Ted Cruz Partakes in NACS In Store Event

Ted Cruz reaches out to the community through the NACS In Store events program. As a part of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) In Store events, Republican presidential candidate from Texas, senator Ted Cruz, took a break from campaigning to spend a day working at the Casey’s convenience store in Manly, Iowa. According

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QuikTrip Introduces X-Large Pizza Carryout Offering

A new box makes QuikTrip’s new pizza offering even more exciting for customers who are looking to share. QuikTrip, which now operates over 700 stores in 11 states, has introduced a new pizza offering that is perfect for sharing. According to a report from KCCI Des Moines, QuikTrip has taken everything that its customers love

McDonald’s Announces Brand Makeover

In keeping with the company’s progressive views, McDonald’s has launched a worldwide company makeover. In an attempt to create a new atmosphere for consumers, McDonald’s has given its brand packaging a major makeover. According to a report from NBC Chicago, McDonald’s has opted to use colors outside of the brand’s traditional red and yellow for

How to Enhance Loyalty Programs to Attract Millennials

Millennials are a crucial part of the U.S. consumer base, and earning their loyalty is critical. Millennials represent 25% of the U.S. population and more than $200 billion in annual spending. The “What Drives Millennial Loyalty” report by Excentus has revealed that this 18-34 year old demographic is willing to join rewards programs to save money

CST Brands Announces Leadership Changes

CST shuffles leadership as it looks to increase profitability. CST Brands Inc. has announced the following organizational changes in leadership positions. Hal Adams, CST’s senior vice president, chief marketing officer, has been named to the newly created position of president, retail operations, combining marketing and merchandising with operations. Tony Bartys, senior vice president and chief

How Supply Chain Dynamics Are Impacting Retail Fuel Prices

By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric It was a chaotic start to 2016 for the oil market, with crude futures plumbing 12-year lows as turmoil in China’s stock exchanges and devaluation of its currency, the yuan, roiled equity markets worldwide, and oil traders sold off on worry over global demand growth. Gasoline, a bright spot for

CST Brands Donated $1.4 Million to Children’s Charities in 2015

All Country Run proceeds from 2015 were presented as donations to local charities. Throughout 2015, San Antonio-based CST Brands Inc., owner of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, held 10 Corner Store Country Runs across the U.S. The runs proved to be quite the success, with a total of 37,000 participants, and $1.4 million donated to

SUPERVALUE Explores Separation From Save-A-Lot

SUPERVALUE has proposed turning Save-A-Lot into a stand-alone company. An initial Form 10 Registration Statement (Form 10) has been filed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by SUPERVALU INC. in connection with the possible spin-off of its Save-A-Lot business into a separate, publicly traded company. SUPERVALU announced in July 2015 that it was exploring

Hunt Brothers Pizza Founder Passes Away

The unexpected passing of Jim Hunt leaves many with heavy hearts. On Jan. 3, 2016, James “Jim” Stocker Hunt passed away unexpectedly, after a full life serving God, his family and community. Hunt , a lifelong and avid outdoorsman, passed while working outside—an activity he loved—at his home in Lexington, Ky. Alongside his three brothers,

How Americans Are Managing Their Diets in 2016

Weight-control products lose momentum as U.S. consumers adopt more practical dieting techniques. New research from Mintel has revealed that this New Year has fewer Americans starting the latest fad diet, as 91% of U.S. consumers believe it is more sensible to eat a well rounded diet than to use diet products. What’s more, sales of

PDI Introduces Newest Software

New software offering from PDI offers a single software solution to PDI customers. PDI/Enterpris 8, the newest software offering from PDI, a leading provider of enterprise-class automation software systems to the convenience retail, petroleum marketing and foodservice industries, has been released. “PDI/Enterprise 8 is the manifestation of our vision to provide a single software solution

FriendShip Enjoys Smooth Sailing

With its expanded Anchor Café foodservice program, new store locations and stronger customer engagement, Ohio-based FriendShip Food Stores is charting its course for the future. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Situated between Toledo and Cleveland, the Ohio city of Port Clinton means walleye fishing, the dizzying roller coasters of Cedar Point and the eminence of Lake

Parker’s Appoints New Director of Finance and Administration

An accomplished CPA has been named Parker’s new Director of Finance and Administration. Brian Prevatt, CPA (Certified Public Accountant) was recently hired as Parker’s Director of Finance and Administration. Prevatt is now responsible for overseeing financial strategy and fiscal operations at Parker’s. An accomplished CPA, Prevatt excels at developing long-term strategic and financial plans. Before

Wells Fargo Offers Beverage Market Insight

The beverage market has experienced mixed results across the separate categories. A new report from Wells Fargo Securities has revealed the state of the carbonated soft drinks, non-carbonated beverages, beer and salty snacks markets, along with additional industry insight. All Channel Sales Results In carbonated soft drinks Dr Pepper Snapple continues to lead growth but

NCA Chooses First Class on Future Leadership Program

The year long program from the NCA will provide young professionals with new opportunities for success within the confectionary industry.  The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has chosen five young professionals as the inaugural class of NCA’s Future Leadership Program. The 2016 class includes one of the confectionery industry’s youngest CEOs, several people who have grown-up

Enmarket Hosts Encourage Health Series

Nonprofit organizations are invited to compete for a chance to win a $1,000 grant through and Enmarket Stations Facebook contest. Nonprofit organizations in the Savannah, Ga. area are being invited by Enmarket Stations to participate in the 2016 Encourage Health Series through a facebook contest, for a chance to win a $1,000 grant. Any Savannah, Ga. area

American Frozen Food Institute Approves of 2015 Dietary Guidelines

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will recommend all forms of fruits and vegetables, rather than exclusively fresh varieties. Interim president for the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), Joseph Clayton, has commended the recommendation of all forms of fruits and vegetables, without limiting language, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and

New South Carolina Parker’s Location

In response to consumer demand, Parker’s has opened its first location on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Hilton Head Island, S.C. is now home to the newest Parker’s convenience store. This is the Savannah, Ga.- based company’s 43rd convenience store, and its first on Hilton Head Island. The store is located on Hwy. 278 at 165 William Hilton

Heineken Launches its SOCCER IS HERE Program

Retailers are encouraged to take advantage of Heineken’s popularity among soccer fans through a new promotion from the brewer. Through a new partnership with UEFA Champions League(UCL) and Major League Soccer(MLS), Heineken Premium Lager is advising soccer fans Never Miss a Minute of the action this season. Beginning March 1, Heineken’s fully-integrated, 360° retail and on-premise SOCCER IS HERE

CrossAmerica Acquires 31 Stores for $48.5 Million

CrossAmerica becomes Holiday Station stores franchisee. In a $48.5 million agreement, CrossAmerica Partners LP will acquire 31 franchise Holiday stores located in Wisconsin and Minnesota from SSG Corp. Of the 31 company-operated stores, 28 are located in Wisconsin and three are located in Minnesota. Twenty-seven of the sites are owned fee simple locations. For the

Love’s Expects Rapid Growth in 2016

In addition to growing its number of travel stops, Love’s plans to introduce three new restaurant concepts in 2016. In 2015, Love’s Travel Stops experienced the busiest year of store openings in company history. The company opened 27 new locations and added more than 2,000 truck-parking spaces in the past year, and the company has

How Lifestyle Changes Trump Dieting

Although dieting has been on the decline over the last decade, consumers are still concerned with losing weight, they are just going about it differently. The NPD Group has discovered that U.S. consumers today prefer living healthier lifestyles as opposed to restricting their habits with dieting. The NPD’s recently released annual compilation of food and

Core-Mark to Webcast ICR Conference Presentation

Core-Mark will soon put on a live webcast on the company’s website. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, will webcast its presentation from the 2016 ICR Conference beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern. This

General Mills Acquires EPIC

General Mills is now poised to grow in the new natural snacking category. EPIC Provisions, a growing premium meat snacks company, has been acquired by General Mills Inc. Austin, Texas-based EPIC will now operate under General Mills’ Annie’s business, which itself has experienced strong sales growth since General Mills acquired the company more than a

Natural Gas Market Poised for Growth

Natural gas is an attractive alternative fuel, but there are some factors that are hindering growth in this market. The market for natural gas (NG) refueling infrastructure and factors expected to influence its deployment have been analyzed in a recent report from Navigant Research. Global market forecasts segmented by fuel type, station type and region,

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