Heineken Joins Recycling Initiative

HEINEKEN encourages recycling of its products to promote a positive impact on the environment. HEINEKEN USA has joined forces with The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit committed to improving curbside residential recycling. HEINEKEN is the first alcohol company member of The Recycling Partnership. As a leading sponsor, the brewer will provide industry expertise to help


New Legislation Means Danger For Vapor Industry

The vapor industry is trying to combat grandfather date, which threatens many products currently on the market. The vapor tobacco industry has requested that the language be added to a new spending bill that will change the grandfather date for electronic cigarettes and cigars under new rules that are being finalized by the Food and

New FDA Regulations May Injure Craft Brew Industry

New FDA mandate may cost craft brewers upwards of $100,000. A new mandate from the FDA may have some devastating effects on the craft beer industry. According to a report from KRQE News 13, by next December the FDA will require restaurant chains to provide full nutritional information on all products served, including beverages. According

EPA Announces Volume Requirements For RFS

EPA says the final rule considered more than 670,000 public comments, and relied on the latest, most accurate data available. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program on Nov. 30 for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for

Wawa’s Great Expansion

Wawa has experienced great success, and company officials expect this trend to continue. Wawa has recently experienced a great deal of growth, and company officials expect this cycle to continue. As Wawa continues to encounter success in a number of different markets, the company plans to continue extending its reach from New York to Miami.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Donates To Toys for Tots

Coloring contest raises funds to help spread joy over the holidays. Hunt Brothers Pizza is asking its fans to participate in its inaugural Christmas Coloring Contest as a way to help raise money for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Consumers are invited to color in the graphics on the front and back of the

QuickChek Rolls Out New Sub Sandwich

The c-store chain’s fall comfort food menu appeals to hungry customers. QuickChek has introduced Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Subs, which combine Buffalo chicken and creamy mac and cheese on an oven-toasted sub. The fresh convenience market chain’s newest creation is proving to be a hot sensation this fall as its Buffalo Chicken Mac and

American Coalition for Ethanol Reacts To EPA RFS Rules

EPA’s final rule sets blending targets for 2015 and 2016, which fall short of statutory requirements. Brian Jennings, the executive vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s final Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “When Congress

Chain Restaurants React To EPA Decision on RFS Volume

A PricewaterhouseCoopers study conducted for NCCR concluded that if the corn ethanol mandate is left unchanged, chain restaurant industry costs will increase by up to $3.2 billion a year. The National Council of Chain Restaurants issued the following statement from Executive Director Rob Green following the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of regulations that would increase

NRF Stresses Importance of Cybersecurity

Although moves have been made to increase cybersecurity, industry professionals are calling for more improvement, on a federal level. Tom Litchford, vice president of retail technology for National Retail Federation, has represented retailers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), hosted by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. This event focused on trends

How To Perk Up Coffee Sales

Some 26% of all coffee drinkers consume four or more cups of coffee per day. It is time to win their business. According to the latest Packaged Facts report, Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee in the U.S.: Retail and Foodservice, 8th Edition, new innovations are providing the coffee industry with growth opportunities, new usage occasions and

CST Brands Names Reece To Board

Reece brings extensive investment banking and capital markets experience to the CST Board. CST Brands Inc.’s Board of Directors has appointed Joseph Reece as an independent director of the company. Reece will also serve on the company’s Executive and Nominating and Governance Committees. The CST Nominating and Governance Committee periodically assesses the Board’s composition so

Sheetz Named One of 20 Best Workplaces in Retail

Great Place to Work and Fortune recognize the c-store chain for the quality and inclusiveness of its workplace. Sheetz is honored to announce that after surveying more than 45,000 employees in the retail sector, Great Place to Work and Fortune have recognized Sheetz as one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Retail. “We consider this

The Biggest Holiday Shopping Weekend of the Year Approaches

Cyber Monday sales may be bigger than ever this year, as adults continue to gravitate towards the digital experience. Even with the majority (60%) of shoppers starting their holiday shopping by November 10, millions of shoppers are eagerly awaiting the deals that retailers will be offering, in store and online, for the biggest holiday shopping

Family Express Acquiring Former Urschel Laboratories Site

Plans prototype store featuring Valparaiso High School’s colors. Family Express is acquiring the former Urschel Laboratories site at the corner of Vale Park Road and Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso, Ind. It plans to demolish and restore the site over the next three months. Indiana 105.5 FM Radio reported Family Express plans to build a colonial

How Beacons, Proximity Marketing Are Impacting Millennial Spending

Mobile to greatly affect the way Millennials shop this holiday season. Beacons and proximity marketing programs are set to impact $7.5 billion in U.S. Millennial spending this holiday season, according to data from inMarket, the world’s largest beacon proximity and location intelligence platform. Beacons are BLE devices that connect with partnered mobile apps that are

Snack Pellets Market Growth

Snack Pellets Market is one of the fastest growing segments in the snack market. According to a recent report published by MarketsandMarkets, the Snack Pellets Market is expected to experience substantial growth within the next five years. The report, Snack Pellets Market by Type (Potato, Corn, Rice, Tapioca, Multigrain), Form (Laminated, Tridimensional, Die-face, Gelatinized), Equipment (Twin Screw Extruder,

40 Under 40: Saluting the C-Store Industry’s Next-Generation Leaders

Young executives across the industry are assuming greater responsibilities in the areas of operations, finance, marketing and technology. CSD partnered with the Young Executives Organization (YEO) to look at these emerging leaders. A CSD Staff Report Growth in the c-store industry today, as it was decades ago, is a complex, multi-tiered web that requires everyone

Thanksgiving Travelers To Pay Lowest Gas Prices In Seven Years

Some 18 states are seeing average gas prices below the $2 per gallon mark. Good news for the roughly 42 million Americans estimated to be traveling for Thanksgiving this year: pump prices are at their lowest for the holiday since 2008! According to AAA, gas averages have fallen for 17 consecutive days for a total

New Love’s Location Offers Compressed Natural Gas

Drivers now have the option to fill up with CNG at 16 Love’s locations. Six Love’s Travel Stops on the 1,000-mile stretch of Interstate 40 between Albuquerque, N.M., and West Memphis, Ark. now offer professional drivers the option to fill up with compressed natural gas (CNG). The new Love’s in Albuquerque, N.M. along Interstate 40,

Cigar Association Protests Possible Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products

Health professionals continue to wage war against flavored tobacco products, while also pushing for legal age of purchase increase. The Cigar Association of America recently outlined several ordinances that are being considered by both the Cleveland Ohio City Council and the City of Boston Public Health Commission that would ban the sale of most flavored

CVS Hosts Three-Day Holiday Sale

CVS offers shopper incentives to bring in business on the busiest holiday shopping weekend of the year. CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Rewards members will have extra savings opportunities during a three-day Black Friday sales event at all 7,900 CVS/pharmacy locations. The three-day event kicks off Thanksgiving Day and goes through Saturday, Nov. 28. A three-day circular can

How Personal Integrity Is A Local Thing

By Bill Scott,  founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. When I was growing up in the South, it was understood ‘your word was your bond’, and business agreements were often made with a handshake. We pledged to live according to the Ten Commandments. Stealing was bad. Charity was right. Then, I was thrust

Dollar General Offers Customers Seven Days of Savings

Dollar General is kicking off the holiday shopping weekend early. Dollar General is offering customers seven straight days of savings for their holiday shopping. Customers who shop online and at one of its more than 12,000 retail locations between Sunday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 28 can take advantage of these promotional sales. “Dollar General

How Early Shopping Is Expected To Impact Black Friday Sales

FBIC report predicts healthy season, but soft Thanksgiving week sales. A report from Fung Business Intelligence Centre Global Retail & Technology (FBIC) predicts Thanksgiving week sales will be soft because customers started their holiday shopping early this year. A combination of consumer behavior and month-long promotions has led to consumers getting an early start. The