Reformulated Apple Butter

As a part of its commitment to offering better-for-you options for foodservice professionals’ menus, Knouse Foods has reformulated its Musselman’s Premium Apple Butter recipe to remove high-fructose corn syrup. Now sweetened with real sugar, Musselman’s Premium Apple Butter is available in two convenient sizes: 2.25-ounce single-serve cups and three packs of 120-ounce cans. Mussleman Premium […]

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Kids Snack Bars

Curate Snacks has launched the new Curate Kids line— a new line of nutritious snack bars made with good-for-you ingredients in kid-approved flavors. Parents don’t need to compromise with this new line, as these filling snacks are the perfect choice to help give kids the fuel they need to get through any occasion that calls […]

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QuikTrip Launches Private Label Credit Card Program

QuikTrip customers can receive special rewards for using the new QuikTrip Credit Card in QuikTrip stores. QuikTrip Corp., in partnership with First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha, has launched the new QuikTrip private label credit card program. The new QuikTrip Credit Card, which can be used at any QuikTrip throughout the

Millennials Drive the Rising Grocerant Trend

High quality, fresh food options are attracting Millennials to the new grocerant concept. Recent research from The NPD Group has revealed that supermarkets have found a new way to attract Millennial consumers, and it is through raising the bar on their foodservice offerings. Supermarkets offering restaurant-quality and fresh food, chef-driven menus in-store have given rise

Beverage Industry Outlook Remains Favorable

Manufacturers in the beverage industry continue to evolve to meet consumers’ needs, and this has helped the industry to remain vital. Current trends and the future outlook for the beverage industry were discussed at the recent Beverage Digest “Market Smarts” Conference in New York, and Wells Fargo Securities, who presented and sat on a panel

QuickChek Opens Second Howell, N.J. Location

The newest QuickChek store in Howell, N.J. is hosting a number of limited time promotions to celebrate the store’s grand opening. On Tues., June 14, 2016, QuickChek opened a new 5,496-square foot store in Howell, N.J., at 4253 Route 9. It is the company’s second location in the township; QuickChek recently opened a new store

Increasing Fuel Prices Have Seemingly Little Effect on Consumer Economic Optimism

Consumers say that fuel prices would have to increase more than $1 per gallon from current prices for them to decrease the amount they drive. A recent national consumer survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that, despite the recent four consecutive months of rising fuel prices, consumer sentiment over the

SUBWAY Launches SUBWAY Digital

SUBWAY has created a new digital platform to help maximize consumer engagement and loyalty. SUBWAY has announced the launch of a new division for SUBWAY restaurants: SUBWAY Digital. SUBWAY Digital is helping the company to kick off a multi-faceted, multi-year guest experience revolution. Created in collaboration with Accenture, SUBWAY Digital will build a comprehensive omni-channel

Core-Mark to Webcast its Presentation at the Oppenheimer Annual Consumer Conference

Core-Mark’s presentation at this year’s Oppenheimer Annual Consumer Conference can be watched live on the company’s website. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has announced that it will webcast its presentation from the Oppenheimer 16th Annual Consumer Conference. The conference will take place on Tues., June 21, 2016, and Core-Mark, one of the largest marketers of fresh

Walmart Canada No Longer Accepting Visa

High swipe fees have led Walmart Canada to discontinue its acceptance of Visa branded cards. Walmart Canada has announced that, beginning this summer, the company will no longer accept Visa cards for payment in their stores. According to a report from USA Today, Walmart Canada stated that the change comes in response to Visa’s “unacceptably

Coffee Creamers Join the Clean Label Movement

Coffee creamer manufacturers are looking to meet consumer demand by developing creamers with fewer ingredients. A new report from Packaged Facts has revealed that there may be a great deal of product innovation on the horizon in the coffee creamers market. In recent years, the majority of product development in this particular market largely consisted

Taxing Tobacco Issues

Arguably, no state in the country has more convoluted tobacco laws to challenge both consumers and merchants than New York. By Jim Calvin Here in New York, what remains of the beleaguered tobacco category in convenience stores is under constant attack by health advocates and regulators who resemble hyenas feasting on a zebra carcass. IT’S

Miracles Rarely Happen

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Thirty years ago, I lived in a small community between Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas known as Bedford. I was at the height of my career. I had 360 customers who had purchased and were using my software to run their oil distribution companies and convenience stores. I had

McLane Co. Hires New Vice President of Sales

McLane Co. now has a new vice president of sales for three of the company’s accounts. Vito Maurici has been hired as the new vice president of sales for the convenience, military and travel accounts for McLane Co. Inc. “Vito’s proven track record of driving results as well as his deep understanding of our industry,

BRP Highlights the Importance of Omni-Channel Integration

Retailers are making the creation of a seamless shopping experience across channels their top priority. As the face of retail continues to evolve, retailers must progress rapidly if they hope to maintain their customer loyalty. Retail is growing more and more complicated as customers look to a multitude of platforms to do their shopping. The

Have U.S. Gasoline Prices Peaked?

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline consumption in the U.S. this year is expected to climb to a record high, yet aside from some remaining pass through costs the U.S. retail gasoline price average might be nearing a short-term peak as surplus inventory caps the

MFA Oil Co. Supports Operation Homefront

MFA Oil Co. raised $165,000 for Operation Homefront through the company’s second annual charity golf outing. On June 6, farmer-owned cooperative, MFA Oil Co., hosted its second Annual Charity Golf Scramble & Concert at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo., where the company is based. Through the recent charity outing, the company raised

Kroger Convenience Store Brands Launch Summer Promotion

This summer, all Kroger convenience store brands will be participating in Kroger’s It’s Your Great American Summer loyalty promotion. On Thurs., June 16, the Kroger family of convenience store brands will launch the It’s Your Great American Summer promotion. Kwik Shop, Loaf ‘N Jug, Tom Thumb and Turkey Hill will be participating in the Kroger family of

Hershey Reports Company Progress in 2015

Hershey adapted to customers’ changing relationships with food better than ever before in 2015. In its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, “Shared Goodness,” The Hershey Co. has showcased the progress the company made against a variety of priority issues in 2015. Building on 2014, Hershey made continued progress through a range of efforts supporting

Boston Retail Partners Offers Solutions for POS and EMV Transaction Speed

Boston Retail Partners is addressing retailers’ concerns about how EMV transaction processing times are impacting customer satisfaction. Despite the benefits that EMV presents to many retailers, the new transaction process has had a negative impact on transaction processing times, and many retailers are second-guessing the methods and systems that they have used to implement EMV.

Jack Flash to Open New Vandalia, Ill. Location

The new Jack Flash Stores location in Vandalia, Ill. will offer Shell fuel, including Shell V-Power for high performance engines.  The Sunset 66 store at 1820 Veterans Ave., Vandalia, Ill. is now owned by Jack Flash Stores. The new Jack Flash location is replacing an existing station, and the company intends to earn each customer’s

Parker’s Hosts Hiring Event in South Carolina

Parker’s offered a variety of foodservice and retail career opportunities to attendees of its special hiring event. On Mon., June 13, 2016, Parker’s hosted a special Hiring Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the S.C. Works Beaufort Center in Beaufort, S.C. At the event, the company offered attendees career opportunities in retail as

Kum & Go Opens Marketplace Prototype in Arkansas

Kum & Go customers in Paragould, Ark. have access to a variety of new offerings at the brand’s recently opened Marketplace prototype. On Friday, June 10, 2016, Kum & Go opened the doors of its new store in Paragould, Ark. The newly constructed 6,200+ square-foot store, which features the brand’s new Marketplace design, is located

QuickChek Has Expaneded its Mobile Ordering Menu

QuickChek’s mobile ordering menu now includes a wider variety of menu items. QuickChek has made its mobile ordering service even more convenient by adding a number of different menu items to the variety of options that customers can choose from. The newly added items that customers can now order in advance from their smartphones include

Sheetz Applauds Pennsylvania Liquor Law Reforms

New reforms to the Pennsylvania liquor laws will grant consumers greater convenience, as they will now have the ability to purchase beer and wine at Sheetz stores.  Customers of Pennsylvania Sheetz Convenience Stores are being granted the convenience of purchasing beer and wine at Sheetz stores. Pennsylvania’s newly adopted modernized bill, PA-HB 1690, will change