Convenience Store News

FEB 2017

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8 Convenience Store News | FEBRUARY 2017 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM CSNEWS .COM 1 | Get to Know the Future Consumption Beverage Shopper Compared to the average convenience retail shopper, the future consumption beverage shopper in the convenience channel is more likely to be a younger male, Hispanic and married; be from a larger household; be the primary grocery shopper for the household; and prepare for the trip with a shopping app. 2 | Break Time Entering New Markets With New Store Concept The Break Time chain took the wraps off a new look and offering with the opening of its 74th convenience store. The c-store in Lee's Summit, Mo., features the chain's customer-focused lay- out, an enhanced food concept, and refreshed branding. 3 | 22nd Century Group Makes Progress on Modified Risk 22nd Century Group Inc. is seeing some progress on its modi- fied risk tobacco product applications (MRTPAs) currently under review by the Food and Drug Administration. The company reported that it has received "helpful and positive feedback" on its combined MRTPAs and premarket tobacco product applica- tions for its "Brand A" Very Low Nicotine cigarettes. 4 | RaceTrac Doubling Down on Florida Expansion The Atlanta-based retailer closed out 2016 by adding 24 new convenience stores in Florida. The locations brought its portfolio in the Sunshine State to 207. That accounts for nearly half of RaceTrac's 435-plus store count, which also includes locations in Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. 5 | Pilot Flying J, Kroger Help Launch Groundbreaking Retail Program Convenience retailers are joining with the National Retail Federation (NRF) and other merchants for a new training initiative designed to help people pursue opportunities in retail. The NRF Foundation brought together dozens of retailers and nonprofits to launch RISE Up (Retail Industry Skills & Education), which is designed by the industry to assist people — regardless of education, background, economic means or age — to acquire the skills they need to secure jobs in retail and advance into promising careers. ONLINE EXCLUSIVE PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT The most viewed New Product online. TOP 5 Daily News Headlines The most viewed articles online. VIDEO: Rick Bayless on Connecting Through Food A highlight of Convenience Store News ' inaugural Convenience Foodservice Exchange event was a "fire- side chat" between popular Chicago-based celebrity chef and award-winning restaurateur Rick Bayless and Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert. During an hour-long conversation, Lempert questioned Bayless on a variety of topics, including the latest food trends in the United States, the impact of millennials, the importance of authenticity and freshness, and employee training pro- grams. We've edited the interview into six digestible video clips, available exclusively on CSNews.com. Butterball Chorizo-Seasoned Ground Turkey To cater to healthy eaters with a palate for bolder fla- vors, Butterball is now offering Chorizo- Seasoned Ground Turkey. Turkey chorizo, which has about half the calories, fat and sodium of beef or pork chorizo, makes an easy substitute for ground turkey in a number of popular dishes, according to the brand. Foodservice operators name chili, meatballs, meat- loaf, tacos, lettuce wraps, shepherd's pie, empanadas, nachos, Bolognese sauce and pizza among the top uses for ground turkey. According to Butterball, each of these dishes can easily be spiced up with its new Chorizo- Seasoned Ground Turkey. Butterball LLC Garner, N.C. (800) 288-8372 www.butterball.com For more exclusive stories, visit the Special Features section of www.csnews.com. OUT & ABOUT NRF's Big Show Hits the Big Apple Retailers from across the globe gathered in New York City Jan. 15-17 for Retail's BIG Show 2017, the annual innovation and technology conference of the National Retail Federation. As in past years, the show included a heavy focus on technology, with exhibitors showcasing a myriad of innovative solutions to help retailers more efficiently connect with consumers. "Smart Retail Solutions," "Streamlined Currency Management," "eCommerce Made Easy," "Unified Commerce," and "The Connected Consumer" were among the many buzzwords and expressions on display at the 240,000-square-foot expo.

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