22nd Century Offers Clinical Trial Update

Names 10 major research centers as study locations in very low nicotine content tobacco cigarette clinical trial. 22nd Century Group Inc. announced that an update has been issued on the pivotal Phase III study entitled “Strategies for Reducing Nicotine Content in Cigarettes.” Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by Eric Donny,

GasBuddy Debuts Business Pages SaaS Platform

New platform helps convenience stores showcase their businesses and connect with customers. GasBuddy, the technology company changing the way consumers find, purchase and save money on gasoline, has introduced GasBuddy Business Pages, a new suite of digital tools and services to help gas station convenience stores reach more consumers and promote their brand and locations.

Peter Tamburro Named NAG Board Chairman

Clifford Fuel general manager succeeds Thorntons President Tony Harris as Chairman of the National Advisory Group (NAG). The convenience store industry continues to grow sales at record numbers, but the stakes have never been higher as convenience store owners face competition from multiple retail channels. The National Advisory Group (NAG) has been working overtime to

Hurricane Matthew Impacts Fuel Supply Path

Customers search for gas station with gas following Hurricane Matthew. Following Hurricane Matthew, Palm Beach County, Fla. residents on Friday struggled to fuel up amidst closed gas stations, according to the Palm Beach Post, which visited 20 stations in West Palm Beach and found only half had fuel. AAA reported that such shortages were common

Gas Prices On The Rise

Despite concerns, Hurricane Matthew is not expected to have long-term impact on  gas supply. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline reached $2.26 per gallon on Oct. 10, according to AAA, eight cents more than one month ago and six cents less than one year ago. Hurricane Matthew caused concerns about gasoline supply, but

Buc-ee’s Cancels Louisiana Plans

Buc-ee’s continues to pursue expansion outside of Texas. Buc-ee’s has canceled plans to open its first store in Baton Rouge, La., eight months after it first announced its expansion outside of Texas, according to WBRZ2ABC News. The store had been set for the Millerville exit on I-12, and would have marked the company’s first location

Founder of Open Pantry Passes Away

Robert “Bob” Buhler began one of the earliest convenient food store chains in the U.S. Robert W. Buhler, 93, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Open Pantry Food Marts, and father of Open Pantry’s current President and CEO Robert Buhler, passed away on Oct. 6. His obituary follows: Robert Walter “Bob” Buhler was an entrepreneur and

Global Foodservice Equipment Market Growing

Advancement in refrigeration technology, cost-effectiveness, safety, efficiency & automation in kitchen equipment brings growth to the global foodservice equipment market. The global foodservice equipment market is predicted reach $43,379 million by 2022, according to a new report by Allied Market Research, “Foodservice Equipment Market: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022.” The cooking equipment segment

Sheetz Begins Selling Wine

Following Act 39, Sheetz begins wine sales in Pennsylvania. A Sheetz store in central Pennsylvania has become the first convenience store in Pennsylvania to sell wine, according to Pittsburgh’s Action 4 News. The move comes after the passing of Act 39 in June, which widened the number and types of private businesses that can sell

Japanese C-Store Chain Plans Ambitious U.S. Expansion

Seven & I Holdings anticipates eventual operation of 20,000 U.S. c-stores. Seven & I Holdings, the Japanese parent company of 7-Eleven, has announced plans for a continued U.S. expansion. The company is now seeking acquisition opportunities to accelerate the company’s North American growth efforts. According to a recent report from Dallas Business Journal, Seven &

October Means Business at the Nation’s Major Retail Container Ports

Major retail container ports are seeing a spike in business this month, as retailers are stocking up for the approaching holiday season. The National Retail Federation’s monthly Global Port Tracker report has revealed that October is expected to be the second busiest month of this year for the nation’s major retail container ports. This major

Mars and Wrigley Join Forces to Accelerate Growth

After taking full control of the company earlier this year, Mars has decided to join with Wrigley to further dominate the domestic candy market. Mars Inc. and its subsidiary Wrigley have announced that they will be combining their businesses, and the newly formed combined division, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, will be headquartered in Chicago. Based on

Asian Convenience Store Industry Anticipates Growth

A number of different factors are driving growth in the Asian Convenience Store Industry. As disposable income continues to increase and convenience stores continue to offer an increasing variety of value added services, modern convenience stores are growing in popularity in Asia. Active participation of international retailers, such as 7-Eleven, Familymart and Ministop, and increasing

Global Ready-to-Eat Food Products Market Performance

Future Market Insights has revealed the key factors that are expected to drive growth for ready-to-eat food products. New research from Future Market Insights has revealed that the global ready-to-eat food products market is expected to see significant growth over the next 10 years. Future Market Insights delivers key insights on the global ready-to-eat food

Rutter’s Celebrates New Mercersburg, Pa. Store Opening

New Mercersburg, Pa. Rutter’s features the company’s first Beer Cave. From 2 to 4 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 11, Rutter’s will host a Grand Opening ceremony for the company’s new Mercersburg, Pa. location. The Rutter’s in Mercersburg, Pa. is located at 378 North Main Street. Customers will be able to stop by and try samples

Western Union Launches Money Transfer Services Across OXXO

Customers at Mexico’s largest c-store chain now have a faster, easier way to access their funds at checkout. The Western Union Co. has introduced its new Western Union Money Transfer services across Mexico’s largest c-store chain, OXXO. These new money transfer services offer an innovative self-service feature, allowing customers to receive funds faster at check-out.

Eby-Brown Named Official C-Store Partner of AFPD

Eby-Brown and AFPD join to help convenience retailers to continue to grow their businesses. Eby-Brown is now officially the exclusive c-store endorsed program partner of AFPD. Eby-Brown and AFPD share similar missions that make them perfect partners. AFPD is dedicated to remaining and continuing to gain position in the convenience store industry and Eby-Brown is

Reducing the Risk of Theft

Theft comes in many forms and if left unchecked, can become a constant issue. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor “Theft is one of the oldest crimes in the world,” said Chris McGoey, president of McGoey Security Consulting and an internationally-known security expert. “There has always been shoplifting and theft, and convenience stores are hit particularly

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Collectibles

Today’s Idea of the Day: Put a date on collectibles. If you’re selling collectibles, such as cups, toys or other items, be sure to put the date on the item. Customers like to collect items over a long period of time and look back at how long they’ve been collecting them and recognize which item

Mars To Form Mars Wrigley Confectionery

The combination of Mars’ Wrigley and Chocolate segments into one entity aims to bring a more holistic approach to the confectionery category. Mars Inc. has announced plans to combine its Chocolate and Wrigley segments to create Mars Wrigley Confectionery in 2017. The combination will help deliver greater value to customers, and enable the segment to

Love’s Opens Eighth Louisiana Location

The newest Love’s location offers southern Louisiana drivers an array of food and fueling options. Love’s Travel Stops is now offering a new place for drivers in southern Louisiana a new place to eat, rest and fuel up. Love’s has now opened its eighth location in Louisiana at U.S. Highway 190 and Saizan Ave. in

Swiss Farms Extends its National Coffee Day Celebration

Swiss Farms launched month-long free coffee promotion. Swiss Farms has announced that it is extending its National Coffee Day celebration by offering free coffee to customers who purchase a breakfast sandwich throughout the month of October. The promotion is valid at all 13 Swiss Farms store locations, and now on-the-go patrons and breakfast lovers alike

Global Foodservice Traffic Remains Steady over Quarter Two

While foodservice traffic remained steady over the recent quarter, it is unclear how the market will fare over the coming months. A new report from The NPD Group has revealed that foodservice has remained steady across the globe over the second quarter of 2016, ending in June 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union

Dunkin’ Brands Adopts Salesforce Customer Success Platform

Dunkin’ Brands is working to earn customer loyalty and enhance the customer experience with multiple programs from Salesforce. Dunkin’ Brands has now successfully deployed the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, including the Salesforce Platform, Marketing Cloud and Sales Cloud. These programs from Salesforce will help Dunkin’ Brands to deliver one-to-one loyalty journeys to its customers and

TruStar Energy to Open Public CNG Fueling Station

TruStar is continuing to expand CNG across the country by opening Cincinnati’s first public CNG station. TruStar Energy has announced the ground breaking of Kentuckiana Cleanfuel’s public CNG fueling station, the first public CNG fueling station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The public station, located at 2490 Commerce Boulevard in Sharonville, Ohio, will feature three dual-hose dispensers,