Mac’s Crime Prevention Success

As Mac’s works to deter theft, Harvard University is studying the convenience store chain’s approach to crime prevention. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Mac’s Convenience Stores in central Canada is well known for having a multi-faceted approach to fighting crime and maintaining store security. CSD spoke with Sean Sportun, ICPS manager, security &

Mix Storage and Safer Dispensing

Stoelting Foodservice, a division of The Vollrath Co. LLC, and manufacturer of frozen dessert equipment, released the newly-designed U431-A version of the popular U431 Pressure Fed Soft Serve Ice Cream/Yogurt Freezer to include more storage capacity, safer and more flexible dispensing. A refrigerated mix storage cabinet at the bottom of the unit contains three drawers, […]

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S-Series Slicers

Globe Food Equipment Co.’s new S-Series premium heavy-duty slicers deliver powerful features operators need and the high-quality cuts customers demand. With superior slice quality, ease of use and cleaning, and lasting value, the S-Series sets a new standard for heavy-duty slicers. Designed to perform in the most demanding applications such as supermarket delis, correctional kitchens […]

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Coconut Chia Bites

Bare Snacks is launching an innovative new snack line, bare Chia Coconut Bites. Available in three crave-ably crunchy flavors including Chia + Vanilla, Chia + Pineapple and Chia + Flax, the new snacks combine the superfood power of chia and coconut into one deliciously crunchy bite for the ultimate nutritious snack. Each variety is made […]

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Avocado Oil Chips

Good Health is adding to its robust portfolio of better-for-you snacks with an exciting new line of Avocado Oil Ridge Cut Potato Chips. Harnessing the nutritional power of pure avocado oil, the crunchy new varieties are Certified Gluten Free and available in four flavors for every snacker: Sea Salt, Creamy French Onion, Jalapeño Cheddar Jack […]

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Puffed Snacks

Snikiddy, a line of tasty snacks made from simple, wholesome, real-food ingredients, is launching two on-trend puffed snack lines—Organic Cheese Puffs and Purple Corn Puffs. The Organic Cheese Puffs are available in the two cheesy flavors including Grilled Cheese and Mac & Cheese, while the Purple Corn Puffs tout flavors like Sea Salt and White […]

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Protein-Packed Snacks

Our Little Rebellion has introduced a new line of light and crispy protein-packed snacks, Protein Crisps. Boasting 10 grams of plant-based protein per serving, the new Protein Crisps will be available in three addictively delicious, crowd-pleasing flavors: Wasabi Ginger with Honey, Hot Buffalo and Sweet & Smokey BBQ. New Protein Crisps combine bold and spicy […]

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ABV Tea

Stout Brewing Co.’s signature Flavored Malt Beverage Specialty brand, Great America, is expanding its portfolio with the addition of a new seasonal flavor, Tea with Lemon. The new flavor will begin shipping to distributors in early April and is expected to hit retail shelves shortly thereafter. Encouraged by consumer and distributor feedback, Stout Brewing Co. […]

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Turnkey Pizza Program

Rich’s Foodservice has introduced the turnkey Corner Market Pizza Program that enables a convenience store to easily launch its first pizza program for as little as $1,080. The comprehensive program makes it easy as pie—pizza pie—for every c-store to offer America’s favorite meal and attract foot traffic. To initiate a fresh-baked pizza program, a c-store […]

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Transitioning to Next-Generation Leadership

Thinking about a change in leadership can be intimidating, but planning ahead can save your business from turmoil should the unexpected occur. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor When preparing next-generation leaders within a convenience store company, the process of transitioning leadership can be challenging at best—especially when it’s a family-owned business. Savvy retailers

Pak-A-Sak Serves as Beta Customer for PDI’s Payroll Software

Pak-A-Sak finds its weekly payroll process is now more streamlined. PDI has announced the general release of PDI/Payroll. Amarillo, Texas-based convenience retailer Pak-A-Sak served as the beta customer for PDI’s payroll software. Gary McKee, the chief information officer for the retailer, said his company has seen a significant change since implementing the product. “The weekly

NRF Applauds Supreme Court ‘Free Speech’ Ruling

“The nation’s highest court has recognized that whether a merchant chooses to communicate credit card fees through a surcharge or through a cash discount is a matter of speech,” says NRF spokesperson. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that First Amendment free speech rights should be considered when determining how

Personalization Helps Retailers Compete

BRP report shows how personalization is critical and what it means. According to a new special report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP), personalization has gone well beyond simple marketing to demographic groups, customer segments or even personas. It is more than simply greeting a customer by name when they walk in the store and it

Food Quality Factors into Customers’ Gas Station Choice

National survey reveals gas prices still key in selecting a station. After years of fighting negative perceptions about food quality, customers are finally coming around to the idea that many c-stores have fresh, healthy food. What’s more, Americans are increasingly seeking out fueling locations based on the quality of the food associated with the gas

CITGO Honored For MDA Research Contributions

CITGO funds treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases through various fundraising events. CITGO Assistant Vice President of Supply and Marketing Alan Flagg accepted a special award for CITGO’s unprecedented contribution to MDA’s research program and was presented with a white coat by MDA Chairman of the Board R. Rodney Howell, M.D. The event took place

POS Grows With the Times

Point of sale innovation will continue to improve the customer experience. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Russell Gibson knows technology. As manager of marketing technical services for Sinclair Oil Corp. of Salt Lake City, Gibson is aware of the latest tech trends in most retail channels. But he was wowed recently at a restaurant in

HEINEKEN’S ‘The Cities Project’ Gives Back

Partners with Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour. During Summer 2017, The Cities Project by Heineken is partnering with the Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour – helping fund incredible projects across the country while awarding consumers tickets to the season’s hottest music tour. The Cities Project by Heineken helps bring to life ideas that

C-Store Magnate Who Grew Christy’s Markets Dies

Mihos ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2006 and 2010. Christy Mihos, a convenience store magnate who ran for governor of Massachusetts twice has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 67. According to the StarTribune, Mihos was born in Brockton, Mass., and grew his father’s grocery store business into the 150-store chain,

Dunkin’ Donuts Customers Can Order Ahead with Waze

DD Perks Rewards members enjoy more convenience through mobile ordering. Dunkin’ Donuts is the latest company looking to make ordering easier for loyal customers. Dunkin’ Donuts customers can now use Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers, to save time both on the roads and

NGA Meetings Set for NACS Show

NGA is the third major trade association to partner with the NACS Show. NACS and the National Grocers Association (NGA), the leading associations representing convenience retailers and independent grocers respectively, announced that NGA is aligning its Fall Leadership Meetings comprised of the Trading Partner Business Sessions and Financial Management and Technology Conference with the NACS

QuikTrip Expanding E15 to 44 Dallas-Fort Worth Stores

Joins Kum & Go, RaceTrac and Sheetz among others in offering E15. Customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will soon have more places to buy E15 fuel. QuikTrip, the Tulsa, Okla.-based chain of convenience stores, has joined major retailers selling E15—a biofuel that contains 15% ethanol—by announcing it will sell the fuel at 44 of

Applying Today’s Automation

As retail channels vie for foodservice customers, the implementation of technological advances such as digital kiosks and self-checkout stations are making convenience stores even more competitive. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The story of how Ray Kroc grew McDonald’s into an assembly line service model—a mass producer of cheeseburgers and milkshakes—is the crux of the

Knowing How to Apply Training Triage

Some individuals entering the convenience industry lack certain educational skills.  As a result, worker training must be shaped to address such deficiencies. By Fran Duskiewicz There’s a real, practical reason I was hired by John MacDougall, founder of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, which launched my long career with the company: I was an English

Cold Brew Teas

ITO EN is launching a lineup of new ice-steeped, cold brew ready-to-drink teas across two award-winning beverage brands, matcha LOVE and TEAS’ TEA Organic. Each new beverage leverages authentic Japanese cold brew processes, ice-steeping the tea to bring out the smooth, naturally mellow sweetness of green and black teas. The new teas will begin shipping […]

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Extra Strength Apple Pie

Living Essentials LLC announces that its new MLB-themed Extra Strength Apple Pie flavored 5-hour ENERGY shot is available to order now. The product slides into home in the company’s deal with Major League Baseball as it becomes an official partner of the 2017 and 2018 MLB All-Star Game. As part of the deal, the MLB […]

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