Wawa Raises Company Wages

In a competitive labor market, companies are focusing on attaining and retaining quality employees.  Wawa convenience stores has announced that it will be raising its starting wages, as well as increasing the wages of its current employees. According to a report from The Morning Call, the convenience chain is raising wages for its customer service associates

H-E-B Opens New C-Store

Grocery operator, H-E-B, is trying its hand in convenience retail. Grocery store operator, H-E-B, which operates 370 grocery locations in Mexico and Texas, has announced that the company will soon begin construction of a new mini-mart location, and construction is expected to be completed in March. According to a report from mySA, this new mini-mart will

Mondelēz Commits to Cage Free

The Humane Society has applauded Mondelēz International’s efforts to make a difference for animals. Following years of progress in sustainable and responsible sourcing, Mondelēz International has committed to transitioning to using cage-free eggs in the U.S. and Canada by 2020 and in Europe by 2025. “With the ambition of being the global leader in well-being

Consumers Still Prefer to Pay in Cash

The marketplace’s belief that Millennials have abandoned the use of cash is proving to be erroneous.  A recent survey from Cardtronics Inc. has revealed that nearly four out of five consumers choose to use cash when they need to pay someone back. This and additional study findings reveal that, despite increased access to and use

How Consumers Perceive Food Safety

A number of consumers have stated that their food safety concerns have increased in recent months. A national consumer survey from Packaged Facts, following the recent series of E. coli outbreaks linked to fast casual Chipotle Mexican Grill, has revealed consumer concerns about food safety practices in the fast food industry. The Packaged Facts survey

Love’s Opens New Oklahoma Location

New Love’s offers two dining options and other services to customers along in Texhoma, Okla. A new Love’s Travel Stops location has opened for business along U.S. Highway 54 in Texhoma, Okla.. The new travel stop provides drivers in the Oklahoma Panhandle a new place to purchase fuel, snacks and more. The new store offers

Mac’s and Crime Stoppers Join Forces With Captain Canuck

Mac’s Convenience Stores will offer free comics to customers throughout January. Mac’s Convenience Stores and Crime Stoppers have partnered with Captain Canuck to celebrate the 40th Anniversary edition of the iconic Canadian comic book. Mac’s is taking this opportunity to generate brand exposure, while also reinforcing its continued support of Crime Stoppers across Canada. The

Swisher International and Drew Estate Appoint Vice President of Corporate Tobacco Procurement

Swisher International supports Drew Estate’s goals and helps to propel the company forward with the creation of a new position. Nick van Olden has been hired by Swisher International and its sister company, Drew Estate, to fill the newly established position of vice president of corporate tobacco procurement. In this new role, van Olden is responsible

Reynolds American Sells Rights to Natural American Spirit Brand

Nearly all of RAI’s cigarette trademarks are now owned by international tobacco companies. The international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks have been sold to the Japan Tobacco Group by Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $5.0 billion. The sale also includes the international

Hershey’s Cool Ship Contest

Hershey seeks to develop a practical shipping system to control temperatures of chocolate shipments year round. Shipping chocolate in the summer months and in warmer climates can pose unique challenges, and in an attempt to solve such challenges The Hershey Co. is seeking ideas for the development of a lightweight, affordable cool shipping system that

Americans Advised to Limit Sugar

Sugar is now the top item consumers search for on nutrition labels. The NPD Group has reported that the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are released every five years, were in the first week of January 2016, and  one of the new guidelines’ strongest recommendation is limiting sugar intake. Overall, U.S. consumers have indicated

Top 10 Food Themes for 2016

A report from Campbell’s has revealed which food trends will be influential in 2016. The third annual Culinary TrendScape from Campbell’s Culinary & Baking Institute (CCBI), a global network of highly-trained chefs, bakers and culinary professionals at Campbell Soup Co., has been released. This annual report is tracking the top 10 influential food themes for

Sheetz is Raising Employee Wages

Sheetz’ competitive wages and employee benefits makes it one of the best places to work in retail. Sheetz has announced that, to further its commitment to offer employees a great place to work and a competitive total compensation package, the company will invest more than $15 million to raise the wages of store employees across

The United Family Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The United Family will kick off the year-long birthday celebration on Jan. 16, 2016, by giving away 100,000 free cupcakes to customers. In 2016, The United Family will celebrate the 100th anniversary of United Supermarkets. In 1916, the company began as the United Cash Store in Sayre, Okla., and has since grown into a multi-banner, Texas-based

Cenex Stations Offer Cenex TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline

Cenex TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline exceeds industry standards. All of the 1,450 Cenex stations across 19 states now offer Cenex TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline. Cenex TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline, recommended by seven of the world’s top automakers, goes beyond EPA minimum detergent requirements, containing a premium additive package that exceeds industry standards for improved fuel

7-Eleven Becomes a Rewards Partner for FordPass

7-Eleven is offering rewards to FordPass users. A new smartphone app from Ford has entered into the automobile market, and 7-Eleven has signed on to be a rewards partner in the new movement. A report from ExtremeTech has announced that Ford has unveiled this new FordPass smartphone app in an attempt to provide general mobility services, along

Rutter’s Demonstrates Committment to Charitable Giving

Rutter’s has donated over $5 million to worthy causes over the last 12 years. Throughout 2015, Rutter’s donated over $235,000 to Central Pennsylvania charities. The donations made over the past year have elevated the company’s charitable giving total to over $5 million the last 12 years. “We believe that our donations to community organizations, primarily

How to Create a Successful Tea Menu

A report from Packaged Facts has revealed the most important factors that influence consumers’ restaurant tea purchases. The recent report from Packaged Facts, Foodservice Tea Market Trends in the U.S., has predicted that tea sales will experience growth through 2015 and beyond. American restaurants have built an empire on the strength of consumer demand for coffee;

Economic Pessimism Rises

Fuel prices are not the only factor considered by consumers when it comes to economic optimism. A new consumer survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that, despite the fall in gas prices to below $2 per gallon, the majority of Americans remain pessimistic about the overall economy. Overall, 47% of

Speedway, Eby-Brown Renew Supply Agreement

Eby-Brown commits to meeting Speedway supply chain initiatives. Speedway LLC has reached an agreement for a multi-year contract renewal with consumer products distributor, Eby-Brown Co. LLC. This long term agreement states that Eby-Brown will remain the exclusive supplier to Speedway’s Midwest locations. Throughout the past several decades, Eby-Brown has developed core strategies and reengineered multiple business

Port Manatee Supplies Southwest Florida RaceTrac Stations

Port Manatee, the closest U.S. deepwater seaport, is fueling Southwest Florida. Port Manatee, which serves as the gateway for nearly 100 million gallons of gasoline and related fuels annually, is playing a key role in fueling Southwest Florida’s economy. Under a newly inked agreement, Port Manatee is now the fuel hub for a nine-county region encompassing

Thorntons Breaks Ground on Store Support Center

Thorntons has plans to add 110 jobs in the next 10 years. On Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, Thorntons broke ground on the construction for their new Store Support Center. Matt Thornton, CEO, Thorntons, Tony Harris, president, Thorntons and mayor Greg Fischer, of Louisville Metro were all present at a groundbreaking ceremony held on Jan. 8,

CITGO Holds Marketer Roundtable Meetings

CITGO Marketers will be taught about new 2016 initiatives at company meetings. Between Jan. 12 and Feb. 2, CITGO Petroleum Corp. will hold 19 Marketer Roundtable Meetings within the company’s Central, Northeast and Southern marketing regions. Throughout the meetings, CITGO branded Marketers will learn about new initiatives for 2016, promotional and advertising plans, updates to

New Jersey May Be Next State to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Following Hawaii, New Jersey may become the second state to raise the smoking age to 21. On Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, New Jersey lawmakers voted to approve the measure to raise the smoking age from 19 to 21. According to a report from NBC 10, the bill has already passed through the Senate and is now

NASM Elects New Chairperson

NASM appoints former chairman’s daughter as the 2016 chairperson. Valerie Kelley Amsden of Shakopee, Minn.- based Kelley Fuels, has been appointed as the 2016 chairperson for The National Association of Shell Marketers (NASM). Amsden carries on a long family tradition of service to NASM and other industry associations, following in the footsteps of her father,