Cumberland Farms Celebrates Thanksgiving With Free Coffee

Cumberland Farms’ customers can enjoy free coffee on Thanksgiving and enjoy limited edition holiday flavors. Cumberland Farms plans to celebrate Thanksgiving by giving thanks to its customers with free coffee, tea and hot chocolate. From 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, customers can stop by any one of the brand’s nearly


Kerry Acquires Insight Beverages

Kerry Convenience is broadening its horizons through its acquisition of Insight Beverages. Kerry, The Taste and Nutrition Company, recently completed the acquisition of Insight Beverages. Kerry is aligning the Insight Beverage brands and technologies under the newly formed, “Kerry Convenience.” Kerry Convenience, led by the Insight Beverages team, is a new entity that will service

Dunkin’ Donuts Celebrates National Espresso Day

Dunkin’ Donuts launches sweepstakes and the brand’s first-ever National PM Latte and Macchiato Break. Nov. 23 marks National Espresso Day, and Dunkin’ Donuts is marking the holiday by announcing  new ways for people to enjoy the brand’s Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte and Macchiato beverages. Dunkin’ Donuts’ espresso celebration includes a special Twitter sweepstakes on Nov. 23, 

How Turkey Hill Is Attracting Black Friday Shoppers

Turkey Hill is drawing in business with Black Friday offers that shoppers just can’t pass up. The majority (nearly 57%) of holiday shoppers have already made a dent in this year’s holiday shopping. According to the National Retail Federation, these shoppers began their gift search in early November. This is the highest percentage of early

Kum & Go is Committed to Sustainability

Kum & Go saves energy while opening a new LEED certified location in Iowa. Kum & Go celebrated the opening of its newest location on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at 6 a.m. The new 5,000-square foot convenience store is located in Sioux City, Iowa, at 1005 Gordon Drive. In celebration of this grand opening, the

VERC Named to Boston Business Journal’s Book of Lists

Ranks 15th on the list based on 2014 revenue. VERC Enterprises has been named to Boston Business Journal’s Book of Lists as one of the region’s largest family-owned businesses. Published in a recent edition of the Boston Business Journal, the lists provide a unique source to track the progress of local sectors and the key

SuperAmerica Employees Protest

SuperAmerica employees seek higher authority in an attempt to improve terms of employment. SuperAmerica employees recently participated in a protest at the company’s headquarters in Woodbury, Minn. According to a report from the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal, company employees sought to meet with president Jack Helmick to ask for higher pay, a policy ensuring workers of all races

Why Shopper Sentiment Is Dipping Again

IRI finds consumer confidence has dipped in the third quarter of 2015. Shopper sentiment took another hit in Q3 2015, marking the second consecutive quarter for a sharp decline in confidence, according to the latest IRI MarketPulse survey. Consumers are feeling the pinch due to strained personal finances, stagnant wages, and rising health care and

How Consumers Are Gearing Up for Thanksgiving 2015

Millennials tend to be Thanksgiving Day shoppers. A recent survey from has offered some insights into Thanksgiving 2015. As many consumers gear up for holiday weekend bargains, a big group is also shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly $2.4 billion will be spent on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin

R.J.R. Launches VUSE Connect Solo Power Units

Bluetooth technology helps connect the device to an app to lock the device or monitor things like battery life. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. has announced that its VUSE Connect Solo power units are set to be available nationally on Nov. 24, 2015. These state-of-the-art units feature Bluetooth Low Energy technology that enables adult tobacco consumers

Rebranding Corner Store

CST Brands is rebranding its stores to create a refreshing atmosphere for shoppers. CST Brands Inc. has announced a total brand makeover that will start in San Antonio and spread outward, creating a network of rebranded stores within three years. CST has unveiled its first rebranded Corner Store built from the ground up. The store

Love’s Opens Two New Locations

Loves provides a new place to rest for travelers in Maryland and Wisconsin.  Love’s Travel Stops has recently opened the doors of two new store locations. The new stores are located along Interstate 68 in Cumberland, Md, and along Interstate 94 in Menomonie, Wis. The 24/7 travel stops each feature seven showers, RFID cardless fueling

Rutter’s Donates Thousands to Local Charities

Rutter’s has donated a total of $75,000 to local charities through its new philanthropic program.  Rutter’s has identified the three charities that will receive $25,000 each from Rutter’s new “Vote With Your Dollars” philanthropic program. Rutter’s new corporate giving program, Vote With Your Dollars, has enabled customers to utilize technology and the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty

Swedish Match Launches New Website

Swedish Match is providing greater access to its products for both consumers and trade partners. In order to provide consumers and trade partners with an easy-to-navigate portal for all Natural Leaf Brands along with small and large format cigars, Swedish Match Natural Leaf Brands (Game, Game Leaf, 1882, Garcia y Vega) has launched a new website,

White Owl Brand Redesign

White Owl is looking to stand out from the competition with a new brand redesign and Website. In order to emphasize the brand’s heritage, innovation, flavor and quality, White Owl Cigar has launched a new product Website and announced a brand redesign that includes new packaging and POS that will arrive in stores in January.

How To Elevate Consumer Snacking Experiences

A new report from the IDDBA identifies key strategies for food retailers to appeal to the snacking consumer. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) latest original research, Snacking Opportunities: Building Better Snacks, has been released.  The report, developed in conjunction with The Hartman Group, identifies key ways food retailers can elevate snacking experiences across bakery, dairy, deli,

RaceTrac Automates Accounting, Pricing and Inventory Management

Adds PDI’s financial and retail software packages to more than 600 stores. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has completed its rollout of PDI/ Enterprise. PDI is a provider of enterprise-class automation software systems to the convenience retail, petroleum marketing and foodservice industries. PDI’s software package includes financial, retail, wholesale petroleum and workforce management product offerings. Atlanta-based RaceTrac,

AdvancePierre Foods Welcomes New President of Retail

Former senior vice president of consumer development for ConAgra Foods joins the AdvancePierre team. AdvancePierre Foods has named Steve Booker as president of Retail. He will lead the company’s second largest business unit, which collaborates with club, mass merchandise and grocery chains to provide branded, private-brand and licensed products. AdvancePierre Foods is a producer of

TravelCenters Opens Three New Restaurant Concepts

Looks to offer guests a variety of foods in a unique atmosphere. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the opening of three new restaurant concepts within the TravelCenters network. These café style eateries offer a variety of quality foods from regional favorites to

NACS Supports Newly Passed Menu-Labeling Legislation

New legislation will help c-store operators to comply with menu-labeling laws. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) applauded the House Energy and Commerce for passing new menu-labeling legislation. The new bipartisan legislation will enable compliance for convenience store operators and increase the availability of nutrition information and choice for consumers. The committee approved H.R. 2017,

Kum & Go Partners in C.H.E.W Campaign

Kum & Go, Trident and Mondelēz International are seeking to customize the customer experience through human data intelligence. Kum & Go is partnering with Trident Brand for the launch of Trident’s C.H.E.W. (Change Health Every Week) campaign. During the campaign, select Kum & Go convenience stores will reward shoppers for healthy and active behaviors over the holiday season.

How Dunkin’ Donuts Is Catering To On-The-Go Demand

Dunkin’ Donuts is preparing to launch new programs to make it easier for consumers to get their hands on their favorite Dunkin’ products. Starting this week, Dunkin’ Donuts will begin testing its two newest programs; mobile On-the-Go Ordering in Portland, Maine and Dunkin’ Delivery in Dallas. Dunkin’ Delivery will also be available in Atlanta, Chicago, Los

How Customers Feel About Thanksgiving Day Shopping

Consumers are speaking their minds about shopping on holidays. A commissioned study from Retale has revealed anticipated consumer shopping behavior on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Retale is a location-based mobile platform that conveniently helps shoppers save on purchases from their favorite retailers and brands, and their recent study polled 1,000 adult women and men across the U.S.

How Are Gift Card Sales Faring This Season?

Gift cards are the most requested gift but early retailer promotions may impact card purchases. It’s the season of gift card purchases, but will sales be as robust as in past years? While gift cards remain the most requested holiday gift, they seem to have fallen off consumers’ shopping lists this year. Torn between the

Mars Plans Sweetest Superbowl Yet

Mars will launch new promotion that is unlike any previous marketing campaign.  Mars Chocolate North America’s SNICKERS Brand and Wrigley’s SKITTLES Brand will launch all new commercials that will air on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, during Super Bowl 50 on CBS. Leveraging their status as official sponsors of the National Football League (NFL), the brands