Ranch Roasted Chickpeas

The latest all-natural creation from Biena packs big taste and texture that’s also non-GMO, guilt- and gluten-free. Biena combines the humble chickpea with the spirit of snacking innovation with its debut of Rockin’ Ranch, the latest in its line of award-winning Roasted Chickpea Snacks. Already touted as one of the “Best New Grocery Store Snacks […]

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Pretzel Melts

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) has introduced three Better Bakery pretzel melt flavors in a warmer-friendly, hand-wrapped packaging. The Turkey & Provolone, Chicken Bacon Ranch Club and Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza pretzel melts are visible through the hand wrap’s anti-fog window. Plus, each 6.5-ounce pretzel melt features fresh ingredients like premium-sliced deli meat and cheese that are […]

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Industry Executives Discuss Snacking Trends

The 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo will host snack-focused presentations by industry executives from IRI, Geometry Global and Integer. Presentations on the current state of the snacking industry will be delivered by executives from IRI, Geometry Global and Integer at the 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo, from the National Confectioners Association. Additionally, these executives will

House Appropriations Committee Amends Tobacco Control Act

The predicate date established in the Tobacco Control Act has been changed. The tobacco industry is celebrating as the House Appropriations Committee has passed an amendment to change the predicate date for the Tobacco Control Act. According to a report from the Cigar Association of America Inc., the predicate date, which was previously set at

VP Racing Fuels Sponsors the Drift Queen

Danielle Murphey looks to earn VP Racing Fuels its first European Drift Championship title. VP Racing Fuels Inc. is now the official sponsor of “the Drift Queen,” Danielle Murphy, for the 2016 season. Murphy, winner of the 2013 and 2015 European Drifting Championships, will be powered by VP’s C16 racing fuel in her quest to

Wayne Fueling Concludes the 2016 Technology Summit

Wayne and its sponsors were given the opportunity to exhibit and promote their technology, products and solutions at Wayne Fueling’s 2016 Technology Summit. Wayne Fueling Systems has reported that its 2016 Technology Summit, which was recently held in Austen, Texas, was a great success, and earned positive attendee feedback. The sold out event brought nearly

Spiral Dough Mixers

Globe Food Equipment has added two spiral dough mixers to its food preparation line designed for bakeries, pizzerias and others interested in gently developing the proper gluten structure of dough without overworking it. The GSM130 model has a 130-pound dough capacity and the GSM175 has a 175-pound dough capacity. Globe spiral mixers are constructed of […]

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Suppliers Part of Winning Team

When developing a successful supply and distribution arrangement, finding the right vendors is part of the process. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Rutter’s Farm Stores, a 62-store chain based in York, Pa., is currently rebidding the company’s foodservice contract despite the fact that management is completely satisfied with the supplier it uses now. The regular

Gulf Oil Appoints New Leadership

A number of industry veterans have been selected to serve as members of Gulf Oil’s newly constructed leadership team. Gulf Oil LP has appointed a new leadership team following its acquisition by ArcLight Capital Partners LLC. ArcLight also recently acquired Pyramid Petrolem Terminals (PPT), formerly PPC. The new leadership team for Gulf Oil is: Jerry

Vaping Saved By House Vote

House Appropriations Committee passes amendment to stop the FDA from banning most vapor products. The vaping industry is rejoicing after the House Appropriations Committee, on April 19, voted in favor of an amendment to the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would modernize the predicate date for vapor products and stop the FDA from banning

Swiss Farms Gets Healthy

Delaware County’s, Pa.-based drive-through market now offering good-for-you options with help from a local dietitian. Swiss Farms, the Delaware County-based drive-through market, is welcoming customers with fresh, new lifestyle-focused, good-for-you food choices curated by local dietitian, Audrey Hasse. In addition to the indulgent and nostalgic favorites, Swiss Farms now gives customers a more convenient way

IRI Names Top CPG Launches of 2015

In the convenience store channel, median year-one sales across the top 10 IRI New Product Pacesetters were $18.6 million. Research company IRI has revealed 2015’s most successful consumer packaged goods launches in its recently released “2015 New Product Pacesetters” report, an industry-recognized benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year CPG sales success for newly launched products. Thousands

Verifone Partners with Revel Systems to Simplify EMV Compliance for Merchants

Revel now offers a number of new payment solutions through its partnership with Verifone. In an effort to simplify EMV acceptance and payment management for merchants, the new Verifone Point Classic, its newest comprehensive payment services solution, has officially been integrated with Revel Systems’ leading iPad Point of Sale (POS). Payments have become remarkably complex

FDA Educates on Smokeless Tobacco

The FDA is collaborating with Minor League Baseball to educate at risk teens about the health detriments that can result from smokeless tobacco use. Alterations have been made to “The Real Cost” campaign from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an attempt to reach a wider audience. “The Real Cost” campaign is now

ACA Reporting Requirements

With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, most convenience stores are ready to follow suit. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor After years of political posturing, court battles and postponements, the Shared Responsibility Employer Mandate aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now in full effect. For individuals,

Labor and the C-Store Abstract

Hourly wages are a growing part of doing business in the convenience store industry. By Fran Duskiewicz In the 30 years that I worked for Nice N Easy, I never had a true job description—many job titles, but no job description. I asked once if I should have one and was told, “your job description

Fuel Prices are on the Rise

As the busy summer driving season approaches, fuel prices are have jumped in the past week. Fuel-demand is at a record-high, refinery production is on the decline and oil prices are on the rise, and it is this combination of economic conditions that have led to a jump in the national fuel price averages. According

Jimmy Haslam Subpoenaed to Testify Against Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J CEO denies any involvement in the company’s schemes to cheat customers out of savings. Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J and owner of the Cleveland Browns, has been subpoenaed to testify in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J chain, which Haslam owns in conjunction with his brother Bill Haslam,

The Pinnacle Corp. Partners with Nolan Business Solutions

Nolan is joining Pinnacle’s diverse group of strategic business partners, and will help the company to enhance its technological integration. The Pinnacle Corp. has announced a new partnership with Nolan Business Solutions (Nolan). Through this partnership, Pinnacle will become a reseller of Nolan’s InterCompany Postings and Advanced Bank Reconciliation modules. This will enhance integration with

VP Racing Fuels is Official Fuel of Tomahawk Speedway

Racers can earn points towards prizes from the track’s points fund by purchasing VP fuel at the track. Beginning this year, VP Racing Fuels is now the Official Fuel of the recently reopened Tomahawk Speedway in Tomahawk, Wis. The agreement between VP Racing and Tomahawk Speedway calls for Remington Oil, VP’s distributor based in Antigo,

Seven & i Holdings Makes Leadership Adjustments

Leadership adjustments may lead to more profitable business for Seven & i Holdings.  The nomination committee for Seven & i Holdings, the parent company of 7-Eleven, has named Daniel Loeb as the company’s new president and Ryuichi Isaka as the company’s new chief executive. According to a Nasdaq report, the appointment of a new president

C-Stores Do Lunch … and Dinner

Breakfast may be the star of c-store foodservice programs, but food forward retailers are stepping up to the plate to vie for lunch and dinner sales. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Assistant Editor As supermarkets and convenience stores have been “raising the bar on their foodservice offerings,” an increasing number of consumers are choosing these outlets for their

Convenience Store Non-Alcoholic Beverage Sales Up

Wells Fargo has reported overall positive beverage industry trends. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed that, as retailers continue to benefit from strong in-store sales, convenience store non-alcoholic beverages experienced strong growth (+6.6%) in the first quarter of 2016. Wells Fargo recently conducted a survey of beverage retailers representing over 15,000 convenience store

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

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