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

Holiday Spending Trends

Are low gas prices spurring consumers to spend more this holiday season? A new study from MasterCard SpendingPulse has revealed that the retail industry fared well this holiday season, and the season hasn’t even come to a complete halt yet, as many consumers reported intentions to continue shopping after Christmas. According to a report from

How a New Overtime Rule Could Complicate the New Year

Under a new federal proposal, each newly-eligible employee will cost a store operator at least $5,000 more in overtime yearly, adding hundreds of millions of dollars of additional expense within the c-store industry. By Mark Radosevich A review of legislative issues underscored by the Petroleum Marketers Association of America attests to the wide array of

How to Effectively Build Consumer Loyalty

Loyalty programs are gaining popularity among retailers, but are they enough? As retailers begin to realize that coupons and discount deals only attract short-term traffic spikes, they are beginning to emphasize loyalty programs. This is part of the reason why, compared to other food and non-food retailers (especially the grocery channel), usage of restaurant/coffee shop

On the Move Expansion

Florida’s growth potential is expected to be key in On the Go’s southern growth strategy. New gas station and convenience store chain, On the Move, has announced that it will be expanding into Jacksonville, Fla., bringing new competition to Wawa, RaceTrac, Daily’s, QuikTrip and other companies in the area. According to a report from Financial

Big Y Expands

Three new Big Y locations will soon be up and running as a part of the company’s expansion efforts. Big Y Foods Inc. has purchased three O’Connell Convenience Plus gas stations in an effort to expand its Big Y Express Gas and Convenience concept. The three O’Connell Convenience Plus stations, which are currently branded as

Stewart’s Shops Corp. Plans Rapid Expansion

Stewart’s Shops is now one of Albany, N.Y.’s largest private-sector employers, and it is only growing. Malta, N.Y.-based family- and employee-owned c-store chain, Stewart’s Shops Corp., has announced plans for significant expansion in the coming year. According to a report from Albany Business Review, these expansion plans include the intention to spend more than $30

New Dunkin’ Donuts Products Ring in the New Year

Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced a sweet way for customers to celebrate the New Year. As 2015 comes to a close, Dunkin’ Donuts prepares to bring in the New Year with the introduction of a new menu item, as well as welcoming back an old favorite. For a sweet start to 2016, Dunkin’ Donuts has unveiled

U.S. Beverage Market Analysis

Industry performance suggests that the North American beverage industry may be immune to business cycles. A new study of financial trends in the North American beverages industry provides an overview of the industry trends between fiscal year 2009 and June 30, 2015. Three broad segments make up the industry, and these are brewers, distillers and vintners

Georgia Association of Convenience Stores Appoints New Leadership

As current president retires, a seasoned association veteran prepares to take the lead. Jim Tudor, who has served the convenience store industry for over 35 years, is retiring from his position as president of The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS), at the end of 2015. On Jan. 1, 2016, current vice president of association

War of the Wages

Demand for a higher minimum wage has sparked controversy and generated questions among U.S businesses. Wages will continue to be a point of interest for the c-store industry in 2016. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor In November 2015, fast food workers demonstrated in more than 270 U.S. cities, demanding a national minimum wage hike to