Iced Tea is Trending

Many consumers will celebrate National Iced Tea Month, as the majority of tea drinkers prefer iced tea over hot tea. A recent survey of Americans from the Tea Council of the USA has revealed that iced tea is preferred over hot tea among tea drinkers (84% versus 75%). As June is National Iced Tea Month,

Snacking Satisfies

Consumers are turning away from traditional meals in favor of snacking to provide nutrition and to satisfy hunger. As snacking continues to grow to be a part of the American lifestyle, the notion of eating three meals a day is fading into the background. According to the new Top Trends in Snacks, Confectionery, and Desserts;

Cleveland Proposes $15 Minimum Wage

The proposed $15 minimum wage could be devastating for small business owners. Lawmakers in Cleveland recently proposed raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. According to a report from, if this minimum wage increase is approved, Cleveland will then be tied with Seattle for the highest minimum wage in the U.S. However,

Nutritional Beverages Replace Meals for On-the-Go Consumers

A growing number of consumers are turning to nutritional and performance drinks to attain proper nutrients in their busy lives. As consumers continue to grow more health conscious, and their busy lives continue to make it difficult to attain proper nutrition through the traditional three meals a day, many consumers are looking to alternative meal

Global Partners to Sell and Leaseback 33 C-Stores

A new sale and leaseback agreement will grant debt reduction and financial flexibility to Global Partners. Global Partners recently announced an agreement for the sale and leaseback of 33 gas stations and convenience stores to a premier institutional real estate investor. The stores will be sold for approximately $67 million, and the sale is expected

Casey’s June Pizza Special

Casey’s General Stores has kicked its Slice of Summer Savings up a notch for the month of June. This June, customers can visit their local Casey’s store and purchase a Large Supreme Pizza for only $13.99! Additionally, for customers with a smaller appetite, the chain is also offering a Medium Supreme Pizza for $12.99. This

Parker’s Hires New Fuel Administrator

Parker’s has hired a business economics expert as the company’s newest fuel administrator. Portia Keene has been hired as Parker’s newest fuel administrator. Keene is now responsible for completing fuel contracts as well as maintaining a record of sales and fuel delivery diversions in all states where Parker’s conducts business. A business economics expert, Keene

QuickChek Redefines “Fresh Convenience”

QuickChek customers can now use their smart phones to order, customize and select a convenient pick-up time for menu items. QuickChek customers can now order from among the brand’s freshly prepared menu items in advance, using their smart phones, making it easier than ever for customers to get their hands on their favorite QuickChek menu

Tobacco Dollar Sales Remain Strong

Tobacco dollar sales remain strong, while actual volume sales are declining. The tobacco industry remains in a difficult position as smoking rates among Americans continues to fluctuate. In order to combat declines in volume sales, most tobacco distributors are relying on strong pricing to maintain strong dollar sales in the category. Cigarette Dollar Sales Driven

Will Pump Prices Remain Low for the Summer Driving Season?

Fuel prices are expected to remain relatively low this summer, but there are a few factors that may cause them to shift higher in the coming months. The summer driving season has officially begun, and drivers are currently paying the lowest gas prices for this date in 11 years. According to a report from AAA,

Dunne Manning Acquires District Petroleum

Matrix has announced the successful sale of District Petroleum and related entities to Dunne Manning.  Dunne Manning Inc. has officially closed on its acquisition of District Petroleum Products Inc. and its related entities. The transaction was advised by Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. District Petroleum, headquartered in Huron, Ohio, owns and operates 22 Hy-Miler convenience

Rutter’s Voted Best of York, Pa.

Rutter’s has been voted the best convenience store in York, Pa. Rutter’s Farm Stores was recently nominated in five different categories, and readers of The York Daily Record and The York Sunday News have voted the chain as first in three categories and third in the other two categories for which it was nominated. Rutter’s

U.S. Cities Seek to Tax Sugary Beverages

Beverage Industry analysts fear that a tax increase on sugar-sweetened beverages will discourage consumers from purchasing and consuming soft-drinks and other sugary beverages. As a number of cities across the U.S. begin to wage war against soft drinks, industry analysts fear that the new attention being placed on these sugar-sweetened beverages may threaten their sales.

Lovely Candy Enters Chocolate Industry

Lovely Candy will now be the sole manufacturer and distributor of Honey Acres confections in the U.S. The Lovely Candy Co. LLC has announced that it is entering into the chocolate industry through its recent acquisition of the exclusive rights to Honey Acres’ innovative honey based chocolates. “I’m delighted to build on Honey Acres 154

QuikTrip Extends Fuel Management Contract

QuikTrip Extends 23-Year Relationship with WEX. QuikTrip has announced that it will continue its long-standing fuel management program with WEX Inc. WEX is a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, and QuikTrip, a prominent convenience store and gasoline marketer, has agreed to continue to market their co-branded and proprietary commercial card programs. “We are honored

Craft Claims Gain Favor in Alcoholic Beverage Market

More than half of American alcohol consumers believe that craft alcohol brands are of better quality than big brands. New research from Mintel has revealed that craft alcoholic beverages are rapidly gaining global popularity. Not only have craft beer brands become highly sought after, but craft spirits are also on the rise. Indeed, new research

BURGER KING Introduces WHOPPER Meal Deal

BURGER KING is heating up the competition this summer, as two can now eat a full meal for only $10. BURGER KING has officially launched its new meal deal, the 2 for $10 WHOPPER Meal deal. The offer will be available at participating BURGER KING restaurants for a limited time. The WHOPPER sandwich is made

Starbucks Takes the Reigns of the Cold Coffee Market

Starbucks is heating up the competition in the cold coffee market, just in time for summer. Starbucks Corp. has laid the foundation for a new “cold bar” of coffee and espresso products, with the introduction of a new line-up of cold beverages. Affirming the company’s investment in the cold coffee category, this new menu focuses

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Exclusive Summer Refreshments

Dunkin’ Donuts fans in New England will have access to low calorie, fruity refreshments this summer. Dunkin’ Donuts stores throughout the six New England states are providing a new way for customers to quench their thirst this summer, with the launch of new Fruited Iced Teas. These new innovative beverages feature a fruity twist on

TravelCenters Opens New Full-Service TA Stopping Center

TravelCenters has opened a new full-service location that will help drivers stay fit, clean and connected, while offering all of the traditional driver amenities. TravelCenters of America LLC has completed the construction of the new TA Stopping Center in Caryville, Tenn. The newly constructed store, located at I-75, Exit 141 (305 Howard Baker Hwy), offers

Sheetz Starts Beer Sales in Huntingdon

Sheetz’ fight for beer reform in Pennsylvania pays off. Sheetz Convenience Stores has gained the right to sell beer at its convenience store located at 9894 Shaner Blvd. in Huntingdon, Pa., with help from a letter from Governor Wolf. The store is now debuting its fully-stocked beer cave to the public. “We applaud Governor Wolf

Nouria Tapping Retail Potential

In the past 10 years, Nouria Energy Corp. has put together a savvy organization, which is taking the necessary steps to grow its retail brand in New England. By David Bennett, Senior Editor There comes a point in every successful convenience store company’s existence wherein it’s time to broaden the customer base, introduce new products

NAG Continues its Support of Higher Education

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief, Convenience Store Decisions As the founder of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, John MacDougall was a longtime supporter of the National Advisory Group (NAG). In his personal life, he was also a strong supporter of higher education. To remember John’s work and his longtime support of NAG, we are proud for

Rutter’s Upgrades Blending System

Through a partnership with f’real foods, Rutter’s plans to install more than 80 B4 blenders. Rutter’s Farm Stores has partnered with f’real foods to upgrade its blending system. The partnership began as a test in 2008 and has since become a foundational offering in Rutter’s stores. Rutter’s announced it will be replacing its f’real first-generation

Dos Equis Announces Summer Marketing Initiative

Dos Equis is encouraging consumers to choose interesting through the brand’s summer program. Dos Equis has announced the launch of its Choose Interesting summer program. Choose Interesting is a 360° retail and on-premise program that will encourage consumers to Choose Interesting and make the most of the season’s celebrations, while anticipating the launch of the