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

Dietz Receives CDA’s Dean of the Industry Award

Award presentation took place at Convenience Distribution Marketplace Awards Luncheon. Kit Dietz, long-time convenience distribution industry consultant and advisor and author of numerous studies that have helped guide CDA member companies, was presented with the Convenience Distribution Association (CDA) Dean of the Industry Award Feb. 14, 2017. The presentation came during the Convenience Distribution Marketplace

Despite Gas Price Fluctuations Consumer Optimism Stays Strong

Southern consumers are the most optimistic in the U.S. A majority of Americans (57%) are optimistic about the economy as gas prices fell by five cents per gallon over the past month, according to the latest National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Consumer Fuels Survey of U.S. adults who purchase fuel for a vehicle at

Dos Equis Helps Customers Spice Up Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Customers can enter to win great prizes including a trip to Mexico. Dos Equis is making a festive day even more exciting by giving LDA+ consumers everything they need to spice up their Cinco de Mayo celebrations. From the hottest Mexican cantina in the city to the neighborhood backyard patio, the comprehensive, 360-degree program features

Wheeler Ridge Petro Stopping Center Opens New Arby’s

TA Restaurant Group now operates eight Arby’s locations. The TA Restaurant Group has opened a new Arby’s and drive-through adjacent to the Petro Stopping Center in Wheeler Ridge located at I-5, Exit 219A/219B (Laval Road W.), in Wheeler Ridge, Calif. The new Arby’s will serve their delicious variety of meaty sandwiches and crave-able sides such

Dollar General Opens for Business in North Dakota

Plans to grow its footprint within North Dakota, beginning with six stores by this spring. Dollar General has entered its 44th state—North Dakota. The dollar store chain celebrated the grand opening of its new location in Hankinson, N.D., on Saturday Feb. 11. The company is also planning official grand opening celebrations for six additional stores

QMart Donates $20,000 to Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Funds to help fund staff hotline, one on one parent coaching and more. Northwest Petroleum (NWP)’s convenience store, QMart recently donated $20,000 to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (PDFK), a national organization that helps families coping with drug abuse by providing counseling support and other invaluable resources on the path to recovery. QMart organized and

Parker’s Introduces Revamped Market

Dramatically-renovated flagship location offers chopped salad bar, hot Panini and milkshakes in addition to other new features. Parker’s recently re-opened its Parker’s Market location at 222 Drayton St. in downtown Savannah, after giving the c-store a dramatic interior renovation and adding a number of innovative food and beverage options. “We’re building on our commitment to

Sec. Tom Vilsack Receives America’s Fuel Award

Growth Energy presents honor at 8th annual Executive Leadership Conference. Growth Energy awarded former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack with its highest honor, the America’s Fuel Award, at its eighth annual Executive Leadership Conference. The America’s Fuel Award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to act

GPM Acquiring Roadrunner Markets

Roadrunner Markets divests all 92 convenience stores with fuel sales, plus seven quick-service restaurants. GPM Investments LLC has signed an agreement to acquire Mountain Empire Oil Co. Inc., operating as Roadrunner Markets, including all 92 convenience stores with fuel sales and seven quick-service restaurants (QSRs) located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. This

Grab and Go Gets Hot

As dayparts blur and snacking soars, Rutter’s appeals to customers with quality and variety. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ 66 locations offer a complete grab-and-go experience with 83 hot grab-and-go offerings. Items span many flavors and sizes of burgers, fried & grilled chicken sandwiches, subs and wraps, tornados, pork egg rolls and stromboli. The York, Pa.-based retailer’s

Kum & Go, Thorntons Join Growth Energy as Associate Members

Both convenience store retailers participate in the Prime the Pump program to increase the availability of higher ethanol blends. Growth Energy announced that two leading fuel retailers, Kum & Go and Thorntons, have joined Growth Energy as associate members. “We are thrilled to welcome Kum & Go and Thorntons to the Growth Energy team,” said

Mobile Payment Set to Expand

IDDBA predicts mobile pay will soon replace physical credit cards at food retail. What’s in Store 2017 found mobile payment options will soon replace physical credit cards as shoppers’ preferred payment method at supermarkets, as they’re more secure and convenient. What’s in Store 2017 is the latest edition of the annual trends publication from the

Parker’s Welcomes New Controller

Keith Saltzman’s financial expertise to help optimize financial operations at Parker’s convenience stores. Parker’s recently hired financial expert Keith Saltzman as the company’s Controller. In his new position, Saltzman is responsible for overseeing all company accounting, financial reporting, tax reporting and financial data audits. Before joining Parker’s, he served as the chief financial officer and

Love’s Introduces Kansas Travel Stop On U.S. Highway 169

The new travel top marks the second along U.S. Highway 169. Love’s Travel Stop in Chanute, Kan., has opened for business. Love’s 22nd location in Kansas brings driver services to U.S. Highway 169 at 190th Road. “The opening of the new store allows us to serve more Customers with the ‘Clean Places, Friendly Faces’ Love’s