Getting Creative with Chicken

Whether it’s spicy or mild dishes such as specialty tacos or poppable bites, chicken lends itself to foodservice experimentation that keeps customers returning in flocks.   By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Assistant Editor Americans are expected to consume 91.8 pounds per capita of chicken in 2016, up from 90.1 pounds last year, according to the National Chicken Council.

Bigger Piece of the Pie

Convenience stores are beating out restaurants when it comes to pizza sales. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In the year ending March 2016, Americans purchased 5.2 billion servings of pizza from commercial restaurants and convenience stores, said Bonnie Riggs, restaurant industry analyst for NPD Group. Two hundred and eight million or 4% of those purchases

Cigars in the Light

For convenience stores that count on margins from cigar sales, the FDA recently introduced uncertainty into the mix. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The ongoing legislative assault on tobacco products continues, leaving c-store operators with unanswered questions about the future of their tobacco sets, including cigars. The latest is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s

Vape Rules Released — Now What?

After much anticipation, the FDA has released deeming regulations that will change how the vapor industry does business from now on. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its draft of proposed regulations of various tobacco products that previously were not covered by the Family Smoking

Cumberland Farms Debuts HYPERFREEZE

In celebration of the branding of its frozen beverage, Cumberland Farms is launching a digital scratch-off promotion. Cumberland Farms has officially given its fan-favorite frozen beverage its own unique identity. The frozen drink now sports the official title HYPERFREEZE. In addition to the dink’s new name, the company has also redesigned the cups to give

New Love’s Travel Stops Location Opens in Tolleson, Ariz.

With the opening of its new Arizona store, Love’s now employs more than 120 ingividuals in the greater Phoenix area. Love’s Travel Stops has opened the doors to a new store located in the Phoenix metro-area, along Interstate 10. The new store adds approximately 40 jobs to the Maricopa County, Ariz. community. “With its strong

Love’s Opens New Travel Stop in Virginia

Consumers in Meadowview, Va. now have a new place to dine, shop and refuel. Meadowview, Va. is now home to a new Love’s Travel Stops location, which opened along Interstate 81, on June 16. The opening of this new travel stop has added approximately 60 jobs to Washington County, Va. “Becoming a member of the

Why Millennials are Grocery Shopping Online

Although the majority of grocery shopping is still done in-store, a growing number of Millennials are choosing to grocery shop online, for a number of different reasons.   A growing number of shoppers have started doing their grocery shopping online; however, data shows that, despite the fact that more and more consumers are choosing to

TravelCenters of America Declines Buyout Offer

One private equity firm recently offered TravelCenters a buyout deal, but TravelCenters has refused the offer. In December 2015, TravelCenters of America LLC received a non-binding letter from a private equity firm requesting confidential discussions about that firm possibly buying TA. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Golden Gate Capital made the offer

Definition of Prepared

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I have had numerous conversations regarding the education of our nation’s work force. Educators are constantly trying to convince me every student needs to go on to higher education, tech school or a university to be prepared for what life throws their way. I beg to differ. A

NACS Opposes Neugabauer’s Attempt to Repeal Durbin Amendment

NACS opposes the recently introduced proposal from Representative Neugabauer to repeal the Durbin Amendment. NACS senior vice president for government relations, Lyle Beckwith, has released a statement regarding the bill that has been introduced by Representative Randy Neugebauer, chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee of House Financial Services Committee. The recently introduced

Surmounting Consumers’ Fears of Public Restrooms

Bradley Corp. has offered suggestions for businesses to help customers feel comfortable using their facilities. A recent survey from Bradley Corp. has revealed key insights into the reasons why many American’s have an aversion to public restrooms. The 2016 Healthy Hand Washing Survey, conducted by restroom fixture manufacturer Bradley Corp., reveals restroom pain points, surprising

Visa Helps Reduce Fraud at Fuel Pumps

Visa Transaction Advisor has provided a bridge solution to fuel retailers as they work to adopt EMV compliant technology. Visa Inc. has reported the results of its Visa Transaction Advisor (VTA) service. VTA is a service that helps reduce fraud at the gas pump by extending the power of Visa’s global risk intelligence to fuel

National Fuel Price Averages Continue to Rise

Increases in crude oil prices have led to a rise in the national fuel price average. This past weekend, the national average price for gasoline reached a new high for 2016. According to a report from AAA, the current national fuel price average of $2.38, which is up two cents on the week and 16

Enmarket Supports Light the Night Walk

Over the past five years, enmarket has raised a total of $332,265 for the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. Through the sales of paper icons and its “Full-Service Friday” events, enmarket has raised $91,530 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS’s) 2016 Light the Night Walk. This is the fifth year enmarket, formerly Enmark

Phillips 66 Buying Program Partners with Foodservice Equipment Vendor

Convenience Store Alliance members can now receive discounts on foodservice equipment at foodpros.com. Convenience Store Alliance (CSA), the Phillips 66 Branded Retail Buying Program has announces that it has now entered into a partnership with foodpros.com. Through this new partnership, CSA will now offer national discount pricing on food service equipment and merchandizing items. CSA

Speedway Announces Four State Hiring Initiative

Speedway is hosting a number of job fairs to assist in its search for over 500 new team members. Speedway has announced that it will be holding a number of job fairs in four states as the company looks to hire a slew of new employees. According to reports from HCP Press and The Orlando

Wawa Announces Plans for North Florida Expansion

Wawa has plans to open 30-40 North Florida stores in the coming years. Wawa Inc. has announced that the company has big plans for its expansion into North Florida. According to a report from The Daily Record, Wawa has announces that the company will begin the roll-out of stores with up to five gas station-convenience

Change is On the Horizon for Cumberland Farms

Cumberland Farms has plans to return its focus to retail. Cumberland Farms’ CEO, Ari Haseotes, has announced a number of big changes that are on the horizon for the company. According to a recent report from The Boston Globe, Haseotes is planning a number of changes which will allow the company to return to its

Add a Little Crunch

Diamond of California has introduced the new Shake & Spoon canister, making sprinkling nuts on everything easier. Diamond of California has released a first-of-its-kind canister that makes adding chopped and finely diced walnuts, sliced almonds and chopped pecans fun and easy. Pop the top on the new Shake & Spoon to add crunch and flavor […]

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Fruity Doughnuts

Tastykake has introduced two new summer-inspired mini doughnut flavors. The new Blueberry and Orange Mini Donuts capture the flavors of ripe blueberries and oranges in delicious mini doughnuts. Featuring blueberry and orange flavored doughnuts with traditional powdered sugar coating, these new treats are available in three-ounce, six-count single-serve packages with 72 packages per case and […]

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BLK Tip Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets has introduced two new flavors to its line-up of its popular Swisher Sweets BLK Tip Cigarillos. The new flavors include Swisher Sweets BLK Grape and Swisher Sweets BLK Berry. Customers are invited to enjoy the “scentsational” aroma and smooth smoke of BLK’s pipe tobacco filler, a fusion of hand-selected air and fire-cured tobaccos […]

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Keep Teeth White

The William Wrigley Jr. Co. has announced that it will introduce a new version of Orbit White in January 2017. The new Orbit White is a soft chew sugarfree gum that helps keep teeth white. The new Orbit White soft chew form is bigger in size than current Orbit pellets, and will be offered in […]

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Next Generation Canopy Lighting

Cree Inc. has introduced the new 20,784 lumen CPY-20L LED canopy luminaire. Delivering a remarkable 143 LPW at 5700K, the newest Cree CPY Series LED product offers even better light experiences and lower operating costs. The result is increased visibility and traffic to outperform existing LED and metal halide (MH) options as the ideal lighting […]

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Alcoholic Sodas

A new alcoholic soda has now hit the market, with the recent debut of Hard Frescos, an alcoholic nod to Mexican street sodas. The new line consists of natural, premium-brewed alcoholic hard sodas, made with high-quality ingredients. Real cane sugar, real fruit and real juice. Inspired by the fresh pressed juices that are part of […]

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