Portland Raises Minimum Age for Purchase of Tobacco Products

A petition signed by convenience store owners was not enough to thwart the Portland City Council’s efforts to increase the city’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products. A unanimous vote by the Portland City Council has made Portland the first city in Maine to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to

Innovation Should Spur Growth for Monster

Retailers expect the two new beverage concepts from Monster to drive significant growth for the company.  Monster recently introduced two new innovation platforms, and these new creations are expected to drive incremental growth for the company. A recent survey of convenience store retailers from Wells Fargo Securities has granted insight into the retailer’s perspective on

Sunoco Acquires Rattlers Retail Convenience Store and Wholesale Fuel Business

A recent acquisition expands Sunoco’s reach in three Texas markets. One wholly owned subsidiary of Sunoco LP has acquired the “Rattlers” retail convenience store assets and wholesale fuel business from Kolkhorst Petroleum Inc. This acquisition includes 14 company-operated locations and wholesale fuel supply contracts for a network of independent dealer-owned and dealer-operated locations in the

Sunoco Acquires C-Store Business from Valentine Stores

The recent transaction between Valentine Stores and Sunoco LP will expand Sunoco’s presence in Upstate New York. One of Sunoco LP’s wholly owned subsidiaries has now completed the acquisition of a retail convenience store business from Valentine Stores Inc. The acquisition includes 18 company-operated locations that serve Upstate New York market and sell approximately 20

Customers Demand Meat and Poultry Transparency

All-natural, sustainably raised and organic meats are preferred among foodservice shoppers. A recent Packaged Facts report, “Meat, Poultry and Seafood: Restaurant Trends and Opportunities,” found foodservice customers are seeking meat and poultry menu options that are all natural. Customers also want options that reflect their desire to keep human intervention they perceive as negative out

BW Gas & Convenience Expands Its Management Team

New hires help position BW Gas & Convenience for pending c-store acquisition in Iowa. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC welcomes Lisa Dodson, Kolby Jones, Greg Penman, Tony Sparks and Rebecca Teiken to BW Gas & Convenience’s management team. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings is an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, a private equity

Chevron and Albertsons Extend Loyalty Program to Florida

Now Florida customers in select markets can gain fuels rewards points, redeemable at Chevron and Texaco, when they shop at Safeway. Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., and Albertsons Cos. LLC are expanding their joint fuel rewards program to customers in parts of Florida. Customers who earn Reward Points by shopping at

Rutter’s Rewards Schools Program Kicks Off

During the past year, more than 40 schools and organizations have received donations through Rutter’s Rewards Schools. Rutter’s Rutter’s Rewards Schools program is set to raise funds for local organizations every time Registered Rutter’s Rewards Card and VIP Club Members use their card for purchases. This program helps to raise money for non-profit schools, clubs,

Mondelēz Shares ‘Call For Well-being’ Progress Report

Mondelēz has been focused on goals in the areas of sustainability, well-being snacks, community partnerships and safety. Mondelēz International has published its Call For Well-being 2015 Progress Report. The report details how the company exceeded nearly all of its 2015 environmental footprint goals and set more aggressive 2020 targets to fight the impact of climate

Indiana Vapor Producers Met with Stringent New Law

A new law being adopted in Indiana may force a number of e-liquid producers to leave the state or go out of business. A new bill that has been adopted in Indiana may significantly reduce the number of stores selling vape in the state. According to a recent report from The Indy Star, stated that

On-The-Go Energy

Quick & Go has introduced three convenient, carry-everywhere SKUs in an eye-catching, impulsive, three-tier display rack. Each product contains five doses of energy and is proven to be efficacious at price points your customers will love. Quick & Go Energy: Each sugar-free and calorie-free energy serving delivers the perfect Green Coffee & Tea Energy Blend […]

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National Average Fuel Prices Drop

The upward trend for fuel prices has ceased, as fuel prices are currently down from last week. Despite recent fluctuation in fuel prices, gasoline demand is still on track to set a new all-time high during the 2016 summer driving season. According to a report from AAA, fuel prices have fallen over the past nine

Parker’s Launches Mobile Pay Option

Parker’s is saving its customers time with its new, user-friendly Mobile Pay option. Savannah, Ga.- based Parker’s recently launched its new Mobile Pay option to its Parker’s PumpPal members. With this innovative, robust Mobile Pay option, customers can now pay for transactions at the pump or in stores using their smart phones. This GPS-enabled technology

Mondelēz International Renews Partnership with Facebook

Partnering with Facebook will help Mondelēz International to connect with consumers and fuel growth. In an effort to create more meaningful “mobile-first” experiences between consumers and brands, Mondelēz International has renewed its global strategic partnership with Facebook. Through this partnership, the companies will work together to leverage and innovate around consumer insights and Messenger to

C-Stores Encounter Increase in Chargebacks

What can retailers do to combat the recent increase in chargeback fraud that has followed the October 2015 EMV liability shift? A number of retailers have reported a drastic increase in chargebacks, many of them erroneous, since the October 2015 EMV liability shift. According to a recent report from NACS, at the 2016 Conexxus Annual

Summery Ale Variety Pack

Newcastle Brown Ale has announced the introduction of its third, limited-edition variety pack, brewed in collaboration with Newcastle’s sister brewery, Caledonian. Available at retail beginning this May, Newcastle’s Variety Pack Batch #3 will include the brand’s new Caley Amber Ale in combination with returning, limited edition Newcastle British Pale Ale and flagship Newcastle Brown Ale. […]

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Vegan Fruit Bars

KIND Snacks has announced the release of its latest innovation – Pressed by KIND. This new line marks the introduction of KIND’s first-ever fruit bar made with only fruit and chia or only fruit and veggies. Every flavor Pressed bar has five ingredients or less, with no added sugar and two full servings of fruit, […]

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Plant-Powered Snacks

Kellogg’s has introduced new Kashi GOLEAN Plant-Powered Bars in three flavors: Salted Dark Chocolate and Nuts, Peanut Hemp Crunch and Honey Pecan Baklava. These plant-powered snacks are the perfect catalyst for a healthy life. The new Kashi GOLEAN products offer a unique combination of nutritious ingredients for those who seek out plant-based foods to fuel […]

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Handcrafted Meat Snacks

Lawless Jerky has introduced its line of premium meat snacks. This unique line of Jerky is handcrafted and made without artificial additives or preservatives, yielding the most interesting and intense flavors on the market. Combining traditional techniques and modern creativity, Lawless Jerky offers seven Braver Flavor made with spices, herbs and other ingredients never before […]

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Wholesome Snack Bars

The Hershey Co. has introduced a new flavor to its Brookside Fruit & Nut Bar line—Brookside Yogurt Flavored Fruit & Nut Bars. Hershey’s new Brookside Yogurt Flavored Fruit & Nut Bars are made with real fruit with natural flavors, nuts and seeds and are accented with a delightful yogurt-flavored cream. In addition to wholesome ingredients, […]

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Cheese Sauce with a Kick

Gehl Foods LLC has expanded its Gehl’s brand of dispensed cheese sauce offerings to include the new Buffalo Blue Cheese with TOBASCO Buffalo Sauce. Now available for Gehl’s 2.0 dispenser, the new sauce meets consumers’ demand for spicy, bold flavors. Gehl’s savory cheese sauces are perfect for c-store, QSR and cafeterias at non-commercial foodservice establishments. […]

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Snacks With A Crunch

It all started with the Rexroad family, specifically Texas-native Grandmother “Jo,” and her recipe for a chocolate snack mix she called “Gravel.” Road Crew Crunch took that that heirloom recipe and created new and exciting flavors that your customers will love. A collision of favorite crunchy snacks drenched in rich and creamy coatings provide one […]

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Bold Flavored Seeds

BIGS has announced the addition of two new varieties to the brand—Tapatio Chile Limon Sunflower Seeds and Cracked Pepper Pumpkin Seeds. The new flavors were unveiled at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in May. The new Cracked Pepper Pumpkin Seeds, made with no artificial flavors or preservatives and GMO-free seeds, are the third variety in […]

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CVS Pharmacy Further Commits to Healthy Food Initiative

CVS Pharmacy is working to make attaining a healthy lifestyle easy and affordable. In 2015, CVS Pharmacy launched its healthy food initiative to 500 pilot stores, and the company has now announced plans to expand its assortment of healthier foods and beverages to more than 2,900 company stores nationwide. Throughout the year, 100 stores each week

Consumers Seek Food Product Transparency

Many brands are at risk of losing customers to brands that provide better product transparency. As consumers continue to demand greater product transparency, the food industry is evolving to meet those demands. Brands and manufacturers are working to understand the information that consumers seek, and they are working to capitalize on providing that in-depth product