How Frozen Foods Are Fighting Back

Frozen food marketers are finding ways to regain the business that has been lost to the fresh food trend. The increasing demand for fresh foods and a number of other trends emerging in recent years has hindered the sales of all kinds of frozen foods, according to the Packaged Facts report, Frozen Foods in the


How To Tap Into the Local Foods Trend

Local foods are anticipated to grow faster than the annual pace of total food and beverage sales over the next five years. Consumers are fond of local food products, and retailers are taking advantage of this growing trend. For retailers, foodservice operators and food marketers, “local” has become a shorthand descriptor that makes food sound

Dos Equis Becomes Official Sponsor of College Football Playoff

Dos Equis seeks to help fans “Stay Thirsty” throughout college football season. Dos Equis is now the Official Beer Sponsor of ESPN’s College Football Playoff (CFP). The sponsorship deal is a multi-year agreement that further establishes Dos Equis’ standing in sports, and gives the brand a strong platform to drive fan engagement in one of

Gas Prices Dip Lower

Hawaii is the only state with average gas prices above $2.75. The days of $3 a gallon gas are behind us for the time being, with the national average less than one cent higher than the year’s low on Jan. 26. According to a report by AAA, the national average should soon dip below the

Parker’s ’12 Days of Christmas’ Discounts To Benefit Gas Customers

Parker’s is striving to save its customers money this holiday season. Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s convenience stores will be offering special “12 Days of Christmas” holiday discounts on gas at its 40 locations in Georgia and South Carolina. From Dec. 14-25, PumpPal members will enjoy automatic discounts of 12 cents per gallon. “We want to help

TravelCenters Partners With Wreaths Across America

This year Wreaths Across America plans to have a record breaking number of wreaths donated.  TravelCenters of America LLC will be participating in this year’s Wreaths Across America (WAA) annual wreath-laying ceremony. Working through the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) coordination of wreath deliveries, a driver and truck from Over The Road Distribution, TA’s in-house distribution group will

Dunkin’ Donuts Offering Apple Pay

Dunkin’ Donuts is giving customers an easier way to run on Dunkin’. Apple Pay is now available as an additional way for Dunkin’ Donuts customers to reload their card via the Dunkin’ Mobile App. With Apple Pay, Dunkin’ Donuts guests can use their iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to

Hangover Prevention

Life Support is a functional beverage created to prevent and relieve hangovers. Using a proprietary blend of a natural extract from the Japanese Raisin Fruit Tree, and other all-natural vitamins and minerals, Life Support metabolizes alcohol and helps aid the body in recovering from the effects of alcohol consumption. Hovenia Dulcis, or Japanese Raisin Tree […]

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Festive Kakes

This holiday season, snack brand Tastykake has launched limited-edition Kandy Kakes. New Tastykake Red Velvet Kandy Kakes feature rich red velvet cakes with a buttercream creme filling covered in a white confectionery coating. The Red Velvet Kandy Kakes are available in eight- ounce boxes and have an estimated retail price of $4.49. Tastykake’s Gingerbread Kandy Kakes feature a sweet and spicy […]

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Sweet Potato Skins

Inventure Foods Inc. has expanded on its popular TGI Fridays licensed snack line with the introduction of Sweet Potato Skins. The new Fridays Sweet Potato Skins are now in convenience and grocery stores nationwide in 2.75-ounce and five-ounce bags, respectively. A convenient 1.35-ounce single-serve bag will also available in vending machines. The suggested retail price […]

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Bite-Sized Candies

Taste of Nature Inc. has launched a line of bite-sized candies based on the MoonPie brand. MoonPie Bites combine classic graham, marshmallow and chocolate flavors in a bite-sized treat and are available in peg bags, theatre boxes and share sizes. With a flavor profile similar to s’mores, the treats are expected to appeal to a […]

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Healthy Snack Bars

Rickland Orchards has launched a new line of CLVR bars blended with high-quality ingredients such as super fruits, grains, seeds and nuts, sweetened with coconut sugar. CLVR bars are currently enrolled in both the Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Gluten-Free programs, awaiting verification. The bars are rolling out to retailers nationwide and are available in […]

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Maple Water

Happy Tree, innovator of the first cold pressed maple water, has expanded to Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic and North Atlantic regions, all of HEB’s Central Market locations in Texas, as well as online grocer Fresh Direct. With Whole Foods Market, this increases the maple water brand’s presence to over 200 stores across seven regions – […]

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Reformulated Snacks

SnackWell’s is reformulating its products, which will now be made without high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors or colors. Recently acquired by Back to Nature Foods Company L.L.C., a portfolio company of Brynwood Partners VI L.P., SnackWell’s is now looking to build on the success of its signature products—the Vanilla Creme Sandwich […]

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Why Obsession Is An Important Ingredient To Success

By Bill Scott,  founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. I first met Susan when she ran the convenience store operation for one of my customers. Susan was obsessed. I naturally gravitate toward people who are on a mission, because I am on a mission too, and people on missions usually have things in common,

Why The Retailer?

I’ve been in retail for over 45 years. I still cannot understand why whenever there is positive or negative social unrest the retailer’s business is the first to take the hit. Stores get destroyed, robbed, window broken, retailers accosted, the list goes on. I often wonder what the retailer had to do with the situation

How Savory Snacks Succeed

Busy lifestyles lead to increased snack consumption. Economic variations, such as surging urbanization, growing per capita income in various countries and increasing demand for tertiary processed food, have led to growth in the global savory snacks market. Earlier, the savory snacks were munched as makeshift food between the major meals; however due to the evolving

New Lakewood QuickChek Location

QuickChek offers a number of promotions to customers at its newest location. QuickChek has opened its newest store in familiar territory. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain opened a new 5,496-square-foot store at 901 Cedar Bridge Avenue in Lakewood on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Located across from FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, and

Economic Optimism Continues

NRA reporting the highest rates of economic optimism in five months.  The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) portrayed a moderate gain in October. This gain is being attributed to stronger same-store sales and a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators. The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook

Breakfast Cereals Market Trends

The hot cereals market is expected to grow significantly by 2019. The Breakfast Cereals Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019, a new report published by Transparency Market Research (TMR), has revealed that the global breakfast cereals market is in a state of growth. The global breakfast cereals market

How To Boost Holiday Sales

The majority of shoppers prefer to receive gift cards as incentives from retailers. As the holiday shopping season continues, retailers are looking to implement last minute tactics to boost their holiday sales. Gift cards, both plastic and digital, are holding steady with consumers and are therefore powerful tools to incentivize shoppers and ultimately drive revenue.

Brakebrush President to Retire

Brakebrush will have a new president come 2016. Brakebush has announced that its current president, Carl Brakebush, will retire on Jan. 8, 2016. Brakebush has served as president since 2010 and will continue to serve as chairman of the board. Scott Sanders, a 36 year employee and current vice president of sales and marketing will assume

Pemex Enters U.S.

The Mexican c-store company looks to test its strength by entering the Houston market. Mexico’s national oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos, known as Pemex, launched its first gasoline station outside of Mexico in Texas on Thursday. According to San Antonio Express News, the company is evaluating its brand strength by competing in the U.S. Pemex will

Parker’s Funds Local School

Parker’s convenience store chain donates a portion of proceeds from every gallon of gas purchased. Parker’s, headquartered in Savannah, Ga., has is helping to fund local schools as part of its Fueling the Community Program. On Dec. 1, it presented a check for $5,000 to Bryan County Public Schools. “We’re delighted to support Bryan County

7-Eleven Impacted By FDA Celery Recall

E.coli outbreak prompts FDA to recall products containing celery from Taylor Farms Pacific. 7-Eleven is among stores involved in a celery recall due to an E.coli outbreak. NBC News reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded a recall of food products containing celery potentially contaminated with E.coli bacteria to more than