Dollar General Adds Tobacco

Dollar General is planning to add cigarettes and other tobacco products to the product mix at the majority of its U.S. stores by the middle of 2013. The company, with 10,000 retail locations nationwide, cited “competitive pressures” and a perceived customer demand as the reasons behind this move. The rollout follows on the heels of…

Top Consumer Food Concerns of 2012

The Midwest drought, the “pink slime” controversy, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were the most influential food stories for consumers in 2012, according to a survey by Hunter Public Relations. The firm’s annual Food News Study, conducted by Digital Research, Inc., polled 1,000 Americans about their perceptions on the year’s top food stories and how…

Competitive Cigarette Environment Improves

Respondents to a recently conducted survey of tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing more than 45,000 U.S. convenience stores revealed that the competitive environment improved during fourth-quarter 2012, with fewer respondents indicating a competitive environment versus the third quarter. The survey also showed: Total cigarette industry volumes should be down about 3% during the fourth…

What to Expect From Dollar Stores

According to executives from Deloitte Consulting, the dollar channel will continue to post strong growth, competing with traditional retail for both consumers and suppliers, Supermarket News reports. The results are part of a recent Deloitte consumers/industry study on the dollar channel, which hinted at the high stakes involved. “There’s a significant prize here in the…

Target Gets Fresh With Detroit

Target announced earlier last week that it is expanding its fresh grocery concept to the Detroit area. The news comes as Target is remodeling its stores across the country, allocating approximately 10,000 square feet to fresh food, along with dry and frozen offerings.

 As part of its Detroit remodel, Target will renovate beauty, home, shoe,…

2013 WMU Food Marketing Conference

Each spring, Western Michigan University’s Food/CPG Marketing Program’s two-day conference brings more than 500 industry executives together to discuss key industry issues and emerging developments. Save the date to attend this year’s conference on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Mich. WMU is one of the premier…