Super Food Snacks

Slammers SuperFood Snacks from Go Gourmet, the fastest growing premium snacking brand in the fruit cup aisle, is expanding its distribution across the U.S., strengthening Go Gourmet’s presence in the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast regions. Since launching in the U.S. in 2014, Slammers’ original line of Super Food pouched snacks have appealed tremendously to school-aged kids exercising their independence in picking out treats from the […]

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Yogurt Industry Grows

Claims that the yogurt market is cooling off couldn’t be more wrong. Data studying year-over-year growth rates has revealed that yogurt retail sales have been on the rise over the last year, despite recent claims that this market is cooling. According to a report from Food Navigator USA, the growth rate in the yogurt industry

2016 Packaging Trends

Consumers will soon make purchasing decisions based on packaging when choosing between similar products. Mintel has revealed six key trends that are set to impact the global packaging markets in 2016. These trends hold implications for both consumers and brands. “There’s a parallel path between brands striving to engage consumers on a more personal level

Scott Hartman and Denise Keane Honored By AJC

A CSD Exclusive. Leaders recognized for their ongoing commitment to numerous charitable causes and social diversity. By John Lofstock, Editor Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores and Denise Keane, executive vice president and general counsel for Altria, were honored with the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) National Human Relations Award at the Harmonie

Eskimo Hut Debuts New Location in Lubbock, Texas

The new convenience store offers wine and beer on tap. Eskimo Hut, a chain of drive-through convenience stores specializing in frozen daiquiris and margaritas to-go, has introduced a new store in southwest Lubbock, Texas. The new store is located at 54th Street and Slide Road, near Garcia’s Mexican restaurant, Wild Oats and Melrose clothing store.

Indiana C-Stores Denied Permission To Sell Beer

The law banning the sale of cold beer in Indiana grocery and convenience stores will not be overturned. A recent appeal from the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (CSA) has been rejected by the Seventh Circuit. According to a report from Courthouse News Service, the Petroleum Marketers and the CSA appealed to the

VP Racing Fuels to Compete in 2016 Monster Jam Tour

VP Racing Fuels will use its new monster truck in its marketing in order to drive product sales. VP Racing Fuels’ new Mad Scientist Monster Jam truck will be competing in the 2016 Monster Jam tour. The truck will make its debut on Jan. 8 in Charlotte, N.C. The truck’s design was inspired by VP

New Kum & Go Opens in Williston, N.D.

New Kum & Go location offers a large variety of food and fuel options to consumers. Last week, Kum & Go opened its newest convenience store location in Williston, N.D. On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at 6 a.m., the new 5,000-square foot convenience store opened its doors at 910 11th Street East. In celebration of the

Skills, Experience and Even Talent Are No Match for Attitude

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics The race  to hire for either skills or experience is over. Today, it’s all about hiring attitude and talent. So, what is the difference? A skill is the ability to do a particular task, like the ability to drive a truck, design a building or cut hair. Experience hones those

What If You Used This Ad to Recruit Your Next New Hire?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics A   NOTICE TO ALL JOB APPLICANTS FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT: We expect 100% accountability. All of our employees accepted employment here knowing we expect them to be 100% accountable, 100% of the time. We only pay for results! We will not pay for excuses! We will not pay for blaming! We

Are You Refusing to Help Your Employees Grow?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics You do your organization and your employees a tremendous disservice if you avoid correcting and improving performance, behaviors and processes. If you want to grow the organization, you must grow your people. And, to do that, you cannot be reluctant to share your experience and expertise. While it’s good to “catch

How To Recruit 101

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Here’s a timely reminder to help you compete for the best of those left in the rapidly evaporating labor pool… Get creative with your recruiting ad headlines; make them fun and exciting. For example:  “Truck Driver” becomes “Master of the Road,” and “Restaurant Manager” becomes “Director of Fun and Food.”

Business First Recognizes CandyRific at Awards Gala

CandyRific’s growth and involvement in the community is being recognized. The 2015 Large Company Award from Business First was recently awarded to CandyRific at an awards gala Dec. 10 in its hometown of Louisville, Ky. Louisville Business First honored outstanding businesses and nonprofit organizations in six categories:  very large company, large company, medium company, small

Pro Food Systems Continues to Grow

Pro Food Systems presents employees with leadership opportunities as the company continues to grow. Over 100 people are now employed by Pro Food Systems Inc. (PFS), best known for its Champs Chicken and Cooper’s Express brands. INC magazine has once again named PFS as one of the ‘fastest growing companies in America.’ This is the

2016 Food Trends Forecasted

Fresh is one of the top trends expected for 2016. What’s on Store 2016, the annual trends report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), has revealed that today’s consumers are searching for higher quality, fresh and less-processed options for their snacking needs. This emerging trend has created new opportunities for bakery, deli, dairy, foodservice and cheese

CITGO is Honored For Serving Northeastern Illinois

Team CITGO is being honored for its extensive community service projects from the past year. This past year, three local organizations have honored CITGO Lemont Refinery employees for giving back to the community, in recognition of CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s efforts to fuel good in Northeastern Illinois. Volunteers from the refinery, known as Team CITGO, donated

NOCO Express Finishes Store Renovations

NOCO adds better visibility and a new deli case, among other changes. NOCO Express completed renovations at its convenience store located at 3085 Delaware Avenue, at the corner of Kenwood, in Kenmore, N.Y. The three-week interior and exterior remodel provides an updated look and expanded fresh product selection. “While our customers are always looking for

Imperial Tobacco Group Becomes Imperial Brands

Tobacco company changes name to better fit its evolving business. Imperial Tobacco Group is removing the word ‘tobacco’ from its name. From now on, the brand will be known as Imperial Brands. Reuters reported that Imperial, in a statement, said the new name “better reflects the dynamic, brand-focused business that we are now.” The change

How Holiday Fraud Is Expected To Impact Retailers

Return fraud expected to cost $2.2 billion. There are many type of retail fraud. As the holiday season brings in extra traffic so too does it ring in extra fraud. One of the biggest issues throughout the holiday season: return fraud. According to National Retail Federation (NRF)’s latest Return Fraud Survey, retailers estimate that 3.5%

ExxonMobil and Citi Renew Agreement

Decade old partnership continues to provide value for ExxonMobil and its customers. ExxonMobil and Citi Retail Services have renewed their consumer and commercial credit card relationship. ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, and Citi Retail Services, one of North America’s largest and most experienced retail credit solutions providers, extended their relationship

Millennial Economic Optimism

Packaged Facts has found that younger adults tend to be more optimistic than their predecessors, despite the economic climate. A recent report from Packaged Facts has revealed that Millennials are more optimistic overall than previous generations. No matter what the state of the economy, for the past decade, 18- to 34-year-olds have been  highly confident consumers,

Holiday Gifts for the Home

NPD has revealed the hottest home gifts being purchased this holiday season. The NPD’s Checkout Tracking services has revealed an increase in products for the home being purchased during the holiday season. “Products for the home are leaving their mark on Holiday 2015, driven by new introductions, innovation and design – the same things that

How To Prepare For The New Year

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Would you believe it? Another year is sliding down the proverbial tube of history. Here are some things to think about before you start your New Year: I will remove every item in my stores that hasn’t sold in the past 90 days 70% of

Chocolate Energy Accepted to CRN

Energems has been accepted as a member of the Council for Responsible Nutrition. The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has accepted the dark chocolate energy supplement, Energems, as a new member. This is a major accomplishment for this product, which was just launched earlier in 2015. “Acceptance into CRN marks a groundbreaking moment in our

General Mills Significantly Lowers Sodium in 10 Product Categories

General Mills makes significant progress in its industry leading effort to reduce sodium content in U.S. products. A recent report from General Mills has revealed the progress that has been made toward the company’s commitment to reducing sodium by 20% across 10 U.S. retail product categories by the end of 2015. The report shows that

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