Slim Cans

Talking Rain Beverage Co., the makers of Sparkling Ice beverages, is expanding the brand’s packaging offerings with the addition of eight-ounce slim cans. Available in convenient eight-count fridge packs, Sparking Ice will offer four flavors in the new format, including fan favorites Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Kiwi Strawberry and Cherry Limeade. The addition of Sparkling […]

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Snack Attack

Snyder’s-Lance is launching more than 40 new products nationwide this year, giving consumers even more delicious choices and benefits they desire. New products include: Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Poppers, an airy and light, crunchy pretzel shell, which meets the growing consumer need for lighter snacking. Poppers are available in three flavors—Original, Cinnamon Sugar and Three […]

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Extended Cigarillos

Innovative lifestyle brands manufacturer, Trendsettah USA Inc., is blazing its trail in the tobacco industry once again with its newest product, Extendos by Splitarillos.  At 8.5-inches long, Extendos are extended cigarillos—double the length of a standard 4.25-inch cigarillo. Extendos are sold two to a pouch and will be introduced in Splitarillos’ signature flavor, OG Sweet […]

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Pretzel Breader

With pretzel mentions on foodservice menus increasing by 32.5% in 2013, according to Mintel Menu Insights 2013, now is the time to leverage this trend with the new Pretzel Breader from Golden Dipt. This salty, delectable breading features coarse crumbs of real pretzel and panko for an authentic taste that customers crave. Providing even coverage, […]

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Instant Freshness

The Hershey Co. has introduced Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Chews, a first-of-its-kind product, which provides an icy cool blast of freshness in a quick dissolving chew. A new alternative to traditional breath fresheners, Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Chews rapidly dissolve and release a cool blast of instant freshness. As a leader in the refreshment category, […]

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Integrated Icemaker Bin

Follett Corp. has introduced the newest addition to its line of innovative ice machines, the integrated icemaker bin. The Integrated Icemaker will produce up to 425 pounds of ice over a 24-hour period with over 90 pounds of storage. This new machine comes with a choice of Micro Chewblet or flake ice. Follett’s proprietary Chewblet […]

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Pancakes & Maple Syrup

Wake up and smell the pancakes, it’s Pancakes & Maple Syrup Jelly Belly jelly beans. The newest flavor from Jelly Belly Candy Co. captures the warm, buttery flavor of a pancake topped with rich maple syrup whipped together in a single Jelly Belly jelly bean. Pancakes & Maple Syrup Jelly Belly beans are now available

Rutter’s Announces New Menu Additions

Whoopie pies and macaroni and cheese among new options. In a nod to the unique fare of Central Pennsylvania, Rutter’s Farm Stores added two hometown favorites, whoopie pies and fried sweet bologna, and one classic American dish, macaroni and cheese, to their diverse and award-winning menu this week. An all-American favorite, macaroni and cheese adds

BUNN IoT Technology Receives Gold Award

2015 Connected World Awards honors BUNN. BUNN, a global manufacturer of dispensed beverage equipment, was honored with a Gold Award for Remote Equipment Management at the 2015 Connected World Awards for its partnership with Mesh Systems in the development of BUNNlink Wellness Program. “The 2015 Connected World Award winners are leveraging the ‘Internet of Things’

Summer Hiring Survey Reveals Outlook for Summer Workers

Employers predict increase in total hires and wages from last summer encourage workers to start looking for jobs now. Snagajob has announced results from its 2015 Summer Hiring Survey of 1,000 employers responsible for hiring hourly employees this summer, including those in the retail, hospitality and foodservice industries. Combined, these industries make up 44% of

Balvor Reports Electronic Nicotine Devices March Sales Up 7%

Disposable sales dip but rechargeable remains strong. The latest Balvor Retailer Composite (BRC) shows that convenience stores continue to grow Electronic Nicotine Devices (ENDs) with dollar sales up 7.1% while retail units sold grew 26.4%. “It’s critical to have a deeper knowledge of the business as there are many factors causing fluctuations in the category’s

McLane Launches Foodservice Solution

McLane Kitchen approaches foodservice from the consumer’s point of view. McLane Grocery Distribution, a business unit of McLane Co. Inc., launched the McLane Kitchen for its customers in the Convenience, Grocery, Drug and Mass Market channels. McLane Kitchen is a comprehensive, customizable solution to help generate optimum sales and profits in the rapidly growing, highly

Wawa Celebrates 51 Years

Gives away 1.5 million cups of free coffee. Wawa Inc. announced that this year and all years to come, April 16 will be known as Wawa Day, honoring the most important date in the company’s history with a variety of exciting customer-focused celebrations and donations from the Wawa Foundation. On April 16, 1964, Wawa entered

Pump Prices Rise With Crude Costs

Slow building supply sends crude prices up, as do concerns in the Middle East. The national average price of gas jumped seven cents per gallon over the past week due to sharply rising crude oil costs, AAA reported. Domestic crude oil prices last week hit the highest prices so far this year as supplies built

Chevron and JPMorgan Chase Sign Multi-Year Agreement

Chevron offers its customers easy, secure and private payment processing through ChaseNet. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has signed a multi-year agreement with Chase Commerce Solutions, the global payment processing, merchant acquiring business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., to handle payment acceptance and processing at Chevron’s nearly 8,000 retail locations in the U.S. beginning later this year.

Lower Gas Prices Lead Customers To Spend More On Groceries

Acosta Sales & Marketing’s New “The Why? Behind The Buy” Report Analyzes consumers’ grocery shopping decisions. Acosta Sales & Marketing, a full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, released the 11th edition of “The Why? Behind the Buy” report, which analyzes how Americans grocery shop and what drives consumers’ purchase decisions.

Mars Chocolate Reaches Sustainability Milestone

Partners with Farmers & Food Industry to lead production of higher quality peanuts. Mars Chocolate has met a significant benchmark in ensuring the sustainability of edible peanuts. In 2014, 51% of the peanuts used for the company’s U.S. products were high-oleic acid peanuts (HOAPs), helping the company keep pace with increasing product demand. The peanut

Love’s Adds Location to Interstate 5

New California location features 86 truck parking spaces, seven showers and an expanded fountain drink selection. Professional drivers now have access to another Love’s Travel Stop location along Interstate 5 in California. The new Love’s in Lodi, located at Interstate 5 and State Route 12, is now open for business. The location marks the opening

C-Store Beverage Sales Strong in Q1

Industry tailwinds continue. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently completed its Beverage Buzz survey for the first quarter of 2015, where it polls beverage retailers, representing over 15,000 convenience store (c-store) locations across the U.S. “Based on our ‘Beverage Buzz’ survey results, it appears non-alcoholic beverage trends remain very strong with +6.4% sales growth in Q1

JET Chooses VP Racing Fuels

VP to provide on-site fuel service at Silverstone Classic. Leading UK fuel brand and official fuel partner of Silverstone Classic 2015, JET, has chosen VP Racing Fuels to provide on-site race fuel service for this year’s Silverstone Classic. This year’s event is scheduled for July 24-26 at Silverstone Circuit, site of the 2015 Formula 1

Enmark Stations Announces Full-Service Fridays

Campaign to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Enmark Stations will hold Full-Service Fridays across Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). A Full-Service Friday allows customers to pull into the Enmark Store, where members of the Enmark management team will be pumping gas, wiping windows and handing

SOI Wraps Up In Chicago

Data shows economic climate in c-store industry is heating up and should continue for 2015. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience store industry revenue in 2014 topped $697 billion, bolstered in part by lower gas prices and demonstrating that c-store merchandising programs are resonating with customers. That was a major theme as the State of

Healthier Food on Display at SOI

Whether they are young or old, health-conscious consumers mean opportunity for c-stores. By David Bennett, Senior Editor One of the hot topics at this year’s State of the Industry Summit, an annual conference hosted by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), is the increased emphasis on healthier food option in convenience stores. Sherry Frey,

Convenience Stores See Strong Q1

Expect sales to heat up further in Q2. Convenience store sales were strong over the first quarter of 2015, despite harsh winter weather, and retailers are even more optimistic about second quarter sales, according to the results of retailer sentiment survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Lower fuel prices, a

Extend Cinco Celebrations and Sales

Dos Equis’ Dos De Mayo Program debuts. Dos Equis is once again inviting consumers to showcase their individuality and make one of the most anticipated party occasions of the year even bigger. This year’s Dos Equis’ Dos de Mayo retail program is geared towards helping consumers celebrate the biggest Saturday ever with elements including National