QC Team Members Among New Jersey Food Council Scholarship Winners

Twenty scholarships totaling $67,000 to help students pay for college. The New Jersey Food Council has announced the winners of its 2017 Education Development Scholarship Awards, and QuickChek team members were among the winners. Twenty member scholarships totaling $67,000 were awarded to an employee or family member of food industry related companies at a special

ACE Recommends Ethanol Priorities to EPA

EPA is accepting public comments through May 15. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment addressed to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt thanking him for establishing a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations regarding those that can be repealed, replaced and modified to make them less

New York Cigar Tax Shift Defeated

Also rejected in the budget was the Governor’s proposed new excise tax on e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine. New York convenience store retailers and suppliers worked together to keep a harmful shift in cigar excise tax out of the new state budget approved this week by Governor Cuomo and the Legislature. Jim Calvin, president of the

Will Item-Level Inventory Control Replace Category Management?

By Bill Scott, PART 1 The short answer is ‘No’. Category Management is a tool that has a purpose, especially for smaller companies that do not have the inclination, the option, nor the software to dig deeper into their businesses. However, Category Management is a tool to help retailers establish the general product mix on

Millennials, Gen Z Seek Out Healthy Oils, Fats

As younger customers look for less processed, natural foods, minimally-processed fats are becoming appealing. Dietary guidelines, for three decades have urged customers to cut fat and saturated fat from the American diet, but such a mindset is evolving. Millennials and Generation Z consumers are the most inclined to view any type of fat not only

Gas Prices Trend Upward

Ongoing tension in the Middle East along with a switch to summer-blend gasoline are behind the uptick. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline hit $2.39 on April 10, a six-cent increase from the previous week and 35 cents greater than this time last year, according to AAA. It marks the

Wayne Concludes 2017 Technology Summit

Industry leaders discuss the future of fueling, payments and more. Wayne Fueling Systems wrapped up its 2017 Technology Summit in Austin, Texas with strong attendance and positive attendee feedback. Wayne is part of Dover Fueling Solutions (DFS) and a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations.

TravelCenters Adds Four Fazoli’s Restaurants

Italian fast casual restaurants to greet customers in Connecticut, Oklahoma, Texas and Michigan. TA Restaurant Group, a division of TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is bringing Fazoli’s restaurants, America’s largest fast casual Italian restaurant brand, to highway travelers across the country. The Lexington, Ky.-based

Techron Advantage Card Holders Save at Chevron, Texaco

New cardholders get a discount on gas during the first 60 days of opening an account. Chevron is offering Techron Advantage Credit Cardholders the opportunity to earn 15 cents in fuel credits on every gallon for the first 60 days from the account open date at Chevron and Texaco stations. The intro offer allows new

Wawa Celebrates 53rd Anniversary

Wawa Day—set for April 13—celebrates Wawa’s founding and the three-year anniversary of The Wawa Foundation. Wawa Inc. is set to give away 2 million cups of free coffee in celebration of its 53rd anniversary in retail. This year’s Wawa Day will be held on Thursday April 13. Wawa will celebrate the occasion by offering customers

Ideal Market Is Growing Its Kentucky Home

Rocket Oil Co., which does business as Ideal Market, just opened its newest store in Hanson, Ky. Going forward in 2017, the family-owned company has even bigger plans. By David Bennett, Senior Editor There’s more to the state of Kentucky than fine bourbon, fast horses and the legend of Daniel Boone. There are close-knit communities,

QuikTrip Tops List of Favorite Places to Fuel Up

Of gas station and c-store brands, Cumberland Farms places 2nd and Sheetz comes in third. From the most frequented c-stores to the fresh food quality, Market Force evaluated customer perceptions and preferences in its annual survey. QuikTrip and Costco are consumers’ favorite places to fill their gas tanks, according to a new study by Market

Parker’s C-Stores Gives $20,000 to Beaufort County Schools

A portion of Parker’s gas sales sold on the first Wednesday of the month go to local schools. Parker’s continues to help fund area schools through. Fueling the Community Recently the chain donated $20,000 to Beaufort County Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative. Parker’s, which operates 48 convenience stores in

February-March 2017 Comparisons Are In

By Bill Scott At the top of our Top 100 list, 30 stores sold 28,543 Muscular Dystrophy Shamrocks during March, Marlboro Gold pushed Hunt Brothers Hunk down 2 positions to No.3. Another Hunt Brothers product jumped 299 positions to take the No. 15 spot. Newcomers to the Top 100 were Smartwater Loose 20 Oz, Bud

NPD’s Index Shows Major Brands Dominate Shopper Percentages

Dollar Tree sees biggest gain among retailers. A new index from The NPD Group’s Checkout Tracking shows that some of the biggest names in retailing and foodservice have reached an extraordinary percentage of buyers at least once a year. Walmart, McDonald’s, and Target top the list with better than five out of six U.S. consumers

January/February 2017 Results Are In

By Bill Scott Tobacco products rallied in the list of greatest improvements in sales in February 2017. Black & Mild cigars always perform well in our sample of convenience stores, and B & M 070137809326 wins this month best overall performance, showing a 27 position gain–up to position in 24 in the Top 100. Following

CITGO Lemont Refinery Participates in STEM Events

From sponsoring the first annual STEM Fest to serving as judges on school science projects, CITGO gets involved on the local level with youth STEM opportunities. CITGO Lemont Refinery participated in four STEM-related events for area youth in February and March as a part of the CITGO STEM Talent Pipeline Program, which seeks to increase

Consumers Remain Optimistic

Economic optimism up 15 points over last year. Consumer sentiment continues to trend toward a positive outlook in April 2017. Economic optimism this month held steady, with 59% of gasoline consumers saying that they feel optimistic about the U.S. economy, according to the latest Consumer Fuels Survey released by NACS. Across all parts of the

7-Eleven Offers BOGO Slurpees for Siblings Day

Buy one get one free Slurpees offer a chance to share a treat with brothers, sisters or friends. 7-Eleven is celebrating National Sibling Day (April 10) all week long with some help from its iconic Slurpee brand. Customers have a chance to enjoy a Buy One-Get One (BOGO) Slurpee drink promotion with an exclusive new

Eby-Brown, MSA Renew Commitment

Eby-Brown to continue using MSA’s Distributor Trade Program Management (DTPM) solution to manage its trade programs. Eby-Brown Co. LLC has renewed its agreement with Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA), a solution provider to consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers, for another three years. MSA will continue managing Eby-Brown data, providing analytics and insights as well as

Identifying the C-Store Industry’s HR Challenges

The 2017 CSD/Humetrics HR Survey finds overall optimism for the year ahead, but concerns for staffing and turnover. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics and John Lofstock, Editor Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics have collaborated on our ninth annual Convenience Store Industry Human Resources Survey. The results reported here are based on the respondents’ recent experiences

Spice Up Foodservice

Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Ketchup by Red Gold has earned recognition as one of America’s most innovative products for 2017. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced the Food and Beverage Innovation Award (FABI) by saying that the spicy ketchup is “the perfect addition of sweet heat in an operation’s condiment offering.” This year’s […]

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Restroom Alert

There are two things people want in restrooms. Cleanliness and to know when the restroom is available. Heads-up Lock Co. has taken an innovative and affordable approach to visibly showing whether restrooms are vacant from a distance even when it’s out of sight in another room. The door deadbolt lock is wireless and the light […]

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On-the-Go Packages

Tetra Pak has extended its leadership in the fast growing on-the-go beverage market with two new portion size packages, the Tetra Prisma Aseptic 200 and 250 Edge with DreamCap 26. Building on the success of the stylish Tetra Prisma Aseptic 330 ml with DreamCap, the new packages offer consumers smaller size options with the same […]

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Boost Car Wash Sales

Mark VII Equipment Inc., the North America subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, has introduced new SoftLine2 tunnel and ShineTecs Tri-Foam products. SoftLine2 brings Linear Technology, developed by WashTec, to North America for the first time. Linear Technology moves the brushes with the vehicle as it’s pulled by the conveyor, allowing extended brush-contact time on […]

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