Garet Bishop and Dana Moloney Named to NAG’s Young Executive Organization (YEO) Board

The five-member YEO board of directors will help set educational sessions and roundtables specifically for the convenience store industry’s young executives and next-generation leaders. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) is pleased to announce that Garet Bishop, Business Analyst, BFS Cos. in Morgantown, W.Va., and Dana Moloney, Manager of Information Technology, Warrenton

What’s Killing Petro Buy/Sell Deals

By Betsi Bixby Even marketers with a track record of acquisitions are starting to hit some snags they didn’t anticipate. What’s happening? What has changed? If buyers want to buy, and sellers want to sell, what is keeping happy marriages from taking place? Over the past 12-18 months, I’ve witnessed the proliferation of six common

Rutter’s Launches Limited Time Offer for the Big Game

Each Big Game Day Special can be ordered with just one touch from the Big Game Day Special button which has been added to kiosks. Just in time for the big game, Rutter’s announced a limited time offer on delicious items that pair perfectly with football from the Central PA-based retailer’s award-winning menu. The Big

Mars Announces Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain

Partners with IBM Research on collaborative food safety platform. Scientists from IBM Research and Mars Inc. have established the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, a collaborative food safety platform that will leverage advances in genomics to further our understanding of what makes food safe. Protecting the global food supply is a monumental public

Hershey Acquiring KRAVE Pure Foods

“We are excited to add KRAVE jerky’s unique, chef-inspired products and be a part of this transformational category,” says Hershey’s president North America. The Hershey Co. has entered into an agreement to acquire KRAVE Pure Foods Inc., manufacturer of KRAVE jerky, an all-natural snack brand of premium jerky products. The transaction will allow Hershey to

Pan-Oston Earns Contract with Academy Sports + Outdoors

Providing cash wraps to Academy stores. Pan-Oston has won a contract as a lane provider for the booming Academy Sports + Outdoors retailer. The manufacturing company, located in Bowling Green, Ky., will be providing cash wraps to Academy stores. Academy Ltd. operates over 185 stores in 15 states. The Texas-based company continues to add new

FastLane Convenience Store Customer in Missouri Earns Super Grand Prize

Angela Easley, of Ashland, Mo., wins KickBack Points’ Fantasy Football contest, which includes two tickets to the NFL’s Big Game in Arizona, roundtrip airfare and hotel. Loyalty has its rewards, and for Angela Easley, of Ashland, Mo., her loyalty has earned her a trip to Arizona for the Big Game between the Seattle Seahawks and

Grande Cube Ice Machine

Ice-O-Matic has launched ‘The Grande Cuber.’ These new machines (ICE0856GA and the 50 Hz ICE0855GA) produce a ‘Grande Cube,’ that is more than twice the size of a standard, full-sized cube. The complete line of Grande cubers will be on display at The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Show (NAFEM) from Feb. 19-21

Restaurant Style Sandwiches

AdvancePierre Foods (APF), a nationally-recognized, fully-integrated producer and seller of handheld sandwiches and value-added meats, has extended its premium Pierre Signatures line with three restaurant-style sandwiches sold in clear, hand-wrapped packaging: All Beef Cheddar Cheeseburger, Southern Style Chicken Breast with Cheese and Spicy Breaded Chicken Breast with Cheese. Each hand-made sandwich features APF’s famous microwavable

House Blend

Community Coffee Company has released its newest coffee, House Blend. The newest blend, Community House Blend, provides a new option for premium medium-roast coffee customers and will be a complement to the Community Coffee Company line-up of blend offerings. This rich, smooth coffee has a medium body and brightness appealing to medium/medium-dark coffee drinkers. Community

New Apple Sauce Cup

Tree Top is introducing a 4.5-ounce Apple Sauce Cup. Portable fruit is a hallmark of Tree Top’s new 4.5-ounce Apple Sauce Cup. Made from 100% USA apples and with no sugar, high fructose corn syrup or artificial coloring added, this delicious fruit cup is a great fit anywhere on the menu. It is shelf stable

Pepperoni Sticks

Jack Link’s introduces Pepperoni Sticks in two varieties. Original Pepperoni sticks have a classic pepperoni flavor and are seasoned and smoked to perfection. Hot & Spicy Pepperoni Sticks have a classic pepperoni flavor with a perfect, spicy kick. These brand new protein-packed snacks are perfect for grab-and-go customers. Each stick is .8-ounces and the suggested

Fantasy Series Lighters

The new BIC Special Edition Fantasy Series Lighters feature six provocative fantasy designs for the adventurous adult consumer. Tapping into the growing popularity of erotica novels, these lighters are certain to entice and enchant. Lighters in this series are made in the USA and have a suggested retail price of $1.79 per lighter. For More

Groundbreaking Checklane

Pan-Oston recently introduced a groundbreaking new checklane. The ErgoLane enriches the customer experience by combining the benefits of three checklane styles, Scan & Pass, Carousel and Scan Bag & Pass, into one. Customers experience less wait time and 11% higher efficiency. Grocers love this lane because it is the only lane of its kind that

Keep Fresh Foods Profitable

ADC’s InterStore software suite helps keep fresh foods in convenience stores profitable through centralized and in-store production planning, at-case markdowns, shrink (wastage) tracking/management, and suggested orders for ingredients/supplies, based on demand. InterStore provides accurate forecasting, ensuring that fresh products will be available to meet customer demands, without wasting too much when it goes outside of its

Jiffy Mart Donates To Library Program

Encourages kids to read through its participation in Battle of the Books program. Carroll County Public Library (CCPL) received 1,500 Subway Read a Book certificates and 1,500 coupon sheets, featuring eight Subway coupons, from Jiffy Mart of Westminster, Md. Read a Book certificates award readers a Subway Fresh Fit Kids meal. These items will be

Corner Store Celebrates Newest Store Opening in Killeen

Corner Store officials present $5,000 donation to Ellison High School. Corner Store celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in Killeen on Tuesday with giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The store is located at 3900 Trimmier Road. At a ribbon-cutting, Dave Mock, regional vice president for CST Brands, Corner Store’s parent company, presented Rico

Mountain Express Adding E15 Fuel In Atlanta

Mountain Express, Protec Fuel, First in Georgia to offer E15 ethanol. Offering the first E15 in Georgia, Mountain Express convenience stores, assisted by Protec Fuel, has launched the 88-octane E15 at two stations in the Atlanta metro area. E15 ethanol blend can run in any 2001 and newer gasoline engine and costs less than regular

Brakebush Brothers Celebrates 90 Years

Brakebush Brothers is a world-class supplier of further-processed chicken for foodservice. A family-owned company, Brakebush looks forward to celebrating their 90th Anniversary with community-wide celebrations throughout 2015. Founded in 1925 by brothers Bill and Otto Brakebush, the company began as an egg distributor to the greater Wisconsin and Chicago areas, and operated out of a

When Your Team Isn’t Playing Nice With Each Other

By Betsi Bixby Your team is supposed to act like a team. Help each other. Solve problems together. Be nice to each other. Put the other guy first. That’s the perfect world, but it may not always look or feel like this. What happens when the team isn’t playing nice with each other? When the

As Gas Prices Decline, American Consumer Confidence Goes Up

Nielsen shows how low gas prices are impacting consumer spending. With gas prices down 31% since June, 2014 and oil prices around $85 a barrel, tumbling rapidly to its lowest levels in several years, American Consumer Confidence has improved dramatically, going up 12% points year over year, Nielsen reported. For Q4, while overall consumer confidence

BP Debuts New Ad Campaign For BP Gasoline With Invigorate

New ads showcase the humor in everyday travel situations to deliver a quality fuel message to motorists. BP announced the debut of a new advertising campaign for BP gasoline with Invigorate. “We’re continuing to invest in advertising as a way to attract consumers to fill up at BP gas stations,” said Jo Brecknock, director of

Restaurant Burgers Had A Banner Year in 2014

Higher beef prices incent casual dining restaurants to add more burgers and consumers to choose burgers over beef entrees, NPD reports. Against tough competition from other sandwiches and flat to declining restaurant traffic, burgers ordered at U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets had a banner year in 2014, finds foodservice market research from The NPD Group,

Lynco Products Announces New Hire

Ross Haynes brings 20 years of experience to new role. Lynco Products announced that Ross Haynes has joined Lynco in a newly created position as vice president of new business development and member of the executive team. Haynes will have oversight of the strategic direction and expansion of new business. With over 20 years of

Irwin Lipstein Passes Away

After working his way to the top, Lipstein felt he was the “luckiest man alive.” Irwin Lipstein, who dedicated his career to the wholesale candy and tobacco industry, passed away on Jan. 13 at the age of 87. Lipstein was a man driven to succeed. At one time, recounted his family, he worked four jobs

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