How Starbucks Is Altering Its Loyalty Program

The new Starbucks loyalty program is likely to be met with mixed reviews. Loyalty programs are a key driver of repeat business for a number of businesses, and Starbucks has recently made some big changes in its loyalty program. A new report from Forbes has indicated that Starbucks came to the decision to make changes

ACE Comments on Renewable Fuel Standard Hearing

Executive vice president of ACE has stated some of the company’s concerns about consumer access to cleaner fuels. In advance of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a statement was issued by Brian Jennings, the executive vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE). “While

Mondelēz International Releases Cocoa Life Sustainability Report

Mondelēz International has committed to maintaining a sustainable cocoa supply chain. The first progress report on the Cocoa Life sustainability program has been released by Mondelēz International. The report highlights the impact that the program has had across its six cocoa-growing origins: Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, India and Brazil. The Cocoa Life program

Core-Mark Releases Fourth Quarter Earnings

An investor call was recently held to discuss the company’s fourth quarter earnings. On Feb. 25, 2016, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. released the company’s earnings for the fourth quarter which ended Dec. 31, 2015. The results were released before the market opened the morning of Feb. 25. An investor call was also held at 9

Brand Keys Reveals Difficulties in Achieving Emotional Engagement

The Brand Keys 2016 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index has identified the beverage brands that are meeting customer’s emotional values. The 21st annual Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index (CLEI) has reported that emotional engagement has recently become more difficult to achieve for beverage companies. Emotional engagement is considered a leading-indicator of consumer behavior, sales and

Coalition Asks Congress to Reject New Food Taxes

Food groups speak out after the President’s budget proposal calls on FDA to collect $166 million in new food facility registration and inspection fees from food producers and distributors in the next fiscal year. American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and a coalition of nearly 70 food groups are fighting new potential food taxes that would

Hot Beverage Industry Trends

Hot beverages continue to fight for a place in the daily lives of consumers. Innovation is a necessary ingredient for hot beverages to remain a staple in the everyday lives of consumers, according to a new report,”Hot Drinks: Identifying the latest trends for beverage manufacturers in the hot drinks industry.” The Market Research report finds

AdvancePierre Expands Leadership

Celeste Clark brings a wide range of expertise to AdvancePierre’s board of directors. Celeste Clark, Ph.D., has been appointed to the board of directors for AdvancePierre Foods (APF). Clark, the recently retired senior vice president of Global Public Policy and External Relations for Kellogg Co., brings expertise in global communications, nutrition science, regulatory affairs, corporate social

Hershey to Build West African Health Center

Hershey is moving beyond helping farmers to grow quality cocoa by helping promote the well-being of those in West African communities. The Hershey Co. has partnered with cocoa suppliers Blommer Chocolate and Olam Cocoa to build a community health center to provide access to basic health care to West African cocoa communities. The new center

What’s Happening With Retail Fuel Averages?

Fuel prices have been hovering around historically low prices, but price increases may be on the horizon. The current national average for regular unleaded gasoline remains at the lowest level since the 2009 recession, but fuel prices are expected to rise as the spring season approaches. A new report from AAA has revealed that the

MFA Oil Acquires S&S Oil and Propane Co.

MFA Oil has significantly expanded its existing market making its fourth acquisition of the company’s current fiscal year. MFA Oil Co. has completed its acquisition of S&S Oil and Propane Co. Inc. MFA Oil is the seventh largest propane retailer in the U.S., and the acquisition of S&S, a propane, refined fuels and lubricants retailer

7-Eleven Enhances Breakfast Menu

Two new Breakfast Melt flavors are now available at participating 7-Eleven stores, all day, every day. Two new Melt sandwiches have made their way onto the 7‑Eleven Inc. breakfast menu. Participating locations will now carry the new Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Melt and the Maple Sausage, Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Melt, which will sell

Cumberland Farms Adopts ENFOS Platform

The current Cumberland Farms financial system will now be facilitated by a program from ENFOS. Cumberland Farms Inc. has officially entered into an agreement to implement the ENFOS Environmental Liability Management Platform to support the company’s current programs. Cumberland Farms will deploy ENFOS software solutions to support the management of its remediation program including, project

Graham Rahal Becomes Life Support Ambassador

Life Support has chosen Graham Rahal to bring energy and excitement to the face of its healthy recovery shot. IndyCar driver Graham Rahal has become a marketing partner to Life Support for the company’s 2016 marketing endeavors. In addition to winning two races, Rahal, a Columbus native, finished fourth overall in the Verizon IndyCar Series point

Pinnacle Launches Learning Center

Pinnacle has made it easier for clients to take advantage of the company’s educational materials and resources. A new client education portal, the Pinnacle Learning Center, had been launched by the Pinnacle Corp. Pinnacle customers will now have access to all resources through a single access point. Online help, documentation and software upgrades are among

Judy Love Caught Heckling Lebron James in Oklahma City

Footage of billionaire Judy Love heckling Lebron James has gone viral, as James shares the video with his 18.4 million Instagram followers. Judy Love, of Love’s Travel Stops and Country stores has shown her dislike towards Lebron James during the game between the Cavs and Oklahoma City. According to a report from, James was

BP Rolls Out New Look, New Fuel At Branded Locations

Improved gasoline to debut in April, while brighter canopy lights and bolder colors are set to help entice customers. BP stations are set to get consumer-drawing makeovers as the company updates its BP-braded network of retail stations this year, as well as an upgrade to a new and improved version of BP’s leading fuel brand,

NATSO Reveals 2016 Chairman, Board Members

Sapp Bros.’ Don Quinn to take over as 2016 Chairman. NATSO has announced its 2016 Chairman and board members. The announcement was made during the 2016 NATSO Show, currently being held in Orlando, Fla. NATSO is the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas. Don Quinn, president of Sapp Bros. Travel Centers Inc. is

Wawa Faces Class-Action Lawsuit

Some 3,000 former Wawa employees seek compensation for losses incurred due to an alleged policy change. Former Wawa employee, Greg Pfiefer, has proposed a class-action lawsuit against the c-store chain. According to a report from Philly Voice, Pfiefer, who worked for Wawa from 1992-2009, has claimed that Wawa has defaulted on an agreement to allow

New Pizza Ordering Platform

Domino’s has added another platform for customers to place orders through. Convenience store operators take note: As QSRs and c-stores continue to compete for foodservice customers, Domino’s has officially made ordering pizza easier than ever. According to a report from Fortune, Michigan-based Domino’s pizza chain has become the in the U.S. to offer customers the

Burger King Launches Flame-Grilled Hot Dogs

Burger King has introduced a new permanent menu item that is expected to present a challenge to QSRs. Convenience store roller grills are in for some real competition as QSR Burger King has launched new Flame Grilled Hot Dogs. A new report from StreetInsider has revealed that Burger King has expanded the company’s signature flame-grilling

Apple and Cherry Cigars

S&M Brands has added Temptation (Apple) and Red Krush (Cherry) to its LEX12 cigar product line.  Developed over the past two years to perfect these pleasantly aromatic and delicious handcrafted blends, the Temptation and Red Krush lines add eight new retail SKUs to the 113 SKUs of the entire LEX12 brand line of products. Both […]

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Extra Strength Cherry Energy Shots

Living Essentials LLC is continuing to support military causes with the debut of limited edition, Extra Strength Cherry flavor 5-hour ENERGY shots. From May 1 through July 31, 2016, the company will donate five cents from the sale of every specially marked red, white and blue bottle of Extra Strength Cherry flavor 5-hour ENERGY to […]

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Sriracha Beer

Rogue Ales and Spirits has reintroduced the Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout to celebrate the world’s most influential spicy red sauce. The only beer officially sanctioned by Huy Fong Foods, creators of the original Sriracha Hot Sauce, Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout is crafted by infusing Sriracha Hot Sauce in a classic stout during the brewing process. […]

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Ice Cream For Foodservice

Yuengling’s Ice Cream has launched new three-gallon tub flavors—the perfect addition to foodservice programs. The limited edition flavors will be available in batch quantities and while supplies last. Additional flavors will be added throughout the year as new and unique flavors are developed. Depending on their popularity, select new flavors may be permanently added to […]

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