NACUFS Announces Campus Dining Awards

More than 75 colleges and universities vied for the award. Given by The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS), the 2017 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards (named for a NACUFS founder, past president, and highly regarded innovator), the dining awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts. These

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QuickChek Volunteers With Local Food Bank

QuickChek team members donate their time and support throughout the year to local food banks. QuickChek team members are giving back to the communities they serve, aiding thousands of families in need by volunteering at local community food banks. Fourteen volunteers from the fresh convenience market chain’s headquarters in Whitehouse Station, N.J. and various local

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Yesway Charts Its Course

With an all-star team and best practice plans, Yesway is prepared to deliver convenience. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Yesway’s convenience store chain may be fewer than two years old, but it boasts an aggressive expansion plan, which it intends to achieve by leveraging veteran c-store industry leadership, developing expanded foodservice offerings within

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Sheetz Inc. Named CSD’s 2017 Chain of the Year

The Altoona, Pa. convenience store chain becomes the first two-time Chain of the Year winner in the award’s 28-year history, first winning top company honors in 1994. 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

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Meal Kit Market Throws Curve Ball At Food Industry

Packaged Facts continues to project robust growth for delivery meal kits. The demand for meal kit service shows the need for convenience among consumers, and more businesses are taking note. From Amazon to Walmart to Wall Street and Unilever, everyone is watching the meal kit delivery services space, which has mushroomed to $5 billion in

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Small Retailers Fight Border Tax Proposal

NRF warns Border Tax could reduce jobs and hurt small retailers. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is urging the House tax-writing committee to consider small retailers and their employees when reforming the nation’s tax code, saying they would suffer more than large companies under a proposal to create a border adjustment tax that would drive

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Core-Mark Completes Farner-Bocken Acquisition

Pays approximately $174 million in cash for all assets of Farner-Bocken Co. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has closed its previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Farner-Bocken Co. The adjusted purchase price was approximately $174 million, paid in cash and is subject to post-closing adjustments. No debt or significant liabilities were assumed

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Will Customers Choose ‘Brick or Click’ For Back-to-School Buys?

More than 70% of 2016 back-to-school purchases were made in stores. The competition continues between online and brick-and-mortar stores and the back-to-school rush is no exception. The back-to-school season is the second most important time in the retail calendar for many industries, behind the holiday season. Practical decisions related to factors like price, convenience and

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Three Finalists Win Franchise Fee-Free 7-Elevens

First Women’s Initiative Contest concludes with three winners. 7-Eleven Inc. has announced that all three finalists will win a 7-Eleven store in its first franchise give-away contest targeted exclusively to women entrepreneurs. Winners Alyson Rae Lawson of Dallas, Texas, Avalon Young of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Evelyn Scott of Chesapeake, Virginia, will each receive a

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Candy With Toy Surprise

The Kinder brand is set to launch in the U.S. with Kinder Joy in January 2018. Kinder Joy is a treat that combines the delicious taste of Kinder chocolate on one side, with a surprise toy on the other. Kinder Joy provides twice the joy in every experience. Kinder Joy comes in a plastic egg-shaped

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Artisanal Cider Blend

  Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders is introducing its newest flavor and ushering in the autumn apple season with Strongbow Artisanal Blend. The new flavor is crafted with heirloom cider apple varieties, cold-pressed and blended together for a naturally refreshing, semi-sweet taste. Strongbow Artisanal Blend, along with all Strongbow products, contains no artificial flavors or colors

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7-Eleven FOAC Trade Show Features NACS Chairman

Budhwani shares his early lessons, advice during opening session keynote speech. The 7-Eleven Franchise Owner’s Association of Chicagoland (FOAC) Trade Show kicked off on Thursday, July 13 at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Ill. Rahim Budhwani, 2016-2017 chairman of NACS (the National Association of Convenience Stores) and the founder and CEO of Alabama-based

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Love’s Travel Stops Grows in Mississippi and Ohio

The new 24/7 locations offer showers, gourmet coffee, fresh fruit and vegetables, name-brand snacks, fountain drinks and more. Love’s Travel Stops has opened two new locations in West Point, Miss., and Circleville, Ohio. The West Point travel stop is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 45A and Lagoon Road, and the Circleville store is at

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Indulgence Wins Over Health With Ice Cream

Non-dairy ice cream and frozen yogurt sales dip. Western ice cream customers are looking for indulgence when purchasing ice cream and are interested in trying ethnic-inspired ice cream flavors. New research from Mintel reveals that retail sales of frozen yogurt and non-dairy ice cream slipped 10% in the last two years, reaching an estimated $299

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Wells Fargo Talks San Francisco Menthol Ban

Retailers to feel biggest negative impact from the ban. Wells Fargo weighed in on the potential impact of San Francisco’s ban on menthol cigarettes and all flavored tobacco products, which is set to go into effect on April 1, 2018. While Wells Fargo noted the ban is a “significant historic event,” it said the ban

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Ice Cream Bars

M&M’S Brand Ice Cream Bars are each individually wrapped and feature chopped M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies inside reduced fat vanilla ice cream, all smothered in creamy milk chocolate. This new item builds on the excitement around the M&M’S Brand Cookie Sandwich, which is outpacing the category, growing over 10%, (Nielson). The frozen novelty Bar format […]

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Wholesome Bars

New Pure Organic Bars are made with wholesome organic ingredients in their simplest form—USDA Organic, non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free—to deliver a great taste that meets your customers’ need for cleaner snacking. Loaded with wholesome, natural ingredients like fruits, nuts and whole grains, and luscious elements like chocolate, vanilla and nut butters, […]

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Why Foodservice Delivery Is the Next Big Thing for C-Stores

As the demand for fresh foods among time-starved customers increases, more and more operators are turning to delivery to drive new sales. Learn why delivery can work for you at the 2017 NAG Conference in Nashville. Historically, consumers had very few meal choices in terms of what could be delivered to them. Pizza and Asian

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Retail is Changing Faster Than the Speed of Thought

By Bill Scott IT’S A FACT! Everyone does not need a university degree. In fact, pushing our kids into colleges could be a huge mistake. Not only that. In some cases, higher education can backfire on you. Sometimes I think education focuses too much on the past, and the past doesn’t last as long as

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Clark’s PNS Plots Its Future

The retailer’s goal to assimilate fuller foodservice and larger stores while exploring new markets are just a few reasons why Convenience Store Decisions has chosen  Clark’s Pump-N-Shop as one of its 2017 Chains to Watch. By David Bennett, Senior Editor There are a number of convenience chains in the industry that go about their business

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NACUFS Announces Minah Distinguished Service Award Winner

Award recipient Rich Neumann has almost 40 years of hospitality business experience. NACUFS has awarded the Minah Distinguished Service Award to Rich Neumann of Ohio University. The Theodore W. Minah Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor NACUFS bestows upon an individual in recognition of their outstanding and enduring contributions to NACUFS and the foodservice

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Kelley’s Market Takes Top C-Store Spot

GasBuddy app users rate convenience stores across six categories. GasBuddy has issued its quarterly report card revealing which gas station convenience brands topped the list in the second quarter of 2017, making them the most likely destinations where drivers will have a “perfect pit stop,” according to GasBuddy user ratings and reviews. Illinois-based Kelley’s Market

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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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