Strawberry Nut

M&M’S Strawberry Nut is part of M&M’S Get Nutty program, where consumers are encouraged to take a selfie with their favorite M&M’S Brand flavor and submit on social channels with the #GetNuttyWithM hashtag for a chance to win prizes. This delicious treat features a crunchy peanut covered in strawberry-flavored milk chocolate enclosed in a colorful […]

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Crunchers Candy

Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Crunchers Candy pairs mini chocolate cookies and crunchy graham flavored wafers, covered in delicious white crème. A deliciously crunchy snack, anytime and anyplace. The sweet, small bites full of texture and crunch are a great marriage of classic tastes and easy on-the-go eating, for fans of Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Bars. […]

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Couche-Tard Acquiring Holiday Stationstores Inc.

The purchase of more than 500 Holiday Stationstores allows Couche-Tard to build on its geographical growth strategy, moving the company into six new states. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is acquiring Holiday Stationstores Inc. (Holiday). Holiday is a convenience store player in the Upper Midwestern U.S., whose assets include over 500 company operated and franchise locations, a

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Discount Retailers’ Impact on Rural C-Stores

Dollar General and Dollar Tree typically target rural unincorporated areas on well-traveled roads or in underserved small towns. The strategy eventually affects c-stores operating there. By Mark Radosevich My firm has recently been engaged in several projects requiring extensive driving through rural areas of the Southeast. Nestled within the bucolic scenery is a growing number

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Set for the Beverage Season?

C-stores hope consumers choose to beat summer’s heat with cold and frozen beverage offerings. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Twenty-two years ago, 7-Eleven rolled out “Operation Chill.” The community outreach program partners the national c-store chain with law enforcement agencies to solicit goodwill via Slurpee citations. Over the past two decades, more than 19

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Self-Service C-Store Troubleshoots Heat Issues

After opening to much fanfare, unmanned c-store can’t stand the heat. BingoBox, China’s self-service c-store, was forced to temporarily close its doors. According to a report by Sixth Tones, the issues followed a week where BingoBox earned $14.7 million from investors. Zhang Xu, a spokeswoman for BingoBox, told Sixth Tone that the store’s glass exterior

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Seventy-Nine Percent of Millennials Used Amazon in Past Month

Amazon Prime attracts Millennials more than other generations. While more than half of all customers have made a purchase using Amazon in the past month, Millennials are leading the charge. Millennials are buying from Amazon at a higher rate than their older or younger generational counterparts, with 79% reporting a purchase within the past month,

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Drew Estate Co-Founder and President Named Keynote Speaker of TPE 2018

Educational sessions to focus on building your business as well as specific industry tracks. With a renewed focus on the premium cigar and pipe tobacco industry, TPE 2018 (Tobacco Plus Expo) is proud to announce Jonathan Drew, Drew Estate co-founder and president as a keynote speaker for this year’s show. Held at the Las Vegas

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Walmart Introduces ‘Pickup Towers’

The vending machine-style kiosks make picking up an online package easy. Walmart is adding huge self-service kiosks at its stores for customers to pickup online orders. According to Business Insider, the first kiosk—which Walmart is calling Pickup Towers—appeared in a Walmart store in Bentonville, Ark., last year and Walmart is now launching them in more

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Mini Desserts

Rich’s Foodservice’s popular Our Specialty Sweet Middles mini desserts are now available in four-count packs, making them the perfect grab-and-go treat for convenience store shoppers. Previously only available in six-count and 12-count packs, Sweet Middles feature a rich, creamy center sandwiched between two soft mini cookies inspired by nostalgic dessert flavors: Carrot Cake, Chocolate Soufflé […]

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Grape-Flavored Cigarillos

Optimo Natural Leaf Cigarillos continue a tradition of quality and innovation as Optimo Cigarillos are now available in a grape blend finished in first-class candela leaf wrapper. Optimo Natural Leaf Grape Cigarillos are packaged in two-count, resealable foil pouches. Each Optimo Cigarillo pairs a top-quality natural leaf wrapper with an artful blend of imported tobaccos […]

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Empire Petroleum Partners Appoints New CEO

Current CEO, Hank Heithaus, to retire this September. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC’s CEO, Hank Heithaus, has announced plans for retirement, effective Sept. 15. “We have experienced great growth over my time here, as the company has grown from 414 million gallons to over 1.2 billion gallons. I think that there is a bright future for

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Irish Retailer Applegreen Expands in South Carolina

Applegreen acquires 34 gas stations in South Carolina. Ireland-based Applegreen Convenience Stores has moved into the U.S. market with the acquisition of Bob Brandi Stations in South Carolina for $5.4 million. The Irish Times reported that Applegreen partnered with an institutional real-estate investor who will acquire property assets of the business for $70.1 million. Applegreen

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Salty Snacks’ Steady Influence

A staple of convenience stores, the salty snacks category remains relevant thanks to changing consumer tastes. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor Anyone worth their salt knows that chips and other crunchy, sodium-laden snacks are a big reason Americans love convenience stores. A quick visit to a c-store and consumers can load up on old-fashioned potato

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Meeting Healthy Foodservice Demands

Many chains are turning to proprietary programs to meet the needs of health-conscious customers seeking “better-for- you” options, while others find their needs best met via co-branded partnerships. Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In a “U.S. Restaurant Outlook” survey of 1,008 adults published in April by AlixPartners global consulting firm, 91% of the respondents said that

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Get It While Its Hot

Bay Valley Foods introduces Steep 18 Cold Brew Organic Coffee. Organic 100% Arabica Coffee Beans are carefully roasted and steeped for no less than 18 hours, producing smooth rich coffee with less acidity and bitterness. No artificial flavors, preservatives, or color. The secret ingredient is time, and Bay Valley Foods has taken care of that. […]

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7-Eleven To Add Ready-To-Drink Meals

Eighteen 7-Eleven stores introduce Soylent product. Some 18 participating 7-Eleven stores in the Greater Los Angeles area are set to test Rosa Foods’ Soylent ready-to-drink meals, beginning Monday, July 10, 2017. The 7-Eleven locations currently plan to sell three Soylent flavors: Cacao, Cafe Coffiest and the new Cafe Chai. “It is exciting that the demand

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Now in Bear Territory, Will Low Gasoline Prices Push Demand Higher?

By Brian Milne U.S. retail gasoline prices declined to their lowest point in 2017 a day ahead of July 4, even as demand was expected to surge during the holiday weekend, with elevated stock levels again snuffing out a rally in gasoline futures. Increasingly, it appears the New York Mercantile Exchange gasoline futures contract–reformulated blendstock

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Yesway Introduces “Yesway Rewards” Loyalty Program

Guests gain a currency called “Smiles” for each dollar spent on fuel or in-side store merchandise. Yesway, the rapidly-growing Des Moines, Iowa-based convenience store chain has launched its new, highly anticipated customer loyalty program – Yesway Rewards. The innovative and proprietary customer loyalty program was developed in collaboration with Paytronix, the industry-leading loyalty technology provider.

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Deli Is Taking Center Stage

In their quest to craft hardy deli programs, more c-stores are combining the drawing cards of freshness and authenticity with their ace in the hole: convenience. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Freshness is on everyone’s mind lately, including Amazon, which last month announced its intention to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion. Fresh is

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Growth Energy Speaks Out on Proposed RVOs

Growth Energy is encouraged to see the EPA demonstrate President Trump’s continued commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The total renewable fuel volume is proposed to be 19.24 billion gallons, while the proposed conventional biofuel amount

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NAG to Honor Friend, Mentor Bill Kent

Building relationships is a fundamental principle for succeeding in business. The convenience store industry is certainly no exception. Trust, appreciation, compassion and shared experiences are the backbone of countless industry friendships that span decades and, in some cases, generations of family leadership. These relationships are extremely important to the National Advisory Group (NAG) and our

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St. Louis To Decrease Minimum Wage

Workers to see pay reduced back to $7.70 per hour this August after state bill trumps city ordinance. St. Louis workers are set to see their wages rolled back after Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced that he did not plan to fight Missouri state bill HB 1194, in which the state nullified the city’s $10

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U.S. Labor Department Appeals on Overtime Rules

U.S. Labor Department looks to clarify its authority in using salary levels to determine overtime pay eligibility. The U.S. Labor Department, in a brief to the New Orleans-based 5th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, defended its authority to use salary levels to decide who was eligible for overtime pay, but also expressed that

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Sheetz, RaceTrac and Miller Oil Set to Kick Off NAG Conference

NAG’s Leadership Panel in September will feature Joe Sheetz, Allison Moran and Jeff Miller who will discuss the Impact of Family Business on Convenience Retailing. According to the Small Business Administration, family businesses comprise 90% of all business enterprises in North America, and 62% of the U.S. employment. Yet, only a third of these businesses

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