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    Monster Energy furthers alcohol push with hard tea

    The product is the company’s second launch in the hard beverage space, following the successful debut of carbonated drink The Beast Unleashed in 2023.

    By Chris Casey • Jan. 26, 2024
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    Hain Celestial launches better-for-you offering in $9B tortilla chip category

    The product fills a void in the category dominated by PepsiCo’s Doritos and Tostitos and smaller diet-focused snacking brands geared toward adults.

    By Christopher Doering • Jan. 12, 2024
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    7-Eleven to acquire 204 c-stores from Sunoco

    The $1 billion move brings the entire Stripes banner under 7-Eleven’s control after the retailer bought the bulk of the brand from Sunoco in 2017.

    By , Jan. 11, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    9 trends that will shape the c-store industry in 2024

    As convenience retailers consider new layouts, flavors and technology, the ability to be efficient with operations will be key, experts say.

    By C-Store Dive Staff • Jan. 9, 2024
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    4 top c-store snack trends for 2024

    From high-protein options to eye-grabbing new flavors, here’s how experts expect the space to play out in coming months.

    By Christine Blank • Jan. 3, 2024
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    TXB expands private label in food, drinks and apparel

    The line has continued to grow since its launch last year, with plans for additions like craft soda, energy drinks and candy coming in 2024.

    By Dec. 21, 2023
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    RTD alcohol is embracing bold flavors. Here are 3 trends to watch.

    Heat, hops and fruit flavors are growing across the category, but a move toward spirits-based beverages might leave many convenience retailers behind.

    By Dec. 21, 2023
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    CPGs are masking inflation by deceiving consumers, lawmaker says

    Federal data shows that smaller package sizes have played a significant role in driving up unit costs, hurting shoppers while benefiting suppliers, Sen. Bob Casey said last week in letters to four industry groups.

    By Sam Silverstein • Dec. 19, 2023
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    4 new c-store formats rolling out across the industry

    From a greater focus on food to increased floor space and fully automated designs, convenience retailers have been trying new looks to improve operations and stand out from the crowd.

    By Dec. 13, 2023
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    Rusty Lantern Markets unveils ‘next-generation’ store design

    The updated store in Turner, Maine, features an indoor/outdoor fireplace, more seating and a larger kitchen with a streamlined design to expedite in-store and online orders. 

    By Dec. 8, 2023
  • Campbell Soup's brings its nearly $1 billion Goldfish brand into crisps.
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    Campbell Soup’s Goldfish launches potato chip-inspired crisps

    The innovation marks the first time the food manufacturer incorporated spuds into the nearly $1 billion snacking brand, which is popular among teens and adults.

    By Christopher Doering • Dec. 7, 2023
  • In this photo illustration, bottles of Modelo Especial beer sit on a table.
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    Beer slump helped by growth in premium offerings, Constellation Brands CFO says

    The executive noted consumers are spending more on expensive brews, helping the Modelo and Corona maker gain shelf space.

    By Chris Casey • Dec. 6, 2023
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    Stewart’s launches coffee delivery subscription

    Customers can get bagged or specialty coffee delivered to their homes every week, every two weeks or every month.

    By Dec. 4, 2023
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    Kwik Trip rolls out new ugly sweater, other seasonal merch

    This marks the third year the company has sold the tacky staple as it unveils its latest round of holiday merchandise.

    By Dec. 1, 2023
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    Several c-store retailers tap air-dried jerky manufacturer

    Dash In, Family Express and others have entered the biltong category through new partnerships with healthy snacking company Stryve Foods.

    By Nov. 28, 2023
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    How Urban Value got delivery right

    After a couple tries, the Texas-based company forged a partnership that streamlined fulfillment and tripled its delivery sales year over year.

    By Nov. 27, 2023
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    PepsiCo sets goals to lower sodium, incorporate more diverse ingredients

    The Doritos manufacturer is in “a constant cycle of innovation to reimagine” foods so they are better for consumers without compromising on taste, a top executive said.

    By Christopher Doering • Nov. 17, 2023
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    7-Eleven debuts new holiday-themed merchandise

    The items available via the retailer’s 7Collection line include sweaters, gift bags and more.

    By Nov. 15, 2023
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    Holiday drinks continue the resurgence of c-store LTOs

    Companies like 7-Eleven, Wawa and EG America are adding peppermint-flavored seasonal options including shakes, coffee-based drinks and cocoa as the year-end festivities approach.

    By Nov. 13, 2023
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    CPGs diversify pack sizes to reach cost-pressured consumers

    Inflation has driven some customers to trade down to smaller packages, while others try to save by buying larger multipacks.

    By Maria Rachal • Nov. 9, 2023
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    Rutter’s continues line of limited-time beers

    The retailer’s latest partnership, with Rusty Rail Brewing, continues its two-year trend of creating private label alcoholic beverages.

    By Nov. 6, 2023
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    Ocean Spray debuts zero sugar varieties as juice category fractures

    With many consumers abandoning sugary fruit beverages for healthier alternatives, leading brands are working to win them back by cutting out sugar.

    By Chris Casey • Nov. 3, 2023
  • A row of king-sized Hershey chocolate bars sit on the shelf in a store.
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    Hershey planning ‘higher levels’ of innovation for 2024, CEO says

    Michele Buck said new offerings, including the launch of Reese’s Caramel, will play a large role in driving its overall business as well as increasing merchandising at retail.

    By Christopher Doering • Nov. 2, 2023
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    Mapping Wawa’s expansion plans

    As the popular convenience retailer moves into new regions, here’s a look at the plans it’s revealed so far across seven new states.

    By , Oct. 31, 2023
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    5 energy drink trends c-store retailers expect into 2024

    Celsius and some smaller brands should see big growth in the months ahead as the overall category continues to boom, according to a Goldman Sachs survey of retailers representing 40,000 c-stores.

    By Oct. 30, 2023