Driving Better Beer Sales

Craft beer sales are soaring but top quartile retailers are using a balanced approach to grow all segments. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience store retailers are preparing for another year of fragmentation and changing dynamics in the beer category in 2015. Beer across all retail channels is projected to end 2014 up 1% in


Meat Snacks Surge

New flavors, old favorites spark growth in a competitive snacking segment. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Meat snacks—particularly jerky—continue to win a special place in consumers’ hearts—not just for the highly portable protein they provide, but also for their exotic flavors and ingredients, engaging promotions and product innovation. Brands like Jack Link’s, Frito Lay, Oh


Gas Prices Continue Downward Trend In 2015

Now 18 states feature gas below $2 a gallon, and AAA predicts this number could rise to 25 states by the end of next week. U.S. motorists are paying an average price of $2.13 per gallon at the pump today, which is more than 40% lower than the 2014 peak of $3.70 reached on April

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7-Eleven Introduces Proprietary Health Bars

New 7-Select GO!Smart fruit and nut bars appeal to health-conscious consumers. Just in time for people trying to keep their health-related New Year’s resolutions, 7‑Eleven Inc. has introduced two premium, better-for-you snack bars under a new private-label banner, 7-Select GO!Smart. Weighing in at less than 200 calories each, the yogurt-drizzled fruit and nut bars are


Gift Card Activation Up In 2014

First Data measures 2014 holiday season gift card purchases compared to 2013. First Data has released information on how this past holiday season measured up in the retail gift card category as compared to 2013. Data showed that gift card activation increased solidly in 2014, and that a trend has begun to emerge as consumers


NRF Calls On President Obama To Seize “Opportunity For Real Progress”

“The issues haven’t changed. But one thing has—the opportunity to do something about them,” says NRF president and CEO. With a split House and Senate no longer stalling the passage of legislation, the National Retail Federation today called on President Obama to seize the “opportunity for real progress” when he delivers his State of the


Reflexis Highlights Omni-Channel, Labor Operations Excellence at NRF

Customers presentations, award winning implementations, new mobility solutions, integration with order management systems to drive omni-channel excellence, expansion into Latin America. Reflexis, a provider of integrated real-time execution and workforce management solutions, made numerous announcements and held several events at the NRF Big Show 2015 Jan. 11-13, 2015 in New York City: Eric Bass, senior

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New Wine Variety

Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco has distinct tree fruit aromas and flavors and a lingering citrus finish. It is best served chilled (36-40 degrees). Customers will enjoy the apple, pear and layers of honeysuckle in the nose and the crisp lemon finish. For More Information From E&J Gallo


New & Improved Taste

Living Essentials LLC announces a flavor overhaul to the line of 5-hour ENERGY shots. The new and improved tasting 5-hour ENERGY shots have begun shipping to retailers, and should be on shelves nationwide within the month. Over the last year, the company listened to the pulse of the consumer. The flavor relaunch, the most significant change to


Gentlemen’s Lighters Series

The new BIC Gentlemen’s Electronic Series Lighters with push-button ignition feature six luxurious, textured designs with rich gold, black and white patterns. Ideal for the sophisticated man with discerning taste, the premium lighters in this series are the perfect accessory for any cigar aficionado. The lighters in this series have a suggested retail price of


Real Milk

fairlife ultra-filtered milk was introduced to the c-store industry in the 2014 NACS Show Cool New Products Preview Room in October. Through its venture with fairlife, The Coca-Cola Co. is accelerating national availability of a new line of real milk that tastes great and provides natural nutrition. fairlife is ultra-filtered to provide 50% more natural


Up For Whatever

Bud Light has introduced a new bottle designed to find out just how “Up For Whatever” its fans really are. The “The Perfect Beer for Whatever Happens” hit store shelves on Dec. 15. Each new bottle of Bud Light features a unique “Up For Whatever” message on its label that is intended to inspire spontaneous

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New Salted Caramel Flavor

Rockin’ Refuel by Shamrock Farms has debuted its latest flavor innovation—Salted Caramel. The flavor is unique to the protein drink category and complements Rockin’ Refuel’s diverse product line up. Salted Caramel joins Chocolate and Vanilla as part of Rockin’ Refuel’s popular Muscle Builder line delivering high quality protein, low sugar and low carbs to active

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Downton Abbey Wine

Just in time for the premiere of Downton Abbey’s fifth season, Downton Abbey Wines expands its growing portfolio with the Countess of Grantham Collection—a selection of varietal wines crafted with premium fruit from California. The new world bottlings, including a Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, take inspiration from Lady Cora Crawley, the thoroughly modern, American-born wife

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San Antonio Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

Corner Store officials present $5,000 donation to Taft School. Corner Store celebrated the grand opening of its newest store on San Antonio’s Northwest Side with giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. The store is located at 5300 Alamo Parkway. At a ribbon-cutting, Kim Lubel, president and CEO of CST Brands, Corner Store’s parent company,


Empire Petroleum And Atlas Oil Announce Merger

“We have always strived for innovation and progression as a company and our partnership with Empire creates immediate scale and future opportunities,” says Atlas chairman and CEO. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC and Atlas Oil Co. have combined their retail dealer businesses to create a powerful, national fuel distributor. The combined entity will service 1,350 accounts


Ice-O-Matic and Ali Group Announce Promotions

Announce new president and executive vice president. Ice-O-Matic, Ali Group’s Colorado-based ice manufacturer, has announced a change in leadership. Keith Kelly has been appointed as the new president of Ice-O-Matic, effective Feb. 1. His predecessor, Kevin Fink, will serve as the new executive vice president of Ali Group effective March 2. Kelly and Fink have


Lower Gas Prices Push Consumer Optimism to New Highs

The levels of consumer optimism are the highest measured in the more than two years. For the first time in two years, a majority of Americans are optimistic about the economy, thanks to the continuing slide in gas prices. A survey of gas consumers found that 57% of Americans are optimistic, including nearly two-thirds (65%)


Dunnhumby Research Details Consumer Food Preferences

Success of 2014 report drives insights for breakthrough CPG findings. dunnhumby, a customer science company, has released its findings on consumer food preferences, a data-driven science study aimed at informing the consumer packaged goods industry and revealing and predicting the future needs of consumers. The report analyzes emerging trends, as well as verifies the validity


NOCO Express Stores Donate To Friends of Night People

Raises $11,000 to fight hunger and homelessness. NOCO Express stores, its customers, and employees raised $11,000 to support Friends of Night People. Throughout the entire month of November, paper plates were sold for $1 each at all of NOCO Express’ 37 locations with all proceeds benefiting Friends of Night People. “Because of the dedication and

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7-Eleven Launches Operation: Take Command

Franchise giveaway targets U.S. military veterans. Enlistment has been brisk for Operation: Take Command, 7‑Eleven, Inc.’s first franchise giveaway contest targeted exclusively to U.S. military veterans. With the Jan. 25 deadline less than two weeks away, more than 1,200 veterans have completed the contest application, exceeding company expectations for the first-time promotion. The winner will


Technomic Report Details Foodservice Opportunities

More than nine out of 10 consumers say the most important elements of foodservice are taste and flavor of the food and food quality. Comprising approximately 28% of retail foodservice and generating $11.2 billion in sales, proprietary convenience-store foodservice has become a key area of opportunity across the country. Technomic’s Convenience Stores Market Intelligence Report


Retailers Renew Call for Federal Data Breach Notification Law

“We applaud the president and his administration in their continued efforts to push and enact cyber and data security policies,” says NRF Senior Vice President. The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued the following statement today from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the president’s announcement on data breach notification: “We applaud the

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J. Polep Partners With Verge Retail

Brings software technologies to c-store retailers across New England, Pennsylvania and New York. Verge Retail and J. Polep have partnered to bring Verge technology to c-store retailers across the New England, Pennsylvania and New York. Polep has to-date deployed Verge Promote to thousands of customers, with plans to launch the Verge C-tech and SalesTech platform,

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MFA Oil Names New Vice President of Human Resources

Janice Serpico joins MFA Oil, bringing 30 years of human resources experience. MFA Oil President and CEO Mark Fenner have announced the hiring of Janice Serpico as vice president, human resources. Serpico joins MFA Oil with 30 years of human resources experience, most recently serving as the vice president of corporate human resources at Scientific