TravelCenters Set to Close Quaker Steak Deal

By David Bennett, Senior Editor TravelCenters of America LLC expects to complete the acquisition of Quaker Steak & Lube chain in the next few days, said the national owner and operator of truck stops and convenience stores. Famous for its hot wings and burgers, the Sharon, Pa.-based Quaker Steak & Lube filed for bankruptcy in

Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco LP Complete Dropdown Transaction

A dropdown transaction to Sunoco LP is expected to increase the company’s distributable cash flow. The previously announced dropdown transaction between Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) and Sunoco LP is now officially complete, as of March 31, 2016. The transaction includes the dropdown of the remaining 68.42% interest in Sunoco LLC to Sunoco LP, along

Love’s Opens Second New York Location

Love’s newest location offers a wide range of amenities, including a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant. The second Love’s Travel Stop location in New York is now officially open at the intersection of Interstate 90 and State Route 22 in Canaan, N.Y. The new location offers professional drivers a new place to rest and access driver services,

Kum & Go Marketplace Prototype Design Opens in Missouri

A new Kum & Go location in Republic, Mo. offers customers a wide variety of unique offerings. On Thursday, March 31, 2016, Kum & Go opened the doors to its newest convenience location in Republic, Mo. This newly constructed 6,200+ square-foot Marketplace design prototype is located at 3049 U.S. Highway 60. The new store has

M&M’S to Introduce New Peanut Flavor

Mars Chocolate North America is granting fans to opportunity to choose the next great M&M’S Peanut flavor. In honor of the brand’s 75th anniversary, M&M’S is inviting fans to help the brand to choose the next great M&M’S Peanut. A nationwide “Flavor Vote” will grant M&M’S fans the power to choose the brand’s new great

PepsiCo Announces Changes in Leadership

New leadership changes has expanded the responsibilities of a number of PepsiCo senior executives. In an effort to support ongoing strategies for company growth, PepsiCo Inc. has made a number of leadership changes which will expand the responsibilities of key leaders in the company. The company has announced the departure of Tom Greco, CEO of

How to Conduct Business Planning Through Co-Branding

Starting a proprietary program can be complicated and expensive. A more cost-effective way to enter the foodservice arena is to partner with an established brand. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Adding a foodservice concept may be a proven way to bolster a c-store’s bottom line, but only if it’s the right program operated the right

Implementing Ricker’s Employee-Centric Philosophy

With more than 18 years as Ricker’s director of human resources, Karen Mitchener spearheads training, employee recognition and retention. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Ricker’s philosophy is if it takes care of its employees, they will take care of its customers. Karen Mitchener, director of human resources for Anderson, Ind.-based Ricker’s, has played a central

Hard Cider Summer Flavor

Strongbow Hard Apple Cider is celebrating the start of summer with the launch of an all new flavor and the new Made for Ice program. Joining the lineup of award-winning Strongbow flavors is new, Strongbow Cherry Blossom Hard Cider. This exciting addition to the family delivers cut-through refreshing taste with cherry blossom and red fruit […]

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Developing Employees at Roadrunner Markets

One convenience store chain shares its story on how it transformed its employee pool into a deep resource. By David Hite Roadrunner Markets, part of Mountain Empire Oil Co., is a 92-location convenience store chain located in the Appalachian region comprising southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee and western North Carolina. We have more than 700 employees,

Sales of Accessories Add Up

For years, tobacco accessories—a category that covers a litany of products, from lighters to roll-your-own papers to hookahs—catered to traditional tobacco users. Smokers reflexively reach for lighters or matches as they pay for cigarettes or cigars at convenience store counters. In fact, this relationship has prompted sports teams, music groups, and television shows to expand

Boston C-store Retailers Protest Flavored Tobacco Ban

Boston Convenience Store Owners Association leads protest outside city hall. Convenience store owners rallied outside Boston’s City Hall on the morning of Wednesday, March 30, to protest a citywide ban on selling flavored tobacco products. Metro U.S. Online reported that Boston Public Health Commission voted unanimously in December raise the minimum age for buying tobacco

What Is Employee Engagement Anyway?

By Mel Kleiman, founder, Humetrics Many pollsters regularly measure and report on employee engagement. Gallup does so regularly. Their latest numbers show: “The slightly improved level of employee engagement that persisted in the U.S. workforce in 2015 continued in January. Nearly one-third of workers last month — 32.5% — were engaged in their jobs. Employee

How To Attract More Job Applicants

By Mel Kleiman, founder Humetrics When it comes to getting potential employee referrals, use all of your connections — present employees, vendors and customers. And don’t overlook your business and social networks. Go through your contact database and identify everyone who may know someone like the person you want to hire. Send them an email

FDA Delays Menu-Labeling Rules Until 2017

Fight to change the menu-labeling rules continues in the Senate. Convenience store operators can breathe a momentary sigh of relief as expensive menu-labeling rules, which were required to be implemented this year, are now being delayed until 2017. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this month that it would delay the enforcement of menu

Children Influencing Shopping Trends

Some 26% of parents learn about new products from their children. Kids play a big role in influencing consumer awareness of food and beverage products, according to a new report by Packaged Facts, entitled “Kids Food and Beverage Market in the U.S., 8th Edition.” For the U.S. retail food sector, the children aren’t just the

NJOY Daily E-Cig Sales Soar

Accessible pricing and lightweight, soft touch design help spur consumer demand for NJOY Daily. E-cigarette manufacturer NJOY shared the latest IRI FDMxC (“All-Channel”) data, revealing that the NJOY Daily disposable e-cig is currently the fastest-turning new e-vapor product, outselling other new products such as JTI’s Logic Pro and Pax Labs’ Juul. The data indicates that

Hormel Foods Leadership Changes Amid Retirements

As vice presidents of financing and engineering retire, company members step up to new positions. Hormel Foods Corp.’s vice president of finance, Roland Gentzler, and James Schroeder, vice president of engineering, are retiring. As a result, Gary Jamison, vice president and chief financial officer at Jennie-O Turkey Store, will advance to vice president and treasurer,

Square Donut Battle

Family Express faces off with Square Donuts regarding the use of the words “square donuts.” Family Express is in a battle over its square doughnuts. The Valparaiso, Ind. based c-store chain has been offering square-shaped doughnuts since 2005 and is asking a judge to allow it to continue to market its renowned four-sided pastries as

BW Gas & Convenience Welcomes New Brand Manager

Darrin Samaha to lead development of BW Gas & Convenience’s c-store brand. Brookwood Financial Partners LLC has hired Darrin Samaha as vice president and brand manager for BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC (“BW Gas & Convenience”). BW Gas & Convenience is an affiliate of Brookwood, which owns and operates gas stations with convenience stores

NCSA Inducting Individuals To Candy Hall of Fame

Ceremony for Candy Hall of Fame inductees to take place in October in Tampa, Fla. National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) is recognizing 11 candy industry leaders with induction into the Candy Hall of Fame in Tampa, Fla. at an event on Saturday Oct. 15. The Candy Hall of Fame is the industry’s most prestigious honor,

Love’s CNG Company Wins PennDOT Contract

Love’s set to build and operate 29 CNG facilities in new contract. Trillium CNG, Love’s Travel Stops compressed natural gas company, was awarded a substantial contract by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Trillium and PennDOT will enter into a 20-year public-private partnership under which Trillium will design, build, operate and maintain 29 compressed natural

Sunoco Refines Customer-Centric Strategies with APT

APT’s Test & Learn for Sites software to help Sunoco evaluate and refine promotional strategy. Sunoco has extended its license agreement with Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) Test & Learn for Sites and Market Basket Analyzer software. Additionally, Sunoco is expanding the relationship, adding a license of APT’s Test & Learn for Customers software to evaluate

Grab a Gift Card

Games of Pure Skill has introduced 1 SHOT 1 cranes as new sales-tools. Each time a customer wins the crane game, your product is sold. A customer plays the crane game for a quarter, and a card worth $1 in product is won once in every six to eight plays. The store gets $1.5 to […]

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Novelty Disney Candy

CandyRific will soon launch several new Disney-themed novelty candy items, giving sneak peeks at some of the most popular movies coming out in 2017, including Beauty and the Beast, Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3. In preparation for the Beauty and the Beast release, CandyRific will introduce the Princess Belle Character Fan, featuring the beautiful […]

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