Breakfast Sandwiches

Tyson Convenience Foodservice has introduced three new Jimmy Dean Blazin’ Hot Breakfast Sandwiches. Flavors include: Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy Sausage on a Biscuit; Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy Sausage, Egg and Pepperjack Cheese on a Biscuit; and Jimmy Dean Spicy Split Smoked Sausage & Cheese on a Croissant. The Jimmy Dean Blazin’ Hot Sandwich


Frozen Drink Dispenser

Carpigiani, a global innovator and provider for frozen dessert equipment, has introduced Spin Twist, the easy-to-use, one-movement slush dispenser. This simple, sleek dispenser can deliver two-flavor frozen drinks and cocktails in one swift, easy movement, making it perfect for convenience stores. Spin Twist consists of a freezer connected to two clear containers that display the

Glass Door Merchandisers

Master-Bilt, a manufacturer of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration systems, has introduced its full line of glass door merchandisers with the next generation BMG/BLG Plus and Fusion Plus models. These new glass door merchandisers provide extensive flexibility that businesses require for growing market segments, changing floor plans and improving traffic flow. Master-Bilt’s glass

Premium Pastry Line

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to rejuvenate your gourmet pastry program. Prairie City Bakery makes it simple with its newest, gourmet breakfast items. New Monster Muffins will wow your customers with premium ingredients like Real fruit, Real nuts and Real eggs! Monster Muffins offer six ounces of jumbo flavor, a 21-day shelf

All Day Every Day

Here’s a chance to upgrade your food menu while enhancing everyone’s eating experience. Tino’s has added a full line of ready-to-eat sandwiches bearing the “All Day” brand. This new line incorporates four Twin Packs, perfect for the heartier appetite or for sharing. A Cheeseburger, Hot Dog, Spicy Chicken and Ham and Cheese sandwiches round out

Citrus Remix

Wrigley has introduced Orbit Citrus Remix gum. Orbit added a new flavor to the Remix family in January with the debut of Orbit Citrus Remix, a tart blend of Grapefruit, Orange and Lime flavors. Orbit Citrus Remix is available at retailers nationwide in Single Serve (MSRP $1.29) and Multipack with three 10-count envelope packs (MSRP

GPM Investments Acquires One Stop Food Stores

Converting the eight acquired stores to the Scotchman banner. GPM Southeast, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GPM Investment, LLC, has taken ownership of eight One Stop Food Store convenience stores with gasoline sales. GPM will convert these acquired stores, which are located in North Carolina and South Carolina, to their Scotchman retail brand, which is

Canadian C-Stores Must Improve Foodservice To Compete

Gen Zers and consumers earning less than $25K are most likely to purchase any type of food or beverage at c-stores, Technomic study finds. Consumers report that more than 75% of convenience-store foodservice occasions are either for beverages or snacks, meaning meal occasions (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) make up just one quarter. An emphasis on

Murphy USA, Armor Safe Technologies Celebrate Nine-Year Partnership

Armor’s smart safes prove to be the best solution for long-term durability and reliability. Murphy USA has selected Armor Safe Technologies as its exclusive safe supplier citing the reliability, customer service and lower total cost of ownership of Armor’s safes at existing Murphy USA locations as the reason for choosing to sole-source from Armor. Additionally,

TBHC Acquires Hunt Brothers Distributor

Adds more than 100 c-store customers. TBHC Delivers announced the acquisition of D&L Distributors in Jackson, Tenn. TBHC Delivers is the largest distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza. Effective Feb. 1, TBHC Delivers will take over D&L Distributors operations. The purchase price for the acquisition was not disclosed. This adds more than 110 convenience store customers

Unified Grocers, Giant Eagle to Keynote NFRA Conference

Conference to detail the latest in consumer and industry trends. The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) will hold its 23rd Annual Executive Conference April 13-15, 2015 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center in Tempe, Ariz. The conference provides the latest information on consumer and industry trends and features retail presentations

Perfecting Foodservice

As retailers try to distinguish themselves through better customer offerings, CSD partnered with Study Hall Research to examine what foodservice components bring the highest returns. By John Lofstock, Editor, and Josh Tahan, Study Hall Research When it comes to executing a winning foodservice program, Keith Boston, director of foodservice for Framingham, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms Group

Building a Customized Loyalty Program

Using an industry-leading loyalty solution, operators across a host of retail channels can drive new business, gather crucial customer data and increase overall ticket sales. By John Lofstock, Editor Loyalty programs are everywhere in the retail industry. Customers encounter them multiple times almost every day—whether shopping at a grocery store, buying a cup of coffee

Counting On Chocolate

While chocolate may be the gift of choice on Valentine’s Day, the sweet treat remains a year-round staple for convenience stores. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Sales of chocolate bars, chocolate-coated candy or fruit and chocolate bites continue to grow as convenience store customers indulge in their favorite confectionery. In fact, demand for the

Lifting the Veil

What will it take to get Cuban cigars onto c-store shelves? By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience store operators who thought cigars when they learned of President Obama’s plan to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and dismantle economic sanctions may have to wait a while to bring those quality stogies to shelves. With an embassy

Brewing Up Innovation

The rising cost of coffee and growing competition among convenience stores is spurring richer coffee programs across the board. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Due to Last Year’s droughts that hit Brazil, in addtion to a fungus that ravaged coffee bean fields in Central America for a good part of 2014, coffee prices rose about

Frozen Beverage Revolution

Known for thrills, chills and even spills, frozen beverages have grown from meager c-store beginnings to celebrity status. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Before frozen dispensed beverages made a mark in venues such as amusement parks, movie theaters and shopping food courts, the unique product was born and raised in the convenience store industry. No

Co-Branding: It’s What’s for Dinner

Just telling customers your food is fresh isn’t enough. Savvy retailers are building consumer confidence through co-branding and proprietary programs. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Who says you can’t please everyone? When it comes to foodservice, co-branding with established restaurant concepts enables the Kwik Stop stores in and around Dubuque, Iowa to cover every need

Lower Gas Prices Helping to Drive Cigarette Category Strength

E-cig dollar sales growth tapers off but remains positive, Wells Fargo reports. Cigarette dollar sales remain solid, driven by strong pricing and positive volume, Wells Fargo Securities reported, citing recent Nielsen data. C-store cigarette dollar sales were up 3.8% (down from +4.4% last period and -1.5% last year) during the recent four weeks on +3.0%

Quick Fuel Selects PriceAdvantage

PriceAdvantage to expedite rapid, accurate price changes at 55 automated fueling stations. Quick Fuel, a division of Jacobus Energy, has selected PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software for its 55 automated fueling stations. Quick Fuel has delivered some of the industry’s most progressive fuel management solutions to America’s fleets, facilities, emergency responders and businesses for more than

Struggling Full-service Chains Must Revitalize Image

Technomic study shows latest customer behavior and how foodservice operators can respond. According to Technomic’s “Future of Foodservice: Family & Casual Dining Consumer Trend Report,” family and traditional casual-dining restaurant visits are threatened by the growing fast-casual sector, which now rates competitively when it comes to food quality, but is perceived to offer better value

Blendtec Named Business of The Year

Recognized for overcoming adverse conditions in the face of massive growth by Utah Valley Chambre of Commerce. Blendtec, a manufacturer of commercial-grade blending equipment, was recognized for being selected as Business of the Year and Innovative Business of the Year runner-up behind Google Fiber by Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. Voting took place over a

Sunoco LP Announces 10% Increase in Quarterly Distribution

Sunoco LP’s Board of Directors of its general partner has declared a quarterly distribution for the fourth quarter of 2014 of $0.60 per unit, which corresponds to $2.40 per unit on an annualized basis. This represents a 10% increase compared to the distribution for the third quarter of 2014 and a 24% increase compared with

Preventing Power Outages

Generators can set your c-store apart when customers need food and fuel during disasters or bad weather. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Power outages and natural disasters can occur at any time, resulting in disrupted business, spoiled food and much worse. For many c-store owners, having a game plan to keep operations up and running

Design Efficiency

Good store design is more than just a pretty face. It can mean the difference between efficient and inefficient work flow, and whether customers see your products and perceive your brand in a positive light. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Alon Brands, the nation’s largest licensee of 7-Eleven stores, with 295 locations in west and