Parker’s has been Voted the “Most Fabulous Gas Station”

Effingham Living readers have voted to name Parker’s the “Most Fabulous Gas Station” in Effingham County, Ga. The Summer 2016 issue of Effingham Living has named Savannah, Ga.- based Parker’s convenience store company the “Most Fabulous Gas Station.” Parkers was chosen to receive this honor by Effingham Living readers. “We’re deeply honored to earn this

Are Americans Shifting Back to Combustible Tobacco Products?

Decreased growth rates in the smokeless tobacco category may indicate a shift back to combustible tobacco products. The tobacco industry has recorded marked increases in cigarette dollar sales, which are being driven by both volume improvements and price increases. However, while cigarettes are performing well of late, other categories are recording dollar sales declines. A

Growth Throughout the Beverage Market

All beverage channels recorded growth in the recent period ending June 18. During the recent four-week period, the beverage industry experienced growth across all channels. A number of brands continue to outperform, and they are helping to drive substantial growth in the market. All Channel Sales Results – Beverage Dollar Sales Improve A new report

Kroger Sues Visa

Kroger has joined the growing list of retailers that are suing credit card companied over new debit card acceptance rules. Kroger Co. recently announced that the company is filing a lawsuit against Visa Inc. According to a report from PYMNTS, Kroger is suing Visa over EMV PIN debit-card transactions. In the suit, Kroger claims that

Midwest Petroleum Purchases 88-Year-Old Missouri Oil Company

Delano fuel stations and convenience stores will soon be rebranded to Midwest Petroleum. After 88 years in business, the St. James, Mo.-based, family owned Delano Oil Co. is being sold. According to a report from The Rolla Daily News, Delano’s president, Jay Delano, has announced that the company is being sold to Midwest Petroleum. The

College Campus Foodservice is Heating Up the Competition

College campus foodservice outlets are now working to appeal to students and keep them on campus for meal and snack purchases. College campus foodservice outlets have made a major turnaround, and the students have noticed. Traffic to on-campus foodservice outlets has increased dramatically, and many customers may find traveling off campus for meals to be

TravelCenters of America Honors Military Heroes

TravelCenters is encouraging its customers to help support both active military members and veterans this summer. TravelCenters of America has now launched a six week promotion to honor the country’s military. The company is encouraging customers to visit TA and Petro Stopping Centers during this summer driving season to show their support of military heroes.

Walgreens Introduces Convenient Paperless Coupons

Walgreens is making it even easier for its customers to save with the launch of new digital coupons on the brand’s mobile app. Walgreens now offers its customers the opportunity to redeem paperless coupons from Walgreens and manufacturers for in-store and online purchases. These new digital coupons can be “clipped” from product detail pages, and

How to Connect with Hispanic Shoppers

Hispanic shoppers don’t look at grocery shopping as a chore, but rather a social experience.  The U.S. Hispanic population is growing in size and influence, and it is crucial that retailers understand how to attract these shoppers, and how to better engage with this unique audience. New research from Acosta and Univision Communications Inc. (UCI),

Single-Serve Snacks

Reichel Foods has introduced four new flavor combinations to its successful Pro2snax product line. Pro2snax single‐serve snacks include fresh produce paired with a healthy protein. These top quality “fresh to go” combinations are versatile, reasonably priced and can go in many snacking sections: produce, dairy, deli, grab and go, etc. Currently, fresh fruit is the […]

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Crispy Tortilla Chips

From the makers of Pretzel Crisps, Snack Factory has reimagined the tortilla with the introduction of the new Snack Factory Tortilla Chips. As the brand’s first snack innovation beyond pretzels, Snack Factory Tortilla Chips deliver a modern take on an ancient favorite: the corn tortilla. Thinner and crispier than an ordinary tortilla chip, this uniquely […]

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An Interactive Buying Experience

BMC Universal Technologies Inc. has introduced its new Media-Kiosk. This new Media-Kiosk provides an innovative method of selling items and provides consumers with convenience, speed and personalized purchases. The new Media-Kiosk provides an interactive buying experience with state-of-the-art, patent pending features including: consumers’ ability to have complete control over their selection and quantity of snack […]

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Premium Rosemary Popcorn

Go LITE! Snacks has announced the addition of the new Rosemary & Olive Oil Popcorn variety to its premium snack food product line. Seasoned with olive oil, coconut oil and a hint of rosemary, this new flavor creates a delicious, guilt-free snack for consumers to enjoy. GO LITE! Rosemary & Olive Oil Popcorn is 45 […]

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New Orleans Themed Cigarillos

Goodies Cigarillos, a Swisher International brand, has introduced four truly original New Orleans-inspired tastes. Now available in singles and two-count, resealable foil pouches, Goodies 504 New Orleans Edition cigarillos include the new Natural Leaf, Chocolate Amaretto, Praline and Strawberry Daiquiri flavors. Goodies 504 are natural leaf, premium cigarillos made with an artful blend of imported […]

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Multi-Purpose Foodservice Equipment

Hatco has introduced the new, multi-purpose Hatco Round Heated Well (RHW). With the new RHW, foodservice establishments can get the flexibility of a foodwarmer, soup kettle, Bain-Marie heater, steamer and pasta cooker all in one unit. The new RHW from Hatco features a heating element temperature that is monitored by an electronic controller for optimum […]

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Limited Edition Kettle Chip Bags

To start summer off right, Cape Cod has introduced the new #RoadTripChip limited edition bags to kettle-cooked potato chip-loving travelers. These new bags are sold only in convenience stores through Labor Day. The bags are available in seven flavors and feature inviting images of famous U.S. landmarks and picturesque destinations to inspire travelers to hit […]

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The Benefits of Access Control Security Systems for C-Stores

By David Hochman, Founder, DJH Marketing Communications Everything from limiting the points-of-entry, to controlling which employees have access to high-value storage rooms, access control solutions can cover many different aspects of convenience store security and risk management. The convenience store category collectively faces a number of challenges with regards to building access control to consider.

Meat Snacks Feed Demand

Meat snacks appeal to consumers for a lot of reasons, and each of them presents opportunities for c-store operators to bolster sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Most snackers prefer savory quality, robust flavors, inherent convenience, relatively low price points, health benefits and, of course, related promotions. Savvy retailers know how to take the best

Discovering New Energy

As summer gets underway, energy drink producers, as well as convenience stores, hope consumers will embrace new energy selections. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor The Beverage Buzz Memorial Day Retailer Survey by Wells Fargo Securities reported recently that beverage sales notched upward 5.5%, which is a slight improvement over the 4.9% recorded during last

Pouring on the Profits

Ramping up cold and frozen dispensed beverage promotions during the summer months can create a profit center for convenience stores. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor In the past, summer fountain drink wars only took place in the convenience channel. But with today’s quick-service restaurants (QSRs)trying to capture c-stores’ beverage business, this is no longer the

Crunch Time for C-Stores

Some Americans crunch for comfort, others to satisfy cravings for something savory and salty. Retailers tell how they follow flavor, texture and “better-for-you” trends to keep customers snacking happy.      By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When you think of comfort food, you might envision mom’s meatloaf or grandma’s apple pie. But as growing numbers of today’s

RaceTrac Hosts the 2016 YEO Roundtable

Nearly 50 next-generation executives representing 40 c-store chains traveled to Atlanta for an in-depth look at RaceTrac’s operations and to participate in ample networking opportunities. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The National Advisory Group (NAG) kicked off its third annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) roundtable on April 27 in Atlanta. RaceTrac Petroleum, Convenience Store Decisions’

The Pursuit of “Healthy” Prepared Foods

To succeed at better-for-you food sales, retailers should consider some requirements consumers hold true.  By Tim Powell There are few topics that garner as much attention, disagreement and misunderstanding in the c-store foodservice channel than the idea of “healthy” food. The common belief in foodservice as a whole is that consumers request one thing and

Fueling the Marketplace

Has the branded retail business become a house of cards?   By Mark Radosevich Several major oil companies are expending exorbitant sums to shore up their market positions around the country. A Southeastern marketer told me recently that the deals being offered to brand-switch one of his 60,000 gallon/month dealer accounts was “simply unprecedented.” Some offers

Fountain of Opportunity

Summer is a great time for c-store offerings—few of which are more refreshing and profitable than fountain drinks. By Jim Callahan Have you noticed all the beverage specials that bubble to the surface at convenience stores, and other retail establishments, during this time of the year? Summer weather is a natural fuel for the sale