Downton Abbey Wine

Just in time for the premiere of Downton Abbey’s fifth season, Downton Abbey Wines expands its growing portfolio with the Countess of Grantham Collection—a selection of varietal wines crafted with premium fruit from California. The new world bottlings, including a Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, take inspiration from Lady Cora Crawley, the thoroughly modern, American-born wife


San Antonio Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

Corner Store officials present $5,000 donation to Taft School. Corner Store celebrated the grand opening of its newest store on San Antonio’s Northwest Side with giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. The store is located at 5300 Alamo Parkway. At a ribbon-cutting, Kim Lubel, president and CEO of CST Brands, Corner Store’s parent company,

Empire Petroleum And Atlas Oil Announce Merger

“We have always strived for innovation and progression as a company and our partnership with Empire creates immediate scale and future opportunities,” says Atlas chairman and CEO. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC and Atlas Oil Co. have combined their retail dealer businesses to create a powerful, national fuel distributor. The combined entity will service 1,350 accounts

Ice-O-Matic and Ali Group Announce Promotions

Announce new president and executive vice president. Ice-O-Matic, Ali Group’s Colorado-based ice manufacturer, has announced a change in leadership. Keith Kelly has been appointed as the new president of Ice-O-Matic, effective Feb. 1. His predecessor, Kevin Fink, will serve as the new executive vice president of Ali Group effective March 2. Kelly and Fink have

Lower Gas Prices Push Consumer Optimism to New Highs

The levels of consumer optimism are the highest measured in the more than two years. For the first time in two years, a majority of Americans are optimistic about the economy, thanks to the continuing slide in gas prices. A survey of gas consumers found that 57% of Americans are optimistic, including nearly two-thirds (65%)

Dunnhumby Research Details Consumer Food Preferences

Success of 2014 report drives insights for breakthrough CPG findings. dunnhumby, a customer science company, has released its findings on consumer food preferences, a data-driven science study aimed at informing the consumer packaged goods industry and revealing and predicting the future needs of consumers. The report analyzes emerging trends, as well as verifies the validity

NOCO Express Stores Donate To Friends of Night People

Raises $11,000 to fight hunger and homelessness. NOCO Express stores, its customers, and employees raised $11,000 to support Friends of Night People. Throughout the entire month of November, paper plates were sold for $1 each at all of NOCO Express’ 37 locations with all proceeds benefiting Friends of Night People. “Because of the dedication and

7-Eleven Launches Operation: Take Command

Franchise giveaway targets U.S. military veterans. Enlistment has been brisk for Operation: Take Command, 7‑Eleven, Inc.’s first franchise giveaway contest targeted exclusively to U.S. military veterans. With the Jan. 25 deadline less than two weeks away, more than 1,200 veterans have completed the contest application, exceeding company expectations for the first-time promotion. The winner will

Technomic Report Details Foodservice Opportunities

More than nine out of 10 consumers say the most important elements of foodservice are taste and flavor of the food and food quality. Comprising approximately 28% of retail foodservice and generating $11.2 billion in sales, proprietary convenience-store foodservice has become a key area of opportunity across the country. Technomic’s Convenience Stores Market Intelligence Report

Retailers Renew Call for Federal Data Breach Notification Law

“We applaud the president and his administration in their continued efforts to push and enact cyber and data security policies,” says NRF Senior Vice President. The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued the following statement today from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the president’s announcement on data breach notification: “We applaud the

J. Polep Partners With Verge Retail

Brings software technologies to c-store retailers across New England, Pennsylvania and New York. Verge Retail and J. Polep have partnered to bring Verge technology to c-store retailers across the New England, Pennsylvania and New York. Polep has to-date deployed Verge Promote to thousands of customers, with plans to launch the Verge C-tech and SalesTech platform,

MFA Oil Names New Vice President of Human Resources

Janice Serpico joins MFA Oil, bringing 30 years of human resources experience. MFA Oil President and CEO Mark Fenner have announced the hiring of Janice Serpico as vice president, human resources. Serpico joins MFA Oil with 30 years of human resources experience, most recently serving as the vice president of corporate human resources at Scientific

Survey Shows Half of U.S. Consumers Unfamiliar With Mobile Payment

Millennials rank highest in preference for mobile pay options. As the infrastructure for widespread use of in-store mobile payment locks into place across the U.S., the industries involved can accelerate adoption by better educating consumers on the performance and ease of use of mobile pay services, a recent survey by Verifone of U.S. consumer attitudes

NRF Urges Passage of Save American Workers Act

The bill would restore the 40-hour workweek. The National Retail Federation (NRF) expressed its strong support for H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act, a bill that would restore the traditional 40-hour workweek standard for health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. NRF sent a letter to each and every House office stating that all

Survey Reveals Top IT Priorities for Retailers

Boston Retail Partners’ 16th annual POS/customer engagement benchmarking survey reveals a growing  emphasis on payment security for retailers in 2015. According to a survey released by Boston Retail Partners (BRP), the top IT priority for retailers in 2015 is focused on improving payment security, and protecting the confidentiality of sensitive information. For the first time

Container Store CEO Elected Chairman of NRF Board of Directors

Kip Tindell succeeds past chairman Stephen Sadove. The National Retail Federation (NRF) announced that The Container Store Chairman and CEO Kip Tindell has been elected chairman of the NRF Board of Directors and chairman of its Executive Committee. Tindell succeeds NRF’s immediate past chairman, Stephen Sadove, chairman and CEO of Saks Inc. (retired). Tindell was

Break Time Opens New Grindstone Parkway Location

New store features a range of foodservice offerings plus expanded tea and fountain selections. MFA Oil Co. opened a new Break Time Neighborhood Market on Grindstone Parkway, in Missouri this week. This is Break Time’s 16th store in the Columbia market and 77th store overall. The new store is in the Red Oak development across

QuickChek Adds Self-Serve Kiosks

Partners with Xpedient to enhance foodservice ordering. QuickChek has partnered with Xpedient, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Advanced Solutions Inc., to provide self-serve kiosk software to its entire convenience store foodservice operation. A market leader in foodservice, QuickChek is a New Jersey-based convenience store chain, operating 137 retail locations throughout both New York and New Jersey.

Frisco Corner Store Drops Gas Price For Grand Opening

Corner Store officials also present $5,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters at ribbon-cutting. For three hours on Jan. 8, a local Corner Store dropped gas prices to $1.59 per gallon, perhaps the lowest in the nation, to celebrate the opening of its newest store in Frisco, Texas at 3272 Parkwood Blvd. At a ribbon-cutting

Toomey Accepts Senate’s “Candy Desk” Nomination

Since 1965, the Candy Desk has provided sweet enjoyment for senators on both sides of the aisle. In his continuing fight against the deficit—the candy deficit—U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Sweetest Place on Earth) has accepted the weighty responsibility of stocking the Senate’s coveted “Candy Desk.” According to the Secretary of the Senate, in every Congress

Ron Zuehlsdorf Joins Server Products

Brings 25-years of foodservice equipment experience. Server Products has announced the hiring of Ron Zuehlsdorf as western regional sales manager. In the capacity of sales manager, Ron Zuehlsdorf will lead Server’s business development initiatives in the Western region of the U.S. A 25-year veteran of the foodservice equipment and supplies industry, Zuehlsdorf most recently served

Thorntons Launches Swipe & Score Sweepstakes

Refreshing Rewards members can win big now through April 1. Now that Thorntons has officially launched Swipe & Score Sweepstakes, registered Refreshing Rewards members can swipe their card for a chance to win one of thousands of prizes, including a trip to Football’s Final Showdown. Swipe & Score Sweepstakes runs now through April 1 and

Global Partners LP Acquires Warren Equities

Some 147 Xtra Mart Convenience Stores included in assets. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. announced today the successful closing on the sale of Warren Equities Inc.,which is owned by The Warren Alpert Foundation (the “Foundation”). Through Warren’s subsidiaries, Warex Terminals Corp. Inc. and Drake Petroleum Co. Inc., the company operates 147 Xtra Mart convenience stores,

NACS Offers Guide To New Menu Labeling Rules

Provides document to help c-stores navigate new regulations. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is offering a brief summary and compliance guide to help c-stores navigate the final menu-labeling regulations put forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last November, which are set to go into effect in December 2015. The rules impact

Understanding What America Eats

How and why America snacks. Snacking has become so ubiquitously part of the U.S. dining culture that the trend has begun to blur the lines between retail and foodservice. As a result, retail and foodservice purveyors are catering to the trend with an increased number and variety of “snackable” items, according to “What America Eats: