Countdown in the Cigarette Category

Tobacco remains a major driver of sales for convenience stores. Within the category, cigarettes still claim the No. 1 position. But fiscal quarter after fiscal quarter, channel reports show the in-store sales generator has struggled to generate the gross margin dollars it did years ago. Consequently, manufacturers have raised prices time and time again to

Kum & Go Introduces New C-Store in Northwood, Iowa

The centerpiece of the store, an expanded and open food preparation area, greets customers. Kum & Go’s newest store opened for business on March 15. The new location is situated in Northwood, Iowa, at 818 Highway 105. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in Iowa and was built with the new Marketplace store design,

QuickChek Announces New Hires and Promotions

Upper management and store-level jobs among newly-filled positions. QuickChek Corp. is celebrating its 50th anniversary by preparing for the next 50 with new staff member hires and internal promotions. The family-owned fresh convenience market chain based in Whitehouse Station, N.J. continues to buck the current economic trend by opening new stores, expanding into new markets

Wawa Begins Annual Spring Hiring Campaign

Looks for c-store employees to fill 5,000 new positions. Wawa Inc. is set to begin its Spring hiring campaign with the goal of hiring more than 5,000 new associates during the next three months, with all of Wawa’s 750 stores across its six-state operating area looking to add new talent. The company-wide hiring campaign will

Instant Coffee Market To Reach $42.5 Billion in Sales by 2025

Convenience and price are behind instant coffee’s boost in popularity. Instant coffee demand is growing globally. Transparency Market Research’s report “Instant Coffee Market By Distribution Channel (B2B and Retail) By Packaging Type (Jars and Sachets) – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2017- 2025,” found the global instant coffee market revenue was

Taste is Key With Gum, Mints

Non-chocolate candy sales, which include breath fresheners, mints, licorice and taffy, in convenience stores increased 2.4% in dollar sales, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI) Convenience All Scan data for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 25, 2016. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that while mints are providing a category boost, a refresh is needed when it

Growth Energy Supports Bipartisan Senate Letter

Letter urges president to maintain point of obligation under RFS. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Amy Klobuchar led 23 senators in a bipartisan letter urging President Trump to maintain the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and deny proposed changes that would derail the current, successful program. The point of obligation designates

Yesway Grows in Iowa and Kansas

Buys a total of seven convenience stores. Yesway has acquired seven additional Midwest-based convenience stores. In Iowa, Yesway has acquired the Krueger’s Convenience Stores location in Grimes, and the Pronto Market location in Kanawha. Five Pic Quik stores in Hutchinson, Kan., have also been acquired and will be added to its existing portfolio. The company

Casey’s Selects SpeedLine for Expertise in Pizza Delivery

The new POS technology helps Casey’s streamline operations and boost sales. Casey’s General Store has selected SpeedLine Solutions Inc.’s integrated point of sale and enterprise restaurant management systems for the company’s expanding pizza delivery operations. Casey’s has installed SpeedLine point of sale systems in more than 200 locations to date. The Ankeny, Iowa-based convenience store

Sweet Snack Sales Surge

As customers continue to be starved for time, convenience stores are in an ideal position to fill their meal and snacking needs. The proof is in the rise in sweet snack sales across the board. Total packaged pastry and doughnut sales for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 25, 2016 increased 3.62% to $1.54 billion, according

TA-Petro Sponsoring Mid-America Trucking Show

New this year, TA Truck Service OnSITE truck and technicians will be on-site in the FREE truck parking lot, ready to work on rigs. TravelCenters of America LLC, (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers is set to be an exhibiting sponsor at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky.,

Whipping Up Chocolate Sales

One word will drive chocolate sales in 2017, experts say: Snackfection. “Think of snackfection as an amalgam of predominantly snack items like fruits, nuts, seeds, pretzels and predominantly confectionery items like chocolate that are used to create a variety of textures and flavor profiles,” said Sheril Retson, category manager, center of store at Chevron. “For

Variety Vital in Seeds, Nuts

Many customers dash into a Maverik convenience store looking for a quick snack to take along on whatever adventure they have planned, whether it’s heading to the office or on a mountain hike. Often they choose a package of seeds or nuts, according to Ryan Morton, category manager for snacks and groceries at Maverik, the

Genuine Broaster Chicken Named Best in Minnesota

Minnesota television viewers find The Brass Rail offers the ‘Best Broasted Chicken In Minnesota.’ The Brass Rail, a licensed Genuine Broaster Chicken operator, has been named in the ‘Best of Minnesota’ by CBS Minnesota. Serving Broasted Chicken for over 40 years, the establishment has become a destination for Minnesota-residents seeking world-famous Genuine Broaster Chicken. The

ACE Supports President Trump’s Decision On Fuel Economy Standards

President Trump directs EPA to conduct midterm review of CAFÉ-GHG standards and make a new final determination by April 2018. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) supports President Donald Trump’s decision to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the final determination of greenhouse gas standards (GHG) for model year (MY) 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles and,

7-Eleven, Ferrara Introduce Sour Sloths & New Slurpee Flavor

Now through April 30, 7-Eleven customers can enjoy Sloth-filled treats. 7-Eleven has teamed up with Trolli, the sour gummie brand from Ferrara Candy Co., to introduce Trolli Sour Brite Sloths and a Trolli Pineapple Lime Slurpee. Both products will be exclusively available in participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide through April 30. The new Trolli Sour Brite

Petro Columbia Opens for Business

The newly-constructed facility offers a range of amenities including a Minit Mart store. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has completed construction on Petro Columbia, located at I-77, Exit 5 (2154 South Beltline Blvd.) Columbia, S.C. The new location is now open to the public.

Stimulating Salty Snacks Sales

Convenience stores continue salting away profits by catering to Americans’ never-ending cravings for potato, corn and tortilla chips, peanuts, pretzels, popcorn, cheese snacks, crackers and many other types of indulgent snack foods. Slowly, but surely, indulgent snacks options are being pushed by healthier items. Threading the salty-but-healthy snack combination is a major key in appealing

Carving Out Meat Snack Sales

Once beefy, sales of meat snacks at convenience stores are being sliced away by customers’ declining interest in limited flavor and texture options. Dried meat snacks sales in convenience stores experienced a dramatic drop in the last two years. Dried meat snack sales jumped 11.16%, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI), total All Scan c-store

Alimentation Couche-Tard Sees “Positive Results” in Q3

Works to consolidate its position as a leader in the convenience store industry. For its third quarter ended Jan. 29, 2017, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $287 million, representing 50 cents per share on a diluted basis. “Notwithstanding the headwinds seen in the overall retail industry during the quarter, we continue seeing positive

Louisiana Among States Now Offering E15 at the Pump

American consumers have surpassed 750 million miles on E15. Louisiana has become the 29th state to offer consumers a better choice at the pump – gasoline blended with 15% ethanol known as E15. The latest in this market expansion is a RaceTrac station in Baton Rouge – now one of 672 locations nationwide to offer

MacEwen Petroleum Partners with PDI

Software to help streamline operations and automate business processes. MacEwen Petroleum Inc. (MacEwen) has selected PDI as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. MacEwen licensed a number of products from PDI, including its retail and wholesale petroleum software suites, to help improve operational visibility and control. “Over the years, our company has continued to

Samsung Pay Now Available Through ExxonMobil Speedpass+ App

ExxonMobil consumers can now use Samsung Pay directly through the Speedpass+ app. Payment just got more convenient for ExxonMobil customers with Samsung Galaxy devices. ExxonMobil has enabled Samsung Pay as a method of payment through the Speedpass+ mobile payment app, providing consumers with a simple and secure way to purchase Synergy fuel and car washes

ATMs Undergo Transition

Before last Thanksgiving, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of class action lawsuits by consumers, accusing Visa, Mastercard and several U.S. banks of conspiring to inflate the prices of ATM access fees in violation of antitrust law. The lawsuits in question accused the companies of adopting rules protecting themselves from competition with lower-cost ATM

Car Wash Potential Sparkles

According to reports, the U.S. auto industry reached a sales milestone of 17.55 million vehicles sold in 2016. Not only is this larger volume of vehicles good for U.S. fuel marketers, it’s also good news for convenience store operators who offer car wash services. Coupled with lower gas prices, Americans are driving more, increasing demand