Are You Attending the 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference?

Educational topics include finding your foodservice niche, using technology to drive foodservice sales, reducing swipe fees, loyalty programs and executive leadership. The convenience store industry continues to grow sales at record numbers, but the stakes have never been higher as convenience store owners face competition from multiple retail channels. As competition for increases across the

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County Fair, CITGO Sponsor Bike Rally

Roll out new loyalty app to kick off the Roar on the Shore event. CITGO Marketer Country Fair Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are once again joining forces to support the Roar on the Shore motorbike rally, set to take place this week in Erie, Pa. This is the second year CITGO and Country Fair

Improve Business Intelligence with KickBack Rewards

Learning to analyze market basket, shopping behaviors and consumer demographics with KickBack’s state-of-the-art loyalty platform. While many retailers have access to an abundance of critical customer data, most are not leveraging it to their best advantage. In fact, according to a Forrester Research report, the majority of firms still struggle to fully understand their customers

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Google Introduces Android Pay

Stores equipped with NFC technology can begin offering customers the ability to pay with their Android phone. Google introduced a new digital wallet called Android Pay, which lets customers pay using their smartphones, at its annual developer conference in San Francisco on Thursday, May 28, The Wired reported Android Pay will be available on select

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Fast Max Convenience Stores Grows Annual Fuel Volumes

Fast Max sees improved fuel gross profits with PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software. Kocolene, operator of 22 Fast Max convenience stores throughout Indiana and Kentucky, experienced a 3% increase in 2014 fuel volume sales after just one year of using PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software—exceeding the national average increase by 2%. At the same time, the fuel

Stress Reducing Hemp Oil Vapor Comes to C-Stores Nationwide

Hemp Oil Vapor is currently already in 700 convenience stores in Oregon, New Jersey and Arizona. It will soon be in locations nationwide. In pharmacies also, the stress reducing hemp e-juice is a vaping liquid for e-cigarettes. But is it marijuana? No, it’s an extract from the cannabis genus of plants called Cannabidiol or CBD.

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Kicks Off In Chicago

Keynote sessions address obesity, trends and candy’s role as a sweet treat. By Erin, Rigik, Senior Editor The Sweets and Snacks Expo kicked off Tuesday, May 19, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The Expo is celebrating 18 years in Chicago and is expected to have more than 16,000 attendees, marking the biggest show ever. John Downs

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Peter Tedeschi Details Deal With 7-Eleven

A CSD EXCLUSIVE The majority of Tedeschi Food Shop employees are expected to retain their positions at the store level, but the future of the iconic family brand remains in question. By John Lofstock, Editor At a Glance: Tedeschi Food Stores Headquarters: Rockland, Mass. Founded: 1923 Store Count: 182 2014 Annual Revenue: Estimated at more

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens in Baird, Texas

Love’s to donate to local nonprofits. Baird, Texas residents now have a new place to purchase fuel, snacks, meals and more. The new Love’s Travel Stop, located on Interstate 20 at U.S. Highway 283, opened for business last week. The 10,000 square foot facility is open 24 hours a day. Customers will find gourmet coffee,

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TravelCenters of America Opens New Popeyes In Wisconsin

The Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Restaurant has seating for 56 people. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the opening of a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant at TA Madison, located at I-90/I-94/I-39, Exit 132 (5901 Highway 51), in Madison, Wis. The new Popeyes will

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SOI Wraps Up In Chicago

Data shows economic climate in c-store industry is heating up and should continue for 2015. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience store industry revenue in 2014 topped $697 billion, bolstered in part by lower gas prices and demonstrating that c-store merchandising programs are resonating with customers. That was a major theme as the State of

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NACS SOI Conference Kicks Off

David Nelson gives the economic outlook for 2015. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Steve Loehr, vice president operations support, Kwik Trip and NACS Chairman kicked off the 2015 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI) event at the Lowes Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, April 15. This year, some

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Crystal Light On the Go Packets

Add to your bottled water purchases with top-selling1 CRYSTAL LIGHT On the Go, a natural add-on for active water drinkers. With bottled water servings growing away from home, don’t miss out on the opportunity to offer customers more flavorful hydration with just 5 calories per serving. Offered in a variety of on-trend flavors, your customers

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Refreshing Crystal Light Bag-In-Box

Bring new appeal to customers seeking better-for-you beverages with flavorful and refreshing CRYSTAL LIGHT Bag-In-Box. Available in great-tasting, on-trend flavors with only 5 calories per 8-oz. serving, your customers will love the option for delicious refreshment without the calories of sugary soft drinks. Plus, the equipment is easy to use and eco-friendly! Requiring absolutely no

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Chocolate Still Sweet as Sales Stay Steady

Chocolate candy sales totaled $2.66 billion for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 28, 2014, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI) data. That’s a jump of 3.2% compared to same period the previous year. Unit sales for the same period totaled 1.83 billion, up 0.47% over the same period. Meanwhile, non-chocolate candy brought in dollar sales

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CST Brands, CrossAmerica Partners Reorganize Leadership

CST Brands’ Jeremy Bergeron to take the helm as president of CrossAmerica Partners. CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP announced that Joe Topper, the CEO and president of CrossAmerica, has decided to retire as CEO effective Sept. 30, 2015. In order to ensure a smooth leadership transition, Topper will resign as president of CrossAmerica

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The Hershey Co. Reveals Easter Traditions

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Couche-Tard, Pantry Merger Set To Close Today

Now that the HSR waiting period has expired, the acquisition is expected to be finalized soon. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR Act”) applicable to the offer made by its indirect wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary to acquire The Pantry has expired. The expiration

CSD Exclusive: NACS Ends NACS CAFE Food Training Program

A NACS-supported foodservice training curriculum will continue to be available for convenience store retailers on the Web through Ready Training Online. By John Lofstock, Editor The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has decided to shut down its Center for Achieving Foodservice Excellence (CAFE) program, Convenience Store Decisions has learned. While NACS remains committed to

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SAS Trade Show Spotlights New Items

Draws more than 200 exhibitors. The final curtain has closed and the award for “Best in Show” goes to S. Abraham & Sons for their 29th Annual Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show—“SAS Celebrates the Stars of Convenience Retailing.” More than 200 manufacturers exhibited their products to convenience store chains and single-store owners during the show,

Club Coffee-Mate Offers Special Rewards, Membership and More

When you register on our B2B website, CMFeelTheLove.com, you’ll automatically become a member of Club Coffee-mate®. Our members are among the first to know about new products, seasonal tips and exclusive offers via the Club Coffee-mate Quarterly eNewsletter. As an insider, you’ll also be invited from time to time to give us input on new products,

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Coffee-mate® Makes It Easy For You To Have A Successful Coffee Program

When you offer delicious Coffee-mate®  flavors, like Irish Crème, you’re not just satisfying your customers, you’re putting the proven traffic-building power of America’s favorite creamer to work for your business. The fact is millions of consumers love and look for the Coffee-mate brand and that unmatched brand loyalty can rub off on your coffee program. And,

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Win $5,000 for Your Business

Coffee-mate®, America’s favorite creamer, is dedicated to helping you build your business with a great selection of crowd-pleasing flavors, proprietary formats and exciting promotions throughout the year. Right now, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, C-store operators can visit our professional website, on CMFeelTheLove.com, to enter the Coffee-mate LUCKY YOU! sweepstakes for a chance

Retail Market for Coffee Growing in the U.S.

Increased sales of specialty beverages have increased overall revenue for coffee retailers. Most convenience store retailers appreciate the value that hot dispensed beverages provide. Retailers also recognize the importance of offering a quality product at a competitive price that is merchandised in an effective way that improves speed of service. Beyond those elements there are

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Specialty Coffee Facts & Figures

While a tremendous amount of effort and attention is directed toward selecting the right bean, the specialty coffee industry recognizes that transportation, storage, roasting, packaging, brewing and preparation all affect the quality of the final product and as such, has developed or is in the process of developing standards for ensuring quality at each of

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