Empire Mason Jars

Mason Jars for Retailers

Empire Canning Jars, a new joint venture led by Alliance Foods Inc., has introduced the first new and independent line of true “Mason” jars to reach the retail market in more than 25 years. Featuring thicker glass than other canning jars in key areas like the lip, shoulder, wall and base—as well as 100% BPA […]

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Foodservice Batters

Add signature dishes to the menu with coatings and pre-dip batters by Golden Dipt. Trusted and recommended by operators since 1938, Golden Dipt offers the broadest selection of premium-quality products to meet any texture, color and flavor need. Made from the freshest ingredients, Golden Dipt’s upscale coatings and batters provide the authentic, scratch-made flavor and […]

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Crazy Foam Returns

American bath time staple Crazy Foam is back and better than ever nearly half a century after its debut in 1965. A playful essential in American homes throughout the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, Crazy Foam is a three-in-one bodywash, shampoo and conditioner packaged in easy-to-spray collectible cans adorned with iconic pop culture characters. Crazy Foam […]

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Chevron Rolls Out Its Xponent Rewards Card

Gas customers save five cents a gallon plus gain opportunities for additional rewards. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has introduced its new Chevron and Texaco Xponent Rewards Card in select markets with plans to further expand the program across its Chevron- and Texaco-branded retail footprint in the U.S. The new rewards card is a reloadable, prepaid card

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Casey’s Celebrates Record Fiscal Year

Total gallons of gas sold were up 9.1%, while same store sales were up 12.4% at the c-store chain for the year. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported strong performance results for fiscal 2015 with sales increases in multiple c-store categories and outlined its 2016 goals. The c-store chain reported diluted earnings per share of

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How C-stores Can Capitalize on The Vaping Trend

In the fast-growing vaping marketplace, c-stores are discovering where they fit. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor It doesn’t seem that long ago that vaporizers comprised a little-known product category for convenience stores. Really, this segment of the non-combustible electronic nicotine devices (ENDs) industry was just revving up. Today, vapors/tanks/mods (VTMs) have locked onto the

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How To Profit With A Pizza Program

While quick-service restaurants have been struggling with flat or slumping pizza sales over the past few years, convenience stores have been experiencing double-digit growth in the segment. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Based on a premise that more options would lead to more sales, Pizza Hut has amped up its menu to give consumers twice

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How To Make Sure Your Chicken Offering Rules the Roost

Chicken is the No. 1 protein on restaurant and other foodservice menus. It’s economical and can be prepared in so many different ways, making it a customer favorite. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor According to the United States Department of Agriculture, per capita consumption of chicken is projected to be 89.6 pounds this year, up

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Hess Tops List of ‘Green’ Energy Companies on Newsweek List

Hess’ ranking shows its commitment to sustainability and environmental impact. Hess Corp. came in first place on the list of ‘green’ U.S. energy companies on the 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings – U.S. 500 that assesses the environmental performance of corporations. The rankings reflect the sustainability and environmental impact of the 500 largest publicly traded companies

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What Type of Snacks Are Consumers Demanding?

NPD Group finds snacks with health benefits are attracting customers. Consumers are reaching for snacks more often, and regardless of whether they’re seeking a sweet, salty or savory snack, they are gravitating toward options that have a perceived health benefit, according to a report by the NPD Group, a global information company. Protein, natural, and

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United Oil Becomes ‘United Pacific’

Triples convenience store portfolio with major acquisition from Pacific Convenience & Fuels. United Oil, based in Southern California, has completed an acquisition of 251 gas station and convenience stores from Pacific Convenience & Fuels (PC&F) operating under the My Goods Market and Circle K brands. With the acquisition complete, United Oil is set to begin

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Inland Private Capital Divests 12 7-Eleven Properties in Ohio

Sale of Ohio c-store portfolio brings IPCC a substantial return for investors. Inland Private Capital Corp. (IPCC) has sold a portfolio of a dozen 7-Eleven convenience store properties, located in northeastern Ohio, for a gross sale price of $35,329,302. IPCC, through its subsidiary, which serves as asset manager, facilitated the sale of the portfolio on

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Walgreens Drives Engagement With App Partnership

The drug store chain partners with Challenged App to challenge customers to post videos on beauty tips for the chance to win prizes. Drug store behemoth Walgreens is collaborating with the new social competition app, Challenged, which connects socially-activated users, celebrity influencers and charities to drive healthy competition and positive social change. The Challenged app

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Uber, ExxonMobil Partner For Fuel Card Launch

New partnership to help Uber drivers save at Exxon or Mobil branded gas stations nationwide. Uber has introduced the next addition to its Momentum Driver Rewards program: the Partner Fuel Card powered by FleetCor and MasterCard and is partnering with ExxonMobil to help Uber driver partners save at the pump. Exxon will provide Partner Fuel

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Are E-Cigarettes The Future of Tobacco?

As big tobacco enters the e-tobacco category, retailers take notice. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The U.S. cigarette market retains a resilient presence—enabled by strong consumer loyalty—but regulatory initiatives continue to chip away at the industry’s dominance. As a result, customers are increasingly exploring smoking alternatives and looking to other tobacco products (OTP) from smokeless

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Thorntons Divesting Eight Stores

Store sales aim to best position the c-store chain with its strategic goals. As part of its annual evaluation and repositioning of its portfolio, Thorntons plans to sell eight stores, including three in Terre Haute, Ind., according to a report by WTHITV 10 News. The company noted that the move is a step to best

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VP Racing Fuel Elite Program Recognizes Racers

VP “Elite” racers can enjoy discounts and additional benefits through newly introduced program. VP Racing Fuels is introducing its “VP Racing Fuels Elite Program,” coinciding with the company’s 40th anniversary this year and recognizing racers past and present across the spectrum of motorsports who helped VP achieve its position in the industry today. As part

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Getty Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

New chief operating officer to manage Getty’s real estate activities. Getty Realty Corp. has promoted Mark Olear to the role of chief operating officer, effective June 1, 2015. Olear joined Getty in 2014 as executive vice president and chief investment officer and has more than 18 years of real estate industry experience. As part of

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Newcastle Introduces Summer Retail Program

Customers can submit Instagram videos for a chance to visit the birthplace of Newcastle. Newcastle Brown Ale is launching a 2015 summer retail and on-premise campaign beginning July 3, Independence Eve, inviting Americans to raise a pint of Newcastle and submit videos via social media for a chance at a free trip to England. This

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Hershey Recognized As Top “Green” Company

Newsweek’s Green Rankings recognizes The Hershey Co. for its environmental commitment. The Hershey Co. made the No. 6 slot on Newsweek‘s recently released 2015 Green Rankings list of the top 500 U.S. companies when it comes to environmental stewardship. Hershey moved up a whopping 40 spots on the list compared to its 2014 ranking. “Hershey’s

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Kellogg’s Enhances Family Rewards Program

Changes to the brand’s rewards program in the U.S. make it easier for customers to collect points and earn rewards. Kellogg’s announced that it is revamping its Family Rewards program in the U.S., allowing customers to collect points automatically. Members no longer need to enter codes found on the inside of packages, making it easier

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How to Make Unique Roller Grill Offerings Sizzle

In a growing number of c-stores, roller grills have come a long way from being an entry-level hot dog tool. Now they serve as a provider of a wide variety of innovative meals and snack foods. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Not so long ago, most roller grills were like drinking from an iffy water

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How To Unlock EMV Rules

Convenience retailers are working ahead of EMV deadline to meet compliance standards. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor A monumental change to the retailing industry will occur in October when merchants who are not EMV compliant will become responsible for any fraudulent purchases made with non-EMV credit or debit cards at their outlets. It’s a change

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Retailers Reveal Plenti

New consumer loyalty program might be a jewel of a platform for convenience stores. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor U.S. shoppers are fond of rewards and have approximately 3.3 billion memberships in customer loyalty programs, according to the 2015 Colloquy Loyalty Census. Research indicates that nearly three-quarters (72%) of Americans would prefer a rewards program

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GPM Completes Acquisition of Village Pantry, Next Door Convenience Stores

Deal boosts GPM store count to more than 750 company-operated c-stores and dealer sites in 16 states. GPM Investments LLC has closed its deal to acquire 161 c-stores with gasoline in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois under the Village Pantry and Next Door Store banners. GPM plans to continue operating the stores under their respective

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