How Retailers Can Prepare for Super Bowl Sales

IRI has revealed the Super Bowl’s influence on consumer shopping trends and numerous product categories. With the approach of Super Bowl 50, numerous categories have experienced growth in the retail segment. Data from IRI has revealed that shopping sprees and pre-game preparations have lifted the sales of various food, beverage and consumer product categories. Key

How to Become an Adaptive Retailer

Despite the advancements that retailers have made in recent years, many are struggling to meet the ever-evolving needs of the consumer. According to two new studies from Accenture, retailers are failing to meet consumer demand for increased convenience while shopping with mobile devices. Accenture’s research findings have highlighted the need for retailers to become more

How Bakery can Boost Breakfast

Whether it’s a bagel, muffin or fritter, Americans are sweet on pairing their morning coffee with a fresh pastry. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Breakfast customers are increasingly looking to convenience store bakery cases for a doughnut or pastry to help them kick off their day. C-stores that feature bakery cases and keep them well

CST Brands and CrossAmerica to Hold Joint Conference Call

CST Brands and CrossAmerica Partners will hold a conference call to discuss year-end and fourth quarter earnings results. On Feb. 19, 2016, CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP will host a joint conference call at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (8 a.m. Central Time). During the conference call, the companies will discuss 2015 year-end and

Coming Soon: Five New Orleans Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurants

Strong Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees help the brand to secure strong growth opportunities. Dunkin’ Donuts recently signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Panama City Donuts LLC, an existing franchise group. The agreement includes the development of five new restaurants in New Orleans, with the first restaurant under the agreement slated to open in 2017. Led

Take the 2016 CSD/Humetrics Human Resources Benchmarking Survey and Get a Free Gift

In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics are collaborating to provide insight into the industry most challenging problem, finding, hiring, retaining and motivating employees. For the eighth consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with human resources expert Mel Kleiman is launching

On the Move Adds Three C-Stores to its Store Portfolio

On the Move is fighting to keep up with the competition by striving to add 50 new stores in 2016. As a part of brand expansion, On the Move Corp. (OTM) has acquired three convenience stores/gas stations in South Florida. These units, located in Jupiter, Wellington and Boynton Beach, Fla. are in addition to the

Manitowoc Foodservice Appoints New Senior Vice President

A fresh perspective will help Manitowoc to take advantage of new growth opportunities. The Manitowoc Co. Inc. has announced that Andreas Weisharr is now the senior vice president of strategy, marketing & human resources for Manitowoc Foodservice Inc. “Andreas brings a unique set of skills to Manitowoc Foodservice. He has led and implemented large-scale corporate

Be Careful

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I think it is important that people are careful about what they ask for. It is common to hear people say “Government should be run like a business.” Big business or a small local business is the question? Big business has a tendency to only look at the

Chicken Wings: America’s Favorite Party Food

Super Bowl Sunday is the hottest day of the year for chicken wings. The new National Chicken Council’s 2016 Wing Report has revealed that 1.3 billion wings will be eaten the weekend leading up to and during Super Bowl 50. That figure is up 3%, or 37.5 million wings, from last year’s big game. It

Chobani Continues Natural Ingredient Campaign

Chobani has not let a judge’s ruling hinder the spread of the company’s message about natural versus artificial ingredients. As Chobani LLC awaits its day in court, the company intends to continue its mission to call on food makers to use only natural ingredients. Chobani will respect the Court’s preliminary decision that it can focus

Fielding Joins Getty Realty As Chief Financial Officer

Danion Fielding brings a combination of executive-level skills, relationships and leadership to Getty. Getty Realty Corp. has appointed Danion Fielding its new vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective Feb. 1, 2016. Prior to joining Getty, Fielding held various positions in real estate, finance and investment banking. Most recently he was the founder and

CST Brands’ Acquisition of Flash Foods Completed

CST Brands’ CEO welcomes Flash Foods’ team members. CST Brands Inc. has closed the previously announced acquisition of the Flash Foods convenience stores from the Jones Co. and its affiliates. Based in Waycross, Ga., the Jones Co. and its affiliates operate 165 stores in the Georgia and Florida markets. “I want to welcome the dedicated

Matrix’s DER Group Advised Transactions Involving Iconic Brands

Matrix’s DER Group closed several successful transactions throughout 2015. As the most active transactional advisory services provider to downstream energy and convenience retailing companies, the Downstream Energy & Retail Group (DER Group) of Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. successfully advised on 18 M&A transactions which closed in 2015. The clients advised by DER Group in

What’s The Difference Between “Non-GMO” and “Organic”?

Organic companies and farmers suffer, due to the less strict guidelines that qualify food as Non-GMO. As consumer demand for healthy, natural foods with fewer added ingredients, the number of products identified as non-GMO in the U.S. market is growing steadily in both the retail market and in foodservice. In the report, Non-GMO Foods: U.S.

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

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