Cheese Dippers

The Laughing Cow has introduced its newest innovation, Cheese Dippers, a portable, individually-portioned snack featuring The Laughing Cow’s rich, creamy cheese and crunchy breadsticks. The brand’s new offering addresses consumers’ increasingly on-the-go lifestyles and appeals to adults and children alike. Each serving provides an excellent source of calcium, delivers four grams of protein and contains […]

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Larger Gluten-Free Pretzel Crisps

Snack Factory is expanding its Gluten Free Pretzel Crisps line with the addition of new Deli Style Gluten Free Original Pretzel Crisps. Previously, all Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Gluten Free offerings were mini size, but the new Deli Style Gluten Free Original Pretzel Crisps are larger and allow for dipping, topping, pairing and sharing. The […]

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Craft Soda Relaunch

The Coca-Cola Co. announced the relaunch of Hansen’s and Blue Sky craft sodas at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., on March 11. The sodas are being relaunched with new branding and fresh packaging. Hansen’s Sodas has debuted a throwback logo and glass packaging that nods to the brand’s 40-year roots in Southern […]

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Protein-Packed Snacks

Enjoy Life Foods has launched a new portfolio of allergy-friendly, bite-size snacks. The new snacks include a line of plant-based protein-packed ProBurst Bites and smaller, snack-size versions of the company’s cookies: Soft-Baked Cookie Minis and Crunchy Cookie Minis. These new innovations are Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified and are free-from the eight most common food […]

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Compostable Coffee Pods

Boyd Coffee Co. has partnered with Club Coffee to create the first 100% compostable, fully-certified single-serve beverage pod. The new single-serve pod is made from more than 90% renewable resources, and the pod’s ring is made from coffee chaff – the skin of the coffee bean that comes off during the roasting process. Every single […]

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Marshmallow Ghostbusters Characters

In partnership with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Campfire Marshmallows has released Campfire Ghostbuster Marshmallows, just in time for the worldwide release of Ghostbusters in theaters July, 2016. The marshmallows are vanilla flavored and are shaped like the iconic Ghostbusters characters, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (White) and Slimer (Green). Campfire Ghostbusters Marshmallows are fat free, […]

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Millennials Using Smartphones For Shopping, Video Calls

Millennials leading increased smartphone activity. Millennial technology preferences are shifting away from computers and toward smartphones for activities like shopping and video calls. Millennials are driving the increased usage of video calling as a preferred application among smartphone users. In fact, according to The NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence Application and Convergence Report, more than half

Panhandle, Texas CEFCO Re-opens with Sonic

The newly-upgraded Panhandle, Texas CEFCO store offers an enhanced shopping experience to customers.  Following a redesign, the CEFCO Convenience Store located in Panhandle, Texas, at Highway 60 and FM 207 has officially re-opened. This latest opening represents the 23rd, 5,500-square-foot prototype location that CEFCO has opened over the past several years, and is the second

Fuel Prices on the Rise

The transition to summer-blend fuel has gas prices rising across the nation. As fuel refineries prepare for the production of summer-blend gasoline and conduct their seasonal maintenance, fuel prices are on the rise across the country. According to a report from AAA, the national average price for gasoline has reached above $2 per gallon, and

How to Satisfy Customer Cravings with Dairy

Ice cream and dairy products, especially milk, are convenience store staples, of which U.S. consumers can’t seem to get enough. “Essentially, the category of milk is exploding in retail health stores and with alternative milks, yet conventional grocery and c-stores are behind trend on offerings,” said Deborah Holand, a consulting partner with b2b Solutions in

Health and Beauty: More Than Before

Health and beauty aids (HBA) aren’t usually products that many c-stores take the time and trouble, or go to the expense to actively market. But they should. The U.S. beauty industry reached $16 billion in 2015, a 7% increase over 2014 sales, according to the NPD Group. Makeup experienced the healthiest sales growth—13% during that

Loyalty Evolves With the Times

2016 is expected to bring more integration of loyalty programs in mobile payments and increased development of program apps. Retailers are also moving toward encouraging 100% redemption of loyalty points. For customers, the benefits of being a loyalty program member become the most salient when the customer redeems a reward (e.g. gets discount, product or

CCRRC Helps Retailers Break Down Barriers With Latest Video Installment

The CCRRC has released a video to help retailers connect with their employees and to maximize business. The Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (CCRRC), in association with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has released the fifth video installment of its “Power Up Employee Engagement” video series. The latest installment, entitled “It’s a Partnership,” discusses

Stripes Opens in Houston

A new Laredo Taco Co. accompanies the new Stripes store in Houston. Stripes Convenience Stores is adding 30 new jobs to the Houston community with the opening of its newest convenience location. The grand opening for the store, located at 7677 Gessner Road, was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. The grand

Hoshizaki Receives ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award

Hoshizaki demonstrates commitment to energy efficiency. Hoshizaki America Inc. is being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the company’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. The EPA has presented Hoshizaki with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its accomplishments. Hoshizaki

QSR Market Anticipates Expansion

Menu expansion and catering to on-the-go consumers are helping to drive major growth in the QSR market. The global quick service restaurants (QSR) market is expected to experience substantial growth in the coming years. When considering the present state of the market, along with future growth prospects, the industry is clearly poised for growth. According

Consumer Favorites in Four QSR Categories

Convenience stores are now making the list when it comes to consumer’s favorite QSRs. A nationwide consumer survey from Market Force Information has revealed consumers’ favorite quick-service restaurant (QSR) chains in four popular food categories: pizza, Mexican fare, chicken and sandwiches. The survey includes polls of more than 12,700 consumers who were asked to rate

Why Were Gum & Mint Sales Fresher in 2015?

Taste, size and portability continue to drive growth in non-chocolate candy, especially gum and mints. And while U.S. consumer trends have moved toward the growing popularity of breath-fresheners and away from gum, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA), candy and gum sales in convenience stores rose a significant 5.6% over the 52 weeks ending

Vendor Managed Inventory Cuts Delivery Costs By 50% (Or More)

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC The low fuel costs of late have been a godsend for many suppliers, but it’s only a temporary respite, which will end as soon as fuel prices start rising again. While the experts keep touting the tremendous savings to be received from the supply chain, they mostly ignore the

Moving Forward with POS Tools

It might be surprising to learn that a great number of smaller convenience store retailers in the U.S. don’t have a point-of-sale (POS) system at all, according to Software Advice, an information resource firm that counsels software buyers. “It doesn’t make sense when you consider the affordability and the benefits of all the POS systems

Youth Rely on Social Sources for Tobacco Products

NATO implores FDA to place more emphasis on educating social sources and less on restrictive policies for retailers. Preliminary findings from the long-term Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Health has revealed the sources by which underage youth attain cigarettes and

Love’s Expands CNG Offering Through Trillium Acquisition

The new acquisition of Trillium demonstrates Love’s long-term commitment to CNG. The Love’s Family of Companies now officially includes Trillium CNG, as Love’s has officially finalized the purchase of the compressed natural gas (CNG) company. Through the agreement, Love’s has acquired 37 Trillium stations, and the companies now operate a combined 65 public-access CNG facilities.

QuickChek Named One of New York’s Best Places to Work

QuickChek is committed to providing its employees with a great place to work, and consumers with a great place to shop. For the fourth consecutive year, QuickChek Corp. has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain was recognized by The

Maverik Streamlines Pricing Strategy with PriceAdvantage

Maverik intends to reap the extensive benefits of adopting PriceAdvantage software. Maverik Inc. has officially chosen to utilize PriceAdvantage software to streamline its fuel price management across its 274 convenience store locations, throughout 10 western states. Maverik selected PriceAdvantage based on the software’s ability to allow Maverik fuel pricing analysts to conduct price research in

TravelCenters Sponsors 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show

From March 29 through April 2, TravelCenters of America will be hosting a number of exciting events and attractions at the 2016 MATS. TravelCenters of America LLC is bringing a number of exciting attractions to the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville. This year at MATS, TravelCenters, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers