Dos Equis Masquerade Program Returns

Dos Equis’ fifth annual Masquerade program offers consumers prize winning opportunities. Dos Equis is once again celebrating the Halloween season with its annual Masquerade program. This year marks the fifth year of the fully integrated, 360-degree program, which is designed to help consumers to create a memorable fall celebration. The program provides LDA+ consumers access to the


How The Fresh Trend Is Changing Home Cooking

The desire for fresh-cooked meals causes slow cooker use to skyrocket. According to The NPD Group, as freshly prepared meals become increasingly popular among consumers, slow cookers are once again being viewed as crucial kitchen appliances. A great deal of consumers (81%) already own a slow cooker, but many are also purchasing new ones as the slow cooking

Alon Brands Certifies Comdata As Preferred Solution

Alon Brands becomes the third certified Comdata provider. Comdata’s innovative Smart Solutions POS system has become brand-certified with Alon Brands. The Dallas-based supplier and marketer of ALON fuels has certified Comdata as a preferred solution for locations with a high volume of over-the-road transactions. Comdata’s Smart Solutions suite of POS devices offer flexible, convenient payment options for store

Are CVS’ Anti-Smoking Efforts Impacting Cigarette Purchases?

Research shows a decrease in cigarette smoking after CVS stops selling tobacco products. In an attempt to decrease impulse cigarette purchases and to promote public health, one year ago, CVS decided to stop selling tobacco in its stores, nationwide. Despite the belief that this move would have little impact upon cigarette sales, a recent study

Casey’s First Quarter 2016 Earnings

As the first quarter of fiscal 2016 concludes, Casey’s finds itself in favorable financial standings.  Casey’s General Stores Inc. has released its diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 ended July 31, 2015. This year’s earnings equated to $1.57 per share. This number stands in contrast to the $1.28 per share for the first

Hershey Ranks High in Sustainability

Hershey’s sustainability efforts are being recognized on a global level. The Hershey Co. has secured a place on the World and the North American Dow Jones Sustainability Indices(DJSI). Hershey is one of only 13 companies from the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry included in the World Index and is ranked in the 93 percentile overall. Hershey’s rankings in the

Lawyer From AmEx Case Chooses to Represent Himself

Accused lawyer in scrapped AmEx case chooses to represent himself in court. Shortly after causing a $75 million deal between American Express and major merchants to all through, Gary Friedman has decided to represent himself in court, despite advice from his legal team. Friedman was the lead lawyer for major merchants suing American Express; however,

Andronico’s Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Andronico’s newest board member, an experienced chief financial officer, completes the company’s all female executive board. Cheryl Hughes has been appointed as the new chief financial officer for Andronico’s Community Markets. This final addition to the company’s executive board follows the recent appointment of CEO Suzy Monford leads, making it an all female team. Hughes formerly held the role of

KickBack Fantasy Football Returns

KickBack has expanded its Fantasy Football program to further drive sales of its retailer partners. As the 2015 National Football League (NFL) season approaches, KickBack Points is preparing this year’s season of KickBack Fantasy Football. For this year’s competition, KickBack has devised new opportunities to earn prizes and points, and for the third year in a row, a grand prize

Stripes Seeks to Strike Out Cancer

Generous donors will match donations collected through Stripes ‘Celebrates Tomorrows’ campaign, dollar for dollar. Stripes Convenience Stores has once again joined with The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital to combat childhood cancer. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and on Sept. 16 Stripes will launch its second annual fundraising campaign: “Stripes Stores Celebrates Tomorrows.” Last year,

NRC Coordinates Sealed Bid Sale For Getty Realty

Getty Realty Corp. sealed bid deadline is less than two weeks away. NRC Realty and Capital Advisors LLC is coordinating a sealed bid sale of 13 Getty Realty Corp. properties. These properties are located in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The sealed bids must be received by NRC on Sept.

HEINEKEN Acquires 50% Shareholding of Lagunitas

New transaction between HEINEKEN and Lagunitas Brewing Co. will help both brands to expand their presence in and outside of the U.S. HEINEKEN has acquired a 50% shareholding in the fifth largest craft brewer in the U.S. by volume, Lagunitas Brewing Co. This transaction holds great benefits for both of the involved companies. The transaction will provide HEINEKEN

How to Keep Up With Evolving Payment Technology

As mobile payment grows, c-store retailers try different paths to meet customer demands. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Cash may still be king, but another portable payment system has its eyes on the throne: Mobile. As a result, convenience stores operators are keeping their eyes on the progress of this inevitable transition, looking for the

How to Improve Restroom Appearance

The best way to improve restroom appearance by cleaning for health. Not only is a clean restroom a crucial element for maintaining customer satisfaction, it is also a matter of concern for public health. Illness-causing bacteria and germs can be found on many bathroom surfaces, and these contaminants can be easily spread to customers, which can also

Alliance Data Systems Corp. Provides Tap-and-Pay Functionality to Retail Partners

Alliance Data Systems Corp. provides retail partners with technology which makes customer payments fast and easy. Alliance Data Systems Corp.’s card services business will now provide an EMV-based co-brand credit card solution with tap-and-pay functionality to its retail partners. This new technology will make payments simple, fast and easy by allow customers to pay for purchases by tapping their card

General Sessions Expand in NACS Show 2015

NACS has expanded its annual event to contain an additional day of general sessions. In addition to the four days of more than 55 educational sessions, the 2015 NACS Show will now feature an extra day of general sessions. The event will take place in a 400,000 square-foot expo, and will play host to more than

Westex Capital Completes Assets Sale

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC assists in the sale of 26 convenience stores. Del Rio Texas-based Westex Capital LTD and Bohica Investment LTD have completed the sale of 26 convenience stores in several markets in South Central and West Texas. The asset sale also included a fuel and propane distribution business with six bulk

How Kum & Go Is Optimizing Store Space

Kum & Go partners with Symphony EYC G.O.L.D. to more efficiently manage convenience store space. Kum & Go has partnered with Symphony EYC, employing its G.O.L.D. Space Optimization software with centralized data management to simplify the merchandising process across its stores. With G.O.L.D., Kum & Go will also streamline daily tasks such as importing of

How The Frozen Bakery Products Market Is Growing

As consumer lives get busier, ready-to-bake products gain momentum. The frozen bakery products market is one of the fastest-growing segments of frozen food market due to the growing trend towards ready-to-bake or ready-to-thaw frozen products. This growth is being driven by the rising demand for convenience food products, to save customers both time and effort,

Kendrick Oil Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Dealer flexibility and a nationally-recognized brand attracts Kendrick Oil to the VP retail branding program. Kendrick Oil Co., based in Friona, Texas, has become the newest chain to add VP Racing Fuels retail branding program. Kendrick provides a range of quality fuel products to 47 retail locations and a variety of other customers in Texas,

Gregg Gellman to Help 22nd Century Group in New Brand Approval

Previous success with attaining FDA approval makes Gellman an obvious choice for his new position. Gregg Gellman has been appointed the new director of business development and regulatory affairs of 22nd Century Group Inc. This new position will require Gellman to drive regulatory affairs strategies for the company’s two modified risk cigarettes in development. These

G&M Oil Co. Upgrades To EMV-Certified Technology

G&M looks to enhance performance through new partnership. G&M Oil Co. Inc. has partnered with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to provide an extensive EMV-certified technology upgrade. The upgrade will be integrated at 120 locations across Southern California. In order to enhance performance, seeks to utilize Gilbarco’s integrated Passport point-of-sale and media at the pump solution, Applause TV with VNET. G&M Oil leadership had been searching for

U.S. Oil Acquires Indianapolis Terminal

U.S. Oil hopes to strengthen relationships with fuel retailers through newly acquired terminal. U.S. Venture Inc.’s petroleum and renewable energy division, U.S. Oil, has expanded eastward. According to a report by the Oil & Gas Financial Journal, U.S. Oil has acquired a refined products terminal, which adds 410,000 barrels of capacity, in Indianapolis. Along with increased

McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast to Roll Out in October

McDonald’s customers have long desired breakfast to be served during all dayparts, and McDonald’s is finally delivering. In an effort to climb out of a two-year slump, McDonald’s officials have been working to devise a turnaround plan. CEO Steve Easterbrook proposed that McDonald’s expand its menu options by extending its breakfast menu to all dayparts.

Tyson and LULAC Donate 40,000 Pounds of Protein

The partnership between Tyson Foods and the LULAC has resulted in the feeding of thousands of poverty stricken individuals. In an effort to eradicate hunger in some of America’s most vulnerable communities, Tyson Foods along with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) have donated 40,000 pounds of protein to the South Texas Food Bank in Laredo,