NCA Adds Three Individuals to its Executive Team

Three individuals will help drive NCA growth in their new executive positions. The National Confectioners Association has added three skilled executives to the company’s executive team. The new executives include Elise Fennig, who will assume the newly created position of chief of staff; Karen Horan, who has been promoted to vice president of global business

Anheuser-Busch Launches Summer Campaign

Shock Top beer is offering customers the chance to partake in the ultimate adult summer camp experience. Anheuser-Busch’s Shock Top beer has partnered with Camp No Counselors to launch its new summer campaign, Camp Shock Top, which will provide a whole new summer camp experience to those 21 and older. For the millions of Americans wondering how

Instant Miso Soup

Eden Foods has introduced new instant Red and White EDEN Miso Soups. These new, handmade, organic soups include four eight-gram cubes per box in individual packets. Out of the pantry they are ready in minutes. Easy to have at work, school, while traveling, or anywhere. Preparation is simple, requiring only the addition of eight ounces […]

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VMR Products Comments On FDA Deeming Rules

VMR Products declares portions of FDA’s recent decision regarding electronic cigarette regulations to be common sense, but the company has some qualms with the regulatory process. On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the decision to extend federal regulatory control to electronic cigarettes. In response the decision from the FDA, Jan

ATMs Can Deliver More

Maybe it’s hard to get animated over the functionality of ATMs, but a pilot program conducted in Ohio this past year could excite retailers over how cash machines can be used to generate business opportunities. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Like grab-and-go sandwiches or a frozen beverage, ATMs are a good fit for the convenience

Chevron Launches New Marketing Campaign

Chevron’s ExtraMan knows what customers want from a convenience store experience. On Monday, May 2, 2016, Chevron launched the new “Extras. Every Day.” campaign to complement the chain’s ExtraMile store concept, which was introduced in 2005. Chevron’s ExtraMile concept has set new standards in convenience store retailing that complements the changing tastes and busy lives of

TravelCenters Releases First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Newly acquired stores and fuel sales increases are among the factors that led to first quarter growth for TravelCenters of America. TravelCenters of America LLC has released the company’s financial results for the three months ending March 31, 2016. Despite a disappointing year over year comparison for the first quarter, the company remains optimistic about

New Travel Plazas to Open Along the Indiana Toll Road

New technology and food options will soon be available to travelers along the Indiana Toll Road. Eight travel plaza locations will soon be built along the Indiana Toll road. The new travel plazas will be built and managed by ITR Concession Co. (ITRCC) LLC, the operator of the Indiana Toll Road, as a part of

CrossAmerica Releases First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

CrossAmerica Partners experienced a decrease in distributable cash flow during the first quarter of 2016.  CrossAmerica Partners LP has released its first quarter financial results for the period ending March 31, 2016. “In the first quarter, we continued to execute on our acquisition and integration strategy, resulting in a 71% increase to distributable cash flow

Dollar General Announces Plans for New Distribution Center

Dollar General will contribute to economic growth in Georgia through job creation that will result from the company’s new distribution center. Land in Jackson, Ga. has been purchased by Dollar General Corp. to serve as the location for the company’s new distribution center. The land is located in both Butts and Spalding counties, and the

7-Eleven Chooses OPERATION: Take Command Contest Semi-Finalists

7-Eleven is looking to the public to help narrow down the seven finalists for OPERATION: Take Command to three. 7-Eleven has chosen seven semi-finalists for the company’s OPERATION: Take Command franchise giveaway contest. These seven veterans are competing for the opportunity to own a 7-Eleven franchise without the expense of a franchise fee. The video

7-Eleven Launches 21st Annual Operation Chill

7-Eleven is promoting a strong relationship between communities and their local law enforcement. 7-Eleven Inc. has launched the 21st annual Operation Chill community-service program, through which it will help thousands of local police officers across the country reward the good behavior of the young children in their communities by rewarding them with free Slurpee drink

Aloha Petroleum to Open Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurants in Hawaii

Aloha Petroleum will open its first Dunkin’ Donuts location in Hawaii in 2017. Aloha Petroleum Ltd. has signed a new multi-unit store franchise development agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts. Through this new agreement, Aloha Petroleum will develop 15 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii (The Big Island) in the

Sheetz to Add More Than 8,000 Jobs Companywide

Sheetz will be hosting interviews at a variety of locations throughout the month of May in search of new team members. Sheetz has announced that it has plans to hire more than 8,000 employees companywide. The company is looking to increase its employee total and full-time positions throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and

CST Brands Selling California and Wyoming Stores to 7-Eleven

Wells Fargo weighs in on the divestiture. CST Brands Inc., a San Antonio-based Fortune 500 fuel and convenience retailer, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell store operations in both the California and Wyoming markets to 7-Eleven Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SEI Fuel Services Inc. The transaction includes 76 stores in California and

Turning to Inventory Management

Whether for one store or 1,000, good inventory management can keep customers happy and retailers profitable. Many convenience stores are using technical advances to take the guesswork out of buying to keep the turns coming. By D. Gail Fleenor, Contributing Editor The days of counting product and filling out inventory forms by hand are a

New Holyoke, Mass. Circle K

An abandoned lot in Holyoke, Mass. has been transformed into a new, state of the art Circle K. A new Circle K Convenience Store recently opened in Holyoke, Mass. According to a report from Mass Live, the new store, located at 337 Appleton St. recently hosted a grand opening celebration, at which mayor Alex Morse

7-Eleven Signs New Deal with Card Isle

Five 7-Eleven locations are now the home of new greeting card kiosks. 7-Eleven has recently signed an agreement with an up-and-coming, student-created greeting card business which eliminated the need for stores to host a greeting card isle. According to a report from The Roanoke Times, Card Isle, which was founded by three Virginia Tech students,

ExxonMobil Partners with FuelCell Energy

ExxonMobil seeks to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase power generation at power plants. Through a recently signed agreement, ExxonMobil Corp. and FuelCell Energy Inc. will pursue novel technology in power plant carbon dioxide capture through a new application of carbonate fuel cells. This new initiative could substantially reduce costs and lead to a more

The European Court Justice Upholds Tobacco Products Directive

The ECJ has ruled against the industry’s challenge of the 2014 tobacco directive. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled against the tobacco industry’s challenge to the 2014 tobacco directive. The directive is being upheld in its entirety. According to Wells Fargo, the directive effectively bans menthol cigarettes, requires health warnings to cover at

Patience is a Virtue, But Also Hard Work

Lately, CST Brands has been under scrutiny for making some bold acquisitions that will take time to generate an optimal return on investment. By Fran Duskiewicz CST Brands Inc. has been in the news quite a bit these past few months, facing challenges from a couple of activist shareholder groups that have taken issue with

Rainbo Discovers Pot of Gold

Rainbo Oil Co., which operates the Kwik Stop convenience chain, is exploring various opportunities in 2016. With new store locations and a dynamic foodservice plan, the company has developed an enviable gem in its marketplace. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the convenience store industry, there are plenty of chains that fly under the national

What’s Your 10-Year Retail Strategy?

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief The world is evolving at a faster rate today than ever before. More data has been collected in the past five years than since the beginning of time. This includes data on your customers and their ever-changing needs. As the world changes, convenience stores will need to adapt. So what will the

FDA Institutes New E-Cig Regulations

The federal ruling extends the FDA’s authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco. By CSD Staff Convenience retailers that have waited for federal decision makers to take a firm position on the regulation of electronic cigarettes don’t have to wait any longer. In a press conference this morning, Health

FDA Deeming Rules Could Stifle Innovation

The costly and time-consuming requirements will be burdensome for many small manufacturers. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on FDA’s Thursday, May 5, announcement on the final ruling on electronic cigarettes and vapor regulation, which provides a framework for the FDA to regulate previously “undeemed” tobacco products, including e-cigs/vapor products and cigars in the U.S., and