Holiday Shopping Season Off To A Strong Start

Millennials drive increase in shopping. Strong deals and promotions encouraged more consumers to shop over the holiday weekend. More than 154 million consumers shopped over Thanksgiving weekend, up from 151 million shoppers in 2015, according to the annual Thanksgiving weekend results survey released Nov. 27 by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

7-Eleven Sandwiches Impacted by Hummus Recall

No illnesses have been reported. 7-Eleven has been impacted by a hummus recall due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. LSG Sky Chefs Supply Chain Solutions Inc. last week issued a voluntary recall for the 7-Eleven Chicken and Hummus sandwiches the company produces for 7-Eleven stores in the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Ohio and the Buffalo, N.Y.

EPA Finalizes Fuel Volume Requirements

Standards are expected to boost growth in biofuels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, announced on Nov. 23, EPA finalized the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel,

Rutter’s Debuts Beer Caves at Three Stores

C-store customers can now shop for a range of beer options, seven days a week at select Rutter’s locations. Having recently gained the ability to sell beer, Rutter’s rolls out its new beer cave offering at three locations. The first three Rutter’s stores to feature beer are located in Mercersburg, Newberrytown, and Hamburg, Pa. Rutter’s

Parker’s Old Headquarters Find A New Use

New urban lofts now sit above Parker’s Market. Parker’s former headquarters has been converted into luxury loft vacation rentals for long-term or short-term use. The old headquarters building is at 222 Drayton St. in Savannah, Ga. Located directly above Parker’s Market, the urban lofts are elegantly appointed with stylish décor and feature sleek kitchen areas,

Sweets & Snacks Expo Turns 20

The Sweets & Snacks Expo has come a long way since it debuted in 1997 as the All Candy Expo. The Sweets & Snacks Expo is celebrating its 20th anniversary at its 2017 event in Chicago. In 1997, the National Confectioners Association introduced the All Candy Expo, now known as the Sweets & Snacks Expo,

Growth Energy Responds to EPA RVOs Final Rule

Renewable Fuel Standard brings competition and consumer choice to vehicle fuels market. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final 2017 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The conventional biofuel amount of 15 billion gallons is an increase from 14.8 billion gallons in the proposed rule, and sets the

Frostop Launches Black Cherry

The root beer and cream-flavored soft drink company now carries seven varieties in 24-ounce bottles to satisfy a wide-range of beverage consumers. Frostop, the award-winning beverage company quenching America’s thirst since 1926, is proud to expand its beverage portfolio with the launch of Black Cherry in the company’s nostalgic 24-ounce, plastic bottle. The flavor of

Drive Business This Holiday Season

From a spotless store to easy checkout, customers want the best this holiday season, and GasBuddy provides tips on how c-stores can meet their demands. GasBuddy has introduced some helpful tips and tricks on how convenience store retailers can prepare for the holiday season in its new Holiday Guide. The holidays coincide with the busiest

Experian Teams With SpotRight

Marketers are leveraging consumer preferences to better connect with shoppers. As more and more consumers engage in social media, brands need to invest more time in understanding how their current customers and prospects interact on this growing channel. To help address this need, Experian Marketing Services has teamed with SpotRight to provide brands with actionable

Customers Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping

Shoppers plan to purchase an average of three gift cards. Customers eager for deals are beginning their holiday shopping early this year. In fact, more than half of consumers have already started making dents in their holiday gift lists, according to the annual mid-season survey released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper

GPM Investments Donates to JGCF

C-stores raise funds to fight childhood cancer. GPM Investments LLC’s Village Pantry and Next Door Store convenience stores donated more than $32,500 to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation (JGCF). Funds raised during their 2016 Icon Campaign will aid in the support of childhood cancer research. From June 20 through July 10 of this year, 161

VERC Enterprises Participates in Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fundraiser

Helps raise $2,350 for Make-A-Wish Foundation. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store, Mobil/Gulf gasoline retailer and car wash operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently did its part to help the Suffolk University Fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon raise $2,350 to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Nov. 12, VERC Enterprises donated $2 for every

NRF Responds to Overtime Rule Halt

Implementation of overtime rule paused as it moves through the courts. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has welcomed a judge’s ruling that will prevent the Labor Department’s changes to federal overtime rules from taking effect as scheduled on Dec. 1, 2016. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant issued a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by

NRF Demands Further Action From Visa

After Visa changes its rules due to an FTC investigation, NRF calls on the card company to ensure removal of screens doesn’t void certification of retailers’ EMV systems. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed Visa’s announcement on Nov. 22 that it will no longer use EMV technology and rules to improperly steer debit card transactions

Visa Responds to FTC Investigation With Rule Change

FTC to stop investigation in light of changes by Visa. Visa has agreed to change its rules and requirements for payment system stakeholders regarding the rollout of EMV smart chip technology in the United States. The move comes after careful scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Reserve Board of Governors under which

Rutter’s Announces ‘Vote With Your Dollars’ Recipients

Rewards members select three charities to receive donations. Rutter’s is set to award three local charities with a total of $75,000—$25,000 each, after the c-store chain’s “Vote With Your Dollars” philanthropic program. This is the second consecutive year Rutter’s has offered this program. Vote With Your Dollars enables customers to utilize the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty

McDonald’s Rolling Out “Experience of the Future” Concept

Pulling from fast-casual restaurants, McDonald’s is introducing kiosk ordering, table service. McDonald’s Corp. is engaging Millennials and adding a fast-casual spin to fast-food with the roll out of a new design that includes self-order kiosks, premium menu items and table service. McDonald’s noted that it has 500 restaurants in Southern California, New York City and

Food & Drink Trends Ahead for 2017

From new but recognizable to sustainable, Mintel outlines key influences expected to impact the food and beverage market in the new year. Mintel has predicted six key trends will impact the food and beverage market in 2017. According to the Chicago-based research firm, 2017 will be a year of extremes, from “ancient” products including grains,

AAA Predicts 43.5 Million To Road Trip This Thanksgiving

Twelve states see gas price averages dip below $2. With gas prices at a low $2.14 per gallon, AAA forecasts that some 43.5 million Americans will road trip for Thanksgiving this year. At $2.14 gas prices are the second cheapest they have been for the holiday since 2008 when the national average was $1.85. Pump

RaceTrac Supports EPA Proposal on Point of Obligation

“The current structure is the best approach to ensure that RFS program goals can be achieved,” says Metroplex Energy. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary Metroplex Energy, has voiced its support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to deny moving the “point of obligation” under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. Through its efforts to

Retailers Fight Card Companies Over Rights to Pricing Transparency

Anti-surcharge laws are anti-competitive retailers allege. The Retail Litigation Center (RLC), the Retail Council of New York State, Florida Retail Federation and the Food Marketing Institute filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Expressions Hair Designs vs. Schneiderman. The case takes up the issue of whether state no-surcharge laws unconstitutionally restrict retailers

Economic Optimism Soars Ahead of Holidays

Lower gas prices to aid holiday shopping budgets. Economic optimism has reached its highest mark since 2013 when the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) first began tracking it. More Americans today are optimistic about the economy than they have been in the nearly four years of tracking consumer sentiment—and they say that they intend

Swiss Farms Offers Free Coffee To Black Friday Shoppers

Convenience store customers who buy a breakfast sandwich get a free coffee courtesy of Swiss Farms. Customers can get their first Black Friday deal of the day at Swiss Farms, the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through market. All stores will offer a free 16-ounce coffee to customers who purchase any breakfast sandwich on Nov 25. In

FTC Investigating Visa’s Routing Rules

Federal Reserve says no payment card network can directly or indirectly force retailers to deploy a technology or enforce a rule that inhibits merchant routing choice. The Federal Reserve has declared that the technical specifications and rules provided to merchants as part of the EMV migration violate federal law. In response to the declaration by

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