Edgy Hard Ciders

Angry Orchard has introduced Orchard’s Edge, a new cider project that features ciders inspired by unexpected ingredients and aging processes. The first two new ciders in the Orchard’s Edge series are Knotty Pear and The Old Fashioned. Both will be available year-round beginning in February. The ciders are both aged on American oak and feature […]

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Pre-Measured Coffee Tabs

Folger’s has recently introduced the new Folgers Perfect Measures coffee tabs. These new tabs are made of 100% pure ground coffee compressed into a tab that measures out a perfect scoop of coffee (one coffee tab equals one tablespoon-sized scoop) and is just as fresh as ground. Folgers Perfect Measures coffee tabs take the guesswork […]

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New Better For You Product Flavors

Amplify Snack Brands Inc. has launched new SkinnyPop Popcorn flavors. The company has also announced the official national launch of Paqui Tortilla Chips, which will be available across the U.S. and Canada. The new popcorn flavors bring Amplify’s flavor portfolio to 22 new options for consumers to enjoy. SkinnyPop consumers are now able to enjoy […]

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Hemp-Based Energy Shot

FBEC Worldwide has announced the launch of WolfShot, a new, hemp-based energy shot endorsed and branded by one of the cannabis industry’s most recognizable names, The Wolf of Weed Street. WolfShot holds a proprietary blend of herbal ingredients including hemp-infused natural fruit extracts, probiotics, amino acids and caffeine. The product officially launched for retail distribution […]

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Pickle Popsicle

Van Holten’s has introduced new Pickle-Ice. Enhanced with electrolytes, Pickle-Ice is a refreshing treat on a hot day, and an athletic supplement that helps rehydrate and prevent cramps. Pickle-Ice comes packaged in portable two-ounce pops. Enhanced with electrolytes, Pickle-Ice aids in keeping your body hydrated, balanced and performing at peak levels. Essential minerals like sodium, […]

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NACS Launches Online Fuels Database

NACS and the Fuels Institute are striving to amplify the crucial role that c-stores play in fuel retailing. The new Fuels Resource Center, an online resource for everything fuels-related, has officially been released by NACS. The convenience and fuel retailing industry sells 80% of the fuels purchased in the U.S. at approximately 128,000 convenience stores—that’s

Parker’s is Recognized for Economic Impact in South Carolina

Parker’s has been awarded for its contributions to growth in Bluffton, S.C. On Jan. 8, the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Regional Economic Impact Award was presented to Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s convenience store company, at the inaugural Bluffton Business Awards, held at the Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Community Park in Bluffton, S.C. “We

NYACS Dismisses Campaign as Misinformation

Disagreement ensues over a state effort to eliminate the requirement that all New York gas stations must have a fire suppression system above their gas pumps. By CSD Staff New York’s convenience store operators have dismissed the fire equipment industry’s new “Safe at the Pump” campaign as “a foam bath of misinformation.” The New York

Interview Questions That SOAR

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics It will make life easier for both you and your job applicants if you tell them what you are looking for in their answers to your questions. I like to use the SOAR formula: Situation: “Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult co-worker and things did not

What Did You Teach Your Employees Last Week?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics If you want your best people to stay with you, you need to help them learn and grow. Do you challenge and stretch them? Do you share information? Are you giving them increased responsibilities and patiently teaching the skills and procedures needed to be successful? I’ve actually had business owners

VW Scandal No Pest To Diesel and Biodiesel Demand

By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. It would be easy to cast the Volkswagen emissions scandal from last year as bad news for diesel fuel. But that would be a mistake. The Fuels Institute has the data to back that up. The nonprofit think tank, which is dedicated to researching market issues related to vehicles and

How Foodservice Packaging Is Just as Important as the Food

By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Food and Beverage Practice As c-stores continue to develop foodservice programs, putting themselves in more direct competition with traditional foodservice operators, c-store operators and suppliers need to constantly consider issues regarding consumer perceptions about the stereotypical c-store. One of the most important of these issues is foodservice packaging

November/December Comparison Sales Based on Sales From 33 C-Stores in Southern Mississippi

By Bill Scott, founder and president StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Finally got all my holiday work out of the way, and I am posting the comparison sales for November 2015 and December 2015. No big changes this month. Hunt Brothers Pizza still occupies the number one position with most units sold. Five products entered

VP Racing Fuels Remains Official Fuel of CARS Tour

VP Racing Fuels is a solid marketing partner for the CARS Tour and will help the series grow. VP Racing Fuels has committed to remaining the “Official Fuel” for the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Tour through the 2018 season. Under the agreement, CRT, VP’s proprietary race fuel blend for exclusive use by all CARS

Unified Commerce Should Be Retailers’ Top Priority for 2016

The risk of losing  customers due to disappointing shopping experiences caused by a flawed omni-channel architecture has become a major issue. A new survey from the Boston Retail Partners has revealed that, although retailers recognize the need to create a holistic customer experience that transcends channels, most attempts are falling short. According to the 2016

Bakery Products Play a Part in 2016 Snacking Trends

The bakery market is expected to experience massive growth in the coming years. What’s in Store 2016, an annual trends research report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), has revealed that single-and smaller-portion bakery products remain the hottest growth area for in-store bakeries. Products with “built-in portion control,” like individual cake slices, parfaits and cake

Samuel Adams to Release New White Ale

The city that tweets the most about the weather will receive a Cold Snap party from Samuel Adams. A new Belgian-style unfiltered White Ale called the The Sam Adams Cold Snap has hit the market. This new brew is perfect for snapping out of the cold weather funk with a bright snap of seasonal citrus, fruit

Why ‘Sugar-Using’ Industry Jobs Are Declining

Outdated policies are leading to massive declines in sugar industry jobs. According to an analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau data from the Coalition for Sugar Reform, between 1997 and 2014 U.S. sugar-using industry jobs declined by 18%. The Coalition claimed that outdated U.S. sugar policies are the cause of much of that decline. The

Young Executives Organization (YEO) Names Three New Board Members

Lindsay Lyden, of Truenorth Energy; Jeremie Myhren, of Road Ranger; and Bart Stransky, of RaceTrac Petroleum will help lead the National Advisory Group’s YEO for 2016/17. The board also announces that registration is open for the YEO Roundtable in April hosted by RaceTrac. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) is pleased to

New “Super” Wawa to Open in Hamilton, N.J.

Wawa begins new store openings for 2016.  Despite traffic concerns and the highly contested location, Jan. 22, 2016 will mark the opening of the first 2016 Wawa location. The new “super” Wawa is located along route 130 in Hamilton, N.J. According to a report from NJ.com, the new store is slated to open at 8 a.m.

Grand Opening To Celebrate Rutter’s 62nd Store

New convenience store location offers new job openings with competitive wages. A grand opening ceremony is slated to take place on Jan. 29, 2016 to welcome the newest Rutter’s store to Lancaster County, Pa. The new location marks the addition of the chain’s 62nd store, and it is located at 370 West Main Street Leola,

GPM Investments Signs Expansion Agreement

At the deal’s close, GPM will acquire 67 c-stores.  An agreement to acquire 42 convenience stores with gasoline and 25 dealer-operated stores in Virginia and Kentucky has been signed by GPM Investments LLC, further developing GPM’s existing portfolio of stores in the Southeast. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

New York Codes Council Eliminates Crucial Fire Safety Regulations

The New York State Association of Fire Equipment Cos. fights to retain fire safety regulations that have been recently removed by the Codes Council. The New York State Association of Fire Equipment Companies (NYSAFECo), the leading voice to maintain fire suppression systems at all New York State gasoline fueling stations, has announced the launch of

Weigel’s Opens New Tennessee Location

Weigel’s latest c-store addition takes convenience to a whole new level. The 63rd Weigel’s convenience store will open soon in Clinton, Tenn., at 2409 Charles G. Seivers Blvd. Along with the state-of-the-art, full-service convenience store, this busy interstate location off I-75 features four wide diesel fuel bays. Long drive-thrus on entrance and exit make access

Verifone Partners with Microsoft

New partnership offers new payment solutions to retailers. Through a new partnership with Microsoft, Verifone will provide comprehensive EMV-ready Payment as a Service solutions certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail and Commerce solutions. SIMPLIFIES EMV CERTIFICATION In addition to Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance, merchants are challenged by the expensive and time consuming process

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