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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

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,, 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,

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,

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, 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

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

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Location in Bidwell, Ohio

Love’s adds 72 parking spaces in Ohio. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opens a new travel stop in Bidwell, Ohio. The new store, located at U.S. Highway 35 and Ohio State Route 850, opened for business Thursday, Feb. 19. The new Love’s adds 72 truck parking spaces to the Buckeye State. The 24/7 facility also offers

Healthy Protein Meals

gardein, the plant-protein brand currently sold in over 22,000 stores across North America—announces the launch of its handheld products, including new pocket meals in three flavors–crispy chick’n and kale, Italian meat-free sausage and BBQ pulled porkless shreds.These game changing products give people a healthier protein meal to eat on the run. Ready in minutes, these

Register Now for NAG’s Second Annual Young Executives Roundtable

The convenience store industry’s young executives and leaders of tomorrow face unique challenges as they grow their businesses in the competitive convenience store market. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) was formed specifically to addresses these challenges and help the industry’s next-generation leaders identify solutions with others in their age group. Please

Take the 2015 CSD/Humetrics Human Resources Benchmarking Survey

In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics are collaborating to provide insight into the industry human resources practices. For the seventh consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with human resources expert Mel Kleiman is launching a confidential online survey to

RaceTrac Updating Frozen Drink Branding

Based on RaceTrac Insiders’ survey results, RaceTrac updates its frozen beverage logo. This April, updated branding for RaceTrac’s Numb Skull frozen drink offering is set to debut in more than 380 RaceTrac stores. In November 2014, RaceTrac was considering a rebranding effort for its Numb Skull frozen drink offering and decided to survey its most

KickBack Points to Exhibit at NATSO

Leading loyalty program provider will showcase its innovative technology solutions for truck stop operators. Travel plaza and truckstop owners are among the busiest retail operators in the country serving a mixture of truckers, businessmen and commuters heading to and from work. Attracting these customers and driving new business remains a clear goal for the travel

Fran Duskiewicz Joins Convenience Store Decisions

The industry veteran will serve as a featured columnist for Convenience Store Decisions magazine and a content adviser for the National Advisory Group (NAG). Fran Duskiewicz, the venerable industry veteran who helped grow Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes into a retail powerhouse and guided the chain through its sale to CST Brands following the death

Saving Energy for Generations to Come

Developing revolutionary coffee equipment solutions for more than 25 years, FETCO is setting all-new standards with state-of-the-art, energy-conscious equipment construction, resulting in lower overall energy costs from 44–62%, according to an independent energy-savings study by Trace Laboratories. How does FETCO equipment save up to 62% in energy costs? By designing and building coffee brewing equipment

Pacific Convenience & Fuels Launches Loyalty Program

The 300-store chain with units in five states partners with KickBack Points to drive new business and reward its existing customers. As a national leader in rewards programs and loyalty solutions, KickBack Points delivers business intelligence that makes retail operators smarter, more profitable and helps to elevate their entire organization to learn how to anticipate

Conoco/Phillips 66 Customer Nets KickBack Points Grand Prize

Justin Gilbert, of Spokane Valley, Wash., is KickBack Points 2015 grand prize winner. The loyal Conoco and Phillips 66 customer wins a check for $15,000. Convenience store and petroleum marketers are always looking for innovative ways to reward their loyal customers. Thanks to a partnership with KickBack Points, one loyal Conoco and Phillips 66 customer

Peach Tea + Energy

Monster Energy has introduced the newest addition to its Rehab line, Monster Rehab Peach Tea + Energy. Packed with B vitamins, electrolytes and coconut water, Rehab Peach Tea + Energy packs a triple threat that quenches thirst, fires you up, and is the perfect choice after a hard day’s night. Peach tea has long been

Clean Eating Made Simple

Protein products company Forward Foods LLC, the maker of the award-winning Detour bar, is making clean eating simple with the introduction of its new line of Detour Simple protein bars. The new line of Detour Simple bars break the protein bar mold with clean ingredients and 20 grams of protein. Detour Simple bars are certified

Breakfast Sandwiches

Tyson Convenience Foodservice has introduced three new Jimmy Dean Blazin’ Hot Breakfast Sandwiches. Flavors include: Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy Sausage on a Biscuit; Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy Sausage, Egg and Pepperjack Cheese on a Biscuit; and Jimmy Dean Spicy Split Smoked Sausage & Cheese on a Croissant. The Jimmy Dean Blazin’ Hot Sandwich

Frozen Drink Dispenser

Carpigiani, a global innovator and provider for frozen dessert equipment, has introduced Spin Twist, the easy-to-use, one-movement slush dispenser. This simple, sleek dispenser can deliver two-flavor frozen drinks and cocktails in one swift, easy movement, making it perfect for convenience stores. Spin Twist consists of a freezer connected to two clear containers that display the

Glass Door Merchandisers

Master-Bilt, a manufacturer of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration systems, has introduced its full line of glass door merchandisers with the next generation BMG/BLG Plus and Fusion Plus models. These new glass door merchandisers provide extensive flexibility that businesses require for growing market segments, changing floor plans and improving traffic flow. Master-Bilt’s glass

Premium Pastry Line

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to rejuvenate your gourmet pastry program. Prairie City Bakery makes it simple with its newest, gourmet breakfast items. New Monster Muffins will wow your customers with premium ingredients like Real fruit, Real nuts and Real eggs! Monster Muffins offer six ounces of jumbo flavor, a 21-day shelf