News Archives


Sep 24, 2018

For Calif. Kids’ Meals, Straws Upon Request
State bans automatic distribution of single-use plastic straws in restaurants and limits kids’ meal companion drinks to water or milk.

Retailers Urged to Alert Customers About Ground Beef Recall
Cargill issued recall last week after E. coli O26 contamination in four states.

Shoppers Demand Increased Transparency
Consumers want to know everything about the foods they eat, and they’ll switch brands, if necessary, for additional product information.

Paduano Launches Family-operated C-store
Former Nice N Easy executive opens his own c-store on lake in upstate New York.

24-Hour Pizza Vending Machine Replaces ATM
At Australian shopping center, customers can withdraw a “wood-fired”-style pizza from this vending machine in only three minutes.

Green Beer Emphasizes Water Issues
Michigan brewer bottles beer made from polluted waters to underscore the need to preserve water-quality regulations and protect the craft beer industry.


Sep 21, 2018

How Food Companies Can Get Healthier
A food writer gives five ways the food industry can help reduce obesity in America.

Cheddar Partners With Gas Station TV
The post-cable news network will provide technology and entrepreneurship segments.

Halloween Spending to Reach $9 Billion
More than 175 million Americans will celebrate the October holiday this year.

Government Extends Time for SNAP Food Loss Reporting
The U.S. Food and Nutrition Services approved mass replacements for the Territory of Guam.

Uniting to Combat Payment Fraud
Shazam, First Data and others work to make commerce possible, while protecting customers and merchants.

EPA Launches Website to Track RFS Exemptions
Without naming names, the site will list how many small refiners are applying for, receiving and being denied economic hardship exemptions.


Sep 20, 2018

Uptick in Cyclospora Cases Raises Concerns
The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. is markedly higher in 2018 than the number of cases reported in previous years.

IRS Issues Tax Waivers Post-Hurricane Florence
Additionally, a hot foods waiver has been approved for North Carolina residents.

Consumers Have a Growing Appetite for Protein
Research indicates consumers place high importance on protein when planning meals, shopping and eating, but they may not have accurate knowledge about all protein sources.

Are Grocers Overspending on Same-Day Delivery?
As big chains rush to deliver groceries faster and to more consumers, Moody’s predicts grocery stores may overspend on the service and shoppers may be willing to “subsidize,” but only to a point.

Hershey Unveils Mobile Customer Insights Center
A 53-foot tractor trailer is on a nationwide tour to bring shopper insights directly to retailers.

Amazon Could Open 3,000 C-stores
Ambitious expansion of cashierless Amazon Go stores in the next few years seen as potential threat to QSRs and fast casual restaurants.


Sep 19, 2018

Coke Considers Adding Cannabis to Beverages
The beverage maker is “closely watching” the use of CBD, a non-psychoactive component in marijuana, in functional wellness drinks.

FDA Launches Youth E-Cig Prevention Campaign
The comprehensive initiative aims to educate kids about the dangers of vaping.

Koupon Media and Skip Team Up
The partnership enables c-store retailers to provide personalized offers and frictionless checkout.

Chicago Has Amazon Go
The cashierless convenience store is now open in the Windy City, while the retailer launched its online Amazon Storefronts section this week.

Delivery, Convenience-style
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast focuses on the changing landscape of delivery.

Calif. Retailers Urged to Tell Their Recycling Stories
The state association anticipates pushback from opponents of the Commonsense Recycling Act, which currently sits on the governor’s desk.


Sep 18, 2018

Gen Z Reveals 100 Favorite Brands
Americans born after 1997 prefer socially conscious brands that they can connect with on social media.

SNAP Hot Foods Waiver Issued in North Carolina
A waiver allowing the sale of hot foods to SNAP participants has been approved for North Carolina through October 31.

NLRB Rolls Back Protections for Fast Food Workers
New ruling redefines “joint employers” and affects any franchise-based company.

Mobile Will Drive Holiday E-Commerce Traffic
Holiday sales are estimated to grow 13 percent this year, with mobile devices owning 68 percent of e-commerce visits and 46 percent of orders.

Food Safety Tips for Power Outages
Partnership for Food Safety Education, USDA resources help retailers navigate disasters and more.


Sep 17, 2018

Impossible Burger Slides Onto White Castle Menu
The famous plant-based burger now serves as a slider at White Castle locations nationwide.

Cashier-less Store Still a Work in Progress
At San Francisco’s first fully automated store, a news reporter tests the system and scores a free bag of white cheddar popcorn.

Hurricane May Drive Higher Freight Costs
In natural disasters, distribution costs tend to jump as food processors scramble to get trucks and their drivers to show up at their facilities.

Starbucks Brews a Plan for Greener Stores
Coffee shop leader plans to have 10,000 environmentally friendly stores by 2025.