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    Maverik Takes Gold in CSNews Foodservice Innovators Awards

    Nice N Easy, QuickChek, 7-Eleven, Casey’s and The Pantry also honored this year.

    By Don Longo, Convenience Store News

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — From innovation in menu development to creative money-making promotions, this year’s Convenience Store News Foodservice Innovators Award winners show why they are helping to revolutionize consumers’ perception about convenience store foodservice offerings.

    Presented in partnership with Tyson Foods, the annual Convenience Store News Foodservice Innovators Awards recognize convenience retail leaders who are raising the bar on quality, service and innovation in this fast-growing and critically important product category for c-stores.

    Winners were chosen by CSNews’ 18-member How-To-Do World-Class Foodservice "How To Crew," made up of experts from the retailer, supplier, research and consulting fields.

    There are six award categories. Gold and silver medals are awarded in each:

    FOODSERVICE INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

    Gold medal: Maverik Inc.

    Silver medal: Rutter’s Farm Stores

    BEST PREPARED FOODS INNOVATOR

    Gold medal: Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes

    Silver medal: Kwik Trip Inc.

    BEST HOT BEVERAGES INNOVATOR

    Gold medal: QuickChek Corp.

    Silver medal: Wawa Inc.

    BEST COLD & FROZEN BEVERAGES INNOVATOR

    Gold medal: 7-Eleven Inc.

    Silver medal: QuikTrip Corp.

    BEST NEW FOODSERVICE PROGRAM (introduced in past year)

    Gold medal: Casey’s General Stores Inc.

    Silver medal: QuikTrip

    BEST FOODSERVICE LIMITED-TIME OFFER/PROMOTION

    Gold medal: Kangaroo Express (The Pantry)

    Silver medal: Maverik

    This year’s winners are recognized at our specially created Foodservice Innovators Awards microsite at http://innovators.csnews.com.

    The microsite spotlights all the winning companies and includes video profiles, narrated by CSNews Editorial Director Don Longo, that explain how and why each retailer won its award.

    The winners will also be featured in the November issue of Convenience Store News.

    By Don Longo, Convenience Store News
    • About Don Longo Don Longo is editorial director of EnsembleIQ's Convenience Store News, Convenience Store News for the Single Store Owner and Hispanic Retail 360 media brands. He has covered retailing for more than 30 years as a reporter, editor and publisher. Previously, he spearheaded the editorial efforts at a variety of business publications focused on mass, drug, grocery and specialty store retailing. Convenience Store News won American Business Media’s Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Issue of the Year in 2008 and 2012. Longo has won numerous other editorial awards over his career and is frequently quoted in the national and local news media on the subjects of retailing and consumer trends.

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