Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino

Give your guests an escape from the rush of the day with White Chocolate Caramel featuring Kraft Caramels from General Foods International. Launched in 2014, this treat is a decadent combination of rich chocolate and the creamy, sweet caramel flavor expected from Kraft Caramels. Your customers will love the on-trend flavor of this delectable offering. […]

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Hunt Brothers Pizza has introduced Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, the newest pizza to join the company’s list of deliciously daring limited time offers. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza is now available to order at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza locations nationally, while supplies last. Made with Hunt Brothers Pizza’s original rising fresh crust, the new Chicken Bacon […]

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Chocolate Caramels

The Hershey Co. has launched new Hershey’s Caramels, the perfect marriage of delicious Hershey’s chocolate with smooth, creamy caramel that makes every day feel a little fancy. Made with sea salt, molasses and fresh dairy butter, each bite of Hershey’s Caramels caramel provides a silky, smooth texture and flavor. The caramel pieces are enrobed with […]

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Next Generation Canopy Light

International Light Technologies (ILT), a designer, manufacturer and distributor of LED-based lighting products, has introduced CanopyLight-13K, the next generation of its popular gas pump canopy LED retrofit light fixtures. All ILT CanopyLight LED retrofit fixtures are easy-to-install, cost-competitive replacements for existing energy-inefficient, high maintenance metal halide fixtures in gas pump canopies. ILT CanopyLight-13K LED Retrofit […]

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SFATA Conference Takeaways

E-cigarette/nicotine debate needs to be re-focused. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently attended the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) Conference outside of Chicago, “headlined” by Mitch Zeller, Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “Encouragingly, Director Zeller underscored the importance of ‘opening up the dialogue’ across various stakeholders in the nicotine space, suggesting to us

C-stores See Double-Digit Growth in Pizza Category

Growth demonstrates channel’s rapidly expanding foodservice footprint. Lots of pizza dough went through the doors of convenience stores and lots of pizza servings went out the doors. Cases of pizza crust and dough shipped to convenience stores from broadline foodservice distributors increased by 27% and servings of pizza ordered by convenience store customers increased by

Wayne Fueling Systems Teams With Ascentium Capital

Now offering financing on Wayne equipment, services and start-up costs for retailers in the U.S. WayneFueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has joined forces with Ascentium Capital to offer c-store and fuel retail customers innovative equipment finance options for Wayne products, technologies

MacDougall Memorial Minute to Precede NYACS Trade Show

This year’s NYACS trade show to welcome more than 150 exhibits. The New York Association of Convenience Stores will observe 60 seconds of silence to remember convenience store icon John MacDougall at the start of its 29th annual Trade Show next Thursday, May 14, at the Oncenter in Syracuse N.Y. The “MacDougall Memorial Minute” will

7-Eleven Awards C-Stores To Top Three Contestants

All three military veteran finalists selected as winners. 7-Eleven Inc. hit a triple in Operation: Take Command, the contest to award a U.S. military veteran a 7-Eleven store. Although one finalist was expected to emerge in the last round of the competition, all three finalists were selected as winners. Active-duty Active Duty U.S. Army Captain

Rutter’s Raises Thousands for Local Children

Rutter’s Children’s Charities raised a record-setting $135,000 to benefit Central Pennsylvania children’s charities at the 13th annual golf outing held this week at Out Door Country Club in York, Pa., the company announced this week. The annual event has raised more than $1.4 million for children’s charities in Central Pennsylvania since its beginning in 2003,

Pro Food Systems Launches New Equipment Division

New equipment division dedicated to the needs of supermarkets and c-stores. Pro Food Systems has launched a new division solely focused on the specific needs for foodservice equipment in supermarkets and convenient stores. While Pro Food Systems (also known as PFSbrands) has long experienced excellent success in the equipment market segment, the new division further

First U.S. Coalition Loyalty Program Launches

Customers can earn points at many places including Exxon through new loyalty program. Plenti, the first U.S.-based loyalty coalition program is now available to consumers online at and at thousands of partner retail locations including AT&T, Exxon, Macy’s, Mobil, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Hulu. Plenti, a program operated by American

Building a Robust Sandwich Program

When it comes to foodservice, some retailers have found that well-equipped suppliers can give their sandwich offerings a lift. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Running a successful oil and gas retail business for nearly a century is a world away from operating convenience stores with foodservice operations. Just ask Bailey Lyden, vice president of retail

Along With Sunshine, Comes Seasonal Customers

Summer’s near and so will be the demand for beer, lattes, fine wine, deli and other assorted in-store products. Are you ready for the rush? By Jim Callahan As I sit here writing this, I realize that by the time any of you choose to read this, there will remain just a few short weeks

Holt Oil Looking Ahead

A family-grown business for three generations, Holt Oil Co. is casting a wider net in North Carolina’s coastal region. By David Bennett, Senior Editor At times, businesses are so focused on future growth they forget their ties to the community. Fayetteville, N.C.-based Holt Oil Co. doesn’t forget either community or family. In positioning the company

Preparing for the Challenges of Tomorrow

There is more pressure than ever on convenience store chains to not only exceed customers’ expectations, but to stay ahead of the competition, navigate legislative issues and still be good corporate citizens in the communities they serves. This doesn’t even take into account managing operations, training and developing a strategy to grow the business. Finding

Sunoco LP Announces New Chairman and Other Board Changes

Matthew Ramsey succeeds Sam Susser as chairman of the Board. Sunoco LP has appointed Matthew Ramsey as its new chairman of the Board. Ramsey succeeds Sam Susser, who has resigned from the Board to pursue other new business interests. Ramsey has served as a director of Sunoco LP (SUN) since August 2014, serving as chair

Gas Prices Hit New High

Average U.S. gas prices grow 55 cents since January. The national average price of gas is $2.58 per gallon, as of April 30, marking the highest average so far this year, AAA reported. Pump prices have soared 55 cents higher since a low of $2.03 in late January, making this the largest seasonal increase in

TravelCenters of America Acquires 19 Locations

Sites expected to be rebranded as Minit Mart. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center and the Minit Mart convenience store brands has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of 19 gasoline/convenience store locations in Kansas (three) and Missouri (16) for $27 million. TravelCenters expects that the convenience

Battery Swap Model Takes Top Prize

Fuels Institute announces winner in Future of Transportation Student Competition. A proposed battery swap model developed by University of Wisconsin students to increase the viability of electric vehicles was named the winner of the Fuels Institute’s inaugural Future of Transportation Case Competition at the Institute’s Spring Meeting in New Orleans. The University of Wisconsin team’s

Couche-Tard Clarifies Court Filing

The Circle K Corporation filing for bankruptcy has no link to the subsidiary of Couche-Tard. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (Couche-Tard) is clearing up any potential rumors of a bankruptcy after it learned that a Court document dated April 24, 2015 and filed before the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Arizona pursuant to a

Press Conference Draws Attention To Menu Labeling Bills

The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act aims to reduce some menu labeling requirements. A press conference this week on Capitol Hill advocated for legislation that would scale back the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final menu labeling rules, which were released in late 2014. The bi-partisan press conference, held by U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers

JT Acquires Logic

Agreement gives JT a global footprint in the e-cigarette market. Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has entered into an agreement to acquire Logic Technology Development LLC, one of the leading U.S. e-cigarette brands. Founded in 2010, Logic sells a full range of high quality rechargeable, ready-to-use and disposable e-cigarettes, including the Logic Pro tank system, newly

In-Store Beverage Sales Up

The four weeks ending April 18, 2015 see strong results across all channels. Citing Nielsen beverage “all channel” data for the four weeks ending April 18, 2015, Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported that all channel dollar sales, including grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores were up for each major manufacturer. Coca-Cola dollar sales were up

NCA Bolsters Public Affairs and Communications Operations

Welcomes new hires to the association’s staff. John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), has announced two new additions to the industry association’s staff. Christopher Gindlesperger was named vice president of public affairs and communications, and VJ Mayor was appointed senior director of communications. “Christopher’s extensive experience in managing and directing