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Retailers Welcome Ontario Government's Commitment to Addressing Contraband Tobacco
Increased government action needed to stem rampant illegal tobacco sales.
Posted Nov 19, 2014

British Retailers Worried About Illegal Tobacco
Sales of black market tobacco on the rise in Plymouth, England, causing concern for residents and retailers.
Posted Nov 14, 2014

Germans Go for LPG Vehicles
LPG-powered cars make up an increasing percentage of the country’s alternative fuel vehicles.
Posted Nov 12, 2014

Canadian C-Stores Have Mixed Reaction to Credit Card Fee Deal
Retailer association says swipe fees still too high, despite fee reduction agreed upon this week.
Posted Nov 6, 2014

Japan’s Lawson Stores Link Up with Amazon
Convenience chain will allow customers to order and pick up Amazon items in-store.
Posted Nov 6, 2014

Credit Card Companies Cut Swipe Fees in Canada
Visa and MasterCard give in to pressure from retailers, avoiding a mandate from Canadian government.
Posted Nov 5, 2014

British Grocery Chains Losing Market Share – to Themselves
Increase in grocery-owned c-stores has changed the traditional shopping model.
Posted Nov 4, 2014

Oxxo Convenience Store Debit Cards a Big Success
Number of Mexicans using the new cards is double the industry norm.
Posted Oct 31, 2014

Filipino C-Stores Taking Market Share from Grocery Stores
Time-strapped consumers turning to prepared meals and local shopping.
Posted Oct 28, 2014

Japan's Java Wars
Higher quality coffee at lower prices is a game-changer for c-store industry — and Japanese coffee consumption.
Posted Oct 23, 2014

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in a Pakistan Gas Station
Station in Lahore is the country’s first to hire women to pump gas.
Posted Oct 22, 2014

India Enlarges Graphic Warnings on Tobacco
The country will also forbid the sale, use and manufacture of electronic cigarettes.
Posted Oct 14, 2014

Will Canadian Grocery Stores Cease to Exist?
That’s the question pondered by a professor in an opinion piece.
Posted Oct 14, 2014

Coles, Woolworths Take on C-Stores Down Under
Two of the largest Australian chains are making a move to open small, corner stores, which has convenience stores asking for a fair playing field.
Posted Oct 13, 2014

Smoking Rates Continue Decline in United Kingdom
The Office for National Statistics found that between 2012 and 2013, the proportion of adults who smoked fell 1.1%.
Posted Oct 9, 2014

Resistance to Irish Tobacco Brand Ban Swells
U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a formal complaint with the European Commission against Ireland’s plan to strike branding on tobacco.
Posted Oct 7, 2014

Chinese Embrace Convenience Stores
Across the country, retailers are influencing their communities for the good.
Posted Oct 7, 2014

Korean C-Stores to Offer Chinese Language Services
Effort will cater to large number of Chinese tourists visiting the country.
Posted Oct 6, 2014

Fast-Paced Australian Lifestyles Reinvigorating the Convenience Store
The growing number of time-poor, city-dwelling Australians is driving a new golden age for the humble corner store.
Posted Oct 2, 2014

OXXO to Expand Bogotá Store Count
Mexican convenience retailer plans to reach 100 stores in Colombian capital in next 10 years.
Posted Sep 29, 2014

France to Mandate Plain Packaging of Cigarettes
Country is latest member of EU to implement anti-smoking strategy.
Posted Sep 26, 2014

Philippines Is Primed for C-Store Growth
C-store chains expanding rapidly, thanks to a changing urban workforce with more disposable income.
Posted Sep 25, 2014

The Rise of Europe’s Modern Convenience Store
Still in recovery mode from recession, stores are changing to accommodate new shopper behaviors.
Posted Sep 24, 2014

Philip Morris Files Suit Challenging Uruguay's Graphic Cigarette Packaging
Cigarette maker claims that packaging rules violate treaty law, among other complaints.
Posted Sep 18, 2014

New Partnership for Chinese and Taiwanese C-Store Operations
China’s Sinopec plans 300 convenience stores with Taiwan's Ruentex.
Posted Sep 15, 2014

MasterCard Loses EU Court Case Over Interchange Card Fees
Merchant group calls ruling a win for European consumers.
Posted Sep 12, 2014

Egypt Opens First Solar-Powered Gas Station
Station is part of pilot program to mitigate the country’s energy crisis.
Posted Sep 12, 2014

Sainsbury’s Opens First Combined Pharmacy and C-Store
Plans for the new Sainsbury Local have been in the works for more than two years.
Posted Sep 11, 2014

Ontario Looks to Privatize Lottery
Government seeks company to expand sales beyond c-stores and to younger customers.
Posted Sep 10, 2014

Researchers Call E-Cigarette Critics ‘Alarmists’
British health experts say that switching to electronic cigarettes saves lives.
Posted Sep 8, 2014

1950s Tesco Van Tours London
Retro van delivered toys to a children’s hospital before heading to the Goodwood Revival Festival.
Posted Sep 8, 2014

Canada Getting Close to Pact for Lower Credit Card Fees
Voluntary agreement could be finalized as soon as this month.
Posted Sep 5, 2014

Canadian Politicians Go Behind the Counter
Nova Scotia Convenience Store Day brings recognition to industry.
Posted Aug 29, 2014

DCC Energy Agrees to Acquire France’s Esso SAF
Acquisition will bring DCC Energy’s total European retail stations to 672.
Posted Aug 29, 2014

Convenience Stores As a Safe Haven
Seoul, South Korea, uses convenience stores as a safe shelters for women in need.
Posted Aug 28, 2014

Canadian C-Store Association Issues E-Cig Recommendations
Organization suggests age verification, encourages policymakers to work with retailers.
Posted Aug 27, 2014

Time to Level the Playing Field for Beer and Wine Sales in Ontario
Report recommends a more competitive system for alcohol sales.
Posted Aug 21, 2014

Philippines’ FamilyMart May Begin Franchising
Company seeks ideal mix of company-owned and franchised outlets.
Posted Aug 21, 2014

Couche-Tard Considers Minority Stake in Sinopec
Canadian c-store chain on short list to purchase stake in Chinese fuel network.
Posted Aug 20, 2014

British Photographer Idealizes Brightly Lit Gas Stations
Stations shine “like a beacon of hope in the night for a weary traveler.”
Posted Aug 20, 2014

Japanese Convenience Stores Offer New Entertainment, Food Options
From karaoke to fresh baked bread, c-stores try to differentiate in a competitive market.
Posted Aug 19, 2014

Kenyan Oil Marketer Bets on Convenience Stores
Vivo Energy partners with convenience stores to grow revenue.
Posted Aug 13, 2014

Mars Opens First M&M's Store in China
The candy tourist attraction aims to take advantage of fast-growing Chinese market.
Posted Aug 11, 2014

Russia’s Lukoil Sells Off Central European Gas Stations
More than 125 stations to be sold in Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.
Posted Aug 8, 2014

U.K. Group Urges Government to Reconsider Plain Tobacco Packaging
Association of Convenience Stores says burden on retailers has not been fully considered.
Posted Aug 7, 2014

Reuntex and Sinopec Team Up for Convenience Store Chain
Companies’ strengths will complement each other to run c-stores in China and Taiwan.
Posted Aug 5, 2014

Japanese C-Store Giants Leave Smaller Chains Behind
Three largest chains top 10,000 stores, while smaller chains shrink.
Posted Jul 24, 2014

Irish Retailer Expands Into United States
Applegreen/Petrogas recently purchased two Long Island-area forecourt sites.
Posted Jul 21, 2014

Tesco Shifts to Housing
Retailer is using land allocated for new supermarkets to build 4,000 new homes.
Posted Jul 21, 2014

Shinsegae Group Jumps Into Korean Convenience Store Business
Never-before-seen business model will remove franchise fees.
Posted Jul 18, 2014

Tesla Owner Installs Charging Stations Along 3,700-Mile Route
Chinese businessman takes matters into his own hands, installing 16 stations for public use.
Posted Jul 18, 2014

Philip Morris to Sell Marlboro HeatSticks in Japan, Italy
New product, using iQOS system, expected to boost overseas sales.
Posted Jul 3, 2014

Oil Prices Spark Economic Growth Concerns in Europe
Iraq turmoil sending prices higher in European markets.
Posted Jun 24, 2014

E-cigarettes Mostly Used by Young Smokers, Would-be Quitters
New study shows that majority of Europe’s 30 million e-cigarette users are age 15 – 24 and trying to quit cigarettes.
Posted Jun 24, 2014

Japan Plans Ample Support for Fuel Cell Vehicles
Government considers subsidies and tax breaks for auto purchase, wants 100 hydrogen fuel stations in the next 18 months.
Posted Jun 20, 2014

Gas Prices May Rise, but Surplus Is Coming
International Energy Agency predicts decreasing U.S. demand for gas, despite recent fluctuation due to Iraq unrest.
Posted Jun 19, 2014

All Aboard — and Bring Chocolate
Nestlé launches Japanese promotion allowing travelers to use KitKat wrappers as train tickets.
Posted Jun 19, 2014

7-Eleven Goes Gourmet in Philippines with 5-Star Meals
Renowned Filipino chef brings gourmet to-go meals to 7-Eleven.
Posted Jun 16, 2014

Millennial Stereotypes Aren’t Always Right
NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe speaker offers new research on motivations and habits of Millennials.
Posted Jun 10, 2014

Keys to Success: Knowing Your Customer
Alimentation Couche-Tard’s Alain Bouchard delivers insightful keynote at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.
Posted Jun 9, 2014

Australia’s Plain Packaging Has Opposite Effect
Despite government efforts to eliminate tobacco use, cigarette sales have increased.
Posted Jun 9, 2014

UK BP Shifts Customer Focus
Company emphasizes female shoppers and introduces greeters.
Posted Jun 6, 2014

International Convenience Retail Awards Announced
Rutter’s and Alain Bouchard of Alimentation Couche-Tard honored as industry leaders at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit - Europe.
Posted Jun 5, 2014

Marathon Oil Sells Norwegian Operations for Over $2 Billion
Sale is part of the company's plan to focus on the domestic market.
Posted Jun 3, 2014

Scientists Advise Against Suppressing E-Cigarettes
Open letter from 53 scientists comes in anticipation of WHO’s negotiations on tobacco policy later this year.
Posted May 30, 2014

Japanese Convenience Store Giant Eyes Philippines
Lawson partnering with local firm to open 2,000 convenience stores.
Posted May 30, 2014

Big Oil Exiting Canadian Gas Station Business
Annual study reveals continued drop in outlets operated by integrated refiner-marketers and continued decrease in the number of retail fuel sites in Canada.
Posted May 21, 2014

Montreal Smashes Tobacco Smugglers
The ring, based in Quebec, was linked to a cross-border operation.
Posted May 16, 2014

7-Eleven Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Japan
The chain’s first location opened in Tokyo on May 15, 1974.
Posted May 15, 2014

Morrisons Partners With InPost Lockers
Supermarket and convenience store chain will install automated parcel delivery lockers at locations across the U.K.
Posted May 14, 2014

Cambodia's Caltex Gas Station Workers on Strike
Country’s labor unrest expands to gas station employees seeking higher wages, bonuses.
Posted May 13, 2014

Australian Convenience Stores Continue Growth Trajectory
The industry has outpaced the growth of the supermarket channel for the second consecutive year.
Posted May 8, 2014

Tesco Debuts ‘Pound Zones’
The U.K. supermarket is trying to compete with the increase in “dollar” grocery stores.
Posted May 7, 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts Takes on Europe
After success in Asia, the chain is expanding into the Old Country.
Posted May 7, 2014

British Department Store Thinks Convenience
Mini-store at London's St Pancras station will offer “click and commute” service.
Posted May 6, 2014

British American Tobacco Puts Cost of EU Regulations Up to $277 Million
The company said most of the cost would go to upgrading machinery to comply with new packaging restrictions.
Posted May 2, 2014

Canadian Retailers Warn of Consequences to Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike
Higher taxes likely to lead to increased contraband tobacco sales.
Posted May 1, 2014

WTO to Hear Challenge to Australia’s Plain Packaging Tobacco Law
Lawsuit by tobacco-producing nations will have its day in a World Trade Organization court.
Posted Apr 30, 2014

Nova Scotia Considers Gas Price Deregulation
Deregulation would end current system establishing weekly price range.
Posted Apr 29, 2014

Ontario Convenience Stores Outraged at Ad by The Beer Store
Commercial shows minors easily purchasing alcohol at convenience stores.
Posted Apr 25, 2014

McDonald's Taps Into Local Décor in China
Bamboo basket lights, abacus room divider establish an upscale, aspirational environment at a new restaurant.
Posted Apr 22, 2014

Manitoba Targeting Flavored Cigarettes
Ban would not apply to menthol tobacco, flavored tobacco or flavored chewing tobacco.
Posted Apr 21, 2014

Voting Underway for Convenience Retailer of the Year
NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Awards recognize the most progressive convenience retail formats from around the world.
Posted Apr 18, 2014

Switzerland Puts World’s Highest Minimum Wage on Ballot
Voters will have their say on whether to boost the rate to 22 francs ($25) per hour.
Posted Apr 15, 2014

Nigeria to Toughen Tobacco Rules
The bill would add a fine for smoking in non-smoking areas and ban tobacco advertising.
Posted Apr 11, 2014

Shell Targets Global Convenience Store Growth
The company is launching a strategy to grow its global convenience retail business and is looking to form long-term partnerships with leading category suppliers to achieve its goal.
Posted Apr 10, 2014

McColl’s Launches Expansion Plans
The U.K. convenience store chain has plans to add more fresh vegetables and wine to spur sales.
Posted Apr 10, 2014

Ontario's Modest LCBO Kiosk Plan Failed
However, retailers agree that the principle of expanded alcohol retailing is a good one.
Posted Apr 2, 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks Rock Asia
The two chains have capitalized on a coffee explosion in South Korea, while looking ahead to China.
Posted Apr 2, 2014

In U.K., Fight Over Plain Tobacco Packaging Continues
A new report published this week touts the benefits of plain packaging, while tobacco companies point to increased illegal cigarette trafficking as a big drawback to such a move.
Posted Apr 1, 2014

One in Five Admit to Purchasing Illegal Smokes in Ireland
Those surveyed said they knowingly purchased smuggled cigarettes.
Posted Mar 31, 2014

Subway to Open 1,300 U.K. Locations
The sandwich chain has ambitious plans to blanket the United Kingdom with its shops, particularly eyeing units in service stations.
Posted Mar 19, 2014

Speakers Announced for Upcoming Global Event
The NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe program continues to grow.
Posted Mar 17, 2014

British Columbia’s Grocery Stores to Sell Wine, Beer
A relaxation of British Columbia’s liquor laws will not apply to convenience stores.
Posted Mar 11, 2014

Co-op to Double Its C-Store Count
Britain’s fifth-largest grocer announces plans to double its current portfolio of 2,000 convenience stores.
Posted Mar 7, 2014

Philippines House Considers Soda Tax Bill
The measure would up the tax on non-alcoholic drinks and other beverages by 10%.
Posted Mar 5, 2014

European Parliament Okays Harsher Tobacco Rules
The agreement is built on a compromise reached late last year between the European Union and its member nations.
Posted Feb 28, 2014

U.K. Supermarkets Aggressively Expand Into Convenience Market
The big-name grocers are infiltrating the smaller format marketplace.
Posted Feb 28, 2014

U.K. Small Shops Disappointed With Minimum Wage Recommendation
The Association of Convenience Stores said such a move would trigger reductions in employee hours.
Posted Feb 28, 2014

Ontario Proposal Would Mandate Menu Labeling
The legislation would make restaurant, supermarket and convenience store chains post calorie counts of food and alcohol.
Posted Feb 26, 2014

Japanese Convenience Stores Embrace Fresh-Brewed Coffee
Sales of drip coffee at c-stores have soared in the Asian country.
Posted Feb 26, 2014

Woolworths Tackles Obesity With Employee Wellness Program
Australia’s fresh food retail chain is implementing an employee wellness program to help employees make healthier choices.
Posted Feb 24, 2014

BAT Rolls Out E-Cig Campaign
Vype, currently only available in the United Kingdom, will soon go international.
Posted Feb 19, 2014

Northern Ireland Creates Registry to Reduce Sale of Tobacco to Kids
The Tobacco Retailers Bill targets shops that sell to underage buyers and adults who purchase tobacco for children.
Posted Feb 19, 2014

Britain Bans Smoking in Cars With Kids Inside
The ban could be enacted before the May 2015 elections.
Posted Feb 14, 2014

South Korean Gas Stations Struggling
More filling stations have been closing because of declining margins.
Posted Feb 14, 2014

Canada Raises Tobacco Tax
All tobacco products are included in a Canada-wide tax increase, which raises the price of a carton of cigarettes by roughly $4.
Posted Feb 13, 2014

New Zealand Passes First Step Toward Plain Packaging Law
Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favor of the bill, which would strip all branding from tobacco products.
Posted Feb 12, 2014

7-Eleven Malaysia Launches Delivery Service
A new partnership with Foodpanda brings delivery services to customers in Malaysia.
Posted Feb 10, 2014

U.K’s Proposed Plastic Bag Fee Too Complicated
Lawmakers are charging that various exemptions as to type of bags confusing and unworkable.
Posted Feb 7, 2014

Standardized Tobacco Packaging Moves Forward
The Association of Convenience Stores sharply opposes the move, which would also allow U.K. ministers to impose standardized packaging in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Posted Jan 31, 2014

Britain Proposes Electronic-Cigarette Age Restrictions
Proposal would restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to people 18 and older.
Posted Jan 28, 2014

Canadians Concerned About Link Between Increased Taxes and Contraband Tobacco
Nearly half of all Canadians consider contraband tobacco a problem, according to a national public opinion poll.
Posted Jan 23, 2014

NACS Adds New Event to Global Portfolio
Attendees save 25% when they register for the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe by January 31.
Posted Jan 22, 2014

Venezuela’s Era of Cheap Gas May Be Over
The government has been setting the price of gasoline at rock bottom — around a nickel a gallon — but may need to stop subsidizing sales.
Posted Jan 21, 2014

Japanese Convenience Stores Refocus to Reach Older Customers
“Konbinis” are focusing their attention on reaching the increasingly elderly population.
Posted Jan 17, 2014

Will Soda, Junk Food Black Market Flourish in Mexico?
The new obesity tax adds fees to sugared beverages and other snacks.
Posted Jan 15, 2014

Sainsbury’s Local C-Stores Outnumber Company’s Supermarkets
U.K. consumers are now shopping little and often rather than once weekly at a supermarket.
Posted Jan 14, 2014

Australian Health Advocates Push for Soda Sugar Tax
Meanwhile, a new Indian study advocates adding a 20% excise tax to sweetened drinks.
Posted Jan 10, 2014

India Develops Taste for U.S. QSR Food
Fast-food chains are flourishing in the country that has not formerly welcomed foreign companies.
Posted Jan 10, 2014

Brazilian Ethanol Production Runs Into Roadblock
The sector, once a growing force in the country, has seen setbacks of late.
Posted Jan 3, 2014

Public Health England Urges British to Drop Soda
The Smart Swaps program wants families to stop drinking sugared soft drinks.
Posted Jan 3, 2014

Denmark Gets Fast Chargers
The new charging stations will help support electric car usage in the country.
Posted Jan 3, 2014

Latin America Targeting Junk Food
Several Latin American countries are trying to fight obesity with anti-junk food legislation.
Posted Dec 31, 2013

7-Eleven Japan Seeking Digital C-Store Revolution
7-Eleven stores in Japan will partner with several retailers, who will use the convenience stores as pickup points for its online orders.
Posted Dec 27, 2013

Hungary’s Black Market Cigarette Sales Increase
With fewer official places able to sell tobacco products, illegal tobacco has become big business.
Posted Dec 26, 2013

Finland’s Sugar Tax Sweetens Candy Consumption
The sweet tax did not bring a sustained dip in confectionery sales.
Posted Dec 26, 2013

Irish Retailers Face Uphill Battle
The rise of discount stores has hit family-owned stores especially hard.
Posted Dec 26, 2013

A Beer of Its Own
A U.K. petrol station commissioned a branded brew.
Posted Dec 26, 2013

Tea Takes a Backseat to Coffee
In Ireland, a new survey says that coffee has surpassed tea as the caffeinated beverage of choice among consumers.
Posted Dec 23, 2013

Juan Valdez Sets Sights on More Global Locations
The Colombian coffee manufacturer is planning to open cafés around the world.
Posted Dec 23, 2013

EU Approves New Tobacco Regulations
The deal toughens anti-tobacco rules in the European Union.
Posted Dec 20, 2013

Study Shows High Support for Canadian Private Store Beer Sales
Nearly 70% of Ontarians are in favor of allowing more convenience stores to compete with the state-run The Beer Store.
Posted Dec 20, 2013

Convenience Stores in England Back Charge for Plastic Bags
Currently, only companies with more than 250 workers must add a fee for plastic bags in 2015, but small, local retailers want to be included.
Posted Dec 18, 2013

U.K. Grocers Should Consider Jettisoning Fuel Promos
The Petrol Retailers’ Association claims gas discounts from grocery stores are hurting independent fuel retailers.
Posted Dec 18, 2013

China Considers Public Smoking Ban
The world’s largest consumer of tobacco could enact new laws within the year.
Posted Dec 17, 2013

France’s E-Cig Ruling Could Set a European Standard
The European Union is publishing revisions next year to its Tobacco Products Directive, and it may look to France and its recent e-cigarette ruling for guidance.
Posted Dec 17, 2013

Burger Chains Eye Africa for Growth
However, a strained supply chain and high produce costs could spell disaster for Burger King, Hardee’s and Johnny Rockets.
Posted Dec 13, 2013

Illegal Tobacco Use Prevalent in Ontario
In an effort to avoid taxes, cigarettes are purchased on First National reserves and moved throughout Ontario.
Posted Dec 12, 2013

EU Says Aspartame Okay
The food safety body of the European Union released its findings that the artificial sweetener is not a health risk.
Posted Dec 11, 2013

France Lumps E-Cigs Under Tobacco
The French court ruled that electronic cigarettes are subject to the same laws as tobacco products.
Posted Dec 11, 2013

NCACT Supports Canada’s Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act
The coalition, which includes the Canadian Convenience Store Association, views the act as a good first step for stemming the flow of illegal tobacco.
Posted Dec 6, 2013

Hungary Forbids Tobacco Sales in Gas Stations, Grocery Stores
The government has banned national tobacco firms from providing product to supermarkets and convenience stores starting June 1, 2014.
Posted Dec 4, 2013

EU to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes Like Tobacco
Leaked documents reveal strict regulations in the European Union for electronic cigarettes.
Posted Dec 3, 2013

British Columbia Pushing for Alcohol Sales at Grocery Stores
Proposal applies only to grocery stores and excludes convenience stores.
Posted Dec 3, 2013

Philip Morris Says Plain Packaging Could Mean Government Compensation
The legal opinion said plain packaging proposals in Ireland would likely trigger a higher cost to taxpayers.
Posted Dec 2, 2013

The Low Carb European Comeback
Food and drink products low in carbohydrates have doubled over the past five years.
Posted Dec 2, 2013

Morrisons Bans Sale of Energy Drinks to Children
U.K. chain begins banning the sale of energy drinks to consumers under the age of 16.
Posted Nov 27, 2013

U.K. Website to Service C-Store Shoppers
Cornershop Online offers customers pickup or delivery options at local convenience stores.
Posted Nov 26, 2013

C-Store Customers Look to Technology to Enhance Shopping Experience
A new report found that 72% of c-store shoppers in the U.K. would use coupons sent to their mobile device while food and grocery shopping.
Posted Nov 25, 2013

Russia Adds Teeth to Smoking Ban
The country finally starts fining those who violate the public smoking prohibitions.
Posted Nov 19, 2013

U.K. Grocers Entering the Convenience Store Space
Both BHS and Asda announced plans to open convenience store concepts to better compete with rivals.
Posted Nov 18, 2013

Philippine Gas Stations Shuttered by Typhoon
The challenge of getting help to storm-ravaged areas is compounded by a fuel shortage.
Posted Nov 15, 2013

Ontario Seeks Ban on Flavored Tobacco
Legislation targets flavored cigarillos and chewing tobacco.
Posted Nov 14, 2013

Vietnamese Customers Flock to Convenience Stores
More stores are opening to meet the growing consumer demand.
Posted Nov 13, 2013

Sainsbury’s Passes on Opening Smaller Local Format in Northern Ireland
The news comes as competitor Tesco announced it will open at least five Express locations in the capital.
Posted Nov 8, 2013

Convenience Store Coffee Hits the Top in Japan
The popular annual list rates products based on sales, novelty and influence.
Posted Nov 8, 2013

Billion Dollar Baby: Contraband Tobacco’s Price Tag in Australia
A new report finds that sales of illegal tobacco has come with a high cost to the Australian government.
Posted Nov 6, 2013

European Union Proposes Ban or Fee for Plastic Bags
The change could slash plastic bag use in EU countries by 80%.
Posted Nov 6, 2013

U.K. Study Shows 20% Soda Tax Would Slash Obesity
The reduction would be about a 1.3% drop in obesity, but that would be enough, say the study authors.
Posted Nov 4, 2013

Overregulation Threatens Viability of Canadian Convenience Stores
In its 2013 State of the Industry Report, the Canadian Convenience Stores Association found that regulations are costing retailers $225 million each year.
Posted Nov 1, 2013

Tobacco Companies Continue Fight Against Australia’s Plain Packaging Rules
The drab, un-branded packs showcase grisly images instead of trademarks.
Posted Nov 1, 2013

Ontario Government to C-Stores: No Wine, Beer Sales
However, the Liberals will go ahead with a plan to put LCBO outlets in some supermarkets.
Posted Oct 30, 2013

Coke Bottler Warns Against Soda Tax
Coca-Cola Femsa says that the proposed tax on soft drinks by the Mexican government would hurt sales and reduce jobs.
Posted Oct 28, 2013

Carbonated Drinks in India to Face Stricter Regs
India’s Supreme Court paves the way for stricter regulation of colas, fizzy drinks.
Posted Oct 24, 2013

Tesco: Most of Bagged Salads, Half of Bread Discarded
U.K.-based Tesco is taking steps to reduce food waste.
Posted Oct 22, 2013

NYC Mayor Takes Soda Tax Efforts South of the Border
Michael Bloomberg is backing a Mexican government proposal to tack on 8 U.S. cents per liter of soda.
Posted Oct 16, 2013

European Union Gets Tougher on Cigarettes
Larger warning labels and a menthol ban among regulations backed by Parliament earlier this week.
Posted Oct 10, 2013

Japan’s Conbinis Add Delivery to Vast Array of Services
Many convenience stores now bring goods directly to the consumer’s home.
Posted Oct 9, 2013

Caltex FreshStop Named International Convenience Retailer of 2013
The convenience and fuel retailer was recognized for its new approach to convenience retailing at its Airport City store located near Cape Town International Airport.
Posted Oct 7, 2013

Mondelez Brews Coffee Ventures
The food company is planning to enter new coffee markets and expand its portfolio in Australia, Spain and the Netherlands.
Posted Oct 7, 2013

Irish Health Minister Launches Plan for Tobacco-Free Country
The ambitious proposal would make Ireland free from smoking within 12 years.
Posted Oct 4, 2013

Britain Moves Forward With ‘No Insurance, No Fuel’ Plan
The Prime Minister’s plan would use automatic number plate recognition at the fuel pumps to bar uninsured drivers from filling up.
Posted Oct 2, 2013

Australia Gas Stations Call for Tougher Stance on Petrol Thieves
The Australian Association of Convenience Stores has been asking the state government for stricter penalties for drive-offs.
Posted Sep 27, 2013

Ireland Considers ‘Fat Tax’
Food and beverage companies warn the government that such a tax would have little impact on obesity rates.
Posted Sep 25, 2013

Canadian City Requires New Gas Stations to Offer Alternative Fuels
The law states that new or renovated stations have charging stations or other alternative fueling options.
Posted Sep 23, 2013

Morrisons Switches Focus to Small Stores, Online Service
The U.K. supermarket will scale back expansion of big stores and concentrate on convenience stores.
Posted Sep 13, 2013

Mexico Proposes Sugar Beverage Tax
The country’s government is proposing a special tax on all sugary beverages, in an effort to reduce obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Posted Sep 12, 2013

When Car Dealerships Turn Into Retailers
Toyota Lexus transforms traditional car dealerships into retail stores that offer a “luxury-brand experience space.”
Posted Sep 9, 2013

Irish Health Groups Call for Stricter Tobacco Sales Rules
The organizations also want cigarette firms to pay more taxes.
Posted Sep 6, 2013

Queensland Cracks Down on Fuel Price Signs
Service stations could be made to post the real price of gas, rather than the discount rate, at big retail locations.
Posted Sep 4, 2013

Philip Morris Wins Injunction Against Larger Warning Labels
In Thailand, the injunction halts plans for increasing the size of warning labels to 85% of a cigarette package.
Posted Aug 29, 2013

Contraband Tobacco Rises in Nova Scotia
A new report shows that more illegal cigarettes are finding their way into the Canadian province.
Posted Aug 28, 2013

U.K. Convenience Retailer Tests Online Offer
The Co-operative Group is developing an online sales platform that it will begin testing by year’s end.
Posted Aug 26, 2013

Heineken Counts on Lemon Beer to Recover European Sales
The brewer splashes its beer with lemon soda in an effort to woo female drinkers — and boost sales.
Posted Aug 23, 2013

7-Eleven Selling Large TVs in Taiwan
The convenience store chain sold more than 10,000 large-screen TVs in just six weeks.
Posted Aug 22, 2013

KAIST Unveils Foldable Electric Car
The “Armadillo-T” is a small and light electric car that completely folds in half when parking.
Posted Aug 22, 2013

Ireland’s Disappearing Gas Stations
More petrol stations have shuttered in recent years because of ever-tightening profit margins.
Posted Aug 21, 2013

Quebec Considers Restrictive Cigarette Packaging
Meanwhile, the Ontario Convenience Store Association showed its support of the Ontario Safety League drug paraphernalia petition.
Posted Aug 21, 2013

Coca-Cola Introduces New Herbal Beverage in Thailand
Habu, the company’s first foray into the herbal drink market, is made with roselle, licorice, luo han guo and cogon grass.
Posted Aug 19, 2013

Haiti’s War on Plastic Bags, Styrofoam
Police raided three warehouses to show that the government is cracking down on a nearly year-old ban on Styrofoam take-home containers and plastic bags.
Posted Aug 19, 2013

Imperial Tobacco Eyes E-Cigarette to Recover Revenue Drops
The tobacco firm will launch its first electronic cigarette product in 2014.
Posted Aug 16, 2013

Beer Study Reveals Substantial Price Differences in Ontario and Quebec
Ontario's beer retailing system enables The Beer Store owners to capture up to $700 million in incremental profits from Ontario beer drinkers every year, suggests a recent study.
Posted Aug 15, 2013

Tim Hortons Launches Single Serve K-Cups
The capsules are available for shipment throughout the United States and Canada.
Posted Aug 13, 2013

TransCanada Unveils East Pipeline Project to Saint John
The new pipeline would ship more than 1 million barrels of fuel per day from Canada's western oil patch to the country’s east coast.
Posted Aug 5, 2013

Cold Beer on Mac’s Cooler Door Shelves?
Mac’s Convenience Stores is giving its Ontario customers a glimpse of how shelves would look stocked with beer through a new cooler door poster campaign.
Posted Aug 5, 2013

Australian Government Raises Tobacco Taxes
The economic statement released this week contains an increase in tobacco excise.
Posted Aug 2, 2013

British American Tobacco Brings Vype Electronic Cigarette to Europe
BAT became the first tobacco firm to have an electronic cigarette presence in the United Kingdom with the debut of Vype.
Posted Jul 31, 2013

Op-Ed: Contraband Tobacco Sales Bad for Everyone
The Ontario Convenience Stores Association discusses why illegal tobacco sales have a serious impact on community safety.
Posted Jul 30, 2013

Anheuser-Busch InBev Sets Sights on China
Since 2011, Anheuser-Busch has shored up existing breweries and plans to build nine more in China.
Posted Jul 30, 2013

U.K. Government Launches Tobacco Smuggling Inquiry
The Association of Convenience Stores is urging the government to rethink how it goes after tobacco smugglers.
Posted Jul 29, 2013

Rural U.K. Gas Stations Fight to Stay Afloat
Fuel retailers are attempting to buck a national trend of independent petrol stations shutting down.
Posted Jul 24, 2013

Tobacco Smuggling in Ireland Increases
A new report shows that the average citizen is not aware of the impact illegal cigarettes is having on the economy.
Posted Jul 24, 2013

Study Claims Plain Packaging Is Working
A new study by Cancer Council Victoria on Australia’s move to plain packaging for cigarettes suggests that the regulation is encouraging smokers to quit.
Posted Jul 23, 2013

U.S. Should Follow European Commission’s Lead on Swipe Fees
The EU is proposing a cap on credit card swipe fees at 0.3%, drastically lower than the current cost for U.S. consumers to swipe their cards, and 0.2% for debit card swipe fees.
Posted Jul 22, 2013

European Union Proposes Capping Card Fees
The proposal would limit debit and credit card transaction fees to 0.2%.
Posted Jul 18, 2013

Plain Packaging Plan Unraveling in United Kingdom
The Department of Health says it will study the impact of plain packaging for cigarettes in Australia before moving ahead with its own regulations.
Posted Jul 16, 2013

Dutch Gas Stations Sue Government Over EV Stations
Gas station owners are claiming unfair competition from a network of 200-plus electric vehicle charging stations that are rolling out across the country this September.
Posted Jul 16, 2013

Morrisons Eyes 300 C-Stores by 2015
The U.K.-based supermarket is looking to expand its convenience store outlets from 20 stores to around 300 by 2015.
Posted Jul 15, 2013

Israel Gas Stations Miss the Mark
Several stations in Israel have been cited for employing too much sulfur or water in their gasoline.
Posted Jul 12, 2013

Repsol Offering Friday Fuel Promo
The Spanish firm is offering discounted fuel every Friday through the end of August.
Posted Jul 10, 2013

‘Kim’s Convenience’ Goes From Stage to TV Screen
The play about a Korean-Canadian family and its convenience store could soon be on its way to becoming a TV sitcom.​
Posted Jul 8, 2013

Family Mart C-Stores Sell U.S. Beef
The Japanese c-store chain is selling U.S. beef, promoting it to women as a nutritional meal option.
Posted Jul 5, 2013

Mac’s Commits to Creating New Jobs
Mac’s Convenience Stores would create 1,600 full-time positions if or when the Ontario government allows convenience stores to sell alcohol.
Posted Jun 27, 2013

Europe Union Decides on Tobacco Regulations
The EU reached an agreement on how to produce, package and present cigarettes, including electronic cigarettes.
Posted Jun 26, 2013

Ontario Government Could Earn Higher Profits With More Alcohol Competition
The study ensures that people and politicians have all the facts for modernizing Ontario's alcohol retailing system.
Posted Jun 25, 2013

Canada Plastic Bag Association: Scrap Toronto Plastic Bag Ban
The association joins the Ontario Convenience Store Association in calling for a reversal of the city’s upcoming plastic bag ban.
Posted Jun 21, 2013

No Coffee? No Problem. Subway Restaurants Thriving in Canada
Subway is succeeding in Canada by avoiding a beverage war with other QSRs.
Posted Jun 20, 2013

U.K. Shoppers Lack Loyalty: Survey
A new report offers U.K. retailers advice on how to fight back during times when the consumer lacks loyalty.
Posted Jun 20, 2013

U.K. Retailers Sacrifice Pay to Keep Stores Open
More than half of U.K. shop owners said they earn less than the minimum wage, when factoring hours worked and take-home pay.
Posted Jun 18, 2013

Australia Approves Five-Star Rating System for Food Nutrition
The voluntary nutrition rating system is designed to encourage healthy eating.
Posted Jun 18, 2013

‘Suspended’ Coffee Helps Java Drinkers Spread the Love
The act-of-kindness concept is taking off across Canadian coffee shops.
Posted Jun 17, 2013

Big Oil Exiting Canadian Gas Station Business
An annual survey reveals a continued drop in outlets operated by integrated refiner-marketers and a decrease in the number of retail fuel sites in Canada.
Posted Jun 12, 2013

Israel Boosts Alcohol Tax
Effective July 1, the new tax rate will increase from $23 to $28.50 per liter.​
Posted Jun 6, 2013

Seven & I Expands North American Presence
7-Eleven’s parent company is planning to double its North American locations to at least 20,000.
Posted Jun 5, 2013

Plain Tobacco Packaging Doesn’t Slow Transaction Speed
Not so fast — a new study suggests that retailers are checking out customers as quickly as they did before Australia’s plain tobacco packaging law took effect, but that’s not the whole story.
Posted May 31, 2013

French Report Urges Indoor Ban on E-Cigarettes
Solicited by the French Health Minister, a detailed report outlines 28 recommendations for e-cigarette use in France.
Posted May 30, 2013

Election Could Change Nova Scotia Beer, Wine Sales
Tory candidates are pushing to allow convenience and grocery stores to sell beer and wine.
Posted May 29, 2013

Ireland Moves Ahead With Plain Packaging
Ireland will become the first country in the European Union to enforce plain packaging on cigarettes.​
Posted May 29, 2013

Turkey Cuts Back Alcohol Sales, Advertising
Parliament passed a bill last week that seeks to ban retail alcohol sales between 10 pm and 6 am and stop all advertising and promotions of alcohol-related products.
Posted May 28, 2013

NACS Global Forum Brings Together Global C-Store Leaders
Local store tours and retailing insights from industry experts will highlight this year’s program in Madrid, Spain.
Posted May 24, 2013

A Picture for Posterity
In Vancouver, British Columbia, a photographer is cataloging small c-stores while he still can.​
Posted May 24, 2013

U.K. Shoppers Forecast to Spend £11 Billion at C-Stores
The convenience store market in the United Kingdom will jump by close to a third within five years.
Posted May 22, 2013

Mac’s Stocks Up on Beer, Wine and Spirits
Ontarians were able to rely on a few Mac’s agency c-stores over the holiday weekend for alcohol; other retailers are not allowed to sell alcohol under current law.​
Posted May 20, 2013

Mexico’s FEMSA Eyes Drug Store Expansion
One of the country’s largest convenience store chains is considering opening pharmacies.
Posted May 17, 2013

Visa Europe Caps Swipe Fees
The company made the offer to put an upper limit on credit card transaction charges to halt a probe by the European Union.
Posted May 15, 2013

Tesco and Asda Urge Beverage Makers to Cut Sugar
The ask comes as a preemptive move to keep the government from regulating sugary beverages.
Posted May 14, 2013

Convenience Retailers Converge at Insight NACS Event
Registration is open for the Insight NACS Future of Convenience event, which takes place in London on September 25 to 26.
Posted May 8, 2013

Ontario C-Stores Applauds Action on Contraband Tobacco
More than 70% of Ontarians recognize that contraband tobacco negatively impacts government revenues and increases organized crime and youth access to cigarettes.
Posted May 6, 2013

British Spend More on Food, Drinks for Home
The U.K. consumer is putting more money into food and beverages for at-home consumption.
Posted May 1, 2013

Taiwan Convenience Stores Focus on Fresh Food
7-Eleven and FamilyMart are beefing up their dining-out options.
Posted May 1, 2013

Scotland Tobacco Display Ban Takes Effect in Large Shops
The country joins England, Wales and Northern Ireland in banning the display of cigarettes and other tobacco products in large stores.
Posted Apr 30, 2013

Denmark Nixes Soft Drink Tax
Around since the 1930s, the soda tax will be fully eliminated by January 1, 2014.
Posted Apr 29, 2013

Vietnam Implements Antismoking Measures
The country wants to significantly lower smoking and control the sale of tobacco at retail.
Posted Apr 26, 2013

Sainsbury’s Goes Green
The U.K. convenience store chain has opened the country’s most environmentally friendly location.
Posted Apr 26, 2013

Manitoba Hikes Tobacco Taxes
The move has convenience store operators concerned about lost revenue.
Posted Apr 26, 2013

Japan’s FamilyMart Targets Philippines for Expansion
This year, the convenience store chain will aggressively open new stores in the country.
Posted Apr 24, 2013

U.K. C-Stores Lose Lunch Opportunities
Value and quality are needed for convenience stores in the U.K. to build lunchtime foodservice sales.
Posted Apr 23, 2013

Ontario Convenience Stores Launch Contraband Awareness Campaign
The association is upping its outreach about illegal cigarettes by taking it to the public.
Posted Apr 19, 2013

Fill Up and a Hair Cut
At the Tank & Cut in Germany, customers can get gasoline and a new look.
Posted Apr 17, 2013

Convenience Stores Thrive in Thailand
Boasting more than 12,000 locations, the country has become saturated with convenience stores.
Posted Apr 10, 2013

Fuel Efficient Cars Cause Gas Sales to Plummet in the U.K.
According to the Automobile Association, the drop in fuel sales translates to about 35 days of lost sales for U.K. retailers.
Posted Apr 9, 2013

Aldi Opens Convenience Store
The grocer is hoping to make inroads into the smaller store market. Meanwhile, U.K. convenience stores are snatching more wine sales.
Posted Apr 8, 2013

KFC Taps Into Mobile Payments
Pending success of a U.K. trial at 10 locations, the program could roll out across England and reach the U.S.
Posted Apr 8, 2013

Let There Be Light
French artist transforms two Dutch gas stations from the 1980s into works of art.
Posted Apr 5, 2013

Stronger Warnings on Tobacco Sold in India
A new law with tougher graphic cautions on tobacco products went into effect April 1.
Posted Apr 4, 2013

U.K. Government Considers Freezing Minimum Wage
The government would do so if the wage increases begin to hurt the economy.
Posted Apr 3, 2013

President Chain Store Seeks Growth in China, Philippines
Taiwan’s largest operator of 7-Eleven stores says it’s slowing the pace of overseas expansion and focusing more on the Chinese and Philippines markets.
Posted Apr 1, 2013

Turning Lawns Into Food Packaging
Scientists at the Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities have found a way to turn grass into food packaging trays that can be used for soft fruits such as plums and pears.
Posted Apr 1, 2013

India's Coffee Culture to Boost Global Bean Prices
The world's fourth-largest exporter of robusta coffee beans is reserving a growing percentage of its crop for local consumption.
Posted Mar 19, 2013

Tesco Purchases Giraffe Restaurant Chain
The grocery store chain plans to use the family restaurants to create "retail destinations."
Posted Mar 15, 2013

American Craft Beer Resonating Overseas
American craft beer exports surged 72% last year to an all-time sales record.
Posted Mar 14, 2013

C-Store Association Criticizes Canada's Citizen's Arrest Act
A new law would allow people to make a citizen's arrest after witnessing a crime, which could put c-store employees in danger.
Posted Mar 13, 2013

Global Foodservice Traffic Sluggish in Q4
During the last months of 2012, global foodservice was down but spending jumped in many countries.
Posted Mar 13, 2013

New Research Confirms Plain Packaging Fears
Australia's plain packaging law on all tobacco products is having a negative impact on small retailers.
Posted Mar 11, 2013

Ontario Convenience Stores Applaud Federal Action on Contraband Tobacco
The government is imposing greater enforcement and penalties for trafficking of contraband tobacco.
Posted Mar 8, 2013

QSRs Top Traditional Restaurant Sales in France
For the first time, nationwide QSR food sales in France have exceeded those of traditional restaurant meals.
Posted Mar 7, 2013

New South Wales Retailers Must Label Prepared Foods
Mandatory labeling requires that kilojoule (calorie) counts must be included on all ready-to-eat meals.
Posted Mar 6, 2013

Ontario Continues Fight Against Contraband Cigarette Trade
The illegal cigarette trade has flourished in the province, despite efforts by authorities to crack down.
Posted Mar 1, 2013

U.K. Grows Electric Vehicle Charging Locations
The government is increasing the number of plug-in points for electric cars.
Posted Feb 27, 2013

Russia Passes Smoking Ban
Both parliamentary houses approved the measure to ban smoking in public places.
Posted Feb 22, 2013

New Zealand Announces Plan for Plain Tobacco Packaging
Tobacco companies have already indicated that they will fight the measure.
Posted Feb 21, 2013

Morrisons Intensifies C-Store Growth
The U.K.'s fourth largest supermarket chain is boosting its c-store expansion plans, an effort to regain market share from its rivals.
Posted Feb 19, 2013

Trans-Canada Electric Expands EV Charging Station Network
Canadian companies are focusing on the country's current charging infrastructure to expand the number of electric vehicle charging stations.
Posted Feb 19, 2013

Tim Hortons Pilots Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
In Canada, the restaurant/QSR chain is partnering with Oakville Hydro and the town of Oakville on the project.
Posted Feb 15, 2013

Chinese C-Store Goes Undercover
The Lawson location has reinvented itself as a "Detective Conan" themed store.
Posted Feb 15, 2013

Australian McDonald's Offers Table Service, New Name
A franchise outside of Sydney is now offering table service, while several others have changed their signage to Macca's, a reference to its local nickname.
Posted Feb 12, 2013

UPS Launches U.K. Parcel Pickup in C-Stores
UPS Access Point gives customers the option to collect their online purchases in convenience stores and petrol stations.
Posted Feb 11, 2013

Health Canada Licenses Energy Shots
The health ministry has approved around 20 energy shot drinks, each containing between 100 milligrams and 200 milligrams of caffeine.
Posted Feb 6, 2013

Carrefour Plans C-Store Expansion
The European retailer could boost its network of convenience stores in France by 350 locations this year.
Posted Feb 4, 2013

U.K. Health Experts Urge "Fat Tax" for Soft Drinks
An alliance of 61 organizations is urging the British government to include the tax in the spring budget.
Posted Jan 30, 2013

New Brunswick Sued Over Alcohol Import Restrictions
A lawyer has sued the province over its 60-year old liquor rule that restricts how much alcohol citizens can import from other provinces.
Posted Jan 29, 2013

European Union Announces Ambitious Alternative Fuels Plan
The proposal would establish more alternative fuel distribution infrastructures across the European Union.
Posted Jan 28, 2013

Russia Drops Cigarette Sale Restrictions on Antismoking Bill
The public smoking ban remains, but the right to establish minimum prices for cigarettes was dropped.
Posted Jan 25, 2013

Walmart to Blanket Canada With Food
In response to Target's arrival, Walmart is expanding its fresh food offerings to each of its stores in Canada.
Posted Jan 24, 2013

Ontario Convenience Stores Keep Tobacco From Kids
Retailers are also asking the Canadian government for assistance during the country's National Non-Smoking Week.
Posted Jan 22, 2013

Canadian Convenience Stores Brace for Penny Expiration
The Canadian one-cent coin is set to expire on Feb. 4, but the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association expects confusion for both retailers and consumers.
Posted Jan 22, 2013

Don't Overlook Convenience
The majority of convenience stores in Australia are small businesses operated by those who employ their families and staff from the local area they serve.
Posted Jan 21, 2013

Australians Debate Soda Tax
A new campaign is trying to encourage less soda consumption while touting a tax on soft drinks.
Posted Jan 18, 2013

Krispy Kreme Goes to India
The company is getting set to open its first doughnut and coffeeshop in Bangalore.
Posted Jan 18, 2013

Spar UK Extends Private-Label Wine to C-Stores
The international retailer hopes to attract customers to its conveniences stores with two new California wines.
Posted Jan 18, 2013

Chinese Legislature Considers National Tobacco Control Law
The government is looking into the country's first measure of its kind that would restrict smoking and tobacco use.
Posted Jan 4, 2013

Ontario Launches Alcohol Kiosks
Beginning later this year, liquor and wine will be available at 10 LCBO Express kiosks.
Posted Jan 3, 2013

Canada Caps Caffeine in Energy Drinks
A new Health Canada rule forces manufacturers to reformulate 28 drinks, capping caffeine content at 180 mg per serving.
Posted Jan 2, 2013

U.K. Convenience Stores Nip at Grocery Stores Heels
Retailers are grabbing nearly as much share of the pound as supermarkets.
Posted Oct 31, 2012

Toronto Bag Ban Draws Stiff Opposition
Toronto plastic bag ban battle looms, with the Ontario Convenience Stores Association blasting proposed consultations as meaningless.
Posted Oct 29, 2012

Local U.K. Shops Not Yet Benefiting from Economic Growth
While the Office of National Statistics finds the economy trending up, small retailers in the United Kingdom are still struggling.
Posted Oct 26, 2012

Burger King to Expand Colombia Presence
The burger chain recently announced plans to open more than 100 restaurants in the South American country.
Posted Oct 26, 2012

Taiwan C-store Count Jumps 3.67%
This marks the second consecutive year of growth in the number of convenience stores.
Posted Oct 24, 2012

China's Love Affair With Fast Food Slumps
Coke, KFC and McDonald's sales have dropped after several years of growth.
Posted Oct 24, 2012

Tesco Repackages Fresh & Easy for U.K. Products
The U.S. brand is appearing on store shelves overseas, a move that surprises analysts.
Posted Oct 22, 2012

Burger King Selects Nescafé Milano for Specialty Coffee Blends
Burger King is responding to growing consumer demand for specialty coffee in Latin America and Caribbean markets.
Posted Oct 22, 2012

Manitoba Seizes Nearly 2 Million Contraband Cigarettes
The lucrative cigarette black market is contributing to the demise of small businesses in the province, including convenience stores.
Posted Oct 19, 2012

Couche-Tard Finalizes Statoil Purchase
The acquisition moves Couche-Tard into the oil business.
Posted Oct 19, 2012

Russia to Crack Down on Smoking
The prime minister is pushing a bill that would ban tobacco advertising and increase cigarette taxes.
Posted Oct 17, 2012

Contraband Tobacco Costs Greece Millions
The Greek state loses up to 400 million euros annually in tax revenue because of a thriving black market cigarette trade.
Posted Oct 15, 2012

C-Store Rivalry Heats Up
In Korea, competition within the convenience store industry is increasing among the country's top retailers.
Posted Oct 15, 2012

Canadian Merchants Scramble to Fend Off Dollar Stores
Many retailers had ignored the coming of discount stores like Walmart, but are now faced with stiff competition from that sector.
Posted Oct 10, 2012

Australia Tobacco Law Leaves Intellectual Property Rights Intact
The high court dismissed the case filed by international cigarette companies.
Posted Oct 8, 2012

Toronto Council Reconsiders Banning Plastic Bags
Last month, the Ontario Convenience Store Association had announced it would seek legal action to stop the ban.
Posted Oct 3, 2012

Tobacco Tax Increase Hits France
The French government has raised the tax by 6.5%, the first bump in the country since 2004.
Posted Oct 3, 2012

Eat Fresh...Veggies
Subway will soon open its fourth vegetarian location in India.
Posted Oct 3, 2012

Korea to Open First Hybrid Convenience Store-Pharmacy
Store comes just months after the South Korean government passed legislation to allow the sale of some non-prescription drugs at convenience stores and supermarkets.
Posted Oct 2, 2012

Court Hears Retailers Case on OFT News and Magazine Failure
The Association of Convenience Stores has called for the Office of Fair Trading to intervene or break up the newspaper and magazine supply monopoly.
Posted Oct 1, 2012

Ontario C-store Association Threatens Legal Action Over Bag Ban
The ban on plastic bags is scheduled to start January 1.
Posted Sep 27, 2012

Tesco Expands Online Reach
The U.K. grocer has rolled out more "dark stores" for its online grocery fulfillment centers.
Posted Sep 26, 2012

Swiss Not Neutral on Smoking Ban Referendum
Many residents are opposed to a nationwide smoking ban in public spaces.
Posted Sep 25, 2012

Toronto Gas Theft Fatality Prompts Calls for Prepay
Meanwhile, a gas theft increase in Australia has led to the creation of a registry to combat the problem.
Posted Sep 20, 2012

ACS Calls for Minimum Wage Freeze
According to the Association of Convenience Stores, most U.K. retailers would be negatively impacted by a higher national starting wage.
Posted Sep 19, 2012

Japanese Convenience Stores Pursue Growth
The three major c-store operators in the country posted record operating profits for the year ending in February 2012.
Posted Sep 18, 2012

Ontario Convenience Stores Applaud Anti-Contraband Tobacco Support
The major of Hamilton will encourage the Ontario Minister of Finance to increase efforts to help fight contraband tobacco.
Posted Sep 17, 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly Members Approve Tobacco Ad, Promo Ban
The new regulations are aimed at keeping young people from smoking.
Posted Sep 12, 2012

Canadian Government Over-Regulates C-Store Industry
Owners have to contend with more than 500 different federal and provincial laws and rules.
Posted Sep 12, 2012

U.K. Supermarkets Compete for Gas Station Business
Britain's supermarkets are offering steep discounts on gasoline, leading to tough times for many independent gas stations.
Posted Sep 11, 2012

Morrisons Shares Convenience Store Strategy
The supermarket group Wm Morrison is slated to launch 20 c-stores in the United Kingdom this year.
Posted Sep 7, 2012

McDonald's to Open First Vegetarian Outlet
Expansion in India is bringing a reassessment of dietary preferences, which has led to the first beef-less McDonald's restaurant in the world.
Posted Sep 6, 2012

France Considering Six Percent Tobacco Tax Increase
The government is also considering a one-time tax of 200 million euros ($250 million U.S.) on the tobacco industry to finance anti-smoking measures.
Posted Sep 6, 2012

Australia Rejects Ukraine WTO Challenge on Plain Packaging
The Eastern European country has requested that the World Trade Organization convene a panel on possible trademark infringement.
Posted Sep 5, 2012

Lawson Brews Success With Foodservice Sales
The Japanese chain is adding higher-margin foodservice items in an effort to boost earnings over the next five years. In India, Essar is also targeting new customers with products ranging from ice cream to tires and mobile phones.
Posted Sep 4, 2012

Ontario Retailers Push for Driver's License Modification
The change would make it easier to identify minors who attempt to purchase age-restricted products.
Posted Aug 31, 2012

BufferBox Takes On Amazon Locker
The Canadian startup company has partnered with Walmart and Google in an attempt to out gain traction for its own parcel delivery service.
Posted Aug 24, 2012

New Brunswick Tobacco Tax Revenue Outweighs Health Costs
Tobacco companies sued by New Brunswick over health-care costs argue that the province collected more on cigarette taxes than it paid to treat smoking-related illnesses.
Posted Aug 23, 2012

Copenhagen Plans to Be Smoke-Free by 2025
If the plan succeeds, about 4% of Copenhagen's citizens will be smokers, well below the 21% threshold of current smokers.
Posted Aug 22, 2012

Global Food Crisis Looms
The International Food Policy Research Institute calls on the U.S. to halt its biofuel production and instead funnel supplies to food producers.
Posted Aug 17, 2012

Australian Plain Packaging Upheld
The country's High Court ruled that the logo ban can go into effect as scheduled in December.
Posted Aug 16, 2012

British Columbia Experiences Influx of Counterfeit Bills
Bogus bills ranging from $20 to $100 are being "spent" in convenience stores, supermarkets and bars.
Posted Aug 15, 2012

Dunkin' Donuts Poised to Re-enter U.K.
The doughnut chain will likely return to Britain in 2013 as the first step in its European expansion plan.
Posted Aug 15, 2012

Smoke Won't Get in Your Eyes
The largest tobacco firms are investing in smoke-free alternatives.
Posted Aug 14, 2012

Tesco Brings Virtual Shopping to Busy Airport Terminal
Last week Tesco unveiled the U.K.'s first interactive virtual grocery store in Gatwick Airport's North Terminal.
Posted Aug 13, 2012

Statoil Stations Tests Parcel Pickup
Latvian Post is piloting a program that delivers packages to gasoline stations in Riga, Latvia.
Posted Aug 10, 2012

Conservatives Call for Revamp of Ontario Liquor Laws
The Liberals have continuously rebuffed proposals for convenience stores to stock beer and wine.
Posted Aug 10, 2012

Finalists for the Insight NACS International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award Revealed
The winner will be announced at the Insight/NACS Future of International Convenience Retailing 2012 in late September.
Posted Aug 9, 2012

Tesco Trials Virtual Shopping
The test is being conducted at Gatwick Airport.
Posted Aug 8, 2012

Ontario C-Stores Association Launches Billboard Campaign
The campaign aims to raise awareness about the penalties and negative impact of illegal cigarettes.
Posted Aug 2, 2012

EU Files Antitrust Complaint Against Visa Europe
The operator of the largest payment-card network in the European Union has been charged with "too high" credit card fees.
Posted Aug 1, 2012

Vindi Opens Its Doors in Costa Rica
The new brand of convenience stores by Auto Mercado is expected to compete with FreshWay and am/pm stores.
Posted Jul 30, 2012

OCSA Petitions for Alcohol Sales at C-Stores
A Toronto Star op-ed by Dave Bryans of the Ontario Convenience Store Association argues for the modernization of Ontario's liquor laws.
Posted Jul 26, 2012

New Zealand Cigarettes Now Out of Sight
The country's law also allows enforcement officers to immediately fine retailers $1,000 for selling tobacco to minors.
Posted Jul 24, 2012

Ikea Launches Beer Label
Ikea has introduced a private-label beer at its U.K. stores � no assembly required.
Posted Jul 19, 2012

Contraband Cigarettes Increasing in Europe
A new report found that one in 10 cigarettes sold in the European Union was illegal.
Posted Jul 18, 2012

Ministop Establishes Indonesian Presence
The Japanese-based convenience store operator will open at least 300 stores in the country by February 2018.
Posted Jul 16, 2012

Ontario Convenience Stores Association Praises Greater Sudbury City Council
Sudbury urges the Ontario Minister of Finance to increase resources to find contraband tobacco.
Posted Jul 13, 2012

Exxon Mobil Looks Into Selling German Esso Chain
Esso has more than 1,100 gasoline stations in Germany.
Posted Jul 11, 2012

European Airlines To Show Debit Card Fees
Twelve airlines have agreed to post debit card fees when displaying ticket prices so consumers know the full price of what they'll be charged.
Posted Jul 9, 2012

JTI Launches Plain Packaging Campaign
Japan Tobacco International's new ad campaign brings awareness to the potential consequences of standardized cigarette packs in the United Kingdom, including the proliferation of black market cigarettes.
Posted Jul 9, 2012

Extreme Makeover: Philippine 7-Eleven Stores
Philippine Seven Corp. is planning to add new stores and refurbish older sites to put more emphasis on foodservice.
Posted Jul 9, 2012

Japanese 7-Elevens Offer Home Delivery
Japanese 7-Eleven stores are increasing the concept of convenience by taking products directly to consumers via electric cars.
Posted Jul 6, 2012

U.S. Heat Wave to Lead to Rise in Global Food Prices
Already, some international grain prices have risen to highs last seen during the 2007-2008 food crisis.
Posted Jul 6, 2012

Cigarettes in Canada Display Graphic Labels
Images of cancerous mouths and emaciated lung cancer victims are two of 16 new graphic labels that now appear on tobacco products sold in Canada.
Posted Jun 21, 2012

Burger King Expands in China
The fast-food chain will be adding 1,000 franchised locations in the country during the next five to seven years.
Posted Jun 20, 2012

Mobile Payments Come to U.K. Vending Machines
In addition to accepting payments from NFC-enabled smartphones, connected vending machines will allow owners to send offers to customers when they are in the vicinity of the machines.
Posted Jun 19, 2012

South Korea Fuel Marketers Balk Over Discount Retailers
The Korea Oil Station Association (KOSA) said the country's gas station market is "supersaturated," and the government's plan to increase the number of discount stations ignores the financial crisis facing the industry.
Posted Jun 19, 2012

UAE Consumers Trend Toward Convenience Stores
Although big formats dominate the United Arab Emirates retail landscape, convenience formats help retailers expand their local footprint.
Posted Jun 18, 2012

Diplomats Launch Trade Disputes Against Australia
So far, Honduras and Ukraine have challenged the country's tobacco packaging laws before the World Trade Organization.
Posted Jun 15, 2012

NZ Needs to Raise Tobacco Tax 40% to Reach Goals
A health expert maintains that the country must raise taxes by 40% to reach its 2025 smoke-free target.
Posted Jun 12, 2012

England Retailer Earns U.K.'s First 5-Star Motorway Service Station Rating
In addition to sparkling clean bathrooms, the station employs onsite butchers who source beef and lamb from an adjacent farm.
Posted Jun 12, 2012

Imperial Oil Launches Esso Fuel Finder Mobile App
The app uses GPS technology to identify a user's location and highlight nearby Esso stations on an interactive Google map.
Posted Jun 8, 2012

Japanese Brewer Launches Soft-Serve Beer
Kirin adds frozen foam to its Ichiban Shibori beer, creating a taste sensation that resembles frozen yogurt.
Posted Jun 7, 2012

U.K. Transport Secretary Considers Forcing Lower Petrol Prices
The secretary said that retailers are not passing on wholesale price slashes on fuel to customers.
Posted Jun 4, 2012

Indonesia to Expand Network of Compressed Natural Gas Stations
Distributors will open 200 CNG stations over the next three years as part of the government's plan to move from oil to gas.
Posted Jun 4, 2012

7-Eleven Goes Native in Indonesia
The convenience store chain has found a loyal clientele by embracing the Indonesian culture.
Posted May 30, 2012

European Court Rejects MasterCard's Challenge on Card Fees
Last week the General Court dismissed an action brought by MasterCard against a Commission decision of 2007 prohibiting MasterCard's cross-border inter-bank fees.
Posted May 29, 2012

New Zealand Raises Tobacco Taxes by 40%
The government's goal is to snuff out tobacco use entirely by 2025.
Posted May 25, 2012

Ukraine Approves Smoking Ban
Parliament okayed a ban that prohibits smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and hookahs in public places.
Posted May 25, 2012

Israel Launches First Electric Car Network
The concept offers an alternative to the traditional fixed battery charging station.
Posted May 24, 2012

North Korea Capital Sees a Boom in Gas Stations
Pyongyang has become home to more automobiles, which has fueled the growth of gasoline retailers.
Posted May 23, 2012

Canada Officials Crack Down on Illegal Smokes
In May alone nearly 25,000 cartons of contraband tobacco were seized before they could hit the Canadian market.
Posted May 21, 2012

BAT Counters Counterfeit Smokes With Discount Brand
The tobacco company's new discount label, Just Smokes, will compete with illegal counterfeit cigarettes in Australia.
Posted May 21, 2012

U.K. Health Experts Call for Soda Tax
The trio says that a 20% tax on soft drinks would help slim down U.K. residents.
Posted May 18, 2012

New Beverage Targets Your Health
In Japan, a new beverage is being called the world's first health-food soda.
Posted May 18, 2012

Study Offers Insights for Smothering Sales of Contraband Cigarettes
By analyzing the impact of tax and price changes on the cigarette market, policymakers can reduce the sales of illegal tobacco products in Canada.
Posted May 14, 2012

Windsor City Council Commits to Fighting Contraband Tobacco
In Canada, one town formalizes its fight against illegal tobacco, with OCSA offering strong support.
Posted May 11, 2012

Four Years Later, Contraband Tobacco in Canada Still a Problem
Coalition marks fourth anniversary of RCMP contraband tobacco strategy with a call for more action.
Posted May 9, 2012

Ontario to Launch Initiative Encouraging Motorists to Drive Electric
Ontario Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli said the province will advance millions of dollars to encourage motorists to drive electric cars.
Posted May 8, 2012

EU Scrutinizes Visa, MasterCard for High Fees
The European Union's top antitrust regulator is fuming over the high fees paid by retailers to Visa and MasterCard.
Posted May 7, 2012

7-Eleven Thailand Offers Cutting-Edge Smartphone App
UntapTV and 7-Eleven unveil a new interactive cross-media marketing campaign in Thailand that is accessible through consumers' smartphones.
Posted May 7, 2012

Canadian Federal Excise Stamp Mandatory on Tobacco Products
The government made the announcement yesterday that all tobacco products must carry the federal excise stamp beginning July 1.
Posted May 2, 2012

Ontario C-Stores Applaud Crackdown on Illegal Tobacco Operation
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency and the Ontario Ministry of Finance disrupted a major illegal tobacco manufacturing network operating from an Ontario warehouse.
Posted Apr 30, 2012

McGenius!
A customized burger contest at McDonald's Germany crowns the "Pretzelnator," a classic McDonald's hamburger sandwiched in a pretzel bun.
Posted Apr 26, 2012

New Zealand Officials Secretly Eyeing Huge Cigarette Tax Increase
Confidential government documents reveal a plan to increase the price per pack to $100, a strategy aimed at making the country smoke-free by 2025.
Posted Apr 24, 2012

Ontario Targets Flavored Tobacco
A proposal seeks to close loopholes in a 2010 law that sought to ban flavored tobacco products.
Posted Apr 24, 2012

Couche-Tard Plans European Expansion
The North American convenience store chain has made an offer to purchase a Norwegian-based convenience store and gasoline station chain.
Posted Apr 20, 2012

Canadian C-Stores Support Privatizing P.E.I. Liquor Sales
The Atlantic Convenience Store Association said c-stores are experienced in selling age-related products and expanding the base of alcohol retailers would lead to increased sales and profits for all.
Posted Apr 19, 2012

Tobacco Firms Have Their Day in Australian Court
The case involves whether the country can require cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging with graphic images.
Posted Apr 18, 2012

China Posts Double-Digit Gains in Foodservice
Around the globe, consumer spending on foodservice and store visits posted modest growth in the fourth quarter despite a rocky global economy.
Posted Apr 18, 2012

ACS Crime Survey Reveals Shocking Rise in Convenience Store Robberies
A new survey of U.K. convenience stores reveals a significant increase in employee theft and robberies.
Posted Apr 16, 2012

Consultation Begins on Plain Cigarette Packaging
Beginning today, the U.K. government is examining whether tobacco companies should be forced to sell products in plain packaging.
Posted Apr 16, 2012

Japanese C-Stores See Positive Signs of Growth
Japanese convenience stores are persevering after the 2011 earthquake that devastated the country.
Posted Apr 16, 2012

Eco-Friendly Bike Pedals Into Coffee Business
Entrepreneur Barbara Croce has turned her love of bikes and coffee into a successful mobile business venture.
Posted Apr 16, 2012

Canadians Flock to U.S. for Cheaper Gas
Canadians are paying more for gasoline than their U.S. neighbors, with the average price per gallon in Ontario at $5.06.
Posted Apr 12, 2012

Tobacco Display Ban Takes Effect
As of April 6, stores in England that are larger than 3,000 square feet are no longer allowed to display tobacco products to the general public.
Posted Apr 10, 2012

WTO Labels Flavored Cigarette Ban Discriminatory
The organization ruled that the prohibition violates a trade agreement.
Posted Apr 6, 2012

Canada Disses the Penny
The penny coin is being withdrawn from circulation in Canada because of its low purchasing power.
Posted Apr 2, 2012

Some U.K. Gasoline Stations Go Dark After Run on Fuel
The British government told drivers to fill up prior to a threatened British fuel tank driver strike.
Posted Mar 30, 2012

U.K. Supermarkets Target Smaller Footprints
Retailers such as Tesco are opening smaller convenience stores in town centers.
Posted Mar 28, 2012

Nations Crack Down on Tobacco Smuggling
More than 170 countries are close to signing a treaty that would help stop the proliferation of contraband tobacco.
Posted Mar 28, 2012

U.K. Food, Beverage Companies Slash Calories
Coca-Cola and Mars are among the firms that have signed the Responsibility Deal to help lower obesity in England.
Posted Mar 27, 2012

Imperial Tobacco Says It's a "Big Mistake" to Hike U.K. Tobacco Taxes
The government announced a tobacco tax increase that would jack up the tax to 5% above inflation.
Posted Mar 22, 2012

Extending Sunday Trade During Olympics Will Hurt Small U.K. Shops
The Association of Convenience Stores also takes the U.K. government to task over a proposed a minimum-wage hike.
Posted Mar 21, 2012

More Canadian Stations Considering Prepay
"Gas-and-dash" prompts discussions on mandating prepay at the pump in Prince Edward Island.
Posted Mar 20, 2012

Convenience Stores Rebound in Japan
A year after the earthquake, nuclear accident and tsunami, Japanese convenience stores have regained sales and profits.
Posted Mar 14, 2012

World's Most Bizarre Vending Machines
Vending machine sushi and medical marijuana are just some of the items available in the world's most bizarre vending machines.
Posted Mar 13, 2012

Sainsbury's Growing Online Food Business
British grocer is processing 165,000 orders a week, generating $1.2 billion annually in sales.
Posted Mar 13, 2012

Morrison to Open More Convenience Stores
An 8% profit spurs expansion plans for its smaller format shops.
Posted Mar 12, 2012

Brazil Gas Stations Coming Up Empty
Brazil truckers strike leads to thousands of stations running out of fuel.
Posted Mar 9, 2012

Starbucks to Revamp European Stores
Coffee giant to open 300 new stores in the U.K. while rolling out localized offerings, such as lighter espresso in France and cheaper drinks in Greece.
Posted Mar 5, 2012

India Restaurant Growth Explodes
The country may soon surpass China as the hottest market for restaurants.
Posted Feb 29, 2012

U.K. Shoppers Plan Fewer Trips Due to Rising Gas Prices
However, the reduction in shopping trips will likely benefit convenience stores.
Posted Feb 28, 2012

A Tobacco Cocktail?
Reduced via distillation, tobacco has become an ingredient in mixed drinks.
Posted Feb 22, 2012

Report Questions Benefits of Plain Cigarette Packaging
Adam Smith Institute calls the U.K.'s proposal to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes "profoundly illiberal" and one that sets a dangerous regulatory precedent.
Posted Feb 21, 2012

In China, EVs Could Be More Harmful Than Gas-Powered Cars
Researchers suggest that electric vehicles could be worse for the environment in China than gasoline-powered vehicles.
Posted Feb 20, 2012

Tunisian Gas Station Managers to Strike
The group will shutter service on February 25 unless the government steps up with a plan to halt illegal fuel trafficking.
Posted Feb 17, 2012

The Middle East Embraces Hypermarkets
Big supermarkets are making big investments in the United Arab Emirates.
Posted Feb 15, 2012

Tobacco Contraband Prevalence in U.K. Grows
Findings suggest that one in seven packs of cigarettes is contraband, resulting in billions of lost revenue a year in unpaid taxes as well as increased health risks for consumers.
Posted Feb 14, 2012

Future of Convenience 2012
Join retailers from around the globe in a look at what's on the horizon for our industry.
Posted Feb 8, 2012

U.K. Appellate Judges Shoot Down Display Ban Challenge
The justices have upheld the Scottish government's plan to prohibit open cigarette displays.
Posted Feb 3, 2012

U.S. QSRs, Coffee Brands Flourishing in the United Kingdom
Subway, McDonald's and Starbucks are planning to open hundreds of new stores and create more than 8,000 jobs over the next few years in the United Kingdom.
Posted Jan 31, 2012

Cigarette Prices in GCC Countries to Rise Sharply in 2012
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates announced plans to impose a "health tax" that will tax cigarettes at roughly 100% of their value, beginning later this year.
Posted Jan 31, 2012

Mexicans Will Have More Starbucks Options in 2012
Operator Alsea expects to open 50 locations throughout the country.
Posted Jan 27, 2012

Mobile Payment Service Offers Premier Movie Experience
In Australia, a new mobile service takes waiting in line for popcorn out of the movie-going experience.
Posted Jan 26, 2012

Egyptian Gas Stations Run Short
Retailers have been receiving less than usual shipments of fuel for days.
Posted Jan 18, 2012

What Recession? Canadian Candy Retailers Living the Sweet Life
Canadians turn to candy stores for inexpensive pleasures.
Posted Jan 17, 2012

A Feminist Touch at the Pump
The Queen is the only Lebanese gas station operated by women.
Posted Jan 6, 2012

Tobacco Firms Shift Gears on U.K. Display Ban Challenge
The four companies had asked for a judicial review of the ban, but dropped the request after the government revised its plan.
Posted Jan 6, 2012

Mobs in Nigeria Angry Over Gas Price Hikes
The Nigerian government has decided to end a subsidy program that kept fuel costs low.
Posted Jan 4, 2012

24/7 Taiwan Convenience Stores Grow by 67%
The number of always-open locations has jumped to nearly 9,500 in a decade.
Posted Jan 4, 2012

France Soda Tax Takes Effect
The so-called "cola tax" adds a 1 euro cent to soft drinks.
Posted Jan 4, 2012

Wendy's Tests New Ultra-Modern Concept in Canada
Features include new menu items and a completely redesigned interior and exterior to help convey "fresh" and enhance the customer experience.
Posted Oct 31, 2011

India Embraces Fast Food
QSRs are finding great success in the country, as more global chains add traditional Indian ingredients and spices to their menu items.
Posted Oct 28, 2011

France Backs Soft Drink Tax
The proposal is considered a revenue generator and would be earmarked to help combat obesity.
Posted Oct 25, 2011

Northern Ireland Considers Big Box Store Tax to Aid Small Retailers
With its 17-percent store vacancy rate, Northern Ireland proposes a "large retailer levy," a plan that would redistribute funds via a business rate relief plan to small businesses.
Posted Oct 25, 2011

Tim Hortons Announces New Cup-to-Tray Recycling Program
The QSR becomes the first in Canada to "close the loop" and recycle its used cups into another product it uses, take-out-trays.
Posted Oct 24, 2011

Northern Ireland Loses �85 Million Annually to Contraband Tobacco
Criminals are raking in �29 million from illegal cigarettes.
Posted Oct 21, 2011

7-Eleven Plans Major Ontario Expansion
7-Eleven's presence in Canada would increase by nearly 50 percent.
Posted Oct 20, 2011

U.K. Retailers Urge Break Up of Publication Distribution Monopoly
Retailers express concerns over "worryingly low" availability and declining profitability.
Posted Oct 20, 2011

Irish Retailers Call Bag Tax "Unnecessary"
Opponents propose voluntary methods instead of a government mandate to ease the burden on retailers such a tax would incur.
Posted Oct 19, 2011

Lawson Plans China Growth
The Japanese convenience store operator is looking outside its home country for expansion opportunities.
Posted Oct 14, 2011

Fuel Deserts Proliferate Across United Kingdom
The number of gas stations in the U.K. continues to shrink, leading to regions with a scarcity of motor fuel options.
Posted Oct 13, 2011

Northern Ireland to Implement Single-Use Bag Tax
The Association of Convenience Stores strongly opposes the levy, which would disproportionately affect local shops.
Posted Oct 12, 2011

Canada Caps Caffeine in Energy Drinks
Health Canada limits the amount of caffeine per can of energy drink to 180 milligrams, roughly equivalent to the amount of caffeine in a medium cup of coffee.
Posted Oct 11, 2011

France Adds Tax on Sugary Soda
The country's so-called "fat tax" will increase the cost of sweetened beverages like Coca-Cola and Fanta by 3 Euro cents per liter.
Posted Oct 7, 2011

Australia Considers Plain Packaging for All Tobacco Products
The country's health minister is recommending the same plain, olive green tobacco packaging for chewing tobacco, cigars and cigarillos.
Posted Oct 5, 2011

Denmark Adds Tax on Fatty Foods
The country has applied a surcharge on all foods containing more than 2.3 percent of saturated fats.
Posted Oct 4, 2011

Ontario Government Muzzles Convenience Stores From Informing Public About Contraband Tobacco
The government tells retailers that they cannot display a poster featuring a closed convenience store within public view.
Posted Sep 30, 2011

Canada Reveals World's Largest, Most Graphic Cigarette Labels
Starting in mid-2012, the new labels will be over 75 percent of cigarette packaging.
Posted Sep 28, 2011

Canadian Convenience Stores Fighting for Survival
The Atlantic Convenience Stores Association says the government is not stepping up to help retailers.
Posted Sep 21, 2011

Tesco Adds Self-Checkout to European Stores
Customers at Tesco stores in eight countries globally are benefitting from less waiting and quicker speed of service with self-checkouts.
Posted Sep 19, 2011

Family Mart Reaches Earthquake Survivors With Mobile Convenience Stores
Three new mobile convenience stores are serving residents with groceries and other essentials.
Posted Sep 15, 2011

Indonesians Flock to 7-Eleven to See, Be Seen
With thumping techno music and free Wi-Fi, 7-Eleven is the go-to hot spot in Indonesia.
Posted Sep 15, 2011

Waitrose to Launch C-Store Trial With Shell
The trial later this year with Shell is part of a dedicated effort for the U.K. supermarket chain to expand into smaller outlets.
Posted Sep 13, 2011

Australian Convenience Stores Eye Alcohol Sales
Retailers say that alcohol sales will help offset the rising costs of utilities and labor.
Posted Sep 7, 2011

India Cigarette Tax Hike Could Encourage Smuggling
The increase in the value-added tax on cigarettes in Bengal raises concerns about smuggling and contraband sales across state borders.
Posted Sep 6, 2011

Tesco Withdraws From Japan
The U.K. supermarket chain put more than �250 million and eight years into its Japanese venture.
Posted Sep 2, 2011

Taiwan C-store Chain Told to Halt Travel Service to China
Last month, FamilyMart debuted a service that processed travel applications to China.
Posted Sep 2, 2011

Beer Without the Buzz
Non-alcohol versions of beer are taking off in Europe.
Posted Aug 31, 2011

Libya To Resume Oil Production
The country produced 1.6 million barrels of oil a day before an uprising against Gaddafi erupted in February.
Posted Aug 29, 2011

Northern Ireland Pushes Tobacco Display Ban
The display ban could begin as early as spring 2012; the Health Minister also plans to ban cigarette vending machines.
Posted Aug 25, 2011

"Clean Up on Aisle Five - and the ER!"
Morrisons is developing plans for in-store surgeries.
Posted Aug 24, 2011

Japanese Convenience Store Record Huge Sales Jump in July
Heat wave contributes to a 9.5% sales increase.
Posted Aug 24, 2011

Magazine Sections Shrinking in Canadian Convenience Stores
Wholesalers need to provide more in-store service to help revive the category, says one Canadian c-store executive.
Posted Aug 23, 2011

Coalition Opposes Australia's Plain Tobacco Packaging Bill
The group says the legislation would give the government authority to alter trademark provisions.
Posted Aug 17, 2011

British Town Cracks Down on Counterfeit Cigarettes
Aggressive tactics, including random stops and undercover store surveillance, lead to seizures of thousands of counterfeit cigarettes.
Posted Aug 16, 2011

Spar Launches New Economy Private Label
The S Budget private label will hit the U.K., following successful responses to the new range in other countries across Europe.
Posted Aug 15, 2011

7-Eleven Australia Reaches 500-Store Milestone
Since the first 7-Eleven store in Australia opened in 1977, the business has been opening an average of 15 new stores per year.
Posted Aug 15, 2011

U.K. Minimum Wage Hikes Harms Retailers
The Association of Convenience Stores said independents are hurting because of changes to the national minimum wage.
Posted Aug 12, 2011

Ontario Gas Stations Coming Up Dry
Gas shortages in Nova Scotia have spread to Ontario stations.
Posted Aug 11, 2011

U.K. Businesses Face "Huge" Costs Associated With Riots
Damage costs are expected to run into the tens of millions of dollars; some retailers will be unable to reopen.
Posted Aug 11, 2011

Britain Considers Smoking Ban in Parks, Cars
"Zero-tolerance" zones will be created under new laws.
Posted Aug 10, 2011

Canadian Retailers Seek Delay of Minimum Wage Increase
Prince Edward Island's minimum wage is increasing rapidly and is scheduled to hit $10 per hour by next April, a rise that some predict will lead to c-store closures.
Posted Aug 9, 2011

Britain to Lower Taxes on Low-Alcohol Beer
England will lower taxes on low strength (2.8 percent or less alcohol) beer by 50 percent, which is prompting brewers to develop new recipes.
Posted Aug 9, 2011

Australian Tobacco Industry Wants Packaging Extension
The companies say it will not be able to meet the July 1, 2012, deadline, to have plain packaging for its cigarettes.
Posted Aug 5, 2011

Nova Scotia Gas Shortages Continue
With the Imperial Oil refinery inoperable since July 21, some stations have run out of gas.
Posted Aug 4, 2011

Canadian Retailers Realize Sharp Drop in Gas Theft
Coordinated approach among police and gas station personnel has led to a dramatic decrease in gas theft in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Posted Jul 28, 2011

Ontario Consumers Voice Approval for Better Beer and Wine Access
Sixty percent of consumers surveyed said they want more access to their soft alcohol purchases, which currently are limited to government-run LCBO stores and The Beer Stores.
Posted Jul 28, 2011

British Beer Sales Drop to 14-Year Low
The British Beer & Pub Association attributes the sharp drop to rising beer taxes, which have increased 35.4 percent since March 2008.
Posted Jul 28, 2011

South Korea Considers "Alternative Stations" to Curb High Prices
The "alternative gas stations" would sell fuel at lower prices in an effort to help curb rising energy prices.
Posted Jul 27, 2011

Food Prices to Stay High
Underinvestment and climate change are responsible for global food prices remaining high.
Posted Jul 26, 2011

Opinion: Raising Cigarette Taxes Will Help Illegal Trade
The Canadian Convenience Stores Association contends that higher cigarette taxes decreases business for retailers.
Posted Jul 25, 2011

Strike One for Starbucks
In a first for the coffee giant, Chilean workers strike for higher pay, benefits.
Posted Jul 19, 2011

Higher Cigarette Taxes Don't Deter Smoking
A new Canadian study found that smokers are largely unfazed by tax hikes on cigarettes.
Posted Jul 18, 2011

Australia Edges Closer to World's Most Restrictive Tobacco Law
As Australia moves to implement the most restrictive tobacco regulations in the world, Both Philip Morris and BAT have warned that they could pursue legal action against the Australian government.
Posted Jul 11, 2011

U.K. Convenience War Heats Up
With a new c-store format opened just last week, U.K. supermarket chain Wm Morrison is not alone in the battle for c-store format dominance.
Posted Jul 11, 2011

British Supermarkets Eye Convenience Stores as Growth Areas
Asda, J Sainsbury, Wm Morrison and Tesco all have plans to expand or launch smaller locations.
Posted Jul 7, 2011

Philip Morris Files for Compensation in Australia
The tobacco company is seeking billions of dollars in compensation from new rules that would require plain cigarette packaging.
Posted Jul 1, 2011

Operation Freeze Speaks Positively to Youth
The Ontario Provincial Police have teamed up with Mac's Convenience Stores to reward positive behavior in young people this summer.
Posted Jul 1, 2011

Waitrose Intensifies C-Store Push
The U.K.-based retailer has upped its initial goal of 300 convenience stores to 500.
Posted Jun 30, 2011

Carrefour Rebrands Smaller C-Stores
The world's second-largest retailer is rebranding16 of its Carrefour Express stores to Carrefour Market.
Posted Jun 27, 2011

Coffee Demand Brews in China
High-end coffee is big business in China, with Starbucks looking to add more than 1,000 new stores in the country by 2015.
Posted Jun 23, 2011

Imperial Tobacco Canada Sues First Nations Tobacco Manufacturers, Retailers
The $1.5 billion lawsuit claims the tribes operate without adhering to laws and regulations governing tobacco.
Posted Jun 21, 2011

Kiwis Look Forward to Foodservice and Fuel
New Zealanders will soon enjoy dining at Subway restaurants while shopping Mobil On the Run convenience stores.
Posted Jun 20, 2011

Imperial Tobacco Slashes Prices in Spain
The company is attempting to stem profit losses after a weak economy and new smoking restrictions have cut down volume.
Posted Jun 14, 2011

Canadian C-Store Operator Bans Hoodies
The retailer says he implemented the new rule to keep his workers safe.
Posted Jun 14, 2011

Lawson, Yahoo Japan Offer Joint Shopping Service
The smartphone service will also direct users to nearby Lawson convenience stores.
Posted Jun 10, 2011

Deadly E. Coli Strain Plagues Europe
The World Health Organization says that this particular E. coli strain is a "mutant" strain that has never been seen before.
Posted Jun 3, 2011

Alberta Police Call for Pay-First Gas Pumps
Thanks to an increase in fuel theft, the Association of Police Chiefs wants to mandate prepay pumps.
Posted Jun 2, 2011

Canadian Restaurants Branch Out to Food Shops
For restaurateurs, retail is a natural extension while their customer base is a natural fit for the retail experience.
Posted Jun 2, 2011

Canadian Convenience Stores Good at Restricting Beer Sales to Minors
Convenience stores had the highest success rate in keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors.
Posted Jun 1, 2011

Australian Parliament Backs Anti-Smoking Laws
Australia is on tap to pass one of the world's toughest smoking laws.
Posted Jun 1, 2011

Smoking in U.K. Could Vanish by 2050
Analysts found that the declining trends could mean smoking would "virtually disappear" by mid-century in Britain.
Posted May 27, 2011

U.K. Convenience Stores Realize Strong Gains
Sales at Britain's convenience stores rise 4.9 percent to $52.57 billion.
Posted May 26, 2011

Japanese Natural Disasters Cause Drastic Decline in Foodservice Traffic
Double-digit traffic declines follow the earthquake and its aftermath.
Posted May 24, 2011

In Canada, Manitoba Revamps Liquor Laws
Kiosks to go in food stores � 38 changes in liquor laws.
Posted May 24, 2011

Canadian C-Stores Ask Ontario to Stop Using Underage Teens in Tobacco Stings
The Ontario Convenience Stores Association say that the province recruits minors to mystery shop cigarette purchases.
Posted May 20, 2011

Australia's Tobacco Firms Threaten Price Cuts
If plain packaging is implemented, Australia's tobacco industry is threatening to cut the price of cigarettes if it is forced to remove branding from packets.
Posted May 18, 2011

McDonald's Shaking Up European Food Ordering
The change is part of the company's strategy to woo cash-strapped customers with added convenience.
Posted May 17, 2011

Tobacco Retailers Denounce Plain Cigarette Packaging Policy
Plain cigarette packaging is doing "more harm than good'," according to Australia retailers.
Posted May 5, 2011

Tap-and-Go Payments on the Rise in UK
Within the next few weeks, the first mobile phones that allow consumers to tap-and-go will go on sale in England.
Posted May 3, 2011

China's Smoking Ban Started Yesterday
Smoking is now outlawed in some public places, such as restaurants, buses and bars, but does not encompass workplaces.
Posted May 2, 2011

McDonald's Plans Big Expansion in China
The burger chain will open 700 new locations in the country within two years.
Posted Apr 29, 2011

British Consumers Walking to Stores More
Shoppers in the United Kingdom are visiting small, local shops within walking distance.
Posted Apr 28, 2011

C-Stores Threatened by Swipe Fees, Contraband Tobacco
Canadian Convenience Stores Association urges members to band together to try to bring about industry change.
Posted Apr 27, 2011

U.K. C-stores Mad About Sunday Trading Suggested Change
The owners of small stores are angry about the government's attempt to end current Sunday trading laws.
Posted Apr 20, 2011

Nigerian Election Results Cause Riots
Hundreds are injured during protests after President Goodluck Jonathan is declared the winner.
Posted Apr 20, 2011

High Gasoline Prices Drive U.K. Consumers to the Web
With gasoline prices in England continuing to climb, U.K. residents are increasingly staying home and shopping on the web, conserving fuel.
Posted Apr 19, 2011

Japan 7-Eleven Refits 5,000 Stores With Power-Saving Bulbs
The change is part of a 10 billion yen initiative to counter expected power problems in parts of the country this summer.
Posted Apr 18, 2011

Taiwan C-Stores To Sell Railway Tickets
Four convenience store chains have won the right to sell train tickets to travelers.
Posted Apr 15, 2011

Gas Price Increases Cost Canadians $950 More Per Year
Consumer spending in most categories is expected to fall, with fuel consumption projected to remain stable.
Posted Apr 14, 2011

Australia Reveals New Cigarette Packaging
Parliament will vote later this year on packaging graphics that depict rotting teeth and diseased eyes.
Posted Apr 8, 2011

New Brunswick Retailers Say Gas Regs Putting Them Out of Business
Since provincial price regulations went into effect in 2006, 17 percent of gasoline stations have closed, and profit margins for fuel have dropped substantially.
Posted Apr 7, 2011

British American Tobacco to Create 'Safer' Nicotine Products
The company will work on developing nicotine products without tobacco for consumers who want options to cigarettes.
Posted Apr 6, 2011

In U.K., Post Office Locals Address Urgent Needs
The government wants to replace current sub-post offices with Post Office Local outlets in convenience stores and supermarkets.
Posted Apr 5, 2011

U.K. Soft Drink Sales Jump 7.5 Percent
The increase in 'top up' shopping and single serve soft drinks sales is great news for convenience store retailers.
Posted Mar 31, 2011

McDonald's Spices Up Indian Market
The QSR is launching a range of new McSpicy products in India that are tailored to customer taste buds.
Posted Mar 30, 2011

Tobacco Taxes Expected to Boost Canada's Black Market Trade
New Brunswick Finance Minister Blaine Higgs appeals to the public to smoke lawfully traded cigarettes.
Posted Mar 29, 2011

Full-Service Stations Fading Into Yesteryear
The Edmonton Journal highlights the demise of the full-service gas station from Edmonton's retail landscape.
Posted Mar 29, 2011

Imperial Tobacco Hurt by Smoking Ban in Spain
The country is one of the tobacco company's largest markets.
Posted Mar 28, 2011

New Brunswick Raises Gas and Cigarette Taxes
The Canadian province increases cigarette taxes $1.31 per pack and gasoline taxes 11 cents per gallon.
Posted Mar 24, 2011

Convenience Stores in China Provide Healthier Meals
Country's top three convenience stores commit to lower sodium, fewer calories in their popular meal boxes.
Posted Mar 22, 2011

FDA to Increase Inspections of Food From Japan
Agency to assess radiation risks from imported products, including seafood, snack items and processed produce.
Posted Mar 22, 2011

UK Tobacco Display Ban, Plain Packaging Requirement Move Forward
Display ban affects big shops next April and small shops in April 2015. Meanwhile, a plain packaging proposal is also gaining momentum.
Posted Mar 11, 2011

Canadian C-Store Owners Blast Parliament's Failure to Address Contraband Tobacco
While the government proposed curbs on the use of flavoring agents, it failed to address contraband sales.
Posted Mar 11, 2011

McDonald's Global Sales McRising
McCaf�, premium beef campaign, and "Big Tasty" promotion help fuel growth.
Posted Mar 10, 2011

Canadians Brace for Huge Beer Price Hike
Rising cost of barley will result in higher beer prices across Canada.
Posted Mar 10, 2011

Australian Banks Prepare for Credit Card Fee Fight
The government plans to get rid of over-the-limit credit card fees, among other things.
Posted Mar 9, 2011

All U.K. Smokes To Begin Dressing Down
Britain is expected to announce strict new packaging rules for tobacco this week, requiring cigarette packets to be stripped of graphics and logos and to include only health warnings
Posted Mar 8, 2011

Smaller Stores Caught in Supermarket Pricing War
Australia's supermarket pricing wars are threatening the survival of the country's convenience stores.
Posted Mar 8, 2011

ZOOM and Pronto Expand Middle East Footprint
The to companies will rely on franchisees to expand their convenience store presence in the Middle East.
Posted Mar 8, 2011

Tim Hortons Launches Real Fruit Smoothies
New product is being touted as a good-for-you option for on-the-go customers.
Posted Mar 4, 2011

Aussie C-Stores Take Big Hit as Smokers Turn to Black Market
The Australian Association of Convenience Stores' State of the Industry Report notes that $1.1 billion in excise taxes are being avoided as a result of illegal cigarette sales.
Posted Mar 3, 2011

Tesco Direct Eyes Pick Up of Web Orders at C-Stores
British supermarket chain is reportedly considering plans to allow its customers to pick up orders place via the Internet at its network of convenience stores.
Posted Mar 1, 2011

Ontario C-Stores Want Alcohol Sales To Be Part of Liquor Law Discussions
Opinion polls show that Ontarians want greater convenience when buying beer and wine.
Posted Feb 28, 2011

Nyet! Russia to Curb Strong Beer
Bill would ban beers stronger than five percent alcohol from outdoor kiosks, airports, and train stations, as well as in stores between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Posted Feb 24, 2011

Canada Proposal: Warnings on Tobacco Packages
Nearly every panel of a cigarette pack, both inside and out, would be covered with graphic images and health warnings, under a proposed regulation.
Posted Feb 22, 2011

Monthly Visitors to Japanese C-Stores Tops One Billion
Japan's convenience store sales rose 5.1% in January.
Posted Feb 22, 2011

France to Probe Swipe Fees
France's Finance Minister has asked lawmakers to investigate the fees charged to merchants by banks and credit card companies on purchases made with plastic.
Posted Feb 22, 2011

Energy Drink Industry Fires Back Against Report
Refreshments Canada says new report spreads misinformation; maintains energy drinks aren't recommended for children anyway and shouldn't be regulated.
Posted Feb 17, 2011

Uproar Over Israel's Gas Tax Increase Leads to Price Cut
Mass public criticism over the increase of Israel's gas tax prompts the country's Prime Minister and Finance Minister to rescind the tax.
Posted Feb 16, 2011

Ontario Official: Beer Is Too Expensive
Canadian official says, if elected, he'll seek to lower beer prices.
Posted Feb 10, 2011

Canadian Beer Industry May Prompt Delays in Labeling Rules
Canada's beer industry opposes Canada's new labeling requirement, arguing it is cost prohibitive to implement, especially for smaller brewers.
Posted Feb 8, 2011

Tim Hortons Announces Middle East Expansion Plans
The company reached an agreement for up to 120 multi-format restaurants over five-years in Gulf Cooperation Council markets.
Posted Feb 8, 2011

7-Eleven Japan Embraces Environment With New Stores
The convenience store chain has added many eco-friendly features to new locations.
Posted Feb 7, 2011

Czechs to Raise Tobacco Taxes
The legislature approved a proposal to increase taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products to generate state revenue.
Posted Feb 7, 2011

McDonald's Canada Offers More for the Breakfast Crowd
The QSR chain has launched fresh baked buttermilk biscuits and extended breakfast hours to 11:00 am.
Posted Feb 4, 2011

Coke Brand Breaks Billion Dollar Barrier in China
Minute Maid Pulpy becomes Coke's 14th brand to achieve at least $1 billion in sales.
Posted Feb 3, 2011

Wendy's Moves Into Argentinean Market
A new agreement with DEGASA will bring 50 Wendy's quick-service restaurants to Argentina over the next 10 years.
Posted Jan 28, 2011

Scottish Tobacco Display Ban Delayed by Legal Appeal
The ban was supposed to start for big retailers in October.
Posted Jan 26, 2011

World Leaders at U.N. To Discuss Junk Food Ad Ban
The World Health Organization (WHO) said heads of state would use part of the U.N. General Assembly's September meeting in New York to discuss restricting junk food advertising to children.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

Red Bull Reports Sales of More than 4 Billion Cans Globally Last Year
Shifts focus to Brazil, India and China after best year in its history.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

U.K. Mandates Minimum Prices for Alcohol
Stores no longer will be allowed to sell alcohol as a loss leader.
Posted Jan 20, 2011

Europeans Embrace Networking Breakfasts
In Europe, businessmen and women are turning breakfast into the new power lunch, but the noontime meal still holds its appeal to many in the art world.
Posted Jan 19, 2011

Conflict of Laws: First Nation Seeks Return of Seized Smokes
Montana First Nation maintains reserve tobacco sales fall under federal statute, which means provincial laws don't apply.
Posted Jan 18, 2011

Japanese McDonald's Dishes Piled-High Burgers
The fast-food chain offers beefier versions of its traditional burgers.
Posted Jan 17, 2011

Indians Will Soon Drink Starbucks Coffee
The coffeehouse chain teamed up with Tata Coffee to launch its first store in India.
Posted Jan 17, 2011

Oh Canada! You're Getting Target Stores!
Much like the United States, the rivalry between Walmart and Target isn't expected to stop at the border.
Posted Jan 14, 2011

Chinese Dealers Start Hoarding Tobacco
Last month, the Chinese government announced plans to increase the tobacco tax this year.
Posted Jan 12, 2011

Record Revenue at Taiwan Convenience Stores
7-Eleven stores experienced a 12.7 percent jump in sales and Taiwan FamilyMart had a 9.6 percent increase last year.
Posted Jan 12, 2011

U.K. Retailers Beef Up Security as Gas Prices Increase
A recent fuel tax increase in Britain has brought an increase in drive-offs and fill-ups by those claiming to have forgotten their money.
Posted Jan 11, 2011

A Smokeless U.K. by 2050?
Smoking could "virtually disappear" in England by 2050, according to research by Citigroup.
Posted Jan 11, 2011

Italy Enacts Plastic Bag Ban
The country becomes the first in Europe with a nationwide prohibition against plastic bags.
Posted Jan 10, 2011

Global Food Prices Reach Record High
Price spike triggers fears of repeating the 2007-08 crisis, when food riots erupted in Haiti and Bangladesh.
Posted Jan 6, 2011

U.K. Reveals Healthy Eating Promotion
The government will give citizens vouchers for discounts on healthy foods to combat obesity.
Posted Jan 5, 2011

Ottawa to Increase Cigarette Pack Warning Labels
Anti-smoking message will cover 3/4 of cigarette packages, feature iconic cancer victim.
Posted Jan 4, 2011

U.K. Fuel Protests Looming
Farmers, taxi drivers, jobbers and consumers lobby against fuel tax increase.
Posted Jan 4, 2011

U.K. Beer Sales See Big Drop
Beer sales dropped 9.7 percent in the third quarter, hit by wet weather and the end of soccer's World Cup.
Posted Oct 28, 2010

Chavez Calls Citgo 'Bad Business'
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stops short of saying the company is for sale.
Posted Oct 27, 2010

Thousands of Retailers Say No to Tobacco Display Ban
The Association of Convenience Stores has organized an aggressive postcard campaign voicing opposition to an imminent tobacco display ban.
Posted Oct 26, 2010

An Early Christmas?
In a bid to get a strong start on what is expected to be a fierce battle among U.K. supermarkets, Tesco launches its Christmas campaign three weeks early.
Posted Oct 26, 2010

Energy Drinks Likely to Go Off Tap Down Under
Australia's government is expected to ban pubs from selling energy drinks on tap.
Posted Oct 26, 2010

Spain to Ban Smoking in Cafes, Bars
A bill okayed by parliamentary commission will bring the country more in line with other Western European nations.
Posted Oct 25, 2010

C-Stores Demand Freeze on New Regulation and Taxation on Legal Tobacco
Canadian Convenience Stores Association applauds Federal and Qu�bec government shift in tobacco strategy to focus ?on contraband but warns new taxation, regulation will foil efforts.
Posted Oct 22, 2010

French Government Vows to Keep Gasoline Flowing
Sarkozy deploys police to dismantle blockades, as more than one million protesters have marched in over 250 demonstrations across France.
Posted Oct 21, 2010

Gasoline Pumps Run Dry in France
The French government has begun using emergency fuel reserves as the strikes continue.
Posted Oct 20, 2010

McNuptials: Hong Kong McDonald's to Offer Wedding Ceremonies
Hong Kong McDonald's outlet to offer wedding packages that start at $4 a plate.
Posted Oct 19, 2010

Taiwan 7-Eleven Competes With Travel Agencies
Taiwan travel agencies protest sale of air tickets at convenience stores.
Posted Oct 19, 2010

U.K. Considers Capping Interest Rates on Credit, Store Cards
British lawmakers are considering ways to address "unfair bank charges," an effort to produce "fairer" consumer practices.
Posted Oct 19, 2010

Promotions Make Up Record 37% of U.K. Grocery Sales
U.K. supermarkets are getting an early jump on sales promotions of Christmas-related food and beverages, an effort to drive store traffic.
Posted Oct 14, 2010

European Commission Prepares EU Smoking Ban Legislation
The commission will introduce a measure to prohibit smoking in public places next year.
Posted Oct 13, 2010

First Nations Start Challenge of Provincial Tobacco Tax Restriction
Canada's First Nations people allege treaty breach in Saskatchewan's passage of a law that limits their tax-exempt cigarette purchases.
Posted Oct 12, 2010

Seoul Looks to Curb Super-supermarkets
South Korean lawmakers are working on legislation that would restrict large, urban supermarkets, a blow to retailers like Tesco.
Posted Oct 12, 2010

British Shopkeepers Fearful Over Cigarette Display Ban
Independent retailers believe the cost of converting fixtures to hide cigarettes will be cost-prohibitive, sending business to larger stores.
Posted Oct 8, 2010

OCSA Supports Ban on Youth Tobacco Purchasing and Possession
OCSA: "Common sense legislation" places similar youth restrictions on tobacco as it has for alcohol.
Posted Oct 7, 2010

Tesco Plans to Double U.S. Expansion Rate of Fresh & Easy Stores
The company announced plans for roughly 400 stores in California within two years and predicted its U.S. stores would turn a profit by 2013.
Posted Oct 7, 2010

Russia to Launch Anti-Smoking Policies
The government will ban tobacco ads and smoking in public by 2015.
Posted Oct 6, 2010

U.K.'s First Drive-Thru Supermarket
Tesco now offers drive-up convenience for a small fee � perfect for those who want a designated time for grocery pickups.
Posted Oct 5, 2010

Holy Smokes! Japan Raises Cigarette Tax by 40%
Smoke-friendly Japan implements giant excise tax hike, in a country where nearly one-third of all males smoke.
Posted Oct 5, 2010

Northern Ireland to Ban Tobacco Displays
Retailers think the move will send more smokers to buy their tobacco underground.
Posted Oct 4, 2010

Group Calls on Ottawa to Take Tougher Anti-Smoking Measures
Canada's smoking decline has slowed, and the Canadian Cancer Society is calling on Ottawa to take tougher steps to discourage smoking.
Posted Sep 30, 2010

September Unexpectedly Strong for U.K. Retailers
Survey points to rising consumer confidence with strong demand for goods from wholesalers.
Posted Sep 30, 2010

Two Slurpees, a Dozen Donuts and a Plane Ticket to Taipei
Taiwan 7-Eleven stores are now selling domestic flight tickets.
Posted Sep 28, 2010

National Post Takes Readers Inside Canada's Cigarette Black Market
The newspaper has written a five-part series detailing Canada's secret underground tobacco industry.
Posted Sep 24, 2010

Tesco's American Vision
A former executive reveals Sir Terry Leahy's original ideas for Tesco's U.S. entry included a 10,000-unit convenience store chain.
Posted Sep 21, 2010

U.K. Bottle Deposit Plan "Too Costly"
The Association of Convenience Stores thinks a refundable deposit on bottled drinks also would cause too much trouble for retailers.
Posted Sep 20, 2010

Lawson Will Open 130 Convenience Stores in China in 2011
The Japanese chain will shell out $50 million to increase its Chinese store count.
Posted Sep 16, 2010

Tesco Plans Convenience Store Chain Overseas
The U.K. retailer will make a push to open stores on the franchise model.
Posted Sep 15, 2010

U.K. Grocer Expands to Smaller Format
Morrisons will join the ranks of Tesco and Sainsbury to offer customers a smaller, convenience store format with a focus on fresh foods.
Posted Sep 10, 2010

Canada Looks at Biofuel Blend Rules
Soon, Canadian fuel producers and distributors will need to mix renewable fuels into products to meet a 5 percent quota.
Posted Sep 8, 2010

Cigarette Demand Soars in Japan
With the country set to raise tobacco taxes starting October 1, many smokers are stocking up and retailers are cashing in.
Posted Sep 8, 2010

Brits Dry Out
Alcohol consumption in Britain records its steepest year-over-year drop since 1948.
Posted Sep 7, 2010

French QSR Chain Catering to Muslim Diet Set to Expand
Quick chain to boost the number of its French halal-only locations to 22 after a successful trial run.
Posted Sep 7, 2010

Wasn't This a Cheers Episode?
Coca-Cola's new ingredient is kale (in Japan).
Posted Sep 7, 2010

A Tale of Two Cities
More than ever, U.S. consumers are split into two spending camps: the haves and have-nots.
Posted Sep 1, 2010

Study Highlights Canadian-U.S. Shopper Distinctions
New study points out sharp distinctions between U.S. and Canadian shoppers.
Posted Aug 26, 2010

Chinese Consumers Reluctant to Spend
Western companies have been counting on China to deliver solid economic growth numbers, but the country's consumers are big savers, with two-thirds of city residents holding on to at least one-quarter of their income.
Posted Aug 26, 2010

Waitrose Considers Convenience Store Sub-Brand
Waitrose is considering creating a dedicated branding for its convenience stores as it gears up for expansion.
Posted Aug 24, 2010

Shell Takes Argentina to Court Over Fuel Price Ban
The refiner of nearly 15 percent of Argentina's fuel is suing the government over a ban that prevents fuel producers from increasing prices in the country.
Posted Aug 24, 2010

Tesco Unveils Drive-Thru Concept
Customers shop online and then pickup their groceries during a scheduled two-hour window.
Posted Aug 24, 2010

Japanese Convenience Store Sales Grow for First Time in 14 Months
Stronger yen yields price cuts for imports, a boon for consumers and Japan's retailers.
Posted Aug 23, 2010

China's Addiction to Smoking
WHO said the country's smoking epidemic is "as serious as SARS." Meanwhile, Egypt launches an ambitious campaign to curb smoking through higher tobacco taxes and an indoor smoking ban.
Posted Aug 18, 2010

Ontario Convenience Stores Association Appeals to Ontario's Premier for Lottery Support
The Ontario government is seeking to offer all forms of gaming online, a move that OCSA maintains will have a significant and detrimental impact on convenience store traffic.
Posted Aug 17, 2010

Japanese Smoking Rate Drops for 15th Year in a Row
The adult smoking rate fell to just below 24 percent.
Posted Aug 16, 2010

Quiznos Charts Course for Global Growth
Sandwich QSR seeks franchisees with local infrastructure, business expertise.
Posted Aug 12, 2010

Eastern Progress: Wendy's/Arby's to Open 180 QSRs in Russia
Russia's meat-eating culture offers strong sales potential, a Wendy's executive said.
Posted Aug 12, 2010

Moisturizing While Driving
Nissan considers adding vitamin C to the air conditioning feature of some models to give drivers softer skin.
Posted Aug 9, 2010

South Korean Retailers Use New Services to Reel in Customers
Convenience stores there have expanded their services to include things like sending and receiving packages.
Posted Aug 4, 2010

Philip Morris Raises Prices Overseas
The price increases have helped Philip Morris make up for falling shipments in struggling economic regions of the European Union.
Posted Jul 23, 2010

Calgary Shell Stations Face Gasoline Shortage
Some stations are looking into importing product from outside the province.
Posted Jul 22, 2010

WTO To Rule on U.S. Clove Cigarette Ban Sources
Indonesia alleges U.S. clove cigarette ban is unfair, while the U.S. says that it applies uniformly to clove cigarettes from all countries.
Posted Jul 22, 2010

We're #2: China Passes U.S. as World's Biggest Energy Consumer
For the first time in more than a century, the U.S. is not the world's largest energy consumer.
Posted Jul 20, 2010

Waitrose Plans Six-fold Increase In Food Stores
Supermarket chain Waitrose is preparing for a six-fold increase in the number of its locations.
Posted Jul 20, 2010

Some Canadian Stores Prohibit Minors From Buying Energy Drinks
Prince Edward Island has outlawed the sale of energy drinks in schools and some area businesses are following suit by not allowing minors to purchase the beverages.
Posted Jul 19, 2010

China Promises Upgraded Food Safety
Government tries to reassure uneasy citizens in the wake of the seizure of more than 60 tons of contaminated milk powder.
Posted Jul 15, 2010

British Doctors Seek 'Fat Tax' On Junk Food
U.K. government's decision to abolish Food Standards Agency angers doctors.
Posted Jul 13, 2010

Advertisers to Pay for U.K. Anti-Obesity Marketing
The government is asking marketers to assume the task of educating the public about eating healthy.
Posted Jul 12, 2010

European Producers Focus on Ethanol Instead of Biodiesel
Making ethanol is more profitable than biodiesel production.
Posted Jul 9, 2010

Mail Order Meat
Watch out, Tesco: Amazon.co.uk launches online Grocery Store, offering 22,000 food and beverage items that ship free to UK residents.
Posted Jul 8, 2010

Oy Vey! Israel Raises Its Cigarette Tax
Israel's treasury calculates that its new cigarette tax hike should increase its revenues by NIS 700 million ($175 million U.S.) a year.
Posted Jul 8, 2010

Canadian Convenience Store Association Alleges Irresponsible Sale of Tobacco Occurs on Native Reservations
The association released findings that show Canadians the effect of Bill C-32, which went into effect on Monday.
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Egypt Adds New Tax on Tobacco
The taxes increased cigarette prices by as much as 40 percent and the cost for water pipe tobacco doubled.
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Prague's Smoking Spots: Sign of the Times?
Beginning today, restaurants and bars in Prague will be required to post signs on the outside of their storefronts indicating whether they allow smoking, prohibit it or provide a nonsmoking section.
Posted Jul 1, 2010

Coffee War Brewing in China
Beijing-controlled firm takes aim for java supremacy across China.
Posted Jul 1, 2010

Imperial Tobacco Launches Legal Bid Against Ban On Open Sale In Scotland
Follows similar suit in April in England and Wales.
Posted Jul 1, 2010

Russian Cigarette Packs Now Carry Health Warnings
"Smoking kills" among twelve cautionary statements to be included on cigarette packs sold in Russia.
Posted Jun 29, 2010

Small Stores Will Suffer Most Under U.K. VAT Increase
The United Kingdom recently moved to advance the VAT to 20 percent.
Posted Jun 28, 2010

Ontario Considers Privatizing Lottery, Liquor
Proceeds would go toward plugging the province's $20 billion deficit.
Posted Jun 24, 2010

Tesco Takes Over Fresh & Easy Suppliers
U.S. expansion is still far short of expectations, and the chain of neighborhood stores has yet to turn a profit.
Posted Jun 24, 2010

U.K. Hikes VAT Rate 2.5 Percent
The first permanent increase to the tax on goods and services will take effect January 2011.
Posted Jun 23, 2010

U.K. Agency Calls for Salt Reduction
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence wants to lower the amount of sodium in food.
Posted Jun 23, 2010

Lawson Focuses on Fresh Food
The Japanese convenience store chain soon will add in-store, made-to-order food.
Posted Jun 21, 2010

Waitrose Fitzroy Street Opens for Business
Retailer's first smaller format convenience shop opens in Cambridge.
Posted Jun 18, 2010

Small Shops Could Close if U.K. Display Ban Proceeds: Report
Small shops will close if tobacco display ban goes ahead, says the Democracy Institute.
Posted Jun 17, 2010

Tobacco-Free Bhutan?
Himalayan kingdom seeks to ban the sale or use of tobacco anywhere in the country, with violators receiving prison sentences of up to five years.
Posted Jun 14, 2010

U.K. Convenience Stores Ask for Reversal on Tobacco Display Ban
The Association of Convenience Stores in the U.K. points to evidence showing such bans do not decrease smoking.
Posted Jun 11, 2010

Woolworths Goes Up Against Visa
Australia's biggest retailer is battling Visa over swipe fees.
Posted Jun 9, 2010

Three American Chains Prepare for British Invasion
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Ruby Tuesday and Taco Bell are expanding into the United Kingdom.
Posted Jun 9, 2010

Nova Scotia Stores Burned By Illegal Smokes
More than 12 percent of Nova Scotia convenience stores went out of business last year, with illegal tobacco sales a leading cause of their demise.
Posted Jun 7, 2010

Ontario Pursuing Menu-Labeling Legislation
Ontario is pursuing menu-labeling legislation that would affect restaurants with five or more units and gross annual sales of $5 million (CDN).
Posted Jun 7, 2010

Small Business Say Australian Tobacco Tax Hike Hurts Business
While cigarette sales are not falling off, sales of other goods at grocery stores and gasoline stations are declining.
Posted Jun 2, 2010

Asda Buys Netto for �778 Million
The purchase has the Association of Convenience Stores concerned that any more consolidation among big players would spell bad news for consumers.
Posted Jun 1, 2010

7-Eleven Australia Buys Mobil Filling Stations
The acquisition will boost the number of 7-Eleven stores from 400 to more than 650, making it the largest independent fuel retailer in Australia.
Posted May 28, 2010

Canadian Tobacco Case Heads to Supreme Court
Tobacco companies contend that the federal government should be liable for smoking-related health costs.
Posted May 24, 2010

'Local Feel' Helps U.K. Rural Convenience Stores Trade Better
A new report finds that convenience stores that tailor their offerings to their location will find success.
Posted May 24, 2010

Health Canada Okays Alcohol Energy Drinks
Drinks are required to use naturally sourced caffeine; issue is still under review in the U.S. by the FDA.
Posted May 20, 2010

OCSA: Increasing Ontario Tobacco Taxes Will Boost Contraband Sales
HST will make cheap, untaxed illegal tobacco even cheaper, the Ontario Convenience Stores Associations maintains.
Posted May 18, 2010

Toronto Seeks Ban Soda, Energy Drinks at City-Run Facilities
The city plans to go 100% juice and milk by 2014.
Posted May 18, 2010

Sainsbury to Double Convenience Store Openings
The supermarket plans to open 100 small shops during this fiscal year.
Posted May 17, 2010

U.K. Convenience Stores Report Increase in Violent Attacks
Robberies have increased 30 percent from last year.
Posted May 7, 2010

QSRs Consider Overseas Expansion
More fast-food chains are looking to other countries for growth opportunities.
Posted May 3, 2010

Canadian Government Issues Revised Credit, Debit Card Industry Code of Conduct
The Canadian Convenience Stores Association still has concerns about the way the credit card companies operate.
Posted May 3, 2010

Australia Increases Cigarette Taxes
Small retailers also are mad that the government will force tobacco companies to package products in plain wrappings.
Posted May 3, 2010

Canadian Convenience Stores Association Addresses Parliament With Contraband Tobacco Concerns
Contraband tobacco sales account for nearly one-third of all tobacco sales in Canada � a 98% increase since 2006.
Posted Apr 29, 2010

European Interchange Fees: A Done Deal?
Retail Week urges cautious optimism to Visa's agreement to reduce interchange fees on debit card transactions, citing Visa's "market test" characterization and the company's failure to address fees on credit cards.
Posted Apr 29, 2010

Canada's Credit Card Industry Profits Plunge
Some begin to exit Canada's credit card business, while others look toward new systems, such as mobile phone payments.
Posted Apr 27, 2010

Tobacco Groups Seek To Challenge U.K. Display Ban
Imperial, JTI and BAT argue that the display ban regulations, set to take effect next October, do not discourage smoking and that they harm small businesses.
Posted Apr 27, 2010

Canada to Review Gas Pump Tampering
Whether malicious or unintentional, bill seeks to penalize gasoline retailers for faulty measuring devices.
Posted Apr 22, 2010

PCI Compliance: Are U.K. Businesses Ready?
Not really. They lag behind their U.S. colleagues in meeting PCI security standards, with only 11 percent certified as compliant.
Posted Apr 22, 2010

U.K. Tobacco Groups, Retailers Receive $346 Million Fine
An U.K. antitrust regulator said the fine resulted from coordinating cigarette prices from 2001 to 2003.
Posted Apr 19, 2010

Canadian Convenience Stores Being Squeezed
The Atlantic Convenience Store Association points to contraband tobacco, swipe fees and higher labor costs as hurting stores' bottom lines.
Posted Apr 19, 2010

Report: Majority of U.K. Shoppers Frequent Convenience Stores Weekly
The survey also found that convenience stores should offer "strong promotional" appeals to grab shoppers.
Posted Apr 14, 2010

Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Planning Major Staff Cuts
Higher gasoline taxes and a falloff in sales prompt Jamaica's gas station owners to consider converting to self-service at a cost of 3,000 jobs.
Posted Apr 13, 2010

North Wales Tax Increase Threatens Independent Stations
Revised tax valuation scheme based on turnover rather than square footage or profit, and the change is threatening the survival of many of the region's stations.
Posted Apr 8, 2010

Study: Canadian Convenience Stores Hurt by Contraband Cigarettes, Credit Card Fees
A new study reports that illegal tobacco sales and credit card fees gobbled up billions from convenience stores.
Posted Apr 7, 2010

Canadian Government Moves Closer To Regulating Payments Market
Legislation is a step forward to creating a robust regulatory framework that protects merchants and consumers in Canada's debit and credit card market.
Posted Apr 6, 2010

Supermarkets Fight for Customers
Deep discounts and promotions are all the rage over the pond.
Posted Apr 6, 2010

Ottawa Follows U.S. Lead on Fuel-Efficiency Standards
Canada's Environment Minister sets target of 25-per-cent improvement by 2016.
Posted Apr 6, 2010

Lawson Store Gets Fresh With Foodservice
Japanese convenience store will grow its own vegetables for its fresh foodservice.
Posted Apr 2, 2010

Saskatchewan Increases Tobacco and Alcohol Taxes
Pending legislation also seeks to restrict the amount of cigarettes that First Nations individuals can purchase tax-free, a move praised by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation as "leveling the playing field" for retailers.
Posted Apr 1, 2010

Coca-Cola Smashes �1 Billion Retail Sales Barrier in Great Britain
That's $1.5086 billion U.S. � hardly a round number, but still a record!
Posted Apr 1, 2010

Shale Gas: Worries Surface Over Impact of Extraction
Capitol Hill has begun scrutinizing the impact of shale gas out of concerns for the environment and human health caused during the drilling process.
Posted Mar 30, 2010

BAT Predicts Global Cigarette Consumption to Remain Stable
BAT report reveals that pricing has remained positive and it predicts global profits to increase.
Posted Mar 30, 2010

Caffeine Gets Okay In Canada's Non-Cola Drinks
Beverage makers will be permitted to add caffeine in concentrations not to exceed 150 parts per million, compared to 200 parts per million allowed in colas.
Posted Mar 25, 2010

Promotions for Cheaper Nova Scotia Gas Allowed to Continue
Over objections from rural fuel marketers, Nova Scotia's Utility and Review Board permits a discount gasoline promotion between Sobeys and Irving Oil to continue.
Posted Mar 25, 2010

European Big Food Groups Win Labeling Fight
"Traffic light system" of food labeling fails to gain approval of European parliament.
Posted Mar 22, 2010

Eco-friendly Cars Could Spell Doom for Japanese Fuel Retailers
A rise in the number of environmentally friendly vehicles might force as many as two-thirds of the country's gasoline stations to close within the next 10 years.
Posted Mar 17, 2010

Ontario Convenience Stores Association Launches Petition Drive
The group is urging the Ontario government to stop implementation of a cigarette tax increase scheduled for July 1.
Posted Mar 15, 2010

Topaz Cracks Top 10 in Ireland's Best Workplaces List
The company makes the list for the third consecutive year.
Posted Mar 15, 2010

A Caffeinated Car?
BBC Science team builds an experimental car that runs on coffee.
Posted Mar 12, 2010

BP, Brazil Signoff On $7 Billion Offshore Deal
The deal gives BP a greater footprint in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caspian Sea.
Posted Mar 12, 2010

Coke: Markets in India, China Recovering Quickly
Company CEO said that economies in the emerging world are getting healthier faster.
Posted Mar 8, 2010

Japan Embraces Quirky Products
Soy-sauce-flavored Kit Kats join McDonald's Filet-O-Shrimp and Pepsi's cucumber-flavored soda as a few of the more popular items.
Posted Mar 8, 2010

N.B. Gas Retailers Appeal For Relief
With gasoline mark-ups capped at 5 cents per liter, the Atlantic Convenience Store Association appeals for relief, maintaining that profit margins are squeezing retailers.
Posted Mar 5, 2010

Court Rules Price Fixing Violates EU Regulations
Three EU countries have a minimum price for cigarettes, which the court found undermines competition.
Posted Mar 5, 2010

Israel's Sonol Moving Beyond the Gas Station
The convenience store industry is relatively new in Israel, and gasoline retailer Sonol is expanding rapidly.
Posted Mar 4, 2010

Korea's Stable of Self-Service Gas Stations Expanding Rapidly
Rising fuel prices spur self-service gas station growth in a country that's dominated by full-service stations.
Posted Mar 4, 2010

Ontario Convenience Stores Lose Sales to Contraband Cigarettes
The province has not taken effective steps to curb the sale of illegal tobacco products.
Posted Mar 1, 2010