Foodservice category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Charlie & Barney's Chili plans to expand offering beyond Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS -- Midwesterners will no longer have to trek to Indiana to get their fix of Charlie & Barney's Chili. The company has entered a distribution agreement with HT Hackney, a high-volume convenience distributor that services more than 22,000 stores-in addition to currently distributing...

Coffee retailer launches "Gold Card" membership

SEATTLE -- In an effort to maintain its budget-conscious customers, Starbucks recently launched a new Gold Card membership that can save its members 10% on most purchases. "Our customers have been telling us that they don't want to cut Starbucks out of their daily routine, but they do want more...

Quick Chek to offer free coffee on "Black Friday"

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. -- Quick Chek will hold its first annual "Joe to the World" free coffee event offering free medium-sized cups of coffee to all customers on "Black Friday." The offer will begin at midnight on Friday, November 28, and will last for 24 hours.The Friday after Thanksgiving, the...

Restaurants seeking to get consumers through door with new, limited-time items
Ripley location features Chester's, McDonald's restaurants.
Even as gas prices fall, shoppers sticking with house brands because of economic uncertainty
While some consumers cutting back on visits, others are trading down
U.S. economic downturn prompting prudence on Tesco's part; 200 stores by Nov. 2009.
McDonalds sales up; Starbucks profits drop 97% as consumers "trading down".
Grocery/c-store chain reaches first birthday as it is about to hit triple-digit store count