Foodservice Industry Trends

The foodservice industry has experienced some ups and downs in the past year. According to a count of U.S. commercial restaurant locations from The NPD Group, the total number of U.S. restaurants decreased slightly (-0.6%) from a year ago to 629,488 units. The count from NPD is compiled in the spring and fall each year.

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Eby-Brown Acquires Liberty USA

Eby-Brown is expanding its presence in Pennsylvania through its acquisition of Liberty USA. An agreement has been made through which the Eby-Brown Co. LLC will purchase the assets of Liberty USA. Eby-Brown, the largest privately held convenience store distributor in the U.S., boasts annual revenues in excess of $5 billion and services retail accounts throughout

NOCO Express Opens Tim Hortons

The addition of a Tim Hortons has expanded the food options for NOCO Express customers. The NOCO Express located at 4265 Maple Rd, in Amherst, N.Y. is now home to a new Tim Hortons restaurant. The restaurant’s grand opening follows a four-week remodel then the addition was built. In addition to adding the restaurant, the

New Chicago Thorntons

Thorntons is opening a first of its kind Chicago kitchen. A new Thorntons kitchen is slated to open on Friday, March 4 at 6 a.m. at 2095 East Algonquin Road in Chicago. This new Thorntons, the first of its kind in Chicago, is a foodservice-focused location which will feature a grab-and-go kitchen and thirst-quenching beverages

Snyder’s-Lance Acquires Diamond Foods

Snyder’s-Lance is expanding its portfolio of snack foods through its acquisition of Diamond Foods. The acquisition of Diamond Foods Inc. by Snyder’s-Lance Inc. has been completed. The terms of the deal state that Snyder’s-Lance now owns all outstanding shares of Diamond Foods due to a cash and stock merger transaction, and Diamond Foods stockholders have

Salty Snack Market Evolution

Marketers are looking to appeal to salty snackers through new products and flavor profiles. A new report from Packaged Facts has revealed that over the next few years consumers will be seeking a new type of indulgent salty snack. Americans remain health conscious, and that trend is not expected to dissipate, and the Salty Snacks

Engine Details Its Nominees for CST’s BOD

Engine says the right Board of Directors can substantially increase shareholder value for CST Brands. Engine Capital L.P., a shareholder of CST Brands Inc. intends to deliver a formal nomination of what it says are four highly qualified director candidates for election to CST Brands’ Board of Directors at the company’s upcoming 2016 annual meeting

BellStores Streamlines Pricing Strategies with PriceAdvantage

PriceAdvantage will now help BellStores make faster, more informed price changes in response to market changes. BellStores has officially chosen to use PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, to streamline and automate its store-specific fuel pricing strategies at the company’s 55 convenience stores located throughout Ohio. BellStores selected PriceAdvantage

The Pinnacle Corp. has Promoted Drew Mize to President

Drew Mize is moving his way up the corporate ladder of  The Pinnacle Corp. Drew Mize, former chief operating officer for The Pinnacle Corp., has been promoted to the position of president for Pinnacle, a supplier of automation technology to the convenience retail and petroleum industries. “It’s a pleasure to have worked with Drew at

Dunkin’ Donuts Unveils New Breakfast Item and Spring Specials

Dunkin’ Donuts is appealing to both breakfast and burrito fans with its newest breakfast item, and ice cream lovers can rejoice in newly introduced coffee flavors. Dunkin’ Donuts has officially unveiled the brand’s new GranDDe Burrito. Marking the brands biggest breakfast launch of the year, the GranDDe Burrito became available on Feb. 29, at participating

7-Eleven Releases Hot Dog Bill of Rights

7-Eleven believes that all consumers have the right to the highest quality hot dogs available. 7-Eleven is committed to ensuring that consumers receive only the highest standards, and the company recently produced The Hot Dog Bill of Rights. The proclamation follows Burger King’s Feb. 23 launch of its grilled hot dog offering, which features two

How To Maximize Employee Engagement

The Coca-Cola Research Council releases the results of an employee engagement study in a three-part guide called “Power Up Your People.” When it comes to business growth numbers matter, but so does creating a culture of employee engagement that can help grow a convenience store’s financial performance, decrease turnover and build stronger customer loyalty. For

Tracking the Trends in 2016

CSD explores industry innovations, sales trends and outlooks for 38 key c-store categories. A CSD Staff Report Restrained economic times and stiff competition across the supply chain make it critical for convenience store operators to have a solid understanding of their customers, particularly high-frequency, high-value shoppers. Armed with clear insights, operators can manage the necessary

GPM Expands Midwestern Store Portfolio

GPM has acquired 15 c-stores across three states. The acquisition of 15 convenience stores with gasoline by GPM Investments LLC and its affiliates is helping to further develop the company’s existing portfolio of stores in the Midwest. GPM acquired stores from Gas-Mart USA Inc. and its affiliates. The 15 stores are located in Southern Illinois,

Citizens Bank Provides Barney’s Convenience Mart with Credit Facility

Citizens Bank has committed to helping Barney’s Convenience Mart meet ambitious financial goals. Barney’s Convenience Mart Inc., a convenience store and retail fuel operator of 18-sites in Northwest Ohio, has received a $21.3 million credit facility from Citizens Bank. The funds include a $17.8 million term loan for the acquisition of real estate, a $500,000

Rotten Robbie Ready to Grow

The northern California convenience retailer prepares to tackle the next phase of its future. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Arguably, California sports its own version of what may be perceived as the gold standard: the California Gold Rush, the state’s rich citrus industry, the Golden State Bridge, Beverly Hills and maybe even the Golden Warriors’

Are Gas Prices On The Upswing?

Only four states are seeing pump price averages above $2 a gallon, but will these low prices start to rise as spring refinery maintenance season gets underway? Even as drivers continue to enjoy gas price savings—some 31 states have average gas prices at or below $1.75 per gallon—the national average gas price has grown for

Tax Extenders Benefiting C-Stores

Once again, lawmakers waited until late in the year to pass another tax “extenders” bill. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor The new “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes” (PATH) Act of 2015 retroactively extended quite a few tax-saving provisions, many quite narrow in scope such as those for film and theater producers, NASCAR racetrack owners, racehorse

Dos Equis is the Beer of Choice for Cinco de Mayo

Dos Equis has launched a program to encourage consumers to choose Dos Equis for all of their Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Through a fully-comprehensive, 360-degree program, Dos Equis inviting customers to join them in celebrating Cinco de Mayo. The new program provides LDA+ consumers with everything they need for their best Cinco de Mayo celebration

Parker’s Opens New Drive-Through Location

Parker’s remains committed to giving back to the communities it serves by supporting the schools in the community. As a part of its official grand opening ceremony, the new Parker’s drive-through retail location in Claxton, Ga. presented a check for $2,000 to Evans County schools. Along with the check presentation, the store also held a

TravelCenters Acquires Five Illinois Convenience Stores

Newly acquired stores are set to get upgrades in the coming months. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of five convenience stores—formerly known as TD Pete’s— located in Illinois. TravelCenters expects to rebrand the stores as Minit Mart convenience stores. The stores are also set to undergo improvements in the

Salted Caramel Energy

Java Monster is introducing the newest addition to its Java line, Salted Caramel, a non-carbonated hybrid coffee + energy drink featuring a harmonious blend of rich caramel with a sprinkle of salt.  The product features a sweet and savory salted caramel flavor, consumers know and love, brewed with premium coffee and a silky, smooth cream […]

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Crunchy Snack

Halfpops, the innovative, crunchy half-popped popcorn snack, is expanding its line-up with three new flavor offerings, as well as rolling out refreshed product packaging and increased distribution. Now hitting store shelves, the three new flavors—Angry Kettle Corn, Black Truffle & Sea Salt and Brooklyn Dill Pickle—join Halfpops’ four existing delicious flavors and feature bold and […]

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Ready-To-Eat Popcorn

Boulder Canyon has introduced the new Real Thin Pop line of ready-to-eat popcorn. Featuring premium oils, including olive, avocado and coconut, and seasonings that are applied with a revolutionary new method (compared to traditional tumble mixing) results in a full-flavor snack experience that has remarkably fewer calories and fat than the leading popcorn brands. Boulder […]

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Delicious Lip Balm

This spring, consumers can pucker up and “KISS THE RAINBOW, TASTE THE RAINBOW” with new SKITTLES and STARBURST brand flavored Lip Smacker Trios packaged inside colorful plastic eggs. Mars Retail Group paired with Lip Smacker and Markwins to create the four Easter novelties—perfect for egg hunts and basket building. Each festive egg contains three candy-flavored […]

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