VERC Enterprises Celebrates National Pizza Day With Employee Surprise

VERC works to value its employees who are key in building relationships with customers. VERC Enterprises celebrated May 20—National Pizza Day—by surprising its convenience store employees in all 26 of locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire with a noontime pizza delivery from Papa Gino’s. VERC employees—and a few regular customers—enjoyed a lunchtime break complete


RaceTrac Launches People-Focused Programs

RaceTrac is working to improve its already unique, fun culture for its employees. In an attempt to increase loyalty and engagement among its already enthusiastic workforce, Atlanta-based RaceTrac has launched a number of enhanced people-focused programs. The new programs have been created in response to a 2014 survey of over 7,000 RaceTrac employees. In the

IRI Leadership to Present at NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo

IRI’s company leadership will offer key insights into the sweets and snacks industry at this years Sweets & Snacks Expo. Two of IRI’s company leaders are scheduled to present the latest candy and snacks insights at the annual NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo. Sally Lyons Wyatt, executive vice president & practice leader, consumer shopper insights,

Dairy Queen Enters Coffee Market Competition

Dairy Queen has expanded its iced coffee and frappé offerings nationwide as a part of its summer happy hour promotion. Dairy Queen has announced the national launch of iced coffee and frappés as a part of its new Hardest Working Happy Hour promotion. The Happy Hour promotion will take place at participating U.S. DQ locations

Coca-Cola Enterprises to Create Coca-Cola European Partners

The creation of Coca-Cola European Partners will combine three bottlers to create the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. Shareowners of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. have officially approved the pending transaction to create Coca-Cola European Partners plc. The approval from Coca-Cola Enterprises is a key step in the completion of this transaction. A European Union listing prospectus is

Growth Expected in Alcoholic Beverage Market

A new report from Research and Markets has revealed the key growth drivers in the alcoholic beverage market. A new report has been added to the Research and Markets report offering. The new report, “Alcoholic Beverage Market in the US 2016-2020,” covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the alcoholic beverage market from

The Coca-Cola Co. Announces Structural Changes and Leadership Promotion

Effective Aug. 1, 2016, the Coca-Cola Co. will be implementing leadership changes and a new international operating structure. In an effort to align its operating units against its global bottling footprint, The Coca-Cola Co. has plans to launch a new streamlined international structure. Additionally, the company is working to promote and develop key Coca-Cola leaders.

Ecolab Supports the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Ecolab is helping to provide students with the opportunity to develop valuable industry skills by raising money for the NRAEF. During the 14th Annual Ecolab Chairman’s Reception in May 22, which was held in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago, Ecolab Inc. helped to raise more than $187,000 for

Snacking Changes Consumer Relationships with Traditional Breakfast

The idea of snacking for breakfast, rather than eating a traditional meal, is being embraced by a growing number of consumers. A new report from Packaged Facts has revealed that consumers are embracing snacking, both as a ‘between meal’ solution and as an opportunity to eat more frequent, smaller meals. The new report, Breakfast: Retail

New Ethical Labels Database

The rise in demand for vegan, kosher and other ethnically and religiously diverse food categories has led to the need for ethical food labeling. In response to the growing movement sustainability, social responsibility and transparency on labels, Euromonitor International, a global market research company, has launched the new Ethical Labels database. According to the new

Natural and Organic Food Trends

As consumer demand for natural and organic food options, a number of different trends are rising to help make organic and natural foods a part of daily life. A rise in the health conscious consumer has led to a rise in the incorporation of natural and organic food options in daily life. In response to

Mondelēz International Addresses Child Protection in Cocoa Production Sectors

Embode has advised Mondelēz International to address the root causes of child labor in cocoa-farming communities in order to address the bigger picture and foster the well-being of children. As part of the company’s continued efforts to empower cocoa-farming communities through its Cocoa Life program, Mondelēz International recently commissioned two independent assessments of child protection

National Restaurant Association Hosts Inspiring Keynote Address

Three industry game changers spoke at the recent National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. On Sunday, May 22, 2016, members of the restaurant industry attended the National Restaurant Association’s “Signature ’16: Turn the Tables” keynote address. This keynote address took place at the 2016 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, and this unique approach to industry

Applications Now Being Accepted for the John MacDougall/NAG Memorial Scholarship

The association will award five $1,000 scholarships to Children of National Advisory Group (NAG) members. The deadline has been extended to Friday, June 17. Registration also open for the 2016 NAG Conference in Savannah, Ga. By John Lofstock, Executive Director, National Advisory Group As the founder of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, John MacDougall was

Empire Petroleum Acquires Keeman Petroleum

A new acquisition will strengthen Empire’s South Georgia footprint. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has officially acquired the wholesale distribution rights of Valdosta, Ga.- based Keeman Petroleum Co. Inc. Keeman is a distributor that supplies branded fuel to gas stations primarily in the Southern Georgia and Florida markets, and this acquisition will strengthen Empire’s South Georgia

Sun Capital Partners Acquires Admiral Petroleum & Lemmen Oil

Significant growth opportunities are expected for Admiral & Lemmen through their recent acquisition by Sun Capital Partners. Sun Capital Partners Inc., a private investment firm, has announced that one of its affiliates has completed the acquisition of Admiral Petroleum Co. & Lemmen Oil Co. Admiral, which had been family owned and operated since 1905, is

National Fuel Price Averages Reach 2016 High

For the first time since August of last year, drivers in every state are paying an average of more than $2 per gallon. As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, gas prices across the U.S. have reached the highest point for the year, so far. According to a report from AAA, the national average of $2.28

Millennial Grocery Shopping Trends

A new report from Retale has revealed grocery shopping trends and preferences among Millennial consumers. The results of a recent commissioned study from Retale that examines grocery shopping preferences among Millennial consumers have been released. The study, “Retale Millennial Grocery Report” collected data from 1,000 Millennials across the U.S., and was conducted May 2-6, 2016.

Wawa Introduces New “Hero Award”

Wawa is looking to recognize non-profit organizations that help to preserve freedom and empower individuals to become better citizens. The Wawa Foundation has introduced the new “Hero Award,” through which the foundation will honor a non-profit organization serving the greater Philadelphia area. This new award seeks to recognize an organization that assists others and helps

Wawa Announces 4th of July Celebration

Wawa has announced the official lineup of events for its annual 4th of July celebration week. In celebration of the 4th of July, as part of its seventh year as title sponsor of Wawa Welcome America!, Wawa has announced a lineup of exciting events and activities that will be a part of Wawa’s eight day

New Trends Emerge at 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo

The sweets and snacks industry is expecting increased innovation this year, as manufacturers continue to try and meet evolving consumer needs. A number of new candy and snack industry trends are emerging as the 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo kicks off in Chicago. The National Confectioners Association has revealed the latest industry trends of 2016

Hershey Debuts New Product Innovations

Hershey is keeping up with consumers’ evolving tastes by creating new products, as well as introducing new takes on fan favorites. The Hershey Co. has announced that it will debut a number of new, innovative confections at this year’s annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, taking place in Chicago from May 24-26, 2016, from the National

Nutrition Facts Panel Overhaul Breakdown

The Nutrition Facts Panel will encounter a number of valuable changes in the coming years, and it is crucial for consumers to have a better understanding of the information that the Panel provides. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially announced the changes that will be made to the Nutrition Facts Panel in the

TravelCenters Announces Results of Annual Shareholders Meeting

TravelCenters’ shareholders recently met to discuss and vote on current company issues, and the company has revealed the results of this meeting. TravelCenters of America LLC held its 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 19, 2016. The results of this meeting have been released, and are as follows: Lisa Harris Jones was re-elected as

Research and Markets Offers Insight into Mobile Payments

The new mobile payments report from Research and Markets offers advice to retailers on how to succeed with mobile payments technology. A new report has been added to Research and Markets’ array of report offerings. The new “Mobile Payments at the Service Station- Trend Report” offers key insights into the mobile payment industry, and instructs