Governor Christie Vetoes Bill That Would Have Raised New Jersey Smoking Age

Mixed reactions are being reported after Governor Christie vetoed tobacco bill. The bill to raise the smoking age to 21 in New Jersey has officially been rejected by Governor Chris Christie. According to a report from nj.com, the governor’s decision to veto the bill is good news for food retailers and convenience store operators who

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The Schwan Food Company Has Assembled Schwan’s Chef Collective

Schwan is taking steps to meet and exceed consumer expectations for taste and quality. A team of up-and-coming chefs from across the U.S., known as the Schwan’s Chef Collective, will now assist in developing the next generation of Schwan-branded frozen foods. This announcement from The Schwan Food Company follows company’s simplicity ingredient initiative announcement. The

How In-Store Delis Can Attract Consumers

As consumer trends evolve, food retailers can make simple changes to continue attracting consumers. The What’s in Store 2016 report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has revealed that Millennials are an important consumer demographic for in-store deli departments, as 42% of Millennials shop the prepared foods department—compared to 33% of baby boomers and 21%

How to Compete for the Modern Consumer

A majority of consumers desire more mobile-friendly retailers. In order to compete for the modern consumer, retailers are continuing to move away from traditional in-store experiences. A recent study from SOTI has revealed that the use of mobile technology within brick and mortar retail locations is proving a successful way to appease today’s technology driven

Inmar Acquires Willard Bishop

Combining the expertise of Inmar and Willard Bishop will help to deliver powerful solutions to manufacturers and retailers. In order to provide manufacturers and retailers with rich and actionable data and analytics, Inmar has acquired Chicago-based Willard Bishop. This union will enable the companies to deliver the industry’s most cohesive and complete access to consumer

Gas Prices Reach Lowest Point Since 2009

Excess supply of crude oil is driving down prices at the pump. As crude oil prices continue to fall and demand for fuel continues to plummet throughout the winter months, drivers are enjoying fuel prices at their lowest point since February 2009. According to a report from AAA, fuel prices have fallen for 63 of the

Cenex Hosts Tanks of Thanks Program

Cenex is once again honoring individuals for their random acts of kindness, in order to promote community well-being. The Cenex Tanks of Thanks program is entering its fifth year of recognizing individuals across the U.S. who are making a difference in their communities. Since 2012, more than 10,000 selfless individuals in more than 3,000 communities

TravelCenters Initiates Expansion

A new Texas TA Stopping Center is the beginning of TravelCenters’ expansion. The construction of a new TA Stopping Center in Hillsboro, Texas has recently concluded, initiating the expansion of  TravelCenters of America LLC’s network. The new TA Hillsboro is located on 78 acres of land at I-35, Exit 370 (160 State Hwy. 77) in Hillsboro, Texas.

QuickChek Sponsors Balloon Festival

For the 23rd consecutive year, QuickChek will sponsor the iconic annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. QuickChek is once again acting as the title sponsor for the annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. According to a report from nj.com, this is the 23rd consecutive year that QuickChek is sponsoring the largest summertime hot air balloon and

How Health and Wellness Factors Influence Meat, Poultry Market

Many consumers have claimed that they are willing to pay more for better-for-you meat and poultry products. Today’s consumers are highly concerned with health and wellness standards, and retailers and foodservice operators are pursuing meat and poultry products that meet such consumer demands. According to market research publisher Packaged Facts in the report Meat and

How to Encourage Beverage Menu Exploration

Consumers tend to stick to ordering their “usual” beverage choice, but there are ways to break that pattern and encourage new beverage options. Beverage menus tend to remain rather stagnant, as top beverage varieties tend to remain the same. This is true for soft-drinks as well as core coffee menu items. The static nature of

Top Five Food Trends for 2016

Some unexpected trends will soon be hitting stores for 2016. At the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show, which is owned and produced by the Specialty Food Association, an expert panel of trendspotters discovered a slew of specialty products that are expected to be hot trends in 2016. Snacks made with crickets, grass-fed everything and protein

InComm Offers New Open-Loop Prepaid Products

InComm is quelling the fears that retailers have for open-loop rewards, and is offering a new product that is perfect for rewarding loyal customers. New digital open-loop prepaid products are now available for distribution from InComm. The new product distribution is available as a part of incentive and loyalty programs. The new products are digital

NACS Launches Online Fuels Database

NACS and the Fuels Institute are striving to amplify the crucial role that c-stores play in fuel retailing. The new Fuels Resource Center, an online resource for everything fuels-related, has officially been released by NACS. The convenience and fuel retailing industry sells 80% of the fuels purchased in the U.S. at approximately 128,000 convenience stores—that’s

Parker’s is Recognized for Economic Impact in South Carolina

Parker’s has been awarded for its contributions to growth in Bluffton, S.C. On Jan. 8, the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Regional Economic Impact Award was presented to Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s convenience store company, at the inaugural Bluffton Business Awards, held at the Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Community Park in Bluffton, S.C. “We

NYACS Dismisses Campaign as Misinformation

Disagreement ensues over a state effort to eliminate the requirement that all New York gas stations must have a fire suppression system above their gas pumps. By CSD Staff New York’s convenience store operators have dismissed the fire equipment industry’s new “Safe at the Pump” campaign as “a foam bath of misinformation.” The New York

November/December Comparison Sales Based on Sales From 33 C-Stores in Southern Mississippi

By Bill Scott, founder and president StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Finally got all my holiday work out of the way, and I am posting the comparison sales for November 2015 and December 2015. No big changes this month. Hunt Brothers Pizza still occupies the number one position with most units sold. Five products entered

VP Racing Fuels Remains Official Fuel of CARS Tour

VP Racing Fuels is a solid marketing partner for the CARS Tour and will help the series grow. VP Racing Fuels has committed to remaining the “Official Fuel” for the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Tour through the 2018 season. Under the agreement, CRT, VP’s proprietary race fuel blend for exclusive use by all CARS

Unified Commerce Should Be Retailers’ Top Priority for 2016

The risk of losing  customers due to disappointing shopping experiences caused by a flawed omni-channel architecture has become a major issue. A new survey from the Boston Retail Partners has revealed that, although retailers recognize the need to create a holistic customer experience that transcends channels, most attempts are falling short. According to the 2016

Bakery Products Play a Part in 2016 Snacking Trends

The bakery market is expected to experience massive growth in the coming years. What’s in Store 2016, an annual trends research report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), has revealed that single-and smaller-portion bakery products remain the hottest growth area for in-store bakeries. Products with “built-in portion control,” like individual cake slices, parfaits and cake

Samuel Adams to Release New White Ale

The city that tweets the most about the weather will receive a Cold Snap party from Samuel Adams. A new Belgian-style unfiltered White Ale called the The Sam Adams Cold Snap has hit the market. This new brew is perfect for snapping out of the cold weather funk with a bright snap of seasonal citrus, fruit

Why ‘Sugar-Using’ Industry Jobs Are Declining

Outdated policies are leading to massive declines in sugar industry jobs. According to an analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau data from the Coalition for Sugar Reform, between 1997 and 2014 U.S. sugar-using industry jobs declined by 18%. The Coalition claimed that outdated U.S. sugar policies are the cause of much of that decline. The

Young Executives Organization (YEO) Names Three New Board Members

Lindsay Lyden, of Truenorth Energy; Jeremie Myhren, of Road Ranger; and Bart Stransky, of RaceTrac Petroleum will help lead the National Advisory Group’s YEO for 2016/17. The board also announces that registration is open for the YEO Roundtable in April hosted by RaceTrac. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) is pleased to

New “Super” Wawa to Open in Hamilton, N.J.

Wawa begins new store openings for 2016.  Despite traffic concerns and the highly contested location, Jan. 22, 2016 will mark the opening of the first 2016 Wawa location. The new “super” Wawa is located along route 130 in Hamilton, N.J. According to a report from NJ.com, the new store is slated to open at 8 a.m.

Grand Opening To Celebrate Rutter’s 62nd Store

New convenience store location offers new job openings with competitive wages. A grand opening ceremony is slated to take place on Jan. 29, 2016 to welcome the newest Rutter’s store to Lancaster County, Pa. The new location marks the addition of the chain’s 62nd store, and it is located at 370 West Main Street Leola,

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