Non-Dairy Smoothies

Zone 8 Beverages has unveiled three new coconut-milk based, fruit-infused smoothie beverages, including Orange Dream, Pina Colada and Mango Delight. The new Zone 8 smoothies are non-GMO, non-dairy, gluten-free, soy-free and sweetened with real fruit. Coconut milk based smoothies are a solution to the consumer demand for non-dairy alternatives. The products are also shelf stable, […]

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Pumpkin Spice Treats

Hostess is introducing Pumpkin Spice CupCakes—cream cheese-frosted pumpkin spice cake with creamy filling and fall foliage sprinkles. In addition, cinnamon-glazed Pumpkin Spice and Maple Glazed Donettes are also now available nationwide, rounding out the company’s range of seasonal items this fall. Consumers can expect additional seasonal items from Hostess to hit stores in time for […]

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good2grow Announces New Vice President of Sales

Dustin Snyder, formerly with Eby-Brown, joins good2grow team to lead convenience channel division. good2grow has hired a new vice president of sales to lead its convenience channel division. Effective Sept. 1, Dustin Snyder is overseeing all sales-related functions, including the management of the good2grow convenience channel team. Snyder will report directly to Gunner Olson, president.

Exclusive: Is Flash Foods Set To Be Acquired?

Are the rumors true? Rumors swirled yesterday that Flash Foods, with 173 stores in Georgia and Florida, might be considering an acquisition offer. Convenience Store Decisions (CSD) confirmed that Waycross, Ga.-based Flash Foods is considering a potential sale with an unnamed suitor. “The Jones Company, who is the holding company for Flash Foods, is exploring

Data at the Speed of Thought

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Back in the ‘olden days,’ every Saturday morning around 10 a.m., my mom would take advantage of the most economical child-sitting service in the nation. Each Saturday, the Broadmoor Movie Theatre loosely supervised an auditorium filled with around 100 rowdy preteens at a cost

What Have You Celebrated Lately?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Did you notice we tend to save our celebrations for the really big moments in life rather than taking the time to rejoice in the everyday accomplishments that make us proud? That’s unfortunate because it limits the number of celebrations we have. Let’s change that. Why not ask yourself (and

Wal-Mart Loses Case Against Five Former Employees

Could a Utah Supreme Court ruling endanger employees and customers in situations involving armed shoplifters? A four to one decision from the Utah Supreme Court has sided with five former Walmart Employees suing for wrongful termination. According to a report by Deseret News, the case follows the termination of five employees who were terminated after disarming

Changing Demographics Influence Packaging Preferences

The consumer desire for transparency extends beyond package design. The U.S. has recently experienced dramatic changes in demographics, lifestyles and eating patterns. These changes include changing population distribution, fewer married couples, more people living alone, smaller household size and multi-generational households. These trends have had a great influence upon packaged foods, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts

7-Eleven Brings Coffee Home

Coffee lovers can now bring the taste of 7-Eleven coffee home. 7-Eleven, the pioneer of on-the-go-coffee in the U.S., is taking coffee home again with the launch of 7-Eleven-branded coffee for single-serve brewing systems. With the new single-serve brew cups, coffee-lovers who want a fresh-brewed cup of 7-Eleven coffee can get one whether they’re on

New Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

New Corner Store shows commitment to community through donations to the local high school. A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been held to celebrate the grand opening of the newest Corner Store in Temple, Texas. Along with the ceremony the store hosted giveaways for the customers who attended. The new store is located at 2502 W. FM 93

Dr. Berman Supports VirMax Performance Supplement

VirMax Performance Supplement receives support from renowned sex and relationship educator and therapist. Natural Product Solutions LLC and Kretek International Inc. have announced that Laura Berman, PhD will be at NACS to discuss the science behind the VirMax Performance Supplement line. Berman will be available to answer questions about how these clinically-tested natural supplements help men and women live healthier,

Hershey SMILES Exceeds Expectations

Hershey is being awarded for its continuous innovation. Hershey has been named the winner of Globeforce’s Innovator Award, after The Hershey Co. and Globoforce, in 2014, partnered to create a global employee recognition program, Hershey SMILES.  The award was given during Globoforce’s 2015 WorkHuman conference, and it recognizes the program’s effective implementation and continual incorporation of new and effective ideas.

Pick and Choose

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I’m concerned about the misuse of religious freedom and the misguided use of it for personal attention and justification of one’s past experiences. It is troubling to think one can be praised for ‘breaking the law’ by using the religious freedom crutch. Anyone short sided enough not

Fear of Flying

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. A very wise friend once said to me: “At this moment in time, you are exactly where you planned to be. This is what you wanted. This is what you worked hard for. This is your great accomplishment.” You might be able to imagine

Relationships That Matter

I began to conceptualize this month’s edit memo on a shuttle bus from the El Dorado Hotel to the airport in Santa Fe, N.M., following the 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference. I shared a ride with Brent Mouton, of Hit N Run Food Stores, Joe Sucharzewski, of Dion’s Quik Marts and Vernon Young, of

The United Family Expands Loyalty Program

With points accumulation, guest can earn free fuel or groceries. The United Family is expanding its rewards program by launching a points program, which allows guests to earn free fuel or groceries by making everyday purchases at any of the 66 United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market and United Express locations in West Texas,

Kum & Go Headquarters Construction Set To Begin

Construction will continue through 2018. Construction of the Kum & Go Downtown Headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, is set to move forward as early as next week. Construction fencing has been installed around the perimeter of the project at 1459 Grand Avenue, and demolition of existing buildings is slated to begin the week of Sept. 21,

Pop Rocks ‘Rock’ New York Fashion Week

Pop Rocks inspires Tumbler & Tipsy’s “Champagne Wishes and Candy Dreams” collection. Pop Rocks may emerge as the next season´s hottest fashion trend after the success of its cooperation with Tumbler & Tipsy last Sept. 16 in the Metropolitan Pavillion during New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Pop Rocks, the candy that revolutionized the world of

Mickey Mart Partners With OpenStore By Gas Buddy

Expands digital marketing presence at its convenience stores through a new mobile app. Mickey Mart Convenience Stores is expanding its digital marketing with its new OpenStore by GasBuddy mobile app. Locally-owned and operated, Mickey Mart takes pride in offering the best customer experience. The new app expands its engagement to customers’ mobile phones. “OpenStore offers

Why Your Past is the Key to Your Future

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. I’m a computer programmer, accountant and cloud service specialist. Writing is a hobby that I picked up three decades ago. I don’t consider myself to be an especially good writer, and one of my faults is what makes it my hobby and not my career. I

QuickChek Supports U.S. Veterans

QuickCheck works to give back to its local communities. More than 5,000 bottles of water were provided by QuickChek Corp. to participants in the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon & Half Marathon to Support Our Veterans. The fresh convenience market chain is a Silver Star sponsor of the Sept. 13 race benefiting veterans living in Suffolk County. “We’re

CITGO Customers Compete For The Ultimate Road Trip Experience

Sweepstakes allows CITGO to engage customers online, in-store and through their mobile phones. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has announced its “Ultimate Road Trip Sweepstakes,” running now through Oct. 26, 2015. “We’re proud to be a part of our customers’ lives and fuel their road trips, whether that involves everyday trips like driving to work or once-in-a-lifetime

CITGO Helping Underserved Youth Though Red Sox Foundation Partnership

Donates $2,500 in gas gift cards, aids transportation costs. CITGO, along with its local branded marketers and retailers, is joining forces with the Red Sox Foundation to further help underserved youth in the Boston area. With a $2,500 donation of CITGO Gift Cards, the foundation can now provide transportation for youth involved in its two

How The Candy Industry Is Bolstering The Economy

NCA reports the candy industry supports 465,000 jobs nationwide. A new report released by the National Confections Association (NCA) shows the confectionary industry is fueling the American economy through job growth. U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) joined industry leaders at The Newseum in Washington, D.C., to unveil the new

How Customers Are Sharing Slurpees

During Share A Slurpee Drink Week, customers can take advantage of buy-one-get one-free deals. 7-Eleven is delighting customers with a weeklong “Share a Slurpee” drink offer. The Buy one-get-one-free deal runs every day from Monday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 20. Customers who buy any size or flavor Slurpee drink can receive a second Slurpee