Chocolate Attracts Snackers

While overall chocolate volume saw a slight dip in 2016, convenience stores helped buoy category chocolate sales. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Despite studies that show the health benefits of chocolate, many consumers have moved away from snacks perceived as unhealthy and toward more health conscious eating. Healthy snacks have become the norm in stores

Tracking Profits and Losses

A solid foodservice P&L helps c-stores determine the true cost of food items, ensuring operators are pricing their offerings competitively. By CSD Staff Although many people know a store profit and loss statement is important to understanding their business’s growth, it can be challenging to know what information to include when creating one. Often it

Associations International to Manage NASM

Partnership to enhance value proposition for members. The National Association of Shell Marketers (NASM) announce that effective February 2017, NASM will be managed by Associations International, an association management company based in Lexington, Ky. AI successfully manages several associations, including the Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association (KPMA). “This is such an exciting time in the growth

Millennials Aid New Car Market

U.S. market forecast to reach 18.46 million units sold in 2017. New car sales are expect to increase 4.4% over 2016 to 18.46 million units sold by 2017, due in large part to American Millennials (aged 22-39), according to Mintel Millennials entering the new car market are more likely (84%) to consider a new car

Demographic Shifts To Alter Consumer Spending

Many retirement destinations expected to experience over 30% consumption growth due to population growth alone. Major demographic shifts over the next decade will have a dramatic impact on U.S. consumer spending, according to a new report from The Conference Board. Key consumption categories affected include health, retirement and education spending. The report, “The Impact of

NRF Speaks Out After Labor Secretary Nomination

Calls for a Labor Secretary who will ‘put the American economy ahead of partisan politics.’ The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the nomination of Alexander Acosta to head the federal Department of Labor: “The secretary of labor plays an important role in many

TECATE Announces ‘Fight Night Every Night’ Promotion

TECATE gives drinkers and boxing fans the opportunity to engage their passion. May 6 is the long-awaited evening when Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (the two most popular figures in Mexico) meet to decide who is truly the boldest fighter. For those LDA+ boxing fans watching, it’s a moment to experience the excitement

Spinx Goes Local

Spinx incorporates local fruits into its Fresh on the Go program to appeal to shopper demand for more locally-sourced produce. As consumers increasingly look for clean labels, sustainable sourcing and food that remains fresh along the path from farm to table, the demand for local food has grown. In response, some restaurants have added their

Cigar Market Remains Competitive

Despite a full-court press from regulators, cigar sales are still on the rebound. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor When the original Tobacco Control Act was signed into law on June 22, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was given “authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution and marketing of tobacco products.” The government was

Speedway Raises $10.9 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

2016 marks the c-store chain’s 25th year as a partner with Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Through generous donations from customers, vendor partners and employees, Speedway LLC raised a remarkable $10.9 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2016. With this year’s total, Speedway crosses the $90 million mark of funds raised since 1991 for local

Jack Link’s Brings Back Workin’ Out With Sasquatch

Introduces meaty campaign. Jack Link’s is bringing Workin’ Out With Sasquatch back, and it’s taller than ever. After powering football players Clay Matthews and Odell Beckham Jr. into the playoffs, Sasquatch thought it was time he gave a professional tall athlete the chance to develop that same meaty physique in a fully integrated marketing campaign.

Hunt Brothers’ Buffalo Chicken Pizza Returns

A limited time only favorite reappears for the 10th year. Hunt Brothers Pizza has re-introduced its most popular Limited Time Offer (LTO), Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Available now, customers will be able to order this specialty pizza at participating locations across the country while supplies last. As consumer buying habits continue to propel trends in spicy

Fuel Rewards Program, Shell Teams with T-Mobile

On T-Mobile Tuesdays, T-Mobile customers save big on gas. The Fuel Rewards program and Shell are adding 25-cent-per-gallon discounts on gas purchases to the list of gifts that millions of T-Mobile customers can get each week through the T-Mobile Tuesday app. T-Mobile’s 67.4 million U.S. customers can use the “T-Mobile Tuesdays” app each week to

QuickChek Celebrates 50 Years with 50 Promotions

Starting Feb. 20, consumers can enjoy deals from free coffee and fountain drinks to buy-one-get-one foodservice offers. QuickChek is celebrating its 50th anniversary by rewarding c-store customers with 10 weeks of promotions, featuring five offers per week. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain will begin offering a variety of in-store and mobile app

E-Tobacco: What’s Next?

C-stores remain cautious with regards to what direction the e-cigarette and vaping industry is headed this year. By Anne Baye Ericksen Between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deeming regulations finally released last year and a bevy of new state taxes and regulations restricting who can sell or purchase tobacco and other-tobacco products, 2016

Breakfast Is Driving C-Store Traffic

A well thought-out breakfast plan, tying all foodservice elements together, will lead to a well-executed roll out, fetch foot traffic and increase sales. By CSD Staff More and more, consumers are looking at convenience stores as morning destinations. This includes the growing demand for bakery products. In fact, studies show that about 29% of c-store

Parker’s Welcomes New District Manager

Troy Krout brings more than 20 years of retail experience to his new role at Parker’s convenience stores. Parker’s convenience stores recently hired retail industry veteran Troy Krout as district manger. In his new position, Krout is responsible for overseeing daily operations at Parker’s stores in coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Krout brings

TPE Show Sees Increased Traffic

New Product Showcase gave awards to standout products during revamped two-day tradeshow. The 2017 TPE (Tobacco Plus Expo) Show, held Jan 25-26 in Las Vegas, showcased hundreds of industry-leading exhibits and saw a 200% increase in booth traffic. Newly expanded and revamped this year, TPE 2017 was a one-stop show for buyers, featuring top vendors

Rutter’s Introduces Chef Coats

Rutter’s signals professionalism and high quality food to customers with new chef coats for the food management team. Beginning this month, Rutter’s rolled out chef coats for all of its restaurant management team, including restaurant managers, assistant restaurant managers, roving restaurant managers and roving store managers. Rutter’s is the first in its competitive footprint to

IFDA Names Red Diamond A Top Foodservice Manufacturer

Red Diamond ranked in the top four at the 2017 IFDA Partner of the Year Awards. Red Diamond was recently recognition as a leading foodservice manufacturer by the Institutional Food Distributors of America (IFDA). The IFDA’s Partner of the Year award is designed to recognize manufacturers with exceptional performance and a long-term goal of continuing

Love’s Partners With Reflexis

Adds workforce manager for budgeting, forecasting and labor scheduling, as well as a retail store auditing program, among other solutions. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, a travel stop operator with more than 400 locations in 40 states, has selected the Reflexis workforce management suite of solutions. Love’s locations provide, fuel, snacks, travel items, motorist

Stinker Stores Acquires Bradley and Sav-O-Mat Stores

The locations include 40 stores in Colorado and one in Wyoming. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc., an independent middle-market investment bank, has announced the successful closing on the sale of Bradley Petroleum Inc. and Sav-O-Mat Inc. (collectively the “Company”) to Stinker Stores Inc. Headquartered in Denver, the Company’s operating history spans over a century in

Ice Cream Adapts to Meet Changing Customer Demands

From cleaner labels to dairy-free frozen desserts offer more varieties to appeal to an array of customer needs. Research firm Packaged Facts’ new report, “Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts in the U.S., 9th Edition” found food industry marketers are introducing more healthy—yet indulgent—frozen ice cream and dessert options to meet the modern demands of U.S.

Pairing Menus and Automation

Technology for menu boards and kiosks is quickly revamping how foodservice is being delivered in the convenience channel. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor Utilizing traditional back-lit LED frames for menu boards, Pride Stores, a St. Charles, Ill.-based retailer with 12 stores, wanted to step its foodservice program up a notch. The opportunity arose when the

QuickChek Wins With Fresh Sales

From simple ingredients to label transparency and merchandising to showcase ‘fresh,’ QuickChek is meeting consumer requests for better-for-you food. By CSD Staff Just as foodservice and food offerings in the convenience channel have changed with time, the concept of fresh is now naturally positioned at the forefront of the customer experience. Consumers’ demand has grown