Gas Prices Climb By Double Digits

Pump prices are still expected to remain lower than years past as seasonal maintenance gets underway at refineries. The national average price of gas moved 12 cents per gallon higher this past week, ending March 14. The price jump marks the largest weekly increase since March 2015. AAA pointed to a decline in gasoline supplies,

Smokeless Tobacco Stays Steady

With a void left by smokers who are foregoing cigarettes and e-cigarette users who aren’t convinced of their long-term stability, more U.S. tobacco consumers are embracing other tobacco products (OTP). As it has for the last few years, smokeless tobacco is driving sales in the OTP category as tobacco manufacturers find new ways to keep

Popular Proteins Define Snacks

Dried meat products have been around for hundreds of years, but arguably this snack offering has never been more popular, especially in the convenience store channel. C-stores account for nearly 60% of the $2.8 billion in meat snack sales across all multi-outlet venues in 2015, according to IRI. C-store meat snack sales outpaced the industry

Cigar Growth Threatened by Regulations

As part of the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2017, a new program called Preschool for All has been proposed with funding coming from an increase in both the federal tax on cigarettes and a tax increase on other tobacco products (OTP), including cigars. Currently the federal tax on cigarettes is $1.01 per pack, the

Parkland Fuel Corp. Acquires Assets from Imperial Oil in Canada

Purchase includes On the Run / Marche Express convenience store franchise system and 17 Esso-branded retail sites. Parkland Fuel Corp. is acquiring Imperial Oil’s On the Run / Marché Express convenience store franchise system and related trademarks in Canada. In addition, Parkland will also purchase the real estate assets at 17 Esso-branded retail sites in

Kum & Go Raises Money For Homes in Habitat for Humanity Partnership

District with the most donations will see a Habitat house built in their community. Kum & Go convenience stores has once again joined forces with Habitat for Humanity, marking the third straight year that the two are partnering on a national campaign. Through the partnership, Kum & Go stores will fundraise for Habitat for Humanity

NRF Predicts St. Patrick’s Day Spending At Retail

More than half of St. Patrick’s Day revelers plan to celebrate the holiday by purchasing food and beverages. St. Patrick’s Day can bring a retail boost as customers grab beer, snacks, shamrock novelty apparel, candy, decorations and more. The National Retail Federation (NRF)’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insight and Analytics

Will California Be The Second State To Raise Smoking Age?

Bill to up purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 moves to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. California is close to potentially becoming the second state to up the legal age for purchasing tobacco products. NPR reported that the California Senate voted Thursday, March 10 in favor of increasing the legal age for buying

McDonald’s To Woo Angry Starbucks’ Customers With Loyalty Program

After Starbucks changes its rewards rules, McDonald’s sees an opportunity to vie for coffee customers. McDonald’s is creating a loyalty program that can be accessed via its smartphone app and will likely reward customers with deals based on how many times they visit the QSR chain each month. Yahoo News reported that the app will

Last Chance to Participate in the CSD Human Resources Benchmarking Survey

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

Vape Products Holding Their Own

The biggest story for the vaping industry in 2015 was no news: whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would deem vaporizers and associated products such as flavored e-juices the same as tobacco products. Of course such a determination would make vape products susceptible to some federal regulations—not to mention state laws and taxes—that

E-Cigarettes Strive in 2015

Though there were positive developments in the e-cigarette segment, the biggest development in 2015 was the further strengthening of Vuse by R.J. Reynolds Vapor, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reynolds American. Data compiled by Wells Fargo Securities LLC indicated the Vuse brand firmly holds onto the No. 1 spot with 38.5% of the dollar shares as

Stripes Celebrates Livingston C-Store With Grand Opening Fiesta

New convenience store adds more than 30 jobs to the community. Stripes Convenience Stores celebrated the opening of its first Stripes Convenience Stores in Livingston, Texas, on March 8 with a grand opening fiesta ribbon cutting celebration. The new store is located at 2301 US Hwy 190 W. The ribbon cutting included a performance by

Flavors, Textures and Cheese Lead Snack Trends in 2016

Snacking remains a popular and growing pastime with Americans—about 80% admit to enjoying at least one a day, 29% snack twice a day and 22% grab something to curb their appetites three or more times a day, according to research by CivicScience. According to industry data, multi-snackers, who snack two or more times per day,

RaceTrac Petroleum Set To Revamp C-Stores In Louisiana

As the convenience store chain renovates more than 20 locations, it plans to implement an updated design and expand its coffee offering. RaceTrac Petroleum convenience store locations in Louisiana are set to get a major facelift. Some 21 c-stores from Baton Rouge to Lafayette to New Orleans are scheduled for remodel by the end of

Caryville Travel Center Adds Minit Mart C-Store

In May, the location plans to introduce an expanded truck parking lot, diesel islands, CAT truck scale and a professional driver entrance. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) adds a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a Minit Mart convenience store and a Shell gasoline offering at the TA located at I-75, Exit 141 (289 Howard Baker Hwy) in

Love’s Debuts Three New Travel Centers

New Indiana, Oklahoma and Colorado travel centers offer drives a range of amenities from showers and gourmet coffee, to foodservice and name-brand electronics. Love’s Travel Stops is now welcoming customers at three new travel centers. All opened for business on March 10. They are located along U.S. Highway 30 in Plymouth, Ind.; along Interstate 70

Buc-ee’s To Break Ground On Louisiana C-Store

Buc-ee’s plans to include local Baton Rouge products in its first convenience store location outside of Texas. Buc-ee’s is expanding its footprint beyond the Lone Star State by opening its first convenience store in Louisiana. According to a report from the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report Buc-ee’s is debuting its new location in The Greens

Healthy Snacking Spans Three Dayparts

More and more Americans are eating smaller portions of food more frequently throughout the day, and there is universal agreement in the food industry that this mega-trend is here to stay. This tendency is especially evident during the morning daypart, where on-the-go meal sales are surging. What’s also increasing is sales of breakfast and snack

Baby Boomers Snacking 20% More Often Than Millennials

Millennials reach for grab-and-go snacks when they’re hungry, while boomers find snacking more convenient than preparing a big meal. While marketers and retailers are busy vying for Millennial dollars, when it come to snacking it turns out baby boomers are leading the trend, with boomers eating ready-to-eat snack food 20% more often than Millennials, according

Patriot Capital, U.S. Oil Partnership To Help Dealers With EMV Upgrades

U.S. Oil retailers to gain access to financing programs that make it possible to convert forecourt, in-store equipment to meet EMV compliance requirements. A partnership between fuel distributor U.S. Oil and Patriot Capital is set to aid dealers in meeting EMV deadlines. U.S. Oil retailers, whose brands include Shell, Sunoco, BP, ExxonMobil, Phillips 66, Marathon,

ATMs Meet Industry Cash Needs

Visitors to the NAC2016 Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., hosted by the National ATM Council Inc. in October, will learn the latest advances in the ATM industry, from machines that work with mobile devices, to those which enable customers to make cardless cash withdrawals, purchase lotto tickets, exchange foreign currency and participate in coupon

7-Eleven Canada Purchasing 148 C-Stores From Imperial Oil

The Imperial locations will be remodeled as 7-Eleven convenience stores and stocked with a full assortment of fresh products. 7-Eleven Inc. is growing its footprint in Canada, where it already operates more than 500 stores. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, 7-Eleven Canada Inc., is acquiring approximately 148 convenience and fuel retail sites from Imperial Oil of Canada.

Feds Secretly Recorded Conversations During Pilot Flying J Investigation

Prosecutors look to keep files involved in the ongoing investigation of Pilot Flying J rebate fraud sealed. More indictments could surface in the Pilot Flying J scandal after federal agents revealed they secretly recorded more than 200 hours of conversations that took place during the investigation of rebate fraud at the Knoxville, Tenn.-based travel center

7-Eleven Divesting 13 East Coast C-Stores

The Massachusetts and New Hampshire-based convenience stores will be sold using NRC’s “buy one, some or all” sealed-bid sale process. 7-Eleven Inc. plans to sell 13 gasoline stations and/or convenience stores in the Eastern U.S., which includes 12 locations in Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire. 7-Eleven has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors to