C-Store Regulars Seek Better-For-You Options

New data has revealed a shift in what c-store regulars look for when choosing which convenience location to frequent. A recent comprehensive study from Q1 consulting has revealed that a new trend is rising among convenience store “regulars.” Contrary to what was observed in previous studies, the new study indicates that c-store “regulars” are increasingly

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Philip Morris USA Announces List Price Increase on Cigarette Brands

Price increases are expected across the tobacco industry in the coming weeks. A recent list price increase by one of the tobacco industry giants has set the stage for other companies to follow suit. These price increases are expected to be good news for the industry. A new report from Wells Fargo reported that Philip

Walmart is Suing Visa

Walmart is suing Visa for its allowance of signature verification of chip-based debit cards. Walmart, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, filed a lawsuit against Visa, concerning Visa’s protocol for chip debit cards. According to a report from USA Today, Walmart is suing Visa for allowing customers to validate chip-enabled debit card transactions using a signature

NACS Fights Proposed SNAP Rule

NACS has drafted a letter to bring the industry together to oppose the newly proposed SNAP rule which would have adverse effects on the convenience industry. The National Association of Convenience Stores is fighting a recently proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that, if passed, will push tens of thousands of convenience

New Kum & Go Marketplace is Now Open in Iowa

Kum & Go’s new Marketplace design prototype in the Iowa City area offers unique amenities that make it unlike any store in the area. On Thursday, May 12, Kum & Go opened the doors of its newly built store in Coralville, Iowa. The new store, located at 822 1st Avenue, features the brand’s new 6,200+-square-foot

How to Ensure Customer Retention

A new survey has revealed what consumers consider when deciding whether or not to return to a particular retail location. As many consumers continue to turn to online shopping rather than visiting a brick-and-mortar retail location, it is becoming increasingly important for retailers to work to ensure customer retention. While not all variable that may

Wendy’s Introduces Fresh, Healthy Menu Items

Wendy’s has introduced a tasty new salad that makes it easier and more exciting for consumers to eat healthy. As consumers continue to search for better-for-you, convenient food options, a number of quick-service restaurants (QSRs) are rising to the challenge with new, healthier menu items. Among the QSRs that are rising to the occasion is

Sinclair Oil Reaches 100 Year Milestone

Sinclair Oil has announced plans to more than double its stations in the coming years. Salt Lake City- based Sinclair Oil is celebrating the company’s 100th anniversary this May. However, despite reaching this milestone, the company is determined to focus more on the future than on the past. Sinclair has announced ambitious plans to grow

VERC Enterprises Recognized for Accommodation Efforts

VERC Enterprises has committed to hiring individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to comprise a significant portion of its workforce. VERC Enterprises has announced that its Marlborough Gulf, Mass. location was recently awarded a 2016 Accommodation Award by the MetroWest Work Opportunities Coalition. This award was granted to the company in recognition of its efforts

Rutter’s Supports Central Pennsylvania Children’s Charities

Over the past 10 years, Rutter’s has donated over $5 million to charities in the communities it serves. At its 14th annual two-day golf outing, Rutter’s Children’s Charities raised over $165,000 for Central Pennsylvania charities. This brings the total amount raised to over $1.55 million, since the company’s first outing in 2002. This year’s outing

Coca-Cola Announces Retail Marketing Leadership Change

Coca-Cola grants 13 year company veteran a leadership position. Coca-Cola North America has named Diane Wallace as the company’s new vice president of retail marketing. In her new role, Wallace will be responsible for key disciplines that include retail strategy, category strategic advisory, customer marketing, strategic selling capabilities and customer/trade communications. Prior to joining Coca-Cola

Cumberland Farms Launches Summer Beverage Promotion

Cumberland Farms customers can beat the heat with 49 cent fountain or frozen beverage refills. Cumberland Farms has once again launched its traditional summertime “Chug Jug” beverage promotion. According to a report from Orlando Sentinel, the promotion, which will run through Labor Day, invites customers to purchase 32 ounce refillable mugs for $1.99. The jugs

Social Media is Indispensable to Foodservice Directors

An increase in the use of social and digital media by on-campus foodservice venues is complemented by an increase in business.  The value of social and digital media marketing is now more realized than ever by college and university foodservice directors in charge of c-store and retail operations. These foodservice directors have increased their social

Budweiser Celebrates America with New Packaging

Budweiser has unveiled new packaging in an attempt to make this summer the most patriotic season this generation has seen yet. Budweiser has announced the launch of its new summer campaign, which will take the brand’s patriotic packaging to a whole new level. Beginning May 23, the 12-ounce cans and bottles of Budweiser will be

Accepting EMV at the Pump

A year and a half before the liability deadline, FlexPay IV allows gas stations and convenience stores to accept EMV payments at the pump. Gilbarco Veeder-Root, in partnership with Verifone, has developed the next generation of EMV-certified dispenser-based payment terminals – FlexPay IV. The new FlexPay IV will enable gas stations and convenience stores to

Many Factors Shape Future Eating Habits

The NPD Group seeks to discover what life factors influence current and future eating behaviors. A recently released study from The NPD Group has revealed that, when it comes to eating behaviors, there are more variables weighing in when it comes to predicting future consumption trends than previously believed. Previously, a great deal of weight

Core-Mark Releases First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Core-Mark has recorded record first quarter sales on $3 billion for 2016. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has announced financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2016. The company has experienced substantial growth in the recent quarter, and is expected to encounter year-long growth. “I am very pleased with our organization’s ability to roll

Have Gas Prices Hit A Plateau?

The summer driving season is expected to rival 2007 levels, according to AAA. The national average price of gas has dipped—a sign prices may have started to stabilize in light of refineries upping production to accommodate record-high demand. AAA reported that the average price of gas, as of May 9, is $2.21—17 cents higher than

NATSO Partners With CareerCo

Online recruitment tool to aid truckstop and travel plaza operators in hiring employees. NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, is set to beef up its recruiting and hiring practices with help from a new partnership with CareerCo, a successful online recruitment leader based in Staten Island, N.Y. In addition to joining

Active Shooter Prep Offered by Foodservice Training Portal

A new program from Foodservice Training Portal will help prepare businesses and their employees for possible life-threatening situations. Foodservice Training Portal has officially released its newest course, Active Shooter Prep. This course provides an interactive and comprehensive online tool to employees, which will educate them in the latest active shooter procedures and protocols. The training

VP Racing Fuels Sponsors The New Heartland Park Topeka

VP Racing Fuels builds brand exposure through a new racetrack sponsorship. VP Racing Fuels has been chosen as the Official Fuel of the New Heartland Park Topeka for 2016 and 2017. This new sponsorship will help VP Racing Fuels to grow brand exposure through a variety of marketing efforts. This new sponsorship encompasses Heartland Park’s

NRF Names New Loss Prevention Chairman

The NRF looks to tackle new industry challenges and opportunities with the appointment of a new Loss Prevention Council chairman. The National Retail Federation has named Dan Faketty chairman of the NRF Loss Prevention Council. Faketty, Southeastern Grocers vice president of asset protection, will serve a two-year term in this new position. In his new

NCA Adds Three Individuals to its Executive Team

Three individuals will help drive NCA growth in their new executive positions. The National Confectioners Association has added three skilled executives to the company’s executive team. The new executives include Elise Fennig, who will assume the newly created position of chief of staff; Karen Horan, who has been promoted to vice president of global business

Anheuser-Busch Launches Summer Campaign

Shock Top beer is offering customers the chance to partake in the ultimate adult summer camp experience. Anheuser-Busch’s Shock Top beer has partnered with Camp No Counselors to launch its new summer campaign, Camp Shock Top, which will provide a whole new summer camp experience to those 21 and older. For the millions of Americans wondering how

VMR Products Comments On FDA Deeming Rules

VMR Products declares portions of FDA’s recent decision regarding electronic cigarette regulations to be common sense, but the company has some qualms with the regulatory process. On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the decision to extend federal regulatory control to electronic cigarettes. In response the decision from the FDA, Jan

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