Kellogg Co. To Use Only Cage-Free Eggs By 2025

Aims to consider the “Five Freedoms” of animal welfare as part of its process. As part of its ongoing dedication to corporate responsibility, Kellogg Co. plans to build on its commitment to animal welfare by sourcing only cage-free eggs for its foods and eliminating gestation stalls from its pork supply chain by the end of


RAI Releases Third-Quarter Report

RAI management possesses a positive outlook for the company’s future. Reynolds American Inc. has released its third-quarter 2015 financial results, and the company is in a favorable position. RAI has released third-quarter 2015 reported EPS of $0.46, up 4.5% from the prior-year quarter, benefitting from higher cigarette and moist-snuff pricing and volume, as well as the

How Americans Are Preparing For the Holidays

Consumer confidence could point to high holiday sales at U.S. retailers this year. Holiday retail sales predicted to be up in 2015, according to a report by Mintel. The 2014 holiday season produced the highest retail sales in recent history, presenting a challenge for the retail industry to surpass this benchmark in the upcoming months.

MFA Oil Co. Acquires Elaine Petroleum Distribution

Acquisition to enhance MFA Oil’s service to agricultural customers in the Mid-South. MFA Oil Co., the seventh largest propane retailer in the U.S., has acquired Elaine Petroleum Distribution Inc., a refined fuels supplier based in Elaine, Ark. The purchase strengthens MFA Oil’s position in eastern Arkansas as the company expands its operating territory. “Elaine Petroleum

7-Eleven Opens In Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

C-store customers can purchase a special ‘snack pack’ before their flight. Now airport customers in Dallas-Fort Worth can get all their convenience needs met before their flight. The first 7-Eleven store located behind security inside a U.S. airport terminal has opened at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW). The new c-store boasts a first-class selection of

Core-Mark To Hold Q3 Investor Call

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. is set to release its earnings before the market opens on Thursday Nov. 5, 2015 for the third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2015. Core-Mark will also host an investor call on the morning of Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be accessed by dialing 800-588-4973 using the

Love’s Debuts New Travel Stops in Italy, Texas

New site to serve the convenience needs of drivers traveling to and from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Love’s Travel Stops has opened a new location in Italy, Texas, along Interstate 35E, Exit 386. The opening of the newest facility brings the total number of Love’s in the Lone Star State to 54. The new store

New Menu-Labeling Legislation Could Ease Burden For C-Stores

Proposed legislation would give retailers some flexibility in communicating calorie nutrition information, and would provides  protection from potential felony penalties on retail employees. New menu labeling legislation introduced on Oct. 29 in the U.S. Senate, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (S. 2217), appears to offer the flexibility and understanding of convenience store foodservice operations

OpenStore Delivers Industry Advice

OpenStore’s third annual conference provided attendees with indispensable retail strategies. OpenStore by GasBuddy recently hosted its third annual OpenForum by OpenStore conference, where current OpenStore retailers shared their visions of digital marketing success, best practices and new developments in c-store technology. The OpenForum event was initiated by OpenStore in 2012 to provide an environment where OpenStore retailers

ACE Thanks USDA for Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership

New partnership will expand availability of E15 and flex fuels to consumers. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has thanked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its efforts to expand the availability of E15 and flex fuels for consumers through the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). In an announcement at a Kissimmee, Fla Citgo fuel

New Program Extends Ethanol Availability Nationwide

New investment will more than double the number of stations that offer intermediate blends of ethanol nationwide. Protec Fuel announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack recently visited Mid-State Energy’s Kissimmee, Fla. Citgo E15 and E85 retail station. The secretary made an announcement on ethanol fuel investment of $16 million for the state alone. At the first retail fueling

2015 NACS Welcomes Record Number of Attendees

The size of the NACS Expo grew 2% from 2014. The 2015 NACS Show attracted a record 24,392 registered attendees, of which 9,038 were classified as buyers (retailers, convenience distributors). The total number of registered attendees, which includes Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) buyer registration, was 3.3% higher than last year and topped the previous attendance

TravelCenters Acquires Eight Stop-a-Sec Stores

An eight-store family chain has been acquired by TravelCenters. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has closed the sale of eight stores owned by Stop-a-Sec Inc. and Seck Enterprises Inc. of Luck, Wis. to TravelCenters of America LLC. All eight of the sites were owned in fee. The stores are located in western Wisconsin and serve the communities

What To Consider Before Making the Decision to Offer Biodiesel

By Jon Scharingson Whether or not to sell biodiesel can be a significant decision for a convenience store owner. Convenience store owners need to determine what will work best for their operation and how they can maximize their profitability through the use of biodiesel. Here are a few things to consider: Tank and pump availability

BP Combats Low Fuel Prices

BP must make cuts to counter current circumstances, but the end is in sight, and the company remains optimistic. Lower oil prices have led to oil companies making spending cuts and reducing operating costs, and these cuts have resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs and projects being scrapped. BP is among the oil

AB InBev and SABMiller Merger Deal Deadline Extended

Two giants in the beer industry struggle to finalize terms of merger agreement. A new deal is in the works that will potentially combine two of the world’s largest brewers, but the deadline has arrived and no terms have been finalized. According to a report from Fortune, the aforementioned deal would combine AB InBev, containing Budweiser,

Casey’s Discovers Credit Card Skimming Devices

Seven of Casey’s General Stores locations were found to have credit card skimming devices on pumps. Credit card skimming devices were recently discovered at seven Casey’s General Stores Inc. locations. Six of the locations effected are in Nebraska,  and one is in Iowa. The effected stores are located at: 4150 W. U.S. Highway 30, Grand Island,

NOCO Combats Cancer in the Community

NOCO raises over $25,000 to support local Leukemia & Lymphoma Society chapter. Throughout August and September, NOCO customers and employees raised $25,015 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter. “As a company firmly committed to giving back to our local community, NOCO has been a proud supporter of the Leukemia

Raising the Foodservice Bar

C-stores and supermarkets are becoming strong competition for QSRs. Convenience stores and supermarkets have greatly improved their foodservice offerings in recent years. The NPD Group has reported that as food quality increases, so does the number of consumers choosing these outlets for their prepared meals and snacks in addition to quick service restaurants (QSRs). Quick and convenient

Online Credit Card Fraud On the Rise

Retail fraud weighs heavily on the industry and consumers, alike. The U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015, which was launched at the first Retail Fraud – New York conference, has revealed a substantial increase in online credit card fraud. Published by Retail Knowledge and sponsored by intelligent cash handling experts Volumatic, the Survey, now in its third year,

Walgreens Buying Rite Aid

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. announced on Tuesday, Oct. 27, that Walgreens will acquire all outstanding shares of Rite Aid, a U.S. retail pharmacy chain, for $9 per share in cash, for a total enterprise value of approximately $17.2 billion, including acquired net debt. The purchase price represents a premium of 48% 

7-Eleven Selects New Distributor For 900 Locations

Core-Mark will soon service 7-Eleven stores in three western regions. A five-year supply agreement was recently signed stating that approximately 900 7-Eleven stores in three western regions will be serviced by Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. Core-Mark will be the primary wholesale distributor, delivering a wide range of products to these stores out of three of

Western Refining Proposes Acquisition

Western Refining has made an offer to purchase Northern Tier Energy common units. Western Refining Inc. has made a proposal to acquire all of Northern Tier Energy LP’s publicly-held common units. According to a report from Market Watch, Western Refining submitted their proposal to the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of the general partner

How McDonald’s Is Perking Up Beverage Sales

In another attempt to drive sales, McDonald’s is now selling Monster energy drinks at select locations. Following the launch of all-day breakfast, McDonald’s is now testing another strategy to drive business in its restaurants. Some 20 U.S. McDonald’s stores in various states are now offering these highly caffeinated beverages for individual sale, as well as

How Time of Day Influences Snack Choices

The NPD Group has found that there is a time and place for certain snacks. A recent study by The NPD Group has revealed that consumer snack preferences are determined by both time of day and location. The study found that consumers’ tastes for savory and sweet snacks are determined by the time of day, while better-for-you