CST Brands and Couche-Tard Enter into Definitive Merger Agreement

Couche-Tard is expected to complete its acquisition of CST Brands by early 2017. The Board of Directors for CST Brands Inc. has unanimously decided to enter into a definitive merger agreement with Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. Under this new agreement, Couche-Tard will acquire all shares of CST for $48.53 per share in cash. The total transaction

Manufacturing Marvels Showcases Hoshizaki

The Fox Business Network is going behind the scenes with Hoshizaki America Inc. Peachtree City, Ga.-based Hoshizaki America Inc. is being highlighted in the Manufacturing Marvels production from Marvel Production Group LLC. Hoshizaki will be featured in the nationally televised program between 9:30 and 9:44 pm EDT, on Thurs., Aug. 25, 2016 on The Fox

New DOVE Chocolate Commercial Encourages Living without Regrets

DOVE Chocolate is encouraging consumers to indulge and savor life’s pleasures. Mars Chocolate North America has released a new DOVE Chocolate Brand television commercial that encourages consumers to enjoy every moment and live with no regrets. Featuring the timeless voice and lyrics of Edith Piaf’s “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien,” (“No, I Do Not Regret

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Fewer SKUs

Today’s idea of the day: Analyze scan data frequently! Fewer SKUs mean more sales. Analyzing scan data will help you know what your customers are buying. Run velocity reports that set minimum sales standards. If a product falls below your standard for a month, look to rotate it out in favor of a higher-selling SKU.

Hershey Makes Substantial Strides towards Company Goals

Hershey is moving ever closer to its goals of sustainable sourcing, simple ingredients and product transparency. The Hershey Co. has made significant progress towards its goals since February of 2015. Michelle Buck, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Hershey has shared the company’s progress, and identifies the key milestones that have already been

National Petroleum Makes Inc. 5000 List

National Petroleum has now been listed in Inc. 5000 for its sixth year. National Petroleum has been ranked as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies, as it has once again been listed in the 35th annual Inc. 5000. The Inc. 5000 list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of

Yesway Implements PriceAdvantage Fuel Pricing Software

Yesway will improve fuel margin and volumes with PriceAdvantage software. Yesway has chosen to use PriceAdvantage software to streamline and automate store-specific fuel pricing strategies for the company’s convenience stores. “Yesway recognizes that in order to launch a competitive brand they need to be strategic about how quickly and accurately they price fuel,” shared Chip

Six Iowa C-Stores for Sale

NRC coordinates sale of six Iowa c-stores with the option of fuel supply. Ravinia Capital LLC of Chicago has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors to act as marketing agent and broker to coordinate the sale of six Guppy’s on the Go stores. Ravinia Capital is the financial advisor to the seller. The six stores

Mondelēz International Partners with RBG

Mondelēz International is expanding its reach through a new partnership with RBG. In an effort to drive brand awareness to the independent retail channel, Mondelēz International Inc. has partnered with Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG). “We’re excited to partner with top brands like Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Sour Patch Kids, Trident and many more to ensure

How To Dress Roller Grill Items

It’s easy to get the perfect looking hot dog. Sharing useful tips with your customers will make you their first stop for roller grill items.  By Food Pros Getting that perfect hot dog condiment squiggle, whether it be ketchup or mustard–or both—is a great way to dress up your food, without a lot of effort,

Giving the Gift of Food

Americans are increasingly giving food as a gift, in fact, food gifting sales are expected to reach $18 billion in 2016. New research released in the new Food Gifting in the U.S., 5th Edition has revealed that many Americans are choosing to give food as a gift for a variety of occasions. Since 2010, consumers

How To Maximize Bratwurst Sales

Special topping suggestions can entice customers. By Food Pros Aug. 16 marked National Bratwurst Day. Beef up bratwurst sales with unique toppings and condiment combinations, whether you’re preparing them for the customer or adding to a condiment bar so customers can create their own. Check out the following topping suggestions to make bratwursts extra appealing

Tobacco Companies Prevail in Suit Against FDA

Judge rules that new packaging does not create a new product. In 2015, the Big Three tobacco manufacturers filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, claiming that the new tobacco guidelines introduced on Sept. 8, 2015 were too restrictive. Finally, on Tues., Aug. 16, 2016, a federal judge ruled partially in favor

Seating Now Open for QuickChek Chain of the Year Dinner

The New Jersey chain will be honored Oct. 19 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. QuickChek, the New Jersey-based operator of 143 convenience stores, has been a model of consistency for nearly five decades and continues to be a shining example of the best the convenience store industry has to offer. For its ongoing commitment

Dunkin’ Donuts Welcomes Back Fall Flavors

Dunkin’ Donuts is counting down to fall flavors with a special promotion that will surprise lucky guests with $1000 cash. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced that its lineup of fall flavors will be returning to its restaurants nationwide no later than August 29. However, customers in Metro New York can already get their hands on their

Consumer-Centric Chinese Convenience Store

Lin Jia Convenience Store is working to provide consumers with an above-average convenience store shopping experience, and the company’s success in these efforts has resulted in substantial growth, as the company is now preparing to enter markets outside of China. Lin Jia Convenience Store, a Chinese retailer that focuses in customer service excellence and innovation,

The Evolution of Grocery Shopping

A number of trends are emerging that may be changing the face of grocery shopping. While the traditional grocery store hasn’t changed a great deal since the first supermarket was introduced in 1930, certain megatrends are emerging that have the potential to change grocery shopping forever, according to The Revolution of Grocery Shopping, the most

TravelCenters Sponsors GATS 2016

TravelCenters is offering some exciting incentives for drivers who attend GATS 2016. TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers, is hosting and sponsoring a variety of exciting events at this year’s Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. TravelCenters is making sure that GATS 2016 is well worth the visit. The following

Convenience Delivered

Delivery service competition is heating up in Portland, Ore. Consumers in Portland, Ore. can now have convenience store items delivered to their doors within 30 minutes. According to a recent report from GeekWire, on Aug. 16, goPuff launched its delivery service in Portland, Ore. goPuff offers 30-minute delivery of over 3,000 c-store products, including snacks,

Americans Avoid Drinking Calories

Many Americans are seeking healthy swaps for their favorite foods and beverages in an attempt to cut back on caloric intake. As Americans continue to grow increasingly more health-conscious, many are seeking ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle, while also finding opportunities to indulge. According to a new Harris Poll survey, which was commissioned by

Alimentation Couche-Tard to Announce First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Couche-Tard will discuss its financial results for the company’s first quarter of 2017 during a conference call on Aug. 30. On Aug. 30, 2016, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. will release its financial results for its first quarter of 2017. The company is now inviting analysts known to the corporation to send their two questions to its

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Candy Sizes

Today’s idea of the day: On all candy, bigger sizes are better because they bring better margin and higher sales. Especially when it comes to merchandising candy items at the front counter, always go with the bigger king-size bars and multipacks. From the customer perspective the price difference is negligible, but for the retailer, the

Growth Energy Discusses Impact of RFS

Growth Energy is confident that the EPA will see the benefits of the RFS. The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to review the Renewable Fuels Standard, and the benefits of the program may be hard to overlook. Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement in regards to the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS)

The Power of a System

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Systems are designed to achieve consistency and predictability and can range from simple, paper-and-pen checklists to complex software programs. Do you have the needed hiring systems in place to ensure you consistently hire STAR* employees? Where are your checklists when it comes to recruiting, screening, selecting, onboarding, and employee retention

Do You Know…

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Why the applicant accepted or turned down your job offer? How the applicants feel about your hiring system and interview process? How many of the applicants who turned you down took another offer from someone else, and why? If you don’t know, how are you ever going to improve your

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