Hershey Unveils World’s First Public 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit

Visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction can experience 3-D chocolate printing. The Hershey Co., in partnership with 3D Systems, on Dec. 19 debuted its 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. Visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction will have the opportunity to witness live 3-D chocolate candy printing for the first time.


New Corner Store Opens in Magnolia, Texas

Officials present $5,000 donation to Magnolia High School. Corner Store held a grand opening celebration today for its newest location in Magnolia at 32502 FM 2978 near the intersection with Egypt Lane. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Pete Linton, regional vice-president of Corner Store, presented Magnolia High School with a check for $5,000 to show

GetGo Brewing Up Pennsylvania Store Plan

New c-store will offer kitchen-cooked food and beer on site. By David Bennett, Senior Editor GetGo is moving ahead with its plan to construct its newest prototype store—this one outside of Erie, Pa. Officials from Harborcreek Township are reviewing the company’s plan for the 6,100-square-foot c-store and restaurant that is the second proposed GetGo location

SpeedStop Stores Convert to SuperAmerica

Concerns over BP’s long-term viability in the Midwest prompted change in fuel supplier. Longtime owner and operator of SpeedStop stores, JM Companies is converting its BP-supplied gas stations — except those in Jenkins, Pequot Lakes and Pierz, Minn. —to SuperAmerica convenience stores, as well as at an E-Z Stop store that JM Companies recently acquired.

Couche-Tard Acquiring The Pantry

Definitive merger agreement strengthening Couche-Tard’s position in attractive Southeastern and Gulf Coast U.S. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. and The Pantry Inc. have announced a definitive merger agreement under which Couche-Tard will acquire The Pantry in an all-cash transaction valued at $36.75 USD per share, with a total enterprise value of approximately $1.7 billion USD, including debt

GPM Investments Donates $20,000 To Pink Heals

Marks conclusion of successful $1,000,000 scratch card game contest. For GPM Investments LLC, community support is the name of the game when it comes to its $1 Million Scratch Card Game and Charity Donation. GPM’s highly successful $1 Million Scratch Card Game began in 2014. The game afforded GPM the opportunity to simultaneously conduct a

MFA Oil Announces New Vice President of Sales and Marketing

“Jon’s leadership with our sales and marketing teams, along with the success and growth of APM LLC, our dealer business, has greatly improved MFA Oil,” says MFA Oil president and CEO. MFA Oil has named Jon Ihler as vice president of sales and marketing. Ihler is responsible for overseeing sales, marketing, quality control and oil

IDDBA Reveals 10 Insights to Watch in 2015

“Evolving tastes, customer demographics, and shopping patterns continue to impact the retail food industry,” says senior education coordinator, IDDBA. Traditional grocery is projected to lose market share to alternative channels, snacking now accounts for one-half of all eating occasions, and bakery shoppers are as worried about high-fructose corn syrup as they are about trans fats,

Hershey-Funded Operation Producing Life-Saving Therapeutic Food

Hershey invests more than $1 million and food expertise to help severely malnourished Ghanaian children using peanut-based food. The Hershey Co., in partnership with Project Peanut Butter, announced that the project’s newest manufacturing facility—located in Kumasi, Ghana—is now beginning full operation. The new plant will produce Project Peanut Butter’s peanut-based Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods

Joe Hamza, Brent Mouton Join the NAG Board of Directors

Industry veterans round out the NAG eight-member board for 2015. The National Advisory Group (NAG), retail trade association for convenience store and petroleum operators, is proud to announce that Joe Hamza, ‎Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Tedsechi Food Shops, and Brent Mouton, President and CEO of Hit-n-Run Food Stores, have joined the Board of

Refresh Your Taste Buds

The makers of Simply Orange and Simply Lemonade, experts at delivering great tasting juices and juice drinks made with deliciously simple ingredients, are giving fans an all-new way to enjoy a refreshing taste experience. Simply Juice Drinks, a premium line of all-natural, not-from-concentrate juice drinks, are available in three great-tasting flavors—Fruit Punch, Tropical and Mixed

Morning Rounds

Family-owned Ozery Bakery, the fastest growing brand in the breakfast breads category, recently launched its new Date & Chia Morning Rounds. Adding a uniquely subtitle crackly crunch, combined with rich, sweet dates, this newest addition to Ozery Morning Rounds is a real star. Mornings Rounds fruit and grain buns are incredibly moist and made with

Bubble Tape

This month, the No. 1 fun gum form, Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape Awesome Original, is rolling out a new two-pack offering (four-ounce clamshell) found in-aisle (MSRP $1.80). Also, this month Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape is releasing the new Sour Blue Raspberry flavor. Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape Sour Blue Raspberry brings together the No. 1 fun

Minions Mix

In honor of the success of the Despicable Me movie franchise and holiday DVD release, MIKE AND IKE has debuted a limited time only offering of MIKE AND IKE MINION MIX. This fun variety comes with three different designs on pack—making them a collectable item for every Minion lover. Made with real fruit juice, fans

Spice Up Menus

During this time of year, customers seek more comfort foods when dining out. Musselman’s Apple Butter makes it easy to add more on-trend offerings in any daypart. Musselman’s Apple Butter is gluten free, fat free and cholesterol free—providing great taste with no strings attached. No longer just a breakfast spread, Musselman’s Apple Butter’s richly spiced

Hispanic Culture Series

The new BIC Special Edition Hispanic Culture Series Lighters are designed to appeal to the growing Latino population in the U.S. The eight designs in this series include fun sayings; designs inspired by Día de los Muertos and hip patterns influenced by “papel picado” paper art. Lighters in this series are made in the USA

Shrink-Wrapped Six-Packs

What’s better than a bottle of Uncle Si’s Iced Tea? A six-pack! Chinook USA and Duck Commander Family Foods are introducing shrink-wrapped six-packs for each of the four flavors of Uncle Si’s Iced Tea: Sweet, Un-Sweet, Peach, and Half & Half (half iced tea/half lemonade). The six-packs are shipping to wholesalers throughout Chinook USA’s 26-state

CST Brands & CrossAmerica Acquire Landmark Stores

Purchase of 22 stores in San Antonio and Austin is third acquisition in less than three months by CST and CrossAmerica. CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP have agreed to jointly purchase 22 convenience stores in San Antonio and Austin, Texas from Landmark Industries, the third combined acquisition in less than three months. The

Sunoco LP Completes Acquisition of Aloha Petroleum

Purchase price approximately $240 million. Sunoco LP has completed the previously announced acquisition of Honolulu, Hawaii-based Aloha Petroleum Ltd. Aloha Petroleum is the largest independent gasoline marketer and one of the largest convenience store operators in Hawaii, with an extensive wholesale fuel distribution network and six fuel storage terminals on the islands. Aloha currently markets

The Pantry For Sale, Seeks Acquirer

Expected to announce bid winner within days. Convenience store chain The Pantry Inc. is reportedly up for sale, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper noted that the Cary, N.C. company, which does business primarily under the Kangaroo Express banner, has a market value of $685 million, and using a typical takeover premium, an

Charlotte Beers To Be 2015 AWMA Expo Women’s Leadership Speaker

“Charlotte Beers has combined her business insight with an innate Southern charm to become highly successful in the competitive world of advertising and marketing,” says AWMA President & CEO. Charlotte Beers, former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and national advertising agency CEO, will address attendees at the Women’s Leadership Breakfast during

NOCO Express Opens Grand Island C-store

Store includes U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt and convenient amenities. NOCO Express recently celebrated the grand opening of its newly rebuilt store located at 1898 Whitehaven Road in Grand Island, N.Y. The former 950-square-foot store has been replaced with a brand new 4,000-square-foot store to accommodate the needs of today’s on-the-go customers. Open 24 hours daily, the

U.S. Gasoline Demand Nosedives After Thanksgiving

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric. Preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration shows gasoline demand in the United States dropped 9.3% to a six-month low during the week following Thanksgiving Day, a busy travel holiday, tumbling from the second highest weekly rate of demand for 2014. Gasoline supplied to the primary wholesale U.S.

Thorntons Celebrates Dixie Highway Store Reopening

Donates to Kosair Charities. Thorntons recently held a ribbon cutting and check presentation Kosair Charities to celebrate the reopening of its newly renovated 4520 Dixie Highway location at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4. Event attendees included: Tony Harris, president, Thorntons Inc., Scott Love, economic development manager, Louisville Metro Sherry Conner, mayor of Shively Randy Coe,

Kum & Go Opens New Lowell Location

New eco-friendly Arkansas store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options. Kum & Go has opened a new convenience store in Lowell, Ark. at 104 North Bloomington Street. The new store is 5,000-square-feet and during its opening week, the store will offer $1 fresh pizza slices. An older Kum & Go was previously