How Weather and Fuel Prices Are Affecting The Beverage Industry

The beverage industry has reported substantial growth in recent months. A recent survey from Wells Fargo Securities has revealed strong growth in c-store non-alcoholic beverage sales for the fourth quarter, and good weather and decreasing fuel prices appear to have helped grow sales. The Wells Fargo survey, the “Beverage Buzz,” which represents over 15,000 c-store

Couche-Tard Acquires Topaz Energy Group

The acquisition of Topaz plays a major role in Couche-Tard’s global expansion. As a part of a previously announced deal, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has finalized its acquisition of Topaz Energy Group Ltd. in Ireland. The transaction, which was announced in December, has received the appropriate regulatory approvals and all final closing requirements have been completed.

ExxonMobil Smart Card Savings

ExxonMobil has introduced one of the most rewarding offers on a branded fuel credit card.   ExxonMobil Smart Card users will now enjoy six cents in savings per gallon of gas purchased at Exxon- or Mobil-branded station. The savings have no minimum purchase requirements, and no maximum savings cap. “The six cents per gallon discount

How to Brew a Better Coffee Program

More convenience stores are expanding their coffee programs to deliver quality and value to customers. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience store operators are growing increasingly creative with their coffee programs— emphasizing quality and variety, while engaging and educating consumers on the latest category offerings. According to a recent Packaged Facts report, innovations are providing

Gulf Racing Fuels Chosen as Official Fuel of MSR Houston

Gulf specialty fuels helped Gulf Racing Fuels to earn the title of the Official Fuel of MSR Houston. MSR Houston Race Track has selected Gulf Racing Fuels as the track’s Official Fuel. MSR Houston Race Track, a private membership country club race track in Houston, will now offer the new Gulf ethanol-free gasolines – EPA

VP Racing Appoints New Director of Supply

VP Racing Fuels chooses a creative professional to improve company supply chain management. Jeff Mitchell has been named the new director of supply for VP Racing Fuels Inc. In his new position, Mitchell will be responsible for the procurement of materials for all VP divisions and supply chain management. Mitchell will work from the company’s

Reed Oil Co. Chooses to Operate with ADD Systems Software

After contemplating a change in technology partners, Reed Oil Co. has chosen to stay with ADD Systems. Reed Oil Co. Inc. has selected Advanced Digital Data Inc. (ADD Systems) as the company’s technology partner for the future. New Castle, Pa.-based Reed Oil Co. currently utilizes ADD Systems software across multiple business units including heating oil,

How Consumer Views On Weight Are Changing

Americans today are becoming more willing to accept their weight status and to take responsibility for their weight. “Weight Management & Healthy Living 2015,” the latest report from The Hartman Group, has revealed that society today is much more accepting of being overweight than society was in the 1950s, when modern dieting culture began. Most

The NRA and NRAEF Have Elected New Officers

The NRA and NRAEF have chosen foodservice veterans to lead their boards. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) have elected new officers to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively. The officers, who serve one-year terms, led their first board meeting this week in Palm Beach,

Why Health Trends Could Mean Trouble for Sweet Baked Goods

As consumers become increasingly health conscious, retailers will need to work extra hard to drive sales of pre-packaged bakery items. Sweet Baked Goods: U.S. Market Trends, a report from Packaged Facts, has revealed that, even though Americans love to indulge in sweet baked goods, as Americans continue to eat and snack healthier, many are searching

Organic Butter Substitute

MELT Organic has introduced Buttery Sticks, a new form of luscious butter improvement that is truly good for you and has been optimized for baking and cooking. MELT Organic Buttery Sticks is the first dairy-free butter substitute featuring MELT’s signature blend of Fair Trade Certified Virgin Coconut Oil combined with Non-GMO Certified Hi-Oleic Sunflower Oil and […]

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Mexican-Style Hot Sauce

Texas Pete has introduced the new ¡Sabor! Mexican-Style Hot Sauce. The new hot sauce has superior flavor and ingredients compared to other brands in its category. The new flavor offers a uniquely bold and balanced combination of spices, sea salt, sautéed garlic and aged peppers. In consumer taste tests, ¡Sabor! by Texas Pete was rated […]

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Protein-Infused Water

Miami Bay Beverage Co. (MBB) has teamed up with Polar Beverage to grow distribution of MBB’s trimino protein-infused water throughout New England. With seven grams of whey protein, 100% B-complex vitamins and essential amino acids, trimino has been achieving strong performance in a category that’s growing aggressively as the consumer’s awareness of the benefits and desire for protein […]

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Hispanic Meat Snacks

El Norteño has unveiled three new meat snacks aimed directly at the growing U.S. Hispanic market. With guidance from partners in Guadalajara, Mexico and Los Angeles, the El Norteño team spent a year developing their new Cecina with Tapatío Hot Sauce, Tira de Carne Habanero and Tira de Carne Habanero y Limón. Cecina is Mexican […]

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Bold Flavored Cashews

Emerald has announced the launch of a new line of bold flavored cashews. Emerald has created new flavor combinations that are sure to excite. The new flavor profile includes Dill Pickle, Jalapeño, Sriracha and Salt & Pepper cashews. Each variety combines the buttery crunch of Emerald Cashews with a unique blend of spices and ingredients. […]

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Nitro Beer

Samuel Adams has launched the new Nitro Project which features a new line of Nitro Beers. In its new line, Samuel Adams has added Nitrogen to the four traditional beer ingredients – water, malt, hops and yeast – an in place of carbonation. Water. Malt. Hops. Yeast. These are the four traditional ingredients in beer. […]

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Guilt-Free Candy

Skinnygirl, a solutions-based, lifestyle brand, has unveiled new Skinnygirl Candy. Skinnygirl Candy is a premium line of Belgian chocolates, gummies and mints carefully crafted using only the best all-natural ingredients and flavors. This new collection allows candy lovers to indulge in individual 100-calorie packs of their favorite treats. Skinnygirl Candy products are available in three […]

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Energy Star Certified Ovens

Baxter is proud to announce that its OV500G1EE and OV500G2EE gas rack ovens are now ENERGY STAR qualified. While Baxter’s products have touted energy-saving capabilities for years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently introduced a gas rack oven category to its ENERGY STAR program. Since then, Baxter’s two models are the only rack ovens […]

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VERC Invests in the Future of the Community

VERC supports local Plymouth, Mass. elementary school through a grant. Through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, VERC Enterprises has presented Hedge Elementary School in Plymouth, Mass. with a grant for $500. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp., the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide local retailers an opportunity to invest in the future of

Child-Proofing Electronic Cigarettes

Washington is cracking down on the safety standards for the expanding electronic cigarette market. In an effort to prevent children from swallowing liquid nicotine, President Obama has signed legislation which has created new packaging standards for electronic cigarettes. According to a report from The Hill, the recently passed Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act requires manufacturers

Love’s Opens Fifth Kansas Location

Love’s expands its presence in Kansas to provide a safe stopping place for drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has provided drivers a new place to rest and access driver services at the intersection of U.S. Highway 400/50 and North Big Lowe Road. “Love’s has an ongoing commitment to expand in areas where professional drivers need more

Rite Aid Customers Can Earn Bonus Plenti Points

Rite Aid is offering customers the opportunity to earn bonus Plenti points on over 14,000 products. Rite Aid has launched its “Pig Point Event,” giving its wellness+ with Plenti members the opportunity to earn 5,000 Plenti points when they spend up to $200 on participating products in stores or online at www.riteaid.com. During Rite Aid’s

The NCA Recognizes Industry Leaders

Two confectionery industry professionals are being recognized as leaders for their expertise and commitment. Julie Bierman and Jennifer Dilts are being honored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) for their contributions to the confectionery category through their knowledge, wisdom, expertise and commitment. These two individuals have been selected to receive 2016 Confectionery Leadership Awards, which

How to Prepare for Crisis

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Let’s face it — stuff happens. That’s a given. What’s up to you and your people is how you respond. Have you trained your employees what to do when something unfortunate or unplanned happens? Case in point… A longstanding beauty salon client sent her teenage daughter in for a cut

How To Get Ahead Of The Wave

Gas prices may be down now, but high quality offerings will ensure steady c-store traffic if prices jump again. By Jim Callahan During the last few months, the convenience store industry has garnered kudos and a measure of goodwill from customers based upon the incremental drops in gas prices, which has put more dollars in

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