Altria Updates Agreement With Philip Morris International

Altria collaborates with Philip Morris International to further commercialize the sale of electronic vapor products.   As the popularity of vapor products continues to rise, companies that provide these products are searching for ways to provide to a wider range of consumers and to progress in the industry. Altria Group Inc. is expanding its strategic


Joint Venture Between Swedish Match and Philip Morris International Dissolves

Slow development in the snus industry leads to the end of the joint venture between Swedish Match and Philip Morris International. Swedish Match (SWMA) and Philip Morris International (PMI) have decided to dissolve their joint venture in the sale of smokeless tobacco products outside Scandinavia and the U.S. Although the venture will come to an end, the companies

The Hershey Co. Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

Hershey rearranges leadership in order to promote company growth. Marketing veteran, Peter Horst, will join The Hershey Co. as senior vice president, chief marketing officer, beginning July 27, 2015. Horst joins Hershey from Capital One Financial Corp. where he served as senior vice president of brand marketing, and prior to that, chief marketing officer for Capital One Bank.  “Peter is

4 Sons Saves With Lighting Upgrade

4 Sons’ lighting upgrade will save thousands while attracting business.   With the cost of electricity, it is no surprise that lighting a store can become costly, and on top of that cost comes maintenance costs, because lights don’t last forever. Maybe funding lighting for one store isn’t such a daunting task’ but for 4 Sons and

Maximize Your Message

“If a five-year-old doesn’t understand it, make a new sign.” By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. Recently, my sister went to see her eye doctor. She received the total exam, with the eye dilation, and other tests. While she was waiting to see the doctor, she decided to visit the restroom. On entering the unisex restroom

How to Create a Look That Sells

Making profits does not only rely upon the merchandise you sell. Nothing is that simple. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern There are a number of different variables that must be taken into account when it comes to strategizing. Of course, it is important to carry products that consumers want to purchase and have a staff

Mars Chocolate to Expand Topeka, Kan. Location

Mars is expanding to create jobs in the communities that it serves. Mars Chocolate North America has announced that it will be breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art 90,000-square-foot facility in Topeka, Kan. Mars will invest an additional $100 million in the already existing facility in Topeka, Kan. With the expansion, the company will create 70 new full-time, permanent,

Sabine Oil & Gas Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Plummeting fuel prices push companies to seek bankruptcy protection. As global gasoline prices decline, many oil companies are finding it difficult to make ends meet. On July 15, 2015 Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has been struggling to make interest payments on its existing debt. According to Bankruptcy &

C-Store Beverage Sales Up 6% in Second Quarter

Energy and non-carbonated drink sales drive the non-alcoholic beverage category at convenience stores. Wells Fargo Securities LLC’s most recent “Beverage Buzz” survey that polls more than 15,000 c-store locations across the nation found that non-alcoholic beverage sales climbed 6% in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed by the strength in the energy drinks and non-carbonated

County Fair, CITGO Sponsor Bike Rally

Roll out new loyalty app to kick off the Roar on the Shore event. CITGO Marketer Country Fair Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are once again joining forces to support the Roar on the Shore motorbike rally, set to take place this week in Erie, Pa. This is the second year CITGO and Country Fair

Energy Transfer Partners and Energy Transfer Equity Move Forward with Strategic Plan

Transaction agreement between ETE and ETP is expected to substantially benefit both companies. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) and Energy Transfer Equity L.P. (ETE) have been strategically planning ways to maximize company success, struck a deal  July 15, 2015, to move in that direction. ETP and ETE have announced the exchange of 21 million ETP

QuickChek to Launch Q Café at New Jersey Balloon Festival

QuickChek’s record-setting 23-year sponsorship of the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning has been a key part of building the brand. The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning will once again be sponsored by QuickChek convenience stores. This Festival has been the company’s biggest branding event for 23 years, and QuickChek is maximizing its involvement in the

Technomic Reveals Six Foodservice Trends So Far for 2015

The restaurant industry has seen an increase in business in 2015, but new trends are on the rise and it is crucial not to fall behind. As the halfway-point of 2015 is now behind us, Technomic research experts have taken note of market forces and emerging menu trends in the foodservice industry. There is no

BP Franchisees Claim Pricing Policies Are Hurting Business

BP franchisees say BP pricing policy allows little room for profit at discount fuel stations. Four BP West Coast Products LLC franchisees, including owners of BP and Arco gas stations and Ampm mini-marts, have filed a suit against BP for its pricing policy. BP provides fuel for a number of discount branded stations, but these brand owners

Marketing Disruptive Technologies

Confessions of a common nerd. By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Congratulations! You’ve come up with a fantastic, new idea that will change the way the world works. You’ve built a prototype, identified your target market, studied your competition and received encouragement from your clients, family and your friends. Some

Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival Returns

The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is returning in August 2015, and the incentives are too good to miss. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival (RMCF) is returning to the Omni Interlocken Resort in August 2015. This year’s RMCF offers guests a number of incentives for attending. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is located in the heart of

Wayne Upgrades 480 PETRONAS Stations in Malaysia

To provide convenient payment options to consumers, PATRONAS Stations are now equipped with outdoor payment terminals. A new outdoor payment infrastructure based on Wayne iX Pay secure payment platform and Fusion forecourt platform has been designed for PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) by Wayne Fueling Systems and its local partner Titan Oil & Gas Sdn. Bhd.

Some 178 Employers Sign Letter Endorsing New Legislation

Employers support the Common Sense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015. A letter supporting legislation aimed at providing employees and employers with more effective means for determining eligibility for Exchange tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been signed by 178 employers and trade associations. The letter has been sent to sponsors of

Casey’s CEO to Retire

Casey’s General Store CEO to retire; meanwhile, the chain’s profits are on the rise. Robert Myers, CEO and 26-year veteran of Casey’s Convenience Store Inc., will retire in April 2016. Myers will be succeeded by Chief Operating Officer, Terry Handley, who has been with the company for 34 years. According to a Nasdaq report, Myers will

How Do Customers Feel About The Economy?

More than a quarter of consumers plan to reduce spending on items other than gasoline in the next month. Are gas prices to blame? According to a survey of U.S. fuel consumers, only 47% of Americans are currently optimistic about the economy. This minority reflects a five percentage point drop of optimistic consumers over the

Recognition Works

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Everyone enjoys an “attaboy,” but to get the most mileage from the compliments you bestow, be specific. When people know exactly what they did and why it benefited the company, you’re more likely to see the behavior repeated. Try phrasing praise like this: “Joan, when you took it upon yourself

Alimentation Couche-Tard Releases Results for 2015 Fiscal Year

Acquisition of The Pantry, fiscal growth and new strategies are hoped to propel business in fiscal 2016 for Alimentation Couche-Tard. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has released its results for the fourth quarter and the results are encouraging. For its fourth quarter, which ended April 26, 2015, Alimentation Couche‑Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $129.5 million, representing $0.23 per share on a diluted basis.

How to Use Co-Branding to Attract Business and Drive Sales

Although c-stores carry their own branded products, co-branding can provide an extra push to drive business. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern Many convenience stores are opting to co-brand with established restaurants in order to attract customers who would normally look elsewhere for food. Co-branding with a known brand will help win the trust of customers,

FreshTrac Brewing Technology

The Wilbur Curtis Co. has introduced the new Curtis Alpha GT Brewing System with FreshTrac technology. This new technology is a revolutionary way to keep decanters ready to serve freshly-brewed coffee. FreshTrac includes a flashing, visual indicator to monitor the freshness of coffee right from the point of brewing. FreshTrac starts timing at the moment […]

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Almonds with a Kick

Blue Diamond Growers has introduced Sriracha Snack Almonds. The new flavor, which will be the latest addition to a family of BOLD flavors, including Wasabi & Soy Sauce, Habanero BBQ and Salt & Vinegar, brings a hot bite of chili and garlic flavor to the portfolio. With more than 25 great tasting varieties, from Whole […]

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