Keying on Electronic Payment Issues

According to a Pew Research Study conducted in December 2014, some 64% of adults own a smartphone, including 85% of those ages 18-29 and 79% of those 30-49. In 2014, consumers used those phones to spend an estimated $4 billion at the point of sale (POS). Known as “mobile proximity payments,” purchases using a phone

Retailers Fight Theft at Every Turn

As workplace theft remains a constant issue for retail operations, c-stores continue to look for new means to complement tried-and-true theft prevention strategies, as 2016 progresses. Theft by employees, of both stock and cash, is now among retailers’ top three areas of concern, according to the “US Retail Fraud Survey 2015” conducted by Retail Knowledge,

Stripes Expands With Odessa, Texas C-Store

Free refillable mugs, former Super Bowl Champion greet guests at Grand Opening Fiesta. Stripes Convenience Stores continues its growth in Texas with the debut of its newest Stripes location in Odessa, Texas. Stripes is hosting a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony along the Odessa Chamber of Commerce beginning at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March

RaceTrac To Host ‘Run for Research’ 5K and 1K

Runners are encouraged to wear their craziest socks to the fundraising event. For the third year in a row, RaceTrac is set to host its annual Run for Research 5K and 1K Fun Run, which raises money for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). The event is set for Saturday, April 9,

IDDBA Reveals Show & Sell Center Highlights

FDA presentation on menu labeling among workshop presentations. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has announced key highlights for the Show & Sell Center at the Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo, June 5-7 in Houston, Texas. The Show & Sell Center is the huge interactive marketplace that is the centerpiece of the industry-leading show, providing best-in-class merchandising,

Big Red Debuts 32nd Location

New c-store features a contemporary design, including touchless restrooms and fresh made foods. Big Red Stores is opening its first of three planned new convenience stores for 2016 in Ward, Ark. This is part of a continuing growth strategy focused on meeting customer needs. The first store is set to open in early May at

Taste Top Concern for Beverage Consumers

As the beverage category innovates to add healthy options, flavor is still key. It’s no secret consumers are demanding cleaner labels and better-for-you ingredients from the snack aisle to the cold case at their local convenience store, but taste is still an important quality in any product they choose. While America’s non-alcoholic beverage market is

NRF Speaks Out on Consumption Tax

With a still stagnant economy, a consumption tax would cause great disruption, warned NRF Senior Vice President of Government Relations. The National Retail Federation (NRF) on Tuesday, March 22, asked Congress to reject any form of consumption tax as it considers tax reform. NRF is encouraging Congress to instead focus on the income tax system

QuickChek Offers Mobile Ordering

Customers can now use their mobile phones to order and customize menu items from QuickChek convenience stores. Continuing to define the term “fresh convenience,” QuickChek has announced that customers can now place orders in advance through their smart phones. Beginning Monday, March 14, customers can now order freshly prepared breakfast menu items, custom-made subs and

Select Thorntons Locations Offer Unleaded15 Fuel

Thorntons is now offering better value fuel to its Chicagoland consumers. All 43 of Thorntons Chicago area stores are now offering Unleaded15. Unleaded15 is Thorntons’ branded E15 fueling option that typically offers lower cost, improved engine performance and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. “Unleaded15 offers a great value to our Chicago guests, and supports our desire

7-Eleven Debuts Slurpee Doughnuts

7-Eleven has turned its beloved Slurpee into a tasty treat. A new offering from 7-Eleven has transformed the iconic Slurpee beverage into an indulgent treat. According to a report from The Daily Meal, 7-Eleven has introduced a new wild cherry Slurpee-flavored doughnut to its line of product offerings. This is a non-frozen treat inspired by

A Closer Look At The Biodiesel Production Process

By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. I know there are still questions about the quality of biodiesel, at least in some corners of the fuel, fleet and c-store industries. I also know that those concerns are largely based on misconceptions. This is, after all, the first EPA-designated advanced biofuel to be produced on a

Pilot Flying J Debuts New Offerings in 2016

The Mid-America Trucking Show will host the debut of a number of  new offerings from Pilot Flying J, which are scheduled to be introduced to stores this year. Pilot Flying J is bringing an impressive lineup of new products and offerings to the annual 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), which is scheduled for March 31

U.S. Average Gas Price Set to Surpass $2 Mark

New Jersey boasts the least expensive gas at an average price of $1.73 per gallon. Monday, March 21, saw an average national gas price of $1.98 per gallon, the highest pump price since January, after gas prices climbed for two straight weeks. According to a report by AAA, the national average price may soon hit

Energy Shots are Targeting a Wider Demand

The popularity of energy shots is in a precarious position. For consumers who wanted an energy boost without having to down a lot of liquid, energy shots proved an enormously popular alternative for a few years. For some retailers, the category still is popular. “In 2015, it was a good category,” said Gary Tabor, marketing

New Chip Flavors

Beanitos, the brand that turned the favorite superfood, beans, into a delicious better-for-you chips packed with fiber and protein, is adding four new offerings to its product line up. The brand is introducing its newest 100% baked chip flavors: Black & White Bean Skinny Dippers (SRP: $5.49/10-ounces) feature only 90 calories and two grams of […]

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Flavorful Snack Bars

Abbott has introduced its new Curate snack brand, which takes a culinary approach to snacking by creating unique flavor combinations that taste like they were handcrafted by a chef. Every Curate snack starts with hand-selected, real food ingredients like Mission figs, Marcona almonds, balsamic vinegar, quinoa, chia seeds and elderberry, and each bar brings these […]

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Tea-Juice Crossovers

Harvest Hill Beverage Co. has officially launched new Juicy Juice Teasers. Available in the juice aisle, this new line features an innovative blend of fruit juice and decaffeinated tea. Juicy Juice Teasers is made from decaffeinated and caffeine-free teas, and, like all Juicy Juice beverages, Juicy Juice Teasers contains no high fructose corn syrup, no […]

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Vapor FOB

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. has officially nationally introduced its VUSE FOB power unit with Bluetooth technology, a device that is the perfect combination of form and function. VUSE FOB power units fit in the palm of the hand and are pocket-friendly. An on-device display provides real-time information about battery and cartridge levels, and gives adult […]

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Organic Veggie Chips

Simply 7 Snacks has introduced new Organic Veggie Chips. These innovative and delicious snacks are Non-GMO Project verified, gluten-free and Kosher certified. Made with organic potatoes, tomatoes and spinach, Simply7 USDA certified Organic Veggie Chips contain 39% less fat, 59% more fiber, 8% more calcium and 11% fewer calories when compared to standard potato chips. […]

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White Turmeric Beverages

Temple Turmeric has unveiled an evolved brand look as well as two new offerings, White Turmeric Dark Cherry Elixir and Pure Mega Elixir. The new packaging fuses ancient Ayurveda in the form of henna Sanskrit-inspired graphics with the brand’s vibrant Hawaiian roots. Temple Turmeric beverages featuring the new design began shipping to stores nationwide in […]

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Aloe-Infused Water

Detoxwater’s premium aloe-infused water, detoxwater, debuted this year at the Natural Products Expo West 2016. Detoxwater is planning the addition of three new flavors this spring, and a deal for a national distribution partnership. The current Detoxwater flavors include the revolutionary and delicious Original (Lychee and White Grape), Mangaloe (Mango) and Piñamint (Pineapple and Mint). […]

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Beautiful Beverage Bottles

ZICO Beverages LLC has recently revealed a makeover of its ZICO Coconut Water portfolio of products to feature 100% not from concentrate coconut water in a beautiful new package design. ZICO is now available in a larger, 16.9-fluid-ounce clear, re-sealable PET bottle across its flavored coconut water products, including ZICO Pineapple, Watermelon Raspberry and Chocolate […]

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NCA Anticipates Record Setting 2016 Expo

A second hall has been added to the 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo layout, as the event has expanded beyond the constraints of its traditional venue. The 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which is scheduled for May 24-26 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, will mark the largest, most successful Expo in the event’s 19

Candy Remains an Iconic Part of Easter Tradition

Parents are planning on providing their children with Easter treats, but many have plans to offer advice on moderation and balance along with these indulgences. A new survey from the National Confectioners Association has revealed that a majority of American parents will be keeping with the tradition of creating and sharing seasonal baskets with their

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