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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.

    By Aneurin Canham-Clyne • July 19, 2024
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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.

    By July 17, 2024
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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.

    By July 15, 2024
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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.

    By Christine Blank • July 15, 2024
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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.

    By July 12, 2024
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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.

    By July 11, 2024
  • 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.

    By , July 10, 2024
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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.

    By July 9, 2024
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    Beer giants lifting nonalcoholic space with ‘non-compromising’ launches: Athletic CEO

    Just five years ago, top brands were absent from the market. Today, Blue Moon, Guinness, Corona, Heineken and Bud offer no- and low-alcohol versions of their popular brews.

    By Christopher Doering • July 8, 2024
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    4 energy drink trends for the rest of 2024

    Convenience stores should brace for higher prices but can use deals, variety and sizing flexibility to draw in customers.

    By Christine Blank • July 1, 2024
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    Njoy earns FDA’s first menthol e-cigarette marketing approval

    The Altria-owned company can sell the pods and disposable vapes as it looks to expand its distribution to 100,000 stores by the end of the year.

    By June 25, 2024
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    How to drive traffic by leaning into loyalty

    It’s not enough to have a rewards program. You need to use it strategically to understand your customers’ behavior and actively tailor offers to their actions, writes NexChapter VP of Digital Strategy Mike Templeton.

    By Mike Templeton • June 24, 2024
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    Federal court dismisses ExxonMobil lawsuit against activist shareholder

    Judge Mark Pittman said “second time’s the charm” for Arjuna Capital, and ruled the case to be moot following the investor’s pledge to not submit climate proposals to the energy giant.

    By Lamar Johnson • June 20, 2024
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    FDA, DOJ partner to target illegal vapes

    A coalition of multiple federal agencies will try to rein in the thousands of illegally sold e-cigarette products across the U.S.

    By June 13, 2024
  • A photo of a grassy, fenced-in area. A blue and white sign with a picture of a dog's face on it reads "pet area. You must remain with your pet at all times. No aggressive play. Please clean up after your pet."
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    How pets are becoming c-stores’ best friends

    Sales of pet products have spiked at convenience stores recently, and experts say there are many ways retailers can build a solid connection with pet owners.

    By Christine Blank • June 12, 2024
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    Rutter’s expanding toward eastern Maryland

    The convenience retailer’s growth is expected to move through Maryland and into Virginia and Delaware in the next few years.

    By June 11, 2024
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    7-Eleven rolls out summer gear

    This marks the third time this year 7-Eleven has debuted new items on its online shop, which has become a focal point for the company’s marketing efforts.

    By June 5, 2024
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    ConocoPhillips to acquire Marathon Oil for $22.5B

    The tie-up would give the oil giant an extra 2 billion barrels of oil and result in $500 million in annual synergies.

    By May 30, 2024
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    Njoy seeks FDA approval for new vaping device, flavored pods

    The new Njoy Ace 2.0 uses bluetooth technology to limit underage use.

    By May 22, 2024
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    4 trends to watch in frozen treats

    Inflation has slowed unit sales among icy desserts, but there are pockets of the category still performing well and reasons for optimism, experts say.

    By Christine Blank • May 21, 2024
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    5 attention-grabbing products from the 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo

    Fish jerky, ramen-flavored popcorn and gum with more caffeine than a cup of coffee were among the innovative products featured by 1,000 exhibitors.

    By Christopher Doering • May 20, 2024
  • Wawa announces first travel center

    The site in North Carolina will include expanded parking as well as indoor seating, larger bathrooms and more, an official said on Wednesday.

    By May 17, 2024
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    Rutter’s breaks ground on new c-store prototype

    The first site with a 13,500-square-foot floor plan and a “brand new look” will open its doors in Milton, Pennsylvania, later this year.

    By May 15, 2024
  • Del Monte Foods is expanding production and distribution of its Joyba bubble tea to meet growing demand.
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    Del Monte Foods boosts production, distribution of fast-growing bubble tea brand

    Joyba's success comes amid broader momentum in the global bubble tea market, with sales projected to nearly triple to $6.2 billion by 2032. 

    By Christopher Doering • May 10, 2024
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    The Ozempic effect is real: Study zeroes in on GLP-1 users’ food needs

    Companies have an opportunity to jump on the snacking needs of this new demographic with products focused on protein, portion size and hydration.

    By Jennifer Lawinski • May 9, 2024