Parker’s Hires New Loss Prevention Manager

Parker’s hires an experienced loss prevention manager to protect its assets. Jonathan Wilson has been hired as a loss prevention manager for Parker’s convenience stores. Wilson is now responsible for protecting assets at all Parker’s locations using strategic safety, inventory recovery and theft reduction programs. Before joining Parker’s, Wilson worked as a loss prevention manager at

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Smoking Banned In Seattle Parks

 Seattle is following in the footsteps of other major cities and banning the use of cigarettes in public parks. Following in the footsteps of over 1,000 cities in the U.S., Seattle has made it illegal to smoke in public parks. In May, Seattle’s Parks and Recreation officials voted to ban smoking in each of Seattle’s

Summer Fancy Food Show Reveals New Trends

New trends are on the rise, and they are as unique as ever. At this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show, a panel of expert trendspotters discovered some interesting new trends emerging. Some of the trends that were discovered include flower-infused drinks and snacks, cocktails away from the bar, new ways to enjoy beets and more.

GPR Prepaid Card Use Grows

While the unbanked use prepaid cards like checking accounts, those with checking accounts use them as ancillary financial products. A report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts has revealed that consumer use of general purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid cards is on the rise. Some of these consumers are known as “unbanked,” because they use their prepaid

High Protein, High Profit

Can meat snacks continue to serve up healthy sales for c-stores? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor “High in protein.” “Natural ingredients.” “Low sugar.” Analysts insist these are some of the top buzz descriptors that today’s consumers look for when contemplating snacking options. Even popular workout programs like P90X push high-protein meal plans and trending

Are Energy Drinks Still Delivering Oomph?

Demand for energy drinks continues to push sales upward, making the category a star performer. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Energy drink sales are up, even as larger, more established, mass-market categories like carbonated soft drinks and fruit beverages have dipped. For convenience store operators, the message couldn’t be clearer. “Energy drinks experienced solid volume

How To Entice Customers With Frozen Drinks

Bundling and smart marketing help keep frozen dispensed beverage sales hot as summer arrives.  By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Sales of frozen dispensed beverages in convenience stores show no sign of slowing down, with flavor extensions and in-store marketing resonating with consumers of all ages. “The frozen dispensed category at convenience stores continues to soar

ACID Cigarillos

Swisher International and Drew Estate have introduced ACID Premium Cigarillos. The ACID Cigar experience, famous among cigar lovers, is now available in a premium infused cigarillo. ACID Premium Cigarillos contain the legendary ACID sweetness and aroma for a one-of-a-kind smoking experience and are available in three unique expressions: Blue, Red and Green. The Mellow ACID […]

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Liquid Concentrate Squeeze Bottle

Coffee-mate has launched the Liquid Concentrate Squeeze Bottle. This convenient, 8.25 –fluid-ounce, 48-serving, shelf-stable format helps foodservice operators build their businesses with flavor appeal. Coffee-mate Liquid Concentrate Squeeze Bottles are designed to be visibly placed where customers enjoy coffee. The Liquid Concentrate Squeeze Bottle is offered in Coffeemate’s most popular flavor, French Vanilla, sure to […]

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Unique Vape Juices

Joy Flavor has introduced a colorful new line of Vape juices. This new line features a unique collection of bouquets that will flavor the Vape experience. Joy Flavor E-juice products have created an adventurous array of Vape flavor choices, featuring both natural tobacco juice tasters, as well as a line of bold fruit, and berry […]

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Brillo Erase & Wipe

Brillo has introduced the new Brillo Erase & Wipe. These wipes are unique 2-in-1 cleaning pads designed to easily erase marks and clean all around your home. The white side is the erasing side for taking marks off of walls, counters, doors and anything else you can think of. Because of the unique cell structure […]

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Fruit and Nut Bars

The Hershey Co. has introduced Brookside Fruit and Nut Bars. Brookside Fruit and Nut Bars are extraordinarily delicious snack bars made with real fruit, whole roasted almonds and signature Brookside dark chocolate. Two varieties, Brookside Fruit and Nut Cranberry with Blackberry Flavor and Brookside Fruit and Nut Cherry with Pomegranate Flavor, will be available in […]

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Eye-Catching Displays

Tasty Puff has introduced 48-pack displays. Tasty Puff, “The Grand Daddy of Flavor,” has made it possible for convenience stores to place the perfect flavor and quality easily on their counter tops or shelves with its new 48-pack displays. These eye-catching displays are available in six themes: Cigarillos, Happy Hour, Ice, Java Shop, Tobacco Road […]

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7-Eleven Introduces Second Regional Delivery Service

7-Eleven launches second on-demand delivery service, this time in Austin, Texas. Last week, 7-Eleven launched its first ever delivery service in the San Francisco area, and this week it has expanded its on-demand delivery service to Austin, Texas. The delivery service in both areas is powered by Postmates, a San Francisco based technology company. Postmates is a tech

Corner Store in Floresville, Texas Celebrates Grand Opening

New Floresville, Texas Corner Store features a Redbox and in-store dining area, among other amenities. The grand opening of the new Corner Store at 908 10th Street, Floresville, Texas was celebrated Friday with giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. At the ribbon-cutting, Pete Linton, regional vice president for CST Brands, Corner Store’s parent company, presented Floresville High

Gluten Free Bites

The Gluten Free Bar (GFB) has introduced Gluten Free Bites in two new flavors. A combination of a delicious nutrition bar and a healthy truffle, Gluten Free Bites are now available in Peanut Butter & Jelly and Dark Chocolate Hazelnut. The classic combination of creamy peanut butter paired with real dried strawberries creates the perfect […]

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Recruiting Tip

Employers can increase job survival rate by using inside sources. By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics An Ohio State University study found that companies could increase their job survival rate by 25%  or more if they focus on finding new workers through inside sources, such as re-recruiting former employees, referrals by current employees and internal job

More Customers are Choosing to Dine-In

The number of customers dining-in is on the rise, because customers don’t just want to buy, they want an experience. According to a report by The NPD Group, a global information company, more customers are dining-in rather than using a drive-through or carrying-out. Typically, an on-premises visit results in a higher average check size than

7-Eleven Partners With New ATM Provider in U.S.

7-Eleven convenience stores in the U.S. to begin installing ATMs from a subsidiary of the company that supplies ATMs to its Japan-based locations. Financial Consulting & Trading International Inc. (FCTI), of California, is the new ATM provider for 7-Eleven Inc. The agreement between FCTI and 7-Eleven was completed on July 6, 2015. FCTI is a wholly-owned subsidiary

Jiffy Mart Raises Funds for St. Jude

Jiffy Mart exceeds fundraising goal, raising $11,500 for St. Jude. For the eighth year in a row, during the month of May, Jiffy Mart stores in Carroll County Md. took part in the “Give Thanks. Give Hope.” campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Jiffy Mart customers and associates have raised over $59,000 for St. Jude since

Corner Store Thanks and Honors Heroes

Corner Store celebrates the country’s heroes with Military Mondays and the Share a Hero campaign. To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, Corner Store is hosting Military Mondays and the Share a Hero campaign in order to recognize military and personal heroes. “Between Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day, summer is a great

Greater Access to Sugar Market Necessary to Avoid Price Inflation

The Coalition for Sugar Reform demands an expansion in sugar market access in order to avoid inflated sugar prices. The Coalition for Sugar Reform, along with 13 other trade, consumer and retail associations, sent a letter to the United States Trade Representative Michael Froman requesting a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that includes expanded sugar market

Strategic Alliance Formed Between Nestlé and Polar Beverages

Nestlé and Polar Beverages to manufacture, distribute and sell cans under both brand names through new partnership. A distribution agreement has been made between Nestlé Waters North America Inc. and Polar Beverages, Inc. to produce cans under Nestea and Poland Spring brand names. The agreement is being called “Polar Strategic Ventures,” and it will become effective July 15, 2015 and will cover the

Opportunities to Use Gasoline Alternatives Study is Released

A study has been commissioned to investigate opportunities for using gasoline alternatives in Pennsylvania. The Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) has commissioned a study regarding opportunities for using natural gas and propane as an alternative to gasoline. The study was funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED). The SGICC’s

Tecate Light’s Born Bold Program Extended for Authentic Mexican Celebrations

Tecate Light takes advantage of authentic Mexican Celebrations to drive sales. Tecate Light is extending its Born Bold program this September to push sales during authentic Mexican Independence Day celebrations. Tecate Light is encouraging bi-cultural consumers celebrate the holiday with a bolder tasting light beer. National TV spots, digital and social media and Independence Day focused bilingual messaging

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