Yoga Spurs Ayurveda Trend in Food and Drinks

Ancient health practices are finding their way into modern diets and leading to food and product innovations. As customers seek healthy choices, Ayurveda-inspired products are gaining steam. According to ancient wisdom for 21st century living is influencing not just exercise trends, but also food and beverage choices for some Americans, according to Packaged Facts’ “Cutting

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Pilot Flying J Celebrates National Hot Dog Day

Travel center customers gain free menu items from the roller grill from July 19-26. Customers can enjoy a free roller grill item at Pilot Flying J in celebration of National Hot Dog Day—and the celebration lasts all week. In honor of National Hot Dog Day on July 19, Pilot Flying J is giving guests one

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Pilot Flying J Becomes Official Travel Center of the SEC

Looks to leverage network’s national exposure to build strong brand presence and further position the travel centers as “roadside destinations of choice.” Pilot Flying J has entered a four-year, multimillion-dollar sponsorship agreement with the Southeastern Conference and ESPN to be the “Official Travel Center of the SEC.” This initiative with the SEC represents the largest

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7-Eleven Adds Single-Origin Colombian Coffee

One-third to one-half of 7-Eleven’s coffee lineup now Rainforest Alliance Certified. 7-Eleven is committing to sustainability when it comes to its coffee program. After introducing two Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees in six months, 7-Eleven Inc. is making its biggest product commitment to sustainability with the switch to a new Rainforest Alliance Certified single-origin Colombian coffee.

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Releases Q4, Fiscal 2017 Results

Company continues to benefit from geographic diversification and excellence in integrating acquisitions, says CEO. After a busy quarter that included many acquisitions, Alimentation Couche-Tard reported net earnings of $277.6 million ($0.49 per share on a diluted basis) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 compared with $203.9 million ($0.36 per share on a diluted basis)

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Saneholtz-McKarns Chooses Acumera

Introduces Valero Processor Connections Service, offsetting network security costs with location monitoring. Saneholtz-McKarns Inc. has transitioned to Acumera’s Valero Processor Connections Service for its Main Stop stores and dealer locations. Acumera’s Valero Processor Connections Service combines managed firewall services with transaction processing and comprehensive network monitoring and management services. This unique offering offsets the cost

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Getty Realty Corp. Acquiring 42 Properties in Lease-Back Transaction

The acquisition extends Getty’s reach into South Carolina and further builds its presence in the Southeast. Getty Realty Corp. is acquiring a lease-back transaction with a U.S. subsidiary of Applegreen PLC. Under the terms of the transaction with Applegreen, the company, through a subsidiary, will acquire interests in 38 fee simple and four leasehold properties

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American Optimism On the Upswing

Low gas prices help buoy customer sentiment. Americans are feeling good about the economy thanks to a recent dip in gas prices, according to the latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. The U.S. convenience store industry sells an estimated 80% of the fuel sold in the country, and NACS has conducted monthly surveys related to economic

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7-Eleven Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Commemorates the occasion with ‘Slurpee Week.’ 7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating its 90th birthday on 7-Eleven Day, also known as July 11. To celebrate its milestone birthday, 7-Eleven is inviting millions to join them for a FREE Slurpee party, continuing the tradition that started on the retailer’s 75th birthday in 2002. Participating U.S. stores will give

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Cintas Survey Shows Consumers’ Hand Drying Preferences

Paper towels appeal to more Americans. Do Americans prefer to use paper towels or air dryers when drying their hands in public restrooms? Cintas Corp. recently commissioned a survey conducted online by Harris Poll to determine just that. The survey was conducted May 19-23, and polled 2,048 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The study

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Couche-Tard Acquiring Holiday Stationstores Inc.

The purchase of more than 500 Holiday Stationstores allows Couche-Tard to build on its geographical growth strategy, moving the company into six new states. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is acquiring Holiday Stationstores Inc. (Holiday). Holiday is a convenience store player in the Upper Midwestern U.S., whose assets include over 500 company operated and franchise locations, a

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Discount Retailers’ Impact on Rural C-Stores

Dollar General and Dollar Tree typically target rural unincorporated areas on well-traveled roads or in underserved small towns. The strategy eventually affects c-stores operating there. By Mark Radosevich My firm has recently been engaged in several projects requiring extensive driving through rural areas of the Southeast. Nestled within the bucolic scenery is a growing number

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Self-Service C-Store Troubleshoots Heat Issues

After opening to much fanfare, unmanned c-store can’t stand the heat. BingoBox, China’s self-service c-store, was forced to temporarily close its doors. According to a report by Sixth Tones, the issues followed a week where BingoBox earned $14.7 million from investors. Zhang Xu, a spokeswoman for BingoBox, told Sixth Tone that the store’s glass exterior

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Seventy-Nine Percent of Millennials Used Amazon in Past Month

Amazon Prime attracts Millennials more than other generations. While more than half of all customers have made a purchase using Amazon in the past month, Millennials are leading the charge. Millennials are buying from Amazon at a higher rate than their older or younger generational counterparts, with 79% reporting a purchase within the past month,

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Drew Estate Co-Founder and President Named Keynote Speaker of TPE 2018

Educational sessions to focus on building your business as well as specific industry tracks. With a renewed focus on the premium cigar and pipe tobacco industry, TPE 2018 (Tobacco Plus Expo) is proud to announce Jonathan Drew, Drew Estate co-founder and president as a keynote speaker for this year’s show. Held at the Las Vegas

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Walmart Introduces ‘Pickup Towers’

The vending machine-style kiosks make picking up an online package easy. Walmart is adding huge self-service kiosks at its stores for customers to pickup online orders. According to Business Insider, the first kiosk—which Walmart is calling Pickup Towers—appeared in a Walmart store in Bentonville, Ark., last year and Walmart is now launching them in more

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Empire Petroleum Partners Appoints New CEO

Current CEO, Hank Heithaus, to retire this September. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC’s CEO, Hank Heithaus, has announced plans for retirement, effective Sept. 15. “We have experienced great growth over my time here, as the company has grown from 414 million gallons to over 1.2 billion gallons. I think that there is a bright future for

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Irish Retailer Applegreen Expands in South Carolina

Applegreen acquires 34 gas stations in South Carolina. Ireland-based Applegreen Convenience Stores has moved into the U.S. market with the acquisition of Bob Brandi Stations in South Carolina for $5.4 million. The Irish Times reported that Applegreen partnered with an institutional real-estate investor who will acquire property assets of the business for $70.1 million. Applegreen

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Salty Snacks’ Steady Influence

A staple of convenience stores, the salty snacks category remains relevant thanks to changing consumer tastes. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor Anyone worth their salt knows that chips and other crunchy, sodium-laden snacks are a big reason Americans love convenience stores. A quick visit to a c-store and consumers can load up on old-fashioned potato

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7-Eleven To Add Ready-To-Drink Meals

Eighteen 7-Eleven stores introduce Soylent product. Some 18 participating 7-Eleven stores in the Greater Los Angeles area are set to test Rosa Foods’ Soylent ready-to-drink meals, beginning Monday, July 10, 2017. The 7-Eleven locations currently plan to sell three Soylent flavors: Cacao, Cafe Coffiest and the new Cafe Chai. “It is exciting that the demand

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Yesway Introduces “Yesway Rewards” Loyalty Program

Guests gain a currency called “Smiles” for each dollar spent on fuel or in-side store merchandise. Yesway, the rapidly-growing Des Moines, Iowa-based convenience store chain has launched its new, highly anticipated customer loyalty program – Yesway Rewards. The innovative and proprietary customer loyalty program was developed in collaboration with Paytronix, the industry-leading loyalty technology provider.

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Growth Energy Speaks Out on Proposed RVOs

Growth Energy is encouraged to see the EPA demonstrate President Trump’s continued commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The total renewable fuel volume is proposed to be 19.24 billion gallons, while the proposed conventional biofuel amount

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St. Louis To Decrease Minimum Wage

Workers to see pay reduced back to $7.70 per hour this August after state bill trumps city ordinance. St. Louis workers are set to see their wages rolled back after Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced that he did not plan to fight Missouri state bill HB 1194, in which the state nullified the city’s $10

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U.S. Labor Department Appeals on Overtime Rules

U.S. Labor Department looks to clarify its authority in using salary levels to determine overtime pay eligibility. The U.S. Labor Department, in a brief to the New Orleans-based 5th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, defended its authority to use salary levels to decide who was eligible for overtime pay, but also expressed that

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Sheetz, RaceTrac and Miller Oil Set to Kick Off NAG Conference

NAG’s Leadership Panel in September will feature Joe Sheetz, Allison Moran and Jeff Miller who will discuss the Impact of Family Business on Convenience Retailing. According to the Small Business Administration, family businesses comprise 90% of all business enterprises in North America, and 62% of the U.S. employment. Yet, only a third of these businesses

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