Menu-Labeling Compliance May Be Possible for C-Stores

A House subcommittee has voted to advance legislation to aid in c-stores’ efforts to comply with new menu-labeling laws. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee has voted to advance menu-labeling legislation that would make it possible for c-store owners to comply.  The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) praised the subcommittee because this legislation would result in


7-Eleven Throws a Winter Beach Party

7-Eleven Canada is inviting its customers to chill with a Slurpee, in their bathing suits, this November. 7-Eleven Canada is bringing back summer with a one day national Slurpee Beach Party on Saturday, Nov. 7 (the reverse of 7-Eleven’s 7/11 birthday). Slurpee fanatics will have the chance to show their commitment to Slurpee, if they are brave

Merchandiser Security Cover

Master-Bilt has introduced its new line of solid-end vertical open air merchandisers featuring a roll-down lockable security cover. These competitively-priced models offer dependable security, contemporary styling, increased capacity and quiet operation ideal for areas requiring a secure after-hours solution. With a total of 12 models available, the VOAM-C series features a cover built into the […]

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Next Generation Blending

Taylor has introduced the MagnaBlend Pro, the ultimate next generation blending system that offers consistent blended drinks every time. Fully automated and boasting a stunning nine-second blend time, nothing moves your operation faster. An integrated, shaved ice dispenser and rinse station eliminate back and forth between prep areas while a refrigerated cabinet holds up to […]

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Party Cake Treats

Just Born Quality Confections, maker of the iconic marshmallow PEEPS brand, has introduced PEEPS Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks, which are set to be available in spring and summer 2016 in a five-count package. These delicious vanilla cake-flavored marshmallow chicks are sprinkled with fun rainbow confetti. Customers can get the party started by sharing the […]

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Sweet & Spicy

General Mills Convenience’s new Nature Valley Sweet & Spicy Granola Bar in Chili Dark Chocolate appeals to c-store shoppers looking for a spicy-sweet flavor. The chewy granola bar is dipped in chocolate-flavored coating with dark chocolate, nuts and seeds and cayenne pepper for a spicy kick. The bar is available in a 1.24-ounce size with […]

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Gluten-Free Snack Packs

Gratify Foods, the maker of delicious certified gluten-free snacks, introduced new two-ounce snack packs at the National Association of Convenience Stores Show in Las Vegas. The newest addition to the Gratify Gluten Free portfolio will be available in convenience stores nationwide in early 2016. Marking the brand’s entry into the convenience store market, Gratify is […]

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Rainforest Alliance Certified

Eight O’Clock, America’s original gourmet coffee brand made with 100% Arabica beans, has relaunched its award-winning 100% Colombian Peaks coffee now 50% Rainforest Alliance Certified, and, as always, featuring 100% Colombian beans. Eight O’Clock has teamed up with the Rainforest Alliance to help to ensure its coffee beans are grown and harvested using environmentally and […]

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Thanksgiving In A Chip

Boulder Canyon Foods, part of the Inventure Foods Inc., is bringing back its potato chip Thanksgiving meal with two kettle-cooked potato chip varieties inspired by the flavors of the season: Turkey & Gravy and Pumpkin Pie. Serving a satisfying Thanksgiving meal can be as easy as opening a bag of chips. The Thanksgiving meal in […]

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Knouse Foods is launching a new line of Musselman’s Smoothie-Mix for operators seeking an easy way to offer more on-trend, better-for-you beverages. Strawberry Banana, Blueberry and Tropical flavors are available now in packs of four, four-ounce cups, all shelf-stable with no preservatives. Musselman’s Smoothie-Mix blends best with apple juice or yogurt, and it’s a heavy […]

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CrossAmerica Divests Fuels Businesses

The company sells its fuels transportation, residential heating oil and tank wagon commercial fuels businesses to multiple buyers. CrossAmerica Partners LP has successfully sold its fuels transportation, residential heating oil and tank wagon commercial fuels businesses that were formerly operated by wholly-owned subsidiary, Petroleum Marketers Inc. (PMI) to multiple buyers. Reliable Tank Line, LLC, a

Details On CST Brands’ Acquisition Agreement With Flash Foods

The purchase would mark the largest network acquisition for CST Brands. CST Brands Inc., a San Antonio-based Fortune 500 fuel and convenience retailer, has entered into an exclusivity agreement to finalize the terms of the definitive agreement for CST to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Flash Foods Inc. and certain related entities in

VP Racing Fuels Cobra Jet

VP Racing Fuels has been named as the official fuel supplier for Ford’s limited edition 2016 Cobra Jet. VP Racing Fuels has been selected as the Official Fuel Supplier for Ford Motor Company’s 2016 Cobra Jet. The Cobra Jet was recently introduced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, marking the continued evolution of

Starbucks Holiday Beverages Return

Starbucks has brought back its holiday beverages along with festive red cups. Starbucks has kicked off the holiday season with its seasonal espresso beverages in their festive red holiday cups. These holiday beverages have been officially reintroduced to stores in the U.S. and Canada. Holiday favorites such as Chestnut Praline Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte and Peppermint Mocha will

Brewer Merger Deadline Extended, Again

The third extension has been granted to SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch to agree upon terms of possible takeover deal. Another extension has been granted to SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev in their attempt to reach an agreement on the terms of a possible takeover deal. According to a report from The New York Times, the two companies

Manitowoc Foodservice Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Seasoned businessman, John Stewart, has been appointed as the new chief financial officer of Manitowoc Foodservice as the company prepares for new opportunities. Effective Nov. 9, John Stewart will be the new chief financial officer for Manitowoc Foodservice Inc. “John is a seasoned leader with more than 20 years of experience in the food and

Are Pump Prices Heading Back Up?

The national average price of gas ends its three-week decline, AAA reports. After 22 straight days of sliding downward, gas prices grew for two straight days to $2.19 per gallon, according to AAA’s Nov. 2 report. Despite the increase, gas prices remain at the lowest price since 2004, and prices are a whopping 80 cents

C-Stores Celebrate National Sandwich Day

Hungry customers find sandwich promotions in honor of Sandwich Day. Tuesday, Nov. 3 marked National Sandwich Day, and convenience stores and QSRs alike celebrated with promotions and Facebook posts touting the holiday and reminding customers to stop in for a bite. Among c-stores celebrating the day, Daily’s Convenience Stores posted a promotion on Facebook that

Ricker’s Launches Reduced Emission Fuel

Partners with GreenPrint to help customers reduce tailpipe emissions. Ricker’s has teamed up with GreenPrint LLC to introduce a Reduced Emissions Fuel Program across its 32 c-stores in Indianapolis. GreenPrint already has launched its reduced emission gasoline in Atlanta with BP and New Mexico with Alon 7-Eleven. The turnkey sustainability program reduces consumers’ tailpipe emissions

Town Star Holdings Acquires Five RaceTrac Stores

The newly-acquired Orlando area c-stores mark the second acquisition for the company. Town Star Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Junonia Capital LLC of Fort Myers, Fla. has acquired five convenience stores from RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. of Atlanta. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to the buyer in connection with arranging

Can Today’s Planning Systems Handle Omni-channel Demands?

Retailers look to upgrade merchandising systems. Current retail planning systems are out-of-date and don’t effectively address today’s requirements for an omni-channel planning environment, according to Boston Retail Partners’ 2015 Merchandise Planning Benchmark Survey. Many retailers are using planning applications designed for old retail business models with a large percentage of these systems installed in the

How to Make Room For Beverages

With CSDs seeking to reclaim ground in the packaged beverage category, teas, energy and craft products are eying new opportunity in the convenience channel. By D. Gail Fleenor, Contributing Editor Current lower pump prices are bringing more shoppers inside the store and the pack- aged beverage category is benefiting. However, that ice-cold beverage may be

How To Mentor Effectively

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. It seems like every day my inbox is filled with articles regarding leadership. In fact, I get so many of them that lately I have taken to deleting them without even reading them. The constant bombardment of articles about leadership nullifies the senses. It’s akin to

How To Excel in the Vapor Market

From corporate acquisitions and collaborations to local and state regulatory enforcement, it’s been an eventful year for e-tobacco products. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Nearing the end of 2013, sales of e-cigarettes and vapors/tanks/mods (VTMs) were riding high for convenience stores and other tobacco retailers. As reported by Wells Fargo, unit growth of e-cigarettes for

How To Entice Sales With Meat Snacks

Craving more protein, meat snack-hungry consumers are boosting convenience store profits. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor protein-packed snacks, and meat snack manufacturers are responding with new and varied flavors, from gourmet to bold. To maximize sales, canny retailers are using promotions, packaging, consumer demographics and merchandising to make the most of impulse opportunities. The meat