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Innovative Ice Technology

Scotsman Ice Systems has introduced Prodigy Plus, the next generation of innovative ice technology. Born from extensive market research and field testing and offering a host of unique features, Prodigy Plus makes ice machines easy to service, easy to clean, and easy to operate. Prodigy Plus builds on Scotsman’s proven Prodigy platform and delivers a

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Hershey Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

Hershey’s commitment to ‘Bringing Goodness to the World’ results in first ranking on 2015 Most Ethical Company List. The Hershey Co. announced that it has been recognized as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute. The Hershey Co.’s first appearance on the World’s Most Ethical Companies list underscores the company’s commitment to

Twisted Tea

New Hard Tea Flavors

The Twisted Tea Brewing Co. has announced the release of Twisted Tea Strawberry Lime and Twisted Watermelon Lemonade, both available nationwide. Twisted Tea Strawberry Lime is a refreshing hard iced tea that combines the taste of real iced tea with fresh, fruity strawberry notes highlighted by a hint of lime. Made with real watermelon juice,

CALLAHAN

Embrace the New and Old

Soft drinks and cigarettes are still key categories to convenience stores, but today’s sophisticated consumer expects a wide array of products when they enter the door. Staying up with trends is good business. By Jim Callahan Who among you remembers the great convenience store axiom, “If it ain’t red, it’s dead”? For those too young

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Customers Like Hispanic Food Options

Hispanic Americans are expected to make up 31% of the U.S. population by 2060, reported the U.S. Census Bureau. And, according to Forbes magazine and other media, they are expected to have $1.5 trillion in buying power this year, a 50% increase from 2010, according to Nielsen research. The NPD Group forecasts that the consumption

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Chicken Sales Fly High

There’s no doubt that chicken is the nation’s No. 1 protein. According to the National Chicken Council, Americans consume 83.6 pounds of it per capita, more than anyone else in the world. In its 2014 Consumer Survey, the Council reported that 89% of consumers said they ate chicken during a two-week period. And they ate

RollerGrill

Roller Grill Keeps Rolling Along

Despite increasing competition from made-to-order items, roller grill is still a c-store foodservice mainstay. And for good reason. In a recent Convenience Store Foodservice report by Mintel International research company, at least half of the respondents said they had and would order hot dogs or corn dogs at convenience stores. “I believe that consumers have

Pizza

Pizza Rises to the Challenge

Growth has been slow but steady over the past five years in the $38.7 billion business that is the pizza category. By 2019, that number is expected to rise to $42.6 billion, according to the IBISWorld research firm. At LaCrosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip, the proprietary Cheese Mountain pizza, introduced about 10 years ago, today accounts

Coffee

Coffee Outlook Is Perking Up

Last year, Americans drank an estimated 6.5 billion gallons of coffee, a modest increase in volume over the year before. An estimated 9.5% of that coffee was purchased from convenience stores, said Gary Hemphill, managing director of research for the New York-based Beverage Marketing Corp. “Modest growth” is the description Hemphill used again to project

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Bakery Category Produces Fresher Gross Margins

Convenience store profits often rise higher with the right bakery program. However, figuring out the best route to profits takes planning. Some convenience stores are expanding their bakery beyond pre-packaged snack cakes through proprietary programs or just partnering with the local bakery in town. Some chains have invested significant capital in bakery programs. The total

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Sandwich Sales Scale Higher

Sandwiches are big business for Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco USA convenience stores in Lawrence, Kan. In fact, they’re so big that he just opened a second standalone shop for his popular proprietary Sandbar Subs concept. Overall, sandwich sales are growing 8% every month for Zaremba at both the Zarco USA stores and standalone restaurants.

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Kum & Go Launches New Brand Approach

New campaign focuses on “Where & means more.” Beginning today, Kum & Go is introducing a new campaign to bring their brand to life in-store and through advertising in the markets where they operate. The campaign will show that Kum & Go delivers more than convenience customers expect by focusing on the little extras their

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Phillips 66 US Marketing Honored

Wins the American Marketing Association Houston Chapter 2014 Marketer of the Year Award. The American Marketing Association (AMA) Houston Chapter announced the 21 companies and organizations as Best in Category winners and Phillips 66 US Marketing as the overall 2014 Marketer of the Year for Houston on Thursday night, March 5, 2015, during AMA Houston

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AAFES Works To Improve Customer Satisfaction

Names 2015 as the year of the customer. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) has launched an effort to improve customer satisfaction at its stores, according to The Military Times. The move came before AAFES recently learned of its low rating in a national customer satisfaction survey. Addressing customer satisfaction is the second

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Dollar General Expands Into Three New States

Grand opening celebrations in Oregon, Maine and Rhode Island expands major retailer’s presence to 43 states. This morning, Dollar General marked another significant milestone in its company growth by celebrating new store grand openings in Oregon, Maine and Rhode Island, expanding the major retailer’s presence to 43 states. “It’s very exciting to move into these

Retail Market for Coffee Growing in the U.S.

Increased sales of specialty beverages have increased overall revenue for coffee retailers. Most convenience store retailers appreciate the value that hot dispensed beverages provide. Retailers also recognize the importance of offering a quality product at a competitive price that is merchandised in an effective way that improves speed of service. Beyond those elements there are

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Kellogg Co. Named Among Top Companies For Women Executives

NAFE names Kellogg Co. among the best for women senior leadership. Kellogg is pleased today to again be named among the “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). With four women on its board of directors, or 38%, and eight women holding spots on the company’s Global Leadership

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PCI Council To Host Acquirer Forum At TRANSACT15

Acquirers and processors invited to discuss payment security solutions for merchant community. The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has announced it will convene acquirers and processors to collaborate on payment security solutions for the merchant community. The Acquirer Forum will take place on April 2 alongside TRANSACT15, the Electronic Transaction Association’s (ETA) marquee global

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AFFI Urges Congress to Reject New Food Taxes

Proposed taxes on food and beverage makers could be passed onto consumers. The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and a coalition of nearly 60 food groups urged the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to develop a fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget that funds U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety programs without

COFFEE

Connecting With Coffee Customers Gets Personal

While some c-stores are adding barista-staffed bars to compete in the coffee arena, most are finding simpler ways to make brew buying a more personalized experience for their customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. With about 11,000 chain and 14,000 independent cafes in the U.S., according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), consumers

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Chuckles: A Family Affair

With new locations planned for Kentucky and Indiana, third-generation C.E. Taylor Oil is positioning its Chuckles convenience store chain for the future. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When C.E. Taylor Oil Inc. was just getting started, family members who were intent on growing the business realized that while gas was the base of operations, retail

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Good Team Management Often Drives Success

By John Lofstock, Editor We are living in an era of unprecedented retail competition. This is no secret. Going forward, retailers need to address the unique needs and desires of consumers, providing a more rewarding and memorable shopping experience. Expected changes include innovative retail formats and distribution models, as well as improved marketing and customer

Tony Huppert

The Common Denominator

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I read an article stating that most American’s support a higher minimum wage and employer paid health care. The survey should have went on to ask if most American’s would support employer paid vacations, sick leave, transportation cost, home improvement expenditures and peace on earth. Surveys will supply

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Highway Tax Support

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. There seems to be an ongoing saga of a shortage of funds for highway maintenance in the U.S. I’m not a fan of designated taxes for roads. It is like designating a tax for the military and then a tax for every other need. With that said, I

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Boost Sales by Measuring the Right Things

By Betsi Bixby Do you ever get frustrated with your sales team? Do you wonder if they spend their time well? Have you tried a bunch of different compensation plans, and maybe even tried activity measures as part of your commission structure, but were dissatisfied with lack of significantly better results? If so, you are

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