Don Longo

Editorial Director Emeritus
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Don Longo is Editorial Director Emeritus of Convenience Store News. He joined the brand in 2005. With the highest recognition of any c-store industry media journalist, Don has given presentations to business groups throughout the U.S., Europe and South America, appeared as a guest on Fox Business News and National Public Radio, and is a highly sought source for major consumer and business news.



Meet the 2021 Foodservice Innovators Awards Winners

Rutter's leads this year's roster of five honorees that are raising the bar on convenience foodservice.

Why Family Express Is the 2021 Foodservice Innovator to Watch

Through a new pilot, customers can order fresh, made-to-order food from the retailer's Cravin's menu at the gas pump or car wash.

Why 7-Eleven Is the 2021 Cold & Frozen Beverages Innovator of the Year

Not only did the retailer introduce new flavors, but it also debuted a stay-cold cup.

Why Circle K Is the 2021 Hot Beverages Innovator of the Year

New sustainably sourced coffee blends are available through bean-to-cup machines in both hot and iced versions.

Why The Spinx Co. Is the 2021 Prepared Foods Innovator of the Year

The retailer satisfied the call for more prepared food items with minimal touchpoints.

Why Rutter's Is the 2021 Foodservice Innovator of the Year

The retailer was lauded for how it adjusted its menu due to the pandemic, and its approach to marketing its offerings to consumers digitally.

FriendShip Sets Goal of Being Ohio’s No. 1 Convenience Store

The foodservice-focused retailer is making an impact in the competitive Columbus market.

Casey's General Stores Enhances Breakfast Menu

The additions are paired with a new fresh-brewed, bean-to-cup coffee program and the retailer's iconic breakfast pizza.

Ready, Set, Go

Pent-up demand for in-person connections should fuel a vibrant NACS Show.

Message to Small Operators: Don’t Despair

The pandemic affected smaller retailers more than others.