7-Eleven Expands Bakery Offering With Candy Bar-Topped Doughnut

New doughnut replicates TWIX’ caramel-chocolate flavor and features TWIX Caramel Cookie Bar pieces on top. 7-Eleven Inc. has partnered with Mars Chocolate North America to add some fun to the bakery case. The c-store behemoth is rolling out a fresh doughnut topped with pieces of TWIX Caramel Cookie Bars. The Caramel Bar Made with TWIX

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Core-Mark Sees Record First Quarter Sales of $3.5 Billion

Fresh sales increased approximately 14%; while total non-cigarette sales increased 13.5%. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. “Core-Mark showed solid revenue and store growth in the first quarter as well as continued progress with our core strategies, but we have more work to do to improve

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Irving Oil Enhances Rewards Program

Now convenience store customers have new ways to save and can even earn on in-store purchases. Irving Oil has enhanced its Irving Rewards programs, offering customers more ways to save. The enhanced program offers big savings to customers across New England with three new ways to save up to 30 cents off per gallon. In

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Pilot Flying J To Celebrate Mother’s Day

An online coupon awards customers a free cup of coffee. Pilot Flying J is preparing to honor Moms the week of Mother’s Day (May 14). From May 14-20, Pilot Flying J is treating moms to one FREE cup (at any size) of Pilot Coffee. To get their free cup, moms can just display an online

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Irving Oil To Open $8 Million Goobies Big Stop

Revamped location to feature a 115 seat restaurant and eight fueling positions. Irving Oil’s plans for a new Goobies Big Stop will be good news to customers looking for great meals and clean washrooms along the TransCanada Highway. The existing Big Stop location will be taken down to make way for the new location featuring

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Rutter’s Introduces Wine Sales to Two Additional C-Stores

The new wine selection is located near the beer cave and offers convenience store shoppers a range of options. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s is growing its wine business. The second and third Rutter’s locations to sell wine started sales Friday, April 28. The Leola Rutter’s is the first convenience store in Lancaster County to start selling

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Circle K Debuts C-Store with Full-Service Food

Fresh pizza and breakfast sandwiches to greet customers in Wheaton, Ill. Circle K continues to expand its footprint in the Chicago area and is hosting a grand opening for the newest location on 100 W Geneva Road in Wheaton, Ill. The opening is notable because it’s the first convenience store in the area to offer

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Alta Convenience Ready to Grow

After a restructuring of ownership, this Colorado chain is in the process of branching out within its marketplace. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Alta Convenience c-store chain, based in Denver, has undergone big changes in the last few years. The latest transition alteration occurred in October 2016 when Alta Convenience parent Western Alta Holdings LP

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Brands Sympathetic To Lifestyle Trends Appeal To Singles

As lifestyles change and more shoppers remain single longer, Mintel finds brands that embrace this reality are more likely to be rewarded by customers. New research from Mintel reveals that single adults are more likely to consider improving their physical health (56%), finding a new job (49%), buying a new car (42%), or buying a

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Adopting Technology for Tomorrow

The most savvy convenience retailers are applying automation that puts the focus on the customer. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Inventorying, loyalty perks, customer engagement, forecourt marketing and supply chain strategies carry weight in a successful convenience store operation. How developed each segment is and how well it functions more often than not depends on

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The Pride Stores, GreenPrint Join Forces

Introduce reduced emission program in Chicagoland. Following successes with similar programs, GreenPrint LLC, creator of Reduced Emissions Programs, announces expansion into Chicagoland through a partnership with The PRIDE Stores. The companies will be launching a reduced emissions program across every PRIDE Stores location in and around Chicago. The turnkey sustainability program, called Purpose, reduces consumers’

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SNAP Rule “Variety” Definition To Be Redefined

The rewrite would help make the regulations work for small retailers. The omnibus spending bill just passed by Congress included a provision that would require the Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) to rewrite the definition of “variety” in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailer eligibility regulations, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores

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ExxonMobil Speedpass +App Launches Groundbreaking Innovations

The app can now work with Ford vehicles with Ford SYNC 3 and Apple Watch. Customers at Exxon and Mobile stations are about to have even more ways to pay for gas. ExxonMobil is launching a number of updates to its Speedpass+ mobile payment app, including use of the app with both Ford vehicles equipped

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Rutter’s Grows Into Lebanon County

New location features 16 fueling stations, an espresso bar and award winning food options. Rutter’s has opened a new convenience store in Lebanon County located at 798 West Main Street in South Annville Township. This will be Rutter’s 67th location. The 7,500 square foot store has 16 auto fueling stations and four dedicated high speed

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Kum & Go Opens New C-Store in Colorado Springs

Latest c-store is designed for LEED-certified status and features a “Go Fresh Market.” Kum & Go introduced its latest convenience store—located in Colorado Springs, Colo. on May 4 The new store’s address is 525 Wooten Road, and it has a focus on fresh food and features a variety of unique offerings. A key feature of

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Philadelphia Retailers Battle Tobacco and Soda Regulations

While new tobacco ordinances make it challenging to get tobacco permits, a soda tax threatens sales in the beverage category. It’s a tough time to be a convenience store owner in Philadelphia. The City of Philadelphia’s Health Department, looking to protect children, early this year started snuffing out permits for selling tobacco products. According to

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Packaging Sandwiches

When it comes to offering sandwiches and other to-go foods at convenience stores, the right packaging can make or break a sale. Retailers and other experts share how they use packaging to catch the eye and whet the appetite of customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor A growing number of c-store retailers are putting more

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Meat Sales Set to Grow

Be it chicken or beef jerky, protein demand is giving meat sales a boost. While consumers remain ‘mindful’ of meat consumption, their not stopping their consumption any time soon. Meat and poultry products are consumer favorites, food industry mainstays, and protein powerhouses—all factors that will keep the U.S. industry for animal protein growing despite challenges

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Heineken Sponsors ICC, Offers In-Store Sweepstakes

Heineken is bringing the excitement of ICC gameday to retail and to the host stadiums. With a deep heritage in the soccer space, this July HEINEKEN USA is bringing the beautiful game closer to its fans, wherever they are. Heineken will be the presenting sponsor for every International Champions Cup (ICC) match in the U.S.

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U.S. Gasoline Futures Roll into May with a Thud

By Brian Milne, Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Building supply and slowing demand triggered a string of losses for the gasoline futures contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange, including the last six sessions through May 2, strongly arguing that the preseason rally ahead of peak summer driving demand

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NRF Asks Congress To Support Competition Via Swipe Fee Reform

Ahead of Financial Choice Act vote, retailers speak out on interchange fee reform. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is urging the House Financial Services Committee to reject efforts to repeal debit card swipe fee reform as it considers approval of the Financial Choice Act. “Debit card swipe fee reform has brought competition and transparency to

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Sheetz Begins Hiring Spree

Set to add more than 3,400 employees across the company. Sheetz is growing its workforce. The Altoona, Pa.-based convenience store chain is set to hire more than 3,400 employees companywide. Recently named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Fortune and Great Place to Work, Sheetz will hold open interviews for full-time

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Rutter’s Annual Golf Outing Supports Local Charities

Now in its 15th year, Rutter’s golf event helps children in need. Rutter’s is again giving back to local charity organizations. Rutter’s Children’s Charities raised over $175,000 for Central Pennsylvania charities at its 15th annual golf outing, the company announced. Since its beginning in 2002, the two-day golf outing has raised over $1.72 million for

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Growth Energy Applauds Kwik Trip On E15 Offering

Kwik Trip joins other c-store chains in expanding its fuel options for customers. Kwik Trip announced its move to join other major fuel retailers in offering E15—a biofuel that contains 15% ethanol—to customers in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Kwik Trip is aggressively adopting E15 by leveraging existing infrastructure to offer it. The company plans to

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Wells Fargo Outlines April Beverage & Snacks Sales Results

Promotional pricing helps soft drink sales while the energy segment sees soft growth. All channel dollar sales (including grocery, drug, mass, and convenience stores) for the total snack and beverage categories during the four-week period ending April 22, 2017 were up +3.4%, according to Wells Fargo Securities and Nielsen data. The timing of Easter this

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