QuickChek Opens New Store and Donates To Local Recreation Department

A portion of sandwich and wrap revenue from the new QuikChek’s first 30 days of operation benefited youth sports in Fairfield, N.J. In honor of its newest New Jersey c-store location, QuickChek donated $4,127.50 to the Fairfield, N.J. Department of Recreation to benefit the township’s youth sports teams. It is the largest ever store-opening donation

Love’s Opens 12th Florida Location

The new travel stop offers 69 parking spaces, showers, gourmet coffee and more. Love’s Travel Stops opened a new travel center in Davenport, Fla., on April 21, located along Interstate 4 and U.S. Highway 27. “We are excited to open our first stop on the busy U.S. Highway 27 in central Florida,” said Greg Love,

The Rutter & Hartman Family Receive Cornerstone Award

Recognized for their philanthropy including generous donations to central Pennsylvania charities. SpiriTrust Lutheran presented their annual Cornerstone Award to the Rutter and Hartman family, which acknowledges remarkable generosity of leadership, charitable support, and volunteer service of York County individuals. Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores, Todd Rutter, president of Rutter’s Dairy, and

Study Shows State of Retail Supply Chain

Overall retailers globally share the same supply chain challenges. The second annual supply chain research study: ‘State of the Retail Supply Chain 2016’ highlights the key priorities for North American retail supply chain executives. The study was conducted by research firm Martec International and commissioned by RELEX, the first supply chain solution provider to offer

CST Brands Under Scrutiny

Kim Lubel, president and CEO of CST Brands recently outlined the long-term benefits of some high-profile company moves, including the acquisition of Flash Foods. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In business circles, the term “inside baseball” connotes something highly detailed—usually operational. It can be as detailed as the diameter of customized bolts included within a

Everything Is A-OK at OnCue

While some c-stores might celebrate their 50th anniversary with a party and cake, OnCue Express is celebrating its Golden Jubilee with eight new stores in the pipeline and a growing reputation as one of Oklahoma’s premiere convenience retailers. By David Bennett, Senior In the last decade, Stillwater, Okla.-based OnCue Marketing LLC has taken incremental steps

Snacking Does Not Replace the Three Meals a Day

Although snacking is gaining popularity, societal norms are keeping Americans attached to the three daily meals construct. A new report from the NPD Group has revealed that, despite the increase in snacking habits among American consumers, the majority of U.S. consumers are still eating three main meals a day. It’s fact that U.S. consumers snack

CVS Launches CVS Express

The new CVS Express service will offer greater convenience to customers, but the service has some limitations. As customers search for more convenient, more personalized shopping experiences, CVS is rising to the challenge, as it will soon be virtually unnecessary to enter a CVS location in order to purchase products. According to a report from

KenJo Markets Partners with Verge Retail

Customers of KenJo Markets will now have access to a number of services through the company’s new mobile app. KenJo Markets has partnered with Verge Retail, a subsidiary of MR Williams, to deploy Verge Connect to the customers of the convenience store chain’s 36 retail locations throughout East Tennessee. The launch is scheduled for later

Gulf Oil Appoints New Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Gulf has chosen a 20 year industry veteran to help the company to grow and move forward. Todd O’Malley has officially been appointed as Gulf Oil LP’s new executive vice president and chief commercial officer. As chief commercial officer, O’Malley will lead the focus and growth of Gulf Oil’s commercial activities, including Gulf’s geographic expansion,

Ranch Roasted Chickpeas

The latest all-natural creation from Biena packs big taste and texture that’s also non-GMO, guilt- and gluten-free. Biena combines the humble chickpea with the spirit of snacking innovation with its debut of Rockin’ Ranch, the latest in its line of award-winning Roasted Chickpea Snacks. Already touted as one of the “Best New Grocery Store Snacks […]

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Pretzel Melts

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) has introduced three Better Bakery pretzel melt flavors in a warmer-friendly, hand-wrapped packaging. The Turkey & Provolone, Chicken Bacon Ranch Club and Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza pretzel melts are visible through the hand wrap’s anti-fog window. Plus, each 6.5-ounce pretzel melt features fresh ingredients like premium-sliced deli meat and cheese that are […]

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Industry Executives Discuss Snacking Trends

The 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo will host snack-focused presentations by industry executives from IRI, Geometry Global and Integer. Presentations on the current state of the snacking industry will be delivered by executives from IRI, Geometry Global and Integer at the 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo, from the National Confectioners Association. Additionally, these executives will

House Appropriations Committee Amends Tobacco Control Act

The predicate date established in the Tobacco Control Act has been changed. The tobacco industry is celebrating as the House Appropriations Committee has passed an amendment to change the predicate date for the Tobacco Control Act. According to a report from the Cigar Association of America Inc., the predicate date, which was previously set at

VP Racing Fuels Sponsors the Drift Queen

Danielle Murphey looks to earn VP Racing Fuels its first European Drift Championship title. VP Racing Fuels Inc. is now the official sponsor of “the Drift Queen,” Danielle Murphy, for the 2016 season. Murphy, winner of the 2013 and 2015 European Drifting Championships, will be powered by VP’s C16 racing fuel in her quest to

Wayne Fueling Concludes the 2016 Technology Summit

Wayne and its sponsors were given the opportunity to exhibit and promote their technology, products and solutions at Wayne Fueling’s 2016 Technology Summit. Wayne Fueling Systems has reported that its 2016 Technology Summit, which was recently held in Austen, Texas, was a great success, and earned positive attendee feedback. The sold out event brought nearly

Spiral Dough Mixers

Globe Food Equipment has added two spiral dough mixers to its food preparation line designed for bakeries, pizzerias and others interested in gently developing the proper gluten structure of dough without overworking it. The GSM130 model has a 130-pound dough capacity and the GSM175 has a 175-pound dough capacity. Globe spiral mixers are constructed of […]

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Suppliers Part of Winning Team

When developing a successful supply and distribution arrangement, finding the right vendors is part of the process. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Rutter’s Farm Stores, a 62-store chain based in York, Pa., is currently rebidding the company’s foodservice contract despite the fact that management is completely satisfied with the supplier it uses now. The regular

Gulf Oil Appoints New Leadership

A number of industry veterans have been selected to serve as members of Gulf Oil’s newly constructed leadership team. Gulf Oil LP has appointed a new leadership team following its acquisition by ArcLight Capital Partners LLC. ArcLight also recently acquired Pyramid Petrolem Terminals (PPT), formerly PPC. The new leadership team for Gulf Oil is: Jerry

Vaping Saved By House Vote

House Appropriations Committee passes amendment to stop the FDA from banning most vapor products. The vaping industry is rejoicing after the House Appropriations Committee, on April 19, voted in favor of an amendment to the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would modernize the predicate date for vapor products and stop the FDA from banning

Swiss Farms Gets Healthy

Delaware County’s, Pa.-based drive-through market now offering good-for-you options with help from a local dietitian. Swiss Farms, the Delaware County-based drive-through market, is welcoming customers with fresh, new lifestyle-focused, good-for-you food choices curated by local dietitian, Audrey Hasse. In addition to the indulgent and nostalgic favorites, Swiss Farms now gives customers a more convenient way

IRI Names Top CPG Launches of 2015

In the convenience store channel, median year-one sales across the top 10 IRI New Product Pacesetters were $18.6 million. Research company IRI has revealed 2015’s most successful consumer packaged goods launches in its recently released “2015 New Product Pacesetters” report, an industry-recognized benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year CPG sales success for newly launched products. Thousands

Verifone Partners with Revel Systems to Simplify EMV Compliance for Merchants

Revel now offers a number of new payment solutions through its partnership with Verifone. In an effort to simplify EMV acceptance and payment management for merchants, the new Verifone Point Classic, its newest comprehensive payment services solution, has officially been integrated with Revel Systems’ leading iPad Point of Sale (POS). Payments have become remarkably complex

FDA Educates on Smokeless Tobacco

The FDA is collaborating with Minor League Baseball to educate at risk teens about the health detriments that can result from smokeless tobacco use. Alterations have been made to “The Real Cost” campaign from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an attempt to reach a wider audience. “The Real Cost” campaign is now

ACA Reporting Requirements

With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, most convenience stores are ready to follow suit. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor After years of political posturing, court battles and postponements, the Shared Responsibility Employer Mandate aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now in full effect. For individuals,

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