Break Time Opens New Grindstone Parkway Location

New store features a range of foodservice offerings plus expanded tea and fountain selections. MFA Oil Co. opened a new Break Time Neighborhood Market on Grindstone Parkway, in Missouri this week. This is Break Time’s 16th store in the Columbia market and 77th store overall. The new store is in the Red Oak development across


QuickChek Adds Self-Serve Kiosks

Partners with Xpedient to enhance foodservice ordering. QuickChek has partnered with Xpedient, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Advanced Solutions Inc., to provide self-serve kiosk software to its entire convenience store foodservice operation. A market leader in foodservice, QuickChek is a New Jersey-based convenience store chain, operating 137 retail locations throughout both New York and New Jersey.

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Frisco Corner Store Drops Gas Price For Grand Opening

Corner Store officials also present $5,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters at ribbon-cutting. For three hours on Jan. 8, a local Corner Store dropped gas prices to $1.59 per gallon, perhaps the lowest in the nation, to celebrate the opening of its newest store in Frisco, Texas at 3272 Parkwood Blvd. At a ribbon-cutting


Toomey Accepts Senate’s “Candy Desk” Nomination

Since 1965, the Candy Desk has provided sweet enjoyment for senators on both sides of the aisle. In his continuing fight against the deficit—the candy deficit—U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Sweetest Place on Earth) has accepted the weighty responsibility of stocking the Senate’s coveted “Candy Desk.” According to the Secretary of the Senate, in every Congress

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Ron Zuehlsdorf Joins Server Products

Brings 25-years of foodservice equipment experience. Server Products has announced the hiring of Ron Zuehlsdorf as western regional sales manager. In the capacity of sales manager, Ron Zuehlsdorf will lead Server’s business development initiatives in the Western region of the U.S. A 25-year veteran of the foodservice equipment and supplies industry, Zuehlsdorf most recently served


Thorntons Launches Swipe & Score Sweepstakes

Refreshing Rewards members can win big now through April 1. Now that Thorntons has officially launched Swipe & Score Sweepstakes, registered Refreshing Rewards members can swipe their card for a chance to win one of thousands of prizes, including a trip to Football’s Final Showdown. Swipe & Score Sweepstakes runs now through April 1 and


Global Partners LP Acquires Warren Equities

Some 147 Xtra Mart Convenience Stores included in assets. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. announced today the successful closing on the sale of Warren Equities Inc.,which is owned by The Warren Alpert Foundation (the “Foundation”). Through Warren’s subsidiaries, Warex Terminals Corp. Inc. and Drake Petroleum Co. Inc., the company operates 147 Xtra Mart convenience stores,


NACS Offers Guide To New Menu Labeling Rules

Provides document to help c-stores navigate new regulations. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is offering a brief summary and compliance guide to help c-stores navigate the final menu-labeling regulations put forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last November, which are set to go into effect in December 2015. The rules impact


Understanding What America Eats

How and why America snacks. Snacking has become so ubiquitously part of the U.S. dining culture that the trend has begun to blur the lines between retail and foodservice. As a result, retail and foodservice purveyors are catering to the trend with an increased number and variety of “snackable” items, according to “What America Eats:


Flavorful Gum

In December 2014, Juicy Fruit launched new Juicy Fruit gum with Starburst flavors, bringing two fun brands together. Consumers can now enjoy the Juicy Fruit gum they know and love with their favorite Starburst flavors. The new, sugar-free gum is available in two popular Starburst flavors: Strawberry and Cherry. Juicy Fruit with Starburst flavors is

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Ready-to-Drink Coffee

Coca-Cola Co. has introduced illy issimo Ready-to-Drink Coffee, which was featured in the 2014 NACS Show Cool New Products Preview Room. New illy issimo offers a range of ready-to-drink coffee made with illy’s unique blend of 100% natural Arabica coffee and no added preservatives. Featuring the finest ingredients that create the pure pleasure of coffee


Black & White MiniTronic Series Lighters

The new BIC Black & White MiniTronic electronic lighters with push-button ignition are the perfect accessory for the fashion-forward consumer, with eight chic, monochrome designs inspired by the runway. This mini lighter may be compact and convenient, but its bold patterns make a big statement! Lighters in this series have a suggested retail price of


Tackle The Thickest Blends

Now your c-store can tackle the toughest, thickest blends with the innovative Twister Jar from Blendtec. Ideal for expanding menu options, the Twister Jar effortlessly creates hummus, shakes, dressings, guacamole and even nut butters. Simply add ingredients and twist the specially designed scraper lid while blending for a flawless consistency. The powerful scraper tines force

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Un-Sweet Cigarillos

Swisher International Inc. has introduced new Swisher Diamonds Cigarillos, the un-sweet Swisher. These cigarillos are everything you love about Swisher without the sweet; just a smooth, rich taste created by master tobacco blenders. Swisher Diamonds cigarillos are available in a two-count resealable pouch at three popular price points: 99-cents, $1.49, and non-priced “Save on 2.”


Microwave-Ready Potatoes

Alsum Farms & Produce Inc. has introduced new 24-ounce Microwave-Ready Gold and Red Potatoes to bring fresh, convenient potato solutions to the time-starved consumer. Available year-round, Alsum Farms & Produce’s Fast & Fresh! potatoes are 24-ounce packages of fresh baby gold or red potatoes that are triple-washed and ready to cook. Today’s busy consumers can

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Single-Serve Pound Cake

McKee Foods, bakers of the Little Debbie brand, has debuted Little Debbie Single-Serve Pound Cake Slices to convenience store shelves. The pound cake slices will be offered in three flavors: Banana Nut, Homestyle and Classic Lemon. Each single-serve, pre-cut pound cake slice is portioned and individually packaged to ensure freshness and rich flavor for on-the-go


Breakfast On-The-Go

General Mills is set to introduce Pillsbury Minis in 2015. Pillsbury Minis are a new addition for the packaged bakery set, giving c-store retailers a line of bakery-style items from the Pillsbury brand consumers know and love. They come in four great-tasting flavors, including Mini Cinnamon Rolls, Mini Blueberry Muffins with Streusel, Mini Cinnamon Crumb

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You Just Never Know

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. At the beginning of 2014, my partner and son, Eric, asked me what my thoughts were on a sale price, because he was approached by a purchaser, for the Team Oil Travel Center. I told Eric, one year’s gross would be fine. Eric made the comment, “What if

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7-Eleven Selects New Digital Agency of Record

Partners with T3. 7-Eleven Inc. has announced T3, an independent innovation agency, as its new digital agency of record. T3 and 7-Eleven began working together in 2012 on the retailer’s award-winning app. “7-Eleven has been a great partner during the past few years we have worked with the company,” said Ben Gaddis, chief innovation officer


Rutter’s Donates Over $793,000 To Charities In 2014

“We’re proud that all of our donations stay right here to help children and their families in the communities we serve,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s donated an additional $150,000 to seven area schools, bringing the company’s total charitable donations to more than $793,000 for the year, the company announced. In 2014, Rutter’s donated $580,000 in


Combustible Cigarette Pricing And Volume Strong

Lower gas prices likely driving category strength, says Wells Fargo. C-store cig dollar sales were up 4.4% (above +2.2% last period and -2.6% last year) during the recent four weeks on an increase of 3.4% in pricing and an increase of 1% equal units, Wells Fargo Securities reported, citing Nielsen data. “We believe c-store unit


Hershey Exceeds Sustainable Cocoa Goals in 2014

Company announces accelerated 50% target for certified and sustainable cocoa by end of 2015. The Hershey Co. announced that 30% of its globally sourced cocoa was independently certified and verified. This reflects an accelerated pace for achieving its goal of sourcing 100% of its cocoa supply from certified and sustainable cocoa farms by 2020. The


Hix Joins Bauer Marketing Group

Brings 18 years of successful sales experience. Bauer Marketing Group (BMG) announced that Neal Hix has joined the Bauer Marketing Group team as a territory manager. Hix brings with him 18 years of successful sales experience, 11 of which are specific to the foodservice equipment industry. Hix will be responsible for all dealers, consultants and


Royal Farms Expanding In Delaware Valley

Moves into Wawa’s turf. Royal Farms, a Baltimore, Md.-based c-store chain, is looking to expand in the Philadelphia metropolitan area—also known as the Delaware Valley—an area long dominated by Wawa, where Sheetz and On The Run also compete for customers, the Pennsylvania Business Journal reported. Royal Farms has 160 stores in Maryland, Delaware and eight


Supply Push Driving U.S. Gasoline Demand Higher

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In the U.S., gasoline demand was the strongest in 2014 during the final full week of the year even though historically driving demand is greatest during the summer months, with demand during the fourth quarter averaging 90,000 bpd or 0.9% more at 9.11 million bpd than the June