22nd Century Group Settles Litigation with Former CEO

Differences have been settled between 22nd Century Group and former CEO. 22nd Century Group Inc. (the Company) and Joseph Pandolfino, the former CEO and founder of the Company, have settled all litigation and disputes between the parties. The details of this settlement have been disclosed by the Company in its filing with the U.S. Securities


McDonald’s CEO Weighs in on Refranchising Plans

McDonald’s officials are confident about the current turnaround plan. McDonald’s Corp. president and CEO Steve Easterbrook and members of senior management provided an update on the company’s Turnaround Plan during the its recent investor meeting. “The cornerstone of our System is our powerful and enduring brand. While we are still in the early stages of

Fast Food Workers Strike

Workers across the country are banding together to fight for a living wage. A national protest took place on Tuesday, Nov. 10, as fast food workers took to the streets to protest for a $15 minimum wage. According to a report from Time, Tuesday’s strike took place in 270 cities across the country at McDonald’s,

7-Eleven Closes Deal on 101 Gasoline Locations

7-Eleven may rebrand newly-acquired stores. 7‑Eleven Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SEI Fuel Services Inc., acquired 101 gasoline locations in Florida from Biscayne Petroleum LLC and Everglades Petroleum LLC. The acquisition, advised by Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc., consists of 94 controlled real estate locations, seven fuel-supply-only contracts and some related assets. These operations are primarily

Woodland Oil Chooses AIMS’ Accounting Software

Accounting solution includes cardlock processing and other modules to streamline Woodland’s business. Woodland Oil Inc, located in Vidalia, Ga. has recently purchased AIMS’ COMPAS Commander accounting software. AIMS Inc. is a provider of strategic accounting software for Wholesale Petroleum Marketers. AIMS will provide Woodland Oil with a comprehensive accounting solution that includes cardlock processing, oil

Carbonated Soft Drink Dollar Sales Dip

Energy drink category dollar sales remain solid. Wells Fargo Securities found Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) continues to lead in the carbonated soft drink category, while Monster sales remain under pressure on soft volume growth, citing Nielsen data for the four-week period ending Oct. 31, 2015, across all channels (grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores).

7-Eleven Offers Veteran Franchisee Opportunities

7-Eleven wants to help retired veterans live the American Dream. 7-Eleven Inc. is working to provide more franchise opportunities to qualified men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The retailer has set a goal of recruiting 100 veterans and providing $2 million in discounts by the end of 2016. Launched in the

Murphy USA Announces Financial Results

Murphy USA third quarter financial results reveal that the company is on track with its organic growth plan. Murphy USA Inc. has released its financial results for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2015. Three-month results For the three month period ended Sept. 30, 2015, the Company reported net income of $60.5 million or

Weigel’s Wins Blue Ribbon

Weigel’s takes on the competition and wins a blue ribbon for its chocolate milk. Weigel’s recently won its third blue ribbon in the Tennessee State Fair for its chocolate milk. Weigel’s also won blue ribbons for its chocolate milk in 2011 and 2014. This year’s competition was held at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tenn. from Sept. 11-20. “We are pleased

Susser Appointed to National Retail Properties’ Board

Seasoned industry professional has been appointed to the National Retail Properties Board of Directors. National Retail Properties Inc., a real estate investment trust, has appointed Sam Susser to the Board of Directors. “We are excited to add Sam to our Board. His retail industry experience combined with his depth of knowledge of the convenience store industry

High Hopes for Holiday Shopping

Will lower gas prices lead to increased holiday spending? As gas prices remain low, industry professionals hope that consumers will spend more this holiday season. According to a survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), more than one in four (26%) consumers expect to increase their spending this month, a seven-point jump over the past

How Customers Are Shopping This Holiday Season

The NPD Group has revealed how consumer shopping habits are evolving. Research from The NPD Group has revealed that more consumers will start shopping earlier, a higher percentage of shopping will take place online and more growth will be seen among the top categories purchased compared to last year. Half of all holiday shoppers plan to start their

Free Car Washes for Veterans

7-Eleven honors U.S. veterans and armed service members this Veterans Day, offering its top-of-the-line car wash service to them for free. This Veteran’s Day 7-Eleven is offering free car washes to U.S. military personnel and veterans. The freebie is available at participating locations from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Current and former

What Food Trends Are Ahead For 2016?

Professional chefs predict the top foodservice trends for 2016. Each year, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to find which foods, beverages and culinary

QuickChek Helps Feed the Hungry

In the spirit of the holiday season, QuickChek is inviting shoppers to donate and help feed hungry families. During the upcoming holiday season, QuickChek Corp. will help feed hungry families through the Check-Out Hunger campaign. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain is a campaign partner of the annual fundraiser that takes place every

Gulf Oil Expands Into Wisconsin

As Gulf continues with its national expansion plans, a partnership with Venture Fuels brings the brand back to Wisconsin for the first time in more than two decades. Gulf Oil LP and Venture Fuels, a major fuel distributor in the upper Midwest, have partnered to bring the iconic Gulf brand back to Wisconsin for the

How To Prepare For A Breach

Convenience stores should incorporate data violations into their operational crisis response plans. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Crises in business are common. They range from public management blunders and workplace crime to employee dissent and data breaches. One of the best things a retail management team can do to handle these problems is to prepare

Presidential Candidates Recognize Flaws in Sugar Program

Presidential candidates are recognizing a need for reform of the sugar program. Recent comments made by the 2016 presidential candidates on the U.S. sugar policy have been welcomed by the Coalition for Sugar Reform. “We are glad to see the issue of sugar reform has become a topic of discussion among the 2016 presidential candidates,” said John

Heineken Launches Strategic Marketing Program

Heineken is looking to drive sales this football season with the return of its successful What’s Your Play? program. HEINEKEN USA will soon launch its What’s Your Play? portfolio retail program, which will run from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. The comprehensive program includes eye-catching football themed POS materials, digital partnerships, a Twitter-driven sweepstakes, and cross-merchandising

76 and UBER Partner in Seattle to Build Driver Loyalty

UBER driver partners can be some of the most loyal fuel customers in the industry. To reward them for their loyalty, 76 stations in the Seattle market are proud to launch a points bonus program that allows UBER partners to earn up to 7 KickBack Points (5 bonus points and 2 base points) for each

Transportation Bill Benefits U.S. Retailers

The NRF is happy to find the House making strides to improve the transportation industry, but also believes that more could be done. The National Retail Federation (NRF) was pleased to find that the House recently passed a long-term transportation bill that is critically important to America’s retailers. H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of

How To Heighten The Customer Experience

More c-stores are coming up with innovative concepts to heighten the customer experience, resulting in increased sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the competitive climate, in which convenience stores operate, one of the biggest advantages that the channel holds over other retail segments is obviously convenience. It’s the one business aspect that other channels

Sheetz Honors Veterans

Service men and women can enjoy complementary treats from Sheetz this Veterans Day. This Veterans Day, family-owned c-store chain, Sheetz, is showing its gratitude for veterans and active duty military personnel. All veterans and current servicemen and women are invited to enjoy a free six-inch turkey sub, regular size fountain drink and a carwash at all Sheetz locations,

Why Craft Beer Is On the Rise

Craft beer seeks to appeal to a wider audience than regular beer. Craft beer is expected to see some substantial growth throughout the remainder of 2015. In fact, the latest research from Mintel has revealed that craft beer is predicted to see 22% dollar sales growth this year, moving the category to $24 billion. Craft beer made

Big Red Loyalty Program

Big Red Stores offers customers discounts on gas when they make in-store purchases. Customers of Big Red Stores can now earn rewards for shopping at any Big Red Stores’ 32 locations. The new Discount Gas Card program allows customers to automatically earn more cents off gas prices when they purchase items inside the store. “The Big