Conagra Brands Acquires Thanasi

Previously announced acquisition closes, bringing Duke’s and BIGS into the Conagra Brands’ portfolio. Conagra Brands Inc. has completed the acquisition of protein-based snacking businesses Thanasi Foods LLC, maker of Duke’s meat snacks, and BIGS LLC, maker of BIGS seeds (collectively, Thanasi). The definitive agreement to acquire Thanasi was announced on March 16, 2017. Financial terms

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CRC Plans for NAEM’s 2017 EHS Management Forum

Forum to provide members a unique opportunity to discuss environmental compliance challenges with peers across other industries. The Center for Retail Compliance (CRC) has announced a new partnership with the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) to ensure that a strong thread of retail-specific content will be on the agenda for NAEM’s 2017 Environmental, Health,

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Demand for Delivery Spikes

A whopping 29% of Millennials ordered restaurant foods/beverages via delivery in the last week. More customers are turning to food delivery to make food purchases even more convenient. Delivery now represents 1.7 billion foodservice visits annually, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. Delivery is such a popular way to source meals and

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Mother’s Day Spending Set to Hit Record-High of $23.6 Billion

Spending higher than any other time in annual survey’s 14-year history. The National Retail Federation (NRF)’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, found customers are preparing to celebrate their moms this Mother’s Day like never before. Mother’s Day shoppers are expected to spend an average of $186.39 for the holiday, up from last

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Growth Energy Applauds Secretary of Agriculture Confirmation

Growth Energy CEO looks forward to seeing Sonny Perdue’s plans in giving consumers biofuels choices at the pump. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement regarding the Senate’s confirmation of President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Agriculture, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. “We congratulate Secretary Perdue on his confirmation to lead the U.S.

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Pump Prices Creep Upward

Summer driving demand appears to be on track. Gas prices have reached an all time high for the year with the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas at $2.42 on April 24, up 13 cents over last month and 29 cents more than this time last year, according to AAA. AAA

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Japanese C-Stores To Offer Faster Checkout Technology

Japan is set to roll out technology that allows an entire basket of items to be scanned at once. The race is on for superior checkout technology, and Japanese convenience stores may be in the lead. UPI reported that by 2025 Japan’s major retailers, including Seven-Eleven Japan, will be offering self-checkout computer kiosks where customers

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Wayne Fueling Systems Heads to The Forecourt Show

Wayne set to display latest technology along with local partner, Petroassist. Wayne Fueling Systems, part of Dover Fueling Solutions (DFS) and a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, will be showcasing a range of Wayne’s products and technology services at The Forecourt Show between April

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FDA Launching Anti-Tobacco Campaign

The agency to spend $625 Million on a multi-media public health education campaign to prevent tobacco use spanning five years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that a five-year advertising contract for up to $625 million dollars has been awarded to True North Communications, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported.

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Thorntons Gets Set For Derby Season

Introduces a food truck and a trio of Bourbon-inspired offerings. As Derby season kicks off, Thorntons is preparing to woo Derby fans with a Bourbon Kitchen food truck and a three bourbon-inspired treats. The beloved Bourbon Ball Donut is back, and the brand is launching a new Johnsonville Bourbon BBQ Sausage and Bourbon Vanilla Latte

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Wells Fargo Notes Beverages Soft in Q4

Weather, weak traffic and promotions in other channels hurt beverage sales at c-stores in Q4. Wells Fargo recently conducted a “Beverage Buzz” survey of beverage retailers representing over 15,000 convenience store locations across the U.S. to learn what retailers are seeing at the store level across the beverage category. Wells Fargo outlined the following key

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Rutter’s Expands Beer Sales to Strasburg Site

Beer caves continue to roll out in Rutter’s Convenience Stores. Rutter’s Strasburg location on Historic Drive, has opened its Beer Cave, making it the eighth Rutter’s location that offers beer. This Rutter’s was built at the end of 2016 with the Beer Cave already in its plans. The store had the required 30 seats for

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Hershey Commits To Nutrition Transparency

By 2022, Hershey will make 50% of its total portfolio of individually-wrapped standard- and king-size confectionery products with 200 calories or less. The Hershey Co. has introduced a new set of commitments to assist in growing the visibility of nutrition information and portion options. The move is as part of Hershey’s ongoing efforts to offer

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Eby-Brown Hosting 52nd ‘Eby-Expo Midwest’

Expo to focus on innovative solutions for convenience stores Eby-Brown Co. LLC, the largest privately held convenience store distributor in the U.S. is set to host its Flagship tradeshow, Eby-Expo. The Expo is set for April 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., with more than 1,400 retail partners and vendors scheduled to

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McLane, Walmart Extend Partnership

McLane set to act as exclusive distributor of seasonal candy to all U.S. retail locations. McLane Co. Inc., a supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions, has renewed its service agreement with long-time client Walmart. As part of this extended agreement, McLane will continue to deliver to Walmart stores across the

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Brakebush Brothers Promotes Dan Caron

Caron to be responsible for Northeast sales. Brakebush Brothers Inc. has promoted Dan Caron to Northeast regional sales manager, effective April 17, 2017. Caron has worked as a territory sales manager for Brakebush since 2001, continuously earning high sales achievements for his market. Prior to joining Brakebush, he was employed by Jordan Meats, a large

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NACS Examines Recycling Perceptions Ahead of Earth Day

Retailers spend more than $600 per store per month for recycling and trash collection programs. Most customers empty the trash in their car every time they fill up at their local gas station. In fact, NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) reported that seven in 10 American drivers (70%) say that they use the trash

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Domino’s Asks Trump Administration To Stop Menu Labeling Law

Pizza chains with countless toppings and ingredients are finding the pending rules particularly arduous. The new menu labeling regulations that retailers across the country have been dreading are set to hit May 5, and some restaurants are calling on Congress and the Trump Administration in a last ditch effort to postpone or strike down the

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CVS Rolls Out Reimaged Store Design

Drug store chain to focus on health through expanding offering of health and beauty products and better-for-you food products. Three years after deciding to end tobacco sales, CVS has taken another step toward its evolution toward a focus on “health” with the introduction of a new store design. The new design will enhance the retail

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M-PACT Reveals Burning Tobacco Issues

The threat of local ordinances is the most pressing threat to tobacco retailers now. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Tobacco took a front seat at M-PACT 2017 as attendees on the last day had the opportunity to learn the latest issues affecting an important category for convenience retailers. The session, Tobacco Outlook: Cigarettes, Cigars, Smokeless

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Brakebush Brothers Promotes Glenn Jenisch

Veteran employee takes on new responsibilities. Brakebush Brothers Inc. has promoted Glenn Jenisch to the role of business development manager. Duties of this position include building business with Group Purchasing Organizations, Retail Deli, Industrial, Mid-level and Regional Chain accounts and Military accounts. Jenisch started at Brakebush as a territory sales manager in 1994 and was

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M-PACT Reveals Impact of Generational Shift

Because of more Americans retiring and growth in retail markets, competition for younger workers will intensify. In light of this, companies should prepare ways to make Millennials feel more welcome. If convenience retailers are perplexed by the generational gap in today’s workforce, that gap will only widen in the coming years. The topic of disparity

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West Virginia C-stores Fight Against Skimmers

With help from local police, c-stores are working to find and remove any skimmers placed by thieves. Convenience stores in West Virginia are waging a war against skimmers. West Virginia MetroNews reported that West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association is working with law enforcement and the state Division of Labor to find and remove

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SKU Announces Track 5 Participants

A number of brands set to undergo a 14-week course led by mentors. SKU, a consumer products accelerator, has selected seven participants for Track 5. These Consumer Product Goods (CPG) companies, ranging from soul-food inspired flavored popcorn to an Austin, Texas-inspired boot and flip flop brand, are participating in a 14-week course that is much

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Kwik Trip Ranks Best in Five of Six Categories

GasBuddy showcases Q1 results for c-stores. GasBuddy has revealed its first quarterly report card showing how gas station convenience stores stacked up in the first quarter of 2017. Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip ranked No. 1 in five out of the six categories. Methodology The GasBuddy smartphone app downloads have grown to more than 64 million. GasBuddies

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