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

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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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Bite-Sized Candies

Taste of Nature Inc. has launched a line of bite-sized candies based on the MoonPie brand. MoonPie Bites combine classic graham, marshmallow and chocolate flavors in a bite-sized treat and are available in peg bags, theatre boxes and share sizes. With a flavor profile similar to s’mores, the treats are expected to appeal to a […]

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Healthy Snack Bars

Rickland Orchards has launched a new line of CLVR bars blended with high-quality ingredients such as super fruits, grains, seeds and nuts, sweetened with coconut sugar. CLVR bars are currently enrolled in both the Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Gluten-Free programs, awaiting verification. The bars are rolling out to retailers nationwide and are available in […]

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Maple Water

Happy Tree, innovator of the first cold pressed maple water, has expanded to Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic and North Atlantic regions, all of HEB’s Central Market locations in Texas, as well as online grocer Fresh Direct. With Whole Foods Market, this increases the maple water brand’s presence to over 200 stores across seven regions – […]

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Reformulated Snacks

SnackWell’s is reformulating its products, which will now be made without high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors or colors. Recently acquired by Back to Nature Foods Company L.L.C., a portfolio company of Brynwood Partners VI L.P., SnackWell’s is now looking to build on the success of its signature products—the Vanilla Creme Sandwich […]

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Why Obsession Is An Important Ingredient To Success

By Bill Scott,  founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. I first met Susan when she ran the convenience store operation for one of my customers. Susan was obsessed. I naturally gravitate toward people who are on a mission, because I am on a mission too, and people on missions usually have things in common,

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