TravelCenters Opens Burger King Restaurant In Atlanta

New quick-service restaurant to offer breakfast and salad options in addition to burgers and chicken sandwiches. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), recently opened a new freestanding Burger King restaurant located at I-285 Exit 12 (3195 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway), in Atlanta. The new freestanding Burger King will serve the high-quality, great-tasting, and affordable food that

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How U.S. Convenience Stores Are Growing

NACS and Nielsen outline c-store growth in 2015. The c-store industry is almost twice as big as it was 30 years ago and overall store count continued to expand in 2015. The U.S. convenience store count increased to 154,195 stores as of Dec. 31, 2015, a 0.9% increase (1,401 stores) from the year prior, according

Altria Releases Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Business Results

Altria experienced significant growth in 2015, and the company expects to continue growing in the new year. The fourth-quarter and full-year business results for Altria Group Inc. have been released. Along with these results, Altria has also provided guidance for 2016 full-year adjusted diluted EPS. “In 2015, Altria delivered yet another year of excellent business

Murphy USA and Walmart Adjust Relationship Terms

Walmart to have opportunity to develop a proprietary gasoline program at the supercenters that are not being supplied by Murphy USA. A shift in direction of the company’s relationship with Walmart will allow Murphy USA Inc. greater flexibility to develop sites independently. With this shift, the Board of Directors has authorized a strategic allocation of

Jack Flash Stores Opens New Location

A new Jack Flash Stores location offers a wide range of amenities to travelers along I55. Farmersville, Ill. is now home to the newest Jack Flash Stores location. The new store is located on I55 at the Farmersville exit. The store is open 24/7. It is a great stop for any traveler; from the business

Bill Weigel Receives Younger Entrepreneur Award

Weigel’s chairman has been recognized for his contributions to both the industry and the country. Bill Weigel, chairman of Weigel’s convenience store chain, was awarded the Younger Entrepreneur Award at the annual Tennessee Veterans Business Association (TVBA) dinner on Jan. 25. The Younger Entrepreneur Award is a prestigious accolade presented to three long-standing business-holding veterans

Fannie May Completes Brand Redesign

Expansion in the premium chocolate industry has inspired expansion efforts by Fannie May. As the premium chocolate market grows, Fannie May has rebranded its premium chocolate packaging and is looking to expand into new distribution channels, including convenience stores. According to a report from Confectionery News, Fannie May has launched the new Chicago collection of premium chocolates.

How the CPG Industry Can Drive Growth

The CPG industry has been struggling for growth in recent years, but IRI has identified trends that could help the industry to drive sales upward. The consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry once again struggled to drive growth in 2015, due to a number of critical factors. The ebbs and flows of the economy and its

Wendy’s Investigating Possible Data Breach

After banking industry sources found that a number of cards that suffered fraud had all been recently used at Wendy’s locations, Wendy’s admits it’s investigating a potential breach. Fast-food chain Wendy’s is the latest business to find itself investigating claims of a potential credit card breach at a number of its locations. KrebsOnSecurity reported that

GasBuddy Appoints New Leadership and Opens New Office

New leadership and the opening of a new office are steps to poise GasBuddy for future growth. Walt Doyle has been named the new CEO of GasBuddy, the largest community-based gas price comparison app. Along with this exciting addition to the GasBuddy team, the company has also announced the opening of the new Boston office.

America’s Favorite Comfort Foods

Although generations and demographics differ, there seems to be a general consensus when it comes to comfort food choices. When it comes to stress and depression, many Americans tend to look to food for comfort. According to data from The Harris Poll of 2015, just over half (53%) of Americans indicate they eat more when

How to Stand Apart from the Mainstream Menu

Restaurants make menu changes to help consumers to explore a variety of different cuisines. As consumers become more adventurous and open to trying new foods, Packaged Facts has studied the best ways to encourage consumers to taste outside their comfort zone. According to the recent report from Packaged Facts, authentic Asian noodle dishes are the

Steve Wegert Joins Republic Tobacco Team

Republic Tobacco appoints seasoned industry veteran to a key position in the company. Steve Wegert, with more than three decades of tobacco-industry experience, has joined Republic Tobacco LP in the role of key account manager. Previously, Wegert was national chain account manager at cigar maker Commonwealth-Altadis Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was with the company

How Americans View Health in Modern Society

Health is taking on new forms as society becomes more accepting. New research from Mintel has revealed that all of today’s modern conveniences are making it difficult for Americans to be healthy. In fact, the study revealed that 43% of Americans agree that living a modern lifestyle makes it very difficult to be healthy, and

Walmart Provides Relief for Flint, Mich. Water Crisis

A number of major companies are collectively making donations for community relief in Flint, Mich. Through donations, education and online services, Walmart is committing to supporting the Flint, Mich. community in this time of need. Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo will collectively donate water to meet the daily needs of over 10,000 school children for

Kroger Makes it Easy for Customers to Save

Combining low fuel prices and Kroger’s fuel points is helping customers pay the lowest possible prices at the pump. The Kroger Co. has relaunched its #FuelPointsSweeps giveaway as an initiative to help its customers fuel up for less. With Kroger’s fuel points and the current low prices of retail fuel in many parts of the

QuikTrip’s Specially Designed Carryout Pizza Boxes Unveiled

QuikTrip has chosen GreenBox to design the company’s new, perfect-for-sharing pizza boxes. As a part of QuikTrip’s introduction of full-sized, made-to-order carryout pizzas, GreenBox recently unveiled QuikTrip’s custom-designed GreenBox pizza box. The new pizza boxes are now available at over 700 QuikTrip locations in 11 states across the Southern and Midwestern U.S. Recently spotlighted on

Claude Tessier Joins the Couche-Tard Team

Couche-Tard has appointed an industry veteran as the new chief financial officer. Effective Jan. 28, 2016, Claude Tessier will assume the position of chief financial officer of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. Tessier is a retail industry veteran and is joining Couche-Tard from Canadian grocer Sobeys Inc., where he was president of the IGA Operations Business Unit.

10-Count Sandwich Cases

AdvancePierre Foods now packages its seven top-selling BIG AZ sandwiches for distribution in 10-count cases. Previously sold eight to a case, the transition to 10-count cases will save an estimated 50 tons of corrugated board annually, saving it from landfills and other energy-consuming reprocessing. The shift to 10-count cases has resulted in new item numbers […]

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Love’s Now Offers CNG at Seven Travel Stops Along I-40

Love’s offers travelers easy access to compressed natural gas. From Tennessee to California, seven Love’s Travel Stops along Interstate 40 are now offering compressed natural gas (CNG). An existing travel stop in Williams, Ariz. Has become Love’s seventh location to offer Love’s Fast-Fill CNG for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for motorists. “Our

Sunoco Renews Agreement with McLane Co.

Sunoco and McLane expect growth and expansion. Sunoco APlus has renewed its multi-year service agreement with McLane Co. Inc.  Sunoco APlus is a chain of more than 430 corporate stores and 237 franchise locations, and operates stores in 14 states. The company has been a McLane customer since 1992. Sunoco is extending its agreement with

Combustible Cigarettes Stay Strong

Strong industry volumes and pricing in the fourth quarter help boost the category, according to Wells Fargo Securities.     Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently conducted its “Tobacco Talk” survey of tobacco retailers and wholesalers representing about 30,000 convenience stores in the U.S. to gain insights into the health of the category. “Tobacco Talk” survey results found

Wayne Fueling Systems Certified to Accept EMV Transactions

Wayne Fueling moves to meet EMV technology and regulatory compliance. First Data, a company that is at the forefront of EMV expertise and readiness, has officially certified Wayne Fueling Systems to accept EMV credit and debit card transactions. First Data has been producing EMV-enabled cards and processing EMV transactions for years. EMV is the global

Wine Varieties

E. & J. Gallo Winery has introduced Dark Horse California Chardonnay and Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark Horse California Chardonnay delights with abundant aromas of baked apple and pear, layered with notes of toasted oak and caramel. The rich, luxurious flavors of this Chardonnay are nicely complemented by a refreshingly crisp acidity, culminating in a […]

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TAKE5 Redesign

The Hershey Co. is relaunching the TAKE5 Bar with the help and ideas of Millennials. The TAKE5 is the layered combination of five classic ingredients —pretzel, caramel, peanut butter and peanuts, all enrobed in rich milk chocolate—that create the perfect salty-sweet, chewy-crunchy remixed snack. The bar is tailor-made for the new generation. Hershey and the […]

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