Strategic Alliance Formed Between Nestlé and Polar Beverages

Nestlé and Polar Beverages to manufacture, distribute and sell cans under both brand names through new partnership. A distribution agreement has been made between Nestlé Waters North America Inc. and Polar Beverages, Inc. to produce cans under Nestea and Poland Spring brand names. The agreement is being called “Polar Strategic Ventures,” and it will become effective July 15, 2015 and will cover the


Family Dollar Sale to Dollar Tree in Final Stages

Takeover deal is set to close between Family Dollar and Dollar Tree. Deal is expected to cut costs and corporate jobs. After a yearlong takeover deal, Dollar Tree anticipates completing its purchase of Family Dollar Monday, July 6, 2015. The takeover took some time to settle due to another buyout attempt made by Dollar General. The

Kerry Acquires Insight Beverages

Leading beverage distributor is sold to nutrition-focused company. Insight Beverages Inc., a beverage formulator, manufacturer and distributor has been sold to Kerry Group plc, a global company focused on taste and nutrition systems, as well as functional ingredients and actives for the global food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets. Farlie Turner & Co acted as the

Oakley Sues 7-Eleven for Patent Infringement

7-Eleven faces lawsuit over patent infringement involving sunglasses. 7-Eleven Inc. has been accused of willfully and intentionally infringing six patents of Oakley Inc. that involve the design of its sunglasses. The suit, which is being brought before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, alleges 7-Eleven has directly and/or indirectly made, used,

Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Jonesboro, Ark.

New Love’s Travel Stop provides a new place for drivers to stop in Jonesboro, Ark. Love’s Travel Stops opened its doors for business on July 2, 2015, providing drivers a new place to purchase fuel, snacks, meals and more along U.S. Highway 63 in Jonesboro, Ark. The 24-hour facility is more than 9,000 square feet and adds

TA and Petro Shopping Centers Introduce Dyn-O-Mite Days of Summer

TravelCenters of America LLC is getting customers excited for summer with its Dyn-O-Mite Days of Summer promotion. To kick off the summer, TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, is launching its Dyn-O-Mite Days of Summer Travel Store promotion. This promotion will include nostalgic merchandise, throwback pricing and a prize sweepstakes

Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Bevier, Mo.

New Love’s Travel Stop brings convenience to the community of Bevier, Mo. Bringing nearly 30 new jobs to Bevier, Mo., the new Love’s Travel Stop opened July 2, 2015 at Missouri Route O and Hickory Street. This travel stop offers a new place for residents to purchase fuel, meals, snacks and more. The new 24/7

Clean Label Products Become the Norm

Consumer demand for transparency leads to a rise in clean label products. According to Innova Market Insights data, clean label has become more of a standard in the food industry with over 20% of U.S. products tracked in 2014 featuring a clean label positioning, up from 17% in 2013. Significant rises in the use of

As Fourth of July Approaches, Gas Prices Dip

Alaska passes California as the most expensive state for gas. Even with gas prices climbing this year, drivers will pay the lowest prices at the pump over the Fourth of July holiday weekend than they have in five years. Average pump prices are 90 cents per gallon less than prices at this time last year,

7-Eleven Partners With Postmates in Delivery Service

7-Eleven is keeping up with consumers and their fast paced living with a new delivery service. In partnership with San Francisco-based technology company, Postmates, 7-Eleven is now offering delivery services to customers. This is taking 7-Eleven’s old mantra, “give customers what they want, when and where they want it,” one giant step forward. Select stores in San Francisco and

Kraft Foods GroupShareholders Vote in Favor of Merger

New merger will create the third-largest food and beverage company in North America. With 98% of votes casted in favor of the transaction, Kraft Foods Group Inc. has approved the previously announced merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company. The 98% represented more than 69% of all outstanding Kraft shares; therefore, the way has been cleared

Kroger Announces President’s Retirement

Kroger’s president retires after 40 years; successor has yet to be named. After 40 years with the company, Mike Ellis, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer, has retired. Ellis joined Fred Meyer in 1975 as a parcel clerk at age 16, and went on to serve in a series of operations and merchandising leadership positions in

PCI Updates Standard for Point-to-Point Encryption

Security standards for payment card data are being updated in order to increase the security of customer data. An update has been made to one of the eight security standards implemented by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). This update is expected to simplify the development and use of Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solutions that make stolen payment

Convenience Stores Sales On the Rise

Convenience store retailers expect strong sales in the third quarter of 2015. According to the results of a retail sentiment survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), expanded fresh food offers and continued lower gas prices, which drove strong convenience store sales in the second quarter of 2015, are expected to continue

How to Attract Millennials With Fee-Based Loyalty Programs

Millennials are more open-minded about fee-based rewards programs than the general population. Some Americans find the idea of paying a fee to join a customer loyalty program off-putting, but there are a great deal of Americans who would be willing to pay a fee in order to join such loyalty programs, specifically Millennials. According to a LoyaltyOne

New Business Model Benefits Clients and Customers

CROSSMARK introduces new business model to drive sales and efficiency. CROSSMARK, this week, announced a new, innovative business model designed to drive faster sales growth and greater efficiencies for its clients and customers. “With rapidly changing consumer trends and the intensity of the digital age, retailers seek solutions to upgrade the shopper experience while manufacturers

Obama Administration Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay

Some 5 million employees could be eligible for overtime pay, but retailers fear the costs would result in layoffs and cut hours for workers. On the heels of the Obama Administration’s Supreme Court victory last week that saw healthcare subsidies upheld, the Administration proposed new overtime rules this week that would allow more employees the

Kum & Go Shares Designs for New Headquarters

New Kum & Go headquarters designed to provide a collaborative work environment and to embrace modernity. The designs for the new Kum & Go Downtown Des Moines, Iowa headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, located at 1459 Grand Avenue, have been released. The new building was designed to embrace a modern and highly collaborative work environment that offers

Pilot Flying J Launches 2015 Road Warrior Campaign

2015 Road Warrior Campaign is to bigger and better than ever, beginning with an unforgettable event. Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, announced that the 2015 Road Warrior program will launch in July. The purpose of the contest is to honor professional drivers for their hard work, generosity and

Let Loyalty Be Your Competitive Advantage

An effective loyalty platform, such as KickBack Rewards, will shift customer behavior in your favor. In today’s hyper competitive market, this can be the difference between driving sales or staying stagnant. Loyalty programs are everywhere in the retail industry. Customers interact with them multiple times almost every day—whether shopping at a grocery store, buying a

VP Racing Fuels Has a New Branding Partner

VP Racing Fuels partners with Sandri Energy to expand presence in the Northeast. VP Racing Fuels is on its way to expanding the brand in the Northeast. Sandri Energy, a Greenfield, Mass. based company, is the newest retail branding partner of VP Racing Fuels. Sandri is expected to accelerate with VP’s expansion due to Sandri’s existing operations

U.S. Consumer Food Trends for Independence Day

Tradition is the key for Fourth of July foods. The Fourth of July is a holiday that Americans love to celebrate with good food. Instantly, the world’s largest audience and consumer insights platform provider, performed a national consumer poll on Fourth of July food eating an buying preferences, and the results weren’t surprising. More than

Rutter’s Donates to Red Cross

  Rutter’s partners with Red Cross and donates $20,000. Rutter’s Farm Store donated a total of $20,000 to the American Red Cross as partner in the 2014-2015 Leadership Giving Initiative. Rutter’s has 60 locations in York, Pa. In the photo above, Alexandra Henry (R) from Rutter’s presents a check for $10,287.43  to Barb Taylor (L) of the American Red

Federal Reserve Calls for “Chip-and-PIN” Technology

Although the chip-and-signature credit cards are more secure than those of the past, U.S. consumers are still at greater risk than those in other countries. In an attempt to increase the security of American consumers, the Federal Reserve, the system which maintains the safety and soundness of our banking system, is calling for the new chip

Connecting Lawmakers with Local Communities

Congressman participates in nationwide program to connect with local community. Convenience stores play a large role in the lives of American consumers. For many, a trip to a convenience store is a daily ritual, and it is crucial that our government officials understand the value of such an important part of daily life. According to