Euromonitor Sees Tobacco Industry Shift

Tobacco focus expected to continue to move toward vaping and heated tobacco. New research from Euromonitor International, a market research provider, shows the global tobacco industry is shifting from cigarettes to vaping and heated tobacco. In fact, Euromonitor research shows that the cigarettes market will record a US$7.7 billion loss by 2021, compensated by the

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Americans Set To Increase Spending Around July 4 Weekend

Some 27.6% of customers were planning to purchase patriotic merchandise in the weeks leading up the Fourth of July. The weather is warm, gas prices are down and consumers are ready to celebrate the July 4 holiday, and they’re not afraid to dig into their wallets to do it. Americans are expected to spend $7.1

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Tyson Convenience Survey Outlines Food Preferences

Demand grows for breakfast all day at convenience stores. A new survey from Tyson Convenience shows consumer preferences when it comes to prepared foods at convenience stores. With 29% of consumers saying they will drive more in June as compared to the previous month (2017 NACS Consumer Fuels), and U.S. gas prices at the lowest

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Record 44.2 Million Americans To Travel Over July 4 Weekend

National average gas price is four cents cheaper over last year and a contributing factor to the increase in travelers on the roads. This July 4, Americans are expected to travel in record numbers. AAA reported that a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home. With 1.25 million more

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Focus on Category Opportunities

Despite constant pressure from regulatory bodies, there’s still enough potential in tobacco for c-stores to grow sales. By Don Burke The onslaught of tobacco regulations, increased age restriction legislation and higher taxation in many areas is creating quite a bit of concern among convenience retailers. This is understandable as tobacco products continue to deliver more

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Tobacco Pressed by Local Laws

C-stores are finding the burden of tobacco control regulations is often heaviest within the communities where they operate. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In 2016, tobacco was the c-store industry’s biggest growth driver, generating $53 billion in sales, according to new Nielsen Homescan data. In fact, the tobacco category accounted for 38% of total c-store

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Mansfield Launching Reduced Emission Diesel Program

Emissions automatically offset through proportionate investments in certified CO2 reduction projects. Mansfield Energy Corp, through a partnership with GreenPrint, is launching ZERO, a reduced emissions diesel program. With the launch of ZERO, participating Mansfield Energy Corp. clients will have their diesel fuel’s carbon dioxide emissions automatically offset through proportionate investments in certified CO2 reduction projects

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The Wawa Foundation “Hero Award” Finalists Announced

Four Greater Philadelphia area non-profits to be celebrated during Wawa Welcome America! festivities. The Wawa Foundation has selected four finalists for its 2017 Hero Award, after receiving more than 125 submissions competing for the honor. The Hero Award is given to a non-profit organization serving the greater Philadelphia area that assists others, and builds stronger

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Hunt Brothers’ Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Returns

Hunt Brothers’ limited time offers are designed to give store partners a boost in sales. Hunt Brothers Pizza is re-launching a customer-favorite: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza. Starting this week, consumers can purchase this specialty pizza for a limited time at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza locations in convenience stores across the country, while supplies last. Returning

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Women Compete for 7-Eleven Franchise

Public to vote on video contest that awards one lucky winner a franchise fee-free c-store. 7-Eleven’s Women’s Franchise Initiative Competition is underway with seven women entrepreneurs now selected as finalists. One of the seven will win a franchisee fee-free 7-Eleven store. As the competition intensifies, each semi-finalist has produced a short “Why I Should Win”

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Bill Kent Named the 2017 Recipient of NAG’s Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing

The president and CEO of The Kent Cos. in Midland, Texas, served six years on the National Advisory Group (NAG) Board of Directors and played a key role in the association’s growth. He remains an influential member and an inspiration for young executives. The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store trade association focused on

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NRF Supports Permanent Tax Reform

Continues fight for comprehensive tax reform that grows economy without shifting tax burden to American families. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed comments from Speaker Paul Ryan regarding the need for permanent comprehensive tax reform that lowers rates without shifting the burden to consumers. “Retailers agree with Speaker Ryan that the best way to grow

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Wawa Introduces Antibiotic-Free Poultry

Move part of “food quality commitment.” As customers grow increasingly concerned with what’s in their food, more foodservice operators are taking steps to ensure they put shoppers’ concerns at ease. Wawa is one of the latest stores to eliminate the use of antibiotics in its poultry. This May, Wawa announced that “Poultry Raised Without Antibiotics”

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Amid Amazon Expansion, Brick-and-Mortar Retail Stores Still Relevant

Physical stores offer services absent in online membership but retailers need to step up their game. Even as more customers are clamoring for online grocery ordering and speedy delivery, many shoppers place high value on the benefits of going to a physical store. Grocery e-commerce has a lot of headroom for growth with only 7%

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Crafting a Public Relations Plan

Connecting with customers in ways that develop trust in your brand and goodwill within the community is a vital strategy to your business. By Jim Callahan One of the most important and often overlooked parts of being in business is the need to let customers and prospective customers know who you are but, more importantly,

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Cigarettes Remain On Top

Although smoking rates have been on the decline, cigarettes remain a leading performer for convenience stores. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor In 2016, convenience stores captured 85% of all sales through sales from just six categories: Cigarettes, packaged beverages, candy, beer, salty snacks and other tobacco products (OTP), based on the latest research data from

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Parker’s Gives Latest Fueling Community Donation to Wayne County School System

Parker’s Convenience Stores continues to give back to every community where it does business. Parker’s is continuing its goal of supporting area schools by donating a portion of Wednesday gas sales. Parker’s recently donated $1,500 to the Wayne County School System as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative. Jay Brinson, Wayne County

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Wawa Plans 5-10 Stores in Washington, D.C. Market

Plans largest Wawa to date at 9,200 square feet. Wawa Inc. has officially announced its expansion into the Washington, D.C. market and its plans to grow its fleet to 5-10 locations in the district. Wawa’s first store in the district is located at 1111 19th St., N.W. Washington, D.C., and set to open in December.

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FriendShip Foods to Host CSD’s 2017 Consumer’s Choice New Products Contest

The 3rd Annual Consumer’s Choice Contest will identify the hot new products convenience store customers want most across nearly two dozen categories. Increased channel blurring is making it tougher for convenience stores to retain existing customers—and harder yet to develop loyalty in new ones. That’s why new products are so important to convenience stores. They

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Packaged Facts: “This is a Golden Age of Beverage Innovation in America”

After years of stagnation, beverages are being transformed by massive innovations. Research firm Packaged Facts has released its latest report: “Ready-to-Drink Beverage Trend Forecast 2017: Culinary Trend Tracking Series,” where it concludes we are living in “a Golden Age of Beverage Innovation.” From extended-release energy drinks that last longer and meal replacement drinks customized to

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What Puts the “Craft” in Craft Beer?

Craft beer consumers aged 21-34-years-old make up the group that is most aware of craft beer terms. Craft beer is booming, but what is influencing craft beer customers path to purchase and what buzzwords can retailers use to better reach these consumers? Wonder no more. Danny Brager, senior vice president of Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice

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Motiva Introduces 76 “Crest” Brand Image

Site marks first of four stations to be converted to new 76 brand image in Greater New York market Motiva announced the grand opening of the first 76 branded station using the new 76 “Crest” image and legacy color palette of orange and blue in the Greater New York market. As the first Motiva-supplied 76

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Love’s Trillium CNG Opens Alternative Fueling Station in York, Pa.

P-3 project to provide CNG to more than 1,600 buses at transit agencies across Pennsylvania. Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and rabbittransit in York, Pennsylvania, welcomed the commonwealth’s newest public compressed natural gas (CNG) station at a ribbon cutting on June 16. The new facility is the second public CNG station Love’s

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NRF Speaks Out on Bill to Block Sales Tax Fairness

Bill that exempts businesses without physical presence ‘out of step’ with “modern digital economy.” The National Retail Federation (NRF) has voiced its opposition to legislation introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that would codify a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that out-of-state sellers can be required to collect sales tax only if they have a physical

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What Does Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition Mean for the Retail Market?

Through its Whole Foods purchase Amazon is completing the fresh food puzzle piece for its business, but is it too late for Whole Foods? Amazon.com is acquiring organic supermarket chain Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, including Whole Foods net debt. “Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and

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