Chicago Raising OTP Taxes, Increasing Tobacco Purchase Age

The Cigar Association of America outlines a new Chicago ordinance and what it means for retailers in the city. Chicagoans who use other tobacco products (OTP) including cigars, smokeless and pipe tobacco are in for more taxes beginning in July due to a new ordinance. And the age to purchase tobacco products has also been

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Dunkin’ Donuts Woos Customers On St. Patrick’s Day

Customers have the chance to win big during Dunkin’ Donuts’ St. Patrick’s Day contest. Customers can experience the luck of the Irish at Dunkin’ Donuts on St. Patrick’s Day, as five lucky winners will be handed a $1,000 check at the check out counter. The promotion is mean to celebrate the March 17 holiday and

Reese’s Partners with NCAA During March Madness

Reese’s is hosting a slew of events and promotions this NCAA Tournament season. As March Madness and the NCAA Tournament approach, a number of exciting promotions are on the horizon for the Reese’s brand. Reese’s is the long-standing official candy partner of the NCAA, and the brand is helping to promote the yearly madness through

Easter Spending Soars

Consumers are expected to spend nearly $150 per person this Easter holiday, but not all of that spending will be made on the traditional Easter gifts; such as candy and flowers. Data from the annual Easter Spending Survey from the National Retail Federation (NRF) has revealed that Americans anticipate spending more than ever before on

What’s Ahead For Snacking Trends?

General Mills outlines seven snacking trends for convenience store operators to watch. From natural to made-to-order, General Mills is pinpointing the hot snacking trends c-store retailers should be watching in 2016 in order to meet customer demand. The Consumer Insights team from General Mills Convenience & Foodservice, a dedicated group of researchers that uses consumer

RYO Endures Market Pressure

The fortunes of roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco will likely continue to wax and wane in 2016. Last year was more wane, due mainly to a resurgence in combustible cigarette sales. Vivien Azer, managing director with the Cowen Group, a diversified financial services firm, explained why RYO’s share dipped in the tobacco category. “Cigarette industry trends were

CSD Exclusive: Sunoco CEO Blasts Sale Rumors

In a letter to Sunoco employees obtained by Convenience Store Decisions, Bob Owens called media reports “erroneous” and said Energy Transfer Equity “has no interest in selling.” By John Lofstock, Editor While rumors continue to swirl that Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) is looking to sell off Sunoco, Sunoco’s CEO Bob Owens moved swiftly to squash

VP Racing Remains Official Fuel of FASTRAK

A multi-year agreement will help to grow the VP Racing Fuels brand through significant brand exposure. A multi-year agreement between the FASTRAK Racing Series and VP Racing Fuels has once again named VP Racing Fuels as the Official Fuel of FASTRAK. VP Racing’s sponsorship extends to both the FASTRAK weekly series and touring series throughout

Record Breaking Natural Products Expo

The natural products industry is expected to experience substantial growth in the coming year. Hosting more than 77,000 attendees, the 36th annual Natural Products Expo West & Engredea experienced another record-setting event. As the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, expo brought together industry members and more than 3,000 exhibiting companies, including more

Turns * Margin = Profit

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC One of my favorite sales stories is the one about the new salesman that was constantly nagged by his superior to make more sales calls. On his first day, he made five sales calls and was told that if he wanted to make it in the company, he would

Couche-Tard Discusses Third Quarter Financial Results

Alimentation Couche-Tard experienced merchandise and service gross margin increases of 0.5% in the U.S, 3.4% in Europe and 0.2% in Canada. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has officially released the financial results for the third quarter ending Jan. 31, 2016. The company’s financial report revealed that the company experienced significant growth and accrued substantial earnings throughout the

Costco Reduces Inventory, But Stays in Tobacco Game

After reports surfaced that the chain was looking to phase out tobacco, Costco confirms it has no plans to exit the category. While numerous news organizations reported earlier this week that Costco Wholesale (COST) was set to follow in the footsteps of CVS and exit the tobacco category, a report by Fortune found such claims

Slurpee Celebrates 50 With 7-Eleven ‘BYOCup’ Promotion

Customers can bring everything from fishbowls to teapots to their local 7-Eleven convenience store and fill it with their favorite Slurpee flavor. 7-Eleven is kicking off its second annual Bring Your Own Cup (BYOCup) where convenience store customers can bring a container of their choice and fill it with their favorite Slurpee Flavor. This year’s

Savory Snacks

Mondelēz International is responding to consumer demand for more wholesome savory snack options with its first new snack brand in over a decade: GOOD THiNS. The brand starts with real ingredients (like wheat, potato and rice), combines them with enticing flavors (like garlic, spinach and sweet potato) and bakes each piece thin and crispy without […]

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Chip-Coated Tenders

Brakebush Fully-Cooked Potato Chip-Coated Tater Chip Strips are the newest addition to their craveable, crunchable product line that also includes Tater Chip Tenders. These fully-cooked chicken strips coated in real potato chips join the already successful whole muscle, chicken tenderloins that feature the same uniquely crunchy coating. Together, they make any menu more craveable with […]

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Butter Cakes

Prairie City Bakery’s award-winning Ooey Gooey Butter Cakes are some of the hottest snack items on the market. The mouthwatering Ooey Gooey has two decadent layers; the bottom made of yellow cake and the top layer a rich mix of cream cheese, sugar and egg. The Original, Lemon and Cinnamon flavors offer a flavor for […]

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Hot Fudge

Ghirardelli Chocolate’s Professional Products Division introduces new Ghirardelli Hot Fudge, inspired by the freshly-made authentic recipe served in the company’s renowned Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shops. You can taste the Ghirardelli difference. Crafted with premium Ghirardelli milk chocolate, real cream, butter and vanilla, the bold chocolate notes come together with a delicate creamy caramel finish, creating […]

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Spring LTOs

Tastykake has introduced its limited edition spring offerings: Peach Cobbler Mini Donuts, Strawberry Mini Donuts and Lemon Kandy Kakes. The products are now available to retailers until May 21. Tastykake’s new Peach Cobbler Mini Donuts capture the taste of peach cobbler inside a peach flavored donut covered in a sweet cobbler crumble. Strawberry Mini Donuts transform strawberry flavor into a mini donut form […]

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Tropical Cigar

Cheyenne Cigars released the brand’s first limited edition style, Tropical 100’s. Inspired and selected exclusively by its adult consumers, the Limited Edition Tropical Cigar style officially debuted at the 2016 Convenience Distribution Marketplace in Las Vegas, and was an instant sensation with distributors. Over the years, adult consumers have submitted numerous style requests. The 2015 […]

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Anti-Theft Innovation

Just like copper wire from abandoned or foreclosed homes can attract opportunistic thieves, waste oil stored in an unguarded bin outside a restaurant or even in sealed indoor or outdoor tanks can become a target for waste oil thieves. Cooking oil has become a “hot” commodity due to its increasing popularity in the biodiesel/biofuels industry. […]

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Seasonal Candy

Easter is just around the corner and families are springing to share the latest seasonal treats with their loved ones. Nestlé Butterfinger has introduced two new seasonal offerings that are sure to delight every bunny around. For the first time, families can celebrate spring with the all new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Smooth & Crunchy […]

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QuikTrip Co-Founder Chester Cadieux Passes Away

QuikTrip co-founder Chester Cadieux, 84, passed away Monday evening, March 14, at his home in Tulsa, Okla. QuikTrip Spokesman Mike Thornbrugh shared the following statement from the company: “On behalf of the Cadieux family, we are deeply saddened to announce that Chester Cadieux peacefully passed away yesterday evening at his home in Tulsa. Chester’s vision,

Are Low Gas Prices Fueling Consumer Optimism?

Economic optimism is expected to drive consumers to travel more and spend more as a result. The results of a new consumer survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) have revealed that 50% of all Americans are reporting that they are optimistic about the economy. This is the highest percentage of Americans reporting

How to Optimize Hispanic Foodservice Sales

Hispanic foods have become a menu item of choice in more convenience stores, appealing to the tastes of Hispanic shoppers and other patrons wanting to try new items. Using freshly-prepared foods to attract Hispanic shoppers to c-stores has become a proposition with value. “All our Orlando stores have fried empanadas,” said Alex Davidovich, executive vice

Is Energy Transfer Selling Sunoco?

At least one company expressed interest, as Energy Transfer looks for ways to beef up its balance sheet ahead of its Williams Cos. acquisition. Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE) has held talks about the possibility of divesting gas station and convenience store operator Sunoco LP. Sunoco operates about 900 convenience stores and fuel outlets in

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