Pizza Slices Through Foodservice

When Americans need comfort they crave pizza twice as much as any other food. That’s what an online Harris Poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults last year found. And those cravings aren’t likely to disappear any time soon. In its “2017 State of the Industry Pizza Report,” PMQ Pizza Magazine said that in the

Fresh Ideas Sell Sandwiches

Grab and go? Made to order? Kristi Patel sees it all as assistant director for retail operations for Iowa State University, which has five convenience stores on its campus. All of the stores offer grab-and-go sandwiches and three also have delis that offer the made-to-order (MTO) option. Some locations also offer the option of toasting

Broaster Participates in 2017 MotoAmerica Season

Team Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda joins the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. Broaster Co. announced that Team Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda is a key player in the Superbike class for the 2017 MotoAmerica season. This marks the first year Broaster Co.’s involvement with the RoadRace Factory is elevated to a corporate-wide level of participation. “We’re excited

NRF Supports Association Health Plans

The option to team with other small employers could allow better access to affordable health care. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has urged Congress to support legislation that would allow small businesses to join together through association health plans to provide greater access to affordable health care for their employees. “Small businesses compete every day

Parker’s Awards Academic Scholarship

A senior at Benedictine Military School receives $500 and a chance to win more. Parker’s, an award-winning convenience store leader, recently partnered with WSAV-TV to award a $500 academic scholarship to Collins Sherrill, a senior at Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Ga. Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker presented Sherrill with a check at a

Cue Vapor Launches National Ad Campaign

Educates smokers and vapers on its “Click and Vape” technology. E-Alternative Solutions (EAS), a sister company to Jacksonville, Fla.-based Swisher International, has launched a national advertising campaign for the Cue Vapor System (Cue) (patent pending), a breakthrough alternative to smoking. Cue is vaping made simple, providing fulfilling satisfaction in a premium-performance, stylish device that any

Hispanic Food Offers Opportunity

As the U.S. Hispanic and Latino populations continue to grow, the demand for Hispanic items in c-stores is expected to increase as well. The Hispanic population in the U.S. has grown 43% in the past decade, reported IBISWorld, a Los Angeles market research firm. There has never been a larger or more influential minority than

Chicken Options Span Dayparts

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans are expected to eat close to 92 pounds per capita of the nation’s favorite fowl, making it the most popular center-of-the-plate choice. The National Chicken Council (NCC) noted that chicken consumption per capita has increased nearly every year since the mid-1960s, while red meat consumption has declined.

Chevron, Albertsons, Vons Expand Joint Rewards Program in Nevada

Now customers in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev. can save at the pump after shopping for groceries. Albertsons Companies, LLC, and Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., are expanding their popular Gas Rewards program to even more customers with the addition of Albertsons in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev. Customers who earn

Looking Ahead at CM in 2017

In its March issue CSD examines 38 c-store categories, highlighting new product lines, technological advances, industry trends and best in sales. A CSD Staff Report There are strange noises circling the c-store industry. For instance, there’s a buzz about Amazon, which unveiled a 1,800-square-foot convenience location in Seattle that allows shoppers to skip the checkout

Cumberland Farm’s Flint Influences Industry

Work with government regulators, NATO and legislative committees are just some examples of Anne Flint’s dedication to helping the tobacco category succeed. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor In February, Anne Flint became the director of category management —tobacco for Cumberland Farms after 16 years managing the tobacco category for the Westborough, Mass.-based chain

GasBuddy App Users Rate C-Stores

App shows ratings of c-stores in core areas, including clean restrooms, best coffee, best customer service and more. GasBuddy has introduced a rating and reviews feature on its popular free mobile app where app users can weigh in on convenience store performance and appearance. The new feature is available across GasBuddy’s network of hundreds of

Sheetz Adds DMV Kiosks

West Virginia customers looking to renew their driver’s license can now visit their local Sheetz instead of the DMV. The definition of convenience continues to expand as retailers add new services to attract customers. Sheetz’ Beckley, W.Va. and Start City, W.Va. locations each added a DMV kiosk where customers can renew their West Virginia driver’s

Businesses Raise Funds through MDA Shamrocks

The program now in its 35th year has raised millions to support families with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. Tens of thousands of retailers nationwide—including convenience stores— have rallied together to raise funds to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) save and improve the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy by

Core-Mark Releases 2016 Q4 and Full-Year Financial Results

Reports record annual sales of $14.5 Billion. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2016, as well as a strong outlook for 2017 driven by anticipated organic growth. Core-Mark is a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North

Wendy’s Introducing Ordering Kiosks

Kiosks expected to cut down on labor costs, appeal to younger customers. Fast-food behemoth Wendy’s has announced plans to introduce self-ordering kiosks in one out of every six—or about 1,000—of its franchise locations nationwide by the end of 2017, with a typical location receiving three kiosks, according to a report by the Detroit Free Press.

Rutter’s Remodels To Introduce Beer Caves

Rutter’s looks to offer beer in as many stores as possible. Rutter’s has just remodeled its Middletown, Pa. location to incorporate a beer cave, making it the first convenience store in Dauphin County to offer a Beer Cave to customers. Previously, Rutter’s remodeled its Waynesboro, Pa. location to include a Beer Cave. This was the

Terrible Herbst Partners with PDI

The move allows Terrible Herbst to reduce software footprint and manage every part of operations. Terrible Herbst has selected PDI, provider of enterprise-class software solutions, as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. Terrible Herbst, who had been a customer of The Pinnacle Corp. since 2003, was among the more than 100 customers acquired by

Home Service Oil Joins VP Racing Fuels

Home Service Oil begins reimaging first site with the VP brand in Piedmont, Mo. Home Service Oil has joined VP Racing Fuels’ national retail branding program. A wholesale fuel distributor based in Barnhart, Mo., Home Service owns and operates nine Express Mart c-stores and supplies 60 other retail sites across Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. “We

Last Chance to take the CSD/Humetrics HR Survey

Time is running out to participate in the CSD/Humetrics Human Resources survey and gain complementary access to survey results.  In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics are collaborating to provide insight into the industry most challenging problem, finding, hiring, retaining and motivating

NRF, RILA Ask Supreme Court To Let Stand Swipe Fee Appeals Court Ruling

Settlement deal “a bad one, unworthy of resuscitation,” say NRF and RILA. The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand an appeals court ruling that struck down a controversial 2012 settlement of a class action lawsuit over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card

CST Brands Reports Q4, Year-End Financial Results

CST Brands opened 50 new-to-industry stores in 2016 with 38 in the U.S. and 12 in Canada. With its acquisition of Flash Foods in the rearview and its pending merger with Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. set to close in the first half of 2017, CST Brands Inc. wrapped up a year of extensive changes in 2016.

NJOY Finishes Financial Restructuring

Following the restructuring, NJOY is majority-owned by Mudrick Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar investment firm, specializing in corporate turnarounds. NJOY LLC announced the acquisition of the assets of NJOY Inc. in connection with NJOY Inc.’s financial restructuring. In conjunction with this acquisition, NJOY completed a $35 million equity capital raise, and is now a well-capitalized

Gulf Pay to Integrate with Masterpass

Masterpass to be added as a payment option in the new Gulf mobile application. Gulf Oil’s new mobile payment application, Gulf Pay plans to integrate with Mastercard’s Masterpass. Gulf Pay, powered by P97’s PetroZone mobile commerce platform, will enable Gulf customers to find the nearest Gulf gas station and utilize mobile payment technology to complete

Fostering a Pro-Business Climate

By Mark Radosevich A new day has dawned in the downstream oil business after this past November’s surprising election results. Just four short months ago at the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) fall meeting in Atlanta, the list of probable legislative issues that our industry would be tackling seemed almost insurmountable, given the prospect