What Is Employee Engagement Anyway?

By Mel Kleiman, founder, Humetrics Many pollsters regularly measure and report on employee engagement. Gallup does so regularly. Their latest numbers show: “The slightly improved level of employee engagement that persisted in the U.S. workforce in 2015 continued in January. Nearly one-third of workers last month — 32.5% — were engaged in their jobs. Employee

How To Attract More Job Applicants

By Mel Kleiman, founder Humetrics When it comes to getting potential employee referrals, use all of your connections — present employees, vendors and customers. And don’t overlook your business and social networks. Go through your contact database and identify everyone who may know someone like the person you want to hire. Send them an email

FDA Delays Menu-Labeling Rules Until 2017

Fight to change the menu-labeling rules continues in the Senate. Convenience store operators can breathe a momentary sigh of relief as expensive menu-labeling rules, which were required to be implemented this year, are now being delayed until 2017. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this month that it would delay the enforcement of menu

Children Influencing Shopping Trends

Some 26% of parents learn about new products from their children. Kids play a big role in influencing consumer awareness of food and beverage products, according to a new report by Packaged Facts, entitled “Kids Food and Beverage Market in the U.S., 8th Edition.” For the U.S. retail food sector, the children aren’t just the

NJOY Daily E-Cig Sales Soar

Accessible pricing and lightweight, soft touch design help spur consumer demand for NJOY Daily. E-cigarette manufacturer NJOY shared the latest IRI FDMxC (“All-Channel”) data, revealing that the NJOY Daily disposable e-cig is currently the fastest-turning new e-vapor product, outselling other new products such as JTI’s Logic Pro and Pax Labs’ Juul. The data indicates that

Hormel Foods Leadership Changes Amid Retirements

As vice presidents of financing and engineering retire, company members step up to new positions. Hormel Foods Corp.’s vice president of finance, Roland Gentzler, and James Schroeder, vice president of engineering, are retiring. As a result, Gary Jamison, vice president and chief financial officer at Jennie-O Turkey Store, will advance to vice president and treasurer,

Square Donut Battle

Family Express faces off with Square Donuts regarding the use of the words “square donuts.” Family Express is in a battle over its square doughnuts. The Valparaiso, Ind. based c-store chain has been offering square-shaped doughnuts since 2005 and is asking a judge to allow it to continue to market its renowned four-sided pastries as

BW Gas & Convenience Welcomes New Brand Manager

Darrin Samaha to lead development of BW Gas & Convenience’s c-store brand. Brookwood Financial Partners LLC has hired Darrin Samaha as vice president and brand manager for BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC (“BW Gas & Convenience”). BW Gas & Convenience is an affiliate of Brookwood, which owns and operates gas stations with convenience stores

NCSA Inducting Individuals To Candy Hall of Fame

Ceremony for Candy Hall of Fame inductees to take place in October in Tampa, Fla. National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) is recognizing 11 candy industry leaders with induction into the Candy Hall of Fame in Tampa, Fla. at an event on Saturday Oct. 15. The Candy Hall of Fame is the industry’s most prestigious honor,

Love’s CNG Company Wins PennDOT Contract

Love’s set to build and operate 29 CNG facilities in new contract. Trillium CNG, Love’s Travel Stops compressed natural gas company, was awarded a substantial contract by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Trillium and PennDOT will enter into a 20-year public-private partnership under which Trillium will design, build, operate and maintain 29 compressed natural

Sunoco Refines Customer-Centric Strategies with APT

APT’s Test & Learn for Sites software to help Sunoco evaluate and refine promotional strategy. Sunoco has extended its license agreement with Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) Test & Learn for Sites and Market Basket Analyzer software. Additionally, Sunoco is expanding the relationship, adding a license of APT’s Test & Learn for Customers software to evaluate

Grab a Gift Card

Games of Pure Skill has introduced 1 SHOT 1 cranes as new sales-tools. Each time a customer wins the crane game, your product is sold. A customer plays the crane game for a quarter, and a card worth $1 in product is won once in every six to eight plays. The store gets $1.5 to […]

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Novelty Disney Candy

CandyRific will soon launch several new Disney-themed novelty candy items, giving sneak peeks at some of the most popular movies coming out in 2017, including Beauty and the Beast, Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3. In preparation for the Beauty and the Beast release, CandyRific will introduce the Princess Belle Character Fan, featuring the beautiful […]

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Cheese Dippers

The Laughing Cow has introduced its newest innovation, Cheese Dippers, a portable, individually-portioned snack featuring The Laughing Cow’s rich, creamy cheese and crunchy breadsticks. The brand’s new offering addresses consumers’ increasingly on-the-go lifestyles and appeals to adults and children alike. Each serving provides an excellent source of calcium, delivers four grams of protein and contains […]

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Larger Gluten-Free Pretzel Crisps

Snack Factory is expanding its Gluten Free Pretzel Crisps line with the addition of new Deli Style Gluten Free Original Pretzel Crisps. Previously, all Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Gluten Free offerings were mini size, but the new Deli Style Gluten Free Original Pretzel Crisps are larger and allow for dipping, topping, pairing and sharing. The […]

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Craft Soda Relaunch

The Coca-Cola Co. announced the relaunch of Hansen’s and Blue Sky craft sodas at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., on March 11. The sodas are being relaunched with new branding and fresh packaging. Hansen’s Sodas has debuted a throwback logo and glass packaging that nods to the brand’s 40-year roots in Southern […]

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Protein-Packed Snacks

Enjoy Life Foods has launched a new portfolio of allergy-friendly, bite-size snacks. The new snacks include a line of plant-based protein-packed ProBurst Bites and smaller, snack-size versions of the company’s cookies: Soft-Baked Cookie Minis and Crunchy Cookie Minis. These new innovations are Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified and are free-from the eight most common food […]

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Compostable Coffee Pods

Boyd Coffee Co. has partnered with Club Coffee to create the first 100% compostable, fully-certified single-serve beverage pod. The new single-serve pod is made from more than 90% renewable resources, and the pod’s ring is made from coffee chaff – the skin of the coffee bean that comes off during the roasting process. Every single […]

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Marshmallow Ghostbusters Characters

In partnership with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Campfire Marshmallows has released Campfire Ghostbuster Marshmallows, just in time for the worldwide release of Ghostbusters in theaters July, 2016. The marshmallows are vanilla flavored and are shaped like the iconic Ghostbusters characters, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (White) and Slimer (Green). Campfire Ghostbusters Marshmallows are fat free, […]

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Millennials Using Smartphones For Shopping, Video Calls

Millennials leading increased smartphone activity. Millennial technology preferences are shifting away from computers and toward smartphones for activities like shopping and video calls. Millennials are driving the increased usage of video calling as a preferred application among smartphone users. In fact, according to The NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence Application and Convergence Report, more than half

Panhandle, Texas CEFCO Re-opens with Sonic

The newly-upgraded Panhandle, Texas CEFCO store offers an enhanced shopping experience to customers.  Following a redesign, the CEFCO Convenience Store located in Panhandle, Texas, at Highway 60 and FM 207 has officially re-opened. This latest opening represents the 23rd, 5,500-square-foot prototype location that CEFCO has opened over the past several years, and is the second

Fuel Prices on the Rise

The transition to summer-blend fuel has gas prices rising across the nation. As fuel refineries prepare for the production of summer-blend gasoline and conduct their seasonal maintenance, fuel prices are on the rise across the country. According to a report from AAA, the national average price for gasoline has reached above $2 per gallon, and

How to Satisfy Customer Cravings with Dairy

Ice cream and dairy products, especially milk, are convenience store staples, of which U.S. consumers can’t seem to get enough. “Essentially, the category of milk is exploding in retail health stores and with alternative milks, yet conventional grocery and c-stores are behind trend on offerings,” said Deborah Holand, a consulting partner with b2b Solutions in

Health and Beauty: More Than Before

Health and beauty aids (HBA) aren’t usually products that many c-stores take the time and trouble, or go to the expense to actively market. But they should. The U.S. beauty industry reached $16 billion in 2015, a 7% increase over 2014 sales, according to the NPD Group. Makeup experienced the healthiest sales growth—13% during that

Loyalty Evolves With the Times

2016 is expected to bring more integration of loyalty programs in mobile payments and increased development of program apps. Retailers are also moving toward encouraging 100% redemption of loyalty points. For customers, the benefits of being a loyalty program member become the most salient when the customer redeems a reward (e.g. gets discount, product or

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