Consumers Go Nuts for Healthy Snacks

For several years, news reports and advertising campaigns have touted the nutritional value of nuts and seeds, and obviously the public is paying attention. A recent survey by Technomic Inc. concluded that more than half of the convenience store customers interviewed stated they purposely sought out healthier snack options, including seeds and nuts, than they


Are Loyalty Programs Less Engaging?

Sometimes known as a rewards, points or advantage card, a loyalty program is a marketing effort aimed at cultivating customer commitment and encouraging ongoing business. But while many customers sign up, few are really active, according to Colloquy, the Cincinnati-based research and publication organization for the loyalty industry. While the number of U.S. loyalty program

Prepaid Card Demand Grows

Demand for prepaid and gift cards is expected to continue to grow in 2015. Gift cards, with their ease of use, have long been popular among convenience store customers. Growth in the prepaid category stems from the availability of new services and consumers seeking alternatives for financial services outside of traditional banks. “Prepaid as a

EMV Deadline Leads POS Trends

Mobile payment technology and going paperless will impact point-of-sale (POS) and back office trends in 2015. But, the big focus this year for convenience stores is the Oct. 1, 2015 deadline to become compliant with EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip technology. U.S. retailers are expected to spend more than $8 billion on POS devices,

Loss Prevention: Handling It Electronically

The No. 1 threat to convenience stores is organized retail crime (ORC). And though a 2014 National Retail Federation survey indicated that retailers affected by crime was under 90% for the first time in six years, c-stores remain a top target. “Often the c-store industry is the first stop for this type of criminal, who

Electronic Payments Moving Mainstream

Despite much hype, electronic payment in the U.S. is still rolling along in first gear, compared to some other economies. Today, more than 87% of U.S. consumers own a cell phone, and the use of smartphones continues to grow rapidly, according to a recent FDIC report. But there are two factors necessary for increasing the

E-Cig Sales Re-Accelerate

Cigarette dollar sales up 2%. E-cigs dollar sales growth across all channels (mass + c-stores) re-accelerated sequentially to +9.6% in the period ending March 21, 2015, driven by +40.5% unit growth, partially offset by -22% net pricing, reported Wells Fargo Securities LLC, quoting the latest Nielsen data. “Though e-cig year-over-year pricing has been negative for

R-Store To Launch Free Mobile App

“We are ecstatic to share this with our customers,” says CEO of R-Store. R-Store, operated by Riiser Energy, has launched a new mobile app. The R-Stores are taking a new approach to convenience by creating a free app for their on-the-go customers. Simply by downloading the new app customers will receive a coupon for a

Nice N Easy Celebrates 35 Years

Opened in 1980 by the late John MacDougall, the company has grown to more than 78 corporate and franchise stores. Yesterday, April 1, marked the 35th Anniversary of convenience store chain Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. “We would like to thank our dedicated employees, business partners and most of all our loyal customers for making

Bilbrey Elected Chairman of The Hershey Co.

“It is a privilege and honor to succeed Jim as chairman,” says Bilbrey. The Hershey Co. announced that its Board of Directors has elected John Bilbrey as chairman of the Board of Directors of The Hershey Co., effective immediately. Bilbrey will continue to be president and CEO of the global confectionery company, a role he

Flavored Sparkling Waters

Cascade Ice zero-calorie sparkling flavored waters are refreshing, delicious beverages that the whole family will love. Cascade Ice waters do not contain unnecessary and unhealthy “extras” like sodium, gluten or sugar. Fans love the great taste and are thrilled to have a healthier option than sugary juices and sodas. With over 21 delicious flavors including […]

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Limited Edition Bottles

Jones Soda Co., a premium beverage company known for its customer-designed packaging, has announced its Spring and Easter themed bottles, featuring the return of fan-favorite retired flavors, Pineapple Cream and Grape. To celebrate Spring, Jones Soda brought back two past favorites—Grape and Pineapple Cream in new and bright spring time designed labels featuring bunnies and […]

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Dark Wintergreen Snuff

American Snuff Co.’s Grizzly brand of moist snuff is continuing its momentum with Dark Wintergreen, a style innovation for the brand expanding nationwide as of March 30, 2015. Grizzly Dark Wintergreen uses leaves that are dark-fired to bring the tobacco’s naturally bold flavor to the forefront, with the best being selected to ensure a premium […]

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Easter Treats

The Hershey Co. has delicious new innovations for Easter baskets that will delight all this season, including: Reese’s 12-ounce Peanut Butter Eggs—Covered in smooth milk chocolate and filled with Reese’s signature peanut butter and now available nationwide in a 12-ounce package. Cadbury Hollow Milk Chocolate Bunny—Complete with an adorable purple bow and the traditional, extra-rich […]

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E-Cig Kit

blu eCigs is now offering a new Xpress Kit. The Xpress Kit includes the same satisfying blu PLUS+ electronic cigarette, only without the recharging pack to offer consumers a lower price point. It will be $14.99, and will include two blu Tanks in the Classic Tobacco flavor, one PLUS+ Battery and one USB Charger. It’s […]

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Waste Oil Management Solutions

Frontline International is a provider of Smart Oil Management systems for waste oil, oil filtration and fresh oil. Frontline’s waste oil management systems offer flexible, customized solutions to allow for safer and cleaner interaction with used oil. Frontline delivers three custom solutions for waste oil management. First is the fully automated Direct-Plumbed waste oil system: […]

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Clean Ceiling Solution

Bio-Tile, a product of Industrial Skins LLC, provides an easy, low-cost solution to maintaining a bright and clean environment that exudes a perception of quality. According to Industrial Skins CEO Shawn Engberg, who designed the revolutionary product, Bio-Tile is a multiple layer, recyclable ceiling tile that adheres to existing or new ceiling tiles. To attain […]

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Natural Performance Supplement

Recent bans and warnings by the Food & Drug Administration and several state regulatory agencies has resulted in removal of more than 25 male enhancement products from retail shelves. This is good news for VirMax performance supplements and should be good for c-store chains as well. VirMax is made in the U. S. A. by […]

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United Oil Partners With KickBack Points

Retailer rolls the loyalty program out to 91 of its more than 125 convenience stores across Southern California. Loyalty programs were once value-added perks. Today, consumers not only expect them, but they also demand good deals from the retail stores they shop at regularly. To meet the needs of its growing customer base, United Oil

Sheetz Responds To Top EquiTrend Ranking

“We are able to succeed because we have outstanding employees with a commitment to Total Customer Focus and our Sheetz culture,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz Inc. has been recognized as consumers’ most-trusted convenience-store brand according to the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend study. For the first time Sheetz, a family-owned and operated convenience chain, received the

CSD, Energy Drink Sales Soften

“With retail gas prices rising, we believe in-store sales were negatively impacted across all categories,” says Wells Fargo spokesperson. Total carbonated soft drink (CSD) excluding energy drinks, dollar sales in the U.S. convenience store channel were down -1.4% (+1.5% for prior 12-weeks) during the four-week period ending March 14, 2015, reported Wells Fargo Securities quoting

RILA Reacts To President’s Resolution Veto

‘Ambush Election’ Bill survives as President Obama vetoes resolution. President Barack Obama vetoed a resolution yesterday put forth by Republicans that would have ended a labor board rule finalized in December that is set to go into effect this month. The National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) rule in question shortens the length of time in

Mintel Examines Chocolate Category

Chocolate innovation has increased, with new product launches growing 18% between 2013-2014. Chocolate confectionery sales grew 24% over a five-year period from 2009-2014 to reach $21 billion in the U.S., the world’s largest chocolate market. However, the pace of growth slowed in 2014, following a pattern that has evolved over the past few measurement periods,

Dairy Remains a Patron Destination

Dairy products like ice cream and milk can prove productive parts of the c-store sales mix in the months to come provided retailers and suppliers are open to aggressive merchandising, flexible pricing and flavor innovation. According to Mary Chapman, senior director of product innovation for Chicago-based research and consulting firm Technomic Inc., 73% of consumers

Chocolate Still Sweet as Sales Stay Steady

Chocolate candy sales totaled $2.66 billion for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 28, 2014, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI) data. That’s a jump of 3.2% compared to same period the previous year. Unit sales for the same period totaled 1.83 billion, up 0.47% over the same period. Meanwhile, non-chocolate candy brought in dollar sales