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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Real, Globally-Inspired Ingredients

Some 81% of 18-34-year-old Millennials surveyed enjoy exploring new cultures through food (Y Pulse, January 2017). Enter Véa: the all-new snack portfolio from Mondelēz International that delivers real ingredients in unique combinations crafted from globally-inspired recipes. The Véa portfolio contains no artificial colors or flavors, and is always non-GMO Project Verified. Véa is available in

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On-The-Go Snacks

The makers of Hormel Natural Choice deli meats have introduced four new all- natural deli meat snacks, paired with cheddar or pepper jack cheese and a dark-chocolate confection. The addition of on-the-go snacks expands the Hormel Natural Choice branded product portfolio, which includes a variety of 100% natural deli meats and bacons made without artificial

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NAG Conference Super Save Expires Today!

With an agenda featuring more than a dozen speakers from the convenience store industry’s leading chains, NAG 2017 is one industry conference you cannot afford to miss, but the Super Saver registration rate expires today! Register now to received a deep discount off of the registration fee. The convenience store industry continues to grow sales

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Retailers Urge Senate to Vote for ACA Repeal

As lawmakers duke it out on Capitol Hill, the NRF recently sent a letter explaining how retailers are impatient for relief from the Affordable Care Act. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is urging the Senate to move forward on efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare even if lawmakers have not yet agreed on the exact

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When Counting the Human Cost

In the middle of June, I traveled to central New York. I hadn’t been back since I relocated to Naples, Fla. more than a year ago. There were a number of reasons for the visit, most of them prosaic, but what was very much center of mind for me was checking on the feelings of

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Busy Bee Is Creating a Buzz

The Florida convenience retailer was recently chosen as the best truck stop in the country based in part because the growing chain specializes in both small-town touches and modern innovations. By David Bennett, Senior Editor It’s too easy to compare Johnson & Johnson Inc. to a hive of activity. That’s not to say the Madison,

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Maine Keeps Tobacco Age at 18

Governor vetoed bill that looked to up tobacco purchase age to 21. Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that aimed to increase the tobacco purchase age to 21 in the state of Maine. According to a report by WGME News Online, lawmakers will return in early August to hold override votes. The anti-smoking

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NRF Weighs in on Overtime Rules

Overtime rules “out of sync with the realities of retail workplaces,” says NRF spokesperson. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is welcoming the Labor Department’s request for public comment on federal overtime regulations as an important first step toward pursuing more reasonable workplace policies. “Retailers understand that overtime rules need to be updated occasionally but the

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Cough Pops for Kids

HALLS has launched HALLS KIDS, a new cough and sore throat lozenge and dietary supplement in pop format, for ages five and up. HALLS KIDS are available in two varieties and three kid-friendly flavors. HALLS KIDS Cough & Sore Throat Pops are available in Cherry and Strawberry flavors. Each pop contains five milligrams of menthol,

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Birthday Cake Donuts

Mrs. Freshley’s has released two birthday cake inspired products, the new Birthday Cake Bar Cake and Birthday Cake Mini Donuts, giving cake lovers something to celebrate everyday. The Birthday Cake Bar Cake delivers a delicious dose of sweetness with the melt-in-your-mouth morsels of colorful birthday cake topped with white icing and sprinkles. The new offering

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Americana Candy Tins

CandyRific has teamed up with the M&M’S brand to create two themed candy tins featuring retro-style designs. These collectible tins are sure to be a hit, and will be available this fall. Each display contains 12 tins featuring one of two M&M’S brand Americana designs: one features a picture of three American soldiers circa World

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Organic Cheddar Squares

Perfect for kids and adults alike, Annie’s is expanding its offerings to include new Organic White Cheddar Squares, Organic BBQ Cheddar Squares. Newly available as of this month, Annie’s Organic White Cheddar Squares and Organic BBQ Cheddar Squares are cheesy, crispy, craveable yum. These little squares of goodness are packed with 100% real organic cheese

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