Strong Pricing Buoys Cigarette Category

Robust profit growth expected in the cigarette category, according to Wells Fargo. All channel cigarette dollar sales increased 3.4% (up from +2.9% last period and +0.6% last year) during the recent four-week period ending Nov. 28, 2015, driven by very strong +3.8% pricing, and partially offset by -0.4% equal unit declines, according to a report


Wells Fargo Looks At Soft Drink Performance

Dr Pepper Snapple Group outpaces the competition. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently reviewed Nielsen results for channel dollar sales (including grocery, drug, mass, and convenience stores) during the four-week period ending Nov. 28, 2015. Coca-Cola saw total beverage dollar sales increase 2.7% last month (+3.1% for 12-weeks) driven by solid performance in sports drinks, waters

Americans Look to Consume Sweets in Moderation this Holiday Season

Certain sweets, such as candy canes, can be indulged in, even for the health conscious consumer. The latest national survey from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) has revealed that American’s believe that there is nothing sweeter than sharing a gift of chocolate or candy at the holidays. Some 85% of Americans are likely to share

Digital and Mobile Gift Cards On the Rise

The majority of consumers intend to purchase two or more gift cards online or by mobile means this holiday season.  InComm has recently released research highlighting consumer shopping trends for purchasing digital and physical gift cards from Websites and mobile devices. Of the consumers surveyed, 89% have purchased two or more gift cards by online

Hoshizaki America Inc. Continues Support For Local Girl Scouts Chapter

For more than 15 years, Hoshizaki has supported the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Hoshizaki America Inc., a manufacturer of foodservice equipment, continues to support the Girl Scouts with a donation to the local Atlanta chapter. For over 15 years Hoshizaki and many of their employees’ families have supported the Girl Scouts through volunteer opportunities,

Pinnacle POS Interface Supports BP’s Driver Rewards Loyalty Program

Now BP’s Driver Rewards Loyalty Program is supported via Pinnacle Palm POS, allowing BP Visa or BP Credit Card customers to receive discounts on fuel. The Pinnacle Corp., a supplier of automation technology to the convenience retail and petroleum industries, recently completed and released for production, support for BP’s Driver Rewards Loyalty Program from Pinnacle

Cumberland Farms Application Deadline Approaches

Cumberland Farms encourages students to apply for its popular scholarship. The deadline for Cumberland Farms’ popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program Dec. 15, 2015 application deadline is just around the corner. Cumberland Farms started the Believe and Achieve Scholarship program in 2006, and the company has already awarded scholarships to more than 1,000 college-bound young adults,

SABMiller and AB InBev Merger Faces U.S. Congress

Possible merger between brewing giants is facing scrutiny from industry regulators. AB InBev is preparing to defend its proposed takeover of SABMiller to the U.S. Congress. According to a report from Invezz, in an attempt to ease lawmakers’ concerns about the deal, Carlos Brito, CEO of AB InBev, is expected to testify in defense of the

Phillips 66 Commences Operations at Sweeny Complex

Startup of new facility is a major milestone of Phillips 66’s growth. Operations have commenced at Phillips 66’s new 100,000 barrels-per-day (BPD) natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator. The new fractionator is located at the company’s Sweeny Complex in Old Ocean, Texas. Sweeny Fractionator One supplies purity ethane and liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) to the petrochemical industry and

Preparing Young Leaders for Future Challenges

Taking a closer look at the young executives and up-and-comers making their mark at chains across the country. By John Lofstock, Editor Throughout my 20 years of covering the convenience store industry, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people, develop lifelong friendships and watch in awe as teams of experienced professionals have learned

Wayne Acquires Vianet Group Fuel Management Subsidary

Wayne Fueling Systems has made an agreement to offer greater fuel management capabilities. Wayne Fueling Systems has reached an agreement to acquire the fuel management subsidiary of Vianet Group plc. The UK based Vianet Fuel Solutions Ltd. (VFS) includes two main product lines as part of the Wayne acquisition: Fuel Management Solutions (FMS) and Construction

How to Put Yourself Out of Business

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics I was in Boston recently when  three local businesses made “breaking news” due to their failure to pass random testing for tobacco and liquor sales compliance regulations. ​ Everyone knows without being told that it’s illegal to sell these products to minors, right? So, what on earth went wrong? In HR talk, it’s called non-compliance to structure, and,

Have You Heard About “Firm 40” Policies?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics According to a recent Gallup survey, full-time, employed Americans work an average of 47 hours a week. That’s nearly a full day longer than what was once the standard schedule ─ the classic, five-day, 40-hour workweek. Lately, however, in response to productivity studies and the ability of family-friendly policies to

Casey’s Encounters Sales Growth

Gross profit dollars is up 19.3% for Casey’s second quarter, and the company expects the growth to continue into fiscal 2016. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has revealed significant growth in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 ended Oct. 31, 2015. The Company reported diluted earnings per share of $2 for the second quarter, compared to

Dollar General Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Dollar General completes strategic leadership adjustments. Dollar General Corp.’s former senior vice president of finance and strategy, John Garratt, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer. This promotion became effective Dec. 2, 2015, following the period during which Garratt acted as Dollar General’s interim chief financial officer, which began in June 2015.

How Frozen Foods Are Fighting Back

Frozen food marketers are finding ways to regain the business that has been lost to the fresh food trend. The increasing demand for fresh foods and a number of other trends emerging in recent years has hindered the sales of all kinds of frozen foods, according to the Packaged Facts report, Frozen Foods in the

How To Tap Into the Local Foods Trend

Local foods are anticipated to grow faster than the annual pace of total food and beverage sales over the next five years. Consumers are fond of local food products, and retailers are taking advantage of this growing trend. For retailers, foodservice operators and food marketers, “local” has become a shorthand descriptor that makes food sound

Dos Equis Becomes Official Sponsor of College Football Playoff

Dos Equis seeks to help fans “Stay Thirsty” throughout college football season. Dos Equis is now the Official Beer Sponsor of ESPN’s College Football Playoff (CFP). The sponsorship deal is a multi-year agreement that further establishes Dos Equis’ standing in sports, and gives the brand a strong platform to drive fan engagement in one of

Gas Prices Dip Lower

Hawaii is the only state with average gas prices above $2.75. The days of $3 a gallon gas are behind us for the time being, with the national average less than one cent higher than the year’s low on Jan. 26. According to a report by AAA, the national average should soon dip below the

Parker’s ’12 Days of Christmas’ Discounts To Benefit Gas Customers

Parker’s is striving to save its customers money this holiday season. Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s convenience stores will be offering special “12 Days of Christmas” holiday discounts on gas at its 40 locations in Georgia and South Carolina. From Dec. 14-25, PumpPal members will enjoy automatic discounts of 12 cents per gallon. “We want to help

TravelCenters Partners With Wreaths Across America

This year Wreaths Across America plans to have a record breaking number of wreaths donated.  TravelCenters of America LLC will be participating in this year’s Wreaths Across America (WAA) annual wreath-laying ceremony. Working through the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) coordination of wreath deliveries, a driver and truck from Over The Road Distribution, TA’s in-house distribution group will

Dunkin’ Donuts Offering Apple Pay

Dunkin’ Donuts is giving customers an easier way to run on Dunkin’. Apple Pay is now available as an additional way for Dunkin’ Donuts customers to reload their card via the Dunkin’ Mobile App. With Apple Pay, Dunkin’ Donuts guests can use their iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to

Hangover Prevention

Life Support is a functional beverage created to prevent and relieve hangovers. Using a proprietary blend of a natural extract from the Japanese Raisin Fruit Tree, and other all-natural vitamins and minerals, Life Support metabolizes alcohol and helps aid the body in recovering from the effects of alcohol consumption. Hovenia Dulcis, or Japanese Raisin Tree […]

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Festive Kakes

This holiday season, snack brand Tastykake has launched limited-edition Kandy Kakes. New Tastykake Red Velvet Kandy Kakes feature rich red velvet cakes with a buttercream creme filling covered in a white confectionery coating. The Red Velvet Kandy Kakes are available in eight- ounce boxes and have an estimated retail price of $4.49. Tastykake’s Gingerbread Kandy Kakes feature a sweet and spicy […]

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Sweet Potato Skins

Inventure Foods Inc. has expanded on its popular TGI Fridays licensed snack line with the introduction of Sweet Potato Skins. The new Fridays Sweet Potato Skins are now in convenience and grocery stores nationwide in 2.75-ounce and five-ounce bags, respectively. A convenient 1.35-ounce single-serve bag will also available in vending machines. The suggested retail price […]

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