First Ever Port Arthur, Texas Stripes Store Opens

Stripes adds 30 new jobs to Port Arthur, Texas community.  Stripes Convenience Stores has announced that it will soon open its first Stripes Convenience Store in Port Arthur, Texas. Stripes Stores will host a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce beginning at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5,


New Stripes Opens in Conroe, Texas

Stripes adds over 30 jobs to Conroe, Texas community. Conroe, Texas is home of the newest Stripes Convenience Store. A grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting will be held with the Conroe Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, beginning at 11 a.m. The new store is located at 2325 N. FM 3083 E.

2016 Top 10 Food Trends

Whole Foods Market’s product experts have released their 2016 food trends forecast.  Whole Foods Market’s product experts, who draw from more than 100 years of combined industry experience, have pinpointed 10 top food trends to watch in 2016. From “old-world” ingredients and new vino vehicles to emerging flavors and sourcing trends, this year’s forecast covers

Retailers Relieved By New Spending Plan

The newly passed spending plan is expected to stimulate the economy. The final passage of a wide-ranging spending and tax-relief package is a welcome change for the National Retail Federation. The new package includes provisions that will delay onerous portions of Obamacare, make it easier for businesses to share cyber threats and renew tax law

New Year, New Food Trends

Consumers will remain nutrition conscious in 2016. The fourth annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition” Survey from Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian has collected data from 450 nutrition professionals to reveal what food consumers will seek and avoid in the coming year. From food celebs like kale or cauliflower and claims like gluten-free or no additives, to diet plans

2016 Trends Forecast from quench

quench has revealed a number of foodservice trends that are expected to gain momentum in 2016. The 2016 edition of the Food and Beverage Marketing Trends forecast from quench has been released. The forecast includes a list that features trends widespread across the food and beverage category as well as those that exist in a

How Online Shopping Is Changing Demand

Consumers aren’t satisfied by rapid shipping, they want their orders now, and they want them delivered free. “Holiday Shipping 2015: Faster, Faster,” a new report from Fung Business Intelligence Centre Global Retail & Technology (FBIC), has revealed that the growing popularity of online shopping has boosted the appeal of companies that can offer free and

NPD Group Reveals 2016 Eating Trends

Clean eating is expected to beome more prominent in the New Year. Research from the NPD Group has revealed that consumers will focus on foods that are “real” or “clean” in the coming year, whether they are eating in or away from their homes. Natural, fresh and preservative-free are attributes that consumers will look for

NATO Concerned With Tobacco Grandfather Date

Tobacco grandfather date may remain unchanged. The federal omnibus budget bill that recently passed through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives did not offer any relief to concerned members of the tobacco industry. According to a report from NATO, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives did not include in the bill language that

2015 Foodservice Growth Drivers

The foodservice industry has grown over the past year, and that growth is expected to continue into 2016. Research from The NPD Group has revealed that the U.S. foodservice industry has recovered the visits it lost during the Great Recession. The industry will end the year with a total traffic volume at 61 billion, visits

Fueling Innovation in 2016: Top 5 Trends in Convenience Retail

By Marek Polonski, senior vice president, Applied Predictive Technologies Over the past 12 months, the industry has been abuzz with M&A activity, new in-store technologies and oscillating fuel prices. As the rate of innovation continues to increase, there will be a number of opportunities for convenience retailers to gain a competitive advantage, but only if

Texas Food & Fuel Association Names New President

The association has chosen an experienced, seasoned industry veteran to lead the organization at this important time. Effective Jan. 25, 2016, Paul Hardin will assume the role of president of the Texas Food & Fuel Association. In his new position, Hardin will will lead the organization and continue its mission to serve as an advocate for the petroleum marketing

CITGO Supports C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Through a month long fundraising effort, CITGO raises nearly $5,000 for a local children’s hospital. Nearly $5,000 was raised by CITGO Marketers in Michigan who recently participated in the Month of Mott fundraiser for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The money was raised to support the hospital’s Buckle Up program. This program

Mars Chocolate Recall

A Mars chocolate product is being removed from 30 states due to an allergen concern. After a consumer reported finding a Snickers piece in 24 ounce bag of Dove Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes, Mars has decided to recall the product. According to a report from Confectionery News, the product was distributed between Sept. 19 and Dec. 1, and

NRAEF Offers Scholarships For Students and Educators

The NRAEF has released the applications for its 2016 scholarships for those interested in advancing their knowledge in the restaurant and foodservice industry. The application process for the The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEFs) 2016 merit-based scholarships is now open. Awards range from $1,750 – $10,000, and are available for students as well as

Nestlé Commits to Cage Free

Nestlé is strengthening its commitment to the global welfare of farm animals. Within the next five years, Nestlé will transition to using only cage-free eggs in all of its U.S. food products. The move represents yet another example of Nestlé’s commitment to the health, care and welfare of animals raised for food. Nestlé uses approximately

Top 10 Challenges for Employers in 2016

Employers are expected to face a number of challenges in the coming year. According to an annual report from XpertHR, same-sex marriage, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) protections, accommodating a diverse workforce, paid sick leave, workplace wearables and independent contractor rights are among the biggest employment issues. Court cases, legislation and regulatory actions have called

Gas Under $2 Per Gallon Becomes A Reality

Inspired by low gas prices, more than 91 million Americans opt to drive 50 or more miles during the holiday season. U.S. average gas prices fell below the $2-per-gallon mark on Monday, Dec. 21, just in time for holiday travel. Today’s national average is $1.998 per gallon. Gas hasn’t been this inexpensive since March 25,

Kwik Stop Houses Newest Fazoli’s Location

Kwik Stop takes part in Fazoli’s aggressive expansion efforts. The Kwik Stop in Dubuque, Iowa holds the latest convenience store Fazoli’s location. The addition of this fast-casual restaurant is part of the chain’s aggressive franchise recruitment program. In addition to the new location, Fazoli’s has also released an all-new prototype design. The latest c-store unit

NOCO Supports The Salvation Army

NOCO employees and customers help to raise money for those most in need. In this spirit of the holiday season, NOCO Express has donated $13,000 to The Salvation Army of Buffalo, N.Y. Each of NOCO Express’ 35 locations sold paper kettles for $1 each, throughout the month of November to raise money for The Salvation Army.

Retailers Concerned With Internal Theft

Internal theft is one of the greatest concerns for retailers, and it is on the rise. The U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015 has revealed that employee theft, of both stock and cash, is now one of the top three concerns for retailers. The survey reveals that alongside online fraud and return fraud, internal theft is

Flavored Tobacco Ban Regulations Finalized

New database will assist retailers in avoiding infractions against Chicago’s flavored tobacco ban. The regulations for the flavored tobacco ban in Chicago have been finalized and an implementation timeline has been constructed. NATO suggests that its retail members review these new rules to avoid infractions. In 2014, an ordinance was passed by the Chicago City

‘2 To Go’ Chocolate

Mars has introduced the MILKY WAY MIDNIGHT Bar in a new “2 To Go” format. Perfect for sharing or for saving some for later, every bite of a MILKY WAY MIDNIGHT Bar offers creamy caramel and vanilla-flavored nougat coated in rich dark chocolate. The 2 To Go format provides consumers with portability and portion control. […]

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Digital Labeling

LG Innotek from Korea has introduced a new digital pricing system called troniTAG GmbH. The troniTAG is the beginning of the conversion from the paper label to the electronic tag. The current troniTAG system connects the  existing POS or ERP system directly to the digital price display on the shelf. By using the wireless data […]

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Gluten-Free Hot Breakfast

Bakery On Main has introduced a Hot Breakfast lineup. Made in-house at the company’s dedicated gluten-free facility, Bakery On Main’s premium, whole grain Hot Breakfast is boosted with protein and ancient grains for sustained energy. Certified gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified and free of sodium, cholesterol, wheat, dairy and casein, the lineup features three grams […]

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