RAI Sells Natural American Spirit International Businesses to JT Group

The sale does not include the rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks in the U.S. Reynolds American Inc. announced that it is selling the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks, along with the international companies that distribute and market the brand outside the U.S.,


How to Foster a Stronger Workforce

As convenience retailers compete with other channels to attract qualified workers, it may be time for c-stores to rethink their strategies. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The old adage that one bad apple spoils the bunch can apply to numerous things—from pies to politicians. Inside c-stores, a bad apple can impair customer service, productivity and

QuickChek Revises New Market Plans in Seaford

QuickChek seeks to assure the local community that the new market concept will greatly benefit the local economy. QuickChek has revised it’s original plans for the construction of a new convenience market in Seaford, N.Y. The company’s original plans were met with concerns from the community, and in order to show that the new market

MFA Oil Expands Footprint Through New Acquisition

MFA Oil welcomes Lyberger Oil’s former employees and customers into it’s family. MFA Oil Co. has announced its acquisition of Lybarger Oil Inc., based in Garnett, Kan. The new acquisition will establish a substantial presence in the east-central Kansas market for MFA Oil. “We are excited to welcome Lybarger Oil’s employees and customers to the MFA

Wawa Signs Multi-Year Credit Agreement With Citi

Wawa customers will soon have a credit card of their own to make fueling up better than ever. Wawa Inc. has announced a new multi-year agreement with Citi Retail Services to launch a private label consumer credit card program for Wawa customers. The new program will launch on Sept. 30, 2015, and the service and portfolio

Will Japan Tobacco Purchase RAI Cigarette Assets?

While talks are said to be “advanced” a deal has not been finalized. Japan Tobacco Inc. (JTI) is reportedly in talks to buy cigarette assets from Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) According to a report by Bloomberg, JTI may acquire assets worth about $5 billion, including some of the Natural American Spirit tobacco brand. Discussions were

MotoMart Partners With Acumera

Rolls out a comprehensive network management solution, including Dual WAN Failover app, which provides high availability wide area network (WAN) connectivity. MotoMart convenience stores have added Acumera’s C-Store Connections package. MotoMart is part of family-owned FKG Oil Co., is headquartered in Belleville, Ill., and operates 78 stores in six states in the Midwest. According to

Samsung Pay Launches in the U.S.

Samsung enters mobile payments race with new, widely accepted technology. Samsung, as of Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, has launched it’s new Samsung Pay technology within the U.S. This debut comes only weeks after Android Pay was launched and approximately one year after the introduction of Apple Pay, but Samsung is confident that its new technology

Tyson and NACS Provide Protein to Food Bank

Tyson and NACS help to provide wholesome food to hungry people throughout southern Nevada. Tyson Foods Inc. and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)  recently donated a truckload of protein to Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas. This donation was made in an effort to eliminate hunger in southern Nevada. Three Square, which serves Clark, Esmeralda,

New Sheetz Concept Launched in State College, Penn.

The new store concept is expected to attract the students of nearby Penn State University. The students of Pennsylvania State University now have a new place to eat and purchase alcohol, within walking distance of campus. A new and improves Sheetz store has just opened and this is a treat for all State College, Penn.

How Cold Brew Coffee Is Rising In Popularity

There has been substantial growth in cold  brew coffee popularity, but its popularity is quite precarious. New research form Mintel has revealed that the popularity of cold brew coffee in the U.S. has exploded in the last year. The expanding role of cold brew coffee is reflected in the retail sales from last year, with

Postmates to Deliver for Walgreens

7-Eleven isn’t the only chain delving into delivery.  Postmates, which recently partnered with 7-Eleven, is also set to deliver for Walgreens drug stores in all cities where Walgreens has stores and Postmates operates. This newest partnership is helping Postmates to expand delivery beyond the realm of food and into more diverse categories. According to a

FDA Releases Proposed Rule On Tobacco Product Jurisdiction

A comment period is now open through November. The Cigar Association of America reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has clarified its proposed rule on tobacco product jurisdiction. Parker Kasmer, an associate in the FDA Group, provided the following summary regarding the proposed rule on Friday: “FDA issued a proposed rule today, clarifying

New Frisco, Texas Corner Store Opens

New Corner Store celebrates grand opening while demonstrating commitment to the community with donations to local high school. In celebration of the grand opening of its newest Frisco, Texas location, Corner Store held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, complete with giveaways to customers in attendance. The new store is located at 6529 Dallas Parkway on the corner of

How to Market to the Hispanic Consumer

Before convenience stores can effectively attract more Hispanic customers, they have to strive for cultural competence. This only happens through due diligence and time. By Sylvia Meléndez Klinger and Kate Brogan, Hispanic Food Communications Inc. There are more than 55 million Hispanic consumers in the U.S. today, and the Hispanic population is expected to double

Mars Opens New Global Food Safety Center

Mars moves to ensure better food safety for generations to come. Mars Inc. has opened a new Global Food Safety Center. This facility is the first-of-its-kind and will be used for pre-competitive research and training. The aim is to raise global food safety standards through collaboration. Convening governments, academics, regulators and industry peers, the Mars Global Food Safety Center is

How The Pizza Industry Is Heating Up

Demand for convenience calls for fast casual pizza offerings. Sales at U.S. pizza restaurants reached $41 billion in 2014, up 3% from 2013. Pizza is ranked as the second most popular cuisine at quick-service restaurants in the U.S., according to “Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, 2nd Edition,” a report by market research publisher Packaged Facts.

Kocolene Marketing Sells 13 C-Stores To Couche-Tard

Kocolene to continue to operate seven retail fuel outlets and 14 tobacco stores in addition to its wholesale motor fuels distribution business. Kocolene Marketing LLC has closed the sale of convenience store assets to Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mac’s Convenience Stores, LLC. The Company’s assets acquired by Couche-Tard include 13 company-operated convenience

GPM Buying 175 Gas Stations in Midwest

If deal is completed as planned GPM would grow its store count to 950 stations. GPM Investments, owned by Arko Holdings Ltd., is purchasing up to 175 filling stations, c-stores and tobacco stores in the Midwest, according to a report by Globes. The deal is reportedly happening in two stages. In stage one of the

FED Adopts Enhancements To Same-Day ACH Service

Phase one of the new rule is set to go into effect next September. The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday, Sept. 23, approved enhancements to the Federal Reserve Banks’ same-day automated clearing house (ACH) service, despite opposition from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and other stakeholders. The enhancements are intended to align the

How JTI Is Growing In Emerging Products Segments

Wells Fargo notes JTI is expanding in the areas of e-vapor, tobacco vapor and next generation products. At Japan Tobacco (JTI)’s investor meeting in London on Sept. 18, the company reiterated its mid-to-high single-digit profit growth target and noted that it expects to grow profits in the mid-to long-term. Wells Fargo Securities LLC, noted JTI

MacFood Mart Partners With OpenStore by Gasbuddy

Drives convenience store traffic with new Web page and mobile app. Mcintosh Energy, parent company of MacFood Mart, has partnered with OpenStore by Gasbuddy to embrace all aspects of convenience store marketing through a multiplatform approach. McIntosh Energy realized that it takes more than just having a good location to drive business to a store.

Smoker Friendly Donates More Than $100,000 To JDRF

Store clerks selling ribbons, customer donations and an auction helped Smoker Friendly raise funds for the cause. Smoker Friendly has delivered a check for $100,237.00 to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Colorado. Smoker Friendly International and The Cigarette Store Corp.’s 89 Smoker Friendly and Gasamat stores delivered the funds on Sept 21. The efforts of

How Pumpkin Beverages Are Giving Foodservice Menus A Boost

Seasonal beverages help increase visits, visit frequency and basket size, according to NPD research. With autumn comes the annual tradition of limited-time offer (LTO) pumpkin specialty drinks. Turns out that it’s one of the favorite times of the year for foodservice operators who offer the limited-time drinks too because their business benefits in more ways

How American Customers Are Celebrating Halloween

Nine in 10 Halloween shoppers are expected to buy candy this year. Fall is here, and fast on its heels will come Halloween. This year more than 157 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The average