Kellogg Co. Named Among Top Companies For Women Executives

NAFE names Kellogg Co. among the best for women senior leadership. Kellogg is pleased today to again be named among the “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). With four women on its board of directors, or 38%, and eight women holding spots on the company’s Global Leadership


PCI Council To Host Acquirer Forum At TRANSACT15

Acquirers and processors invited to discuss payment security solutions for merchant community. The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has announced it will convene acquirers and processors to collaborate on payment security solutions for the merchant community. The Acquirer Forum will take place on April 2 alongside TRANSACT15, the Electronic Transaction Association’s (ETA) marquee global

AFFI Urges Congress to Reject New Food Taxes

Proposed taxes on food and beverage makers could be passed onto consumers. The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and a coalition of nearly 60 food groups urged the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to develop a fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget that funds U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety programs without

Connecting With Coffee Customers Gets Personal

While some c-stores are adding barista-staffed bars to compete in the coffee arena, most are finding simpler ways to make brew buying a more personalized experience for their customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. With about 11,000 chain and 14,000 independent cafes in the U.S., according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), consumers

Chuckles: A Family Affair

With new locations planned for Kentucky and Indiana, third-generation C.E. Taylor Oil is positioning its Chuckles convenience store chain for the future. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When C.E. Taylor Oil Inc. was just getting started, family members who were intent on growing the business realized that while gas was the base of operations, retail

Good Team Management Often Drives Success

By John Lofstock, Editor We are living in an era of unprecedented retail competition. This is no secret. Going forward, retailers need to address the unique needs and desires of consumers, providing a more rewarding and memorable shopping experience. Expected changes include innovative retail formats and distribution models, as well as improved marketing and customer

The Common Denominator

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I read an article stating that most American’s support a higher minimum wage and employer paid health care. The survey should have went on to ask if most American’s would support employer paid vacations, sick leave, transportation cost, home improvement expenditures and peace on earth. Surveys will supply

Highway Tax Support

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. There seems to be an ongoing saga of a shortage of funds for highway maintenance in the U.S. I’m not a fan of designated taxes for roads. It is like designating a tax for the military and then a tax for every other need. With that said, I

Boost Sales by Measuring the Right Things

By Betsi Bixby Do you ever get frustrated with your sales team? Do you wonder if they spend their time well? Have you tried a bunch of different compensation plans, and maybe even tried activity measures as part of your commission structure, but were dissatisfied with lack of significantly better results? If so, you are

Carbonated Soft Drink Sales Climb

Energy drink sales soar with help from low gas prices. Carbonated soft drinks (CSD), excluding energy drinks saw strong sales and improved volumes, as well as significant pricing growth, reported Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Total CSD (excluding energy drinks) dollar sales in the U.S. C-store channel were up a solid +4.8% (+3.2% for prior 12-weeks)

Specialty Coffee Facts & Figures

While a tremendous amount of effort and attention is directed toward selecting the right bean, the specialty coffee industry recognizes that transportation, storage, roasting, packaging, brewing and preparation all affect the quality of the final product and as such, has developed or is in the process of developing standards for ensuring quality at each of

Gas Prices Growing In March

AAA examines the fuel price uptick and the reasons behind climbing prices at the pump. U.S. average gas prices have increased 35 days in a row for a total of 39 cents per gallon, marking the longest consecutive streak of rising prices since February 2013, according to AAA. Gas prices are climbing due to both

Georgia-Pacific Professional Recognized As Outstanding Supplier

“Grainger is proud to recognize Georgia-Pacific Professional for its outstanding supplier performance,” says Vice President, Global Product Management. Georgia-Pacific Professional was presented with a 2014 Partners in Performance Award as part of Grainger’s annual show in Orlando. Grainger, a broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, presents the

Consumers Respond To Gas Price Changes

Purchase behavior shows how gas price changes impact consumer spending. Cardlytics measures one of the best indicators of consumer behavior: purchase behavior, including how consumer purchase behavior changes during times of high and low gas prices. The company has insights into 70% of all American purchase activity. Cardlytics used this insight to compare consumer spending

Applications Now Being Accepted for the John MacDougall/NAG Memorial Scholarship

Five $1,000 college scholarships will be awarded to employees of NAG member companies and their children. By John Lofstock, Executive Director, National Advisory Group As the founder of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, John MacDougall was a longtime supporter of the National Advisory Group (NAG). In his personal life, he was also a strong supporter

Beers of Mexico

HEINEKEN USA has announced the return of the Beers of Mexico variety pack with limited edition offering, Dos Equis Azul—a blend of signature golden wheat lager and blue agave. Dos Equis Azul will once again join HEINEKEN USA’s outstanding Mexican beers—Dos Equis Lager, Tecate and Sol—in one convenient Fiesta Pack. The pack will be supported

Caramel Waffle

Honey Stinger, a manufacturer of honey-based nutritional products, is introducing a new flavor to its award-winning lineup of USDA Certified Organic products: Caramel Stinger Waffles. The traditional stroopwafel, which originated in the Netherlands over 200 years ago, is a waffle made from two thin layers of baked batter with syrup filling. In the Netherlands and

Intelligent Lighting

Cree Inc. is reinventing intelligent lighting with the introduction of  field adjustable color temperature for SmartCast Technology-enabled CR Series LED troffers, delivering a dynamic and customizable lighting experience. The first of Cree’s industry-leading luminaires to feature instantly adjustable color temperatures, Cree’s groundbreaking SmartCast Technology combined with its TrueWhite Technology allow for superior color quality and

Storefront Digital Signage

One way to attract customers into retail stores is to place high-bright LCD digital signage displays in storefront windows for around-the-clock selling. Zinger Digital’s Window Solutions In-a-Box, includes everything needed to install and operate window signage right out of the box. Digital signage is becoming a must in the retail industry because, displayed strategically in

Consumer-Centric Vaping

iSmoke has introduced iSmoke OneHitter, a small, discrete loose leaf tobacco vaporizer designed to “heat, not burn” tobacco. Perfect for on-the-go adult smokers who are looking for a portable, discrete, and technologically advanced way to vape their loose tobacco. The battery is rechargeable and comes with a cleaning tool set. Additionally, the iSmoke “3-in-1” device

Cetane Boost for Diesel

VP Racing Fuels has announced the introduction of “Cetanium” cetane concentrate, the latest addition to its line of Madditive performance chemicals. Cetanium increases cetane up to 10 numbers for off-road racing diesel applications—the largest increase of any cetane boost on the market. Packaged in 32-ounce containers, Cetanium cleans injectors and pumps, prevents sludge and deposits

Layered Granola Bars

In response to the growing energy bar category the Kellogg’s Convenience team is launching new Bear Naked Layered Granola Bars. Peoples’ lives are hectic and active consumers look for snacks that will help them be focused and energized. The Bear Naked brand offers an ever-growing variety of products for health-aware consumers to enjoy. New Bear

Is RBOB Near Its Pre-Season Rally High?

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Seasonal factors are the primary driver in lifting the gasoline futures contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange more than 60% from a multiyear low registered in January, and are the wind in the sails for a continued move higher in March. The forward curve, which shows the

Kentucky Smoking Ban Dead Again

Cigar Association of America lobbies successfully to prevent smoking ban in Kentucky. Thanks in part to the lobbying efforts of the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) and others, a bill that would have enacted a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky is dead for the fifth consecutive year,

Combustible Cigarette Pricing And Volume Strong

Lower gas prices continue to help drive category strength. Cigarette dollar sales accelerated driven by solid pricing and equally strong volume, according to a recent Nielsen report. Wells Fargo Securities LLC, noted that c-store cigarette dollar sales were up +5.9% (up from +3.5% last period and -3.2% last year) during the recent four-weeks ending Feb.