The Modern Forecourt

More convenience retailers are investing in new forecourt amenities that are bigger, brighter and potentially more profitable. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor The convenience store forecourt has traditionally been an area with a limited number of fuel pumps and parking spaces, and perhaps a few retail items such as fireplace logs or bagged ice for

M&M’S Launches Second Annual Red Nose Day

M&M’S is striving to raise $1 million for the Red Nose Day Fund by May 26. Through the second annual Red Nose Day campaign, M&M’S is raising money, awareness and laughter through a social media challenge. The campaign, which aired in 2015, is a special day intended to bring people together to have fun, and

Whole Foods Market Announces Opening of Second 365 Location

Two innovative foodservice providers have been chosen to be featured at the newest 365 by Whole Foods Market location. Lake Oswego, Ore. will soon become the home of the second 365 by Whole Foods Market location. This new evolution of grocery stores by Whole Foods Market will open on July 14, 2016. The store will

Customers Respond Well to Combo Meal Deals

Big burger chains have brought back combo deals, and research has shown that their return has driven growth. New research from The NPD Group has revealed that, after making efforts to wean customers off of the steep deals that were offered during the recession, major quick service hamburger chains are now once again offering combo

Department of Labor Moving Forward With Overtime Pay Rules

NACS asks retailers to send letters to help delay the final rule on overtime pay. The Department of Labor (DOL) has taken the final step in the regulatory process before it may issue a new final rule governing overtime pay, the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) reported. DOL’s draft proposal on the overtime pay

7-Eleven Cookie Recall

A number of 7-Eleven’s cookies may contain undeclared peanut, and customers are encouraged to discard these cookies. 7-Eleven’s fully baked chocolate chunk, sugar and oatmeal raisin cookies, produced by CSM Bakery Solutions cookie pucks, are being recalled because they may contain undeclared peanut. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the

Cumberland Farms Celebrates National Pretzel Day

Cumberland Farms recently offered customers a free beverage with purchase. Cumberland Farms recently ran a promotion in celebration of National Pretzel Day, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. According to a report from Sun Sentinel, Cumberland Farms offered a free beverage with purchase at participating locations. Additionally, from noon to 6 p.m., customers were invited to stop

Can Gum Sales Stick?

Flavors might be capturing consumer attention, but retailers find tried-and-true mint products are driving interest in the gum and mints category. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After several years of declining sales, gum saw renewed consumer interest and an uptick in sales in 2015. But analysts continue to predict that gum could face a rough

Weighing the Cost of Foodservice

Retailers can’t dip a toe into foodservice and expect to turn a profit. Often they need marketing, outstanding food offerings and a sense of economics to make a positive splash. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Assistant Editor It takes more than some new equipment, a menu and even the most eye-catching in-store signage to turn a fledgling

Sandwiches Go Bold

Sriracha. Aioli. Pico de gallo. Seasonings, sauces and spreads that many consumers couldn’t pronounce very long ago are now giving traditional condiments a run for their money. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Assistant Editor In the not-so-distant past, consumers had to go to ethnic restaurants to get the bold and authentic flavors they craved. Now all they

Chocolate Enjoys King-Size Sales

From large format sizes to resealable packaging and informative labels, chocolate trends are evolving. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Health and wellness may be top of mind for most customers today, but that hasn’t slowed chocolate sales, which were up 5.6% in 2015 in the convenience and multi-outlet channel, compared to the previous year. In

Sweet Snacks Pack Variety

While indulgent sweets are still preferred by many U.S convenience customers, more consumers are spending their snacking dollars on healthier options. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience store operators continue to walk a tightrope, balancing consumers’ love of sweet snacks with their intent to eat healthier. Still, America’s sweet tooth isn’t going away any time

YEO Roundtable Wraps Up in Atlanta

Young executives tour RaceTrac locations to get an up close look at the chain’s latest initiatives. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) third annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) Roundtable hosted by RaceTrac Petroleum wrapped up in Atlanta on Thursday. Nearly 50 of the convenience store industry’s young and next-generation executives representing 38 convenience store chains received

Emerson Supports Research and Innovation through The Helix Innovation Center

Emerson hopes to make The Helix a global hub of industry education. Emerson Climate Technologies Retail Solutions recently celebrated the grand opening of The Helix Innovation Center on the University of Dayton campus. Emerson invested a total of $35 million in The Helix in order to foster an ambitious and collaborative approach to conducting research. Research conducted

Core-Mark to Release First Quarter 2016 Earnings

Core-Mark has announced a release date for its first quarter 2016 earnings report. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., has announced that it will release its earnings for the first quarter ending March 31, 2016, before the market opens on Tuesday May 10, 2016. Additionally, the company will host an investor call later that morning at 9:00

Global Milk Market Anticipates Growth

New flavor options and packaging innovation are among the factors that are expected to drive growth in the global milk market. A new research study from Technavio has revealed that the global fresh milk market is poised to reach $1.94 billion in revenue by 2020. The report, “Global Fresh Milk Marker 2016-2020” offers an in-depth

Cigars & Cigarillos Market Expands

Increased variety and increased consumer diversity are among the factors driving the cigars and cigarillos industry. The new “Global Market Study on Cigars & Cigarillos” from Persistence Market Research has revealed that the cigars and cigarillos market is poised for significant growth in the coming years. The report estimated that the market was valued at

Order Dunkin’ On-the-Go

Customers can now order Dunkin’ Donuts from their smartphones, allowing them to pay before they pick up and to skip the lines in store! Members of the DD Perks Rewards Program who reside in the Metro New York area will soon have access to exclusive On-the-Go Ordering. Beginning in mid-May, DD Perks members will have

New PCI Data Security Standard Published

New security standards from PCI address the growing threat to customer payment information. A new version of the data security standard from the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has now been published. Businesses around the world use these standards to safeguard payment data before, during and after a purchase is made. The PCI Data

Fruit In A Pouch

GoGo squeeZ, the maker of all-natural 100% fruit in a pouch, has formed a long-term partnership with Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK), a nationwide nonprofit that supports school-based healthy eating and physical activity. Through this partnership, GoGo squeeZ will further its mission of making families happier and healthier. GoGo squeeZ is providing stipends to 100 […]

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Cake and Pastry Market Poised for Growth

Three major factors have been identified as having a significant impact on the state of the global cakes and pastries market. New data gathered by Technavio analysts has revealed that the global cakes and pastries market is poised for growth over the next few years. According to their latest report, the global cakes and pastries

Salting Away Sales

Americans’ continuing hunger for salty snacks is keeping convenience stores at the forefront of a booming industry. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Americans’ love of salty snacks continues unabated as snacking occasions increase, shelf sets include more variety, spicier flavors gain wider acceptance and niche marketing grows in importance. The snacking trend continues to gain

YEO Roundtable Kicks Off At RaceTrac Petroleum

Young executives get a close up look at RaceTrac’s facility and initiatives. The National Advisory Group (NAG) kicked off its third annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) roundtable on April 27 in Atlanta. This year’s two-day roundtable event is being hosted by Atlanta-based RaceTrac Petroleum, which operates more than 700 locations, both company-owned RaceTrac stores and

RaceTrac Announces Launch of Annual Sodapalooza

RaceTrac customers will soon have access to unlimited FREE fountain and frozen beverage refills, just in time for the summer heat! On May 4, 2016, RaceTrac will kick off its annual Sodapalooza event, which is scheduled to run through July 31, 2016. During these summer months, RaceTrac customers will have the opportunity to purchase a

Global Partners Retains NRC for Sale of C-Stores

NRC is coordinating the previously announced sale of multiple convenience stores by Global Partners. Global Partners LP has announced that it has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of 86 convenience stores with gasoline in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Of the 86 sites, 28 are located in Connecticut, 22 in

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