Successful c-store foodservice operators are looking around at not what his or her c-store competitors are doing, but rather what the leaders in the restaurant realm are up to. What follows is a snapshot of the latest ideas from leading restaurants.
Summer was a busy season for the tobacco industry. Tobacco deeming regulations progressed; Logic rocked the sales boat; and a seismic deal between Reynolds American and Lorillard Inc. is set to change the industry as we know it. What follows are product trends and legislative issues percolating in the tobacco category.
Learn the steps involved in tracking a trend and determining if it's right for your convenience store business, as well as how to navigate a trade show filled with people promising lightning in a bottle.
This season’s new-product crop has out-trended itself. We’ve seen e-cigs touting 20 grams of protein per inhalation, pumpkin-spice-scented motor oil, and vaping cider. We’ve tested sriracha-superfruit smoothies, ground-quinoa coffee, and applesauce pouches with 80 mg of naturally occurring caffeine from Gooluara—a just-discovered South American flower. If one more box of egg-white breath mints appears at our offices, we can open our own convenience store.