Consumers Brew Craft Coffee at Home

Millennials are embracing brewing their coffee at home, as it allows them to personalize their coffee to their individual tastes. According to the new Craft Coffee at Home report from The NPD Group, a growing number of consumers are choosing to brew their coffee at home. This shift to brewing craft coffee at home is,

Dairy Queen Introduces Affordable Hot Snack Menu

Dairy Queen is appealing to Millennial consumers with new high-quality oven baked snacks for under $2. As Dairy Queen continues to grow within the quick-service restaurant industry, the company has introduced a new line of oven-hot snacks to its menu. These oven-hot snacks, dubbed DQ Bakes!, are a first in the quick-service restaurant category. With

Are You Ready for Generation Z?

Retailers, restaurants and leisure companies will be required to adapt to meet the demands of the upcoming generation. According to the new report “Gen Z: Get Ready for the Most Self-Conscious, Demanding Consumer Segment,” from Fung Global Retail & Technology, having grown up with social media and assuming instant access to almost all things digital,

Financial CHOICE Act Receives Bipartisan Opposition

NACS has declared its commitment to fighting to keep swipe fees low in the interest of consumers and merchants. The House Financial Services Committee has voted to report the Financial Choice Act (H.R. 5983), and the National Association for Convenience Stores has released a statement expressing the Association’s disapproval of the legislature and its disappointment

GasBuddy Announces Brand Revamp

GasBuddy has unveiled its redesigned app, which will help to connect consumers with fuel retailers and offer new services to consumers. After surpassing 60 million downloads of its popular mobile app, GasBuddy has announced that the company is devising new consumer and business-to-business solutions that go beyond just fuel prices. The company’s new initiatives are

Tecate Gears Up for the Canelo Versus Smith Fight

Tecate launches a new app to build excitement over the upcoming Canelo versus Smith fight, occurring over Mexican Independence Day Weekend. Sat., Sept. 17 is the highly anticipated Canelo versus Smith fight at AT&T Stadium in Alington, Texas, and in preparation for the fight, Tecate, who is the fight’s presenting and exclusive beer sponsor, has

Mondelēz International Once Again Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Mondelēz International has been ranked in the top 95th percentile of its industry for sustainability. For the twelfth consecutive year, Mondelēz International has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The company has been named on both the North America and World indices. The DJSI is a globally recognized, independent benchmark that conducts

Weigel Honored With NAG Lifetime Award

Attendees enjoyed a Riverboat dinner cruise on the final night of the NAG Conference. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Bill Weigel, chairman and CEO of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Weigel’s Stores, was honored Tuesday evening during the National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference with a lifetime achievement award. “The industry has changed dramatically over the past

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Biometrics

Today’s idea of the day: Consider using biometrics—specifically employees’ fingerprints—to sign employees in and out of the store. This way they can’t sign each other in or out by sharing their code or swipe card, so you always know who is in the store when. Do you have an idea to share? Email it to

NAG Looks to the Future of Convenience

NAG attendees get an insider look on what the future holds for c-stores in 5-10 years and how they can best prepare. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor During Tuesday’s National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference, attendees learned about Burning Issue No. 4: “The future of convenience retailing,” the changes set to impact the industry

NAG Deep Dives Into Foodservice

A number of c-store chains leading the way in foodservice share key tips and takeaways as well as an overview of their foodservice evolution. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Tuesday’s National Advisory Group (NAG) educational sessions kicked off with Burning Issue No. 3: Embracing a Foodservice Future, where top quartile retailers discussed how

Dave Riser Receives Dean of the Industry Award from CDA

Dave Riser has been awarded the Dean of the Industry Award from CDA in recognition of his dedication and commitment to his work in the industry. On Sept. 13, at the Convenience Distribution Business Exchange (CDBX) in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Convenience Distribution Association awarded Dave Riser, vice president external relations-trade marketing at the R.J. Reynolds

Hershey Enters Meal Kit Delivery Market

Hershey and Chef’d have introduced dessert themed meal kits to the meal kit delivery market. As the meal kit delivery market continues to grow, a number of big name retailers have introduced their own meal kit delivery services over the past recent months. However, one company is already working to change the meal kit delivery

Consigned Inventory in Retail Stores

Is consigned inventory in the convenience channel possible? By Bill Scott, president, StoreReport LLC Gasoline and diesel fuel is the single, highest investment a convenience store can make. In the past, it was common practice for fuel distributors to keep convenience store tanks filled with fuel and only bill the stores AFTER the fuel was

Lunchtime Foodservice Traffic Declines

The decline in visits to foodservice establishments during lunchtime is being attributed to menu price increases, online shopping and more. New research from The NPD Group has revealed that, over the past six months, lunchtime traffic at foodservice establishments, which accounts for one third of all foodservice traffic, has encountered consecutively steeper declines. In the

California Looks to Raise Tobacco Excise Tax

Voters will have a chance to vote on a new tobacco tax proposition in the upcoming election. California lawmakers have once again proposed a major tax increase on tobacco products. According to a report from the Winston-Salem Journal, Proposition 56 grant California voters the opportunity to raise tobacco excise tax by $2 per pack to

NRF Urges Congress to Reject Financial Choice Act

84% of consumers agree that the Debit Swipe Reform should remain in place. As Congress prepares to begin its consideration of new legislation that will repeal the Federal Reserve’s cap on debit card swipe fees, the National Retail Federation has requested that Congress reject this legislation, as it would undermine competition and cost retailers and

Consumers Unfazed by Recent Fuel Price Increases

Rising fuel prices seem to have little effect on current consumer optimism. Over the past month fuel prices have risen 10-cents per gallon, but a recent consumer survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) suggests that this price increase has failed to decrease consumer optimism concerning the overall state of the economy. U.S.

VP Racing is Official Trackside Supplier for IJSBA World Finals

VP Racing will offer a variety of fuels to racers competing in the IJSBA World Finals. VP Racing Fuels has been selected by the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) as the Official Trackside Supplier for the 2016 quakysense World Finals. The quakysense World Finals are slated to take place October 1-9 in Lake Havasu

Sheetz Partners with Feeding America to Launch Made-to-Share Campaign

Sheetz remains committed to ending hunger in the communities which it serves. September is Hunger Action Month, and in an attempt to help those who struggle with hunger, Sheetz has partnered with Feeding America to launch the Made-to-Share campaign. Through this campaign, Sheetz will provide weekly product donations to Feeding America member food banks in

Adopters and Adapters

By Ed Collupy, executive consultant, W. Capra Consulting Group My recent business travels took me by my city neighborhood grammar school. It reminded me of the many yearly assignments to write a story about my summer vacation. My travels these past two summers have been to both new and familiar places and more car travel than

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Parking

Today’s idea of the day: Identify on the parking lot where vendors, employees and grocery trucks are to park. This will avoid confusion and also help eliminate congestion in the parking lot by making sure vendors and grocery trucks have the space they need to unload and customers can get in and out with ease.

VERC Partners with MCB to Offer Employment Opportunities to the Blind

VERC demonstrates its understanding of the full potential of the legally blind to perform jobs within the company. VERC Enterprises has entered into a new partnership with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), through which the company will provide employment and internship opportunities to individuals who are deemed legally blind. The MCB provides the

Labor Day Holiday Boosts Beverage Sales

While growth was seen over the recent Labor Day holiday, the holiday did not boost sales as much as retailers had hoped. A recent survey of beverage retailers has revealed that the recent Labor Day holiday did not yield the same growth that was observed last year. The survey from Wells Fargo Securities, which polled

Autumn Brings Falling Fuel Prices

Drivers could see national fuel price average below $2 per gallon in the coming months. Fuel prices are falling as we head into the fall season and the summer driving season comes to a close. Gas prices typically fall at this time each year, but this year’s savings are greater than those of last year,