SUBWAY Helps Customers With Healthy Resolutions

“+color” campaign encourages customers to eat a more balanced diet. As customers set their New Years resolutions, many will be looking to be healthier, and SUBWAY and the American Heart Association have teamed up to help them achieve their goals. SUBWAY restaurants and the American Heart Association are encouraging consumers to add just one extra

Wayne Announces PCI PTS 4.1 Certification

Wayne has received certification without any changes to the hardware since the introduction of the iX Pay solution in 2007. Wayne Fueling Systems’ iX Pay secure payment solution has obtained Payment Card Industry PIN Transaction Security (PCI PTS) version 4.1 certification for Encrypting PIN Pad (EPP) keypad devices. Wayne is a part of Dover Fueling

Functional Foods, Beverages Set To Grow

Adults become more health conscious and parents are increasingly concerned about the health of children, fueling the growth of functional products. Technavio research analysts are forecasting that the global functional foods and beverages market will grow at a CAGR of close to 8% from 2017-2021. The Technavio report segments the market into two broad categories

How To Start the New Year Off Right

Asking yourself some simple questions can reveal what you need to work on in the New Year. by Mel Kleiman, Humetrics Start 2017 off right by evaluating how you prioritize intentions. The following is a short, self-administered, self-scoring test that can help any business owner or manager prioritize their intentions for 2017: Do YOU say

C-Store Retailers Optimistic for 2017

Some 79% of retailers and 60% of U.S. fuel consumers are optimistic about the U.S. economy as the New Year begins. Low gas prices helped drive sales increases at convenience stores in 2016—and retailers expect those strong sales to carry over into 2017, according to a survey of retailers released by the National Association of

Rutter’s Employees End 2016 With Acts of Kindness

Employees present checks to local charities. To finish 2016, Rutter’s provided many of their employees with $1,000 checks to give to organizations they felt deserved the donation. Over 20 checks were given out during the 2016 holiday season to charities and organizations all over the area. These organizations consisted of: –         Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Break Time Introduces New C-Store Concept

Open, customer-centric floor plan greets c-store shoppers. Break Time, a chain of convenience stores operated by MFA Oil Co., is introducing a customer-focused layout, an enhanced food concept and refreshed branding at its 74th store in Lee’s Summit, Mo. The 5,000-square-foot Kansas City suburb location is the first store to incorporate Break Time’s new logo

Enmarket Donates To Local Nonprofits Through Encourage Health Series

Enmarket works to help Savannah become a healthier community. During its 2016 Encourage Health Educational Series, enmarket has donated $5,000 to four area nonprofit organizations: The Coastal Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America, Savannah AMBUCS, Savannah Tree Foundation and Urban Hope Inc. In conjunction with Healthy Savannah and other sponsors, the fuel and convenience

Gasoline Futures Surge At Close of 2016

By Brian Milne The gasoline futures contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange surged 12% in December, with reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending futures establishing a new calendar year high for 2016 at $1.7038 gallon between the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Gasoline futures outpaced the advance by West Texas Intermediate and ULSD

EMV Deadline for Pumps Extended Until 2020

Issues with regulatory-compliant EMV hardware and software to enable most upgrades by 2017 prompted shifting the compliancy deadline. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Citing technological and regulatory challenges, Visa, MasterCard and American Express recently announced that the U.S. deadline for installing EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip-card readers at automated fuel pumps has been extended

Smoke and Mirrors?

Can ongoing price increases on cigarettes continue to compensate for dropping unit sales? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor In early November 2016, Philip Morris USA, owned by Altria Group Inc., Reynolds American Inc., and several other tobacco companies added eight cents to the per-pack wholesale price of their top cigarette brands. ITG Brands upped

How To Maintain Foodservice Compliance In Face of U.S. Labor Laws

How does a company ensure their food operation is in compliance with U.S labor regulations? Just as people would trust their health with a doctor, the government trusts restaurant owners and foodservice operators with labor integrity. Shockingly, in a recent article released by Restaurant Business Online, 95% of Restaurants in Austin, Texas, that were audited

Eight Big Trends Ahead for 2017

University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business points to the top trends influencing business in the New Year. The “Amazoning of America,” McDonald’s table service and a lower corporate tax rate are among business developments to watch in 2017, according to a group of professors at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith

7-Eleven Adds Alkaline88 Water

Alkaline Water Co. expects its c-store presents to grown substantially in 2017. Some 300 7-Eleven stores in Southern California have added Alkaline Water Co. Inc.’s innovative, state-of-the art, proprietary electrolysis beverage process packaged and sold under the trade name Alkaline88, in 700-milliliter sports-top bottles. “Just in time for the New Year, Southern California consumers can

Business Leaders Expect Growth in 2017

Express Employment Professionals poll through the Refresh Leadership blog, finds optimism among business professionals. Express Employment Professionals has released new poll results revealing business leaders’ business performance predictions for 2017. Employers were asked, “What are your business performance predictions for 2017?” on the Refresh Leadership blog for executives and business leaders. Of 133 respondents, 58%

Air-Impingement Technology Helps Ovens Evolve

Demand for pizzas spurs enhancements to oven technology. Technavio’s latest report on the global conveyor ovens market provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2016-2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth

Big Red Stores Plans Three Stores for the New Year

New c-stores to feature contemporary design, touchless bathrooms and fresh food items. Big Red Stores is set to introduce three new convenience store locations in 2017 and has already has begun construction of its 34th store in central Arkansas located in Cabot at the corner of Highway 367 and Highway 38. This store will be

Meat Snacks Gain Weight

Convenience store customers crave variety, which is a big draw in today’s meat snacks category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor From a wide variety of flavor offerings, including specialty meats, to various textures and forms, the meat snacks category succeeds in meeting consumers’ desires. The category is well positioned at what some refer to as

Adult Beverage Boom

The convenience channel continues to experience growth in beer, while there’s also opportunity for growing wine and adult beverages sales in some regions. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor There is sizable interest for beer, wine and spirit manufacturers and retailers to work together to win over consumers, according to a new study from IRI. Millennials,

Understanding the Hispanic Market

Growing populations warrant c-stores’ investment in Hispanic/Latino communities. By James Johnson, Jr., Terry Johnson and Allan Parnell Hispanics/Latinos continue to reshape our nation’s demography and consumer markets. They are the nation’s youngest consumer group, with a median age of 28 and tend to be brand-loyal consumers, especially when culturally-sensitive marketing and advertising are used to

Measures to Safeguard the Workplace

Easy access to cash, the presence of alcohol and tobacco products, and solitary late-night or early-morning shifts are among the factors that make convenience stores workplaces that require added protective considerations. By David Quezada The convenience store industry nearly doubled in size over the last three decades, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores

VERC Enterprises Presents $500 Grant to Local School

ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program helps VERC Enterprises invest in local community. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented Hedge Elementary School in Plymouth with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp.,

Retailers Chase Growth As Clock Runs Out on 2016

Deep discounts keep shoppers buying but retailers fail to boost dollar sales. NPD Holiday Shopping Bag 2016 Weekly Report shows the week seven (ending Dec. 17) holiday shopping push didn’t bringing in the dollar sales of last year. Deep discounts may be driving shoppers into stores but are further delaying the benefits for retailers. According

Wawa Selects Harmelin Media as Media Agency of Record

Harmelin Media set to innovate for Wawa through new and strategic media formats. Wawa is starting the New Year with a new media company. Harmelin Media has been selected as Wawa’s Media Agency of Record effective Jan. 1, 2017. Harmelin will be responsible for various media channels including TV, radio, out-of-home, digital channels and sports

Kum & Go’s Republic, Mo. Store Opens its Doors

An open food preparation area greets c-store customers. Kum & Go opens the doors Friday, Dec. 30, at 6 a.m. to its newest store in Republic, Mo., at 638 US Highway 60. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in Republic built with the new Marketplace store design, which features a variety of unique offerings.