7-Eleven Announces Franchise Contest Semi-Finalists

Public to choose top three finalists among 10 semi-finalists vying for franchise fee-free 7-Eleven store. And now there are 10. Ten military veterans or those soon to leave the U.S. Armed Forces are competing for the public’s favor and the opportunity to own a 7‑Eleven franchise without the expense of a franchise fee. The Facebook


Acumera, ZipLine Partner

Introduce ZipLine Connection App. Acumera and ZipLine, a provider of mobile- and card-based decoupled debit (ACH) payment solutions, announced the launch of the ZipLine Connection App. As a part of Acumera’s fast-growing suite of Apps for Your Network services, the new app runs on Acumera’s Merchant Gateway platform. Acumera customers can now benefit by offering

NATO Responds To IOM Study On Tobacco Age Requirements

Study confirms that most underage users rely on social sources to get tobacco. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a study that concludes raising the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products “will likely prevent or delay initiation of tobacco use by adolescents and young adults,” according to the National Association of Tobacco Outlets

Pilot Flying J To Settle Lawsuits With Three Trucking Companies

Four additional trucking companies are continuing a civil lawsuit. Pilot Flying J is settling lawsuits with three trucking companies who allege the company cheated them out of fuel rebates, ABC News Cleveland reported Attorneys for National Retail Transportation, Keystone Freight and Shoreline Transportation of Alabama notified U.S. District Court Judge Amul Thapar of the settlement

New TeaZa Energy – Smooth Energy, No Crash!

The new simple, smart and healthy choice for enhanced energy and performance. A natural tea packaged in a pouch and that offers alternatives to candy, shots, tobacco and other energy boost options. Your consumer enjoys the taste and you the retailer enjoys the margins.

Natural Gas Fueling Station Opens In Orlando

New station at Orlando International Airport to service a range of vehicles. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced the opening of its newest natural gas fueling station, located at 6155 Cargo Road, Orlando, Fla. The new station at Orlando International Airport is open to the public 24/7 and can accommodate a variety of natural gas vehicles

Meeting America’s Fuel Efficiency & Environmental Goals

Automakers and Diesel Associations outline benefits of new diesel technology on Capitol Hill. As the U.S. advances efforts to increase passenger car mileage and decrease Greenhouse Gas emissions in the coming years, advanced clean diesel vehicles can play a key role in achieving efficiency and environmental gains providing new government policies don’t hinder current or

CSD Exclusive: NACS Ends NACS CAFE Food Training Program

A NACS-supported foodservice training curriculum will continue to be available for convenience store retailers on the Web through Ready Training Online. By John Lofstock, Editor The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has decided to shut down its Center for Achieving Foodservice Excellence (CAFE) program, Convenience Store Decisions has learned. While NACS remains committed to

An End To Climbing Gas Prices?

Prices dip after a 40-day climb, but more fluctuation is expected. The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline dipped on March 8 for the first time since increasing for 40 consecutive days—the longest streak of daily price increases since 2011, AAA reported. During the 40-day rise, average gas prices grew by 43 cents per

7-Eleven Launches 7Rewards Loyalty Platform on App

When customers buy six drinks they get the 7th free. 7‑Eleven Inc. is launching 7Rewards, an expanded customer loyalty platform that rewards customers with a free beverage for every six cups purchased through its 7‑Eleven mobile app. The program includes 7‑Eleven coffee and its other hot beverages, Big Gulp, Slurpee and Chillers drinks. “7‑Eleven is

Craft Beer Drinkers Go Beyond IPAs

Some 83% of craft beer drinkers say they also drink non-craft beer. As the craft beer category becomes increasingly competitive with larger companies and niche brewers alike entering the market, attempting to edge out established players, research shows that brewers have their work cut out for them when attracting craft drinkers. Market intelligence agency, Mintel

Rutter’s Expands Menu to Include Nachos

Customers can customize their order with add-on options. Rutter’s Farm Stores has introduced nachos to its diverse and rapidly expanding menu, the central Pennsylvania retailer announced this week. Rutter’s new spicy snack is served on white tortilla chips and the customer’s choice of nacho cheese or shredded cheddar cheese. Customers can also customize each order

Regional 7-Eleven Stores Introduce Redpop Slurpee

Participating 7‑Eleven stores in Ohio and Michigan now carry new Redpop Slurpee drink. The flavor is a home-town favorite from Faygo Beverages. Faygo Beverages and 7‑Eleven Inc. have announced an exclusive partnership to release the long-demanded combination of their flagship products—the Faygo Redpop Slurpee drink. Beginning this month, Redpop Slurpee beverages are available at more

Diversity Brings Change to Beer Market

The once-popular domestic beer segment, still referred to in the industry as “popular” beer, has steadily been losing market share the last few years. In fact, “big beer’s lagging performance is hindered most by declining volume sales in the massive light beer segment (49% market share),” said Beth Bloom, food and beverage analyst for the

Healthy Drinks Spur Big Business

A vast majority of consumers consider bottled water—in all of its forms—to be healthier than soft drinks, according to newly released findings from a survey conducted online by Harris Poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older for the International Bottled Water Association. By product type, bottled waters are classified as

Cold, Frozen Drinks Tout Destination

Very few categories within the convenience store industry say ‘destination sales’ like cold and frozen beverages. That’s because over the last five decades, the category has grown up side by side with the c-store industry—the whole time reflecting the changing tastes and cultural propensity of the American consumer. According to The NPD Group, the iced

CSDs Remain Relevant Through Innovation

Everyone says consumers are shunning carbonated soft drinks (CSD) for healthier beverage options. Yet CSD still dominates in the beverage market, controlling at least a 20% slice. Consumers’ desire for healthier beverages is spurring movment in the category. The Big Three soft drink companies—Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group—last year pledged their support

Teas, Juices Equal Refreshing Results

Ready-to-drink (RTD) bottled teas and juices have improved in quality over the last few years, which is one reason why the category has expanded greatly in the U.S. Additionally, greater numbers of organic, low- and no-sugar RTD tea and juice products have broadened consumer choices within the category. And what’s good for the consumer is

Energy Shots Dip, But Set To Rebound

Dollar sales of energy shots topped $773 billion, for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 28, 2014, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI) data. That was a 4.78% drop from the same period a year ago. Also, unit sales dipped 4.58% to more than 245 million. Gary Hemphill, managing director of research for New York City-based

Energy Drinks Remain Strong

Energy Drinks (non-aseptic) saw total dollar sales of $7.19 billion, up 5.74% for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 28, 2014, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI). Unit sales for the same period totaled 2.97 billion, up 6%. Red Bull led the category with $2.84 billion in dollar sales, up 7.16% over last year. Monster Energy

Cigarettes Category Still In-Store Leader

Lower gasoline prices and trends in tobacco alternatives will both play a role in determining the kind of year 2015 will be for cigarettes—as will well-stocked sections and clear in-store messaging that trumpets value. Nevertheless, cigarettes remain the tobacco category’s top product performer in terms of in-store sales. C-store operators watching the cigarette market in

Cigars Might Surprise in 2015

The cigar category may just prove a pleasant surprise for convenience stores in 2015. Lower gas prices should translate into higher in-store rings and additional impulse sales. And while the lower-price tier remains the staple, many see greater opportunity for more expensive cigars. Cigar singles will continue to fuel the category throughout the year. To

Smokeless Tobacco Looking Good, For Now

Growth in smokeless tobacco this year will depend on the variety of offerings, adequate inventory and focus on roll pricing. Total smokeless tobacco sales experienced a 5% rise over the last 12 months, according to Nielsen. However, enthusiasm among retailers was tempered recently when President Obama released a proposed federal budget that included a 94-cents-per-pack

E-Cigarettes Continue to Evolve

Sales of e-cigarettes in the U.S. are set to grow 24.2% per year through 2018, according to a projection from market provider Research and Markets Ltd. Those are promising figures for many convenience retailers who continue to take stock in data from such groups as StatisticBrain.com, which estimates that 2.7% of U.S. adults have tried

Vaping Products Add Juice for Retailers

Vaping products and production processes continue to develop, spurring a category full of potential for convenience stores. As the category continues to evolve with new technology, retailers can expect a big push from many smaller manufacturers to the closed systems, as the majors take over the traditional e-cigarette category. The open systems continue to experience