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.
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.