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Apr 23, 2014

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Try to Overhaul State Liquor System
Many are hopeful that 2014 will see the end of state-controlled alcohol.

St. Louis Turns to Convenience Stores as Supermarkets Close
City officials are looking into ways to help “food desert” areas offer residents access to food.

Palm Beach county requires clarity for Gas Prices
The commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance that mandates retailers clearly mark gas prices as cash-only when applicable.

Thinking Outside the Convenience Store Box
Retailers are exploring new ways to bring in business.

Hannaford to Enlarge Curbside Service
The supermarket chain wants to expand its pickup service to some New York localities.

Meatloaf Takes Center Plate
The once ubiquitous staple of restaurants has been making a quiet comeback.


Apr 22, 2014

North Carolina Retailers Target Area Food Deserts
Convenience store owners are leveraging funding to sell healthier foods in area convenience stores.

Kombucha Brewer Expands Nationwide
As the popularity of the functional beverage continues to grow, so does its distribution.

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

Gulf Oil Celebrates 100 Years of Service
The company’s 2014 brand meeting and trade show will benefit breast cancer research and awareness.

Chobani Goes Beyond Greek
Look for Chobani Oats and new, savory dip later this year.

Kraft Recalls Hot Dogs
Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners recalled, as Classic Cheese Dogs were accidentally placed in Classic Wieners packaging.


Apr 21, 2014

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

TravelCenters of America Offers Free Wi-Fi
Complimentary service will be available in 39 TA Petro stores.

Glass Half Full for Coca-Cola
Company plans to stimulate consumption opportunities via increased advertising and product innovation.

7-Eleven Launches 'Pizza for Life' Sweepstakes
The convenience store chain’s smartphone app promotion awards one lucky customer pizza for life.

Caribou Coffee Launches New Grounds for Your Ground Program
Just in time for Earth Day, Caribou is offering free used espresso grounds for its customers’ gardens.

Walmart Offers Money Transfer Service
The Walmart-2-Walmart Money Transfer Service reduces fees by up to 50%.


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.