Cumberland Farms Supports Pediatric Care Through Fundraiser

Annual Cups for Kids campaign donates five cents per cup of iced coffee or Chill Zone beverage purchased in August at convenience store chain Cumberland Farms. Cumberland Farms has launched its 6th annual Cups for Kids fundraising campaign, a month-long fundraiser that will benefit pediatric care programs at five regional hospitals throughout the Northeast –

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Improved Taste

Since its 2005 introduction, Coca-Cola Zero has refreshed hundreds of millions of fans across America with its real Coca-Cola taste and zero calories. Now, through in-house innovation and extensive market testing, Coca-Cola Zero is getting a new name, new look and even more delicious taste. The no-calorie fan favorite will deliver an even better-tasting recipe

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ADD Systems Welcomes New Hires

Expands marketing department to keep clients and industry better informed about its solutions. Advanced Digital Data Inc. (ADD Systems) is welcoming two new hires to its marketing department: Brittany Cooper and Victoria Leyson. Cooper is a full-time marketing associate, while Leyson is a full-time marketing intern. The management team is excited to have two new

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Chicago Soda Tax Starts Wednesday

Judge dismisses lawsuit, allowing tax to begin. Cook County, Ill.—which includes Chicago and surrounding areas—is set to implement a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages beginning Aug. 2. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, on Friday, July 28, Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the county tax as unconstitutional

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How Biodiesel Can Improve Your Bottom Line

By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. Why is interest in biodiesel growing among convenience store operators? In past blog posts for CSD, I’ve touched on some of the reasons, including its performance benefits, its lower emissions and the increasing number of diesel-powered vehicles. But let’s be honest. If biodiesel didn’t make economic sense, c-store

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Celebrating Summer – Student Internships

It’s almost back to school time for many young people including students who had an internship experience this summer. Recently I’ve seen several posts on LinkedIn reveling the work interns did for the companies they’ve brought eyes & hands and more importantly minds & hearts to. For me, an internship is a two-way given and

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Bakery Drives Local Demand

Through consistency and a focus on local trends, convenience store bakery programs can create savory margins. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor When it comes to creating a successful baked goods program, inspiration is found in the most unlikely places. Just ask Ryan Krebs, director of foodservice for Rutter’s Farm Stores, based in York, Pa. The

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Court Decision A Win for Renewable Fuel Producers

Court rules against EPA. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is applauding the Friday, July 28, decision of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) erred in its interpretation of its authority to waive biofuel requirements that reduced the 2014-‘16 total Renewable Volume Obligations

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Kum & Go Embraces Biodiesel as Sustainability Rises in Importance

A Convenient Sustainability Solution for C-stores  Approximately 90%  of the diesel fuel Kum & Go sells includes biodiesel. As one of the largest chains in the competitive convenience store industry, Kum & Go must stay on top of trends. In recent years, environmental sustainability has emerged as perhaps the biggest trend around. The West Des

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Double Wall Pallet Guard System

For over 35 years, MasonWays has provided a wide range of custom solutions for retail, institutional and commercial use. Innovations include the world’s first Patented Double Wall Pallet Guard System, helping to prevent trip and fall accidents. Its adjustable Pallet Guard System allows you to safely drop pallets of product directly on to the store

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Crackers & Hummus

Kellogg’s has introduced new Keebler Town House Crackers and Hummus, a convenient mini-meal that satisfies sophisticated snackers’ demand for crispy, flavorful crackers paired with TRU Flavors Hummus. In 2014, hummus was No. 1 in fresh dip sales topping $724 Million—a 200% increase since 2000 (Nielsen Scan Total U.S. convenience data for the 52 weeks ending

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Thrillist Recognizes Krispy Krunchy Chicken

The premium c-store-based quick-service restaurant concept gets special attention. Krispy Krunchy Chicken was recently honored by online media giant, Thrillist, in an article titled, “You Probably Haven’t Heard of America’s Best Fried Chicken Chain.” Thrillist authors explained why the nationwide fast-food chain is their favorite. “Chances are you won’t find America’s best-kept fast-food secret at

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Bettering Burgers & Brats

Burgers, brats and sausages may be traditional convenience store foodservice items, but that doesn’t mean they have to play second fiddle to fancier fare. Retailers tell how they have turned what could be ‘been there, ate that’ foods into meals customers return for again and again. Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Americans eat more than 13

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Sheetz Earns 2017 Chain of the Year Honors

With an unsurpassed commitment to foodservice and technology, a world-class distribution model and a total commitment to its vast employee base, Sheetz Inc. embodies the very best the convenience store industry has to offer. Over the past year, the 550-store chain was recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For,

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Rutter’s Partners with Restaurant Technologies

Modernizes fryer oil management and overcomes labor inefficiencies. Rutter’s Farm Stores, with 68 convenience stores throughout central Pennsylvania, has partnered with Restaurant Technologies to install the automated Total Oil Management system in all 55 of its locations that offer fried-food options. Rutter’s plans to use the technology in its new stores moving forward. “The Total

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Gen Xers Responsible for 25% of All Restaurant Visits

Gen Xers enjoy dining out and are more likely than other generations to have dual income and the money to do it. While everyone is talking about boomers and Millennials, Gen Xers continue to be an important—if often overlooked—demographic. Generation X, ages 36 to 52, now represents 23% of all restaurant visits, not a significant

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Common Sense Menu Labeling Bill Clears House Committee

Bill now waits for review by the entire House of Representatives. The House Energy & Commerce Committee has passed H.R. 772, “The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act” that looked to make menu-labeling requirements more flexible and possible for food providers. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) reported that the bill passed by a bipartisan

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FDA Targets Nicotine Levels in Tobacco

Lowering the levels of nicotine in combustible cigarette products could adversely affect tobacco manufacturers. In a major regulatory shift, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Friday to its intention to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes while exploring measures to move smokers toward e-cigarettes. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made the announcement. The FDA’s

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Gluten-Free Teriyaki Snack Sticks

Wenzel’s Farm, a producer of small batch, hand-crafted and naturally hickory smoked meat snacks has announced that its Teriyaki-flavored snack sticks are now gluten-free. With this change, the entire line of snack sticks, and all other Wenzel’s Farm products are now gluten free. Wenzel’s Farm produces 10 flavors of snack sticks, along with many other

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More Twix Options

Tapping into consumer demand for new and exciting food products, Mars Chocolate North America’s TWIX Brand is unveiling more ways to enjoy the classic combination of cookie bar and chocolate. TWIX Dark, TWIX White and TWIX Peanut Butter varieties will all be joining original caramel TWIX on store shelves by the end of 2017, providing

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A Red, White and Blue Tradition

Fourth of July may be in the books, but there’s always an opportunity to display the flag. By Jim Callahan During a recent holiday, I placed two very small American flags in a lone planter on my front porch. After lunch, I headed out on a short shopping expedition. Passing many neighbors and many businesses,

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Wawa Enters Broward County, Fla.

Wawa gives away free coffee for 10 days. Wawa Inc. has entered Broward County, Fla., with two new locations, Wawa’s southernmost locations to date. On Thursday, July 27, 2017 Wawa hosted a doubleheader grand opening celebration to officially launch Wawa’s first locations in Broward County. The stores are located at: 4290 Davie Rd. Extension Davie,

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Growth Opportunities Abound Across Retail Channels

Shoppers’ path to purchase is changing. What does it mean for your business? Changes are rapidly impacting retail and the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market, as strategies shift along with consumer trends. CPG growth is anemic and marketplace competition is fierce, so winning in this environment requires a keen understanding of consumers’ evolving path to

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Kretek Becomes Exclusive Distributor of Fantasia Products

“Fantasia embodies Phillips & King’s long-standing value of quality,” says general manager of Phillips & King, a subsidiary of Kretek International Inc. Kretek International Inc., the nation’s largest importer, marketer and distributor of specialty tobacco products, will expand its portfolio on Aug. 1, 2017 to become the exclusive distributor of Fantasia products in the United

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Frequency Visits at C-Stores Up in Q2

Ricker’s leads convenience stores with highest ratio of foot traffic per station. C-store visits are up and stations with a good cup of Joe are seeing even more customers, according to a recent study by Cuebiq and GasBuddy. Cuebiq, a location intelligence company with the largest, most accurate location database in the U.S. and GasBuddy,

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