Art and Crafts

Craft beers continue to entice convenience customers with homestyle brands and broader selections. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Craft beer has been a surprising boon to the convenience store channel for the last couple of years. As more specialty beer options have flowed, consumers have spent more and retailers have responded in kind with a

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How To Promote Roller Grill & Pizza

Buoyed by a constant stream of new products and equipment upgrades as well as focus on time-tested procedures, roller grill and pizza continue to appeal to convenience store customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Made-to-order foods may get most of the buzz, but there’s a good reason why so many convenience stores still offer roller

How To Master Forecourt Appeal

From touchscreens and videos to beacons, a combination of technologies can help entice your customers from the pump into the store. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Seemingly every week, a company or vendor introduces a new technology to help people get things done faster, more efficiently and with less energy. Yet with the overabundance of

TravelCenters Completes Acquisition of Four Stores

Four stores, located in Kansas and Missouri, have been acquired by TravelCenters of America. The previously disclosed acquisition of four convenience stores in Kansas and Missouri by TravelCenters of America LLC has been completed. TravelCenters expects these convenience stores, formerly known as Meiners, will be rebranded as Minit Mart convenience stores and that they will undergo improvements

SAS Announces 2016 Trade Show Theme

SAS to welcome comedy magician Mike Hammer as the headline entertainment for The Grand Illusion, its Thursday evening event. “SAS and Convenience Retailing – Where the Magic Begins” is the theme for the 2016 S. Abraham & Sons (SAS) Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show. DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the site

Sugar’s Reputation Doesn’t Curb America’s Sweet Tooth

The negative stigma surrounding sugar seems to be good news for the honey market. As sugar, especially white granulated sugar, continues to get a bad rap, being compared to tobacco and cigarettes in terms of the danger it poses to health, the love-hate relationship that America’s have with sugar and sweeteners grows. Some public health

EchoSat Acquires SmartLink

A new acquisition will expand EchoSat’s reach to over 20,000 merchants. The Smartlink division of Heartland Payment Systems has been acquired by EchoSat Inc. Through the addition of Heartland SmartLink’s Secure Payment Gateway (SPG) and managed network services, EchoSat, a provider of payments security, managed firewall and network solutions, will now serve more than 21,000

22nd Century Group Seeks to Introduce Reduced Exposure Cigarettes in the U.S.

BRAND A cigarettes have 95% less nicotine than “Big Tobacco” cigarettes. On Dec. 31, 2015, Goodrich Tobacco Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of 22nd Century Group, Inc., submitted a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking a reduced exposure order. The move was made so that 22nd Century’s

TravelCenters Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle

TravelCenters’ StayFit program aims to help professional drivers stay healthy. In the New Year, TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, will offer professional drivers new helpful options to lead healthier lifestyles. TravelCenters now offers more better-for-you food offerings, fitness options and helpful information from their StayFit

2016 Social Media Awards

CSD’s fourth annual review of the social media strategies used by convenience store chains across the industry and how retailers can capitalize on best practices in 2016. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor For the fourth year running, Convenience Store Decisions examined the Facebook (FB) and Twitter pages of more than 60 convenience store chains, recognizing

Sheetz Rings In The New Year

Free coffee greets customers on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Sheetz Convenience Stores celebrated 2016 by ushering in the New Year with free coffee. On New Year’s Eve, beginning at 4 p.m. through 4 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Sheetz customers had the opportunity to visit any participating Sheetz stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio,

Casey’s Launches New App

Customers can order food, check fuel prices and play games with the new Casey’s App. The Casey’s App from Casey’s General Stores Inc. can now be used by customers to order pizza, made-to-order sub sandwiches and appetizers. Online ordering has been implemented in all Casey’s stores company wide, and the app makes online ordering even

Dole Creates Award-Winning Float

Dole creates sixth straight award-winning Rose Parade float. The “Soaring over Paradise” Rose Parade float from Dole Packaged Foods  was awarded the Director’s Trophy from the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade for its outstanding artistic merit in design and floral presentation. Dole has received much recognition from the Tournament, holding the Rose Parade record for

M&M’S To Go

Mars has introduced the new M&M’S Brand To-Go Bottles, so that consumers can take America’s favorite candy everywhere they go. Available in two varieties—M&M’S Brand Milk Chocolate Candies and M&M’S Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies—these innovative, reclosable and reusable bottles boast 3.5-ounces of M&M’S Brand Candies and are adorned with the smiling faces of M&M’S characters […]

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Cocktail Plate Solutions

Eco-Products has introduced the new Gala Cocktail Plates. These compostable plates feature a patented finger grip that allows guests to hold their food and drink in one hand while simultaneously being able to eat and greet with the other. Made from sugarcane, the plates are 100% renewable and certified as compostable by the Biodegradable Products […]

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Thinner Wheat Thins

Wheat Thins has introduced the new Even Thinner Wheat Thins Limited Edition. This new line of Wheat Thins is sleeker and thinner than ever before. As the iconic snack you’ve known and loved for nearly 70 years, Wheat Thins is excited to introduce the next big thing in snacking innovation. Even Thinner Wheat Thins Limited […]

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Hard Soda

MillerCoors has introduced Henry’s Hard Soda, a new line of refreshing hard sodas made with real cane sugar. Crafted for beer and non-beer drinkers alike with 4.2% alcohol by volume, Henry’s puts a playful spin on familiar flavors with Henry’s Hard Ginger Ale and Henry’s Hard Orange Soda. Henry’s Hard Soda offers a smooth, moderate […]

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Ultimate Party Cups

Pong Star LLC has developed new glowing party cups. These glowing party cups use a glow stick to illuminate the rim of the cup. Glowing products are becoming very popular. The cups are being made available to convenience and grocery store distributors. They come packed in a retail box that has 20 pieces that glow […]

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Mini WWE Figures

Party Animal Inc. has released new pocket-sized WWE Superstars. Consumers can now collect all the action from the WWE with WWE TeenyMates, an all-new line of one-inch tall mini collectible figures. Series One includes 32 figures of well known WWE Superstars and Legends, such as John Cena, The Rock, Macho Man Randy Savage and Stone […]

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Peanut Butter Brownies

Expanding its line of chocolate and peanut butter snacks, Mrs. Freshley’s is launching new Peanut Butter Brownies for consumers nationwide. Mrs. Freshley’s new peanut butter flavored snack line celebrates the perfect pairing of peanut butter and chocolate via a delicious new brownie, sure to excite sweet lovers everywhere. These conveniently packaged treats make for a […]

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Caramel Bourbon Cappuccino

Boyd’s Coffee is offering a new limited-edition seasonal Caramel Bourbon Cappuccino to warm up the winter chill. Caramel Bourbon is a warm, creamy caramel flavored hot beverage with just a hint of bourbon flavor. The coffee will be available in 2.75-ounce ground portion packs from Dec. 1, 2015 through March 2016. Compelling point-of-purchase merchandising and […]

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How to Maintain Snack Consumption As Millennials Age

Millennials have had an enormous impact on the global snacking market. Thanks to the unique behaviors and choices of the Millennial generation, savoury snacks have risen from a pub/cinema nibble to a coveted health food item. Euromonitor International’s The Future of Savoury Snacks: The Role of Millennials as a Snacking Generation global briefing offers an

Wendy’s Commits to Cage Free

A timeline has been announced as a part of Wendy’s cage free initiative. The Wendy’s Co. has committed to transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs in its U.S. and Canadian locations by 2020. The announcement represents the next step in Wendy’s overarching animal welfare program. Since the late 1990s, the Company has worked with animal welfare

Retailers Optimistic About First Quarter 2016

Only 6% of convenience retailers are pessimistic for the first quarter of 2016. A recent survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that convenience store retailers expect the robust sales in 2015 to continue into the first quarter of 2016. Retailers said that overall sales in 2015 were strong, with more

Jiffy Mart Donates To Help Breast Cancer Patients

Carroll Hospital receives $3,500 from Jiffy Mart. Jiffy Mart, a division of Tevis Oil, Inc., recently donated $3,500 to the Center for Breast Health to benefit breast cancer patients at Carroll Hospital. Employees from Jiffy Mart locations throughout Carroll County presented a check to Brenda Frazier, director of development at the Carroll Hospital Foundation, and

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