McDonald’s Launches McPick 2 Menu

McDonald’s to launch new deal menu to drive sales. In its latest attempt to bounce back, McDonald’s has announced a new initiative to drive store traffic. According to a report from Fox News, McDonald’s has unveiled its newest replacement for the ever-popular Dollar Menu; the “McPick 2” menu. This new menu will allow customers to choose


Major Brewers Move into Craft Beer Industry

Major brewers are evolving strategies to get into the craft beer industry. As the craft beer industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, larger brewing companies are paying big to stake a claim in the industry. According to a report from CNN Money, Constellation Brands, the company behind Corona Extra and Modelo Especial has announced a

QuickChek’s Graczyk Among Veterans Who Rang NASDAQ Bell

U.S. companies are being encouraged to hire more veterans. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, a select group of military veterans was invited to ring the opening bell of the NASDAQ in Times Square. Among the chosen veterans was Bob Graczyk, QuickChek’s vice president of human resources. Graczyk, a retired officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve with

Wells Fargo Weighs In On RAI Investors Day

“RAI is setting the stage today for accelerated top-line growth and margin expansion over the next few years,” according to a Wells Fargo analyst. Wells Fargo Securities attended Reynold’s American Inc.’s (RAI) Investor Day in New York City on Nov. 16., which highlighted RAI’s growth strategy in the context of an ever-evolving consumer, societal and

TravelCenters To Acquire Quaker Steak & Lube

TravelCenters to convert some of its existing full-service restaurants to the Quaker Steak & Lube brand. TravelCenters of America LLC has agreed to acquire Quaker Steak & Lube® casual dining restaurants and certain related assets, including existing restaurant operations, restaurant franchise program and bottled sauces for retail sale business, for $25 million. Founded in 1974,

Hershey’s Hot Chocolate Brownies at Pizza Hut

Consumers can cuddle up with Pizza Hut’s newest indulgent desert, for only $6.99. Pizza Hut has introduced the all-new Hershey’s Hot Chocolate Brownie to its line of deserts. The brownie has been added to the menu, and will be available for a limited-time only. Available while supplies last, the Hershey’s Hot Chocolate Brownie is packed with three types of genuine

BRP Releases its Vision of the Future Store

The future store will seamlessly transition customers from digital retailing. Boston Retail Partners (BRP) is formulating a transformation of the store environment. BRP has published “The Future Store Manifesto” to illustrate its vision of the future store and to identify the challenges that retailers will face in delivering the experience consumers expect. “Stores must now encompass both worlds – the

ETP and Sunoco Announce Dropdown Transaction

Energy Transfer Partners is confident that Sunoco will continue to grow into the future. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) L.P. and Sunoco LP have announced an approaching dropdown transaction. The dropdown will equate to approximately $2.226 billion, and it includes the dropdown if of the remaining 68.42% interest in Sunoco LLC and 100% interest in the legacy Sunoco

Corner Store Fundraising Event Raises $1.4 Million

CST Brands supports Big Brothers Big Sisters program, along with local charities, with the money raised at its annual event. CST Brands, parent company of Corner Store, on Nov. 14, held the second annual Corner Store Country Run. This signature fundraising event took place in San Antonio, Texas, and consisted of a 10-city 5K run series. The final race took

Low Fuel Prices May Raise Black Friday Spending

C-stores can expect traffic from Black Friday shoppers, along with regular travelers this holiday shopping season. A new consumer survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that nearly half (42%) of all regular Black Friday shoppers expect to shop more this holiday season as a result of lower gas prices. Shoppers

Gas Prices Continue To Fall

Eleven states are posting pump prices below $2 per gallon, and prices are expected to continue to decline through the end of the year. The national average price for gas has fallen to $2.16 as of Nov. 16, having decreased for 10 straight days, according to a report by AAA. AAA noted that the average

RILA Applauds Move By Attorneys General on Chip and PIN

Letter by nine attorneys general echos concerns by retailers. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) approves of a move by nine state attorneys general, who sent a letter to the CEOs of America’s largest banks and card networks urging the adoption of chip and PIN technology in the U.S. In the letter, state attorneys general

First Data, NCR Partner

Agreement establishes First Data as preferred payments technology provider for NCR in grocery, petroleum and convenience store industries, while NCR becomes First Data’s preferred ATM and services provider. First Data, a global provider of commerce-enabling technology and solutions, and NCR Corp. a global provider of consumer transaction technologies, have entered into a strategic commercial agreement.

Wawa Thanks Veterans With Care Packages, Free Coffee

Presents USO with $770,000 check from Wawa’s Summer Campaign. Wawa Inc. celebrated Veterans Day last week by offering offer free coffee of any size to veterans, active military members and their families, all day, with no military ID required. The giveaway will took place on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at all of Wawa’s more than

Consumers Expected To Spend More This Holiday Season

Harris Poll shows consumer confidence is up, with customers are planning on purchasing more toys for pets and children this year. Nearly six in 10 Americans (58%) are planning to purchase toys as gifts this holiday season, a seven point jump from last year’s 51%, according to a recent Harris Poll of 2,225 U.S. adults

FDA Finalizes Food Safety Rules

The AFFI supports the new rules that have been finalized by the FDA. Joseph Clayton, American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) interim president, has commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for implementing the Final Rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on the Produce Safety rule, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and the Accredited Third-Party Certification

How To Optimize Merchandising

The key to adding sales at checkout is having the proper products on display by the register. As consumers needs evolve and the retail landscape continues to change, so must retailers. Shoppers are making purchases in more ways than ever before, and it is up to retailers to evolve with the changing needs of consumers.

How Market Trends Are Impacting Snacking

Competition is high in the savory snacks department. Replacing meals with snacks is one of the major trends in the current snack industry, according to Global Savory Snacks Market 2015-2019 research report. A large target audience market trend is breakfast skippers. Another trend in the market is an increasing consumption of snacks for social gatherings and celebrations.

Stripes Moves Operations

Energy Transfer Partners has announced that Stripes will be moving some of its business North. Stripes’ owner is planning to move more of its operations from southern Texas to Dallas. According to a report from the Caller-Times, company officials recently informed employees that Stripes will soon open an office in Dallas, where Energy Transfer Partners,

NPD Releases Foodservice Visit Data

The foodservice industry encountered a favorable summer quarter. After tracking foodservice visits in during the summer quarter of 2015, The NPD Group has revealed that foodservice spending and visits grew in several countries during the summer months. Snacks and morning meals were the broad foodservice market drivers, according to NPD’s ongoing global foodservice market research, CREST,

HUD Proposes That Smoking Ban Include Vaping

Will smoke-free vapor products be included in smoking ban? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) is considering expanding a proposed rule to ban “smoking” in all public housing to also include the use of smoke-free vapor products such as electronic cigarettes. The announcement was made in the Federal Register.  The HUD is currently

TravelCenters Announces Two New Popeyes Locations

TravelCenters is providing customers with southern-style cooking at two TA locations. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the opening of two new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchens. The first location will open at TA Coachella, located at I-10, Exit 146 (46155 Dillon Road), in Coachella,

NPD Reveals Holiday Purchase Intentions

Holiday shopping may begin sooner than expected. The NPD Group’s 2015 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey has revealed that more consumers will begin their shopping earlier, a higher percentage of shopping will take place online and more growth will be seen among the top categories purchased compared to last year. According to the survey, half of all holiday shoppers

First Android-Based Pay-at-the-Pump System

The Clover Solution also allows for a variety of in-store payments, including Level 3 EMV Certification, NFC and magnetic stripe credit cards. FBP Holdings LLC has announced that Fuel, the first Android-based pay-at-the-pump system, is now available in First Data’s Clover App Market. The Clover solution is First Data’s point-of-sale (POS) business management tool and

7-Eleven’s Airport Location Opens Its Doors

7-Eleven’s post-security airport location honored Veterans during its opening. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport to celebrate the opening of the first post-security airport 7-Eleven location and honor Veterans Day. At the ceremony 7-Eleven made donations to Texas Christian University (TCU) Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and Dallas Fort