Customers Invited to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with 7-Eleven

7-Eleven Canada is offering customers $1 coffee in celebration of Valentine’s Day. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, 7-Eleven is sharing the love by offering its customers coffee for only $1, throughout the month of February. Coffee lovers across Canada will be able to wear their heart on their cups by choosing a limited-edition Coffee Date

Rising Food Trends for 2016

As consumer taste evolves, so do foodservice offerings. As 2016 progresses, industry officials are noticing some food trends that are expected to shape the industry over the coming year. According to a report from Meat + Protein, five trends have been have been identified by Mintel, and these trends are expected to hit the market

Ontario Strives to Combat Illegal Tobacco

Small business bottom lines will be protected from the harm illegal tobacco causes, thanks to the new Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team in Ontario. The Government of Ontario has announced the creation of the new Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team within the Ontario Provincial Police. Convenience store retailers are pleased by the creation of this team. “The

Online Versus In-Store

Generations Y and Z, who are often lumped into one category, have some differing shopping preferences. A new GfK study of shopping habits and preferences has revealed that Generations Y and Z have differing opinions when it comes to using computers to make purchases online rather than visiting a brick-and-mortar store. Not surprisingly, some of

R.E. Powell Adopts New Buying Program

A new buying program from CSA offers customers significant money saving opportunities. A new buying group has been administered to the Pacific Northwest-based fuel distributor, R.E. Powell, by Convenience Store Alliance (CSA). The addition of this new group brings the buying power of CSA’s 1,130 stores to R.E. Powell’s network of customers throughout Washington, Oregon

Forehand Joins Golden Pantry

The Athens, Ga.-based chain’s local flavor and consumer-centric values resonate with Jacob Forehand who has left Flash Foods to join the Golden Pantry team. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Jacob Forehand, former director of human resources at Flash Foods, is set to join Golden Pantry Convenience Stores as the new director of human resources and

How Pride Can Undo the Best and Brightest

Just when a company thinks it’s on top, that’s when it should take inventory of the basics. By Fran Duskiewicz Peter Tamburro, with whom I worked at Nice N Easy for almost 20 years, and I still get together now and then at Nice N Easy’s former executive meeting lounge, Graziano’s, in Canastota, N.Y. We

Free Pizza from Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J is offering a free slice of fresh, hot pizza to customers in honor of National Pizza Day. On Feb. 9, a free slice of Pilot Flying J’s “Unexpectedly Awesome” PJ Fresh Pizza will be offered to customers in honor of National Pizza Day. Customers may receive their free slice when they display

Parker’s Opens 44th C-Store Location

Just in time for the company’s 40th anniversary, Parker’s has opened its 44th convenience location. Statesboro, Ga. is now home of the 44th Parker’s convenience store location. The newly opened store is also the fifth Parker’s in Statesboro, Ga. The new store, conveniently located at 12399 US 301 near Veterans Memorial Parkway, sells high-quality Parker’s

QuickChek Donates to Feed the Hungry

Check-Out Hunger is grateful to QuickChek and the communities it serves for its generous donations to the annual fundraiser. QuickChek Corp. is helping to feed hungry families in New Jersey’s metropolitan area through its partnership with Check-Out Hunger. During the seven-week campaign, QuickChek raised $160,000. The company’s Piscataway store raised $10,877, the most money of

Love’s Expands Kansas Network

A new 24-hour Love’s location offers a wide variety of amenities to drivers in Kansas. Garden City, Kan. is now home to a new Love’s Travel Stop. Garden City, Kan. residents and travelers along U.S. Highway 50/400 now have a new place to purchase fuel, snacks and more. “We are excited to expand our Kansas

Home Market Foods Acquires Hot ‘N Spicey Inc.

Purchase to enable Home Market Foods to further enhance its offering in the foodservice and retail channels. Home Market Foods, a producer of high quality meat-based food products, has acquired Hot ‘N Spicey Inc., best known for its Bahama Mama brand of premium sausages and its Gourmet To Go brand of high quality sausages and

Blackhawk Acquires NimbleCommerce

The acquisition of NimbleCommerce has expanded the distribution capabilities and offers that Blackhawk can offer its customers. Blackhawk Network, a prepaid and payments network, has acquired NimbleCommerce. NimbleCommerce is a digital commerce platform and network for promotions that also allows merchants and brands to manage their own prepaid offer and gift card programs, or resell

Key Findings Released from Wells Fargo Tobacco Talk

Sales trends in the tobacco market have been revealed and discussed in Wells Fargo’s Tobacco Talk. New data from the Wells Fargo Tobacco Talk survey has been released. The data from the survey has highlighted a number of trends in the tobacco industry and has discussed the impact of these trends on the market. Some

How to Sweeten Up Chocolate Sales

2016 chocolate trends include portability, portion-control, resealable packaging and shareability. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor As consumer tastes for snacks continue to evolve, one item remains supremely popular: Chocolate. It comes in many forms, styles and flavors, and it’s vitally important to convenience stores. Puro Research Group, publisher of the Packaged Facts report “Chocolate Candy

Have Gasoline Futures Reached a Bottom?

Low retail gasoline prices, at a seven-year low well under per $2 gallon, are acting as a stimulus for greater driving. By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric Despite a 2.2% rally on expiration day by the February gasoline futures contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange in closing out January, gasoline futures with nearest delivery

TravelCenters Opens Franchise Location in Bernardo, Texas

New travel center is always open and features a range of amenities, including a pet walking area. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) continues to expand its network. The company recently debuted its new TA Bernardo location at I-10, Exit 709 (6701 US Hwy. 90) in Bernardo, Texas. Amenities at the new, always-open, TA Bernardo travel

How Retailers Can Prepare for Super Bowl Sales

IRI has revealed the Super Bowl’s influence on consumer shopping trends and numerous product categories. With the approach of Super Bowl 50, numerous categories have experienced growth in the retail segment. Data from IRI has revealed that shopping sprees and pre-game preparations have lifted the sales of various food, beverage and consumer product categories. Key

How to Become an Adaptive Retailer

Despite the advancements that retailers have made in recent years, many are struggling to meet the ever-evolving needs of the consumer. According to two new studies from Accenture, retailers are failing to meet consumer demand for increased convenience while shopping with mobile devices. Accenture’s research findings have highlighted the need for retailers to become more

How Bakery can Boost Breakfast

Whether it’s a bagel, muffin or fritter, Americans are sweet on pairing their morning coffee with a fresh pastry. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Breakfast customers are increasingly looking to convenience store bakery cases for a doughnut or pastry to help them kick off their day. C-stores that feature bakery cases and keep them well

CST Brands and CrossAmerica to Hold Joint Conference Call

CST Brands and CrossAmerica Partners will hold a conference call to discuss year-end and fourth quarter earnings results. On Feb. 19, 2016, CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP will host a joint conference call at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (8 a.m. Central Time). During the conference call, the companies will discuss 2015 year-end and

Coming Soon: Five New Orleans Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurants

Strong Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees help the brand to secure strong growth opportunities. Dunkin’ Donuts recently signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Panama City Donuts LLC, an existing franchise group. The agreement includes the development of five new restaurants in New Orleans, with the first restaurant under the agreement slated to open in 2017. Led

Take the 2016 CSD/Humetrics Human Resources Benchmarking Survey and Get a Free Gift

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

On the Move Adds Three C-Stores to its Store Portfolio

On the Move is fighting to keep up with the competition by striving to add 50 new stores in 2016. As a part of brand expansion, On the Move Corp. (OTM) has acquired three convenience stores/gas stations in South Florida. These units, located in Jupiter, Wellington and Boynton Beach, Fla. are in addition to the

Manitowoc Foodservice Appoints New Senior Vice President

A fresh perspective will help Manitowoc to take advantage of new growth opportunities. The Manitowoc Co. Inc. has announced that Andreas Weisharr is now the senior vice president of strategy, marketing & human resources for Manitowoc Foodservice Inc. “Andreas brings a unique set of skills to Manitowoc Foodservice. He has led and implemented large-scale corporate

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