NPD report finds rewards and loyalty programs are gaining traction among major oil chain shoppers. Consumers are finding value in convenience stores as evidenced by a modest 2% gain in consumer traffic, which led to an increase of nearly 6% in dollars compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to The NPD Group,
With both Altria and R.J. Reynolds now in the e-cigarette market, c-stores can rest assured the product is here to stay. Tobacco company Altria Group Inc. is launching its first electronic cigarette. The owner of the biggest cigarette maker in the U.S., Philip Morris USA, announced the details of its NuMark subsidiary’s new product Tuesday,
Starting 2013 in a big way, Jack Link’s introduces the all-new SQUATCH brand, a bold snack stick line geared towards teens and young adults. A snack with a unique, spicy flavor and premium, category-leading Jack Link’s quality, SQUATCH is as bold as it gets. The brand’s personality and design aligns the product with elements consumers
Whether you are operating a proprietary program or using a third-party supplier, cardboard sandwiches and pizza just don’t cut it with today’s consumer. Dr. Nancy Caldarola, of NACS CAFÉ, offers tips and trends in this important foodservice segment. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. The entry price for a low-grade sandwich might be attractive to some
Partners with NCR. Spinx Co. is set to deploy NCR ConvenienceGo (C-Go) mobile shopping technology to make fueling and shopping at the chain of convenience stores easier. Spinx, which operates stores in North Carolina and South Carolina, will roll out C-Go to 57 of its stores. C-Go is a mobile shopping app, which allows shoppers
RaceTrac customers can enjoy an affordable way too off this summer with Sodapalooza beverage promotion. RaceTrac is celebrating Sodapalooza 2013, which officially kicked off in all Georgia, Florida and Texas stores and is sure to add a little ‘pop’ to everyone’s day by offering fountain (32 ounce) and frozen (16 ounce) beverages for only 69
All week long, 7-Eleven customers can enjoy Snapple Iced Tea discounts. Today, June 10, is National Iced Tea Day, but the party for cold tea-lovers lasts through Saturday, June 15. For the next six days, guests can celebrate with free Snapple Iced Tea offers at participating 7-Eleven stores while supplies last. Each day, a mobile
Funding will be used for marketing, clinical trials, research and development, and international expansion. Electronic cigarette brand NJOY, whose ‘NJOY King’ is the most popular e-cigarette in America, has raised $75 million in funding, NJOY CEO Craig Weiss announced today. Investors include serial entrepreneur and investor Sean Parker; and Douglas Teitelbaum, Principal of Homewood Capital.
The expanded operation is intended to enhance the service provided to foodservice customers and channel partners. Manitowoc Foodservice Ovens and Advanced Cooking broke ground on its new 30,000-square-foot Ovens expansion project in Cleveland, Ohio, marking the official start of its plans to become the leading commercial ovens manufacturer in the world. When the expansion project
Mrs. Freshley’s, an award-winning line of snack cakes and pastries from Flowers Foods, has unveiled a brand new look: Packaging with a bright modern design that compliments a new logo unveiled earlier this year. The updated packaging provides product descriptions and includes captivating photos on the multi-pack boxes, while the cellophane-wrapped, single-serve packs have a
Convenience store customers are looking for roller grill items in the morning. Are you meeting the demand? By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. One person’s lunch or dinner is another person’s breakfast, so the roller grills at Rutter’s Farm Stores run all day, every day, said Jerry Weiner, the York, Pa.-based chain’s vice president of foodservice.
“We’re pleased that we have found a good home for our Southeastern division with GPM,” says VPS CEO. GPM Investments LLC (GPM), operator of Fas Mart/Shore Stop convenience stores, and VPS Convenience Store Group (VPS), have entered into an agreement for the sale of VPS’s Southeast division to GPM. The VPS Southeast division consists of
The 10,100 square-foot travel center is located in heart of Eagle Ford Shale. CST Brands hosted a grand opening today for its largest Corner Store to date and its 1,033 store in the U.S. network in Three Rivers, Texas, a bustling agricultural and oil field community in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale. At
Updates provide robust criteria for payment acceptance device vendors and testing labs. Today the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), an open, global forum for the development of payment card security standards published version 4.0 of the PIN Transaction Security (PTS) Point of Interaction (POI) requirements. These requirements, along with the Hardware Security Module (HSM)
Branded food program celebrates 500th opening. A major milestone gave one business something to cheer about. Champs Chicken, a nationwide branded food program, opened its 500th location this week at the Choctaw Travel Plaza in Poteau, Okla. Festivities included door prizes and meal deals throughout the day, as well as an appearance by Champ himself.
Rollout begins on July 1 in Colorado. Seizing on the business opportunity of the fast-growing e-cigarette category, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company (RJRV), a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), is bringing its VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette to retail outlets throughout Colorado. At a press conference today at Pier 59 Studios in New York City, R.J.
If you’ve got an underperforming in-bay automatic, or you’re looking to build a car wash on a small piece of real estate, MacNeil’s new In-Bay Express mini-tunnel may be the solution. Many in-bay automatic operators are looking for new opportunities to increase business and revenues, but their existing equipment has reached maximum capacity. The result
Cash control programs and effective employee training will help minimize theft and ensure the well being of your employees. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Keeping theft at bay has always been a major concern for c-store retailers. While technology has come to the rescue in the form of safe and cash-management systems, the best way
Summer campaign attracts customers by encouraging them to use their snacking skills. Kum & Go launched a summer campaign to attract snacking experts whose two main summer food groups are snack foods and fountain drinks—dubbed “snaxperts” by the West Des Moines, Iowa-based convenience store chain. “Snaxperts are those who know Dr. Pepper tastes even better
New summer snacks include whoopie pies and smoked sausages on the expanding menu of fresh choices. New sweet and savory snacks are coming to Corner Stores this summer, as the menu of fresh-made items continues to expand. Corner Store’s new German Chocolate Whoopie Pie and Eckrich Applewood Smoked Sausage with Monterey Cheese will round out
Expo sees fourth straight year of aggressive growth in attendance, exhibitors and square footage. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo hosted a sold out show at Chicago’s McCormick Place to an audience of more than 15,000 qualified industry professionals. The Expo which was held May 21–23 is billed
With 15 years of foodservice industry experience, Gary Schwalb joins Scotsman. Scotsman Ice Systems has announced the appointment of Gary Schwalb as regional sales manager, effective June 3. Schwalb is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Responsible for driving sales in the West, Schwalb has 15 years of experience in the foodservice industry. He
Those eligible to apply have until Friday, June 7 to send in the application. The National Advisory Group (NAG) Scholarship applications are due tomorrow, Friday, June 7. The annual NAG Scholarship aims to help defer the cost of higher education for children of convenience store employees who work for a NAG member company. Five scholarship awards
Folgers is giving cappuccino drinkers reasons to fall for the season by offering two new flavors: Caramel Macchiato and Pumpkin Spice from Folgers—the 2013 Coffee Brand of the year, according to 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend. Over 40% of consumers say their beverage preferences change with the seasons, according to the Technomic 2012 Beverage Consumer Trend
As the tobacco industry evolves, the convenience store and tobacco shop operator continues to grow to meet its customers’ needs. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Kocolene Marketing LLC maintains a booming tobacco business at its Fast Max convenience stores and Smokers Host Discount tobacco stores, and is implementing a number of IT initiatives to keep