CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Basics

Today’s Idea of the Day: Focus on the basics of foodservice. Before adding to your foodservice program, ensure you have mastered the basics. The basics include superior customer service, well-presented and appealing food, and a spotlessly clean convenience store. These basics will factor into consumer perception of quality and price. No matter how upscale your

Gas Prices Dip for 10 Straight Days

Pump prices are expected to move lower through the end of the year. An abundance of crude oil in the global market has helped push gas prices increasingly lower over the past 10 days. AAA reported that as of Nov. 14, the national average price of gas sat at $2.17—five cents per gallon less than

NOCO Raises $21,000 To Fight Leukemia and Lymphoma

August through September campaign raised money with the help of c-store employees and customers. Through a number of events in August and September at NOCO, convenience store customers and employees raised $21,173, which was donated to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter. “This is the fourth year NOCO has

TravelCenters Opens Black Bear Diner

Award-winning full-service dining concept comes to Barstow, Calif. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), is opening of the second Black Bear Diner restaurant with a log-cabin and bear-themed aesthetic in the TA and Petro network. This new full-service restaurant is located at TA, I-15, Exit 178 (2930 Lenwood Road), in Barstow, Calif. Black Bear Diner was

Pizza Still Piping Hot

With its easy-to-eat format and versatility that enables it to showcase both tried-and-true and trending ingredients and flavor profiles, pizza remains a top pick for consumers seeking a satisfying snack or full meal. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor America’s passion for pizza shows no sign of dwindling. CNBC reported that sales have reached $45 billion

Growth Energy Supports EPA Proposal

Opens comment period on denying petition by refiners. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed denying a petition by a group of merchant oil refiners to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Under the current RFS structure, oil refiners are the parties obligated to blend more renewable fuel into the

QuickChek Supports Veterans With Run for the Warriors

Annual event benefits Hope for Warriors. QuickChek, is supporting local veterans as it returns as a sponsor of the 9th annual Long Island Run for the Warriors on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 in Lindenhurst, N.Y. The annual event benefits Hope for the Warriors, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life

Dollar General To Open DGX Small-Format Store

Concept to offer everyday low prices in a convenient, easy-to-shop format. Dollar General Corp. is set to open its first smaller-format location, branded DGX. The dollar store chain has leased part of a former TGI Friday’s restaurant space at the corner of West End and 21st avenues in Midtown, according to the Tennessean. DGX is

QuickChek Joins Check-Out Hunger Campaign

Money raised benefits those in need within the counties in which QuickChek operates store locations. QuickChek Corp. is set to participate in the Check-Out Hunger campaign to help feed hungry families during the upcoming holiday season. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain is a campaign partner of the annual fundraiser that takes place

Building Sandwich Satisfaction

Hearty or healthful—it’s not an either/or situation anymore for customers when it comes to sandwich options. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor How does a turkey sandwich become more than just an ordinary turkey sandwich? When it is paired with cheddar cheese, sweet cranberry mustard sauce, spinach, tomato and red onion and served on nine-grain wheat

Food, Fuel and…Fraud?

What convenience stores should do to protect themselves from workers compensation fraud. By Samuel King The two types of workers’ compensation fraud that can directly impact convenience store businesses are claim-related fraud and policy-related fraud. Both are serious crimes and can cause significant financial harm to a business if not detected. Workers’ compensation insurance is

Customers Shop Online For Snacks

Some 13% of snack foods purchased online are consumed as a meal replacement, compared to 10% for total channels. As customers look for increased convenience, many are turning away from brick-and-mortar stores and looking instead to purchase snacks online. The NPD Group, a global information company reported that, although still relatively small, the online channel

NRF Pledges To Work with President-Elect Trump, Congress

“Retailers are glad that this unprecedented election is over, along with the divisive rhetoric and the impact it had on consumers concerned about their future,” says NRF President and CEO. National Retail Federation (NRF) President and CEO Matthew Shay congratulated the winners of Tuesday’s federal elections and pledged to work with President-elect Donald Trump and

Love’s Celebrates 400+ Locations

Plans to add 50 new stores before the end of 2016. With the opening of a new Love’s Travel Stop in South Holland, Ill., Love’s celebrates surpassing 400 locations. The company reaches this milestone during a year of tremendous growth. In 2016, Love’s has opened 37 locations and added more than 2,200 truck-parking spaces across

Sunoco LP Reports Q3 Financial Results

Gross profit uptick driven by higher wholesale motor fuel and merchandise profits. Sunoco LP has announced financial and operating results for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, 2016. Revenue totaled $4.1 billion, a decrease of 16.3%, compared to $4.9 billion in the third quarter of 2015. The decline was the result of a 47.1-cent per

Weigel’s Celebrates Veterans Day

Offers free coffee for service men and women. Weigel’s is celebrating Veterans Day at all stores by honoring military members, past and present. On Friday Nov. 11, Weigel’s invites all veterans and current service men and women to enjoy a free cup of coffee. Weigel’s has always supported the military community, and wants to give

Yesway Celebrates Grand Opening in Ottumwa, Iowa

On Nov. 11-12 Yesway is offering convenience store customers specials, giveaways and free coffee and food at grand opening celebration. Convenience store chain Yesway has announced the grand opening of four Ottumwa, Iowa, stores and one Centerville, Iowa, store. Yesway now offers an enhanced shopping experience, neighborly customer service, and competitively priced gas at its

What Does A Trump Presidency Means for C-Stores?

NACS to work with the administration to ensure c-store retailers’ voices are heard.  Trump has won the 2016 presidential election. What does a Trump presidency mean for c-stores? Republican majorities in both the House and Senate mean the Trump administration will likely to have free rein to push though its agenda. The Affordable Care Act

Turkey Hill Celebrates Veterans Day

Offers free coffee and car washes to veterans on Veterans Day. This Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Turkey Hill stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana are honoring America’s heroes by welcoming active, inactive and retired military personnel to stop by for a free 16-ounce coffee or cappuccino. At locations where car washes are available, they are

VERC Enterprises’ Paul Vercollone Honored With Award

Receives “You Make It Happen” award from New England Car Wash Association. Paul Vercollone, vice president of VERC Enterprises, was recently honored by the New England Car Wash Association (NECA) with the “You Make It Happen Award.” Vercollone received the honor during the Nov. 2 NECA meeting held at the Crown Plaza in Woburn. Dave

Voters Approve Tobacco Tax Increase in California

Ballot measures to raise tobacco taxes in other states failed. On Nov. 8, California voted to raise taxes on tobacco products. California’s Proposition 56 to raise the state excise tax on tobacco products by $2/pack on cigarettes to $2.87/pack and an equivalent amount on other tobacco products including e-cigs, passed by a wide margin on

Aite Group Makes Predictions For A Trump Presidency

Will the Affordable Care Act and parts of the Dodd-Frank Act be rolled back? In the wake of last night’s U.S. election outcome, Aite Group analysts consider what the Trump presidency will likely mean for the financial services industry. Javier Paz, senior analyst, Wealth Management noted that capital markets don’t like surprises and demonstrate so

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Highlight Healthy Snacks

Today’s Idea of the Day: Use signage to identify healthy snacks. Consumers are increasingly looking for healthier snack options, and many customers don’t think of c-stores as having healthy options. A little signage can help change these perceptions and help health conscious customers navigate the snack aisle. Do you offer healthy snack bars? Healthy chips?

What Are Consumers’ Beverage Preferences?

NPD Group finds that despite decline, soft drinks remain the top beverage consumed at foodservice outlets. U.S. consumers have been drinking fewer purchased beverages for the last decade, but they turn to the beverage standards of coffee, soft drinks, milk, iced tea or bottled water when they do, according to The NPD Group, a global

CST Brands Sees Net Income Boost in Q3

Improvement in net income driven by sale of assets and an increase in both the U.S. and Canadian merchandise and services gross profit. CST Brands Inc. reported solid financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2016, ahead of its pending merger with Circle K. “We performed well during the quarter despite the comparison