White Castle Launches X-Men Themed Sweepstakes

Some bold new flavors have been introduced to the White Castle menu to accompany the chain’s new sweepstakes. In partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, White Castle has launched an X-Men themed sweepstakes. For the grand prize, one lucky sweepstakes winner will receive a three-night trip for two to New York City and the

Pilot Flying J Launches Major Marketing Campaign

Pilot Flying J is taking full advantage of its first major title sponsorship. The Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol football game is scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway. In anticipation of this iconic college football game, Pilot Flying J has launched its first major integrated marketing campaign in an attempt to

Cigarette Sales Weaken

Cigarette volume and dollar sales were soft for the first quarter of 2017. Current cigarette sales indicate that the market may be heading back to historical trends where sales will be down 3-4%. Current trends show that many consumers are moving back to purchasing in patterns more characteristic of past years, where premiumization and volume

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Drive-Throughs

Today’s idea:  Drive-throughs are growing in popularity. Test one. It’s no wonder why customers love drive-throughs. Whether it be parents with small children who don’t want to have to take them in and out of the car, or commuters in a hurry, customers see drive-throughs as fast and convenient, and they can be another way

NOCO: Expressing Success

As on-the-go needs of convenience store shoppers evolve and change, New York’s NOCO Express is positioning itself as a go-to destination. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Like many regions, western New York is a microcosm of the convenience store industry and its developing penchant to provide more wholesome snacking and food offerings, reflecting the growing

New Technology from Pinnacle and NBS will Protect Fuel Retailers Against Data Fraud

Newly integrated Palm POS with NBS technology offers the highest level of protection available for petro retailers. National Bankcard Services Inc. (NBS) and The Pinnacle Corp. have now jointly completed and certified the integration between the Pinnacle Palm POS and the NBS payment processing host. This newly combined solution is compliant with Europay, MasterCard and

NCA is Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 Future Leadership Program

NCA has begun its search for the five young professionals who will make up the Future Leadership Program’s class of 2017. Now through Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, young professionals are invited to apply for the NCA’s class of 2017 Future Leadership Program. Five young professionals (40 and under) in the confectionery industry will be selected to

Global Savory Snacks Market Poised for Growth

Novelty items are crucial to market growth in developed countries. The recent Global 2016 Savory Snacks Market Report has revealed the savory snack market’s high growth categories, trends in packaging materials usage, brands market shares, category level distribution and more. The Global Savory Snacks market in 2015 was valued at $94.5 billion and is expected

The Healthy Eating Trend Shows No Signs of Slowing

Americans are now more willing to try new better-for-you options, but health food trends have not completely removed unhealthy snacks from consumers’ diets. A new national health food study from Earth Balance, which polled two thousand consumers, has revealed that grocery shoppers are increasingly searching for better-for-you options. The study observed which new foods consumers

Kroger Introduces Corporate Brand Cage-Free Eggs

Kroger’s new line of cage-free eggs makes cage-free affordable. The Kroger Co. has launched its own line of more affordable corporate brand cage-free eggs. “Kroger-brand Cage-Free Eggs are now available in our family of stores nationwide,” said Gil Phipps, Kroger’s vice president of corporate brands. “More customers are looking for an affordable cage-free egg option.

Couche-Tard to Acquire Certain Imperial Oil Assets

Couche-Tard will soon complete the previously announced acquisition of certain Imperial Oil assets. On Sept. 7, 2016, the Canadian Competition Bureau granted approval for Alimentation Couche-Tard to acquire certain retail assets of Imperial Oil. The assets to be acquired are located in the Provinces of Ontario and Québec. The acquisition is expected to be completed

Casey’s Reports First Quarter 2017 Earnings

Casey’s experienced significant growth during the first quarter of 2017, and further growth is expected throughout the remainder of the year. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has released the company’s earnings for the first quarter of 2017, ending July 31, 2016. The company recorded diluted earnings per share of $1.70, compared to $1.57 per share for

Stripes Fuels the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

Stripes is once again partnering with The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital to help fund the fight against pediatric cancer. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month, and in recognition of the importance of this month, on Sept. 7, 2016, Stripes Convenience Stores launched its third annual campaign in partnership with The University of

QuickChek Raises Funds for Hope For The Warriors

QuickChek customers purchase 110,000 dog tags to support post-9/11 service members. During a recent four-week promotion, QuickChek Corp. raised $163,oo2 to offer support to post-9/11 service members and their families. The funds were raised both through an in-store donation program and a charity golf outing. Store customers were invited to purchase dog-tag shaped magnets for

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Diesel Islands

Today’s idea of the day: Consider adding diesel islands on the side of the forecourt to remove traffic from your main fueling area. Moving high-volume diesel customers to the side will help clear space and enhance service, moving customers in and out more quickly. Do you have an idea to share? Email Senior Editor Erin

Convenience Stores Contribute to their Communities

Consumers recognize the efforts that convenience stores put forth to support their communities. Many convenience stores make an effort to be active in the communities which they serve. In showing their great commitment to their communities, convenience stores give back through charities, campaigns and other organizations, both local and national. In fact, according to a

Fuel Prices Fall Following Labor Day Holiday

Lower fuel prices are likely to be in the forecast as the summer driving season comes to an end. Drivers were met with increasing fuel prices as August came to a close, but the beginning of September has been marked by six consecutive days of falling fuel prices. According to the most recent fuel gauge

Farm Stores Extends Reach to New Jersey

Farm Stores has its eye on two counties in New Jersey for two new Farm Stores locations. Miami-based drive-through convenience retailer, Farm Stores, has announced that it is working to bring a drive-through grocery service to New Jersey. According to a recent report from nj.com, Farm Stores is currently developing plans to open two drive-through

SUBWAY Announces New Acquisition and New Product

SUBWAY is growing its presence in Vancouver, along with its menu. SUBWAY restaurants has announced some exciting news regarding a new acquisition and the addition of a new product to the company’s menu offerings. SUBWAY restaurants has acquired a digital technology team and assets from Vancouver-based Avanti Commerce. Avanti Commerce is an online commerce solution

Right TWIX Wins the Taste Test

American’s were invited to cast a vote for their favorite TWIX, and Right TWIX has prevailed. America has voted, and Mars Chocolate North America has now revealed that Right TWIX won the title of “Official TWIX of 2016.” The announcement follows this year’s nationwide taste challenge, and Right TWIX has been dubbed America’s favorite TWIX.

Rutter’s Opens 64th Retail Location

Rutter’s newest Pennsylvania location will be one of the first Rutter’s stores to feature a Beer Cave. On Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, Rutter’s opened the chain’s 64th convenience store. The store, which is located in Mercersburg, Pa. is the company’s sixth location in Franklin County. The new store is in the heart of Mercersburg on

New Proposal May Bring E15 to New York State

Drivers in New York state may soon have access to cleaner, more affordable fuel. A new rule proposed by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets may soon alter the state’s fuel regulations to allow the sale of E15 for all vehicles model year 2001 and newer. If approved, New York retailers will have

Parker’s Invests in Signage Solutions

Parker’s is saving time and money with new digital signage from Cabletime. Parker’s Convenience Stores recently invested in MediaStar digital signage from Cabletime, and the company has already discovered the many benefits of installing the new technology. With the new signage, instead of using employees to travel around its 44 stores to update and upload

Kum & Go Names 2016 Category Manager of the Year

Lil’ Drug Store Products is recognized for its outstanding customer service and for driving category growth over the past year. Kum & Go has named Lil’ Drug Store Products the 2016 Category Manager of the Year. Kum & Go awards this special recognition to one supplier each year. The award goes to the supplier that

PDI Acquires Intellifuel Systems

“After many successful partnerships with Intellifuel in the past, we are eager to combine the two companies to provide a robust, single solution to the market,” says PDI CEO. PDI, a provider of enterprise-class automation software systems to the convenience retail and wholesale petroleum industries, has completed the acquisition of Intellifuel Systems Inc., a provider

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