Missouri Convenience Stores Offer Cigarette Tax Proposal

As numerous voices debate cigarette tax increases, Missouri c-stores offer solutions of their own. Missouri convenience stores appear to be taking the “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em” approach to fighting tobacco taxation proposals. After spending decades fighting efforts by the state of Missouri to raise cigarette taxes in the state, the c-stores are

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How Americans are Embracing Global Cuisines

A new report by the National Restaurant Association finds U.S. consumers are willing to try more new foods today than in decades past. The National Restaurant Association (NRA)’s new report “Global Palates: Ethnic Cuisines and Flavors in America” surveyed U.S. customers and found more Americans are incorporating a wide array of ethnic cuisines into their

Fortune Recognizes Starbucks’ Impact

Starbucks named to Fortune list for its reach and progress with social and environmental issues. Fortune magazine has listed Starbucks as No. 23 among 51 companies making “a sizable impact on major global social or environmental problems as part of its competitive strategy.” The list is meant to “shine a spotlight on companies that have made significant

Bolla Oil’s Bold Moves

With its deep resources and an abundance of industry experience, the New York City oil company is expanding its upscale convenience market concept and heading into New Jersey with its first travel center. By John Lofstock, Editor There are few trends in the convenience store business that catch industry observers by surprise. One of these

E-Cigs Dollar Sales Growth Slows

Weak pricing to blame for poor year-over-year electronic cigarette dollar sales at c-stores and mass merchandisers. Across multiple channels (mass and convenience stores), electronic cigarette dollar sales fell 3.5% year-over-year in the period ending Aug. 8, 2015. The downward shift was driven by negative net pricing of -19.3% and relatively soft +19.5% unit growth, according

Sheetz Chooses West Virginia Company For Pepperoni Rolls

Following customer backlash, Sheetz finds local bakery to be its pepperoni roll maker. Sheetz has selected Home Industry Bakery of Clarksburg, W.Va. as the pepperoni roll maker for its 49 West Virginia locations, the West Virginia Metro News reported. In May, Sheetz announced that the pepperoni rolls, which are sold in about one-third of its

RDG Pushing TravelCenters of America To Engage in Share Buyback

Shareholder looks to boost stock price for TA to $17 a share. RDG Capital Fund Management, a shareholder of TravelCenters of America (TA), has requested that TA in a share buyback to grow travel stop chain’s stock price. RDG announced it has delivered a letter to the TA’s Board of Directors strongly recommending a $100

Jacob’s Creek Partners With US Open Tennis Championships

As the Official Wine and Promotion Partner, Jacob’s Creek will serve up wine to tennis fans at select on-site tournament locations. Jacob’s Creek is now the Official Wine and Promotional Partner of the US Open Tennis Championships. The multi-year partnership starts at this year’s championship, which will take place Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. “Jacob’s

Parker’s Debuting Drive-Through C-Store in Vidalia, Ga.

New site to mark Parker’s second drive-through location. Parker’s is set to open the company’s 38th retail store—and second drive-through location—on Friday, Aug. 21, at 105 Queen St. in Vidalia, Ga. The new store, which will be open 24/7, will sell high-quality Parker’s gas (including non-ethanol and diesel fuel) at 16 fueling locations, the company’s

Talking Rain Partners With Seattle Seahawks

Elaborate sky diving stunt announces collaboration. Talking Rain Beverage Co., the makers of SPARKLING ICE sparkling flavored water, has partnered with hometown team the Seattle Seahawks. Talking Rain and SPARKLING ICE will align with the Seattle Seahawks as the exclusive sparkling water sponsors of the NFL team. The multi-year partnership will feature co-branded Seahawks Talking

Mondelez Partners With US Open

Snack brands, such as OREO and belVita, to offer captivating promotional content and engaging experiences around the tennis competition. Mondelez International is now an Official Promotional Partner of the US Open. “We’re so excited to partner with the US Open, which is that rare event with strong appeal among our core targets of moms, Millennials

BP Wins Fraud Lawsuit Brought By Franchisees

Judge chides BP for intending to deceive plaintiffs, but says plaintiffs failed to prove BP’s concealment played a role in their gas station purchase decisions. Cook County Circuit Judge Sanjay Tailor has ruled in favor of BP Products North America Inc. in a lawsuit brought by two Chicago-area franchisees that claimed the oil giant had

7-Eleven Partners With Zipcar in Washington, D.C.

Now convenience store customers can pick up a Zipcar when they stop for their coffee at nine 7-Eleven locations. 7-Eleven is about to get even more convenient for car-less commuters in Washington D.C. who rely on the services of Zipcar, a car sharing network. 7-Eleven Inc. is set to place a total of 18 Zipcars

Sunoco LP Acquiring Fuel Distributor For $57 Million

Included in the purchase are 30 fee-and-lease properties. One of Sunoco LP’s (SUN) wholly-owned subsidiaries is acquiring a wholesale motor fuel distribution business that services the Northeastern U.S. The transaction is expected to cost SUN approximately $57 million plus the value of inventory on hand at the time of closing. The business distributes approximately 55

How RJR is Helping Prevent Youth Tobacco Use

Right Decisions Right Now youth tobacco prevention program enhances Website to make it easier to navigate. In order to better fight teen and youth tobacco use, Right Decisions Right Now: Be Tobacco Free (RDRN), a free, evidence-based youth tobacco prevention program, has made major enhancements to its Website, offering a more user-friendly experience for educators,

How Bakery Competition Is Escalating In Canada

Quick-service restaurants are stealing share from bakery and coffee cafés. What can c-stores do to up their own baked goods game? Technomic’s recent “Canadian Bakery & Coffee Café Consumer Trend Report” shows that bakery competition is fierce as more businesses look to gain share of stomach from hungry baked goods customers. Quick-serve restaurants (QSRs) are

How Working Women Shop For Groceries

Depending on the type of shopping trip—be it fill-in or a full stock up trip—female customers prefer to visit different channels. Today’s working women are strapped for time and frequently shop for groceries during their evening commute home from work. Now a new study from WorkPlace Impact (WPI) is looking at the various types of

Quality Oil Acquires GOGAS Assets and Brand

Some 20 high volume sites and the respected GOGAS brand join Quality Oil’s portfolio. GOGAS Corp. has successfully closed on the sale of its assets to Quality Oil Co. Matrix Capital Markets Group oversaw the transaction. Prior to the sale, Wilmington, N.C.-based GOGAS directly operated 20 high volume retail motor fuel outlets in southeastern North

Alon Brands Acquires 14 Convenience Stores From Roberts Oil

Roberts Oil Co. divests family-owned Pump-N-Save c-stores in Albuquerque to Alon Brands. Roberts Oil Co. has sold 14 family-owned Pump-N-Save convenience stores in Albuquerque, N.M. to Dallas-based Alon Brands, which has already begun converting the sites to Alon/7-Eleven stores. Customers can expect to see their favorite 7-Eleven brands, including Slurpee, Big Gulp and Big Bite

Parker’s Hires Talent Acquisition Specialist

Adrian Gibson Sr. joins the Parker’s Convenience Store team. Parker’s has welcomed Adrian Gibson Sr. as its new talent acquisition specialist. In his new position, Gibson is responsible for recruiting, onboarding and retaining qualified job candidates at Parker’s. Gibson brings more than 13 years of human resource experience in the U.S. Army to his position

A Punch of Protein

Convenience Valet and BPI Sports have extended their BPI supplement line up. This new line of sports nutrition supplements is for fitness enthusiasts and those looking for products that promote healthy living. Consumers who are seeking supplements such as whey protein, L-carnitine and melatonin in a portable format need look no further. The BPI Sports […]

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Aspartame-Free Diet Pepsi

Pepsi has released new aspartame-free Diet Pepsi. This new soda, created to meet consumer demand, still has the refreshingly crisp, great taste fans have come to expect from Pepsi. Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi will now be sweetened with a blend of sucralose instead of aspartame and will be available […]

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Water Drops

SweetLeaf’s has introduced new SewwtLeaf Water Drops. These new additions to SweetLeaf’s product line of stevia sweeteners are available in four delicious flavors. The sweeteners are a sugar-free, gluten-free way to give plain or sparkling water a flavor boost that could be more appealing to the whole family, not just the kids. Flavors like Peach […]

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Fruit and Veggie Fusions

Del Monte has released new Fruit and Veggie Fusions. These fusions contain a tasty blend of fruit in a lightly-sweetened vegetable and fruit juice that equals one combined serving of fruit and vegetables in each cup. The cups come in three flavors: Peach Mango, Apple Pear Watermelon and Cherry Fruit Trio. They contain no high […]

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Mini White Kit Kat

The Hershey Co. has released new Kit Kat Minis White. These new Minis are an expansion to the Kit Kat Minis line. The new candies are light, crispy wafers covered in a rich white crème that are perfect for on-the-go. The candies is available in a 2.2-ounce package have a SRP of $1.29. For More […]

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