General Mills Outlines New Organizational Structure

Introduces changes to company leadership. General Mills has announced a new global organizational structure that will support growth and drive greater efficiency by streamlining the company’s leadership, maximizing global scale, and increasing operational agility. As previously announced, Jeff Harmening, president and CEO has assumed global operations responsibilities reporting to Chairman and CEO Ken Powell. As

NATO Visionary Don Bores Passes Away

Bores helped form the National Association of Tobacco Outlets. Don Bores, the individual who saw the need for a national retail tobacco association and the vision to help form the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), passed away peacefully yesterday, NATO reported. NATO gave the following tribute: “In 2000, Don was one of the owners

EMV Fuel Pump Compliance Date Moves to 2020

Retailers have three extra years to become compliant. Mastercard and Visa are changing the automatic fuel dispenser liability shift date from October 2017 to October 2020. This decision applies only to automated fuel pumps. In a press release, Mastercard noted, “EMV compliance for fuel merchants with Automatic Fuel Dispensers brings significant regulatory and implementation challenges.

NACS Urges EPA To Deny Petitions To Change Point of Obligation

NACS and seven organizations say changing the point of obligation under the RFS would add complexity and uncertainty. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) along with other organizations in the fuel marketing community, petroleum producers and renewable fuels producers have urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny recent petitions to move the

Sheetz To Transition to Cage-Free Eggs

Sheetz works to balance safety standards along with consumer demand and supply as it looks to go cage-free by 2025. Sheetz is committing to making a move toward cage-free eggs, with the goal of selling only cage-free eggs in its stores by 2025. The shift is a component of its efforts toward offering a wide

Gasoline Prices Spike On OPEC Deal

By Brian Milne, Schneider Electric Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices The January reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending futures contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange settled at a better than five-month high on the spot continuous chart in concluding its first session as nearest delivery on Dec. 1, continuing a

Wrigley, Mars’ Transaction Zone Vision Drives Sales For Retailers

Research-based insights bring candy merchandising recommendations. Wrigley and Mars Chocolate North America are driving sales and increasing shopper engagement by working with retailers to implement their Transaction Zone Vision. Since launching the program in 2015, the companies have used research-driven insights to help retail partners boost sales at checkout through channel-specific recommendations. To help their

Hunt Brothers Pizza Awards C-Store Upgrades

Celebrates 25th Anniversary with video contest for convenience store partners. Hunt Brothers Pizza announced the winners of its “25 for 25 Video Contest,” in which it received video submissions from its retail partners detailing the importance of the pizza program to their businesses, families and communities. The majority of Hunt Brothers Pizza retail partners are

7-Eleven Closes Sale of Wyoming C-Stores

Parkland Fuel Corp. acquires two truck stops and one c-store. 7-Eleven has successfully divested two truck stops and one convenience store to Parkland Fuel Corp. with the help of Matrix Capital Markets Group. 7 Eleven acquired the three facilities (“the stores”), two of which are located in Cheyenne, Wyoming and one in Laramie, Wyoming, along

Dekorra, Wis. Love’s Travel Stop Opens

Amenities include a Hardee’s restaurant and more than 70 parking spaces. Love’s has opened a new travel stop in Dekorra, Wis.—its fifth travel stop in the state. The new location brings 73 truck-parking spots to Interstate 39/90, Exit 115. “The opening of the new store allows us to serve more customers with the ‘Clean Places,

Menu Labeling Compliance Deadline Arrives

Enforcement by FDA to begin May 2017, but states could take action today. The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement confirming that the compliance deadline for the menu labeling rule remains Dec. 1, 2016 and NOT May 5, 2017, which is when enforcement begins. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) pointed out that

Weigel’s Teams With Salvation Army for 19th Year

Local children receive a free breakfast before a shopping spree at Hall’s Kmart. Weigel’s is hosting its annual event to give 200 local underprivileged children a happy Christmas with the help of more than 400 caring volunteers who will assist in facilitating a Christmas shopping spree. This is the 19th year that Weigel’s has teamed

Growth Energy, E15 Retailers Raise Funds to Battle Breast Cancer

Growth Energy teams with retailers during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Growth Energy partnered with major fuel retailers Sheetz, Minnoco, Protec Fuel and Murphy USA for its annual Pink Out program to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer during the month of October. For each gallon of clean burning E15 sold, two cents were donated

Sheetz Reaffirms Commitment To $47,500 Base Salary

Despite judge’s FLSA injunction, Sheetz plans to continue with planned salary increases. Sheetz has announced that all of the company’s salaried employees will earn a minimum base salary of $47,500 per year. The decision was made in connection to the proposed Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rule from the U.S. Department of Labor, which called

Kum & Go Celebrates New Marketplace Store Opening

First 99 customers to receive a coupon for a 99-cent whole pizza. Kum & Go is set to open a new eco-friendly convenience store in West Des Moines Iowa on Dec. 1. The new store, located at 220 EP True Parkway will open its doors at 6 a.m. The 6,200+-square-foot store featuring the Marketplace store

VP Racing Fuels Launches New Website

New features include easier navigation and additional product information. Customers of VP Racing Fuels will enjoy a whole new user experience when they visit its newly-redesigned website at, according to Chris Wall, chief marketing officer for VP Racing Fuels. “Between our 70+ blends of race fuel and the new product lines we’ve launched in

Are Electric Vehicles The Future?

Millennials view EVs more favorably than older generations. A Reportlinker’s survey about the adoption of Electric Vehicle by U.S. citizens shows that electric vehicles (EV) still have a way to go before they become widely adopted. Some 72% of the respondents reported they fill their tanks with unleaded, premium, super or diesel gas. Highlights include:

Customers To Enjoy Candy in Moderation This Holiday Season

NCA President talks about candy’s role in holiday traditions. John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), weighed in on candy’s role in the holiday season. This holiday season, Americans will share and gift candy, enjoying their favorite wintertime treats in moderation. Chocolate, candy, gum and mints can play a unique part

Food Gifts On The Rise

As the winter holidays approach, food gift purchases are expected to rise. Packaged Facts’ August 2016 market research report “Food Gifting in the U.S., 5th Edition,” took a look at trends and innovations when it comes to gifting food. Innovations in seasonal gifts are becoming more personalized and designed for specific recipients. Targeting specific demographics

Dollar Tree Faces Demonstrations Over Toxic Chemicals in Products

Protests planned at 65 Dollar Tree locations in 26 states. Dollar Tree is under fire after a report showing many of its products contain toxic chemicals harmful to human health. On Thursday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. EST, local shoppers, public health and product safety experts are planning to hold now over 65 nearly simultaneous

Parker’s Welcomes Development Supervisor

Kevin Long brings extensive background in training and development—both regionally and nationally—to Parker’s. Parker’s recently hired Kevin Long as a development supervisor on the company’s Human Resources team. In his new position, Long will partner with senior leadership to implement training and development strategies for Parker’s retail stores. Before joining Parker’s, Long served as a

First Data Looks at Consumer Spending Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Retail spending is booming and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is becoming another popular shopping day. First Data has released its analysis of consumer spending for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Unlike other reports, First Data’s analysis is based on actual consumer transactions rather than surveys or speculation. First Data powers nearly half of all credit and

Will New Congress Eliminate Vaping Regulations?

Senator Johnson takes the lead in fighting for the vaping industry. With a new President soon to take office, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is warning the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that Congress is likely to undo the FDA’s costly new rules on vapor products. Johnson wrote to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf last week

Global Partners Divesting 13 Sites

Sites to be sold through NRC’s “buy one, some or all” sealed bid sale. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) has been retained by Global Partners LP to coordinate the sale of seven former convenience stores and six vacant retail sites in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Of the 13 sites, four are located in

7- Eleven Introduces Four Palm Beach County C-Stores

An additional five stores in the Palm Beach County and a total of 20 stores in Southeast Florida are expected to open in 2017. 7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of four Palm Beach County c-stores by inviting local residents to store opening events that feature giveaways and free product samples. 7-Eleven plans to