New Ethical Labels Database

The rise in demand for vegan, kosher and other ethnically and religiously diverse food categories has led to the need for ethical food labeling. In response to the growing movement sustainability, social responsibility and transparency on labels, Euromonitor International, a global market research company, has launched the new Ethical Labels database. According to the new

Natural and Organic Food Trends

As consumer demand for natural and organic food options, a number of different trends are rising to help make organic and natural foods a part of daily life. A rise in the health conscious consumer has led to a rise in the incorporation of natural and organic food options in daily life. In response to

Mondelēz International Addresses Child Protection in Cocoa Production Sectors

Embode has advised Mondelēz International to address the root causes of child labor in cocoa-farming communities in order to address the bigger picture and foster the well-being of children. As part of the company’s continued efforts to empower cocoa-farming communities through its Cocoa Life program, Mondelēz International recently commissioned two independent assessments of child protection

National Restaurant Association Hosts Inspiring Keynote Address

Three industry game changers spoke at the recent National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. On Sunday, May 22, 2016, members of the restaurant industry attended the National Restaurant Association’s “Signature ’16: Turn the Tables” keynote address. This keynote address took place at the 2016 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, and this unique approach to industry

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

The association will award five $1,000 scholarships to Children of National Advisory Group (NAG) members. The deadline has been extended to Friday, June 17. Registration also open for the 2016 NAG Conference in Savannah, Ga. By John Lofstock, Executive Director, National Advisory Group As the founder of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, John MacDougall was

Hummus Snack Packs

Good things come in small packages. And now, so does another option for good-for-you snacks, with the launch of a new line of Hummus Plus Chicken four-ounce snack packs. The “PLUS” in Hummus Plus is protein. The combination of hummus and fresh chicken—the first and only pairing of its kind in the marketplace—provides nutritional benefits […]

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Empire Petroleum Acquires Keeman Petroleum

A new acquisition will strengthen Empire’s South Georgia footprint. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has officially acquired the wholesale distribution rights of Valdosta, Ga.- based Keeman Petroleum Co. Inc. Keeman is a distributor that supplies branded fuel to gas stations primarily in the Southern Georgia and Florida markets, and this acquisition will strengthen Empire’s South Georgia

Chili Lime Beef Jerky

Golden Island Jerky, maker of all-natural, premium jerky, has introduced its newest variety: Chili Lime Beef. Chili Lime Beef features the heat of mouthwatering chilies balanced by the cooling zing of citrus lime. Like all Golden Island jerkies, Chile Lime is created from exclusive spice blends authentic to the brand’s Asian heritage. Each piece is […]

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Versatile Foam Cups

The Morrison Group has introduced the new Strada Foam Cups. These beaded foam cups are highly insulated, durable and versatile, making them practical and cost effective. The Strada Foam Cups exude personality toting bright, cheerful graphics. The two large sizes offer ergonomic style for better comfort and only two lids across all cup sizes are […]

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Sun Capital Partners Acquires Admiral Petroleum & Lemmen Oil

Significant growth opportunities are expected for Admiral & Lemmen through their recent acquisition by Sun Capital Partners. Sun Capital Partners Inc., a private investment firm, has announced that one of its affiliates has completed the acquisition of Admiral Petroleum Co. & Lemmen Oil Co. Admiral, which had been family owned and operated since 1905, is

Car Wash Innovations

Celebrating its 50th year manufacturing car wash systems, Mark VII Equipment Inc., the North America subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, recently introduced four product innovations at the International Carwash Association’s annual event. LightRails are stainless-steel guide rails with bright LED lighting that simulates an airport runway, providing customers a dramatic show while guiding them […]

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Ozone Ice Sanitation

Ice-O-Matic has launched its new Ozone Delivery System: the O3-Matic. This new groundbreaking device infuses ozone into incoming water, killing microbes on every surface it touches and retarding future growth. In addition, the ozone becomes entrapped in the ice cubes, carrying the same sanitation benefits to the bin and dispenser. Ozone increases intervals between sanitizing, […]

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Streamlined Refrigeration System

Master-Bilt has restructured its existing Quick Ship walk-in refrigeration system. Master-Bilt’s updated Quick Ship models provide a simpler, streamlined experience for AutoQuotes users. Over 200 new MB5 model Quick Ship walk-ins, which are self-contained, feature a Packaged Refrigeration System (PRS-2), creating a package that fits most cooler or freezer applications either inside or outside. Panels […]

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Flavorful Cheese Varieties

Burnett Dairy Cooperative has introduced fun new flavors of string cheese and artisan cheese, set to launch at the Dairy-Deli-Bake Expo in Houston in June 2016. Joining the company’s current innovative string cheese lineup, Burnett Dairy’s new variety of natural mozzarella string cheese is blended with all-natural vegetables to create protein packed Garden Veggie String […]

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Convenient Car Wash

Ryko has introduced the newest addition to its car wash equipment, the SoftGloss Drive-Thru, providing a low-maintenance, high-quality option. With multiple configurations, including drive-through and drive-in/back out configurations, SoftGloss is perfect for any space. SoftGloss combines top and side brushes for maximum cleaning power for vehicle front, sides, rear and top, and integrates all wash […]

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Nutritious Pita Breads

BFree Foods has launched new Pita Breads, which are baked in a traditional stone-fired oven for prime authenticity and taste. Like the rest of BFree’s products, the new pita offering is free from gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts and soy, making it safe for people with food allergies and other dietary restrictions. BFree Pita Breads […]

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Leadership and Convenience Store Employees

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC For over three decades, I have tried, in vain, to identify the method that guides most convenience store operators in the business of managing their employees. Is there a standard manual somewhere that I have neglected to read? Some empirical research that could assist employers in the employee management

National Fuel Price Averages Reach 2016 High

For the first time since August of last year, drivers in every state are paying an average of more than $2 per gallon. As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, gas prices across the U.S. have reached the highest point for the year, so far. According to a report from AAA, the national average of $2.28

Millennial Grocery Shopping Trends

A new report from Retale has revealed grocery shopping trends and preferences among Millennial consumers. The results of a recent commissioned study from Retale that examines grocery shopping preferences among Millennial consumers have been released. The study, “Retale Millennial Grocery Report” collected data from 1,000 Millennials across the U.S., and was conducted May 2-6, 2016.

Wawa Introduces New “Hero Award”

Wawa is looking to recognize non-profit organizations that help to preserve freedom and empower individuals to become better citizens. The Wawa Foundation has introduced the new “Hero Award,” through which the foundation will honor a non-profit organization serving the greater Philadelphia area. This new award seeks to recognize an organization that assists others and helps

Wawa Announces 4th of July Celebration

Wawa has announced the official lineup of events for its annual 4th of July celebration week. In celebration of the 4th of July, as part of its seventh year as title sponsor of Wawa Welcome America!, Wawa has announced a lineup of exciting events and activities that will be a part of Wawa’s eight day

New Trends Emerge at 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo

The sweets and snacks industry is expecting increased innovation this year, as manufacturers continue to try and meet evolving consumer needs. A number of new candy and snack industry trends are emerging as the 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo kicks off in Chicago. The National Confectioners Association has revealed the latest industry trends of 2016

Hershey Debuts New Product Innovations

Hershey is keeping up with consumers’ evolving tastes by creating new products, as well as introducing new takes on fan favorites. The Hershey Co. has announced that it will debut a number of new, innovative confections at this year’s annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, taking place in Chicago from May 24-26, 2016, from the National

Nutrition Facts Panel Overhaul Breakdown

The Nutrition Facts Panel will encounter a number of valuable changes in the coming years, and it is crucial for consumers to have a better understanding of the information that the Panel provides. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially announced the changes that will be made to the Nutrition Facts Panel in the

TravelCenters Announces Results of Annual Shareholders Meeting

TravelCenters’ shareholders recently met to discuss and vote on current company issues, and the company has revealed the results of this meeting. TravelCenters of America LLC held its 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 19, 2016. The results of this meeting have been released, and are as follows: Lisa Harris Jones was re-elected as

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