Voters Approve Tobacco Tax Increase in California

Ballot measures to raise tobacco taxes in other states failed. On Nov. 8, California voted to raise taxes on tobacco products. California’s Proposition 56 to raise the state excise tax on tobacco products by $2/pack on cigarettes to $2.87/pack and an equivalent amount on other tobacco products including e-cigs, passed by a wide margin on

Aite Group Makes Predictions For A Trump Presidency

Will the Affordable Care Act and parts of the Dodd-Frank Act be rolled back? In the wake of last night’s U.S. election outcome, Aite Group analysts consider what the Trump presidency will likely mean for the financial services industry. Javier Paz, senior analyst, Wealth Management noted that capital markets don’t like surprises and demonstrate so

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Highlight Healthy Snacks

Today’s Idea of the Day: Use signage to identify healthy snacks. Consumers are increasingly looking for healthier snack options, and many customers don’t think of c-stores as having healthy options. A little signage can help change these perceptions and help health conscious customers navigate the snack aisle. Do you offer healthy snack bars? Healthy chips?

What Are Consumers’ Beverage Preferences?

NPD Group finds that despite decline, soft drinks remain the top beverage consumed at foodservice outlets. U.S. consumers have been drinking fewer purchased beverages for the last decade, but they turn to the beverage standards of coffee, soft drinks, milk, iced tea or bottled water when they do, according to The NPD Group, a global

CST Brands Sees Net Income Boost in Q3

Improvement in net income driven by sale of assets and an increase in both the U.S. and Canadian merchandise and services gross profit. CST Brands Inc. reported solid financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2016, ahead of its pending merger with Circle K. “We performed well during the quarter despite the comparison

Sheetz Celebrates Veterans Day

Veterans and active service people can enjoy a free sub, fountain drink and car wash on Veterans Day. Sheetz is thanking veterans and active duty military personnel this Veterans Day with a number of free offers. On Friday, Nov. 11, Sheetz invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free six-inch turkey

TravelCenters Honors Veterans

In celebration of Veterans Day, Veterans with a CDL can get a complimentary meal on Nov. 11 at TA and Petro full-service restaurants. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, is honoring Veterans with complementary meals this Veterans Day. TravelCenters invites all truck drivers who are also

Modular Counter

Boost your food-to-go sales with the Modular Counter. The Modular Counter by Fri-Jado allows retailers to present hot and cold products in a single line-up. The display entices customers through a clear product presentation. Retailers can combine hot and cold products in meal deals. The product is easy to install and retailers can adapt the […]

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Natural Lemonade

In 2015, The Coca-Cola Co. acquired Hubert’s Lemonade, and Coca-Cola featured the brand at NACS Show 2016 as part of The Coca-Cola Co. portfolio for the first time. Hubert’s is the leading lemonade brand in the natural channel and is rapidly expanding into the convenience channel between now and summer 2017. The lemonade is available […]

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Clean Ice

Franke has introduced an antimicrobial ice protection system, EcO3Ice. The system treats the water used by ice machines to dramatically reduce microbial build-up, including bacteria, yeast and mold. EcO3Ice is a compact, low-power device that continuously treats incoming water used by ice machines. With each cycle, EcO3Ice creates a small, safe and effective amount of […]

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Turn-Key Bakery Program

Bakery case products deliver high profit margins to convenience stores, but not all operators may know how to launch or maximize their bakery programs. To help c-stores of all sizes offer fresh baked goods, in first quarter 2017 Rich’s Foodservice will launch a solution: a Corner Market Turn-Key Bakery Program. C-stores can choose from one […]

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Tamper-Resistant Clamshell Containers

RoundWare is the latest offering in Inline Plastics’ breakthrough Safe-T-Fresh line of patented, tamper-evident products. The single-piece, four-inch diameter, clamshell design, coupled with Safe-T-Fresh tamper-evident, tamper-resistant technology, is going to revolutionize this market segment. RoundWare is manufactured with patented DPET material, which has a smaller carbon footprint than many products made with rPET, and has […]

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Donut Holes

Prairie City Bakery is introducing new French Toast Donut Holes, which join Blueberry, Cherry, Chocolate and Old Fashioned flavors. All donut holes are tender, tasty bite-sized donuts coated with a rich glaze and packed in a convenient, portable, clear cup with a pop-off lid that makes it easy for on-the-go snacking. Cups have new, vibrant […]

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CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Upsell Contests for Employees

Today’s idea of the day: Move tobacco accessories by incentivizing employees to upsell an accessory with every purchase. Consider running a contest with your associates to see who can upsell the most lighters, rolling papers or e-liquids/cartridges to ensure they’re letting customers know these accessories are available every time they buy a tobacco product. Set

Swiss Farms Debuts New Menu

Hires a chef to develop fresh food choices for c-store customers. Swiss Farms, the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through market, is expanding its freshly-prepared meal line, Fresh Solutions, with the addition of signature meals. To head up the development of the freshly-prepared meal line, Swiss Farms hired Justin Vignola as director of fresh food/new product development.

Rutter’s Donates In Honor of New Store Opening

Northern Berks Food Pantry to use Rutter’s donation to provide Christmas hams for 100 families. Rutter’s is helping to make Christmas brighter for families in need. Rutter’s recently hosted the grand opening of its newest store in Hamburg, Pa. During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Rutter’s donated $3,000 to local charities. Each organization received $1,000. Recipients

7-Eleven Celebrates Election Day with Free Coffee

7-Election Presidential Coffee Cup Poll ends Nov. 8. Tuesday, Nov. 8 is Election Day in the U.S. and for the first time ever 7-Eleven is celebrating Election Day by serving up free coffee to c-store customers. The fifth quadrennial 7-Election Presidential Coffee Cup Poll officially ends Election Day, and 7-Eleven is closing out the big

Bold and Boneless

Tyson Convenience has announced the launch of new Bold Boneless Wings. These new wings feature new bold, unique, on-trend flavors. This product is formulated for superior hold quality with consistent piece sizes ideal for convenience stores. Each bite-size piece offers big, bold flavors perfect for consumer snacking opportunities. Tyson Bold Boneless Wings flavor varieties include […]

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Macadamia Nut Snacks

Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Inc. has expanded its snack portfolio with Royal Hawaiian Orchards Single-Serve Macadamia Nut Pouches. The brand’s Single-Serve Macadamia Nut Pouches are available in six flavors. Gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Verified, the convenient grab-and-go pouches are now available at 7-Eleven and other select convenience stores nationwide. Made with buttery-rich macadamias grown in […]

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NRC and Petroleum Equity Group Form Alliance

By combining resources, the two companies aim to offer even greater opportunities to clients. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC of Chicago, and Petroleum Equity Group Ltd. of Chappaqua, N.Y. have formed a strategic alliance to provide joint real estate and financial advisory and other services to owners and operators in the convenience store and

Keep Frozen Beverage Sales Flowing Year-Round

Since their creation in the late 1950’s, frozen dispensed drinks have become almost synonymous with convenience stores everywhere. According to NACS, the frozen beverage segment generated 50% profit and frequently leads to additional in-store purchases. Additionally, of all the hot and cold dispensed beverage sales, 13.2% came from a frozen beverage dispenser in 2015. Because

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Impulse Purchases

Today’s idea of the day: Drive impulse purchases at checkout with higher-priced items. Take a look at the items you place by the front checkout to drive impulse sales and consider how you can revamp this section to make the most profit possible. Are most of the items low-priced items?  If so, consider adding some

NOCO Raises $6,850 For Newman Family Club

Annual golf outing at Holiday Valley helps to raise donations. NOCO announced a donation of $6,850 to the Newman Family Club, the Tonawanda, N.Y. location of the Northtowns Boys and Girls Club. The funds were raised by employees and vendor partners who participated in NOCO Express’ annual golf tournament held this past summer at Holiday

TravelCenters of America Provides Winterized Diesel

Winter additives offer protection to drivers this winter. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is continuing its annual winter diesel additive program to help trucking fleets and professional drivers weather what is forecasted to be a brutally cold and snowy winter. The treated fuel dispenses

VERC Enterprises Offering Free Car Washes To Honor Veterans

Veterans receive a free top tier car wash and wax for free. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store, Mobil/Gulf gasoline retailer and car wash operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, will honor Veterans Day by offering military veterans a free car wash and wax. On Friday, Nov. 11, all veterans of the United