New York to Raise Minimum Wage

New York Governor announces plans to move ahead with plans to raise minimum wage.  Last week, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Cuomo of New York announced that, by 2018, minimum wage will be increased to $15 per hour in New York City. Cuomo added that the increase would be implemented upstate as well by 2021.


NAG Conference Talks Swipe Fees, Foodservice Technology

From driving food sales with kiosks and tablets to avoiding interchange fees, retailers share advice from their own experiences. The 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, N.M. On Monday, guests attended two educational sessions on reducing swipe fees, and benefiting from foodservice

Algenol, Protec Partner To Distribute Ethanol Made From Algae

Fuel made from algae is a fossil fuel replacement, with yields 20 times greater than fuel made from corn. Algenol Biotech LLC has partnered with Protec Fuel Management LLC to market and distribute, for the first time commercially, ethanol made from algae. The companies have agreed to offer the new fuel from Algenol’s Fort Myers, Fla. commercial demonstration module. The

QuickChek Supports Hope for the Warriors

QuickChek customers help raise over $100,000 to support post-9-11 service members and their families. Through an in-store donation program and a charity golf outing, with the help of generous customers, QuickChek was able to donate $132,000 to support post-9/11 service members and their families. During the past six weeks, QuickChek customers were able to purchase

Johnsonville Helps Delaware North Sportservice’s Ring in 100th Anniversary

Some 36 grills were needed to grill Johnsonville’s giant sausage. In celebration of Delaware North Sportservice’s 100th anniversary, Johnsonville grilled the unofficial longest brat in the U.S. The celebration took place on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., where the company is in charge of general concessions, restaurants and catering operations. Heath Barbato, executive

Flavored Pretzel Sticks

Ezaki Glico U.S.A. has introduced five flavors of Pretz sticks to the U.S. These five flavors are Hot Chili Salad, Pizza, Tom Yum, Original and Sweet Corn. Pretz sticks have a texture similar to pretzels and are covered from end to end with a dust of savory seasonings. The Hot Chili Salad pairs the satisfying […]

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On-the-Go Kiosk

Pan-Oston has introduced a unique drive-through kiosk that is turning heads. Any type of kiosk can be designed, engineered, integrated and installed so that customers’ wait time is decreased and shopping satisfaction is increased. For example, with a pharmacy drive-through kiosk, customers can quickly and easily communicate with a pharmacist via two-way video, and pay […]

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Whole Grain Cookies

Mrs. Freshley’s has introduced two new treats:  7 Grain Cookies and 7 Grain Creme Cookies. These new treats will soon be available in convenience stores nationwide. These new cookies feature rough cut whole grains for a home-style texture and are topped with a chocolate drizzle. With 12 grams of whole grains per pack, the 7 […]

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Autumn-Themed Pastries

Tastykake has introduced five new fall-inspired limited edition snacks for consumers nationwide. The new snacks include Caramel Apple and Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts, Pumpkin Spice Cupkakes, Salted Caramel Kandy Kakes and Karrot Kake Kandy Kakes. The Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts feature a pumpkin spice donut covered in cinnamon and the Caramel Apple Mini donuts feature […]

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Spicy Chex

General Mills Convenience has introduced two new flavors of Chex Xtreme that are exclusive to convenience stores. The single-serve “slampack” packages, available in Spicy Sriracha and Hot Chile & Lime, were specifically designed to meet c-store shoppers’ demand for portability and on-the-go consumption. Samples of Chex Xtreme will be available at the General Mills Convenience […]

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Compact Oven

Ovention has introduced the new Ovention M360 Oven. Just like Ovention’s Matchbox and Shuttle stablemates, this new compact, award-winning oven is a full-menu capable, microwave-free, high-speed oven. The M360 offers front-facing autoload and unload—all in a compact, space-saving footprint. Ovention offers cool cover options that complement the M360’s vent-free, middle-of-the-house use. For More Information From […]

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Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter & Co. has introduced its newest flavor of peanut butter: Pumpkin Spice. The company has taken its award-winning smooth peanut butter and blended it with real pumpkin and yummy pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to create its first ever limited edition seasonal peanut butter, available starting Aug. 31, 2015 while supplies […]

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How C-Store Beverage Sales Fared Over Labor Day

Low gas prices played a role in driving traffic and sales at convenience stores this Labor Day. Convenience store beverage sales were up 6% during the 2015 Labor Day holiday, according to Wells Fargo Securities LLC, which recently conducted a survey of beverage retailers representing tens of thousands of c-store locations across the country to

CST Brands CEO Named to Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

With Lubel at the helm, CST Brands looks to build 50 new c-stores. Kim Lubel, chairman, CEO and president of CST Brands Inc., has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Based in San Antonio, CST Brands is a convenience store retailer with 1,900 locations in the U.S. and Canada and

Drop Tank Offers New Discounts Through Groupon

New Groupon offer encourages repeat business and customer loyalty. Drop Tank has announced the launch of a new fuel discount offer with Groupon. The new Groupon offer allows customers to purchase a gift card for $40 which allows them to take 10-cents off per gallon of gas for 100 gallons, giving the gift card a $50 value.

How Customers Are Eating Breakfast for Dinner

Millennials lead the pack of breakfast for dinner fanatics. An annual national breakfast poll from Krusteaz has revealed that breakfast for dinner continues to be a popular trend among Americans, with 90% of Americans eating breakfast for dinner. More than half (53%) of the survey’s respondents claim to enjoy breakfast night dinners at least once a month, and nearly a quarter said

How Americans Think About Money

Financial fears weigh heavily on Americans today. Rather than spending time thinking about health and fitness, work or relationships, a survey from has found that Americans spend much of their time thinking about money. Other standout findings from the survey include: One in five people say their biggest money challenge is sticking to a budget. Always living

Dos Equis Masquerade Program Returns

Dos Equis’ fifth annual Masquerade program offers consumers prize winning opportunities. Dos Equis is once again celebrating the Halloween season with its annual Masquerade program. This year marks the fifth year of the fully integrated, 360-degree program, which is designed to help consumers to create a memorable fall celebration. The program provides LDA+ consumers access to the

How The Fresh Trend Is Changing Home Cooking

The desire for fresh-cooked meals causes slow cooker use to skyrocket. According to The NPD Group, as freshly prepared meals become increasingly popular among consumers, slow cookers are once again being viewed as crucial kitchen appliances. A great deal of consumers (81%) already own a slow cooker, but many are also purchasing new ones as the slow cooking

Alon Brands Certifies Comdata As Preferred Solution

Alon Brands becomes the third certified Comdata provider. Comdata’s innovative Smart Solutions POS system has become brand-certified with Alon Brands. The Dallas-based supplier and marketer of ALON fuels has certified Comdata as a preferred solution for locations with a high volume of over-the-road transactions. Comdata’s Smart Solutions suite of POS devices offer flexible, convenient payment options for store

Are CVS’ Anti-Smoking Efforts Impacting Cigarette Purchases?

Research shows a decrease in cigarette smoking after CVS stops selling tobacco products. In an attempt to decrease impulse cigarette purchases and to promote public health, one year ago, CVS decided to stop selling tobacco in its stores, nationwide. Despite the belief that this move would have little impact upon cigarette sales, a recent study

Casey’s First Quarter 2016 Earnings

As the first quarter of fiscal 2016 concludes, Casey’s finds itself in favorable financial standings.  Casey’s General Stores Inc. has released its diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 ended July 31, 2015. This year’s earnings equated to $1.57 per share. This number stands in contrast to the $1.28 per share for the first

Hershey Ranks High in Sustainability

Hershey’s sustainability efforts are being recognized on a global level. The Hershey Co. has secured a place on the World and the North American Dow Jones Sustainability Indices(DJSI). Hershey is one of only 13 companies from the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry included in the World Index and is ranked in the 93 percentile overall. Hershey’s rankings in the

Lawyer From AmEx Case Chooses to Represent Himself

Accused lawyer in scrapped AmEx case chooses to represent himself in court. Shortly after causing a $75 million deal between American Express and major merchants to all through, Gary Friedman has decided to represent himself in court, despite advice from his legal team. Friedman was the lead lawyer for major merchants suing American Express; however,

Andronico’s Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Andronico’s newest board member, an experienced chief financial officer, completes the company’s all female executive board. Cheryl Hughes has been appointed as the new chief financial officer for Andronico’s Community Markets. This final addition to the company’s executive board follows the recent appointment of CEO Suzy Monford leads, making it an all female team. Hughes formerly held the role of