Pilot Flying J Named Gold Sponsor of Nashville Salutes

Pilot Flying J is proud to give back to the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces. Pilot Flying J has been named a “$25K Gold Sponsor” for Nashville Salutes: A Tribute to Our Nation’s Most Honored Heroes. The funds raised through this program support the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s (CMOHF)


NCA Launches Future Leadership Program

The National Confectioners Association looks to facilitate the growth of young talent in the industry. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the launch of its new Future Leadership Program. This program is a new initiative from the Association’s Young Professionals Network, designed to foster industry growth and career advancement. Support, education, access and opportunity will be provided to five

Concord Township Approves Wawa’s Request to Sell Beer

Wawa’s first bid to sell alcohol since 2003 is one step closer to being approved. Wawa is now one step closer to gaining approval to sell beer at its Delaware County, Pa. store. After waiting several months, the Concord Township Board of Supervisors has finally announced its approval of Wawa’s latest request to sell beer.

Columbia, S.C. Hosts New TA Truck Service Facility

New TA Truck Service facility will serve drivers 24/7/365. A new truck service facility has been opened by TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands. The recently built TA Truck Service facility is located at I-20, Exit 71, (7400 Wilson Blvd.) in Columbia, S.C. Two service bays are

How Single-Person Households Are Influencing Snacking Trends

Single-serve packaged snacks are popular meal options in smaller households, and c-stores are in a prime position to cater to this need. As the number of single-person households in the U.S. continues to grow, so does their impact on snacking. Snack foods being consumed at meal time has become quite common, mainly among consumers who

ACE Hosts E15 Fuel Panel

Selling fuels with higher ethanol blends may not be as costly to fuel marketers as it was initially predicted to be. This year’s American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Conference, held in Omaha, Neb., Aug. 19-21, will focus on how higher ethanol blends help fuel retailers to succeed. The CEO of ProTec Fuel, Todd Garner, and Kum

Falling Fuel Prices Ignite Consumer Optimism

Falling gas prices raises consumer economic optimism; however, consumers are careful not to be overly optimistic. The latest Consumer Fuels Survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that consumers are currently more optimistic about the economy and plan to increase their driving this month. However, even as prices fall from the

Premium Soups

Golden Ladle has released two new soup flavors to its line of premium soups: Cream of Tomato and Cream of Potato. Made with high-quality ingredients, these chef-inspired soups deliver a smooth, consistent texture in a boil-in-bag format to allow easy prep. The boil-in-bag format helps Golden Ladle make it easy for operators to provide delicious […]

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Energy Star Ice Machine

Hoshizaki America, Inc. has released the KM-340MAH Slim-Line Modular Crescent Cuber. This ice machine is Energy Star qualified and features improved performance and 20% increased ice production. The signature individual crescent cubes are made on our exclusive dual-sided stainless-steel evaporator for the most efficient heat exchange and Cycle Saver design. This allows Hoshizaki cubers to […]

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Car Wash Installations

Howco Inc. has expanded its team of service technicians to better assist with new car wash installations and upgrades. Howco is the largest provider of service, equipment, upgrades and new installations of Car Washes on the East Coast. With equipment partners, Coleman-Hanna and WashWorld, Howco can help you optimize your return on investment. Howco is capable […]

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Fruit on Bottom Yogurt

Evolution Fresh has released new Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon. The vibrant flavors of real fruit, without artificial sweeteners or unrecognizable additives, serve as the foundation for the new yogurts. Each 5.3-ounce single-serve yogurt contains active yogurt cultures, at least 11 grams of protein and only 120 calories. The yogurt is […]

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Soup Stations

Server has released new Soup Stations with merchandising graphics. Designed to spur impulse sales and increase profits, Server’s Soup Stations help to showcase and enhance any soup program. Proudly made in the USA and backed by a two year warranty, these NSF listed rethermalizers quickly heat soup to a safe serving temperature and maintain the […]

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XTS Coffee Brewing System

FETCO has released the new XTS coffee brewing system. Whether you want a great gourmet coffee experience for your customers or just some basic brews, the reliable performance, energy efficiency and ease of operation make the XTS coffee brewing system a perfect fit for the C-Store environment. Through efficient design and construction, FETCO offers equipment […]

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Better-For-You Snack Pack

Justin’s has launched its new Snack Pack product line. Packed in 100%- recycled plastic, this new addition comes in three nut butter and pretzel combinations and delivers the great taste and high-quality ingredients one would expect from the brand. One side Justin’s nut butter, one side gluten-free pretzels, this convenient, all-in-one snack is designed to […]

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Gluten Free Breads

BFree Foods has released its new line of gluten-free wraps, rolls, bagels and bread loaves. The products in this line contain only high-quality, non-GMO ingredients such as whole peas, apples, potatoes, buckwheat, corn flour and more. In addition to exceptional nutrition, BFree breads taste just as delicious as conventional wheat products, plus they won’t disintegrate, […]

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VP Racing Fuels Speeds Forward

With a branded program to differentiate small chains and its new Winner’s Circle Banner for its c-store partners, VP Racing Fuels’ aggressive growth makes it a 2015 Chain to Watch. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Three years into its branded program, VP Racing Fuels is offering smaller chains a way to compete with major regional

Thinking Through Shrink and Other Issues

With some inventiveness, c-stores can develop ways to manage their inventory. Effective inventory control doesn’t happen automatically. In fact, controlling inventory is somewhat of a misnomer that might be better termed: managing inventory—because of how difficult indeed it is to control. The landscape is littered with the remains of fired managers, dismissed district managers and

What’s For ‘Linner’?

If the combination of breakfast and lunch is called “brunch,” then shouldn’t the combination of lunch and dinner be labeled “linner?” That’s a question comedian Jerry Seinfeld once asked. Whatever c-stores call today’s increasingly common mix of meals and snacks throughout the day and evening, the trend offers expanded opportunities for foodservice sales. By Marilyn

How Non-Chocolate Candy is Wooing Customers

Whether it’s by the bite or by the bag, non-chocolate candy remains a staple of in-store sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Many convenience stores are heeding growing non-chocolate candy trends by stocking more chewy products and bite-size brand extensions. Of course, c-stores have only so much dedicated space and must be studious in order

How C-Stores Are Equipping Themselves for Success

Foodservice is becoming increasingly integral to c-stores, and key to any foodservice program is possessing and maintaining the right equipment for the job. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor In the face of traditional thin fuel margins and flagging cigarette sales, foodservice has continually grown as a way for many c-stores to maintain decent profit levels.

How Convenience Stores Are Winning With Ice Cream

Convenience stores entice customers with ice cream and other cool novelties this summer. By Michele Wojciechowski, Contributing Editor Few Things top off a scorching hot day better than ice cream. While c-stores sell the sweet treat and other frozen products all year, summertime is the top occasion to capitalize on consumers’ appetites. It’s not surprising

A Word of Advice

Life’s not all about wine, golf and good times. Good business practices and fond memories have a place as well. By Fran Duskiewicz This past June marked my 30th anniversary in the convenience industry, so it’s not surprising that many memories are tied to my tenure at Nice N Easy. Here are a few pertinent

Reynolds American Designs New Logo and Website

Reynolds American updates its image following $27 billion merger and product line expansion. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has unveiled a new company logo, along with a redesigned corporate Website. The new logo comes with plans to redesign the packaging of RAI products. According to a report by the Triad Business Journal, the redesign follows the $27.4 billion

Love’s Reopens in Van Horn, Texas

Love’s is keeping the nationwide convenience store and travel stop chain fresh and new. Three months following the initial tear-down, Love’s Travel Stops has reopened its doors in Van Horn, Texas. The new travel stop, along Interstate 10, Exit 140, features a range of driver services and also provides those travelling along the southernmost transcontinental highway in

Par Petroleum Releases Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Second quarter 2015 financial report reveals growth for Par Petroleum. Par Petroleum Corp. has released financial results for the second quarter 2015. The highlights of the report are as follows: Net Income of $11.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2015 compared to net loss of $24.7 million, or $(0.81) per