MFA Oil Co. Acquires Brownfield Oil Co.

The purchase of Brownfield Oil to help MFA Oil improve operational efficiency. MFA Oil Co. has acquired Brownfield Oil Co., a refined fuels and lubricants supplier based in Moberly, Mo. The purchase includes a Sinclair gas station in Shelbina, Mo. and a Sinclair cardlock fueling facility in Kirksville, Mo. “Brownfield Oil serves an area where

Customers Desire a Healthier Restaurant Experience

Many consumers are on the lookout for healthier menu items, but the majority believe that healthy menu items are too expensive. New research from Mintel has revealed that the shift away from calorie counting and toward holistic wellness has led to a search among U.S. consumers for restaurants that provide clear indicators of healthy items.

Low Gas Prices Increase Spending in Other Markets

Although some are spending the money they save on fuel in different areas, many are choosing to save more and pay off their debts.  According to data from a recent consumer survey conducted by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), there is variation in the categories that are profiting from current fuel savings. More

Dunkin’ Donuts Rewards New App Users

There are so many ways for Dunkin’ Donuts fans to earn free beverages through the brand’s mobile app. From April 14-21, Dunkin’ Donuts customers can earn extra points towards free beverages by enrolling in the DD Perks Rewards program. Customers who join during the promotion period need only use the special code “STARS” to earn

Limited Edition Cheyenne Tropical Cigar Earns Best New Tobacco Product Title

Cheyenne Cigars thanks its fans for choosing an award-winning packaging design. The fresh style and distinctive packaging of Cheyenne Cigars’ first limited edition style, Tropical 100s, has earned the product the 2016 Best New Tobacco Product title at the 2016 Tobacco Plus Expo. Each year a panel of industry buyers judge four categories of new

Technavio Forecasts Food Stabilizers Market Growth

Growth in the food stabilizers market will help the foodservice industry to innovate and expand. The new Global Food Stabilizers Market 2016-2020 report from Technavio provides an in-depth analysis of the food stabilizers market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. Data from the report suggests that the market will generate $9.69 billion in

AdvancePierre Proposes Public Shares Offering

AdvancePierre may be offering common stock shares for sale through three book-running managers. AdvancePierre Foods Holdings Inc. has proposed an initial public offering of shares of its common stock. The company has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) relating to the offering. The number of

What to Know About Sale-Leasebacks

A recent lease accounting rule change provides a new financing wrinkle for retailers. By Mark Radosevich Fifteen years ago, I worked as a deal originator for a Lehman Brothers entity focused on the sale-leaseback (SLB) as an alternative to traditional debt financing for retail petroleum acquisitions. Some of the advantages of an SLB that we

Condon Invested in Family Express’ Future

From programmatic hiring to competitive training processes, Kris Condon is helping shape the convenience store chain’s flourishing workforce. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Frontline employees are the backbone of any c-store chain, which makes crafting a strategy for successful hiring, training, conveying of company culture and retaining quality talent crucial for any convenience store chain.

Defying Expectations

In a year in which consumers generated strong other-than-tobacco numbers, smokeless tobacco outperformed industry forecasts in 2015. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor While the number of U.S. smokers still lags that of years past and legislators continue to debate  how to legislate the vapor and e-cigarette markets, other tobacco products (OTPs) such as chewing

Croton Holding Co. Acquires Par Mar

Par Mar Oil Co. has been acquired by Croton Holding Co., based in Pittsburgh. Fifth Third Securities Inc. served as the exclusive financial advisor to Par Mar Oil Co. in the transaction. “This transaction highlights the continued strategic activity in this industry and the value of partnering two organizations that can grow by leveraging their

1st Quarter 2016 Top 100

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport Taking a sampling of 8,806 unique items in 29 convenience stores in Mississippi, we have come up with the top best selling items during the 1st quarter of 2016. These are the items you absolutely must have in your stores if you want to improve your sales. Geographical locations taken

Cruisers Launches Mobile App

Cruisers customers now have the chance to win exclusive prizes through the company’s new mobile app. Through a new partnership with GasBuddy OpenStore, Boyett Petroleum’s Cruisers gas stations and convenience stores has announced launched a brand new mobile app. In addition, Cruisers has announced a complete redesign of its Website. The new and improved website,

NATO to Drop Trade Show, Focus on Public Policy Issues

The 2016 show later this month in Las Vegas will be the last as the association turns its attention to issues at the local, state and federal levels. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) announced it will focus its resources exclusively on public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels, and end

S’mores Themed Lighters

Scripto has introduced new S’mores Themed Lighters, just in time for summer. The Scripto S’mores Theme Lighter is perfect for lighting campfires or grills to prepare tasty s’mores and other treats. The bright blue packaging showcases scrumptious s’mores prepared with a toasted marshmallow and chocolate between two crunchy graham crackers. These lighters are the perfect […]

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Tasty, Tender Sandwiches

Tyson Convenience has introduced new Tyson Chicken Sandwiches. These sandwiches feature juicy, tender chicken, topped with cheddar or pepper jack cheese. Retailers are encouraged to offer unique toppings and sauces to allow consumers to customize their sandwich to their liking. These new handheld Tyson Chicken Sandwiches are the latest additions in the successful butcher-wrapped sandwiches […]

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Chocolate Happiness

PRAIM Group has announced the creation and distribution of a line of all-natural chocolate bars for Happiness Is., an inspirational brand that sells bestselling books, calendars, notecards, journals and more. Happiness Is… features uplifting illustrations reminding people of the many simple ways to experience happiness daily. PRAIM Group will introduce six chocolate bars – including […]

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Complete Door Hardware Package

Anthony has introduced a new deal to retailers who purchase the new Anthony LifePlus Gasket along with Anthony Cloze Control. Those who purchase one Anthony LifePlus Gasket and one Cloze Control will receive a five-year gasket warranty for free. The LifePlus Gasket uses a durable, innovative gasket material that maintains a tight door seal under […]

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A Good Night’s Sleep

6 Hour Sleep has introduced a new drug-free, pure sleep supplement – 6 Hour Sleep. This new supplement is packed with 12 proven sleep-promoting ingredients, including chamomile, valerian root and melatonin—a combination so powerful the company is calling it a Sleep Synergy Blend. These nutrients and minerals engage with your bodies’ rhythms, easing you to […]

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First 365 by Whole Foods Market to Open Next Month

Whole Foods Market has plans to open 13 new 365 by Whole Foods Market locations in the next two years. The first ever 365 by Whole Foods Market location is now scheduled to open in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles on May 25. This new brand was designed to complement the Whole Foods

Kroger Announces Partnership with Lucky’s Market

The new partnership between Lucky’s Market and Kroger will benefit both companies, and their customers. The Kroger Co. has entered into a strategic partnership with Lucky’s Market. As a part of the new partnership, Kroger has made an investment in the specialty grocery store chain, which focuses on natural, organic and locally-grown products. The partnership

Fast Casual Restaurant Chains Grow in Popularity

The NPD Group has revealed the top five fast casual restaurants based on number of units, and Chipotle is currently on top. Research from The NPD Group has revealed that fast casual restaurant chains have grown in both units and customer visits. The number of fast casual chain restaurants rose by 5% to 19,043 total

PriceAdvantage Experiences Substantial Growth

Large and small fuel retailers are adopting PriceAdvantage software, leading to substantial company growth. PriceAdvantage, a division of Skyline Products, has revealed that the company experienced substantial growth for the first quarter of 2016. This growth has been attributed to a number of new customers, as well as the expanded use of company software by

Mondelēz International Announces Strategic E-Commerce Partnership

Chinese consumers will now have greater access to Mondelēz International products. Mondelēz International has announced a new strategic e-commerce partnership with Alibaba Group. This partnership will provide Mondelēz International greater access to e-commerce, and will expand its reach and deepen its penetration in the Chinese market. Chinese consumers will now be able to purchase a fuller

Peanut Butter Bites

The makers of the SKIPPY brand have taken the big taste of real SKIPPY peanut butter and put it into bite-size snacks with new SKIPPY P.B. Bites. Portable and poppable, this new snack is packed with double the peanut buttery goodness. Featuring a crunchy center with a soft, non-sticky peanut butter coating, the product is […]

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