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NATIONAL REPORT — As the beginning of fall nears, convenience stores are embracing their inner pumpkin.
York, Pa.-based Rutter's upped the ante for this year's Pumpkin Palooza, which this year will run through the end of November — giving customers a full season of pumpkin favorites and some new items to try out.
According to Rutter's, its convenience stores will feature Pumpkin Rolls, Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino, Pumpkin Spice International Delights Creamer, Perfectly Pumpkin Snack Tray, Pumpkin Fritters and F'real Pumpkin Cheesecake Shake.
Pumpkin Spice Syrup will also be available at all of Rutter's coffee condiment areas, in addition to the espresso bar program.
"Many of our customers look forward to the fall season and the opportunity to purchase pumpkin flavored treats. We are happy to bring such a variety of items to our customers with Pumpkin Palooza, so that they can get their fall pumpkin fixing," said Chuck Moyer, foodservice category supervisor.
Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip Corp. is also tapping into consumer demand for pumpkin-flavored offerings. According to the Tulsa World, Pumpkin Spice Latte is returning to QuikTrip c-stores and Pumpkin Spice Cake Donuts will make their debut on the retailer's fall menu.
The doughnuts are available at all locations. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is made fresh to order — iced or hot — and is available at QT locations with a QT Kitchen.