Coming Soon: Five New Orleans Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurants

Strong Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees help the brand to secure strong growth opportunities. Dunkin’ Donuts recently signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Panama City Donuts LLC, an existing franchise group. The agreement includes the development of five new restaurants in New Orleans, with the first restaurant under the agreement slated to open in 2017. Led

On the Move Adds Three C-Stores to its Store Portfolio

On the Move is fighting to keep up with the competition by striving to add 50 new stores in 2016. As a part of brand expansion, On the Move Corp. (OTM) has acquired three convenience stores/gas stations in South Florida. These units, located in Jupiter, Wellington and Boynton Beach, Fla. are in addition to the

Manitowoc Foodservice Appoints New Senior Vice President

A fresh perspective will help Manitowoc to take advantage of new growth opportunities. The Manitowoc Co. Inc. has announced that Andreas Weisharr is now the senior vice president of strategy, marketing & human resources for Manitowoc Foodservice Inc. “Andreas brings a unique set of skills to Manitowoc Foodservice. He has led and implemented large-scale corporate

Chobani Continues Natural Ingredient Campaign

Chobani has not let a judge’s ruling hinder the spread of the company’s message about natural versus artificial ingredients. As Chobani LLC awaits its day in court, the company intends to continue its mission to call on food makers to use only natural ingredients. Chobani will respect the Court’s preliminary decision that it can focus

CST Brands’ Acquisition of Flash Foods Completed

CST Brands’ CEO welcomes Flash Foods’ team members. CST Brands Inc. has closed the previously announced acquisition of the Flash Foods convenience stores from the Jones Co. and its affiliates. Based in Waycross, Ga., the Jones Co. and its affiliates operate 165 stores in the Georgia and Florida markets. “I want to welcome the dedicated

Matrix’s DER Group Advised Transactions Involving Iconic Brands

Matrix’s DER Group closed several successful transactions throughout 2015. As the most active transactional advisory services provider to downstream energy and convenience retailing companies, the Downstream Energy & Retail Group (DER Group) of Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. successfully advised on 18 M&A transactions which closed in 2015. The clients advised by DER Group in

Couche-Tard Acquires Topaz Energy Group

The acquisition of Topaz plays a major role in Couche-Tard’s global expansion. As a part of a previously announced deal, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has finalized its acquisition of Topaz Energy Group Ltd. in Ireland. The transaction, which was announced in December, has received the appropriate regulatory approvals and all final closing requirements have been completed.

ExxonMobil Smart Card Savings

ExxonMobil has introduced one of the most rewarding offers on a branded fuel credit card.   ExxonMobil Smart Card users will now enjoy six cents in savings per gallon of gas purchased at Exxon- or Mobil-branded station. The savings have no minimum purchase requirements, and no maximum savings cap. “The six cents per gallon discount

VP Racing Appoints New Director of Supply

VP Racing Fuels chooses a creative professional to improve company supply chain management. Jeff Mitchell has been named the new director of supply for VP Racing Fuels Inc. In his new position, Mitchell will be responsible for the procurement of materials for all VP divisions and supply chain management. Mitchell will work from the company’s

The NRA and NRAEF Have Elected New Officers

The NRA and NRAEF have chosen foodservice veterans to lead their boards. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) have elected new officers to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively. The officers, who serve one-year terms, led their first board meeting this week in Palm Beach,

VERC Invests in the Future of the Community

VERC supports local Plymouth, Mass. elementary school through a grant. Through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, VERC Enterprises has presented Hedge Elementary School in Plymouth, Mass. with a grant for $500. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp., the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide local retailers an opportunity to invest in the future of

Love’s Opens Fifth Kansas Location

Love’s expands its presence in Kansas to provide a safe stopping place for drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has provided drivers a new place to rest and access driver services at the intersection of U.S. Highway 400/50 and North Big Lowe Road. “Love’s has an ongoing commitment to expand in areas where professional drivers need more

Rite Aid Customers Can Earn Bonus Plenti Points

Rite Aid is offering customers the opportunity to earn bonus Plenti points on over 14,000 products. Rite Aid has launched its “Pig Point Event,” giving its wellness+ with Plenti members the opportunity to earn 5,000 Plenti points when they spend up to $200 on participating products in stores or online at During Rite Aid’s

How to Prepare for Crisis

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Let’s face it — stuff happens. That’s a given. What’s up to you and your people is how you respond. Have you trained your employees what to do when something unfortunate or unplanned happens? Case in point… A longstanding beauty salon client sent her teenage daughter in for a cut

Dole Launches New U.S. Website

Dole’s new Website perfectly highlights Dole Packaged Foods’ healthy and nutritious products. Dole Packaged Foods LLC has launched its new mobile and desktop friendly U.S. Website: Dole’s new Website features a new design and new navigation elements, including enhanced recipe and product search capabilities, along with easily navigated visual product usage ideas right on

IDDBA Reveals Emerging Technology and Consumer Trends

As the market continues to evolve, the traditional brick-and-mortar store joins forces with technology channels to enhance the shopping experience. Research from What’s in Store 2016 from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has revealed that food retailers are venturing into the world of omnichannel marketing.  Ecommerce, mobile, social, catalog and physical stores are being integrated

Spark Industries Signs Global Licensing Agreement with Fontem Ventures

Spark Industries now has unlimited access to patented Fontem vapor technology. Spark Industries LLC and Fontem Ventures have signed a Global Licensing Agreement which will allow Spark, maker of Cig2o e-cigarettes and Vapage vapor products, the use of vapor technology related patents controlled by Fontem in the U.S. and internationally. Spark is one of a few,

Pilot Flying J Opens Three New Travel Centers

Full amenities are now being offered by three brand new Pilot Travel Centers. Pilot Flying J has announced the opening of three new Pilot Travel Centers. The three centers are located in Marion, N.C., Schulenburg, Texas and Whitecourt, Alberta (Canada). All three locations offer full amenities for area residents and the traveling public, while adding

How Good Salesmanship Can Benefit Retailers

By Bill Scott,  founder and president StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. I have made many new acquaintances since becoming a LinkedIn member several years ago. Most people know me as Bill Scott, the author of ‘Turning Convenience Stores Into Cash Generating Monsters,’ ‘Retail Is Detail’ and a few other published non-business related subjects; a self-taught

Gulf Welcomes Veteran Jay Davis To Leadership Team

Davis to manage supply and trading operations in new position. Gulf Oil, LP, has appointed Jay Davis as a new team leader for oil supply and trading. Jay Davis, a former senior director of fuels supply and transportation at 7-Eleven, Citgo and Wawa, brings over 20 years of energy industry experience to Gulf Oil, as

How U.S. Convenience Stores Are Growing

NACS and Nielsen outline c-store growth in 2015. The c-store industry is almost twice as big as it was 30 years ago and overall store count continued to expand in 2015. The U.S. convenience store count increased to 154,195 stores as of Dec. 31, 2015, a 0.9% increase (1,401 stores) from the year prior, according

Murphy USA and Walmart Adjust Relationship Terms

Walmart to have opportunity to develop a proprietary gasoline program at the supercenters that are not being supplied by Murphy USA. A shift in direction of the company’s relationship with Walmart will allow Murphy USA Inc. greater flexibility to develop sites independently. With this shift, the Board of Directors has authorized a strategic allocation of

Jack Flash Stores Opens New Location

A new Jack Flash Stores location offers a wide range of amenities to travelers along I55. Farmersville, Ill. is now home to the newest Jack Flash Stores location. The new store is located on I55 at the Farmersville exit. The store is open 24/7. It is a great stop for any traveler; from the business

How the CPG Industry Can Drive Growth

The CPG industry has been struggling for growth in recent years, but IRI has identified trends that could help the industry to drive sales upward. The consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry once again struggled to drive growth in 2015, due to a number of critical factors. The ebbs and flows of the economy and its

Wendy’s Investigating Possible Data Breach

After banking industry sources found that a number of cards that suffered fraud had all been recently used at Wendy’s locations, Wendy’s admits it’s investigating a potential breach. Fast-food chain Wendy’s is the latest business to find itself investigating claims of a potential credit card breach at a number of its locations. KrebsOnSecurity reported that