Consumers Demand Menu Transparency and Healthy Options

Consumers demand healthier food options, but what exactly do they mean by “healthier?” Consumer demand is driving producers to be more transparent when it comes to food. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits of certain foods and the dangers of others. This increased awareness is causing consumers to desire to know what


What Would You Like to Drink With That?

What to drink is a decision consumers must make daily, but what will they choose? Choosing a beverage is something that is done constantly in everyday life. Whether it’s deciding to drink water or a sports drink during a workout, or choosing between coffee and tea to start the morning, everyone is accustomed to making such non-alcoholic beverage

Loss Prevention and IT Are Not Seeing Eye to Eye

A disconnect between IT and LP may pose a problem in store security. A study performed by the IHL Group, “The Great Disconnect Between LP and IT,” illustrates the differences between how LP (Loss Prevention) and IT teams prioritize. The research identifies the differing priorities, as well as the obstacles that must be overcome in

How Much Pain Does It Take to Cause Them to Leave?

By Mel Kleiman, founder Humetrics It’s human nature to avoid change because the path of least resistance is the “same old, same old.” So, how much “pain and suffering” do you suppose  valued employees have to experience before they go searching for a new job? Well, a lot of it has to do with the labor

Top Five Triggers for More Transactions

The secret to driving sales and increasing business is not a secret at all. By Kevin Miller, Senior Marketing Manager, Tyson Convenience Foodservice Speed of service is a growing factor in our time-starved society as more consumers operate on a time crunch, and convenience stores are best equipped to meet on-the-go consumer needs. In addition

Stripes Convenience Stores Welcome Sunoco Fuel

Celebrations to announce new products and drive sales. Stripes Convenience Stores is building excitement amongst consumers by hosting celebrations to welcome its new product, Sunoco Fuel. Stripes Convenience Stores hosted three “Neighborhood and Community NASCAR Celebrations” as part of welcoming Sunoco Fuel, the Official Fuel of  NASCAR, to Abilene, Texas. The entire community was invited

Starbucks Shuts Down La Boulange

In a surprising move, Starbucks to close La Boulange but continue using the recipes at its Starbucks locations. Just three years after purchasing La Boulange, Starbucks has decided to close down all of the pastry shop locations, according to a report by Business Insider. The announcement of the closures came as a shock to some,

Hershey Feeds Ghana Children

Hershey improves the lives of children through the ‘Energize Learning’ Program. Many countries in Africa are on the rise, but one thing that is setting them back is their inability to attain essential nutrients. Children in Ghana are going to school and becoming educated, but the fact that they are not eating properly and that they

Gulf Brand Reemerges in Canada

Nostalgia and brand recognition are expected to help drive sales, as Gulf returns to Canada after 30 years. After a 30-year absence, Gulf, an iconic fuel brand, is returning to Canada, according to a report by Globe and Mail. As a part of a multi-million dollar deal in 1985, Gulf was taken over by Petro-Canada,

Mondelēz International Collaborates with Facebook to Drive Sales

Facebook partnership drives sales through creative video marketing. Mondelēz International today, June 23, 2015, announced that it has renewed its global strategic partnership with Facebook, the world’s largest discovery platform, with a focus on creating and delivering creative video content and driving impulse snack purchasing online. Through this partnership, the companies will work together to

American Express Loses Antitrust Lawsuit

American Express restrictions to be lifted, merchants may take advantage of newfound flexibility Credit card giant American Express has been ordered by a federal judge to cease restrictions on businesses that accept its cards. The judge ruled such restrictions were anti-competitve, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. American Express, holds a larger

McDonald’s To Close 350 Locations

McDonald’s CEO announces new plan focused on consumer needs as the company shutters a number of locations. McDonald’s announced plans to close some 350 restaurants in the U.S., while adding only 300 restaurants worldwide, marking the first time since 1970 that the quick-serve restaurant giant is adding fewer stores than it closed, according to a

Will Gas Prices Start To Fall?

Pump prices have hit a 2015 high, but as supply grows and crude prices dip, gas prices may drop this summer. Last week, gas prices reached a new 2015 national average high of $2.80 per gallon and then dropped a penny to $2.79 per gallon. Despite the high for the year, drivers are still saving

What’s Driving Consumer Food Purchases?

Not all consumers value the same things when it comes to eating out. Technomic introduces seven ‘Eater Archetypes’ to tap into consumer expectations. It is crucial for the food industry operators to know what drives consumers to dine out. In order to help those in the industry to excel, Techonomic’s Consumer4Sight created the  Seven Eater Archetype

Hawaii Becomes First State to Raise Tobacco Sale Age to 21

Increasing the age limit for purchasing tobacco products is expected to help reduce teen smoking. Hawaii has become the first state to raise the tobacco sale age to 21, but with the precedent now set, other states are expected to follow suit. Hawaii anticipates that this change will reduce smoking among young people which will,

How To Keep Millennials in the Workplace

Millennial turnover costs convenience stores and other businesses billions, but a new survey suggests there may be ways to prevent it. Millennials (“Generation Y” ages 15-35) are now being called the “turnover generation,” because over the expanse of their careers they will hold 15-16 jobs. This turnover rate is costing businesses, like convenience stores, billions of dollars.

TA and Petro Stopping Centers Invite Military Members to Eat Free on Independence Day

TravelCenters of America honors military members with free meals and a donation drive. All active duty military, veterans and reservists with proof of service are invited to partake in a complimentary meal on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4, 2015, at any participating TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) or Petro sit-down restaurants nationwide. Independence Day meals can be received at more

It’s Time We Had a Meeting

Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Large corporations did not make America, nor the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Australia, South Korea, or any of the other free nations of the world. Instead, it was the common, every day, hard-working, selfless, unsung heroes in dozens of countries, and in thousands of communities

Tenet Names Hershey No. 2 Corporate Brand For Second Year

The Hershey Co. is No. 2 among the top 100 brands in the U.S. when it comes to best-in-class corporate brand equity, according to Tenet’s CoreBrand Index. This is the second consecutive year Hershey has ranked No. 2 in the index. “Our corporate brand is one of our most important assets,” said Mike Wege, chief

Dairy Queen Rolls Out Updated Foodservice Menu

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Dairy Queen has introduced its new DQ Bakes! menu, featuring desserts, Artisan-style sandwiches and snack melts. As consumers continue to demand quality foodservice, more businesses in an array of channels are adding and improving their foodservice operations, and competing against local c-stores also trying their hand at a food

Newcastle Launches Campaign Aimed At Light Beer Drinkers

Newcastle Brown Ale offers a chance to win an exclusive trip to London as it celebrates being the top imported and brown ale. Newcastle Brown Ale is campaigning to reach out to the drinkers of light beer. A common misconception about this brown ale is that it is heavy and bitter, but Newcastle is looking

C-store Chain Parker’s Donates to Area Schools

Parker’s presents $5,000 check to Bulloch County Schools, as part of the Fueling the Community Program. Parker’s recently presented a $5,000 Fueling the Community check to Bulloch County Schools at its board of education meeting in Statesboro, Ga., on June 11. The donation was part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools. “I

Jon Bratta Joins Core-Mark As Vice President of Marketing

The Pantry’s former vice president of fresh foods finds a new home at Core-Mark. Core-Mark is welcoming Jon Bratta to its executive team as vice president of marketing. Bratta will work from Core-Mark’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. and report to Chris Hobson, senior vice president of sales and marketing. In his new role,

Kum & Go Promotion Offers E85 for 85 Cents Per Gallon

Two Colorado convenience stores draw attention to the benefits of flex fuel. Kum & Go is enticing its customers in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado to try out E85 fuel with a special promotion at two local Kum & Go convenience stores. Kum & Go is hosting a series of promotions to draw attention

Kangaroo Express To Offer Circle K’s Polar Pop Cup

Any size Polar Pop cup just 69 cents all year long, at Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Kangaroo Express, now part of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., is rolling out Circle K’s Polar Pop Cup, a cup made from polar foam the ensures cold beverages maintain their chill. The cup is now available year-round in any size for