7-Eleven Goes Wild With Animal Slurpee Straws

Novelty cups reminiscent of vintage glass milk bottles accompany the new straws.    Starting May 26, 7-Eleven Inc. is introducing limited-edition Slurpee straws with muzzles, snouts and beaks based on four popular spirit animals—the eagle, fox, wolf and cat. The straws retail for $1.49 at participating stores. Accompanying the collectible straws are new novelty Slurpee


Marketing To Gen Z

Gen Z is coming of age and they want fresher, faster, healthier and less expensive products. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Young adults coming of age right now—Generation Z—have never known a life without the Internet or cell phones. While baby boomers may currently hold the buying power, as the nation ages, retailers will need

Stripes Celebrates Grand Opening

Donates $1,000 to Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School. Stripes Convenience Stores celebrated the opening of its first Stripes Convenience Store in Dayton, Texas with a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, May 22, 2015 at 811 Highway 90. The grand opening celebration was held in honor of Stripes guests and showcased the many

Casey’s Adds Online Ordering

Select counties offer the chance to get pizzas and subs through online ordering. Casey’s General Stores are now offering online ordering for pizzas, subs and more at select convenience store locations in Polk, Dallas and Warren, Iowa counties. Customers can visit www.caseystogo.com to see if it’s available in their area, KCCI News Online reported. Casey’s

Back to the Coffee Grind

New survey finds the vast majority of Americans need caffeine to get through the work day. Everyone needs a little pick-me-up. A whopping 94% of workers drink at least one caffeinated beverage on an average workday, according to a new survey conducted by WorkPlace Impact, a national marketing company that targets consumers directly at work.

Balanced Breakfast

Mondelez International’s belVita Breakfast Biscuits has introduced Cranberry Orange to the existing crunchy portfolio. With spring in full swing, there is no better time to try the new sweet and tangy flavor, which provides four hours of nutritious steady energy to help customers make the most of their morning. Each 50-gram serving of belVita Cranberry […]

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Calypso Cream Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets offers an unforgettable journey of enchanting blends with its newest limited-edition cigarillo—Swisher Sweets Calypso Cream. Customers will love the magical blend of Oranges and Sweet Cream, with a slight hint of Blueberry to complete the taste. Swisher Sweets Calypso Cream are available to ship to participating stores nationwide beginning July 1, 2015. They […]

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Family Size Pies

Little Debbie has introduced Peanut Butter Creme Pies in a new Family Pack format. The new format will be available in stores starting in late-May 2015. Little Debbie first introduced the Peanut Butter Creme Pie as a single-serve product in 2013 under the Little Debbie Snacks line and in Big Packs in 2014. Their huge […]

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Refreshing Lemonade

With summer just around the corner, Red River Tea Co. has unveiled its latest beverage innovation, Teazzers Squeeze, a unique, refreshing lemonade available for restaurants, convenience stores and other quality soft drink vendors. Teazzers Squeeze offers the perfect balance of tart and sweet with real lemon flavor. The company’s patent-pending puck formula—available in gelatin or […]

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Gummie Vitamins

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, the makers of multivitamin brand, Centrum, has announced the launch of Centrum MultiGummies, a great-tasting, easy-to-take multivitamin, specifically designed with key nutrients to help support energy, immunity and metabolism. Centrum MultiGummies include key nutrients, such as Vitamins D, B12 and E, and are available in natural flavors (Berry, Cherry, Orange), are gluten-free, […]

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Parker’s Wins 2015 Historic Preservation Award

Parker’s recognized for renovation of Philbrick-Eastman Mansion in Savannah, Ga. Parker’s, headquartered in Savannah, Ga., recently won a Historic Savannah Foundation Historic Preservation Award for the company’s renovation of the Philbrick-Eastman House. Winners were recognized at Historic Savannah Foundation’s annual Preservation Awards Luncheon on May 7. Under the leadership of company president and CEO Greg

NATO Executive Director Talks Tobacco Regulations

Tom Briant outlines upcoming bills at the state level. Some 26 state legislatures have considered bills to raise the cigarette or tobacco product tax rate, but so far this year the bills have either died or failed in 10 states, including Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Location in Jacksonville, Fla.

Love’s adds 82 parking spaces. Love’s Travel Stops has opened its doors for business in Jacksonville, Fla., along Interstate 95. The new travel stop provides drivers with a place to rest and access driver services along the nearly 1,200-mile highway that stretches from Florida to Maine. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift

Rutter’s Launches Private Label ‘R’ Sauce

Adds loaded potato skins to the menu. The menu at Rutter’s has expanded once again pairing new flavors like the sweet and smoky tang of Rutter’s ‘R’ Sauce, with old favorites, like Loaded Potato Skins, the York, Pa.- based retailer announced. Rutter’s ‘R’ sauce is a new addition both on the menu and on Rutter’s

Retailers Make the Most of EMV Compliance Deadline

EMV upgrades can be a time to reconsider partners or enhance system functionality. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor C-store retailers are staring down the October 2015 deadline when those who are not EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) compliant will become responsible for any fraudulent purchases made with non-EMV credit or debit cards at their stores.

7-Eleven Partners With Ultra Mobile

Ultra Mobile prepaid service plans now available at 6,000 U.S. 7-Eleven stores. 7-Eleven and Ultra Mobile, the mobile operator known for keeping people connected with families and friends overseas, have reached a key distribution agreement where Ultra Mobile will supply more than 6,000 7-Eleven Inc. convenience stores nationwide with its prepaid service plans starting this

More Vacationers Will Travel by Car this Summer

More vacationers to be traveling by car this summer. One in four Americans (27%) say that they will take more time on vacation trips this summer, and 86% of these vacationers say that they will travel by car, according to new consumer survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Affordability is

Kissimmee Citgo Adds E15 Fuel

Introduces E15 fuel to the greater Orlando area. Offering the first E15 in the greater Orlando area, Kissimmee Citgo and Protec Fuel have launched the 88-octane E15 ethanol blend fuel. E15 can run in any 2001 and newer gasoline engine and costs less than regular gas. The station also sells E85 fuel and B20 biodiesel

Cheesebread And Dipping Sauce

Hunt Brothers Pizza has introduced its new Cheesebread and Marinara Dipping Sauce, which are now available at convenience stores across the country. Cheesebread starts with a thick crust and is topped with a buttery garlic sauce, freshly grated 100% mozzarella cheese and Hunt Brothers Pizza’s signature Just Rite Spice. Accompanied by a side of premium […]

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Frozen Liquid Coffee

To meet the growing demand for quality coffee, you need a consistently fresh, consistently efficient option for dispensed coffee at your convenience store. Maxwell House Frozen Liquid Coffee is the easy way to reduce waste and labor while giving your customers the “Good to the Last Drop” coffee flavor they know and love. Your customers […]

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Celebrate Sinatra

Dec. 12 marks Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, but the centennial celebrations have already begun, with photo exhibitions and film screenings scheduled across the country. One thing people may not know about the best-selling artist is that he was also a huge fan of Zippo. Legend has it that Sinatra was actually buried with his Zippo […]

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Frozen Beverage Blending Station

Taylor Co. has introduced the MagnaBlend Frozen Beverage Blending Station to meet operators’ high-volume demands for frozen beverages while increasing profitability. The MagnaBlend station integrates a blender, shaved ice dispenser and rinse station into one machine, eliminating the need for multiple prep areas. With a nine-second blend time, the machine increases efficiency and service speed. […]

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Turkey Recipes

Diners are increasingly looking for menu alternatives. According to Technomic’s 2015 Center of the Plate: Poultry Consumer Trend Report, 61% agree that turkey (vs. only 59% for chicken) is healthier than beef or pork. Butterball Foodservice offers a wide variety of products to help chefs meet this growing demand, including Turkey Bacon, Turkey Breast Filets, […]

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Kicks Off In Chicago

Keynote sessions address obesity, trends and candy’s role as a sweet treat. By Erin, Rigik, Senior Editor The Sweets and Snacks Expo kicked off Tuesday, May 19, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The Expo is celebrating 18 years in Chicago and is expected to have more than 16,000 attendees, marking the biggest show ever. John Downs

NCA Announces 2015 Trends From Sweets & Snacks Expo

New candy and snack flavors evoke nostalgia and appeal to a sophisticated palate. New product launches reveal that candy and snack manufacturers are looking beyond the category for flavor inspiration this year. Breakfast staples like maple, waffles, and bacon are highlighted and will be hitting stores shelves soon, as are classic flavors inspired by childhood