Equipped for the Future

No matter the degree of foodservice expertise, pacing in the kitchen is imperative. To speed things along, innovations in foodservice equipment are making c-stores’ work easier. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor New innovations in foodservice equipment are constantly impacting the convenience store sector. Equipment quality continues to improve, based on advances in technology that affect

Vespole Directs QC’s Foodservice Future

After climbing the ranks from a part-time employee to director of food service, Jennifer Vespole knows what it takes to make a food program a success. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor In December 2016, Jennifer Vespole, director of food service, celebrated her 29th anniversary with Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based QuickChek (QC), which operates 148

Turner Making Waves at RaceTrac

Because of his body of work at RaceTrac, CSD recognizes Steven Turner as a Front-runner in Foodservice for 2017. By David Bennett, Senior Editor During his tenure at McDonald’s, Steven Turner saw waves of food trends shake the industry. Some rolled in like tsunamis and some quickly sunk below the surface. “I was at McDonald’s

Rare Illness Doesn’t Impede QuickChek Employee’s Drive

Steve Evanowsk leads his store in raising the most donations during the Check-Out Hunger Campaign. A rare illness didn’t keep Steve Evanowski, an assistant store leader for a QuickChek in Piscataway, N.J., from helping to raise $148,500 to feed local hungry families. Evanowski, who suffers from a rare muscular disease, eosinophilic myositis, which has gradually

7-Eleven’s Fresh Future

The industry’s biggest player is expanding its selection of healthy and regional food offerings to meet shopper demand. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Many patrons quickly realize that this isn’t their father’s 7-Eleven as they enter into certain store locations in Florida. Not unless their father prefers pandebono. A Colombian cheese bread usually served for

Reheating Coffee Sales

With so many options available, consumers expect to get their perfect cup of coffee all day, every day. Retailers share tips on how they turned their store coffee bars into daily destinations for brew enthusiasts. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Many consumers associate convenience stores with coffee, and if the coffee program is done right

Global Gas Station Equipment Market To Grow

Technavio finds the number of gas stations with alternate fuel dispensers is increasing globally. A recent report by Technavio market research analysts forecast the global gas station equipment market to grow at a CAGR of close to 6% between 2017 and 2021. The market study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global

Sunoco LP Introduces Sunoco Ultratech

New top tier fuel blend to help keep engines clean and running efficiently. Sunoco LP is introducing Sunoco Ultratech, a high detergent fuel blend, starting April 1, 2017 across all grades of gasoline at every Sunoco station across the country. The introduction of Sunoco Ultratech is the company’s latest effort to provide customers with the

Growth Energy Congratulates Pruitt’s Confirmation as EPA Administrator

Looks to Pruitt’s leadership to protect home-grown domestic energy security. Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In response Pruitt’s confirmation, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, issued the following statement: “We congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation as Administrator of the EPA. We look forward

7-Eleven Names InComm ‘Vendor of the Year’

7-Eleven has partnered with InComm for more than 13 years. Convenience store giant 7-Eleven named InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, its Services Vendor of the Year, marking the first time 7-Eleven has given out an award for excellence to any of its services vendors. “Our customers rely on 7-Eleven for a wide

TA Restaurant Introduces Popeyes Louisiana Restaurant in New Mexico

Marks the 66th Popeyes for TA, but its first in New Mexico. The TA Restaurant Group opened a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at TA Santa Rosa located at I-40/Rt. 54/Rt. 84, Exit 277 (2634 Historic Route 66), in Santa Rosa, N.M. The new Popeyes will serve the prominent southern-style cooking that has made Popeyes famous.

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