Beer Tasting

Craft Beer Brewers Gain Double-Digit Volume Share

“Craft brewers are key in keeping the overall industry innovative and growing,” says chief economist for the Brewers Association. The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, released 2014 data on U.S. craft brewing growth. For the first-time ever, craft brewers reached double-digit (11%) volume share of the marketplace.

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Starbucks Reaffirms Growth Strategies

Looks to increase market cap to $100 billion. Starbucks Corp. kicked off its 23rd Annual Meeting of Shareholders, with more than 2,800 partners, shareholders, invited guests and board members in attendance. Together with the Starbucks leadership team, Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks, will honor the accomplishments of the company over the past year

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CST Brands Celebrates Grand Opening of New Distribution Center

New complex in San Antonio will serve as new company headquarters in 2016. Fortune 500 company CST Brands (parent company of Corner Store) celebrated the grand opening of its new Corner Store Distribution Center on Tuesday, a 365,000 square foot warehouse that will serve as the main hub for distributing food and merchandise to approximately

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QuikTrip Site Burned In Ferguson Riots To Be Repurposed

Jobs training center set to be built on the property. The site of a QuikTrip destroyed during the Ferguson riots earlier this year is finding a new purpose. QuikTrip Corp. recently donated its former convenience store property at 9420 W. Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo. to the Urban League of Metropolitan St., which plans to

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Couche-Tard Begins Pantry Overhaul

The company has already begun consolidating staff and downsizing via employee layoffs. Following the acquisition of The Pantry by Couche-Tard, the company has laid off 250 employees as it consolidates job functions, according to Triangle Business Journal. The cuts were disclosed via mandatory filing with the N.C. State Commerce Department, and are directly related to

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ExxonMobil Launching Coalition Loyalty Program

Debuting this spring, customers can earn and use points among well-known brands. ExxonMobil, AT&T Macy’s, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy and Hulu are joining with American Express to launch Plenti, the first U.S.-based coalition loyalty program with well-known brands where consumers can earn and use Plenti points for purchasing a wide range of products, regardless

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Couche-Tard, Pantry Deal Complete

Couche-Tard reviews third quarter results. Couche-Tard has completed its acquisition of The Pantry through an all-cash transaction valued at US $36.75 per share, with a total enterprise value of approximately $1.7 billion including debt assumed. The Pantry operates over 1,500 stores in 13 states. “The third quarter of fiscal 2015 was marked by the great

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E-Z Mart Selects PriceAdvantage Fuel Pricing Software

Gains greater speed and control over fuel pricing. E-Z Mart has chosen PriceAdvantage software to drive fuel pricing automation at 286 convenience stores throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. E-Z Mart selected PriceAdvantage based on the software’s automation of manual processes, management by exception tools, and demonstrated return on investment. “Simply put, we wanted greater

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As Millennials’ Lifestyles Change So Do Their Restaurant Visits

Concerned about the money they spend at foodservice, Millennials cut back. Millennials are the chosen generation for many marketers because of their sheer number and perceived buying power, but they are not a homogenous group and depending on their age and lifestyles, they use restaurants differently, according to a recently released report by The NPD

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Couche-Tard Acquiring Tiger Tote Food Stores

Circle K to gain 21 stores and 151 dealer sites in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Circle K Stores Inc., an agreement with Cinco J, Inc. (doing business as Johnson Oil Co.), Tiger Tote Food Stores and their affiliates to acquire 21 stores, 151 dealer fuel

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Couche-Tard, Pantry Merger Set To Close Today

Now that the HSR waiting period has expired, the acquisition is expected to be finalized soon. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR Act”) applicable to the offer made by its indirect wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary to acquire The Pantry has expired. The expiration

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7-Eleven Announces Franchise Contest Semi-Finalists

Public to choose top three finalists among 10 semi-finalists vying for franchise fee-free 7-Eleven store. And now there are 10. Ten military veterans or those soon to leave the U.S. Armed Forces are competing for the public’s favor and the opportunity to own a 7‑Eleven franchise without the expense of a franchise fee. The Facebook

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Acumera, ZipLine Partner

Introduce ZipLine Connection App. Acumera and ZipLine, a provider of mobile- and card-based decoupled debit (ACH) payment solutions, announced the launch of the ZipLine Connection App. As a part of Acumera’s fast-growing suite of Apps for Your Network services, the new app runs on Acumera’s Merchant Gateway platform. Acumera customers can now benefit by offering

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NATO Responds To IOM Study On Tobacco Age Requirements

Study confirms that most underage users rely on social sources to get tobacco. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a study that concludes raising the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products “will likely prevent or delay initiation of tobacco use by adolescents and young adults,” according to the National Association of Tobacco Outlets

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Pilot Flying J To Settle Lawsuits With Three Trucking Companies

Four additional trucking companies are continuing a civil lawsuit. Pilot Flying J is settling lawsuits with three trucking companies who allege the company cheated them out of fuel rebates, ABC News Cleveland reported Attorneys for National Retail Transportation, Keystone Freight and Shoreline Transportation of Alabama notified U.S. District Court Judge Amul Thapar of the settlement

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Natural Gas Fueling Station Opens In Orlando

New station at Orlando International Airport to service a range of vehicles. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced the opening of its newest natural gas fueling station, located at 6155 Cargo Road, Orlando, Fla. The new station at Orlando International Airport is open to the public 24/7 and can accommodate a variety of natural gas vehicles

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Meeting America’s Fuel Efficiency & Environmental Goals

Automakers and Diesel Associations outline benefits of new diesel technology on Capitol Hill. As the U.S. advances efforts to increase passenger car mileage and decrease Greenhouse Gas emissions in the coming years, advanced clean diesel vehicles can play a key role in achieving efficiency and environmental gains providing new government policies don’t hinder current or

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An End To Climbing Gas Prices?

Prices dip after a 40-day climb, but more fluctuation is expected. The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline dipped on March 8 for the first time since increasing for 40 consecutive days—the longest streak of daily price increases since 2011, AAA reported. During the 40-day rise, average gas prices grew by 43 cents per

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7-Eleven Launches 7Rewards Loyalty Platform on App

When customers buy six drinks they get the 7th free. 7‑Eleven Inc. is launching 7Rewards, an expanded customer loyalty platform that rewards customers with a free beverage for every six cups purchased through its 7‑Eleven mobile app. The program includes 7‑Eleven coffee and its other hot beverages, Big Gulp, Slurpee and Chillers drinks. “7‑Eleven is

Beer Tasting

Craft Beer Drinkers Go Beyond IPAs

Some 83% of craft beer drinkers say they also drink non-craft beer. As the craft beer category becomes increasingly competitive with larger companies and niche brewers alike entering the market, attempting to edge out established players, research shows that brewers have their work cut out for them when attracting craft drinkers. Market intelligence agency, Mintel

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Rutter’s Expands Menu to Include Nachos

Customers can customize their order with add-on options. Rutter’s Farm Stores has introduced nachos to its diverse and rapidly expanding menu, the central Pennsylvania retailer announced this week. Rutter’s new spicy snack is served on white tortilla chips and the customer’s choice of nacho cheese or shredded cheddar cheese. Customers can also customize each order

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Regional 7-Eleven Stores Introduce Redpop Slurpee

Participating 7‑Eleven stores in Ohio and Michigan now carry new Redpop Slurpee drink. The flavor is a home-town favorite from Faygo Beverages. Faygo Beverages and 7‑Eleven Inc. have announced an exclusive partnership to release the long-demanded combination of their flagship products—the Faygo Redpop Slurpee drink. Beginning this month, Redpop Slurpee beverages are available at more

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Diversity Brings Change to Beer Market

The once-popular domestic beer segment, still referred to in the industry as “popular” beer, has steadily been losing market share the last few years. In fact, “big beer’s lagging performance is hindered most by declining volume sales in the massive light beer segment (49% market share),” said Beth Bloom, food and beverage analyst for the

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Healthy Drinks Spur Big Business

A vast majority of consumers consider bottled water—in all of its forms—to be healthier than soft drinks, according to newly released findings from a survey conducted online by Harris Poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older for the International Bottled Water Association. By product type, bottled waters are classified as

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Cold, Frozen Drinks Tout Destination

Very few categories within the convenience store industry say ‘destination sales’ like cold and frozen beverages. That’s because over the last five decades, the category has grown up side by side with the c-store industry—the whole time reflecting the changing tastes and cultural propensity of the American consumer. According to The NPD Group, the iced

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