Casey’s Celebrates 50th Anniversary

In celebration, Casey’s to feature monthly specials through August and an Anniversary Sweepstakes. Casey’s General Stores Inc. based in Ankeny, Iowa is celebrating its 50th year of business in 2018. Combined with other recent celebrations for its 2,000th store in Russellville, Ky. and its first locations in the state of Michigan and Ohio, the company

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7-Eleven Slurpee Cup Wins Package Design Award

7-Select packaging also recognized as part of the GDUSA 2018 American Package Design Awards. 7-Eleven’s Slurpee cup design and 7-Select packaging were recently recognized with design awards. Brandimage, a global consultancy of brand equity architects and designers, was honored with three awards recognizing packaging design excellence for 7-Eleven in the GDUSA 2018 American Package Design

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GPM Now Operating E-Z Mart in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana & Arkansas

With closing of Texarkana chain, GPM now operates and supplies approximately 1,400 sites in 22 states. A subsidiary of GPM Investments LLC, has taken ownership of 273 convenience stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas from E-Z Mart Stores Inc. The growth into the Southwest portion of the country marks new territory for GPM’s existing

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Pump Prices Hit High Not Seen Since Summer 2015

While the national average gas price is expected to grow, it should stay below $3. The national average price of gas hit $2.71 on Monday, April 16, the highest average price in almost three years. Gas is now 30 cents more expensive than this time last year and 18 cents more than last month. Prices

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Balancing the OTP Category

Will smokeless tobacco be able to capitalize on reduced-risk classification? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Last year, convenience store owners and operators along with other tobacco retailers were forced to empty out several slots of their smokeless tobacco racks because of a nationwide recall issued by the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USST), an operating

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Quality Equipment Yields Superior Food

Equipment that caters to the needs of c-stores can help elevate a program to new heights. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Convenience store foodservice has come a long way in recent years, and equipment is a big reason why. With advances in speed, durability and technology, foodservice equipment now allows convenience stores to provide food

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Opportunity Flows from Fountain

More drink flavors and savvy promotions can help wring the most out of a c-store’s cold dispensed beverage program. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor From teas to functional carbonated beverages and specialty frozen drinks, the cold dispensed category is seeing an influx of new opportunities to capture customer dollars as traditional carbonated soft drinks decline.

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Weigel’s Succession Plan Begins at the Top

In this edition of Executive Corner, Bill Weigel outlines a blueprint for producing tomorrow’s industry leaders. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Of all the responsibilities convenience owners and operators share, preparing for the future is perhaps the most daunting. Industry veteran Bill Weigel, founder and chairman of Weigel Stores Inc., explains how succession planning can

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Fostering Proprietary Foodservice

To put a brand on their brand, more convenience retailers are entering the proprietary foodservice pool. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor As convenience stores increasingly become go-to options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, more and more operators are mulling the decision to launch proprietary foodservice options or partner with a co-brand. They know either alternative

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Kiosks Enhance C-Store Offerings

Digital kiosks are providing retailers the ability to provide a wider range of services. By Erin Del Conte, Senior Editor As disruption across channels continues, due to Amazon’s on-going innovation, changing consumer demands and rapidly developing technologies, many channels are turning to kiosks to manage labor costs, introduce new value-added services and increase speed of

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Technology, Creativity Aid Loss Prevention

Innovative technologies, human ingenuity and novel community-centric initiatives are combining to create increasingly successful store security solutions. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Historically, loss prevention in any organization is seen as a source of spending. There seems to always be the need for new cameras, alarms or other equipment. But a case study prepared by

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Sprint Mart Is Now Running Ahead

The growing Mississippi c-store chain recently turned to the cloud to better navigate its workforce issues. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Victory Marketing LLC., which does business under the name Sprint Mart, is like many convenience operators when it comes to the necessity of having to balance workforce requirements amidst business expansion. Located in Ridgeland,

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Recharging the E-Cigarette Market

Interest and speculation abound about the future of heat-not-burn products but for now rechargeable e-cigs are in high demand. Approximately one year ago, Philip Morris International (PM), parent company of Altria Group Inc., submitted a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) application to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its heat-not-burn iQOS brand, in

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RYO Holds Its Own

The fortunes of the roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco market are tied to a disarming number of factors, ranging from the overall health of the economy to cigarette taxes, age restrictions, competition from tobacco outlets and dollar stores, available shelf space and consumer migration to other tobacco products. Tim Greene, general manager and category director-tobacco for Smoker

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Cigars Stay on Course

Over the past year cigars continued to help boost the other tobacco products category at convenience stores. Inexpensive two- and three-cigar packs made up less than 1% of cigar sales in 2008, but by 2015 this packaging style held 40% of the retail market share. Black & Mild and Swisher Sweets dominate the convenience store

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Energy Drinks Wake Up Category

Line extensions and Americans’ unremitting thirst for energy and variety continue to power the energy drink category. Convenience store sales of energy drinks totaled $8.4 billion in 2017 and the segment is expected to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.6% during the period 2018-2023, according to market research firm Mordor Intelligence. The

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Vaping Not Out of Flavor

Experts predict a CAGR of 23.6% for closed vaping systems by 2021. A few years ago, it seemed as if new flavors, from fruity to dessert to tropical, were being introduced every week. Nowadays, the preferred vaping product is the more diminutive pod mod. Pod mods can be either open systems in which users add

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Smokeless Recovers from Recall

After recovering from product recalls, the smokeless category is once again thriving at c-stores.  When the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co., a division of Philip Morris International’s Altria Group, issued a nationwide recall of several Copenhagen, Skoal, Cope and Husky products last year, retailers weren’t sure how consumers would react, and how long the category would

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Soft Drinks Target of Changing Market

Noncarbonated beverages and sparkling waters are getting more space in coolers as customers look for alternatives to traditional soft drinks. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Coca Cola eked out a 1% gain in sales of its carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) such as Coke, Sprite and Fanta in North America, while global volume sales dipped

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The Profitable Appeal of Car Washes at C-Stores

According to U.S. Census Bureau data released in 2017, consumers nationwide spend an estimated $5.8 billion at car wash businesses every year. That total represents eight million vehicles being washed on a daily basis. The International Carwash Association analyzes the market further, stating 90% of car washes in the U.S. are owned and operated by

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Lighting Up C-Store Savings

A convenience store annually spends approximately $4 per square foot on energy costs, according to some industry reports. Counting outdoor canopy lighting, wall-to-wall coolers and other energy-sucking costs, corralling those expenses is a full-time job. Of course, there are a bevy of strategies to cut those costs. For example, c-stores can invest in ENERGY STAR-certified

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Alternative Fuels Expand Footprint

Kum & Go has been a leader in alternative and renewable fuels blending for a number of years. Growing its fuel portfolio over the last several years, Kum & Go today offers E15 at 129 locations across nine states. The chain also offers E85 at 216 locations across 10 states. Some might find it surprising

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Salty Snacks Hold Strong

When it comes to chips and salty snacks at the nation’s convenience stores, any time is crunch time. That’s because America’s c-store customers enjoy few things more than crunching into yet another package of sodium-laced chips, pretzels, nuts and/or similar items. Category sales bear this out. According to scan data from the IRI for the

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Tracking New Candy Trends

One thing is apparent in the chocolate category: people still like to snack. Mintel, in its 2016 Chocolate Confectionery study, showed $17 million in sales that year and a projected 19% growth in sales through 2020. “Chocolate sales were up in 2017. Most of the growth has come from king-size, resealable pouch bags and innovation,”

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The Kent Cos. Announces Senior Management Changes

Introducing new president and vice president of operations. The Kent Cos. is making several senior management changes within the company. Effective March 1, Bill Kent, current president and CEO, will be transitioning to chairman and CEO. With this change, he will focus more on the strategy, growth and the company’s best capital structure. Along with

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