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Becoming A Wine Destination

C-stores have a huge opportunity to delve into the wine category, which continues to grow in popularity. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Year after year, the wine category continues to show strong growth as a result of innovative new products, premium price segments and flavor innovation. These new flavor trends and surging interest are positioning

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Security is an Everyday Business Practice

From PCI compliance to loyalty programs, ensuring customers that their private information is secure is essential in gaining their trust. But the rules keep changing so retailers need to stay focused to remain in compliance with current security standards. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. In November, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC),

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Energizing Product Sales

An increasingly competitive market for “energy-boosting” products continues to propel energy shot sales. As such, overall growth of energy drinks and shots has been influenced positively by new product launches and expanded retail distribution. By John Lofstock, Editor. Convenience stores are increasingly becoming known as the place to purchase energy shots. The industry now accounts

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OTP Sales Remain Strong

Smokeless tobacco products have become increasingly important to the U.S. tobacco industry, which is seeking to push more of these products as Americans smoke fewer cigarettes. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. With traditional cigarettes under fire on several fronts, convenience store retailers rightly view smokeless tobacco as an important part of the future of their

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Enhancing Meat Snack Sales

As customers continue to crave variety and new taste profiles, meat snacks manufacturers are staying on their toes, and providing c-stores with a range of new options to keep shoppers coming back for more. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. When Americans want to snack, nothing holds them back. Time constraints paired with consumer demand for

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Courting Coffee Customers

Updated equipment, a sizeable counter area and multiple brew flavors can help position your chain as a coffee destination. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The competition for coffee customers continues to brew among the various channels, with convenience stores feeling increased pressure from Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and numerous QSRs—even Walgreens’ new superstore prototype in Chicago

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Winning the Fresh Foodservice Battle

Busy Americans are increasingly going the grab-and-go route for lunch and dinner solutions. But even the most time-starved consumers have definite standards about what foods they will choose. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Grab and go is a close to $13 million category, with everyone from quick-service restaurants to pharmacies competing for share of stomach

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The Value of a Positive Attitude

The behavior of your employees is contagious. When employees are friendly and outgoing, the entire company will benefit. By Jim Callahan. I have long believed that you do not truly know what a good job is until you have experienced the angst of being forced into a bad position. I have been fortunate in my

Flash Foods Embraces Mobile Payments

The Georgia convenience store chain is implementing the latest technology trends to enhance the customer experience across its entire 172-store chain. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Flash Foods is embracing new technology to benefit customers and corporate initiatives alike. At the end of October, the Waycross, Ga.-based c-store chain, with 172 locations in Georgia and

Are You Prepared for the Healthcare Challenge?

Quality employees and customer service are the backbone of the convenience store and petroleum industry. All you have to do is observe how top quartile companies treat and respect their personnel to understand what kind of asset frontline employees can be to a successful company. It’s no accident that these operators are outperforming their competitors

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Manufacturing Gains Boost Crude, Gasoline Contracts

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric RBOB gasoline futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved higher with the West Texas Intermediate crude contract in trading on the first day of December following the Thanksgiving Day weekend, with the upside lent support from an unexpected expansion in manufacturing activity in the U.S.

Charity Oil Warms Hearts and Homes in New York and Pennsylvania

Local CITGO Marketer M. Spiegel & Sons Oil Corp. partners with organizations to “Fuel Good.” CITGO Marketer Robert Spiegel believes in giving back to his local community and in the great power of family. These personal beliefs combined with his family’s expertise in the petroleum industry led to the creation of Charity Oil, a non-profit

Weigel’s Gives Back

Annual Weigel’s Family Christmas event set for Dec. 7. Weigel’s Farm Stores, Inc., operator of 62 dairy and convenience stores, is hosting its annual Weigel’s Family Christmas to spread holiday cheer to underprivileged children in Knoxville, Tenn. The stores represent state of the art convenience retailing, offering pay-at-the-pump gasoline, competitive pricing and unconditionally guaranteed products.

Kangaroo Express Challenges Customers To Create ROOcipes

When buying ingredients for ROOcipes, customers can also find last minute stocking stuffers at their local Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express is challenging store guests to make festive holiday recipes—called ROOcipes—using candy, snacks and other treats found only at their neighborhood Kangaroo Express store. Inexpensive and fun to make, ROOcipes are a perfect holiday party host

Heartland Offers Payment Tips

Heartland offers advice to customers shopping with credit or debit this season. This holiday shopping season, Heartland Payment Systems, one of the nation’s largest payment processors, highlights the top five payments challenges affecting consumers and businesses. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), sales during this year’s traditional holiday shopping season in November and December

Stripes Launches College Scholarship Fund

Fund to benefit local students as year one fundraising target is set at $400,000.  Obtaining a college education will now be easier for students within the Stripes operating market areas thanks to the Stripes College Scholarship Fund, a new program launched today by Stripes Convenience Stores. Stripes is beginning its first in-store fundraising campaign, inviting

Believe and Achieve Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Ambitious college students have until Dec. 15 to apply. Cumberland Farms is reminding high school seniors across its 11-state service area that less than two weeks remain to apply for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. The Dec. 15, 2013 application deadline is right around the corner, and the convenience store retailer is

Couche-Tard Announces Q2 Financial Results

Same-store merchandise revenues were up 4.5% in the U.S. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2014, including net earnings of $229.8 million, up 26.8%. Excluding the non-recurring items, net earnings would have been approximately $249.0 million compared with $171.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, an increase

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BPI Seeks Nominations For Best Practice Awards

Innovators, practitioners, executives, CEOs and consultants who are positively impacting their organizations to be recognized.   Best Practice Institute is calling for nominations for its 2014 Best Practice Awards. Entries and nominations are being accepted for four honors: Best Practice Organization/Practitioner, Best Practice CEO, Best Practice Thought Leader and Best Practice Company Founder. Multiple winners

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New Conveyor Oven

Middleby Marshall has introduced the new PS360G conveyor oven with WOW! 2 technology. The new oven is designed for operators who want to replace their existing PS360/350 ovens with the same size bake chamber and updated cooking technologies. Upgrading from the PS360/350 oven to the new PS360G allows operators to cook 30% faster than standard

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Twice the Fun

WARHEADS is doubling down on kid’s love of sour with WARHEADS Sour Dippin’ Pucker Packs.  These dextrose dip n’ lick packets are the only sour version on the market, and are sure to bring the fun back to the category. Each packet brings twice the sour and twice the fun with a sour and flavored

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Pipes and Tobaccos

Arango Cigar Co., national distributor of a wide variety of tobacco products and related accessories, is now offering the entire product line of 19 Rattray’s Epicurean Pipe Tobaccos.  All are hand-blended and packed in 100-gram tins, with five also offered in 50-gram tins.  Additionally, 14 blends are available in 17.5-ounce bags.  “Our best-selling Rattray’s tobaccos

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Gourmet Brownies

Barry’s Gourmet Brownies is slated to be featured in one of the most coveted media spots available—prime time on QVC, airing on Dec. 11.  Barry’s Gourmet Brownies produces pre-packaged brownies, brownie bites in a cup and fresh-baked brownie sheets for a wide variety of retail markets as well as travel, entertainment venues and restaurants. Consumers

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Best in Class Food Machines

Hobart received top rankings from in the 2013 Best in Class Survey conducted by Foodservice Equipment and Supplies magazine. Hobart received the top ranking in the floor mixer and electric slicer categories of the 2013 Foodservice Equipment and Supplies survey of foodservice consultants, dealers and operators. “We are honored that these two products are ranked

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Hot Cereal-in-a-Cup

New Special K Nourish Hot Cereal-in-a-Cup offers a hot and wholesome portable breakfast option that meets the needs of the growing lifestyle performance consumer segment. Made with a blend of whole grains, oats, wheat, barley and quinoa, Special K Nourish Hot Cereal-in-a-Cup has the wholesome, recognizable ingredients that provide the positive nutrition lifestyle performance consumers

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