QuickChek Expands on Long Island

Grand opening promotions for the chain’s latest convenience store include free large hot coffee and free 20-ounce iced coffee and fountain or QuickFreeze drinks. QuickChek has opened a new convenience store in Bethpage, marking its first c-store in Nassau County and second on Long Island. The 5,868-square-foot store opened at 3965 Hempstead Turnpike on Tuesday,

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Kum & Go Kicks Off $1 Drink Promotion

&Rewards members also get an extra drink deal this summer. Kum & Go has relaunched its $1 any size drinks for the summer, beginning May 1. With up to 30 different flavors to choose from, Kum & Go customers may choose a refreshing fountain drink or Koolee in any size, all summer long for only

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Chocolate’s Sweet Possibilities

Could new product releases from big-brand confectioners boost the chocolate category for c-stores? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Easter, Halloween and Valentine’s Day make up the trifecta for chocolate sales. Not only do these holidays traditionally highlight the sweet treat as a special indulgence, but they’ve become a prime marketing opportunity for confectioners to

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ExxonMobil Introduces New Synergy

New diesel fuel offers improved fuel economy. ExxonMobil is introducing a new diesel fuel, Synergy Diesel Efficient, which features an innovative, proprietary additized formula to help deliver quantifiable fuel efficiency for diesel-powered vehicles. The new diesel fuel will be commercially available to U.S. retailers later this year. Extensive on-road testing conducted at leading independent research

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Kwik Trip Introduces E15 Fuel

Most of the c-store chain’s 500+ locations are set to offer E15. Kwik Trip is now offering E15—a biofuel with 15% ethanol—to its fuel offering. The Wisconsin-based chain of convenience stores has offered E85 for years and now has begun its roll out of E15 in locations across the Midwest, and revealed plans to ultimately

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McLane’s Maurici To Head National Sales Team

Maurici to helm all aspects of the sales organization including mass market retailers, drug stores, club stores and supermarkets. McLane Co. Inc. has promoted Vito Maurici to senior vice president of sales. In this new role, Maurici will be responsible for all aspects of McLane’s national sales team, with six sales directors reporting directly to

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Sweetening Gum and Mint Sales

Unique flavors, packaging and promotions help boost the category with younger consumers. By John Lofstock, Editor Gum and mints can be easy to miss in a crowded store—which is why retailers must work hard to make sure they never get overlooked. Operators must also keep up on product and consumer trends, which continually serve to

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Tyson Foods Cuts Antibiotics From Chicken

Customer demand fuels move toward antibiotic free poultry. Tyson Foods has announced that it plans to eliminate antibiotics from its chicken by the end of 2017, USA Today reported. Tyson Foods joins competitors like Perdue and Pilgrim’s Pride, as well as fast food chains, including KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, Panera, Chipotle, Taco Bell and Wendy’s.

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Vollrath Co. Acquires Belleco Inc.

Acquisition extends Vollrath’s product offerings for cooking equipment. The Vollrath Co. LLC, a manufacturer of equipment and smallwares for the foodservice industry, has acquired Belleco Inc. Located in Saco, Maine, Belleco is a manufacturer of American-made conveyor toasters and ovens. “Well designed and market proven, Belleco’s products live up to the standards of the industry’s

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Proposed Legislation Could Let E-Cigs Off FDA’s Hook

A new bill looks to make e-cigs exempt from rules that impact tobacco products. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has introduced “The Cigarette Smoking Reduction and Electronic Vapor Alternatives Act of 2017,” which aims to reduce the approval process for e-cigarettes under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to a report by The Hill, the

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Sodapalooza Kicks Off At RaceTrac

Bottomless summer free refills start May 3 and continue until the end of July at RaceTrac Petroleum. Sodapalooza is back once again at RaceTrac, bringing c-store shoppers free refills on unlimited fountain and NumbSkull frozen drinks all summer long. Starting May 3, customers can head over to any RaceTrac to purchase a 2017 Sodapalooza cup

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Cumberland Farms Certified as Great Place To Work

Employees rate Cumberland Farms as a superior work place in an anonymous survey. Cumberland Farms Inc. has been certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work. The designation is based on extensive ratings provided by its team members in anonymous surveys. A summary of these ratings can be found

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Alternative Ingredient Snacks Woo Customers

Consumers’ quest for healthier snack options is changing the face of traditional c-store offerings. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. A new national study by Amplify Snack Brands and the Center for Generational Kinetics indicates Millennials have been the driving force behind the growth of the better-for-you snack category. Among the findings, 64% of Millennials—more than

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ACE Urges Ethanol Advocates To Submit Comments to EPA

Regulatory comment period is now open. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment focused on its ethanol priorities soon after EPA formally began seeking input on existing regulations to be reviewed by its newly established Regulatory Reform Task Force. The Task Force was formed in response to Executive Order 13777 to evaluate

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ICEE Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The ICEE Co. is celebrating 50 with new flavors, limited-edition packaging and promotions all year round. Since 1967, ICEE has served as an iconic frozen treat for moviegoers, theme park connoisseurs, mall shoppers, restaurant lovers and families around the world. To celebrate 50 years of America’s favorite frozen beverage, The ICEE Co. will debut various

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Future Forecourt Marketing

Current loyalty programs provide a good foundation, but in order for a convenience retailer to garner brand affinity with its customers, a mix of the old and new may be required. By Mark Radosevich The early days of my petroleum career involved extensive retail marketing for a major oil company during the advent of the

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FDA Menu-Labeling Rule Delayed

The FDA’s regulations add unfair costs and compliance barriers. In a huge relief to c-stores, the menu labeling rules set to go into effect next week have been delayed. On Thursday, April 27, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submitted an interim final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget that

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PMG Acquires C-stores From Leonard E. Belcher

Branded and unbranded wholesale business included in the sale, and 14 c-stores. Leonard E. Belcher Inc. has sold its retail assets and its branded and unbranded wholesale business to Petroleum Marketing Group Inc. (PMG) of Woodbridge, Va. Leonard E. Belcher (The Company)’s retail assets acquired by PMG consist of 13 company-operated stores, one new to

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Retailers Look to Expand Use of Mobile Technology

Customers engagement and identification are among top priorities with mobile. Boston Retailer Partners (BRP) found retailers are focused on significantly expanding the use of mobile technology for customer identification, customer engagement, associate training and task management, point of sale (POS) and payments. The BRP Special Report: “The Mobile World of Retail,” assesses how mobile devices

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Former QuickChek Veteran Schaninger Begins Consulting Venture

Retail consulting firm to help convenience stores navigate everything from foodservice to store layout. Well-known industry executive leader John Schaninger, former vice president of sales and marketing at QuickChek Corp., has announced the formation of The Schaninger Group, a retail consulting firm focused on Marketing Strategy and Planning, Food Service Management, Advertising and Media Planning

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Coffee Brewers Impact Freshness and Sales

Keeping coffee fresh and hot is vital to c-store operations: 70 percent of consumers are more likely to purchase coffee that’s marketed as “fresh brewed,” according to Technomic’s 2016 Beverage Consumer Trend Report. Not only does the aroma of fresh brewed coffee entice regular coffee consumers to purchase a cup, but also directs attention to

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Casey’s General Stores To Provide E15 and E85

Demand for higher ethanol blends is at an all-time high across rural America. Casey’s General Stores Inc. plans to provide higher ethanol blends of E15 and E85 at 17 sites in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas. E15 is a fuel that contains 15% ethanol and works well for any car 2001 and newer. E85 contains up

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Retailers Continue Fight to Protect Swipe Fee Reform

Retailers head to Capitol Hill to support swipe fee reform. The National Retail Federation (NRF) and retailers from across the country went to Capitol Hill as Congress held a hearing on legislation that would repeal debit card swipe fee reform, telling lawmakers that reform has saved merchants and consumers more than $40 billion and should

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Buc-ee’s Grows in Florida and Alabama

Prepares to break ground on a 50,000-square-foot Daytona Beach Travel Center. Buc-ee’s, based in Texas, is growing outside the Lone Star State, announcing plans to break ground in both Florida and Alabama. Known for plentiful gas pumps, delicious, freshly made travel snacks, and award-winning clean restrooms, Buc-ee’s is scheduled to break ground in Florida in

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Industry Pioneers Inducted to Conexxus Hall of Fame

Honors Sharon Scace of WEX Inc. and David Ezell of Verifone Inc. Conexxus is inducting two convenience and fuel retailing industry pioneers into the Conexxus Hall of Fame this week at the Conexxus Annual Meeting: Sharon Scace of WEX Inc. and David Ezell of Verifone Inc. “Sharon and David exemplify the dedication and expertise exhibited

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