Healthcare Will Change, but How?

No matter the GOP’s best intentions, reducing Obamacare to nothingness probably won’t happen. However, convenience retailers will have to wait and see what component parts President-elect Donald Trump keeps and what goes away. By CSD Staff Few pieces of legislation in recent U.S. history have endured as much magnification, criticism and accolades as the Patient

FDA Final Rule Clarifies Tobacco Regulations

Looks to avoid consumer confusion with final rule. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule on Jan. 6, clarifying when products made or derived from tobacco are regulated as drugs, devices or other combination products. The rule describe the circumstances in which a product made or derived from tobacco that is intended

FDA Workshop Examines E-Cig Batteries, Explosions

Retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers are invited to attend. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)/Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is holding a public workshop on e-cigarette batteries at the White Oak Conference Center in Silver Spring, Md., April 19-20. The science-based public workshop aims to gather information and stimulate discussion on batteries used in electronic nicotine

Matt Anderson Joins Server Products

Anderson to lead field and laboratory testing, among other tasks in his new role. Server Products has hired Matt Anderson as engineering project application manager. As project application manager, Anderson will lead Server’s efforts in field and laboratory testing, regulatory approvals, and customer engineering support. Prior to joining Server Products, Anderson was head of food-service

Slow Growth Anticipated For Foodservice Market

QSRs expected to fare better than full service restaurants. U.S. restaurant industry traffic will remain stalled in 2017 in much the same manner it did in 2016, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. 2017 will bring little to no traffic growth for the total U.S. foodservice market. Quick service restaurants (QSRs), however,

Dash’s Market to Participate in USDA’s SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot

Only seven companies invited to participate. Rosie, an online shopping platform for mobile and web, announced that its partner, Dash’s Market, has been selected to take part in a federal pilot program to enable Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to purchase their groceries online. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invited only seven companies

More Wage Clashes to Come

Living-wage issues will continue to be a point of contention for convenience stores going forward. However, the industry might have powerful allies waiting in the West Wing. By CSD Staff With just days before it was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge on Nov. 22 halted the implementation of a rule that would have

Dunkin’ Donuts Expands in Louisiana

Dunkin’ Donuts is recruiting franchisees in Arkansas, eastern Texas and Mississippi. Dunkin’ Donuts announced that New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, in partnership with existing franchisee Vik Patel, has signed an agreement to develop up to 69 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria, La. over the coming years.

PDI Acquires Pinnacle’s ERP Assets

Pinnacle will retain remaining assets and customers for its Point of Sale, Payments, Loyalty and its new Affinity mobile solutions. PDI, a provider of software solutions to the convenience retail and wholesale petroleum industries, has acquired the enterprise resource planning (ERP) assets of The Pinnacle Corp., a privately held company with corporate headquarters in Arlington,

Rutter’s Reaches Donation Record in 2016

Opens six new c-store locations in 2016, spurring community donations. Rutter’s donated $810,000 to central Pennsylvania charities during 2016, raising the company’s charitable giving total to over $6 million in the past decade. It also marks a new annual giving record for Rutter’s. “This has been a huge year for Rutter’s. We opened six new

Kum & Go Opens New Location in Bevington, Iowa

Newly rebuilt store designed for LEED-certified status. Kum & Go has introduced its newest store at 101 East Iowa Highway 92 in Bevington, Iowa. The chain’s latest location opened its doors on Dec. 30, at 6 a.m. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in central Iowa built with the new Marketplace store design, which

E-Cigarettes Help Grow Sales of Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries

As e-cigs evolve, e-cigarette batteries offer an opportunity to capture more sales. Sales of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are on the rise, and e-cigarettes appear to be one of the forces driving the market. In this age of expanding technological availability and reliance, energy is everything. Even seemingly simple household batteries play an important role in

Customers Say ‘Cheese Please’

WMMB finds growing consumer demand for cheese. As the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) examines the top food trends for the coming year, one thing’s for sure: Americans really love cheese. In fact, according to the USDA, the average American consumed 35 pounds of cheese in 2016, a roughly one-pound increase since 2014. Overall cheese

Freshness, Convenience, Health Drive Deli Demand

More than half of customers would like to see more healthy claims on menus. Consumers’ demand in the deli continues to revolve around freshness, convenience, and health, positioning the department into a true destination as stores reinvent physical space, reinvigorate fresh-prepared items and reinforce culinary inspiration with quality staff. This is one of hundreds of

Shuffling the Deck: What the Trump Administration Means for C-Stores

C-store operators are betting that a Trump administration will usher in a more business-friendly environment. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the world of New York real estate, Donald Trump earned a reputation as a self-publicist and an assertive schemer. Now, as the soon-to-be leader of the free world, President-elect Trump is still viewed by

Shaping Clifford Fuel’s Future

With on-the-job training, industry veterans are helping Mike Clifford learn the ins and outs of the competitive convenience store industry. By John Lofstock, Editor Growing up in the convenience store industry is tough. It’s even tougher when the chain is growing and the pressure is on to produce positive results. Welcome to life in the

Murphy USA Opens 1,400th C-Store

New Murphy Express convenience store to serve Lafayette, La. Murphy USA Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of its 1,400th location in Lafayette, La. The 3,450-square-foot Murphy Express will be open 24 hours and provide customers competitive low-priced gasoline along with a wide assortment of convenience items. “The opening of our 1,400th location represents another

Chevron Introduces ‘ExtraMile Extras’ Rewards Program

Customers earn free ‘extras’ after five qualifying purchases. Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., has announced the launch of its ExtraMile Extras Rewards program to more than 700 ExtraMile locations throughout California, Oregon and Washington. Since the first store opened more than 10 years ago, the ExtraMile store concept has experienced steady

Americans Drive Over 500 Million Miles on E15

More than 400 stations in 28 states sell E15 fuel today. Growth Energy announced that the most tested fuel in history, E15, has reached a remarkable milestone. Based on sales and consumption data reported over the past 12 months by major gasoline retailers, drivers across the U.S. have more than 500 million miles driven on

SUBWAY Helps Customers With Healthy Resolutions

“+color” campaign encourages customers to eat a more balanced diet. As customers set their New Years resolutions, many will be looking to be healthier, and SUBWAY and the American Heart Association have teamed up to help them achieve their goals. SUBWAY restaurants and the American Heart Association are encouraging consumers to add just one extra

Wayne Announces PCI PTS 4.1 Certification

Wayne has received certification without any changes to the hardware since the introduction of the iX Pay solution in 2007. Wayne Fueling Systems’ iX Pay secure payment solution has obtained Payment Card Industry PIN Transaction Security (PCI PTS) version 4.1 certification for Encrypting PIN Pad (EPP) keypad devices. Wayne is a part of Dover Fueling

Functional Foods, Beverages Set To Grow

Adults become more health conscious and parents are increasingly concerned about the health of children, fueling the growth of functional products. Technavio research analysts are forecasting that the global functional foods and beverages market will grow at a CAGR of close to 8% from 2017-2021. The Technavio report segments the market into two broad categories

C-Store Retailers Optimistic for 2017

Some 79% of retailers and 60% of U.S. fuel consumers are optimistic about the U.S. economy as the New Year begins. Low gas prices helped drive sales increases at convenience stores in 2016—and retailers expect those strong sales to carry over into 2017, according to a survey of retailers released by the National Association of

Rutter’s Employees End 2016 With Acts of Kindness

Employees present checks to local charities. To finish 2016, Rutter’s provided many of their employees with $1,000 checks to give to organizations they felt deserved the donation. Over 20 checks were given out during the 2016 holiday season to charities and organizations all over the area. These organizations consisted of: –         Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Break Time Introduces New C-Store Concept

Open, customer-centric floor plan greets c-store shoppers. Break Time, a chain of convenience stores operated by MFA Oil Co., is introducing a customer-focused layout, an enhanced food concept and refreshed branding at its 74th store in Lee’s Summit, Mo. The 5,000-square-foot Kansas City suburb location is the first store to incorporate Break Time’s new logo