Major Changes in Chain Executives’ Dealings with Manufacturers

New Culinary Visions Panel study finds major differences in 2014 and 2002. The relationship dynamic between chain restaurant executives and food manufacturers has changed significantly in the last 12 years, according to a recent study by the Culinary Visions Panel. The 2014 report explores the changing nature of vendor relationships and new product development between


AdvancePierre Foods Acquiring Landshire’s Wholesale, Manufacturing Operations

Highly strategic acquisition provides new product capabilities and additional sandwich and bakery capacity. AdvancePierre Foods, a supplier of value-added, center-of-plate protein and sandwich products to foodservice, retail and convenience channels, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the wholesale and manufacturing operations of Landshire Inc., a Caseyville, Ill.-based manufacturer of sandwich products. “We are

Kalibrate Uncovers Industry Trends In Fuels Pricing Survey

Opportunity to improve profit remains top reason for investing in fuels pricing software. Kalibrate, provider of strategy and technology solutions to the global fuel retail industry, announced the results of its third annual global fuels pricing survey comprising feedback from executives at retail petroleum companies representing more than 8,000 sites selling 10 billion gallons annually.

Are Gas Taxes Set To Rise?

The lowest pump prices in years are inspiring some members of Congress to push for a higher gas tax to fund infrastructure projects. As prices at the pump drop to the lowest levels in years, some lawmakers hope Congress might up the U.S. gas tax for the first time in more than two decades, CNN

NRF Speaks Out On Supreme Court Swipe Fee Ruling

Says merchants, Consumers paying billions too much. The National Retail Federation (NRF) expressed disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it would not review an appellate court ruling on whether the Federal Reserve set a 2011 cap on debit card swipe fees higher than the level sought by Congress in legislation passed the year

Founder of Sapp Bros. To Receive NATSO Hall of Fame Award

“Bill has always supported NATSO and his fellow operators,” says NATSO president. William (Bill) Sapp, the founder of Sapp Bros. Travel Centers Inc., will receive the association’s Hall of Fame award at The NATSO Show in Las Vegas, Feb. 16-19, announced the NATSO Foundation. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes individuals for notable participation in

Clipper Petroleum Launches Digital Marketing Platform

Georgia-based Clipper Petroleum has partnered with OpenStore by GasBuddy to launch a new digital and mobile marketing strategy. OpenStore is a complete digital marketing solution to help convenience store owners and managers concentrate on reaching and rewarding their customers without having to build and maintain IT systems. With OpenStore, Clipper Petroleum now has the ability

Kum & Go Opens New Colorado C-Store

Donates to Mile High United Way in celebration of new opening. Kum & Go has opened a new convenience store in Thornton, Colo., at 5480 East 120th Avenue. The store is 5,000-square-feet and opened on Jan. 8. During opening week the store offered $1 fresh pizza slices. This is the second store in northern Denver.

VERC Enterprises Presents Grant to Cold Spring Elementary School

Presents a $500 check made possible through the ExxonMobil Education Alliance Program. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented Cold Spring Elementary School in Plymouth with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the

Wendy’s Dropping Soda From Kids Menu

The junior-sized Frosty to remain. Quick serve restaurant Wendy’s is eliminating soda from the drink choices available on its kids’ meals, due to pressure from public health awareness groups, Fox News reported. The beverage options listed for kids’ meals now are 1% white or chocolate milk, bottled water and 100% juice. Wendy’s spokesman told USA

Thorntons Partners With Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness

Provides low-cost/no cost mammogram screenings. As part of its ongoing “Thorntons Challenge” philanthropic commitment toward breast cancer awareness, Thorntons is continuing its partnership with Norton Healthcare Prevention and Wellness to provide mobile unit mammogram screenings for women throughout the Louisville, Ky. metropolitan area. The first screening took place on Jan. 15 at the Thorntons at

inOvationTV Media Platform Now Offered Free to All Fuel Retailers

New media-at-the-pump program provides an all-inclusive media solution. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations and Gas Station TV (GSTV), a video network at the pump, delivers the inOvationTV media platform at no charge and with no hidden fees to gas retailers

Top Takeaways From NRF

The 2015 National Retail Federation’s annual conference wrapped up in New York City yesterday with a host of retail innovations on display. By Dave Hochman, Contributing Editor The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual conference in New York City closed yesterday, Jan 15., but not before attendees were treated to five days of emerging retail trends

Hearts of Hope Campaign Launches in Miller’s Neighborhood Markets

Customers buy Hearts of Hope to support Miller Oil Foundation.   Miller’s Neighborhood Markets launched its annual Hearts of Hope Campaign on Jan. 5. The campaign runs through Valentine’s Day. Each store is selling individual “Hearts of Hope” for $1 as a fundraiser for The Miller Oil Foundation.  The Foundation then awards grants to Hampton

Kangaroo Express Adding PNC Bank ATMs

PNC Bank, through an expanded deal with Cardtronics to expand ATM access in four states. Kangaroo Express is adding PNC Bank ATMs at 51 convenience stores in North Carolina and 12 in South Carolina, the Charlotte Business Journal reported. Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group has expanded a deal with ATM owner Cardtronics to give PNC

Beer Industry Summit Key Takeaways

Wells Fargo outlines beer category trends. Wells Fargo recently attended Beer Business Daily’s 12th Annual Beer Industry Summit and came away generally encouraged by industry trends. Key themes throughout the two-day conference were: (1) the surging growth of crafts, fueled by new brands and consumer demand for variety & authenticity; (2) the ever-increasing importance of

Target To Discontinue Canadian Operations

Target Canada takes steps to ensure a fair and orderly exit. Target Corp. has announced plans to discontinue operating stores in Canada through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Target Canada Co. As a part of that process, this morning, Target Canada filed an application for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (the “CCAA”) with the

Bracing for Data Breaches

Securing customer information requires a multi-layered approach. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor News stories about hacking incidents dominated the headlines last year, starting in January with a security breach at the giant U.S. retailer Target that potentially risked the personal data of an estimated 70 million consumers. The calendar year concluded with Staples’ announcement

Driving Better Beer Sales

Craft beer sales are soaring but top quartile retailers are using a balanced approach to grow all segments. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience store retailers are preparing for another year of fragmentation and changing dynamics in the beer category in 2015. Beer across all retail channels is projected to end 2014 up 1% in

Meat Snacks Surge

New flavors, old favorites spark growth in a competitive snacking segment. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Meat snacks—particularly jerky—continue to win a special place in consumers’ hearts—not just for the highly portable protein they provide, but also for their exotic flavors and ingredients, engaging promotions and product innovation. Brands like Jack Link’s, Frito Lay, Oh

Gas Prices Continue Downward Trend In 2015

Now 18 states feature gas below $2 a gallon, and AAA predicts this number could rise to 25 states by the end of next week. U.S. motorists are paying an average price of $2.13 per gallon at the pump today, which is more than 40% lower than the 2014 peak of $3.70 reached on April

7-Eleven Introduces Proprietary Health Bars

New 7-Select GO!Smart fruit and nut bars appeal to health-conscious consumers. Just in time for people trying to keep their health-related New Year’s resolutions, 7‑Eleven Inc. has introduced two premium, better-for-you snack bars under a new private-label banner, 7-Select GO!Smart. Weighing in at less than 200 calories each, the yogurt-drizzled fruit and nut bars are

Gift Card Activation Up In 2014

First Data measures 2014 holiday season gift card purchases compared to 2013. First Data has released information on how this past holiday season measured up in the retail gift card category as compared to 2013. Data showed that gift card activation increased solidly in 2014, and that a trend has begun to emerge as consumers

NRF Calls On President Obama To Seize “Opportunity For Real Progress”

“The issues haven’t changed. But one thing has—the opportunity to do something about them,” says NRF president and CEO. With a split House and Senate no longer stalling the passage of legislation, the National Retail Federation today called on President Obama to seize the “opportunity for real progress” when he delivers his State of the

Reflexis Highlights Omni-Channel, Labor Operations Excellence at NRF

Customers presentations, award winning implementations, new mobility solutions, integration with order management systems to drive omni-channel excellence, expansion into Latin America. Reflexis, a provider of integrated real-time execution and workforce management solutions, made numerous announcements and held several events at the NRF Big Show 2015 Jan. 11-13, 2015 in New York City: Eric Bass, senior