How to Get the Most Out of Consumer Optimism

Consumers are more optimistic about finances this year, but they are still looking for the best prices of the season. According to an independent study from Synchrony Financial, consumers are approaching holiday shopping this year with optimism about their personal finances. Nearly half (47%) of surveyed consumers indicated that they are more confident in their financial


How To Encourage Healthy Lifestyles in Employees

Employers expect to increase commitment to employee health and wellness in coming years.  A global survey from Towers Watson has revealed that, despite offering an array of programs to enhance worker health and productivity, U.S. employers are finding it difficult to change the lifestyle behaviors of their employees. That being said, the majority of organizations

How To Meet Dietary Guidelines With Frozen Food

A menu made of 95% frozen foods can meet dietary guidelines for Americans. A new white paper from the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has revealed that a weekly menu consisting primarily of frozen foods meets the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). Written by Betsy Hornick, Illinois-based food and nutrition communications consultant, a licensed

Thanksgiving Voted Second Favorite Holiday

Regardless of age, race, political beliefs and gender, Christmas remains the top holiday for Americans.  As America becomes increasingly diverse, traditions may be expected to change, but research suggests that time-honored traditions remain strong. Despite annual outcries about a supposed war on Christmas, it’s still Americans’ top pick (by a wide margin) when naming their

NATO Details State Tobacco Issues Across the Country

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) outlines tobacco issues and proposed ordinances facing cities across the U.S. California The cities of Berkeley and San Francisco are considering a possible proposal to increase the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. In response to a letter from NATO advising the Berkeley City

Kwik Trip First Convenience Store to Join Drink Up Effort

Drink Up campaign encourages people to drink more water. The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families, today announced that Kwik Trip is the first convenience store to join its Drink Up

Cumberland Farms Celebrates Thanksgiving With Free Coffee

Cumberland Farms’ customers can enjoy free coffee on Thanksgiving and enjoy limited edition holiday flavors. Cumberland Farms plans to celebrate Thanksgiving by giving thanks to its customers with free coffee, tea and hot chocolate. From 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, customers can stop by any one of the brand’s nearly

Kerry Acquires Insight Beverages

Kerry Convenience is broadening its horizons through its acquisition of Insight Beverages. Kerry, The Taste and Nutrition Company, recently completed the acquisition of Insight Beverages. Kerry is aligning the Insight Beverage brands and technologies under the newly formed, “Kerry Convenience.” Kerry Convenience, led by the Insight Beverages team, is a new entity that will service

Dunkin’ Donuts Celebrates National Espresso Day

Dunkin’ Donuts launches sweepstakes and the brand’s first-ever National PM Latte and Macchiato Break. Nov. 23 marks National Espresso Day, and Dunkin’ Donuts is marking the holiday by announcing  new ways for people to enjoy the brand’s Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte and Macchiato beverages. Dunkin’ Donuts’ espresso celebration includes a special Twitter sweepstakes on Nov. 23, 

How Turkey Hill Is Attracting Black Friday Shoppers

Turkey Hill is drawing in business with Black Friday offers that shoppers just can’t pass up. The majority (nearly 57%) of holiday shoppers have already made a dent in this year’s holiday shopping. According to the National Retail Federation, these shoppers began their gift search in early November. This is the highest percentage of early

Kum & Go is Committed to Sustainability

Kum & Go saves energy while opening a new LEED certified location in Iowa. Kum & Go celebrated the opening of its newest location on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at 6 a.m. The new 5,000-square foot convenience store is located in Sioux City, Iowa, at 1005 Gordon Drive. In celebration of this grand opening, the

VERC Named to Boston Business Journal’s Book of Lists

Ranks 15th on the list based on 2014 revenue. VERC Enterprises has been named to Boston Business Journal’s Book of Lists as one of the region’s largest family-owned businesses. Published in a recent edition of the Boston Business Journal, the lists provide a unique source to track the progress of local sectors and the key

SuperAmerica Employees Protest

SuperAmerica employees seek higher authority in an attempt to improve terms of employment. SuperAmerica employees recently participated in a protest at the company’s headquarters in Woodbury, Minn. According to a report from the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal, company employees sought to meet with president Jack Helmick to ask for higher pay, a policy ensuring workers of all races

Why Shopper Sentiment Is Dipping Again

IRI finds consumer confidence has dipped in the third quarter of 2015. Shopper sentiment took another hit in Q3 2015, marking the second consecutive quarter for a sharp decline in confidence, according to the latest IRI MarketPulse survey. Consumers are feeling the pinch due to strained personal finances, stagnant wages, and rising health care and

How To Succeed With Smokeless

Because of consumer loyalty, smokeless tobacco is holding its own in terms of category sales. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor Sales of smokeless tobacco products remain steady at convenience stores, as many smokers seek alternative tobacco products for areas where cigarettes are not allowed. But the category continues to face hurdles when it comes to

Preaching That Freshness Always Trumps Waste

Take a lesson from the big chains that fresh food offerings always win in the end. By Jim Callahan When it comes to category offerings such as deli and coffee, the old adage “penny wise and pound foolish” should not be associated with a convenience store’s effort. Consumers have had their taste buds tantalized by

How To Design for Efficiency

From aesthetics to flow, store design can make or break your customers’ shopping experience. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Aesthetics. Interior design. Customer flow. Those terms aren’t necessarily the first thoughts that come to mind when discussing convenience stores. But, increasingly, these are items that c-stores are considering when designing new stores. Whether it’s helping

A Vision for the Future

This retailer’s natural growth progression and organic ingenuity has it well suited to compete in the New York state marketplace. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Not every convenience store operates with a full vision for the future. Some in the industry seem to function in the dark for the most part, blindly trying new innovations

How To Prevent Foodservice Operation From Becoming a Gateway to Employee Theft?

Foodservice items must be managed diligently to ward off shrink. By Fran Duskiewicz The column I wrote a couple months back, about how inept foodservice accounting practices and the lack of industry foodservice metrics and standards could result in untold shrink figures, resulted in the most comments and questions I’ve received. The advent of complete

How To Wake Up Breakfast Sales

With America constantly on the go, it’s no surprise that grab-and-go breakfast sandwich sales are growing in the convenience channel. However, sales of not-so-portable foods are also on the rise. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Breakfast is the only restaurant daypart with sustained visit growth over the last several years, said Bonnie Riggs, restaurant industry

Protein Bites

Inspired by the growing demand for quick, wholesome snack options, thinkThin has shrunk down its nutritious and delicious protein bars to create its latest mini-innovation, the thinkThin Protein Bites and thinkThin Protein Nut Bites. Building on the success of thinkThin protein bars, the new bites are the first time a leading energy bar brand has […]

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Functional Protein Chips

Inventure Foods’ Boulder Canyon Foods brand has launched its first functional food snack chip, called Protein Crisps. Featuring 10 grams of protein and a generous 47 chips per serving, Boulder Canyon Protein Crisps will be available in two varieties – Dark Chocolate and Asiago Cheese. The protein-rich chips are available in three-ounce packages at select […]

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Add Parcel Service

Make life more convenient for customers by offering PUDO. PUDO Inc. provides courier shipping services, plus in-store over-the-counter pick-up services. PUDO requires approximately 40 square feet of space. PUDO provides a tablet and scanner for receiving and passing out the parcels. The process for accepting parcel is very easy and fast. A parcel barcode is […]

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Green Beverage Line

Mamma Chia, creator of the first-to-market chia beverage and celebrated chia innovator, has added the Magic of Chia to the world of green beverages with the introduction of Mamma Chia Organic Chia & Greens. This fresh, new line combines the nutritional powerhouse of chia with vibrant greens, offering category-leading nutrition with great-tasting flavors to provide […]

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Tandoori Naan Breads

Kontos Foods Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer and distributor of traditional Greek and Mediterranean foods, has launched the Kontos Rustics Collection, Tandoori-style Naan bread in original and garlic flavors. The new oblong-shaped Naan bread, targeted at retail outlets, restaurants and foodservice establishments, contains no added preservatives. The Naan come two to a pack in a re-sealable […]

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