Pittsburgh Airport Sunoco Offers Three Alternative Fuels

In addition to gas and diesel, customers at the newly reopened Sunoco can opt for natural gas, propane or use an electric charging station. Sunoco’s APlus Convenience store at the Pittsburgh International Airport has reopened for business, becoming the first Sunoco station in the U.S. to offer customers three alternative fuels alongside traditional gas and


Love’s Debuts New Mississippi Travel Stop

New travel stop in Poplarville, Miss. off Interstate 59 offers 70 parking spaces and numerous amenities for drivers. Love’s Travel Stops, on June 11, debuted its newest travel stop. The new location opened along Interstate 59 in Poplarville, Miss., and includes an array of driver services. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift

Website To Help Canadian C-Stores Fight Contraband Tobacco

Now convenience store retailers in Canada can report illegal cigarette dealers confidentially and online. Canadian c-stores are fighting back against illegal cigarette dealers with help from a new Website launched by the Western Convenience Store Association (WCSA). WCSA is encouraging convenience store retailers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada to use the Website

Sun Capital Completes Sale of VPS Subsidiaries

Transaction marks completion of long-term growth strategy for the convenience store chain. Sun Capital Partners Inc. announced that an affiliate has completed the sale of its investment in the subsidiaries of VPS Convenience Store Group to GPM Investments. As CSD reported earlier this week, GPM acquired 161 Village Pantry and Next Door Convenience stores in

How To Cut Fuel Pricing Time by 75%

SpeedyQ Market cut fuel price posting time from hours to just minutes with help from a mobile solution. By-Lo Oil Co. and its 18 SpeedyQ Market stores in Michigan are now establishing and posting new fuels prices faster by leveraging a mobile solution from PriceAdvantage. The performance improvements are featured in a recent case study

Exploring Tobacco’s Future

As cigarette sales drag, OTP segments are filling the gap. For real momentum, however, e-cigs are breaking away from the pack. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Except for automobiles, processed food and banking perhaps, few U.S. industries have encountered the vast market influences that tobacco has. In the past century, the tobacco industry has been

Don’t Blow Off Cigarettes

Cigarette sales have been steadily declining, but the category is too big to ignore and too lucrative to disappear any time soon. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Since cigarettes sales have been slowly falling the last few years, convenience retailers have invested in foodservice and other ventures to help balance in-store revenue—which seems a wise

How to Push Smokeless Sales Higher

Smokeless tobacco sales continue to grow at convenience stores, which are pressing their advantage over competing retail channels. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor While the overall cigarette smoking prevalence has declined in recent years, the overall use of smokeless tobacco has remained strong. That’s good news for the convenience store channel. The main types of

How E-Cigs Are Spurring A Growing Market

While stakeholders await finalization of possible regulatory policies, convenience stores tap into e-tobacco’s vast potential. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor If one were to describe the current state of the e-tobacco industry, “mixed results” might be the most accurate description. On one hand, year-to-year pricing for the past 12 consecutive periods is down, according

Regional Slurpee Flavor Comes To Michigan, Ohio 7-Eleven Stores

7-Eleven partners with Faygo to introduce a new flavor for frozen beverage customers. Detroit-based soft drink company Faygo announced via twitter this week that it’s partnering with convenience store chain 7-Eleven on a regional slurpee flavor for Michigan and Ohio. The flavor is called Faygo Rock & Rye. The Huffington Post reported that Faygo Rock

New Products Attract the Curious

Duchess Shoppe customers treated to the latest in snacks, sweets and drink offerings. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Shielded from the mid-Ohio sun by a spacious tent erected in the parking lot, the curious and the eager, the young and the old were inclined to participate in the first Consumer’s Choice Contest The event, sponsored

RAI-Lorillard Deal Closing Friday

Wells Fargo weighs in with an analysis. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) received the final clearance needed to complete their merger and announced a date for the closing: Friday, June 12, with the brand divestitures of Winston, Salem, KOOL, Maverick and blu eCig brands to Imperial Tobacco’s ITG Brands. The companies announced that

What Customers Think of Gas Prices And Where They Are Headed

Even as customers expect gas prices to rise, more are optimistic about the economy. Customers expect that gas prices are going to continue their upward climb in June, according to a survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). June is usually a period in which gas prices tend to moderate or even

How Digital Coupons Could Sway Millennial Shoppers

A Linkable Networks-commissioned study shows that Millennials are more likely to use coupons if they can automatically redeem them. If consumer packaged goods (CPG) retailers and brands want to reach Millennial shoppers with coupons they need to offer digital coupons that offer automatic redemption. Those were the findings of a recent study conducted by Forrester

Apple Pay, Verifone To Support Rewards Programs

Verifone to accept NFC loyalty transactions via its MX 915 and MX 925 terminals. Apple Pay plans to begin supporting rewards programs from merchants with its fall launch of iOS9. The company made the announcement during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. Verifone announced it will be among the first to enable clients to accept rewards

How Far We Have Come

By Bill Scott, Founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering ~ Bruce Lee IT’S ALWAYS HARD to say goodbye to someone you have known for half your life. Such is the case when I lost a dear friend last week. David Powell, the

White Castle VP Testifies on Proposed Overtime Changes

White Castle participates in a hearing on federal labor and wage regulations on behalf of the National Council of Chain Restaurants and the National Retail Federation. White Castle Vice President Jamie Richardson testified on June 10 before a hearing of the House Education and Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. The Committee was examining federal

How Good Supply Can Lead to More Cigar Sales

C-stores are learning that good supply and staying attentive to customer purchasing patterns are driving cigar sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Cigar sales are trending upward and c-stores are responding in kind by adding SKUs, honing assortments, maintaining prices, offering fresher product in resealable packs and stocking a popular, ever-expanding variety of flavors. IRI’s

Keep Foods Hot

Hatco is introducing the versatile and reliable Countertop Heated Wells for foodservice operators to keep their foods hot and fresh. The HW Countertop series is a hold-only operation, while the CHW Countertop series holds and rethermalizes a variety o…

Organic Burrito

Red’s Natural has introduced the new Organic Bean & Cheddar Burrito, a new high-protein, vegetarian option for consumers across the country. Just like all Red’s products, the Organic Bean & Cheddar Burrito is preservative-free and features custom-made tortillas and rBGH-free cheese. One five-ounce burrito is only 270 calories and has an impressive 10 grams of […]

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Mrs. Freshley’s Red Velvet Cupcakes evoke the mouth-watering decadence that red velvet cake is known for. With their rich color, soft texture, and hint of rich cocoa and delicious creme filling, these scrumptious Red Velvet Cupcakes make for the perfect snack or dessert. The cupcakes hit the market on June 1, and come in four-ounce […]

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Hummus Plus Chicken

Hummus is no longer just a dip or snack. Pure Mediterranean Foods has pioneered an all-new meal occasion with the introduction of Hummus Plus, now available to retailers. Hummus Plus pairs flavorful hummus with seasoned chicken, bringing consumers an all new meal and snack option that provides Lifestyle Power. Available in five flavor combinations, Hummus […]

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Mason Jars for Retailers

Empire Canning Jars, a new joint venture led by Alliance Foods Inc., has introduced the first new and independent line of true “Mason” jars to reach the retail market in more than 25 years. Featuring thicker glass than other canning jars in key areas like the lip, shoulder, wall and base—as well as 100% BPA […]

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Foodservice Batters

Add signature dishes to the menu with coatings and pre-dip batters by Golden Dipt. Trusted and recommended by operators since 1938, Golden Dipt offers the broadest selection of premium-quality products to meet any texture, color and flavor need. Made from the freshest ingredients, Golden Dipt’s upscale coatings and batters provide the authentic, scratch-made flavor and […]

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Crazy Foam Returns

American bath time staple Crazy Foam is back and better than ever nearly half a century after its debut in 1965. A playful essential in American homes throughout the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, Crazy Foam is a three-in-one bodywash, shampoo and conditioner packaged in easy-to-spray collectible cans adorned with iconic pop culture characters. Crazy Foam […]

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