Core-Mark Enters Amendment to Expand Credit Facility

Core-Mark expands credit facility to support company growth. North American marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., has entered into a seventh amendment to its credit facility, which is expected to mature in May 2020. The amendment increases the size of its credit facility from $200 million to $300 million. The


Confectionery Industry Experiences Rapid Growth

A number of sales trends have driven growth in the confectionery industry over the past year. The recession and its aftermath were no match for the confectionery industry, as the importance of a small indulgence remains high in good and bad economic times. Among more than 300 product categories across the store, confectionery is growing

New York Minimum Wage Increase May Do More Harm Than Good

New York governor calls for a devastatingly high minimum wage increase. The New York Association of Convenience Stores has informed the Senate that the $15-an-hour statewide minimum wage being pushed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would backfire in the form of fewer jobs, reduced hours and benefits for remaining workers, higher prices for consumers,

7-Eleven Seeks U.S. Veterans For Franchise Operations

Operation: Take Command from 7-Eleven will award one qualified military veteran a fee-free 7-Eleven franchise. 7-Eleven has something in store for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are looking to open a franchise and be their own boss. Dallas-based 7-Eleven is recruiting qualified men and women who have been honorably discharged to enlist in

Ted Cruz Partakes in NACS In Store Event

Ted Cruz reaches out to the community through the NACS In Store events program. As a part of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) In Store events, Republican presidential candidate from Texas, senator Ted Cruz, took a break from campaigning to spend a day working at the Casey’s convenience store in Manly, Iowa. According

QuikTrip Introduces X-Large Pizza Carryout Offering

A new box makes QuikTrip’s new pizza offering even more exciting for customers who are looking to share. QuikTrip, which now operates over 700 stores in 11 states, has introduced a new pizza offering that is perfect for sharing. According to a report from KCCI Des Moines, QuikTrip has taken everything that its customers love

McDonald’s Announces Brand Makeover

In keeping with the company’s progressive views, McDonald’s has launched a worldwide company makeover. In an attempt to create a new atmosphere for consumers, McDonald’s has given its brand packaging a major makeover. According to a report from NBC Chicago, McDonald’s has opted to use colors outside of the brand’s traditional red and yellow for

How to Enhance Loyalty Programs to Attract Millennials

Millennials are a crucial part of the U.S. consumer base, and earning their loyalty is critical. Millennials represent 25% of the U.S. population and more than $200 billion in annual spending. The “What Drives Millennial Loyalty” report by Excentus has revealed that this 18-34 year old demographic is willing to join rewards programs to save money

CST Brands Announces Leadership Changes

CST shuffles leadership as it looks to increase profitability. CST Brands Inc. has announced the following organizational changes in leadership positions. Hal Adams, CST’s senior vice president, chief marketing officer, has been named to the newly created position of president, retail operations, combining marketing and merchandising with operations. Tony Bartys, senior vice president and chief

Energy Drinks Moving Forward

Energy drinks continue to show vigor as the segment fills the gap created by fizzling carbonated soft drink sales. The question is: can energy sales continue to climb? By D. Gail Fleenor, Contributing Editor Energy drinks continue to grab more space in convenience store coolers. According to c-store data from IRI, a Chicago-based market research

Data: On the Level

When it comes to effectively tracking sales data and inventory, technology is changing at breakneck speed. If your company isn’t keeping up, then it’s probably behind the competition. By Traci Dawn Carneal, Contributing Editor In the fast-paced world of data collection and analysis, experts seem to agree on at least one thing—tracking sales by item,

CST Brands Donated $1.4 Million to Children’s Charities in 2015

All Country Run proceeds from 2015 were presented as donations to local charities. Throughout 2015, San Antonio-based CST Brands Inc., owner of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, held 10 Corner Store Country Runs across the U.S. The runs proved to be quite the success, with a total of 37,000 participants, and $1.4 million donated to

SUPERVALUE Explores Separation From Save-A-Lot

SUPERVALUE has proposed turning Save-A-Lot into a stand-alone company. An initial Form 10 Registration Statement (Form 10) has been filed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by SUPERVALU INC. in connection with the possible spin-off of its Save-A-Lot business into a separate, publicly traded company. SUPERVALU announced in July 2015 that it was exploring

Hunt Brothers Pizza Founder Passes Away

The unexpected passing of Jim Hunt leaves many with heavy hearts. On Jan. 3, 2016, James “Jim” Stocker Hunt passed away unexpectedly, after a full life serving God, his family and community. Hunt , a lifelong and avid outdoorsman, passed while working outside—an activity he loved—at his home in Lexington, Ky. Alongside his three brothers,

PDI Introduces Newest Software

New software offering from PDI offers a single software solution to PDI customers. PDI/Enterpris 8, the newest software offering from PDI, a leading provider of enterprise-class automation software systems to the convenience retail, petroleum marketing and foodservice industries, has been released. “PDI/Enterprise 8 is the manifestation of our vision to provide a single software solution

Parker’s Appoints New Director of Finance and Administration

An accomplished CPA has been named Parker’s new Director of Finance and Administration. Brian Prevatt, CPA (Certified Public Accountant) was recently hired as Parker’s Director of Finance and Administration. Prevatt is now responsible for overseeing financial strategy and fiscal operations at Parker’s. An accomplished CPA, Prevatt excels at developing long-term strategic and financial plans. Before

NCA Chooses First Class on Future Leadership Program

The year long program from the NCA will provide young professionals with new opportunities for success within the confectionary industry.  The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has chosen five young professionals as the inaugural class of NCA’s Future Leadership Program. The 2016 class includes one of the confectionery industry’s youngest CEOs, several people who have grown-up

Enmarket Hosts Encourage Health Series

Nonprofit organizations are invited to compete for a chance to win a $1,000 grant through and Enmarket Stations Facebook contest. Nonprofit organizations in the Savannah, Ga. area are being invited by Enmarket Stations to participate in the 2016 Encourage Health Series through a facebook contest, for a chance to win a $1,000 grant. Any Savannah, Ga. area

American Frozen Food Institute Approves of 2015 Dietary Guidelines

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will recommend all forms of fruits and vegetables, rather than exclusively fresh varieties. Interim president for the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), Joseph Clayton, has commended the recommendation of all forms of fruits and vegetables, without limiting language, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and

New South Carolina Parker’s Location

In response to consumer demand, Parker’s has opened its first location on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Hilton Head Island, S.C. is now home to the newest Parker’s convenience store. This is the Savannah, Ga.- based company’s 43rd convenience store, and its first on Hilton Head Island. The store is located on Hwy. 278 at 165 William Hilton

CrossAmerica Acquires 31 Stores for $48.5 Million

CrossAmerica becomes Holiday Station stores franchisee. In a $48.5 million agreement, CrossAmerica Partners LP will acquire 31 franchise Holiday stores located in Wisconsin and Minnesota from SSG Corp. Of the 31 company-operated stores, 28 are located in Wisconsin and three are located in Minnesota. Twenty-seven of the sites are owned fee simple locations. For the

How Lifestyle Changes Trump Dieting

Although dieting has been on the decline over the last decade, consumers are still concerned with losing weight, they are just going about it differently. The NPD Group has discovered that U.S. consumers today prefer living healthier lifestyles as opposed to restricting their habits with dieting. The NPD’s recently released annual compilation of food and

Core-Mark to Webcast ICR Conference Presentation

Core-Mark will soon put on a live webcast on the company’s website. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, will webcast its presentation from the 2016 ICR Conference beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern. This

General Mills Acquires EPIC

General Mills is now poised to grow in the new natural snacking category. EPIC Provisions, a growing premium meat snacks company, has been acquired by General Mills Inc. Austin, Texas-based EPIC will now operate under General Mills’ Annie’s business, which itself has experienced strong sales growth since General Mills acquired the company more than a

Natural Gas Market Poised for Growth

Natural gas is an attractive alternative fuel, but there are some factors that are hindering growth in this market. The market for natural gas (NG) refueling infrastructure and factors expected to influence its deployment have been analyzed in a recent report from Navigant Research. Global market forecasts segmented by fuel type, station type and region,