Dunkin’ Donuts Announces National Launch of Cold Brew Coffee

The perfect summer beverage will soon be available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across the country. Already available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Metro New York and Los Angeles markets, Dunkin’ Donuts new Cold Brew coffee will soon be available to customers across the country, as the brand has announced that the new

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Chipotle Announces Chiptopia Summer Rewards Program

Chipotle is launching a summer rewards program, but the company has also mentioned the possibility of a permanent, ongoing rewards program. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has announced that, on July 1, 2016, the company will launch a three-month-long summer rewards program. The new Chiptopia Summer Rewards program will run from July through September. During the

Lil’ Drug Store Products Expands Healthy Snack Distribution in Convenience Store Channel

LDSP and Calbee North America are working together to provide convenience stores greater access to the Harvest Snaps snack line. Lil’ Drug Store Products (LDSP) has partnered with Calbee North America to offer their popular Harvest Snaps salty snack line to the convenience store channel. “We are thrilled to be offering Harvest Snaps to our

The Texas Association of Business has Filed a Lawsuit Against TABC

McLane has joined the Texas Association of Business in its suit against TABC, because TABC’s interpretation of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code is harming the Texas economy and job creation. Recent evidence suggests that the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has not been applying the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code in a fair, consistent, legal manner,

Thorntons Introduces E15 and E-85 Fuels to its Pumps in Oak Lawn, Ill.

With the help of senator Cunningham, Thorntons is celebrating the addition of E15 and E-85 fuels to its offerings at the company’s Oak Lawn, Ill. store. At 2 p.m. on Tues., June 28, 2016, senator Bill Cunningham, who is also chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will be appear at the newly-converted, Thorntons store in

Bill Weigel to Receive the NAG Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing

The industry veteran has spent more than 55 years in the convenience store industry and has been active in the National Advisory Group (NAG) since 1980. He will receive the second annual Lifetime Award at the NAG Conference in Savannah, Ga. on Sept. 13. Family-owned convenience stores remain the backbone of the convenience store industry,

QuikTrip Opens First Non-Fuel Location

A new non-fuel store concept will help QuikTrip to grow into non-traditional markets. Midtown Atlanta is now home to QuikTrip’s firs ever non-fuel store. QuikTrip has launched this new store concept to attract urban customers in search of convenience items. According to a recent report from 11 Alive, the new store opened on Thurs., June

New Kum & Go Marketplace Opens in Missouri

Springfield, Mo. consumers can now experience the “more” that Kum & Go offers with the brand’s new Marketplace design prototype. On Friday, June 24, at 6 a.m., Kum & Go opened the doors to its newest store in Springfield, Mo. This brand new, 6,200+ square-foot Marketplace prototype is located at 2808 S Campbell Ave., and

Northern Tier Energy and Western Refining Complete Merger

Western Refining now owns all of NTI’s outstanding common units, and WNR expects this new merger to drive significant profitability growth. The common unitholders of Northern Tier Energy LP (NTI), who met on June 23, 2016, have officially voted in favor of the merger of NTI and a subsidiary of Western Refining Inc. (WNR). The

Parker’s Promotes from Within

One of Parker’s store managers has been promoted to supervisor of the company’s inventory team. Parker’s has promoted one of its store managers to the position of Inventory Control Lead. In this position, Priscilla Risinger will now supervise an inventory team to perform cash, retail and deli audits at Parker’s retail locations in Georgia and

Burger King Introduces a New Cheesy Mash-Up

Burger King’s latest innovation targets Millennial and Gen Z consumers who seek “experience-driven foods.” The latest fast food phenomenon from Burger King may be combating America’s latest health-food kick, as consumers may find this cheesy concoction hard to pass up. According to a report from The Washington Post, Burger King will launch its latest creation

NRF Warns Against Harmful Effects of New Overtime Regulations

New overtime regulations will likely cut full-time positions and lead to hiring freezes and layoffs. The recently proposed new federal overtime regulations, which are scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016, will likely have negative effects on America’s workforce. The National Retail Federation recently told the House Small Business Committee that the new federal

NRF Encourages Congress to Reject the Repeal of Swipe Fee Cap

89% of consumers believe that the Durbin Amendment should be kept in place. Over the past five years, the cap on debit card swipe fees, which was put in place by the Durbin Amendment, has saved consumers billions of dollars, but the head of the House Financial Services Committee recently proposed to repeal this cap.

Maine May Stop Accepting SNAP Benefits

Maine governor has stated that if he cannot ban soda and sweets sales to SNAP recipients, he will eliminate SNAP benefits all together in the state. Governor Paul LePage of Maine has threatened to end SNAP benefits in the state. According to a report from The Huffington Post, Lepage has informed the Obama administration that,

7-Eleven Pairs Sour Patch with Slurpee

This summer, customers have access to a new Sour Patch inspired Slurpee flavor. 7-Eleven Inc. is once again working with Sour Patch to create a new sour-to-sweet experience for customers. The brands are now introducing their newest creation, the exclusive Sour Patch Redberry-flavored Slurpee drink. Sour Patch Redberry Slurpee has the flavor of Redberry Sour

7-Eleven Announces OPERATION: Take Command Winner

This year’s winner of OPERATION: Take Command hopes to franchise a store close to his family in New York state. The winner of the second annual OPERATION: Take Command franchisee competition from 7-Eleven Inc. has been announced. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jean Cetoute of Richlands, N.C. has now been named the 2016 winner of his

Pilot Flying J and Speedway Form SFJ Southeast

A new joint venture between Pilot Flying J and Speedway will make PFJ Southeast a top choice for professional drivers. Pilot Flying J and Speedway LLC have entered into a joint to create a new entity: PFJ Southeast LLC. This new venture consists of 120 travel plazas, primarily in the Southeast U.S., and PFJ Southeast

VP Racing Debuts Branded Apparel Program

VP Racing Fans can now purchase VP branded clothing and novelties. VP Racing Fuels Inc. has launched a new program to promote VP-branded apparel, promotional items and novelties. As part of the new program, Barker Specialty is partnering with VP to host a new e-commerce site at https://www.barkerstores.com/vpperformancegear/ and serve as a one-stop shop for

New Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Enid, Okla.

Love’s Travel Stops opens 70th Oklahoma location. Enid, Okla. is now home to the newest Love’s Travel Stop, and drivers traveling along U.S. Highway 412 now have a new place to fuel up and purchase snacks and more. Enid marks Love’s third location to open in Oklahoma this year and 70th overall in the Sooner

CCRRC North America NACS Releases Final Report in Employee Engagement Series

A final report from CCRRC North America NACS reveals that employee engagement strategies improve business for convenience stores.  The final report from the three-phase “Power Up Your People” project from the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council North America NACS has been released. Studies show that employee engagement leads to growth in businesses, and the new report

New Report Examines Fresh Produce Distribution Options for C-Stores

An increasing number of consumers are looking to convenience stores for fresh produce. In response to the increase in consumer demand for fresh produce, convenience stores continue to grow their produce offerings. In response to this growing trend, the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the United Fresh Produce Association have released a new

Portland Raises Minimum Age for Purchase of Tobacco Products

A petition signed by convenience store owners was not enough to thwart the Portland City Council’s efforts to increase the city’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products. A unanimous vote by the Portland City Council has made Portland the first city in Maine to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to

Innovation Should Spur Growth for Monster

Retailers expect the two new beverage concepts from Monster to drive significant growth for the company.  Monster recently introduced two new innovation platforms, and these new creations are expected to drive incremental growth for the company. A recent survey of convenience store retailers from Wells Fargo Securities has granted insight into the retailer’s perspective on

Sunoco Acquires Rattlers Retail Convenience Store and Wholesale Fuel Business

A recent acquisition expands Sunoco’s reach in three Texas markets. One wholly owned subsidiary of Sunoco LP has acquired the “Rattlers” retail convenience store assets and wholesale fuel business from Kolkhorst Petroleum Inc. This acquisition includes 14 company-operated locations and wholesale fuel supply contracts for a network of independent dealer-owned and dealer-operated locations in the

Sunoco Acquires C-Store Business from Valentine Stores

The recent transaction between Valentine Stores and Sunoco LP will expand Sunoco’s presence in Upstate New York. One of Sunoco LP’s wholly owned subsidiaries has now completed the acquisition of a retail convenience store business from Valentine Stores Inc. The acquisition includes 18 company-operated locations that serve Upstate New York market and sell approximately 20

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