Tyson Foods Cuts Antibiotics From Chicken

Customer demand fuels move toward antibiotic free poultry. Tyson Foods has announced that it plans to eliminate antibiotics from its chicken by the end of 2017, USA Today reported. Tyson Foods joins competitors like Perdue and Pilgrim’s Pride, as well as fast food chains, including KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, Panera, Chipotle, Taco Bell and Wendy’s.

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Vollrath Co. Acquires Belleco Inc.

Acquisition extends Vollrath’s product offerings for cooking equipment. The Vollrath Co. LLC, a manufacturer of equipment and smallwares for the foodservice industry, has acquired Belleco Inc. Located in Saco, Maine, Belleco is a manufacturer of American-made conveyor toasters and ovens. “Well designed and market proven, Belleco’s products live up to the standards of the industry’s

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Proposed Legislation Could Let E-Cigs Off FDA’s Hook

A new bill looks to make e-cigs exempt from rules that impact tobacco products. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has introduced “The Cigarette Smoking Reduction and Electronic Vapor Alternatives Act of 2017,” which aims to reduce the approval process for e-cigarettes under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to a report by The Hill, the

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Sodapalooza Kicks Off At RaceTrac

Bottomless summer free refills start May 3 and continue until the end of July at RaceTrac Petroleum. Sodapalooza is back once again at RaceTrac, bringing c-store shoppers free refills on unlimited fountain and NumbSkull frozen drinks all summer long. Starting May 3, customers can head over to any RaceTrac to purchase a 2017 Sodapalooza cup

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Cumberland Farms Certified as Great Place To Work

Employees rate Cumberland Farms as a superior work place in an anonymous survey. Cumberland Farms Inc. has been certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work. The designation is based on extensive ratings provided by its team members in anonymous surveys. A summary of these ratings can be found

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ACE Urges Ethanol Advocates To Submit Comments to EPA

Regulatory comment period is now open. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment focused on its ethanol priorities soon after EPA formally began seeking input on existing regulations to be reviewed by its newly established Regulatory Reform Task Force. The Task Force was formed in response to Executive Order 13777 to evaluate

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ICEE Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The ICEE Co. is celebrating 50 with new flavors, limited-edition packaging and promotions all year round. Since 1967, ICEE has served as an iconic frozen treat for moviegoers, theme park connoisseurs, mall shoppers, restaurant lovers and families around the world. To celebrate 50 years of America’s favorite frozen beverage, The ICEE Co. will debut various

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Future Forecourt Marketing

Current loyalty programs provide a good foundation, but in order for a convenience retailer to garner brand affinity with its customers, a mix of the old and new may be required. By Mark Radosevich The early days of my petroleum career involved extensive retail marketing for a major oil company during the advent of the

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FDA Menu-Labeling Rule Delayed

The FDA’s regulations add unfair costs and compliance barriers. In a huge relief to c-stores, the menu labeling rules set to go into effect next week have been delayed. On Thursday, April 27, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submitted an interim final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget that

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PMG Acquires C-stores From Leonard E. Belcher

Branded and unbranded wholesale business included in the sale, and 14 c-stores. Leonard E. Belcher Inc. has sold its retail assets and its branded and unbranded wholesale business to Petroleum Marketing Group Inc. (PMG) of Woodbridge, Va. Leonard E. Belcher (The Company)’s retail assets acquired by PMG consist of 13 company-operated stores, one new to

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Retailers Look to Expand Use of Mobile Technology

Customers engagement and identification are among top priorities with mobile. Boston Retailer Partners (BRP) found retailers are focused on significantly expanding the use of mobile technology for customer identification, customer engagement, associate training and task management, point of sale (POS) and payments. The BRP Special Report: “The Mobile World of Retail,” assesses how mobile devices

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Former QuickChek Veteran Schaninger Begins Consulting Venture

Retail consulting firm to help convenience stores navigate everything from foodservice to store layout. Well-known industry executive leader John Schaninger, former vice president of sales and marketing at QuickChek Corp., has announced the formation of The Schaninger Group, a retail consulting firm focused on Marketing Strategy and Planning, Food Service Management, Advertising and Media Planning

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Coffee Brewers Impact Freshness and Sales

Keeping coffee fresh and hot is vital to c-store operations: 70 percent of consumers are more likely to purchase coffee that’s marketed as “fresh brewed,” according to Technomic’s 2016 Beverage Consumer Trend Report. Not only does the aroma of fresh brewed coffee entice regular coffee consumers to purchase a cup, but also directs attention to

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Casey’s General Stores To Provide E15 and E85

Demand for higher ethanol blends is at an all-time high across rural America. Casey’s General Stores Inc. plans to provide higher ethanol blends of E15 and E85 at 17 sites in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas. E15 is a fuel that contains 15% ethanol and works well for any car 2001 and newer. E85 contains up

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Retailers Continue Fight to Protect Swipe Fee Reform

Retailers head to Capitol Hill to support swipe fee reform. The National Retail Federation (NRF) and retailers from across the country went to Capitol Hill as Congress held a hearing on legislation that would repeal debit card swipe fee reform, telling lawmakers that reform has saved merchants and consumers more than $40 billion and should

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Buc-ee’s Grows in Florida and Alabama

Prepares to break ground on a 50,000-square-foot Daytona Beach Travel Center. Buc-ee’s, based in Texas, is growing outside the Lone Star State, announcing plans to break ground in both Florida and Alabama. Known for plentiful gas pumps, delicious, freshly made travel snacks, and award-winning clean restrooms, Buc-ee’s is scheduled to break ground in Florida in

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Industry Pioneers Inducted to Conexxus Hall of Fame

Honors Sharon Scace of WEX Inc. and David Ezell of Verifone Inc. Conexxus is inducting two convenience and fuel retailing industry pioneers into the Conexxus Hall of Fame this week at the Conexxus Annual Meeting: Sharon Scace of WEX Inc. and David Ezell of Verifone Inc. “Sharon and David exemplify the dedication and expertise exhibited

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Parker’s Gives $1,500 to Evans County Schools

PumpPal club members help determine which local school gains the Fueling the Community donation on the first Wednesday of each month. Parker’s recently donated $1,500 to Evans County Schools in Claxton, Ga., as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative. Evans County School Board Chair David Greene accepted the donation on behalf of

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Young Executives Organization (YEO) Partners with Habitat for Humanity

The convenience store industry’s next-generation leaders will come together May 23 to help build a home for a needy family in Provo, Utah. Developing a solid foundation for young executives is one of the corner stones of the National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO). Now these next-generation leaders will join forces to build

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Conagra Brands Acquires Thanasi

Previously announced acquisition closes, bringing Duke’s and BIGS into the Conagra Brands’ portfolio. Conagra Brands Inc. has completed the acquisition of protein-based snacking businesses Thanasi Foods LLC, maker of Duke’s meat snacks, and BIGS LLC, maker of BIGS seeds (collectively, Thanasi). The definitive agreement to acquire Thanasi was announced on March 16, 2017. Financial terms

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CRC Plans for NAEM’s 2017 EHS Management Forum

Forum to provide members a unique opportunity to discuss environmental compliance challenges with peers across other industries. The Center for Retail Compliance (CRC) has announced a new partnership with the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) to ensure that a strong thread of retail-specific content will be on the agenda for NAEM’s 2017 Environmental, Health,

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Demand for Delivery Spikes

A whopping 29% of Millennials ordered restaurant foods/beverages via delivery in the last week. More customers are turning to food delivery to make food purchases even more convenient. Delivery now represents 1.7 billion foodservice visits annually, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. Delivery is such a popular way to source meals and

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Mother’s Day Spending Set to Hit Record-High of $23.6 Billion

Spending higher than any other time in annual survey’s 14-year history. The National Retail Federation (NRF)’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, found customers are preparing to celebrate their moms this Mother’s Day like never before. Mother’s Day shoppers are expected to spend an average of $186.39 for the holiday, up from last

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Growth Energy Applauds Secretary of Agriculture Confirmation

Growth Energy CEO looks forward to seeing Sonny Perdue’s plans in giving consumers biofuels choices at the pump. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement regarding the Senate’s confirmation of President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Agriculture, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. “We congratulate Secretary Perdue on his confirmation to lead the U.S.

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Pump Prices Creep Upward

Summer driving demand appears to be on track. Gas prices have reached an all time high for the year with the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas at $2.42 on April 24, up 13 cents over last month and 29 cents more than this time last year, according to AAA. AAA

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