Tenet Names Hershey No. 2 Corporate Brand For Second Year

The Hershey Co. is No. 2 among the top 100 brands in the U.S. when it comes to best-in-class corporate brand equity, according to Tenet’s CoreBrand Index. This is the second consecutive year Hershey has ranked No. 2 in the index. “Our corporate brand is one of our most important assets,” said Mike Wege, chief

Dairy Queen Rolls Out Updated Foodservice Menu

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Dairy Queen has introduced its new DQ Bakes! menu, featuring desserts, Artisan-style sandwiches and snack melts. As consumers continue to demand quality foodservice, more businesses in an array of channels are adding and improving their foodservice operations, and competing against local c-stores also trying their hand at a food

Newcastle Launches Campaign Aimed At Light Beer Drinkers

Newcastle Brown Ale offers a chance to win an exclusive trip to London as it celebrates being the top imported and brown ale. Newcastle Brown Ale is campaigning to reach out to the drinkers of light beer. A common misconception about this brown ale is that it is heavy and bitter, but Newcastle is looking

C-store Chain Parker’s Donates to Area Schools

Parker’s presents $5,000 check to Bulloch County Schools, as part of the Fueling the Community Program. Parker’s recently presented a $5,000 Fueling the Community check to Bulloch County Schools at its board of education meeting in Statesboro, Ga., on June 11. The donation was part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools. “I

Jon Bratta Joins Core-Mark As Vice President of Marketing

The Pantry’s former vice president of fresh foods finds a new home at Core-Mark. Core-Mark is welcoming Jon Bratta to its executive team as vice president of marketing. Bratta will work from Core-Mark’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. and report to Chris Hobson, senior vice president of sales and marketing. In his new role,

Kum & Go Promotion Offers E85 for 85 Cents Per Gallon

Two Colorado convenience stores draw attention to the benefits of flex fuel. Kum & Go is enticing its customers in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado to try out E85 fuel with a special promotion at two local Kum & Go convenience stores. Kum & Go is hosting a series of promotions to draw attention

Kangaroo Express To Offer Circle K’s Polar Pop Cup

Any size Polar Pop cup just 69 cents all year long, at Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Kangaroo Express, now part of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., is rolling out Circle K’s Polar Pop Cup, a cup made from polar foam the ensures cold beverages maintain their chill. The cup is now available year-round in any size for

CITGO Fuels United Relay Across America

CITGO to cover fuel costs for 36 support vehicles as Special Olympics athletes carry a torch throughout the U.S. to build excitement for the Summer World Games. As the official fuel sponsor of the United Relay Across America, CITGO Petroleum Corp. employees, friends and family are joining members of the Special Olympics community in Chicago

Cumberland Farms Celebrates Summer With Free Frozen Beverages

Convenience store customers received a free drink Friday as part of the sixth annual Free Chill Zone Day at Cumberland Farms. Summer is here! And Cumberland Farms is celebrating. On Friday, June 19, the chain kicked off its sixth annual Free Chill Zone Day. All day Friday—until Midnight, customers had the chance to swing by

Hershey Simplifies Structure and Launches Initiative to Maximize Strategic Objectives

Announces changes to its leadership team. The Hershey Co. is rolling out a new productivity initiative as part of its ongoing efforts to drive long-term growth and margin-enhancement. The company has identified opportunities to simplify its structure and improve ways of working in order to unlock growth potential in its core confection and emerging snacks

CITGO Helping Its Retailers With EMV Transition

CITGO assists with financial burden as convenience store retailers work to upgrade their systems. As fraud liability shifts to retailers with the rollout of Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) enabled credit cards, CITGO Petroleum Corp. is helping its retailers and marketers through the difficult transition. Attendees at a recent Atlantic Region Energy Expo (AREE) in

Are Millennials Experiencing ‘Digital Overload’?

The ‘always on’ generation might need a break from ongoing mass marketing email communications. Millennials are the generation that is most likely (44% more likely) to permanently disengage with brands if they receive too many generic mass emails, according to a new study by Aimia Institute, a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics. The

Mobile Aids Millennial Parents In Shopping

Survey shows the different ways Millennial moms and dads use mobile while shopping. A recently commissioned study by Retale showed the differences in mobile shopping habits between Millennial moms and Millennial dads. More than 500 Millennial adult men and women (18-34 years old) across the U.S. were polled for the study. Some 85% of all

Acumera Welcomes Vice President of Operations

Danny White hired to lead new customer deployments and network operations to support growing customer base. Danny White has joined Acumera’s executive team as vice president of operations. As the vice president of operations, While will lead the staff that manages the deployment, installation and configuration of new customer sites. According to Dirk Heinen, Acumera’s

Heineken Announces Employee Hires and Promotions

Tara Rush promoted to SVP corporate relations, and Bridget Lasda hired as vice president of national accounts. HEINEKEN announced it has hired Bridget Lasda, former vice president of sales for the Coca-Cola Co., as vice president of national accounts, and  has promoted Tara Rush to senior vice president of corporate relations (CR). Tara Rush In

Modern Beverage Dispensing

Coca-Cola Freestyle 7000 is an ice-cooled countertop beverage dispenser. Offering 60+ beverages, the Coca-Cola Freestyle 7000 units save space and retrofitting cost for operators who want the benefits of the original Coca-Cola Freestyle—consumer engagement, variety and choice—but on a smaller scale. Results from Coca-Cola Freestyle proprietary research found the original Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser include driving […]

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Snack-Sized Pastries

Since 2012, menu mentions of bite-sized sweets have more than doubled, according to Mintel Menu Insights 2014. To support operators in capitalizing on this trend, Lantmännen Unibake has introduced the Schulstad Mini Signature Selection. Crafted in classic European tradition and with premium ingredients, these artisanal MiniMania pastries feature the rich, flaky texture that patrons crave […]

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Invigorate The Drink Menu

Now convenience stores can offer patrons a refreshing alternative to soft drinks—made easy with DaVinci Gourmet Invigorators. Crafted with green coffee extract, these fruit-flavored beverages provide a healthy boost to patrons needing an afternoon pick-me-up and contain only 70 calories per 16-ounce serving. Available in a convenient pump-or-pour preparation, simply mix shelf-stable concentrates with either […]

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Oat Crackers

Walkers Shortbread, the Scottish purveyors of “The World’s Finest Shortbread,” introduced updates to its Oat Crackers line, including the debut of Three Seed Oat Crackers, plus new recipes and elegant revised packaging for the line’s four original flavors. For a flavor-rich and wholesome taste, the new three-seed variety contains pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds. Each […]

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Apple Orchard Medley

Welch’s Fruit Snacks Apple Orchard Medley features an assortment of fresh-from-the-tree harvest fruit flavors. Like all Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Apple Orchard Medley Fruit Snacks are made with real fruit, contain 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C and 25% of Vitamins A and E, and are fat, gluten and preservative free. Each package […]

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Mini Vertical Warmer

The Mini Vertical Warmer from Hatco Corp. is every foodservice operator’s solution for merchandising hot snacks. The Mini Vertical Warmer (MVW) is a compact unit that can be placed anywhere, keeping pre-packaged snacks warm, appealing and at the customer’s fingertips. With an adjustable thermostat, snacks such as brownies and cookies can be held at optimum […]

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Cola & Lime

Pepsi is bringing excitement to its cola options with the launch of Pepsi Limon, a new flavored cola made with just the right amount of authentic lime juice. Handcrafted and inspired by the preferences of Hispanic consumers, Pepsi Limon combines the distinct flavor of Pepsi with a hint of real lime juice. Featuring real sugar, […]

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Citrus Energy Drink

REMIX has launched its first non-alcoholic carbonated beverage in the energy drink category. REMIX Energy has debuted its first flavor, a unique bold Citrus profile, in an 8.4-ounce can, with plans on the horizon to debut additional proprietary flavor…

Former Pantry VP Joins Brookwood

Brookwood welcomes Brian Trout as SVP operations for BW Gas & Convenience. Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, a real estate investment and asset management company, has welcomed Brian Trout to the firm as a senior vice president of operations for BW Gas & Convenience LLC. BW Gas & Convenience is an affiliated Brookwood entity that was

TravelCenters To Upgrade Displays and Fixtures

Partners with Pan Oston to revamp store displays. TravelCenters of America has partnered with Pan-Oston, which is providing high quality displays and fixtures to TA-Petro stores all over the nation. TravelCenters of America, with more than 250 locations, serves professional truck drivers, tour buses and bus drivers, and individuals by offering food, fuel and even

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