Why Do Adult E-Cigarette Users Vape?

V2 reveals why U.S. adults are choosing to vape. A recent commissioned study from V2 has revealed the reasons behind why adult e-cigarette users “vape.” The study polled 300 U.S. adult e-cigarette users online from from May 11-12, 2016. When asked to identify the reasons they choose to use electronic cigarettes: Two-thirds (62%) said they


The Mondelēz International Foundation Pledges $2 Million to Humanitarian Aid

Mondelēz International is deepening its commitment to global well-being with the renewal of a two-year pledge. In partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the American Red Cross, the Mondelēz International Foundation is working to provide faster relief for international and domestic natural disasters. Mondelēz International Foundation has

SuperAmerica and The ICEE Co. Announce New ICEE Flavor and Promotion

A new promotion from ICEE and SuperAmerica is giving fans the chance to win free ICEEs for a year. Select SuperAmerica stores are now offering an exciting new ICEE flavor at an unbeatable price as a part of a new promotion. The ICEE Co. and SuperAmerica, have teamed up with Minnesota United FC player, Jamie

The Wilbur Curtis Co. Mourns Loss of Chairman Robert Curtis

Dedicated coffee industry legend passes away. The Wilber Curtis Co. has announced that, on Friday, June 24, 2016, company chairman Robert “Bob” Curtis passed away. Curtis, who was CEO emeritus, devoted father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather and a true legend in the foodservice and coffee industries passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Los

Growth Energy Applauds Thorntons’ Expanded Fuel Offerings

Senator Bill Cunningham recently attended a celebration at the new Oak Lawn, Ill. Thorntons location where the company unveiled its newest fueling options. Following the celebration of the introduction of Thorntons branded E15 and E85 fueling options at the new Chicago area Thorntons station, Growth Energy released a congratulatory statement to the company. The following

Attempt to Limit Tobacco Sales to Adult-Only Stores in California Thwarted

The California House of Representatives shot down Senate Bill 1400, without hesitation. On Tues., June 28, 2016, the California House of Representatives rejected a recently introduced anti-tobacco industry measure. The legislation, SB 1400, would have prohibited the sale of tobacco products at most retail locations in California including grocery and convenience stores. Under this bill,

Retail Theft Plagues Industry

The latest Annual Retail Theft Survey has revealed an increase in shoplifter and dishonest employee apprehensions in 2015. The 28th Annual Retail Theft Survey, conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, has revealed that, in 2015, the number of shoplifter and dishonest employee apprehensions has risen from previous years. The survey showed that over 1.2 million

Energy Transfer Equity Terminates Merger Agreement with The Williams Cos.

Following the failure of ETE’s council to deliver a required tax opinion on The Williams Cos., Energy Transfer Equity has terminated its merger agreement with Williams. Effective June 29, 2016, the merger agreement between Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE) and The Williams Cos. Inc. has been terminated. The termination of the agreement was initiated by

Parker’s has been Voted the “Most Fabulous Gas Station”

Effingham Living readers have voted to name Parker’s the “Most Fabulous Gas Station” in Effingham County, Ga. The Summer 2016 issue of Effingham Living has named Savannah, Ga.- based Parker’s convenience store company the “Most Fabulous Gas Station.” Parkers was chosen to receive this honor by Effingham Living readers. “We’re deeply honored to earn this

Are Americans Shifting Back to Combustible Tobacco Products?

Decreased growth rates in the smokeless tobacco category may indicate a shift back to combustible tobacco products. The tobacco industry has recorded marked increases in cigarette dollar sales, which are being driven by both volume improvements and price increases. However, while cigarettes are performing well of late, other categories are recording dollar sales declines. A

Growth Throughout the Beverage Market

All beverage channels recorded growth in the recent period ending June 18. During the recent four-week period, the beverage industry experienced growth across all channels. A number of brands continue to outperform, and they are helping to drive substantial growth in the market. All Channel Sales Results – Beverage Dollar Sales Improve A new report

Kroger Sues Visa

Kroger has joined the growing list of retailers that are suing credit card companied over new debit card acceptance rules. Kroger Co. recently announced that the company is filing a lawsuit against Visa Inc. According to a report from PYMNTS, Kroger is suing Visa over EMV PIN debit-card transactions. In the suit, Kroger claims that

Midwest Petroleum Purchases 88-Year-Old Missouri Oil Company

Delano fuel stations and convenience stores will soon be rebranded to Midwest Petroleum. After 88 years in business, the St. James, Mo.-based, family owned Delano Oil Co. is being sold. According to a report from The Rolla Daily News, Delano’s president, Jay Delano, has announced that the company is being sold to Midwest Petroleum. The

College Campus Foodservice is Heating Up the Competition

College campus foodservice outlets are now working to appeal to students and keep them on campus for meal and snack purchases. College campus foodservice outlets have made a major turnaround, and the students have noticed. Traffic to on-campus foodservice outlets has increased dramatically, and many customers may find traveling off campus for meals to be

TravelCenters of America Honors Military Heroes

TravelCenters is encouraging its customers to help support both active military members and veterans this summer. TravelCenters of America has now launched a six week promotion to honor the country’s military. The company is encouraging customers to visit TA and Petro Stopping Centers during this summer driving season to show their support of military heroes.

Walgreens Introduces Convenient Paperless Coupons

Walgreens is making it even easier for its customers to save with the launch of new digital coupons on the brand’s mobile app. Walgreens now offers its customers the opportunity to redeem paperless coupons from Walgreens and manufacturers for in-store and online purchases. These new digital coupons can be “clipped” from product detail pages, and

How to Connect with Hispanic Shoppers

Hispanic shoppers don’t look at grocery shopping as a chore, but rather a social experience.  The U.S. Hispanic population is growing in size and influence, and it is crucial that retailers understand how to attract these shoppers, and how to better engage with this unique audience. New research from Acosta and Univision Communications Inc. (UCI),

Pouring on the Profits

Ramping up cold and frozen dispensed beverage promotions during the summer months can create a profit center for convenience stores. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor In the past, summer fountain drink wars only took place in the convenience channel. But with today’s quick-service restaurants (QSRs)trying to capture c-stores’ beverage business, this is no longer the

Fueling the Marketplace

Has the branded retail business become a house of cards?   By Mark Radosevich Several major oil companies are expending exorbitant sums to shore up their market positions around the country. A Southeastern marketer told me recently that the deals being offered to brand-switch one of his 60,000 gallon/month dealer accounts was “simply unprecedented.” Some offers

National Fuel Prices Continue to Fall

Fuel prices remain relatively low, while data from the U.S. EIA shows that gasoline demand has reached all-time high. The average fuel prices have dropped slightly on the week, and they are still at their lowest point for this time of year since 2005. According to the recent fuel report from AAA, today’s national average

Vaping Organizations File Lawsuit Against FDA Deeming Regulations

Vaping organizations and trade associations have filed numerous claims against the FDA’s new tobacco deeming regulations. After the recent release of the final tobacco deeming regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a great deal of controversy has arisen among vaping organizations and trade associations. In fact, according to a report from NATO,

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces National Launch of Cold Brew Coffee

The perfect summer beverage will soon be available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across the country. Already available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Metro New York and Los Angeles markets, Dunkin’ Donuts new Cold Brew coffee will soon be available to customers across the country, as the brand has announced that the new

Chipotle Announces Chiptopia Summer Rewards Program

Chipotle is launching a summer rewards program, but the company has also mentioned the possibility of a permanent, ongoing rewards program. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has announced that, on July 1, 2016, the company will launch a three-month-long summer rewards program. The new Chiptopia Summer Rewards program will run from July through September. During the

Lil’ Drug Store Products Expands Healthy Snack Distribution in Convenience Store Channel

LDSP and Calbee North America are working together to provide convenience stores greater access to the Harvest Snaps snack line. Lil’ Drug Store Products (LDSP) has partnered with Calbee North America to offer their popular Harvest Snaps salty snack line to the convenience store channel. “We are thrilled to be offering Harvest Snaps to our

The Texas Association of Business has Filed a Lawsuit Against TABC

McLane has joined the Texas Association of Business in its suit against TABC, because TABC’s interpretation of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code is harming the Texas economy and job creation. Recent evidence suggests that the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has not been applying the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code in a fair, consistent, legal manner,