How Dairy’s Health Halo Is Helping The Category Rebound

High in protein and containing simple ingredients, dairy products are resonating with health-conscious customers. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA)’s recent “What’s In Store 2016” annual trend report show the dairy segment is well-positioned to capitalize on its “health halo” of products, as positive nutrition and wellness attributes are prioritized by today’s dairy department shoppers. This

Golden Pantry Supports Make-A-Wish Foundation

Exceeds original goal by $2,000 thanks to the generosity of c-store customers and team members. Golden Pantry Food Stores Inc. raised $25,000 selling Make-A-Wish Stars and donated the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation this week. The Athens, Ga.-based convenience store chain’s 39 locations, which are spread across Georgia, are proud to have come together to

Spread the Love with Dunkin’ Donuts

A number of heartfelt initiatives are being launched by Dunkin’ Donuts to help spread the love this Valentine’s season. Dunkin’ Donuts has launched a number of fun new initiatives to help its customers celebrate Valentine’s Day, including an online contest to give engaged couples the chance to win a $10,000 wedding present. Dunkin’ Donuts is

The Coca-Cola Foundation Supports the Community

The Coca-Cola Foundation donated nearly $85 million to support a number of initiatives in 2015. Nearly 300 organizations received financial support from The Coca-Cola Foundation in 2015. The foundation donated $84.5 million in grants which will benefit communities across more than 70 countries and territories. Approximately 95% of the grants are focused on The Coca-Cola

Challenging Consumers’ Conceptions of Pizza

Restaurants and pizza retailers continue seeking new ways to make their pizza stand out above the rest. A new report from Packaged Facts, “Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, 2nd Edition,” pizza has become a universal menu staple, and it has remained consistent year after year. Pizza continues to grow in popularity, and

How Flory’s Is Carving Its Own Niche

With a full-service deli business, idiosyncratic stores and strong community ties, this second-generation convenience chain is the best pit stop in the eastern Hudson Valley. By David Bennett, Senior Editor During the heyday of travel on Route 66, gas stations had their own unique identities. Akin to motels adorned with massive wagon wheels or furnished

Fuel for Less than $1

As fuel prices remain low, one city in Kansas is selling fuel for 99 cents per gallon. Midwestern fuel supplies are currently at the highest point since 1993, and fuel prices are fluctuating accordingly, as one city in Kansas has become the first to report gasoline prices lower than $1 per gallon. According to a

VERC Provides Grant to Fitchburg High School

VERC is investing in the future of the communities it serves through educational grants. A grant for $500, made possible by ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, has been presented to Fitchburg High School by VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with 24 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Funded by the ExxonMobil

Rutter’s Sells Winning Powerball Ticket

Winner of the $100,000 prize has yet to be identified. The Rutter’s Farm Store at 509 Greenbrier Road, York, Pa. sold a $100,000 winning lottery ticket, according to the Pennsylvania Lottery. While there weren’t any jackpot winners from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, there was a winning ticket from Rutter’s ‘store 47’ that matched four of the

BP Rewards Members Gain Greater Access to Rewards

A partnership between BP and Visa has helped streamline BP’s rewards program. Thanks to a new partnership between BP and Visa, BP Driver Rewards members now have access to a one-swipe solution at the pump. Members of BP’s loyalty program now have the ability to link an eligible Visa payment card to their BP Driver

The NRF and University of Phoenix Offer Dream BIG Scholarship Program

The NRF and University of Phoenix School of Business are working to help the next generation of retail leaders grow. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is once again collaborating with the University of Phoenix School of Business to offer the Dream BIG Scholarship Program, for the fourth consecutive year. The Dream BIG Scholarship Program awards

Sunoco Redefines Sourcing Process

Information gained through solutions offered to Sunoco by SciQuest will help the company to make strategic expansion decisions. Sunoco LP has announced that it will be replacing its current procurement tools with SciQuest Inc.’s entire source-to-settle suite, which will completely redefine Sunoco’s sourcing process. Sunoco, which has recently completed a series of acquisitions, recognized the

Wawa Continues to Support Environmental Community Service

Applications for the annual Environmental Community Service Award are now available. Wawa, 6abc and the environmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLC (MGKF) are once again presenting the annual Environmental Community Service Award. The award is now celebrating its 11th year of supporting environmental programs that improve the local community. The goal of

Why Food Delivery Is Soaring

Customers crave the quality food typically associated with ‘dining out’ experiences, but without the time and money constraints. Food delivery availability is skyrocketing as in-home meal kits like Blue Apron and foodservice delivery like DoorDash increase in number. A recent report by The NPD Group, a leading global information company, found that while historically delivery

How the CSD/Humetrics HR Survey Can Help You

In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics are collaborating to provide insight into the industry most challenging problem, finding, hiring, retaining and motivating employees. For the eighth consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with human resources expert Mel Kleiman is launching

Valentine’s Day is Becoming a High Spending Holiday

Some $1.7 billion is expected to be spent on Valentine’s Day candy this year., a leading research distributor, has released new insight into the spending patterns this Valentine’s Day season. In the U.S., 54.8% of consumers celebrate Valentine’s Day, and many buy presents for their significant other. The average amount spent per consumer reached

How Long Will The Gas Price Slide Continue?

Heading into spring refinery maintenance season, pump prices are still expected to remain low. On Feb. 8, gas prices reached a national average price of $1.74 per gallon, a whopping $1.07 less than the peak 2015 price reached in June. AAA reported that domestic crude oil inventories reached their highest level for this time of

SAS Donates Water To Flint, Gives Back To Communities

Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan and Humane Society of Kent County among charities aided by SAS donations in 2015. Abraham & Sons (SAS), a convenience store distributor in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been giving back to the communities it serves this season, including donating and distributing water to its neighbors in Flint, Mich. It

Pennsylvania Rutter’s Requests Liquor License

Rutter’s hopes to become the first convenience store in Lancaster County, Pa. to sell beer. Upper Leacock Township supervisors will soon hold a hearing to discuss an application for the new Rutter’s convenience store in Leola, Pa. to sell beer. If the request were to be approved, Rutter’s would mark the first convenience store to

Tips For Convenience Store Robbers

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC  Nothing Surprises Me Anymore While doing research on convenience store robberies, I ran across a YouTube video that provides tips for convenience store robbers. Surprised? After watching this video, I realized how our preconceived notions serve to protect us from the real world at a cost of our own peril.

Chicago Aldermen Reject Proposed Tobacco Ordinance

An ordinance intended to curb youth smoking has been rejected due to the potential consequences that could occur as a result. Aldermen of the Chicago City Council have rejected a proposal that was intended to increase the smoking age, put a new tax on smokeless tobacco products and institute a price floor for cigarettes. According

How to Survive the Flavored Tobacco Controversy

Despite banking on cigar sales, more and more convenience stores face the fallout of local ordinances restricting consumer use. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Last fall, Cleveland officials introduced proposed regulations to ban all flavored tobacco products throughout the city except at tobacco shops. Officials also wanted to raise the minimum purchasing age to

2016 Corner Store Country Run Dates Announced

CST Brands will once again help improve the lives of children by donating the proceeds of the third annual Country Run to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The dates for the third annual Corner Store Country Run, presented by San Antonio, Texas-based CST Brands, have been announced. The 2016 run is sponsored by Aquafina and net

How Retailers Can Choose Proper Retail Technology

Boston Retail Partners has provided retailers with insight to help them determine what technology would best fit their store. Boston Retail Partners (BRP) have released a new study to help retailers navigate the plethora of new location-based services (LBS) that have been created for retail applications over the last few years. Selecting the right technology

Chicken Bacon Ranch Fans Celebrate

Fans of the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza will soon have access to the specialty pizza, for a limited time. In response to last year’s success, Hunt Brothers Pizza is bringing back the Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza. Beginning Feb. 15, for a limited time, the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza will be available to convenience store owners