Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Jonesboro, Ark.

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New Love’s Travel Stop provides a new place for drivers to stop in Jonesboro, Ark. Love’s Travel Stops opened its doors for business on July 2, 2015, providing drivers a new place to purchase fuel, snacks, meals and more along U.S. Highway 63 in Jonesboro, Ark. The 24-hour facility is more than 9,000 square feet and adds

FDA Desires Public Input on Proposed Regulations

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FDA considers applying regulations to liquid nicotine and other tobacco products. Although the topic is still up for debate, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concerns about liquid nicotine exposure, especially to children and infants. The FDA has researched the effects of accidental nicotine exposure, but they are looking for more information. According to

Flavored Tobacco Could See Tax Increase in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Senate looks to raise flavored cigar tax in an effort to limit youth tobacco use. According to a report by The Boston Globe, the Senate of Massachusetts is pressing to increase the tax on flavored cigars, flavored smoking tobacco and flavored “blunt wraps” from 40% to a whopping 210%, in an attempt to reduce

Wawa Celebrates Hoagie Day With Five Ton Hoagie

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Wawa honors our troops with the 23rd annual Hoagie Day. Wawa Hoagie Day is back, as part of its sixth year as title sponsor of Wawa Welcome America!. This year, in addition to the customary patriotism, the event included special appearances by Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine of the Food Network and Restaurant Impossible, along with

TA and Petro Shopping Centers Introduce Dyn-O-Mite Days of Summer

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TravelCenters of America LLC is getting customers excited for summer with its Dyn-O-Mite Days of Summer promotion. To kick off the summer, TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, is launching its Dyn-O-Mite Days of Summer Travel Store promotion. This promotion will include nostalgic merchandise, throwback pricing and a prize sweepstakes

What Are Beer Customers Demanding?

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Health-consciousness has lead to a decline in consumers who prefer beer with high alcohol content, but the production of such beverages has increased. As health awareness and concern about binge drinking drives sales of low and non-ABV beers among consumers, it would seem counter-intuitive that innovation in strongly alcoholic beers is rising. However, research from Mintel shows that

Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Bevier, Mo.

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New Love’s Travel Stop brings convenience to the community of Bevier, Mo. Bringing nearly 30 new jobs to Bevier, Mo., the new Love’s Travel Stop opened July 2, 2015 at Missouri Route O and Hickory Street. This travel stop offers a new place for residents to purchase fuel, meals, snacks and more. The new 24/7

Poultry Battles for Share of Stomach

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Is poultry losing the battle for menu space to other healthful alternatives?   Due to the flexibility that poultry offers, as well as its lower price relative to beef, poultry has remained a popular menu choice for operators; however, vegetarian, vegan and seafood options have been on the rise. In order to retain poultry’s position on the

Clean Label Products Become the Norm

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Consumer demand for transparency leads to a rise in clean label products. According to Innova Market Insights data, clean label has become more of a standard in the food industry with over 20% of U.S. products tracked in 2014 featuring a clean label positioning, up from 17% in 2013. Significant rises in the use of

Pizza Lovers in America

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A national study discovers that four generations of American adults are now consumers of pizza, but not all pizza is created equal. To understand how today’s customers are changing the marketplace, Smart Flour Foods and the Center for Generational Kinetics conducted a national study titled “Pizza Lovers in America 2015: Unexpected Findings From a Generational

As Fourth of July Approaches, Gas Prices Dip

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Alaska passes California as the most expensive state for gas. Even with gas prices climbing this year, drivers will pay the lowest prices at the pump over the Fourth of July holiday weekend than they have in five years. Average pump prices are 90 cents per gallon less than prices at this time last year,

Retention Takes Time

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Making employees aware that you value their service requires commitment. By Jim Callahan The need for appreciation knows no bounds—extends from mothers to children, wives and husbands, employees to bosses and in every other direction imaginable. It need not be costly and really doesn’t require much thought or effort, for it starts with something as

Judging the New and Unique

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 Drawing Duchess Shoppe customers in Ohio, CSD recently rolled out a products competition that evaluated the latest in snacks, sweets and drink offerings. By David Bennett, Senior Editor hielded from the mid-Ohio sun by a spacious tent erected in the parking lot, the curious and the eager, the young and the old weighed what goodies

Fresh Food Phenomenon

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Convenience stores continue to meet consumers’ growing penchant for healthy food options. By Michele Wojciechowski, Contributing Editor If you think many convenience stores are offering more fresh and healthy food choices for consumers, you’re right. It’s possible to provide these kinds of food options while still appealing to customers who may not be quite as

Competitive Data Analysis

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The key to better business is in the numbers. How do yours stack up? By Traci Dawn Carneal, Contributing Editor Anymore, data analysis in the convenience store industry is as accepted as loss prevention tools and loyalty programs. Like other operational strategies, it’s how a c-store uses such technology that often forecasts how much benefit

Mondelēz, D.E Master Combine Coffee Businesses

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Together the combined companies form Jacobs Douwe Egberts. Mondelēz International Inc. and D.E Master Blenders 1753 B.V. have combined coffee businesses, including Mondelēz International’s coffee portfolio in France, to create JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE), which is expected to boast annual revenues of more than €5 billion. Upon closing, Mondelēz International received cash of approximately €3.8

ATMs: Dollars and Sense

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Even as payment technologies advance, ATMs are here to stay and are expected to evolve even more in terms of customer services. To cash in, convenience retailers must decide which management model works best for them. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor As credit card companies seek stronger security by adding chips to cards, and companies

Soup Up Your Sales

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As a snack, appetizer, side or main meal, soup sells steadily throughout the day and—surprisingly enough—in the morning. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor It may not be as enticing as a piled-high sandwich or as full of pizzazz as a generously topped pizza but, in its own quiet way, soup is a fresh foodservice workhorse.

Deli Can Equal Destination

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Whether grab-and-go, made-to-order or both, deli had better translate to delicious to persuade consumers to make your c-store a foodservice destination. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Consumers might not expect to find a “gourmet” deli inside a convenience store, but that’s just what they get at Bolla Market locations around New York City and Long

Salty Snacks Still Tops

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Even as better-for-you products gain popularity, chips and salty snacks remain top-sellers. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Between media reports and industry data, it’s clear that today’s consumers want better-for-you (BFY) choices when it comes to snacking. More and more, Americans are looking to replace sugar and fat with protein and all-natural ingredients. On

Benefiting From Our Shared Values

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By John Lofstock, editor-in-chief, Convenience Store Decisions The convenience store and petroleum industry has always held a special place in my heart. From growing up working at my father’s gas stations in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. well into my teens, to working at Dairy Mart Convenience Stores in my 20s, to my career here at Convenience

The C-Store Game

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A little friendly competition can do wonders to motivate employees. By Fran Duskiewicz Competitiveness is a human trait that can be viewed as simultaneously admirable and/or obnoxious. However, it is always a motivational force, whether handled well or poorly. I’ve always been a competitive ‘son-u-va-gun.’ My poor mom would play games with me when I

How To Achieve The Right Candy Mix

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Innovation is a key for enticing Millennials and Gen Z customers, but staple products continue to drive the candy category. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Even as ‘healthy’ becomes a growing call, candy customers continue to want indulgent options. Convenience store retailers are succeeding in driving candy sales with a balance of tried-and-true products and

7-Eleven Partners With Postmates in Delivery Service

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7-Eleven is keeping up with consumers and their fast paced living with a new delivery service. In partnership with San Francisco-based technology company, Postmates, 7-Eleven is now offering delivery services to customers. This is taking 7-Eleven’s old mantra, “give customers what they want, when and where they want it,” one giant step forward. Select stores in San Francisco and

CST Brands & CrossAmerica Close Dropdown Transactions

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Dropdown transactions close between CST Brands and CrossAmerica Partners LP and CrossAmerica acquires One Stop convenience stores. The dropdown transactions between CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP have closed. The acquisitions of the real property associated with 29 new to industry stores (NTIs) and an additional 12.5% interest in CST Fuel Supply LP for

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