Remembering QT’s Chester Cadieux

In 1958, the co-founder of QuikTrip set out to exercise his entrepreneurial spirit. A half-century later, he had helped convert the convenience store industry from a gas station culture to a trusted retail enterprise. By David Bennett, Senior Editor An entrepreneur who over his career gained much success putting forth a business ideology that focused

Sunoco Acquiring Valentine Stores’ C-Store Business

The sale is set to close in the second quarter of 2016 and includes 18 c-store locations. Valentine Stores Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sunoco LP to sell its retail convenience store business serving Upstate New York to Sunoco. The transaction is anticipated to close in the second

Convenience Stores Change Lives

Convenience Stores that are active as Safe Places are providing a sanctuary to at-risk youth. In the latest Convenience Matters podcast, National Safe Place Network president and CEO Laurie Jackson spoke about how convenience stores and other community businesses are helping youth in distress. Jackson also informed listeners on how they can also become a

CITGO Partners with the Boston Red Sox

CITGO customers can help underserved children in the Boston area by fueling up at CITGO Spirit Pumps. CITGO has been named a “Proud Partner of the Boston Red Sox” for the 2016 baseball season. CITGO will feature customized, co-branded activations at more than 400 CITGO stations in the New England area and in the Fenway

Beer Variety Pack

HEINEKEN USA has announced the return of its Beers of Mexico variety pack. This spring, limited-edition Dos Equis Azul – a blend of signature golden wheat lager and blue agave – will once again join Dos Equis Lager, Tecate and Sol, to create a medley of taste experiences, perfect for social gatherings and party occasions. […]

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Ice Cream Coffee Creamer

International Delight has announced the return of Cold Stone Sweet Cream-flavored creamer. This summertime favorite is a seasonal flavor that adds a rich, creamy indulgence to coffee and brings to mind the taste of fresh, homemade ice cream. Consumers look for choices when it comes to crafting their perfect cup of coffee and 81% are […]

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Tobacco-Free Citrus-Flavored Snuff

Smokey Mountain Chew Inc. has announced the addition of new Citrus flavor to its line of line of Herbal Snuff products. Smokey Mountain is America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand. The Smokey Mountain brand has shown tremendous growth over the past five years. Because of that, creating a diverse flavor portfolio to reach the […]

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Walmart to Expand Drive-Up Grocery Service

Greater convenience is on the horizon for Walmart customers. As Internet retailers continue to grow on the grocery market, Walmart is stepping up its game in order to keep up with the competition. According to a report from CNet, Walmart has announced that it will be expanding its drive-up service to eight more U.S. markets

The NRF Wants Health Benefits Tax Exclusion Cap Rejected

The NRF predicts that a health benefits tax exclusion cap will not reduce health care costs. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has requested that the proposals to cap the exclusion of employer-provided health benefits from federal income tax be rejected by the House Ways and Means Committee. “Favorable tax treatment today supports health coverage for

Wawa Celebrates 52 Years

Wawa is saluting its customers, employees and the communities it serves during the company’s 52nd Wawa Day. Wawa Inc. celebrated the company’s 52nd anniversary in retail by offering its customers free coffee of any size on this year’s Wawa Day, April 14. The free coffee offering was chain-wide, and it lasted all day long. This

New Little Cigars

Swisher International Inc. has introduced Swisher Sweets Caramel Little Cigars and Swisher Diamonds Little Cigars. These Little Cigars are made with high-quality tobacco that packs a big taste, at a sweet price. As the “leader of the pack,” Swisher Sweets Little Cigars are the best selling brand of Little Cigars. The new Swisher Sweets Caramel […]

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Wow With Fish Tacos

Seafood presents a big growth opportunity for the hot foods market. Matlaw’s Southwest Tortilla Pollock Fish Tenders (Filletos) make the perfect fish taco and are the ideal selection for a quick and tasty seafood snack or meal on-the-go.   The crispy tortilla breading gives the fish a deliciously flaky twist. Wild caught and cut from whole […]

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Lock In Freshness

Inline Plastics has launched of new SquareWare food containers, the newest members of the company’s breakthrough Safe-T-Fresh line of patented tamper-evident products that ensure product protection. This new line of four-inch containers has a one-piece, hinged-clamshell design. The single SKU offers efficient inventory management compared to two-piece containers, while increasing efficiency, output and productivity for […]

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Thorntons Brings Back Bourbon Ball Donuts

Available through the end of May, Thorntons convenience store customers can enjoy this iconic treat for only 99 cents. Kentucky Derby fans and doughtnut fans alike can rejoice, as Thorntons Bourbon Ball Donut is back just in time for Derby season! Thorntons’ Bourbon Ball Donut first debuted in Spring 2015, and it is back by

McDonald’s Testing McCafe Kiosks

Automated kiosk to serve up espresso to order. Customers who want to avoid lines can now order their espresso beverage of choice via kiosk at two Chicago McDonald’s locations—part of a recent test by the fast food giant. According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, the McCafe kiosk features a touchscreen to select lattes,

Sunoco LP Acquiring Rattlers Convenience Store Chain

Wholesale motor fuel distribution business also being divested. Navasota, Texas-based Kolkhorst Petroleum is divesting its 14 Rattlers convenience stores and its wholesale motor fuel distribution business to affiliates of Sunoco LP. The 14 stores are located in six counties throughout Central Texas. According to a report by Sealy News, the transaction is set to take

Enmarket Sets Aggressive Fundraising Goal

Enmarket seeks to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the search for a cure for blood cancer. From Wednesday, April 27 to Tuesday, May 31, enmarket will be selling paper icons in its 64 retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The icons are being sold to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma

Consumers Lack Knowledge Regarding High Ethanol Fuel Blends

Research shows that consumers are unaware of the dangers of using the wrong fuels in their power equipment. The results of a recent poll conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) have revealed that awareness and knowledge regarding how to use high ethanol fuel blends remains relatively unchanged among

Wholesome Meal Bars

SOLA Snacks LLC has introduced the new, irresistible Sola Bar. These flavorful, healthy and versatile bars are going to peel the wrappers off the growing nutrition bar market. With only one gram of sugar, these nutrition bars offer nutritional value in a savory, wholesome meal bar. SOLA Snacks’ patent-pending process removes the need to use […]

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Cheese Snack Bites

Sargento Foods has introduced the new Snack Bites cheese snacks, so consumers can to add bold flavor to their snacking routine. Snack Bites cheese snacks are small sticks of natural cheese that pack big flavor into little bites with fewer than 20 calories per stick. The new snacks are available in dairy aisles nationwide. Snack […]

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Forecasting? What’s That?

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport Convenience store operators tend to live in the present—How much will I sell today, this week, this month, this year—and put little or no effort in forecasting. Forecasting is easy, IF you have the tools to do it. Forecasting may consists of multiple systems addressing multiple objectives. For example, merchandise planning,

TravelCenters Opens New Popeyes Location

TravelCenters has opened its sixth California Popeyes location. TravelCenters of America LLC has announced the opening of a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Buttonwillow, Calif. The new Popeyes is located at 27769 Lagoon Dr., at the I-5 Exit 257 (Hwy. 58). The new Popeyes will serve the prominent southern-style cooking that has made Popeyes famous.

Wawa Volunteer Center Opens at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Wawa continues its support for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through a $5 million philanthropic gift. The Wawa Foundation has funded a new Wawa Volunteer Center, which is now open at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Center was funded by a $5 million philanthropic gift from The Wawa Foundation. The hospital’s existing volunteer

Eby-Brown Adds New Sales and Marketing Executives

Three experienced professionals have been added to Eby-Brown’s sales marketing teams. Eby-Brown is poising for growth by adding three new sales and marketing executives to further the company’s growth in the convenience store distribution and food services market. Eby-Brown is the largest privately held convenience store distributor in the U.S. with annual revenues in excess

Coca-Cola European Partners Registration Declared Effective

A number of Coca-Cola subsidiaries are combining to create the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottler. In relation to a previously announced transaction, which will combine Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Coca-Cola Iberian Partners S.A.U (CCIP) and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke GmbH (CCEG), CCE has announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has declared the Registration Statement of Coca-Cola European

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