Spend Time Where it Counts

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics You’ve heard us say before that it’s too often the case that the squeaky wheels get all the oil. When it comes to employee retention, this means that you have less interaction with your best people because you’re so busy trying to “fix” your poor performers and/or what they’ve done


D.C. Vaping Tax is Bad Health Policy

By Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association. Washington, D.C. is among the most Uber-friendly cities in the U.S., with both taxis and ride-sharing services providing District commuters safe and effective ways to get from point A to point B. Though it took time and a passionate debate, consumer choice prevailed. The city’s embrace

Kettle Cooked Chips

Herr Foods has introduced Old Bay Seasoning Kettle Chips.This new flavor to Herr Foods’ popular line of Kettle Cooked Potato Chips expands the product line to include 18 delicious varieties. This new addition will retail for $3.69 for the eight-ounce bag and $1.09 for the 1.875-ounce bag. All of Herr’s Kettle Cooked varieties are hand […]

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Biena Brand Redesign

Biena Chickpea Snacks has introduced a new design for its brand. The new bright and bold packaging showcases larger transparent windows to see the chickpeas inside. The pouches illustrate notable cues that speak to each flavor, like honeycombs for the Honey Roasted variety or a skewer for Barbeque. The flavorful Biena Chickpea Snacks line includes […]

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Touchscreen Digital Signage

Elo Touch Solutions (Elo), original inventor of the touchscreen, has introduced the Elo Interactive touchscreen digital signage architecture. Elo Interactive matches commercial-grade I-Series touchscreen hardware with EloView software for more secure, cloud-based content delivery and remote device management. Elo makes it easy to connect online and in-store digital marketing campaigns using an innovative intelligent system […]

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Gourmet Burger Buns

Euro-Bake has introduced Euro-Bake gourmet burger buns from Lantmännen Unibake USA. Creating a gourmet burger is made easy with these expertly crafted artisanal buns, which are available in a wide assortment of flavors, including: brioche, pretzel, ciabatta and jalapeño cheddar. Chefs also can choose from par-baked and fully-baked gourmet buns to create signature burgers, sliders […]

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Flame-Broiled Sandwiches

Tino’s Specialty Foods has introduced new Flame-Broiled Cheeseburgers and Flame-Broiled Chicken Sandwiches to meet consumers’ continued demand for sandwiches. The Cheeseburger features 100% beef steak with two generous slices of American cheese while the Chicken Sandwich features a grilled chicken breast fillet with a slice of Provolone cheese and a dash of Italian seasoning for […]

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Screaming Good Chocolate

Mars Chocolate North America is introducing exciting new designs for medium FUN SIZE bags, new graphics for FUN SIZE large bags and seasonal shapes in a two-to-go format. These new bags will not only be FUN SIZE bags, but variety bags as well. On-shelf cases with harvest and Halloween graphics and versatile off-shelf displays loaded […]

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Salt-Free Seasoning

McCormick for Chefs has introduced the new Perfect Pinch Salt-Free seasoning blends for foodservice professionals to support better-for-you, great-tasting menus. Consumers are searching for healthier, low-sodium options, and Perfect Pinch meets these needs. The Perfect Pinch line includes three new flavors that are made from the highest-quality ingredients, and all Perfect Pinch seasonings are salt-free […]

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Low Gasoline Prices Spur Travel

Gasoline consumption rates are climbing, but what does that mean for retail prices? By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric Now that we’re in the peak driving season in the United States, early year prognostications for sharp growth in gasoline demand are under review, and preliminary data does show greater gasoline consumption as lower fuel prices

U.S. Consumer Food Trends for Independence Day

Tradition is the key for Fourth of July foods. The Fourth of July is a holiday that Americans love to celebrate with good food. Instantly, the world’s largest audience and consumer insights platform provider, performed a national consumer poll on Fourth of July food eating an buying preferences, and the results weren’t surprising. More than

Rutter’s Donates to Red Cross

  Rutter’s partners with Red Cross and donates $20,000. Rutter’s Farm Store donated a total of $20,000 to the American Red Cross as partner in the 2014-2015 Leadership Giving Initiative. Rutter’s has 60 locations in York, Pa. In the photo above, Alexandra Henry (R) from Rutter’s presents a check for $10,287.43  to Barb Taylor (L) of the American Red

Federal Reserve Calls for “Chip-and-PIN” Technology

Although the chip-and-signature credit cards are more secure than those of the past, U.S. consumers are still at greater risk than those in other countries. In an attempt to increase the security of American consumers, the Federal Reserve, the system which maintains the safety and soundness of our banking system, is calling for the new chip

Desert Fuels Partners with VP Racing Fuels

Partnership will help Desert Fuels to explore additional profit centers and reach a new group of consumers. New Mexico-based Desert Fuels is the newest distributor to partner with VP Racing Fuels, Albuquerque, N.M., in its retail branding program. Desert Fuels services more than 60 retail sites, with operations in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Texas, Colorado and

Protein-Packed Meat Snacks

Meat snacks are being seen in a new light and gaining a new reputation among consumers. The NPD Group, a  global information company, has found that dehydrated, salted meat snacks, like jerky, are on the rise. Although these snacks have been around for over 400 years, consumers are now looking anew at these tasty snacks

Connecting Lawmakers with Local Communities

Congressman participates in nationwide program to connect with local community. Convenience stores play a large role in the lives of American consumers. For many, a trip to a convenience store is a daily ritual, and it is crucial that our government officials understand the value of such an important part of daily life. According to

Snacking in the Evening

Consumers’ desire to indulge creates an opportunity to drive evening sales of prepared food items. In partnership with Anheuser-Busch, Tyson Convenience Foodservice performed a new study which revealed that convenience store operators can increase sales of prepared food items by taking advantage of late afternoon and evening snacking behaviors. With the frequency of snacking on

VERC Enterprises Receives Franciscan Leadership Award

VERC Enterprises is honored for their commitment to hiring individuals with intellectual disabilities. Cardinal Cushing Centers recently honored Leo and Paul Vercollone, President and Vice President respectively of VERC Enterprises, with the Franciscan Leadership Award. VERC Enterprises is a leading convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Cardinal

Online Grocery Shopping is On the Rise

Consumers seeking one-stop-shops and online grocers in order to limit time spent grocery shopping weekly. According to a survey of 1,100 U.S. online grocery shoppers performed by Door to Door Organics, a  natural and organic online grocer, U.S. online grocery shoppers are increasing the amount of grocery shopping they do online. The survey collected the responses of

Cigarette Paper Display

Republic Tobacco L.P., the nation’s largest RYO/MYO distributor has introduced limited-edition art deco style collectible tins. Visual impact has been taken to a bright new level with the JOB Cigarette Paper design. Measuring seven-inche wide x 7.25-inches high, the tin has a footprint that easily fits on the counter or a shelf. Tins will stand […]

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Love’s Debuts First Location Along Interstate 85, Alabama

Love’s first location along Interstate 85 in Shorter, Ala. provides a number of amenities to drivers. On Thursday, June 25, 2015, Love’s Travel Stops opened its doors for business in Shorter, Ala. along Interstate 85. This new travel stop provides a place for drivers to rest as well as a number of driver services and food

7-Eleven Expands Premium Brands

7-Eleven is raising the bar for on-the-go foods with new variety and premium ingredients for the health-conscious customer. With its two premium lines, 7-Eleven is raising the bar for product quality and variety. The company is making an effort to ensure that the quality of its brands, 7-Select GO!Yum and 7-Select GO!Smart, are exceeding that

Ten Innovative Sandwich and Salad Trends

Customer innovation is leaving the traditional salad and sandwich behind and the replacements are to die for. There comes a time when the traditional Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich or a plain old salad are just too boring, and to many consumers, that time is now. People everywhere are experimenting and finding new ways to spice things

Holmes Oil Co. Named 2015 L.W. Locke Retailer of the Year

Outstanding service leads to recognition and honors. Holmes Oil Co., a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based retailer that operates 25 locations under the brand Cruizers Convenience Marketplace, was recently named 2015 L.W. Locke Retailer of the Year. This honor is awarded by the North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers (NCPCM) association to honor a NCPCM member company for outstanding community service, leadership

Starbucks Launches Frappuccino Flavor Competition

Starbucks uses healthy competition to ignite customer enthusiasm. The Frappuccino has been a customer favorite since Starbucks introduced it 20 years ago, and since then the drink has never been the same. This month Starbucks introduced six new Frappuccino flavors. Customers’ love of Frappuccino is expected to drive sales as fans are invited to vote