Gourmet Snacks

Harry & David is conducting a nationwide launch of two new collections in January. The Signature Chocolate Collection and the Oregon Trails Collection officially kicked off at the 2015 Winter Fancy Food Show this month. The Signature Chocolate Collection (all in gusset bags) include the following varieties: milk and dark chocolate grahams, milk chocolate-covered pretzels,


Great Tasting Food Bar

General Mill’s new Food Should Taste Good Real Good Bar brings the brand’s signature culinary creativity to life with whole nuts, seeds and real fruit pieces. Available at c-stores nationwide, the gluten-free bars come in four unique flavors: Hazelnut and almonds with Madagascar vanilla, a sprinkle of sea salt and dipped in dark chocolate; Almonds

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NBA Series Lighters

The BIC Special Edition NBA Series Lighters are certain to score points with any loyal NBA fan. The designs in this series feature iconic basketball imagery and logos from teams across the country, including the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Lakers. Now fans can represent their favorite NBA team whenever


Tangy Collisions

This month Wrigley’s Life Savers Gummies is launching Tangy Collisions. Life Savers Gummies Tangy Collisions will offer consumers an exciting new sweet and tangy combination of two flavors in one, including strawberry/lemonade, orange/red apple and pineapple/tangerine. Life Savers Gummies Tangy Collisions will be available at retailers nationwide in a seven-ounce peg bag with a suggested

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Smoothie Solutions

Emporium 421 offers convenience stores made-to-order smoothie solutions as easy as push-pour-profit. These delicious, real fruit smoothies are HOT in all demographics and dayparts. Their simple two-push button concept will have you pouring a high margin crowd-pleasing beverage in less than a minute. Super-automatic machine for speed, mixing without mess and zero shrink. This turnkey


President Obama Gives State of The Union Address

Outlines progressive “middle class economics” proposals. In his State of The Union Address last night, President Barack Obama touted “a breakthrough year for America” that saw the fastest job growth since 1999. Business Insider outlined the points President Obama made in his address that most pertained to business owners. Obama focused on a slew of


Sheetz To Offer E15 Fueling Option in 2015

Company plans roll out to stores in North Carolina. Sheetz Convenience Stores announced that it will soon be offering an E15 fueling option to its North Carolina customers. The company will begin to install the new E15 fuel option in early 2015 and by spring of 2016 installation should be completed at 60 stores in


Major Changes in Chain Executives’ Dealings with Manufacturers

New Culinary Visions Panel study finds major differences in 2014 and 2002. The relationship dynamic between chain restaurant executives and food manufacturers has changed significantly in the last 12 years, according to a recent study by the Culinary Visions Panel. The 2014 report explores the changing nature of vendor relationships and new product development between


AdvancePierre Foods Acquiring Landshire’s Wholesale, Manufacturing Operations

Highly strategic acquisition provides new product capabilities and additional sandwich and bakery capacity. AdvancePierre Foods, a supplier of value-added, center-of-plate protein and sandwich products to foodservice, retail and convenience channels, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the wholesale and manufacturing operations of Landshire Inc., a Caseyville, Ill.-based manufacturer of sandwich products. “We are


Kalibrate Uncovers Industry Trends In Fuels Pricing Survey

Opportunity to improve profit remains top reason for investing in fuels pricing software. Kalibrate, provider of strategy and technology solutions to the global fuel retail industry, announced the results of its third annual global fuels pricing survey comprising feedback from executives at retail petroleum companies representing more than 8,000 sites selling 10 billion gallons annually.


Are Gas Taxes Set To Rise?

The lowest pump prices in years are inspiring some members of Congress to push for a higher gas tax to fund infrastructure projects. As prices at the pump drop to the lowest levels in years, some lawmakers hope Congress might up the U.S. gas tax for the first time in more than two decades, CNN


NRF Speaks Out On Supreme Court Swipe Fee Ruling

Says merchants, Consumers paying billions too much. The National Retail Federation (NRF) expressed disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it would not review an appellate court ruling on whether the Federal Reserve set a 2011 cap on debit card swipe fees higher than the level sought by Congress in legislation passed the year


Founder of Sapp Bros. To Receive NATSO Hall of Fame Award

“Bill has always supported NATSO and his fellow operators,” says NATSO president. William (Bill) Sapp, the founder of Sapp Bros. Travel Centers Inc., will receive the association’s Hall of Fame award at The NATSO Show in Las Vegas, Feb. 16-19, announced the NATSO Foundation. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes individuals for notable participation in


Clipper Petroleum Launches Digital Marketing Platform

Georgia-based Clipper Petroleum has partnered with OpenStore by GasBuddy to launch a new digital and mobile marketing strategy. OpenStore is a complete digital marketing solution to help convenience store owners and managers concentrate on reaching and rewarding their customers without having to build and maintain IT systems. With OpenStore, Clipper Petroleum now has the ability


Kum & Go Opens New Colorado C-Store

Donates to Mile High United Way in celebration of new opening. Kum & Go has opened a new convenience store in Thornton, Colo., at 5480 East 120th Avenue. The store is 5,000-square-feet and opened on Jan. 8. During opening week the store offered $1 fresh pizza slices. This is the second store in northern Denver.


VERC Enterprises Presents Grant to Cold Spring Elementary School

Presents a $500 check made possible through the ExxonMobil Education Alliance Program. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented Cold Spring Elementary School in Plymouth with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the


Wendy’s Dropping Soda From Kids Menu

The junior-sized Frosty to remain. Quick serve restaurant Wendy’s is eliminating soda from the drink choices available on its kids’ meals, due to pressure from public health awareness groups, Fox News reported. The beverage options listed for kids’ meals now are 1% white or chocolate milk, bottled water and 100% juice. Wendy’s spokesman told USA


Thorntons Partners With Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness

Provides low-cost/no cost mammogram screenings. As part of its ongoing “Thorntons Challenge” philanthropic commitment toward breast cancer awareness, Thorntons is continuing its partnership with Norton Healthcare Prevention and Wellness to provide mobile unit mammogram screenings for women throughout the Louisville, Ky. metropolitan area. The first screening took place on Jan. 15 at the Thorntons at

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inOvationTV Media Platform Now Offered Free to All Fuel Retailers

New media-at-the-pump program provides an all-inclusive media solution. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations and Gas Station TV (GSTV), a video network at the pump, delivers the inOvationTV media platform at no charge and with no hidden fees to gas retailers


Top Takeaways From NRF

The 2015 National Retail Federation’s annual conference wrapped up in New York City yesterday with a host of retail innovations on display. By Dave Hochman, Contributing Editor The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual conference in New York City closed yesterday, Jan 15., but not before attendees were treated to five days of emerging retail trends


Hearts of Hope Campaign Launches in Miller’s Neighborhood Markets

Customers buy Hearts of Hope to support Miller Oil Foundation.   Miller’s Neighborhood Markets launched its annual Hearts of Hope Campaign on Jan. 5. The campaign runs through Valentine’s Day. Each store is selling individual “Hearts of Hope” for $1 as a fundraiser for The Miller Oil Foundation.  The Foundation then awards grants to Hampton


Kangaroo Express Adding PNC Bank ATMs

PNC Bank, through an expanded deal with Cardtronics to expand ATM access in four states. Kangaroo Express is adding PNC Bank ATMs at 51 convenience stores in North Carolina and 12 in South Carolina, the Charlotte Business Journal reported. Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group has expanded a deal with ATM owner Cardtronics to give PNC

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Beer Industry Summit Key Takeaways

Wells Fargo outlines beer category trends. Wells Fargo recently attended Beer Business Daily’s 12th Annual Beer Industry Summit and came away generally encouraged by industry trends. Key themes throughout the two-day conference were: (1) the surging growth of crafts, fueled by new brands and consumer demand for variety & authenticity; (2) the ever-increasing importance of

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Target To Discontinue Canadian Operations

Target Canada takes steps to ensure a fair and orderly exit. Target Corp. has announced plans to discontinue operating stores in Canada through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Target Canada Co. As a part of that process, this morning, Target Canada filed an application for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (the “CCAA”) with the


Bracing for Data Breaches

Securing customer information requires a multi-layered approach. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor News stories about hacking incidents dominated the headlines last year, starting in January with a security breach at the giant U.S. retailer Target that potentially risked the personal data of an estimated 70 million consumers. The calendar year concluded with Staples’ announcement