Eby-Expo East Explores Foodservice

For the first time, Eby Brown is expanding its show presence to include the eastern U.S. Eby-Expo East wraps up today, April 5, in Cleveland, Ohio as more than 900 retail partners and vendors were on hand to preview what Eby-Brown Co. had to offer in terms of retail solutions for c-stores and their growing

All-Channel Tobacco Numbers Fluctuate

Cigarette volume deceleration persists while industry maintains firm pricing.  At the close of the recent quarter, the tobacco segments remained steady overall, despite deceleration in cigarette volume. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed the driver of growth in the multiple market divisions, and the report also indicates that some segments are doing better

National Beer Day Is Tale of Sales

Beer continues to wet the whistles of American consumers. As adults across the country raise a glass of their favorite malt beverage to celebrate, total retail sales and other figures are something else to celebrate, according to recent Nielsen data including: Retail beer sales totaled more than $34 billion in the last year. Beer, cider

IRI’s Most Successful Consumer Packaged Goods Brands of 2016

Personalized products are finding their niche with consumers. IRI has announced last year’s most successful consumer packaged goods launches in its “2016 New Product Pacesetters” report, an industry-recognized benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year CPG sales success for newly launched products. Thousands of new brands hit retail shelves during 2016, with 80% of the top-ranking brands

Sandwich Chain Expands into C-Stores

This Idaho Eatery hopes to make its mark in the convenience channel. San Francisco Style Sourdough Eatery, an emerging limited-service sandwich franchise, is targeting convenience stores on its path to nationwide expansion. The Idaho-based chain plans to launch up to 100 locations across the country over the next five years, according to Asian American Trade

7-Eleven to Power Texas Stores with Wind

  The c-store chain is integrating alternative energy to blow away traditional electrical utilities in the Lone Star State. 7-Eleven Inc. has signed an agreement with TXU Energy to purchase 100% Texas wind energy for all its Texas stores located in competitive energy markets. The 96-month wind energy agreement, which covers 425 stores, starts June

Wawa Expands Partnership with Nielsen

The Pennsylvania c-store chain is looking at the resource provider to deliver analytic pricing among other services. Nielsen and Wawa Inc. announced today an expansion and extension of their long-standing relationship, with the renewal of contracted services for data insights and analytics. Nielsen will now cover metrics for all Wawa stores, which includes more than

Bull, Deuser Elected to NYACS Hall of Fame

Two New York industry veterans earn their way onto honor roll of successful entrepreneurs. The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) has announced that c-store veterans Larry Bull and Mike Deuser have been elected to the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors individual retailers and suppliers for exceptional

McLane and Walmart Reach Sweet Deal

Supply chain services provider caps 25-year relationship with the exclusive distribution of seasonal candy to Walmart’s U.S. retail locations. McLane Company Inc., a leading, today announced a renewal of its service agreement with long-time client Walmart. As part of this extended agreement, McLane will continue to deliver to Walmart stores across the U.S., in addition

White Owl Emerald and Platinum Cigarillos

Introducing New White Owl Emerald & White Owl Platinum. White Owl Emerald and Platinum are un-flavored, un-sweet cigars made with an all-natural premium blend of the finest tobacco’s from around the world. White Owl Emerald has a distinct green wrapper and White Owl Platinum has a traditional brown wrapper. Both are being introduced with eye-catching

Kum & Go Expands in Coralville, Iowa

New convenience store features Marketplace prototype, including an elevated food experience. Kum & Go introduced its latest store location in Coralville, Iowa at 2600 Holiday Road. The 6,200+-square-foot store was built with the Marketplace store design and opened on March 30. To encourage customers to try out those offerings, the first 99 customers to arrive

NRF Applauds Committee Approval of Secretary of Labor

Calls the move a step toward restoring ‘fairness and balance’ at Department of Labor. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed the committee approval of Alexander Acosta as secretary of labor and said quick confirmation by the full Senate would help bring back balance at an agency where “ideological whims” have blocked job creation. “The sooner

Drive Foot Traffic to Store Locations

New “Store Traffic Guarantee” for the Retale mobile app helps retailers meet performance parameters. Retale, a technology company that develops mobile-first shopping experiences, has launched the “Retale Store Traffic Guarantee.” Now available for its retail partners, its Store Traffic Guarantee is specifically for the Retale mobile app, the company‘s flagship location-based shopping service. Today, 5,200

NPD Group Profiles Online Grocery Shoppers

Young men, young adults and Amazon Prime members among groups that look for online grocery opportunities. Although online grocery shoppers can be found across all demographic groups, they are more likely to be younger men, ages 18-44, according to a recent report on online grocery shopping by The NPD Group, a global information company. Amazon

Celebrating 20 Years of HR at Douglass Distributing

Tamra Bragg has a passion for helping people reach their potential. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor If experience means anything, then Tamra Bragg knows human resources (HR). Bragg has 40 years of total experience in the field and is celebrating her 20th anniversary this April with Sherman, Texas-based Douglass Distributing where she is

Nye Reaching New Heights at Holiday

In his 41 years at Holiday Cos., Robert Nye has been critical to bolstering the workforce programs that have made Holiday Stationstores a major convenience store player. By David Bennett, Senior Editor A human relations specialist plays a critical role in determining adequate levels of employee satisfaction, resolving staffing conflicts, maintaining workforce management costs and

Boosting Your Beverage Business

Whether it’s a modest combination deal or full promotional blowout, c-stores are finding the best methods to churn cold and frozen dispensed beverage sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor A March 2016 survey by Mintel Group Ltd. showed that convenience store visitors want a wider variety of fresh food and beverages as part of their

Ongoing Convenience Store Trends

Food safety, sustainability and technology are top of mind for retailers and consumers. By Ed McKiernan, president retail solutions, Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions  As 2017 moves toward spring and summer, changes in the convenience store industry are beginning to bloom as well. Based on recent feedback from customers, there seem to be three primary

Just the Benefits of Distilled Biodiesel

Four ways distilled biodiesel could give you a competitive advantage. By Jon Scharingson I’m going to talk about distilled biodiesel, but I promise you don’t have to worry about this being like the high school science class that always put you to sleep. If you want more information about the science behind distillation and how

Protein Craze Spurs Meat Snack Demand

Nielsen outlines salty snack, jerky and meat stick sales. Nielsen has reported that in the last year (week ending Feb. 25, 2017), salty snacks generated more than $27.8 billion in sales. While salty snacks are bringing in sales, customers are also on the hunt for protein, meaning meat snacks have a huge opportunity in c-stores.

Rutter’s Rolls out Beer Sales to Second York, Pa. Site

Rutter’s now has seven stores with beer and five more in the planning stages. Rutter’s is growing its beer sales. The Rutter’s on Richland Avenue in York, Pa. has introduced a Beer Cave. This Rutter’s was remodeled to be able to incorporate the Beer Cave and seating for 30 guests. It is now the second

Eby-Brown Introduces EBY-EXPO East

New Cleveland-based Expo to focus on c-stores’ evolving needs. Eby-Brown Co. LLC, the largest privately-held convenience store distributor in the U.S. is taking its Flagship tradeshow, Eby-Expo and launching it in the East to serve its growing and expanding customer base. Eby-Expo East will take place April 4-5 in Cleveland, Ohio with more than 900

Bill Looks to Limit Smoking at VA Facilities

By October 2022, many veterans would need to curb their smoking habit if proposed legislation becomes law. Lawmakers are looking to end tobacco use among not only troops, but also veterans. According to an article in the Military Times, lawmakers from both parties this week looked to limit tobacco use at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities.

Clearing a Path for Smokeless

Despite unexpected challenges, smokeless tobacco sales continue strong gains. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Expectations are high for the long-term health of the smokeless tobacco category, which has been performing strongly since last year. Bonnie Herzog, managing director–equity research beverage, household & personal care, tobacco & c-stores for Wells Fargo Securities LLC, reported recently that

Indiana Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal Hangs in the Balance

A Senate budget nixes the call for a $1 per pack tax increase after the House approves a version of its bill including the tax. After the Indiana House put forth a budget that raises the cigarette tax by $1 per pack to help pay for Medicaid and smoking-cessation programs and shifts the sales tax