Kwik Trip CNG Station Count Up To 28

An additional four CNG sites will open in the fall of 2014. Kwik Trip Inc., the Wis.-based chain of convenience stores, has opened its 28th compressed natural gas station. The most recently added include Davenport, Iowa, Lake Mills and Eau Claire, Wis. Kwik Trip opened its first CNG location in April of 2012 and has


Starbucks Launches Coffee Trucks on College Campuses

The coffee giant pilots new retail formats with Generation Z consumers. Starbucks is rolling out food trucks at Arizona State University, James Madison University in Virginia, and Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, Businessweek reported. The trucks will travel around campus, offering up caffeinated beverages on demand. What’s more, the trucks, operated by foodservice company


McDonald’s To Sell Packaged Coffee At Supermarkets

Partners with Kraft Foods to manufacture bags of McCafe. McDonald’s is set to sell its coffee in ground or whole bean form at supermarkets nationally by the end of 2015, New York Daily News reported. The move is aimed at upping the profile of the coffee sold at its QSRs. McDonald’s has paired with Kraft

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Breaking: Max Lenker of RaceTrac Announces Retirement

“We congratulate Max on his 40th anniversary and subsequent retirement,” says RaceTrac’s CEO. After more than 40 years of service to RaceTrac, Max Lenker has decided to retire effective Dec. 31, 2014. “Max has been one of the most instrumental individuals in RaceTrac’s growth since he joined the company in 1974,” noted Allison Moran CEO,


Analyst Weighs In On CST Brands Acquisition of Nice N Easy

CST could leverage Nice N Easy’s strength in foodservice and grocery. CST Brands Inc. announced yesterday that it is acquiring the convenience store assets, franchisor rights and associated trademarks of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor. The deal had been set in motion by


Is Uber Breaking Into The C-Store Market?

Uber is delivering convenience store goods to wealthy neighborhoods in D.C. Could your town be next? Uber, a venture-funded startup and transportation network company that connects passagners with drivers of vehicles for hire and rideshare services via a mobile app, is piloting a c-store items delivery service in Washington D.C. This week, the company announced


Family Dollar Rejects Dollar General Bid

Family Dollar points to antitrust regulatory considerations in declining Dollar General’s higher all cash buyout offer. Family Dollar has rejected a nearly $10 billion buyout bid from Dollar General, instead planning to proceed with its original agreement to merge with Dollar Tree, CNN reported. Family Dollar said in a statement that its board rejected the


Rutter’s Awards 3rd Grand Prize in SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes

In addition to free gas for a year, customers can also win thousands of other prizes, like free Rutter’s coffee for a year. Nicholas Thomas of Red Lion, Pa. has been selected as the third winner of gas for a year in Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom sweepstakes. There will be four grand prizewinners of free gas for


CST Brands to Acquire Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes

 “Nice N Easy’s founder, the late John MacDougall, started this process a year ago with very specific provisions about the sale that would protect the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes name, image, people and his legacy,” according to Fran Duskiewicz, president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. CST Brands Inc. announced the signing


Authentic Mexican Flavor

Beer drinkers in the southwestern U.S. can quench their thirst for a unique, refreshing and authentic Mexican lager when Montejo arrives at bars, restaurants and at grocery and convenience stores Sept. 1. Anheuser-Busch will import Montejo—a golden lager beer with more than 100 years of Mexican brewing tradition. The launch of Montejo marks the first


Responsible Fast Food

Maggie’s Conscious Vegan Cuisine meals were created by Chef Maggie Radzwiller in response to the growing demand for plant-based meals. Radzwiller’s original recipes are prepared with locally-sourced fresh vegetables and herbs, and seasoned with original spice blends to create deliciously satisfying meals. Packaged in BPA-free microwavable jars, Maggie’s Conscious Vegan Cuisine meals go from the


Bar Code Scanners

Datalogic has announced the availability of the QuickScan QBT2400 and QM2400 cordless imagers, the latest additions to the popular QuickScan 2D imager line of general purpose handheld scanners. The popularity of 2D bar codes has spread across all market segments of the data capture industry. As a result, imaging technology usage is steadily growing and

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Chicken Club Sandwiches

AdvancePierre Foods (APF), a nationally-recognized, fully-integrated producer and seller of handheld sandwiches and value-added meats, has expanded its Fast Choice sandwich line with the Grilled Chicken Club, which is now available. The new sandwich features flame-broiled chicken, topped with Monterey jack cheese and bacon ranch sauce on AdvancePierre’s famous sesame seed bun. Wrapped in a


Werewolf Blood-Red Ale

Newcastle is resurrecting its popular Werewolf Blood-Red Ale, which was the top-selling imported limited edition in 2013. Like the nocturnal man-beast that serves as its namesake, Newcastle Werewolf has something of a split personality. Tear into a bottle or a pint and it mysteriously transforms—starting out smooth and mellow, then transforming to a bitter bite


Hot Chai Lattes

Hot chai lattes are a winter menu staple for many coffee shops. Now with Oregon Chai, convenience stores can expand beverage offerings this season with a new flavor in its signature chai collection: Oregon Chai Spiced. Built on Oregon Chai’s popular original black tea blend, this rich, creamy drink brings an even bolder flavor with

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Tobacco-Free Smokeless Alternative

Smokey Mountain Chew Inc. is America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand.  The company is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless alternatives on the market, in flavors that adult consumers demand.  Smokey Mountain Snuff is a loose smokeless product, and is available in seven great flavors.  Smokey Mountain Pouches are a single portion product,


Thorntons Provides $3 Million Matching Gift Toward Academic Center

New $14 million facility to be named the Thorntons Academic Center of Excellence. Thorntons, an independent gasoline and convenience chain retailer headquartered in Louisville, has provided University of Louisville Athletics with $3 million to be used as a matching gift toward the fund-raising efforts for a new academic center on the Cardinals’ campus. With $6

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BP Launches Gift Card Promotion

For a limited time, new rewards members can earn a $10 Amazon Gift Card. BP has introduced a promotion that aims to boost enrollment and participation in the BP Driver Rewards program by offering a $10 Gift Card to new members. Between June 29 and Nov. 4, qualifying new members can register and opt-in

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Racetrac Celebrates National Aviation Day

Brings Red Bull Air Race World Championship Experience to guests. To celebrate National Aviation Day and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Fort Worth, Texas Sept. 6—7 at Texas Motor Speedway, the RaceTrac store in Frisco invited Dallas/Ft. Worth residents to participate in an augmented 3D virtual reality experience on Aug. 19. Guests


Kangaroo Express Announces “Double Salute” Winner

Gainesville native wins Patriotic photo contest. Cheryl Anthony will enjoy an all-expense paid VIP stock car racing experience as part of summer-long Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops fundraising campaign Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced that Cheryl Anthony, a Gainesville, Fla. native, has been named the official winner of its “Double Salute” patriotic


Economics Driving Buying Decisions on Alternative Fuels, Vehicles

“The successful fuel and vehicle technology will be decided by the consumer,” says Fuels Institute Executive Director. Consumers look at alternative fuels and vehicles the same way that they look at traditional fuels: economics drives the purchasing decision. Consumers say that they consider fuel economy and the cost of the vehicle far more important than


E-Cig Display

Frank Mayer and Associates Inc. is a custom in-store merchandising display company, which recently designed and produced a display for the e-cigarette company, Durasmoke, that has been placed in the convenience store environment. Merchandising solutions come in all sizes. This space-saving counter display provides high visibility for the DuraSmoke brand in the crowded convenience store


TVECA Weighs In On The Safety of E-Cigs on Planes

Some point fingers at lithium-ion batteries in e-cigs as a fire hazard, but laptop computers contain the same batteries. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After the New York Times reported that airport officials were asking the Transportation Department to classify e-cigarettes as hazardous materials after an e-cig allegedly caused a bag to smolder and be


Circle K Building Southern California Prototype

Circle K breaks ground on c-store, gas station and car wash on a 90,000 square foot property for mixed-use development. On Monday, Circle K broke ground on a new prototype in Southern California at 1450 S. Sanderson Ave. in San Jacinto, which is scheduled to open later this year. The new Circle K/ Mobile prototype


NRF Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Swipe Fee Ruling

“There’s so much at stake here for U.S. retailers and their customers that we have no choice but to pursue this case as far as possible,” says NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. The National Retail Federation (NRF) told the U.S. Supreme Court that the debate over debit card swipe fees is “of staggering