Mars Celebrates Halloween in Newark, N.J.

Mars will sponsor two day Halloween celebration in its hometown. This Halloween, M&M’S is bringing its trademark colorful fun to its birthplace: Newark, N.J. Mars Chocolate North America announced M&M’S Brand will sponsor a two-day Halloween celebration the entire community of Newark can enjoy, complete with a Halloween pop-up M&M’S store, more than 15,000 free


How to Win Over Specific Consumers

General Mills has identified distinct consumer segments and how to appeal to each type of consumer. Although all consumers are unique in their shopping habits, there are some key trends that retailers can appeal to. Research Overview General Mills Convenience & Foodservice has identified four distinct consumer segments—each with their own attitudes, behaviors and needs—to help convenience retailers

Sweets & Snacks Expo Expansion

The 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo is expected to grow by nearly 20% from last year, and will feature new educational offerings and more networking opportunities The confectionery and snack industry has experienced overwhelming growth and innovation over the past five years, and it is because of this growth that the National Confectioners Association is expanding this year’s Sweets

OPW Presents Collaborative Product Improvement Award

OPW shows appreciation for customer assistance in improving products. Michael Zubel of Houston-based Landmark Industries has been awarded the new OPW Collaborative Product Improvement Award, an award that recognizes OPW distributors and customers that demonstrate collaborative partnership which significantly exceeds typical standards and results in the improvement of a product beneficial to the industry. “The OPW Collaborative Product

How To Increase Foodservice Visit Frequency

More disposable income and a better experience would encourage more foodservice visits By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Productions One of the tenants of marketing a product is very simple: It must be worth the price. In foodservice, the same applies. If a retailer sells a dispensed lemonade for 50 cents, shoppers will

Ricker’s Combats Domestic Violence

Ricker’s looks to provide a safe place for victims of domestic violence. Indiana-based Ricker’s Convenience Stores is offering a safe place to victims of domestic violence. According to a report from The Elkhart Truth, all Ricker’s Convenience Stores in Hamilton County, Ind., north of Indianapolis, have joined the “Safe Haven” initiative. As a part of

Fresh & Easy Closes its Doors

West Coast grocery chain to layoff thousands. The 97 remaining Fresh & Easy grocery stores in California, Arizona and Nevada will soon be closing their doors, for good. According to a report from NBC News, the chain has struggled, since opening in 2007, to keep up with consumers, and it has finally become too much

Cumberland Farms Opens Four New Stores

Cumberland Farms expands Florida presence to the central region. Cumberland Farms has opened four new concept store locations in Central Florida over the last several weeks. The brand currently owns and operates nearly 50 stores throughout Florida, and the four new stores in Brevard County will mark the first in the central region of the

New Love’s Opens in Southern Alabama

New Love’s store provides travelers with a new place to rest and refuel. Love’s Travel Stops has opened its newest store in Prichard, Ala. The new store is located at Interstate 65, Exit 8, and it provides drivers in south Alabama with a place to rest and access to many driver services. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit,

Schwan Commits to Eliminate Four Ingredient Groups

Schwan strives to increase the nutritional value of its food products by replacing artificial ingredients with more familiar ingredients. The Schwan Food Co. has launched an initiative to simplify its products’ ingredient lists by eliminating four ingredient groups from its food portfolio in order to make foods with more familiar ingredients. Schwan strives to evolve its foods to meet the

Coca-Cola Provides Tips to Retailers on Immediate Consumption

Retailers must focus on appealing to immediate consumption shoppers. The Coca-Cola Co.Knowledge & Insights group has released the results of its latest proprietary Individual Shopping Habits, Occasions and Perceptions (iSHOP) tracking study on immediate consumption food and beverages in convenience retail. There is tremendous possibility for retailers to boost immediate consumption purchases, and some key strategies follow.

Pilot Flying J Celebrates National Pizza Month

Free pizza will bring customers in, but quality ingredients is what will keep them coming back. Pilot Flying J is providing free pizza to customers, in honor of National Pizza Month. Throughout the month of October, Pilot Flying J will provide a free slice of PJ Fresh Pizza to customers who show an online coupon, available from the

United Dairy Farmers Licenses APT Software

UDF improves data-driven decision-making with APT software. United Dairy Farmers (UDF) has joined other leading convenience retailers in the decision to license Applied Predictive Technologies’ (APT) Test & Learn for Sites, Test & Learn for Customers and Market Basket Analyzer software. Other retailers using APT’s cloud-based software to improve their data-driven decision-making include Maverik, Shell,

Small Retailers Find EMV Cards Overwhelming

The cost of technology for EMV card readers is greater than the rewards. Many small business owners are disappointed that they are being pressured to make expensive technology investments as banks switch to chip-and-signature cards. The investment itself would not be so disappointing if the new technology offered maximum security to consumers, but it does

Holiday Spending Up From Previous Years

Holiday shoppers have already added friends and family to the ‘nice list’ as the shopping season begins. As the holiday season approaches, millions of Americans have already begun their holiday shopping. The National Retail Federation’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics has revealed that holiday spending is predicted to be higher than previous

Beverage Sales Decline

Foodservice retailers must be aware of changing consumer tastes if they hope to drive beverage sales. As consumers tastes evolve and they become more cost conscious, beverage orders are on the decline. The NPD Group has revealed that, although consumers order a beverage 70% of the time when visiting restaurants and other foodservice outlets, beverage

Transition to EMV is Costly and Burdensome

Small business owners are not likely to encounter fraud relief from the transition to EMV technology. The transition to EMV credit and debit card technology comes at great cost to small businesses. The costs to these small businesses average more than half of annual profits for convenience stores. This is especially frustrating to retailers, because the switch is

Heineken Ignites Holiday Spirit

Heineken looks to drive sales during the holiday season through strategic partnerships and marketing strategies. Heineken has launched its Light Up Your Holidays program. This fully-integrated, seasonal program invites shoppers to choose the iconic green and red Heineken pack for holiday celebrations. The promotion includes strategic digital partnerships, a sweepstakes and a three-way partnership between Heineken,

Swisher International Names 2015 Farmer of the Year

Swisher names one of the most diverse farmers as farmer of the year for 2015. Swisher Sweets has named Danny Kornegay, a diversified farmer from Princeton, N. C., as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year for 2015. Kornegay was named as the overall winner during the Willie B. Withers Luncheon

FDA Deeming Regulations Head To White House For Final Review

NATO outlines the process and pending regulations set to follow. On Oct. 19 the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) submitted the final deeming regulations on cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels, and dissolvable products to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As reported by NATO (the National Association of

How to Meet the Growing Demand for Freshness

As customers opt for fresher and healthier foods, c-store operators share how they’re adapting to customer preferences. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor As the fresh and healthy foods trend continues its upward climb, multiple channels, including quick-service restaurants (QSRs), drug stores and convenience stores are competing for the business of hungry customers. Walgreens has introduced

BP and Kinder Morgan Form New Company

BP forms new company with Kinder Morgan in order to manage U.S. fuel terminals. A new jointly-owned company is being formed between BP and Kinder Morgan. This new company is being created to operate fuel storage terminals across the country. Under the agreement, BP will sell 15 of its U.S. terminals to Kinder Morgan, which will

Love’s Holds Record-Setting Campaign

Love’s employees’ dedication helps the company to exceed its fundraising goals, year after year. Love’s Travel Stops has concluded this year’s record-setting campaign to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. Love’s employees at more than 350 stores in 40 states raised $2.15 million throughout the five-week in-store campaign which included bake sales, golf tournaments, cook

C-Stores See Strong Beverage Sales In Third Quarter

Wells Fargo’s Beverage Buzz c-store retailer survey finds hard sodas expected to drive the craft segment and low gas prices aiding consumer spending in store. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently completed its Beverage Buzz survey, polling beverage retailers representing more than 15,000 c-store locations across the U.S. The survey showed non-alcoholic beverage sales at convenience

Consumer Trends 2016

Consumer trends have a number of influences that could reshape the entire market. There are new food and drink trends on the horizon for 2016. Mintel Global Food and Drink Analyst Jenny Zegler discusses how these top trends are set to impact the global markets for both consumers and brands in the coming year. Alternatives Everywhere “Veggie