U.S. Yogurt Drinks Up 62% in Five Years

The yogurt category’s health and convenience as well as its wide array of flavors and formats are helping it grow. Sales of yogurt drinks have skyrocketed, growing 62% from 2011 to 2016, according to the latest research from Mintel. A relative newcomer to the yogurt sector, yogurt drinks* are a standout in the yogurts market.

CSD Exclusive: Tony Harris Departs Thorntons

Industry veteran and former NAG Chairman looks forward to next chapter in his career. By John Lofstock, Editor Retail veteran Tony Harris, the former president of Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons Inc., announced today that he is no longer with the company. Harris spent 21 of his 23 years in the convenience store industry with Thorntons. He

Consumer Optimism Rises Ahead of Election

Time will tell if optimism jumps even higher after the November election. Optimism about the economy is up for the first time in seven months, and stable gas prices may be one reason behind the uptick. Consumer sentiment increased slightly to 46%, a one-point increase from September, according to the results of a national consumer

Love’s Ormond Beach Site Requests ‘Fuel And Go’ During Biketoberfest

To prevent traffic jams at a busy exit, truck drivers are advised not to park at the location from Oct. 13-16. The Love’s location on I-95/US Hwy 1in Ormond Beach, Fla. plans to act as a fuel-and-go only location during Biketoberfest, which takes place Oct. 13-16. Thousands of motorcyclists are set to arrive in the

McLane Introduces Center for Category Innovation (CCI)

Formerly Lab Store, rebranded category solution aims to assist customers in optimizing product mix using data analytics. McLane Co. Inc has launch McLane Center for Category Innovation (CCI). Formerly known as the Lab Store, McLane rebranded this exclusive value-add service as the Center for Category Innovation to reflect not only the facility’s physical presence as

RaceTrac Debuts E15 Fuel

More than 100 RaceTrac locations to offer E15. RaceTrac is adding E15 fuel at more than 100 stores throughout the South, including in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. E15 fuel is a higher octane fuel that is a combination of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. Consumers may find advantages to using E15 fuel, including improved

Kroger To Upgrade 10,000 fuel dispensers to EMV

Partners with Wayne Fueling Systems to achieve EMV compliance. Kroger has partnered with Wayne Fueling Systems for the EMV upgrade of 10,000 fuel dispensers in more than 2,100 sites across the U.S. Under this agreement, Wayne will provide the new Wayne iX Pay T7 secure payment terminal retrofit kit for many of its legacy fuel

Altria Completes SABMiller Deal, Gains Major Share of Anheuser-Busch InBev

Altria now owns 185,115,417 restricted shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev, representing a 9.6% economic and voting interest. On Oct. 10, 2016, Anheuser-Busch InBev completed its business combination with SABMiller plc (SABMiller). As previously announced, the combined group will retain the name Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV. In connection with the closing, Altria Group Inc. received 185,115,417 restricted shares

22nd Century Offers Clinical Trial Update

Names 10 major research centers as study locations in very low nicotine content tobacco cigarette clinical trial. 22nd Century Group Inc. announced that an update has been issued on the pivotal Phase III study entitled “Strategies for Reducing Nicotine Content in Cigarettes.” Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by Eric Donny,

GasBuddy Debuts Business Pages SaaS Platform

New platform helps convenience stores showcase their businesses and connect with customers. GasBuddy, the technology company changing the way consumers find, purchase and save money on gasoline, has introduced GasBuddy Business Pages, a new suite of digital tools and services to help gas station convenience stores reach more consumers and promote their brand and locations.

Peter Tamburro Named NAG Board Chairman

Clifford Fuel general manager succeeds Thorntons President Tony Harris as Chairman of the National Advisory Group (NAG). The convenience store industry continues to grow sales at record numbers, but the stakes have never been higher as convenience store owners face competition from multiple retail channels. The National Advisory Group (NAG) has been working overtime to

Hurricane Matthew Impacts Fuel Supply Path

Customers search for gas station with gas following Hurricane Matthew. Following Hurricane Matthew, Palm Beach County, Fla. residents on Friday struggled to fuel up amidst closed gas stations, according to the Palm Beach Post, which visited 20 stations in West Palm Beach and found only half had fuel. AAA reported that such shortages were common

Gas Prices On The Rise

Despite concerns, Hurricane Matthew is not expected to have long-term impact on  gas supply. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline reached $2.26 per gallon on Oct. 10, according to AAA, eight cents more than one month ago and six cents less than one year ago. Hurricane Matthew caused concerns about gasoline supply, but

Buc-ee’s Cancels Louisiana Plans

Buc-ee’s continues to pursue expansion outside of Texas. Buc-ee’s has canceled plans to open its first store in Baton Rouge, La., eight months after it first announced its expansion outside of Texas, according to WBRZ2ABC News. The store had been set for the Millerville exit on I-12, and would have marked the company’s first location

Founder of Open Pantry Passes Away

Robert “Bob” Buhler began one of the earliest convenient food store chains in the U.S. Robert W. Buhler, 93, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Open Pantry Food Marts, and father of Open Pantry’s current President and CEO Robert Buhler, passed away on Oct. 6. His obituary follows: Robert Walter “Bob” Buhler was an entrepreneur and

Global Foodservice Equipment Market Growing

Advancement in refrigeration technology, cost-effectiveness, safety, efficiency & automation in kitchen equipment brings growth to the global foodservice equipment market. The global foodservice equipment market is predicted reach $43,379 million by 2022, according to a new report by Allied Market Research, “Foodservice Equipment Market: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022.” The cooking equipment segment

Sheetz Begins Selling Wine

Following Act 39, Sheetz begins wine sales in Pennsylvania. A Sheetz store in central Pennsylvania has become the first convenience store in Pennsylvania to sell wine, according to Pittsburgh’s Action 4 News. The move comes after the passing of Act 39 in June, which widened the number and types of private businesses that can sell

Japanese C-Store Chain Plans Ambitious U.S. Expansion

Seven & I Holdings anticipates eventual operation of 20,000 U.S. c-stores. Seven & I Holdings, the Japanese parent company of 7-Eleven, has announced plans for a continued U.S. expansion. The company is now seeking acquisition opportunities to accelerate the company’s North American growth efforts. According to a recent report from Dallas Business Journal, Seven &

Quiet and Hygienic Hand Dryer

With the latest development in Airblade technology, Dyson engineers have invented a hand dryer that doesn’t have to compromise—on speed, hygiene or sound. The new Dyson Airblade V hand dryer is 30% quieter than its predecessor. The new dryer is certified by Quiet Mark, as it has been tested and approved by the Noise Abatement […]

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Novelty Trolls Candies

Hilco has created three fun new candy novelties featuring characters from DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls. New Trolls Taffy Sipper Cups are adorable plastic sipper cups with curly straws, and they include include 25 grams of delicious taffy and cute collectable Troll character toppers with pink and blue hair. New Sipper Cups sell for an SRP of […]

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Pure Fruit Snacks

Crispy Green has introduced its new line, Crispy Fruit, premium freeze-dried fruit snacks. This new snack line is made from 100% pure fruit and nothing else. Crispy Fruit is made from only one ingredient. Clean, healthy and delicious, Crispy Fruit is an irresistible snack choice for kids and adults alike whether on the go or […]

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October Means Business at the Nation’s Major Retail Container Ports

Major retail container ports are seeing a spike in business this month, as retailers are stocking up for the approaching holiday season. The National Retail Federation’s monthly Global Port Tracker report has revealed that October is expected to be the second busiest month of this year for the nation’s major retail container ports. This major

Vapor Merchandising Solution

Spark Vapor brands, the makers of Cig2o and Vapage electronic vaping products, has introduced the “Vapor Station,” a complete 50-piece countertop Vape Shop in one space saving, compact display. The Vapor Station contains six, Ready-to-Vape, Solstice brand sub-ohm kits, three Solstice adjustable air-flow pyrex replacement tanks, five Solstice Two-Pack atomizer replacements and 36 15-milliliter bottles […]

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Stuffed Breadsticks

Tyson Convenience has announced the launch of a new line of Bosco Sticks Stuffed Breadsticks. Perfect for quick grab-and-go snacks, the new additions to the Bosco Sticks line have big classic taste in a five-inch snack size. This new item features a folded dough appearance with fresh, soft texture that delivers big flavor. The new […]

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Delicious Mini Cupcakes

Mrs. Freshley’s has introduced a new line of Mini Cupcakes. These perfectly portioned treats, available in Chocolate and Peanut Butter, pack big time flavor in a bite-sized snack. Good things come in small packages, and this is especially true for Mrs. Freshley’s Mini Cupcakes. Mrs. Freshley’s Chocolate Mini Cupcakes feature a mouth-watering chocolate cupcake with […]

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