Fruit In A Pouch

GoGo squeeZ, the maker of all-natural 100% fruit in a pouch, has formed a long-term partnership with Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK), a nationwide nonprofit that supports school-based healthy eating and physical activity. Through this partnership, GoGo squeeZ will further its mission of making families happier and healthier. GoGo squeeZ is providing stipends to 100 […]

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Cake and Pastry Market Poised for Growth

Three major factors have been identified as having a significant impact on the state of the global cakes and pastries market. New data gathered by Technavio analysts has revealed that the global cakes and pastries market is poised for growth over the next few years. According to their latest report, the global cakes and pastries

Salting Away Sales

Americans’ continuing hunger for salty snacks is keeping convenience stores at the forefront of a booming industry. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Americans’ love of salty snacks continues unabated as snacking occasions increase, shelf sets include more variety, spicier flavors gain wider acceptance and niche marketing grows in importance. The snacking trend continues to gain

YEO Roundtable Kicks Off At RaceTrac Petroleum

Young executives get a close up look at RaceTrac’s facility and initiatives. The National Advisory Group (NAG) kicked off its third annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) roundtable on April 27 in Atlanta. This year’s two-day roundtable event is being hosted by Atlanta-based RaceTrac Petroleum, which operates more than 700 locations, both company-owned RaceTrac stores and

RaceTrac Announces Launch of Annual Sodapalooza

RaceTrac customers will soon have access to unlimited FREE fountain and frozen beverage refills, just in time for the summer heat! On May 4, 2016, RaceTrac will kick off its annual Sodapalooza event, which is scheduled to run through July 31, 2016. During these summer months, RaceTrac customers will have the opportunity to purchase a

Global Partners Retains NRC for Sale of C-Stores

NRC is coordinating the previously announced sale of multiple convenience stores by Global Partners. Global Partners LP has announced that it has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of 86 convenience stores with gasoline in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Of the 86 sites, 28 are located in Connecticut, 22 in

Free Wi-Fi at Wawa

More than 700 Wawa locations will now be providing patrons with free Wi-Fi access. Thanks to a new partnership between Wawa and Comcast, Wawa customers can now enjoy the convenience of free Wi-Fi at a number of Wawa locations. According to a report from, more than 700 Wawa locations will now be offering free

McLane to Supply Vintners C-Stores

Through a new partnership, Vintners will now have access to new foodservice offerings and cutting-edge technology. McLane Co. Inc. has announced that, through a new service agreement, Fremont, Calif.-based Vintners Distributers LLC and 126 of its c-store locations, including 15 of the chain’s Loop Neighborhood Stores, has officially switched from a competing supplier to McLane

Many Companies Lack Insurance Protection for Cyber Security

Despite the potential devastating cost a company may encounter as a result of a data breach, a great deal of U.S. companies do not have insurance coverage for security and data breaches. According to the 2016 Risk:Value report from NTT Com Security, the majority of global organizations agree that it is crucial for their organization

Rutter’s Launches Summer Rewards Program

Rutter’s customers in Central Pennsylvania will soon have the chance to win valuable prizes through Rutter’s new summer sweepstakes. Rutter’s Rewards has launched its new #SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes. As a part of the new sweepstakes, Rutter’s Rewards members throughout Central Pennsylvania have the chance to win a 2016 Jeep Wrangler, along with a variety of other

Soft-Serve Gelato

Dannon YoCream has added two new flavors to its line of soft-serve gelato frozen dairy dessert offerings. With its two new flavors, Banana Flambé and Creamy Limoncello, the company’s line now consists of five flavors. In addition to the new flavors, the Dannon offers Hazelnut, Pistachio and Chocolate gelato. With a rich taste and dense […]

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New & Improved Appetizers

Schwan’s Food Service Inc. has expanded its Minh Asian Appetizer portfolio with new offerings as well as new recipes for customer favorites. The company worked with renowned Chef Jet Tila for final refinements to the new recipe that was developed for the company’s chicken egg rolls based on consumer flavor preferences. The brand also offers […]

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Are You Ready for the Summer?

The warm months are almost here. It’s time to prepare for customers who are looking to spend dollars. By the time you read this, there will be less than four weeks before Memorial Day, which also kicks off the summer season. Those who own and operate convenience stores hope it’s the beginning of a long,

Exploring Today’s Workforce

The Eighth Annual CSD/Humetrics Human Resources Benchmarking Survey identifies the key employee issues affecting convenience store retailers and what chains can do to overcome them. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics and John Lofstock, Editor Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics have again collaborated on our eighth annual Human Resources Benchmarking Survey. The results reported here are

Wells Fargo Shares NATO Show Takeaways

After a panel discussion featuring FDA Director Zeller, Wells Fargo notes its perceptions of where regulations are headed. Wells Fargo Securities LLC weighed in on highlights from the National Association of Tobacco Outlet (NATO) Show in Las Vegas last week where Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, presented on a panel.

Jiffy Mini-Marts Future Questioned As Legal Battle Persists

BDS Oil claims it is owed $247,000 in past rent and interest payments. A rental dispute and shareholder disagreement resulting in a court case has the future of seven Terre Haute, Ind. Jiffy Mini-Marts in limbo. Customers visiting the locations are greeted by “no gas” signage, pumps covered by plastic bags and low in-store inventory,

Hershey Acquires Ripple Brand Collective

Acquisition of barkTHINS snacking chocolate to assist Hershey as it looks to expand its mass premium offerings. The Hershey Co. has purchased Ripple Brand Collective LLC, a privately held company based in Congers, N.Y., maker of barkTHINS snacking chocolate brand. “This acquisition is a great addition to our Hershey chocolate portfolio and enables us to

ExxonMobil Assists Houston-Area Flood Relief Efforts

American Red Cross donation to help recent storm victims. Exxon Mobil Corp. has donated $100,000 toward American Red Cross disaster relief assistance for communities impacted by recent severe storms and flooding in the Greater Houston area. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to residents who have been affected by the recent storms and flooding,” said Rex

Mister Car Wash Purchases Seven Venture Car Washes

Expands into Mississippi, marking its 20th state of operations. Mister Car Wash, earlier this month expanded its business into Mississippi through a purchase of seven Venture Car Washes. The acquisition represents the company’s 20th state and 29th market. Venture opened its first car wash in Ridgeland in 2003, adding stores in Brandon, Clinton, Meridian, Flowood

Chevron Selling Hawaii Assets

Transaction with Island Energy Services expected to close in the second half of 2016. Chevron USA Inc. reached an agreement last week with Island Energy Services to sell its assets in Hawaii. According to a report by Khon2News, the sale includes the 58,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Kapolei, interests in a network of 58 retail service

Summer Savings at the Pump

AAA has reported that drivers will continue to pay lower prices at the pump based on year over year comparisons. Despite the recent increase in fuel prices, consumers are still paying almost 40 cents less per gallon than this date last year. According to a report from AAA, these fuel prices, which are still relatively

Stripes Adds Over 30 New Jobs to Navasota, Texas

Stripes will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newest location on April 27. Navasota, Texas is now home to the newest Stripes Convenience Store. The opening of the new store marks the first ever Navasota, Texas Stripes Store. Stripes Stores will host a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony along the Navasota

Sheetz Promotes its Made-to-Order Milkshakez

Sheetz has announced a number of advertising initiatives that will help the company to promote its new MTO shakez. Sheetz Convenience Stores has launched a new TV spot in support of their hand-made, made-to-order MilkShakez. The spot premiered in select markets across Pennsylvania, North Carolina and West Virginia on April 20, 2016. Created by Tattoo

Ellen Blossman Ph.D. to Speak at Enmarket Encourage Health Series

Ellen Blossman is scheduled to speak on the benefits of phytochemicals at this year’s Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series. The 2016 Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, which will take place Tuesday, June 21, will feature a presentation from Ellen Blossman, Ph.D., entitled “Eat Well and Boost Your Energy With Phytochemicals.” Blossman’s presentation is scheduled to be

Core-Mark to Acquire Pine State Convenience

Core-Mark is acquiring the industry leading “supplier of choice” for the northeast. A Definitive Asset Purchase Agreement has been signed, stating that Core-Mark Holding Co. will acquire all of the assets of Pine State Convenience. Pine State Convenience is a division of Pine State Trading Co., located in Gardiner, Maine. The transaction is structured as