Snacking Trends Boost Roller Grill

Hot dog and sausage sales in the U.S. are expected to grow an annualized 1.9% to $18.1 billion by 2019, according to a report by IBISWorld, a market research company. While the traditional varieties will continue to be favorites, the researchers projected that manufacturers will create items made with leaner poultry meat, organic meat, and


Enmarket Raises Management and Starting Salary Wages

The wage-increase strategy aims to attract new talent and aligns with enmarket’s “Enriching Life” campaign that looks to foster the personal and professional growth of team members. Enmarket is upping its starting salary above the federal minimum wage and giving management a financial boost too. Savannah, Ga.-based enmarket, (formerly Enmark) is investing more than $500,000

Cigarettes Continue Rebound As E-Cig Dollar Sales Dip

Strong pricing in the cigarette segment helps grow profits. Smokeless tobacco and cigarettes saw dollar sales growth in February, but electronic cigarette sales declined. All channel cigarette dollar sales increased +2.4% during the recent four-week period ending Feb. 27, 2016 (+2.9% for 12-weeks; +2.7% for 52-weeks), according to Wells Fargo Securities and Nielsen data. The

Weighing Profits and Pizza Preferences

After chocolate, pizza ranks as the top comfort food for American consumers, a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll found. During the tightest of the recent economic times, consumers tended to go for the frozen or refrigerated options found in supermarkets, according to Mintel market research. “But as the economy continues to improve, albeit

Sandwiches Satisfy New Tastes

Over the past year, Giant GetGo convenience stores have seen both made-to-order and grab-and-go sandwich sales climb. That has included hot and cold subs, breakfast sandwiches, wraps and flatbreads. Jannah Jablonowski, a spokesperson for Giant GetGo, which operates 200 locations throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana, said a trend that’s growing

Pump Prices Begin Upward Climb

More states see prices inch over the $1.75 mark as scheduled maintenance and reductions in regional supplies push pump prices up. The first week of March saw a national average gas price jump of six cents—the largest one-week increase since the beginning of 2016. As of March 7, the national average was $1.81 per gallon.

ExxonMobil Accepting Mobile Payment At The Pump

Gas pump customers can now pay for gas securely with a moble phone at more than 6,000 Exxon- and Mobil-branded stations With the rollout of its Speedpass+ mobile payment app, ExxonMobil has become the first major fuel retailer to accept mobile payment at the pump, including Apple Pay, throughout the majority of its U.S. network.

How Snacks And Beverages Sales Fared In February

Key convenience store segments see solid growth. Energy, beer and snacks all saw strong all-channel (includes grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores) sales during the four-week period ending Feb. 27, 2016. Results by Brand A report by Wells Fargo citing Nielsen data found manufacturers saw positive sales across beverage and snacks categories. Coca-Cola total beverage

Consumers Expect Pump Price Upticks

Drivers brace for the increase in demand and the transition to summer-blend fuels that occurs during spring. While drivers continue to enjoy current gas price lows not seen since 2009, they’re not optimistic about the longevity of such inexpensive pump prices. Consumer expect gas prices to increase and end the year at $2.68 per gallon,

Casey’s Reports Third Quarter Operating Results

Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, Casey’s plans to add pizza delivery in an additional 45 stores and complete 40 major remodels. Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported a strong performance for its third quarter— ending Jan. 31, 2016—with improved margin performance in prepared food as well as a same-store sales increase of 7.1%. Moving into

Kwik Trip Blends Up Customizable Milkshakes

Kwik Trip rolls out f’real foods B4 blender across its convenience store network. KwikTrip is upgrading to f’real foods’ latest blending system—the B4 blender—and launching it chain-wide in its more than 450 Midwest locations. The B4 blender delivers a vast upgrade from the original B2 blending system while still incorporating a self-service system that blends

Grocery Shoppers Weigh In On Preferences

National Grocers Association study polls independent grocery store shoppers. What do shoppers who patron independent grocery stores want? The National Grocers Association (NGA) delved into this question with a recent consumer trends study that, for the first time, segmented independent supermarket shoppers from national chain shoppers. The results revealed high consumer satisfaction among independent supermarkets.

SAS Show Identifies Solutions For Retailers

New products and programs and quality entertainment greeted the more than 1,500 attendees. The S. Abraham & Sons (SAS), 30th annual Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show has concluded with more than 175 booths and over 1,500 attendees representing convenience store owners and managers. Houdini’s Magic Mart featured merchandising ideas, new item displays, new store fixtures,

Seeds, Nuts Agree with Snackers

Americans are snacking more now than ever before, with 94% snacking daily and more than half of them snacking two or three times each day, according to the Mintel Group, a Chicago-based research company. But those snack lovers also are concerned about their health, so many are choosing better-for-you snack items, such as seeds and

Pilot Flying J, McLane Co. Extend Partnership

McLane to service 530 Pilot Flying J travel centers in 42 states. Pilot Flying J and McLane Co. have extended a multi-year agreement through which McLane will service 530 Pilot Flying J travel center locations. McLane is a supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions. Pilot Flying J is the largest

How Novel Coffee Offerings Spur Growth

Coffee sales were projected to rise 5% in 2015, according to Packaged Facts research firm. But the researchers forecasted that this growth is expected to remain flat through 2018. Tea, on the other hand, is expected to experience steady growth through 2018. “As consumer demand for tea options increases, more foodservice operators will use tea

Wawa Tests CNG In New Jersey

Test site allows Wawa to determine demand for CNG. Wawa has teamed with a New Jersey utility, South Jersey Gas, to offer compressed natural gas (CNG) at its Paulsboro, N.J. gas station. The south New Jersey location, which is on Berkley Road at the Interstate 295 interchange, marks Wawa’s first test site for the fuel.

VP Racing Appoints Industry Veteran To Sales Manager-Lubricants Position

Glady to manage the sales of lubricants for the consumer market. VP Racing Fuels has appointed Richard Glady to the position of sales manager-lubricants. Glady will be reporting to Bruce Hendel, VP’s director-consumer product sales. Based at the company’s headquarters in San Antonio, Glady will be responsible for sales of lubricants developed for the consumer

How to Track Customer Trends

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief When discussing some future opportunities recently with human resources consultant Mel Kleiman, a good friend and confidant, he cautioned that opportunities to expand your business are constant. It’s knowing when to pounce that really matters. “Never let a good idea get in the way of a great idea,” he said. It’s

Niagara Falls, N.Y. NOCO Express Completes Renovations

The Niagara Falls, N.Y. NOCO Express has changed its look and now offers a wider selection of food items. The two-week interior remodel of the NOCO Express store in Niagara Falls, N.Y. has been completed. The renovations included creating an updated look and expanding the store’s fresh product selection. The renovated store is located at 6724

ALON Presents $10,000 to Text Contest Grand Prize Winner

Thousands of dollars in YOUCash and coupons have been awarded to ALON Brands customers. A lucky Allsup’s customer received $10,000 in YOUCash from ALON Brands the week of Feb. 20, 2016. Mary Lou Griego of New Mexico was the lucky grand prize winner of ALON’s latest All About YOU text contest. More than 800 ALON

Manitowoc Foodservice Spin-Off Established

Manitowoc Foodservice is now poised for sustainable growth as an independent public company. The Manitowoc Co. Inc. has announced the successful completion of the spin-off of Manitowoc Foodservice Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary. With the spin-off completion, Manitowoc Foodservice is now an independent public company, and its shares are now listed on the New York Stock

Mini Cupcakes

Tastykake has introduced two new single-serve options from its bite-sized, mini cupcake line. Single-serve Tastykake Mini Swirly Cupcakes and Mini Peanut Butter Cupcakes are now available for retailer purchase. Tastykake’s Mini Swirly Cupcakes are chocolate cupcakes with a white-creme filling and topped with chocolate icing. Mini Peanut Butter Cupcakes are chocolate cupcakes filled with peanut […]

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Protect Drivers At The Pump

U-GLOVE is a simple concept born in response to a strong demand for clean, safe and friendly standards at the gas pump. U-GLOVE, a hypoallergenic recyclable poly glove, protects drivers at the pump, proactively keeping them from infectious diseases (like the common cold), chemicals and fuel odors. The U-GLOVE system is as simple as its […]

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Cherry Dynamite

Cherries are now in season with Swisher Sweets’ new limited edition cigarillo. Swisher Sweets Cherry Dynamite cigarillos deliver a memorable blast of cherry taste perfect for Spring season. Available for shipment to stores nationwide beginning March 1, Swisher Sweets Cherry Dynamite comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. It is available […]

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