Disney Pixar Cars Items

CandyRific is offering two new light and sound wands from Disney Pixar Cars. The new items will be available in April 2015. These Cars characters are a wonderful addition to the collection of popular Disney novelties, and Lightning McQueen and Mater are sure to be a big hit this spring. Choose from #95 hotshot rookie


BYOD Starter Kit

InComm, a provider of integrated technology solutions to retailers at point-of-sale (POS), announced the availability of its SIM card and no-contract wireless plan bundled into one Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Starter Kit package. The InComm BYOD program was recently named a winner in the Best Choice Retail Card category in the 2015 Paybefore Awards.

Meridian Hosts CEO Exchange

Meridian’s CEO Exchange live event is set to take place in Dallas on March 18-19 at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The CEO Exchange is designed for Petro owners, CEOs, and next generation owners—sons or daughters who are getting ready to take the reins. Attendees create vital networks with other marketers, engage in exchange discussions with

NOCO Promotes DeFilippis To Vice President

With nearly 40 years of retail industry experience, DeFilippis was the director of merchandising and marketing for NOCO Express prior to his current role with the company. NOCO has promoted Jim DeFilippis to vice president. In this role, he is now a member of the company’s executive management leadership group, the first such group since

Millennials Reach for Private Label Products

Brand trust, improved quality and product innovation among the top reasons shoppers are filling their grocery carts with private labels. Private label food products are getting some much needed attention, especially from young shoppers, according to the Private Label Foods: What’s Driving Purchase? – US, February 2015 report from market intelligence agency, Mintel. Per the

Rutter’s Donates to PSU THON

Funds pediatric cancer research. York County, Pa.-based Rutter’s donated more than $8,100 to The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, otherwise known as THON, a yearlong fundraising effort for pediatric cancer research. The money donated to THON and the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital were collected from customers at each of Rutter’s

AWMA Launches New State Government Affairs Initiative

Appoints Dirk Smith as the AWMA’s first-ever director of state government affairs. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that it has launched a new initiative to provide members with information and the ability to take action on state governmental developments that affect their businesses and the convenience distribution industry. The initiative has two key

Fuel Rewards Program Hits Five-Million-Member Milestone

National coalition loyalty program engages members with a universal rewards currency. A landmark five million American consumers have joined the Fuel Rewards program. The nationwide loyalty program uses cents-per-gallon fuel savings as the ultimate consumer reward for making everyday purchases at participating merchants. Programs like Fuel Rewards make up a new fast-growth sector in the

Wal-Mart Looks To Revamp Image With Better Pay, Training

Plans to invest $1 billion in its workforce’s training and salaries. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion in order to increase worker salaries and better train its hourly workers in an attempt to reshape its image from a company offering dead-end jobs to one where employees can grow, the Associated Press reported. Within the

Nestlé Removing Artificial Flavors and Colors

“We know that candy consumers are interested in broader food trends around fewer artificial ingredients,” says president of Nestlé USA Confections & Snacks. Nestlé USA announced its commitment to removing artificial flavors and FDA-certified colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate candy products. By the end of 2015, more than

Speedway Exceeds $8 Million Raised in 2014 for CMN

Speedway customers and employees raised more than $68 Million for the charity since 1991. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC contributed more than $8 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2014, bringing the company’s total fundraising to more than $68 million since 1991. Donations in 2014 increased more than

Nearly 300% More Retailers Plan To Deploy Mobile POS

Boston Retail Partners’ survey shows mobile technology is transforming the customer experience. According to a special report by Boston Retail Partners (BRP), retailers are focused on significantly expanding the use of mobile technology for point of sale (POS), customer engagement and payments. The BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Mobile Technology—Transforming the Customer Experience, assesses how mobile devices

VERC Enterprises Presents Grant To West Middle School

ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program helps retailers invest in their communities. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented West Middle School in Andover, Mass. with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp.

Atlas Oil Launches Social Media Campaign

Promotes safe driving around big rigs. Atlas Oil Co. has launched a new safety related social media campaign called #RespectTheRig. The campaign features short videos of Atlas drivers giving safe driving tips for sharing the road with big rigs. Atlas invites other big rig drivers, trucking associations and other organizations to join the conversation at

Hershey Moving to Simple, Easy-to-Understand Ingredients

“We all want and deserve to know what’s in our food,” says Hershey’s CEO. The Hershey Co. is beginning a transition to simple and easy-to-understand ingredients. This builds and expands on Hershey’s ongoing commitment to responsibly sourcing the ingredients it uses in its product portfolio. “As consumers, our relationship with food is changing. We spend

IDDBA Outlines Changing Food Retail Landscape

The 77-million-strong Millennial generation and their $200 billion in buying power will outspend the boomer generation by 2018. The changing retail landscape and shifting customer demographics within the food industry provide both challenges and opportunities for the in-store dairy, deli, and bakery industries, as evidenced by findings in What’s in Store 2015, the 29th edition

Register Now for NAG’s Second Annual Young Executives Roundtable

The convenience store industry’s young executives and leaders of tomorrow face unique challenges as they grow their businesses in the competitive convenience store market. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) was formed specifically to addresses these challenges and help the industry’s next-generation leaders identify solutions with others in their age group. Please

Refreshed Look, New Variants

Dutch Masters is making the biggest change in the brand’s 100-year-old history, including a major refresh to its iconic logo, to meet current adult cigar smokers’ lifestyles and preferences. It is also adding ‘Crafted to Burn Slow’ messaging on the new packaging to emphasize the use of traditional natural leaf cigar wrappers and its commitment

Cocktail-Inspired Beverages

Bud Light, the brand behind the wildly successful Bud Light Lime Ritas, is introducing a new cocktail-inspired product to the growing Bud Light portfolio: Bud Light MIXXTAIL. Bud Light MIXXTAIL is an 8% ABV cocktail-inspired beverage available in three flavors—Long Island, Firewalker and Hurricane—that combines the great taste of America’s favorite cocktail flavors with the

Premium Macaroni & Cheese

Kraft Foodservice is excited to offer two new pasta dishes as part of its Simple Signatures portfolio. In addition to the original Classic White Cheddar and Twisted Elbow Macaroni, operators can now choose from Homestyle Cheddar and Shell Pasta made from real cheddar cheeses, as well as Creamy Parmesan and Gemelli Pasta made from real

Stars ‘n Bars Lighters

Kretek International Inc. presents the new DjEEP Stars n’ Bars collection, available to ship April 1. The new patriotic series of lighters features symbols of the greatest country in the world from the most dependable and durable lighter on the planet. Inspired by Old Glory, the new lighter series are part of DjEEP’s upscale collector’s

Tomato & Potato Soups

Deliver the traditional favorites that customers expect during the winter season with Golden Ladle’s two new soups: Cream of Tomato and Cream of Potato. Crafted from chef-inspired recipes, these creamy and perfectly seasoned soups bring a consistent, authentic taste that will keep patrons coming back for more. Golden Ladle uses high-quality ingredients, such as real

Refuse Containers

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), has launched vented BRUTE refuse containers, combining the proven durability of BRUTE containers with new venting and cinching technology and improved ergonomics. The latest addition to RCP’s refuse and recycling portfolio, vented BRUTE containers improve productivity and efficiency with four new venting channels that create airflow. This air circulation makes removing

Sriracha Flavored Ketchup

Heinz Tomato Ketchup has been a key player in happy gatherings for generations. Starting this month, Heinz is giving fans one more reason to smile with new Heinz Ketchup Blended with Sriracha Flavor. This exciting twist on a classic maintains the recognizable taste and consistency of America’s Favorite Ketchup, with an added kick from spicy

Three-In-One Cleaning

The Brillo Sweep & Mop is a revolutionary three-in-one cleaning tool that utilizes Estracell technology in disposable dry pads for sweeping, disposable wet pads for a quick clean, and thicker pads for deep cleaning. This design eliminates the need for a broom, a spot-clean sweeper and deep-clean mop. Independent test results demonstrate that bacteria will