DEWcision 2016 Winner Announced

MTN DEW PITCH BLACK has been named the winner of DEWcision 2016; therefore, the flavor will remain on shelves indefinitely. Over the past three months, Mountain Dew fans have been voting in the DEWcision 2016 election and competing in online challenges to decide which limited edition MTN DEW flavor would join the brand’s permanent retail


Intelligent Food Packaging

Innovative packaging solutions will help consumers to assess food quality before they buy. The IFT16: Where Science Feeds Innovation symposium, which took place on July 18 and was hosted by the Institute of Food Technologies (IFT), has revealed a hot new trend that is emerging in the food packaging industry. One presentation at the symposium

Retailers Reinvest in Growth

Many retailers are freeing up their resources so that they can focus their energies on innovation. Many retailers have found themselves in positions that allow for few growth opportunities and hinder their abilities to compete in today’s market, but new research from Accenture suggests that retailers have the ability to reverse this trend. According to

New Rutter’s Store to Open in Hamburg, Pa.

Rutter’s has announced the construction of its 65th convenience store. Rutter’s has announced that it will soon be opening a store in new territory. According to a report from Leigh Valley Business, Rutter’s will soon open a new store in Berks County, Pa., on a busy stretch near an entrance to Interstate 78. The new

Trillium CNG to Bring 29 CNG Stations to Pennsylvania

Trillium CNG has been chosen by PennDOT to supply CNG across Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, Trillium CNG, part of the Love’s Family of Cos, was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to design, build and maintain CNG facilities in Pennsylvania, and Trillium CNG has now finalized an agreement to bring 29 new compressed

Certain Walmart Stores in Canada No Longer Accept Visa

Unable to reach a new swipe fee agreement, Walmart has chosen to stop accepting Visa cards for payment in its Canada stores. Last month, Walmart announced that it would stop accepting Visa credit cards in its Canadian locations if the company was not able to reach a deal over Visa’s “unacceptably high” swipe fees, and

Fuel Prices Reach Lowest Point for July in Over a Decade

Drivers in 36 states can find at least one station selling fuel for less than $2 per gallon. The current abundance in fuel supply and declining crude oil costs are helping to keep gas prices low during this year’s summer driving season, as fuel prices have dropped across the country for 35 of the last

Healthy Snacks are a Hot Commodity

Healthy-ingredient snack market growth outpaces overall food and beverage sales growth. Over the past five years, snacks with healthy ingredients have gained immense popularity, and today the segment is thriving. Healthy-ingredient snacks combine portability, label transparency and healfulness to create the perfect snack item for modern food industry trends. According to recent data, the healthy-ingredient snack

Trends Emerge at the 2016 Summer Fancy Foods Show

Tea trumps coffee in the Hot Beverage category, but that isn’t the only surprising trend that cropped up at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show. This year’s Summer Fancy Food Show, which was hosted by the Specialty Food Association from June 26-28, boasted a record turnout this year. At the event, which was the largest

Swiss Farms Celebrates National Drive-Through Day

Swiss Farms will offer select ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ beverages in celebration of its 48 years in the drive-through market on National Drive-Through Day. Swiss Farms will be celebrating National Drive-Through Day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sun., July 24. In celebration of the unofficial holiday, Swiss Farms will be offering a

Growth Energy Helps Retailers Adopt Higher Ethanol Blends

Growth Energy’s brand ambassador program assists retailers in providing information about biofuel blends to customers at the pump. Growth Energy is now providing resources to help retailers understand the direct benefits that are offered by increased biofuel blends, such as E15, in an effort to facilitate the widespread retail adoption of higher blends of ethanol.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Sponsors Ken Schrader

Hunt Brothers Pizza is hosting the driver who holds the fastest truck lap record at Eldora Speedway. Hunt Brothers Pizza will once again be the primary sponsor for Ken Schrader and the No. 71 Contreras Motorsports (CMS) Toyota Tundra. Hunt Brothers will be sponsoring Schrader for the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby on July 20

Defining the Foodie Label

Many Millennials identify with the foodie label, but what that label means may differ greatly from person to person. When someone says that they are a foodie, a number of different adventurous food items come to mind, but not everyone who identifies as a foodie is eating raw fish and quinoa. In fact, the term

Growth Slows for Non-Alcoholic Beverage Sales

Many retailers attribute the sequential slowdown in beverage sales to poor weather conditions. A number of factors contributed to a slowdown in non-alcoholic beverage sales during the second quarter of 2016. In a new survey of beverage retailers from Wells Fargo Securities retailers revealed which factors led to the recent slowdown in non-alcoholic beverage sales. The

New QuickChek Features Pharmacy

QuickChek is redefining convenience with the addition of pharmacy services at its newest location.  A new QuickChek fresh market store has opened in Beachwood, N.J., and unlike any other QuickChek location, this new 7,460-square-foot store offers pharmacy services. The new store is located at 533 Atlantic City Boulevard, just down the road from its current store.

Retailers Could Capitalize on the Pokémon Go Concept

By Andrew Levi, CEO of Blue Calypso While driving around, have you noticed more people outside standing in parks or on the street staring at their phones? The latest phenomenon, Pokémon Go, is creating a lot of buzz in the news right now as thousands of people of all ages are becoming obsessed with playing

Consumers Consider Product Labels

When it comes to food packaging, the information provided may be more attractive to consumers than a flashy design. Many Americans are now looking to product labels when making their food choices. New research from Packaged Facts has revealed that more than half of Americans (56%) are actively seeking nutritional information on food labels before

CrossAmerica to Acquire State Oil Co. Asssets

CrossAmerica will attain valuable properties in the Chicago area as a part of a newly announced transaction. CrossAmerica Partners LP has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Libertyville, Ill. based State Oil Co. for total consideration of $45 million. The assets consist of 59 fee sites, including 55 Lessee Dealer accounts,

Mark VII Reaches 50 Year Milestone

Car wash industry innovator celebrates 50 years of business.  Mark VII Equipment Inc. is currently commemorating its 50th year in business. Mark VII, the North America subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, was founded in 1966, when it became one of the pioneers of automatic car washing. The company is now a market leader in

Suit Filed Against FDA’s Deeming Regulations

The country’s tobacco associations have filed nine counts against the FDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. On Friday, July 15, 2016, the country’s three major cigar and tobacco industry associations filed suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new tobacco deeming rule. The Cigar Association of America, International Premium Cigar

7-Eleven Unveils Big Red Slurpee

America’s original red soda is now available in Slurpee form at select 7-Eleven stores. 7-Eleven Inc. has partnered with Big Red to introduce a new Big Red summer Slurpee flavor. 7-Eleven showcases national and regional soda favorites that consumers love by recreating them as Slurpee flavors. Sipping on a Big Red soda in the summertime is

Eby-Brown to Open New Distribution Center

A new distribution center will help to fuel Eby-Brown’s expansion into the Mid-South. Eby-Brown Co. LLC has announced that it will soon open a new distribution center in Shepherdsville, Ken. This new, state-of-the-art 300,000 square foot distribution center will help to fuel Eby-Brown’s expansion into the Mid-South market. The distribution center will open January 2nd,

VP Racing Fuels Partners with the Gateway Dirt Nationals

VP Racing is now the title partner for the Gateway Dirt Nationals. VP Racing Fuels has signed a multi-year agreement, acquiring the title partnership for the largest indoor stock car race in 34 years, the VP Racing Fuels Gateway Dirt Nationals. In addition to the title partnership, VP Racing Fuels is now the Official Fuel and

Growth Energy Urges the EPA to Finalize New Blending Targets

Growth Energy is urging the EPA to get the RFS program back on track. A group of bipartisan representatives from the Congressional Biofuels Caucus has sent a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize the new blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The new blending targets will expand the production of

Gate Opens Multi-Blend Fuel Station in Jacksonville, Fla.

Gate Petroleum celebrated the opening of its new store with generous fuel discounts. With the opening of its newest multi-blend store, Gate Petroleum has brought E15 and E85 ro Jacksonville, Fla. To celebrate the grand opening of the new store at 7099 Collins Rd., Protec Fuel and GATE offered a fuel price discount, giveaways and