Hunt Brothers’ Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Returns

Hunt Brothers’ limited time offers are designed to give store partners a boost in sales. Hunt Brothers Pizza is re-launching a customer-favorite: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza. Starting this week, consumers can purchase this specialty pizza for a limited time at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza locations in convenience stores across the country, while supplies last. Returning

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Women Compete for 7-Eleven Franchise

Public to vote on video contest that awards one lucky winner a franchise fee-free c-store. 7-Eleven’s Women’s Franchise Initiative Competition is underway with seven women entrepreneurs now selected as finalists. One of the seven will win a franchisee fee-free 7-Eleven store. As the competition intensifies, each semi-finalist has produced a short “Why I Should Win”

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Bill Kent Named the 2017 Recipient of NAG’s Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing

The president and CEO of The Kent Cos. in Midland, Texas, served six years on the National Advisory Group (NAG) Board of Directors and played a key role in the association’s growth. He remains an influential member and an inspiration for young executives. The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store trade association focused on

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NRF Supports Permanent Tax Reform

Continues fight for comprehensive tax reform that grows economy without shifting tax burden to American families. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed comments from Speaker Paul Ryan regarding the need for permanent comprehensive tax reform that lowers rates without shifting the burden to consumers. “Retailers agree with Speaker Ryan that the best way to grow

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Wawa Introduces Antibiotic-Free Poultry

Move part of “food quality commitment.” As customers grow increasingly concerned with what’s in their food, more foodservice operators are taking steps to ensure they put shoppers’ concerns at ease. Wawa is one of the latest stores to eliminate the use of antibiotics in its poultry. This May, Wawa announced that “Poultry Raised Without Antibiotics”

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Amid Amazon Expansion, Brick-and-Mortar Retail Stores Still Relevant

Physical stores offer services absent in online membership but retailers need to step up their game. Even as more customers are clamoring for online grocery ordering and speedy delivery, many shoppers place high value on the benefits of going to a physical store. Grocery e-commerce has a lot of headroom for growth with only 7%

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Cigarettes Remain On Top

Although smoking rates have been on the decline, cigarettes remain a leading performer for convenience stores. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor In 2016, convenience stores captured 85% of all sales through sales from just six categories: Cigarettes, packaged beverages, candy, beer, salty snacks and other tobacco products (OTP), based on the latest research data from

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Parker’s Gives Latest Fueling Community Donation to Wayne County School System

Parker’s Convenience Stores continues to give back to every community where it does business. Parker’s is continuing its goal of supporting area schools by donating a portion of Wednesday gas sales. Parker’s recently donated $1,500 to the Wayne County School System as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative. Jay Brinson, Wayne County

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Wawa Plans 5-10 Stores in Washington, D.C. Market

Plans largest Wawa to date at 9,200 square feet. Wawa Inc. has officially announced its expansion into the Washington, D.C. market and its plans to grow its fleet to 5-10 locations in the district. Wawa’s first store in the district is located at 1111 19th St., N.W. Washington, D.C., and set to open in December.

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FriendShip Foods to Host CSD’s 2017 Consumer’s Choice New Products Contest

The 3rd Annual Consumer’s Choice Contest will identify the hot new products convenience store customers want most across nearly two dozen categories. Increased channel blurring is making it tougher for convenience stores to retain existing customers—and harder yet to develop loyalty in new ones. That’s why new products are so important to convenience stores. They

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Packaged Facts: “This is a Golden Age of Beverage Innovation in America”

After years of stagnation, beverages are being transformed by massive innovations. Research firm Packaged Facts has released its latest report: “Ready-to-Drink Beverage Trend Forecast 2017: Culinary Trend Tracking Series,” where it concludes we are living in “a Golden Age of Beverage Innovation.” From extended-release energy drinks that last longer and meal replacement drinks customized to

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What Puts the “Craft” in Craft Beer?

Craft beer consumers aged 21-34-years-old make up the group that is most aware of craft beer terms. Craft beer is booming, but what is influencing craft beer customers path to purchase and what buzzwords can retailers use to better reach these consumers? Wonder no more. Danny Brager, senior vice president of Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice

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Motiva Introduces 76 “Crest” Brand Image

Site marks first of four stations to be converted to new 76 brand image in Greater New York market Motiva announced the grand opening of the first 76 branded station using the new 76 “Crest” image and legacy color palette of orange and blue in the Greater New York market. As the first Motiva-supplied 76

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Love’s Trillium CNG Opens Alternative Fueling Station in York, Pa.

P-3 project to provide CNG to more than 1,600 buses at transit agencies across Pennsylvania. Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and rabbittransit in York, Pennsylvania, welcomed the commonwealth’s newest public compressed natural gas (CNG) station at a ribbon cutting on June 16. The new facility is the second public CNG station Love’s

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NRF Speaks Out on Bill to Block Sales Tax Fairness

Bill that exempts businesses without physical presence ‘out of step’ with “modern digital economy.” The National Retail Federation (NRF) has voiced its opposition to legislation introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that would codify a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that out-of-state sellers can be required to collect sales tax only if they have a physical

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What Does Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition Mean for the Retail Market?

Through its Whole Foods purchase Amazon is completing the fresh food puzzle piece for its business, but is it too late for Whole Foods? Amazon.com is acquiring organic supermarket chain Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, including Whole Foods net debt. “Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and

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Stripes Stores and APlus Fundraise For CMN Hospitals

Miracle Balloon Fundraising Campaigns at Stripes and APlus stores raise more than $1.6 million dollars to help children in need. Since 2000, Stripes and APlus, owned and operated by Sunoco LP, have partnered with CMN Hospitals to raise more than $12 million for sick and injured kids, with its most recent Miracle Balloon Fundraising Campaigns

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GIANT Adds Same-Day Delivery in Philadelphia

Partners with Instacart to bring added convenience to grocery shoppers. More supermarkets are looking for ways to increase convenience to customers. GIANT Food Stores LLC has partnered with Instacart Inc. to bring same-day delivery to GIANT shoppers in the Philadelphia area. “This partnership with Instacart gives our customers in the greater Philadelphia area another convenient

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Gilbarco Fuel Dispenser Processes First “Chip” Transaction

With simple software upgrades, Passport sites can be easily configured and enabled for full chip transactions at the dispenser for all major card types. Gilbarco Veeder-Root has announced the successful processing of the first U.S. Europay, Mastercard and Visa “chip” transaction at a fuel dispenser, utilizing Gilbarco’s Passport Point-of-Sale (POS) and Encore fuel dispensers on

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Macfood Mart Adds SKUPOS Software

Looks to increase speed of ordering and inventory accuracy. Macfood Mart is integrating SKUPOS into its c-store ordering strategy. SKUPOS is a software that helps retailers speed up the ordering process while maintaining more accurate inventory. Its algorithm “learns” location buying habits overtime, ensuring that Macfood Mart’s inventory only continues to improve. Macfood Mart is

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Doug Galli Joins the National Advisory Group (NAG) Board of Directors

The vice president and general manager of Reid Stores Inc./Crosby’s will lend his vast industry experience to NAG to help shape the association’s direction. The National Advisory Group (NAG), a retail trade association for convenience store and petroleum operators, is proud to announce that Doug Galli, ‎Vice President and General Manager of Reid Stores Inc./Crosby’s has

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What’s Ahead for E-Cigs?

From regulations to shifting consumer demand, e-cigarettes remain susceptible to various factors. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor On the surface, e-cigarettes are performing well in terms of OTP (other tobacco products) category sales. Information Resources Inc. (IRI), a Chicago-based market research firm, reported total sales of all electronic tobacco devices—e-cigarettes and vapors/tanks/mods—in U.S. convenience

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Celebrity Chef Creates Signature Items for Pilot Flying J

Chef Tim Love to enhance food experience for travel center customers. Pilot Flying J has formed a unique partnership with renowned chef and restaurant owner Tim Love. Love will create new signature food items that will be available at all Pilot Flying J locations across the nation with the goal of providing fresh, convenient food

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Orton Oil Co. Adds PDI for ERP Software

Automates manual processes and gains new data insights for enhancing margin. Orton Oil Co. selected PDI as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. The Minnesota-based convenience retailer and fuel distributor licensed PDI’s retail and petroleum wholesale software to improve efficiency by automating manual processes and helping employees manage by exception. “During the decision-making process,

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New Vehicle Technologies Face Uphill Climb

Due to the size of the existing light-duty fleet in the U.S. considerable time is needed for any new technology to reach market saturation. Market saturation of E25 capable vehicles is a long way off. In fact, it would take close to a decade for a new vehicle technology to reach market saturation, according to

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