-Out Hunger campaign to help feed hungry families during the upcoming holiday season. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain is a campaign partner of the annual fundraiser that takes place

Food, Fuel and…Fraud?

What convenience stores should do to protect themselves from workers compensation fraud. By Samuel King The two types of workers’ compensation fraud that can directly impact convenience store businesses are claim-related fraud and policy-related fraud. Both are serious crimes and can cause significant financial harm to a business if not detected. Workers’ compensation insurance is

Customers Shop Online For Snacks

Some 13% of snack foods purchased online are consumed as a meal replacement, compared to 10% for total channels. As customers look for increased convenience, many are turning away from brick-and-mortar stores and looking instead to purchase snacks online. The NPD Group, a global information company reported that, although still relatively small, the online channel

NRF Pledges To Work with President-Elect Trump, Congress

“Retailers are glad that this unprecedented election is over, along with the divisive rhetoric and the impact it had on consumers concerned about their future,” says NRF President and CEO. National Retail Federation (NRF) President and CEO Matthew Shay congratulated the winners of Tuesday’s federal elections and pledged to work with President-elect Donald Trump and

Love’s Celebrates 400+ Locations

Plans to add 50 new stores before the end of 2016. With the opening of a new Love’s Travel Stop in South Holland, Ill., Love’s celebrates surpassing 400 locations. The company reaches this milestone during a year of tremendous growth. In 2016, Love’s has opened 37 locations and added more than 2,200 truck-parking spaces across

Sunoco LP Reports Q3 Financial Results

Gross profit uptick driven by higher wholesale motor fuel and merchandise profits. Sunoco LP has announced financial and operating results for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, 2016. Revenue totaled $4.1 billion, a decrease of 16.3%, compared to $4.9 billion in the third quarter of 2015. The decline was the result of a 47.1-cent per

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