CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Consumer reviewers

Today’s Idea of the Day: Have consumers review and tweet/post about your new food items. Customers today trust reviews by other consumers more than they trust advertisements. If you’re debuting a new food item, bring in a group of customers and allow them to taste test the new addition to the menu. Then ask them

Eating Styles Differ Between Italians and Americans

Eating is an experience for Italian consumers, and ConAgra Foods encourages Americans to try eating the Italian way. October is National Pasta Month, and in celebration of the tasty holiday, Bertolli is encouraging Americans to “Mangia,” or “eat like Italians do.” People think they need to travel thousands of miles for an authentic Italian meal,

TruStar Energy Opens New CNG Fueling Station in Oregon

TruStar Energy has now opened a new CNG fueling station for Rogue Disposal & Recycling. TruStar Energy recently announced the grand opening of Rogue Green Fuels LLC, a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for Rogue Disposal & Recycling Inc. The new station is located at 1125 Anthony Way in White City, Oregon, and

A Number of Trends Expected to Drive Holiday Spending

While holiday spending is expected to rise, it may not benefit store-based retailers as much as they would hope. The new 2016 Holiday Outlook report from PwC has revealed that holiday spending is expected to reach its highest point since the Great Recession. According to the report, holiday spending will increase 10% over the 2015

ALON Brands and GreenPrint LLC Expand Strive

The Strive Reduced Emissions Fuel program is now expanding into Big Spring, Texas. ALON Brands and GreenPrint LLC have partnered with The Arbor Day Foundation, affiliates of Keep America Beautiful and other partners to expand the Strive Reduced Emissions Fuel program to Big Spring, Texas. The expansion into Big Spring, Texas will begin on October 12,

Yesway Builds its Executive Team

Douglas New is helping to support the rapid growth of the Yesway convenience chain. Yesway has announced that Douglas New is joining the convenience store chain’s team of convenience store veterans as the company’s new chief technology officer. New brings an extensive technical background and years of executive-level experience to the rapidly growing Des Moines,

Nielsen and EthniFacts Unveil Intercultural Affinity Segmentation

Nielsen and EthniFacts are helping CPG marketers to market across various cultures. A new resource has been released by Nielsen and EthniFacts to uncover the key consumer segments that provide a deeper understanding of consumers. The new Nielsen Intercultural Affinity Segmentation has combined Nielsen’s Homescan Panel with EthniFacts’ CulturSort cross-cultural survey to reveal that consumers, regardless

IDDBA Elects New Officers and Board of Directors

A number of new members have been appointed to the Board of Directors for IDDBA. At the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s (IDDBA’s) Annual Business Meeting, the company elected its 2016-2017 Officers and Board of Directors. The company held its meeting in Chicago. Jewel Hunt, group vice president bakery, Albertsons Cos., was elected as the association’s chairman of

Hoshizaki Names New Senior VP Sales & Marketing

Jim Procuro to focus on product growth strategy in his new role. Hoshizaki America Inc. has named Jim Procuro senior vice president sales and marketing, effective immediately. Procuro joined Hoshizaki America in 1998 and has been a crucial member of the executive team. He will focus on our growth strategy in expanding Hoshizaki’s product offering

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Foodservice P&L

Today’s Idea of the Day: Develop a foodservice P&L. If your chain intends to take foodservice seriously, then a product and loss (P&L) report created just for foodservice can help you take your food game to the next level. The P&L should monitor waste/spoils, inventory, sales, purchases, labor costs and determine the net margin after

Gas Prices Creep Higher

A number of factors are causing fuel prices to fluctuate. Despite the switch from summer to winter blend gasoline and the surplus of crude oil supplies, fuel prices have increased slightly over last week. According to AAA, as of Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, the national average price for gasoline was $2.22 per gallon, two cents

Benefits Matter

Millennials have strong opinions regarding the benefits that their employees offer. According to new research from Aflac, Millennials are very clear about which benefits they want their employers to offer, and Millennials now represent the largest segment of the U.S. labor force (53.3 million); therefore, employers may need to offer a wider range of benefits

How to Get Your Employees Engaged

IST uses Halloween as a chance to boost employee engagement. All companies want their employees to be engaged and to have high morale, but ensuring high employee morale is not the easiest feat and it takes extra effort on the part of the company. In order to boost employee morale, IST uses a number of

Empire Petroleum Merges with Arkansas Valley

Empire Petroleum has expanded its array of branded fuel partners through its merger with Arkansas Valley. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC and Arkansas Valley Cos. are merging their assets. This merger will enhance Empire’s fuel volumes in Oklahoma as well as strengthening its relationships with its branded partners, such as ConocoPhillips. The merger will also add

7-Eleven Hosts Free Coffee Week

7Rewards members can receive a free cup of coffee every day during 7-Eleven’s Free Coffee Week. With the Presidential election looming just around the corner, 7-Eleven is offering a week of free coffee to gather more votes for the 7-Election Presidential Coffee Cup Poll. Americans can now enjoy a free cup of coffee during Free

Kroger Launches Annual #SharingCourage Campaign

Kroger is raising money to fund the fight against breast cancer. The Kroger Co. has once again launched its annual #SharingCourage campaign in an effort to encourage customers to take action in the fight against breast cancer. Kroger is lighting its headquarters building pink in celebration of the campaign. “No one should face breast cancer

Kum & Go Supports United Way

Kum & Go are working to raise money to support children, youth and families in Central Iowa. This October, Kum & Go is hosting a fundraising campaign in support of the United Way of Central Iowa’s annual campaign. Throughout the month of October, Kum & Go associates will encourage customers to add $1 with each transaction

New Mobile App Offers Truck Parking Availability Data

Park My Truck helps drivers locate available parking spaces while on the road. A new highway safety initiative has been launched by the numerous trucking and travel plaza leaders. This initiative will help professional drivers find available truck parking. Now, truck drivers who need to stop and rest will be able to use a free

Kum & Go Names Land Mark Products “Supplier of the Year”

Land Mark’s artisan pizza program has helped to earn the company the “Supplier of the Year” award. On Aug. 30, 2016, Kum & Go presented Land Mark Products with the prestigious “Supplier of the Year” award. Land Mark is an Iowa food manufacturer and distributor, and the award was presented at Kum & Go’s chain’s

C-Store Sales Strong

Solid fuel and in-store sales lead to convenience retailer optimism. According to a recent survey of retailers from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), sales of in-store items and motor fuels remained strong in the convenience channel over the first nine months of the year, and this has contributed to a spike in convenience

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Social Media

Today’s idea of the day: Hire a 17 year old to do your social media. No one has their finger on the pulse of social media trends quite like today’s teenagers. They know what’s trending and where better than anyone. When the 17 year old turns 19, move them to another role at the company

IRI Shares Keys To Loyalty Success

Retaining shoppers and gaining their loyalty through personalization is becoming increasingly important as shoppers consider multiple channels. IRI’s latest Times & Trends Report, “The Omnichannel Journey: Translating Big Data into a Prescription for Growth” finds shopping needs are continuing to evolve as customers look to a range of channels to meet their needs. Quick trips—those

Chevron Debuts aFANity Rewards Program

Fans in select states can earn sports related rewards through Chevron’s new program. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has launch the aFANity Rewards Program, a sports-themed rewards program where sports fans can win items and experiences that fit their passion. The program is available to residents of Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New

Prepaid Cards Gain Popularity

Safety and security are contributing to the popularity of prepaid gift cards. The new Prepaid and Gift Cards in the U.S., 5th Edition from Packaged Facts has revealed that prepaid cards are growing in popularity, especially among low income customers, Millennials and individuals who are unbanked or underbanked. Giving credit where credit is due, PayPal

African-American Buying Power Increases

The number of affluent African-American households has risen drastically, increasing the buying power of the African-American demographic. New research from Packaged Facts has revealed that African-American buying power has grown rapidly over the past five years. The new African-Americans: Demographic and Consumer Spending Trends, 10th Edition from Packaged Facts has revealed that African-American buying power has topped $1