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Apr 18, 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.

Retailers Scramble to Stop Heartbleed Bug
The bug could cause significant disruptions to the Internet over the next few weeks.

War Is Apparently the Answer in the Battle for Breakfast
If fast-foods chains continue battling it out in the breakfast space, are they leaving lunch and dinner open for the taking?

New York Senator Pushes $15 Minimum Wage
State Senator Daniel Squadron says chains such as McDonald’s and 7-Eleven are not passing on higher profits to their employees.

Gulf Coast Crude Oil Inventories Reach Record Level
U.S. Energy Information Administration Gulf Coast inventories reached a record high 207.2 million barrels on April 11.

Wyoming Lottery Holds Workshops for Retailers
Nine workshops are being held over the next two weeks for retailers in the state that want to sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets.


Apr 17, 2014

NACS CAFÉ Offers Advanced Foodservice Strategy Program
The May 1-2 program helps convenience retailers identify areas of opportunity within their foodservice strategy, as well as common pitfalls.

Vermont Senate Approves GMO Labeling
Measure would make Vermont the first state to require labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.

Why Wawa Wows
Wawa customers cite cleanliness, great food and great coffee as compelling reasons to visit the convenience stores.

New Jersey Legislators Question Raising E-Cigarettes Taxes
Lawmakers argue that raising the tax on electronic cigarettes would impact smokers who are trying to quit tobacco products.

Food Costs Surging
Meat and produce lead price gains in the latest Consumer Price Index.

Florida Craft Brewers Fighting Three-Tier System
A bill that would require craft brewers to sell their products to a distributor is causing a beer war in the Florida Legislature.


Apr 16, 2014

Illinois Retailers Oppose Gas Tax Increase
Convenience store operators say they would be unable to absorb a tax increase.

Wawa Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Philadelphia Mayor Nutter proclaims April 16 as “Wawa Day.”

Coca-Cola Offers Ideas to Jumpstart C-Store Business
The company is offering retailers a free eBooklet, adding vitaminwater® to beverage dispensers and is addressing the importance of clean ice makers.

New York County Raises Tobacco and E-Cigarette Purchasing Age
Suffolk County officials maintain their municipality is the first in the country to raise the minimum age for purchasing e-cigarettes (along with tobacco products) to 21.

Maxwell House Brews Up Brand Refresh
Coffee maker is perking up its 121-year-old brand.

Baskin-Robbins Offering L.A. Franchise Opportunities, Incentives
Company is also offering strong franchise incentives to military veterans.


Apr 15, 2014

Members of Congress Continue Crusade Against E-Cigarettes
The lawmakers are accusing electronic cigarette companies of marketing to children.

NatureBox Delivers
One of the fastest-growing snack food brands won't be found on convenience or grocery store shelves.

U.S. Senator Looks to Speed Up Keystone Approval
Due to the administration’s lack of action, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu is planning to introduce legislation that will speed up the approval process of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Domino's Pizza Introduces Specialty Chicken
The pizza chain is promoting its first new menu item since Handmade Pan Pizza.

Panera CEO Weighs in on Breakfast Wars
"Don't try to beat them. Be who you are,” says Ron Shaich of Panera.

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.


Apr 14, 2014

Congress Seeks Solution to Abusive Patent Demand Letters
A hearing last week took a look at abusive patent demand letters and explored ways to address this growing problem, which is costing small businesses and threatening innovation.

Paper Versus Plastic Foam
Paper versus plastic shopping bags sees its fair share of debate, but what about paper versus plastic foam beverage cups?

Hy-Vee Opens Smaller Format Store
The grocery chain is tapping into the trend of large retail chains going from big footprints to smaller square footage.

Iowa House Studying Gas Tax Hike
House lawmakers in Iowa step in after a gas tax proposal fizzles in the Iowa Senate.

Frozen Food Makers Looking to Heat Up Sales
The American Frozen Food Institute is finalizing a major PR push that will reinforce the nutritional value of frozen foods.

Walmart Doubles Down on Organic Foods
Mass retailer partners with Wild Oats to sell organic foods at a discount.


Apr 11, 2014

Bipartisan Bill Would Stop State GMO Food Labeling
The measure would put in place mandatory labeling of GMO products.

California Soft Drink Warning Label Proposal Advances
A state lawmaker wants sweetened soda to carry a safety warning similar to cigarettes and alcohol.

Subway Expands Mobile Ordering
The sandwich chain has begun testing a pre-order app at Manhattan locations.

Pepsi to Launch ‘Real Sugar’ Selections
This summer, Pepsi products sweetened with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup will hit shelves.

Consumers to Shake Off Winter Blues This Easter
After an unusually cold winter in many parts of the United States, everyone is ready to celebrate spring.

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


Apr 10, 2014

PCATS Announces Gold Level Sponsors for Annual Conference
Anheuser-Busch, CHS, The Coca-Cola Company, NCR, The Pinnacle Corporation and VeriFone are supporting PCATS at the Gold Level.

Detroit Approves New Ordinance for Digital Surveillance
The new regulations place minimum standards for video equipment at city self-serve gasoline stations.

Kosher Foods Expand Reach
More people are choosing kosher foods for non-religious reasons.

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.

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

U.S. Beef Prices Skyrocket
Low cattle herds because of extreme weather have triggered soaring prices for beef.

Did Convenience Stores Kill the Hotel Minibar?
That’s the claim of a Hong Kong hotel manager at least, but the fact is hotel minibars are on the decline.


Apr 9, 2014

Consumer Optimism Steady Even as Gas Prices Rise
However, Americans might change their driving behavior if gas prices continue to climb.

House Subcommittee Examines Implementation of Tobacco Control Act
Members of Congress questioned the efficiency and competence of FDA's ability to bring new products to market.

EIA: Summer Fuels Outlook
U.S. Energy Information Administration says gasoline retail prices will average $3.45 this summer.

Companies Will Shell Out $500 Billion to Fix Data Breaches
Many analysts view this as a diversion of capital funds from innovation to maintenance issues.

EPA Administrator Discusses Renewable Fuel Standards
Administrator Gina McCarthy talked about the RFS during the annual meeting of the North American Agricultural Journalists this week.

Maryland Legislature Approves Minimum Wage Hike
The governor is expected to sign the bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018.

GM Puts $449 Million to Develop Electric Cars
Two plants in Michigan will work on Cadillac ELR and Chevrolet Volt models.


Apr 8, 2014

NACS Asks Congress to Support Online Lottery Legislation
NACS members can encourage their legislators to support the bill, which would protect the industry and consumers from a potential Wild West scenario of Internet gambling.

Health Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Tobacco Control Act
Today the U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health will examine the regulatory activities of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea Expands East Coast Presence
The company opened its first flagship café in Washington, D.C, a block away from the White House.

McDonald’s and Taco Bell Continue Breakfast Bashing
The breakfast wars look more like a boxing match, with Taco Bell landing the stronger punches.

Stripes Convenience Stores Supports National Guard and Reserve
A “Statement of Support” reaffirms Stripes’ ongoing support for U.S. service members and their families.

Franchise Growth Remains Strong for 2014
A new International Franchise Association report suggests that the franchise industry will create more jobs this year.


Apr 7, 2014

FDA Ready to Rule on Electronic Cigarettes
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said she expects the agency to release its rule “very soon” on establishing FDA authority over e-cigarettes.

Kloza Goes “Beyond The Screen”
OPIS analyst Tom Kloza outlines the challenges facing fuel retailers in 2014 and beyond at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.

Kentucky Lottery Celebrates Silver Anniversary
Twenty-five years since its debut, the Kentucky lottery has sold more than $15 billion worth of lottery tickets.

New York Attorney General Sues FedEx for Shipping Illegal Cigarettes
Eric Schneiderman announced a $70 million lawsuit against FedEx for illegally shipping 80 million untaxed cigarettes to consumers.

High Gas Prices No Longer Fueling a Decline in American Driving
AAA says that consumers are changing their behavior as gasoline becomes less expensive compared to previous years.


Apr 4, 2014

Congress Passes 40-Hour Legislation
Thanks to NACS grassroots efforts, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would establish 40 hours per week as the threshold for determining full time employment.

FDA Sends Final Menu-Labeling Rules to White House
It’s hard to say how the final regulations differ from the starting place.

Welcome to the Retail “Twilight Zone”
Nielsen’s Todd Hale predicts that retail winners will focus on their consumers, not their competition.

Fueling Tomorrow’s Vehicles
NACS State of the Industry Summit education session explored several areas of the future of fuels, including consumer behavior and preferences, recent market trends and the role of the government.

Economist Advises Retailers to be Nimble, Quick
Walter Zimmermann demonstrates how to predict bull, bear market trends using pricing tools during a NACS State of the Industry Summit education session.

Family Dollar Expands Food Assortment
The discount retail chain will add more than 400 new food items in U.S. stores.

Specialty Food Sales Break Records
Nut butters, eggs and frozen desserts show big jumps in sales.


Apr 3, 2014

Convenience Stores Hit Record In-Store Sales in 2013
The convenience store industry’s in-store sales have seen rapid growth over the last decade, as consumers seek out more food and beverages on the go, according to new NACS State of the Industry data.

Congress Votes Today on 40-Hour Legislation
Last push is needed to tell Congress to repeal the definition of a full-time employee under the current health-care law.

Watch Out for C-Store 'Disruptors'
While the economy appears to be on the mend, don't ignore several trends, suggests economist Dr. David Nelson at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.

Economist: Signs Point to Impending Stock Collapse
Economist Walter Zimmermann talks bubbles, climate change, energy, Putin and the Fed at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.

Unlocking Opportunities with Shopper Research
A new report from NACS/CCRRC shows how convenience stores can use research and best practices to grow.

Customers Chide Starbucks Into Returning Lemon Cake
After consumers complained about changes to its menus, Starbucks has revamped it to bring back a few favorites.

Global Partners’ Alltown Convenience Stores, CFMS Donate $300,000 to National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The money was raised through a combination of Alltown customer contributions and other fundraising activities.


Apr 2, 2014

Congress Readies Vote on 40-Hour Legislation
NACS-supported legislation is coming to up for a vote on Thursday — make your voices heard through the NACS grassroots website.

End of Windows XP Support Ups Risk of ATM Cyber Attacks
With Microsoft stopping its support of the Windows XP operating system on April 8, ATMs could prove vulnerable to criminal activity.

Quality, Variety Key for Pizza
The consumption of the savory pies is high, with people eating pizza around 3 times monthly.

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

Diet Soda Consumption Plummets
Consumers continue to swap diet soda for tea, energy drinks and bottled waters, according to new figures from Beverage Digest.

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


Apr 1, 2014

NACS State of the Industry Summit Kicks Off in Chicago
New to this year’s format are Retailer Hot Topic Sessions.

Leadership Skills Development Leads to High Performance
Individuals preparing to take on key leadership roles in NACS retail member companies should attend the upcoming NACS Executive Leadership Program.

New Product Innovations Designed to Spark Sales
Coca-Cola’s 19.2-oz. can and expanded drops portfolio provide retailers appealing options for shoppers.

Cafés Pass QSRs in Growth Speed
From coffee shops to bakeries, cafés have become one of the most popular places for Americans.

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.

Demographics Play Part in Selecting Prepared Foods
Different age groups want different things when it comes to prepared foods.

Instagram Works Wonders for Small Businesses
The social media photo-sharing site has been a boon for retailers.


Mar 31, 2014

NACS Launches Category Management Online Training
As more retail channels continue to aggressively target the convenience shopper, it’s more critical than ever for convenience operators to have the right product mix to meet consumer needs.

Iowa Retailers Encourage Age-Restricted Sales for E-Cigarettes
“As retailers, our members have an important role to play in preventing under-age access to e-cigarettes," says Dawn Carlson of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa.

Stripes Convenience Stores Launches New Campaign for Students to Learn About Fresh Vegetables
The new program gives elementary school students a hands-on experience to understand where food comes from and learn the value of using fresh foods.

Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix Top Supermarket Ratings
Walmart is the lowest scoring in a new Consumer Reports subscriber survey.

Denver Drops Credit Card Swipe Fees
Without the fees, credit card payments surged.

One in Five Admit to Purchasing Illegal Smokes in Ireland
Those surveyed said they knowingly purchased smuggled cigarettes.


Mar 28, 2014

NACS Members Urge Congress to Redefine Full-Time Employee
Next week Congress is planning to vote on a bill that would repeal the definition of a full-time employee under the current health-care law.

Placing Healthier Options in Your Stores
Michigan retailers hear from NACS about how to sell healthy options.

Walmart Sues Visa Over Swipe Fees
Retailer argues Visa conspired with banks to fix swipe fees.

Connecticut Passes $10.10 Minimum Wage
The Nutmeg State becomes the nation’s first to cross the $10 minimum wage threshold.

Smokers’ Rights Group Sues New York City Over E-Cigarette Ban
Group claims the city’s ban violates the “one subject” rule of the city charter because it addresses both cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

Mars Chocolate Opens New Facility to Produce M&M’s and Snickers
The new $270 million facility, which will bring 200 new jobs to Topeka, is one of the largest investments in the company’s history.

Dunkin' Donuts Introduces LTO PEEPS Donuts
Dunkin’ Donuts partners with confectionary favorite to launch a limited-time-only treat.


Mar 27, 2014

NACS Issues Call to Action on Full-Time Employee Legislation
Next week Congress is planning to vote on a bill that would repeal the definition of a full-time employee under the current health-care law.

U.S. Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Online Lottery Sales
Bipartisan bill would reverse a 2011 Department of Justice decision that expanded online gaming.

Calorie Counting Bill Advances in Louisiana
Bill would apply to restaurants with 15 or more locations in the Bayou State.

E-Cigarette Bans Advance in Minnesota and Georgia
A Minnesota bill would prohibit vaping indoors and in all public spaces; the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation making e-cigarettes an age-restricted product.

Banks Sue PCI Auditor Over Target Breach
In a rare move, two banks are suing a QSA over a data breach involving a retailer it had validated as PCI compliant.

Caribou Coffee Expands Lunch Menu
Coffeehouse launches a new line of premium, toasted lunch sandwiches.


Mar 26, 2014

NACS Releases Compensation Report of 2013 Data
This year’s report provides the latest snapshot of compensation levels, turnover and benefits metrics for the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

States Seek to Stem Tide of Cigarette Smuggling
Illegal smokes are being transported up and down the East Coast’s I-95, nicknamed Tobacco Road.

Biofuels Industry Asks for Tax Credit Extension
The industry wants four tax credits to receive multiyear extensions.

American Coffee Consumption Drops
While only a slight decrease from the year before, Americans are sipping less coffee each day.

Navy Considers Tobacco Sales Ban
The move would eliminate the sale of tobacco on all Naval ships and bases.

Chicago Retailers Propose Paper Bag Tax
The Illinois Retail Merchants Association wants the City Council’s consideration of a plastic bag ban to be accompanied by a nickel or dime tax on paper bags.

California Chefs Bare Knuckles in Glove Fight
State foodservice workers are flouting a ban on bare-hand contact with food that will be enforced in July.


Mar 25, 2014

Illinois Lawmakers Sour on Sugary Beverage Tax
State lawmakers fail to embrace a tax that would impose a penny-per-ounce on sugar-sweetened drinks.

Super-Sized Gas Stations Fuel Anger of Locals
Locals are resisting efforts by retail companies to build mega stations, opposition that NACS maintains is fueled by “what-ifs.”

Florida Lawmakers Get Behind Gas Pump Assistance Bill
Proposal would require Florida stations to post contact information so people with disabilities could call for assistance.

Bill to Limit Online Lottery Sales Advances in Minnesota Senate
Legislators seek to do away with online scratch-off games, which launched last month.

Starbucks to Sell Alcohol at Thousands of Stores
Thousands of Starbucks nationwide will begin a daily happy hour at 4:00 pm.


Mar 24, 2014

Appeals Court Overturns Debit Rule
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has overturned a lower court’s 2013 decision that would have rewritten the Federal Reserve’s rule for implementing the Durbin Amendment.

Cigarette Smuggling Runs Rampant in United States
In New York, 57% of cigarettes are illegally imported from other states, according to new Tax Foundation research.

A-B InBev Bites on Hard Cider
The brewer is tapping into the growing popularity of hard cider with a new addition to its portfolio.

Growlers, Beer Sampling Come Before Florida Legislature
An old Prohibition-era packaging law in Florida allows for 32-ounce and gallon-sized growlers but not 64-ounce growlers.

Wendy’s Rolls Out Mobile App Nationwide
The QSR has been testing its mobile app for the past year.


Mar 21, 2014

Colorado Legislature Denies Higher Tobacco Buying Age
A House committee scrapped a measure to increase the tobacco buying age to 21.

San Francisco Restricts E-Cigarette Sales
Electronic cigarettes will come under the city’s current tobacco laws.

QSR Protests Rally Around ‘Wage Theft’
Attendance dropped significantly as protestors pressed for resolution of alleged wage violations and a higher minimum wage.

Burger King to Launch Mobile Payment Option
The burger chain will add the ability to accept payments from mobile devices at U.S. locations in April.

Millennials, Boomers Have Similar Consumer Attitudes
AIMsights Group takes a look at how these two generations are influencing consumer spending.

Gas Retailers…in Space?
Scientists have pointed out that space gas depots between the Earth, moon and sun could be viable.


Mar 20, 2014

Retailer Hot Topic Sessions Added to SOI Summit Agenda
Attendees will be among the first to hear insights on performance drivers that matter most to retailers, from foodservice to tobacco to category management.

Craft Beer Sales Spike
U.S. craft brewers saw an 18% rise in volume in 2013, according to new data from the Brewers Association.

Louisiana Bill Would Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors
The bill would also require e-cigarettes to be moved behind the counter in businesses that serve customers under the age of 18.

Methanol an Unlikely Fuel Substitute — For Now
A federal official offers a skeptical view of the U.S. adopting methanol as a substitute for gasoline.

California Gasoline Demand May Drop 9% by 2020
If vehicle standards are strictly enforced, the decline could be as much as 13%.


Mar 19, 2014

Colorado’s Oil Production Booming
Last year, the state broke an almost six-decade record in producing crude oil.

Snacking on the Rise
A new study highlights ways retailers can drive snacking traffic and sales.

Full-Service Retailer Takes Care of Customers
For nearly half a century, Johnnie’s Service Station has provided full customer service in a self-service world.

Iced Coffee Enjoys Sales Lift
Cold-brew extracts are finding new life with fruit pairings, among other enhancements.

Walmart, Target Back Legislation to Sell Liquor in Florida
The big discount chains are supporting a bill that would let supermarkets stock spirits.

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.


Mar 18, 2014

State AGs Urge Drug Stores to Halt Tobacco Sales
New York and Ohio AGs lead effort to ask Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger to follow CVS’s lead.

New Jersey Legislator Proposes 5-Cent Gas Tax Increase
State Sen. Raymond Lesniak wants to boost the state’s gas tax by 5 cents a gallon a year over three years.

Wendy’s CEO Pledges Food Makeover
The company is following Subway’s lead in eliminating chemistry lab-like ingredients from its foods.

Walmart Opens New C-store
The new Walmart to Go has a soft opening over the weekend.

Piggly Wiggly Squeezes Back Into Chicago
The Windy City is welcoming back an old supermarket friend that left in the 1990s.

Domino’s Offering March Madness Deal
All online orders through March 23 will earn a 50% discount.


Mar 17, 2014

Speakers Announced for Upcoming Global Event
The NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe program continues to grow.

Support for NACS Menu-Labeling Efforts Grows
Members of Congress continue lending support to NACS-supported menu-labeling legislation.

Kwik Trip Joins Partnership for a Healthier America
The Wisconsin-based convenience store chain, along with Dannon and Del Monte, announced new commitments aimed at ending childhood obesity.

Corner Store Hosts MDA Goodwill Ambassador
CEO Kim Bowers hosted an appearance by 8-year-old Reagan Imhoff, a goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Shoe Entrepreneur Expands Into Coffee
Toms has developed a line of coffee in which the sales will be used to provide clean water for remote countries.


Mar 14, 2014

NACS Issues Position Relating to E-Cigarette Sales
Stores selling e-cigarettes are encouraged to adopt, as a best practice, a policy of treating these products as age-restricted.

Fresh Produce Sales Up In 2013
Last year, the sale of fresh fruits and vegetables rose 4.8% over 2012.

Study Casts Doubt on Soda Tax Idea
A new report found that beverage taxes won’t cure obesity because people would shift sugar intake to other sources.

Krispy Kreme Uses Social Media to Spur Sales
The doughnut chain has registered five consecutive years of increases in same-store sales.

Nuts, Seeds Rise in Snack Food Popularity
The two ingredients were present in a third of all new snack products for 2013.

Fast-Food Fashion
From Chipotle to Carl’s Jr., QSRs are debuting shirts, socks and onesies.


Mar 13, 2014

NACS Meets With USDA on Farm Bill Implementation
Discussions focused on the implementation process for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reforms contained in the Farm Bill.

Obama to Issue Executive Order on Overtime Pay
The move would expand the number of people who qualify for overtime pay under federal labor law.

Ohio Governor Proposes Cigarette Tax Hike
Increase would pay for expected income tax revenue loss.

Walmart Accelerates Opening of Smaller Format Stores
Walmart CFO sees an opportunity for “hundreds, if not thousands” of Express and Neighborhood Market stores.

Kentucky Lawmakers Seek Motor Fuels Tax Hike
Proposal seeks a 1.5 cents a gallon increase from the current level.

Missouri Lawmakers Float Single Bottle Beer Sales
Missouri law currently prohibits selling beer in packages with fewer than three bottles.

Mondelez International Announces Global Commitments to Well Being
Mondelez unveils comprehensive measures that focus on well being, including enhanced nutrition in its products.


Mar 12, 2014

Nothing Can Seem to Derail Current Consumer Optimism
Rising gas prices did nothing to dampen consumer’s positive view of the economy.

Public Transportation Hits Highest Ridership in 57 Years
Last year, a record 10.7 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation.

Small Employers Should Check Out Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
The IRS also offers helpful resources and tax tips for small businesses on its website.

Restaurant Spending Will Decrease This Year
A new study finds that diners say they will spend 9.1% less per meal.

Checkout Changes Could Hurt Candy Sales
With most sales of confection an impulse, technology that allows shoppers to eschew traditional checkouts has the potential to stagnate growth.

Subway’s Footlong Secret
The chain’s marketing chief reveals the success of its wildly popular $5 Footlong promotion.


Mar 11, 2014

Chicago Reconsidering Plastic Bag Ban
New proposal drops an exemption for small retailers.

Senator Schumer Goes After E-Cigarette Marketing
The Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act would ban the marketing of e-cigarettes to children.

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

Changing Eating Habits Send McDonald’s Sales Downward
McDonald’s is looking to modify its menu to appeal to changing eating habits.

Wisconsin Lawmakers Mull Creation of Beer Commission
Commission would promote, market and advertise Wisconsin products, making Wisconsin the “Napa Valley of craft brewing.”

Retail Employment Down 6,700 in February
Trade group argues against raising the minimum wage, saying it would “hamper economic growth” and drive up unemployment.


Mar 10, 2014

Industry Pioneers Inducted to PCATS Hall of Fame
Three new inductees will be recognized at the upcoming PCATS Annual Conference on April 28.

E85 Retail Fueling Locations Expanding
While Midwest states continue to add new E85 retail locations, other states are also experiencing rapid growth of E85 availability.

Reasons Why Wawa Rates With Customers
Customers from Wawa-inhabited towns say what they love about the Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain.

Missouri Lottery Tests Ticket Sales at ATMs
A new partnership at select convenience stores in St. Louis and Kansas City allows customers to access lottery games and potential winnings.

Card Companies Form Group to Tackle Data Security
The new group will initially focus on the adoption of EMV chip technology.


Mar 7, 2014

HR Forum Attendees Stay Ahead of the Curve
Attendees at the NACS event participated in interactive presentations and discussions on topics vital to their professional development and company’s bottom line.

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.

Taco Bell at Home Expands
Taco Bell Ultimate Taco Night Kits to be distributed at grocery stores.

E-Cigarette Tax Hike in Washington State Moves Forward
A House committee approved a 75% tax on electronic cigarettes.

Small Businesses Sick of Obamacare
A Detroit News columnist highlights the frustrations of one local small businessman.


Mar 6, 2014

Los Angeles Passes Stiff E-Cigarette Restrictions
The Los Angeles City Council votes unanimously to ban cigarettes in most work places, many public places, and 21-and-over establishments.

Proposed Federal Budget Includes Cigarette Tax Hike
President Obama’s proposed budget nearly doubles the federal excise tax on tobacco products.

Soda Sales Flat, Energy Drinks Supercharged
The energy drink category continues to see strong sales, despite increased scrutiny due to deaths that have been linked to consumption.

Grocery Stores Opening in South Bend Food Deserts
Two grocery stores are opening in South Bend, Indiana, home to Notre Dame and no fewer than seven food deserts.

Starbucks Broadens Espresso, Sandwich Offerings
Vanilla Macchiato and four new breakfast sandwiches enhance Starbucks’ breakfast lineup.

Burger King Adds Satisfries to Kids’ Meals
Adding Satisfries to kids meals “a step in the right direction,” says Burger King CMO.


Mar 5, 2014

Tennessee Lawmakers Approve Wine Bill
When the governor signs the measure, voters could have the opportunity to okay wine in their community grocery stores.

Utah Quashes Bill to Increase Smoking Age
Senators voted against the measure to raise the legal age from 19 to 21.

DIY Pizza Orders Tableside
Pizza Hut is piloting an interactive tabletop that would allow guests to select their own pizzas via a touchscreen.

NC Convenience Store Makes Produce a Must-Have
Customers routinely buy out his selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Chocolate Continues to Dominate Candy Sales
The National Confectioners Association predicts that trend will stay the same for the next five years.

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


Mar 4, 2014

Menu Labeling Pushed Until End of Year
The FDA missed yet another self-imposed deadline for issuing calorie-count requirement guidelines.

NACS Asks for Change to Real Estate Appraisals
The letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration asks the agency to make it easier for convenience stores and other retailers to have real estate appraisals preformed.

EPA Releases Final Cleaner Fuel, Car Standards
The agency claims new standards will significantly lower harmful pollution while promoting fuel efficiency in cars and trucks.

Craft Beer Bests Big Brewers
Production of specialty beer rose 9.6% last year, but overall beer production dropped 1.4%.

Missouri Governor Pushes E15 Policy
The state could allow the sale of the higher blend as early as summer 2014.

QuickChek Selected as One of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey
The convenience store chain is recognized for the fifth year in a row.


Mar 3, 2014

U.S. Senators Call for E-Cigarettes Advertising Ban
New legislation seeks to prohibit the marketing of electronic cigarettes to children and teens.

U.S. Attorney General Urges Data Breach Reporting Law
Eric Holder is calling on Congress to create a national fraud and breach alert system to quickly alert consumers if their information was potentially compromised.

Speedway Exceeds $60 Million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Fundraising for the charity totaled $7.6 million in 2013.

McDonald's Tests Burger Customization
Personalized ordering allows consumers to build their own burger.

‘Yoga Mat’ Chemical Found in More Than 500 Products
Azodicarbonamide, the controversial chemical found in bread products, is striking a chord with consumers and Congress.

Donut Shop Won’t Sell Donuts
Banned from selling donuts, Honey Dew Donuts will instead sell muffins that contain more calories and sugar than donuts at a new YMCA location.


Feb 28, 2014

Op-Ed: Credit Unions Use Cyber Security for Gain
NACS contends that credit unions are trying to profit from data breaches.

FDA Revamps Nutrition Labels
For the first time in two decades, the agency has overhauled data on food packages to emphasize calories and sugar.

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.

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

Berkeley Floats Soda Tax
The City Council will ask voters whether they would support a penny-per-ounce tax on soft drinks.

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


Feb 27, 2014

Child Obesity Rates Are Declining
According to the CDC, the overall obesity rates among 2 to 5 year olds dropped 43% from 2003 to 2012.

PCATS Announces Golf Outing at the PCATS Annual Conference
The outing takes place on Sunday, April 27, at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

California Gas Tax to Decline
The per-gallon excise tax on a gallon of regular gasoline in California will decrease 3.5 cents to 36 cents per gallon beginning July 1.

MasterCard to Use Smartphones to Increase Credit Card Security
Tapping into users’ smartphone geolocation information, credit card transactions would be prevented from being authorized unless within close range of the user’s cell phone.

Colorado Lawmakers Seek Online Lottery Sales Ban
Ticket sales would be restricted to licensed stores under a bill that passed the Colorado House earlier this week.

Caribou Coffee Launches Premium Pastries
Rollout is part of a three-phase food innovation initiative.


Feb 26, 2014

NACS Members Take on Washington
The convenience store industry is on Capitol Hill this week to tell our story and discuss key industry issues with members of Congress and their staff.

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

Rule on Marketing Junk Food Proposed
The regulation would prohibit the promotion of junk food and sugared soda to school children.

Taco Bell Launches Breakfast Menu Nationally
Meanwhile, McDonald’s and Starbucks tinker with their morning meal offerings as well.

Is the Time of Men Shoppers Coming?
A new survey finds that more than 65% of men hold the primary purchasing responsibility for many households products.

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

‘Got Milk?’ Answer Changes to No
The milk industry is jettisoning its classic tagline.


Feb 25, 2014

Walmart Express Takes On Dollar Stores
Mass retailer is planning to open up to 300 new Walmart Express small format stores this fiscal year.

NACS Supports Regulatory Reform Legislation
The bill seeks to make federal agencies more accountable to the American public through greater transparency.

Colorado, Utah Moving Forward With Raising Smoking Age to 21
Both states face several more rounds of votes before the measures become law.

LA City Council Urges Regulation of E-Cigarettes
A city panel wants to ban electronic cigarettes wherever tobacco cigarettes are prohibited.

Ethanol Industry Enjoying Resurgence
Higher corn prices in 2012 forced the industry to “discipline” itself, which led to strong earnings in last year’s final quarter.

Ben & Jerry's Launches New Flavors
The four new flavors are 100% Fairtrade certified and made with non-GMO ingredients.


Feb 24, 2014

FDA Issues First Orders to Halt Sale of Tobacco Products
The FDA has ordered a stop to the sale of four cigarette products made by Jash International, marking the first time the agency has exercised this type of authority under the Tobacco Control Act.

CokeSolutions.com Adds New Business Insights
The Coca-Cola Company’s website continues to add new business tools and resources for convenience retailers.

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.

Retailers Promote ‘Look Before You Pump’ Campaign
Lowe's, Walmart and True Value Hardware are encouraging consumers to make sure they don’t use higher ethanol blends above E10 in their small equipment.

Ewing Energies Gets Into Retail in ‘Dallas’
A real gas station opens today as the flagship store for the fictitious Ewing Energies, a move to promote the second season of the television show “Dallas.”

New Missouri Game Offers Top Prize of a Quarter of a Million Dollars
A new Missouri Lottery Draw Game will offer players three games with nine chances to win on a single ticket and a top prize of $250,000 cash.


Feb 21, 2014

Temperatures, Pump Prices Rise Together
With spring a month away, the annual increase in gasoline prices won’t be far behind.

We Card Helps Retailers Understand FDA Requirements
Complying with agency rules on ensuring that minors aren’t granted access to tobacco can be tricky.

California Legislature Tackles Data Breaches
The head of the California Retailers Association testifies that the U.S. payment system needs a complete overhaul.

Independent Grocers Embrace Gas Sales
More non-chain retailers are installing gasoline pumps on-site or working with local gas stations on incentives programs.

Visa, MasterCard Incorporate Contactless Payment Into Phones
Customers will be able to purchase by tapping their phones on a card reader.

Nestlé USA Voluntarily Recalls Hot Pockets Philly Steak and Cheese
The company issued the recall after the Rancho Feeding Corporation announced its own recall of meat products.


Feb 20, 2014

Going Up Against ‘Big Food’
A law firm believes it has a case against “Big Food” to recover obesity and health-related costs, even though the evidence is severely lacking.

New York Retailers Help Prevent Youth Access to Tobacco
The New York Association of Convenience Stores is commending neighborhood retail stores for a record-high level of preventing underage tobacco sales.

Consumers Looking Beyond Supermarkets for Groceries
Seventy-seven percent of Millennials, Gen X and Baby Boomers bought groceries from a non-grocery outlet last year.

Gluten-Free Is Everywhere
From cookies to vodka, Americans are gobbling up gluten-free products.

Raising Minimum Wage Reduces Jobs, Poverty
A Congressional Budget Office report suggests that raising the minimum wage would eliminate roughly 500,000 jobs by 2016 while lifting nearly a million people out of poverty.

Most Small Businesses Don’t Report Employee Theft
A University of Cincinnati report finds that 64% of small businesses have experienced employee theft, while only 16% of those report the theft to the police.


Feb 19, 2014

NACS Publishes Latest Assessment of Fuels Market
The newly released NACS “Future of Fuels” report offers an analysis of U.S. government projections through 2040.

Tighter Fuel Efficiency Standards Coming for Medium, Heavy-Duty Vehicles
The announcement follows President Obama’s State of the Union vow to have a new standard.

State Senator Starts Push for Soda Tax in Illinois
The new proposal would tack on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugared drinks.

Minnesota Revisits Bottle, Can Deposit
One suggestion would have consumers pay the dime deposit at retail, then recycle the empties at redemption centers.

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

Square Partners With Whole Foods Market
The partnership will create a faster, easier payment and checkout experience for Whole Food shoppers.

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.


Feb 18, 2014

U.S. Senators Push to Extend Biodiesel Tax Credit
Bill seeks to reform the tax credit, increasing it from $1 to $1.10, as well as extend it by three years.

Snacks Driving Growth for PepsiCo
PepsiCo CEO says snacks will soon account for two-thirds of the company’s overall revenue.

Kansas Bill Would Triple Cigarette Tax
Lawmakers propose raising the cigarette tax from $.79 to $2.29 per pack while increasing the tax on OTP from 10% to 78%.

Senators Appeal to Walmart to Quit Tobacco
The appeal follows similar urging of major drug store chains.

South Florida Thirsty for Craft Beer
Craft beer sales are growing rapidly in South Florida, and brewers are increasing capacity to match demand.

Taco Bell to Launch Mobile Ordering
Smartphone app is in the test phase at five Orange County locations.


Feb 17, 2014

PCATS, NACS Announce CIO Summit at PCATS Annual Conference
The roundtable event for technology retail executives brings expert insights to the challenges and opportunities facing the convenience retail industry.

California Lawmaker Calls for Health Warnings on Sugary Beverages
Under the proposal, all 12-ounce beverages sold in the state that contain 75 or more calories and added sweeteners would be required to carry a health-warning label.

Making a Case for Cold Beer
Indiana retailers are getting their day in court as the fight to sell cold beer continues.

U.S. Senators Ask Federal Reserve to ‘Do More’
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Al Franken (D-MN) are urging the Fed to do more to protect American consumers from payment card fraud.

Iowa Representative Introduces Legislation to Expand Renewable Fuel Infrastructure
The Re-FUEL Act would create a grant program to promote domestic fuel sources and offer consumers more choices at the pump.


Feb 14, 2014

NACS Partners with Trade Groups on Cybersecurity
NACS joins more than a dozen trade merchant and banking associations to explore ways to better secure financial transactions.

New Haven Mayor Pushes Connecticut Soda Tax
The former state senator is proposing a 2% tax on soft drinks across the state.

Retail CFOs Forecast 5% Sales Growth for 2014
Consumer confidence is expected to rise, according to the latest BDO survey.

Britain Bans Smoking in Cars With Kids Inside
The ban could be enacted before the May 2015 elections.

Dr Pepper Gambles on Mid-Calorie Sodas
The company will start testing 60-calorie versions of Canada Dry, Dr Pepper and 7Up later this year.

South Korean Gas Stations Struggling
More filling stations have been closing because of declining margins.


Feb 13, 2014

Open Spots Available for Upcoming NACS Leadership Challenge
Rising Leaders in the Industry grow their Skills and their companies at the NACS Leadership Challenge.

Paying for Obesity
Lawyers are urging state attorneys general to make CPG companies pay for obesity-related health-care costs.

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.

Evening Smartphone Use Leads to Less Productivity
Researchers suggest that late-evening smartphone use leads to a more restless sleep, which makes it more difficult to focus on work the following day.

Chick-fil-A Rebuilds Chickens
The QSR commits to serving antibiotic-free chicken at all of its U.S. restaurants within five years.

Kroger Invests in Coupons
Supermarket chain acquires YOU Technology Brand Services, a provider of digital coupon programs for more than 10,000 stores.


Feb 12, 2014

The Customer Is the Channel
Day two of the Leadership Forum educated attendees on how to reach increasingly savvy consumers through innovative use of social media.

IBM’s Chief Technologist for Global Retail to Keynote PCATS Annual Conference
Vish Ganapathy will speak on April 28 at the conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Concerns That Hinder EMV Smartcard Acceptance
Computerworld targets five issues that could slow down U.S. adoption of EMV smartcards.

White House Tweaks Employer Mandate Again
Obamacare’s requirement that employers with 50 or more employees provide healthcare has been pushed back until 2015.

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.

Hawaii Considers Taxing E-Cigarettes
One bill would add a whopping 85% wholesale tax on electronic cigarette devices.

Two-Thirds of Americans OK With E-Cigarette Use in Their Personal Space
The U.S. study finds that 63% of adults wouldn’t be bothered by electronic-cigarette usage.

Canadian Beer Machine Wows Olympians
Molson’s celebrates Canada with a portable beer machine that opens when a Canadian passport is inserted.


Feb 11, 2014

Consumer Optimism Inches Upward
More than 80% of consumers surveyed in the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey say that gas prices have an impact on their feelings about the economy.

The NACS Leadership Forum Kicks Off in Miami
RaceTrac Petroleum CEO Alison Moran and CST Brands President & CEO Kim Bowers shared their visions of the industry’s future with Forum attendees.

U.S. Senators Call on Drug Stores to Follow CVS
Less than a week after CVS announced plans to stop selling tobacco, eight U.S. senators are urging other drug store chains to follow suit.

Senator Schumer Calls on FDA to Ban Bread Chemical
Schumer’s urging follows an announcement last week by Subway that it was removing azodicarbonamide from its bread.

Minnesota’s Online Lottery Enjoys Soft Rollout
While Minnesota residents have been able to purchase lotto tickets online for several years, Spicy 7’s is the first instant online game.

South Carolina Considers Fees for Alternative Vehicle Use
The proposal would charge owners of hybrids $60 per year and those who drive electric vehicles $120 per year.

Web Ordering Option Gives Pizza Chains a Competitive Edge
Market share for pizza restaurants is growing for those who offer digital ordering.


Feb 10, 2014

New SNAP Provisions Become Law
President Obama signed into law the Farm Bill that includes new provisions for retailers that redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Tesla Makes History With Cross Country Trek
The Cross Country Rally team drove from Los Angeles to New York City in 76.5 hours, recording the lowest charge time for an electric vehicle traveling across the country.

Food Industry Pushes Voluntary GMO Labeling
Major food companies are proposing a plan to allow voluntary labeling of genetically modified ingredients to avoid possible mandatory requirements.

7-Eleven Malaysia Launches Delivery Service
A new partnership with Foodpanda brings delivery services to customers in Malaysia.

Outrageous Food Finds
The United States might not have the market cornered for wacky and tasty fast food finds.


Feb 7, 2014

Coke Eases Into Home Beverage Market
The soft drink maker has teamed up with Green Mountain to develop Coke-branded products for the soon-to-be-released Keurig Cold system.

Nice N Easy Partners With National Kidney Foundation of Central New York
The convenience store chain will donate funds and sponsor the April Kidney Walk.

Cheese Prices Could Trigger Higher Pizza Cost
Bad weather contributed to more U.S. exports of cheese, thus making pizza’s costliest ingredient even pricier.

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

Restaurant Industry Enters Fifth Consecutive Year of Sales Growth
The National Restaurant Association’s 2014 Restaurant Industry Forecast predicts sales will exceed $683 billion this year.

Love Cools Down
Consumers are keeping a tight lid on budgets this Valentine’s Day, with projected spending under last year’s average.


Feb 6, 2014

CVS Nixes Tobacco Sales
NACS spoke to major news outlets on how the drug-store chain’s decision would impact convenience stores.

BP Outlines Plan to be Top Fuels Brand East of Rockies
The announcement was made during the BP Amoco Marketers Association (BPAMA) Convention this week.

Georgia, Tennessee Finding Success With Higher-Priced Lottery Tickets
Sales of Georgia’s new $30 scratch-off ticket and Tennessee’s $25 instant ticket have been strong.

Giant Opens Smoothie Bar
Grocery chain is testing its first smoothie bar at a Virginia store.

Krispy Kreme Looks to Iced Beverages to Perk Up Coffee Sales
Donut chain will begin selling its ready-to-drink coffees at more than 900 U.S. Walmart stores.

Chipotle Looking to Mobile Payments
Mexican fast-casual chain will invest $10 million to add mobile payments to its app.

Americans Looking to Government for Better Food Safety Oversight
One-in-six U.S. adults say if a brand they usually purchase is involved with a recall or safety concern issue, they would permanently switch to another brand.


Feb 5, 2014

Congress Passes Farm Bill With SNAP Provisions
The bill, which imposes additional obligations on SNAP retailers, now heads to President Obama for his signature.

Gas Buying Influenced by Loyalty Cards
While such incentives are a growing inducement, more drivers still pick a retailer on cost alone.

New Teen Anti-Smoking Campaign Launches
The FDA’s educational effort aims to stop at-risk teenagers from smoking.

San Francisco Again Considers a Soda Tax
City lawmakers will introduce legislation that would add a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on energy drinks, sports drinks and soft drinks.

Palm Beach to Decide on Gas Price Posting
The county commissioners will vote on whether stations must advertise on roadside signage that the price listed is for cash-only purchases.

Will Cash Make a Comeback?
With the recent spat of major retailers experiencing data breaches tied to credit and debit card payments, a number of U.S. shoppers are embracing cash.

Navajos Impose Tax on Junk Food
The Navajo Nation voted last week to tax soft drinks and fatty snacks at 7%, while nuts, and fresh vegetables and fruits will not be taxed.


Feb 4, 2014

Data Breaches Become a Congressional Concern
Three hearings in Congress this week address recent data breaches at large retailers.

Colorado Lawmakers Seeking to Ban Teen Smoking
The proposal would increase the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Oregon Jury Finds BP Debit Fee Unlawfully Charged
Class action suit claims BP didn’t adhere to proper notice requirements in assessing a 35 cent charge to customers who paid for gasoline with a debit card.

Little Caesars Launches $5 Lunch Combo
Lunch combo meal is intended to get customers in and out of the store in 30 seconds.

Need for Speed Mobile Game Launches at ampm Convenience Stores
Customers could win a Need for Speed mobile game for Android at participating ampm c-stores.

FAA Says ‘No’ to Beer Drone
Local Minnesota brewer is prohibited from delivering cold brews to ice fishermen via drone.


Feb 3, 2014

NACS Releases New Retail Fuels Report
The annual NACS Retail Fuels Report helps address a variety of fuels issues before the switchover to summer-blend fuel.

Common Sense Needed for Menu Labeling
The Washington Times opines that customers will end up paying for costs associated with menu-labeling regulations through higher food prices.

State Department Releases Environmental Analysis on Keystone XL Pipeline
A new report says that the pipeline will not significantly worsen climate change.

Rutter’s Enhances Mobile App, Links With PA Lottery
Customers can redeem exclusive lottery offers and view the day’s winning lottery numbers.

Tedeschi Food Shops Gives Sharon Store a Makeover
The remodeled store is open to the public, featuring a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior.

Burger King Tests Chicken and Waffles
For now, the QSR has no plans to run with its chicken and waffle sandwich.


Jan 31, 2014

Walmart Tests Grocery Pick-Up Option
Walmart To Go is offering Denver-area customers an option to pick-up their online order.

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.

Massachusetts Lottery Seeks Online Trial
Lottery officials are seeking to test online gambling, a move that has lottery retailers uneasy.

Tennessee Convenience Stores Seek Inclusion on Wine Bill
Expanding wine sales in Tennessee should go beyond just supermarkets, the Tennessee Fuel and Convenience Store Association maintains.

Group Aims to Improve Food at Philadelphia Corner Stores
Philadelphia’s Healthy Corner Stores Network is recruiting corner stores to sell more nutritious food items.


Jan 30, 2014

NACS Announces Initial Speaker Lineup for SOI Summit
At the NACS State of the Industry Summit, learn how you can use benchmarking to improve category management and store offerings to grow your business.

Energy Drink Sales Ban Proposed in Los Angeles
The bill seeks to prohibit minors in Los Angels from purchasing energy drinks.

CokeSolutions.com Offers Resources for C-Stores
The Coca-Cola Company’s website features resources that are designed to help convenience retailers attract business and enhance operations.

Domestic Beer Drinkers Migrating to Wine, Liquor
Taste, calories, health concerns drive drinkers of domestic beer to wine and liquor.

7-Eleven Launches Super Deals for the Big Game
Convenience store chain launches $5.55 pizza and $10 pizza + wings deals.

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches National Loyalty Program
Program rewards customers with points that can be redeemed for free drinks.


Jan 29, 2014

Farm Bill Compromise Contains SNAP Provisions
The legislation contains several provisions of concern to convenience retailers that redeem SNAP benefits.

Colorado Bill Would Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21
The measure would include all tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.

Americans Still Paying With Plastic
The recent spat of data breaches at major retailers has not turned off U.S. consumers from using credit cards.

Post Office Looks to Financial Services
The USPS wants to offer prepaid debit cards and small loans as a way to end its financial troubles.

Not Naturally, but Simply
PepsiCo jettisons the term “natural” in favor of “simply,” although the products themselves remain unchanged.

New York 7-Eleven Stores Win Support With Amenities
The convenience store chain has been working hard to please New Yorkers with its extras, such as Amazon Lockers and digital key copy machines.


Jan 28, 2014

North Dakota Lawmakers Fighting Changes to Ethanol Standard
North Dakota lawmakers have been pushing the Obama administration to reconsider its proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Michaels Warns of Possible Data Breach
If confirmed, this would mark the second major data breach by the arts and crafts retailer since 2011.

Midwest Propane Shortage Worsens
Arctic temperatures have caused a severe propane shortage across the Midwest.

Mississippi Craft Brewers Look to Sell Onsite
Distributors sharply oppose the move, citing significant existing costs to distribute craft beer across the state.

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

Starbucks Mobile Payments App Usage Continues to Grow
The coffee giant is processing nearly 5 million mobile payments each week.


Jan 27, 2014

FBI to Retailers: Expect More Cyber Attacks
The Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a memo to retailers warning them to prepare for more cyber attacks on consumer card data.

McDonald’s Admits to Customer Relevancy Dilemma
CEO Don Thompson announced that the QSR has been sliding in customer relevancy after announcing the number of customers has declined by nearly 2%.

Groups Urge Congress to Focus on Obesity Through New Taxes
The Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund is asking Congress to support new tax policies that drive private sector efforts for increasing access to improved food options.

Husky Promotes Drive-Thru Gas Pump
The future of fueling could be near with the robotic gas pump.

American Lung Association Releases State of Tobacco Report
The group says the U.S. government took one step forward, two steps back in 2013 on federal tobacco policies.

Arizona Lottery Reports Strong Mid-Year Results
Lottery sales are pacing 7.8% over the previous fiscal year.


Jan 24, 2014

Bluetooth-Enabled Skimmers Reap Millions From Fuel Pumps
Thirteen people have been charged with stealing millions of dollars from bank data collected from illegal skimmers installed at gasoline stations in South Carolina, Texas and Georgia.

State Expansion of Medicaid Could Harm Businesses
Employers could face fines in states that have yet to enlarge their programs for Medicaid.

Speedway Supports a Special Cause
Its Cincinnati-area locations are partnering with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to raise funds.

T-Mobile Launches Prepaid Card
The phone company is the latest merchant to jump into the banking world with a prepaid card.

Americans to Eat 1.25 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Buffalo Wing ever served.

Maryland Governor Pushes for Minimum Wage Hike
In his last State of the State address, Gov. Martin O’Malley talked about raising the state’s minimum wage as his top priority.


Jan 23, 2014

Convenience Stores Continue Impressive Growth
The U.S. convenience store count increased to 151,282 stores — a 1.4% increase from 2013.

CountryMark to Offer CNG Fueling Infrastructure
Company will also provide expertise to assist companies as they assess their fuel needs.

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.

Krispy Kreme to Expand in Southern California
Franchisee Great Circle Family Foods plans to add 20 new doughnut shops in SoCal over the next seven years.

Illinois Gas Tax Decrease Proposed
The proposal reduces the state’s gas tax by 5%.

Schumer Proposes Tax Cut for NY Craft Brewers
The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce (BREW) Act would cut the state’s current excise tax rate of $7 per barrel to $3.50, applying to the first 60,000 barrels brewed each year.


Jan 22, 2014

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

U.S. Senators Push for Menu-Labeling Fix
Sen. Angus King is one of five U.S. senators who wants to make sure the new regulations do not burden restaurants and other foodservice establishments.

Stripes Convenience Stores Named March of Dimes #1 Texas Corporate Partner
The company has raised $3.2 million dollars since 2008, which ranks 11th in the nation.

QuickChek Creates Jobs With New Store
The new Somerset store in New Jersey has 35 local employees and opened its doors on January 21.

Nevada County Contemplates Banning Plastic Bags
The California locality would be following the lead of nearby Truckee, which approved a similar ban last fall.

7-Eleven Pushes Fresh Food
The convenience store chain is using healthful options to its “competitive advantage.”

Mountain Dew Boosts Spending
The soft drink unveils a campaign for its new flavors.


Jan 21, 2014

More Attacks on Merchant Credit Card Processing Systems
A cybercrime firm has uncovered at least six active incidents on U.S. retailers.

Target Pilots Its Smallest Store Yet
The discount store wants to bring in younger, urban shoppers.

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.

Kwik Trip Kicks Off 2014 With Two New CNG Stations
The chain has added the two sites in Wisconsin and Minnesota, with three more CNG stations slated for opening later this year.

Tobacco Concentrates on Promoting Non-Combustible Products
Aerosolized products, chew, dissolvables, snuff and snus are receiving more ad pushes than traditional cigarettes.

Jelly Belly Serves Up Beer-Flavored Jelly Bean
The draft-beef flavor was inspired by the booming craft beer industry.


Jan 20, 2014

NACS Urges Federal Appeals Court to Protect Merchants and Consumers
During a hearing last week, NACS urged the court to uphold Judge Richard Leon’s ruling that the Federal Reserve disregarded Congress’s intent when implementing the Durbin Amendment.

Stripes Convenience Stores Raise More Than $530,000 During First Ever In-Store College Scholarship Campaign
The company will award 533 scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year to students in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Pizza Hut Reveals Fast-Casual Dining Concept
Reports that Pizza Hut is testing pizza by the slice lead to a larger conversation about the chain’s new fast-casual restaurants.

Sheetz, QuikTrip Named Top 100 Best Companies to Work For
Fortune Magazine’s annual list debuts Sheetz at #87, while QT continues its 10-plus years on the list by coming in at #48.

IOM Releases Report on Caffeine in Food and Dietary Supplements
The report is intended to help the agency determine whether to implement caffeine regulations, while a Johns Hopkins University study found that caffeine has a positive effect on memory.

Taco Bell Rolls Out Big Beverage Expansion
The Mexican fast-food chain is rolling out its largest beverage menu expansion to date that features six new drinks.


Jan 17, 2014

Appeals Court Keeps Kentucky Liquor Ban
The judges ruled that the state could still prohibit the sale of alcohol at retail locations that receive 10% of sales from gasoline or groceries.

Oregon Proposal Would Allow Distilled Spirits on Supermarket Shelves
The bill has an uphill battle from opponents who feel liquor doesn’t belong in a grocery store.

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

Limited-Service Restaurants Increase Wine Sales
The fast-casual brands have seen the most improvement for wine sales.

Fast Food Not a Major Cause of Childhood Obesity
A new study has found the culprit is poor, daily dietary habits in the children’s homes.

Hershey’s Debuts Creamy Spreads
The company has developed a new line of sweet, chocolate spreads.


Jan 16, 2014

Consumer Sentiment Up as 2014 Begins
Consumers feel better about the economy since July 2013, according to a new NACS survey.

MAPCO to Offer E15 in 2014
E15 will be offered at new MAPCO locations at all fueling dispensers, excluding diesel.

GMA Urges Genetically Modified Foods Labeling Standard
The Grocery Manufacturers Association intends to push lawmakers to adopt a federal genetically modified foods labeling standard.

QuickChek Recognized as a Top Company to Work for in New York State
The c-store chain receives recognition for the second consecutive year.

Minnesota’s Cigarette Loss Is North Dakota’s Gain
Cigarette border bleed is pronounced between Minnesota and North Dakota, the result of a $2.39 state tax differential.

Pizza Hut Begins Dishing Out Singles
Pizza Hut has begun offering single slices in select locations, an effort to compete with independent restaurants, QSRs and supermarkets.

America's First Trappist Beer Is Here
It’s not just from Belgium any more — Trappist beer is now being produced in the U.S.


Jan 15, 2014

Chicago Comes Closer to Indoor E-Cigarette Ban
The city council approved a plan that would prohibit the smoking of electronic cigarettes inside public places.

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

New York Announces Generator Grants
The state is now accepting applications from gasoline stations along evacuation routes and interstates for funds to buy and install backup generators.

Pig Disease Could Send Pork Prices Skyward
The virus, which kills young hogs, has been rolling through U.S. pig farms.

Birmingham, Ala., to Get CNG Station
The station will continue to expand the reach of compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel.

West Virginia Slowly Lifts Water Restrictions
Thousands more residents can safely use their tap water after a chemical leaked into the supply.


Jan 14, 2014

Diesel Fuel Shortage Impacting North Dakota Haulers
Cold weather sparks demand in No. 1 diesel fuel, creating long lines for truckers.

7-Eleven Launches Egg White Breakfast Sandwich
New sandwich weighs in at 180 calories, 13 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat.

Wyoming Lottery to Launch This Summer
Powerball and Mega Millions are coming soon to the Cowboy State.

Neiman Marcus Suffers Holiday Credit Card Breach
Data breach further reveals vulnerabilities in magnetic strip cards.

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.

Technomic Report Focuses on Takeout
Report highlights the need for foodservice operators to deliver convenience and consistency.


Jan 13, 2014

All Eyes on Mexico’s Soda Tax
Researchers, health advocates and the beverage industry are closely watching what happens in Mexico, which recently implemented a new tax on soda and high-calorie foods.

Tobacco Companies, Justice Department Reach Agreement on ‘Corrective Statements’
U.S. tobacco companies and the Justice Department reached an agreement on publishing corrective statements that say the companies ““deliberately deceived the American public.”

Opponents Scrutinize Minnesota’s Online Lottery Plans
The state-run lottery is expanding online options to include electronic versions of scratch-off games.

CDC Says Higher Cigarette Prices Are Working
Data suggests that the rate of new lung cancer cases has decreased, which the government agency suggests is the result of successful tobacco prevention and control programs.

Making a Case for EMV
Come 2015, experts say nearly all credit cards in the United States will be embedded with an encrypted chip that requires a PIN to activate it.

California Group Calls for Global Warming Warnings on Gas Pumps
The stickers would tell consumers that gas use is a leading source of greenhouse gases in California.

Hal King of Chick-fil-A Delves Into Food Safety Programs
An upcoming webinar presented by Ecolab will discuss the components of a successful food safety program at retail locations.


Jan 10, 2014

Hess Officially Sheds Gasoline Stations
The oil producer has finally filed the paperwork to spin off its network of stations across the United States.

Food, Beverage Companies Remove 6.4 Trillion Calories From U.S. Marketplace
An independent evaluation finds that the industry exceeded its Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation pledge by more than 400%.

Visa, MasterCard Relax Rules for Marijuana Purchases
The two credit and debit card processors have put the onus on the retailers’ financial firms to decide what’s an illegal transaction.

Raising Cigarette Taxes Harms Poor
An op-ed discusses better alternatives to lowering smoking rates than raising taxes.

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

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


Jan 9, 2014

Toyota Moves Up Fuel-Cell Car Launch to 2015
Engineers make faster progress than expected and the vehicles already have logged more than a million test miles in North America.

Department of Homeland Security Issues Malware Alert
Alert includes best practices recommendations for retailers to reduce the risk of malware attacks on point-of-sale systems.

Global Smoking Rate Drops, Number of Smokers Rises
While the percentage of smokers globally is on the decline, population growth has actually increased the total pool of smokers.

California Restaurants Must Use Gloves or Utensils to Handle Food
A new food handling law, which took effect January 1, will undergo a soft enforcement rollout.

WMDA Reminds Members to Take Advantage of Fuel Up Maryland
Up to $25,000 in financial assistance is available for stations that install generators.

NH Tobacco Sales to Minors Drops in 2013
Tobacco sales to youth in New Hampshire dropped to 11.2% last year, down from 13.2% in 2012.


Jan 8, 2014

Tennessee May Consider Medical Marijuana Sales
A proposal would legalize the sale of medical marijuana under strict rules.

Energy Drink Consumers Concerned About Safety
A new Mintel study suggests that nearly six in 10 U.S. energy drink consumers are worried about potential harm from the beverages.

Retailers Mine Smartphone Data to Boost Sales
Midwest gasoline stations are collecting information from customers’ smartphones to sell more fuel — and it’s working.

Wendy’s Breathing Down McDonald’s Neck
The QSR chain has turned around its fortunes in the past two years enough that its shares have risen more than 80%.

Starbucks Launches Instant VIA Lattes
The coffeehouse chain will sell the powdered beverages for a limited time in its U.S. and Canadian stores.

Google Wins Brand of the Year, Ad of the Year
According to Ace Metrix, Samuel Adams, Tropicana and Reese’s won their categories.


Jan 7, 2014

Higher Cigarette Taxes Harm C-Stores
Jim Tudor of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores argues that raising cigarette taxes harms retailers and leads to an increase in black market activity.

Target Data Breach Puts Focus on Security
The scrutiny of the U.S. credit card industry continues following the Target data breach.

Economic Recovery Pace Quickening
Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke expresses optimism that the U.S. recovery should accelerate this year.

Older Workers Not Taking Jobs From Young People
Economists maintain extending the retirement age doesn’t take away jobs from younger workers, despite what logic might otherwise indicate.

Holiday Sales Results Mixed
Heavy promotions lured holiday shoppers, but at what price for retailers?

New York State Looking to Ease Marijuana Restrictions
Governor Cuomo is expected to bypass the Legislature in approving the use of medical marijuana in New York State.


Jan 6, 2014

Obesity Surges Worldwide
According to a new report, one third of the planet is now obese or overweight.

Aloha Petroleum Donates Canister Collection Funds to American Heart Association, Hawaii Division
The funds were raised through canister collection donations at participating Aloha Island Mart and Shell locations across Hawaii.

Spice Is Nice
Hot-and-spicy proves to be a profitable trend for fast food menu items.

Woman Eats, Drinks Starbucks for a Whole Year
Beginning January 1, 2013, a Seattle woman dined and drank at Starbucks only for a full year.

Dunkin' Donuts Offers 99-Cent Iced Coffee and Iced Tea
The promotion runs through January 26 at New York Metro area Dunkin' Donuts locations.


Jan 3, 2014

Regulations Send QSRs Overseas
The owner of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. said U.S. rules are making it harder to open new restaurants.

Mail Order Snacks
General Mills is expanding its subscription snack service.

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

ConAgra Reaches Sodium-Reduction Goal
The food maker has slashed salt by 20% in its current products.

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

Denmark Gets Fast Chargers
The new charging stations will help support electric car usage in the country.


Jan 2, 2014

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Pennsylvania Ditches Lottery Privatization Bid
Gov. Tom Corbett announced this week that he would not be pushing his plan to hand over management of the lottery to an outside firm.

Pennsylvania Gas Tax Hike to Be Felt at the Pump
Suppliers are tasked with collecting the new wholesale gasoline tax, which retailers have said will be passed on to drivers.

2014 Brings Higher State Gas Taxes, Minimum Wage
Happy New Year? Upwards of 40,000 ordinances and resolutions passed during the 2013 state sessions just went into effect.

Boston Cracks Down on Tobacco in Public Parks
The city has banned smoking and vaporizing of tobacco and marijuana in any city park.

Daimler Puts the Vroom Into Electric Vehicles
Since the silence of its electric cars have been deemed a safety hazard, engineers have come up with a “sound” for them to make.

Florida Orange Groves Battle Disease
The USDA predicts about a 10% drop in this year’s orange crop.


Dec 31, 2013

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Pushing Minimum Wage Increase
The issue is a popular one among voters and revives a theme of economic inequality that Obama offered last year.

Oregon Cigarette Tax Increases January 1
Oregon’s cigarette tax increases 13 cents per pack, the first change in nearly a decade.

Iowa’s Ethanol Industry Uneasy Entering 2014
In the country’s largest ethanol-producing state, companies are waiting uneasily for the EPA to finalize the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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

Wendy’s Adds Spice to Value Menu
The QSR is adding two new chipotle sandwiches to its value menu.

Some Areas Recording Record Home Prices
Industry experts worry that low interest rates may be distorting home prices.


Dec 30, 2013

2013 Brought C-Store Shoppers More Gas Discounts, Fresh Foods
Consumers say they have increasingly noticed more convenience stores offering prepared and healthy food options in the past year, according to a new NACS survey.

Michigan Laws Fight Skimmers
Governor Rick Snyder signed a package of bills into law to protect consumers against ATM skimmers.

Alabama’s Beer Industry Is Booming
A beer revolution is brewing in Alabama thanks to new laws that opened up the state to more choices and availability at retail.

Parker’s Named Entrepreneurial Business of the Year
The Georgia-based convenience store chain has been recognized for its growth and philanthropic and community involvement success.

GasBuddy Offers 2014 Fuel Price Outlook
GasBuddy analysts say that U.S. gasoline prices will see huge swings and regional volatility in 2014, but the average price will drop by about 10 cents a gallon from 2013 numbers.

Denver Doles Out Recreational Marijuana Sales Licenses
More than 30 Denver businesses have been approved to sell recreational marijuana, which will legally begin in Colorado on January 1.


Dec 27, 2013

Target Data Breach Reveals Deep Flaws in U.S. System
The United States trails far behind other countries in the use of smart credit cards.

U.S. Soda Makers Turn to Monk Fruit​
Could the monk fruit become the holy grail of sweeteners for the diet soft drink category?

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.

Report Card Time: Best Buy’s Showrooming Campaign
An October campaign that embraced showrooming led to increased traffic, but little change in purchasing behavior, an analytics company claims.

Late Surge in Holiday Web Buying
However, increased activity catches UPS and retailers off-guard, resulting in broken delivery promises.

Economy Gaining Momentum Heading Into 2014
Business investment and new home purchases are on the rise, news that points to a growing economy.


Dec 26, 2013

Los Angeles Plastic Bag Ban Begins January 1
No more single-use plastic bags will be available at stores with more than 10,000 square feet, but customers can buy paper bags at a dime apiece.

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

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

Are Nutrition-Heavy Foods the Next Big Thing?
Consumers are eschewing functional foods for those rich in nutrients.

Irish Retailers Face Uphill Battle
The rise of discount stores has hit family-owned stores especially hard.

A Beer of Its Own
A U.K. petrol station commissioned a branded brew.


Dec 24, 2013

Convenience Stores to Test Produce Sales in Urban Areas
A local health agent in Webster, Massachusetts, worked with several convenience stores in food deserts to sell fruits and vegetables.

Year-End Holiday Travelers to Near 95 Million
Nearly 30% of Americans are expected to take a trip this holiday season.

San Francisco Poised to Ban Bottled Water
The city council introduced a proposal that would halt the sale of plastic water bottles on public property.

Hawaii County Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21
The county is the first in Hawaii to have a higher age for buying tobacco.

Quincy Continues Food Sale Ban at Gasoline Stations
The City Council considered changing the decades-old ordinance but decided to keep the status quo.

Tennessee Gears for Wine Fight in 2014
The battle to have grocery and convenience stores sell wine will once again commence in January.


Dec 23, 2013

New York City Bans Foam Foodservice Containers and E-Cigarette Use
The New York City Council has effectively banned foam foodservice containers and extended a ban on public smoking to include electronic cigarettes.

CITGO Joins 17 Miss America Representatives to Highlight Local Community Issues
CITGO and Miss America state winners are promoting the importance of volunteering, health and education.

Aldi to Boost U.S. Presence by 50%
Expansion plans into new markets could result in 650 new stores in the United States by 2018.

A Happier Happy Meal
A new Cornell study suggests that healthier options in McDonald’s Happy Meals may help kids cut calories.

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.

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


Dec 20, 2013

AMEX Agreement Hurts Customers and Merchants
The Merchants Payments Coalition calls the agreement a “mistake that will hurt merchants and their customers.”

Target Verifies Data Breach
The U.S. Secret Service has been investigating a huge credit-card breach that started near Thanksgiving sales.

Backlash Against Electronic Cigarettes Continues
With Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City thinking about bans and health advocates questioning the safety, electronic cigarettes may face an uphill battle next year.

EU Approves New Tobacco Regulations
The deal toughens anti-tobacco rules in the European Union.

7-Eleven Targets Millennials With Gifts
The retailer wants to capture Generation Y gift-givers with pop culture, gadgets, games and gift cards.

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.

Starbucks Anticipates Holiday Rush on Gift Cards
The coffeehouse chain has sold $4 billion in Starbucks Cards during the past 12 months.


Dec 19, 2013

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Colorado Firm Recalls Meat and Poultry Products
The recalls cite products that were produced under insanitary conditions.

Restaurant Sales Limping to the Finish Line
November restaurant traffic and sales disappoint, with operators hoping for a more profitable 2014.

Chipotle Getting Into Pizza
The Mexican food chain is applying its blueprint for making burrito to pizzas.

Five Foodservice Trends to Watch in 2014
Mintel announces five US foodservice trends for 2014 that are likely to influence restaurant menus and growth.

U.S. Industrial Production Tops Pre-Recession Peak
Data support evidence that the economy is continuing to improve.

Amazon Eyeing Mobile Payments
Acquisition of GoPago suggests a strong mobile payments player for the e-commerce giant.


Dec 18, 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.

U.S. Mobile Advertising Closes in on $10 Billion
The amount of money spent on mobile ads will increase twofold this year.

Restaurants Take Gluten-Free More Seriously
Chains have begun to randomly test food preparation to ensure a gluten-free process.

Oregon Supermarkets Push for Alcohol Privatization
The Oregonians for Competition want to bring the issue before voters.

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

U.S. Oil Production to Reach Record Levels Again
The national crude oil production will close in on record highs within three years.


Dec 17, 2013

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

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.

FDA Targeting Antibacterial Soaps
Agency is seeking tougher rules on antibacterial soaps, which it says may pose health risks.

Five Steps to Managing Your Online Reputation
Leverage web tools to manage your online presence quickly and easily.

ISIS Adds Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo becomes the third bank in the ISIS Mobile Wallet.

NYC to Halt Food Cart Ordinance
Commission will study the impact of relaxing the city’s food cart and food truck rules.


Dec 16, 2013

Copious Corn Harvest Boosts Ethanol Production
U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that record corn harvests in 2013 have helped lower corn prices since this summer.

Amazon.com Opens Up a Pantry
Sources tell USA Today that Pantry, a new venture by Amazon.com, will directly compete with Sam’s Club and Costco.

Coca-Cola Splits North American Business
The company is dividing its North American business into two units, returning to a franchise model instead of owning bottlers.

Quincy Gas Stations May Get to Sell Food
Local legislators could overturn a 41-year-old city law that bans gas stations from selling food.


Dec 13, 2013

Consumers Increase Holiday Shopping at Convenience Stores
One in three consumers say that they plan to buy snacks and other food items from convenience stores this holiday season.

Industry Coalition Expresses Support for Maintaining LIFO
NACS joined industry stakeholders in sending a letter to Senate Chairman Max Baucus in support of maintaining the LIFO accounting method.

What Customers Want in C-Store Foodservice
A new Technomic report reveals the answer is more than a matter of convenience.

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.

Grocery Stores Turn to Mobile Coupons
With more consumers tuning out traditional advertising, supermarkets are increasingly joining the mobile revolution to reach customers while they shop.

Coca-Cola Life May Hit U.S. Shelves in 2014
The low-calorie soda has taken Argentina by storm earlier this year.


Dec 12, 2013

Indian Tribes, States Pursue Online Gambling
A tribe in rural California expects to launch the country’s first tribal online gambling effort later this month.

Farm Bill Won’t Get a Vote in 2013
However, lawmakers say the bill could be ready to move through Congress in January.

States Target Electronic Cigarettes for Revenue Potential
With states struggling to balance their budgets and cigarettes offering declining revenue, e-cigarettes are becoming an attractive target.

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

White Castle Sliding Into Modern Day
A redesigned Columbus restaurant combines touch-screen ordering and a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine.

Alabama Lawmaker Pushing State Lottery
A state representative says that the lottery could generate $250 million for education.


Dec 11, 2013

Blowing Smoke?
A new report finds that many states have not used anti-smoking funds for that purpose.

FDA Targets Teens With New Anti-Smoking Effort
The agency will launch an ambitious campaign early in 2014 aimed at stopping teens from smoking.

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

Michigan Legislator Seeks Two Clerk Mandate
The measure would mandate two clerks working at convenience stores during the hours of 11pm and 5 am.

Diet Soda Sales Fizzle
This past year, regular soft drinks sales declined, but not as much as no-calorie and low-calorie soda sales.

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


Dec 10, 2013

It’s Not Quite ‘Bah, Humbug!’ But Consumer Pessimism Lingers
Results from the latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey show that even with relatively low gas prices, consumers are pessimistic about the economy.

Majority of Americans Support Changes to Health-Care Law
A recent Gallup poll found that more than half of Americans want Congress to repeal or scale back Obamacare.

Dollar General Posts Strong Cigarette Sales
Tobacco sales have helped Dollar General grow its Q3 sales by more than 10% over the same period last year.

North Carolina Businesses Worry That Online Lottery Sales Could Hurt Business
The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association said lottery retailers stand to lose ancillary in-store sales if consumers purchase their tickets at home.

“Two Cheers for E-Cigarettes”: NYT Columnist
Joe Nocera maintains e-cigarettes convert smokers to vapers – and that’s a good thing.

Black Market Craft Beers
Hard-to-find craft beers are selling for hundreds of dollars.

How to Make Mobile Payments Work
Simplify the process and offer flexible payment options, argues e-commerce executive.


Dec 9, 2013

RFS Proposal Challenges Ethanol in Gasoline
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard could limit ethanol blending into the nation’s retail fuel supply, USA Today reports.

‘Gasoline’ Captures 50 Years of Fuel Retailing
A collection of photos showcases America’s relationship with gasoline stations.​

Wendy’s Backs Away From the Pretzel Bun
The limited-time offer is being pulled from menus.

Buffalo Wings and Wine
Family dining and quick-service restaurants are finding success with wine.

The ‘Holy Grail’ of Retail?
Beacon, a location-based shopping gadget by PayPal and eBay, allows retailers to automatically identify and authenticate PayPal users as they walk in.


Dec 6, 2013

NACS Participates in RFS Discussion
More than 140 stakeholders shared concerns, opposition and support with the EPA on proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

U.S. House Passes ‘Patent Trolls’ Legislation
The bill aims to reduce the number of non-meritorious patent lawsuits.

Restaurant Menu Calorie Data Goes Unread
Not many customers are pursuing the nutrition information chain restaurants have posted.

New York Considers Public Ban on Electronic Cigarettes
The city council held a hearing this week to determine whether or not such a prohibition should be enacted.

Giant Eagle Launches Market District Express
The hybrid that combines a convenience store’s small format with an upscale grocery store’s products has opened in Pennsylvania.

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.


Dec 5, 2013

Oregon Lawmaker Seeks Gasoline Tax Increase
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer is seeking support for increasing the federal excise tax on gasoline and diesel.

New York Tribes Continue to Violate Federal Tobacco Laws
Last year, at least 20 operators on Seneca Nation territory were shipping 1.7 tons of untaxed cigarettes a week.

Online Lottery Tickets Sales Begin in North Carolina
Residents can now purchase online subscriptions for Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5.

Leveraging Breakfast to Drive All-Day Traffic
A new Technomic report suggests that morning foodservice opportunities can extend beyond normal breakfast hours.

Budweiser Salutes Military Families
The brewer is donating $1.5 million to the Folds of Honor Foundation.


Dec 4, 2013

FDA Releases Responses to Questions on Civil Money Penalties
Tobacco retailers may submit questions on the issue at any time.

Digital Wallet Awareness Rises
However, not as many consumers are actually using the smartphone option in the store.

Another QSR Strike Scheduled for Thursday
Fast-food employees in around 100 cities will refuse to work tomorrow.

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.

The Science of Soda
In a quest to find the new sweet spot in soda sales, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have both tapped biotech firms to create low-sugar soft drinks that have great taste.

Tea Goes Crafty
The hot or cold beverage is poised to become the next big thing.


Dec 3, 2013

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

Pennsylvania Gas Tax Increase Could Lead to Higher Prices at Pump
Suppliers say that they could end up passing along the tax hike to consumers.

British Columbia Pushing for Alcohol Sales at Grocery Stores
Proposal applies only to grocery stores and excludes convenience stores.

Companies Seek Friends to Keep You Healthy
Social networking pressure helps employees take better care of themselves.

Organic Foods Continue Upward Sales Trend
U.S. sales of organic food projected to continue growing through 2018.

So-So-So: Retail Holiday Sales Rise Modestly
Mission shopping is on the rise this year, with shoppers sticking to a game plan as they hit the aisles, both virtual and real.


Dec 2, 2013

Obama Administration Delays Small Business Online Enrollment
The Health and Human Services Department announced before Thanksgiving that offline methods would continue to be available.

Kroger Tests Turkey Hill Minit Market Convenience Stores in Central Ohio
Kroger is out to prove that it can successfully cross several retail segments to meet shopper demand.

NY County Lawmaker Eyes Raising Tobacco Buying Age to 21
The Suffolk County legislator will introduce legislation in January to up the age adults can buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.

Trans Fat Ban Could Impact Restaurants
Operators wonder if they’ll need to reformulate baked goods and fried foods under the proposed FDA ban.

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.

Survey Predicts Fewer Restaurant Visits in 2014
However, the number-one reason for eating out less is that diners want more healthy food options.

A Different Kind of Liquid Lunch
“Fast” soup has grown in popularity as a lunchtime, on-the-go option.

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


Nov 27, 2013

Op-Ed Argues for Common-Sense Menu Labeling
CEOs of the pizza, grocery and convenience store industry pen an op-ed in this week’s Detroit News, supporting the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.

Michigan Lottery Pressing for Online Ticket Sales
Online tickets could be available by late 2014.

Chicago Mayor Trims Cigarette Tax Hike
Mayor Rahm Emanuel settles on a 50-cents per pack cigarette tax.

A-B InBev to Launch 'Johnny Appleseed' Cider
The new brand is considered validation of the cider category’s growth.

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.

Seminole Tribe, Florida Feuding Over Gas Tax
At issue is whether Seminole vehicles filling up at gas stations that are off Seminole property but used on tribal lands are subject to Florida’s state fuel tax.


Nov 26, 2013

The Modern Gas Station Celebrates 100th Anniversary
The anniversary celebration later this week may also provide an opportunity for you to celebrate your history with local reporters.

NYC Restaurant Owners Voice Opposition to Foam Foodservice Ban
Concerned restaurateurs and citizens fill City Hall to object to a proposal that they maintain would raise costs and increase waste.

Chicago Seeking to Ban Electronic Cigarettes
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking to ban e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited.

Florida Brewers Seek Approval for Half-Gallon Growlers
Brewers and consumers are seeking a change to the state’s container law.

Tim Hortons to Treat Black Friday Retail Workers to Free Coffee
Donut chain’s Holiday Helpers program to reward retail employees for working over the busy holiday weekend.

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


Nov 25, 2013

Walmart Ready to Test Convenience Store Concept
A new Walmart convenience store under construction in Bentonville will be about one-fifth the size of an Express store and offer fuel.

Tennessee Raceway Store Adds Growler Fill Station
The Full Tank growler station inside a Raceway convenience store is now offering customers a local selection of craft beers.

Walgreens Debuts Net Zero Energy Store
Engineers anticipate the new drugstore will produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes.

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.

The Life is good Company Unveils New Retail Concept
Located at Patriot Place, the store features a lounge area and a coffee bar.

The Story of Sheetz
"Made to Order: The Sheetz Story" tells the story of how the Sheetz family continues to grow its convenience store empire.


Nov 22, 2013

Washington Report: NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate will allow the Food & Drug Administration to satisfy Congress’ menu-labeling objectives without unnecessarily burdening most convenience stores.

Retailers File Brief Supporting Decision in Swipe Fee Case
The merchants told the court that the district court was right to lower fees.

New York Gas Stations Fret Over Generator Conversion Costs
Some point out that the state grants aren’t enough to recoup the outlay for the additions.

Post Office Partners With Staples
The U.S. Postal Service will test centers in 82 locations.

Los Angeles Launches Reusable Tote Campaign
With the plastic bag ban scheduled to start Jan. 1, city officials are trying to work with groups to hand out free reusable bags.

Soda Grows Up
Craft soft drinks are riding a wave of bubbles.


Nov 21, 2013

Menu-Labeling Would Control What You Eat
Obamacare’s menu-labeling regulations will be costly and time-consuming for businesses to comply with.

Soda Tax Surfaces in San Francisco
A second and very similar tax on sugary beverages has been unveiled for the city of San Francisco.

Building a Better Drive Thru
McDonald’s is looking to speed up service at its drive-thrus.

Big Apple Changes Smoking Age
Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed off on bill that bans the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.

Thanksgiving Tables Stuffed With Prepared Foods
Technomic reports that consumers are increasingly turning to prepared foods from a retailer, restaurant or caterer for their Thanksgiving dinner.

Cherokee Nation OKs New Tobacco Compact With Oklahoma
New compact is considered a win-win for the Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma.


Nov 20, 2013

Utah Lawmakers Propose Raising Tobacco Purchasing Age
If the measure passes, Utah would become the first state to raise its tobacco-buying age to 21.

FreshDirect to Launch Private-Label Groceries
Online grocer plans to offer up to 150 private-label products by the end of next year.

Chicago’s Cigarette Tax Hike Sailing Through Committees
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 75-cent cigarette tax hike is plowing through its opposition.

Missouri Proposal Allows Cities to Set Independent Tobacco Tax Rates
Measure would restore the state’s tobacco taxing structure to pre-1993, when local governments were allowed to set their own tobacco taxes.

Ohio Lottery Ticket Sales Remain Sluggish
Lottery director blames sluggish sales on the migration of shoppers from convenience stores to big-box retailers that typically do not sell tickets.

Walmart Seeking Donations for its Employees
Charitable measure is criticized by those who maintain the retailer should pay its workers higher wages.


Nov 19, 2013

Alternative Fuel Vehicles to Gain Traction
Growth of vehicles powered by alternative fuels will grow over the next 10 years, according to the Fuels Institute.

Gasoline Prices Close to 2013 Low
However, experts predict that the cost of gasoline has hit bottom and will not dip lower.

Thorntons Volunteers to Help Disabled
Also, Pinnacle joined Habitat for Humanity to build a home.

Russia Adds Teeth to Smoking Ban
The country finally starts fining those who violate the public smoking prohibitions.

Sheldon Adelson Fuels Internet Gambling Battle
The billionaire casino magnate wants Congress to outlaw online betting.

Oregon Might Allow Grocery Store Liquor Sales
While a privatization proposal didn’t gain traction last year, this hybrid model might win approval on both sides.


Nov 18, 2013

EPA Proposes 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to lower the amount of ethanol that refiners will be required to blend into the gasoline supply in 2014.

Electronic Cigarettes Pop Up in Schools
New CDC research suggests that e-cigarette use among teens is on the rise.

Study Links Higher Beverage Prices to Less Sales
A new study suggests that higher prices on higher-calorie beverages decrease sales — a notion that could feed soda tax supporters more fuel for their fire.

Circle K Prototype Coming to San Jacinto
The new flagship convenience store will debut in Southern California, featuring fresh foods and a state-of-the-art car wash.

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

QSRs Wean Consumers Off Salt and Sugar
Some quick-service chains have been making strides toward offering healthy options over time without consumers necessarily realizing the shift.


Nov 15, 2013

NACS, PCATS Support Small Merchant Relief
The two groups fully support the Retail Systems Providers Association’s PCI Special Interest Group proposal regarding real card data risk reduction and compliance.

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

‘Real’ Food Will Be Big on Menus in 2014
Technomic reveals its take on the top 10 menu trends for next year.

Isis Mobile Wallet Available Nationwide
The latest version of the Isis Mobile Wallet is now available to consumers for download.

IEA Predicts United States Will Lead in Oil Output by 2015
The agency also forecasts that OPEC will regain leverage after 2020.

GATE Foundation Supports Breast Cancer Research
The retailer’s 72 convenience stores raised $77,000 through pink ribbon sales during October.


Nov 14, 2013

Consumers Like ‘Green’ Car Options
However, consumers are more willing to embrace new fuels and vehicles when it makes sense financially.

Caribou Partners With Bruegger’s on Co-Branded Stores
The new stores open tomorrow in the Twin Cities, the first joint venture that will eventually expand across the country.

Gift Card Spending Surging
Gas stations, department stores and restaurants are top choices for gift cards, according to the National Retail Federation.

Ontario Seeks Ban on Flavored Tobacco
Legislation targets flavored cigarillos and chewing tobacco.

Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops Campaign Raises $172,000
Money raised will benefit the Enlisted Association of National Guard of Tennessee Auxiliary Soldier Airman Relief Fund.

Small Businesses Struggling with the ACA
A new survey reveals 27% of franchise businesses have already replaced full-time employees with part-time workers to avoid requirements of the Affordable Care Act.


Nov 13, 2013

Vietnamese Customers Flock to Convenience Stores
More stores are opening to meet the growing consumer demand.

MillerCoors Dumps Miller Chill Brand
Frosty sales led to the demise of the lime-flavored brew.

More Restaurants Push Veggies
Produce has moved from the peripheral side item to center stage on the plate.

The Growing Threat of Contraband Tobacco
In New York, a handful of federal and state officials are fighting a tough battle against illegal cigarettes.

A Fresher Vending Selection
Farmer’s Fridge has proved made-from-scratch foods in a vending machine is possible.

Wegmans Steps Up Plastic Bag Recycling Efforts
The grocery store chain is the first retail member of the American Chemistry Council’s recycling group.


Nov 12, 2013

Consumer Optimism Rebounds as Holiday Shopping Season Approaches
The latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey reveals an uptick in consumer optimism.

Black Thursday?
Turkey can wait. Yet another major retailer — Best Buy — will open its stores on Thanksgiving Day.

Vilsack: Low Demand, Blend Wall Limit U.S. Ethanol Expansion
U.S. Agriculture Secretary said that the U.S. should move to expand the distribution network of ethanol and promote its use in aviation and marine fuel.

Iowa Cigarette Tax Revenue Declining
Following a statewide smoking ban in most public places, Iowa has seen its cigarette tax revenue fall by 9% over the past six years.

90 Tons of Salads, Sandwiches Recalled
E. coli linked to prepackaged salads and sandwiches that were distributed to six states.

Fuel Relief Fund Extends Aid to Philippines
Non-profit organization is also seeking monetary donations to assist in its response to those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.


Nov 11, 2013

More ISOs Make Merchants Pay for Skipping Security Compliance
Small store operators face rising challenges in PCI compliance, with confusing and overly technical requirements that are proving costly.

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Delay ACA Individual Mandate Penalty
Sens. Manchin and Kirk are seeking to delay the individual mandate penalty under Obamacare.

Democratic Lawmakers Look to Raise Minimum Wage
Could $10 per hour be on the horizon? Or does such a move carry political risk for the 2014 elections?

Trending? Wendy’s Looks to Brioche to Boost Its Melt
Wendy’s is winding down its limited time offering of the pretzel bun, just in time for the debut of its brioche bun.

Trending in 2014: Sour Beer, Craft Soda
Craft sodas, sour beer, pressed juices will be on the rise in 2014, according to a restaurant consultant group.

FDA to Ban Trans Fat in Some Foods
Agency has opened a 60-day review period to receive input from the food industry and experts as it considers banning trans fat from dozens of food products.


Nov 8, 2013

New Jersey Votes for Higher Minimum Wage
The state’s minimum wage will jump a dollar on Jan. 1 to reach $8.25.

Visa Webinar on Skimming, Fraud Protection for Petroleum Merchants
The seminar on November 14, which informs merchants of skimming trends and shares best practices for incident response, requires registration.

Fast Food Reduces Kid-Focused Ads, but Study Says Not Enough
A new Yale report finds that too many kids still see too many QSR ads, although those commercials are not necessarily aimed at children.

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.

GMA Praises Washington State for Rejecting GMO Labeling Proposal
The Grocery Manufacturers Association is pleased that Washington voters rejected a proposal that would have required labeling of genetically modified food ingredients.

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


Nov 7, 2013

NACS to USDA: Don’t Make It Hard for Us to Offer SNAP Benefits
NACS made its voice heard on USDA proposals seeking to make it more difficult for convenience stores to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Starbucks Focuses on Hiring Vets, Military Spouses
Coffee giant intends to support at least 10,000 hires in five years.

Einstein Bros. Bagels Expanding Non-Traditional Format
Bagel chain continues to grow its brand on college campuses, airports, medical centers and other high-traffic locations.

Iowa AG Seeking E-Cigarette Restrictions
Attorney General Tom Miller is seeking to add e-cigarettes to the state’s indoor smoking ban, prohibit their sale to minors and assess their sales tax rate.

Op-Ed Details Impact of Chicago’s Proposed Cigarette Tax increase
The vice president of the 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association of Chicagoland points out the potential impact of a proposed cigarette tax increase.

Hershey Donates $100,000 to Wounded Warrior Project
Funds will help support the needs of this generation’s injured service members.

The Vanishing Video Store
Blockbuster to shut its remaining U.S. stores while discontinuing its DVD-by-mail service.


Nov 6, 2013

District of Columbia Considers Higher Tobacco Purchase Age
Legislation introduced yesterday would raise the minimum age for buying tobacco to 21.

Tesco Installs Facial Recognition Software at Petrol Stations
The technology, which will debut at the supermarket chain's gas stations, will scan customers’ faces to push specific ads.

Georgia Retailers File Suit Against State for Video Poker Profit Sharing
The convenience stores' owners claim a new law eats into their proceeds from video poker machines.

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.

The Widening Gulf in Gasoline Prices
E10 prices have dropped, while regular gasoline prices have climbed.

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


Nov 5, 2013

Health Premium ‘Sticker Shock’ Leading to Consumer Anger
Relatively healthy, self-employed workers and small-business owners appear to be hardest hit by the Affordable Care Act. And they’re beginning to voice their rising anger.

New Jersey and Convenience Stores: Perfect Together
Convenience store chains in New Jersey are attracted by a demographic that is time-starved and looking for convenience.

Tim Hortons Saluting U.S. Veterans With Free Treats
Donut chain continues its annual free donut giveaway this Veterans’ Day.

Subway Introduces Fiery Footlongs
Sandwich chain turns up the heat with Sriracha sauce.

E-Cigarettes to Be Added to Minnesota’s Smoking Ban?
The author of the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act wants to add e-cigarettes to the state’s smoking ban.

With Breakfast Sales Down, Kellogg Trims Global Staff
Traditional breakfast items sales are facing competition from Greek yogurt and even oatmeal bars.


Nov 4, 2013

Convenience Retailers Fuel the Capitol Christmas Tree
Across the country, gasoline stations will provide the fuel and refreshments for the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree’s journey from Washington State to the Capitol.

OSHA Revised Hazard Communication Standard Training Requirement Due Dec. 1
Retailers must train their workers in the new OSHA standards by next month or face a fine.

Pump Prices Continue to Plummet
A new survey by AAA finds that 13% of U.S. gasoline stations sell gas for under $3 per gallon.

Tyson Foods Views C-stores as Integral in Moving More Chicken
The chicken supplier sees convenience retailers as the ideal place to offer fresh prepared food.

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.

Dollar Menu Prices Rise
Burger chains are upping the prices on their value menus beyond a buck.


Nov 1, 2013

U.S. Representatives Ask EPA to Reduce 2014 Ethanol Mandate
A bipartisan group of 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives is asking the government to lower target numbers in light of corn prices and refinery compliance costs.

New York City Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21
The city council also voted to set a $10.50 per pack minimum price for cigarettes.

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.

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

Burger King Listens to Franchisees
The burger chain will debut “fewer, more impactful” products of interest to both franchisees and the company.

Coming to a Grocery Store Near You: McDonald’s Coffee
The fast-food chain is partnering with Kraft to test McCafe whole bean, ground and single-serve coffee for supermarket shelves.


Oct 31, 2013

States Moving Ahead With Electronic Cigarette Rules
While an FDA ruling on e-cigarettes is on the horizon, states are moving ahead with their own plans.

California Lawmakers Propose Sugary Beverage Tax
Competing proposals by San Francisco lawmakers seek a two-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks.

Best Buy Embraces Showrooming
Putting on a confident front, the electronics chain encourages shoppers to visit the “Ultimate Holiday Showroom.”

Major Brewers Honing Their Craft
Big brewers are producing craft beers to lure consumers.

Top 10 Food List for 2014 Includes Nutty Milks, Yolks
Look for lemons, teas and seaweed on restaurant menus and store shelves in 2014.


Oct 30, 2013

West Coast States Sign Pact on Climate Change
British Columbia joined Washington, Oregon and California in an agreement to coordinate policies directed at reducing global warming.

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.

New York and New Jersey Work to Prevent Gas Outages
Hurricane Sandy’s legacy has led the two states to ensure some gasoline stations have backup power, while New York will have an emergency gasoline reserve.

The Ultimate Fullservice
Husky Corporation and Fuelmatics have developed a robotic pump to fill gas tanks.

Study: Food Industry Can Improve Safety Compliance
Supervisor observations and training can lead to employee behavioral change.

Chocolate Rules the Roost
At Halloween, 72% of all candy purchased is chocolate.


Oct 29, 2013

NACS Show Success Continues
The size of the NACS Show expo increased 4% over 2012, featuring a 396,000-plus net-square-foot expo with 1,160 exhibiting companies.

New York City Drops Cigarette Display Ban Proposal
Mayor Bloomberg’s administration agrees to drop a display ban proposal from anti-tobacco legislation.

AAA to EPA: Ease the Ethanol Mandate
The EPA is considering lowering the ethanol mandate for 2014, according to the Wall Street Journal, which has reviewed the agency’s draft 2014 standard.

Are Mobile Payments Right for Your QSR?
Dunn Bros. Coffee CMO helps retailers assess the viability of mobile payments for their restaurant.

Loyalty Members Value Privacy, Personalization
While loyalty cardholders seek a personalized experience, they are concerned about sharing too much personal information, according to Mintel.

AriZona Beverages Launches Water Enhancers
Each 1.5-ounce squeeze bottle allows consumers to control their intensity of their personally crafted AriZona-like beverage.


Oct 28, 2013

No Job, No Car, No Driving
Could the future of retail fuel customers be at stake?

Missouri Governor Abandons Plan to Cut Food Stamps
Governor Nixon announced his withdrawal of proposed rule to modify the state's waiver under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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.

S&D Coffee & Tea Joins Tea-2030 to Address Tea Sustainability
The initiative is building a shared understanding across the tea industry of critical challenges that must be addressed.

KSS Fuels to Change Name to Kalibrate Technologies
The new name reflects the company’s broad scope of intelligence solutions for clients.

Rich's Offers Gluten-Free Solutions for Foodservice Operators
To help foodservice establishments meet the consumer demand for gluten-free foods, Rich’s is expanding its gluten-free offerings.


Oct 25, 2013

Judges Mull Keeping SNAP Payments Secret
A newspaper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find out how much participating retailers receive from SNAP purchases.

Violent, Property Crime Rates Jump for Second Consecutive Year
The increases are driven by simple assaults and crime not reported to police.

GAO Report Finds Lengthy Approval Process for New Tobacco Products
U.S. Senator Richard Burr says the Center for Tobacco Products has “significantly underperformed its mission” in regard to the regulatory review process for such products.

States Pledge 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles Operating by 2025
Governors from California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont signed the agreement.

Possible Bill Would Hold Back Obamacare’s Individual Mandate
Sen. Joe Manchin is talking about drafting legislation to delay the regulation for 12 months.

Ultimate Line Debuts on Rutter’s Menu
The convenience store is adding new burgers, tacos and quesadillas to its menu.

Fas Mart/Shore Stop Stores Award $10,000 Golden Ticket
A loyal customer in New Castle, Delaware, walked away with the top prize from the summer contest.


Oct 24, 2013

Connecticut Legislator Proposes E-Cigarette Ban
One Connecticut lawmaker is seeking to ban electronic cigarettes from public places throughout the state.

Jack-in-the-Box Unveils Late Night Meals
Munchie Meals cater to Millennial night owls.

Coke to Launch High-End Fashion Line
Jackets and vests with price tags up to $1,650 will debut in select boutiques around the world.

Dunkin’ Donuts Making the Grade with Universities
The donut chain is expanding rapidly to college campuses.

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

eBay Expands Same-Day Delivery; Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum
Just in time for the holidays, eBay expands its same-day delivery service, while Amazon raises the purchase minimum for free shipping.


Oct 23, 2013

Women’s View from the C-Suite
The Network of Executive Women breakfast roundtable at the NACS Show discussed how women could become rock star leaders in their organizations.

Oregon Expands Pilot for Highway Tax Tied to Miles Driven
The state will track 5,000 motorists in the pilot program through a variety of recording devices.

Massachusetts Tobacco Tax Fuels Smuggling
Tobacco industry officials talked to a state panel about the unintended consequences of the new tobacco taxes.

McDonald’s Dollar Menu Rollouts Nationally
The company is banking on the new value platform to spur sales after a rather tepid showing so far this year.

Dollar General Introduces New Fueling Station
The retailer embarks on a fuel pump pilot project at an Alabama location.

Virginia Governor Candidate Wants Transportation Decisions Made Locally
Part of gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s plan would allow localities to raise “additional funds if needed on their own.”

New Jersey Stations Hit by Sandy Could Receive Generator Grants
The state will give $7 million in grants to more than 250 gasoline stations that lost power last year because of Hurricane Sandy.


Oct 22, 2013

USA Today Touts Gourmet Fare at Gas Stations
“Park, pump, and pig out” at gas stations, USA Today writes.

Proposed Cigarette Tax Would Give City Highest Rate In Nation
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel floats a 75-cents-per-pack cigarette tax increase.

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

NOCO Express Stores Raise $12,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Customers and store employees purchase thousands of $1 paper balloons in September to benefit a local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Increased Minnesota Tobacco Tax is North Dakota’s Gain
Meanwhile, whether the increased Minnesota tax has reduced smoking is still being studied.

Pringles Launches Seasonal Flavors
Just in time for the holidays: Pringles to bring back Cinnamon & Sugar while launching new Pecan Pie limited edition flavors.