QuickChek And Mondelez Partner In Mobile Marketing Initiative

Shopper Futures initiative pairs retailers, Mondelez International’s brands and tech startups to solve retail challenges. Mondelez International has introduced a new mobile marketing initiative with a number of external retail partners including QuickChek and Albertsons/Safeway. The initiative is called Shopper Futures, and it ties tech entrepreneurs together with retailers to help transform the consumer retail


Deciding to Sell

There’s a lot involved when a private company merges with a large competitor, including the emotional residue. By Fran Duskiewicz Every day, the trade journals’ e-news announce more privately-owned, mid-sized convenience store chains being purchased by one of the large, growth-oriented industry giants. Always, the acquirers are the news. Take for instance the recent announcement

Mintel Finds Americans Reverting To Pre-Recession Spending Habits

As the economy rebounds, customers are spending again. Mintel’s flagship report ‘American Lifestyles 2015’ shows that now that the economy is rebounding Americans are going back to their pre-recession habits when it comes to spending and accruing debt. The report gives a comprehensive look at American consumer markets, where over the next five years total

Heineken Launches ‘Best Tasting Light’ Program

Summer beer campaign focused on taste to drive trial and sales. Heineken is introducing a 360 degree summer promotion spanning national TV, digital, Web, social and retail/on-premise activation to shift the light beer conversation back where it belongs—to taste. Heineken Light is the winner of the “Best Tasting Low Calorie Lager” for the second year

Creamy Delicious Milk

HP Hood, one of the largest branded dairy operations in the U.S., announced that Hood Simply Smart Milk is now available in a 96-ounce size at retailers across New England. The company launched the new size following customer demand. With the rich, creamy taste of fuller fat milk, Simply Smart Milk offers 25% more protein […]

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Fast, Easy Omelets

Cash in on the breakfast daypart with help from the Star Omelet Maker by Star Manufacturing. The Star Omelet Maker cooks with record speed and consistency, producing mouth-watering, two-egg omelets in only two minutes and 45 seconds. This product features a heavy-duty stainless steel hinge that rises uniformly with the expansion of the omelet for […]

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Pumpkin Marshmallows

Chicago Vegan Foods is introducing a pumpkin variety to its Non-GMO Verified and gelatin-free Dandies marshmallow line. The new product is set to launch this fall in the brand’s updated packaging. Made with natural pumpkin flavor to give these marshmallows a classic autumn sweetness, Dandies Pumpkin Marshmallows are made with all-natural ingredients and completely free […]

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The ICEE Co. has introduced a fun-mix ICEE mix in: ICEE Popping Candy. Mix-ins are hot in frozen beverages and ICEE popping candy is sure to add a blast of fun and burst of flavor to the coldest drink in town. Consumers simply purchase a package of ICEE popping candy along with their ICEE and […]

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Economic Refrigerated Dispensers

KanPak, a provider of coffee, tea, dairy and alternative beverage and dessert solutions, has introduced a lower-cost CDG refrigerated dispenser with Ecomate insulation in advance of the recent 2015 EPA and Montreal Protocol regulations. Getting ahead of the impending changes in 2014, KanPak tasked their engineering team to incorporate the new materials, and reduce the […]

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Sausage Sticks and Bites

Old Wisconsin has introduced a new better-for-you-snack alternative: Fast Fuel Sausage Sticks and Bites. Appealing to the growing consumer demand for delicious and nutritious snacks, Fast Fuel Sausage Sticks and Bites are a low-calorie, high-protein snack that are authentically hardwood-smoked for great flavor, made only using the finest ingredients and spices and perfect for on-the-go snacking. What’s more, […]

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Global Partners Acquires Capitol Petroleum Group Retail Portfolio

The $156 million deal includes 51 retail locations and seven dealer supply accounts in New York City and 46 retail locations in the Maryland/Washington, D.C., market. Capitol Petroleum Group (CPG) has divested a large portion of its portfolio to Global Partners LP in a $156 million deal that includes 97 Mobil- and Exxon-branded retail gas

Quinoa & Vegetable Enchiladas

CedarLane Natural Foods is launching a new product for the frozen food aisle: Quinoa & Vegetable Enchiladas. With 12-grams of protein, seven-grams of fiber and 340 calories, these gluten-free enchiladas are a wholesome and delicious addition to CedarLane’s line of frozen meals. Each enchilada is packed with quinoa, black beans, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese […]

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Fresh Oil Dispensing

Frontline International is a provider of Smart Oil Management systems for foodservice operators to better control their fresh and waste oil value. Its EZ Oil system for dispensing packaged cooking oil to fryers offers ease of use, reduced risk and minimized waste. EZ Oil uses an integral pump to draw fresh cooking oil from your […]

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Tobacco Companies in Canada Ordered To Pay $15 Billion To Smokers

More than 1 million smokers win a lawsuit against three tobacco companies. In Canada, three tobacco companies— Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald—have been ordered to pay $15 billion in damages after losing a historic court case, according to CBC News Montreal. All three tobacco companies issued statements saying they plan to appeal

Is Late May Surge in U.S. Gasoline Demand Sustainable?

Gas demand expected to trend higher this year. By Brian Milne, Energy Editor Schneider Electric Preliminary crude oil and gasoline data from the U.S. federal government detailed some big numbers for late May, including a spike in implied gasoline demand to the highest weekly rate in nearly eight years, while refiners and blenders produced more

Buc-ee’s Posts Employee Pay

New signage shows Buc-ee’s is committed to compensating its c-store employees at a competitive rate. Buc-ee’s Convenience Stores, since the second quarter of 2015, has been sharing with its customers how much it pays its c-store employees via signs posted at its locations, according a Gazette Review article posted to the chain’s Website. The Website

Hershey’s International President Retires

The Hershey Co. to name Humberto Alfonso’s successor at end of June. The Hershey Co.’s International President Humberto (Bert) Alfonso, 57, is retiring from the company, effective the end of June. The Hershey Co.  is working with Alfonso to ensure a seamless transition and expects to announce its succession plan at the end of the

7-Eleven Debuts Airport Terminal Store

Travelers and airport employees at LAX can soon meet all their convenience needs at the new 7-Eleven store in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. 7-Eleven is set to open its first U.S. airport terminal store in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Westfield and LS travel retail North America, the concessionaire operating the location, plans to

PCI Council Revises Standards

The Council urges organizations to understand if and how their payment applications are using SSL and upgrade to a secure version of Transport Layer Security (TLS). The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has published Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) Version 3.1, and is recommending that retailers upgrade their payment applications to protect against

Why You Should Learn To Love Negative Customer Feedback

Irate shoppers might be hard to handle, but they’re giving your store an opportunity to retain their revenue. Did you know that more than eight in 10 shoppers don’t even give retailers an opportunity to right a poor customer experience? That’s why shoppers who vocally vent frustration should be a welcome sight. It’s the c-store

How To Up Your Foodservice Game

Technomic offers up five tips for staying competitive in the growing foodservice industry. The food industry is booming. Technomic’s recently released report “Food Industry Transformation: The Next Decade” found food industry annual sales are set to pass the $2 trillion mark by 2025. Innovation is key as restaurants, foodservice operators, convenience store retailers and manufacturers

The Pantry’s Collupy Joins W. Capra Consulting Group

Ed Collupy to act as executive consultant for W. Capra.   W. Capra Consulting Group is welcoming Ed Collupy as its new executive consultant. W. Capra Consulting Group is a retail technology, payments, security and strategic implementation firm. Collupy joins W. Capra from The Pantry Inc., which recently merged with Couche-Tard. At the Pantry, Collupy

Recruiting Tip

Save time by planning ahead when it comes to recruiting. By Mel Kleiman, founder of Humetrics Keep a “runners up” file of the people who were almost hired. You’ve already invested a lot of time and money in them and they may have really wanted to work for you. When you next have a suitable

C-stores Contribute Their Share to Vape Sales

As vapor becomes more of a pronounced OTP segment, convenience stores are becoming more of a pronounced provider. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor For most convenience stores, VTMs, including open-system vaporizers, tanks and e-liquids, function as a supplement to traditional tobacco sales rather than a specialty item meant to draw in a new customer

Enmark Stations Rebrands as ‘enmarket’

Convenience store name change looks to reflect the chain’s commitment to healthy and fresh foods. Enmark Stations is embarking on a new imaging and branding this week, changing its convenience store banner to ‘enmarket.’ The new imaging and branding will be unveiled at store #10, located at 14000 Abercorn St. across from the Savannah Mall.