Thornton’s Launches New Store Concepts

Thornton’s is redefining convenience with its new Real Kitchen. Real Food. campaign.  Thorntons has announced the official launch of 28 new store concepts across the “Kentuckiana” (Kentucky and Indiana) market. These new stores will offer guests an elevated experience as Thorntons is redefining convenience with delicious, high quality food that is fast and fresh, served

McLane Unveils POMS Mobile App

McLane has made ordering inventory even simpler than ever with a new mobile app. The popular Premium Order Management Suite (POMS) from McLane Co. Inc. has now been adapted for Android and Apple iOS mobile devices. McLane has now officially introduced new POMS applications for c-store and grocery retailers so that they can execute their

TravelCenters Opens New TA Truck Service Facility

Lincoln, Ala. is now home to the newest TA Truck Service facility. TravelCenters of America LLC has now opened a newly built TA Truck Service facility in Lincoln, Ala. This new service facility offers four service bays and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new TA Truck Service facility in

Fresh Fruit in Fast Food Restaurants is a Slow Growing Evolution

Adding fresh items to the menu may be more difficult for fast food restaurants than for any other foodservice establishment. Certain fast food restaurants, such as Wendy’s and McDonalds have recently added some new, fresh fruit items to their menu offerings. These additions are being made in an attempt for these quick service establishments to

Sheetz Concentrates on Colleges

Sheetz is introducing its new café concept to college towns. Sheetz is making an effort to move into a different kind of market as the company’s foodservice offerings continue to attract countless fans. The new concept that Sheetz is now experimenting with is the college town casual dining experience, through which the company hopes to

Forte Product Solutions Changes Name

Forte Product Solutions has changed its name to “Forte Products.” Forte Product Solutions has announced that the company name is being changed to Forte Products. In addition to the introduction of this shorter, fresher name, Forte has also unveiled a new company logo. “As we work to develop our company’s capabilities to propel our organization

PriceAdvantage Goes International

PriceAdvantage is expanding to provide its fuel pricing software to European companies.  PriceAdvantage is now expanding its reach beyond the U.S. to serve clients in Europe. The company will now be providing software enhancements that are designed to cater to the specific needs of European fuel marketers. This expansion also includes the addition of new

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Identify EBT Products

Today’s idea of the day: Utilize shelf tags and other signage to identify EBT-approved products. Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, is used in all states to issue food stamp benefits to recipients. Recipients are issued an “EBT Card” similar to a bank ATM or debit card to receive and use their food stamp and cash

Burning Issue 5: Are You Paying too Much for Insurance?

Whether it’s a fire, a natural disaster or protecting yourself from slip-and-fall lawsuits, c-stores must have the proper coverage to protect their investments. But how do you know if you have the right coverage? Attendees at the 2016 NAG Conference Sept. 11-14 will learn best practices to ensure they have the right insurance plan. Can any convenience

Rich’s Fully Topped Artisan Crust Pizzas

Inspired by Old World recipes and hometown pizzerias, NEW Rich’s Fully Topped Artisan Crust Pizzas make it fast and easy for you to deliver a true, on-trend artisan pizza experience. Featuring savory toppings piled onto groundbreaking par-baked artisan crust, these pizzas offer exceptional quality with freezer-to-oven convenience. Your customers will love the fresh-baked aroma and […]

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CVR Energy Majority Owner Eyes Delek US Holdings

Carl Icahn may be preparing to gain greater stake in the energy industry. The owner of a controlling stake in CVR Energy, Carl Icahn, has announced that he is preparing to make an offer on Delek US Holdings. According to a new report from the New York Post, Icahn may be building some personal stake

Fuel Prices Expected to Remain Low for the Remainder of the Summer Driving Season

Fuel prices are currently down more than 50 cents from this time last year. The national average price of gasoline has fallen daily for the past four days, continuing the downward trend that was seen prior to the relatively steady gasoline prices of last week, when fuel prices dropped for 54 of 55 days. According

TravelCenters Reopens Iron Skillet at Sparks, Nev. Petro Station

The complete remodel of the Petro Sparks location is now finished, as the company is now reopening the location’s Iron Skillet restaurant. The TA Restaurant Group, a division of TravelCenters of America LLC, has now reopened the newly renovated Iron Skillet full service restaurant at Petro Sparks, the Petro stopping center located at I-80, Exit

HEINEKEN Returns Red Stripe’s Production to Jamaica

HEINEKEN continues to work towards making Red Stripe a global brand. HEINEKEN USA has announced that Red Stripe has made its official first run in Jamaica, following the company’s acquisition of a controlling stake in October 2015. Since October 2015, HEINEKEN has been working to bring the production of Red Stripe beer back to the

OPMCA Names New Board Members

OPMCA’s new Board members will help to cultivate company growth strategies. On Aug. 4, 2016, during the Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (OPMCA) 2016 Annual Meeting, OPMCA members elected four new directors to serve three-year terms on the association’s Board of Directors. The newly-elected directors are: Will Englefield, vice president, fuels and commercial

Dollar General Reaches Major Milestone

Dollar General now operates 13,000 stores across the U.S. Birmingham, Ala. is now the home of Dollar General’s 13,000th store location. The new store, which opened the morning of Aug. 13, 2016, marks a major milestone for the company, which was founded in Kentucky 77 years ago. “This morning’s grand opening celebration commemorates a major

Republic Services Opens a New CNG Fueling Station

Republic’s new CNG fueling station marks the company’s second in Long Beach, Calif. Republic Services has unveiled the company’s newest Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station, which will support the addition of 56 new CNG-powered collection trucks, which have replaced older diesel-powered trucks in greater Long Beach, Calif. The new CNG trucks bring Republic’s total number

Bottled Water Records Dramatic Growth

Bottled water may soon become the number one beverage by volume in the U.S. A recent report from Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC) has revealed that bottled water continues to record impressive growth in volume and per capita consumption. According to the report, bottled water, which is ranked as the number-two beverage type by volume, may

Bring Your Own Cup Day Returns to 7-Eleven

In celebration of the final days of summer, 7-Eleven is hosting this year’s second Bring Your Own Cup Day event. 7-Eleven is celebrating the final days of summer with two more Bring Your Own Cup days! On Fri., Aug. 19 and Sat., Aug. 20, Slurpee-lovers are invited to bring in a container of their choice

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Breach Coverage

Today’s Idea of the Day: Review your insurance coverage ahead of a data breach. Hackers are running amok. Today, the saying goes, it’s not IF your chain will be breached, but WHEN. Are you prepared? Check your insurance policy for coverage in the event of a data breach. Make certain you are covered in the

Parker’s Taps Into Pokemon Go Craze

Partners with the City of Savannah to host inaugural Pokemon Go + Keep Savannah Clean Event. Parker’s, headquartered in Savannah, Ga., and the City of Savannah have joined forces for the inaugural Parker’s Pokemon Go + Keep Savannah Clean Event, set for Aug. 20. While playing Pokemon Go, attendees will break up into groups and

July 2016 Convenience Store Performance Results Are In

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Summer is definitely here in the Southeast U.S., and you don’t have to go outside to realize it. Just one look into the inventory movement in our convenience stores tells the story. The skirmish over what products are selling the most is concentrated in the cold liquids department. Remember,

Consumers Crave Pokémon Themed Discounts

Pokémon themed products and promotions drive traffic in retail and foodservice establishments. Last month, MGH conducted a study to determine whether retailers and restaurants who are working to take advantage of the Pokémon Go craze have actually attracted more customers. The verdict is in, and the results of the study have revealed that offering Pokémon-themed

Maximizing Milk Sales

Retailers may be missing out on key opportunities to drive profits and attract new shoppers with milk. New, in-depth research on the fluid milk category has revealed that milk is one of the most underleveraged profit drivers for both grocery and convenience stores. Milk is a traffic driver for shoppers, but there is much more

How to Drive Traffic with Pokémon Go

A number of retailers are already taking advantage of the opportunities presented by Pokémon Go, and you can too. By FoodPros Pokémon Go is spreading at unprecedented rates. Walter Chen at reported that as Pokémon Go users traverse their towns in search of Pokémon, local stores, restaurants, movie theaters and other businesses are capitalizing