CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Measure Effectiveness

Today’s Idea of the Day: Measure the effectiveness of your limited time offerings. Many c-store retailers offer limited time offerings (LTOs) among their foodservice items, but many don’t record and analyze the results of how those offerings fared with customers. LTOs offer ample opportunity to gain feedback from your customer base on what types of

Alon Announces Financial Results

Results reflect a continuation of the difficult refining environment experienced in the first two quarters of 2016, says Alon’s president and CEO. Alon USA Partners LP announced results for the third quarter of 2016. Net income for the third quarter of 2016 was $2.1 million, or $0.03 per unit, compared to $53.8 million, or $0.86

Sheetz Celebrates Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

Debuts its 10th E85/E15 refueling station in Virginia. Sheetz is celebrating the impact of the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Biofuel Infrastructure Project Grant with the opening of its 10th E85 and E15 Biofuel station in Virginia. The Biofuel station opened on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, which aims to increase

Amazon To Rollout 2,000 Grocery Stores by 2026

Pilot program to begin with 20 locations in 2018. Watch out c-stores, Amazon is coming for your brick-and-mortar business. While rumors have been swirling about Amazon’s brick-and-mortar plans, new details have emerged this week. Reports in Business Insider and Fortune note that Amazon plans to open 2,000 Amazon Fresh grocery stores within the next 10

Love’s Opens Travel Stop in West Siloam Springs, Okla.

Godfather’s Pizza and Chester’s Chicken restaurants are among the amenities that greet customers at the new location. Love’s Travel Stops has debuted a new travel stop in West Siloam Springs, Okla., along U.S. Highway 412. The new travel stop provides drivers in eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas with a new place to purchase fuel, snacks

Altria Reports Financial Results

Altria reports it has maximized the value of its SABMiller investment and expanded and extended its share repurchase program. Altria Group Inc. has announced its 2016 third-quarter and nine-month business results and reaffirmed its outlook for 2016 full-year adjusted diluted earnings per share. Highlights include: Altria’s 2016 third-quarter reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) decreased

NAG/CSD Idea of the Day: Plan for Spoilage

Today’s idea of the Day: Plan for spoilage. If you’re embarking on a foodservice program, know that waste/spoilage is a crucial part of the equation on the road to a profitable program. “Waste is good!” experts will tell you. Make sure you plan for waste in your foodservice budget and make certain employees know to

McLane Launches New Online Portal

From planograms to delivery scheduling, McLane Link portal solution saves convenience store retailers valuable time. A new online portal is giving McLane retail customers a tool to make doing business easier and more efficient than ever before. McLane Co. has announced its continued investment in analytics and performance tracking tools with the rollout of McLane

Survey Shows Retailers See Growing Organized Crime

Some 59 executives found 100% of their companies dealt with organized crime problems in the past year. Organized retail crime (ORC) remains an issue that retailers must increasingly combat. In fact, some 83% of merchants surveyed reported an increase in ORC in the past year, according to the 12th annual ORC study released by the

Dos Equis Debuts First New Most Interesting Man Commercial

Campaign evolution brings faster pace, more energy to reach the modern consumer. After premiering a trailer of The Most Interesting Man in the World last month, Dos Equis released a full-length commercial, “Airboat“, revealing more of the character’s mystique and depth. In this latest installment, viewers ride full throttle alongside The Most Interesting Man and

IDDBA Report Outlines Ways To Boost Bakery Bread Sales

Identifying natural sales connections between bakery bread and other areas of the store can help increase sales. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) and Nielsen Fresh announce the release of original research that provides retailers with ideas and strategies for boosting bakery bread sales. The report examines the connections between in-store bakery breads and the rest

7-Eleven Celebrates the World Series

Special offers for Cleveland and Chicago fans at local 7-Eleven convenience stores help celebrate the World Series. Beginning Oct. 26, 7-Eleven, Inc. has introduced some historic offers for the hometown fans of the two baseball teams making history this October. This year’s ultimate baseball match-up is a very big deal for both Cleveland and Chicago.

RTD Tea and Coffee Sales Climb

Changing habits related to taste and flavors along with a demand for more healthful beverages are among factors fueling the growth in the RTD tea and coffee segment. A report by Grand View Research Inc., has found that the ready-to-drink (RTD) tea and coffee market is set to be worth $116.13 Billion by 2024. The

Amazon Dash Button Threatens C-Store Profits

Dash Buttons take convenience to a new level. Amazon continues to expand what it means to be convenient, giving convenience stores a run for their money. Prime members can use an Amazon Dash Button to conveniently reorder everyday essentials. And that service is now set to grow. Amazon just announced it is adding more than

Growth Energy Appoints Head of Communications and Public Affairs

Christopher Hogan brings a deep understanding of association management, energy policy and consumer engagement. Growth Energy has appointed veteran D.C. communicator, Christopher Hogan, as the trade association’s new Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, effective Nov. 28. In his new role, Hogan will oversee all aspects of the organization’s efforts to raise awareness of

E-Alternative Solutions Introduces Cue Vapor System

EAS becomes exclusive distributor of the Cue Vapor System technology in the U.S. E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) introduced the Cue Vapor System— a revolutionary patent-pending technology that delivers full-flavor and all day vaping with just the push of a button—during the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show in Atlanta. Cue is set to be distributed

Thorntons Provides Mobile Mammogram Screenings

Partners with Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness to bring screenings to customers. Through a partnership with Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness Thorntons provided a week of low to no cost mammogram screenings with the Norton Healthcare Mobile Prevention Center from Oct. 17-21. The screenings were available for women ages 40 and over who had not

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Door Clings

Today’s Idea of the Day: Add door clings in the cold vault. What goes better with a cold beverage than a chocolate bar? If you’re not using door clings you’re missing out on cross merchandising opportunities that can grow basket spend. Put door cling displays right on your cooler doors and watch incremental candy sales

Wawa Grows in Philadelphia

Two new c-store locations are planned for the Center City area. Wawa is set to expand with two new convenience stores in Center City, Philadelphia. Philly.com and the Philadelphia Business Journal reported that a 7,000-square-foot store is set for 12th and market streets in the East Market Project, while a 4,500-square-foot store, will span the

Hispanic Food and Beverage Market Hits $18 Billion

As Americans expand their palates and the Hispanic population grows, demand for authentic Hispanic flavors gets a huge boost. Savvy convenience store retailers are making room for more Hispanic foods and beverages as the segment continues to soar. The size of the Hispanic food and beverages market approached $18 billion in 2015. This represented an

Global Chocolate Market Expected To Climb Through 2020

Trends such as a demand for premium chocolate, innovations in packaging and new varieties are driving chocolate growth world wide. Technavio analysts forecast that the global chocolate market is set to grow at a CAGR of close to 5% through 2020. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global chocolate

HEINEKEN USA Presents 1864 Award for Responsibility and Sustainability

Honors Harbor Distributing L.L.C and High Country Beverage. HEINEKEN USA (HUSA) announced that Harbor Distributing L.L.C of California and High Country Beverage of Colorado have been selected as this year’s recipients of the company’s 1864 Award for Responsibility and Sustainability. For the first time, the 2016 selection process considers environmental sustainability efforts, as well as

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Seasonal Ingredients

Today’s Idea of the Day: Add seasonal ingredients to sandwiches or other food offerings. Not only are seasonal ingredients a great way to communicate freshness and on-trend creativity to customers, but they are also less expensive than non-seasonal ingredients. It can be as simple as adding a cranberry mustard to sandwiches in fall or seasonal

Sheetz Launches Delivery In Two Locations

Ordering from Sheetz is now more convenient than ever for Morgantown and State College residents. Sheetz has partnered with OrderUp from Groupon, an on-demand restaurant food-delivery service, in two locations: Morgantown, W.Va. and State College, Pa. Customers in these two locations can now place orders from local Sheetz stores and have them delivered to their

TravelCenters of America Donates To Truckers in Need

Raises more than $275,000 for professional drivers during Annual ‘Band Together for SCF campaign. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) is once again helping out professional drivers in need with an annual campaign donation to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF). As a result of customer and employee donations received during its annual