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    The forces shaping Gen Z’s snack and beverage consumption

    Gen Z has a sweet tooth and loves childhood flavors, but they increasingly demand healthy ingredients, major restaurants and suppliers say.

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    Dollar General’s supply chain shift shows promise

    The retailer is focusing on scaling back some items and restocking stores faster, executives said during an earnings call.

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    Applegreen details progress on $450M US travel center remodel project

    The retailer has upgraded 18 of 27 locations along the New York State Thruway as part of a three-year-old renovation program.

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    Enmarket adds more burritos to its menu

    The Georgia-based c-store retailer has debuted sausage breakfast, bacon breakfast, taco beef and chicken fajita burritos at its locations.

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    Couche-Tard names head of M&A

    Large-scale and regional acquisitions are a core part of the c-store retailer’s growth model and the biggest source of its footprint.

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    Global Partners taps another Kum & Go foodservice leader

    This marks the second time since February that one of the Iowa retailer’s top food-related decision makers has joined the Massachusetts company.

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    C-Store Dive’s top category management stories of 2024 (so far)

    Picking the right items to fill precious shelf space is complicated. We regularly interview industry experts on the best ways to do so — and here’s what they’ve said.

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    Whole Foods readies for national rollout of small-format Daily Shop stores

    The grocer’s foray into smaller, urban locations coincides with the recent difficulties c-store retailers have faced in operating similar concepts.

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    United Refining acquires 14-store Pennsylvania chain

    Pump N Pantry is leaving the industry after nearly 50 years, continuing a run of small retailers selling their businesses amid today’s difficult operating environment.

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    How 3 key categories will perform during the rest of 2024

    Energy drinks should stay strong, but c-store retailers need to make careful choices about the products they stock in alcohol and candy, experts say.

  • A photo of the canopy over the gas pumps at a gas station. It says "Love's."
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    Jessica Loder/C-Store Dive
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    Love’s bringing gamification restaurant tech to all new c-stores

    The retailer has implemented a new system that tracks performance metrics like greet times, order processing and how long food handoff takes.

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    Pilot debuts several menu items as c-store food innovation heats up

    The travel center chain has added mac and cheese bowls, hot wings, a spicy pizza and a new salad to its menu.

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    Casey’s ramps up demand planning efforts

    The c-store chain, which added more than 150 locations in fiscal 2024, has formed multiple technology partnerships to improve procurement in the last few years.

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    Delek names new EVP, director of operations

    The Tennessee-based retailer recently promoted its chief supply chain officer and tapped DCP Midstream’s former VP of operations.

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    Pennsylvania becomes latest state to expand RTD sales

    The legislature has passed an amendment to the state’s liquor code to allow retailers, including c-stores, to add canned cocktails to their stores.

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    7-Eleven offering $1 pizza slices

    The retailer’s annual Slurpee Day promotion continues the wave of foodservice value deals seen across the c-store industry this year.

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    SQRL founder, associate accused of forgery

    Three lawsuits allege Blake Smith and SQRL’s former transaction coordinator falsified signatures and deeds to sell multiple c-stores in Arkansas.

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    Self checkout boasts ‘record’ year: report

    The U.S. is the world’s largest self-checkout market, driven in part by c-stores and supermarket chains, even as some retailers pull back on the tech. 

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    Sheetz can now deliver beer in Pennsylvania

    Beer has for years been a priority for the retailer, which also has walk-in caves in its stores and develops its own brews.

  • 5 burning c-store industry questions for the rest of 2024

    With uncertainties inside and outside stores, convenience retailers have their eyes on consumer spending, EVs, gas consumption and employment levels.

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    Onvo debuts private label fuel, first branded gas station

    The East Coast retailer also brought Relay Payments’ fuel payment technology to 22 of its locations this week.

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    Pump & Pantry expands Quiznos partnership

    After a “highly successful” initial rollout over the past two years, the companies decided to grow the deal from four to 10 sites by 2026.

  • A rendering of the exterior of a convenience store in a parking lot with a few cars parked around it. Signs on the building say Rutter's.
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    Rutter’s selects first Virginia site

    While it moves forward on a 13,000-square-foot store in Winchester, the convenience retailer is actively looking at other sites around the state.

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    5 charts that highlight the evolving c-store landscape

    C-Store Dive sorted through NACS and NielsenIQ data from the last three years and pulled out some of the most interesting points to share.

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    EG Group co-CEO launches new gas station brand

    EG On The Move looks to surpass 120 locations in the U.K. within the next three years.