Are Meal Kit Delivery Services as Popular as They Seem?

All of the talk about meal kit delivery services may be making them seem more popular than they really are.  New data from The NPD Group has revealed that, despite the increase in awareness and the buzz around meal kit delivery services, the trial of delivery kits remains rather low. Within the last year, only

Thorntons Seeks 100 New Team Members

Thorntons is looking to fill a variety of positions, and is offering competitive base pay and benefits to attract 100 new team members. Thorntons is currently looking to hire over 100 new team members in the Louisville, Ky. area. The new team members will be hired at a new hourly minimum rate of $10.25, which

Eby-Brown Names New Senior Vice President of Merchandising

Eby-Brown’s newest executive team member is expected to be an asset to the company’s continued growth. Eby-Brown has added T.J. Powers to the company’s executive team. In his new position as senior vice president of merchandising, Powers will be responsible for the enhanced growth and positioning of the company’s merchandising strategy. “T.J. brings more than

John Schaninger Joins NAG Board of Directors

The QuickChek veteran will lend his industry experience to shaping the direction of the National Advisory Group. The National Advisory Group (NAG), retail trade association for convenience store and petroleum operators, is proud to announce that John Schaninger, ‎Vice President of Sales & Marketing at QuickChek, has joined the Board of Directors. As a member

GC Express Accepts Mobile Payments at the Pump

One Michigan fuel station is now rewarding customers for making mobile payments at the pump. Caro, Mich.-based GC Express is now offering one free coffee or fountain beverage to customers who use the Team One Credit Union Mobile Banking App to pay for their fuel purchase of $10 or more. GC Express has made it

7-Eleven and Redbox are Offering Free Movie Nights this Summer

7-Eleven customers can now receive a coupon for a free Redbox movie when they purchase a Big Gulp fountain drink. 7-Eleven Inc. is teaming up with Redbox to bring free movies to 7-Eleven customers. Now through Aug. 31, 7-Eleven customers can receive a FREE Redbox movie night with every Big Gulp fountain drink purchase, while

Incentivizing the Use of Natural Refrigerants

The North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council is hosting an event to help create utility incentive programs to benefit retailers who install natural refrigerants. On Thurs., Aug. 4, 2016, utilities representatives and supermarket end-users will convene at the Energy Efficiency & Natural Refrigerants Workshop, “Bringing the Energy Profile of the Grocery Sector into the 21st Century,”

Drew Estate Launches ACID Tour in U.S.

Drew Estate is celebrating ACID’s expansion into new markets with the LOUNGE’N with ACID Tour. Drew Estate has announced that it will soon be launching the LOUNGE’N with ACID Tour in the U.S. Along with the launch of the tour, the company will introduce packaging updates to a variety of ACID cigars. Drew Estate will

Japan Tobacco Introduces Inexpensive Cigarette Brand to U.S.

Japan Tobacco will spark competition in the U.S. tobacco market with its new discount cigarette brand. Japan Tobacco Inc. is working to quietly enter the lucrative U.S. tobacco industry by offering its own discount line of cigarettes. According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, Japan Tobacco’s line of LD cigarettes are now

NAG Burning Issue 2: Preparing for the Future of Convenience Retailing

From healthy foods to a radical shift in goods and services, NAG offers a glimpse of the changing consumer needs that could shape the c-store industry over the next decade. So register today. Early Bird registration for the 2016 NAG Conference expires July 20. Customers seeking today’s newest phone apps. Electric fueling stations rather than

VERC Demonstrates its Appreciation of Law Enforcement

Following the recent tragic events nationwide, VERC has decided to show its support to local law enforcement by sending fruit baskets to police stations. VERC Enterprises recently sent fruit baskets to police departments in the 25 towns where it maintains convenience stores in order to show its appreciation of local law enforcement. The idea came

DEWcision 2016 Winner Announced

MTN DEW PITCH BLACK has been named the winner of DEWcision 2016; therefore, the flavor will remain on shelves indefinitely. Over the past three months, Mountain Dew fans have been voting in the DEWcision 2016 election and competing in online challenges to decide which limited edition MTN DEW flavor would join the brand’s permanent retail

Intelligent Food Packaging

Innovative packaging solutions will help consumers to assess food quality before they buy. The IFT16: Where Science Feeds Innovation symposium, which took place on July 18 and was hosted by the Institute of Food Technologies (IFT), has revealed a hot new trend that is emerging in the food packaging industry. One presentation at the symposium

Retailers Reinvest in Growth

Many retailers are freeing up their resources so that they can focus their energies on innovation. Many retailers have found themselves in positions that allow for few growth opportunities and hinder their abilities to compete in today’s market, but new research from Accenture suggests that retailers have the ability to reverse this trend. According to

New Rutter’s Store to Open in Hamburg, Pa.

Rutter’s has announced the construction of its 65th convenience store. Rutter’s has announced that it will soon be opening a store in new territory. According to a report from Leigh Valley Business, Rutter’s will soon open a new store in Berks County, Pa., on a busy stretch near an entrance to Interstate 78. The new

Trillium CNG to Bring 29 CNG Stations to Pennsylvania

Trillium CNG has been chosen by PennDOT to supply CNG across Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, Trillium CNG, part of the Love’s Family of Cos, was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to design, build and maintain CNG facilities in Pennsylvania, and Trillium CNG has now finalized an agreement to bring 29 new compressed

Certain Walmart Stores in Canada No Longer Accept Visa

Unable to reach a new swipe fee agreement, Walmart has chosen to stop accepting Visa cards for payment in its Canada stores. Last month, Walmart announced that it would stop accepting Visa credit cards in its Canadian locations if the company was not able to reach a deal over Visa’s “unacceptably high” swipe fees, and

Fuel Prices Reach Lowest Point for July in Over a Decade

Drivers in 36 states can find at least one station selling fuel for less than $2 per gallon. The current abundance in fuel supply and declining crude oil costs are helping to keep gas prices low during this year’s summer driving season, as fuel prices have dropped across the country for 35 of the last

Healthy Snacks are a Hot Commodity

Healthy-ingredient snack market growth outpaces overall food and beverage sales growth. Over the past five years, snacks with healthy ingredients have gained immense popularity, and today the segment is thriving. Healthy-ingredient snacks combine portability, label transparency and healfulness to create the perfect snack item for modern food industry trends. According to recent data, the healthy-ingredient snack

Trends Emerge at the 2016 Summer Fancy Foods Show

Tea trumps coffee in the Hot Beverage category, but that isn’t the only surprising trend that cropped up at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show. This year’s Summer Fancy Food Show, which was hosted by the Specialty Food Association from June 26-28, boasted a record turnout this year. At the event, which was the largest

Swiss Farms Celebrates National Drive-Through Day

Swiss Farms will offer select ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ beverages in celebration of its 48 years in the drive-through market on National Drive-Through Day. Swiss Farms will be celebrating National Drive-Through Day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sun., July 24. In celebration of the unofficial holiday, Swiss Farms will be offering a

Growth Energy Helps Retailers Adopt Higher Ethanol Blends

Growth Energy’s brand ambassador program assists retailers in providing information about biofuel blends to customers at the pump. Growth Energy is now providing resources to help retailers understand the direct benefits that are offered by increased biofuel blends, such as E15, in an effort to facilitate the widespread retail adoption of higher blends of ethanol.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Sponsors Ken Schrader

Hunt Brothers Pizza is hosting the driver who holds the fastest truck lap record at Eldora Speedway. Hunt Brothers Pizza will once again be the primary sponsor for Ken Schrader and the No. 71 Contreras Motorsports (CMS) Toyota Tundra. Hunt Brothers will be sponsoring Schrader for the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby on July 20

Defining the Foodie Label

Many Millennials identify with the foodie label, but what that label means may differ greatly from person to person. When someone says that they are a foodie, a number of different adventurous food items come to mind, but not everyone who identifies as a foodie is eating raw fish and quinoa. In fact, the term

Growth Slows for Non-Alcoholic Beverage Sales

Many retailers attribute the sequential slowdown in beverage sales to poor weather conditions. A number of factors contributed to a slowdown in non-alcoholic beverage sales during the second quarter of 2016. In a new survey of beverage retailers from Wells Fargo Securities retailers revealed which factors led to the recent slowdown in non-alcoholic beverage sales. The