The Guess Corp. Seeks to Acquire C-Stores

The Guess Corp. is looking to acquire 1,000 convenience store/gas station units. Through one of its subsidiaries, The Guess Corp. is looking to acquire a number of convenience store/gas station units over the next year. The acquired units may include both branded and unbranded locations. The company intends to acquire at least 1,000 units over

Starbucks Partners with Princi

Starbucks Roasteries and Reserve Stores will soon bake items in house as a result of the company’s new partnership with Princi. Starbucks Corp. is now a global licensee and investor in the Italian restaurant Princi. With this new partnership, Starbucks will be helping to expand Princi beyond its current five locations, and bring the artisan

TravelCenters to Present at 2016 Expedite Expo

TravelCenters of America will be hosting a number of sessions at this year’s Expedite Expo. TravelCenters of America LLC will occupy booth 467 at the 2016 Expedite Expo at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Ken., from July 15-16. Let’s Get Technical Expedite Expo attendees will be able to participate in TravelCenters’ five “Let’s Get

C-Stores Profit with Prepared Food Items

An increase in the variety of fresh prepared food items has led to growth in foodservice profitability. According to a new report from Datassential, foodservice is the top driver of profitability for convenience store operators. In fact, 77% of convenience stores claim that their foodservice offerings are “very profitable.” Foodservice is ranked very profitable by

QuickChek Named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2016 Convenience Store Chain of the Year

The convenience store chain is helping to redefine convenience in the Northeast by embracing cutting-edge retail technology and staying true to its foodservice roots at 143 locations throughout New Jersey and New York. Total Customer Dedication. It’s a phrase retailers like to use, but extremely difficult to execute. Not for QuickChek. For Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based

Thorntons Announces Opening of New Illinois Location

Thorntons’ newest store offers an array of freshly prepared breakfast and lunch items for on-the-go customers. On Friday, July 15, 2016, Thorntons Inc. will be hosting an official ribbon cutting ceremony and a check presentation in celebration of the opening of its new store located at 476 North York Road Elmhurst, Ill. 60126. The check

Americans Cut Back on Chocolate Consumption

Confectioners are finding the need to diversify their product offerings as consumers cut back on their consumption of confectionery items. New research on consumer trends suggests that consumers are now decreasing their consumption of confectionery items, and the chocolate industry is expected to see marked declines in the coming years. According to a recent report

Wayne to Supply Fuel Dispensers to Gate Petroleum

In an effort to offer its customers the greatest variety at the pump, Gate Petroleum has chosen Wayne to supply the company’s Florida fueling sites with fuel dispensers.  For the first time, Wayne Fueling Systems is supplying fuel dispensers to Gate Petroleum. Gate will be working with Protec Fuel Management LLC of Boca Raton, Fla.

Pilot Flying J Celebrates National Hot Dog Day

Pilot Flying J offers customers a free roller grill item in celebration of National Hot Dog Day. Thurs., July 14, 2016 is National Hot Dog Day, and Pilot Flying J is inviting fans to join in the celebration by offering them a free hot dog or roller grill item. According to a report from Oak

Dunkin’ Donuts Further Commits to Sustainable Sourcing

Dunkin’ Donuts is working with the Rainforest Alliance to help the brand reach a higher level of sustainable sourcing. Dunkin’ Donuts is working to fulfill its commitment to sustainable sourcing by expanding its current work with the Rainforest Alliance. The extension of this partnership helps Dunkin’ Donuts to incorporate certified products in its coffee portfolio

SoCalGas Opens New CNG Fueling Station

SoCalGas opens its 15th CNG fueling station. SoCalGas has announced the opening of its newest Compressed Natural Gas fueling station in Pico Rivera, Calif. This new fueling station is SoCalGas’s 15th CNG station. Wed., July 13 marked the grand opening of this new station, and the company held a grand opening celebration, complete with a

ALON Expands Reduced Fuel Emissions Program

All of ALON Brands 7-Eleven stores in Midland and Odessa, Texas will soon launch the Strive – Reduced Emissions Fuel Program.  ALON Brands with GreenPrint LLC will soon be launching the new Strive – Reduced Emissions Fuel Program at all of its Midland and Odessa, Texas 7-Eleven stores. This launch is being made in partnership

Alon USA Energy Reviews Strategic Alternatives

Alon has yet to reach a decision regarding the possible merger with Delek US Holdings Inc. Alon USA Energy Inc.’s Board of Directors recently formed a Special Committee to review strategic alternatives for the company’s future. Since its formation, the Special Committee, which is comprised of members who have no affiliation with Delek US Holdings Inc.,

Consumer Spending May Soon Decline

This year’s election process seems to have caused a shift in consumer sentiment, as many are expecting a decline in their financial well-being, regardless of who wins the November election. The results of the recent IRI Consumer Connect survey have revealed that many U.S. consumers expect their financial situations to deteriorate in 2017. According to

Coca-Cola Celebrates the Olympics with New Global Campaign

In preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Coca-Cola is encouraging fans to celebrate their own Gold Moments. As the  Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games approaches, Coca-Cola is working to remind its fans that celebrating gold is not reserved for those standing on top of the world’s most elite podium. The Coca-Cola

What Will That Meeting Cost You?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Before you call your next meeting, calculate the hourly salary/wage of all those attending and multiply by the number of hours you think it will take. This exercise will usually make you reconsider. However, if a meeting is really needed, you can make it shorter by doing one or all

Nicopure Calls New FDA Tobacco Deeming Regulations Unconstitutional

Nicopure has requested that the FDA’s Deeming Rule be declared unconstitutional by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. On Tues., July 12, Nicopure Labs LLC filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in regards to the FDA’s Deeming Rule. This filing is the

The Beer Institute Strives for Greater Label Transparency

A number of major brewers have agreed to the standards of the new Brewers Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. In an attempt to help consumers make informed decisions when it comes to choosing which beer to purchase, The Beer Institute has launched a new initiative to encourage member companies to display specific information on their products, packaging

Parker’s Hires New District Manager

Parker’s has chosen a highly successful industry veteran to serve as one of the company’s district managers. Savannah, Ga.- based Parker’s has hired Scott Morris, an industry veteran, to serve as district manager for the company. Morris has more than 13 years of experience in the industry, and in his new position he is responsible

Bud Light Announces 13-City Summer Tour

Bud Light is hosting a summer campaign, featuring performances from this summer’s hottest music artists. This summer, the Bud Light Party is working to unite the nation over refreshing, ice-cold Bud Lights and the nation’s hottest musical talent, during a a 13-city tour. Furthering the campaign conversation, super delegates of the Bud Light Party campaign

Bar-B-Q is on Trend

New mouthwatering BBQ ideas have arrived, just in time for the summer grilling season. July is National Grilling Month, and as the summer grilling season is now in full swing, consumers and backyard grill masters are looking for new and exciting summer grilling ideas. As consumers continue to experiment with new flavors, a number of

How Restaurant Operators Can Regain Customer Favor After a Poor Dining Experience

One poor dining experience may be enough to turn customers away for good, but new research shows that there is a way to regain a customer’s trust following a bad dining experience. A new survey from Original Review has revealed that restaurant goers greatly value their voices being heard when it comes to their dining

Current Affairs

By Tony Huppert The local coffee shops, which are full of educated advisors, have been addressing the current affairs of the U.S., including the upcoming presidential election. The negative opinions outweigh the positive by a large margin with no margin for error. The positive-minded people are afraid to mention any positive news for fear of

Alimentation Couche-Tard Announces 2016 Financial Results

Alimentation Couche-Tard recorded significant growth in Fiscal 2016, and company officials have high hopes for the coming year. For the fourth quarter ended April 24, 2016, Alimentation Couche‑Tard Inc. has recorded significant financial growth. The company reported net earnings of $206.2 million, representing 36 cents per share on a diluted basis. The results for the

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Expansion in Los Angeles

Plans have been made to open eight new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Los Angeles. Dunkin’ Donuts recently signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisee Precision Hospitality & Development to develop eight new restaurants in Los Angeles. The first restaurant under the new agreement is planned to open in 2018. This agreement closes out