How Americans Think About Money

Financial fears weigh heavily on Americans today. Rather than spending time thinking about health and fitness, work or relationships, a survey from GoBanlingRates.com has found that Americans spend much of their time thinking about money. Other standout findings from the survey include: One in five people say their biggest money challenge is sticking to a budget. Always living

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Dos Equis Masquerade Program Returns

Dos Equis’ fifth annual Masquerade program offers consumers prize winning opportunities. Dos Equis is once again celebrating the Halloween season with its annual Masquerade program. This year marks the fifth year of the fully integrated, 360-degree program, which is designed to help consumers to create a memorable fall celebration. The program provides LDA+ consumers access to the

How The Fresh Trend Is Changing Home Cooking

The desire for fresh-cooked meals causes slow cooker use to skyrocket. According to The NPD Group, as freshly prepared meals become increasingly popular among consumers, slow cookers are once again being viewed as crucial kitchen appliances. A great deal of consumers (81%) already own a slow cooker, but many are also purchasing new ones as the slow cooking

Alon Brands Certifies Comdata As Preferred Solution

Alon Brands becomes the third certified Comdata provider. Comdata’s innovative Smart Solutions POS system has become brand-certified with Alon Brands. The Dallas-based supplier and marketer of ALON fuels has certified Comdata as a preferred solution for locations with a high volume of over-the-road transactions. Comdata’s Smart Solutions suite of POS devices offer flexible, convenient payment options for store

Are CVS’ Anti-Smoking Efforts Impacting Cigarette Purchases?

Research shows a decrease in cigarette smoking after CVS stops selling tobacco products. In an attempt to decrease impulse cigarette purchases and to promote public health, one year ago, CVS decided to stop selling tobacco in its stores, nationwide. Despite the belief that this move would have little impact upon cigarette sales, a recent study

Casey’s First Quarter 2016 Earnings

As the first quarter of fiscal 2016 concludes, Casey’s finds itself in favorable financial standings.  Casey’s General Stores Inc. has released its diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 ended July 31, 2015. This year’s earnings equated to $1.57 per share. This number stands in contrast to the $1.28 per share for the first

Hershey Ranks High in Sustainability

Hershey’s sustainability efforts are being recognized on a global level. The Hershey Co. has secured a place on the World and the North American Dow Jones Sustainability Indices(DJSI). Hershey is one of only 13 companies from the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry included in the World Index and is ranked in the 93 percentile overall. Hershey’s rankings in the

Lawyer From AmEx Case Chooses to Represent Himself

Accused lawyer in scrapped AmEx case chooses to represent himself in court. Shortly after causing a $75 million deal between American Express and major merchants to all through, Gary Friedman has decided to represent himself in court, despite advice from his legal team. Friedman was the lead lawyer for major merchants suing American Express; however,

Andronico’s Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Andronico’s newest board member, an experienced chief financial officer, completes the company’s all female executive board. Cheryl Hughes has been appointed as the new chief financial officer for Andronico’s Community Markets. This final addition to the company’s executive board follows the recent appointment of CEO Suzy Monford leads, making it an all female team. Hughes formerly held the role of

KickBack Fantasy Football Returns

KickBack has expanded its Fantasy Football program to further drive sales of its retailer partners. As the 2015 National Football League (NFL) season approaches, KickBack Points is preparing this year’s season of KickBack Fantasy Football. For this year’s competition, KickBack has devised new opportunities to earn prizes and points, and for the third year in a row, a grand prize

How True Believers Are Keeping the Flame Alive

In a positive corporate culture, you need different leaders and “True Believers.” By Fran Duskiewicz I suppose the reason that I have been mulling over what makes for a great corporate culture is that I will be moderating a panel on that topic at the National Advisors Group (NAG) Conference in Santa Fe, N.M. in

Stripes Seeks to Strike Out Cancer

Generous donors will match donations collected through Stripes ‘Celebrates Tomorrows’ campaign, dollar for dollar. Stripes Convenience Stores has once again joined with The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital to combat childhood cancer. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and on Sept. 16 Stripes will launch its second annual fundraising campaign: “Stripes Stores Celebrates Tomorrows.” Last year,

NRC Coordinates Sealed Bid Sale For Getty Realty

Getty Realty Corp. sealed bid deadline is less than two weeks away. NRC Realty and Capital Advisors LLC is coordinating a sealed bid sale of 13 Getty Realty Corp. properties. These properties are located in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The sealed bids must be received by NRC on Sept.

HEINEKEN Acquires 50% Shareholding of Lagunitas

New transaction between HEINEKEN and Lagunitas Brewing Co. will help both brands to expand their presence in and outside of the U.S. HEINEKEN has acquired a 50% shareholding in the fifth largest craft brewer in the U.S. by volume, Lagunitas Brewing Co. This transaction holds great benefits for both of the involved companies. The transaction will provide HEINEKEN

How to Keep Up With Evolving Payment Technology

As mobile payment grows, c-store retailers try different paths to meet customer demands. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Cash may still be king, but another portable payment system has its eyes on the throne: Mobile. As a result, convenience stores operators are keeping their eyes on the progress of this inevitable transition, looking for the

Trans-Fat Free Cookie Dough

Bake’n Joy has expanded its FreshBakes Preportioned Cookie Dough line to include one-ounce cookies in a convenient 240-count pack. The line expansion includes varieties including: Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, M&M Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Sugar and 100% Whole Grain Cranberry Chocolate Granola. Each individual one ounce cookie is under 150 calories. The cookie […]

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Chorizo Sausage Rollers

Johnsonville has introduced new Chorizo Breakfast Sausage Rollers. One of the top-growing sausage flavors for breakfast, this Mexican-inspired variety is flavored with dried chilies and paprika. This innovative new product is designed for c-stores looking to differentiate breakfast programs, while expanding profit potential throughout the day. A portfolio of on trend flavors including: Southern Recipe, Spicy […]

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Chocolate Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced new King Edward VII Chocolate Cigarillos. Now customers can enjoy premium tobacco tastes in three different blends – chocolate, vanilla and natural. The cigarillos are hand rolled in the Dominican Republic in a natural Connecticut shade wrapper and are packed in resealable foil pouches to ensure freshness. They are offered at an affordable […]

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Low Energy Freezer

Southbend has introduced the new TruCHILL blast chiller/shock freezer system. This environmentally-friendly product rapidly cools contents to safe storing temperatures, while improving quality, reducing waste, controlling food costs, extending shelf life and meeting all HAACP requirements. Constructed with almost 99% recyclable materials, the TruCHILL is an ISO 14001 Certified, R404a refrigerant that is CFC/HCFC free. […]

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Ultra Coolness

Kretek International Inc., importer and marketer of Djarum and Djarum BLACK filtered cigars, has announced the rollout of new Djarum BLACK Ultra Menthol cigars. The new cigars feature intense menthol blended with Djarum’s signature clove taste to create a cigar experience unlike any other. Djarum BLACK Ultra Menthol is the first new Djarum filtered line […]

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Fat Burning Beverages

Celsius Holdings Inc., now in partnership with Eagle Distributing Inc., has introduced the new Celsius beverage. Celsius is a fat burning beverage that is backed by clinical science. The new partnership will bring Celsius to a variety of accounts in the Nebraska market through the Eagle Distributing network. Eagle Distributing will now offer the complete Celsius ready-to-drink (RTD) can flavor line, which includes […]

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Halloween Candy Dispenser

CandyRific has released a new dispenser in the shape of M&M’S Blue Character wearing a skeleton costume as a new collectible for Halloween. M&M’S Brand enthusiasts will scream with delight when they add this colorful M&M’S Brand Collectible Halloween Dispenser to their collection. The limited edition dispenser includes 1.05-ounces of M&M’S Brand Milk Chocolate Candies, and […]

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New Chile Spices

McCormick For Chefs, of McCormick & Co., has introduced three new chile spices and seasoning blends: Sriracha Seasoning, Crushed Chipotle Pepper, and Ground Jalapeño Pepper. The new McCormick Culinary spices make it easier than ever to add sizzling flavor to any menu. These chile spices and seasoning blends bring the desired punch of heat in a […]

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Hard Apple Ciders

HEINEKEN USA has created a fully integrated, 360-degree Strongbow Hard Apple Cider program. The new program includes national television advertising, targeted digital media, social media engagements and eye-catching point-of-sale materials designed to drive purchase of Strongbow’s four flavors all season long. To increase awareness of Strongbow Season, the brand is continuing its “Bestest Over Ice” […]

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Organic Arabica Coffee

Created by a father of twins needing wholesome energy, FORTO, a revolutionary, fine coffee, is made with Organic & Fair-Trade 100% Arabica coffee beans, hand-selected by family farmers in Latin America, and is cold-brewed in a unique 20-hour process to be deliciously-smooth. Each portable two-ounce bottle contains the natural energy  (175-milligrams) of two regular cups […]

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