FDA Educates on Smokeless Tobacco

The FDA is collaborating with Minor League Baseball to educate at risk teens about the health detriments that can result from smokeless tobacco use. Alterations have been made to “The Real Cost” campaign from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an attempt to reach a wider audience. “The Real Cost” campaign is now

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ACA Reporting Requirements

With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, most convenience stores are ready to follow suit. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor After years of political posturing, court battles and postponements, the Shared Responsibility Employer Mandate aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now in full effect. For individuals,

Labor and the C-Store Abstract

Hourly wages are a growing part of doing business in the convenience store industry. By Fran Duskiewicz In the 30 years that I worked for Nice N Easy, I never had a true job description—many job titles, but no job description. I asked once if I should have one and was told, “your job description

Fuel Prices are on the Rise

As the busy summer driving season approaches, fuel prices are have jumped in the past week. Fuel-demand is at a record-high, refinery production is on the decline and oil prices are on the rise, and it is this combination of economic conditions that have led to a jump in the national fuel price averages. According

Jimmy Haslam Subpoenaed to Testify Against Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J CEO denies any involvement in the company’s schemes to cheat customers out of savings. Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J and owner of the Cleveland Browns, has been subpoenaed to testify in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J chain, which Haslam owns in conjunction with his brother Bill Haslam,

The Pinnacle Corp. Partners with Nolan Business Solutions

Nolan is joining Pinnacle’s diverse group of strategic business partners, and will help the company to enhance its technological integration. The Pinnacle Corp. has announced a new partnership with Nolan Business Solutions (Nolan). Through this partnership, Pinnacle will become a reseller of Nolan’s InterCompany Postings and Advanced Bank Reconciliation modules. This will enhance integration with

VP Racing Fuels is Official Fuel of Tomahawk Speedway

Racers can earn points towards prizes from the track’s points fund by purchasing VP fuel at the track. Beginning this year, VP Racing Fuels is now the Official Fuel of the recently reopened Tomahawk Speedway in Tomahawk, Wis. The agreement between VP Racing and Tomahawk Speedway calls for Remington Oil, VP’s distributor based in Antigo,

Seven & i Holdings Makes Leadership Adjustments

Leadership adjustments may lead to more profitable business for Seven & i Holdings.  The nomination committee for Seven & i Holdings, the parent company of 7-Eleven, has named Daniel Loeb as the company’s new president and Ryuichi Isaka as the company’s new chief executive. According to a Nasdaq report, the appointment of a new president

C-Stores Do Lunch … and Dinner

Breakfast may be the star of c-store foodservice programs, but food forward retailers are stepping up to the plate to vie for lunch and dinner sales. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Assistant Editor As supermarkets and convenience stores have been “raising the bar on their foodservice offerings,” an increasing number of consumers are choosing these outlets for their

Convenience Store Non-Alcoholic Beverage Sales Up

Wells Fargo has reported overall positive beverage industry trends. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed that, as retailers continue to benefit from strong in-store sales, convenience store non-alcoholic beverages experienced strong growth (+6.6%) in the first quarter of 2016. Wells Fargo recently conducted a survey of beverage retailers representing over 15,000 convenience store

Remembering QT’s Chester Cadieux

In 1958, the co-founder of QuikTrip set out to exercise his entrepreneurial spirit. A half-century later, he had helped convert the convenience store industry from a gas station culture to a trusted retail enterprise. By David Bennett, Senior Editor An entrepreneur who over his career gained much success putting forth a business ideology that focused

Sunoco Acquiring Valentine Stores’ C-Store Business

The sale is set to close in the second quarter of 2016 and includes 18 c-store locations. Valentine Stores Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sunoco LP to sell its retail convenience store business serving Upstate New York to Sunoco. The transaction is anticipated to close in the second

Convenience Stores Change Lives

Convenience Stores that are active as Safe Places are providing a sanctuary to at-risk youth. In the latest Convenience Matters podcast, National Safe Place Network president and CEO Laurie Jackson spoke about how convenience stores and other community businesses are helping youth in distress. Jackson also informed listeners on how they can also become a

CITGO Partners with the Boston Red Sox

CITGO customers can help underserved children in the Boston area by fueling up at CITGO Spirit Pumps. CITGO has been named a “Proud Partner of the Boston Red Sox” for the 2016 baseball season. CITGO will feature customized, co-branded activations at more than 400 CITGO stations in the New England area and in the Fenway

Beer Variety Pack

HEINEKEN USA has announced the return of its Beers of Mexico variety pack. This spring, limited-edition Dos Equis Azul – a blend of signature golden wheat lager and blue agave – will once again join Dos Equis Lager, Tecate and Sol, to create a medley of taste experiences, perfect for social gatherings and party occasions. […]

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Ice Cream Coffee Creamer

International Delight has announced the return of Cold Stone Sweet Cream-flavored creamer. This summertime favorite is a seasonal flavor that adds a rich, creamy indulgence to coffee and brings to mind the taste of fresh, homemade ice cream. Consumers look for choices when it comes to crafting their perfect cup of coffee and 81% are […]

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Tobacco-Free Citrus-Flavored Snuff

Smokey Mountain Chew Inc. has announced the addition of new Citrus flavor to its line of line of Herbal Snuff products. Smokey Mountain is America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand. The Smokey Mountain brand has shown tremendous growth over the past five years. Because of that, creating a diverse flavor portfolio to reach the […]

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Walmart to Expand Drive-Up Grocery Service

Greater convenience is on the horizon for Walmart customers. As Internet retailers continue to grow on the grocery market, Walmart is stepping up its game in order to keep up with the competition. According to a report from CNet, Walmart has announced that it will be expanding its drive-up service to eight more U.S. markets

The NRF Wants Health Benefits Tax Exclusion Cap Rejected

The NRF predicts that a health benefits tax exclusion cap will not reduce health care costs. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has requested that the proposals to cap the exclusion of employer-provided health benefits from federal income tax be rejected by the House Ways and Means Committee. “Favorable tax treatment today supports health coverage for

Wawa Celebrates 52 Years

Wawa is saluting its customers, employees and the communities it serves during the company’s 52nd Wawa Day. Wawa Inc. celebrated the company’s 52nd anniversary in retail by offering its customers free coffee of any size on this year’s Wawa Day, April 14. The free coffee offering was chain-wide, and it lasted all day long. This

New Little Cigars

Swisher International Inc. has introduced Swisher Sweets Caramel Little Cigars and Swisher Diamonds Little Cigars. These Little Cigars are made with high-quality tobacco that packs a big taste, at a sweet price. As the “leader of the pack,” Swisher Sweets Little Cigars are the best selling brand of Little Cigars. The new Swisher Sweets Caramel […]

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Wow With Fish Tacos

Seafood presents a big growth opportunity for the hot foods market. Matlaw’s Southwest Tortilla Pollock Fish Tenders (Filletos) make the perfect fish taco and are the ideal selection for a quick and tasty seafood snack or meal on-the-go.   The crispy tortilla breading gives the fish a deliciously flaky twist. Wild caught and cut from whole […]

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Lock In Freshness

Inline Plastics has launched of new SquareWare food containers, the newest members of the company’s breakthrough Safe-T-Fresh line of patented tamper-evident products that ensure product protection. This new line of four-inch containers has a one-piece, hinged-clamshell design. The single SKU offers efficient inventory management compared to two-piece containers, while increasing efficiency, output and productivity for […]

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Thorntons Brings Back Bourbon Ball Donuts

Available through the end of May, Thorntons convenience store customers can enjoy this iconic treat for only 99 cents. Kentucky Derby fans and doughtnut fans alike can rejoice, as Thorntons Bourbon Ball Donut is back just in time for Derby season! Thorntons’ Bourbon Ball Donut first debuted in Spring 2015, and it is back by

McDonald’s Testing McCafe Kiosks

Automated kiosk to serve up espresso to order. Customers who want to avoid lines can now order their espresso beverage of choice via kiosk at two Chicago McDonald’s locations—part of a recent test by the fast food giant. According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, the McCafe kiosk features a touchscreen to select lattes,

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