“Holy Cow” Promotion is Cause for Religious Upset

Hindus upset by ampm promotional campaign. Hindus are calling a current “ampm” promotion, which links a cheeseburger with “Holy Cow,” inappropriate. A Hindu statesman is urging the immediate removal of the posters in question. The posters displaying “Big Western BBQ Cheeseburger” in “ampm” stores contain the words “Holy Cow” in bold and capital letters at


Grocery Shopping Responsibilities are Changing Hands

Younger generations are seeing a shift in household dynamics, and this shift is bringing about changes outside of the household as well. According to Retail Food Marketing Trends in the U.S.: Technology, Mobile, and Social Media, a recent report by Packaged Facts, as household dynamics have shifted, grocery shopping is no longer solely the mother’s responsibility. Research indicates that the

M&M’S Mouth-Watering Marketing

Mars Chocolate’s new M&M’S commercial catches a blushing bride red-handed with “spokescandy,” Red. Mars Chocolate North America has launched a new commercial called “Eating in Bed” where a married couple argues over eating chocolate in the bedroom after Scott catches his wife, Liz, red-handed with M&M’S “spokescandy,” Red. The new commercial, produced by BBDO New York,

New 7-Eleven Stores Roll Out in Oklahoma

After years of planning and market research, 7-Eleven is rolling out new stores in Oklahoma that will better cater to the needs of consumers. The Oklahoma City-based 7-Eleven Stores (not affiliated with the Dallas-based national chain) are introducing new, larger stores in Oklahoma. After years of planning and research, the first new store opened last

Gasoline Prices Trending Downward

Gasoline is slowly trending away from its summer peak and seems to be stabilizing in recent weeks. Despite a number of factors such as the decreased number of oil rigs in the U.S. and a decrease in imported oil from Saudi Arabia, gasoline prices have not seen too much of an increase over the past 30

How to Freshen Up Gum and Mint Sales

C-store retailers struggling with gum and mint sales may be able to grow sales with some extra attention to merchandising the category.  By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern Some simple tricks may be all you need to boost gum sales at your convenience stores. One rule to always remember is that if the customer cannot see

SEI Fuels Becomes Largest Shell-Branded Distributor in New Orleans

SEI Fuels will now supply Shell-branded fuel to approximately 60 branded locations in and around New Orleans. A transaction closed July 16 in which SEI Fuel Services, Inc. purchased the dealer fuel supply business of LavigneBaker Petroleum, LLC, in and around New Orleans. SEI Fuels entered the wholesale fuel business in 2012 when it and its

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market Tests Pizza To Go

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market stores are looking to create a shopping experience that is customized to cater to the specific communities that they serve. Wal-Mart’s growing number of Arkansas Neighborhood Markets continue to become more unique. These new Neighborhoood Market stores look to become the ultimate one-stop-shop by offering services, from fuel to hot and ready pizza,

American Consumers Link Food Safety to Cleanliness

A majority of American consumers claim that they will only shop in a store that appears clean. One-third of U.S. adults have ended shopping trips due to a lack of cleanliness. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s (IDDBAs) new research, High Stakes of Food Safety in Dairy, Deli, Bakery & Prepared Foods, developed in conjunction with Phil Lempert,

Management Proxy Circular Filed By Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Amendments to Alimentation Couche-Tard articles to be made in favor of non-founding shareholders. Alimentation Couche‑Tard Inc. has filed its management proxy circular, in connection with its annual general and special meeting of shareholders scheduled for Sept. 22, 2015 (the “Meeting”). Proposed Amendments In addition to the annual general matters to be voted on at the Meeting,

Starbucks Releases Third Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

Starbucks has experienced enormous growth in the last quarter, and the company is expected to continue to grow. Starbucks Corporation has reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal third quarter and 39-week fiscal year to date which ended June 28, 2015. Starbucks Japan acquisition-related items, which are excluded from the non-GAAP results, are included in the

The Rex Griswold Foundation Launches #DanceForMSA Campaign

The Rex Griswold Foundation has created a social media challenge to help in the search for treatment and a cure for MSA. An exciting and fun social media challenge has been started by the Rex Griswold Foundation to help raise awareness and funds for MSA (Multiple System Atrophy). The new challenge is being referred to

RaceWay to Sell 30 Store Locations

As its business model changes, Raceway is finding that some of its current locations no longer fit with the plan. RaceWay has once again retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC to coordinate the sale of 30 convenience stores with gasoline. The 30 stores to be sold include nine locations in Tennessee, five each in Alabama

7-Eleven Slurpee Selfie Challenge

7-Eleven continues promoting this summer’s watermelon Slurpee by hosting a social media campaign and by offering free Slurpees to valued customers. To continue the celebration of 7‑Eleven’s Sour Slurpee Summer, 7-Eleven is granting fans the opportunity to earn free Slurpee drinks and inviting fans to participate in a social media selfie challenge! July 25 is SOUR

Gulf MARINE Fuel Meets New Biofuel Recommendations

Gulf MARINE fuel has been deemed safe and suitable to fuel recreational marine engines as well as racing boats. Last week, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) issued new biofuel recommendations. Following the release, Gulf Racing Fuels has announced that its Gulf MARINE biofuel with isobutanol is one

Tomball, Texas is Home to the Newest Corner Store

New Corner Store quickly builds a relationship with the community, by donating to the local high school.  Corner Store’s newest store opened its doors today, July 23, 2015, in Tomball, Texas. As part of the grand opening celebration, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, and donations were made to Tomball high school. The new store is the first

On-Campus Dining Battles Off-Campus Foodservice

As off-campus foodservice gains popularity and becomes more convenient and available, on-campus dining services must remain competitive. College students rely heavily on foodservice outlets —both on and off campus— due to their tendency to start their day later, snack between meals, try unique cuisines and prioritize environmental and social responsibility. For on-campus operations to remain competitive,

What If?

Get ahead of the curve. By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics If you had no choice, what would you do? If your competition rented the space across the street, what would you do? When the minimum wage increases to $10 an hour, what will you do? If your best employee quits, what will you do? Now,

New Love’s Travel Stop Opens Along Interstate 70

Love’s Travel Stops opens in an ideal location along a well traveled interstate. Knightstown, Ind. is home of the newest Love’s Travel Stop (Love’s). Located off of Exit 115, the new location provides drivers with a place to rest and access to driver services along the nearly 2,200 mile interstate that stretches from Maryland to Utah. The

C-Stores Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

Hot dog promotions in celebration of Hot Dog Day bring in business.  On Thursday, July 23, 2015, a number of convenience stores participated in National Hot Dog Day. In celebration of this grilled American classic, quick-service restaurants and convenience stores across the nation offered hot dogs at discounted prices, and in some cases even for

How to Sweeten Up Candy Sales

When you are stocking your store, the chocolate section cannot be overlooked. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern It’s no secret that chocolate prices have increased in recent months, but this is not stopping customers from indulging in their favorite chocolatey snacks. On the contrary, chocolate sales are continuing to grow, albeit at a slower rate,

National Automatic Merchandising Association Appoints New Chair

NAMA appoints Royal Cup Inc. office coffee services division manager as chair of the board. Office Coffee Services Division Manager for Royal Cup Inc., Howard Chapman, has been appointed chair of the board of directors for National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), the national trade association for refreshment services. NAMA supports the vending, coffee services, micro market

Grill Sales Expected to Heat Up

Grilling remains a popular cooking method, with nearly 80% of Americans owning a grill, but as the economy stabilizing, grill owners may be looking to upgrade. Nearly half of Americans (47%) plan to purchase a grill within the next two years, according to the new Grilling and Barbecuing US 2015 report by Mintel. The most common reason

Customers With Special Dietary Needs Save With Store Brands

Although specialty foods are notoriously more expensive than regular products, store brands may offer less expensive alternatives. Despite popular belief, specialty food and non-food alternatives that are being sought by consumers trying to maintain or improve their health, may actually be saving consumers money. Many believe that organic, gluten-free, dye-free or lactose-free products are costly, but a

New York Wage Board Urges $15 Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers

The multi-step raise for workers would impact chain and franchise convenience stores with 30 or more locations nationally. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Fast Food Wage Board,” on July 22, recommended that the state Labor Department administratively increase the state minimum wage for “fast food” workers to $15 an hour in New York City by