The NCA Recognizes Industry Leaders

Two confectionery industry professionals are being recognized as leaders for their expertise and commitment. Julie Bierman and Jennifer Dilts are being honored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) for their contributions to the confectionery category through their knowledge, wisdom, expertise and commitment. These two individuals have been selected to receive 2016 Confectionery Leadership Awards, which


Bill Weigel Receives Younger Entrepreneur Award

Weigel’s chairman has been recognized for his contributions to both the industry and the country. Bill Weigel, chairman of Weigel’s convenience store chain, was awarded the Younger Entrepreneur Award at the annual Tennessee Veterans Business Association (TVBA) dinner on Jan. 25. The Younger Entrepreneur Award is a prestigious accolade presented to three long-standing business-holding veterans

Why Work?

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I recently read an article which reported that working people will spend around $4,000 dollars a year going out for lunch. The article suggested these individuals should carry their lunch or do other cost saving measures to save money. Saving money at lunch reminds me of my 85-year-old

The NCCR Requests that Congress Review the New Policy from the U.S. Labor Department

The NCCR has voiced concern about new vague standards from the U.S. Labor Department. The joint employer standards issued by the U.S. Labor Department are being called a misguided intrusion in the affairs of America’s small businesses by The National Council of Chain Restaurants. “The Labor Department is codifying a radical concept of employer-employee relationships and

New York Codes Council Eliminates Crucial Fire Safety Regulations

The New York State Association of Fire Equipment Cos. fights to retain fire safety regulations that have been recently removed by the Codes Council. The New York State Association of Fire Equipment Companies (NYSAFECo), the leading voice to maintain fire suppression systems at all New York State gasoline fueling stations, has announced the launch of

Hunt Brothers Pizza Founder Passes Away

The unexpected passing of Jim Hunt leaves many with heavy hearts. On Jan. 3, 2016, James “Jim” Stocker Hunt passed away unexpectedly, after a full life serving God, his family and community. Hunt , a lifelong and avid outdoorsman, passed while working outside—an activity he loved—at his home in Lexington, Ky. Alongside his three brothers,

Crackerbox Founder Passes Away

Funeral for Lewis Gardner Jr. was held on Monday, Dec. 28, to honor his passing. On Dec. 22, Lewis Gardner Jr., founder of the Crackerbox Food Stores c-store chain passed away, at the age of 71. According to a report from Arkansas Business, Gardner passed away at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Ark. Gardner

California Plastic Bag Ban

California cities continue to ban plastic bags, and the state will vote on a statewide ban in November 2016.  Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, Sacramento, Calif., American Canyon, Calif. and Milpitas, Calif. will implement bans on single-use plastic bags. More than 145 cities and counties in the state will have bans, representing nearly 40% of the state’s

How Customers Prefer To Decorate This Year

The majority of those decorating for Christmas are straying from traditional styles. If you’re decorating your store this year or selling holiday decorations, consider the decorating trends that are most resonating with consumers. A nationwide survey, which collected data from more than 2,000 people across the U.S., has identified the latest decorating trends. The trends

The FCC’s TCPA Order is Facing Appeal

Retailers argue that the FCC’s TCPA order threatens retailer ability to conduct communications with customers. The Retail Litigation Center (RLC), the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Federation have filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, urging the court to vacate two provisions of the Federal

How To Encourage Healthy Lifestyles in Employees

Employers expect to increase commitment to employee health and wellness in coming years.  A global survey from Towers Watson has revealed that, despite offering an array of programs to enhance worker health and productivity, U.S. employers are finding it difficult to change the lifestyle behaviors of their employees. That being said, the majority of organizations

How To Meet Dietary Guidelines With Frozen Food

A menu made of 95% frozen foods can meet dietary guidelines for Americans. A new white paper from the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has revealed that a weekly menu consisting primarily of frozen foods meets the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). Written by Betsy Hornick, Illinois-based food and nutrition communications consultant, a licensed

FDA Finalizes Food Safety Rules

The AFFI supports the new rules that have been finalized by the FDA. Joseph Clayton, American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) interim president, has commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for implementing the Final Rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on the Produce Safety rule, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and the Accredited Third-Party Certification

NPD Reveals Holiday Purchase Intentions

Holiday shopping may begin sooner than expected. The NPD Group’s 2015 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey has revealed that more consumers will begin their shopping earlier, a higher percentage of shopping will take place online and more growth will be seen among the top categories purchased compared to last year. According to the survey, half of all holiday shoppers

Susser Appointed to National Retail Properties’ Board

Seasoned industry professional has been appointed to the National Retail Properties Board of Directors. National Retail Properties Inc., a real estate investment trust, has appointed Sam Susser to the Board of Directors. “We are excited to add Sam to our Board. His retail industry experience combined with his depth of knowledge of the convenience store industry

Presidential Candidates Recognize Flaws in Sugar Program

Presidential candidates are recognizing a need for reform of the sugar program. Recent comments made by the 2016 presidential candidates on the U.S. sugar policy have been welcomed by the Coalition for Sugar Reform. “We are glad to see the issue of sugar reform has become a topic of discussion among the 2016 presidential candidates,” said John

Transportation Bill Benefits U.S. Retailers

The NRF is happy to find the House making strides to improve the transportation industry, but also believes that more could be done. The National Retail Federation (NRF) was pleased to find that the House recently passed a long-term transportation bill that is critically important to America’s retailers. H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of

The House of Representatives Approves Transportation Reform Act

NATSO supports the House’s approval of the STRRA, but has some concerns about proposed tolling pilot program. The House of Representatives has approved a long-term plan for the nation’s highways, and NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, is commending the House’s efforts. However, the trade association expressed concern with a provision of the House Surface

How To Mentor Effectively

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. It seems like every day my inbox is filled with articles regarding leadership. In fact, I get so many of them that lately I have taken to deleting them without even reading them. The constant bombardment of articles about leadership nullifies the senses. It’s akin to

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

Lottery Industry Expands Reach

New agreement hopes to bring consumers a new, enjoyable lottery experience. InComm and Scientific Games Corp. have entered into an agreement to bring new lottery gift card product offerings to consumers in North America. The agreement expands the lottery industry’s reach into many new distribution channels like chain pharmacy, big box and general merchandise stores. The agreement

If You Never Start, You Will Never Finish

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Is there an idea or project on the list in the back of your mind that stays there because it feels like, once you start, there’s no end in sight? Is it one of those “not urgent,” yet, important tasks that could make a real difference when it comes to

Swisher International Names 2015 Farmer of the Year

Swisher names one of the most diverse farmers as farmer of the year for 2015. Swisher Sweets has named Danny Kornegay, a diversified farmer from Princeton, N. C., as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year for 2015. Kornegay was named as the overall winner during the Willie B. Withers Luncheon

Kofdarali Takes the Helm as NACS Chairman

NACS helps to connect those in the industry to our country’s most influential people. NACS encouraged industry members to strive for greatness at the 2015-16 NACS Show. “Test your limits. Test the unknown. And work together to get better,” Jack Kofdarali, president of Corona, California-based J&T Management Inc., told NACS Show attendees after accepting the

NACS Releases 2015 Ideas 2 Go Video

Retailers can now experience the Ideas 2 Go program from the comfort of their home. The 2015 NACS Ideas 2 Go program can now be purchased in an online video format. The fast-paced “Ideas 2 Go” program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience — as well as quick takeaways that retailers could easily implement at