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Starbucks Announces Mobile Ordering
New payment option will begin later this year in Portland, Oregon.
Posted Oct 20, 2014

When It Comes to Loyalty, Agree to Disagree
Brands and their consumers may not see eye to eye, says a new report.
Posted Oct 17, 2014

Women’s Growing Influence on Alcoholic Beverage Trends
Female consumers increasingly drive alcohol sales.
Posted Oct 17, 2014

NPR Talks Gas Station TV
The public radio network recently focused on a new medium: TV at the pump.
Posted Oct 17, 2014

Beef Jerky: Not Just for C-Stores Anymore
Jerky’s growing popularity has inspired a growing retail franchise.
Posted Oct 16, 2014

Retailers Eye Holidays to Make Up Dismal Summer
A slow summer and changing customer shopping behavior have retailers pinning their hopes on a robust holiday season.
Posted Oct 14, 2014

Amazon to Debut First Brick-and-Mortar Store
New York City location will also handle same-day-delivery inventory and process product returns.
Posted Oct 13, 2014

Mexican Soda Tax Slashes Soft Drink Manufacturers’ Profits
Coke and Pepsi point to the country’s new tax on junk food as eating into their bottom lines in Mexico.
Posted Oct 13, 2014

Loyal Kangaroo Express Guests Have Chance to Win
As part of a new product launch, customers can use the Kangaroo Express mobile app to enter to win a year’s supply of Totino’s pizza flavor chips.
Posted Oct 9, 2014

Rutter’s VIP Go Card Free at Pumps, in Stores
The program allows customers to redeem rewards without using a loyalty card.
Posted Oct 8, 2014

New Pepsi True Stevia-Sweetened Soda to Launch on Amazon
Coke also testing new stevia drink, Coke Life.
Posted Oct 3, 2014

Have Younger Drinkers Abandoned Big Beer?
Brewers search for strategies to avoid continuing decline of major brands.
Posted Oct 2, 2014

7-Eleven Launches Trial of Healthy, Fresh Foods
Partnership with fitness guru tests the waters for new line of sandwiches, salads and juices.
Posted Oct 1, 2014

Cumberland Farms Launches Free Coffee Fridays
Convenience retailer survey also reveals what their customers would do (or not do) to get their daily coffee fix.
Posted Sep 30, 2014

Sprite Goes Cranberry for Holidays
Limited-time flavor is back by popular demand through the end of holiday season.
Posted Sep 30, 2014

Fair-Weather ‘Friends’
Hesitant to “friend” brands on social media, consumers are more willing if they get something out of it.
Posted Sep 23, 2014

Hershey Unveils Seasonal Candies
Summer may be over, but seasonal flavors will keep customers coming back.
Posted Sep 22, 2014

QuikTrip, Wawa Are Consumers’ Favorite Convenience Stores
New study shows customer service and fresh food are differentiators for new and repeat customers.
Posted Sep 18, 2014

Beverage Potential in C-Stores
NACS Show is an opportunity for retailers to learn from industry-leading companies.
Posted Sep 17, 2014

7-Eleven Partners with Belly for Expanded Loyalty Program
Partnership will bring expanded loyalty offer to 2,600 stores nationwide.
Posted Aug 29, 2014

Ideas From Coca-Cola on Boosting C-Store Sales
Coca-Cola offers Smartwater racks, summer campaign and holiday promotions.
Posted Aug 28, 2014

Snack Food-Style Marketing to Make Veggies Appealing
Brands and grocers taking a new approach to make healthy foods fun to eat — and buy.
Posted Aug 26, 2014

Hoosier Lottery Generates Record Sales
Private management company falls short of stated goal, but sets sales record in its first full year on the job.
Posted Aug 22, 2014

Oregon Considers 363-Mile Long Smoking Ban
Restriction would make Oregon the first state to ban smoking at Oregon parks along its coastline.
Posted Aug 22, 2014

Tim Hortons Uses Dark Humor to Launch New Coffee
Marketing stunt turns stores black, inside and out.
Posted Aug 20, 2014

New National Lottery Game Coming Soon
Monopoly Millionaire's Club will make its debut on October 19 in Indiana.
Posted Aug 18, 2014

Burger King Says ‘Adieu’ to Healthier Fries
Not a hit with consumers, lower fat Satisfries will be coming off the chain’s menu.
Posted Aug 15, 2014

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

Tedeschi Food Shops Launches New Fresh Produce Program
New England c-store chain is offering fresh produce to customers year-round.
Posted Aug 7, 2014

Innovative Beer Bottles Unlock Free Movies
Dutch beer brand Grolsch’s new bottles give customers free access to on-demand video.
Posted Aug 6, 2014

Less Is More at P&G
Company will focus more on key brands, shedding about 100 smaller brands.
Posted Aug 4, 2014

Peet’s Coffee & Tea Acquires Mighty Leaf Tea
Acquisition will accelerate Peet’s growth in premium tea category.
Posted Aug 4, 2014

Science Experiment: Color-Changing Ice Cream
Spanish scientist’s creation is only sold at his ice cream parlor, for now.
Posted Aug 4, 2014

An Inside Look at Pepsi Spire
Thoughtful design and future-proofing technology key to rollout of new fountain machine.
Posted Jul 30, 2014

Rutter’s Takes the Cannoli… and Short Ribs
New items added to the chain’s award-winning foodservice program.
Posted Jul 30, 2014

Candymakers Boost Prices
Both Hershey and Mars announce price increases.
Posted Jul 29, 2014

Dunkin’ Encourages Suggestive Selling
Cashiers are pushing donuts and sandwiches on afternoon customers to boost food sales.
Posted Jul 28, 2014

Uncovering Hidden Gems in the World of New Products
Cool New Products Preview Room allows suppliers to “cut through the clutter.”
Posted Jul 25, 2014

Get Ready for National Hot Dog Day
Kangaroo Express celebrates with free and discounted dogs on July 23.
Posted Jul 22, 2014

Seasonal Thirst Creates Sales Opportunities
Coca-Cola offers DASANI Sparkling tips to capture fountain sales and digital marketing ideas
Posted Jul 22, 2014

Hershey’s Shakes Things Up
Hershey Creamery Co. introduces self-serve milkshake machine, the Shake Shop Express.
Posted Jul 17, 2014

Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Top List of Respected Brands
Hershey, Johnson & Johnson and Kellogg also make top spots.
Posted Jul 17, 2014

Would You Like Coffee with Your Chips?
Cappucino, mango, wasabi ginger and cheddar bacon mac & cheese are new contenders in Lay’s competition.
Posted Jul 16, 2014

Bud Light Pours More Money Into Ritas
New ad campaigns, flavors for fruity malt beverage line.
Posted Jul 15, 2014

Cadbury Matches Facebook With Chocolate
Ever wondered what your social media profile says about you and your chocolate preferences?
Posted Jul 14, 2014

7-Eleven’s Mobile Tie-Ins Extend Freebies … and Buzz
Customers who use the company’s app can get free items well beyond today’s 87th anniversary.
Posted Jul 11, 2014

New General Mills Products Emphasize Protein, Bold Flavors
Line-up of products caters to food trends like gluten-free and whole grain, while introducing spicy new snacks.
Posted Jul 10, 2014

Loyalty Programs as Business Advantage
Successful rewards programs offer invaluable opportunity to collect consumer data.
Posted Jul 8, 2014

Nestlé U.S. Chief Looks for Brands to Fix or Toss
Company slashes number of product variations, gives Lean Cuisine brand a makeover.
Posted Jul 2, 2014

Coca-Cola Partners With 7-Eleven for World Cup Promotion
Global campaign embraces World Cup madness, including 35,000 stores in 12 countries.
Posted Jul 2, 2014

Why Trade Shows Deliver Value to Retailers
Retailers should view trade shows as opportunities to strengthen industry relationships, not just source products.
Posted Jul 1, 2014

Frozen Foods Suffering From Consumer Misperceptions
More consumers are bypassing the frozen foods section for fresh fare.
Posted Jun 30, 2014

Consumers View Social Media as a Customer Service Channel
More than 80% of those surveyed use Facebook to interact with a company’s customer service team.
Posted Jun 27, 2014

Loyalty a Retail Game-Changer for Oil Companies
Marketers are driving repeat business and cultivating loyal customers through rewards programs.
Posted Jun 26, 2014

Coca-Cola Is Heating Up Summer Sales
Company launches new POWERADE® flavor and programs for summer and fall football.
Posted Jun 26, 2014

CDC Plans New Anti-Smoking Campaign This Summer
Installment of gruesome “Tips from Former Smokers” coincides with new data on smoking habits.
Posted Jun 25, 2014

Starbucks Aims to Be the New Soda Fountain
Starbucks introduces made-to-order Fizzio sodas in 16 states.
Posted Jun 24, 2014

Starbucks Boosts Prices on Beverages and Bagged Coffee
Consumers will pay more on some Starbucks drinks starting this week.
Posted Jun 23, 2014

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

Report Finds ‘Golden Opportunity’ With Boomers and Seniors
CPG spending among seniors demographic will surpass $230 billion by 2020, according to IRI.
Posted Jun 18, 2014

Mystery Shoppers Reveal Dollar Store Secrets
Consumer Reports reveals where the deals are — and aren’t — at the discount stores.
Posted Jun 17, 2014

QSR Brands Taking a Top-Down Approach to Local Social Media
Creating a localized presence still key to authentic community interaction.
Posted Jun 13, 2014

QuickChek Reducing Coffee Prices for Summer
In a climate of increased coffee prices due to global shortage, convenience retailer touts discounts.
Posted Jun 12, 2014

Beckoning Beacon Technology
Convenience store operators could use the location-based technology to attract gas-only customers inside the store.
Posted Jun 9, 2014

Selling Toilet Paper With the Toilets
Retailers such as Home Depot want to sell everything and the kitchen sink.
Posted Jun 9, 2014

New Study Shows Impact of Loyalty Programs
Loyalty programs essential to developing relationships with customers.
Posted Jun 4, 2014

Consumers Resigned to Loss of Privacy in Digital Age
Half of consumers willing to trade privacy for targeted marketing, in spite of security concerns.
Posted Jun 2, 2014

Loyalty Programs Shown to Triple Customer Visits
Data shows a direct correlation between communication and increased customer activity.
Posted May 30, 2014

Innovative Coke Bottle Design Encourages Communication
“Friendly” bottle designed to help college freshmen break the ice.
Posted May 30, 2014

Social 'Listening' Can Enable Real-Time Marketing
Companies must engage on social media in order to market and react nimbly.
Posted May 23, 2014

More Americans Choosing Foods, Beverages Based on Healthfulness
New survey shows that taste and price still top factors impacting consumer choice for food and beverage purchases.
Posted May 21, 2014

American Appetite for Organic Products Hits $35 Billion
New survey shows organic sales reached a new record, jumping nearly 12% in 2013.
Posted May 16, 2014

Frozen-Food Makers Launch $30 Million Image Campaign
American Frozen Food Institute hopes to improve sluggish sales with "Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh" campaign.
Posted May 15, 2014

Coca-Cola Introduces Engaging Package and Powerful Tools for Convenience Stores
New Coca-Cola offerings include Chill Activated Can, cleaning guidelines and tips for increasing smoothie sales.
Posted May 15, 2014

Dollar Stores Add More Consumables
The strategy is aimed at gaining more repeat customers and purchases.
Posted May 14, 2014

Taking Proximity Marketing to the Next Level
New mobile marketing platform promises precise messaging for convenience retailers.
Posted May 13, 2014

USA Gold Introduces New Packaging
Innovative “Glide Tec” package highlights American pride and ingenuity.
Posted May 9, 2014

Move Over Ice Cream. It’s Gelato Time!
The frozen Italian treat has found a mainstream audience.
Posted May 8, 2014

Shoppers Willing to Pay Premium for Local Food
Survey finds that majority of shoppers think more highly of retailers that carry local food.
Posted May 7, 2014

Coke to Remove Brominated Vegetable Oil From Beverages
The move is partially inspired by a teenager’s online petition.
Posted May 7, 2014

Food Preferences Are Heating Up
Manufacturers are happy to accommodate growing consumer taste for spicy foods.
Posted May 5, 2014

$30 Lottery Tickets Selling Briskly in Massachusetts
A new $30 scratch game has already sold $8 million in tickets in its first week.
Posted May 1, 2014

More Localities Adding E-Cigarettes to Indoor Smoking Bans
Chicago spaces are now vapor-free, while Delaware considers statewide ban.
Posted May 1, 2014

Proposed E-Cigarette Rules Would Allow Advertising
TV commercials will continue to run.
Posted Apr 28, 2014

Powdered Alcohol Unlikely to Hit Shelves Soon
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau says approval of a powdered alcohol product was an error.
Posted Apr 28, 2014

Tequila Flavor Moves Into Beer?
Desperados launches in Georgia and Florida, with a national push coming soon.
Posted Apr 25, 2014

United Supermarkets Launches Fuel Discount Program
Customers save up to 20 cents per gallon at United Express when they shop at United Supermarkets.
Posted Apr 24, 2014

Doritos Tests Mystery Flavors
Frito-Lay launches promotional campaign to crowd source new flavors.
Posted Apr 24, 2014

Kombucha Brewer Expands Nationwide
As the popularity of the functional beverage continues to grow, so does its distribution.
Posted Apr 22, 2014

Chobani Goes Beyond Greek
Look for Chobani Oats and new, savory dip later this year.
Posted Apr 22, 2014

Glass Half Full for Coca-Cola
Company plans to stimulate consumption opportunities via increased advertising and product innovation.
Posted Apr 21, 2014

7-Eleven Launches 'Pizza for Life' Sweepstakes
The convenience store chain’s smartphone app promotion awards one lucky customer pizza for life.
Posted Apr 21, 2014

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.
Posted Apr 21, 2014

Maxwell House Brews Up Brand Refresh
Coffee maker is perking up its 121-year-old brand.
Posted Apr 16, 2014

NatureBox Delivers
One of the fastest-growing snack food brands won't be found on convenience or grocery store shelves.
Posted Apr 15, 2014

Walmart Doubles Down on Organic Foods
Mass retailer partners with Wild Oats to sell organic foods at a discount.
Posted Apr 14, 2014

California Soft Drink Warning Label Proposal Advances
A state lawmaker wants sweetened soda to carry a safety warning similar to cigarettes and alcohol.
Posted Apr 11, 2014

Pepsi to Launch ‘Real Sugar’ Selections
This summer, Pepsi products sweetened with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup will hit shelves.
Posted Apr 11, 2014

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.
Posted Apr 11, 2014

Kosher Foods Expand Reach
More people are choosing kosher foods for non-religious reasons.
Posted Apr 10, 2014

Kentucky Lottery Celebrates Silver Anniversary
Twenty-five years since its debut, the Kentucky lottery has sold more than $15 billion worth of lottery tickets.
Posted Apr 7, 2014

Family Dollar Expands Food Assortment
The discount retail chain will add more than 400 new food items in U.S. stores.
Posted Apr 4, 2014

Specialty Food Sales Break Records
Nut butters, eggs and frozen desserts show big jumps in sales.
Posted Apr 4, 2014

Diet Soda Consumption Plummets
Consumers continue to swap diet soda for tea, energy drinks and bottled waters, according to new figures from Beverage Digest.
Posted Apr 2, 2014

New Product Innovations Designed to Spark Sales
Coca-Cola’s 19.2-oz. can and expanded drops portfolio provide retailers appealing options for shoppers.
Posted Apr 1, 2014

Demographics Play Part in Selecting Prepared Foods
Different age groups want different things when it comes to prepared foods.
Posted Apr 1, 2014

Instagram Works Wonders for Small Businesses
The social media photo-sharing site has been a boon for retailers.
Posted Apr 1, 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.
Posted Mar 31, 2014

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.
Posted Mar 27, 2014

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.
Posted Mar 24, 2014

Iced Coffee Enjoys Sales Lift
Cold-brew extracts are finding new life with fruit pairings, among other enhancements.
Posted Mar 19, 2014

Fresh Produce Sales Up In 2013
Last year, the sale of fresh fruits and vegetables rose 4.8% over 2012.
Posted Mar 14, 2014

Krispy Kreme Uses Social Media to Spur Sales
The doughnut chain has registered five consecutive years of increases in same-store sales.
Posted Mar 14, 2014

Nuts, Seeds Rise in Snack Food Popularity
The two ingredients were present in a third of all new snack products for 2013.
Posted Mar 14, 2014

Fast-Food Fashion
From Chipotle to Carl’s Jr., QSRs are debuting shirts, socks and onesies.
Posted Mar 14, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Float Single Bottle Beer Sales
Missouri law currently prohibits selling beer in packages with fewer than three bottles.
Posted Mar 13, 2014

Senator Schumer Goes After E-Cigarette Marketing
The Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act would ban the marketing of e-cigarettes to children.
Posted Mar 11, 2014

E-Cigarette Tax Hike in Washington State Moves Forward
A House committee approved a 75% tax on electronic cigarettes.
Posted Mar 7, 2014

NC Convenience Store Makes Produce a Must-Have
Customers routinely buy out his selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Posted Mar 5, 2014

Chocolate Continues to Dominate Candy Sales
The National Confectioners Association predicts that trend will stay the same for the next five years.
Posted Mar 5, 2014

Craft Beer Bests Big Brewers
Production of specialty beer rose 9.6% last year, but overall beer production dropped 1.4%.
Posted Mar 4, 2014

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.
Posted Mar 3, 2014

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.
Posted Feb 27, 2014

Caribou Coffee Launches Premium Pastries
Rollout is part of a three-phase food innovation initiative.
Posted Feb 27, 2014

Rule on Marketing Junk Food Proposed
The regulation would prohibit the promotion of junk food and sugared soda to school children.
Posted Feb 26, 2014

‘Got Milk?’ Answer Changes to No
The milk industry is jettisoning its classic tagline.
Posted Feb 26, 2014

LA City Council Urges Regulation of E-Cigarettes
A city panel wants to ban electronic cigarettes wherever tobacco cigarettes are prohibited.
Posted Feb 25, 2014

Ben & Jerry's Launches New Flavors
The four new flavors are 100% Fairtrade certified and made with non-GMO ingredients.
Posted Feb 25, 2014

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.”
Posted Feb 24, 2014

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

South Florida Thirsty for Craft Beer
Craft beer sales are growing rapidly in South Florida, and brewers are increasing capacity to match demand.
Posted Feb 18, 2014

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.
Posted Feb 17, 2014

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.
Posted Feb 14, 2014

Canadian Beer Machine Wows Olympians
Molson’s celebrates Canada with a portable beer machine that opens when a Canadian passport is inserted.
Posted Feb 12, 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.
Posted Feb 7, 2014

Love Cools Down
Consumers are keeping a tight lid on budgets this Valentine’s Day, with projected spending under last year’s average.
Posted Feb 7, 2014

CVS Nixes Tobacco Sales
NACS spoke to major news outlets on how the drug-store chain’s decision would impact convenience stores.
Posted Feb 6, 2014

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.
Posted Feb 6, 2014

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.
Posted Feb 6, 2014

Little Caesars Launches $5 Lunch Combo
Lunch combo meal is intended to get customers in and out of the store in 30 seconds.
Posted Feb 4, 2014

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.
Posted Feb 4, 2014

7-Eleven Launches Super Deals for the Big Game
Convenience store chain launches $5.55 pizza and $10 pizza + wings deals.
Posted Jan 30, 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches National Loyalty Program
Program rewards customers with points that can be redeemed for free drinks.
Posted Jan 30, 2014

Not Naturally, but Simply
PepsiCo jettisons the term “natural” in favor of “simply,” although the products themselves remain unchanged.
Posted Jan 29, 2014

Mountain Dew Boosts Spending
The soft drink unveils a campaign for its new flavors.
Posted Jan 22, 2014

Tobacco Concentrates on Promoting Non-Combustible Products
Aerosolized products, chew, dissolvables, snuff and snus are receiving more ad pushes than traditional cigarettes.
Posted Jan 21, 2014

Jelly Belly Serves Up Beer-Flavored Jelly Bean
The draft-beef flavor was inspired by the booming craft beer industry.
Posted Jan 21, 2014

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.
Posted Jan 20, 2014

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.
Posted Jan 17, 2014

Hershey’s Debuts Creamy Spreads
The company has developed a new line of sweet, chocolate spreads.
Posted Jan 17, 2014

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.
Posted Jan 16, 2014

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%.
Posted Jan 10, 2014

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.
Posted Jan 8, 2014

Starbucks Launches Instant VIA Lattes
The coffeehouse chain will sell the powdered beverages for a limited time in its U.S. and Canadian stores.
Posted Jan 8, 2014

Google Wins Brand of the Year, Ad of the Year
According to Ace Metrix, Samuel Adams, Tropicana and Reese’s won their categories.
Posted Jan 8, 2014

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.
Posted Jan 6, 2014

Dunkin' Donuts Offers 99-Cent Iced Coffee and Iced Tea
The promotion runs through January 26 at New York Metro area Dunkin' Donuts locations.
Posted Jan 6, 2014

Mail Order Snacks
General Mills is expanding its subscription snack service.
Posted Jan 3, 2014

ConAgra Reaches Sodium-Reduction Goal
The food maker has slashed salt by 20% in its current products.
Posted Jan 3, 2014

Florida Orange Groves Battle Disease
The USDA predicts about a 10% drop in this year’s orange crop.
Posted Jan 2, 2014

Oregon Cigarette Tax Increases January 1
Oregon’s cigarette tax increases 13 cents per pack, the first change in nearly a decade.
Posted Dec 31, 2013

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.
Posted Dec 30, 2013

U.S. Soda Makers Turn to Monk Fruit​
Could the monk fruit become the holy grail of sweeteners for the diet soft drink category?
Posted Dec 27, 2013

Are Nutrition-Heavy Foods the Next Big Thing?
Consumers are eschewing functional foods for those rich in nutrients.
Posted Dec 26, 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.
Posted Dec 24, 2013

7-Eleven Targets Millennials With Gifts
The retailer wants to capture Generation Y gift-givers with pop culture, gadgets, games and gift cards.
Posted Dec 20, 2013

Starbucks Anticipates Holiday Rush on Gift Cards
The coffeehouse chain has sold $4 billion in Starbucks Cards during the past 12 months.
Posted Dec 20, 2013

Chipotle Getting Into Pizza
The Mexican food chain is applying its blueprint for making burrito to pizzas.
Posted Dec 19, 2013

U.S. Mobile Advertising Closes in on $10 Billion
The amount of money spent on mobile ads will increase twofold this year.
Posted Dec 18, 2013

Coca-Cola Life May Hit U.S. Shelves in 2014
The low-calorie soda has taken Argentina by storm earlier this year.
Posted Dec 13, 2013

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.
Posted Dec 12, 2013

Alabama Lawmaker Pushing State Lottery
A state representative says that the lottery could generate $250 million for education.
Posted Dec 12, 2013

FDA Targets Teens With New Anti-Smoking Effort
The agency will launch an ambitious campaign early in 2014 aimed at stopping teens from smoking.
Posted Dec 11, 2013

Diet Soda Sales Fizzle
This past year, regular soft drinks sales declined, but not as much as no-calorie and low-calorie soda sales.
Posted Dec 11, 2013

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.
Posted Dec 10, 2013

“Two Cheers for E-Cigarettes”: NYT Columnist
Joe Nocera maintains e-cigarettes convert smokers to vapers – and that’s a good thing.
Posted Dec 10, 2013

Black Market Craft Beers
Hard-to-find craft beers are selling for hundreds of dollars.
Posted Dec 10, 2013

Wendy’s Backs Away From the Pretzel Bun
The limited-time offer is being pulled from menus.
Posted Dec 9, 2013

Online Lottery Tickets Sales Begin in North Carolina
Residents can now purchase online subscriptions for Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5.
Posted Dec 5, 2013

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.
Posted Dec 4, 2013

Tea Goes Crafty
The hot or cold beverage is poised to become the next big thing.
Posted Dec 4, 2013

Organic Foods Continue Upward Sales Trend
U.S. sales of organic food projected to continue growing through 2018.
Posted Dec 3, 2013

Michigan Lottery Pressing for Online Ticket Sales
Online tickets could be available by late 2014.
Posted Nov 27, 2013

Chicago Mayor Trims Cigarette Tax Hike
Mayor Rahm Emanuel settles on a 50-cents per pack cigarette tax.
Posted Nov 27, 2013

Chicago Seeking to Ban Electronic Cigarettes
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking to ban e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited.
Posted Nov 26, 2013

Florida Brewers Seek Approval for Half-Gallon Growlers
Brewers and consumers are seeking a change to the state’s container law.
Posted Nov 26, 2013

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.
Posted Nov 26, 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.
Posted Nov 20, 2013

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.
Posted Nov 20, 2013

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.
Posted Nov 14, 2013

MillerCoors Dumps Miller Chill Brand
Frosty sales led to the demise of the lime-flavored brew.
Posted Nov 13, 2013

Black Thursday?
Turkey can wait. Yet another major retailer — Best Buy — will open its stores on Thanksgiving Day.
Posted Nov 12, 2013

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.
Posted Nov 12, 2013

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.
Posted Nov 8, 2013

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.
Posted Nov 7, 2013

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.
Posted Nov 6, 2013

Tim Hortons Saluting U.S. Veterans With Free Treats
Donut chain continues its annual free donut giveaway this Veterans’ Day.
Posted Nov 5, 2013

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.
Posted Nov 5, 2013

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.
Posted Nov 1, 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.
Posted Oct 31, 2013

Major Brewers Honing Their Craft
Big brewers are producing craft beers to lure consumers.
Posted Oct 31, 2013

Chocolate Rules the Roost
At Halloween, 72% of all candy purchased is chocolate.
Posted Oct 30, 2013

New York City Drops Cigarette Display Ban Proposal
Mayor Bloomberg’s administration agrees to drop a display ban proposal from anti-tobacco legislation.
Posted Oct 29, 2013

AriZona Beverages Launches Water Enhancers
Each 1.5-ounce squeeze bottle allows consumers to control their intensity of their personally crafted AriZona-like beverage.
Posted Oct 29, 2013

Connecticut Legislator Proposes E-Cigarette Ban
One Connecticut lawmaker is seeking to ban electronic cigarettes from public places throughout the state.
Posted Oct 24, 2013

Proposed Cigarette Tax Would Give City Highest Rate In Nation
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel floats a 75-cents-per-pack cigarette tax increase.
Posted Oct 22, 2013

Increased Minnesota Tobacco Tax is North Dakota’s Gain
Meanwhile, whether the increased Minnesota tax has reduced smoking is still being studied.
Posted Oct 22, 2013

Pringles Launches Seasonal Flavors
Just in time for the holidays: Pringles to bring back Cinnamon & Sugar while launching new Pecan Pie limited edition flavors.
Posted Oct 22, 2013

The Next Big Beer Brand?
Crown Imports is putting more emphasis on its Modelo Especial brand with the release of a new line extension ready to roll out next year.
Posted Oct 21, 2013

7-Eleven Adds Pricier Wines
By upscaling its wines, the convenience chain hopes to bring in wealthier customers.
Posted Oct 18, 2013

Manly Groceries
With more men doing the shopping, food companies are changing their packaging to appeal to their male sensibilities.
Posted Oct 18, 2013

Butterfinger Moves From Rectangle to Circle
The crunchy candy bar has morphed into a Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup.
Posted Oct 18, 2013

Artificial Sweeteners Souring Consumer Preferences
With consumers wary of the effects of aspartame, which has contributed to declining sales of diet soda sales, both Coke and Pepsi have been working on new, natural diet sweeteners.
Posted Oct 17, 2013

Carbonated Beverages Brewing for Starbucks
The coffee chain trademarked the term “Fizzio,” leading to speculation it may be readying a large-scale rollout of carbonated beverages.
Posted Oct 15, 2013

Groceries To Go
The rise of “click and collect” could spell major trouble for supermarkets.
Posted Oct 11, 2013

Hershey’s to Launch First New Brand in 30 Years
Lancaster soft crèmes bring U.S. caramel lovers a sweet, new experience.
Posted Oct 11, 2013

Hands Off The Duffin
Starbucks rolled out the pastry marriage of a donut and muffin in the United Kingdom—and right into a public relations nightmare.
Posted Oct 11, 2013

Budweiser Unveils Three New Project 12 Brews
Project 12 to launch three new beers named for the zip codes where they were brewed.
Posted Oct 10, 2013

Turning Up the Lobbying Heat
Lobbyists for electronic cigarette companies are hitting local, state and federal governments hard as momentum builds for regulating the devices.
Posted Oct 9, 2013

Reaching for a Bar
More Americans are grabbing food bars as meal replacements and snacks.
Posted Oct 9, 2013

U.S. Tobacco Products in Europe May Be Snuffed Out
A vote today by the European Parliament to address additives in tobacco could result in a ban on U.S. tobacco products.
Posted Oct 8, 2013

Boston Market Giving Away Chicken to Federal Employees
Extending sympathy to furloughed federal employees, Boston Market offers them a free whole chicken with the purchase of a family meal.
Posted Oct 8, 2013

More Booze on Dollar Store Shelves
“We want to be a convenient store,” according to one 99 Cents Only store manager.
Posted Oct 7, 2013

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

Retailers Prepare for Less-Than-Stellar Holiday Sales
The National Retail Federation forecasts a modest 3.6% bump in sales this year.
Posted Oct 4, 2013

Go Over to the Dark Side
Dark chocolate has become the fastest-growing chocolate segment.
Posted Oct 4, 2013

Will 2014 be the Magic Year for Tennessee Wine Sales?
After years of near misses, the state Senate speaker is forecasting that legislators will finally pass such a bill during the next session.
Posted Sep 27, 2013

Fastrac Loyalty Savings Top $5 Million
To entice new enrollees, Fastrac is offering double discounts for the first 60 days after enrollment in the Fastrac program.
Posted Sep 26, 2013

The New Bargain Hunters
More males are looking for sales and using coupons when shopping.
Posted Sep 25, 2013

Scaring Away Trick-or-Treaters?
Fewer Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, and those who do so will not spend as much as last year.
Posted Sep 25, 2013

Dunkin' Donuts Offering Free Coffee Mobile Promo
To celebrate National Coffee Day, the donut retailer is offering a mobile app-accessible coffee promotion on September 29.
Posted Sep 24, 2013

Tim Hortons Celebrates National Coffee Day with BOGO Offer
The QSR chain is offering one free coffee with the purchase of second on September 29.
Posted Sep 20, 2013

Mega Millions Adopts Changes to Make Large Jackpots More Common
The lottery is hoping to keep pace with the more frequent large jackpots offered by Powerball.
Posted Sep 19, 2013

Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day
The North Carolina-based convenience retailer is helping customers celebrate National Coffee Day on September 29 with a cup of Bean Street Coffee for just one cent.
Posted Sep 17, 2013

North Carolina Lottery to Offer Subscriptions
Players will be able to subscribe in advance to a set of numbers for the lottery’s Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5 games.
Posted Sep 17, 2013

No Smoke, but Plenty of Fire
Electronic cigarettes continue to draw praise and critics.
Posted Sep 16, 2013

It’s All About Choice
Convenience retailers such as 7-Eleven are focusing on better-for-you options to attract new customers and offer healthy snacking choices.
Posted Sep 16, 2013

Hot & Fizzy: Coke to Launch Warm Carbonated Beverage
Canada Dry Hot Ginger Ale will go on sale next month in vending machines in Japan.
Posted Sep 12, 2013

The Pumpkins Are Coming!
From Starbucks to Dunkin’ Donuts, it seems like everyone’s jumping on the pumpkin food bandwagon.
Posted Sep 11, 2013

Graphic Ads Spur 100,000 to Stop Smoking
The CDC said that its anti-smoking public health campaign is succeeding in encouraging smokers to quit.
Posted Sep 11, 2013

Break Time Launches Loyalty Program
The turnkey loyalty program will make it easier for the retailer to reward customers and increase store traffic.
Posted Sep 9, 2013

Campbell Soup, Green Mountain Coffee, Bring Soup to Keurig Brewers
Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup expands Keurig products beyond beverages.
Posted Sep 6, 2013

The Hershey Company Presents Prestigious Vision Award to Lucero
The award recognizes the international singer and actress for her global philanthropy.
Posted Sep 6, 2013

SCA’s Tork Brand Helps Prevent Childhood Hunger
A new online campaign that supports the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Banks Canada will connect thousands of families with healthy meals.
Posted Sep 6, 2013

E-Cigs Take to the Airwaves
Tobacco firms are pitching electronic cigarettes in TV spots while the government is moving toward regulating those devices.
Posted Sep 5, 2013

Lawmakers Target Energy Drinks
The congressmen tackling the industry call themselves “veterans of the tobacco wars.”
Posted Sep 4, 2013

Taco Bell Reinvents Itself, Reinvigorates Sales
The fast-food Mexican chain posted an 8% sales bump in U.S. stores.
Posted Sep 4, 2013

The Evolution of Snacking
How snacks moved from the fringe to mainstream.
Posted Sep 4, 2013

Kellogg’s Shaking Up Breakfast
The company is offering on-the-go shakes for those who usually skip breakfast.
Posted Sep 3, 2013

Miller Lite Parties Like It’s 1975
The light beer will turn back the clock to its original cans with limited-edition packaging in 2014.
Posted Aug 30, 2013

LYFE Begins in California
In California, a new restaurant concept developed by former McDonald’s executives offers food options for a variety of diets, including paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan.
Posted Aug 27, 2013

Colorado Lottery Hits the Jackpot
Thanks to record-setting Powerball jackpots in May and another record-high year of Scratch ticket sales, the Colorado Lottery posted sales of $566.3 million.
Posted Aug 23, 2013

Supermarkets Increasingly Rely on Digital Coupons
Many grocery store chains are pushing shoppers to use digital coupons connected to store loyalty cards.
Posted Aug 23, 2013

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

Ohio Lottery Ticket Sales Struggle in July
The state’s lottery director says the drop is attributed to consumers shifting their shopping preferences from convenience stores to big-box stores, the latter that do not sell lottery tickets.
Posted Aug 22, 2013

Young Smokers Turn to Flavored Cigars
The FDA still has not issued guidelines with respect to flavored cigars, an omission that has sent smoking rates among young smokers upward.
Posted Aug 20, 2013

Making Lemonade Out of Lemonade
7-Eleven is giving out free Snapple Lemon Daze today, in celebration of National Lemonade Day.
Posted Aug 20, 2013

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

Coke Defends Artificial Sweeteners
A new ad campaign launched by Coca-Cola this week touts the safety of diet drinks that contain aspartame.
Posted Aug 15, 2013

AriZona Beverages and 7-Eleven Go for Gold with Soda Shaq
Five golden tickets will be hidden at 7-Eleven stores through September 3. One lucky winner will win a meet-and-greet with NBA great Shaquille O’Neal.
Posted Aug 15, 2013

Doritos Los Tacos Are Heating Up
Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos are rolling out nationwide on August 22.
Posted Aug 15, 2013

Jell-O Makes Renewed Push to Consumers
Kraft is committing itself to reviving slumping sales of its iconic Jell-O brand.
Posted Aug 13, 2013

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

The Walmart Beer Run
The retailer’s push to increase beer sales is making strong progress.
Posted Aug 12, 2013

Premium Soda On Tap
Craft sodas represent a big opportunity for QSRs, offering customers an elevated drinking experience.
Posted Aug 12, 2013

Friendly Express Partners with OpenStore by GasBuddy
The agreement will provide the Georgia convenience store chain with its own branded mobile app.
Posted Aug 9, 2013

Twinkie Reboot Positions Itself for the Boys
The new parent company is targeting males between the ages of 18 and 35 for marketing the iconic snack cake.
Posted Aug 9, 2013

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches New Iced Coffees, Sandwich
Dunkin' Donuts unveiled a line of caramel iced coffee flavors and a pretzel roll roast beef sandwich.
Posted Aug 6, 2013

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

R.J. Reynolds Rethinks National Launch of Dissolvable Tobacco
The tobacco firm will keep its trio of dissolvable tobacco products in five markets.
Posted Aug 2, 2013

Bobby & Steve’s Auto World Launches World-Class Loyalty Program
The Minnesota convenience store chain will offer its loyalty customers lower gas prices through its World Rewards program powered by KickBack Rewards Systems.
Posted Aug 2, 2013

Growth of Sports Beverages Slows Down
While sports drinks have registered double digit increases, a new report suggests a less robust future. Meanwhile, sales of nutrition bars have also seen a slight downturn, but should still post positive growth during the next five years.
Posted Jul 30, 2013

7-Eleven Launches Summer of Snacking
The retailer responds to snacker needs with new bites, treats and deals.
Posted Jul 29, 2013

Food Makers Hire Chefs to Create Healthier Products
Chefs are helping food makers and restaurant chains figure out how to improve nutrition while keeping flavor.
Posted Jul 25, 2013

Tobacco Companies Take On New York City Council
A group led by R.J. Reynolds has launched an ad campaign to educate New Yorkers about cigarette taxes and display bans.
Posted Jul 25, 2013

Taco Bell Nixes Children's Menu
The QSR chain is shifting its attention to the Millennial crowd.
Posted Jul 24, 2013

Restaurant Mascots Fade Away
More QSRs chains have been ditching their cartoonish characters to help promote a more healthy and upscale image.
Posted Jul 24, 2013

Food Makers Fill Need for Ready-to-Eat Food
Manufacturers are developing products that allow consumers to “finish” a meal at home.
Posted Jul 23, 2013

Rolling Stone Issue Banned in Some C-Stores
Tedeschi Food Shops, Rutter’s and Cumberland Farms are among the list of retailers refusing to stock the Aug. 1 issue because of the cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.​
Posted Jul 19, 2013

Gulf Oil Partners With Hyperfuels
Hyperfuels will market Gulf Racing Fuel to race tracks and performance retailers throughout the country.
Posted Jul 19, 2013

Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Hot Dog Day
On July 23, guests can enjoy a 25-cent Ball Park hot dog and help Salute Our Troops, or enjoy a free hot dog with military I.D.
Posted Jul 19, 2013

In-Store Merchandising Outdated at Most Retail Chains
RIS News research identifies several key findings for optimizing in-store merchandising sales.
Posted Jul 18, 2013

Sunoco Expands Growler Program
Sunoco is expanding its Craft Beer Exchange program at select APlus stores in the Hudson Valley.
Posted Jul 17, 2013

Twinkies Hit Store Shelves With Fewer Calories
The new version of the snack cake is nearly 10% lighter than its predecessor.
Posted Jul 16, 2013

InComm Launches In-Store Digital Sales Program
A new program empowers consumers to purchase digital products at brick-and-mortar stores.
Posted Jul 16, 2013

Boston Embraces E-Cigs
Retailers look to e-cigarettes to help stimulate overall cigarette sales.
Posted Jul 12, 2013

Free Slurpees!
In celebration of its unofficial birthday, 7-Eleven is giving away free Slurpees today.
Posted Jul 11, 2013

Mars Unveils Easter 2014 Confections
Mars Chocolate North America is working with retailers on next year’s Easter product line.
Posted Jul 11, 2013

Dunkin' Donuts Surprising 25 Guests With $1,000 Cash Prizes
Iced Coffee Cash & DDash promotes DD’s iced coffee, awarding one winner each weekday through the end of July.
Posted Jul 11, 2013

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

Kelley’s Markets Launches New Website, Mobile App
The app features updated gas prices, store locations and promotions while allowing direct customer feedback.
Posted Jul 10, 2013

Dairy Market Volatility Continues
Weather, supply chain issues and rising demand from developing countries spell volatility for dairy prices.
Posted Jul 9, 2013

ExxonMobil Smart Card Promotion Offers Steep Savings
New ExxonMobil Smart Card users are eligible to earn 18 cents per gallon on qualifying purchases for two months.
Posted Jul 9, 2013

Dress Like a Cow, Eat for Free
Chick-fil-A invites customers to show their spots in celebration of the company’s ninth annual Cow Appreciation Day promotion.
Posted Jul 9, 2013

The Hoff Is “Thirsty for Love” at Cumberland Farms
Farmhouse Blend Iced Coffee is getting a lot of love this summer thanks to a new commercial featuring David Hasselhoff.
Posted Jul 8, 2013

Beer Can Revolution
After the first canned beer hit the market 80 years ago, brewers today are rediscovering the packaging.
Posted Jul 8, 2013

Walmart Launches “American Idol” Vendor Contest
Small businesses and entrepreneurs are encouraged to enter their products in Walmart’s “Get on the Shelf” contest.
Posted Jul 5, 2013

Dunkin’ Donuts Summer Menu Spices Up Breakfast
A Hot & Spicy Breakfast Sandwich and the Raspberry Lime Coolatta highlight the donut chain’s new summer offerings.
Posted Jul 2, 2013

From Coffee Shop to Soda Store
Starbucks could soon be known for more than just coffee with a new endeavor into handcrafted sodas.
Posted Jul 1, 2013

New USDA Rule Mandates Healthier School Snacks
The rules set limits for fat, salt and sugar for items sold in school vending machines and snack bars.
Posted Jun 28, 2013

Lorillard Wins FDA Approval of Tobacco Products
FDA is clearing the way for Newport Non-Menthol Gold Box 100s and Newport Non-Menthol Gold Box under a “substantially equivalent determination.”
Posted Jun 27, 2013

Twinkies Return to Store Shelves July 15
Hostess snack cakes return next month with a new tagline: “The Sweetest Comeback In The History Of Ever.”
Posted Jun 24, 2013

Wendy’s Officially Launches Pretzel Burger
Rumors have been flying for months, but beginning today the QSR will finally bring its pretzel burger roll to its locations nationwide.
Posted Jun 24, 2013

Donuts Without the Gluten
Dunkin’ Donuts will become the first QSR to launch a line of gluten-free pastries.
Posted Jun 21, 2013

Albertsons Tosses Loyalty Cards
Shoppers will no longer be required to present a Preferred Card to receive food and fuel discounts.
Posted Jun 21, 2013

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

Taco Bell Lures Health-Conscious Diners
The QSR’s new “Power Protein” pilot menu signals the chain is looking to offer healthier options.
Posted Jun 20, 2013

Acheiving a Less Assembly-Line Look
Food manufacturers are attempting to make their products look less mass-produced and more rustic and homemade.
Posted Jun 19, 2013

High's of Baltimore Launches With Open Store by GasBuddy
The partnership includes a new mobile app, website and rewards program.
Posted Jun 18, 2013

General Mills Embraces Healthy Options
Retailers can expect new products this year that tap into better-for-you snacking options.
Posted Jun 17, 2013

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

Low-Cal Foods, Beverages Boost Revenue
Sixteen food and beverage companies say reduced calorie products account for nearly $100 billion in annual sales.
Posted Jun 14, 2013

CVS Launches Proprietary Food Line
Three premium ground coffees have been added to the drug store chain’s premium private-label line of food and beverages.
Posted Jun 13, 2013

Bud Light Platinum Launches Reclosable Aluminum Bottle
The new packaging is available at Las Vegas nightclubs and pools, with nationwide rollout expected later this year.
Posted Jun 13, 2013

White Castle Launches Slider Contest
The Crave Time Cook-Off challenges slider lovers to break out their burger recipes and get creative.
Posted Jun 11, 2013

NCR Brings C-Go Mobile Shopping App to Spinx
C-Go allows customers to initiate a fuel transaction, select the amount of gas they want and pay with their smartphones.
Posted Jun 10, 2013

SodaStream Threat: Real or Perceived?
Analysts say the at-home soda maker is a "disruptive force" in the soft drink industry.
Posted Jun 10, 2013

Bud Light Reinvents the Can
The new vented can will be tested in the Louisville, Kentucky, market this summer.
Posted Jun 7, 2013

Dollar General Trims Name Brands
The retailer is boosting its private-label brands as part of an effort to increase gross margins.
Posted Jun 6, 2013

Pizza Hut Launches 10-Day Carryout Promo
In celebration of its 55th anniversary, the pizza chain is offering a one-topping, large pizza promo that’s being characterized as a value play.
Posted Jun 6, 2013

Panera Expands Pay-What-You-Can Concept
The fast-casual chain is adding a pay-what-you-can item to the menu at its St. Louis stores.
Posted Jun 6, 2013

Dunkin’ Donuts Debuts Breakfast Sandwich Nationwide
The donut chain has been testing its Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich, made with a fried egg and bacon, since mid-spring.
Posted Jun 5, 2013

Tim Hortons Camp Day Helps Deserving Kids
All coffee sale proceeds at Tim Hortons tomorrow will help fund summer camp experiences for underprivileged children.
Posted Jun 4, 2013

Treasury Department OKs Use of Nutritional Labels for Alcohol
The voluntary ruling means it will be up to beer, wine and spirits companies to decide whether to use labels on their products.
Posted Jun 4, 2013

Sonic Goes After the After-School Crowd
While most chains battle it out for the breakfast, lunch and dinner crowd, Sonic Drive-In wants to corner the “happy hour” crowd.
Posted Jun 3, 2013

Food Retailers Slow to Embrace Digital
The industry continues to use old ways of thinking when approaching digital media platforms such as websites and mobile devices.
Posted May 31, 2013

National Donut Day at Kangaroo Express
The convenience store chain is ready to give away free donuts on June 7 in honor of National Donut Day.
Posted May 30, 2013

7-Eleven Launches Breakfast Empanada Bites
The hot and savory breakfast item builds on the success of earlier Latin-inspired hot food snacks.
Posted May 30, 2013

It’s Tea Time
Growing at a faster rate than coffee, tea is poised to take off.
Posted May 28, 2013

Harley Celebrates 110 Years With Miller High Life
Harley Davidson and Miller are both celebrating 110 years, so why not celebrate together?
Posted May 28, 2013

PepsiCo Tweaks Soda Prices
The company wants to change to a “hybrid everyday value” instead of sale pricing.
Posted May 24, 2013

Dairy Queen Focuses on Burgers and Fries
Known for its frozen treats, the company is looking to boost its market share by increasing customer trip frequency with more menu items.
Posted May 23, 2013

Birthday Cake Flavor Brings Big Bucks
Products that tap into the flavor of birthday cake have become a multi-million dollar industry.​
Posted May 20, 2013

Coffee and Pot
Celebrity Patrick Dempsey hints at selling marijuana in his coffee shops.
Posted May 20, 2013

Coke Concentrates on Packaging
The beverage giant is expanding its options for beverage containers.
Posted May 17, 2013

M&M’s Cookbook, Bakeware Add Sweetness to Kitchen
The new licensed items are now available for retailers.
Posted May 17, 2013

Baskin-Robbins Sherbet Now Available for Retailers
Thencompany’s first freezer bar treat is now available at drug stores and supermarkets n​ationwide.
Posted May 16, 2013

Red Bull Delivers Camo Can
A portion of the proceeds from Red Bull’s limited-edition camouflage can sales will benefit the Military Warriors Support Foundation and its Homes4WoundedHeros program.
Posted May 15, 2013

Oscar Mayer Launches New Franks
They say that everything is better with bacon…or smoked, or made with chicken.
Posted May 14, 2013

Wrigley Pops Bubble on Alert Energy Caffeine Gum
The company pulled its caffeinated gum from store shelves after conversations with the FDA.
Posted May 10, 2013

Corona, Heineken, Sam Adams Gaining Ground on Big Brands
The joint venture between Grupo Modelo and Constellation Brands has led to strong sales gains by imports and craft beer brands.
Posted May 9, 2013

Stella Artois Uncorks New Cider Brand
Beginning May 13, the European-style cider will be available in the United States.
Posted May 8, 2013

Dunkin' Celebrates Moms With Heart-Shaped Donut
Nothing says “I love you, Mom” like a heart-shaped donut or a Dunkin’ Donuts-branded tumbler.
Posted May 7, 2013

Energy Drink Company Sues San Francisco Attorney
Monster is claiming that City Attorney Dennis Herrera is unfairly targeting the company by asking it to prove that its products are “safe.”
Posted May 6, 2013

Budweiser Campaign Benefits Military Families
Budweiser has raised more than $5 million for the Folds of Honor Foundation and provided more than 1,000 educational scholarships to the families of soldiers killed or disabled in service.
Posted May 6, 2013

The Secret to Subway’s Success
Founder Fred DeLuca shares how he grew the fast-casual sandwich shop into the world’s biggest restaurant chain.
Posted May 3, 2013

McDonald’s Is Top Visited U.S. Business
A new report ranks the QSR chain before Walmart and Subway as the most-visited business in the United States.
Posted May 3, 2013

Life is good Brand Brews Up Coffee
J.M. Smucker is brewing a line of Life is good-branded coffee that will hit store shelves later this summer.
Posted May 3, 2013

Customer Loyalty Extends Beyond Promotions
A new NPD report finds that 40% of customers go to their favorite restaurant regardless of whether it’s running a promotion.
Posted May 2, 2013

Beer Brands Experience Q1 Tailspin
Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors say payroll taxes, higher gasoline prices and a rainy spring have contributed to a sharp decline in beer sales.
Posted May 2, 2013

N.Y. County Prohibits Energy Drink Marketing to Minors
The ordinance also bans the sale of energy drinks to youth in county parks.
Posted Apr 24, 2013

Chipotle Makes Over Margaritas With Patron
The fast-casual chain will use Patron Silver tequila for its margaritas in an effort to serve a better-tasting cocktail.
Posted Apr 22, 2013

Top 10 Craft Beer States
USA Today ranks the top 10 states for craft beer aficionados.
Posted Apr 22, 2013

Coke Zero Without the Caffeine
A caffeine-free version of Coca-Cola's popular no-calorie soft drink will be available in July.​
Posted Apr 19, 2013

Budweiser to Unveil Bowtie Can
“This can is incomparable, like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” said Pat McGauley of Anheuser-Busch.
Posted Apr 18, 2013

Cupcake Craze Crumbling
The tiny cakes are trending downward, with consumers looking elsewhere to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Posted Apr 18, 2013

Healthful Perceptions Rise for Wendy’s, McDonald’s
The burger chains have improved their healthy standing with new options.
Posted Apr 17, 2013

Dunkin’ Vies for California — Again
For the third time in 30 years Dunkin’ Donuts is attempting to bring its coffee drinks and baked goods to California with its forthcoming West Coast expansion.
Posted Apr 15, 2013

Mars Readies for Valentine’s Day 2014
Mars Chocolate North America has its new lineup ready for buyers to start making plans for next year’s Valentine’s Day season.
Posted Apr 15, 2013

Loyalty Helps Retailers Motivate Change
The payoffs for a strategic loyalty program can be great, but assess the ROI before determining whether it makes sense for your business.
Posted Apr 12, 2013

Walmart Local Ad Fight Takes Off
The retailer is doubling the airtime of local TV commercials that feature ad price comparisons, a strategy that is resonating among consumers.
Posted Apr 12, 2013

Doritos Locos Hit Store Shelves
For a limited time, Doritos is making a brand extension of its popular Taco Bell tortilla chip available in stores.
Posted Apr 9, 2013

Laundry Pod Sales Rise, But Hurt Overall Soap Sales
Laundry detergent pods are catching on, but their precise measurements are hurting overall laundry soap sales.
Posted Apr 5, 2013

Hot and Spicy Preferences Extend Beyond Hispanic Consumers
Non-Hispanics have developed an appetite for Latin and Mexican flavors on snack foods.
Posted Apr 4, 2013

Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal Frustrates Retailers
Honey Farms exec explains in a Boston Herald op-ed why Governor Patrick’s proposal to increase the state cigarette tax in Massachusetts would hurt retailers.
Posted Apr 2, 2013

Hoosier Lottery Expands Ticketing Hours
Indiana lottery terminals add three-and-a-half hours of operating time per day to the previous schedule.
Posted Apr 2, 2013

Consumers Reach for Protein-Rich Products
Food manufacturers find that products marketed as having protein are grabbing consumer attention.
Posted Apr 1, 2013

Coffee Blend Boosts Caffeine by 200%
Death Wish Coffee vies for strongest coffee in the world honors with twice the caffeine per cup.
Posted Mar 25, 2013

Maine Dumps 'Kwikies' Name
The state will rebrand its scratch-off lottery tickets after a massive backlash from retailers.
Posted Mar 22, 2013

Starbucks Ties Loyalty Points to Retail Purchases
The coffeehouse chain is expanding its Rewards card program to Starbucks-branded products sold in grocery, club and drug stores.
Posted Mar 22, 2013

'Kwikies' Spark Controversy
The proposed new name for a Maine lottery ticket has retailers scratching their heads.
Posted Mar 20, 2013

Mars Chocolate Dreams of Christmas
The chocolate company has unveiled its 2013 holiday lineup.
Posted Mar 20, 2013

Seattle's Best Coffee Expands Drive-Thru Concept
Fifteen new drive-thru-only locations are coming to the Dallas-Fort Worth area this spring.
Posted Mar 19, 2013

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

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

FTC Announces Guidelines for Mobile, Social Advertising
Mobile and social media advertising is subject to the same disclosure rules that apply to newspaper and television messages.
Posted Mar 14, 2013

Florida Lottery Scratching Off Record Sales
For the fifth consecutive week, Florida Lottery scratch-off sales set a record.
Posted Mar 14, 2013

How (Not) Sweet It Is
Expect to see health advocates ramping up anti-sugar campaign efforts.
Posted Mar 13, 2013

Wrigley Offers Gum With a Kick
Wrigley is launching a caffeinated gum product next month with a nationwide rollout expected this summer.
Posted Mar 11, 2013

Craft Beer Goes Big
Breweries are playing with larger bottles, such as 22-ounce "bombers" and 3-liter jeroboams.
Posted Mar 8, 2013

Rick Bayless to Create Craft Beer for Corona
The celebrity chef is partnering with Corona to develop a Latin- and Mexican-inspired beer.
Posted Mar 7, 2013

Gulf Launches GulfCard Loyalty Program
Point-of-purchase program provides branded retailers with the opportunity to offer individual "instant savings" promotions.
Posted Mar 5, 2013

Grocery Chief Offers Expiring Food Plan
Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe's, is working on a plan to sell expiring but still-edible, nutritious food to Boston's low-income families.
Posted Feb 28, 2013

Two States Consider Ad Tax
The governors of Minnesota and Ohio are considering legislation that would place a tax on advertisements.
Posted Feb 27, 2013

There's a Card for That
Prepaid cards target underbanked consumers, offering everything from IRA distributions to kids' allowances.
Posted Feb 26, 2013

Rewards Programs Help Fuel Grocery Store Sales
As fuel prices rise, Washington, D.C.-area grocery stores with fuel rewards program are flourishing.
Posted Feb 26, 2013

Can-Do Attitude for Sam Adams
In time for summer, the Boston Beer Co. will launch Samuel Adams Boston Lager in cans.
Posted Feb 26, 2013

Seattle's Best Coffee Comes to Freezer Aisle
The company, along with Inventure Foods, will offer a frozen blended coffee drink to capitalize on the blend-at-home category.
Posted Feb 25, 2013

Safeway Launches Combined Debit, Loyalty Card
The supermarket chain wants to stop paying high swipe fees to process bank debit cards.
Posted Feb 22, 2013

Bubble Bursts on Gum Sales
Even with a sea of choices, flavors and brands on store shelves, consumers aren't chomping at the bit to get their hands on gum.
Posted Feb 18, 2013

Monster Beverage Switches Labels
The energy drink will now list nutritional facts instead of supplemental information to avoid being classified as a dietary supplement.
Posted Feb 15, 2013

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

Restaurants Challenged by Food Costs, Other Channels
Increasing competition from convenience and grocery stores will force restaurant operators to deploy more targeted advertising, with deals customized by geography and personal preference.
Posted Feb 14, 2013

New York Mayor Touts Success of Salt Reduction Campaign
Food manufacturers have been quietly lowering the amount of sodium in name-brand foods.
Posted Feb 13, 2013

Mountain Dew to Launch Morning Beverage
Kickstart combines Mountain Dew and fruit juice, and will be hitting store shelves beginning February 25.
Posted Feb 12, 2013

Keeping Pace With Merchandising Trends
SymphonyIRI Group says that CPG manufacturers and retailers must innovate and "think outside the box" to engage consumers.
Posted Feb 7, 2013

Will Love Save Valentine's Day Sales?
The National Retail Federation predicts only a small bump in expected sales this year for the February 14 holiday.
Posted Feb 6, 2013

Giant Eagle Expands Fuelperks
Giant Eagle is enhancing its Fuelperks gasoline program and ending its Foodperks food discount program.
Posted Feb 5, 2013

Safeway, ExxonMobil Partner on Fuel Rewards Program
The joint effort allows Safeway shoppers to earn Reward Points for redemption at Exxon or Mobil locations.
Posted Feb 1, 2013

How Can the Big Game Bring Big Business?
What will be viewers be eating and drinking this Super Bowl Sunday? Most of it is stuff that c-stores sell.
Posted Feb 1, 2013

Minute Maid Launches New Low-Calorie Drinks
The four new beverage products contain 50 calories or less per serving.
Posted Jan 30, 2013

McDonald's Goes Interactive With QR Codes
The QSR's new takeout bags and cups now include interactive QR codes that provide customers with nutritional data.
Posted Jan 23, 2013

Mars Chocolate Releases Halloween Treat List
The chocolate company is looking ahead to the 2013 Halloween season with some new offerings.
Posted Jan 23, 2013

Small Brewers Scale Bigger Obstacles
The competition for small brewers is heating up as big companies snap up more of the market share through acquisitions.
Posted Jan 22, 2013

Convenience Stores Offer More Food
Bloomberg BusinessWeek calls sandwiches "the new cigarettes" at 7-Eleven stores.
Posted Jan 21, 2013

Wendy's Engages Customers With Digital Promotion
Thousands of fans can submit names for their favorite tasty trio in exchange for the chance to win prizes and recognition on Wendy's digital properties.
Posted Jan 17, 2013

Coke Jumps Into Obesity Battle With Ads
The beverage company brings its "calories in, calories out" message directly to consumers.
Posted Jan 16, 2013

Target Offering Year-Round Online Price Matches
In an effort to combat showrooming, Target promises to go cent-for-cent with Amazon, Walmart, BestBuy and Toys "R" Us.
Posted Jan 10, 2013

E-Cigs Take On Big Tobacco
"Vapor" smoking companies are ramping up advertising to capture a bigger slice of the cigarette market.
Posted Jan 9, 2013

The 'King of Beers' Unveils Budweiser Black Crown
The new brew was a crowd favorite during its nationwide "Project 12" competition.
Posted Jan 9, 2013

McDonald's Wings It
The QSR is expanding its test marketing of chicken wings to Chicago.
Posted Jan 9, 2013

Mondelez International's 90-Day Shake-Up
Mondelez International's new Mobile Futures program is hoping to shape the future of mobile marketing in just 90 days.
Posted Jan 7, 2013

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

Subscription Snack Boxes Deliver Healthy Treats
The latest eating trend includes monthly discoveries of healthy snacks delivered to a customer's doorstep.
Posted Jan 2, 2013

Specializing in Groceries
Central Florida is experiencing a renaissance of specialty grocers.
Posted Oct 31, 2012

Arkansas Lottery Promo Offers Free Tickets
Buy one 50-50 ticket, get a $1 Hunting for Hundreds ticket for free.
Posted Oct 30, 2012

Aggressive Tobacco Pricing to Come
At least three big tobacco companies will be duking it out in the aisles.
Posted Oct 26, 2012

Scaring the Older Set
Adults are taking over Halloween.
Posted Oct 26, 2012

Chicago Mayor Open to Cigarette Tax Increase
With the Windy City's budget deficit approaching $300 million, Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaves a cigarette tax hike on the table.
Posted Oct 25, 2012

A Free Taco for Every American
Taco Bell promo ties in with World Series, allowing everyone in America the chance to get a Doritos Locos Tacos gratis.
Posted Oct 25, 2012

TravelCenters of America to Honor Truck-Driving Veterans
Veterans with a commercial driver's license to eat free this Veterans Day at TA and Petro full-Service restaurants.
Posted Oct 25, 2012

Orion Food Systems Honored by Soldier's Special Request
Soldier posted to Afghanistan asks for Orion's Lettieri's products in the field.
Posted Oct 24, 2012

Soft Drinks Still Tops in Customer Satisfaction
Americans are also pleased with their preferred brand of cigarettes and beer.
Posted Oct 19, 2012

Pumpkin Madness
From PopTarts to Pringles, pumpkin products are multiplying on store shelves.
Posted Oct 19, 2012

Dot-Coms Won't Undersell Target
Target announces plans to match holiday prices with major online retailers.
Posted Oct 18, 2012

Teachers Confiscate Cheetos
Some schools and districts have banned Flamin' Hot Cheetos, citing nutritional concerns.
Posted Oct 15, 2012

Move Over, Beef
Chicken is increasingly making its way as the go-to meat choice for QSRs.
Posted Oct 12, 2012

PepsiCo Launches Interactive Vending Machines
The interactive touchscreen machine allows consumers to buy, gift and play games.
Posted Oct 11, 2012

Hershey Embraces Fall, Not Ghosts
The candy company will be using more fall seasonal packaging instead of Halloween-themed packaging this year.
Posted Oct 10, 2012

Vending Program Counts Calories
The beverage industry's new initiative provides clear nutritional information to consumers.
Posted Oct 10, 2012

Kraft Foods Group Spin Off Complete
Yesterday marked company's first day as an independently traded business.
Posted Oct 3, 2012

Arby's Looks to Sheds Fast Food Image
The QSR is revamping its image, hoping to convince diners that it is a destination for fresh food.
Posted Oct 2, 2012

How Much for the Crackers? One Tweet.
Kellogg's allows customers at a pop-up store in London to pay for crackers with a tweet.
Posted Sep 28, 2012

Beer Stays King of the Hill
A new Technomic study finds that the beer industry is challenged, but dynamic and evolving.
Posted Sep 27, 2012

Beef Jerky Goes High Class
Gourmet flavors, such as Basil Citrus and Lemon Garlic, are dressing up dried-meat products.
Posted Sep 27, 2012

Consumers Aren't "Scared" of Halloween
Seven in 10 Americans will celebrate the spooky holiday, spending on average $79.82.
Posted Sep 26, 2012

Celebrate National Coffee Day
On Saturday, Sept. 29, retailers such as The Pantry are planning to celebrate a tasty hot cup of Joe with their customers.
Posted Sep 24, 2012

Consumers Help Choose New Budweiser Beers for 'Project 12' Sampler Pack
The three different brews were developed in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Williamsburg, Virginia.
Posted Sep 19, 2012

Coke to Launch Water Flavoring Drops
Coca-Cola's Dasani Drops is a new addition to water flavor enhancer products.
Posted Sep 13, 2012

Screaming for Ice Cream
Ice cream and frozen novelty sales are on the rise after stagnant sales in the past two years, Mintel reports.
Posted Sep 12, 2012

Taking a Hard Look at Cider
Hard cider grabs market share, growing sales 50% in the past year.
Posted Sep 11, 2012

Amstel Wheat Bottles Now Available
After a limited release draught test in seven markets last year, Amstel Wheat Bier is now available in bottles in the Northeast, Chicago and Minneapolis.
Posted Sep 11, 2012

Healthy Snacks at a C-Store Near You
Fitsugar.com shares the healthiest snacks found on most convenience store shelves.
Posted Sep 4, 2012

Campbell Celebrates Iconic Warhol Artwork
The limited-edition cans commemorate the 50th anniversary of Warhol's famed Campbell's Soup paintings.
Posted Aug 31, 2012

Touchdown! Krispy Kreme Crafts Football-Shaped Doughnut
Krispy Kreme embraces the gridiron with limited edition football-shaped doughnut line.
Posted Aug 30, 2012

Energy Drink Makers on the Hot Seat in New York
The state's attorney general is launching an investigation into the marketing of energy drinks and shots such as AMP, Monster and 5-Hour Energy.
Posted Aug 29, 2012

AriZona Beverages Debuts Fan-Picked Flavor Exclusively at 7-Eleven
Cherry Lime Rickey is part of the company's 20th anniversary celebration.
Posted Aug 29, 2012

Arkansas Lottery Launches New Game
The Natural State Jackpot is similar to Powerball and Mega Millions and features an average jackpot of more than $150,000.
Posted Aug 28, 2012

Brown Bear Car Wash Celebrates 55th Anniversary
The company has washed 136,743 cars for free over the years on its annual "Free Car Wash Day," which takes pace this Thursday.
Posted Aug 22, 2012

The Debate Over E-Cigarettes
Whether e-cigarettes help prevent smoking or pose a passive vaping risk remains uncertain. What's clear, though, is that sales are on the rise.
Posted Aug 21, 2012

Oklahoma Tribal Cigarette Sales Hit Decade Low
Sales of cigarettes purchased at Oklahoma Indian reservations are at a 10-year low and continue to drop.
Posted Aug 21, 2012

5-Hour Energy Plans Product Expansion
The makers of the popular energy shot brand are working on a low-calorie snack bar that could stave off hunger for three hours.
Posted Aug 20, 2012

Diet Coke to Switch Can Design
Coke plans to use last fall's limited-edition packaging as the new look for Diet Coke cans.
Posted Aug 17, 2012

Supermarkets Shift Focus to Perimeters
The outer aisles are getting a makeover as more grocers rethink how to merchandise their bakery, deli, produce, meat and seafood areas.
Posted Aug 15, 2012

Corner Store Expands Marketing With OpenStore by GasBuddy
Customers can get exclusive deals and learn about Corner Stores through traditional, social and mobile promotions.
Posted Aug 14, 2012

Kraft Brings Tim Hortons to Beverage System
Beginning in October, Tim Hortons premium-branded coffee will be available for Kraft's Tassimo on-demand beverage system in Canada and the United States.
Posted Aug 13, 2012

Reynolds Banks on Smokeless
The tobacco company has focused more resources on developing innovative smokeless tobacco products.
Posted Aug 6, 2012

Americans Smoking Fewer Cigarettes, More Cigars
Cost is a major factor as more Americans give up cigarettes for cigars and loose tobacco.
Posted Aug 6, 2012

Back-to-School Shoppers Ready to Spend
Consumers are prepared for higher prices at checkout.
Posted Aug 6, 2012

Harris Teeter Helps Bring Salad Bars to Community Schools
The text-to-donate campaign is helping schools offer healthy lunch options and combat childhood obesity.
Posted Aug 3, 2012

The Race to Soft Drink Heaven
Pepsi and Coke continue their search for a soda with zero calories, no artificial sweeteners and a clean finish.
Posted Jul 27, 2012

Grocer Debuts a 'Man Aisle'
The shelves feature typical male products, such as beer, soda, beef jerky and barbecue sauces.
Posted Jul 27, 2012

AAFES Coloring Contest Can Pay Off for Young Artists
Military children can show off their artistic side in the military retailer's Crayola Coloring Contest.
Posted Jul 27, 2012

Maryland Lottery Records $1.8 Billion in Sales
A strong retail network has helped the Maryland Lottery generate record sales.
Posted Jul 26, 2012

Illinois Lottery Sales Fall Short of Expectations
Internet lottery sales total only $2.2 million in the three months since sales began in March.
Posted Jul 25, 2012

Brewers Address Market Share Loss to Spirits
Beer imaging might soon get a PR makeover in an effort to regain the industry's foothold among consumers who may be opting for liquor instead.
Posted Jul 24, 2012

Milky Way French Vanilla and Caramel Coming to C-Store Shelves
The limited edition candy bar will be available in convenience stores in February 2013.
Posted Jul 24, 2012

Hispanics Favor Thirst Quenchers, Imported Beer
New Mintel report also finds that wine consumption, traditionally low for Hispanic beverage consumers, will be rising in the coming years.
Posted Jul 20, 2012

Anheuser-Busch Samples Six Small-Batch Beers
Consumer feedback will determine which three beers will appear in a fall sampler pack.
Posted Jul 20, 2012

PepsiCo to Test Malt-flavored Mountain Dew
Several cities will test a malt-flavored, lemon-line version of Mountain Dew beginning next month.
Posted Jul 17, 2012

West Virginia Lottery Posts $81 Million Surplus
Officials speculate sales may have peaked for the lottery as neighboring states open their own gambling venues.
Posted Jul 17, 2012

Czech Mate
Pilsner Urquell will focus on freshness in the United States with new packaging and refrigerated shipping.
Posted Jul 13, 2012

Swisher Introduces E-Cigarettes
Swisher will launch two e-cigarette flavors and an e-cigar beginning next month.
Posted Jul 13, 2012

Anheuser-Busch, Habitat For Humanity Partner to Build Homes for St. Louis Families
On July 14, Anheuser-Busch employees and their families will take part in "Builder Day" in St. Louis.
Posted Jul 13, 2012

Millennials Frequently Consume Adult Beverages
This demographic is emerging as the most influential and important adult beverage consumer groups.
Posted Jul 11, 2012

Consumers Reaching for Natural, Organic Items
Natural and organic foods are no longer relegated to specialty stores, with mainstream grocery stores dedicating store shelves to the increasingly popular items.
Posted Jul 10, 2012

WilcoHess Launches New Mobile App and Website
New site features store profiles, a CEO blog and a store locator. WilcoHess On the Go allows customers to present digital coupons that can be scanned at the point of sale.
Posted Jul 10, 2012

7-Eleven Celebrates July 11 With Free Slurpees
The retailer toasts 85 years of convenience with free Slurpee drinks.
Posted Jul 5, 2012

Beverage Companies Push Back Against NYC Large Soda Ban
The beverage manufacturers have talked with New York City Council members and mayoral candidates about the proposed ban on larger sodas.
Posted Jul 3, 2012

Anheuser Busch Invests in Corona
Anheuser-Busch InBev is acquiring the remainder of Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona beer, for $20.1 billion.
Posted Jul 2, 2012

You Have the Right to a Free Slurpee
7-Eleven is partnering with local police to issue well-behaved kids citations (vouchers) for free Slurpees.
Posted Jun 28, 2012

Oregon Craft Beer Industry Posts Strong Gains
Last year's production tops one million barrels, up 7.5% from 2010.
Posted Jun 28, 2012

Rutter's Announces Sweepstakes Winners; Opens 57th Store
First winner in Rutter's Fuel Up Free Sweepstakes is announced; Register Scan and Win prizes awarded; and Rutter's opens its 57th store.
Posted Jun 26, 2012

India Removes "Energy" From Energy Drink Label
Energy drinks will be called "caffeinated beverages" and include a safety warning on their labels.
Posted Jun 26, 2012

Coke Moves Into Dairy Products
The soft drink company will distribute Core Power, a high-protein milkshake.
Posted Jun 22, 2012

Beer for a Buck Coming to Kentucky
Dollar General has applied for licenses at five stores in Kentucky.
Posted Jun 22, 2012

Pizza Chains Unite to Address Menu-Labeling Plan
The pizza chains argue that menu labeling would require them to post misleading calorie counts and data that would prove nearly useless for customers looking to make informed choices.
Posted Jun 21, 2012

Caribou Coffee Enjoys 'Little Guy' Status
The number-four coffee chain uses its position behind Starbucks as a marketing tool.
Posted Jun 20, 2012

Wisconsin Lottery Sales Climbing
Lottery sales in the Badger State are up 2% over the past five years.
Posted Jun 19, 2012

Weight Watchers Introduces New Grab & Go Items
New sandwiches, wraps and salads are now available in convenience stores.
Posted Jun 19, 2012

Frito-Lay Pursues 1% �" and 99% �" Customers
The snack-food company has long focused on middle America, but is now expanding to both value and high-end consumers.
Posted Jun 15, 2012

NYC Health Board Signals Approval of Large Soda Ban
The mayor's measure would prohibit foodservice establishments from serving soft drinks and other sugary beverages in servings larger than 16 ounces.
Posted Jun 14, 2012

Dads Take on More Grocery Shopping
Fifty-two percent of fathers say they are the primary supermarket shopper in the family.
Posted Jun 14, 2012

P&G and Walmart Tweak Food Truck Strategy to Reach Urbanites
Test programs in Chicago and New York are bringing popular items directly to customers with foodtruck-style mobile stores.
Posted Jun 12, 2012

Ice Cream Truck Tour Celebrates Milky Way Ice Cream Bars
'The Big Bang Theory' actor Kunal Nayyar helps kick-off a new summer ice cream truck tour with a bang.
Posted Jun 8, 2012

Wellness in a Box
Vending machines are stocking more healthful items these days.
Posted Jun 8, 2012

Clif Launches Crunch Bars in C-Stores
Crunch granola bars are now available in convenience stores nationwide.
Posted Jun 7, 2012

NYC Large Soda Ban Proposal: Who Wins, Who Loses
Businesses forced to comply with the proposed ban would incur additional expenses, which they would be forced to pass along to consumers.
Posted Jun 5, 2012

Craft Brewers Opting for Cans
Lighter, less expensive cans are becoming more popular for craft brewers.
Posted Jun 5, 2012

Sales of Chocolate Candy Reach Nearly $20 Billion
In 2011, chocolate sold at retail jumped 6.6%, and sales at convenience stores showed remarkable resilience.
Posted Jun 4, 2012

Mars Chocolate Reaches Certified Cocoa Milestone
The company hopes to exceed its original target of 20% in 2012, making it the largest user of certified cocoa in the world.
Posted Jun 1, 2012

Reynolds American "Transforms" Website
RAI's new "Transforming Tobacco" section will help consumers learn more about the company's strategic framework.
Posted May 31, 2012

Dunkin' Donuts Announces National Donut Day Promo
Guests will receive a free donut on June 1 with the purchase of any drink.
Posted May 24, 2012

MillerCoors Launches Fruity Beers
The brewer is going after Millennials with apple- and coconut-flavored brews.
Posted May 23, 2012

Free Slurpees!
7-Eleven is kicking off summer early with free Slurpees tomorrow.
Posted May 22, 2012

How Cost-Conscious Grocery Shoppers Tick
New research reveals that the average monthly spend on groceries has been on the rise.
Posted May 18, 2012

Massachusetts Item Pricing Proposal Draws Ire
Warehouse clubs, convenience stores would be exempt from having to affix individual stickers on food items or provide aisle scanners.
Posted May 17, 2012

Nutrisystem Expands Into Retail
Nutrisystem Everyday products will be sold at Kroger, which marks the beginning of the company's growth plans into more retail channels.
Posted May 17, 2012

Coke Enters Low-Cal Soda Battle With New Sweeteners Blend
The soft-drink company has begun testing mid-calorie soft drinks in select stores.
Posted May 16, 2012

Website Promotes Beer Prices
Much like gas price apps, SaveOnBrew.com wants to help consumers locate beer prices at retail locations in the United States.
Posted May 15, 2012

FTC Wants to 'Move On' From Restricting Food Ads Geared to Children
The initiative by the federal government to hold back marketing of specific foods to kids has lost momentum.
Posted May 10, 2012

76% of Purchase Decisions Made In-Store
A new study explores the changing behavior and purchasing decisions of today's grocery shopper.
Posted May 10, 2012

Iconic Budweiser Bottle Gets a Makeover
The special red, white and blue packaging will be available for a limited time this summer.
Posted May 10, 2012

Chevron Extramile Launches New Battleship Commander Instant Win Game
Consumers can visit West Coast Chevron ExtraMile Locations for chances to win thousands of instant prices.
Posted May 10, 2012

Spring Spurs Gift Card Sales
Restaurant chains are pushing gift cards for Mother's Day, Father's Day and graduations.
Posted May 9, 2012

New York Lottery Reports Record Profit
Lottery records a $2.9 billion annual profit, with lottery retailers and video gaming facilities earning commissions totaling more than $1 billion.
Posted May 8, 2012

Massachusetts Lottery Sets Sales Record
Instant tickets and Mega Millions keep the Massachusetts Lottery on pace for a record-setting year, one whose profits will soon pass $1 billion.
Posted May 3, 2012

Burger King Going Cage-, Crate-Free
The decision is part of the company's social responsibility policy, a move applauded by the U.S. Humane Society.
Posted May 3, 2012

U.S. To Review Online Alcohol Advertising
Current standards may not reflect the widespread use of social media, with the FTC's last review incorporating advertising data from 2005.
Posted May 3, 2012

The State of the Food Retail Industry
The Food Marketing Institute revealed its 2012 grocery shopper trends at a FMI2012 presentation yesterday.
Posted May 2, 2012

The Pantry's Roo Cup Returns at Kangaroo Express Stores
Starting May 1, customers can reserve a refillable cup online and access Roo Cup refills.
Posted Apr 30, 2012

Publix to Pilot Paperless Coupon Program
This summer the grocery store chain will start testing digital coupons that shoppers can redeem at checkout without their loyalty card.
Posted Apr 27, 2012

Hershey Goes Lite
Hershey is planning to launch an indulgent, lower-calorie chocolate on June 1.
Posted Apr 26, 2012

A Natural Evolution
The pendulum is swinging toward the natural in beverages.
Posted Apr 25, 2012

U.S. Organic Market Surpasses $31 Billion
In 2011, the organic industry grew by 9.5% overall, which suggests that consumers are willing to pay for value-added products.
Posted Apr 25, 2012

Doritos Tacos Fuel Taco Bell Sales
Less than two months after launch, Doritos Locos Tacos are generating strong sales for Taco Bell.
Posted Apr 24, 2012

McDonald's Is Lovin' McCafé
The QSR enjoyed a 5% jump in Q1 profits thanks to specialty drinks like coffee frappes and fruit smoothies.
Posted Apr 23, 2012

NY Village Passes State's First Ban on Tobacco Product Displays
NYACS calls the move "breathtakingly absurd."
Posted Apr 20, 2012

Potato Chip Buzz
Caffeinated potato chips aim to lure energy-depleted snackers.
Posted Apr 19, 2012

Hostess Faces Potential Strike
Hostess Brands and its union are facing off in bankruptcy court this week, with the Twinkie's fate (and other Hostess products) hanging in the balance.
Posted Apr 19, 2012

Couche-Tard Launches Private Brand Cigarettes
The company will offer Crown cigarettes at its U.S. chains.
Posted Apr 18, 2012

Beer Sales in Convenience Stores Grew By More Than $200 Million in 2011
Convenience stores were the leading channel for beer sales among off-premise retailers.
Posted Apr 18, 2012

Sampling Boosts Sales
Offering customers a free preview of a product increases overall basket size, too.
Posted Apr 13, 2012

Court Extinguishes Worcester Cigarette Ad Ban
A federal judge rules that a city ordinance that prohibits stores from advertising specific cigarette brands on signs visible from the street is unconstitutional.
Posted Apr 4, 2012

Seasonal Beer Sales Growing
Major brewers focus on seasonal brews as the segment realizes strong gains.
Posted Apr 4, 2012

Anheuser-Busch InBev to Debut 19 New Products
The new brews include smaller craft-type beers, cider and more malt beverages.
Posted Mar 30, 2012

Marketers Go On Offense With Children's Food Ads
A group of 16 companies has agreed to promote nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
Posted Mar 30, 2012

Spring Weather Warms Up Interest in Cool Treats
Warmer temps during March have consumers hankering for ices, frozen yogurt and ice cream.
Posted Mar 28, 2012

It's Miller Time (Again)
MillerCoors is reviving and reinventing the "It's Miller Time" tagline.
Posted Mar 26, 2012

Starbucks Announces Energy Beverage Debut
The coffeehouse chain will enter the energy drink market with Starbucks Refreshers.
Posted Mar 23, 2012

McDonald's Tries Paper In Lieu of Foam
The pilot program will commence in 2,000 locations, about 15% of U.S. McDonald's restaurants.
Posted Mar 22, 2012

Is Smaller Better?
Retailers are discovering that large footprints are not working as well for them.
Posted Mar 21, 2012

Refresh Your Summer With Shock Top Lemon Shandy
The natural lemonade flavor perfectly complements Anheuser-Busch's wheat ale.
Posted Mar 21, 2012

Starbucks Opens First Juice Bar
Evolution Fresh is hoping to make a splash in the juice bar business.
Posted Mar 20, 2012

Efforts to Curb Liquor Sales in Iowa C-Stores Likely Out of Gas
Des Moines officials sought to restrict the sale of packaged liquor in convenience stores that sell gasoline, a measure that appears dead this legislative session.
Posted Mar 20, 2012

Going Greek
Sales of Greek yogurt in each of the past three years have surged more than 100%, while non-Greek yogurt has grown at a single-digit pace, according to Nielsen.
Posted Mar 19, 2012

Marathon Bar Challenges Athletes to 'Rock On' for Their Health
The Snickers-brand bar is encouraging athletes to "rock" their health for 2012.
Posted Mar 19, 2012

Facebook Finds Success in Brand, Business Page Revamp
The social media site saw 8 million brands change to its new webpage format in 10 days.
Posted Mar 16, 2012

Thirst for Bottled Water Continues
Higher prices have yet to slake consumer consumption of bottled water.
Posted Mar 16, 2012

Pepsi Readies Launch of Mid-Calorie Soda
Pepsi Next Cola is set to hit store shelves nationally on March 26.
Posted Mar 15, 2012

MillerCoors Debuts New and Improved Miller64 Beer
The low-calorie brew has been reintroduced with a new look, name and personality.
Posted Mar 14, 2012

Slugger Jason Kipnis Goes to Bat for Crave
The Cleveland Indians second baseman is the new spokesperson for the chocolate milk drink.
Posted Mar 14, 2012

Indiana Passes Statewide Smoking Ban, Exempts Bars
Compromised bill heads to Governor Daniels' desk for signature.
Posted Mar 13, 2012

Caramel Coloring to Change in Pepsi, Coke Products
The soft drink makers will alter the recipes after a California law went into effect requiring cancer-warning labels on beverages with a certain level of carcinogens.
Posted Mar 12, 2012

Starbucks Will Roll Out Single-Serve Coffeemaker
The Verismo will be in stores for the holiday season.
Posted Mar 12, 2012

Wyoming Legislature Targets RYO Machines
Wyoming joins a growing list of states targeting roll-your-own tobacco machines.
Posted Mar 8, 2012

Gluten-Free Industry Tops $6 Billion
The industry has grown 27% since 2009, driven by new products.
Posted Mar 7, 2012

New England-Only Lottery Game to Launch March 11
Six state lotteries create "Lucky for Life," a game that gives players a chance to win $1,000 a day for life; tickets go on sale March 11.
Posted Mar 6, 2012

McDonald's to Launch Nutrition-Centric Happy Meal Ads
Campaign will feature new characters pitching nutrition.
Posted Mar 6, 2012

Wine Sales in Food Retail Stores Triggers Job Creation, Consumer Choice
A new FMI study reveals the economic effect of allowing wine to be sold in state-restricted food retail stores.
Posted Mar 2, 2012

The Couponing Craze Continues
More couponers are technically savvy, well-to-do and educated.
Posted Mar 2, 2012

Sunday Alcohol Sales in Connecticut Looking Likely
Package store owners association drops opposition to a bill that would allow Connecticut to become the 49th state to allow Sunday alcohol sales.
Posted Mar 1, 2012

Chicago Raises Taxes on Cigars, Loose and Smokeless Tobacco
New taxes take effect today across Cook County.
Posted Mar 1, 2012

Budweiser Launches 'Track Your Bud' Campaign
Budweiser promotion allows consumers to track the sources of ingredients and craftsmanship of individual beers.
Posted Mar 1, 2012

Indiana Lawmakers Overhaul Smoking Ban Bill
Revisions would allow residents to light up in bars, bingo halls, and nursing homes across the state.
Posted Mar 1, 2012

Walgreens to Open Third Emporium
The drugstore chain has begun to expand to stores featuring sushi, a juice bar, organic products, and a beauty salon.
Posted Feb 29, 2012

Coke Adds Diet Coke, Sprite to Plant Bottle Test
The soft drink company now distributes Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, Mello Yello and Sprite in eco-friendly plant bottles in three cities.
Posted Feb 28, 2012

Missouri Lawmakers Seek to Reduce Lottery Prize Pool
Prize money would be reallocated to aid renovation and building of veterans facilities.
Posted Feb 23, 2012

Rhode Island Lawmaker Proposes Cigarette Tax Decrease
The state representative maintains that lowering the cigarette excise tax would help convenience stores compete with neighboring states.
Posted Feb 21, 2012

Small Companies Embrace Social Media for Growth
From Twitter to Facebook, small entrepreneurs are tapping into social media to boost their brands and bring customers to their stores.
Posted Feb 20, 2012

Mars to Slim Down Candy Bars
The company will stop making chocolate products that have more than 250 calories.
Posted Feb 17, 2012

American Heart Association Strongly Supports Salt Reduction
The group pointed to "overwhelming evidence" that reducing sodium intake improves cardiovascular health.
Posted Feb 17, 2012

Mississippi Beer Retailers Look for Higher ABV Beer to Boost Sales
A Mississippi bill seeks to raise the alcohol content limit of beer sold within the state, a move that beer retailers applaud.
Posted Feb 16, 2012

Retail Beer Sales Topped $98 Billion in 2011
The Beer Institute found that retail revenue grew more than 2% last year.
Posted Feb 15, 2012

The Element of Surprise
Retailers go beyond rewards with good customers and focus instead on delighting them.
Posted Feb 15, 2012

Bottled Water Ban Brews Campus Controversy
At least 20 universities across the United States have banned plastic bottles, with manufacturers concerned that such bans will impact sales.
Posted Feb 14, 2012

Beverage Companies Cuckoo for Coconuts
Sales of coconut water have nearly doubled in revenue each year since 2005, reaching $400 million in U.S. sales last year.
Posted Feb 14, 2012

Childhood Obesity Ads Spark Controversy
A billboard campaign in Atlanta has some concerned that it's sending mixed messages to parents and children.
Posted Feb 13, 2012

Walgreens Mobile App Integrates Location-Based, Circular-Like Messaging
LocalResponse offers mobile deals for customers while inside a Walgreens store.
Posted Feb 9, 2012

Walmart to Label Healthy Foods
First Lady Michele Obama helped unveil the retailer's new "Great For You" icon.
Posted Feb 8, 2012

Coupon Interest Still High Among Shoppers
More than 3.5 billion coupons were redeemed last year in the United States.
Posted Feb 1, 2012

Netflix Reevaluates Strategy
The company has plans to attract new subscribers and has its eye on Amazon's stand-alone streaming service.
Posted Jan 27, 2012

Cenex Driver Launches Rewards Program
Driver Rewards will help to drive traffic to Cenex-branded retail locations.
Posted Jan 27, 2012

Pepsi Adds Three Products to Billion-Dollar Sales Club
Diet Mountain Dew, Brisk tea and Starbucks beverages now register annual sales of more than $1 billion.
Posted Jan 27, 2012

Food Groups Protest Obesity Ad Campaigns
Cities and states would better serve their residents by allocating advertising campaign funds to build parks and bike paths, according to the American Beverage Association.
Posted Jan 24, 2012

Tesco Rethinks U.S. Fresh & Easy Strategy
The British grocer is "temporarily" closing a dozen more stores as it scrambles to figure out how to restart its U.S. chain.
Posted Jan 20, 2012

Grocery Stores Target Food Stamp Beneficiaries
Supermarkets, which previously targeted high-end shoppers with Starbucks cafes and olive bars, now have a new audience in mind: food stamp recipients.
Posted Jan 18, 2012

Massachusetts Considering Online Lottery Sales
State treasurer will appoint a task force to consider a range of factors, including the potential impact that online lottery sales would pose to existing lottery retailers.
Posted Jan 17, 2012

Sunoco Expands Growler Program
Successful testing of the Craft Beer Exchange is bringing the program to Sunoco APlus stores throughout New York.
Posted Jan 16, 2012

Dove Dark Chocolate Celebrates 2012 With Tips for Resolutions
Celebrity Chef Claire Robinson shares five tips for keeping those 2012 resolutions while enjoying healthy changes without compromising taste.
Posted Jan 16, 2012

Next for New York City: Reducing Liquor Sales
The mayor plans to lower the number of alcohol retail outlets and the amount of alcohol marketing in stores and restaurants.
Posted Jan 13, 2012

More Supermarkets Turning to Nutritional Scoring
NuVal and Guiding Stars have now licensed their scoring systems to more than 3,000 supermarkets nationwide.
Posted Jan 12, 2012

Indiana Statewide Smoking Ban Looking Likely
A statewide ban receives positive reception, with sponsors looking for passage before the Super Bowl in Indianapolis, while bar and restaurants owners say it would be bad for business.
Posted Jan 12, 2012

Eat Less, Lose Weight
New York City's new anti-obesity campaign links leg amputations with soda consumption as part of an overall message on exercising portion control.
Posted Jan 11, 2012

Get Smart With These 2012 Products
CPG manufacturers are trotting out new products this year designed to make buyers feel good about themselves.
Posted Jan 11, 2012

Dunkin' Doubles
The coffee chain plans to double its number of U.S. locations over the next 20 years, but continues to stay quiet on if or when it will enter California.
Posted Jan 9, 2012

Mobile Coupon Redemption Poised To Grow
By 2016, mobile coupon redemption rates could reach 8% globally as more North American and Western European users get onboard.
Posted Jan 9, 2012

Alabama Eyeing Cigarette Tax Increase
Lawmakers are firing up plans to raise the state's 42.5-cents-per-pack cigarette excise tax.
Posted Jan 5, 2012

Original Necco Making a Return
The New England Confectionery Company is restoring Necco wafer's original recipe, after an all-natural version that included purple cabbage and red beet juice failed to find consumer traction.
Posted Oct 27, 2011

Pepsi and 7-Eleven Help Fight Hunger
Pepsi will donate 5 cents from each 20-ounce Pepsi product purchased at a 7-Eleven store nationwide.
Posted Oct 26, 2011

Redbox Capitalizes On Netflix Faux Pas
Hoping to grab a bigger share of the marketplace, Redbox is preparing to launch more customer outreach, including a national ad campaign.
Posted Oct 26, 2011

Food Labels Could Get "Energy Star"-Like Rating
A new food labeling system proposed in an Institute of Medicine report suggests that a rating symbol on products could help consumers make healthier food choices.
Posted Oct 24, 2011

Walmart Enlarges Craft Beer Assortment
The discount retailer will give the category more shelf space.
Posted Oct 21, 2011

In Washington State, Liquor Privatization Gets Another Try
Costco has refined its proposal to prohibit small convenience stores from selling liquor.
Posted Oct 19, 2011

Ohio Ban on Synthetic Drugs Takes Effect
As of Oct. 18, retailers cannot sell K2, spice and synthetic bath salts.
Posted Oct 19, 2011

Kansas Lottery Sales Not Paying Off
The state is one of the few to be experiencing a falloff in lottery sales.
Posted Oct 18, 2011

Groupon Not Hitting the Mark With Retailers
Business owners express frustration with a system that hasn't generated profits.
Posted Oct 18, 2011

Location-Based Marketing Expected to Increase
A new survey finds that the perceived effectiveness of some vehicles, such as online ads, SEM, SEO, viral videos, is diminishing.
Posted Oct 14, 2011

FTC Dilutes Proposal Targeting Food Ads to Children
Both the GMA and NRA urged the IWG to first study the costs and benefits of any marketing restrictions before issuing recommendations.
Posted Oct 13, 2011

NRF Forecasts Holiday Sales Increase of 2.8 Percent
The group predicts that retailers will hire around 500,000 seasonal employees this year.
Posted Oct 7, 2011

The New Reality Equals Frugality
Retailers are finding that many consumers are not returning to pre-recession spending habits.
Posted Oct 6, 2011

Anthropomorphic Foods and Drinks
Some manufacturers and restaurants are labeling products for men or women.
Posted Oct 6, 2011

Coke Revamps Distribution, Product Placement
The soft drink maker wants to reach consumers beyond the beverage aisle.
Posted Oct 5, 2011

Irving Oil Awards Free Gas for a Year to Lucy Mainor
The Irving Rewards program offered customers gas savings and chance to fill up free for a year.
Posted Oct 4, 2011

Setting the Record Straight: High Fructose Corn Syrup
A new website provides background information for consumers and the press on why the Corn Refiners Association has petitioned the FDA to change HFCA to "corn sugar" and ultimately plain "sugar."
Posted Oct 4, 2011

QSRs Ramp Up Deals
With many in its core demographic still jobless, fast-food restaurants are returning to discounts to boost business.
Posted Oct 3, 2011

Opinion: Taxes Won't Reduce Obesity
Professor Charles Baum's research suggests that there is "no one or two central causes of rising obesity."
Posted Sep 30, 2011

Not Your Father's Vending Machine
Cool innovations in vending machines offer consumers a huge range of options, from cotton candy to diapers.
Posted Sep 29, 2011

UNH Reverses Prohibition on Energy Drink Sales
The university will study energy drinks and ask for student opinion on the matter.
Posted Sep 28, 2011

7-Eleven Giving Away Free Coffee This Thursday
7-Eleven celebrates National Coffee Day this Thursday with free coffee from 7 am to 11 am.
Posted Sep 27, 2011

California Tobacco Sales to Minors at All-Time Low
Convenience stores and gas stations are among the retail outlets that have the lowest percentage of illegal sales to minors.
Posted Sep 27, 2011

Dollar General Adds Beer to Arkansas Stores
The move is part of a plan to bring beer sales to Dollar General stores nationwide.
Posted Sep 26, 2011

Colorado Urges R.J. Reynolds to Nix Testing of Dissolvable Tobacco Products
However, the tobacco company indicated that it would continue its pilot program in Colorado.
Posted Sep 23, 2011

Procter & Gamble Unveils Aisle Just for Guys
The company has partnered with CVS on the prototype section developed for men's products.
Posted Sep 23, 2011

Discount Hunting Becomes a Competitive Sport
Mintel research shows that consumers enjoy finding deals.
Posted Sep 23, 2011

Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Social Media
A new study suggests that most consumer packaged goods manufacturers have social media programs, but their effectiveness varies and often depends on organizational commitment.
Posted Sep 23, 2011

Weak Economy Drives Record Lottery Sales
Seventeen of 41 state lotteries set all-time sales records last year.
Posted Sep 22, 2011

Kangaroo Express Takes a Promotional Leap
The convenience store chain uses different initiatives to bring in customers.
Posted Sep 16, 2011

New Ways to Reward Loyal Customers
Merchants turn to mobile applications and social media to develop the next generation of loyalty cards.
Posted Sep 14, 2011

Beverages Tap Mobile Technology
More beverage companies are using intelligent packaging to encourage consumer interaction.
Posted Sep 14, 2011

Ritzy Suds
Some of the world's most expensive beers shed light on how deep consumers are willing to go into their pockets for high-priced brews.
Posted Sep 13, 2011

Ho! Ho! Ho! Retailers Kick Off Early Holiday Season
Santa is becoming a September fixture for some retailers, marking the earliest start to the holiday season to date.
Posted Sep 13, 2011

Florida's Craft Beer Industry Is Hopping
Inspired during a trip to Portland, a Florida beer lover returned home and helped launch the state's craft beer industry.
Posted Sep 1, 2011

Frito-Lay Launches New Spicy Snacks
Frito-Lay unveils new Cheetos and Doritos fiery fusion snacks.
Posted Sep 1, 2011

General Mills Convenience Launches Category Management Virtual Resource
The company is expanding the virtual reach of its CategoryFirst team through its new website.
Posted Aug 31, 2011

Cereals Target Dads in Ads
With data suggesting that dads do a significant portion of shopping, Kellogg Co. is boosting is marketing efforts to reach this demographic.
Posted Aug 30, 2011

Coke Launches Freeestyle App That Simulates the Freestyle Experience
Coke has kicked off nationwide marketing of its Freestyle machine by replicating the customer experience in a Facebook-activated app.
Posted Aug 26, 2011

Nevada Grocery Stores to Launch DMV Kiosks
Next spring, up to 40 stores will begin installing kiosks capable of handling Department of Motor Vehicles tasks.
Posted Aug 23, 2011

Pennsylvania Lottery Still Going Strong at 40
Despite a challenge from slots casinos seven years ago � that many thought would doom the Pennsylvania Lottery � the 40-year old Lottery has continued to thrive.
Posted Aug 23, 2011

Walgreens Takes on Convenience, Grocery Stores With Nice!
The drugstore chain will open around 400 Nice! locations to sell private-label products.
Posted Aug 22, 2011

Starbucks Fans Compete for Pumpkin Spice Latte
The online social media campaign has customers competing to bring the Pumpkin Spice Latte to their cities a week before the drink's official release date.
Posted Aug 19, 2011

Illinois Lottery Sets Sales Record
Sales climb more than $100 million to a new annual record of $2.3 billion, with scratch-off tickets leading the way with $1.3 billion in sales.
Posted Aug 18, 2011

MI Business Owners Air Smoking-Ban Complaints
Local businesses met with two state legislators to vent their frustrations over the state's smoking ban, which has drastically impacted their sales.
Posted Aug 18, 2011

Colorado Looks Into New Tobacco Forms
Today, the state's health officials are holding a hearing on smokeless tobacco products.
Posted Aug 17, 2011

Coke Reinvents Diet Coke Can
The number-one selling diet soda receives a limited-edition design, which will debut next month.
Posted Aug 17, 2011

Retailers Cooling to Online Coupon Firms
Increased competition among deal sites means retailers might be dissing the discounting strategy altogether.
Posted Aug 16, 2011

Utah Couponers Turn to Illegal Means for Building Stockpiles
Following a sharp increase in coupon theft from newspapers, some convenience store owners are placing newspapers behind the counter.
Posted Aug 16, 2011

Kids Eat for $1 on SUBWAY Kids' Nights at Kangaroo Express
Families can enjoy a fresh and quick meal every Tuesday night beginning at 4:00 pm.
Posted Aug 16, 2011

Aromatic Lid Enhances Coffee Flavor
MINT debuts an aromatic coffee lid that improves the taste of the beverage.
Posted Aug 12, 2011

Luv the Nug iPhone App Locates Nugget Ice
A new iPhone app helps customers locate stores that sell nugget or "chewy" ice.
Posted Aug 12, 2011

Changes to Florida Lottery Hope to Stimulate Interest
The Florida lottery is planning to launch a new mobile app, a redesigned website and Facebook and Twitter pages.
Posted Aug 11, 2011

Bad Economy Bodes Well for California Lottery
Scratcher ticket sales rise sharply in California, the result of a recent change in the state's law that allows for higher prize amounts.
Posted Aug 9, 2011

Obesity: Whose Problem Is It?
A Chicago Tribune piece weighs whether the government is responsible for America's obesity problem.
Posted Aug 8, 2011

Nutrition Experts Blame Government for Unhealthy Eating Habits
A new study suggests that consumers would have to pay hundreds, or even thousands, more a year just to eat healthier.
Posted Aug 8, 2011

Budweiser Gets a New Can
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV redesigned the look of Bud for the 12th time in the beer's history.
Posted Aug 5, 2011

California Bans Caffeinated Beer
The governor signed the bill into law on Monday, which also covers any alcoholic beverages with caffeine.
Posted Aug 3, 2011

Government Data Shows Decline in Money Spent on Cigarette Promos
The Federal Trade Commission found that cigarette marketing dropped more than 34 percent in 2008.
Posted Aug 2, 2011

Walmart Embraces Local
The discounter's bottom line improves when it purchases vegetables and fruits from sources close to its stores.
Posted Aug 2, 2011

Eat Your Greens!
Bagged salad manufacturers are hoping to take the ease out of chopping and cutting by doing all of the prep work for consumers.
Posted Aug 1, 2011

Appeals Court Considering Tobacco Ad Challenge
The tobacco companies allege that the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act infringes on their first amendment rights to free speech.
Posted Jul 29, 2011

Democrats Criticize Food Marketing Rules for Kids
More than 30 Democrats are sending a letter to three government agencies questioning the guidelines.
Posted Jul 29, 2011

Pretty in Pink
In an effort to appeal to more women, Molson Coors is launching pink beer in the United Kingdom.
Posted Jul 27, 2011

Rutter's Announces June Register, Scan and Win Winners
In less than two years, Rutter's Rewards has awarded price discounts on more than 13 million gallons of gasoline.
Posted Jul 26, 2011

Iowa Lottery Posts Sales and Profit Record
Lottery sales in the state have jumped 6 percent to $271.4 million.
Posted Jul 26, 2011

R.J. Reynolds Announces Camel Crush Bold National Expansion
Camel Crush Bold adds small amounts of menthol to the cigarette's filter.
Posted Jul 25, 2011

Back-to-School Sales Expected to Be Flat
More consumers will hit department stores to shop this year than ever before, but without a big rise in sales.
Posted Jul 25, 2011

New Clif Bar Available Nationwide
The company has also tweaked two classic flavors, Apricot and Peanut Toffee Buzz.
Posted Jul 22, 2011

Thorntons to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day
The convenience retailer is offering 40-cent hot dogs this Saturday in honor of National Hot Dog Day.
Posted Jul 21, 2011

Soda Makers Sue Over Obesity Link Claims
Food and beverage companies say they are being unfairly targeted in anti-obesity education campaigns.
Posted Jul 21, 2011

New York's Lottery Games Lose Players to Multistate Games
But shed no tears for New York's Lotto or Sweet Million games: Combined, they generated $175 million in sales and $80 million in profits last year.
Posted Jul 21, 2011

Ahhhhhh. Relaxation Drinks Generate Healthy U.S. Sales
Sales from 2008 to 2010 doubled for drinks that deliver Zen-like results.
Posted Jul 21, 2011

Tesco to Launch U.S. Loyalty Card
Tesco's Fresh & Easy stores to support a loyalty scheme based on its successful UK Clubcard program.
Posted Jul 19, 2011

Senecas Vow to Keep Fighting Tobacco Tax Crackdown
New York seized $1.2 million in tobacco products as a result of inspections from more than 350 Indian-run outlets that sell tobacco.
Posted Jul 19, 2011

Iowa Lottery Sales Benefit From Minnesota Government Shutdown
Some customers have purchased up to $300 in lottery tickets at a time.
Posted Jul 14, 2011

Beer Makers Say 'Hola!'
Brewers are actively going after Hispanic consumers to drive sales.
Posted Jul 13, 2011

Supermarkets Expand Services
Some stores are adding movie rentals, pharmacies, dry cleaning services and coin-counting kiosks to become one-stop shops.
Posted Jul 13, 2011

Sensible Food Policy Coalition Battles Government on Obesity
Headed by a former White House staffer, the group is fighting potential rules on food marketing to kids.
Posted Jul 12, 2011

Merchants Set Coupon Redemption Limits
With the number of people using coupons on the rise, some retailers are curbing use to avoid wiping out inventory.
Posted Jul 12, 2011

Produce in the Parking Lot
Dari Mart allows a mobile produce stand to set up shop on its premises.
Posted Jul 12, 2011

7-Eleven Day Celebrates With Free Slurpees
Customers at participating 7-Eleven store nationwide can help the retailer celebrate its 84th birthday today with a free Slurpee.
Posted Jul 11, 2011

Tobacco Companies Boost Prices
The price increases come as demand for cigarettes declines.
Posted Jul 8, 2011

7-Eleven Saddles Up With 'Cowboys & Aliens'
The convenience store chain is offering a new Wrist Blaster cup for the promotion.
Posted Jul 7, 2011

Georgia Lottery Sales Continue to Fall
Lottery sales headed for second consecutive annual decline; high gasoline prices to blame?
Posted Jun 30, 2011

Louisiana House Revives Tobacco Tax Talk
The governor firmly opposes the cigarette tax renewal, characterizing it as a tax increase, while supporters say it would deter smoking.
Posted Jun 23, 2011

Advertisers Consider Filing Suit Over Harsh New Cigarette Warnings
The group says that the new labels would force businesses to "carry out propaganda for the government."
Posted Jun 23, 2011

Prepaid Cards Take Off
American Express is entering the market with its first prepaid card.
Posted Jun 22, 2011

Swedish Match Sets Sights on U.S. With Snus
The company is breaking into a competitive U.S. market with two new flavors of its General snus brand.
Posted Jun 20, 2011

Mars Chocolate to Launch "Take Your Caramel Pick" Event
The cross branding pairs Milky Way, Snickers and Twix into one bag.
Posted Jun 16, 2011

Wine Kegs Catching On
Some U.S. wineries are shipping wine in kegs to restaurants and bars, a favorite way to serve wine in Europe.
Posted Jun 16, 2011

Supermarket Spending Drops, But Private Labels Gain
High pump prices and a struggling economy keep families focused on trimming budgets and leaving brand names behind.
Posted Jun 14, 2011

Retailers Embrace Value
Even wealthier Americans are clipping coupons and watching spending at retail.
Posted Jun 13, 2011

Online Daily Restaurant Deals Drive Positive Consumer Behavior
A new study finds that daily deals attract new and infrequent customers.
Posted Jun 13, 2011

Wine Bags Back in Vogue
Instead of the animal-skinned pouches of yesteryear, the new version features high-tech foil sacks.
Posted Jun 9, 2011

Big Y Foods Test Runs Groupon
The regional chain is testing the coupon program, which will be tied to Big Y's loyalty program.
Posted Jun 9, 2011

Tesco Focuses on Global Branding
The U.K. grocer has begun to push non-Tesco-branded pet food and ice cream.
Posted Jun 9, 2011

Texas House Attempts New Smoking Ban
Niche businesses oppose the bill and the state Senate has repeatedly rejected similar legislation.
Posted Jun 8, 2011

Pump Skimming Continues
A California community becomes the latest locality to alert residents to the potential dangers lurking inside self-service gasoline pumps.
Posted Jun 6, 2011

Wegmans Yanks Wine Kiosk Program
The grocer has decided to leave Pennsylvania's much-maligned wine kiosk experiment.
Posted Jun 6, 2011

Foodservice Joins the Local Movement
More and more operators are turning to locally grown produce as a source for their menus.
Posted Jun 6, 2011

Dear Aussies, McDonald's is Sorry
Consumer backlash over bad coffee has prompted McDonald's to admit it needs to step up its game.
Posted Jun 3, 2011

Louisiana Committee Approves Tobacco Tax Renewal
Despite a veto threat, a Louisiana Senate tax committee backs a proposal to renew a 4-cent per pack state cigarette tax.
Posted Jun 2, 2011

7-Eleven Launches Super 8 Movie Promo
'Check in to Space' promotion includes sweepstakes prizes that are out of this world, including a grand prize trip to outer space.
Posted Jun 2, 2011

Tesco Reformulates Plans for Fresh & Easy
The British grocer has registered more than $894 million in losses on the U.S. chain.
Posted Jun 1, 2011

Pump Some Gas, Taste Some Wine
A Missouri gasoline station provides customers with a bit of class via its wine and beer tasting events.
Posted Jun 1, 2011

Louisiana House Votes to Renew Cigarette Tax
Despite veto threat from governor, House backs a renewal of a 4-cent per pack state cigarette tax.
Posted May 26, 2011

Craft Beer Moves Into Cans
With some vendors eschewing glass bottles, craft brewers have begun bottling their brews in aluminum.
Posted May 25, 2011

WA Retailers, Restaurants File Petition to Privatize Liquor System
The initiative would prohibit liquor from being sold at gas stations and convenience stores.
Posted May 24, 2011

TN Lawmakers Approve Strong Beer Sales at State Breweries
The measure hopes to persuade Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to establish a $200 million plant, but the bill's sponsor opposes allowing strong beer sales in supermarkets or convenience stores.
Posted May 24, 2011

New York City Bans Smoking in Outdoor Public Spaces
New York City smoking ban in parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas takes effect.
Posted May 24, 2011

Marketing to Hispanic Consumers Needs Changing
Marketers will need to refine their strategy to reach the fastest-growing population segment in the United States.
Posted May 20, 2011

R.J. Reynolds Launches Major Ad Campaign for Camel SNUS
The ads are timed to coincide with New York City's expanded smoking ban.
Posted May 20, 2011

Budweiser to Guys: Save the Planet, Stop Shaving
Campaign is part of Budweiser's celebration of World Environment Day.
Posted May 19, 2011

Lazy Cakes Receive Local Legislators' Attention
The melatonin-infused brownies are coming under fire for their marketing and relaxation effect.
Posted May 16, 2011

Energy Drinks Provide Jolt to U.S. Ready-To-Drink Market
The "bad boys" of the beverage world are driving a resurgence in the RTD beverage market.
Posted May 13, 2011

Thorntons Announces Ice Tea Giveaway
Chain to offer free ice tea to customers this Friday, May 13.
Posted May 12, 2011

Low Alcohol Content Beer on the Rise
Craft brewers are cutting alcohol content to attract consumers.
Posted May 12, 2011

Michigan Cracks Down on Illegal Cigarette Sales
Treasury department begins intensifying enforcement efforts on those who illegally manufacture and sell cigarettes.
Posted May 12, 2011

Restaurants Want to Nix 'Happy Meal' Laws
The fast-food companies are asking states to remove restaurant marketing from local government's purview.
Posted May 11, 2011

Self-Deprecation Pays Dividends for Domino's
Documentary film-like ads that refer to its previous pizza crust as "cardboard" resonates with customers, with the company realizing strong sales gains.
Posted May 10, 2011

Eco-Friendly Products Need Emotion to Sell
Marketers should appeal to the consumer's feelings when promoting environmentally friendly items.
Posted May 6, 2011

Iowa Lottery Rolls Out New Terminals
The new terminals offer bigger, easier to read tickets as well as scanners that allow self-service verification of winning tickets.
Posted May 5, 2011

Illinois Senate OKs Self-Distribution for Craft Brewers
Proposal stems from a 2010 lawsuit filed by Anheuser-Busch Inbev after Illinois blocked its move to buy a Chicago-based beer distributor.
Posted May 5, 2011

7-Eleven Celebrates the Wolfpack's Return
"The Hangover Part II" fans can bounce back from their wild nights with 7-Eleven in-store specials, exclusive online content and a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas.
Posted May 4, 2011

Wisconsin Lawmakers Push for Earlier Alcohol Sales
Proposal would allow stores licensed to sell alcohol for off-premises consumption to begin selling alcohol at 6 a.m.
Posted May 3, 2011

Government Outlines Children's Marketing Guidelines
Four federal agencies have cobbled together voluntary rules for food and beverages advertised to children between the ages of 2 and 17.
Posted May 2, 2011

Altoona, Pa., Change Name to 'POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold"
The town will go by the film title for the next 60 days.
Posted Apr 28, 2011

Mountain Mudd Drives Into Connecticut
The drive-thru kiosks will enter the state later this year.
Posted Apr 28, 2011

California Looks to Ban Beer-Boosted Energy Drinks
Bill passes the Senate and now heads to the Assembly, with little resistance.
Posted Apr 27, 2011

California Lawmakers Nix Soda Tax Proposal
The bill was created as a way to generate revenue for obesity prevention programs.
Posted Apr 27, 2011

AGs Urge Pabst to Lower Alcohol Content in Blast
Calling Blast a "binge in a can," 16 attorneys general and officials in San Francisco and Guam urged Pabst to lower its alcohol content.
Posted Apr 26, 2011

FDA to Host Compliance Training Webinars for Tobacco Retailers
Webinars will provide retailers with FDA compliance training information while providing interactive Q&A sessions.
Posted Apr 21, 2011

Texas Considers Direct Sales at Microbreweries
Legislators who support the state's three-tier system of alcohol distribution are treading carefully and making sure passage would not create an economic hardship for interested parties.
Posted Apr 21, 2011

Walmart Acquires Social Networking Firm
Acquisition is a sign that the retailer has begun developing a focused social commerce strategy.
Posted Apr 21, 2011

Walmart to Build 40 Midsize, Express Stores
The retailer is banking on the smaller stores to bring in big bucks.
Posted Apr 20, 2011

Sheetz Plays Key Role in Selling Naming Rights for Its Hometown as Part of Major Motion Picture Release
The convenience retailer will host movie screening for filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, Sony Pictures Classics, movie sponsors and employees this week.
Posted Apr 18, 2011

Caribou Coffee Launches Low-Calorie Drink Line
New line of Northern Lite beverages trims 40 percent of the calories.
Posted Apr 14, 2011

Winn-Dixie Expands Fuelperks! Discounts
Expansion aimed at helping motorists counter the effects of rising gasoline prices.
Posted Apr 14, 2011

Walmart Returns 8,500 Items to Shelves
The retailer will launch an "It's Back" campaign to highlight the reinstatement of the previously nixed products.
Posted Apr 13, 2011

Retailers to See $14.6 Billion in Easter-Related Sales
Consumers to spend an average of $18.55 on candy, up significantly from last year ($17.29).
Posted Apr 12, 2011

Alcohol Sales on the Rise
In related news, American consumption of alcohol is improving, too.
Posted Apr 8, 2011

New York City Loosie Sales on the Rise
New York Times highlights one vendor who sells roughly 2,000 cigarettes a day, usually two at a time � a misdemeanor offense for each transaction.
Posted Apr 7, 2011

A Marvel-Ous Start to Slurpee High Season
7-Eleven partners with Marvel Studios' Thor Movie for Slurpee promotion.
Posted Apr 6, 2011

Popularity of Craft Beers Soars
Some analysts are predicting that craft beer's share of the beer market could jump from 5 percent in 2010 to 20 percent by 2020.
Posted Apr 5, 2011

Pepsi to Debut 60 Calorie Cola
The soft-drink company will launch Pepsi Next this summer.
Posted Apr 5, 2011

RaceTrac Adds More Kiosks to Southeastern Stores
The convenience store chain is adding 309 Blockbuster Express kiosks to stores along with a two-month promotional tie-in.
Posted Apr 1, 2011

Colorado Bans E-Cigarette Sales to Minors
Colorado governor signs off on a law that bans the sale of electronic cigarettes in Colorado to people under the age of 18.
Posted Mar 29, 2011

Mild Winter Weather Spikes WV Lottery Fortunes
February's revenue jumps 29 percent from the same period in 2010.
Posted Mar 29, 2011

Wrigley Launches Custom Gum-Packaging
MyExtra allows consumers to create and purchase personalized packs of Extra Sugar-Free Gum.
Posted Mar 22, 2011

Groupon Suspends Discount Drink Policy
Conflict with Massachusetts liquor law forces Groupon to modify its statewide food and drink offers to food only.
Posted Mar 22, 2011

Nespresso Eyes U.S. Expansion
While the U.S. is currently the company's eighth-biggest market, it sees big potential for expansion.
Posted Mar 22, 2011

Energy Drinks Rev Up Category Sales
Energy drinks received a significant boost from energy shot sales in the convenience channel.
Posted Mar 18, 2011

Chex Goes Gluten-Free
General Mills is offering five varieties its popular cereal brand gluten-free.
Posted Mar 18, 2011

Ohio Governor Eyes Privatization of Lottery
While the Arkansas Lottery predicts declining revenues for fiscal year 2012.
Posted Mar 16, 2011

Illinois Proposal Seeks to Loosen Smoking Restrictions
Two bills seek to ease the state's indoor smoking restrictions, allowing casinos, bars and strip clubs to apply for smoking licenses.
Posted Mar 15, 2011

Living Like Its the 1980s
Companies reach back 30 years for inspiration in snacks and drinks.
Posted Mar 14, 2011

Going Green on St. Patrick's Day
More consumers chose to celebrate the Irish saint's day with a visit to a restaurant or bar.
Posted Mar 14, 2011

Walmart Plans to Increase Express Store Numbers
The discount retailer also has expanded its "Pick Up Today" program.
Posted Mar 14, 2011

New York Lawmakers Propose Car Smoking Ban
Proposal would make it illegal to smoke in a car if someone under the age of 18 is present, with violators subject to a $1,000 fine.
Posted Mar 11, 2011

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

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

FTC to Review Alcohol Ad Guidelines
In light of the prominence of social media, the FTC will reassess its voluntary advertising guidelines imposed on producers of alcoholic beverages.
Posted Mar 10, 2011

Chipotle Goes for Gold
To celebrate its 18th anniversary, the fast-casual chain is wrapping its burritos in gold.
Posted Mar 4, 2011

Iowa Bill Seeks To Restrict Candy-Like Tobacco Products
Iowa legislators are considering restricting the availability of dissolvable tobacco products that look and taste like candy.
Posted Mar 3, 2011

Idaho Considers Taxing Reservation Cigarette Sales
A state bill would raise the state tax on cigarettes by $1.25 per pack and include a provision to have tribes adopt the same increase.
Posted Mar 3, 2011

Retailers Use Social Media to Debut Products
McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts paired a social media campaign with the introduction of new menu items.
Posted Mar 2, 2011

Big Drop in Online Cigarette Sales
Shipping restrictions and credit card ban are effective, researchers conclude.
Posted Mar 1, 2011

State Senator Seeks E-Cig Sales Ban to Minors
For Arizona retailers, the penalty would be a fine of up to $300.
Posted Mar 1, 2011

Target to Expand Food Sections
The discount retailer also will test a smaller format store next year.
Posted Feb 28, 2011

Justice Department, Tobacco Companies Tussle Over Ad Proposals
The government released more than a dozen "corrective statements" tobacco companies would have to make.
Posted Feb 28, 2011

CVS Debuts Private-Label Products
The new line offers a wide selection of home goods, groceries and personal care products.
Posted Feb 28, 2011

Altria To Test New Smokeless Product
Two Altria Group subsidiaries plan to test-market smokeless "tobacco sticks" in Kansas next month.
Posted Feb 25, 2011

Colorado Lawmakers Want Soda Sales Tax to Fall Flat
Republican lawmakers seek to repeal state sales tax on soft drinks.
Posted Feb 24, 2011

Walmart Partners With NASCAR
The agreement will bring NASCAR-branded merchandise and special discounts on race tickets to the retailer.
Posted Feb 23, 2011

Give Your H20 a Boost
Next month, Kraft will launch its new MiO flavorings for water.
Posted Feb 23, 2011

Michigan's Craft Brewing Business Thrives
Despite state unemployment teetering at 12 percent, Michigan's microbreweries and brewpubs are adding jobs.
Posted Feb 22, 2011

Mars Announces New Candy for Christmas 2011
Mars Chocolate N.A. announces new products for Christmas, including in-store displays and gift options.
Posted Feb 22, 2011

CVS Teams With Weight Watchers
ExtraCare cardholders can save when they join Weight Watchers meetings, and Weight Watchers members will receive CVS/pharmacy ExtraBucks offers on health-related items.
Posted Feb 18, 2011

Hawaii Soda Tax Proposal Fizzles
But the alcohol tax lives on with a provision seeking to raise alcohol taxes by roughly 50 percent.
Posted Feb 17, 2011

Casey's Fighting Subway Over 'Footlong'
The convenience store chain sued Subway for the right to use the term to describe its 12-inch sandwiches.
Posted Feb 16, 2011

Relaxation Beverages Grow in Popularity
Consumers are clamoring for beverages to help them sleep.
Posted Feb 16, 2011

Georgia Sunday Sales Fight Heating Up
Though legislative OK looks assured, fight will continue on local levels.
Posted Feb 15, 2011

Walgreens Promotes Private-Label Brands
The drugstore is now marketing its store-brand health and wellness products.
Posted Feb 14, 2011

Stripes Convenience Stores Tweets its Taco Promotion
The chain invited fans to tweet about their love for takeout tacos and then streamed the copy on digital billboards.
Posted Feb 14, 2011

Clip No More �" Consumers are Downloading Coupons
Digital coupons represent the fastest-growing coupon segment in 2010.
Posted Feb 11, 2011

M&M's Pretzel Chocolate Candies Dubbed Product of the Year
Shoppers select M&M's Pretzel Chocolate Candies as most innovative product in the candy and snacks category.
Posted Feb 10, 2011

Diet Pepsi Skinny Can Debuts at Fashion Event
The new Diet Pepsi Skinny Can will be available nationwide in March.
Posted Feb 10, 2011

Free Tacos for "Friends" of Taco Bell
Taco Bell is thanking its Facebook community for its support with 10 million free tacos.
Posted Feb 10, 2011

New Beverage Calorie Labels Arrive in Stores
The ABA's voluntary commitment supports First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" efforts.
Posted Feb 10, 2011

Stores Ramp Up Private-Label Beer Offerings
Supervalu, Walgreens and 7-Eleven are among the contenders who are pushing their own brew brands.
Posted Feb 9, 2011

NY Times Editorial Blasts Bloomberg's Latest Smoking Ban
"Overreached," said a Times editorial, referencing New York's new ban on smoking outdoors in city parks, beaches, and plazas, including Times Square.
Posted Feb 8, 2011

Sugar Replacing High Fructose Corn Syrup in Sodas
Soft drink makers are turning to natural and low-cal sweeteners.
Posted Feb 7, 2011

C-Store Manager Plays Ball �" With the Yankees
McNamara, who manages a Vermont convenience store, spent four days at the Yankees spring training camp.
Posted Feb 4, 2011

Retailers Court Unbanked Customers With Financial Offerings
With millions of Americans eschewing bank accounts, more merchants are providing banking services to customers.
Posted Feb 2, 2011

Retailers Use E-Mail to Woo Customers
Merchants are finding that e-mail marketing is still effective in reaching shoppers.
Posted Feb 2, 2011

KY Lottery Sales Drop Nearly 4 Percent
Lingering high unemployment and a shortage of large jackpots is producing diminishing returns for the lottery.
Posted Feb 1, 2011

Proposal for Online Lottery Sales Worries NJ Store Owners
Convenience store owners are worried that a proposal to allow the state lottery to sell tickets directly to consumers will impact their businesses.
Posted Feb 1, 2011

Kraft Uses Smart Kiosks to Interact With Shoppers
The kiosks analyze shopper faces and offers personalized recommendations.
Posted Jan 31, 2011

Walgreens Rolls Out Private-label Beer
The drug-store chain is now selling Big Flats 1901 in nearly all of its locations with alcohol licenses.
Posted Jan 31, 2011

New Products Embrace Simplicity, Better-for-you Components
Perhaps a sign of the recovering economy, manufacturers are taking more risks with new products in 2011.
Posted Jan 31, 2011

Customer Preference Will Help Determine Products at Giant Eagle
The grocer will use a "behavioral cluster planning" automated system to gauge what items shoppers want.
Posted Jan 31, 2011

Shoppers Choose Product Over Price
Retailers are winning shoppers with quality products and not the best price on the street.
Posted Jan 28, 2011

Free Pizza for Military on Super Bowl Sunday
Operation Pizza Bowl will serve U.S. service men and women and veterans free pizza as the Packers and Steelers square off on Feb. 6.
Posted Jan 28, 2011

NYC Restaurants Get High Marks With New Health Ratings
While more than half of restaurants inspected have received an 'A' grade, many are still concerned about the system itself.
Posted Jan 27, 2011

Walmart Asks Suppliers for Rock-Bottom Pricing
Walmart has begun aggressively requesting suppliers for "opening price point" goods.
Posted Jan 27, 2011

Limited-Assortment Stores Expanding
More supermarkets are offering compact versions to cater to thrifty shoppers.
Posted Jan 26, 2011

N.Y. Measure Would Outlaw E-Cigs
If approved, New York would become the first state to ban electronic cigarettes.
Posted Jan 26, 2011

Georgia Considers Local Option for Sunday Liquor Sales, Again
Supporters of allowing alcohol to be purchased on Sundays say the tide is turning in their favor.
Posted Jan 26, 2011

Blimpie Lowers Franchising Fee for 47 Military Veterans
Company is celebrating its 47th anniversary by offering 47 veterans a $47 franchise fee.
Posted Jan 26, 2011

Iowa Lottery Sales Spike 5.6 percent
Scratch-off ticket sales leads to strong annual revenue for the Lottery, with overall up 15.3 percent from 2009.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

Maine Lawmakers Consider Anti-smoking Bills
Among the proposals is one that would deny benefits for MaineCare recipients who smoke, and another that would restrict smoking in private clubs.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

Pennsylvania High Court Tosses Out Tobacco Ordinance
Philadelphia's rule prohibited city businesses from selling tobacco products that could be used to smoke illegal drugs.
Posted Jan 24, 2011

Pizza Hut Presents Movies-On-Demand Promotions
The pizza restaurant chain partnered with iN Demand to offer online customers access to film trailers, video clips and trivia, and movie suggestions via the new "Entertainment Hut" site.
Posted Jan 24, 2011

First Lady, Walmart Announce Healthy Food Campaign
Walmart has also made it a business priority to serve customers in urban and rural communities across America who are living in so-called food deserts.
Posted Jan 21, 2011

Mars Launches New Fall Line
"Spook-tacular" new and updated items sure to meet shoppers' needs for Halloween and the fall candy season.
Posted Jan 20, 2011

Men Step Up to the Shopping Plate
A new survey discovers more than half of all men primarily do the family's grocery shopping.
Posted Jan 19, 2011

Nestlé, ESPN Team Up on Nesquik Marketing Promotion
Marketing partnership provides incentive for retailers to carry Nesquik beverages.
Posted Jan 18, 2011

Nebraska Lawmaker Introduces 210% Cigarette Tax Increase
But Nebraska's governor stands firmly against enacting any new taxes.
Posted Jan 18, 2011

Generation Y Has Strong Impact on Alcohol Beverages
A new study finds that consumers currently between the ages of 21 and 34 will comprise 40 percent of U.S. adults age 21 and older within a decade.
Posted Jan 17, 2011

New Duane Reade Store Offers Beer Bar
The retailer included the bar to fill a neighborhood need.
Posted Jan 17, 2011

Vending Machines Replace Junk Food With Organic
With schools now requiring more healthy options in vending machines, snack time is going organic.
Posted Jan 17, 2011

Tips for Your Facebook Business Page
Here are some easy ways to keep Facebook a key communication initiative.
Posted Jan 17, 2011

Illinois Cigarette Tax Increase Extinguished
A contentious lame-duck effort Tuesday night fails to win approval for a $1 a pack cigarette tax increase.
Posted Jan 13, 2011

Connecticut Bill Proposes Sunday Liquor Sales
Proponents maintain Sunday sales could generate up to $18 million for the state in revenue.
Posted Jan 13, 2011

Seattle's Best Unveils Marketing Push
The coffee brand launched its first big promotional campaign.
Posted Jan 12, 2011

Vegan Moves Mainstream
The diet of no animal products has become more popular.
Posted Jan 12, 2011

NH Teenage Tobacco Use Plunges
Tobacco merchants credited with keeping tobacco out of the hands of minors.
Posted Jan 11, 2011

Research Shows Starbucks' Logo Redesign Could Benefit Company
Despite mixed U.S. consumer reaction, it's a good move as the company expands in Asia.
Posted Jan 10, 2011

FDA Outlines How to Gain Approval
The agency unveils new guidelines for tobacco manufacturers for gaining new product approval.
Posted Jan 7, 2011

Virginia Tobacco Maker Seeks New FDA Designation
Star Scientific wants FDA approval to market its Stonewall Moist-BDL as safer than its competitors.
Posted Jan 6, 2011

Lorillard Fighting Menthol Ban
Maker of Newport aggressively lobbying the public to keep the FDA from banning menthol.
Posted Jan 6, 2011

Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Launches Ad Campaign
The extensive, national marketing plan seeks to "reinforce and build on" its coffee platform.
Posted Jan 5, 2011

Alcohol Sales Tax Lifted in Mass.
Liquor store owners relieved, predict more residents will purchase alcohol locally rather than in tax-free (and bordering) New Hampshire.
Posted Jan 4, 2011

Judge Strikes Down NYC Law Regarding Antismoking Placards
The ruling stops the city's requirement to have convenience stores show images of diseased brains, lungs and teeth to discourage tobacco purchases.
Posted Jan 3, 2011

Smoke Shops Add Merchandise to Appeal to Customers
With a drop in cigarette sales, these shops are stocking more exotic offerings, such as K2 or spice.
Posted Jan 3, 2011

Beer's Biggest Holiday
Customers increasingly look to scare up a few beers over Halloween weekend.
Posted Oct 28, 2010

Leading Food and Beverage Manufacturers and Retailers Announce Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labeling Initiative
Program will list nutrition information and calorie counts to the front of many popular food and beverage products packages.
Posted Oct 28, 2010

More Small Businesses Marketing Through Social Media
Four in 10 business owners say they now use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as part of their marketing efforts.
Posted Oct 26, 2010

Wisconsin Gasoline Station Doubles as Concert Stage
Lady Antebellum revisits their "worst gig ever" by performing free at the Mayfield Mobil station near Milwaukee.
Posted Oct 25, 2010

Digital Coupon Activity Surges
Report underscores the growing importance of digital coupons to CPG companies as integral to their marketing efforts.
Posted Oct 21, 2010

Supermarkets Address Changing Shopping Practices
Under growing pressure from competitors, grocery stores are investigating ways to capture consumer interest and boost sales.
Posted Oct 20, 2010

Consumers Treat Themselves to Specialty Food
A new study finds that 63 percent of consumers bought specialty foods in 2010.
Posted Oct 18, 2010

Marketing to Singles
With the number of singles growing, more companies are targeting this group with specific campaigns.
Posted Oct 13, 2010

Mega Millions Game No Boost to WV Lottery Sales
Far from increasing total statewide lottery sales, Mega Millions is grabbing sales from Powerball, West Virginia's other major lottery game.
Posted Oct 12, 2010

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

NYC Doesn't Want Soft Drinks Purchased With Food Stamps
The mayor is seeking federal permission to forbid New York City residents from using food stamps to purchase sugared beverages.
Posted Oct 8, 2010

Frito-Lay Dumps Green SunChips Packaging
Citing its noise, the company will reformulate a quieter version of the bag.
Posted Oct 6, 2010

San Francisco Closer to Banning Meal Toys
The city's planning commission has asked for a full vote on eliminating toys packaged with children's meals at quick-service restaurants.
Posted Oct 6, 2010

Nestle USA, Jamba Juice Close to Renewing Partnership for Launch of Ready-to-Drink Beverage Line
The Nestle Jamba All-Natural Energy Drink is expected to launch in retail early 2011.
Posted Oct 6, 2010

Kmart Jumps Into Private Label With Smart Sense
The discount retailer has introduced a line of store-brand products that will be priced 20 percent less than similar brand name products.
Posted Oct 4, 2010

KFC headline change Expands to Expand
The chicken chain introduced the first reusable fast-food container in May.
Posted Oct 4, 2010

Brand Your Burger
New York City chain jumps ahead of the social media curve with mobile ordering and allowing customers to brand and sell their burger creations.
Posted Oct 1, 2010

MAPCO Express Offers $1.10 Per Gallon Gas Promo
MAPCO Express launches $1.10 per gallon gas promotion � effective for 110 minutes only on 10/10/10 � at five (secret) locations.
Posted Sep 30, 2010

Farmers Object to Grocery Chains' Farmers' Market Promos
Farmers maintain they spent years building their "farmers' market" brand, and that some grocers are diluting their concept.
Posted Sep 30, 2010

Target Branches Into Small Footprint Stores
The discount retailer will open a smaller format location in Seattle.
Posted Sep 29, 2010

Public Media Works Signs Deal to Place 500 DVD Movie and Game Kiosks
The agreement with the Asian American Convenience Store Association will place kiosks in pharmacies, convenience stores, dollar stores, quick-service restaurants, hotels and universities.
Posted Sep 29, 2010

BP's ampm Introduces Authentic Hispanic Snacks
The snacks debuted in several ampm markets earlier this year under the El Mero brand.
Posted Sep 28, 2010

Marion, Ohio, Bans Tobacco for All Employees
Officials in Marion plan to prohibit the city's 350 employees from smoking and chewing tobacco when they're on the clock.
Posted Sep 28, 2010

PepsiCo Launches Sierra Mist Natural
The soda maker unveils its renamed lemon-lime soft drink with a big marketing campaign.
Posted Sep 23, 2010

Celebrities Embrace Gluten-Free Lifestyle
With famous people ditching the protein, a gluten-free diet has achieved star status.
Posted Sep 22, 2010

Boston Looks to Regulate Sales of Soft Drinks
Health regulators are weighing the idea of restricting or prohibiting the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages on city-owned property.
Posted Sep 21, 2010

Starbucks Hopes Flavor Will Drive Packaged Coffee Sales
The coffeehouse chain has added flavors to its beans in an effort to perk up sales.
Posted Sep 21, 2010

Gasoline-style Pumps for Wine?
Some French supermarkets are trying out self-serve wine tanks and the concept may be coming to America soon.
Posted Sep 21, 2010

Meijer Tags Food With Nutritional Data
The grocer is expanding its nutritional-scoring system to help shoppers navigate the best food choices for them.
Posted Sep 20, 2010

A Half Century of Hardee's
The fast-food chain launches a big celebration with contests, social media efforts and promotions.
Posted Sep 20, 2010

Aldi Slashes Milk Prices Again
The grocer has continued the milk price wars it started in June.
Posted Sep 20, 2010

New TV Ad Attacks Obesity, McDonald's
The PCRM ad singles out the fast-food chain as causing obesity and says that a moratorium on "new fast-food restaurants could be a critically important step toward fighting this epidemic."
Posted Sep 17, 2010

Redbox Expands Convenience Store Presence
Availability of the DVD-rental kiosks will expand redbox's footprint to convenience stores in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest.
Posted Sep 17, 2010

Genesee Rolls Out 24-Ounce Cans
The company is honing in on growing its presence within the convenience store channel.
Posted Sep 17, 2010

BP's ampm Offers More Good Stuff With New Product Launches
BP's ampm franchise stores roll out the "Good Stuff by ampm" brand with water and candy.
Posted Sep 16, 2010

Food Channel Releases its Top 10 Snack Trends of 2010
Trends include chips and dip, nuts, fruit and sweet-and-salty combinations.
Posted Sep 16, 2010

Corn Refiners Petition FDA to Use Name 'Corn Sugar"
The association wants to jettison the words "high fructose corn syrup" to avoid consumer confusion.
Posted Sep 16, 2010

U.S. Households Make Purchase Decisions Before Grocery Shopping
The NPD Group reports that only occasionally do people buy on impulse.
Posted Sep 15, 2010

Webby Awards Seek Best Retail Websites
The awards, now in its 15th year, honors excellence on the Internet.
Posted Sep 15, 2010

Fruit, Vegetable Consumption Dips
A new study from the CDC finds that most Americans are not consuming enough produce.
Posted Sep 14, 2010

Kraft Tests Touchscreen Vending Machines
The snack machines will give consumers instant access to ingredients and nutrition information, as well as deliver advertising and targeted promos.
Posted Sep 14, 2010

Is Craft Beer the New Wine?
Boston Beer Co. thinks that the trajectory of craft beer in the United States is mirroring wine's rise to popularity fifty years ago.
Posted Sep 13, 2010

Research Supports Health Benefits of Milk
Athletes are finding that milk quickly regenerates muscles damaged after aerobic exercise.
Posted Sep 9, 2010

Some Store Brands Measure Up to National Brands
Consumer Reports study shows that filling a shopping cart with store brands saves an average of 30 percent on groceries.
Posted Sep 9, 2010

A Crunchy Snack
Baby carrots producers have launched a campaign to gain converts to the orange veggie.
Posted Sep 8, 2010

Lemon-Lime Loses Market Share
The number-two carbonated beverage category has been neglected but now will receive a marketing boost to regain lost sales.
Posted Sep 8, 2010

Value of a Social Media Fan: $3.60
The findings are based on impressions generated in Facebook's news feed.
Posted Sep 7, 2010

TA and Petro Offer Discounts for AAA Members
AAA members can refuel, replenish, and refresh at a discount.
Posted Sep 7, 2010

Kansas Smoking Ban Applies to Wichita, Judge Rules
A District Court judge lifted the restraining order that prevented the statewide indoor smoking ban from applying to Wichita businesses.
Posted Sep 2, 2010

Arizona Lottery Posts Largest Lottery Gain in Nation
Arizona lottery retailers earned $37 million in commissions for the year.
Posted Sep 2, 2010

Do Away With the Middleman?
Costco wants a Washington State November ballot initiative to pass that would allow the retailer to sell liquor directly from its Washington warehouses.
Posted Sep 1, 2010

Roll-Your-Own Cigarette Machine Use on the Rise
Roughly 150 tobacco outlets across 20 states have deployed high-speed roll-your-own machines that produce cigarettes that cost in many cases half that of a carton of premium smokes.
Posted Aug 31, 2010

Governor Paterson Predicts "Uprising" Over Cigarette Tax Collection
New York governor said he's concerned about possible "violence and death" over the state's plan to collect cigarette taxes from Indian reservations.
Posted Aug 31, 2010

Quaker Ups its Oatmeal Game
Company to create new campaign and boost ad spending by 50 percent.
Posted Aug 30, 2010

Target Unveils Customized Ad Technology
"My TargetWeekly" offers deal alerts, shopping lists and mobile integration.
Posted Aug 30, 2010

Californians to Vote on Cigarette Tax Increase
Proposal for a nickel per cigarette tax increase will be on the voter ballot in 2012.
Posted Aug 26, 2010

Arkansas Lottery to Rollout Lottery Vending Machines
Commission set to deploy 100 lottery vending machines in retail outlets as early as next month, amidst stiff public opposition.
Posted Aug 24, 2010

Brown Bear Car Wash to Celebrate 53rd Anniversary With Free Car Washes
Over the past four years, the Seattle-based company has washed 78,760 cars during its annual "Free Car Wash Day."
Posted Aug 24, 2010

Utah to Debate Flavored Tobacco Ban
Proposal seeks to ban flavored nicotine candies and mints, tobacco and moist snuff.
Posted Aug 23, 2010

Public Media Works to Place 7,000 Kiosks in Convenience Stores
The agreement includes committed financing for the first 1,500 of the DVD and gaming units in the United States.
Posted Aug 20, 2010

Walmart to Reverse Rollbacks, Reduce Ad Spending
Walmart's new U.S. president plans to reverse many of the retailer's recent decisions.
Posted Aug 19, 2010

Customize Your Redbox: Coinstar Announces Next Big Idea Contest
Coinstar to award $10,000 for the best viable business idea for an innovative kiosk.
Posted Aug 19, 2010

The Growth of Groupon
The online group-buying venture can bring in the customers but participating retailers aren't sure if the results improve their bottom line.
Posted Aug 18, 2010

Michigan Legion Post Challenges Smoking Ban
The post says its fight to allow smoking in its tavern is about the freedoms that they fought to defend.
Posted Aug 17, 2010

Happy Meals Without the Toys
San Francisco has proposed a law restricting which children's meals could have toy accompaniments.
Posted Aug 16, 2010

NY Cigarette Sales Plummet During First 6 Weeks of Cigarette Tax Increase
The drop in sales adds urgency for Governor Paterson to follow through with his scheduled September 1 tax collection on Native American cigarette sales to non-Indian customers.
Posted Aug 12, 2010

Kroger Launches Digital Coupon Center, Simplifies Digital Savings
Grocery store chain aggregates digital savings.
Posted Aug 12, 2010

Publix Tests Online Grocery Ordering, At-store Pickup
The supermarket chain is seeing how the services work in Atlanta and Tampa.
Posted Aug 11, 2010

Fewer Consumers Expected to Spend Less on Back-to-School Items This Year
Overall, consumers feel better about the economy and are planning to spend more money and shop at more stores.
Posted Aug 11, 2010

Electronic Cigarette Manufacturer to Stop Selling Products in Oregon
Smoking Everywhere settled the lawsuit brought by the state.
Posted Aug 11, 2010

Cayuga, Seneca Counties Seek Supreme Court Hearing on Cigarette Tax Dispute
Counties to argue that the Cayugas' stores do not lie on reservation land.
Posted Aug 10, 2010

Best Buy Taps Smartphone Promotions
Electronics retailer Best Buy has become the first major U.S. retailer to begin offering targeted promotions to its customers' smartphones when they enter their stores.
Posted Aug 10, 2010

7-Eleven's Hollywood Promotions a Strategic Outlet for Marketers
Hollywood pairings are a win-win for retailer and entertainment companies wishing to promote their properties.
Posted Aug 10, 2010

Founder of E! Creates Custom Content For PumpTop TV
PumpTop TV Announces Partnership With THE LOOK.
Posted Aug 10, 2010

U.S. Tea Sales Hot
Retailers are adding tea rooms and opening more tea shops to accommodate the increased interest.
Posted Aug 9, 2010

Redbox Expands DVD Rentals to CVS
DVD rental kiosks will be available at thousands of CVS/pharmacy locations by the end of 2011.
Posted Aug 6, 2010

San Francisco Tobacco Foes Set Sights on Grocery Stores
City officials try to expand a 2008 citywide ban that prohibits drugstores from selling tobacco to include grocery stores with on-site pharmacies.
Posted Aug 5, 2010

New York City Unveils New Anti-Sugar Soda Campaign Ad
Efforts to fight sugary beverage consumption have been effective, according to a Health Department report that reveals consumption is down substantially among the city's 18 to 24 year olds.
Posted Aug 5, 2010

The Simple Life
Products positioning themselves as "simple" are winning over customers.
Posted Aug 4, 2010

Coinstar Considers Beauty in a Box
The parent company of the successful Redbox is thinking about a new venture in cosmetic kiosks.
Posted Aug 3, 2010

Wheat Edges Past White in Sliced Bread Sales
With their perceived better-for-you ingredients, whole grains have become hot in breads this year.
Posted Aug 3, 2010

Gulf States Face Image Crisis
The Gulf of Mexico spill has adversely affected a host of industries in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Posted Aug 3, 2010

Cigarette Sales On Rise in Maine
Increase may indicate rising cross-border sales and not necessarily rising smoking rates, though, as neighboring New Hampshire has reported a decrease in sales since it raised its cigarette tax.
Posted Aug 2, 2010

Minnesota Law Aims To Keep Tobacco Beyond Kids' Reach
Tobacco sold in Minnesota must now be behind store counters rather than on display.
Posted Aug 2, 2010

America Votes Ms. Green as Favorite M&M's; Recount Unlikely
Green with envy: Sean "Diddy" Combs to produce an M&M's Green Party; no word on whether Red, Yellow, Blue and Orange will attend.
Posted Jul 29, 2010

Hispanic Demographic Grows to 50 Million
The 2010 Census is expected to record that one in six U.S. residents are Hispanic.
Posted Jul 28, 2010

Beating Walmart With Environment, Store Brands
A new report finds that stores with ambience and lots of private-label products could appeal more to consumers than the discount retailer.
Posted Jul 28, 2010

Americans Used Coupons to Save $2 Billion in First Half of 2010
Coupon usage has jumped 37 percent this year.
Posted Jul 26, 2010

U.S. Becomes Wetter
The number of "dry" counties and towns is shrinking at a rapid clip.
Posted Jul 26, 2010

Fresh & Easy Expands Farm to Store in 24 Program
The grocery chain has partnered with local growers to bring fresh produce to stores within a day of its being picked.
Posted Jul 26, 2010

Branding to the Trillion Dollar U.S. Latino Market
The 2010 Hispanic Retail 360 Summit will be held August 8-10 in La Jolla, Calif.
Posted Jul 26, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas?
Retailers hold Christmas in July sales to lure shoppers into stores.
Posted Jul 26, 2010

NC Lottery Sales Sizzling
Lottery sales grew to more than $1.4 billion last year, a 10 percent increase from the previous year.
Posted Jul 22, 2010

Retailers Sued Over 'Roll-Your-Own' Cigarettes
State argues that retailers should be reclassified as tobacco manufacturers, and thus liable for cigarette fee.
Posted Jul 22, 2010

Seattle Residents Embrace Sidewalk Cafes
The city more known for rain than sunshine eased restrictions on having sidewalk tables and now dozens of restaurants and cafes have set up small tables curbside.
Posted Jul 21, 2010

Children's Food, Drink Market To Hit $90 Billion Worldwide
A new report finds that by 2015, the food and beverage market geared toward children has the potential for significant growth.
Posted Jul 21, 2010

Pennsylvania LCB Tests Wine Kiosks
The kiosks are an attempt by the LCB to "improve customer service and change its image from lumbering bureaucracy."
Posted Jul 16, 2010

Lawsuit Over NY Tobacco Signage Affecting Other Regions' Anti-Smoking Campaigns
Massachusetts decides to delay implementing a law similar to New York's, which requires tobacco retailers to display graphic anti-smoking posters, pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by the tobacco companies.
Posted Jul 15, 2010

Oregon Lawmakers Look at Banning Plastic Bags
The proposal would forbid plastic bags and add a fee for paper bags in 2012.
Posted Jul 14, 2010

Sen. Schumer Asks FTC to Probe Marketing of Alcohol Energy Drinks
New York senator alleges that the marketing of alcohol energy drinks is targeting underage kids.
Posted Jul 13, 2010

Lottery Scammer(s) Cheating NY's Small Shops
Beware of "rubber band bandit" scheme, which has defrauded 15 New York-area lottery retailers.
Posted Jul 13, 2010

NRF Helps Retailers Leverage Mobile Technology
NRF's complimentary "blueprint" provides assistance for retailers in developing a mobile strategy.
Posted Jul 13, 2010

Kid Food Marketing Standards Postponed
The congressional report laying out voluntary standards for promoting food and drinks to kids will miss its July 15 deadline.
Posted Jul 12, 2010

Wooing Muslim Americans
U.S. businesses seem ignorant as to how to lure these potential customers into their stores.
Posted Jul 9, 2010

Shell Rewards Vehicle Lovers for Sharing Their "Passion" for Their Rides
Entrants eligible to win an Audi S5 or a Harley-Davidson Wide Glide motorcycle.
Posted Jul 8, 2010

7-Eleven Celebrates 83rd Birthday With 5 Million Free Slurpee Drinks
The convenience store chain also hosts a free online concert by Train.
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Massachusetts Tobacco Retailers Balk at Posting Black Lung Images
The graphic signs would also include information on smoking cessation.
Posted Jul 7, 2010

High-Tech Methods Stock Shelves
Companies are using more consumer data to determine what goes into stores.
Posted Jul 7, 2010

NCR Deploying More Than 500 Blockbuster Express-branded Kiosks at QuikTrip
The company continues to expand its presence nationwide at convenience stores and other retailers.
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Walgreen to Test Chilled Foods
The drug store chain will look into selling fresh food at a dozen stores this autumn.
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Murphy Oil Engages Customers With Whrrl's Social Loyalty Program
The retailer is offering customers a chance to win free fuel by "checking in" on Whrrl.
Posted Jul 2, 2010

Silly Bandz, These Are for Kids!
A hot new craze among kids could turn out to be 2010's Snuggie.
Posted Jul 2, 2010

Buffalo Focuses on Tobacco Crackdown
Buffalo considers some of the country's toughest restrictions regarding tobacco sales.
Posted Jul 1, 2010

N.Y. Convenience Stores Withdraw Backing of Grocery Store Wine
The New York Association of Convenience Stores has yanked its support because of the bidding required to obtain a wine license.
Posted Jun 30, 2010

NCR Continues to Expand Blockbuster Express
NCR increases Blockbuster Express presence in the South with outdoor kiosks at MAPCO Express convenience stores and Daily's Convenience Stores.
Posted Jun 30, 2010

Coke All Atwitter With Twitter
The company is experiencing 'phenomenal' results from a recent Twitter campaign.
Posted Jun 29, 2010

New York Cigarettes Create Windfall for Pennsylvania Retailers
Pennsylvania tobacco retailers along New York's border say they will benefit from New York's increased tobacco tax.
Posted Jun 29, 2010

Soda Wars Continue
Walmart slashes prices on soft drinks, leaving other retailers to follow suit.
Posted Jun 23, 2010

U.S. Spirits Consumption Grows for 12th Straight Year
The industry continues to shift toward off-premises consumption.
Posted Jun 23, 2010

Local Police Want Good Kids To Chill Out with Free Slurpee
Law enforcement officials from more than 300 cities will distribute 1 million coupons for free Slurpees to kids this summer.
Posted Jun 22, 2010

FDA Orders Philip Morris to Hand Over Marketing Materials
The agency is requiring the research on Marlboro Lights as part of the upcoming ban on "light" and "mild" on cigarette packaging.
Posted Jun 21, 2010

Consumers Prefer Variety When Shopping
A recent study finds that consumers avoid stores with limited variety.
Posted Jun 21, 2010

McDonald's Coffee Sales Drop While Frappes Sales Soar
The quick-service chain has seen sales of hot coffee beverages drop by close to half, while its new cold frappes are selling at a fast clip.
Posted Jun 16, 2010

Is the Recession Good for Soda Sales?
For the first time in five years, soft drink sales are rising.
Posted Jun 16, 2010

Light Colors Equal 'Light' Cigarettes
Tobacco companies are using packaging colors to convey "light" or "mild" cigarettes in lieu of words.
Posted Jun 15, 2010

Cayuga, Seneca counties to ask U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Cigarette Tax Dispute
The appeal will rest on the lower court's determination that the Cayuga stores lie on reservation land.
Posted Jun 11, 2010

PepsiCo Signs Deal With Gas Station TV to Drive Consumers at Point of Purchase
Customized ads on away-from-home television network will play a key role in Pepsi's Refresh Project.
Posted Jun 11, 2010

Poll Shows Support for Raising West Virginia Cigarette Tax
Sixty-three percent of West Virginians favor a $1 hike on a pack of cigarettes to help ease budget problems and reduce youth smoking.
Posted Jun 10, 2010

Washington Beer Business Booming Despite Flat Economy
Despite downturns for nearly every industry within the state, Washington's beer business is thriving.
Posted Jun 10, 2010

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Signs New Agreements With Coca-Cola Company
The agreement expands its fountain relationship to increase the presence of Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper in local fountain and Freestyle accounts.
Posted Jun 9, 2010

Small Businesses Embrace Gift Cards
Merchants like the low set-up costs and high customer demand for the prepaid cards.
Posted Jun 9, 2010

FDA Issues Key Clarifications on Tobacco
Retailers may continue to give away free matches with cigarette purchases.
Posted Jun 8, 2010

Redbox Rentals on the Rise
The DVD kiosk rental service continues to add machines daily.
Posted Jun 8, 2010

Tobacco Companies File Suit Over NYC's In-Store, Anti-Smoking Signs
Filing claims the regulation violates the First Amendment.
Posted Jun 7, 2010

N.C. Billboard Gets You In the Nose
A scented, grilled steak billboard is believed to be the first of its kind.
Posted Jun 4, 2010

States Cut Tourism Funds
With summer vacation time nearly upon us, states have found little money for promotion.
Posted Jun 2, 2010

Brewers Battle for Customers
With Americans consuming fewer beers, major beer makers go after customers with a vengeance.
Posted Jun 2, 2010

Mobile Loyalty Cards
More technology companies are developing ways to help businesses utilize cell phones as loyalty cards.
Posted Jun 2, 2010

Ticketing Good Behavior
Mac's Convenience Stores team up with local police to give Canadian youngsters a coupon for contributing to society in a good way.
Posted Jun 2, 2010

Movie Night Promo Joins Kroger, Pepsi and Redbox
The three companies are teaming up to offer consumers a free movie rental.
Posted Jun 1, 2010

Yogurt's Profile Expands
New styles and imports have turned the milk-based food into the next big culinary trend.
Posted Jun 1, 2010

GetGo Launches foodperks! In Time for Holiday Weekend
The foodperks! program will run concurrently with the company's fuelperks! customer loyalty program.
Posted May 28, 2010

NCR Introduces Blockbuster Express DVD-Rental Kiosks in Texas
Tom Thumb and Randalls stores converted from DVDPlay kiosks to Blockbuster Express.
Posted May 27, 2010

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Reformulates 7UP
In September, the beverage will be re-launched with new advertising.
Posted May 26, 2010

7-Eleven, Social Gaming Pioneer Zynga Team for Exclusive Promotion
Summer campaign marks 7-Eleven's broadest product promotion and Zynga's first retail partnership.
Posted May 25, 2010

P&G Opens Online Retail Store
U.S. consumers can access the new eStore site for Procter & Gamble brands.
Posted May 21, 2010

Mars Offers New Web Site for Retailers
The creation and launch of Mars24seven.com is designed to provide convenience store operators with tools to help grow their candy offer.
Posted May 21, 2010

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

Food Industry Vows to Slash a Trillion Calories
First Lady Michelle Obama says she's thrilled with this response to her campaign to end childhood obesity.
Posted May 19, 2010

General Mills Introduces Wheaties Fuel Energy Bars, Chex Mix Muddy Buddies
The company developed the energy bars specifically for convenience stores.
Posted May 19, 2010

Glut of Gluten-Free Foods
With more people being diagnosed with celiac disease, the number of gluten-free foods on the market is rising rapidly.
Posted May 17, 2010

And the Winner Is...
Top Five Companies Selected for Expo Trends 2010 Session at NACStech
Posted May 10, 2010

More Mobile Apps Created for Restaurants
The industry is downloading more applications for smartphones.
Posted May 5, 2010

Shoppers Add Spice to Cinco de Mayo
The Mexican anniversary sparks interest in authentic Mexican cooking.
Posted May 5, 2010

Rutter's Mobile App Enables Couponing
The convenience and petroleum retail chain's new addition to its mobile app allows customers to receive coupon offers via their iPhone.
Posted May 4, 2010

7-Eleven, Blip.tv Join Forces to Create the Branded Series '7-Eleven Road Trip Rally'
The convenience retailer launches Web-based reality series following two teams as they traverse the country, competing in daily challenges at local 7-Eleven stores.
Posted May 4, 2010

Starbucks Moves Via Into Grocery
The shift mirrors one of the food industry's hottest trends: pushing restaurant brands into supermarkets.
Posted May 3, 2010

Tasting Money
Nearly every state has updated its liquor laws to allow for more in-store alcohol tastings to boost revenue.
Posted Apr 28, 2010

Starbucks Introduces New Coffee-Free Ice Cream Flavors
A Starbucks ice cream survey reveals flavor preferences go beyond vanilla.
Posted Apr 28, 2010

U.S. Organic Product Sales Reach $26.6 Billion
Last year, the organic industry advanced 5.3 percent overall.
Posted Apr 26, 2010

7-Eleven Sustains 'Undercover Boss' Bump
The CBS series gave the convenience store chain a boost, which has continued.
Posted Apr 26, 2010

Wrigley Exchanges Foil for Paper
Big Red, Doublemint, Juicy Fruit, Winterfresh and Wrigley's Spearmint gums will soon be wrapped in paper.
Posted Apr 26, 2010

FDA to Limit Salt in Processed Foods
The agency's efforts are part of a larger plan to lower the amount of salt Americans consume daily.
Posted Apr 21, 2010

7-Eleven Offers Value Video Games
The retailer ramps up home entertainment section with games priced under $20.
Posted Apr 21, 2010

Budweiser Partners With USO
Through its "Proud to Serve Those Who Serve" program, Budweiser and its wholesalers will donate $250,000 to the USO's Operation Enduring Care.
Posted Apr 21, 2010

7-Eleven to Enter Beer Fray With Private-Label Beer
The convenience store chain will offer its own brew called Game Day.
Posted Apr 19, 2010

Starbucks Brews Up Western Expansion
Also, Seattle's Best Coffee introduces three new RTD canned lattes.
Posted Apr 15, 2010

Energy Beverages Post Solid Growth in Convenience Stores
A recent report from Nielsen finds that sales increase even though foot traffic decreased.
Posted Apr 14, 2010

Starbucks Offers Free Coffee for Tumbler Toters
Customers who bring a reusable tumbler into Starbucks stores on April 15 receive a complimentary brewed coffee.
Posted Apr 13, 2010

Taco Del Mar Eases Tax Pain With Free Taco Day
Customers can claim their free taco coupon at tacodelmar.com.
Posted Apr 13, 2010

Coupons Can Develop Customer Loyalty
With the increasing number of coupons out there, small businesses are finding out that coupons can keep customers coming back.
Posted Apr 12, 2010

Iron Man Returns to 7-Eleven
Two-month promotion runs ahead of Iron Man 2 coming to theaters next month.
Posted Apr 9, 2010

Independent Grocer Snags Shoppers With Group Coupon Deal
Food retail discounts delivered by third parties are projected to increase dramatically within the next year.
Posted Apr 6, 2010

Getting Inked for a Taco
At Casa Sanchez, a tattoo of the restaurant's logo can ensure you free lunches for life.
Posted Apr 2, 2010

Coors Expands Distribution of Home Draft System
The home draft-delivery system is currently available in seven markets with more to come.
Posted Apr 2, 2010

Jennifer Hudson's Design Shines on New '7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause'
The singer/actress made a surprise appearance at a Chicago-area Boys & Girls Clubs of America location to formally announce her partnership with 7-Eleven and officially launch the cup's sales.
Posted Apr 2, 2010

Group Wants to Retire Ronald McDonald
Members contends that the fast-food chain spokesman influences what children eat but not in a healthy way.
Posted Mar 31, 2010

Blockbuster, Warner Ink New Movie Deal
Customers can get new Warner Bros. movies first through Blockbuster, a four-week advantage over its competitors.
Posted Mar 26, 2010

Kentucky Kroger Stores Test Health Program
NuVal nutrition rating will prominently display healthful ratings for food items.
Posted Mar 25, 2010

Walmart Reverses Brand Strategy
The retailer decided to put 300 name-brand products back on the shelf after customers complained.
Posted Mar 23, 2010

PepsiCo Makes New Low-Sodium Salt
The company developed the "designer salt" to counter the current call for lower salt in processed foods.
Posted Mar 23, 2010

MillerCoors Tests Batch 19 Brew
What's old is new again: new brew is made from a pre-Prohibition recipe.
Posted Mar 19, 2010

McDonald's To Offer $1 Fountain Drinks
This summer, the QSR plans to sell $1 fountain drinks, no matter the size, to 'steal customers' from convenience stores.
Posted Mar 19, 2010

Procter & Gamble to Launch 'Future Friendly' Campaign
The environmental initiative markets the company's eco-efforts and conservation education.
Posted Mar 18, 2010

Major Brands No Longer Sweet on High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Gatorade and Wheat Thins are among the products ditching HFCS for sugar.
Posted Mar 16, 2010

Starbucks Takes Consumers on a 'Journey'
Promotion encourages customers to sample eight different coffees in eight weeks and receive a free 1 lb. bag of coffee of their choice.
Posted Mar 12, 2010

Name-brand Product Purchases on the Rise
Customers seem to be ditching private-label products as they slowly return to branded foods.
Posted Mar 8, 2010

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

Food for Kids Trending Healthier
Mintel research has discovered the number of foods marketed to children as healthful and natural continues to grow.
Posted Mar 1, 2010