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Enhance Your Coffee Condiments

With coffee becoming such an important part of the foodservice offering at convenience stores, retailers need to differentiate their coffee bars to stand apart from the crowd. International Delight’s CoffeeHouse Inspirations can do just that as it introduces real dairy half & half that optimizes and streamlines the coffee bar. International Delight’s CoffeeHouse Inspirations Half

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Foodservice Equipment Opens Doors for C-Stores

More and more operators are embracing bakery production and merchandising challenges to create fresh-baked opportunities. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. With tobacco sales in decline and gasoline prices volatile, convenience stores are looking to other categories to draw more customers and improve profitability. Foodservice in its varied forms—from simply hot coffee and frozen beverages to

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Safeway Starbucks To Offer Mobile Payments

Upcoming mobile payment rollout scheduled to take place at Safeway’s nearly 1,000 Starbucks locations. Safeway Inc., one of the nation’s largest supermarket chains, plans to roll out mobile payment in July at nearly 1,000 Starbucks in Safeway supermarkets across the U.S., including the company’s Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Genuardi’s stores. In addition,

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New Brewing Technology

Wilbur Curtis Co. has developed new IntelliFresh Technology , which maintains coffee’s ideal freshness and temperature throughout the dispensing cycle by enveloping the satellite with pulses of gentle heat. IntelliFresh settings are locked in just by touching the brew button, and are kept until the next brewing cycle—even if the vessel is moved to a

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Rutter’s Kicks Off Sumer Gas Giveaway

Every time customers purchase a hot beverage they are entered to win free gas. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ Summer Gas Giveaway is starting off hot. In June, each time Rutter’s customers purchase a hot beverage at a Rutter’s store and scan their registered Rutter’s Reward card, they’ll be entered into a drawing to win free gas

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Mountain Mudd Expands in New Jersey

Drive-thru kiosks and mobile carts offering more than 200 hot and cold beverages, enter Morris County, N.J. Mountain Mudd Espresso drive-thru specialty coffee, a brand of CHS, is expanding into Morris County, N.J., through a strategic partnership with C Baggio Beverages that calls for 24 stores by 2016. The first Mountain Mudd location in Morris

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7-Eleven Rolls Out The Hangover Part II Promotion

Collectable cups, a mobile scavenger hunt and a $3 coffee and breakfast sandwich combo are just some of the things 7-Eleven has planned to celebrate the movie launch. 7-Eleven is helping customers celebrate The Hangover Part II movie launch with “morning-after” specials, exclusive Super Big Gulp collectable cups, and a trip to Las Vegas for

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Food Fight at the Breakfast Bar

While convenience stores continue to battle QSRs for coffee sales, a new clash has ensued for the morning daypart as a whole. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Despite busier lifestyles, breakfast remains the most important meal of the day to most customers. The Food Channel’s recent breakfast survey found that 95% of respondents viewed their

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McDonald’s Coffee Customers Most Loyal

In a study comparing McDonald’s, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts customers, McDonald’s coffee customers are the least likely to stray. McDonald’s coffee customers are the most loyal compared to those who frequent Starbucks Corp. and Dunkin’ Donuts, a study by market research firm CustomersDNA LLC found. The currently unpublished study involved 15,000 fast-food customers who answered

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Gilligan Oil Adds Six Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurants

Dunkin’ Donuts is seeking new and existing franchisees to develop restaurants throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding areas of Dayton and Toledo. Gilligan Oil Co. LLC has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts for six new restaurants in Cincinnati. Currently, Gilligan Oil owns and operates three Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Cincinnati market

Only 27% of 18 to 24 year olds drink coffee on a regular basis.

Coffee Sales Hotter Than Ever

Hot dispensed beverages, most notably coffee, remain a lynchpin of the convenience store foodservice business and a key to its continued growth. Growing sales will be a crucial task in the months and years ahead. Chicago-based research firm Mintel International reported that c-stores and other retail coffee marketers must begin to actively recruit younger drinkers

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UNC Wins $20K Donation from Kangaroo Express

UNC beats NC State and Duke to benefit student-led UNC Build a Block program in Battle for Bean Street contest. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., officially announced the University of North Carolina as its Battle for Bean Street Champion, scoring the $20,000 grand prize donation

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Sheetz Opens Princeton, W.Va. Location

“We can’t wait to serve new customers and work to give them the best ever experience in our stores,” says Sheetz CEO. Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz is opening a new location in Princeton, W.Va., today, March 24, at 751 Oakvale Road. The store is the first of two new Sheetz locations set to open in Princeton.

Emphasizing Category Management

 By: John Lofstock, Editor. Convenience Store Decisions‘ annual Category Management Outlook issue is routinely one of my favorite issues of the year because it gives the CSD staff an opportunity not only to analyze the industry’s performance over the past 12 months, but to forecast the sales trends retailers can expect to see over the

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Starbucks Partners With Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Starbucks to be the exclusive licensed super-premium coffee brand produced by GMCR for the Keurig Single-Cup Brewing System. Starbucks Corp. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., which provides specialty coffee and single-serve brewing systems, have embarked on a strategic relationship for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Starbucks and Tazo tea branded K-Cup portion

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Coffee Brewing Made Easy

Now c-store operations can serve the same amount of freshly-brewed coffee in just half the traditional space. The new Gemini from Wilbur Curtis features an updated, narrow satellite server that doubles serving capacity and saves valuable counter space. Double-wall construction in each slim satellite maintains coffee temperature and preserves its rich, bold flavor for extended

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Brewing a Coffee Strategy

Competition is percolating for gourmet sales, forcing c-store owners to elevate their offerings. By John Lofstock, Associate Editor. When people get more, they expect more—and that, as much as anything, helps to explain the challenge facing convenience store operators who emphasize coffee. Coffee quality at the retail level has improved to a point where what

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Starbucks Turns 40

New Starbucks Petites, a line of eight sweets is rolling out at stores now. Starbucks is celebrating its 40th birthday this month, having opened its first store in Seattle on March 30, 1971. The world’s largest coffee chain with 17,000 locations in 55 countries drew in close to $11 billion last year, just posted its

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Retail Outlook: Cautiously Optimistic

Balvor survey highlights the foodservice concerns, focus and sentiments held by convenience store operators heading into 2011. By David Bishop, Contributing Editor. Cautious because a number of external factors, ranging from continued high unemployment, constrained consumer spending, and weak construction and housing markets are creating especially stiff headwinds for their core shopper base. Optimistic as

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Dunkin’ Donuts Looks to Grow In San Antonio

Franchise development seminar aims to draw candidates with foodservice experience. Dunkin’ Donuts, seeking to expand its presence into San Antonio, is planning a seminar in the city on Feb. 23 to discuss franchise opportunities brewing in the market. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development throughout San Antonio is part of a steady and strategic growth strategy, which includes

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Dunkin’ Donuts Seeks Franchisees

“(We’re) looking for qualified candidates with foodservice, operations and real estate experience to join our team,” says Dunkin’ Donuts spokesperson. Dunkin’ Donuts aims to increase its franchise locations in the U.S., and this week announced it is looking for franchisees in Green Bay, Wis., and the surrounding areas of La Crosse and Eau Claire. Dunkin’

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Thorntons Holds Job Fair

Thorntons is expanding its coffee program and is now filling new positions created by its coffee initiative. Thorntons is launching a new coffee program, company-wide, starting in the Louisville/Southern Indiana Market, and plans to add up to 160 new jobs over the next year to support its new coffee program. Thorntons will be accepting applications

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Dunkin’ Donuts Seeks Franchisees in Chicago

Dunkin’ Donuts expands, offering single and multi-unit opportunities with no minimum unit requirements. Dunkin’ Donuts is expanding in Chicago and seeking new franchise agreements in the city. Most recently, Dunkin’ Donuts signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Sam Patel for two restaurants in Chicago.  The first restaurant opened in December 2010 at the University

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Starbucks To Launch 31-Ounce Drinks

Seattle-based Starbucks is rolling out a new drink size called Trenta—the chain’s biggest drink size yet, Reuters reported. At  31 ounces, the Trenta is just seven ounces larger than its Venti cups, which currently are the largest size on the Starbucks menu. The Trenta size is debuting in 14 states, including Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Texas,

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Mountain Mudd Makes Franchise 500 List

Mountain Mudd Espresso drive-thru specialty coffee, a brand of CHS, has been named to Entrepreneur’s 32nd annual Franchise 500 list. The Franchise 500 reflects such factors as financial strength and stability, growth rate, size, number of years in business, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and availability of financing. “We are very honored to be

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